Grants and Funding
PLEASE NOTE THAT A LOT OF FUNDING OPTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE BUSINESS SUPPORT SECTION OF THIS NEWSLETTER WHICH I HAVE NOT REPEATED BELOW.
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Invites Round 1 Applications
The Trust is committed to awarding grants to those most in need within the UK. The Trust focuses on different priorities each year. In 2021, the focus is on funding projects that support the homeless (rounds one and two) and refugees and asylums seekers (rounds three and four).
Round one is now open for applications that combat homelessness. Priority will be given to applications that help BAME communities.
UK registered charities with an income of between £100,000 and £1 million can apply for grants of up to £1,000.
The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021.
You can apply here.
People’s Postcode Trust Opens for Applications from Scotland
Local charities and other not-for-profit organisations based and working in Scotland can apply. Applicants should have an income of less than £1 million in the last year. Preference will be given to organisations with an income of less than £500,000.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000.
The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.
Applicants that are registered with OSCR and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.
The funding is for projects in Scotland that have a clear link with one of the Trust’s themes:
Improving mental wellbeing
Enabling community participation in the arts
Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
Improving biodiversity and green spaces
Enabling participation in physical activity
Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
Increasing community access to outdoor space
The funding should be spent within 12 months and can be used for project or core funding.
A funding round will open each month from February until October 2021.
Applications will be accepted from 1pm on 1 February.
Click here to apply.
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for Applications
Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
The Charity holds two funding rounds each year (February and September) with a different theme for each round.
The February 2021 round is targeting and supporting the younger generation (under 25) who in the current difficult economic climate need support to develop and learn personal financial life skills.
All applications must demonstrate how the project they are seeking funding for has a lasting impact on the people taking part.
The maximum grant is £7,500. The applications most likely to be successful are those that ask for funding for a specific activity cost rather than a general contribution to running costs or a much larger project.
Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.
Applicants are advised to apply early in the month as the round will be limited to the first 40 applications that are accepted or the deadline, whichever is soonest.
The deadline for applications is 26 February 2021.
You can apply here.
Samsung Launches Competition for Young Innovators
Solve for Tomorrow is a UK-wide initiative that forms part of Samsung’s global commitment to education. The company aims to empower future innovators to achieve their full potential and become the next generation of leaders to pioneer positive social change.
The competition invites young innovators who have tech ideas for new products, services or apps that could make a real difference to people and communities most in need, within one of the following challenge areas:
Diversity and inclusion.
There is a £10,000 cash prize available to develop an idea, coupled with long term support and mentorship from Samsung, Digital Catapult and its network of start-ups. Two runners-up will be awarded £5,000 and all finalists will receive one of Samsung’s latest 5G smartphones to help them continue their journey beyond this competition.
The competition is open to individuals or teams of up to five people aged between 16 to 25 who are resident in the UK.
The deadline for applications is 21 February 2021.
Find out more here.
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Open for 2021
The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards (SFWA) is an annual competition aiming to recognise and reward the woods and forests that are managed to the highest standards and act as a beacon for modern woodland heritage.
Cash prizes ranging from £250 to £1,000 and trophies are available across a range of categories open to entries from landowners, forestry businesses, community groups and schools.
For the 2021 Awards, there are six award categories
Climate Change Champion Award
A new category for 2021. This Award is for Scotland’s forests and woodlands that can demonstrate they have an important role in helping to mitigate climate change and/or adapt to the changing climate and/or share knowledge/information or raise awareness about climate change. The CarbonStore Trophy and a cash prize of £1,000 will be available. Entries are sought from across Scotland with entry to the Climate Change Champion Award being an optional, extra opportunity for any Scotland’s Finest Woods Award entrant in 2021, or a 2020 entrant who is ‘refreshing’/updating their 2020 entry, to one of the established Award categories.
Community Woodlands Award
Entry is open to woodland-related community-based projects from any part of Scotland. Entrants should be able to demonstrate significant and sustained community input. A prize of £1,000 is available to small community groups and £1,000 to large community groups. In addition, the Tim Stead Trophy will also be awarded to the overall Community Woodland Award category winner judged to be the best community project overall regardless of the size of woodland group.
Farm Woodland Award
Entry is open to active farmers/crofters and/or for one competition their forester with the active farmer/crofter’s support, anywhere in Scotland. There is one award of £1,000 for an active farmer/crofter anywhere in Scotland, and one award of £1,000 for a young, active farmer/crofter and/or their forester/woodland manager with the new in 2019 Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Trophy to be awarded.
New Native Woods Award
Entry is open to new native woodland projects anywhere in Scotland that must have had at least five years’ minimum of growth and no more than 20 years’ growth. £1,000 is available to be awarded to the winning woodland.
Quality Timber Award
Entry is open to woodland anywhere in Scotland where the production of high quality timber is a major objective of management. There are three categories:
one for new commercial woods: where the James Jones Trophy and £1,000 is available to be awarded to the winner.
one for a single stand of trees or a compartment or a small wood: the Hunter Blair Trophy and £1,000 is available to be awarded to the winner.
one for whole estates or forests: the John Kennedy Trophy and £1,000 is available to be awarded to the winner.
Schools Award seeks out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects: £500 is available to be awarded to the winner with £250 for the runner-up.
Entry is open to nursery, primary, secondary and special schools anywhere in Scotland.
All entries must be submitted by the deadline of 31 March 2021.
Click here to find out more.
New Funding for Scotland’s Beleaguered Creative Sector
Creative Scotland and Crowdfunder have come together to support the arts and creative industries which have suffered substantially from the impact of the coronavirus crisis over the past year.
Crowdmatch 2021 aims to support creative individuals, groups and businesses across Scotland to run successful crowdfunding campaigns in the arts, screen or creative industries.
A total funding pot of £75,000 is available. Successful entrants could receive up to £10,000 in match funding.
Applications must be submitted by 8 February 2021.
Click here for more info.