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.

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.

Closes: 24th June 2019
Find out more here: https://www.nesta.org.uk/project/solving-together-fund/

High Streets Heritage Action Zones

A £44 million fund which will allow Historic England to work with not-for-profit organisations to find new ways to champion and revive historic high streets across England. The programme is administered by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The scheme will support sustainable economic and cultural growth on and around high streets and restore and enhance local historic character, making the high street an attractive, engaging and vibrant place for people to live, work and play. HSHAZ will do this through physical works to buildings, including repair, reinstatement of lost features and conversion to new uses including residential.HSHAZ will improve shared spaces, creating cultural opportunities through our learning about the history of the high street and its importance to local communities. Critically, local communities will have a key role in deciding what works they want to see happening on their high street and what sort of place they want it to be.

Applicants can apply for a grant of between £250,000 and £2 million to set up a four-year partnership beginning April 2020.

It is expected that in most cases Historic England would provide funding for around 50% of costs, though they would be willing to provide a higher percentage of funding if need can be demonstrated.

In making decisions relating to partner contribution, consideration will be given to the in-kind (i.e. non-cash) contribution of partners.

Expression of Interest deadline: 12 noon on 12 July 2019
Find out more, including eligibility here: Historic High Streets

Funding for Young People to Organise Inter Faith Events

Small grants are available for young people to run events or projects connected with Inter Faith week 2019. Grants of up to £800 will be awarded to proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Projects should take place during Inter Faith Week 2019 (10 – 17 November). The aims of Inter Faith Week are to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels.
  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society.
  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project.
  • Promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces.
  • Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.
  • Grants can provide part-funding. Grants are not available for converting young people to a different faith.

Application deadline: Friday 23 August 2019.
Find out more: https://www.interfaithweek.org/about

Nesta EdTech Innovation Fund

Nesta is working in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE) to help schools and colleges in England make more effective use of technology. The first stage of this £4.6m partnership is the EdTech Innovation Fund. The EdTech Innovation Fund will support up to 20 organisations to improve, evaluate and grow the reach of digital tools across four challenge areas:

  • Formative assessment
  • Essay marking
  • Parental engagement
  • Timetabling

Grants will be awarded to projects that support:

  • Improvement – improving and testing early-stage products that want to grow their reach and impact
  • Implementation – supporting products to expand their reach to more schools, colleges and students
  • Evidence – supporting organisations to build the evidence base for what works in the four challenge areas.
  • Applications must be submitted in the name of a corporate body which may include schools, charities or private companies.

Organisations can be from outside the UK, but products must be applicable to the English education system. This fund will support up to 20 organisations with grants of up to £100,000 for a period of 18 months.

Application deadline: 15 July 2019.
Find out more: EdTech Innovation Fund

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