Simplyhealth Invites Charities to Apply for Funding

Health plan provider Simplyhealth has announced it is to offer a number of grants each worth up to £40,000 in total, for small to medium-sized charities, exclusively through digital platform

They are working with digital platform, who will provide a simple and quick application template for grant seekers and match the grant giver with charities.

They want to work with charities who can clearly demonstrate the difference they make through good impact reporting and a clear project proposal.

“In addition to the grants we are offering through whatCharity, we will consider further contributions from charities in this process if we receive innovative proposals that really bring our goal of ‘improving access to healthcare’ to life. This is a great opportunity to use a new and efficient distribution model to match Simplyhealth with grant seekers nationwide.”

Around 30 charities will make the shortlist. The winners will be announced in November 2019.

Full details of how charities can make their submissions can be found at

Brexit readiness fund – grant to help businesses prepare for ‘No-Deal Brexit’

A £10M fund has been announced for ‘business support’ organisations to create resources to help their members prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The Office for Civil Society has confirmed that civil society organisations are eligible.

If you decide to apply, there are some resources that you might want to use if you access this funding:

Although the minimum grant of £25,000 is quite a lot, especially given the timescale, local infrastructure organisations could bid in partnership. The application process has been made relatively simple, and there is a commitment to make decisions swiftly.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for Second Round of 2019

MSE Charity is currently accepting UK applications to its ‘Life Changing Transition’ theme but will close as soon as 40 applications are accepted so groups should not wait to apply.

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

The Charity holds two funding rounds each year (February and September) with a different theme for each round.

The September 2019 round is targeting and supporting groups who provide and deliver practical financial life skills to those particularly going through a life changing transition. Projects must focus on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, and resettlement.

All applications must demonstrate how the project they are seeking funding for has a lasting impact on the people taking part.

The maximum grant is £7,500. The applications most likely to be successful are those that ask for funding for a specific activity cost rather than a general contribution to running costs or a much larger project.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

Applicants are advised to apply early in the month as the round will be limited to the first 40 applications that are accepted or the deadline, whichever is soonest.

More information:

ESF Community Grants – West Yorkshire

Grants are available to support small and voluntary organisations for local initiatives that will move unemployed people towards employment, training or education in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

There is a total of about £2.7 million available for West Yorkshire.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available.

The European Social Fund Community Grants scheme is provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency and administered locally in West Yorkshire by Groundwork UK with delivery from local Groundwork Trusts.

Click here for more information.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Local Grants

Grants are available for projects in the UK that support the armed forces community and meet the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s priorities.

£10 million is available each year for this fund.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for community integration projects and local delivery of services under the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme.

More information:

The Hilden Charitable Fund

Up to £5,000 will be granted by the Hilden Charitable Fund to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions.

Grant making priorities in the UK are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25.

Grant making priorities overseas are for projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health.

More info:

NHS England Funding to Showcase Good Practice in Healthcare

One-off grants are available for projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare in England.

NHS England is inviting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that have done some amazing patient, service-user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services in their community.

Grants of up to £2,500 are being made available to VCSE organisations that would like to share their good practice in a creative way with the NHS. This can be in a wide variety of ways, such as with videos, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or other formats.

Applicants will need to explain how they have involved patients and citizens in a healthcare project and how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way.

The funding can be used to cover the full cost of the project output or to part fund the work.

More information:

Community grants to highlight patient and public involvement

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s ‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme is now open for applications.

Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service users and the public in improving health services.

Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.

Bettys Trees for Life Fund

Grants are available for small charities, community groups and schools across Yorkshire that are working to improve local green spaces and wildlife habitats through tree planting projects, improving access to woodland, environmental management and education projects.

Projects that aim to use environmental activity to promote good physical and mental health are also of interest.

Grants of between £500 and £4,000 are available.

The Bettys Trees for Life Fund has been established by Yorkshire institution, Bettys, as part of the activities to mark its centenary year in 2019 and aims to celebrate the company’s long-term passion for trees and desire to enhance the local environment and to improve access to and education about the natural world and the green spaces around us. The scheme is administered on its behalf by the Two Ridings Community Foundation.

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