Grant Funding Latest

21 January 2021

We regularly update this webpage with details of funding opportunities for churches. Please also keep an eye on the latest news, information and advice on our Giving Latest webpage, from which you may also wish to download the ‘Changing the way we give’ guidance as churches adjust to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Funding news

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage round 2

Stop press: NLHF released guidance on their website yesterday (20 January) relating to applications for the Culture Recover Fund – Round 2. In a walkthrough video for completing the application form, they make a point relating to the percentage of income that is derived from heritage activity and this appears to potentially exclude the vast majority of churches from applying. Please take some time to watch this video on the Heritage Fund website and do consider the supporting information sent by Emma Brown on 20 January if you intend to continue with your application.

Funding to help transition towards full reopening of your listed place of worship to the public and to engage the wider community with your heritage.  Does not fund work that would be categorised as promotion of your faith or capital projects, such as major repairs, but can include a small amount for internal improvements and minor repairs.  Administered by Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).  £10k to £3m.

Two support webinars for applicants have taken place and a recording is available via Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) website.

Deadline: 26 January 2021, 2.00 pm

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) is re-opening for applications, with a phased reopening of project funding through National Lottery Grants for Heritage.  This fund is not intended for capital projects so can not be used for repairs and refurbishments.

Applications are accepted for grants from £3,000 – £10,000 and £10,000 – £100,000, providing financial assistance particularly to heritage sector organisations who have been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds and will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

From 8 February 2021, they will accept applications for grants from £100,000 – £250,000 and £250,000 – £5m.

National Lottery Community Fund: Awards for All

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects costing up to £25,000 which help your community and help address prevalent social issues.  This can be a mixture of COVID-19 activities and general activities with which your church is involved. Funds new heating systems but not repairs.  Does not fund religion so make community based.  Apply at any time.

COVID Relief grant funders

TNL Community Fund: Local Connections Fund to tackle Loneliness

Grants between £300 and £2,500 for small local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in England working to reduce loneliness and isolation by bringing people and communities together as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including covering the costs of technologies and equipment to help people feel more connected – and by training and development.

Deadline: 26 January 2021

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva has launched the next round of its Community Fund, offering funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, through community resilience or financial capability and inclusion.

Deadline: 26 January 2021

Somerset Coronavirus Recovery Fund for Smaller Groups

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for smaller local groups in Somerset to help them recover from financial difficulty resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to build their resilience for the future.  Priorities include those working in areas of deprivation or with people disproportionately affected by coronavirus.

Deadline: 29 January 2021,Somerset%20Coronavirus%20Recovery%20Fund%20for%20smaller%20groups,resilient%20organisation%20for%20the%20future

The Foyle Foundation: Small Grants Scheme

£1,000 – £10,000.  Apply any time.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation/Comic Relief: Tech for Good digital development fund Build programme

Grants of up to £70,000 to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services during the COVID-19 crisis, to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions to create more impact for people.  Applications that aim to adapt or re-purpose existing technology are also eligible for funding.  The programme aims to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development and will support a range of digital interventions.

Deadline: 12 February 2021

Volant Trust: Covid-19 Response Fund

Applications are accepted which demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups which have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Running and core costs as well as medical equipment and PPE. Funding levels at the discretion of the Trustees.

Deadline: 31 July 2021

Power to Change: Match Funding for Community Businesses Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the COVID-19 crisis.  The scheme will help community businesses, providing services or activities which help local people experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the crisis, by match-funding for each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000.  Power to Change is keen to support new and existing projects in more deprived areas of the country, and to work with ethnically diverse individuals/business owners.

Applications can be made at any time until all the funding has been awarded.

Quartet Community Foundation: Express Grants

Bristol, B&NES, N Somerset, S Gloucestershire.  £500 – £5,000.  Apply any time.

Allchurches Trust: Hope Beyond

Up to £50,000.  Apply any time.

Grants for Capital and Revenue funding

Allchurches Trust: Roof Protection Scheme

A scheme providing roof alarms to help prevent metal theft from churches has been extended to the end of 2020.  The Allchurches Roof Protection Scheme will fund up to 50 per cent of an alarm system’s cost up to a maximum of £2,500.

Grants can be made either direct to individual churches or group schemes through dioceses and local historic churches trusts.  The Allchurches Trust is advising that churches apply via a group scheme if there is one local to their area, as some local schemes have other funds available which can be added to the Allchurches grant.

National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants

The Cornerstone Grant Programme supports the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings, focusing on larger and more complex projects.  Grants are offered towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.  The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT.  Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are awarded to represent a maximum of 50% of the project cost.  Applications are accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship.

Next application deadline: 1 March 2021

Woodward Charitable Trust

Grants to fund core costs of smaller registered charities in the UK working with: isolated children and young people, disadvantaged families, and prisoners and ex-offenders.

Deadline: 28 January 2021

Sedgemoor District Council

Small grants of up to £2,500 for projects that benefit the people of Sedgemoor and that fit into the broad themes of community, environment, arts and sports.

Deadline: 29 January 2021

Anchor Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 to UK-registered Christian charities for projects that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts.

Deadline: 31 January 2021

Viridor: Large Grants

Funding of up to £ 100,000 to non-profit organisations for community, biodiversity or heritage projects that benefit local communities in areas within the vicinity of a Viridor site in England.

Deadline: 31 January 2021

Viridor: Main Grants

Funding of up to £50,000 to non-profit organisations for community, biodiversity or heritage projects that benefit local communities in areas within the vicinity of a Viridor site in England.

Deadline: 31 January 2021

Ibstock Enovert Trust

Grants are available to enhance and improve the environment for communities who live and work within ten miles of the Enovert Limited landfill sites inc in Bristol.

Last funding round deadline: 5 February 2021

ChurchCare: Grants for Bells

Grants are available for Anglican churches in England to fund the conservation of bells and bell frames.

Deadline: 22 February 2021

Screwfix Foundation (UK)

Funding for projects that will fix, repair, maintain or improve properties and community buildings used by those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage.  Grants of up to £5,000 for all kinds of projects, but potentially most relevant in our diocese to funding works needed on church halls where these are used for activities that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Applications at any time, reviewed quarterly. Next review date – February 2021

War Memorials Grant Scheme

Grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England.  The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard.  Grants will normally be for between 25% and a maximum of 75% of eligible costs. Maximum £5,000 for non-freestanding war memorials; £30,000 for freestanding non-beneficiary war memorials.

Deadline: 31 March 2021

Groundwork/One Stop Community Partnership

Supports groups and organisations working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community.  One Stop stores will create partnerships with local community groups or charities to provide support for local good causes which could include funding, volunteering, fundraising and awareness raising.

National Lottery Community Fund: Partnerships

Grants of over £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in England which work together with a shared set of goals and values to help their community thrive.

Applications are accepted at any time.

National Lottery Community Fund: Reaching Communities

Grants of over £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in England for projects that make positive changes in their communities.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Quartet Community Foundation & Monica Trust: North Somerset Older People’s Community Grant

The aim of the Community Fund is to keep people independent and living into their own community for as long as possible, by helping individuals and families to buy the essential things they need or supporting them through a crisis. The average grant award size is £5,000. Applicants must be based and working in North Somerset, for the benefit of older people, and the project should aim to reduce social isolation. Priority will be given to smaller groups with an average income less than £500,000. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding bulletin

We are currently putting the most recent details of funding opportunities on this webpage.  Prior to that, we produced a regular funding bulletin for news on grant fundraising sources to help with church buildings, work with communities, young people or older people, support for schools and overseas development, copies of which can be downloaded below.

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