2020 Funding Deadlines

Culture Recovery Fund: Independent Cinemas
The scheme is designed to help venues that are facing prohibitive challenges in being able to reopen and operate while social distancing is in place, restricting admissions for performances and takings. It is intended to help those businesses that have been heavily impacted following a UK-wide closure since the end of March.
Deadline: 30 October 2020

Looking for a Charity Partner
Societe Generale are looking for a charity to partner for the next three years. They are interested in projects that have a focus on boosting employment or the employability skills of its beneficiaries, enabling them to work with the partner towards a common goal over a three-year partnership.
Deadline: 30 October 2020

BAME Healthy Communities Surviving Covid-19 Fund
VCSE sector organisations that have a majority of their governing body (or staff make-up) from BAME communities and their services designed, targeted and delivered to BAME communities are invited to apply for grants to help them deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A range of wellbeing, resilience, and capacity building projects can be funded and there are several funding streams from micro-grants (£500) to small (£5,000) and large (£10,000).
Deadline: 30 October 2020

Postcode Recovery Fund
Charities can apply for grants of between £500,000 and £1 million to support high impact and original projects. Priority areas for support include educational inequalities, homelessness, domestic violence, health and wellbeing, poverty, social exclusion.
Deadline: 30 October 2020.

New! Starting Well
Applications are now being accepted for a new £3.3 million Fund that aims to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.  Grants between £200,000 and £510,000 are available for projects that focus on giving people from the previously mentioned backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.
Deadline: 30 October 2020 @midday

New! Covid Early Language Skills Gap
Government funding for schools to help boost early language skills of Reception pupils whose education has been disrupted by COVID-19.  The funding will provide schools with training and resources to help them deliver one-to-one and small-group support for five-year-olds whose spoken language skills may have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Deadline: 30 October 2020

BBC Reporter of the Year
The BBC is looking for young people aged 11-18 who want to report on a story or issue which is important to their life or the world around them. The Young Reporter Competition gives young people a unique chance to tell their story on TV, radio, online or on social media with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers. To enter they need to send in an outline of the story idea.
Deadline: 31 October 2020

Magic Little Grants
Grants up to £500 for groups delivering sports and physical activities.
Deadline:  31 October 2020

Music for All
Individual and community grants to meet musical needs in the community. 
(Deadline has been extended to 1 November 2020)

Power to Change
Established community businesses can apply for unrestricted grants to help them adapt to the challenges moving forward as the country moves into the next phase of the pandemic.  Offering unrestricted grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to community business that were financially viable before the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline: 3 November 2020 @1pm

New! Voice4Change
Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available for BAME-led community groups. This new fund aims to help tackle the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities.
Deadline: 3 November 2020 @5pm

Energy Redress Scheme
Charities can apply for grants to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations and/or to develop innovative products and services related to energy.  Innovation projects must: have a realistic prospect of delivering benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers; help to reduce the environmental impact of energy use and be efficiently managed and provide good value for money.
Deadline: 4 November 2020 @5pm

Enterprise Development Programme
The programme will offer tailored support and grants to organisations that are thinking of exploring new models of trading to help them become more financially resilient and who require support to make the transition.  Currently open to organisations working in mental health, and equality sectors.
Deadline:   5 November 2020 @4pm (Equality)

The Marsh Awards
The above awards recognise excellence in peer support groups for mental health.  During the pandemic many groups have found alternative ways of running their face-to-face meetings with groups moving online or using other digital platforms. Categories are: peer support in marginalised communities; doing it for ourselves; innovative peer support.
Deadline: 8 November 2020

Time to Nominate your Volunteers
The Mayor of London Volunteering Awards are now open, celebrating local heroes  who give up their time to help their communities.  Categories are: crisis response and delivering differently for individuals and teams of volunteers, and community champions - volunteers can nominate organisations. 
Deadline:  9 November 2020 @midday

New! Architectural Heritage Fund

Grants for charities and social enterprises in England occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
Deadline: 9 November 2020

New Culture Fund opening 5 October: Garfield Weston
The new one-off above fund aims to support performing and visual arts organisations, arts centres, accredited museums and galleries as they try to recover from the impact of COVID-19. The fund is specifically for charitable organisations with a pre-COVID regular annual income of £500,000 or greater.
Deadline; 9 November 2020

New! CAF Resilience Fund
The Charities Aid Foundation are offering flexible grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to charitable organisations delivering services to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The fund aims to help a number of different causes and communities, including people living in poverty, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people with physical or learning disabilities, refugees and migrants, homeless people, unemployed people, and those pushed into crisis because of COVID-19.  Grants can be used to support the activities where they are essential for delivering relevant services, including staff salaries, project running costs, running costs/overheads, goods and equipment which would not be capitalised and organisational development. 
Deadline: 10 November 2020 @12noon

British Cycling Places to Ride
Not-for-profit organisations in England have until 16 November to apply for funding for local communities to provide affordable and safe places to cycle.  The scheme which was due to close in January 2021 is closing earlier than planned due to ‘phenomenal interest’.
Deadline: 16 November 2020

Armed Forces: Force for Change Programme
Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects lasting up to a year. In 2020, there is particular interest in projects that help Armed Forces communities move to a 'new normal' following the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to support local needs and reduce isolation. 
Deadline: 16 November 2020, at 12noon

Mayor of London: Active Londoners Fund
The Active Londoners Fund tackles inactivity by supporting individuals and organisations who use sport and other kinds of physical activity to improve the physical and mental health of Londoners.   This fund is being delivered in partnership with Thrive LDN, a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners
Deadline; 20 November 2020 @midday

Community Business Trade Up
The above learning programme will help leaders of community businesses recover and rebuild their income from trading and to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to increase their impact. It will run from April to December 2021, with 50 places for community business leaders across England who will learn in groups of 10. The programme is delivered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs online and in-person – at five locations, subject to government social distancing guidelines. There will be a webinar on 15 October for applicants to find out more.  Book here
Deadline: 2 December 2020 @1pm

Ironmongers Company
Grants for projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 years to fulfil their potential.  The average grant is £4,000.
Deadline: 15 December 2020

Opening 2 November: UK Aid Match Fund
The latest round of the above fund is calling for proposals from British charities working towards achieving any of the Global Goals with a particular focus on: the longer-term impacts of COVID-19; girls' education; ending preventable deaths through tackling malnutrition or malaria.
Deadline: 18 December 2020

Helping London Bounce Forward: Mayor's Resilience Fund
Supporting London's businesses and community groups to emerge stronger from the coronavirus outbreak. Grants of £30,000 will be available to support the design and testing of innovations to: build digital and data tools to help London emerge from the current crisis, and fare better during future stresses and shocks; 
help small businesses and community organisations to adapt and diversify; create positive social change that addresses London’s major stresses – from inequality to food insecurity and poor health and wellbeing.
Deadline: End of December 2020

Volant Trust
Grants up to £15,000 (for up to three years) for charities that can demonstrate a strong focus on helping vulnerable groups through Covid.
Deadline: 31 December 2020

Tesco's Bags of Help
During October, November, and December, Tesco's will be providing grants of up to £1,000 to organisations working with children and young people. 
Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis until December.

Local & National Government Funding

Gvt. Business Support Grants
Business grant funding and business rates holidays are being provided for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England.  
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Gvt. Council Guidance Hardship Fund
The Government has launched a £500 million Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief to help those affected most by coronavirus. 
Find out more

Gvt. Covid Adoption Support Funding
Adoptive families will be offered emergency support including online counselling and couples therapy as the government expands the scope of the Adoption Support Fund to meet needs arising from the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Read more

Govt.  Insurance and Long Term Savings Industry
New funding for community-based charities and charities supporting the most vulnerable.  Please note charities will not be able to apply for funding directly as the money will be distributed through umbrella bodies. For more information. 

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Funding for Individuals

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