Grants and Funding
University of Edinburgh – Microgrants
Edinburgh Uni have just opened a new round of grants for small charities and local organisation of up to £1,000 for work benefitting the environment. Please see more info here.
Funding for Charitable Initiatives in Financial and Digital Empowerment
Funding is available to UK charitable organisations for projects to improve people’s digital confidence, knowledge and skills to enable them to make more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services.
Applications will be accepted from charitable and social enterprise organisations with an annual income above £75,000.
• Be based in the UK and working within one of the nations or regions.
• Be a UK registered charity or Community Interest Company.
• Have at least three unconnected Trustees, Directors or Management Committee members.
• Have a bank account in the organisation’s name with at least two unconnected signatories.
• Have been operating for at least 18 months and have at least one set of annual accounts.
Priority will be given to small and medium-sized organisations with an income of less than £2 million.
The programme will provide 12 grants of up to a total of £150,000 per organisation.
Grants are for a period of three years. Successful applicants may request differing amounts in each of the three years, with a minimum of £25,000 in any one year.
The deadline for applications is 13 August 2021
BBC Children in Need’s Main Grants 2021 Programme Opens for Applications
After a six-month break, the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme has reopened for applications for grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.
Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:
• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
• Any kind of disability.
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
• Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
The funding is for projects that make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funder has temporarily broadened the types of applications it is accepting. Currently funding is being offered that can be used more flexibly than usual.
Applications are encouraged for:
• Project delivery (including staffing and salary costs)
• Creative solutions to deliver much needed services
• Organisational costs to support stability and adaptation. (Including the day-to-day running costs of an organisation as opposed to specific project costs)
All applications will have to show how this funding will make a difference to children and young people’s lives during this crisis.
Applications are not limited to one specific project and a request can be made for organisational running costs. The funder is committed to supporting voluntary groups with these types of grants.
The deadline for applications is 11:30 am on 23 August 2021 for decisions in late January 2022.
Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Reach Programme – Applications Next Accepted 26-29 July
Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 over one year are available for work that addresses social exclusion or disadvantage to ensure that the most vulnerable people across Scotland are provided with opportunity and equality to make positive, sustainable changes to their lives.
• Charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues.
• Social Exclusion
• Charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, institutional care leavers, the elderly or the young.
There are two more rounds in 2021, one in July and another in September.
Note: each round has an application window of 72 hours.
Applications for the next round will only be accepted from 12 noon on 26 July 2021 until 12 noon on 29 July 2021.
Launch of £25,000 Business Boost Competition
Designed to help small businesses emerge successfully from the COVID-19 pandemic, and boost the chances of new start-ups, the Business Boost Competition has been launched. The scheme can help those wishing to start, grow or revive a small business.
The winner will be awarded a £25,000 grant.
The competition is open to UK resident entrepreneurs and businesspeople aged 18 and over. Entrants’ businesses must not have an annual turnover exceeding £500,000 or have received over £50,000 in private funding in the past two years (this does not include government grants).
Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business, said:
‘Small businesses are built on big dreams, and countless self-employed people have seen these dreams put to the test during this most challenging of periods.
‘We want to make a genuinely transformational impact to a small business owner’s life – with a cash injection that can put someone’s big dream back on track. And from our research we know £25,000 will do just that.’
The deadline to apply is 17 September 2021.
Short Deadline for Scotland’s Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund
Applications are invited for the second round of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund from organisations in Scotland that provide opportunities for audiences, as well as those that enable and deliver cultural activity. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Commercial theatres
• Performing arts spaces
• Comedy clubs and nightclubs
• Production facilities
• Music and dance companies.
Funding is available to for-profit and not-for-profit registered organisations including:
• Companies Limited by Shares
• Companies Limited by Guarantee
• Sole traders
To be eligible, organisations must:
• Derive their income from providing cultural activity to the public and organisations that play a critical role in enabling that activity.
• Be able to demonstrate that their existence is threatened due to the impacts of COVID-19.
• Have been providing cultural activity or services in Scotland since before 1 April 2019.
Previous recipients cannot apply for more than they were previously awarded. The following limits apply:
• If awarded up to £150,000 in the first round of the fund, applicants can apply for up to £75,000 this time.
• If awarded more than £150,000 in the first round of this fund, applicants can apply for up to £125,000 this time.
• New eligible applicants who have not previously applied or been awarded funding in the first round, can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000.
The deadline for applications is 24 June 2021 (12:00 BST).