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Postcode Neighbourhood Trust

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Currently open

The aim of Postcode Neighbourhood Trust is to support smaller charities and good causes in the north of England to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.

There will be a funding round opening each month until October.

In order to process the high number of applications that they are likely to receive, each round will close once 100 bids have been submitted, or by the dates indicated below, whichever comes first. Once a round has closed organisations who didn’t get to apply are encouraged to apply in the following month’s round.

April – Applications open
May 3rd until 17th May at 5:00pm
June 1st until 15th June at 5:00pm
July 1st until 15th July at 5:00pm
August 2nd until 16th August at 5:00pm
September 1st until 15th August at 5:00pm
October 1st until 15th October at 5:00pm

For more information and to apply go to the website

Connect Well social prescribing grants: Moving on from COVID 19

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The seventh round of the Connect Well social prescribing grants focuses on supporting people who have experienced the greatest challenges because of the pandemic and social distancing restrictions. Funding is for work to restore their health, wellbeing and independence which have been impacted during the pandemic.

Grants of up to £40,000 for projects lasting up to a year will be made to increase the capacity of providers of community focused activities and services, to help them reach the people in greatest need.

Eligible projects will be those lasting up to one year, and supporting adults aged 16 and over who are living in, or are registered with a GP in the city of Hull. They will be run by applicants with a track record of strong engagement in the local community.

email Ali@nbforum.org.uk for an application pack

The deadline for applications is 12 noon Monday 26th April 2021. Applications received after that time will not be accepted.

A briefing session will be held on Tuesday 6th April 10am on Zoom. You will need to register via this link if you want to attend.

For more information or clarification about this round, contact:

Gail Baines Forum Operations Manager 07398 141818

Gail will be able to give you strategic guidance to help you position your project as we move towards recovery from the pandemic

Jane Thompson, Grants Officer, 07908 285952.

Jane will be able to give you guidance and assistance with the application forms and application process

Successful applicants will be informed by mid – late May 2021. It is envisaged that projects will start from June 2021.

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)

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

Prince’s Trust Development Award Funding for 16-30s

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Prince’s Trust have funding available for 16-30 year olds in the Humber, to help young people with financial barriers to access education, employment or training.

Development Awards are grants of around £150 per person, which can help applicants with a range of things including equipment, laptops, travel, uniform etc all of which may be vital in the current circumstances. The young person must be in financial need and there must be a positive outcome such as a job or college course.

See the list below and attached eligibility criteria. Please be aware funding is limited so get in touch soon.


The applicant must be able to evidence their positive outcome, which could be a job interview, new job, college course, online course, apprenticeship or structured volunteering. This funding aims to remove the financial barriers for the young person. Each application is assessed by us on a case-by-case basis, so please avoid making any promises to young people before funding is approved.

Recently Funded

  • Laptop for a college course
  • A bicycle for a young person to get to a new job
  • Uniform or equipment for a new job / college course
  • Clothing for a job interview
  • ID or DBS for a new job

Things they don’t Fund

There are certain things they don’t fund such as hardship (household bills, food etc), petrol or taxi costs, childcare, SIA badges or one day courses. They also can’t fund things that have already been paid for.

How to Apply

To refer a young person for a Development Award, please call 0800 842 842 or email developmentawards-north@princes-trust.org.uk.

Email YHOutreach@princes-trust.org.uk or sarah.phelan@princes-trust.org.uk if you would like to chat about this funding – they would be happy to tell you more about it and discuss how it can benefit the young people you are working with.

Funding & Support for Community Businesses

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Deadline 2nd December

The SSE in partnership with Power to Change opens the application window for their CBTU program.  (Community Business Trade Up)

Community Businesses can apply for a £10k grant, free learning programme to help build back and adapt post Covid, and access to a supportive, like-minded network.

The programme aimed at helping community leaders and activists diversity their income from trading, digitise and adapt to develop a stronger and more resilient organisation is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs in Yorkshire & Humber, in association with Power to Change.

Read more and apply here

Nunburnholme Trust

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Financial aid is only given to groups and societies helping people in Hull and its immediate neighbourhood. Priority is given to small, specific projects which would not otherwise receive funding. Amounts granted are rarely more than £500 and sometimes considerably less.

Unfortunately the Trust does not have a website – for more information and an application form email nunburnholme_tr@yahoo.co.uk

Bettys and Taylors Family Fund

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Next deadline 22nd February

The fund aims to support groups working to improve the lives of local children and young people through food, and is open to applicants across the whole of Yorkshire

Grants of between £500 and £4000 are available.

There will be two rounds of funding available, with deadlines as follows:

  • 22nd February 2021 (for decisions late March 2021)
  •   13th September 2021 (for decisions late October 2021)

For more information go to the Two Ridings Community Foundation (TRCF)

New Covid emergency fund for Disabled People’s Organisations

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The National Emergencies Trust has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the covid-19 needs of disabled people. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. Disability Sheffield has been chosen as the regional partner for South Yorkshire and the Humber.

They are looking to fund Covid related work in the following broad three areas:

  • Independent living: covering any Covid related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives.
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation.
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues.

Find out more about the fund here.

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