Funding News - August 2022

Content

Success stories

Big Local North East Hastings
Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner – Community Safety Fund
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner - £1.5m for Innovative Safety Projects
Youth Futures Foundation – Connected Futures

Information and Guidance

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - An Opportunity to Shape the Future of the £738m Dormant Assets Fund

Awards
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023

Government

Cabinet Office – Veterans Health Innovation Fund
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Media Literacy Programme Fund
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Media Literacy Taskforce Fund
Lewes Town Council – Community Grants
Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change at Landscape Scale
UK Research and Innovation - Design Foundations Competition

Lottery

National Lottery Community Fund - Climate Action Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) - Heritage Innovation Fund
Sport England to Pause Applications

Trusts and Foundations

Art Fund - Commission Grants
Art Fund - Reimagine Grants Programme
The Arts Society Grants
Benefact Trust - Heritage Skills for Christian Buildings Grants
British and Foreign School Society - Displacement Education Fund
Continuo Foundation - Period Music Ensembles
GambleAware – Aftercare Funding Programme
Hastings & Rother Food Network - Grants for Food Projects
International Tree Foundation – UK Community Tree Planting Programme
Learning Through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants
LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund
PRS Foundation
Royal Academy of Engineering – Ingenious Public Engagement Grant
The Royal Society - Tomorrow's Climate Scientists
Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative
Thomas Pocklington Trust
The Tree Council - Branching Out Fund
Which? Fund

International

British Council - Cultural Protection Fund

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Success Stories

Big Local North East Hastings

Groups in the north east of Hastings have received grants from the Local Trust designed to improve communities.  The grants cover a wide range of activities that residents will be able to enjoy over the coming months.

Sussex Futsal Club, Sporting Club Pass + Move, Ore Community Land Trust, Hastings and St Leonards Men’s Shed, Idol Rich Theatre Rotto, and Hastings Story-telling Festival are among the groups to receive the £1,066 grant.

Sussex Futsal Club said the funding will enable it to replace training equipment which has reached the end of its useful life.

Sporting Club Pass + Move said the grant will pay for the training of two coaches to allow the club to extend its activities to Hastings Academy.

Ore Community Land Trust started a Forest School earlier this year to provide for parents and toddlers to access the woodland and community garden. The sessions were very successful with a waiting list. The funding will allow the classes to continue after the summer.  Ore Community Land Trust’s funding will allow nature classes for parents and children to continue after the summer.

Men’s Shed funding will replace two important items of equipment.

Idol Rich Theatre Rotto will use the funding for children from the age of five to learn about the Hastings seaside resort in Edwardian times and create their own shadow puppet sequences.

Hastings Story-telling Festival will use the grant to fund the nationally acclaimed Norwich Puppet Theatre’s ‘ Little Red Riding Hood ’ to offer an afternoon performance within school hours for children and an after-school show for families.

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Sussex Community Foundation - General Awards

Sussex Community Foundation gives out grants that are made up of a range of funds which help to address disadvantage and deprivation and build resilience in Sussex communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are normally available. The Foundation is particularly keen to support grassroots community groups and small-to-medium sized voluntary organisations. The next deadline to apply is 9th September.

The Foundation awarded £195,398 in his latest round to the following projects:      

Eastbourne

Eastbourne Churches Visiting Ltd - £5,000      

Eastbourne Churches Visiting - t/a Linking Lives Eastbourne (LLE) is part of a national charity that exists to encourage befriending of the socially isolated and to reconnect them with their supportive community through a regular call, visit or meeting outside the home. Funding is requested towards staff and running costs.

Muma Nurture - £10,000   

Muma Nurture provides support to anyone affected by infertility, pregnancy (perinatal mental health) and perinatal death (baby loss) through specialist counselling, therapies, groups and activities. Funding is requested towards a community wellbeing area.

Holding Space - £10,000  

Holding Space supports parents, children and young adults who are struggling with their mental health. Services include phone support, counselling, courses and workshops, activities such as walk and talk and coffee mornings. Funding is requested towards the staff costs of their CEO.

East Sussex Recovery Alliance (ESRA) - £8,514        

East Sussex Recovery Alliance supports people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. ESRA runs vibrant and inclusive recovery hubs in Hastings and Eastbourne both located in areas of deprivation each with a café at their heart. Funding is requested towards their wellbeing workshops.

Blue Van Veterans Drop-In - £3,000      

Blue Van Armed Forces & Veterans Drop In aims to support veterans, their families and their carers. They achieve this through signposting and referring to professional services, befriending and social inclusion. Funding is requested towards equipment, furniture and running costs.

Tubbs Computer Supplies - £5,000       

Tubbs Computer Supplies refurbish redundant computers and give them away free to vulnerable people, children, unemployed, disabled, and the older population. Funding is requested towards general running costs.

Hastings

Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity - £5,000

Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity Hastings lies at the heart of Hastings town centre, meeting the relational and practical needs of the young, the non-religious & the marginalised through midweek support projects. Funding is requested towards their Safehaven sessions and volunteer management.

Umbrella Sussex - £2,500 

Umbrella Sussex run sharing economy projects including a library of things and craft and repair projects. Funding is requested towards new venue core costs and the role of a development coordinator.

Hastings Emergency Action Resilience Team - £7,000         

HEART is a registered mutual aid network of community volunteers providing practical help to vulnerable people, support organisations and projects across Hastings & St. Leonards. Funding is requested towards Hastings Befriending Network including 'Chatty Cafes' and 'Chatty Benches' and core costs.

Arts on Prescription CIC - £5,000

Arts on Prescription CIC are a team of professional artists, wellbeing practitioners and volunteers passionate about the benefits that participating in art and cultural activities brings to mental health, self-esteem and wellbeing. Funding is requested towards a part time volunteer coordinator.

Seaview Project - £5,000  

The Seaview Project aims to provide support and relief to people who find themselves on the margins of society for a range of reasons, including mental health, homelessness, addictions, complex trauma and long-term disabilities. Funding is requested towards their digital inclusion project.

Little Gate Farm - £2,000  

Little Gate Farm trains and supports adults with learning disabilities and Autism into paid employment. Funding is requested towards staffing their Jobs Forum job coaches.

Just Friends - £3,000        

Just Friends aims to combat the effects of loneliness in those who live alone, including carers. They organise regular activities and events to create friendships. Funding is requested towards staff costs.

Our Neighbourhood CIC - £7,170

Our Neighbourhood run projects that help alleviate food poverty in Eastbourne and surrounding areas. Activities include a lunch club, community kitchen for refugees and cookery lessons. Funding is requested for cookery lessons at a women's refuge.

Education Futures Trust - £8,993

Education Futures Trust provides high quality and innovative support and learning tailored to improve the life chances of vulnerable children and adults particularly in Hastings. Their work focuses on building resilience and improving health, especially mental health. Funding is requested towards a series of courses aimed at vulnerable adults.

Manzi Foundation - £5,000

The Manzi Foundation was set up to relieve poverty by providing help & support for those in need on both a 1-1 and group basis. They help with things such as job searches and training for digital skills. Funding is requested towards digital skills training.

Hastings LitFest Ltd Hastings - £3,700   

The Hastings Literary Festival is a community festival, celebrating writing and the written word. Funding is requested towards their 'Access to Books' project.

Lewes

Barcombe Explorers - £2,900      

Barcombe Explorers help young people aged 14-18 to thrive, use nature, enjoy adventure and develop their team and leadership skills. Funding is requested towards the costs of running their activities.

Lewes Climate Hub - £10,000     

Lewes Community & Climate Hub provides an online and physical hub for local environmental and social community groups across Lewes District, taking collective action on a range of environmental and social challenges. Funding is requested towards rent, staff costs and bills.

Diversity Resource International - £5,000         

Diversity Resource International (DRI) is an organisation that focuses on supporting, developing and empowering ethnically diverse (ED) communities. Funding is requested towards staff costs.

Seahaven Force Community Club - £5,000      

Seahaven Force Community Club develops basketball playing, coaching and officiating opportunities in the Seahaven Area, working mainly in recognised areas of deprivation. Funding is requested towards running costs and equipment.

East Sussex Credit Union - £8,000        

East Sussex Credit Union is a financial services co-operative offering savings accounts, affordable loans and basic bank accounts for anyone living or working in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Funding is requested to run three Wave Community Bank help points (Lewes, Newhaven and Eastbourne).

Different Planet Arts - £5,000      

Different Planet Arts work to enrich the lives of children and young people with complex additional needs and their families across Sussex through the provision of inclusive sensory theatre and creative play. Funding is towards their annual programme of events.

Ringmer Village Hall Management Committee (Community Library project) - £5,500

Ringmer Village Hall Management Committee run the main community meeting space for Ringmer, a growing village of more than 5000 people. They offer a welcoming space for community groups with various classes on offer. Funding is requested to help improve the accessibility of the hall, which dates back to 1890.

Latest Group CIC - £5,000

The Latest Group CIC run projects that benefit disadvantaged communities, giving a voice to marginalised and socio-economically deprived people through their Latest TV channel. Funding is requested towards the costs of a project supporting unemployed people to learn TV production and streaming skills.

Greenhavens Network - £5,000   

Greenhavens work in partnership to enhance green spaces for people and wildlife. They bring people together to get closer to nature, explore, forage and learn from each other, to develop their health and well-being. Funding is requested to develop 5 hubs between Peacehaven and Seaford with community gardens.

Develop Outdoors - £9,405         

Develop Outdoors provide engaging, structured activities for disadvantaged young people, focussing on development and outdoor play to benefit mental and physical wellbeing. Funding is requested towards core costs including staff, training, equipment and marketing.

Rother

Hands of Hope - £5,000    

Hands of Hope deliver nature-based, life-improving programmes that tackle rural isolation, loneliness, and food poverty for communities throughout Rother, Hastings, and West Kent. Funding is requested for seed growing packs for the East Sussex community.

Helping Hands Robertsbridge - £1,800  

Helping Hands Roberstbridge provides volunteer support for villagers for everyday tasks including transport, shopping, prescriptions, gardening and technology aswell as supporting various activities. Funding is requested towards community activities which they support.

Crowhurst Youth Club - £3,416   

Crowhurst Youth Club helps young people and children, especially but not exclusively, through leisure and educational activities. Funding is requested to help them restart after school and holiday club sessions following closure due to COVID.

Wealden

Children's Respite Trust - £8,500

Children’s Respite Trust provide regular respite care for disabled children and support for their siblings and families in their respite centre in Uckfield and out in the community across Sussex and some of Kent. Funding is requested towards core costs, including rent and utilities.

The Keys Project - £2,500 

The Keys Project supports individuals to find freedom from addiction (primarily to drugs and alcohol) through a holistic programme of medical, spiritual, and community support. Funding is requested towards running costs and overheads.

Nutley Pre-School Playgroup - £5,000   

Nutley Preschool has been running for over 30 years and provides an inclusive environment for pre-school children to thrive. Funding is requested for a summer house in the garden for outside learning.

You Raise Me Up (YRMU) - £5,000       

You Raise Me Up are a community based local charity that provides mental health support to families after the death of a child aged 16-25 in Sussex. Funding is requested towards the cost of counselling sessions.

Now! Charity Group Ltd - £7,500 

Now Chariity group increase the publics accessibility to quality household essentials, whilst raising awareness and adopting greener waste management techniques, helping to reinvest surplus into local community projects. Funding is requested to assist in moving to a larger premises to meet an increase in demand.

Tel:  01273 409440  Email:  info@sussexgiving.org.uk

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner – Community Safety Fund

The Bramber Bakehouse charity is an award-winning charity in Eastbourne supporting female survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.

They were recently awarded a £5,000 grant from the police and crime commissioner’s Community Safety Fund.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner - £1.5m for Innovative Safety Projects

It has been recently announced that Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner has been awarded a total of £1.5 million from the Home Office under the latest round of Safer Streets funding.

Two applications, with a range of innovative solutions to tackle anti-social behaviour, were submitted in conjunction with partners. Both bids were successful thanks to the effective demonstration of need in areas throughout Sussex and an appropriate response proposal to addressing these issues.

The £1.5m Safer Streets funding for Sussex allows for a Task Force Manager and Project Officer to work in communities to develop local solutions and ownership. This complements the existing work of Community Safety Partnerships (funded by the PCC), the Safer Sussex Business Partnership and key working groups within Sussex Police.

The task team will also host a range of engagement events through the coming 12 months to provide an opportunity for community feedback.

The bids combine various initiatives, some countywide and others more localised. In East Sussex, these include: 

  • Development of safe space and community development activities in Eastbourne town centre
  • Youth outreach in East Sussex
  • Tackling graffiti issues in Hastings
  • Taxi marshal schemes in Hastings and Eastbourne
  • Street Pastor schemes in Eastbourne
  • Safer Streets police patrols and additional CCTV support

Information and Guidance

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - An Opportunity to Shape the Future of the £738m Dormant Assets Fund

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is providing an opportunity for the public, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and industry stakeholders to have their say on how to shape the direction of the Dormant Assets Scheme in England in the years ahead.

Dormant assets are financial assets, such as bank accounts, that have been untouched for a long period. The Dormant Assets Scheme is led by the financial services industry and backed by the government with the aim of reuniting people with these financial assets. Where this is not possible, the Scheme unlocks this money for social and environmental initiatives across the UK.

This 12-week public consultation follows the passage of the Dormant Assets Act 2022 which expands the Dorman Assets Scheme into a wider range of sectors. Out of the £880 million being made available for good causes across the UK, some £738 million will be awarded in England.

The consultation invites views and suggestions on the causes of youth, financial inclusion, and social investment as well as welcoming suggestion for any other social or environmental causes that the government should consider.

It is also seeking views on whether to include community wealth funds which would distribute pots of money over long periods of time in local communities in England with residents making decisions on where the money is best placed.

There is particular interest in hearing from local communities, current and potential participants, civil society organisations and any interested individuals.

The consultation is currently open and will close on Sunday 9th October 2022.


Awards

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards

The IMPACT Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UK that are doing excellent work to improve people's health and wellbeing.

The awards are as follows: 

  • Up to 10 winners will receive £40,000, with one overall winner receiving an additional £10,000
  • Up to five runners-up will receive £4,000

Award winners will also be offered training and development valued at an average of £9,500 and have a film made about their work.

Charities that are located and registered in the UK are eligible to apply.

The award winners can decide how they want to spend the award money.

The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. An application which only focuses on a particular project will not be shortlisted. The assessment is based on the work of the whole organisation and the assessment will focus on excellence in the six areas of IMPACT. The judges will be looking for evidence of: 

  • Innovation:Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery
  • Management:Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation
  • Partnership:Working effectively with others (the community, voluntary, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share 'best practice' and to learn from others
  • Achievement:Scale and impact of work relative to the size of the organisation; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation; measurement and monitoring of performance; being able to report on outcomes and impact
  • Community focus:Involving and responding to people and communities; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs; working with others to improve services for the community
  • Targeting needs:Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the community; ensuring services are accessible to all, including people who experience the most disadvantage or marginalisation

There is a two-stage application process: 

  • Stage one, deadline 1st September 2022 at 5pm. Successful applicants will be contacted by 22nd September 2022
  • Stage two, deadline 10th October 2022 at 5pm. Notifications are expected in February 2023.

Tel: 020 7307 2400  Email: gskenquiries@kingsfund.org.uk


Government

Cabinet Office – Veterans Health Innovation Fund

The Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) is providing funding administered by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to enable innovation in clinical care for the UK veteran population.

From a total funding pot of £2.7 million, grants of up to £300,000 over up to two years are available.

The Veterans Health Innovation Fund is open to a range of organisations undertaking work in this area, including: 

  • Charities and non-profit organisations
  • Academic organisations
  • Microenterprises and medium-sized enterprises
  • Large companies

The Fund also welcomes collaborative bids that bring together different expertise from different sectors.

Proposals must address one of more of the following challenge areas: 

  • Digital, data and technology, to support the creation of treatments and interventions to help veterans with mental and/or physical health needs
  • Surgical technology, bioengineering and rehabilitation for blast injuries
  • Public health, pain management, hearing loss and visual impairment
  • Female veterans’ health and healthcare

Groups must register for the DASA Online Submission Service to submit their proposals.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on 31st August 2022.

Email: accelerator@dstl.gov.uk

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Media Literacy Programme Fund

The Media Literacy Programme Fund is a multi-year grant scheme offering funding to organisations undertaking media literacy activity that tackles the challenges set out in the Online Media Literacy Strategy.

In year one of the fund, bids are being invited for projects that meet one or more of the following strategic priorities: 

  1. Vulnerable users:providing support to vulnerable users who are currently underserved by media literacy initiatives
  2. Evaluation:implementing new or robust approaches to evaluation that improve understanding of the effectiveness of media literacy interventions
  3. Misinformation and disinformation:undertaking activity to effectively build audience resilience to misinformation and disinformation

Applications must demonstrate how they will create positive outcomes against one or more of these strategic priorities.

Bids will be accepted for projects that either conclude by 31st March 2023 (end of financial year 2022 to 2023), or by 31 January 2024 (quarter four of financial year 2023 to 2024).

A maximum grant of £200,000 is expected to be administered for individual projects in each financial year the project is live. However, exact amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no minimum funding requirement for this bid.

Organisations must be registered to operate in the UK, and have experience of delivering media literacy interventions or equivalent subject matter expertise. Projects must include work taking place in England.

If bidding into the fund as a consortium, the lead organisation in must be registered to operate in the UK, and at least one organisation in the consortium must have experience of delivering media literacy interventions or equivalent subject matter expertise.

The fund is open to proposals for a range of media literacy interventions. This could include, but is not limited to: 

  • Traditional educational interventions
  • Upskilling professionals or other actors to support those they work with (i.e. train-the-trainer)
  • Tech-based solutions
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Evaluation of existing media literacy initiatives

Proposals for new and innovative activity, and activity that builds on existing media literacy work that has been proven to be effective will be accepted.

The deadline for applications is 19th September 2022 (1159pm).

Tel: 020 7211 6000  Email: medialiteracy@dcms.gov.uk

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) - Media Literacy Taskforce Fund

The Media Literacy Taskforce Fund is aimed at organisations piloting new methods of engaging ‘hard to reach’ citizens with media literacy initiatives. Media literacy is described as the ability to apply critical thinking skills to the messages transmitted through mass media, including print, video and the internet.

The scheme will fund pilot projects that will work through communities to engage citizens in ways that are tailored to their needs and relevant to their daily lives, delivering media literacy interventions at a local level.

A range of approaches will be supported, including and going beyond conventional classroom-style learning, such as delivering learning in more informal and community-based ways.

Some examples of delivery models for these interventions could include (but are not limited to): 

  • Working closely with local authorities to integrate media literacy support across a range of public services
  • Establishing local, peer-to-peer education initiatives, led by influential, community-level organisations (e.g. local charities) or individuals
  • Partnering with employers to reach target audiences with media literacy at their place of work

DCMS expects to award a maximum of £250,000 in grant funding to individual projects this financial year. However, exact amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no minimum funding requirement for this bid.

Applications are accepted from charities and non-profit organisations, private organisations and public bodies that have expertise in media literacy initiatives.

As well as applications from individual organisations, DCMS is accepting applications from consortia, which can include public bodies outside of central government. Applicants must be based in the UK and the project must target a local area in England (e.g. a town or county).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 30th August 2022 (9am).

Tel: 020 7211 6000           Email: medialiteracy@dcms.gov.uk

Lewes Town Council – Community Grants

A grants fund to support Lewes Town is agreed every year within the Council’s annual budget and Community Grants of up to £2,000 per application are disbursed four times each year.

For over 20 years the Council has operated a scheme that has aided hundreds of community groups and organizations with cash grants to support their projects or, sometimes, their basic running costs. These sit alongside larger grants each year to organisations like Citizens’ Advice and support for community bus services.

The objectives of the Community Grants Scheme are to help maintain a vibrant community sector in the town, with particular emphasis on groups and non-commercial organisations who support the Council’s vision which covers: 

  • Sustainable transport: related infrastructure and signage, cycling routes, bus transport
  • Openness: engagement; consultation; partnership
  • Trees and biodiversity: wildlife and the environment, open spaces
  • Support for equality, diversity and inclusion, and specifically disadvantaged and under-represented groups and foodbanks

Applications for funding of up to £2,000 will be accepted. Larger sums may be considered, but there is a different process for these applications. Please see the Major Funding Applications page for more details.

They will consider financial support for community organisations working for the benefit of the community. Applications can be made for help towards a special project, or the everyday running costs of your organisation.

The application deadlines for Community Grants in 2022 to 2023 are: 

  • Friday 2nd September 2022
  • Friday 25th November 2022
  • Friday 27th January 2023

Email:  townclerk@lewes-tc.gov.uk

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change at Landscape Scale

The Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change project’s aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote carbon sequestration. This is to be achieved by creating or restoring semi-natural habitats, which can also bring multiple additional benefits when planned at a landscape scale.

Grants will be awarded to pilot projects that best meet the programme’s objectives. Successful applications will receive part of a £5 million pot from public funding. 

  • Projects must achieve habitat creation and restoration at a landscape scale - an area of at least 500 hectares in size. Applications must include specific habitats, such as native woodland, peaty pockets, hedgerows, and semi-natural grassland. Proposals should consider multiple benefits, such as water quality and water management, local biodiversity and wider habitat connectivity
  • Applications must be made by partnerships, led by not-for-profit organisations, including charities and environmental non-governmental organisations; public bodies, including local authorities and national park authorities; and companies or other businesses, including sole traders, academic institutions, community interest companies and community benefit companies

The deadline for receipt of applications is 29th August 2022 (12pm).

Tel: 0300 060 3900           Email: sofnbsforclimatechange@naturalengland.org.uk

UK Research and Innovation - Design Foundations Competition

Innovate UK’s Design Foundations Competition aims to help businesses develop new ideas that will deliver benefits for people and the planet, aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These can be for new or significantly improved products, services, places or business models.

The competition is intended to help businesses gain experience of working with design processes and expertise. Projects must generate new ideas or test and improve the customer experience, social and environmental benefits of existing, early-stage ideas.

Up to £2 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant. Each project’s total costs must be between £40,000 and £80,000. Applicants can claim up to 100% grant funding for their eligible costs.

The competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. To lead a project an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, public sector organisation, charity or not-for-profit organisation.

To collaborate with the lead, the organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit organisation, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO).

Applications are encouraged from organisations that have not previously used people and planet centred design processes or expertise.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 31st August 2022 (11am).

Tel: 0300 321 4357                     Email: support@innovateuk.gov.uk


Lottery

National Lottery Community Fund - Climate Action Fund

The next round of the 10-year, £100 million Climate Action Fund is now open for applications from projects which focus on the link between climate and nature and bring other social and economic benefits to local communities.

Applications will be considered from community-led partnerships that are made up of a mix of organisations from different sectors, either locally or UK-wide partnerships delivered across at least two UK countries. The lead applicant which speaks on behalf of the partnership should be non-profit.

There is an £8 million funding pot, with grants of up to £1.5 million over two to five years on offer. It is expected that most awards will be in the region of £300,000 to £500,000.

Development grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months are also available.

Activities could involve bringing communities together to: 

  • Make new, better quality and more accessible natural spaces. For example, where the natural environment has been replaced by human activity in urban areas
  • Encourage environmental awareness by increasing outdoor learning opportunities
  • Use nature to address growing climate problems like the rising temperature or risk of flooding in urban areas
  • Use stories or creative approaches to engage communities with the climate challenge through nature
  • Explore systems of producing food that are less damaging to nature, more self-sufficient, or that shorten distance we transport food

Given the focus on increasing participation with climate action and supporting lifestyle and behavioural change, the expectation is that most of the funding will go towards revenue costs.

The Lottery is providing virtual information events on the following days: 

  • 23rd August 2022, 12pm to 1pm
  • 23rd August 2022, 5pm to 6pm
  • 27th September 2022, 12pm to 1pm

The programme is open on a rolling basis.

Email: climateactionfund@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) - Heritage Innovation Fund

NHLF’s new Heritage Innovation Fund is intended to build innovation capacity within, across and between different parts of heritage around a shared priority challenge area: the workforce, skills and ways of working needed for the future.

The Fund is intended to involve three phases: 

  • Phase 1: Explore - for organisations at the early ideas stage, focusing on defining a clear problem and developing potential solutions
  • Phase 2: Test - will offer support to put promising prototypes and ideas into practice to gather evidence of what works
  • Phase 3: Grow - will offer support to implement findings more widely and share good practice the sector

Applications are currently being accepted for the Explore phase, which offers grants of up to £25,000 for six months of delivery.

Funding should allow organisations to explore, test and grow new ways of working needed to support the future of heritage.

Heritage organisations of any size or type may apply. This could include non-profits, local authorities and private owners of heritage (with a workforce).

Challenges which may be addressed include: 

  • Ways of working
  • Who is part of the heritage workforce
  • What skills are needed

There will be a series of workshops throughout August and September 2022 for applicants.

The deadline to apply is 27th September 2022.

Tel: 020 8132 7290                     Email: enquire@heritagefund.org.uk

Sport England to Pause Applications

Sport England has announced that it will be making some improvements to its funding application system which will make it easier for groups to submit an application and for Sport England to make decisions in a quicker and more efficient manner.

During this upgrade, which will take place from 25 August until late September, applications will not be accepted.

This currently affects two funding schemes: 

  • Sport England - Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
  • Sport England (with Crowdfunding) – Return to Play: Active Together

Groups that are currently making an application must submit it before 25th August 2022 otherwise they will need to re-register and start their application again once the new system is live in late September.

The temporary deadline to submit applications is 24th August 2022 with the expectation that applications can be submitted again from the end of September 2022.

Tel: 0345 8 508 508          Email: funding@sportengland.org

 


Trusts and Foundations

Art Fund - Commission Grants

Art Fund recognise that there are distinct opportunities and fundraising challenges in realising a commission, and that the acquisition of a commission can be conceptualised and carried out in many different ways; for example, as a unique permanent artwork that can be accessioned into a public collection, or as a temporary, ephemeral or performance piece that may only have a permanent legacy in the form of archival material.

For an application to be successful applicants will need to make a strong case in the following three areas: 

  • Benefit to the Artist
  • Benefit to the Organisation
  • Benefit to Audiences

Applications towards support for commissions need to demonstrate the impact of the work of art within the context of all three areas above.

This programme has two levels of funding available: 

  • Main grants: grant requests of above £7,500 and/or where the total cost of the work is more than £15,000
  • Small grants: grant requests of £7,500 or less where the total cost of the work is £15,000 or less

There is no minimum amount that can be applied for.

All public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives in the UK or Channel Islands are eligible to apply.

The total cost of the work is deemed to be the overall costs associated with the fabrication and production of the work, plus the artist fee and acquisition cost.

Deadlines: 

  • Main Grants: There are several deadlines per year. These deadlines correspond to Art Fund Trustee meetings. Please contact the Programme's office at the Art Fund for these deadlines
  • Small Grants: Applications for can be submitted at any time

Before submitting an application, applicants should ensure that they have discussed their application with the Programme's Office to confirm eligibility, deadlines and relevant meeting dates.

Tel: 0207 225 4871  Email: rdingle@artfund.org

Art Fund - Reimagine Grants Programme

Now in its fourth year, Art Fund’s Reimagine grants programme is providing grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 from a total budget of £1.8 million.

Reimagine grants have been developed in response to the unique challenges presented by Covid-19.   The funding is intended to help organisations reimagine their approach to engagement, not only to audiences and communities, but also how engagement relates to other areas of the organisation’s work. Projects should be creative or innovative, context-specific, impactful and engaging.

Funding is ‘comprehensive’ and should cover the majority of costs associated with delivering creative projects.

The grants can be used for a number of different things, including: 

  • Cover existing staff
  • Bring back furloughed staff
  • Hire contract or freelance support for the duration of the project
  • Some equipment costs and improvements to existing buildings, sites, collections and infrastructure

 The Fund is open to formally constituted, not-for-profit organisations, including: 

  • Public museums or galleries
  • Heritage sites
  • Historic houses or buildings
  • Arts-focused archives
  • Libraries
  • Agencies
  • Festivals
  • Professional networks
  • Registered charities
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)

Applications can be made as a single institution, in a partnership, or with a collective.

Please note, the programme prioritises organisations which are not currently funded by the Art Fund.

There is only one funding round in 2022.

The deadline for applications is 530pm on 12th September 2022.

Tel: 020 7225 4800           Email: programmes@artfund.org

The Arts Society Grants

This fund aims to support UK-based registered charities to deliver projects and activities that make a positive contribution to people’s lives through the arts. Funding will support projects and activities that engage young people in the arts, skills development in the arts and heritage sector, and projects that support local and regional arts organisations and museums.   

Grants of up to £3,000 are available.

UK-registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £3 million can apply.

Applicants must provide a copy of their latest annual accounts (no more than 12 months old), alongside their organisational bank details.

Funding is for projects that fall under one or more of the following priorities: 

  • Young Arts: Projects that support a wide range of activities to introduce young people to and engage them in artistic experience and practise
  • Skills Development: Projects that further the development and training of skills in the arts, crafts, and heritage
  • Regional Museums, Galleries, and Arts Organisations. Projects that support regional and local museums and galleries, such as special projects, displays, internship or part-time costs, or training and conservation activities. Funding for regional and local theatres and performing arts spaces and groups will also be considered

The Patricia Fay Fund Autumn Grants Round is now open. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2022.

There is a two-stage application process: 

  • Applicants must first register their organisation with The Arts Society through an online portal on their website
  • Applicants can then complete an online application form


Tel: 020 7038 7590  Email: enquiries@theartssociety.org

 

Benefact Trust - Heritage Skills for Christian Buildings Grants

This fund aims to support the preservation and promotion of heritage skills that are essential to the conservation of historic Christian buildings. Funding is available for organisations to train individuals who are pursuing a career in the heritage sector through apprenticeships, scholarships, and training courses.

There is no minimum or maximum award. Funding will be awarded at the discretion of the Trustees. 

Registered Christian charities offering training in heritage skills can apply.

Funding will support training in skills that are relevant to the maintenance and preservation of Christian buildings, including: 

  • Stonemasonry
  • Carpentry/joinery
  • Heritage plumbing
  • Heritage electricians
  • Heritage bricklaying
  • Lime plastering
  • Thatching
  • Lead work and glazing

Funding is for training specific individuals rather than providing general funding across a group of students.

Funding will support individuals for the duration of their training up to a maximum period of three years. Individuals supported through this programme should receive an accredited qualification at the end of their training that is recognised within the heritage sector.  

Funding can be used for both capital and revenue costs, including: 

  • Purchasing tools required by an apprentice/scholar/trainee to undertake their training
  • All apprentice/scholar/trainee employment costs, such as salaries or National Insurance costs
  • Costs for existing staff which relate solely to the training of the apprentice/scholar/trainee
  • Costs associated with off-the-job training, such as college fees

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Tel: 01452 873189  Email: info@benefacttrust.co.uk

British and Foreign School Society - Displacement Education Fund

The British and Foreign School Society’s (BFSS) new £1 million Displacement Education Fund addresses the specific challenges that children and young people who have been displaced by conflict face in accessing quality education. This includes having a safe space to learn and a stable, trusted adult presence, being able to learn in their own language, and receiving the post-trauma support that they need in order to heal, thrive and learn.

Two funding streams are available:

UK projects: 

  • £10,000 to £60,000 for up to two years (maximum £30,000 per year) for registered charities or educational establishments
  • £10,000 to £20,000 for up to two years (maximum £10,000 per year) for organisations which are not registered charities or educational establishments

For registered charities and education establishments, annual grant payments cannot exceed 50% of an organisation's three-year average income.

International projects: 

  • 10,000 to £60,000 per project (maximum £30,000 per year) for up to two years. Annual grant payments cannot exceed 50% of an organisation's three-year average income

Organisations who already hold a current BFSS grant are eligible to apply to this new fund, provided at least one progress report has been approved for their current grant. Funding is for new projects, or projects which have started within the past 12 months

You can apply anytime.

Tel: 020 7922 7814                     Email: grants@bfss.org.uk

Continuo Foundation - Period Music Ensembles

Continuo Foundation supports professional ensembles playing period music and instruments, to plan and carry out artistically excellent projects that bring live period music to communities, particularly in areas which lack access to high quality live music.

The Foundation awards £2,000 to £10,000 (from a total funding pot of £100,000) to: 

  • Mobilise a performance that is at risk of being cancelled
  • Fund a new project where there is uncertainty about audience size
  • Fund a chamber recital series
  • Tour an existing programme to new UK locations
  • Create a filmed concert which can be used to generate further touring opportunities

The programme is open to UK-based professional ensembles with at least three musicians playing period instruments (or faithful replicas) and focusing primarily on music repertoires from the Middle Ages up until the early 19th Century (the 1850s). Funding is for projects taking place between October 2022 and March 2023.

The deadline for applications is 15th August 2022.

Tel: 0207 783 3563           Email: info@continuofoundation.co.uk

GambleAware – Aftercare Funding Programme

GambleAware has launched a new £2 million Aftercare Funding Programme which focuses on sustained, rather than immediate, recovery from gambling harms.

There are two levels of funding available: 

  • Level 1 offers grants of up to £150,000 for smaller projects or organisations or those looking to test a new approach. Projects should be 18 to 36 months in duration
  • Level 2 offers grants of up to £350,000 for larger, well-established organisations to grow and develop their work further. Projects should be 24 to 36 months in duration

Constituted not-for-profit organisations with a board of Trustees or Directors (ideally three unrelated people) can apply.

Projects should aim to meet some of the following core recovery outcomes: 

  • Improved mental health and wellbeing
  • Increased positive personal networks of support (including communities of understanding)
  • Improved self-image (including, but not limited to, reducing stigma)
  • Increased practical skills, including, but not limited to, financial and employability skills
  • Increased confidence and self-believe in ability to accomplish goals (self-efficacy)
  • Increased knowledge about relevant supports available for those who have experienced gambling harms (directly or as affected by others) and among their support networks.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on 15th August 2022.

Email: commissioning@gambleaware.org

International Tree Foundation – UK Community Tree Planting Programme

International Tree Foundation offers grants to community groups and voluntary organisations to support community-based projects that conserve, restore, and protect indigenous trees, woodlands, and associated biodiversity, whilst supporting community engagement in tree planting, social cohesion and inclusion, and promoting the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being.

Funding is for tree-planting activities that meet the following criteria: 

  • Plant trees in public spaces: sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups
  • Plant indigenous tree species: this may include traditional fruit trees and ‘honorary’ natives where appropriate
  • Engage community members in tree planting and enjoying the benefits of woodlands
  • Have clear plans for maintenance and sustainability

Projects must also meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees
  • Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands
  • Conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting
  • Create biodiversity habitats
  • Conserve soil and water
  • Demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry
  • Support rewilding and natural regeneration
  • Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change. Adaptation
  • Support urban tree planting

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for smaller projects of up to one year. Larger grants are available for projects of between 1000 and 10,000 trees with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50 per tree (inclusive of tree protection).

The deadline for applications is 16th December 2022.

Email: programmes@internationaltreefoundation.org

Learning Through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants

The aim of this fund is to promote outdoor learning among young children by providing schools and early years providers with outdoor resources and training. Successful applicants will include children in their decision making, whilst incorporating local communities.

Grants provide an assortment of nature equipment up to the value of £500 and a two hour training session.

Note: the scheme does not provide cash grants.

The following are eligible to apply: 

  • Nurseries and other early years providers
  • Pre-schools
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools

Applicants must be employed by the school. Applications on behalf of the school from PTA's, Governors, 'Friends of' groups will not be accepted.

Eligible equipment include: 

  • Bird boxes
  • Bee hotels
  • Gardening equipment
  • Pollinator kits
  • Wildlife watching kits
  • Outdoor wear for adults and children

The deadlines for 2022 applications are: 

  • Round three – 2nd September for a decision by 16th September
  • Round four – 11th November for a decision by 25th November

Tel: 01962 392932  Email: enquiries@ltl.org.uk

LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund

Funding is intended to provide support to LGBT+ organisations which are intersectional in focus, with priority given to work being undertaken with the following under-represented communities: 

  • Deaf and/or Disabled LGBT+ people
  • LBT+ women
  • LGBT+ people from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities (BAME) and LGBT+ people of colour
  • Older LGBT+ people
  • Trans and Non-Binary people

There is a total funding pot of £465,000 for England.

Grants of between £100 and £25,000 are available.

The following types of organisation based in any of the UK nations may apply: 

  • Registered charities
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Non-profit companies
  • Unincorporated Charitable Associations

Groups must be able to show that they are led by and for the communities of focus.

Applications are welcome from new organisations who require support to grow.

Funding is intended to be as flexible as possible.

Grants can cover both project and core funding, providing organisations can demonstrate they are making a meaningful impact in their targeted communities.

The deadline to apply is 30th October 2022, with applications accepted on a rolling basis until then.

Tel: 020 7064 6500  Email: grants@consortium.lgbt

PRS Foundation

The funding is intended to help support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.

The Foundation's funding priorities are: 

  • To support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre
  • To enable the UK's most talented music creators to realise their potential
  • To inspire audiences at a local, regional, national and international level

Organisations may apply for up to £10,000.

Administration costs relating to the project can normally be funded to a maximum of 15% of total budget.

Applications to the Open Fund for Organisations are accepted from any not-for-profit organisations based in the UK with an eligible project. This includes: 

  • Organisations that are limited by guarantee and/or a registered charity
  • Promoters
  • Talent development or composer development organisations
  • Festivals
  • Venues
  • Curators
  • Orchestras and large ensembles
  • Community interest companies (CICs)
  • Non-music organisations including local authorities, museums, etc

Eligible organisations can support one or more music creator(s). If the organisation's selected music creator(s) has received support in the last 12 months - whether directly as a music creator or indirectly via an organisation - the Foundation may prioritise other projects.

The following are considered by PRS Foundation to be music creators: 

  • Songwriters
  • Composers
  • Artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers

The Open Fund for Organisations supports high-quality new music projects and not programmes. Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

The Foundation will prioritise expenditure that will have a direct and obvious impact on music creator development.

Projects must fit with all three of the Foundation's funding priorities: 

  • To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
  • To enable the UK's most talented music creators to realise their potential
  • To inspire audiences

Funding includes support of: 

  • Creation of new music
  • Music creator fee (to cover their time and work)
  • Touring and live performances/programming featuring new UK music
  • Commissions of new music by UK-based creators
  • Music creator residencies
  • Recording and release
  • Exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
  • Promotion and marketing (when there is also an element of creation and/or performance)

Support for and increased prioritisation of the following areas will be considered (on a case-by-case basis):

  • High-quality and innovative live broadcast or pre-recorded online content, which adheres to social distancing rules and is within government guidance at the time
  • Innovative ideas for undertaking high-quality performances in new ways that will reach audiences
  • Expenditure which will have a direct and obvious impact on music creator development
  • Projects which involve repeat/multiple performances or clearly show potential for more performances by outlining future performance plans (one-off performances will only be funded in exceptional circumstances)

The deadline for applications is 14th September 2022 (6pm).

Email: info@prsfoundation.com

Royal Academy of Engineering – Ingenious Public Engagement Grant

The Royal Academy of Engineering is inviting proposals to help engineers, or science and engineering communicators, promote their expertise and explore ways to provide engaging training opportunities to a wider public.

The scheme also welcomes proposals that aim to encourage deeper discussions between engineers and the wider public about the implications of engineering for society, such as, the cultural and ethical impact.

Grants range from £3,000 to £30,000 for project costs directly related to the development and delivery of the proposed project such as salaries, consultancy, events, materials and travel and subsistence.

The aims of the Ingenious grant programme are to: 

  • Inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • Motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • Raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering.

Applications are welcome from: 

  • Engineering organisations and institutions
  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Schools
  • Science and engineering communicators
  • Public engagement specialists
  • Joint applications from engineers and organisations specialising in communication, education, arts or policy (e.g., think-tanks)

The deadline for applications is 26th September 2022 (4pm).

Email: engagement@raeng.org.uk

Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative

The Sussex Health and Care (SHC) Mental Health Collaborative have made available a total of £600,000 to fund projects, delivered by VCSE organisations, that address the recommendations of the national Suicide Prevention strategy and support the transformation of community mental health services for adults in Sussex. The funding round is being managed by Heads On, working on behalf of the SHC Mental Health Collaborative.

This £600,000 is in response to national recognition of the need to further invest in and develop the VCSE sector in support of healthcare, supporting both mental health service delivery and growth during the period 2022-25. There will be a particular focus on prevention, developing resilience with people and communities and reducing health inequalities; aligned with Heads On strategy to address health inequalities across the region with a particular focus on the inequalities faced by people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or neurodivergent conditions.

This call for applications provides funding opportunities for the VCSE to deliver both pilot work and build on existing successes, and also see unique infrastructure development support for organisations including focus on those led by minority ethnic communities.

As an NHS charity, Heads On fundraises for and delivers projects that will enhance NHS services and runs a range of grant making programmes within the NHS and voluntary sector.

This funding is split between three funding programmes: Innovate, Build, and Grow. The current call for applications is only for the Innovate and Build funding programmes, the Grow funding programme will launch at a later date.

The deadline to apply is 31st August 2022 at 5pm.

Email:  GrantsHeadsOn@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk.

The Tree Council - Branching Out Fund

The Tree Council is offering grants between £200 and £2,000 for schools, community groups, charities, Tree Warden networks, parish and town councils, and other organisations to support tree, hedge, and orchard planting projects that promote community involvement and get young people aged 21 and under involved in the planting and aftercare.  

Funding can be used to cover: 

  • Buying trees, including fruit trees, and hedges
  • Reasonable costs of non-plastic protection and supports such as canes, stakes or ties, mulch, mulching mats and peat-free compost or soil improvers

Trees must be: 

  • Of appropriate species, size, and numbers, including fruit trees, sourced from bio-secure stock. Apple and pears must be grown on semi-vigorous, vigorous, or very vigorous rootstocks
  • Planted in the ground
  • Bare-root stock, if possible

Preference will be given to projects with a specific emphasis on wildlife and biodiversity. Applicants are encouraged to plant a wide variety of species to aid resilience, and non-native species will be considered where appropriate.

Planting should take place between mid-November 2022 and early March 2023, ideally taking place during National Tree Week (26th November to 4th December 2022).

The deadline for applications is 4th December 2022.

Tel: 07927 550431                      Email: info@treecouncil.org.uk

Which? Fund

This funding will support research projects aiming to improve understanding of the specific consumer harms diverse and disadvantaged communities experience, and develop evidence-based solutions. 

Two funding programmes are available: 

  • Projects exploring consumer harms experienced by diverse and disadvantaged communities. In some circumstances, certain groups of consumers – for example, women, people living with disabilities or health conditions, low-income households or members of diverse ethnic communities – might be exposed to more harm than other groups, or experience different harms. Applications should align with one of Which?’s four impact themes: Money, Consumer Rights and Protections, Scams and Digital Lif
  • Projects exploring consumer harms experienced by diverse and disadvantaged communities in digital markets. Information asymmetries, dark patterns and dynamic pricing can place consumers at a distinct disadvantage online, and some groups may face greater detriment than others. Examples could include online choice architecture designed to manipulate consumer behaviour which has a greater impact on some groups, algorithmic systems which create biased outcomes which disadvantage certain groups, or sensitive personal data being collected excessively or used inappropriately

A total of £75,000 is available for 2022/23.

There is no set minimum or maximum grant.

It is anticipated that a small number of high-quality projects will be funded. Applicants should cost their project based on what they need.

It is expected that projects will take up to 12 months to complete.

UK registered charities, universities with exempt charitable status and not-for-profit Community Interest Companies registered in the UK can apply.

The Summer 2022 call offers restricted grant funding to support work aiming to: 

  • Improve understanding of consumer harm, particularly issues affecting diverse and disadvantaged communities, including novel issues in digital markets
  • Identify evidence-led, pragmatic solutions to consumer harm
  • Develop relationships and encourage collaborative working to provide a more powerful voice for UK consumers from all backgrounds

The funding is for specific, strategic projects, with the potential to benefit large numbers of people by changing policy, regulation or practice.

The grant will cover costs which are directly attributable to work furthering the Consumer Association’s charitable purposes: 

  • For charities, the funding will cover staff salaries and a reasonable amount of core costs/ overheads, in proportion to the size of the project. Capital costs for equipment will only be funded where specifically required to complete a project
  • For UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and not-for-profit CICs, the grant will cover all direct costs related to the management and delivery of the project, but not indirect costs

The application window is now open and closes on 19th September 2022.

Email: funding@which.co.uk

The Royal Society - Tomorrow's Climate Scientists

Tomorrow’s climate scientists is an extension to the Society's school funding programme Partnership Grants. Introduced in 2020, Tomorrow's climate scientists aims to give students across the UK not just a voice, but an opportunity to take action themselves to address climate and biodiversity issues – to become the climate scientists of tomorrow. Schools can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to run investigative STEM projects in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry. 

The 2022 funding round is now open for applications. The application round will remain open across the year with three possible submission deadlines at the end of April, June and November. 

To help teachers and STEM partners with the application, free online training sessions and drop in applicant support sessions are being run. 

Email:  grants@royalsociety.org  Tel:  020 7451 2666


International

British Council - Cultural Protection Fund

The Fund will support efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. It will also provide opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long term to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage.

The funding is aimed at supporting not-for-profit organisations that are working with a partner organisation to protect cultural heritage in countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Cultural heritage includes many different things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to future generations. 

Examples include: 

  • Archaeological sites and monuments
  • Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • Historic buildings
  • Historic landscapes, gardens and parks
  • Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes
  • Histories of people, communities, places and events
  • Heritage of languages and dialects
  • People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)

Small grants of up to £100,000 are currently available.

Non-governmental organisations (NGO), charity or voluntary organisations, public sector organisations, and academic institutions based anywhere in the world can apply, but they must be working in one of the following countries or states: 

  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA) - Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen
  • East Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
  • South Asia - Afghanistan

Local partner organisations can be an academic institution, a public sector organisation, a charity or voluntary organisation, a company.

The Fund has the following outcomes:

Heritage

  1. Cultural heritage at risk is safeguarded for future generations
  2. Cultural heritage at risk is better managed and prepared for potential threats
  3. Local organisations and communities have increased capacity and resilience to care for cultural heritage

 Society

  1. Local people have developed skills, potentially leading to increased professional or other opportunities
  2. The profile of people engaging with cultural heritage is more diverse
  3. Local communities have a better understanding of their cultural heritage and value it more
  4. Local communities have played a more active role in protecting their cultural heritage or sharing it with others
  5. The local area is enhanced for the benefit of communities and visitors

Economy

  1. The local economy has been diversified

Projects do not have to address each outcome, but all projects must include outcome 1 (cultural heritage safeguarding) and at least one society outcome.

The funding can be used to cover direct project costs, which include: 

  • Heritage protection costs such as restoration and conservation work, equipment, materials, storage and removal and any related level
  • Staff costs, either for new staff or existing staff where these are vital to delivering the project
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Promotional costs such as marketing and the distribution of marketing materials
  • Evaluation costs including collection, storing and analysis of data
  • Professional fees
  • Overheads will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Projects should start in January 2023.

There is no deadline for Expressions of Interest, as they will be assessed on a rolling basis. However, the first deadline for full applications is 31st October 2022, so the sooner an Expression of Interest is submitted, the more time to complete a full application.

Tel: 0161 957 7755  Email: culturalprotection@britishcouncil.org


Funding Diary

August 2022

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme - 08/08/2022

Warburtons Families Matter - Community Grants Programme - 08/08/2022

Screwfix Foundation - 10/08/2022

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation - 10/08/2022

Charles Hayward Foundation - 12/08/2022

Continuo Foundation – 15/08/2022

GambleAware Aftercare Funding Programme - 15/08/2022

Asda Foundation - Empowering Local Communities Grant - 19/08/2022

ASDA Foundation - U18 Better Starts Grants - 19/08/2022

Community Ownership Fund – 19/08/2022

Sport England - Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund – 25/08/2022

Sport England (with Crowdfunding) – Return to Play: Active Together – 25/08/2022

Veterans’ Foundation - 26/08/2022

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change – 29/08/2022

Media Literacy Taskforce Fund – 30/08/2022

Didymus Fund - 31/08/2022

Innovate UK’s Design Foundations Competition - 31/08/2022

Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative – 31/08/2022

Veterans Health Innovation Fund – 31/08/2022

 

September 2022

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards – Stage 1 – 01/09/2022

Hastings & Rother Food Network - Grants for Food Projects – 02/09/2022

Learning through Landscapes - Local School Nature Grant Programme - 02/09/2022

Lewes Town Council – Community Grants – 02/09/2022

Sussex Community Foundation – General Round – 09/09/2022

Art Fund’s Reimagine grants programme – 12/09/2022

Media Literacy Programme Fund – 19/09/2022

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grants Programme - 15/09/2022

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - 15/09/2022

Thomas Wall Trust - 19/09/2022

Which? Fund – 19/09/2022

DCMS - MEND Fund (Museums Estate and Development Fund) – Round 2 – Full applications - 23/09/2022

Leche Trust - 23/09/2022

Royal Academy of Engineering – Ingenious Public Engagement Grant – 26/09/2022

National Heritage Lottery Fund - Heritage Innovation Fund – 27/09/2022

Adamson Trust - 30/09/2022

The Arts Society Grants – 30/09/2022

 

October 2022

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards – Stage 2 – 10/10/2022

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust - 28/10/2022

LGBT + Futures Equity Fund - 30/10/2022

British Council - Cultural Protection Fund – 31/10/2022

7stars Foundation - 31/10/2022

 

November 2022

Institute of Physics – School Grants Scheme - 01/11/2022

Charles Hayward Foundation - 04/11/2022

Screwfix Foundation - 10/11/2022

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative - 11/11/2022

Learning through Landscapes - Local School Nature Grant Programme - 11/11/2022

Veterans’ Foundation - 14/11/2022

Weaver’s Benevolent Fund - 17/11/2022

Lewes Town Council – Community Grants – 25/11/2022

  

December 2022

Tree Council – Branching Out Fund – 04/12/2022

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grants Programme - 15/12/2022

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - 15/12/2022

International Tree Foundation – 16/12/2022

 

January 2023

Lewes Town Council – Community Grants – 27/01/2023

7stars Foundation - 31/01/2023

 

February 2023

Thomas Pocklington Trust – 05/02/2022

 

March 2023

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Dynamic Collections - 31/03/2023

 

May 2023

Sussex Community Foundation - Now! Sustainable Communities Fund - 05/05/2023

Pink Ribbon Foundation – 26/05/2023