Funding Round Up

Small Business Grants Competition Invites UK Applications for October Round

The Small Business Grants Initiative has been established to give promising new businesses the opportunity to receive a cash prize to help them become established and grow their operations into successful enterprises.

Every month, one business deemed by a panel of independent judges to be the most deserving will benefit from a package including a financial grant, as well as being featured on the Small Business Grants website as a monthly winner.

The winners will be those companies deemed to have the most potential in their sector, based on factors such as turnover growth, innovation, aspiration, key projects completed, contracts won and partnerships forged.

The prize for each Promotion is a cash deposit of £5,000. This is a grant that does not have to be repaid. In addition to receiving cash, grant winners will benefit from editorial coverage exploring how they used the money; articles that offer an insight into how a cash injection can benefit small businesses and help them flourish.

The money can be used towards marketing the business offering, investing in technology, or perhaps taking on some part-time staff.

Small businesses in the UK that are actively trading, at least one year old and with a turnover between £50,000 and £500,000 annually may apply. Small businesses are those that employ fewer than 50 staff. The business could be operating in any sector, for example a cafe, those operating a business from home, or perhaps managing a franchise.

Companies may only apply for this initiative every three months so those applying in October will need to wait until January 2018 to enter the competition again.

The October competition is accepting applications until 31 October 2017. Click here for more information.

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund – Round 2 to Open Shortly (UK)

The Community Radio Fund, managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, offers two funding rounds each year. The second round for 2017 is scheduled to open on 11 October to radio stations that are not-for-profit, run by local people for local people about local issues.

Each funding round has around £200,000 available for grants. There is no set level of funding. Grants can range from about £2,000 to around £19,000 with an average grant of about £14,000. Grants will be made as a single lump sum and are to cover a one-year period only.

The funding is intended for community radio licensees broadcasting under a community radio licence in the UK to cover costs including:

  • Fundraising to support the station.
  • Management.
  • Administration.
  • Financial management and reporting.
  • Community outreach.
  • Volunteer organisation and support.

Priority will be given to licensees that have not been awarded a grant in previous funding rounds and to newly-licensed stations.

The Awarding Panel considers promoting long-term sustainability a critical, core activity and thus priority will be given to applications that focus on posts that promote long-term financial security and may become self-sustaining.

This is a very competitive grants programme with many more requests for funding than can be awarded.

Applications for Round 2 will be accepted from 11 October to 8 November 2017 (5pm). Click here for more information.

Round 2 of The Connect Fund now open!

The Connect Fund will open for the next round of funding from 2 October to 5 November 2017. This expression of interest (EOI) will focus on feasibility grants for infrastructure organisations representing sectors or places to engage with social investment in England.

The intent is to allow local CVS infrastructure organisations; membership bodies; and other sector, place or equalities networks to explore models of enterprise-driven funding solutions that support the financial resilience of their membership base. Find out more.

Ford Britain Trust

Ford are committed to supporting the communities they work and live in. That’s why they created the Ford Britain Trust in April 1975 to help fund the education and advancement of neighbours.

They pay special attention to projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to our UK locations. The Ford Britain Trust particularly encourages applications from Ford employees, but is open to all, provided that the qualifying organisations meet our selection criteria.

There are two types of grants to apply for:

  • Small grants for amounts up to £250, available four times each year.
  • Large grants for amounts over £250 and usually up to a maximum of £3,000. Large grants are considered by the Trustees twice a year.

Application Form: Available to download from the website along with the guidelines.

Contact:  Ford Britain Trust, Room 1/623, c/o Ford Motor Company Limited, Eagle Way, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3BW


Tel:  01277 252551


Celebrating participation in healthcare community grants – apply now!

Has your voluntary/community group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? If so, NHS England wants you to tell them about it. In fact, they want to support you to tell everyone about it!

NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £2,000 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare. Find out more here.

Childcare Business Grants Scheme Offers Support for New Childminders in England

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme was introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It encourages and supports the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant.

Those intending to set up a new childcare business can apply to the scheme to:

  • Obtain financial support to help with the costs of getting trained and registered.
  • Access a business mentor, to provide support and advice during the business start-up phase.
  • Access business advice tailored to the childcare sector.

There are three types of grants available:

  1. A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises.
  2. A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D).
  3. A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

All costs incurred for the set-up of a business will be considered as eligible. These include:

  • Courses attended.
  • Health checks.
  • Public liability insurance.
  • House or commercial building insurance cover.
  • Additional car insurance to cover the transportation of the children in care, and any additional equipment that is purchased.

The scheme is now open to newly-registered early years childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and Childminder Agencies (CMAs) in England. This means:

  • the business must have been registered with Ofsted/CMA for under three months; AND
  • the applicant has already started the business (this cannot be before the Ofsted/CMA registration date) OR
  • if the business has not yet started the applicant must plan to do so within six months of the application date.

The scheme is due to end by 31 March 2018 or sooner if all funds have been exhausted. Click here for more information.

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