2021 Funding Deadlines
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): April; May; June 2021.
Turing Scheme Opens
Schools, colleges and universities can now apply for funding to the above scheme. The scheme will support students to take advantage of the benefits of studying and working abroad from September 202, targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Deadline: 9 April 2021 - for applications from HE organisations and
Deadline: 7 May 2021 - for applications from schools/ FE/VET
BBC Children In Need Grants: Main and Small
The above grant programmes are offered to help improve childrens' lives. Decisions will be made before the end of July. They also take referrals from registered agencies to their Emergency Essentials programme, and are planning additional thematic rounds in 2021 starting with a Youth Social Action Fund which will be launched soon.
Deadline: 12 April 2021, @11.30am
Armed Forces Covenant Trust
The 'Forces for Change' programme is once again offering grant funding to registered charities and Community Interest Companies that have substantial experience supporting Armed Forces communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for local community projects that address one of two main themes: empowering armed forces communities to become more engaged in their local area; providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.
Deadline: 12 April 2021 @noon
Green Recovery Challenge Fund
Funding is available for environmental charities and partners to kick-start projects to halt the loss of wildlife and address climate change under at least one of the following themes: Nature conservation and restoration, including eco-system restoration and species recovery; nature-based solutions, particuarly for climate change mitigation and adaption.
Deadline: 14 April 2021 @noon.
Hilden Charitable Trust
Charities working locally can apply for grants around £5,000 for projects finding difficulty raising funding from other sources. The Fund's focus is on adult homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers, refugees, and community-based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16-25.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
Road Safety Trust
Inviting applications for technology focused road safety projects. Previously successful projects have included: cycling injuries; brake light design; trauma techniques at road traffic accidents.
Deadline: 19 April 2020
New! Baring Foundation Arts Fund
The above fund has been launched together with a new report - Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse - which will support activities to redress the under-representation of participatory artists from ethnically diverse communities in arts and mental health. Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available.
Deadline: 21 April 2021
MJ Achievement Awards
The MJ believes that the best local government services and personnel should be recognised and so launched The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards as a result. The Awards have been held every year since 2004 with great success, rewarding many officers, managers teams and councils. There are seventeen categories.
Deadline: 23 April 2021.
NatWest SE100 & Social Business Awards
Looking for the brighest, boldest, and most innovative social entrepreneurs for the above #SE100 list.
Deadline: 25 April 2021
Weaver Company Benevolent Fund
Grants are available for smaller charities working with young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners, and young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
7 Stars Foundation
Core Funding (grants up to £2,500) for at risk young people across the themes of abuse; addiction; homelessness and those who are supporting our young child carers.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
Thomas Wall Trust
Grants up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospect.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
New!! Youth Endowment Fund (Opening 19 April)
The Another Change fund aims to help keep children out of the criminal justice system. Whether through mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring, the YEF wants to know how offering alternatives to arrest, conviction and custody, to children who have offended can sustainably prevent them from becoming involved in violence later in their lives. Information workshops are offered on 8, 17, & 25 March.
Deadline: 14 May 2021
Innovation & Intrapreneurship Awards
Win £15,000 and a year-long programme of support to solve entrenched issues in our education system. They are awarding ten individuals who have an idea to make education fair. Anyone can apply.
Deadline: 18 May 2021
Fair Education Alliance Innovation Awards
The above is a year long programme of support including a £15,000 salary contribution for up to 5 individuals working on or starting new ideas to solve entrenched issues to make education fair.
Deadline: 18 May 2021 @midday
Trust for London
Funds work which tackles poverty and inequality in the capital. They support work providing greater insights into the root causes of London’s social problems and how they can be overcome; activities which help people improve their lives; and work empowering Londoners to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. They have 7 funding programmes: Good Homes & Neighbourhoods; Better Work; Decent living Standard; Shared Wealth; Pathways to Settlement; Stronger Voices; Connected Communities.
Deadline: 1 June 2021 @1pm
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:15th 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
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.
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
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.
Find out more
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.