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Funding Update May 2021

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Feedback on Funding Updates
Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund
Masonic Charitable Foundation
The Screwfix Foundation
Thomas Wall Trust
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Feedback on Funding Updates

  It is now more than 12 months since we first started circulating these monthly funding updates and I hope you have found them useful.  In fact we are keen to find out how you have made use of the information.   If you have submitted a funding application as a result of reading about the funder in one of our monthly updates please can you let us know.  We would like to know about successful and unsuccessful applications.   Just email with some simple bullets point setting out:

  • name of your group /organisation 
  • funder you applied to , 
  • amount applied for 
  • amount secured 
  • what the funding was used for.  

We will use the information in our annual report, so let me know if you would prefer not to have your group mentioned by name.   Thank you  


Futures Community Grants give small voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of less than £750,000 an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market. The grants will support participants’ progression so that they are confident in their ability to move into employment.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity, including:

  • initial help with basic skills
  • taster work experience including voluntary work
  • training, advice and counselling
  • confidence building
  • job search assistance and other help necessary to secure employment
  • first contact engagement activities

Eligible Learners must be:

  • Unemployed
  • Over 16
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Not engaged in any other government funded training scheme

Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate an ability to meet the LEP Priorities and target participants who are:

  • Aged 18 – 24 NEET
  • Over 50
  • With Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
  • From Ethnic Minority Backgrounds
  • Are women
  • Unemployed for over 6 months
  • Furthest removed from the labour market with significant barriers to employment

Deadline  4 June 2021

Please contact Ashley Wilkinson, Community Grants Co-ordinator on 07483120941 or if you need any clarification.
Alternatively, you can contact

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund 

Community organisations, charities and groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) for projects to help tackle loan sharks. Collaborative bids between multiple agencies are also welcome. The funding comes from money seized from convicted loan sharks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). Projects must raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks, reduce crime and disorder and have a positive impact on communities. Funds can be spent on any worthwhile community project that meets the following criteria:

  • Contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks
  • Prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks

Deadline: Wednesday 30 June.

Masonic Charitable Foundation: Later Life Inclusion – Small Grants
The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Inclusion Small Grants programme supports work with socially isolated and lonely older people over the age of 50. Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • mental and physical health support
  • gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
  • community-based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support; and/or
  • advocacy, social and welfare support

This could be delivered through activities such as:

  • emotional and psychological support
  • digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services; or
  • activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends

The Foundation seeks the following outcomes from the projects they support:

  • reduced feelings of loneliness or social isolation for people in later life
  • older people are better informed about their options and rights leading to greater confidence in choices
  • existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of people as they age; or
  • increased social participation

Applicants must be registered charities with an annual income under £500,000.Grants of up to £15,000. Grants can be either one, two or three years and can be used for general running and/or overhead costs of the charity – core funding. The amount requested should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity.

Deadline: 4pm, Monday 31 May.

The Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013.  It makes grants of upto £5K to registered charities and not for profit organisations.  Its purpose of raising funds is to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK. It raises funds throughout the year to support causes that will change people’s lives. It works with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities. Projects that will fix, maintain, improve and repair charitable and community facilities for those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis in March, June, September and December. 

Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust (Walls Ice cream) provide grants for registered charities and individuals.

The Registered Charity Grants Programme aims to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment.

They offer grants of up to £5K towards specific projects or core activities that support that 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.  

Eligibility criteria include a requirement that the  charity has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years and has a turnover that does not exceed £500K. 

They will fund:

  • projects or running costs for a charity that equips people (aged 11years 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. 

They prioritise:

  • Match funded projects
  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact
  • Charities working with collaborative networks
  • Self-sustaining projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future. 

They have a 2 stage application process – stage one is to complete a short expression of interest – if successful you will be invited to complete a more detailed stage two application  including a Project Plan (a template is available).

Deadline for the Registered Charity Grants Programme Expression of Interest is 3rd September 2021 – funding will become available in November 2021. 

The Individual Grants Programme aims to support motivated adults to undertake education and training that will increase their chances of employment.  They offer grants of up to £1,500 to undertake accredited vocational training up to level 3 and a contribution towards other costs associated with studying. 

Grantees can apply for upto £1500 towards course fees and other costs which enable studying  such as  child care, travel and mobility and accessible study materials.

Individual may re-apply if their course lasts for more than a year. 

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Aged 18+ and unemployed for at least 6 months within the last 2 years
  • Are experiencing financial or other challenges such as disability, trauma, mental health issues, carers responsibilities, care leaver, carers responsibilities.  (this is not the full list so check the website).
  • There are also household income limits – according to size of family so again please check the website for the full criteria. 

Priority is given to people with;

  • Little or no past work experience
  • Lack of school qualifications
  • Applications that demonstrate a realistic plan to seek employment
  • Courses that provide support and advice into employment

There are also a list of criteria that will disqualify your application – some of which are around the type of course or your existing qualifications – so again check the website for full details. 

Deadline for the Individual Grants Programme – the grant programme is open all year round and is awarded on a first come first served basis.   They aim to process applications within 8 weeks.  Applications need to be supported by a referee – such as a support worker, tutor or employment advisor.
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