General Grant Funding Opportunities


Grants & Funding Information - Updated 28th April 2021

Learning through Landscapes; Local School Nature Grant Scheme - deadline 30th April 2021

What do bird boxes, bee hotels, and nature experts all have in common?....

......We'll tell you...They are all available free to schools and early years' settings as part of Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grants Programme, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training. Schools can choose from hundreds of different products to deliver outdoor learning and play.

This year, funding will also be open to Early Year's settings which have their own building and more than five staff.

There will be four funding rounds throughout the year. Applications for round one will be accepted between the 23rd March 2021 and the 30th April 2021.

For more information, or to apply online, visit the Learning through landscapes


SHAKE Climate Change - deadline 3 May 2021

The SHAKE Climate Change programme is designed to attract entrepreneurs or start-ups that have developed early-stage science or tech-based ideas that can have a significant impact on climate change.

It provides support for UK companies and start-ups with ideas and products targeted at the agricultural and food production sectors which will have a positive impact on mitigating climate change.

The programme is inviting applications from early-stage ventures with exciting, original, and viable business ideas in agriculture and food production. The aim is to help new businesses to develop sustainable solutions to climate change caused by agriculture.

The programme has a total financial budget of £3.5 million. Over its lifespan, 15 successful ventures will each receive up to a total of £140,000, provided as a convertible interest-free loan. They will also receive two years' high-quality training and mentoring from leading experts in business and science, to help further develop their ventures.

Apply via their website: shake climate


The Royal Theatrical Fund and the Fleabag Support Fund - deadline 6th May 2021

The Royal Theatrical Fund, in association with the Fleabag Support Fund, Will reopen for applications on 1st May 2021 for five days for applications from those who have worked professionally in the theatre industry, this includes, on stage, front of house, backstage workers, comedians, cabaret performers, commercial dancers.

Applicants must be based in the UK and must have a UK bank account and been in active work within the last year in the UK theatre industry. CV's will need to be supplied with dates of employment. A copy of a cancelled contract will be of benefit for any application.

Applicants will need to supply proof of their current benefit award, for example a screen shot of their Universal Credit award showing how it has been calculated or their tax credits or housing benefit award.

The RTF will prioritise applications to those that prove they are in the most financial need.

To apply visit the Royal Theatrical Fund's website: Fleabag Support Fund — The Royal Theatrical Fund (trtf.com)


The Ragdoll Foundation Small Grants Programme - deadline 7th May 2021

Revenue grants up to £1,500 for UK not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people aged up to 18 (or up to 25 in the case of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability) in the UK through arts, artists and creative media. The Foundation will support initiatives that capture and develop the imagination of children and young people up to 18 or 25 years of age.

The Small Grants Programme focusses on supporting innovative, small projects, pilots, or research and development to inform a new project or programme of work. The Fund aims to support practitioners to take risks, push boundaries, invent, and develop new methodologies and explorations. New and existing projects are eligible.

Priority will be given to innovative, arts-based projects that:

  • Are of strategic significance to the applying organisation
  • Have the potential to become models of good practice within the not-for-profit sector
  • Incorporate high quality evaluation and sharing of project outcomes
  • Share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation, in particular, projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and young people and allow their perceptions and feeling to be better understood
  • Take place outside of London (although please note that the Foundation sometimes funds London-based organisations. This tends to be the exception rather that the rule, however)

UK not-for-profit organisations may apply for up to £1,500 with no matched funding requirement. Further information, guidance and an application form - which should be downloaded and returned by email once completed to applications@ragdollfoundation.org.uk is all available on their website, Ragdoll Foundation


The Arnold Clark Community Fund - deadlines 30th April 2021 and 31st May 2021

Charities and local community groups across the UK who are in need of financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic can apply for funding of up to £1,000 to continue their work during the crisis.

The Arnold Clark Community Fund will award 500 grants through a monthly draw to help charities and community groups continue their important work which may be at risk due to the pandemic. Only one application will be accepted per organisation and entries must be received by 11.59pm on the last day of each month to be considered for that month. Applications that are unsuccessful one month will be kept in the draw for the following month.

The final deadline for applications is the 31st May 2021.

To submit your application visit The Arnold Clark Community Fund


The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund - deadline 30th June 2021

Local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for activities that highlight the dangers of Loan Sharks and have a positive impact on their communities.

The Illegal Money Lending Team encourages bids from multiple organisations working together who can each bid for £5000 to put towards a collective project.

The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is made available from money seized from convicted loan sharks by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT). Organisations will need to demonstrate the positive impact their project would have on their community, and how their project contributes to delivering the IMLT's priorities which include:

  • Contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks
  • Prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks

To find out more, and to apply, visit: Stop Loan Sharks


The Radcliffe Trust - next deadline 31st July 2021

The Radcliffe Trust supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK's cultural heritage and crafts sectors. This includes support for emerging craftspeople of high quality craft and conservation projects demonstrating creative outcomes by designer-makers, projects with potential for capacity building within the sector, and some special needs projects focusing on therapeutic benefits of skills development.

The deadlines are twice a year, with the applications submitted by 31st January being presented for consideration by the trust in June, and a deadline of 31st July for those to be presented in December.

If you have any questions or require support contact radcliffe@thetrustpartnership.com or to apply online visit Radcliffe Heritage Trust


William and Jane Morris Fund; Grants for Churches - deadline 31st August 2021

The Fund accepts applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896 for grants of between £500 and £5,000 to carry out small programmes of conservation work to decorative features and monuments. All work funded must be directed by a professional architect or established conservator and completed according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

Eligible work could include (but is not limited to):

  • Stained glass windows
  • Sculpture
  • Furniture
  • Internal monuments
  • Tombs
  • Wall paintings

Apply at Morris Church Conservation Grants


Lloyds Bank Racial Equity Fund

The fund is aimed at small and local charities that are led by and that support Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities. Charities can apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support.  

The funding will be open year-round and will not be restricted by deadlines. The Foundation is looking to support charities where more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1m, and with a strong track record of helping people from minority communities across 11 complex social issues.

For the eligibility check, and the online application form visit Lloyd's Bank Foundation


Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme - Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people suffering from slow broadband speeds in rural areas.

Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people's doorsteps.

The new UK Gigabit Voucher launched on Thursday 8th April 2021 and is only available through a supplier who is registered with the scheme. 

From 8th April you will be able to check whether your premises is eligible for a voucher, find a list of registered suppliers, and see those who are active in your area, using the website: gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk


The Barratt Foundation

To mark the completion of their 500,000th home, Barratt Homes has launched the Barratt Foundation, bringing together their charitable giving and long-term support for good causes and leading charities under one roof.

As the UK's largest house builder, Barratt want to lead the industry in the scope, scale, and impact of their charitable work. Last year they raised and donated more than £4m - but now want to go further.

In addition to the achieving their 500,000th home milestone, with the pandemic both reducing funding for charities and making the work they do more important than ever, they feel this is the right moment to launch the Barratt Foundation.

It has a general purpose, but they will look to focus efforts on some key areas, including:

  • Promoting social inclusion, particularly young people, the armed forces and the most disadvantaged and excluded in society.
  • Helping the environment and nature, alongside our commitment to being the country's leading national sustainable housebuilder
  • Promoting physical and mental health
  • Education and opportunity

To mark the launch of the Barratt Foundation, they are donating £500,000 across 10 charities chosen by their employees. These charities are Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia UK, CALM, The Wildlife Trust, Marie Curie, Re-engage, The Samaritans, Refuge, The Matt Hampson Foundation and The Care Workers' Charity.

If there is a local charity working in your area that you feel could benefit from their support, please direct them to the Foundation for more information and details on how to get in touch, or to make an application to the Barratt Foundation.



Small Grants Scheme - Foyle Foundation

This Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. 

The focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

Grants are available between £1000 and £10,000.

Small Grants Scheme - (foylefoundation.org.uk)


Devon County Council's Locality Budgets

Devon County Councillors each have a locality budget of £10,000 per year to enable them to respond to local needs in their divisions, supporting projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Councillors can, if they wish, make grants to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Locality budget funding adds value to projects that are beneficial to local communities, and help meet the Council's strategic objectives. Projects are diverse and reflect the needs of local communities. All projects should include some other financial contribution(s) and/or local support.

Any properly constituted not-for-private-profit voluntary or community group (including town and parish councils) can apply to their local county councillor for a grant from the locality budget fund.

Each councillor will normally make their own decision on which applications they wish to support, the only exception would be where the councillor may have a conflict of interest and the decision will have to be approved by an officer provided that the locality budget fund grant will be normally used within the financial period (April to March) of each year and is not used to benefit individuals or private businesses.

To discuss a locality budget fund application, you should contact your local County Councillor in the first instance. You can view a Map of Devon County wards of each of the Council's electoral divisions to help you to identify your local councillor.

If your county councillor wishes to support your application, you must complete Part A of the locality budget application form, and ensure that the reverse side of the form is completed (terms and conditions) and then send it to the councillor so that they can complete Part B.


The Hargreaves Foundation

The Hargreaves Foundation is a grant-making charitable foundation set up in 2020 by Peter Hargreaves and his family.  Applications are open for organisations seeking funding to support those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education.

The Foundation can fund clearly defined projects, initiatives or the purchase of specific items that support one or more of the following:

  • Enables individuals to experience the mental and physical health benefits of participatory sport
  • Ensures participatory sport is accessible
  • Provides sporting or educational activities that foster life skills
  • Aims to improve academic engagement and attainment
  • Encourages the development of skills and personal attributes to aid future employability.

It is the intention of the Trustees to consider a targeted approach to funding and seek out opportunities which provide scope to 'materially change the life of an individual'.

To apply online visit: The Hargreaves Foundation


National Lottery Heritage Fund

Applications are open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 up to £5million. They will prioritise projects that contribute to recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Between April 2021 to March 2022, when making funding decisions, they will prioritise heritage projects that:

  • boost the local economy
  • encourage skills development and job creation
  • support wellbeing
  • create better places to live, work and visit
  • improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage

Their inclusion outcome - a wider range of people will be involved in heritage - remains mandatory for all projects funded.

In addition, all projects must demonstrate they are environmentally responsible and are integrating environmental measures into their projects.

You can read more on the Fund's website: National Lottery Heritage Fund


Loans for charities

The Charity Bank provides loans to small and large organisations where the loan is being used for a social purpose. Loans are provided to social enterprises and other community organisations that benefit people and communities for a variety of needs including property purchase or refurbishments, capital investments, asset purchases, working capital loans and underwriting facilities for fund-raising programmes.

Loans may be offered to not-for-profit organisations, parish councils, charities, community groups, voluntary groups, community buildings and social enterprises.

Visit their website Charity Loans For UK Charities or email them: enquiries@charitybank.org.uk 


Persimmon Homes

Persimmon homes has joined forces with Team GB - The British Olympic Association - to give away over £1 million to help projects for young people aged under 18 across England, Wales and Scotland.

There are three categories, or competitions.  Each category has a first prize of £100k, second prize of £50k and third prize of £25k. 

The categories are Education and Arts, Sport, and Health.

To enter, all you need to do is compete the application form telling them why your group or organisation deserves funding and what you will spend the money on should you be lucky enough to win.  87 of the shortlisted finalists, who did not win one of the top three prizes, could also win £5000 in runner-up prizes.

There will also be smaller individual prizes of £1000 each to be given away during May, June, July and August 2021.

A public vote will decide the final winners, with the decisions announced in November 2021.

To apply online visit  Persimmon Homes Website


Community News!


The Plough Arts Centre - Future Photo Competition

Calling all 8 to 18 year olds! - The Plough's Future Photo Competition is now open and this year's theme is #unmasked.

The prizes are: 1st prize of £200, 2nd prize of £100 and 3rd prize of £50!

To submit your entries upload your photo to Instagram using the hashtags #unmasked #theploughartscentre and #ploughthefuture

Alternatively email your entries to sophie@theploughartscentre.org.uk

They will share the entries each week on Instagram.  Closing date for entries is 30th April 2021, with the winners being announced on 7th May 2021.


Help our coastal environment by signing this petition

According to the Keep Britain Tidy report, over 16,000 cheap polystyrene bodyboards are discarded on UK beaches annually. These boards often snap and become unusable within minutes of use. When discarded, polystyrene crumbles into small white polystyrene balls, threatening our natural environment.

These boards are made from a block of standard unrecyclable block of expanded polystyrene wrapped in brightly printed plastic cloth, are sourced from abroad and transported thousands of miles only to often snap within minutes of use. They create an unnecessary carbon footprint and nature threatening waste. Once in the ocean, polystyrene attracts algae adding enough weight to cause the nuggets to sink and present itself as food to fish which could enter the human food chain.

The retailers of Westward Ho! have recently worked together to agree not to sell these and become the first town in the UK to ban their sale!

Please sign the petition to help get this great incentive rolled out across the country.

Ban the sale of cheap polystyrene bodyboards - Petitions (parliament.uk)


Training available - Safeguarding Training for Charity Trustees and Members of Voluntary and Community Sector Management Committees

Via Zoom on Wednesday 5th May 2021 1pm-4pm

This awareness raising course will enable participants to better understand their role and safeguarding responsibilities if their groups are providing activities or services for children and young people.

Cost of £20 per candidate to VOYC (Voluntary Organisations for Young People and Children) members, £25 per candidate to non-members (VOYC membership is free)

To book your place visit VOYC Devon


Guide to recruiting new trustees - News from the North Devon Voluntary Service

If you are looking for new trustees, you might be interested in  How to recruit trustees for your charity - A practical guide produced by Getting on Board 

Remember, we can also help you promote volunteering opportunities for Trustees and other volunteering roles free of charge on our website - just get in touch with the details. We are looking at offering our own virtual workshop on trustee recruitment in the next couple of months - watch this space!

28 April 2021