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Funding Update March 2021

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The Women Thrive Fund
Funding Workshop – Severn Trent Community Fund
Vulnerability Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Climate Action Fund (CAF)
Peoples Post Code Lottery Magic Little Grants
Thomas Wall Trust Grant  

The Women Thrive Fund

Delivered by Rosa and Smallwood Trust, the Women Thrive Fund is distributing grants of up to £40,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Organisations should be working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience. The fund responds directly to what women’s and girls’ organisations have reported throughout the pandemic: that declining mental health, increased risk of emotional trauma and increased poverty levels are their biggest concerns for women and girls across the UK.

Organisations can apply for:

  • Grants of up to £15,000 with a turnover of £200,000 inclusive
  • Grants of up to £40,000 with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.

They can also apply for an additional 25% of their grant request for work which will strengthen their organisation. Funding is available to spend until December 2022.

Deadline  5:00pm on Thursday 25 March.

Funding Workshop – Severn Trent Community Fund

High Peak CVS is very pleased to be hosting another funding workshop on Zoom on 30th March at 1.30pm.    This time our keynote speaker will be Sue Heyes from the Severn Trent Community Fund which is giving away more than £10M over five years. The fund has three themes; People, Places and the Environment. 

There are also three levels of grants available £2K – £10K, £10K – 75K and £75K – £200K. Please note this fund is not available across the whole of High Peak, only organisations active in the Severn Trent Water region are eligible to apply.

We are delighted that Sue Heyes the Community Fund Officer for Severn Trent will be joining us to explain more about the fund and answer your questions. So please join us to find out how your organisation can apply. 

Book your space here:


As part of our aim to provide funding support to voluntary groups and charities in these difficult times, we are now working in collaboration with fundraising website easyfundraising to help your organisation generate additional income.

It’s a very simple idea – register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising and you will be able to collect free donations when anyone connected to the organisation shops online with 4300 well known retailers including Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Trainline,, Currys, Aviva and Waitrose and Direct Line

It’s free to register and use. With many more people shopping online these days and traditional face to face fundraising methods on hold, this is an easy way for your volunteers and supporters to raise money for your organisation safely from home through their normal online shopping.

easyfundraising has enabled good causes to raise £34m to date, including £4m in 2020 alone. Your organisation does not need to be a registered charity to use easyfundraising and it is open to voluntary organisations of all shape and size.

The benefits:

  • Free to register and use
  • Regular, on-going revenue stream for your organisation
  • Easy to set up and requires minimal management

Getting started

All you need to do is create an easyfundraising page for your organisation. It’s free and quick to set up and requires very little ongoing management. You can set up your page her

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone before signing up, please contact who will be happy to help you.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioners Vulnerability Fund

Small Grants

The above fund has extended its deadline to 1 September 2021, giving more local groups an opportunity to apply. 

The Commissioner is looking to support projects which:

  • Help individuals to live safely and without fear of crime in their homes;
  • Empower the local community to tackle problems in their neighbourhood areas;
  • Are organised by (and involving) community/neighbourhood groups;
  • Can demonstrate that they can make a difference to local communities;
  • Take a new and sustainable approach to tackling long term problems;
  • Foster good relations between partner agencies and communities and do not work in isolation.

The fund:

  • is Derbyshire-wide including the City
  • can be used for meeting capital or revenue costs 
  • is available to the Voluntary and community sectors, charities and non-profit making associations on behalf of the individuals and communities they work with.  

The Fund is currently taking applications for small grants of up to £1000 – these are being distributed through the CVS organisations in each locality so High Peak based groups wishing to apply for under £1K should contact 

Deadline 1 Sep 2021

CVS Vulnerability Fund Application Form

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is sponsoring a sustainability award for the second year at the 2021 Museums + Heritage Awards.

 At a time of ecological emergency, the heritage sector can play its part in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. The Sustainable Project of the Year award showcases the heritage organisations who are leading the way in sustainable practices.  NLHF are seeking the most outstanding environmentally sustainable project or exhibition which can demonstrate best practice in its approach to managing environmental impacts during 2020. 

This year NLHF are looking for examples of:

  • energy efficiency measures
  • recycling and reuse
  • sustainable procurement
  • green visitor travel, planning and encouragement

Entries should also identify any wider economic, social or environmental benefits to the organisation or community which have arisen from ‘thinking sustainably’, particularly during the pandemic. The award is free to enter.

Deadline 31 March 2021.

The Climate Action Fund (CAF) 

CAF is supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change. These communities will demonstrate what’s possible when people lead in this work. With National Lottery funding, they’ll work together, share their learning and be active participants in a broader movement of change.

CAF is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy. Since April 2013, the Fund has awarded more than £450 million, through over 7,500 grants, to projects that focus on improving the environment to enhance communities and people’s lives.

In 2020, CAF awarded funding to 23 projects across the UK as part of the first round of the CAF programme, supporting communities to respond to the climate emergency.

This second round will focus on supporting medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption.  The focus remains on place-based, community-led partnerships that will make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

At this initial application stage, CAF is  interested in hearing about your project, the long-term vision and aims, and how your community has been involved in shaping and deciding what you’ll do. This application should come from one lead partner, which should be one of the eligible types of organisation listed in ‘Who can and cannot apply’.

There are two types of funding in this round – development funding and full awards. The maximum grant size for development funding is £150,000. For full awards, the maximum available is £1.5 million. The total available in the second round is around £8 million to 10 million.  It is expected there will be 12 to 15 awards in total in this round, and to award more development grants than full awards.

Deadline 5pm on 8 April 2021 for your initial idea. If you get to the next stage, it is expected the rest of the application process will take six to eight months.

Peoples Post Code Lottery Magic Little Grants 

The aim of the Magic Little Grants Fund is to support organisations with an annual  turnover below £250K  meeting one of the themes below. Organisations also receive access to the Localgiving online fundraising platform and benefit from online fundraising training and support.   

1.  Improving mental wellbeing

2.  Enabling community participation in the arts

3.  Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty

4.  Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality

5.  Improving biodiversity and green spaces

6.  Enabling participation in physical activity

7.  Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 

8.  Increasing community access to outdoor space

9.  The application process should only take 15 minutes to complete and are reviewed on a rolling basis every month. You should receive a decision on your application and the funding within two months.

The application process should only take 15 minutes to complete and are reviewed on a rolling basis every month. You should receive a decision on your application and the funding within two months.

Groups who meet any of the following criteria are NOT eligible for the grant:

Organisations that have previously been funded by a Magic Little Grant, or any other trust funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery that have not yet finished the project/activity / completed their evaluation form.

Once you have completed your registration with Localgiving, you will be directed to the grant application form.  If you are successful with your funding request, you will also benefit from a free annual membership with Localgiving, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Deadline 31 October 2021.

Thomas Wall Trust Grant

The Thomas Wall Trust charities grant programme aims to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment.

They offer grants up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. The Trust recognises that the future of the labour market will become increasingly competitive, with employers placing greater emphasis on transferable skills.  To be eligible UK charities have to have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years and have a turnover under £500K.  They will fund;

  • A project or running costs for a charity that equips people (aged 11 and over) with the skills ready for employment
  • Annual repeat funding for up to 3 years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact

Deadline for Expressions of Interest 30 April 2021. 

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