Funding Opportunities

ScottishPower Foundation Accepting Applications

Charities registered with one of the UK charity regulators for at least one full year can apply for grants of between £35,000 and £200,000.

Application must address at least one of the ScottishPower Foundation’s strategic aims:

Education, training and research – to support education, training and research in general, prioritising innovation in order to contribute to energy sustainability.
Biodiversity and climate change – to support the protection of the environment and to enhance biodiversity; to actively contribute in the fight against climate change.
Art and culture – to protect and safeguard artistic and cultural heritage by promoting conservation and restoration of the arts and supporting local development.
Social initiatives – to contribute to sustainable human development by supporting the most vulnerable people and groups.
There is particular interest in applications that will support the most vulnerable people in society.

Projects must also address one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The funding is for the delivery of specific projects and not for general unrestricted running costs. This can include salary costs.

The deadline for applications is 24 September 2020 (1pm).

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Funding to Address Impacts of COVID-19 Crisis on LGBTQ+ Communities

A new £585,000 Fund is now open for applications from groups and organisations across the UK that support LGBTQ+ communities. To be eligible for the Fund, organisations must be led by LGBTQ+ staff or volunteers and have an annual turnover of less than £100,000.

Four levels of funding are available:

Micro grants of up to £500 or £1,000.
Small grants of up to £5,000.
Medium grants up to £10,000.
Large grants of up to £15,000.
The funding is to be used for projects that address the impacts that the COVID-19 crisis has had on LGBTQ+ people.

Organisations have until July 2021 to spend the grants.

The deadlines for applications are 22 September 2020 for micro/small grants and 30 September 2020 for medium/large grants.

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KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme

Grants are available to support grassroots organisations providing safe social spaces, mentoring, work, or social skills for young people aged 11 to 25 years old in the UK.

The KFC Foundation provides grants to support grassroots organisations in the communities where KFC’s restaurants are located. The Foundation works with organisations who are empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work, and social skills.

The funding is intended for projects and activities which:

Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
Support those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
Provide spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping to unlock talent and build life skills, provide mentoring, and improve their chances of gaining meaningful employment.
Ultimately empower all young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future.
Will demonstrate positive results within 12 months of the receipt of funding.

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Disabled People’s Organisations – COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Grants are available for grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 needs of local disabled people.

The National Emergencies Trust has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the COVID-19 needs of disabled people.

The term ‘Disabled people’ is used to mean all groups of people with impairments including: people with learning difficulties, people who experience mental distress, people with a visual impairment, deaf people, people who are neuro diverse, people with long term health conditions and people with physical impairments

The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs which include Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland, Disability Wales and Inclusion London who in turn will be working with six regional DPOs across England.

The DPO Covid-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of local disabled people.

Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available. It is anticipated that 50% of the grants will be between £1,000 and £5,000; 25% will be between £5,000 and £10,000 and the remaining 25% will be between £15,000 and £25,000.

The funding period is eight months (1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021). All grant income and funding activity must be spent and completed by the end of June 2021.

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Football Foundation – Matchday Support Fund

Grants are available for football clubs in England and Wales to prepare for the safe return of football and supporters to their stadia, taking into account the additional risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Matchday Support Fund is provided by the Premier League and administered by the Football Foundation.

The funding is intended to allow football clubs to make the changes necessary to satisfy the latest FA and Government guidance regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19, ensuring their stadia are safer for the return of football and supporters.

The following can apply:

National League System Clubs (Steps 1-6).
Welsh Premier League Clubs.
FA Women’s Pyramid Clubs (Tier 1-5).
To be eligible clubs must have a minimum of 12 months’ security of tenure over their stadium for the 2020/21 season by freehold, leasehold or licence, and have the responsibility for operating it on matchdays. Alternatively, they must have a groundshare agreement for the entirety of the 2020/21 season.

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BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund

Support to enable independent cinemas across the UK to survive the coronavirus shutdown which hit arts and cultural venues badly and with immediate impact.

The BFI FAN Film Exhibition is part of a package of support from the UK Government and the BFI, awarding National Lottery funding.

The BFI has announced the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund for exhibitors across the UK to resume cultural programming and engage a broad and diverse audience as they navigate reopening.

The Fund will support activity to re-engage audiences with collective, big screen film experiences at film festivals, mixed arts venues, and both community and traditional cinemas. The Fund will support dynamic cultural programming and activities to engage diverse audiences.

BFI FAN is a collaboration of eight Film Hubs managed by leading film organisations across the UK, who will each distribute the funding in their region or nation.

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Jerwood Arts / FACT Digital Fellowship

The Jerwood / FACT Digital Fellowship is provided from a collaboration by:

Jerwood Arts, an independent funder dedicated to supporting outstanding UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive.
FACT, a UK organisation based in Liverpool that exists for the support and exhibition of art and film that embraces new technology and explores digital culture.
The Digital Fellowship initiative emerged from FACT’s ongoing commitment to nurturing a diverse new generation of artists, film-makers, creative technologists and critical thinkers.

FACT aims to champion artistic, cultural and disruptive uses of new media and technology, and further art’s engagement with scientific knowledge. As a cultural organisation in the process of transforming the way it works, the Digital Fellowship initiative responds to three key institutional aims:

To expand FACT’s thinking by developing new ideas and perspectives, broadening the scope of its programme and audiences.
To provide opportunities for artists, curators and cultural activists from backgrounds which are currently underrepresented or under-supported within the arts sector (including, but not limited to under-represented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ identities, gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, those with disabilities and/or caring responsibilities).
To ground its programme in contemporary arts research and practice, reflecting current discourses and experimenting with new models of working with artists.

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