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High Peak CVS Funding Update December 2020

Police and Crime Commissioner Vulnerability Fund - Funding Workshop
National Lottery Charities Fund
Local Connections Fund
BBC Children In Need
ISHS Community Accessibility Fund
Masonic Charitable Foundation
Funding for Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children (UK)
Henry Smith Charity
Allen Lane Foundation  

Police and Crime Commissioner Vulnerability Fund -  Funding Workshop 

Save the Date

HPCVS is delighted to announce we will be hosting an online funding workshop focusing on the Police and Crime Commissioners Vulnerability Fund on 14 January 2021.

HPCVS Funding Officer Sylvia Green will be hosting the workshop with presentations from Gill Quayle and Sarah Greensmith from the Police Crime Commissioners Office followed by a Q&A session.

All details will be published in the new year.

We hope you will be able to join us!

For more details on the fund -

National Lottery Charities Fund

Awards For All and Reaching Communities

Awards for All provides grants from between £300 and £10,000.

Reaching Communities provides grants over £10K for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive. It funds projects that work to make positive changes in their community – whether that is for people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

Both funds continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19 and can be used to:

  • continue to deliver activity - whether your community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity
  • change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges.

The aim is to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage. 

Application deadline – Ongoing

Local Connections Fund 

Opens 5 January 2021

The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million each.

This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

Two rounds of funding - The Local Connections Fund will be split into two equal rounds of funding. DCMS will provide the first £2 million round of funding - which will be distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. This first round will be open for applications on 5 January 2021 and close on 26 January 2021.

Successful applicants for this round of funding must have spent the money and finished their project by 31 March 2021.

The second round of funding will be provided by The National Lottery Community Fund and will launch in the summer of 2021.

What the funding’s for - The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities.

Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.

Who can apply - Organisations can still apply, even if they already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund.

BBC Children In Need

BBC Children in Need is now open for applications, the new Main and Small Grants programme are now open to applications for projects that enable meaningful changes for disadvantaged children and young people. They ask that you help them understand how disadvantage effects the children and young people and how your activities will lead to measurable differences in their lives.​

  • There is one deadline of 11.30am on 21/12/2020.  A second round is due to go live in April 2021. 
  • Small Grants scheme will award grants of up to £10,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years.
  • Main Grants scheme will award grants over £10,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years.
  • You can apply for a Main Grant or a Small Grant but not both.
  • Applications can be submitted to continue existing Main or Small Grants or to fund new work

ISHS Community Accessibility Fund

Derbyshire Integrated Sexual Health Services (ISHS) is looking to fund organisations and groups which work with communities most vulnerable to poor sexual health.  The Community Accessibility Fund 2020-21 is looking to fund projects that benefit residents of either Derby City or Derbyshire County.

Projects to start before the end of March 2021 and to be delivered over the maximum course of 1 year.

Derby City maximum grant award £5,000
Derbyshire County maximum grant award £10,000

Deadline  5pm on Friday 5 February 2021.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Funding to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People

Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply for grants of between £500 - £15,000 for projects lasting up to three years that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. To be eligible the charity needs to have an annual income of below £500,000 per year. The funding is being made available through the Masonic Charitable Foundation Later Life small grants programme. 

The Foundation also offers funding on average of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years through its large grants programme which is due to reopen on 1February 2021. 

The next closing date for small grants is the 23 December 2020. 

Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People and Children

Charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged children and young people. The funding is being made available through the Masonic ​Charitable Foundations Early Years Opportunities Grant scheme. The Foundation operates two funding streams. Small grants of between £500 and £5,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Large grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to 3 years which will reopen on 1 February 2021. 

The next closing date for small grants is the 23 December 2020.

Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children (UK)

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation's grants programmes. Funding of up to £1,500 is available through the small grants programme for projects lasting up to six months and £50,000 through the large grants programme for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Applications to the large grants programme are accepted on a rolling basis.

The next closing date for the small grants programme is the 8 January.

Henry Smith Charity - Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK)

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives. In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 - £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million).

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.

Allen Lane Foundation - Funding for Community Cohesion Projects (UK)

Local community-led grassroots groups and organisations can apply for funding for projects that break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and help to build a more cohesive and inclusive community. This could be a housing estate or a distinct community. The funding is being made available through the Allen Lane Foundation’s Social Cohesion Programme. The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently. Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively and can be for new or ongoing work.​

Trustees meet to discuss grant applications three times a year, generally in February, June and October.

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