December’s Funding News

December 20, 2021
Published by Dudley CVS

Heart of England Community Foundation: Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, apply from 4th January 2022 through Heart of England Community Foundation (check website for local deadline date) with decision by 1st April
Size of grant available: £5M fund providing grants £750-£10,000 for community, youth and parent/carer groups encouraging them to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations develop new creative/cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022 engaging with music, theatre, dance, visual/combined (festivals/carnivals) arts, literature or museum and library activities
Additional information: Programme developed in partnership with Arts Council England enabling communities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through culture/creativity
Contact details: Telephone 024 7688 4434

Pilotlight: Weston Charity Awards 2022, apply by 7th January 2022 (there is a virtual information session on Thursday 6th January 9:30-10:30am, see website to register)
Size of grant available: 20 award winners will receive unrestricted grants of £6,500 plus access to the Pilotlight 360 programme (ten-month package of strategic support/leadership coaching worth £16,000) helping organisations plan for sustainability, development and growth
Aims and outcomes of funder: Alleviate disadvantage:
Communities benefitting vulnerable people in need providing services in community centres
Welfare support for homeless, disabled and elderly people as well as vulnerable groups
Services for children/young people aged up to 25
Additional information: Only small registered charities with annual income below £5M can apply and the majority of activities/beneficiaries should be in the Midlands, North of England or Wales with Dudley borough a named area in the West Midlands (operated in partnership with Garfield Weston Foundation)
Contact details: Telephone 07483 014 783

Rosa (UK fund for women and girls): Rise Fund, apply by 10th January 2022 (grants will be paid in July)
Size of grant available: Up to £40,000 (two-years) for organisational development (such as strategy, alliances/partnerships demonstrating impact and more effective governance, leadership and systems/processes) for Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support specialist organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women and girls addressing leadership/representation, safety, health/wellbeing and economic justice working with disadvantaged women such as refugees/asylum seekers, disabled, elderly, LBGT+ and those experiencing homelessness, misusing drugs and alcohol and have been trafficked
Additional information: Only organisations that have been established for three years or more operating in less economically resilient communities with an average annual income below £100,000 can apply (expect to support 25-30 applications)
Contact details: Telephone 020 7697 3466

Arts Council of England: Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support, submit permission to apply by 11th January 2022 and, if granted, deadline 28th January
Size of grant available: 2nd round £25,000-£3M for culturally significant organisations that were financially sustainable before the Coronavirus pandemic but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support cultural organisations that can demonstrate they are at risk of ceasing to trade viably within 12 weeks of their application and work in one of the artforms or disciplines i.e. music, theatre, dance, combined/visual arts, museums or literature
Contact details: Telephone 0845 300 6200/0161 934 4317

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – Emergency Resource Support, submit a short Expression of Interest by 11th January 2022, and, if invited to apply, deadline 27th January for decision in March
Size of grant available: £5M programme providing grants £10,000-£1M to help safeguard cultural/heritage organisations from the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support key cultural organisations in severe need as audiences begin to return ensuring a vibrant future for the culture sector as the nation recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic so that they can continue to create jobs and contribute to the economy
Additional information: Only organisations at imminent risk of failure due to COVID-19 that own, work with or manage heritage can apply
Contact details: Telephone 020 7591 6044

Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide Prevention Fund 2021-2022, apply by 16th January 2022
Size of grant available: £4M fund providing micro-organisations with grants up to £5,000 to support suicide prevention from the portion of this fund that is ring-fenced for small community/user-led organisations enhancing service provision to high-risk groups
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support suicide prevention meeting the increased needs or demands for these services due to the Coronavirus pandemic; support service provision to people considered at a high risk of suicide through a diverse range of suicide prevention work
Additional information: Prioritising applications from organisations that focus on high-risk groups (middle-aged men, children/young people, NHS/social care staff, ethnic minorities and people in contact with mental health services/the criminal justice system, those who self-harm, are economically vulnerable and were disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic) and provide services in areas with high rates of suicide
Contact details: Telephone 0113 289 4424

Youth Futures Foundation: Connected Futures Fund, apply by 17th January 2022 (phase 1) for final decision by late April (phase 1 grants/activities begin in June)
Size of grant available: £6.1M fund supporting disadvantaged young people to get good jobs through pioneering local partnerships being delivered in two phases June 2022–December 2023 (phase 1 grants up to £125,000) and January 2024 onwards (phase 2 grants up to £1.5M)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Encourage local collaborations to establish a more joined-up and consistent approach so that young people get the right help from the right services (employment, education, health or housing in the statutory or voluntary sector) at the right time
Additional information: Dudley borough one of the eligible local authority areas and the accountable lead partner must have a minimum annual turnover of £100,000 and have been in operation for at least three years (envisage funding six-eight application for up to 18 months then making longer-term commitments for two-four projects for three–four years)
Contact details: Telephone 020 7553 4539

Fidelio Charitable Trust: Trustees meet in the spring, summer and autumn annually, forthcoming deadlines in 2022 are 24th January and 26th May
Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 for organisations and individuals particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support the Arts particularly music, opera, lieder, composition and dance for people aged over 21
Additional information: Applications need to be recommended/supported by Institutions, Colleges, Arts Festivals or other similar arts organisations with recognised relevant expertise
Contact details: Telephone 020 8292 9975

Department for Transport: Tackling loneliness with transport fund, submit Expression of Interest by 28th January 2022
Size of grant available: Up to £500,000 to run pilot transport schemes (April 2022-31st March 2023) that aim to reduce loneliness
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support transport-related pilot projects that target groups of people identified as lonely such as the elderly/disabled, young (aged 16-24), those with long-term health problems, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ and carers
Additional information: Applications from umbrella organisations that wish to give funding to local organisations underneath them will be particularly welcome
Contact details: Telephone 0300 330 3000

Hubbub Foundation UK: Co-op Community Fridge fund, apply by 1st February 2022 with decision by 28th February
Size of grant available: Up to £4,000 for project costs plus comprehensive free support, guidance and resources to help establish a new community fridge
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations redistribute good quality surplus food from businesses/households within communities saving it from going to waste bringing disadvantaged people together to address social isolation, share skills, access healthy food and save money
Additional information: In partnership with Co-operative Group Limited supporting a further 250 organisations establish a new Community Fridge project increasing the Community Fridge Network to 500 members saving 34M meals from going to waste annually across the network
Contact details: 020 3701 7543
Website: and, to apply, see website

Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust: Apply by 15th February/15th August annually for meetings in April and September
Size of grant available: 2019/20 average grant £2,515 to individuals, organisations and institutions carrying out horticultural, gardening or botanical (with a strong horticultural element) projects
Aims and outcomes of funder: Promote horticulture, conservation of the physical and natural environment through biological diversity and the creation, development, preservation and maintenance of gardens accessible to the public; advancement of horticultural education
Contact details: Dr David Rae (Director), telephone 0131 248 2844/2905
Address: Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

Severn Trent Water: Severn Trent Community Fund, current funding theme (People, Place and Environment) closing 18th January 2022 (reopening in May), meanwhile they are temporarily refocusing the Community Fund inviting applications 10th January-20th February 2022 providing a Fund Workshop on 15th January 10:00–11:00am (see Eventbrite website for details and to reserve a place)
Size of grant available: Maximising the Legacy temporary funding programme will provide grants of £5,000 (Bronze Award), £10,000 (Silver Award) and £20,000 (Gold Award) for new projects that boost environmental sustainability, reduce carbon and help communities care for nature
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects that create/enhance green spaces and offset carbon, recycle/make the most of resources reducing the carbon footprint of community spaces and activities and those that preserve/reduce water use limiting the amount of carbon used in water production
Additional information: Working in partnership with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as the Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Supporter and only organisations with average annual income below £500,000 over the last three years can apply
Contact details: Natalie Cunningham (Community Fund Officer), telephone 07866 158 208
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MSE Charity: Living with Long Term Challenges, apply 1st-25th February 2022 for Grant Advisory Panel meeting 31st March
Size of grant available: Up to £7,500 (maximum 40 applications considered per round)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects focused on building financial capability skills for people most in need focusing on dementia, autism, learning difficulties, disabilities, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury and stroke
Additional information: Only small/medium sized organisations with annual income below £500,000 can apply
Contact details:

Rowing Foundation: Capital Grants, apply by 28th February 2022 for meeting 28th March
Size of grant available: £500-£3,000 for mainly equipment that will be used on the water (maximum 50% of the overall cost)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Promotes the participation in rowing for young people (aged up to 18 or still in full time education) and disabled people of any age
Additional information: Support organisations/clubs affiliated to British Rowing
Contact details: Robert Moore (Secretary), telephone 01932 855662

Deutsche Bank: Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 2022, apply 13th January-31st March 2022 with a series of information events taking place January-March
Size of grant available: £60,000 prize fund to be shared among five winners in three incremental categories of £5,000–£10,000, £10,000–£15,000 and £15,000–£20,000 supporting young visionary creative entrepreneurs driven to create/sustain social value through their enterprise
Aims and outcomes of funder: Provide investment/support for individuals to start or grow an enterprise, 12 months business support from MeWe360 and Deutsche Bank’s industry/business mentors, access to peer/influential industry contacts and specially tailored business/leadership training
Additional information: Only focused and committed individuals aged 18-30 with a strong idea/an existing business in the creative industries who want to create positive social impact through their enterprise can apply
Contact details:

Tisbury Telegraph Trust: Apply any time
Size of grant available: 2019/20 average grant £1,185
Aims and outcomes of funder: Advancement of the Christian religion (including Anglican parishes); relief of poverty; conservation of the natural world retaining its value for the benefit of this and future generations
Contact details: Telephone 020 7732 6550
Address: 35 Kitto Road, London SE14 5TW

Gosling Foundation: Apply any time
Size of grant available: Above £5,000 (part funding only, maximum three years) for project costs, salaries and capital projects (new buildings, extensions, refurbishments, recreational spaces, equipment, furniture and minibuses)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Help disadvantaged young people make use of their talents and build self-sufficiency; educational opportunities for young people to engage with education/vocational training; health supporting people living with disabilities
Additional information: Only registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs) with annual income below £30M can apply
Contact details: Telephone 020 3872 7723

Baron Davenport’s Charity
Baron Davenport’s Charity provides a range of grants to both organisations and individuals as follows:
1. Organisations supporting disadvantaged children/young people (aged under 25) can apply for £200-£1,000.
2. Organisations supporting elderly people in their retirement or running residential homes for older people, almshouses or hospices for children and adults are eligible to apply for grants that will be provided (if agreed) for amounts at the discretion of trustees.
3. Various Grants to Individuals that must be applied for through a Grant Referring Body:
a) Twice yearly grants of £260 (payable late May/early June and the end of November) to widowed, divorced, separated or single older ladies living alone and in receipt of a state pension and/or pension credit with income below £193 per week and savings less than £10,000.
b) Emergency grants for the purchase of an essential household item to single ladies in reduced financial circumstances living alone or with their children/fatherless children aged under 25.
Only organisations located/ladies living (for at least five years) within 60 miles of Birmingham Town Hall are eligible for funding. Applications can be made by 15th March/September annually for distribution in the Spring (late May/early June) and Autumn (end of November).
Individual contacts/telephone numbers for various programmes are:
• Emergency Grants Laura (07712 862803) or Kate Pham (07864 310801);
• Twice Yearly Grants to Older Ladies Elaine (07712 863058):
• Organisation Grants Kate Slater (07712 862809)
For more information, contact:
Tel: 0121 236 8004

Sport England
Sport England has recently launched two new funding programmes to help secure Commonwealth Games legacy for the West Midlands investing £6.5M to improve facilities and level up access to community sport:
• Places and Spaces £3.5M fund offering grants up to £10,000 as match funding (50%) for Crowdfunder projects helping community sport and physical activity groups create or improve facilities (places and spaces) in their local area. Campaigns should be a celebration of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games providing information on how the place or space is going to provide/build a long-term local legacy and unite or bring together communities. Applications must benefit people and communities within the West Midlands region and all potential applicants must set up a crowdfunding campaign before applying (any time until December 2022).
• Commonwealth Active Communities Fund £3M for cycling/walking programmes, encouraging use of the canal network, expanding volunteering opportunities and supporting social prescribing. Projects should support the creation of a wide range of opportunities to help people get active in their local streets and parks. Applications are invited from organisations in Coventry, Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country at any time.
For more information, contact:
Tel: 03458 508 508
Websites: and

Your Best Friend
The Your Best Friend Fund is a £300,000 fund for community-based social/health services (sexual health, pregnancy and young mums’ support), community/faith groups, youth clubs and sports, drama, music, scouts/guides, adventure, craft, support groups etc. There are two grant programmes available:
• Large grants £10,000-£25,000 (apply by 18th February or 20th May 2022).
• Small grants £1,000-£10,000 (applications can be made at any time).
The aim of the programme is to increase understanding about healthy, unhealthy and toxic relationships in communities giving girls, young women and non-binary people aged 13-24 the knowledge and confidence to know how to keep their friends safe. There are eleven themes that emerged from research prior to launching this fund: immediate online pressures, commonness of control, power gap, blinded by butterflies, opening eyes, treading a fine line, time to step in, easier said than done, feeling helpless, seeking support and it’s not normal (real impact). These themes should be adopted in applications to understand what young people witness.
For more information, contact:

National Lottery Community Fund
John Goodman (local funding officer Dudley and Wolverhampton) will be available to meet (virtually to begin with bearing in mind recent Government announcements) organisations every fortnight to discuss potential applications to the Reaching Communities funding programme.
He can discuss this programme with interested applicants Mondays on a bi-weekly basis from 10th January 2022. John suggests groups contact him directly to book a slot and he will set up a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams.
When safe to do so John is happy to meet people at our office in Brierley Hill (7 Albion Street DY5 3EE) again fortnightly on a Monday. However, to begin with, as these meetings will be face-to-face, appointments must be made and attendees are requested to wear face coverings when entering our premises. The meetings will be held in an office where social distancing measures are in place.
In order to book an appointment contact John by phone or email:
Tel: 07837 248200
Reaching Communities Website:

Black Country ESF Community Grants 2019-2023
ESF Community Grants awards funding up to £20,000 to organisations that can run projects supporting unemployed people (minimum six months) back into work/training.
Projects need to demonstrate how they can move participants closer to the job market and particularly how they get the long term unemployed ready for work. They aim to fund projects despite the current restrictions and applicants will need to demonstrate how they can adjust their project if needed, for example using remote delivery.
Applying for Community Grants can be daunting but the Community Grants team are there to help and they suggest making contact before applying for an informal conversation about the application.
Projects have to be based and delivered in the Black Country and can only work with eligible participants (see ESF guidelines before applying). There are some top tips on planning Community Grants applications which includes advice on how to support learners with digital access 5 top tips for planning your ESF community grant application
The guidelines, application and hourly rate calculator are available by emailing or can be downloaded from BCTA Website – make sure the latest application form is used as old formats will not be accepted.
For more information and, to obtain an application form, contact Helen Kirk (Programme Manager):
Tel: 01922 650391
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