February’s Funding News

February 25, 2022
Published by Dudley CVS

Freelands Foundation: Space to Dream Fund, submit short Expression of Interest by 4th March 2022 (shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit a full proposal by 4th April with deadline for submission 13th May and decision by 1st July)

Size of grant available: £35,000-£95,000 (over two/three years) to enable Black-led visual arts organisations to imagine and deliver bold and impactful visual arts projects commencing after 1st October 2022

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support programmes enabling organisations, artists and practitioners scale up their ambitions/transform experiences of Black and Brown artists and practitioners of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage create real impact across the visual arts sector

Additional information: Only small/medium-sized visual arts registered charities or Community Interest Companies (CICs) with annual income below £750,000 can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 3598 7081

E-mail: grants@freelandsfoundation.co.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3JTUIAC



KFC Foundation: Community Grants Programme, submit a two-minute video about the organisation alongside an expression of interest by 13th March 2022

Size of grant available: Up to £2,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Early intervention mentoring work empowering young people to fulfil their potential/build a positive future so they feel safe/secure helping them unlock talent and build life/social skills to improve their chances of gaining meaningful employment

Additional information: Only small grassroots organisations located in KFC restaurant’s communities (the only restaurant in Dudley borough is at Merry Hill Shopping Centre, The Boulevard DY5 1SY) with annual turnover below £300,000 supporting socially disadvantaged young people aged 11-25 can apply

Contact details: Telephone 07837 093381

E-mail: uk-kfc-foundation@yum.com

Website: https://bit.ly/3hhJRUK



UK Space Agency: SatelLife Competition 2022, apply by 17th March 2022

Size of grant available: £50,000 available for young people offering them expert advice for their ideas of how satellites could improve life on Earth

Aims and outcomes of funder: Teams/individuals can enter this competition involving young people split into three age categories 11-14, 15-18 and 19-22 producing well thought through ideas which have the potential for development

Contact details: Telephone 020 7215 5000

E-mail: applications@ukspaceagency.gov.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3M18Tpj



Ragdoll Foundation: Open Grants Scheme: Main Grants Programme, two-stage application process, stage one deadline 31st March 2022 (decision by the end of April and, if invited to stage two, proposal will be considered in June for project delivery in September or later)

Size of grant available: Up to £15,000 per annum for pilot projects running for one or two years with match funding 20-60% of total project costs in place before payment of grant

Aims and outcomes of funder: New priority area supporting gifted young women aged 14-25 from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their talents and skills in arts and creative media with a view to achieving their full potential

Additional information: In this current and final round, before trustees refocus grant-making through research and development of the new priority, they are especially interested to receive applications for high quality, experimental and innovative projects

Contact details: Telephone 01295 500003

E-mail: applications@ragdollfoundation.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3BSBAA7



Fat Beehive Foundation: Small Grants, apply any time, trustees meet quarterly in January, April, July and October (next deadline 31st March 2022)

Size of grant available: Up to £2,500 for websites/digital products so that organisations can carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way improving their digital presence resulting in positive social benefit

Aims and outcomes of funder: Funding priorities: environmental protection/climate change mitigation; human rights; international development; equality and diversity; social justice; refugees; housing; education; art/culture; health/wellbeing; prisoner rehabilitation

Additional information: Only small registered charities with average annual income/turnover below £1M can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 7739 8704

E-mail: hello@fatbeehivefoundation.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3JWlCaQ



Woodward Charitable Trust: Children’s Summer Playschemes, 2022 application period 1st March-8th April for trustees review in May and decision by the end of June

Size of grant available: £500-£1,000 (around 35 grants a year are awarded)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support small local summer play schemes for disadvantaged or disabled children and young people aged 5-16 taking place in the summer holidays providing a wide-ranging programme of activities that are at least two weeks or ten days in duration

Additional information: Only small registered charities with annual turnover below £100,000 can apply

Contact details: Mrs. Karin Hooper (Administrator), telephone 020 7410 0330

E-mail: contact@woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/35u7M0n



Schroder Charity Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet twice a year

Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 for core/specific project costs, helplines and information services for one year (2020/21 average grant just over £4,000 with success rate 10%)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Arts, culture and heritage; education, training and employment; environment/conservation; health/wellbeing; strengthening communities; elderly people; marginalised/vulnerable young people

Additional information: Only registered charities with annual income below £2.5M can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 3170 5793

E-mail: info@schrodercharitytrust.org

Website: https://bit.ly/3ve6uSd



Astor Foundation: Apply any time

Size of grant available: £250-£20,000 (in 2020/21 average grant just under £1,500)

Aims and outcomes of funder: As well as medical research (primary objective) also interested in children/youth groups, disabled people, arts, sport, carers groups, animal welfare and the countryside

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply and they don’t provide grants for salaries

Contact details: Ms. B Doyle (Secretary), telephone 07957 954507

E-mail: astor.foundation@gmail.com

Address: 9 Hamilton Mews, London SW18 5AY



Groundwork/Comic Relief: Three-year fund with three grant application rounds: first round now closed, second round opening Spring 2022 and third round opening Autumn 2022 however, if all funds have been allocated in the first two panel rounds, the third round will not go ahead

Size of grant available: Up to £10,000 comprising up to £1,000 to support organisational capacity building leaving a maximum of £9,000 for project delivery (must be completed within one year of receipt)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Capacity building helping organisations to become more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change; project delivery addressing one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes (children survive and thrive, fighting for gender justice, a safe place to be and mental health matters) that drives change in local communities

Additional information: Only small grassroots community-led local organisations with income below £250,000 per annum can apply

Contact details: Telephone 0121 237 5800

E-mail: comicrelief@groundwork.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3t6f1nz



Social Investment Business Foundation (SIB): Recovery Loan Fund, apply by 20th May 2022

Size of grant available: Provide loans £100,000-£1.5M (one-six years with 7.9% fixed interest rate) to charities/social enterprises that have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and need funds to help them to survive, recover and grow

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations that have been actively operating for at least two years with minimum annual turnover £400,000 improving people’s lives or the environment they live in

Additional information: SIB run the Recovery Loan Scheme (Government guarantee scheme) to make finance more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises working with experienced social investor partners Big Issue Invest, Charity Bank, Key Fund, Resonance and Fusion21

Contact details: Telephone 020 3096 7900

E-mail: RLF@sibgroup.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3LZYbiM



A B Charitable Trust: Open Programme, apply any time, Grants Committee meet four times a year in January, April, July and October, next deadline 30th April 2022 for decision in July

Size of grant available: £4.7M fund in 2021/22 providing grants £10,000-£20,000 (average grant £15,615 with a 40% success rate in 2020/21) for core funding (unrestricted grants) helping to strengthen organisations building their capacity

Aims and outcomes of funder: Promote human dignity and defend human rights encouraging respect for vulnerable people supporting those who are marginalised and excluded focusing on migrants/refugees, criminal justice and penal reform and human rights particularly access to justice

Additional information: Only small/medium-sized registered charities concerned with justice for marginalised and excluded people/communities experiencing poverty and racial inequality (annual turnover £150,000-£1.5M) can apply

Contact details: Emma Clarke or Laura Dalton (Grant Managers) or Havva Hassan (Grants Administrator), telephone 020 7243 9486

E-mail: mail@abcharitabletrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3phku9P



Warburtons: Community Grants, apply during the remaining quarterly funding rounds in 2022: 3rd round 9th February-9th May or 4th round 11th May-8th August (decisions 17th June and 16th September)

Size of grant available: Small grants up to £400 through the financial giving programme

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations solving significant social issues by delivering projects/activities that improve health, places or skills for families in their communities benefiting/having a direct and tangible social impact on them

Additional information: Community investment funds allocated to local bakeries and depots whose site has been identified by using applicant’s postcode so that Community Champions make decisions on grant applications that’s best for local communities

Contact details: Telephone 0800 243 684

Website: https://bit.ly/3M3V2P6



Michael Marsh Charitable Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet four times a year

Size of grant available: 2020/21 average grant £1,975

Aims and outcomes of funder: Children/young people; elderly/disabled; relief of poverty for people who are poor and educationally needy; education/training

Additional information: Trustees preference is for smaller locally based registered charities in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire

Contact details: Telephone 07812 743485

E-mail: louise.ruane@michaelmarsh.org.uk

Address: Pear Tree Cottage, Yarrington Road, Alfrick, Worcestershire WR6 5EX



Northwick Trust: Apply any time

Size of grant available: 2020/21 average grant £8,085

Aims and outcomes of funder: Conservation; protecting the natural environment; relief of suffering and hardship; enabling life-enhancing opportunities to the mentally and physically disabled; encouraging youth work concerned with helping the community

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Telephone 01933 222986

E-mail: petermc1711@btinternet.com

Address: 13 Queensway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 3RA



Bruce Wake Charity: Apply any time, trustees meet quarterly

Size of grant available: 2020/21 overall average grant £3,750 with averages for organisations £4,340 and individuals £2,220

Aims and outcomes of funder: Leisure activities for disabled people where potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users; improved access for wheelchair users is proposed or a sporting/leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is to be provided

Additional information: Applications on behalf of individuals will only be accepted through a charitable organisation or equivalent recognised body supplying a letter of support with the application from an approved person/organisation such as a Local Authority, charity, doctor or social worker

Contact details: Telephone 0344 879 3349

E-mail: info@brucewaketrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3siZHEQ



Heart of England Community Foundation: Positive Futures Fund, apply any time

Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 to be spent within one year

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations working with disadvantaged young people prioritising innovative projects that inspire/keep them out of the criminal justice system whilst at the same time creating positive impact in local communities encouraging sustainability

Additional information: Only organisations with annual income below £500,000 can apply provided they are able to meet one or more of the following aims:

  • help young people develop skills preparing them for employment
  • support young people who are leaving care so that they develop skills to live independently
  • raise aspirations of young people by offering them mentoring opportunities

Contact details: Shamiela Ahmed (Senior Manager Programmes), telephone 07394 567083 or 024 77800 520

E-mail: shamiela@heartofenglandcf.co.uk or info@heartofenglandcf.co.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/36uvt9p



National Lottery Heritage Fund: National Lottery Grants for Heritage, apply any time

Size of grant available: £3,000-£10,000 up to one year (decision within eight weeks); £10,000-£250,000 up to five years (decision within eight weeks); £250,000-£5M up to five years (two stages with quarterly deadlines)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects that promote inclusion involving a wide range of people in heritage demonstrating long-term environmental responsibility and sustainability

Additional information: 2021/22 priorities are boosting local economies, encouraging skills development/job creation, supporting wellbeing, creating better places to live, work and visit and improving resilience of organisations working in heritage

Contact details: Emma Birks and Jackie Lee (Engagement Managers), telephone 0121 393 4734

E-mail: midlandsandeast@heritagefund.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/3InWolg



VisitBritain/VisitEngland: ‘England for Everyone’ Family Holiday Fund, apply any time

Size of grant available: Up to £450 for family trips inclusive of accommodation with allowances for travel and food

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support families facing difficult challenges (low income, long-term illness, bereavement, disability, domestic abuse or additional caring responsibilities) to take short breaks/holidays in England having a positive impact on their wellbeing

Additional information: This £600,000 fund has been provided by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is being administered in partnership with Family Holiday Charity who will work with registered referrers to select families most in need of a holiday

Contact details: Telephone 020 7578 1000

Website: https://bit.ly/36GOe9T



Keith Coombs Trust

The Keith Coombs Trust provides grants to organisations working with children/young people to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities. They are also interested in the advancement of education, disabled people and promotion of the arts.

In addition, they also provide financial assistance to relieve sickness/preserve health awarding individual grants to people in the West Midlands suffering from Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Strokes promoting/protecting their physical and mental health.

Applications can be made at any time.

For more information, contact:

Tel: 0121 705 7777

E-mail: christineingram@suplc.co.uk

Address: S & U PLC, 2 Stratford Court, Cranmore Boulevard, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4QT



Peter Harrison Foundation Opportunities through Sport

The Peter Harrison Foundation support sporting activities/projects providing opportunities for disabled/disadvantaged people to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal/life skills with a high degree of community involvement. They mainly award “one off” grants averaging £33,850 for capital projects providing sporting equipment/facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people.

Only registered charities can apply for projects focused on:

  • skills development/confidence building through sport;
  • training/education within a sporting activity;
  • engaging children/young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction.

Applications can be made at any time through a two-stage process (trustees meet quarterly).

For more information, contact Rachael Crooks (Grants Administrator):

Tel: 01737 228010

E-mail: enquiries@peterharrisonfoundation.org

Website: https://bit.ly/3HeWXN2



Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation provide grants helping organisations encourage opportunity, promote independence and improve wellbeing enabling people in local communities live happy and fulfilling lives so that they can participate more actively in society. They operate two grant programmes:

  1. Children and Young People supporting disadvantaged/vulnerable children aged up to 18, disabled young people aged up 25 and families benefiting the child/young person focusing on mental and physical health, learning and development of language, communication, social and emotional skills, support for the whole family or pastoral and advocacy support.
  • Large Grants £10,000-£60,000 (up to three years) for registered charities with income above £500,000 per annum.
  • Small Grants £1,000-£5,000 per annum (up to three years) for registered charities with income below £500,000 per annum.
  1. Later Life supporting socially isolated/lonely older people aged over 50 addressing their mental/physical health or providing them with access to transport/technology services, volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood, advocacy, social or welfare support.
  • Large Grants £10,000-£60,000 per annum (up to three years) for registered charities with income above £500,000 per annum.
  • Small Grants £1,000-£5,000 per annum (up to three years) funding overheads for registered charities with income below £500,000 per annum.

Applications can be made at any time.

For more information, contact Katrina Kerr (Head of Charity Grants):

Tel: 020 3146 3337

E-mail: charitygrants@mcf.org.uk

Websites: https://bit.ly/3sjOtzZ and https://bit.ly/3IoxfHd



Black Country Funding Network for Arts and Culture

Creative Black Country are running an Information Session virtual event providing information to potential applicants interested in applying to the Arts Council new Project Grants programme. The event will be held on 9th March 2022 at 2:00-3:30pm.

Jill Brown (Relationship Manager Combined Arts and Touring at Arts Council England) will provide information, insights and tips about the new Project Grant application form. She will go through the new format and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session following the presentation.

As the event will be on Zoom the link and joining instructions will be sent beforehand.

To attend the event register on:




National Lottery Community Fund

John Goodman (local funding officer Dudley and Wolverhampton) will be available to meet organisations either face-to-face or virtually on Mondays every fortnight to discuss potential applications to the Reaching Communities funding programme.

John suggests groups contact him directly to book a slot either at our office in Brierley Hill (7 Albion Street DY5 3EE) or a convenient location to suit both parties. If preferred, he will set up a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams.

If appointments are held at Albion Street 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

E-mail: john.goodman@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Reaching Communities Website: https://bit.ly/3vhfVQM

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