Funding Round Up

UK Space Agency in £4 Million NHS Funding Initiative

The UK Space Agency has announced a joint initiative with NHS England in which innovators will bid for money to turn technology originally designed for space into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care. £4 million of UK Space Agency funding will be made available for up to four applicants to develop their ideas along with support and advice from NHS England and the European Space Agency.

Previous examples of space tech being adapted for NHS use include a pill camera that can be swallowed by patients, dementia tracking slippers, breast screening vans that beam images back to assessment centres, wearable monitors to help prevent falls among the elderly, and apps that help prevent skin cancer.

Emily Gravestock, UK Space Agency head of applications, said:

“Britain’s world-leading space sector continues to grow and support vital public services like the NHS with innovative applications.

“We encourage all businesses and public bodies to consider the role that satellite data can play in tackling some of the biggest challenges we face, as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.”

For more details of how to get involved in this initiative, contact

Bright Ideas Fund Opens for Applications

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations

The fund aims to give community groups the support and tools to start setting up their community business. It will also give groups the early stage finance that is needed to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.

A total of £700,000 is being made available in Round 4 with grants of up to £15,000.

Successful organisations will receive:

  • Business development support – up to 12 days of business development support from Locality, Plunkett Foundation, or Co-operatives UK.
  • Grant funding – the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000, which can be spent on specific activities to develop the community business idea.
  • Learning and peer networking – access to online resources, thematic webinars and the opportunity to visit and learn from existing community businesses.

The following is an indication of the range of grants available:

  • Ideas stage – grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.
  • Pre-venture stage – grants of between £1,000 and £15,000.

There is particular interest in Bradford, Grimsby, Hartlepool, Leicester, Luton, Plymouth, Wigan, Liverpool City Region, Suffolk and West of England Combined Authorities.

The deadline for Round 4 applications is 31 July 2018. Click here for more information.

Multi-Billion Pound Investment Boost to Social Housing across England

Secretary of State for Communities, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has announced a multi-billion pound boost to social housing across England as part of the drive to build the homes communities need.

Since 2010 over 378,000 affordable homes been built. Around 23,000 new affordable homes will be delivered through a £1.67 billion government investment deal. This will include at least 12,500 social rent homes in high cost areas in a move to support families struggling to pay their rent.

This is part of the government’s £9 billion investment in affordable homes, £1.67 billion of which was announced in March 2018 for London. This latest funding will deliver homes across the rest of the country.

In response to calls from local authorities for extra financial flexibility, the Communities Secretary also invited local authorities to bid for a share of £1 billion extra borrowing to build much-needed homes. This borrowing cap raise will be split equally between London and the rest of England.

These new measures are part of the government’s plans to build 1.5 million new homes by 2022 through planning reform and targeted investment.

The Secretary of State for Communities, said:

“Today’s announcement is a further milestone. It will secure the delivery of an additional 23,000 much-needed affordable homes as well as paving the way for a new generation of council houses.

“The majority of these new homes will be in high cost areas helping to ease the burden of rent on hard working families and delivering stronger communities.”

A bidding process will now begin for both programmes, with successful bids for the affordable homes funding notified throughout the year. A list of successful councils who have had their borrowing caps increased will be announced by government in due course.

Registered providers of social housing are invited to bid through Homes England’s Continuous Market Engagement process.

Local authorities outside London are invited to bid through Homes England’s bidding process. See the bidding prospectus for further details.

Small Charity Has Limited Number of Grants for Disadvantaged Youth in SE England

This small family charity offers a handful of grants each year to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations for projects that help the most disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 19 years) to fulfil their potential.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Help the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence, and to fulfil their potential.
  • Support projects that engage young people, aged between 5 years and 19 years old, through sport, art and education.

Most grants are approximately £30,000 over three years. Please note that around £377,000 was awarded in funding last year to 13 projects.

To be eligible, applicants should have no more than 60% of their turnover from public service contracts or other commissioned work. Interested parties wishing to apply are encouraged to contact the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

There are three rounds each year.

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2018. Click here for more information.

Applications Being Accepted for Funding to Preserve European Jewish History and Culture

This Foundation provides funding to support organisations and institutions that qualify as charitable according to the UK authorities with their efforts to:

  • Facilitate access to collections.
  • Provide evidence of the presence and contribution of the Jewish community in a particular European area.
  • Broaden the range of learning opportunities.
  • Engage diverse visitors.
  • Raise the professional level of museum staff.
  • Increase the museum’s visibility and audience.

In the current funding cycle, grants of up to £75,000 per year are available for projects in one of the following two categories:

  • Collections Management – support for inventory and cataloguing, conservation, preservation and digitisation of collections.
  • Core Exhibition – support for new museums developing their core exhibition or for existing museums revamping their core exhibition.

Support is available for a wide variety of projects at different stages of development, including stand-alone initiatives and new aspects of an existing project. Preference is given to projects that have a long-term and measurable impact, and that foster exchange and cooperation.

Generally, grants are awarded for project-related costs rather than infrastructure (such as capital or operational-related costs of any institutions).

First stage applications must be submitted by the deadline of 26 July 2018. Click here for more information.

Natural England Extends Deadline for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier Applications

Countryside Stewardship grants area available to those who propose to make the best environmental improvements within their local area. The Mid Tier of Countryside Stewardship offers agreements for environmental improvements in the wider countryside, such as reducing diffuse water pollution or improving the environment for birds, pollinators and farm wildlife.

The scheme includes multi annual and/or capital support for Woodland Improvement that are:

  • suitable for many types of land use (eg conventional and organic farmland, coastal areas, uplands and woodlands);
  • competitive; and
  • scored against local priority targets to maximise environmental benefit.

Funding levels vary according to demonstrated need. Applications for capital items can be in excess of £500,000.

The Mid Tier element of CS offers options and capital items to achieve simple, but effective environmental benefit.

The scheme is open to all eligible farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers in England.

Applicants for the Mid Tier scheme now have one extra month to complete their applications and send them to Natural England. The deadline for applications to be with Natural England has been extended to allow extra time for farmers to fill out their forms during the busy summer months.

The Government has outlined an ambition for farming and environmental enhancement to work more closely together when the UK leaves the EU. Entering into a CS agreement is way for farmers to start changing the way they manage their land ahead of the introduction of a land management scheme that will replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

For the 2018 application window, four new simplified “wildlife offers” have been introduced for upland, lowland, mixed farm and arable, with a shorter form to complete and a streamlined selection of options depending on farm type. New entrants to CS, or farmers coming to the end of a legacy Entry-level Stewardship scheme, are guaranteed an agreement with as few as three options. Applicants who wanted to apply for a wildlife offer, but received the incorrect pack, should contact Natural England about their application.

The Mid Tier application deadline has been extended to 31 August 2018. Click here for more information.

Small Grants for Community, Heritage Biodiversity Projects in Parts of England

The aim of the scheme is to enhance the environment of communities living in the vicinity of landfill sites that are accepting waste.

Applications are currently being accepted for the second of three funding round taking place in 2018.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for capital projects that fulfil the following objectives:

  • Community – The protection of the environment, the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities and parks, which are open and accessible to the public.
  • Biodiversity – The protection of the environment, the enhancement, protection and/or promotion of biological diversity of a species or habitat.
  • Heritage – The protection of the environment, the maintenance, repair or restoration of a building or structure that is of historic or architectural interest, and which is open and accessible to the public.

Applicants must hold the freehold of the project site, or have a minimum of 10 years left to run on a lease.

All projects must demonstrate:

  • That there is a local need and local support for the project, promotion of community participation (volunteering) and partnership approaches.
  • Environmental sustainability by using environmentally-friendly materials and solutions wherever possible.
  • Value for money; projects must maximise the benefit of Landfill Communities Fund funding.
  • That they are self-sustaining and have long-term management plans.

Applicants must initially check the availability of funding in their area using the postcode checker on the funder’s website.

The next deadline for small grants applications is 31 July 2018. Click here for more information.

Second Round Opens for Local Grants and Digital Development Programme

Registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number) in the UK can apply now for grants of up to £20,000.

The funding is for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and:

  • Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

Proposed projects must identify one of the following as their main focus:

  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Education and employability.
  • Events and commemorations.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
  • Be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working – with either an armed forces charity or an armed forces unit.

All applicants are expected to work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provisions.

Applicants who are successful with their Local Grants application may also be able to benefit from the Covenant Fund’s Digital Development Programme.

Applications are assessed four times per year.

The deadline for the second round is 29 July 2018 (12pm). Click here for more information.


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