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Funding Opportunities

Plant and Share – Free Training, Small Grant Funding and Resources

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Funding deadlines 12th March; 30th April

The Plant and Share campaign will be running from April 19th – May 19th and is a month where you are encouraged to sow, grow and share the plants and produce with your communities. You will be supported with resources which will be available to download from the website and also with some free growing related workshops.

8th March    Compost Webinar             Register for your place here

There is also the opportunity to register for a free online training module Get Growing to support you and your community to start your growing journey.  This can be accessed at any time once registered.

To support you to join in with Plant and Share, there are a further two rounds of Small Grant Funding available with deadlines of 12th March and 30th April. You can apply for £150 to support your growing activities for Plant and Share as well as for activity that can link in with The Big Lunch on the 5th and 6th June. Please ensure you download the form from the website to ensure you are using the most up to date version.

The Pixel Fund

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Grants are available for UK-based charities and community interest organisations to support projects that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults.

The Fund generally offers first grants of between £500 and £5,000. However, no single grant is ever more than 5% of annual income.

Applications may be made at any time.

Applications will be accepted from registered charities and community interest organisations based in the UK.

The Fund’s focus is the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults, and it will not grant to projects or organisations that are not core-focused on mental health related matters.

Trustees have a strong preference for organisations with annual income of under £10 million.

For more information go to the Pixel Fund website

Yorkshire Water 2021 biodiversity programme – call for projects

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Deadline 16th April

The YWS Biodiversity Enhancement Programme is a programme of funding available to enable biodiversity enhancement schemes across the region and across the function of YWS’s operations. The primary interest of the programme is to work in partnership with others, to conserve and enhance biodiversity in our operational area through projects in alignment with Biodiversity 2020 (DEFRA, 2011) and the Government’s 25 year Plan for the Environment

YWS are anticipating funding several projects up to a maximum value of £50,000, though they encourage applications for any value below this and there is no minimum value. Only one grant is available per scheme. Projects can extend across financial years, but must be able to evidence beneficial completion by December 2024. It should be noted that there should be further calls for funding in 2022 and 2023.

Who is eligible to apply

The Programme can only accept proposals from constituted groups and organisations who meet Yorkshire Water’s vendor requirements, be they private, public, voluntary or educational. You can contact biodiversity@yorkshirewater.co.uk  with any questions relating to what this entails.

Projects must lead to a resulting benefit to priority habitats and/or species in Yorkshire water’s operational area

Plus they must achieve at least one of:

  • Facilitating the recovery of sites of a high value for nature, from issues associated with the impacts of Covid-19
  • Facilitating the recovery of groups protecting nature, from issues associated with the impacts of Covid-19
  • Assisting in the economic recovery of the region
  • Increased regional ecological resilience for nature
  • Increased resilience for regional groups protecting nature
  • More connected ecological networks
  • Increased public engagement with nature 

For more information and  for an application form please contact biodiversity@yorkshirewater.co.uk.

 ESF Community Grants Round 5

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Deadline 26th March

Humber Learning Consortium (HLC) are pleased to announce the launch of the 5th round of their ESF Community Grants

Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) program which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities. Applications would be welcomed from North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available

Deadline for application receipt is Friday 26th March 2021 – 14:00.

For more information, and to apply, go to the HLC website

The online application form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version from our website to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form.

*There are several changes to this program so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available.

This new program includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can.

To book onto one of the below workshops please complete the form through the HLC website.

Please note that due to the current situation all Application Development workshops will be delivered via Zoom and therefore places are limited to 1 per organisation, with a maximum of 10 places. You will receive a link to the workshop once you have successfully booked a place.

Places are limited – so please book early:

  • Tuesday 9th March 13:00 – 15.00 (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday 10th March 13:00 – 15:00 (via Zoom)

National Lottery Community Fund UK Portfolio – Growing Great Ideas Programme

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Supporting transformational, long-term change

This is a UK Portfolio funding programme. The UK Portfolio is where the National Lottery explore new approaches, experiment with how to do things differently, and look to fund work that is more future-focussed.

The Growing Great Ideas programme has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change, looking for visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations. They expect these initiatives to be generating an infrastructure through which many things are possible.

At application stage, they’re interested in hearing about your ideas and plans, rather than a detailed project description. The funding will reflect the stage of your ide, which they’ll discuss this with you if you’re shortlisted to submit a full application.

The minimum grant size is £150,000. The minimum length is two years. Funding can be available for up to ten years in some circumstances.

Proposals need to:

  • Be about people, communities and organisations working together to further a mission or purpose that goes beyond anything a single project or organisation can achieve alone.
  • Clearly demonstrate something transformational, alternative and able to challenge the current rules and create the conditions for change.

Click here for the NLCF website.

Get Fishing Fund

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Deadline 12th March

Grants to support angling clubs, fisheries, charities, schools and local authorities in England to deliver angling events and activities that will get more people into fishing and retain them within the sport.

Organisations can apply for up to £500 towards small projects to assist them in delivering events and coaching activities.

For large projects, organisations can apply for up to £5,000.

For more information go to the website

Sea-Changers Coastal Fountain Fund

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Deadline 15th March

Grants are available for community organisations to install a water bottle refill station in a busy or environmentally important coastal location.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available.

This Fund is provided by Sea-Changers, who are a UK charity, managed by a small team of volunteers working to protect the UK’s seas, shores, and wildlife. The Fund is also sponsored by the specialist international distribution and services group, Bunzl plc.

Grants are intended to prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and species by reducing marine litter, through the provision of well-located coastal water fountains that will significantly reduce the use of non-reusable plastic drinks bottles.

For more information go to the website

Women Thrive Fund

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Deadline 25th March

Grants are available to grassroots and specialist women’s and girls’ organisations across the UK that are working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience.

Grants of up to:

  • £15,000 for organisations with a turnover up to and including £200,000.
  • £40,000 for organisations with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.

Grants will be paid in August 2021 and must be fully spent by 31 December 2022.

Applicants can also ask for an additional 25% of their grant request for costs which will make their organisation stronger for the future.

All funding must be spent and activity completed by 31 December 2022.

The Women Thrive Fund is provided by Rosa and Smallwood Trust working in partnership. The funding comes from the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.

This fund has been created by Rosa and Smallwood Trust in response to the ‘devastating’ impact that the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has had on women and girls across the UK.

The funding is intended to enable women’s and girls’ organisations to respond to the crisis and support women and girls to overcome the barriers they face due to the pandemic.

For more information go to the website

The Ideas Fund Hull

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Wellcome Trust has commissioned the British Science Association to do something new and innovative to encourage ideas from communities. The emphasis will be on you and your ideas – to test out or to build on – to make a difference locally – this is a chance to lead with your ideas to address the theme of mental wellbeing

There will support from development co-ordinators during and after the process of application and there will be a partnership with researchers to support the projects

Hull is one of only 4 areas of the country in the pilot scheme – together with Oldham, Highlands and Islands in Scotland and North West Northern Ireland. So this is a learning experience and will hopefully influence other funders in the future.

Each area has co-ordinators who will support idea development/match up with researchers/help with the application process and then to continue to support the projects when funded.

In Hull the co-ordinators are  Harriet Johnson – Two Ridings Community Foundation, Kate Macdonald – Timebank and Gill Hughes – University of Hull.

You can be an established and constituted group or a new or informal group or even an individual with an idea. The website offers information on who is eligible to apply

Some larger organisations can apply but they must show that they are well connected to, and that the ideas are driven by, the community.

There are two opportunities for funding – a smaller grant of up to 18-25k for new ideas and a bigger grant of 90k+ for established ideas. It has a new twist in that ‘the community’ –decide on the ideas and then the groups bidding will be matched with a researcher to support the project in some way – again determined by those applying.

There will be webinar workshops nationally to explain the process and help think through ideas.

The first is on the 18th Feb 2pm on what the fund is and who can apply.

March 4th 2pm is about defining mental wellbeing and exploring ideas

March 18th 2pm is about partnerships and collaborations with researchers

In between each national webinar there will be local workshops to assist in clarifying information for Hull and to assist in the development of ideas and matching with researchers. These will be February 25th/March 12th/March 26th

If you are interested in exploring this more please visit the website to sign up here

You don’t have to have a fully formed idea – this will be an opportunity to think things through and hopefully to change from seeing things as fixed ‘what is’ –  to think ‘what if’

If you would like to discuss this further please contact:

For community groups and project ideas – Harriet Johnson –  hjohnson@tworidingscf.org.uk

For researchers – Gill Hughes G.C.Hughes@hull.ac.uk

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