Round-up of funding opportunities

I’m indebted to BVSC’s weekly e-bulletin for all of the following funding opportunities. They are reposted here in case anyone has missed them. If you aren’t already subscribed to BVSC’s e-bulletin you can subscribe here.

The opportunities below are all either new money or programmes that are reopening to resume ‘normal’ service.

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Reopening from 22nd July 2020 with a budget of £59.8m available until April 2021. 

Arts Council says: “We have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. We’ll publish updated guidance for the programme by mid-July.”

More information: Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.
Coverage in Charity Times.

Birmingham Children’s Partnership Covid-19 Community Grants

The Birmingham Children’s Partnership has developed a new locality approach to supporting families in need across the city as part of the response to the Covid-19 crisis.

As part of this development a community grants scheme is currently in place to support locality working, which Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations can apply for up to a maximum of £10,000.

Support is available through Birmingham Community Matters for community groups to help them put together applications for this grant. It is important that any applications reflect a need in the local community, and that projects work with all members of that community.

Applications are sought from organisations wishing to work with the local partnerships.

→ More information: BVSC website.

National Lottery Community Fund — Coronavirus Community Support

National Lottery Community Fund — Coronavirus Community Support Fund: £200m. Part of the government’s £750m support package for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

Some service categories have specific funding attached — domestic abuse, loneliness, food distribution, zoos, health and more.

More information: National Lottery Community Fund website.

Severn Trent Community Fund

Severn Trent Community Fund reopened to ‘normal’ applications.

To apply you must be a Severn Trent customer (ie receive your water supply from or have waste treated by Severn Trent), and the location and the beneficiaries of your project must be located within the Severn Trent region. You can check both using this tracker.

→ More information: Severn Trent Community Fund website.

Sport England

Sport England is committing up to £210m of funding to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

→ More information: Sport England website.


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Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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