Grants News

Curiosity Fund

The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust. Curiosity grants are not about education but about using science as a tool to make wider changes in the lives of children and young people experiencing disadvantage. Curiosity aims to make a difference for children and young people by improving access to, engagement with and understanding of science. Applicants must be able to explain:

  • The disadvantaged children and young people’s experiences and its affect upon them.
  • How the proposed science activities will improve the lives of those who take part.
  • Why the specific science-based activities planned are well-suited to making such differences.
  • How to identify and measure the differences that could be achieved.

Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate. Projects that use engaging and participatory science to improve their personal, social and emotional development are encouraged.

Closing date: Round 2 applications is 12 April 2019 (11.59pm).
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Comic Relief’s Children Survive and Thrive Fund

Comic Relief will make investments of up to £150,000. The investments may be higher for organisations that will both deliver strong community-level efforts and also contribute to strategic changes. The funding is intended for locally-rooted charitable organisations that directly support families with young children. The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school. These child-centred approaches should be based on recognised good practice.

Comic Relief is interested in work that:

  • Adopts the principles of children’s rights to survive and thrive, leaving no child behind, and supporting child-centred and family-centred care and nurturing.
  • Uses a participatory approach at all project stages and values the experience and insights of people who are directly affected by factors that impede early childhood development, including parents, family members and other carers, and communities.
  • Depending on the age group, this can also include children’s views, eg. through child-to-child approaches.
  • Comic Relief wants to work with people who are interested in engaging in shared learning and will support collaboration between funded partners. It is hoped this will contribute to learning about the value of grassroots efforts for early childhood development, and how key stakeholders and funders can provide support that creates long-term change.

The investment can be used to cover specific activities, or a combination of activities and the organisation’s core costs or overheads. If an organisation’s main purpose is to advance early childhood development, and it can demonstrate its impact, Comic Relief may consider funding core costs only. Starting in January 2019, UK organisations are eligible to apply if their annual income is between £250,000 and £10 million. Comic Relief aims to fund no more than 40% of an organisation’s future income. The funder will consider budgets that have higher amounts in some years, as long as the average annual funding is within the new 40% limit. There is a two-stage application process.

Closing date: The deadline for first stage applications is 22 March 2019 (12 noon).
Find out more here: Comic Relief Children Survive and Thrive

National Vegetarian Week 2019 Grants

Both small grants of £200 and larger grants of £2,000 are available for community events and activities that take place in May 2019 to support National Vegitarian Week. National Vegetarian Week takes place from 13 to 19 May. Events must:

  • Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.
  • Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food.
  • Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan. (Events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink).
  • Attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but also inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.
  • Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not limited to cookery demonstrations, communal meals, recipe exchanges, and tasting sessions.

The grants could be used for food and ingredients, room hire, equipment hire, transport costs, cookery demonstration materials, public liability insurance, and direct costs in delivering the activity. A range of not for profit organisations can apply. There are three application deadlines in 2019.

Closing date: The deadline for large grants is 3 March 2019 and 17 March/14 April for small grants.
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