Funding Opportunites

Solving Together Fund

Grants for organisations working in parental engagement, including social enterprises, charities and private enterprises, to support high-potential, early-stage interventions which use digital technology and aim to improve parental engagement in maths and maths outcomes for secondary students in the UK.

Launched in May 2019, this programme is being administered by Nesta, in partnership with Tata, as part of Maths Mission. Maths Mission is a partnership set up by Tata and Nesta in 2017, aiming to find innovative new ways to increase young people’s interest in maths, and improve their maths and collaborative problem-solving skills.

Nesta is a registered charity operating as an innovation foundation, supporting new ideas that are able to address some of the major challenges of modern times.

The Solving Together Fund aims to support two high-potential, early-stage interventions which can improve parental engagement in maths and maths outcomes for secondary students (11-16 years old), using digital technology.

Interventions could be aiming to have an impact on a number of different outcomes relating to maths, including improving a young person’s confidence in the subject, improving attitudes and interest in maths and improving attainment.

The outcome should help provide teachers with the right information to make evidence-based decisions on which interventions to use in their schools, and help to guide further development of interventions.

There are two grants of £20,000 available.

Non-financial support will be provided by Nesta and Tata, depending on the needs of the funded projects. Non-financial support could include advice on business modelling, measuring of impact or marketing.

The Fund will target a range of organisations, including social enterprises, charities and private enterprises. Interventions can be delivered within the school curriculum, in non-curriculum time or outside of/separate from school. The projects should be delivered in the UK.

The funds can be used for:

  • direct project costs;
  • related staff costs;
  • evaluation;
  • limited amount of project-related marketing costs (this will be considered individually for each project); and
  • programme and business development.

 The deadline for applications is Monday 24 June 2019 at 9am.

Applications will be shortlisted and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. It is likely to be a virtual interview with Nesta staff. A panel of experts will give advice to Nesta on which applicants best meet the selection criteria.

Grantees will be finalised in late July 2019.

Interested parties should contact Nesta directly- click here for further information.

Resource Action Fund

Grants are available for businesses and not-for-profit organisations in England to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing and better managing waste, in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter.

The Resource Action Fund is being funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). WRAP’s mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through re-inventing how products are designed, produced and sold; re-thinking how products are used and consumed; and re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.

The £18 million Resource Action Fund has been established to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing, and better managing, waste. The Fund will support key policy outcomes in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter.  The overall programme is broken down into Large and Small Scale grants.

The following strands make up the Large Scale grants.

  • Food Waste Prevention
    This strand will provide capital infrastructure to help address a current capacity gap for redistributing food produced by businesses that is currently being wasted, diverting this to people in need. The grants will support redistributing a significant volume of food to end beneficiaries through not-for-profit organisations / non-commercial activity.
  • Plastics Packaging & Textiles Competition – opens TBC
    This scheme will provide funding support for new capital infrastructure projects that will help to recycle difficult plastic packaging and textile materials. This grant will support economic / commercial activity. The competition is separated into two lots:

    • Lot 1: Plastic packaging
    • Lot 2: Textiles

The following strands make up the Small Scale grants:

  • Wave 1: Food Waste Prevention
    A programme of grants to provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food from the likes of retailers and food manufacturers.  This programme will continue the success of the previous small-scale redistribution programme delivered by WRAP in addressing barriers to food redistribution.
  • Wave 2: Food biochemical processing / food valorisation – opens 19 August 2019
    A programme of grants to support pilot projects to provide new biochemical processing or valorisation for food that would otherwise become waste. WRAP is encouraging industry to propose new processes and technologies that can be implemented and tested, with the project results being reported by the recipient back to Defra / WRAP. The grants will fund both revenue and capital costs.
  • Wave 3: Citizens food waste prevention interventions – opens 21 October 2019
    A programme of grants to provide new and proven citizen interventions that will encourage and influence citizens to reduce food waste.
  • Recycling infrastructure – opening date TBC
    A programme of grants to provide capital infrastructure to increase recycling capacity of non-household municipal waste.
  • Litter Bin infrastructure – opening date TBC
    A programme of grants that will provide support for improved litter bin infrastructure.

Note: The Large and Small Scale Food Waste Prevention grants are the only strands currently open for applications.  These schemes aim to improve how organisations handle and distribute leftover food by investing in infrastructure such as weighing equipment, storage solutions, warehouses, industrial freezers and fridges, labelling equipment and vehicles.

The Large Scale Food Waste Prevention grant has a finite budget of £5 million and will award capital grants between £200,000 and £1 million for new capital infrastructure.

The Small Scale Food Waste Prevention grant has a finite budget of £1 million has been allocated to fund small scale grant projects, ranging in value from £20,000 to £170,000.

The deadline for Small Scale applications is 11 July 2019. The deadline for Large Scale applications is 1 July 2019.

Click here for further information and how to apply.

Those who have questions about the programme are advised to contact WRAP by emailing: resourceactionfund@wrap.org.uk

ART Business Loans

Loans for viable businesses and social enterprises based in the West Midlands, which need to start, survive or grow and are unable to secure all their funding needs from the banks. Established in 1997, ART is a local Community Development Finance Institution; its founding Chair and inspiration being Sir Adrian Cadbury.

ART Business Loans is a Responsible Finance provider and offers loans to viable businesses and social enterprises based in the West Midlands, which need to start, survive or grow and are unable to secure all their funding needs from the banks. It often lends alongside banks and other lenders, adding that last vital piece of finance that makes sure the business succeeds.

ART’s aim is to provide access to appropriate finance and job opportunities. It raises funds from a combination of private and public sector sources.

The programme will lend to businesses operating across the West Midlands region. ART’s portfolio of borrowers ranges from sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. ART has supported both innovative start-ups and established businesses in a range of sectors including manufacturing, services, the care industry, education and skills training.

Loans can be used for any business purpose, including asset purchase or working capital.

 This is a rolling programme.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Further advice and assistance may be sought directly from ART here.

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