Funding Opportunities

2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – funding and free training for health charities

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

To apply go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards

Closing date for applications: Monday 23 September 2019 at 5pm.

Postcode Dream Fund Opens for Applications

The Dream Fund is providing a total of £3 million this year. Grants of between £500,000 and £1.5 million (an increase of £500,000) are available to deliver a project over a period of 24 months to 36 months.

This year (2019) the Dream Fund is looking for projects that seek to implement systemic change in order to address an important social or environmental problem.

Systems change involves looking at problems in a macro context and understanding the entire ecosystem of that problem, in order to develop long-term solutions.

Systems change thinking comprises mapping out all the relevant stakeholders, the institutions and the economic, social, cultural, political factors that underlie these large structural problems in order to give a full understanding of why the problem persists in order to create a solution.

The new funding themes are:

  • Environmental Systems Change – this theme is looking for collaborative and innovative projects that develop long term solutions to systemic environmental problems. Areas of interest include projects that challenge environmental degradation, in particular focusing on biodiversity and species preservation.
  • Sustainability Systems Change – this theme is looking for projects that promote sustainable consumption by shifting the way people live, work and connect with others. Areas of interest include urban food systems, plastics, food waste and recycling.
  • Health & Wellbeing Systems Change – this theme is looking for projects that address the root causes of social problems that affect people’s health and wellbeing. Areas of interest include solutions that encourage social inclusion, build more resilient communities and promote healthy childhood development.

Please note that applications for projects that do not meet one of the funding priorities will be considered as long as they meet the general criteria.

Projects must be innovative, creative and original, and be a genuine ‘dream’.

General running costs including ongoing staff costs, utility bills, council tax, rent and insurance that are directly linked with the project are eligible for funding. Costs relating to PR and communications and capital costs are eligible for funding.

The deadline for Stage One applications is 15 October 2019 (5:30pm).

Click here for further information and how to apply.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for First Round of 2019

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

The Charity holds two funding rounds each year with a different theme for each round.

The September 2019 round is targeting and supporting groups who provide and deliver practical financial life skills to those particularly going through a life changing transition. Projects must focus on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, and resettlement.

All applications must demonstrate how the project they are seeking funding for has a lasting impact on the people taking part.

The maximum grant is £7,500. The applications most likely to be successful are those that ask for funding for a specific activity cost rather than a general contribution to running costs or a much larger project.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

Applicants are advised to apply early in the month as the round will be limited to the first 40 applications that are accepted or the deadline, whichever is soonest.

The application deadline is 27 September 2019 (5pm).

Click here for further information and how to apply.

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