Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants

The Armed Forces Covenant local grants programme funds local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Registered charities and Community Interest Companies can apply for up to £20,000. Grants must be spent in one year.

Community integration

Projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities. You must show how the project will make a difference to overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding.

Delivery of local services

Grants can fund financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families.

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Magic Little Grants Fund 2019

Small one-off grants are available to small local charities and community groups that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in physical activity to help improve their physical health.

A total of £550,000 is available in 2019 with grants of up to £500.

In addition, first-time grant recipients will receive a free annual membership to Localgiving which is valued at £96.

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John Ellerman Foundation – Regional Museums and Galleries Fund

Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.

The annual budget is £500,000. The Foundation expects to make about five or six grants for periods of two to three years.

While the average grant is around £87,000, requests for higher amounts will be considered.

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Government Launches Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2020

Communities across England can bid for a share of £500,000 funding to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants to the nation’s social, economic, political and religious life.

The Windrush Day Grant scheme is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and administered by the Church Urban Fund.

Windrush Day (22 June) was established to celebrate the large contribution of the Windrush Generation to Britain’s cultural, social and economic. The now annual grant scheme is intended to support celebrations in England that recognise the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at Port Tilbury on 21 July 1948 with 492 Caribbean migrants and the contribution of the migrants who later became known as the Windrush Generation.

Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 to local councils, charities and community groups that seek to host events for Windrush Day 2020.

Funding to Help People Sleeping Rough Off the Streets

Local frontline charitable organisations that are working to help people sleeping rough get off the streets can apply for grants to support their work over the winter.

The £1million Cold Weather Fund is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and administered by Homeless Link, which is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England.

Priority will be given to bids that seek to provide support for specific groups such as vulnerable women, LGBT, couples, or pet owners.

Projects must take place between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020.

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Tourle Foundation Fund

The Charities Aid Foundation has announced that the Tourle Foundation Fund is open for applications. The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK.

This 10-year programme is funded through the generosity of a £4.5m legacy left for CAF to distribute for this purpose.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people.

Organisations applying must:

  • Be applying for up to £5,000
  • Be providing a service to the heart of your community
  • Be a community charitable organisation whose reach is within a localised catchment area
  • Be able to demonstrate the need of the project
  • Have an annual income below £75,000
  • Have charitable aims and objectives
  • Operate within the UK
  • Complete the project a year from the date of the award.

An example would be a charitable organisation set up by the community in a village, providing services to older people in isolation; a small community group on an estate providing drop in sessions for teenagers etc.

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund – Guidance Document

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund – Application Form


Future Leaders Fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships allow early career researchers and innovators from eligible UK businesses to develop their leadership potential through challenging innovation or research projects:

  • Funding of up to £1.2 million over a four year period, but with considerable flexibility available. Funding will be provided in line with prevailing state aid guidelines.
  • The ability to attract in individual, or develop an existing employee, who will help create innovative solutions for their business. This could include bringing the most talented international innovators to work in their business in the UK.
  • A new Reduced Hours Fellowship, in which fellows are able to spend up to 40 percent of their time focused on other activities within the business in order to enhance their career.
  • The option to collaborate with other organisations (business, academic, public and third sector)

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Rural Community Energy Fund

Following a review, responsibility for delivery of the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is to transfer to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Government has thanked WRAP for the work done over the past five years in successfully delivering the fund.

Live projects will continue to be managed by WRAP until their completion.

A revised £10million RCEF programme, which continues to support rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, has now been announced.

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Church Conservation Fund Opens New Round

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 available to support the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings in the UK, focusing on larger and more complex projects.

The National Churches Trust supports church and chapel buildings open for worship throughout the UK. It funds urgent repairs and modernisation, provides expert advice on church maintenance and on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism.

The Cornerstone Grants programme is intended to support structural repairs and maintenance issues costing more than £100,000 or the installation of kitchen and toilets costing over £30,000.

Places of worship of any Christian denomination and age can apply. Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK.

Applications from the Trust’s priority areas are encouraged: North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, though this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available for urgent structural repairs costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.

Projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT, will also be considered.

Please note that grants will cover up to 50% of the project costs.

Decisions will be made in March 2020.

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