Funding Opportunities

Ofwat Launches £40m Water Breakthrough Challenge

The Water Breakthrough Challenge has been created to reward those developing innovative solutions to the UK water sector’s biggest environmental challenges, benefiting society and the environment.

The competition aims to spark ambitious innovation and enable new approaches and ways of working which will equip the water sector to address obstacles and drive far-reaching and long-lasting benefits to customers, society and the environment, now and into the future.

The competition’s budget is £40 million. Individual entrants can bid for between £1 million to £10 million to directly fund their projects.

Entries must be submitted by water companies from England and Wales, together with partner organisations, as well as with other stakeholders in the water sector and beyond.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 3 June 2021 (12:00 BST).

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New Funding to Support Armed Forces in Acute Hospital Settings

The funding will support a small number of projects that pilot better ways of supporting veterans and their families when they are in a hospital setting. The funding is for innovative projects within hospitals that could lead to significant change in how members of the Armed Forces community are documented, supported and have their care co-ordinated within acute hospital settings.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a:

  • Veteran Aware NHS hospital in England that is a member or aspirant member of the Veterans’ Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) at time of application, or
  • Hospital in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that can show support of the aims of the Veterans’ Covenant Healthcare Alliance.

Applications can only be made by hospitals which can show that they have already worked with others to improve support for veterans who access their services.

Grants of up to £120,000 for two-year projects are available.

The funding could cover the following costs:

  • FTE or part time staff post to deliver the project.
  • Line management costs to deliver the project.
  • A modest communications budget for materials such as leaflets for veterans, or pop-up display banners.
  • Training materials for staff training and awareness raising

Priority will be given to projects in hospitals that are likely to receive higher numbers of veterans (and other members of the Armed Forces community) for treatment or serve a particularly high number in terms of age range or service background. All successful projects will have to demonstrate clear and realistic sustainability plans.

The deadline for applications is midday on 4 June 2021.

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Wolfson Foundation Bursaries for Hospice Staff

The Wolfson bursaries for Hospice staff aim to improve the quality of care given to patients, their carers and families.

The programme aims to support the professional development of individual staff, significantly increasing their expertise in the work they do.

Bursaries can be used to cover fees for university accredited palliative care courses including degree, masters and PhD level programmes and modules from the same. Some palliative care conferences may also be included.

All applicants must be working in a hospice that is a member of Hospice UK as either a:

  • Nurse
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Doctor
  • Allied Health Professional
  • Social Worker.

Individuals can apply for a maximum of 50% of course or module fees, up to £1,500 in any one year and a maximum of £3,000 in any three-year period .

A typical bursary to attend an eligible conference would be 50% of the conference fee or £75 per day, whichever is the lower.

Applications must be received at Hospice UK at least one month before the start of the course, conference or module.

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Funding for Innovative Digital Inclusion Projects that Benefit Clarion Communities

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects which are actively seeking to support Clarion housing residents and are delivered in and around Clarion neighbourhoods. Projects can support a range of beneficiaries including both Clarion residents and members of the wider community.

The funding can cover costs associated with running activities. These could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Connectivity (mobile and fixed).
  • Training resources.
  • Venue hire.
  • Insurance.
  • Event costs.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Refreshments for participants.
  • Staffing costs.
  • Publicity materials.

Funding is also available for equipment and computer software.

Not-for-profit organisations including constituted community groups, registered charities, social enterprises and Community Interest Companies can apply as long as they can prove the majority of beneficiaries of the project will be Clarion residents.

The next deadline for applications is 12 noon on 26 May 2021.

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Funding for UK Charities Working in the Field of Breast Cancer

The Pink Ribbon Foundation’s mission is to help breast cancer charities help their clients recover from their cancer and then live longer, healthier, happier lives. Through its grant making the Pink Ribbon Foundation funds practical projects and initiatives, which aim to help registered charities to deliver good physical and mental health to individuals with and recovering from breast cancer.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for revenue, capital or project costs. Projects should be delivered within 12 to 18 months.

The Foundation provides financial support to charities in the UK whose objects are:

  • To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
  • To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.

The Foundation will consider applications from general cancer charities if any grant made will be used to benefit those suffering from, or affected by, 50% of patients that suffer from Breast Cancer or for research into, or the dissemination of information about, breast cancer.

The Foundation is keen to support initiatives which promote a positive view of living with breast cancer.

The deadline for applications is 28 May 2021.

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