Funding Opportunities

Youth Engagement Grant
The Youth Engagement Grant will support young people across England to participate in the development of policy affecting them, enabling more young people to have their voices heard and participate in decision making on a national policy level. The grant seems more suitable for larger organisations and criteria include:

  • applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can carry out activity across multiple regions in England
  • applications should be for up to £58,350
  • the value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant organisation’s, or consortia’s collective annual income for the financial year
  • applicants should be able to demonstrate that delivery can continue under a range of Covid-19 restrictions
  • applicants must be able to draw down and complete all funded activity by 31st March 2022
  • applicants should demonstrate that they will be able to secure external investment and partnerships to supplement this grant
  • applications must include details of arrangements for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults as part of their planned activities

Closes: 6pm on 6 August 2021.
Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/youth-engagement-grant-2021

Community Ownership Fund
The government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

The £150 million funding over four years will support community groups take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of being lost. Voluntary and community groups can bid for match funding to acquire important assets and run them for the benefit of the local community.

The Fund will run until 2024/25 and there will be at least 8 bidding rounds in total.

Closes: 13 August 2021
Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/the-community-ownership-fund

Grassroot Football Pitches Fund 2022
The Prime Minister has announced an additional £50 million investment in football pitches to help support the wave of interest in the sport inspired by EURO 2020 and Women’s EURO 2022.

The funding, which will be made available next year and prioritised for left-behind communities, will enable more people to access high-quality football pitches that can be used for football and other sports across the UK.

Combined with contributions from the Football Association and Premier League as well as other local partners, the funding will build 185 new 3G artificial pitches, improve 5,000 existing grass pitches and create 9 ‘hub’ sites with multiple pitches.

Find out more: Details not yet announced – update to follow

Near Neighbours Grant Funding
Near Neighbours is offering grants of between £250 and £3,000 to support projects and activities with a total cost of no more than £15,000. Applications are being welcomed from faith groups, places of worship, partnerships of different faith groups, and informal local groups comprising people of different faith groups and backgrounds. Applications from secular organisations that are working with faith communities are also encouraged. To be eligible, projects must:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
  • Work locally to bring together people who are living very locally (ie, in the same street, estate or neighbourhood).
  • Work sustainably so that long-term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Work to improve the community with people working to make their communities a better place to live.
  • Commit to diversity and involve a diverse group of people, from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity, in the planning and implementation of the project.
  • The funding has covered a broad range of work, environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging social interaction and social action.

Closes: 10 December 2021 (applications invited on a rolling basis)
Find out more here: https://www.near-neighbours.org.uk/small-grants

Scottish Power Foundation Grants
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. Grants are available for one year only. Projects must start during 2022 and be completed within 12 months.

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.

Closes:  6 August 2021 (1pm)
Find out more here: https://www.scottishpower.com/general_grant_applications.aspx

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