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Funding Update August

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Funding Workshop
Foundation Derbyshire
VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund
Tesco Community Grants
Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation
McCarthy Stone Foundation
5 Ways to Wellbeing and Small Grants Scheme
The Ashworth Trust  

Funding Workshop

Our September Funding Workshop will focus on Easyfundraising and we are delighted to confirm that Becky Coleman, Partnerships manager with Easyfundraising,  will be joining us to explain how Easyfundriaising works and how your group might benefit.   So save the date; Tuesday 21st September at 1.30pm.   The meeting will be held on Teams.   This is your opportunity to ask questions and find out if Easyfundraising is for you and your group.   To book your place please use the link below;

Future Funding Workshops – we are hoping to continue to hold regular on-line funding workshops and plan to approach National Lottery Community Fund and Foundation Derbyshire to feature in future workshops.  If there is a particular funder you think you and other groups would like to know more about let me know ( and I will invite them. 

Foundation Derbyshire

Grants Email:   

Foundation Derbyshire is proud to be Derbyshire’s local funder, they have been offering a wide variety of grants to community & voluntary groups working across Derby and Derbyshire for over 25 years. 

Grants up to £2,000 are available, which can be used to support core running costs, equipment / resources, or new ideas.  No closing dates, apply whenever you are ready.

Foundation Derbyshire is a registered Charity and independent grant maker that promotes and encourages local philanthropy, with funds set up by local philanthropists; families, individuals and businesses who want to put back into Derbyshire.

If you would like to apply for a grant, contact them first.  Their grants team will offer advice and support, and will talk you through their timeframes, fund matching service and give hints and tips.

Deadline: None – apply at any time 

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is now live with a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021. 

Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities. 

Grants are available between £75,000 – £300,000. 

Further information can be found here NHS England » Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22: Information pack. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through our online portal. 

Deadline: Noon 27 August 2021. 

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco community grants are currently requesting applications from charities and community groups that deliver projects that help tackle food insecurity in their communities. This might include, for example; breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and food banks. 

Grants are a maximum of £1,500 and projects are voted on by Tesco customers in stores across the UK with projects changing every three months. 

Deadline: None – apply at any time 

Glossop Only
Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

GMCVO have launched the second year of a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester (and Glossop), that may struggle to achieve high levels of mental wellbeing. 

Following the success of year 1, a second year of the GM Mental Wellbeing grants programme has been agreed which will build on the lessons learned and successful projects delivered.

The communities identified are:

  • Carers
  • People from BAME communities
  • People living with long term physical or mental health conditions
  • People who identify as LGBTQI
  • Disabled people
  • Military veterans
  • People who are unemployed
  • Socially isolated older people

Funded by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, a total of £90,000 will be awarded in year 2 with grants awarded between August and November 2021.

The grants will be awarded, in two stages, to small, grassroots VCSE organisations that will support people to develop high levels of mental wellbeing.

The first stage, a rolling micro grants round of £100 – £750, launched on Monday 2 August 2021. The aim is to communicate decisions to applicants within three weeks of submission. 

Deadline: This grants round will close on Friday 29 October 2021 at 16:00.
The second stage, a small grants round of £750 – £3,000, will launch in September 2021.

McCarthy Stone Foundation 

The Foundation has issued revised guidance ahead of the launch of their Community Grant Programme 2021 due later this month.  Their aim is to provide support for those who need it most, in particular;

  • Older people facing isolation, loneliness or poor health
  • Young people who are falling behind personally or academically
  • Communities in need of regeneration.

A strong application will be one that addresses all three themes, but applications that address the first priority and one of the two other priorities are also eligible.  

Eligible organisations are: charities, CICs, community groups, social enterprises.  The average grant size is £5K.  Organisational turnover is not considered as part of the decision  making process but the levels of reserves are.  There is a three stage application process which includes an expression of interest, call with Foundation manager and a complete application.  Applications are scored on;

  • Focus – how well does the project align with the Foundations priorities?
  • Impact – what change will the funding bring about?
  • Risk – how deliverable is the proposed activity?
  • Organisation – it is well managed and does it align with the Foundations values? 

Those needing help to complete an application are advised they can ask for assistance providing they have first read the guidance.  

Deadline:  Yet to be confirmed but sometime in August 2021 with a three week application window.  The next review of applications will be 21 September 2021.   A further round will open in November 2021. 

High Peak Health and Wellbeing Partnership 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Small Grants Scheme

The latest round of Public Health 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Small Grants Scheme for High Peak will be launched this month.   It will award grants of upto £1K.  This year, the two funds have been combined to enable a quicker and more efficient application process with a change in focus.

Priorities: After a difficult 12 months, we want to help groups and organisations that are looking to return to delivering their services or support after the recent pandemic. Therefore, applicants will be prioritised if they can demonstrate any of the following:

  • how the funding will help the organisation restart their service
  • how the funding will help people within the High Peak recover from the challenges caused by the Pandemic
  • how the funding will help support the organisation to recover from the impact of the pandemic

In addition, The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of national evidence-based actions (developed by the New Economics Foundation) which promote people’s wellbeing. They are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.  These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives which have been proven to help improve people’s mental wellbeing. Applications will also be prioritised if your group / organisation looks to support people at higher risk of mental ill health and can meet any or all of these 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Applications are welcome from any voluntary/community groups or local people within the High Peak area who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community are eligible to apply for funding. We want to hear from people who’d like to make a difference to their community.    

The grant scheme will be administered by High Peak CVS.  Application forms and guidance are will shortly be available from the HPCVS website or from Donna on   

Deadline: The application process is open until all funds are spent. The panel will aim to meet on a fortnightly basis to make decisions on applications and therefore you are encouraged to get your applications in as soon as possible.


Hubbub are offering funding and support to groups looking to set up Community Fridges. 

Community Fridges:

  • Reduce food waste and its environmental impact 
  • Help to reduce social isolation and provide a welcoming space for all  
  • Increase access to nutritious food such as fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Increase access to food and growing skills and circular economy initiatives  

In partnership with Co-op, Environmental Charity Hubbub is looking to support 100 community organisations across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge. Community fridges are registered places where surplus food is shared within a local community – by businesses and individuals. They are welcoming, social spaces that are open to all.   

Grants of up to  £4,000 funding to cover start-up and running costs, plus free membership to the Community Fridge Network, along with full support, information and guidance on how to get your project started. 

Deadline: 20 September 2021

The Ashworth Trust

Registered charities, with an income under £1m pa can apply to The Ashworth Trust which support a wide range of causes including the vulnerable, disability, women, the homeless, human rights, and young people. 

Grants are usually up to £3k, sometimes £5k. Trustees hold biannual meetings in May and November. Successful applicants will be informed within 6 weeks of the relevant meeting.

Deadline: 31 August

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