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High Peak CVS Funding Update February 2021

Severn Trent Community Fund
Vulnerability Fund Small Grants
Cameron Grant Memorial Trust
The Henry Smith Charity
UFi VocTech
Youth Groups Impacted by Coronavirus
Ashden Climate Change Charity
Matthew Good Foundation
Ragdoll Foundation
Sport England  

Severn Trent Community Fund

High Peak CVS is pleased to invite you to a funding workshop to learn more about the Severn Trent Community Fund which is giving away more than £10M over five years.  The fund has three themes; People, Places and the Environment.   There are also three levels of grants available £2K - £10K, £10K – 75K and £75K - £200K.  Please note this fund is not available across the whole of High Peak, only organisations active in the Severn Trent Water region are eligible to apply.  If you wish to check your eligibility please use the eligibility checker on the Severn Trent Water website

The workshop will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 30 March 2021 from 1.30pm and will be hosted by High Peak CVS.  Booking details will be released shortly. 

We are delighted that Sue Heyes the Community Fund Officer for Severn Trent will be joining us to explain more about the fund and answer your questions.  So please join us to find out how your organisation can apply. 

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioners
Vulnerability Fund Small Grants

The Commissioner is looking to support projects which:

•  Help individuals to live safely and without fear of crime in their homes;

•  Empower the local community to tackle problems in their neighbourhood areas;

•  Are organised by (and involving) community/neighbourhood groups;

•  Can demonstrate that they can make a difference to local communities;

•  Take a new and sustainable approach to tackling long term problems;

•  Foster good relations between partner agencies and communities and do not work in isolation.

The fund:

•  is Derbyshire-wide including the City

•  can be used for meeting capital or revenue costs 

•  is available to the Voluntary and community sectors, charities and non-profit making associations on behalf of the individuals and communities they work with.  

The Fund is currently taking applications for small grants of up to £1000 - these are being distributed through the CVS organisations in each locality so High Peak based groups wishing to apply for under £1K should contact 

Deadline 1 Mar 2021

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

Seed funding grants are available for UK based charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations to trial new and innovative ways to support people in the UK who are suffering with poor mental health. The grants can be used to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports mental health. The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change.

Ideas would typically fit into one of the following categories:

  • Destigmatising Mental Health
  • Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care
  • Improving Mental Well Being

The grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. The innovation can involve technology though it does not have to. As well as the funding, successful grant applicants will be offered one or two ‘coaching’ sessions with one of the trustees by phone or video call. Between them, the trustees have a wealth of experience in business, education, the public sector and mental health services, so making that formally available to candidates offers additional support and encouragement.

Who can apply: Applications will be accepted from individuals, charities, social enterprises, community interest companies, schools, colleges, universities, pre-registration start-ups, voluntary groups, community groups and other not-for-profit entities based in the UK.

Grant amount: Between £100 and £2,500 are available.

Deadline: This is a rolling programme. Applications will be considered at monthly trustee meetings.

The Henry Smith Charity - Grants Programme

The Henry Smith Charity is an independent grant making trust. They aim to use its resources to help people and communities at a time of need and to bring about positive change. The grants available are:

•  Improving Lives -  Grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. They support established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries and are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. This is their largest grants programme, through which the majority of their funds are distributed

•  The Strengthening Communities  - To support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme they want to make sure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty. They fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs

•  The Christian Projects -  Grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith in the UK

Who can apply: Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises, in the UK.

Grant amount

•  Improving Lives Grant Programme - Between £20,000 and £60,000 for 1 - 3 years

•  The Strengthening Communities Grant Programme - Between £20,000 and £60,000 for 1 - 3 years  

•  The Christian Projects Grant Programme - £10,000+ for up to 3 years (most grants are for 1-2 years)

Deadline: Rolling programme.

UFi VocTech
Grants for Vocational Learning Projects

Grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 are available for early-stage projects that use technology to improve digital adult vocational education. The funding is available for projects lasting between 3 and 12 months to scope and test digital technologies that can be used in innovative ways to improve skills for work. The funding is being made available through the UFi VocTech Trust - Seed 2021 grant and is available to training organisations across the UK, including colleges, charities, trade bodies, learning providers, employers, private companies, community interest companies and other not for profit organisations.

Deadline: 11 February 2021.

Youth Groups and Organisations Impacted by the Coronavirus

Local youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations can apply for funding help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Local groups can apply for grants of up to £250,000 and national umbrella groups £2 million. The funding is made available through the UK governments Youth Covid-19 Support Fund and will cover essential business expenditure, such as staff salaries, and fixed/operational costs.

Deadline: 12 February 2021.

Ashden Climate Change Charity
Awards for Sustainable Energy Projects Opens to Entries

Ashden, the climate solutions charity that supports projects in sustainable energy in the UK and the developing world, has announced that the UK competition for their 2021 Ashden Awards is now open to entries. This year, three categories target initiatives in the UK: green skills training; green community initiatives; and climate innovation. As well as a cash grant of £10,000, winning organisations will receive development support, networking opportunities and PR support, so their ideas can be scaled up or replicated. The competition is open to businesses, public bodies, community groups, charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations.

Deadline for applications is 11.59pm on the 3 March 2021. Winners will be announced in the autumn.

Matthew Good Foundation

Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People or the Environment

The Matthew Good Foundation has launched a Grants for Good Fund to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment. The Fund will share £10,000 between five shortlisted projects, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000. As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation are keen to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running. To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Deadline: 15 March 2021.

Ragdoll Foundation 

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

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.

Deadline: 7 May 2021.

Sport England 

Grants of up to £10,000 Available to Help Sports Clubs and Organisations Meet the Challenges of the New Lockdown Measures

Sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to respond to the challenges of the new lockdown measures and to return to play in a coronavirus-safe way. The funding which is being made available through the Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants Fund and can cover costs such as minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses for clubs in areas of high deprivation, the Fund will now also support ongoing running costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time until the 30 June 2021.

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