One Week to Submit Proposals to Volunteering Futures Fund

The Government is launching a new Volunteering Futures Fund. The fund aims to support high quality volunteering opportunities in England for young people and those who experience barriers to volunteering in DCMS sectors and across the voluntary and community sector. It aims to test and trial solutions to known barriers through the use of informal, micro, flexible and digital approaches.

There are two delivery strands for this fund as follows:

  • Arts, culture heritage and sport initiatives involving volunteers.
  • Community and youth initiatives involving volunteers.

This invitation is for grant making organisations to apply for up to £1.7 million of match funding to deliver the strand "for community and youth initiatives involving volunteers" only.

It is seeking applications from grant making organisations such as charitable foundations and philanthropic institutions. Applicants must be able to bring matched funding on a basis of 1:1.

Applications will be accepted from grant makers, eg charitable foundations or philanthropic institutions, based in the UK and which have been operating in the UK for more than 12 months, to deliver programmes in England only.

Applicants may partner with other organisations to form a consortium to apply. In all cases DCMS requires a nominated lead organisation to make the application and to receive government funds. The lead organisation's primary charitable objectives must include grant making.

DCMS encourages applicants to set out the intended geographical spread of the onward grants, particularly those with a reach in deprived communities in England according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation.

Applicants can request a minimum of £300,000 and maximum of £1.7 million of DCMS funding.

The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant organisation or consortium's combined annual income for the financial year. Requests of more than 25% of annual income will be subject to additional financial due diligence.

DCMS funded activities must be completed by 31 March 2022 and all DCMS funds must be spent by this time.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 26 September 2021.