Funding Opportunities

Sustainable Innovation Fund – Temporary Framework Competition Launched

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected research and development (R&D) across all UK sectors, and Innovate UK (IUK) now wishes to help them recover, grow and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.

Proposals must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and how the project can help solve them. In addition, IUK expects proposals to ensure that any recovery, growth and opportunity is clean and sustainable. Projects should consider COVID-19 recovery in a way that has a positive impact on climate change and/or environmental sustainability, and applicants should explain how this will be achieved, maintained and measured.

From an overall budget of £55 million, applicants can claim a maximum grant of £175,000 against their eligible project costs. Each project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000.

Industrial research and experimental development projects across a variety of technologies, markets, regions, technological maturities and research categories will be funded. Projects can focus on:

  • Decarbonisation, circular economy and/or biodiversity.
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability.
  • Geographic or regionally-targeted innovation.
  • Innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users.
  • Innovations that work across more than one sector.
  • Follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world.

These grants are for organisations that were not in difficulty on 31 December 2019, but have faced difficulties or entered into difficulty thereafter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A UK registered business of any size must lead a project or work alone. The lead must involve at least one SME. Projects must be able to be carried out in the UK, under the current restrictions of COVID-19. UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTOs) can collaborate with the lead.

Applications must be submitted by 29 July 2020 (11:00 BST).

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Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants

Grants are available to help UK museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Art Fund is an independent fundraising charity. For over 100 years the Art Fund has helped more than 700 museums and galleries buy great works of art.

This programme has been developed in response to feedback through The Art Fund’s sector consultation which identified their priority areas for support: Audiences, Collections, Digital and Workforce.

The Art Fund is providing Respond and Reimagine grants to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

These grants can provide practical support to fund what applicants need now. If an organisation is experiencing an immediate crisis with no alternative sources of funding, The Art Fund can consider offering emergency support to help organisations manage during this difficult period.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available.

The Art Fund will consider offering 100% funding.

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An artist commissioning programme is open to young moving image artists in England from under-represented backgrounds.

SKIP/INTRO is a moving-image commissioning opportunity produced by Satellite, and funded by Arts Council England. Satellite is a production company specialising in artists’ moving image. Its work is socially engaged, with a focus on the intersection between technological and social change. Its portfolio includes short and feature length work, as well as moving image installation, documentary and music video.

SKIP/INTRO is a film commissioning programme which will support emerging moving-image artists through the challenges of the present moment. The scheme provides a platform for young filmmakers to look beyond the horizon, and showcase something about the world.

Selected through an open call, the sponsor is commissioning three new moving image works from artist filmmakers aged 18-25 based in England. The programme will actively support artists from under-represented backgrounds, and includes a specific commitment:

  • To commissioning at least one black artist.
  • That at least one of the commissioned artists will be based outside of London and the South East of England.

Satellite wants to continue to support experimental practices at a moment when they are particularly vulnerable, and play a part in championing an art world for all.  The scheme will support a variety of artistic practices that are self-sufficient, that do not require substantial external production support via crew, cast, specific equipment, etc, while still offering Satellite’s production and curatorial support.

The sponsor is interested to see proposals working with a range of techniques and methodologies; for example, digital or analogue animation techniques, working with found material, or self-shot films, that experiments under current conditions, seeing constraints as beneficial to the creative process.

The sponsor is especially keen to commission work with the potential for broad appeal. It is also interested in supporting work that speaks to, and represents, people and communities who are under-represented on screen. These works may be about a variety of subjects, for example (but not limited to): social, political, cultural, technological, environmental or personal change taking place under present conditions.

Three commissioned artists will receive:

  • A £1,500 fee/budget.
  • £2,000 additional production support.
  • Curatorial support from satellite across a two-month period.
  • Online distribution.

The final works will be streamed through the sponsor’s own digital channels and through an online broadcast partner TBC.

The three commissioned works will be made under the present and evolving conditions of lockdown, but are designed to look beyond it, to the new possible worlds that lie ahead.

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One-Off Funding for Organisations that Employ People from Vulnerable/Disadvantaged Groups

In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Social & Community Capital has launched a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund to provide some support for social enterprises, charities and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.

The funding aims to bridge the income gap so that organisations survive the crisis and continue to have a positive impact in their communities. Grants can be used to fund usual business activities or help to adapt their delivery model to coronavirus constraints. These grants are unrestricted and can be used for any purpose, including core costs.

A total of £1 million is being made available with one-off unrestricted grants of between £5,000 and £50,000. The grant must not exceed 25% of the organisation’s annual turnover or £50,000.

Applications will be considered from organisations with the following legal structures: Community Interest Company (CIC), Company Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Society, Co-operative Society, Unincorporated association, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Charitable Trusts, Registered Charity.

Organisations are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they can.

Applications will be open from midday on Monday 22 June and stay open for at least one week.

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 29 June 2020.

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