Funding Opportunities

Government Launches Loneliness Engagement Fund to Support Target Groups in England
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is providing grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 for communications and engagement activity that will help reduce feelings of stigma and encourage people to help themselves and others. The new fund supports the Government’s loneliness objectives.
Charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations in England can apply as long as they have a proven track record of engaging with one or more of the following target groups:
• Young people aged 16-24
• People with diagnosed mental health conditions
• People living alone
• People from lower income households
• Unemployed people
• Disabled people
The funding can be used for:
• Developing content and resources to engage specific target audiences.
• Testing content with target audiences.
• Disseminating messaging directly through existing networks and channels.
• Research into target audiences to support future activity.
• Training community leaders or ‘ambassadors’ to deliver messages within their networks (for example, developing toolkits, running webinars, training events).
• Evaluation of activity delivered using this funding eg to determine reach, reception, outcome and impact.
All funded activities must take place in England by 31 March 2022.
The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant’s annual income.

The deadline for applications is 13 October 2021 (noon).

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Faith Groups Have Until 7 October to Apply for Nearly £1m in Funding
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently launched the new £1 million Faith New Deal Pilot Fund to support faith-based organisations who are working alongside local authorities and other local partners to support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the recovery phase.
The pilot scheme will provide up to £975,000 for faith groups working on community projects which support one or more of the following COVID-19 recovery objectives:
• Mental wellbeing and loneliness
• Debt advice
• Employability
• Food poverty
• Increasing community engagement through volunteering

The funding will be distributed as:
• Grants of up to £125,000.
• Grants of up to £200,000 for innovative projects to be delivered by new or existing partnerships. This must include a community need that seeks to support COVID-19 recovery and solve a local problem.
The fund will provide up to a maximum of 50% of the project’s delivery costs.
Applications will be accepted from faith-based organisations, either as individual organisations or as a consortium in a partnership arrangement with a local service such as a local authority, public institution or other non-faith based Voluntary Community Sector and Enterprise (VCSE). Both newly formed and existing partnerships can apply.

The deadline for applications is 23:50 on Thursday, 7 October 2021.

For more details on this funding opportunity please click this link

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