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Funding Opportunities

GEM Road Safety Charity Grants

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Deadline 31st January

The GEM Road Safety Charity exists to contribute to improving the safety of all road users throughout the country by making grants and providing financial assistance to support innovative projects that have regional or national significance. They welcome applications from registered charities, road safety organisations, universities and groups with a clearly defined and well planned project.

Applications are assessed by the Board of Trustees following consultation with GEM’s Executive Council and all applications should contain a plan, timeline and proposed budget for the project. It is unlikely that the Trustees will consider applications that seek to extend core funding or those previously funded by a statutory agency but each application is taken on its own merit.

For more information and to apply go to the Motoring Assist website

Scott Bader Commonwealth Global Charity Fund

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Deadline 8th February

Large Project funding to the value of £25,000

Each year Scott Bader support two – four large, community based environmental or educational projects that benefit young or disadvantaged people to the value of £25,000 each. These can be located anywhere in the world.

All applications for 2018 must be received by Friday 8th February 2019

For full information and an application form go to the Scott Bader website

TDS Charitable Foundation

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Deadline 1st February

In 2019 the Foundation is looking to support projects which focus on one of the following themes:

Promoting knowledge of landlords’ obligations


Promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights & responsibilities

1. Promoting knowledge of landlords’ obligations

It is clear that the growth of the private rented sector has been fuelled in recent years in part by the rise of the ‘accidental landlord’.  This is often a person who owns property but who is required by circumstances to let the property.  These landlords tend to be inexperienced and not fully understand the obligations that they have to meet as a landlord.

The Foundation invites proposals that will help to educate such landlords about the obligations of being a private landlord.

Please note: They will not fund general workshop sessions for the time being, except where applications are particularly innovative.

2. Promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights & responsibilities

The Foundation is aware that many tenants are not fully aware of their rights and responsibilities and the Foundation will invite proposals which will help educate tenants about their rights and responsibilities.

The Foundation invites proposals that will help to educate tenants.

The maximum amount available for each individual project is £5,000.

For more information go to the TDS Foundation

National Vegetarian Week 2019 Grant

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Large grants deadline 3rd March; small grants 14th April

A fund to help support National Vegetarian Week community activities and events. Added to your enthusiasm, time, creativity and energy, a grant could make all the difference.

Who can apply?

Not for profit organisations in the UK (e.g. community groups, schools, housing associations, youth clubs, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides). Informal groups of friends, parents or students. Student vegetarian and vegan societies and other vegetarian and vegan groups.

How much are the grants for?

They are accepting applications for both large and small grants this year. Small grants should be up to £200 and large grants up to £2,000.


The deadline for large grants is Sunday 3 March

The deadline for small grants is Sunday 14 April

You will receive an email within seven days of the deadline to let you know whether or not your application was successful.

What does your activity or idea have to include?

It takes place in May 2019 It promotes National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity. It celebrates and promotes delicious veggie food. Activities funded have to be exclusively vegetarian or vegan (so no non-vegetarian food or drink). They want events and activities to attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but also be inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

For more information go to the website

Bring The ICC Cricket World Cup To Your Club

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Become a Cricket World Cup Club in 2019 and ‘be part of the World’s Greatest Cricket Celebration’. Connect with the local community through family-based activities and bring the excitement of the Cricket World Cup into your clubhouse.

Club Benefits

Showcase your club to the wider community and attract new audiences over one weekend of fun. Affiliated clubs can apply for the £1k World Cup Club Fund and all clubs & cricket communities can gain access to digital resources to help run your event

Champion Benefits

Volunteer to be your club’s Cricket World Cup Champion and receive unique world cup merchandise, opportunities to be part of the World Cup and much more. Be part of the excitement and create a legacy for your club.

You can find full information on how to register here

Ping in the Community 

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Deadline 4th February

Table Tennis England is inviting independent groups to embed social table tennis into their communities completely free-of-charge.

There are twenty Ping in the Community fully-funded packages available which include one full size indoor table, 10 bats, 72 balls and a range of printed resources designed to help advertise and activate the table.

These fully-funded packages are aimed at local independent groups such as village halls and church groups who don’t have access to mainstream funding sources, and who would like to bring their communities together, get active and beat social isolation by introducing table tennis sessions into their venues.

For more information go to Table Tennis England

Fund to tackle parental conflict

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Deadline 15th February

A £2.7 million fund to increase support for disadvantaged families at risk of parental conflict has been announced by the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson.

Parental conflict can range from a lack of warmth and emotional distance, right through to verbal abuse. If children are exposed to this sort of distress over longer periods of time, their emotional and social development can be significantly affected. It may stop children from doing as well at school or even impact their career chances in later life.

Children most at risk are those with parents who are out of work, on low incomes, or struggling with physical and mental health conditions.

The fund will be made up of 2 separate strands.

  • £1.1 million of funding for projects to support families at a greater risk of parental conflict
  • £1.6 million of funding for digital support to help parents find help online

Eligible bidders could include local authorities, digital organisations, organisations from the public and private sector, voluntary and community organisations, and social enterprises.

Potential applicants can register their interest from 11 January 2019 and apply between 21 January and 15 February 2019. More information is available on the Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund website.

Changes to Heritage Lottery Funding grant making

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In early 2019 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will begin a new, five-year Strategic Funding Framework that sets out how they will distribute National Lottery good causes money for heritage.

In addition, the UK Government has recently published its Tailored Review of HLF’s performance and the Mendoza Review of Museums in England.  Both of these recommend new ways of working, including simplifying the grant giving processes and operating even more efficiently, getting the most value from National Lottery funding.

They consulted extensively on the new Strategic Funding Framework from 2019 and a summary of what you told them is available here to read.

Last November they announced that Heritage Grants and Heritage Enterprise programmes would close to new applications in mid-August as they prepared to open the new Strategic Funding Framework in late January 2019. These programmes are now closed with the exception of second round applications from applicants holding first round passes.

HLF continue to be open to new applications for grants up to £100K (up to £250K for Resilient Heritage) under  current programmes until late January, for final decisions in March 2019.

In late January 2019, when they publish the new Strategic Funding Framework, they will open a new funding portfolio. This will be a simpler and more flexible funding offer, with a single open programme for all types of heritage project, and new resources and digital guidance on their website to support applicants. It will offer grants from £3000 to £5 million, with proportionate processes and requirements at different levels of grant.

Alongside this open programme, new strategic campaigns will be launched during the Strategic Funding Framework period – those for 2019 and 2020 will be announced in January.

More detail about application requirements will be published in January.

For more information, and to sign up for alerts, go to the Heritage Lottery Fund

Public Engagement Fund

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Deadline 11th January 2019

This fund enables individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research.

Where your project will take place: UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific

Level of funding: £25,000 to £3 million

Duration of funding: Up to 3 years

The Public Engagement Fund is open to individuals and organisations (commercial and not-for-profit). Your project must focus on health, although this doesn’t need to be your organisation’s main focus or core activity.

You can be working in the arts, culture, entertainment media, heritage, leisure, education, research, informal learning, social enterprise, non-profit and community sectors, or other fields.

They’re  looking for creative approaches to engage the public. Your project needs to support their public engagement goals, so it should do at least one of the following:

  • empower people by helping them to access, use, respond to, and/or participate in health research and innovation
  • improve health research by making it more people-centred, to better understand people’s experiences and draw on that knowledge
  • help people to value and think critically about science, health research, innovation and the role these play in society.

For more information or to apply, please visit the website here.

Power to Change: funding available for community businesses

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Power to Change, the independent trust set up to support community business in England, has lots of new opportunities for support and funding coming up in 2019.

Community energy projects can apply for up to £100,000 to develop new business models for community energy in their local area from the Next Generation Fund. Deadline for applications is on 13 January 2019.

The Community Business Trade Up programme 12 days of leadership training from the School for Social Entrepreneurs as well as a Match Trading™ grant of up to £10,000 from Power to Change to grow your community business. Apply by 14 February.

If you’re looking to launch a community share offer, you can access development grants and matched investment through the Community Shares Booster programme

Look out for their Bright Ideas Fund for start-up community businesses and the new Homes in Community Hands fund for community-led housing groups opening in February 2019.