Funding Round Up

Pre-Register for M&S Energy Fund 2018

Last year the M&S Energy Fund gave £300,000 to 25 community projects across the UK to install renewable technology and energy efficiency measures. One of the beneficiaries of last year’s fund was the Community Action Ark Project, who secured £7,740 to install solar panels on the roof of their bus, which acts as a safe haven for the homeless and help them through their time on the streets. You can read more about the impact our funding will have on this charity here

If you like the Fund, how about having a look at M&S Energy overall? You’ll enjoy simple, good value tariffs from a name you know and trust, with great customer service, plus electricity that’s matched with renewable sources right here in Britain. And, of course, you already know we donate £1 per customer account to the Energy Fund, to help communities across the country.

Visit M&S Energy here or alternatively call our customer services team on 0345 078 3208

The fund will be back again in 2018 – could it be your year? If your project, or one you know would like to register for the 2018 M&S Energy Fund they can pre-register here .

UK Games Fund – Fourth Round Open to Applications

The UK Games Fund is intended to support UK video games development. Aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production, the Fund will provide additional support to the video games sector, helping to maximise the contribution to economic growth this sector is already delivering.

The Fund will offer grants to support video games projects, as well as creating jobs, nurturing talent and furthering the growth of games clusters all around the UK.

The programme has an overall budget of £4 million. Under the current round, grants of up to £25,000 are available.

The money can be used to help games development businesses create working prototype games and raise the private investment necessary to see a concept turned into a finished product.

For the current round of funding the provider will normally only accept applications from UK registered, active games development companies.

The fourth call for applications is now open. The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on Monday 12 February 2018. Click here for more information.

Armed Forces Day Grant Scheme Opens for Applications

Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK.

In support of this event, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is providing funding to help organisations and individuals in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event this summer.

Last year, events took place in all parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They included Armed Forces Day tea parties, parades, big band concerts, civil war military re-enactments and live and static demonstrations.

Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 (providing the MoD accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

The event should be held on or in the weeks around National Armed Forces Day which will be celebrated on Saturday 30 June 2018 with a major national event to be held in the historic North Wales seaside town of Llandudno, and local events will be held across the UK.

Groups need to register their event before they can access the funding criteria.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018. Click here for more information.

Innovate UK & Prince’s Trust Launch Young Innovators’ Programme

A new nationwide initiative has been announced to find the next generation of young UK innovators and provide them with support, advice and funding to explore new ideas for enterprise.

Open to 18-30 year-olds who are looking to take their ideas to the next level, the Ideas Mean Business – Young Innovators’ Programme will enable applicants to quickly receive advice, guidance and the chance to access transformative backing; helping to turn their ideas into reality.

The ‘Young Innovators’ programme of support includes regional ‘Innovation Live’ events across the UK and an award competition, with the following support package:

  • An allowance to cover living costs (similar to an apprenticeship).
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring from an Innovation Champion.
  • A pot of funding to support specific requirements, eg travel to meet customers/partners, attending relevant training courses, equipment, hiring office space and IT support.

Those who do not win an award package will still have access to the Innovation Module and support offered by Enterprise Online.

Applicants need to register with The Prince’s Trust, where they will then be able to sign up to attend one of a series of regional events. These events will help young people to develop their ideas and give more information about the application process. Applicants must attend an event in order to apply.

There will be two batches of events: The first events are:

  • Cardiff, Wales, 5 February
  • Ipswich, East Anglia, 5 February
  • Birmingham, West Midlands, 6 February
  • Brighton, South East, 7 February
  • Plymouth, South West, 8 February

Those attending one of these events will need to submit an application by 1 March 2018.

The second batch of events will be:

  • Newcastle, North East, 26 February
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, 26 February
  • York, Yorkshire and the Humber, 27 February
  • Manchester, North West, 1 March
  • Glasgow, Scotland, 2 March
  • Nottingham, East Midlands, 2 March

Delegates to these events must apply by 22 March 2018.

The best ideas will be announced in March 2018 and these future innovators will go on to receive funding and ongoing business mentorship. Click here for more information.


OnSide is a charity working with tens of thousands of young people across the UK and has recently released two evaluation tenders. OnSide is looking for an experienced evaluator to undertake an impact assessment of the OnSide Youth Zones network to support its learning, development and growth. It is also commissioning an impact and process evaluation of its Savers Support Fund project Able to Manage (funded by Nesta). Please click on the links above to view the tender documents. Click here for more information.

Idlewild Trust

The Idlewild Trust makes grants to registered charities (not to individuals) concerned with the encouragement of excellence in the performing and fine arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of buildings and items of historical interest or national importance. Deadline 08 February. Click here for more information.

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