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Funding Opportunities for Sunderland's Independent VCS.

Frontline Network Alliance (Grant – UK) Up to £100,000 per year. Registered charities/partnership. Deadline August 13th, 2021. The St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity has £500k available for up to five charities supporting frontline workers as they empower people experiencing homelessness to secure and keep a safe place to live. They are looking to form multi-year partnerships with grantees, over an expected minimum of three years. Funding can help with existing service delivery or the development of a new service for which there is an evidence-based need. Of particular interest are charities focusing on one or more of the following areas:

  • immigration and homelessness

  • health and homelessness

  • hidden homelessness

  • safe, inclusive spaces and practice

  • older people experiencing homelessness

  • leaving secure settings.


Mental Health Sustainability Fund (Grant – England) Up to £5,000. Registered charities/non-profit companies ltd by guarantee/CICs/CIOs (annual revenue up to £250k in last full year’s accounts). Deadline August 13th, 2021. Grants are available for organisations working with individuals suffering from mental health issues or illnesses alongside health inequalities exacerbated by Covid-19 (such as minoritised communities, LGBT+, children and young people, older people, new mothers, those in contact with the criminal justice system etc.). Funding aims to help organisations become more resilient and improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the Covid-19 crisis. This delivery may be restarting previous activities safely or switching to new ways of working.

Opening Archives (Grant/other – England) £1,000 - £5,000. VCSE. Deadline August 13th, 2021. The Audience Agency is looking for 10 to 15 projects for a new opportunity funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage. Each successful project will receive:

  • a grant to support a new activity or piece of work that uses digital technology to engage communities with archives or archiving

  • training and development to help get the idea off the ground and support to evaluate the outcomes of the project

  • a mentor who will offer one-to-one guidance, expertise and support through individually tailored sessions.

Of particular interest are projects that represent and include under-served communities. Please note: this opportunity will not support digitisation of existing physical collections.

RHS Flourish Fund (Grant – UK) Up to £15,000. VCSE. Deadline August 13th, 2021. The RHS Flourish Fund aims to attract and support a wider range of people to connect with horticulture. Grants are available for projects helping people acquire horticultural skills – of particular interest are those helping to improve diversity and social inclusion within horticulture (or wanting to do so in the future) and those that can demonstrate how the skills and training they offer can create onward opportunities for work experience, further training and employment.

Local Connections Fund – new deadline (Grant – England) £300 - £2,500. VCSE (income less than £50k). Deadline August 20th, 2021. Grants are available to help charities and community groups working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities. It will be used to fund hundreds of microgrants so that small, local organisations can bring people and communities together. This second round will focus on:

  • activities that physically bring people together in a safe and secure way

  • remote activities, when they’re the best or only way for people to build connections

  • helping individuals get out of the ‘lockdown mentality’ and meet people again

  • helping organisations that work to reduce loneliness restart their activities.


Riddell Family Community First Fund (Grant – Tyne and Wear/Northumberland) £750 - £5,000. VCSE. Deadline August 22nd, 2021. Grants are available for activities tackling social inclusion, building confidence and raising aspiration, and tackling poverty and hardship. Projects must be able to start within three months of receipt of the grant (flexibility for further Covid-19 restrictions) and the amount applied for must mean the project can go ahead (and not be part funding for a larger project). Funding can support activities, staffing costs, volunteer expenses, project resources and equipment, and core costs.

Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards 2022 (Grant – UK) £10,000. Registered charities/social enterprise/profit with purpose (income less than £2m, at least a year old). Deadline August 31st, 2021. The CSJ Awards are focused on finding small charities and social enterprises proving themselves effective at preventing and tackling poverty in the UK. The awards will have four winners – one for each of four turnover categories (under £100k, £100k-£500k, £500k-£1m and £1m-£2m). The focus must be on the most deprived groups and communities, tackling the root causes of poverty through innovation and collaboration, and applicants should work within at least one of the main policy areas of the CSJ:

  • work and welfare

  • addiction

  • education

  • family

  • debt, housing and financial inclusion

  • criminal justice

  • modern slavery.



Safety of Women at Night Fund (Grant – England and Wales) Up to £300,000. VCSE/local authorities/police/partnerships. Deadline September 1st, 2021. This fund will support initiatives focused on preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) in public spaces at night, including:

  • in the night-time economy

  • in venues

  • on related routes home.



Comic Relief: Smiles Fund (Grant – UK) £100,000 - £300,000 (for 18-30 months). Registered charities (minimum income £75k). Deadline September 15th, 2021. Comic Relief is working with Walkers for this fund, which aims to support early intervention and community-based approaches that use participation in the arts and comedy to start conversations, promote positive social connections and help people build resilience to tackle life’s everyday challenges. Proposals should use arts and comedy to have an intentional (rather than incidental) positive effect on outcomes for people’s mental wellbeing. The funders are particularly keen to reach people facing

  • discrimination and disadvantage

  • prolonged uncertainty and unemployment

  • emerging mental wellbeing challenges

  • loss and isolation.

Funding requests can include a mixture of project delivery and core costs. Please note that this fund is for work with adults only.


Volant Trust - Covid-19 Response Fund (Grant – UK/International) No amount specified. VCSE. Deadline December 31st, 2021. Funding from the trust will support organisations that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants will cover project and administrative core costs, medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE.

No deadline:


Clothworkers Foundation: Open Grants programme (UK) No min/max specified. Not for profit (registered). No deadline. Grants are available to put towards capital projects, including building purchase, building work, fittings and fixtures, equipment and vehicles. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the work fits within one or more of the programme areas and that at least 50 per cent of service users benefiting are from one or more of those groups. These are:

  • alcohol and substance misuse

  • disadvantaged minority communities

  • disadvantaged young people

  • domestic and sexual abuse

  • homelessness

  • older people

  • people with disabilities

  • prisoners and ex-offenders

  • visual impairment.

The size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of the organisation and the cost and scale of the project. The funders aim to make a decision within eight weeks for grants and projects of less than £10k and within six months for grants over £10k.


Nesta: Cultural Impact Development Fund (Loan/grant – England) The Cultural Impact Development Fund provides small-scale repayable finance to socially driven arts and cultural organisations working with the people and communities in greatest need. Previously a loan fund, it will now include grants up to 10 per cent of the total investment. It has been restructured to be more responsive to the economic shock of Covid-19 and aims to offer more flexible financial support to organisations as they adapt. Between £25k and £150k is available in total, repayable over up to five years. The loan and grant can be used in combination for any approved purpose, such as:

  • developing a new income stream

  • growing an existing strand of work

  • purchasing essential equipment

  • refurbishing a building

  • pre-funding a fundraising campaign.



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