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High Peak CVS Funding Update January 2021

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Vulnerability Fund Small Grants
Local Connections Fund
Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund
Allchurches Trust Hope Beyond
Comic Relief Capacity Building Grants Scheme
The Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme
Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust
Voice 4 Change Windrush Community Fund
Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
Dan Maskell Tennis Trust  

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioners Vulnerability Fund Small Grants

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 Mar 2021

The National Lottery Community Fund – Local Connections Fund

The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

Open to organisations in England with an income of under £50k only.

Total available: £2 million in phase 1 – successful applicants must spend their grants and have completed their projects by 31 March 2021​

This will fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations can bring people and communities together.

The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities.

Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.

There will be two funding rounds in 2021. The opening date for the first round is 5 January 2021

Deadline: 26 January 2021

Arts Council England (England) Culture Recovery Fund

Arts Council England has announced that the 2nd round of the Culture Recovery Fund is now open for applications. The fund aims to support cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021. The fund is open to both not for profit and for profit organisations and will provide grants of between £25,000 and £3 million. To be eligible, applicants need to based in England or can demonstrate that the majority of their work takes place in England. 

Deadline is midday on the 26 January 2021.

Allchurches Trust (UK) Hope Beyond

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.

The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. 

Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs. 

Deadline – Applications can be made at any time.

Comic Relief (UK) Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and CIC’s in England which have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them rebuild their capacity to meet the needs of their local community. 

To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000.

The funding is being made available through the Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme and will support projects within their four strategic themes and can be used for a wide range of activities, such as: training; increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment; and developing strategies to help rebuild and move forward such as fundraising strategies, and developing new delivery plans. 

Deadline – Applications can be made at any time.

The Foyle Foundation (UK) Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. 

To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £150,000.

Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong.

Deadline – Applications can be submitted at any time.

Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust General Grants

Priorities: To support young people who have learning disabilities, with a focus on those who have left formal education. 

Grants are available for small UK registered charities that promote education, learning, training, recreation and rehabilitation for these young adults, providing practical skills to support them to lead independent lives.

The funding is for projects that are designed for and aimed at people with learning disabilities aged 18 to 25 outside the school environment. Those age 16+ who are not in formal education, training or work will also be considered.

Who can apply: Grants are available for:

  • Registered Charities
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • Community Interest Companies

To be eligible organisations must have a turnover of less than £1 million.

Grant amount: Up to £5,000.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 March.

Voice 4 Change Windrush Community Fund

Priorities: Provided by the Home Office and administered on its behalf by Voice4Change England.

The funding is intended to support the Fund’s objectives which are to:

  • Increase awareness and visibility of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both and the support available
  • Reach more communities and individuals who may have been affected by their inability to prove their lawful status in the UK

In addition, the Community Fund also seeks to:

  • Ensure that individuals and communities have accurate information about the schemes, how to apply, and that any myths surrounding the schemes are addressed. This could involve, for instance, promoting example cases
  • Build capacity at a community and grassroots level to support those affected to access the Windrush Scheme (documentation), Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both

Who can apply: Applications will be accepted from charities, community or grassroots organisations.

Grant amount: Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available.

Projects awarded the minimum funding of £2,500 must be delivered within six months of receipt of funding.

Projects awarded between £2,501 and £25,000 must be delivered within 12 months of receipt of funding.

Deadline: There will be two application rounds.Phase 1 opens on 14 December 2020 and closes on 12 February 2021 (23:59)
Phase 2 opens on 1 April 2021 and closes on 30 June 2021 (23:59)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund – Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Priorities: Grants for cultural and heritage organisations in England to make the transition from lockdowns and social distancing to resume business activity and welcome visitors back to the country’s diverse heritage sites starting in April 2021. This round looks forward to the spring and early summer when it is expected that heritage organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions. It will support organisations to transition from the challenging months of lockdowns and social distancing to resume business activity and welcome visitors back to the country’s diverse heritage sites. The funding can be used to support the costs of making the transition towards full reopening. This funding will support organisations to build up their operations and begin a programme of heritage activity in April-June 2021. The funding aims to ensure that by the end of June 2021, organisations will be operating on a viable and sustainable basis.

Applicants will need to consider the most effective route to full reopening and future sustainability for their organisation. This funding is only available for those organisations who need support to return to sustainability, and who have a credible and cost efficient Business Action Plan to do so.

Who can apply: Heritage organisations in England that are at risk of no longer trading viably this financial year. 

Grant amount: Between £10,000 and £3 million 

Deadline: 2pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021 

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Priorities: The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is a tennis charity raising funds for people with disabilities. Grants are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching. 

Who can apply: Disability groups and programmes, clubs, schools and associations in the UK are eligible to apply. Individuals are also eligible to apply.

Grant amount: Grants of up to £1,500 for a group, club or project. Up to £500 is available for individuals.

Deadline: The next deadlines for applications are:
Tuesday 23 March 2021
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Saturday 2 October 2021

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