The Healthy Communities Together programme

The National Lottery Community Fund and the King’s Fund have launched a new £3 million fund to empower voluntary and community organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.

The Healthy Communities Together fund aims to support six different locations in England.

Up to £3 million of grant funding and £850,000 of leadership development support is being made available to develop effective and sustainable partnerships to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities and empower communities.

The programme will enable partners to develop their relationships, to identify and agree what they need to work together more effectively to ensure the involvement of organisations working across communities, and to collaboratively create a plan to deliver meaningful change.

Partnerships must include a voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisation, a local authority, and an NHS organisation (including Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts and primary care bodies). Partnerships must cover a defined ‘place’ in England.

There are two phases. In the first phase, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and a package of learning and development support from the King’s Fund for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans.

At the end of this phase, each site will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support. Successful partnerships will receive up to £450,000, as well as ongoing learning and development support from The King’s Fund, over a further three years.

Further information can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Grow Wild Creative Idea Grants

Grow Wild is looking for young people aged 14 to 25 years with creative ideas to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.

Fifty grants of £500 are on offer for creative projects anywhere in the UK where people study, work and relax.

Projects need to be creative and could be anything from creating visual art through painting or photography, or through music, poetry and dance or transforming a community space or designing a fashion collection. Previous projects have involved around 100 people each, through events, performances and gatherings.

Applicants will need a supporting organisation, such as a school or college, youth club or a local community group, to help them deliver the project and to receive the grant on their behalf.

Projects need to be completed by October 2020.

Further information can be found on the Grow Wild website.

Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust

Grants are available to small UK registered charities working to support people with a learning disability to learn skills to help them live more independent lives after they leave formal education.

The Trust offers funding to support young people who have learning disabilities, with a focus on those who have left formal education. Grants are available for small UK registered charities that promote education, learning, training, recreation and rehabilitation for these young adults, providing practical skills to support them to lead independent lives.

More information:

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme – Transformational Project Grants

Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England towards the capital costs of work to restore redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres and bring them back into use.

Transformational Project grants of up to £350,000 are available, for up to 80% of the cost of work involved.

A total of 10-15 Transformational Project Grants will be awarded for project delivery (capital work including repair and conversion of buildings) over the four-year life of the programme. Ideally, projects will be completed within three years.

The overall maximum funding available for projects is £500,000 (made up of £150,000 in development funding and £350,000 capital funding).

More information:

Places to Ride Fund

British Cycling is working closely with Sport England to develop a national network of new cycling facilities which meets local demand, making use of a £15million investment programme called Places to Ride.

The funding is available to any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate your local space, through to a brand new cycling facility.

More information:

Bright Ideas Fund

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you.

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

More information:

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Grants are available to voluntary organisations and charities in the UK to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability in the UK.

The Charity operates the following grant schemes:

  • Small Grants: from £250 up to £10,000.
  • General Grants: over £10,000.

Funding is normally considered for capital or revenue costs and for both specific projects and general running and core costs. Normally one-off grants are awarded but exceptionally a new project may be funded over two or three years, subject to satisfactory reports of progress.

Small grant applications are accepted at any time.

The deadlines for submitting a General grant for over £10,000 (if both satisfactory references are received) are:

  • 1 March for consideration at the June meeting.
  • 1 August for consideration at the November meeting.
  • 1 December for consideration at the interim meeting in March the following year.

New emergency flood relief fund for sport

  • Sports organisations hit by Storm Ciara can apply for funding from Sport England
  • Badly affected areas including Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire invited to apply now
  • Grants of up to £5,000 available

Sports pitches and facilities destroyed by Storm Ciara can apply for National Lottery funding from Sport England to help them get back up and running quickly.

Sport England is making available funding for emergency flood and storm relief works to help people across England restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the rising water and gale force winds.

The funding is available to sports clubs, local authorities and other community sports organisations to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged facilities such as football, rugby and cricket pitches, water sports centres, pavilions, changing rooms and floodlights. Grants of up to £5,000 are available and can be provided in as little as three weeks to affected sports organisations.

Work that will typically be funded includes:

  • Grass pitch restoration
  • Clubhouse decontamination and repairs
  • Replacement of damaged/condemned electrical systems
  • Steam cleaning, de-silting of drains.

Early indications are that the storms have had the biggest impact on sports facilities in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. Bad weather is particularly affecting sports such as cricket and rugby because of flooded and waterlogged pitches, and water sports where many clubs are on riverbanks or in coastal areas.

Community, voluntary and social enterprises can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding through Sport England’s online application form which could be awarded in just a few weeks:

Organisations that need assistance with their application should contact the Funding Line on 0345 8508 508 or email us on

Guidance on dealing with both the aftermath of flooding and mitigating damage can be found at:

Sport England’s New Major Event Volunteer Fund Invites Applications

Funding for national governing bodies, events hosts and other organisations to provide a path for volunteers at national sporting events to continue their volunteering experience at the grassroots level.

This fund has been set up to pilot ways to overcome the barriers people face when they consider making the transition from volunteering at major events to local grassroots volunteering.

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available for projects that:

  • Test the ability to use major sports events as a catalyst to engage and then support volunteers from all backgrounds to continue their volunteering pathway within sport.
  • Will specifically seek to engage volunteers who are not already volunteering within grassroots sport – funding will only be available to projects which aim to support the transition of new (or lapsed) volunteers into grassroots volunteering.
  • Provide high quality, meaningful volunteering experiences.
  • Can provide appropriate levels of support to volunteers post-event to identify further opportunities for them, which are appropriate to their skills, interests and availability.
  • Will engage at least 100 volunteers.

Applications can be made until January 2021 or until all the funding has been committed, whichever occurs first.

More information:

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme – DEADLINE IMMINENT

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme Funding available across the Leeds City Region closes midnight this Sunday 16th February.

The funding is available for investments in Tourism Infrastructure, Business Development and Food Processing using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) part of the LCR European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme.

Grants from £20,000 are available across all three elements of the growth programme with a minimum of £35 million available across the 3 elements under this new round.

For the Tourism Infrastructure grants are available to a maximum value of £175,000.

The handbook for the Tourism Infrastructure grants can be found here.

The Business Development grants are available to a maximum value of £175,000.

The handbook for the Business Development grants can be found here.

The Food Processing grants are available to a maximum value of £750,000.

The handbook for the Food processing grants can be found here.

Guidance on how to complete the Expression of Interest form for the funding can be found here. The Expression of Interest form itself can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is enforced strictly so if you are looking to submit an expression of interest please ensure it is done so before the deadline.