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Funding Update Sept 2020

Allchurches Trust (UK)

Name of Fund: Hope Beyond

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs. Applications can be made at any time.

CLA Charitable Trust

Grants for organisations in England and Wales to provide facilities for the disabled to take part in country sports and recreation, and training in agriculture and horticulture. It also promotes education in the countryside for disadvantaged children and young people. Applications can be made at any time.

Comic Relief (UK)

Change Maker

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Comic Relief has launched a new funding programme to support changes in the way which community and voluntary sector organisations work. Funding of between £150,000 and £600,000 will be available for projects lasting up to 3 to 5 years. The focus is on work in areas that are of particular interest to Comic Relief. This includes addressing homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development. Organisations will be able to apply in one of two categories. Grants for small and medium-sized organisations that focus on equalities and are user-led; and grants for medium-sized organisations. 20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities. Application deadline 12pm on the 25th September 2020.

Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and CICís in England which have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them rebuild their capacity to meet the needs of their local community. The funding is being made available through the Comic Reliefís Capacity Building Grants Scheme and will support projects within their four strategic themes and can be used for a wide range of activities, such as: training; increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment; and developing strategies to help rebuild and move forward such as fundraising strategies, and developing new delivery plans. To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000. Applications can be made at any time.

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Covid 19 Fund 

The Public Health COVID19 Fund has been established to support voluntary and community sector organisations and groups in improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Derbyshire during the ongoing pandemic.   Constituted organisations and groups can apply for up to £2,000 in funding, and non-constituted organisations and groups up to £250.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must:

  • not have an existing contractual agreement in place with the Public Health department 
  • be supporting the response to COVID19
  • be known to the Public Health team through previous partnership working, be known to the Councilís Community Response Unit, or be known to the network of District Forums that support the work of the Community Response Unit
  • provide a minimum level of detail, including geographic area covered, contact details for lead individual, and bank details for transfer of funding

 Any proposed use of the Emergency Funding must be linked to an existing Public Health work programme/theme, for example to support mental health and emotional wellbeing, increase social connectedness, or to prevent demand on statutory services.  To apply for Emergency Funding, organisations will need to return the attached application to the Assistant Director of Public Health giving details of the funding they require, its purpose, and confirmation that they meet the eligibility criteria. Application forms to be returned by email only to: and  No deadline set as yet.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People - Central Grants

Grants are available to UK registered charities that are working with young people (up to 25 years) for projects supporting young people in the vital areas of education, awareness and training. Education funding generally will be given for training/re-training, educational equipment, activity-based learning leading to accreditation and sports equipment.

Application deadline: 6th October 2020

The Fore - RAFT Transition Fund

Unrestricted grants to help small charities and social enterprises in the UK plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in the post-coronavirus world. The unrestricted grants can be used for any purpose, including core costs. A webinar to prepare you for application can be viewed here. (max. £15,000) 

Round 2 applications open 21 September (first come first serve)

The Gordon Trust

Grants are available for registered charities working in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire in the areas of disability, social deprivation, homelessness, substance and alcohol abuse and prisoner education and rehabilitation. Application deadline: none specified

LGBT+ Futures Fund

Grants are available for non-profit LGBT+ organisations across the UK to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. All funds must be fully spent by 31 May 2021. Applications can be made at any time.

Tudor Trust

Grants are available to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration.  The Trust remains open for non-emergency applications from organisations that they do not currently support. The trustees want to provide support to voluntary and community groups to continue their core work in the medium and long term, and don't have funding allocated specifically for 'emergency' or 'recovery'. Applications can be made at any time.

Volant Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Response Fund

Grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  The activity must be specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic and can be for project and administrative costs, as the Trust does not usually fund capital expenditure. However, applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE may be considered.  Application deadline: 31st December 2020

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