2021 Funding Deadlines
Virgin Media 02 Together Fund
Virgin Media O2 has launched a £500,000 fund to supercharge hundreds of local charities across the UK as the nation emerges from the pandemic. The “Together Fund” is a nationwide initiative designed to specifically support local charities that champion and celebrate community spirit, belonging and togetherness across the UK. Grants of £1,000 are available for environmental and community belonging projects, inspiring people across the UK to get together and create positive change for the causes they care most on the day.
Deadline: 14 June 2021
Local Funding! Holiday and Activities Food Programme
Croydon is inviting suitable tenders to the above programme with service delivery in the week beginning 26 July 2021.
Deadline: 14 June 2021, @midday
Designing London’s Recovery Programme
The Mayor of London has launched, in partnership with the Design Council, a new open innovation programme that places design-led innovation at the heart of London's recovery from Covid-19. Public bodies, charities, businesses, social enterprises and educational institutions can apply for a share of £500,000 from the Designing London’s Recovery programme to help them respond to three key challenges. These are Helping Londoners into good work; Building strong communities; Green New Deal and High Streets for All. The programme is funded by the London Economic Action Partnership and delivered in partnership with the London Office for Technology and the Design Council.
Deadline:15 June 2021.
Matthew Good Foundation
Supporting small charities, community groups, and social entrepreneurs - every three months employees from the above will vote and shortlist five charities who will each receive a share of £10,000.
Deadline(s): 15 June; 15 September; 15 December 2021
Nationwide Building Society
Offering grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for projects of either one year or two years. Projects should target one of Nationwide's three outcomes: preventing people from losing their home; helping people in a home; supporting people to thrive within the home environment.
Deadline: 17 June 2021
UK Community Renewal Fund
The above fund has been established to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) – the replacement for EU Structural Funds – which launches in 2022. The Fund is designed to support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level, and preparing them to take full advantage of the UKSPF from next year.
Deadline: 18 June 2021
Waking Watch Relief Fund
First launched in January, the Waking Watch Relief Fund has been supporting thousands of residents in England's high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding. It pays for the installation of fire alarm systems, removing or reducing the need for costly interim safety measures such as a 'waking watch', where a building is continually patrolled in case of a fire.
Deadline: 24 June 2021
Common Call Fund
Black-led charities and social enterprises working in communities across the UK will be able to apply for a grant package of £5,000 or £12,500.
Deadline: 25 June 2021, @5pm
Thomas Wall Digital Skills
Grants up to £5,000 for charities working with disadvantaged people aged 18 or over to improve their basic digital skills.
Deadline: 25 June 2021 (Stage 1)
Pan-London Grants Programme
London Councils is developing a new four-year programme to combat homelessness and tackle domestic & sexual abuse. Expression of interest is aimed at voluntary, community & non-profit organisations specialising in those areas, who are interested in applying for funding from April 2022.
Deadline: 25 June 2021, @12noon
Living Well Together Micro Fund
Offering grants of £500 to community, voluntary sector organisations, tenant and residents associations for fun outdoor projects that can be delivered July - August 2021.
Deadline: 25 June 2021, @5pm
Outdoor Learning for Schools
Funding to provide outdoor learning training and equipment. All schools (Infant, Primary and Secondary) are eligible to apply. Early years providers must have at least five staff and a building – either stand alone or part of a school.
Deadline(s): 25 June; 3 September; 12 November 2021
Impact in Social Enterprise Award
The above award recognises social enterprises demonstrating a positive social or environmental impact. There is a £5,000 prize donation for the winner, with £2,500 awarded to two runners up.
Deadline: 25 June 2021
A funding programme offering grants, usually £2,000 however larger grants of up to £5,000 may also be considered, to artists working in the visual arts and small organisations and galleries to undertake and complete projects.
Deadline: 27 June 2021
Deutsche Bank Award
Looking for an ambitious registered, mental health charity addressing one of the most pressing needs in society. Charities must be able to demonstrate a clear link to mental health alongside other eligibility criteria.
Deadline: 28 June 2021
Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is a tennis charity raising funds for people with disabilities who play tennis. It was formed in 1997 and named after the late Dan Maskell “The Voice of Wimbledon” who was passionate about rehabilitation through sport.
Deadline: 29 June 2021
Opening 1 June...BAME Enterprise Developments
Charities and social enterprises that work with Black and Minoritised communities can apply for capacity building support to make the transition to new enterprises or grow existing ones. The above programme has announced a new sector partnership with the Ubele Initiative to provide support for not-for-profit organisations led by and working with Black and Minoritised communities in the Humber and Yorkshire, London, the Midlands, the North West or South West of England.
Deadline(s): 29 June (Stage 1); 20 July 2021 (Stage 2).
Mayor of London Funding
Offering research an development grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to D/deaf and Disabled artists or organisations. Proposals are invited for engaging and thought-provoking projects suitable for outdoor, indoor or digital presentation.
Deadline: 30 June 2021
The Black Fund
Launched by pop star Leigh-Anne Pinnock and footballer Andre Gray, this fund offers grants up to £5,000 to support small charities that aim to tackle racism or support the black community in some way.
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is providing grants of up to £5,000 for local groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending in their community. The funding has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders, also known as loan sharks.
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Unltd Awards Social Entrepreneurs
Grants of £500 - £5,000 to support start-up ventures, and grants of up to £15,000 to help established ventures grow and increase their impact. Looking for social entrepreneurs to help them develop as social leaders, and to start up or grow their idea for a social venture.
Deadline: 30 June 2021; 30 September 2021
Windrush Community Fund
Charities, community organisations and grassroots organisations can apply now to the second phase of funding. Applications can be made by one organisation or a consortium. Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available for projects that reflect the objectives of the Windrush Community Fund.
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Grants of up to £3,000 to registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) that are: currently supporting vulnerable people; working in geographical areas of high deprivation; and an income under £200,000. The committee meets each month to look at applications.
Deadline(s): June 2021
Strategic Legal Fund (SLF)
Grants to support not-for-profit strategic legal work. This year the SLF has widened its focus from benefiting vulnerable young migrants to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who are facing poverty and who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their immigration status.
Deadline(s): 1 July; 1 September; 2 November - all at 5.30pm
2021 Social Enterprise Awards
The above awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the incredible individuals who work at the heart of the social enterprise movement. There are 15 different categories at this year's Awards
Deadline: 2 July 2021
Christmas Challenge 2021
Who's thinking about Christmas already?? The Big Give's match funding campaign for registered charities doubles donations.The match funds come from 2 sources - charities secure some of these (Pledges) over the summer. These funds are then boosted by funds from a Big Give Champion who contributes to the match fund.
Deadline: 2 July 2021 (for Stage 1 applications)
Final round of the above fund. This year, the funding is for projects which focus on one of two categories: violence against women and girls; general programme (for which a number of sub-themes have been identified).
Deadline: 4 July 2021
Aviva Community Fund
Core Funding - slight change to priorities. Seeking to support projects that are fighting climate change and building stronger, more resilient communities. Three key areas: Building back better; Climate champions; Financial empowerment.
Deadline: 6 July 2021
Urban Tree Challenge Fund
Community and volunteer groups, town councils and individuals can once again apply for funding to increase tree numbers in urban areas of England, through small scale planting projects.
Deadline: 25 July 2021
7 Stars Foundation
Grants up to £2,500 - core funding - for projects working with at risk young people across the themes of abuse; addiction; homelessness and those who are supporting our young child carers.
Deadline(s): 31 July; 31 October 21.
National Book Tokens
The prize draw is back, giving you the chance to win £5,000 of National Book Tokens for your school's library – and if your entry is picked, you'll also get £100 of National Book Tokens to spend on yourself.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
The Volant Trust
Funding for charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.
Deadline: 31 July 2021.
Boost Choose Now Change Lives
Offering grants to celebrate Boost Drinks 20th anniversary celebrations which will transform lives in disadvantaged communities, and will help groups make a difference in their local areas and in truly facilitating change that will benefit communities for years to come. Nominate your group now!
Deadline(s): July, September 2021.
Leeds Building Society
Offering grants of between £250 - £1,000 to registered charities who support those in need, including disabilities, homelessness, or with serious health issues.
Deadline(s): 2 August, 4 October 2021.
William and Jane Morris Fund
Applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896 for grants of between £500 and £5,000 to carry out small programmes of conservation work to decorative features and monuments.
Deadline: 31 August 2021
Peter Cruddas Foundation
Funding available to registered charities who help disadvantaged and disengaged young people (14-30) pursue pathways to education, training, and employment aiming to help them eventually become financially independent. The foundation wishes to build relationships with those they support and offer help wherever they can. Those they cannot help financially through their criteria they hope to help in other ways, through mentoring, business planning and networking.
Deadline: 1 September 2021
Theatres Improvement Scheme
The theme for the fund for the above scheme is 'Improving Environmental Sustainability' as this is an urgent priority for the sector. Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme.
Deadline: 6 September 2021
The Education Support Fund (ESF) is available to support schools to mitigate the effects of significant mobility and/or deployment of their service communities. Children may have to change school when a service parent is posted or the school may support a pupil when a parent is absent for long periods of time. This fund is available to support schools in embedding practices that can benefit the service children and their school.
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Magic Little Grants
Smaller charities and community groups can apply for a one-off £500 grant from the above fund. Unlike previous years when projects had to deliver sports or physical activities, this year (2021) there are 8 different themes: improving mental wellbeing; enabling community participation in the arts; preventing or reducing the impact of poverty; supporting marginalised group and promoting inequality; improving biodiversity and green spaces; enabling participation in physical activity; responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability; increasing community access to outdoor sports. This year they are doubling the amount of grants they give.
Deadline: 31 October 2021.
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.