Grants and Funding - March

Spring is here and so is a new list of grants and funding opportunities for projects big and small.  Take a look...

Stronger Towns Fund – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
The Communities Secretary announced on 4 March 2019 a new £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund for England.
£1 billion of the new fund will be allocated using a needs-based formula, with the remaining £600 million being available through a competitive process.
A full list of these notional regional allocations of the £1 billion can be found on the website.

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’.

Funding for Community-led Homes
Together with the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Locality and UK Cohousing, the National Community Land Trust Network have created ‘Community Led Homes’ to support their mission of making community led housing a mainstream housing option.
Community Led Homes will provide training, funding and practical support to community led housing groups, councils and developers. This includes a summary of various forms of funding available which you can view on their website:

Better Broadband Voucher Scheme – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
If you currently experience broadband speeds of less than 2 Megabits per second (Mbps), the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme may be able to help you access a basic broadband service that will offer download speeds of at least 10 Mbps.
The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme, developed by the UK government, provides a voucher worth up to £350 for basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that will not benefit from superfast broadband.

Business Improvement Districts Loan Fund – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business.
The latest round of the £500,000 British Improvement Districts (BIDs) Loan Fund will support business owners and local leaders to set-up a BID, which allow communities to come together to deliver additional local services and upgrade commercial areas for the benefit of business.

Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
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.

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.

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – 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).  Includes projects for homes, workplaces and on street charge points.
For more information visit the website below.

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.

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. 

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, increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability and helps people develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Family Fund – The Family Fund Trust
The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.
See the website for more details.

HS2 Community & Environment Fund & HS2 Business & Local Economy Fund – 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.

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

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.

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 – National Lottery Community 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, happier and stronger relationships between residents and taking action to focus on root causes of social problems.

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.
The next deadline for applications is 28 May 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.

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.

Cornerstone, Gateway & Foundation Grants – National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust has three grant programmes currently open:
• Cornerstone grants. Between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.
• Gateway grants. 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.
• Foundation grants. 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.

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

Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Coalfields Regeneration Trust
The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) Funding Support element is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities.
The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998, to promote and support charities in the United Kingdom working in agriculture, rural development and insurance.
The Trust focuses on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas. Grants are available between £1000 and £50,000.

Veterans’ Community Centres – Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
This is a £3 million funding programme to fund renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres. Grants of up to £30,000 are available. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects.

Tamworth Voluntary Sector Grants
A variety of small grants and awards for events, sports, voluntary organisations and community safety

Staffordshire Safer Road Grant Fund
The Safer Roads Partnership is inviting communities in Staffordshire to bid for funding for projects which improve road safety, increase public confidence and support communities to take local responsibility.

Free gas boilers for Lichfield residents
Lichfield District Council's Emergency Central Heating offer runs until the end of March. It will allow people who qualify (any household under £22k/year) to apply for a new boiler.