Grants and Funding List - January

Here are some grants and funding which may be helpful to you and your project this year.


HS2 Community & Environment Fund & HS2 Business & Local Economy Fund and Groundwork UK

Two funds are available to local communities to help with the disruption that will be caused by the construction of Phase one of HS2 between London and the West Midlands; the Community and Environment Fund and the Business and Local Economy Fund. The objective of these funds is to add benefit, over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation, to communities and local economies along the route.

The administration of these funds is managed on behalf of HS2 Ltd by the charity Groundwork who will ensure both funds remain available for applications throughout the construction of Phase One.


Future High Streets Fund – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

The Future High Streets Fund provides £675 million co-funding towards capital projects that bring transformative change. Government want to see the regeneration of town centres through innovative proposals around transport, housing delivery and our public services. Up to £55 million of the Fund has also been allocated to support the regeneration of ‘heritage high streets’.

The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 22 March 2019.

Childcare Business Grants Scheme – Department for Education

This scheme is intended to reimburse people for the costs of setting up a childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months.

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is funded by the Department for Education. There is a fixed amount of funding available and is demand-led and operates on a first come / first served basis.

The scheme will close to applications on 31 March 2019. The scheme will close earlier if the current funds have been distributed.

Pocket Parks Plus – Ministry of Housing

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) invites applications from communities to apply for funding to support them with establishing new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use. They seek applications from communities that can provide evidence of a local need that can be addressed through the creation or refurbishment of a park. 

£1 million has been allocated to this programme in 2018-19. They expect to allocate grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.  Grants will be paid to the appropriate principal local authority that is supporting the application.

The deadline for applications is 25 January 2019.

Tampon Tax Fund –  DCMS

Thousands of women and girls across the country are set to benefit from a new £15 million round of the Tampon Tax Fund, launched at the end of November by the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Mims Davies.

Charities across the country can now bid for at least £1 million in funding for projects that support victims of domestic violence or work to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness among women.

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2019.

EU Immigration Status Support - Home Office

The Home Office has announced grant funding of up to £9 million to support EU citizens who might need additional help when applying for their immigration status through the EU Settlement Scheme.
The Home Office has been working closely with voluntary and community organisations across the UK representing the needs of potentially vulnerable EU citizens.

The grant will help voluntary and community organisations to both inform vulnerable individuals about the need to apply for settled status and support them to complete their applications to protect their status as the UK exits the EU.

Organisations working with people who might be affected and require additional support can apply for project funding from the end of November.

Plug-in Car Grant - DfT

For the last seven years, the Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) has provided a discount to the price of over 160,000 new ultra-low emission vehicles.
The changes to the grant will mean that the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles will move from £4,500 to £3,500 and Category 2 and 3 vehicles will no longer be eligible for the grant. These changes reflect the ongoing success of the PICG in increasing uptake of electric vehicles, a key part of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy.

The grant is available to individuals and businesses in the UK. Vehicles must be pre-approved and registered in the UK. Both commercial and private buyers are eligible to purchase vehicles under the scheme.

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019 to 2020 – Department of Health & Social Care

Applications are invited from existing schemes to trial a new approach to helping children and young people with their mental health.

Projects should:
• Adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
• Support children and young people through life-changing events
• Have strong local connections already in place
• Be delivered by the VCSE sector
• Be co-produced with service users and stakeholders

Through this programme, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England are working with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities.

Up to £510,000 is available per applicant over a 3 year period. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 15 February 2019.

Train as a Chemistry Teacher - RSC & Dept of Education

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is offering tax free funding of £28,000 to 140 individuals entering chemistry teacher training in England. Scholars also get free membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for two years.

Eligible applicants will:
• Be taking up a training place on a secondary teaching course that leads to QTS (pre-16).
• Hold a chemistry or related degree with a proven or predicted grade of a 2:1 or above, a relevant PhD or Master’s degree or recognised equivalent or have completed a subject knowledge enhancement course in chemistry before September 2018.
• Meet the bursary eligibility criteria as set out in the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s bursary guidance.
• Be a ‘Home’ student as defined on the UKCISA website.
• Be eligible to draw down a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company
• Have not previously applied for a scholarship in the same academic year.

Applications will close on 31st July 2019.
The scheme is run in partnership with the Department of Education.

Funding to Celebrate Armed Forces Day - MOD

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is offering funding for community celebration events and activities taking place on or around Saturday 29 June 2018 - Armed Forces Day 2019. Grants of up to £10,000 to cover up to 50% of the costs involved in running and event may be awarded.
Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website.
Local councils, community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for events that:
• Are held within 2 weeks of the Armed Forces Day, including the weekend. between Saturday 22 June – Sunday 7 July 2019
• Have ‘Armed Forces’ in the event title
• Are relevant to today’s serving Armed Forces
• Have free access to members of the ‘Armed Forces Family’ – Serving personnel, Veterans, Cadets and their Families (though charges may be made for parking, programs etc.)
• Are not centred around Fundraising or Recruitment

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday 1 March 2019.

Energy Redress Scheme – Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills.

Energy Saving Trust has developed an open application process for charities seeking funding from the Energy Redress Scheme. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts and could cover a range of locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

The minimum grant that can be requested is £20,000 and the maximum amount is the lesser of £2 million or the total value of the current fund.

The scheme can fund projects lasting up to two years, can fund 100 per cent of the project cost and can cover revenue and capital measures.

Geospatial Competition to Improve Public Services

The Geospatial Commission has partnered with Innovate UK to launch a new government competition that invites organisations to apply for a share of £1.5 million to fund projects which use data linked to a location. By using location data, geospatial technology is transforming services across the public and private sectors, and is contributing to the #SmarterGov government campaign, which is helping to deliver wider economic growth and productivity.

The aim of the competition is to explore the benefits and challenges of crowdsourcing data. The aim is to encourage different organisations to work together to identify innovative new ways for crowdsourced data, to either:
• Improve the delivery of public services
• Support the third sector
• Enhance the quality of open public datasets
Grants of between £50,000 to £750,000 are available to eligible UK-based organisations that are, business, academic, charity or public sector.

The deadline for applications is midday on 30th January 2019.
Applicants who need more information, can call the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email

Community Housing Fund – Homes England

The government is making available £163 million across England up to 2020 to 2021 through the Community Housing Fund. The Fund aims to support an increase in housing supply in England by increasing the number of additional homes delivered by the community-led housing sector; to provide housing that is affordable at local income levels and remains so in perpetuity; and to deliver a lasting legacy for the community-led housing sector in the form of an effective and financially self-sustaining body of expertise within the house building industry in England.

Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.

The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.

Grants for electric vehicle charging – Office for Low Emission Vehicles

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

•The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.

•The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

•The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.

Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme – DCMS

The Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), announced on 15 March 2018, will provide vouchers worth up to £2500 for a small or medium sized business or £500 to residents to help with the costs of connecting to full fibre broadband.

The scheme is part of a wider government plan to get more homes and businesses connected to full fibre broadband. It builds on the £200 million Local Full Fibre Networks programme which gives funding to local areas to boost full fibre delivery and on trial voucher schemes operated in four parts of the country.

Rural Community Fund – Calor Gas

Calor offer rural off grid communities the chance to gain funding for projects that will improve local life.

They offer grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will provide an on-going service for local communities. Whether you want to support a youth club or start a class for older members of your community or re-do the village hall, the fund is there to help.

The fund closes on 21 May 2019. Interested groups should register their details on the fund website to receive updates.

Restoration Grants – Association for Industrial Archaeology

Thanks to a series of generous donations the AIA can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial archaeology purposes.

Grants are awarded for the restoration of historically, technically, architecturally, and/or archaeologically important industrial buildings, structures, machinery, vehicles and vessels within the UK. Applications will usually relate to a single, tangible structure or artefact. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2019.

Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.

This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply.

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund

The Reaching Communities programme aims to make positive change in communities. Big Lottery particularly want to hear about ideas that support:

• Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
• Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
• Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage

Through Reaching Communities funding you can apply for between £10,000 and £500,000. Successful grant can fund some or all of the costs associated with delivering a project, including staff salaries, training, volunteer expenses, management costs, equipment, premises costs, monitoring and evaluation and overheads.

Neighbourhood Planning grants - Locality

Locality will deliver the Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme over the next four years, from 2018-2022. All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 in basic grant.

As well as applying for a basic grant, you can also apply for technical support (provided you meet the eligibiltiy criteria) to help you with your neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.

You must spend your grant funding within 12 months or by the end of the financial year, whichever is earliest.

Groups meeting the eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant). To qualify for this additional grant, you must be at least one of the following:
•Allocating sites for housing
•Including design codes in your plan
•A designated business neighbourhood plan
•A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan
•A Neighbourhood Area with a population of over 25,000

Rural Four: Catalyst, Collaborate, Create & Champion – Prince’s Countryside Fund

This dedicated programme of support for community projects in England, Scotland and Wales is funded by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Now in its second year the project seeks to reach out and engage with up to 10 rural communities annually to help deliver and reinvigorate community assets and services.

Overall, the Rural Four project aims to
•Reinvigorate community networks by assisting with rebuilding community assets;
•Improving the health and well-being of 200 socially isolated people through providing access to improved community assets and a network of support;
•Create a lasting legacy of support and community spirit in the areas supported.

Funding of up to £25,000 is available.

Community Centres & Village Halls grants – Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.

The Foundation wants to support community centres and village halls which are at the heart of small, deprived communities.  They expect that you will be providing a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to your area.

They interpret ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so you might be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

The Foundation will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (not car parks).  You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the costs of the project before you start an application.

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique three year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England.

It offers the community pub sector access to an end-to-end support programme including capacity building and a finance package made up of loans and grants.

Funding to Use Digital Technologies for Vocational Training - UFI

The Ufi Charitable Trust aims to raise the skills level of the UK workforce through digital solutions for vocational learning and the Voctech Impact Fund will offer grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months that will help to achieve this aim. The programme focuses on new learning tools which use genuinely innovative methods to raise the skills levels for a significant number of learners.

Stage 1 closes at 5pm on the 8th February 2019.

Applicants successful at this stage will have until the 5th April to submit a stage 2 application.

Awards for All – Big Lottery Fund

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. You can apply if your organisation is a:
•voluntary or community organisation
•registered charity
•constituted group or club
•not-for-profit company or community interest company
•social enterprise
•statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities. Applications must meet at least one of them.

The priorities are:
•bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
•improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
•enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

This is an open programme. Applications can be made at any time.


Cornerstone, Gateway & Foundation Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust has three grant programmes currently open:

•Cornerstone grants. The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost. The next deadline for applications is 4 March 2019.

•Gateway grants. The Gateway Grant Programme offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project costs for this phase. The next deadline for applications is 10 January 2019.

•Foundation grants. The Foundation Grant Programme will offer grants of between £500 and £3,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000. The next deadline for applications is 24 January 2019.

Archives Revealed programme – The National Archives

'Archives Revealed' is a partnership programme between The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust. It is described as the only funding stream available in the UK dedicated to cataloguing and unlocking archives. The fund is comprised of two funding strands, the first of which, ‘Cataloguing grants’ of up to £40,000 for archives to create catalogues of important archival collections, re-opened for applications in October with a deadline of 7 December 2018. The deadline for a second phase of applications will be 8 April 2019.

Project Viability Grant – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and re-generation of historic buildings, has two further grants available:

•Project Viability Grants – grants up to £7,500 are available to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition, and produce a Viability Report to a standard template.

•Project Development Grants – grants up to £30,000 are available to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

The deadline for applications for both Project Viability Grants and Project Development Grants of up to £7,500 is the last day of each calendar month.

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.

War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects.

Next deadline is 31 March

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage.  HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.  HLF programmes include:

• Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage.
• Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000. 
• Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.
• Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000. 

Varying deadlines depending on application. For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

Discovery grants – Santander Foundation

The aim of The Discovery Project is to help disadvantaged people have the confidence to make the most of their future.

The Santander Foundation provides grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund small, local projects helping disadvantaged people.

Funding For Local Good Causes - Morrison's

The Morrison’s Foundation awards grants to community projects that improve people's lives. Applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change.

Grants may be applied for by any charity which is registered with the Charity Commission that has financial information dating back to 2012. Applicants must also have raised some funding towards the project elsewhere.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis can be submitted at any time and there is no specific grant amount that can be applied for.

Main Grants Programme – BBC Children in Need

The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

The programme looks to support projects which seek to address disadvantage experienced by children and young people of 18 years and under through:
•Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
•Any kind of disability
•Behavioural or psychological difficulties
•Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The next deadlines for applications are 19 May 2019.

Strengthen Family Ties - Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 (but trustees will consider requests for higher amounts) through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

The three areas of activity that the charity wishes to support are:
• Interventions that support families and help them in ways that prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. practical family support, relationship counselling, mediation.
• Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drug abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit.
• Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment

The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

The closing date for applications is the 1st March 2019.

Leisure Activities for People with Physical Disabilities - Bruke Wake

The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust will consider grant applications relating to the provision of leisure activities for people with physical disabilities. The Trust was established to encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.

Particularly favour for applications where the potential beneficiaries meet one or all of the following criteria:
• The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users
• Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed
• A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed

Charitable organisations should include a copy of their latest financial statements. Applications meeting the above criteria will be considered from charitable organisations. Applications on behalf of individuals will only be accepted through a charitable organisation or equivalent recognised body.

Trustees meet quarterly to consider grant applications.

Improve the Wellbeing of Children - Les Mills Foundation

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.

Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:
• Living in Poverty
• Physical & Mental Health Problems
• Health & Wellbeing
• Living With Disability
The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 30th April 2019.

Arts funding for schools and groups - BlueSpark Foundation

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of project that the Foundation support.

Creative People & Places programme – Arts Council

The vision for Creative People and Places is to support the public in shaping local arts and cultural provision and, in so doing, to increase attendance and participation in excellent art and culture. This investment is intended to encourage long-term collaborations between local communities, arts organisations, museums, libraries, amateur groups, the voluntary sector and others.

New programmes can apply for between £1 million and £2 million over four years whilst expansion programmes can apply for between £750,000 and £1.75 million over the same period.

The deadline for applications is 21 March 2019.

Football Fans Fund – Premier League

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:
•Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
•Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
•Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation. 

The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:
•Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
•Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
•Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

Short Breaks for Struggling Families - YHA

The Family Breaks fund from the Youth Hostel Association offers a free two-night stay with meals in Youth Hostels in England and Wales to families struggling with financial hardship, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, homelessness or other challenging circumstances.

One break per year at a YHA Youth Hostel (a list of participating hostels is on the website) is available to families with up to two adults and children aged 2 – 18 years (0-2 years in crisis and emergency situations) where the family has an annual household income below £25,000 (gross) and where the break will make a significant difference to the child or young person’s life.

The following criteria apply:
• A child is disabled or has a life limiting or threatening condition (please refer to our disability guidance)
• The family has experienced homelessness or are living in temporary accommodation
• The family has witnessed or experienced domestic violence
• The family has experienced bereavement (either the loss of a parent or sibling)
• The family includes a young carer
• The family has lives in an area of deprivation
This application window closes on the 31st January 2019.


Educational Support Programme - YHA

The Youth Hostel Associations (YHA), has announced that its Educational Breaks Programme has re-opened for applications.
Through the Educational Breaks Programme schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organizations can receive a 50% discount on residential breaks for up to 10 individuals where members of the group are eligible for pupil premium and where children and young people (aged 8-18) face additional social challenges.

The YHA is particularly keen to support groups of young people who have not undertaken a residential activity previously.
The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2019.


First Steps Enterprise Fund – Asda Foundation

First Steps Enterprise Fund (FSEF) is a £300,000 pilot fund to support community organisations. The Social Investment Business manage this fund on behalf of the Asda Foundation.

Funding is available for community organisations (charities and social enterprises) based in England that are looking to take on their first loan to help them grow and become more sustainable. Particular preference is given to organisations that work in the following areas:
•Older people
•Health and wellbeing
•Employment for young people

Funding packages of up to £30,000 are available (90% loan and 10% grant). The loan element is charged at 5% (fixed) to be repaid over a period of 4 years with an optional capital holiday for the first year. Up to £50,000 is available for exceptional cases.


Improving community spaces loans – Co-op Foundation

Interest free loans are available for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces.

Places and spaces for people to come together and enjoy shared interests are vitally important for building stronger communities. Venues such as parks and community centres need regular income so they can continue to meet the needs of people who use them, love them, and rely on them for local services and social contact.

If your community organisation is thinking about growing its trading activities to generate more sustainable income, the Co-op Foundation might be able to help your plans take off.

They offer:
•Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 towards viable business ideas that will benefit the whole community – particularly those facing greater challenges.

•No repayments for the first year, while your trading activities are developing

•If you are based in a more deprived area, or your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, we might also be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan


Community Shares Booster Programme – Power to Change

The Community Shares Booster Programme is a funding scheme to support community share offers. It will invest equity up to £100,000 to match community shares in societies that can demonstrate higher than average levels of community impact, innovation and engagement. The programme will also provide development grants of up to £10,000 to help societies get investment ready and meet standards of good practice. Match funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.