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Grant Funding Opportunities – 16th December Update

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Below is a list of closing Grant opportunities and recent updates from Torridge District Council:-

AONB – Small Grant Scheme – applications process open May to Dec 2021

Community groups, businesses and farmers can now bid into the £22,000 pot of the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s (AONB) small grant scheme, otherwise known as the Sustainable Development Fund.

Last year, ten projects were funded with grants averaging £2,400 matched with cash and in-kind time. The full list of funded projects:

  • Torridge District Council – Westward Ho! Slipway improvements
  • Braunton Countryside Centre – Online events & website developments
  • Greena Ecological Consultancy – Greater Horseshoe Bat Research
  • Georgeham Parish Council – Newberry Road Footpath
  • Plastic Free North Devon – Plastic Ambassador Virtual Reality Kit Project
  • National Trust – Biodiversity Projects at Brownsham and Middleborough Hill
  • Westcountry Rivers Trust – N. Devon Coastal Streams – Citizen Science
  • West Country Buzz – Hartland Quay and West Titchberry Farm Scrub Management
  • Woolacombe TIC – Provision of Storage Shed for Mobility Equipment
  • National Trust – Baggy Point Pond Improvements

Applications are encouraged from those carrying out projects that bring an environmental, economic, social or educational benefit to the AONB.

“This year’s top priorities are nature & wildlife or sustainable farming,” said Jenny Carey-Wood the AONB Manager. “This could be improvements to habitats in villages, on tourist sites or on farms such as ponds, hedges, small woodland planting or scrub management to benefit wildlife. Information on farming and land management for visitors or processing and marketing of food produced from the AONB are other possibilities for grant support.”

Dr Eirene Williams, the AONB Vice-chair overseeing the grant scheme said, “We encourage a wide range of applications, from people and organisations with ideas for making our local habitats “bigger, better and more joined up”.  We trust that the projects funded have lasting and sustainable benefits for our local wildlife in the face of climate change, but please go ahead and surprise us with innovative ideas”.

Grants can cover up to 75% of the project cost, and range in size from £100 up to £4,000 for an exceptional project. All projects need support from the local community.

Applications are open from May to December 2021 with projects needing to be completed by the end of February 2022.

Check out the AONB Management Plan for the full list of policies and priorities – 

If you have a project idea, see the guidance and application form on our website or contact Laura Carolan on 01271 388628 or to discuss.

Arnold Clark Community Fund – Deadline 31st December 2021

In March 2020, Arnold Clark launched their first ever Community Fund in order to provide financial help to community groups and charities that had been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

This winter, the Fund will focus on the following categories:

  • Poverty relief
  • Food banks
  • Toy banks
  • Housing and accommodation

The Arnold Clark Community Fund is open to UK registered charities and local community groups.  The Fund is also open to community interest companies (CIC), charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises.

Grants up to £1,000 are available and the Fund will suspend taking new applications on 31 December 2021.

You can find out more and how to apply to The Arnold Clark Community Fund online

Ocado Foundation for Good – Deadline 31st December 2021

The Ocado Foundation for Good, the charitable arm of Ocado Group, is working with BizGive, to support charity and fundraising activities across the UK. 

Charities, community organisations, community interest companies, academic institutions, and local authorities can apply for up to £1,000 for community projects that focus on:

  • Skills for the future
  • Natural resources
  • Responsible sourcing

Please note these grants cannot be used to pay for salaries.  Applications are being accepted until 31 December 2021.  Visit the BizGive website to apply online.

Circular Future Fund – Deadline 9th January 2022

Grants of between £150,000 and £300,000 are available to a range of UK organisations, including charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, academic bodies and institutions and for-profit organisations (as defined by “organisations that aim to generate profit from their operations, which have been operating for no longer than 5 years).  Collaborative proposals are welcomed.

The John Lewis and Partners and the HUBBUB Foundation is an award-winning environmental organisation, which runs creative campaigns to encourage positive everyday actions for the environment.

A £1 million fund has been launched to support trailblazing ideas and innovations that can accelerate the transition towards a more circular economy.  The role of resources in the circular economy can be summarised in 4 central tenets:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Recover

The deadline for applications is Sunday 9 January 2022 with successful applicants being announced in May 2022.

You can learn more about the Million Pound Challenge and the circular economy on the John Lewis Partnership website.

Fore Fund – Deadline 10th January 2022 (5pm)

Registration for The Fore’s Spring 2022 Funding Round will open on Monday 13 December 2021 at 10am. For this funding round, The Fore will offer unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 that can be spread over 6-18 months. The grants can be used for whatever grantees think will help transform their scale, sustainability, efficiency, or impact.

Any UK-registered charities, CICs or CBS’ with annual incomes under £500,000 are welcome to apply. Once organisations have registered, they will have until Monday 10 January at 5pm to complete their applications. More information about The Fore’s funding process can be found on their website.

Cornerstone, Foundation and Gateway Grants – National Churches Trust – Deadline 13th January 2022

The National Churches Trust has two grant programmes currently open:

  1. Gateway Grants. The Gateway Grant Programme offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards the project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder.  Grants will never exceed 50% of the project costs for this phase.  The next deadline for applications is 13 January 2022.
  2. Preventative maintenance micro grants. If the cost of booking maintenance services is a problem, the National Churches Trust, with its partner the Pilgrim Trust, can offer grants towards the cost of a building’s maintenance services.  You could receive up to 50% of the cost of works (excluding VAT) up to a maximum grant of £500.  The cost of your service must not exceed £1,000 (excluding VAT).

More information including how to apply can be found on the National Churches Trust website.

Best Friend Fund – Deadline 14th January 2022 (5pm)

The new Best Friend Fund has been launched to help address issues around toxic relationships.

Schools, community health services and voluntary sector organisations in England and Wales can apply for a share of a £300,000 funding pot aimed at empowering young girls, women and non-binary people to spot and stop domestic abuse in their intimate relationships.

The Your Best Friend Fund is part of a Government Tampon Tax-funded campaign and offers the following grants:

  • 30 to 40 small grants of £1,000 to £10,000.
  • 6 to 8 large grants of £10,000 to £25,000.

Projects should increase understanding about healthy and toxic relationships, and give young people the knowledge and confidence to keep their friends safe too.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • TikToks which give practical information, tips and skits showing the challenges faced by LBT+ people in their relationships
  • An Instagram campaign with quotes about what a good relationship looks like
  • A simple series of posters which have QR codes that can be scanned to receive relationship advice and guidance
  • A Time to Step In Navigator which gives yes/no questions to help young people decide when they need to step in to help a friend
  • A podcast of young people in conversation about how to help friends see problems in their relationships

The first deadline for large grants is 18 February 2022 while applications for small grants can be submitted anytime.

Offshore Wind Growth Development Grants – Deadline 14th Jan 2022 (5pm)

Grants of between £100,000 and £1,000,000 are available to UK companies for projects that will help companies improve competitiveness and/or increase capability to accelerate their growth in the offshore wind sector.

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership has a total funding pot of £3.5M for projects that will help companies improve competitiveness and/or increase capability to accelerate their growth in the sector.

The call is open to a wide range of proposals across the existing supply chain as well as new market entrants to fund projects that will lead to an increase in UK content, jobs, turnover and/or exports in the offshore wind sector. This covers investment in new equipment and facilities as well as the development and implementation of new processes.

This competition is open to UK companies that are currently working in offshore wind but also from adjacent sectors such as: Aerospace, Automotive, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Onshore Wind and/or Renewables.

Further information, guidance and details about how to apply is available on the OWGP website.

Devon Community Foundation Household Support Grants – Deadline 15th March 2022

During #ukcharityweek Devon Community Foundation (DCF) are very pleased to launch, in partnership with Devon County Council, a new grant scheme that recognises the difficult circumstances many people are experiencing at this time.

The DCF Household Support Grants will provide funding up to £10,000 to organisations working across the Devon County Council administered areas of Devon, to alleviate food and fuel insecurity in the coming months.

Applications are open today. From January 2022 funding will be awarded fortnightly to meet immediate needs. Please read the full fund criteria, to find out more about eligibility and application deadlines.

Please circulate this email to your networks and help them reach those organisations working with those who feel furthest from support.

COVID-19 SMALL GRANTS FUND 2021/22 – Deadline 31st March 2022

Devon Voluntary Association (DeVA) working with Devon County Council to support Devon’s COVID-19 Local Outbreak Management Plan.

Funds available from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF)

Have you got an idea that will support Devon’s Public Health to suppress the Covid-19 virus locally, increase engagement with control measures, mitigate the impact of lockdown on our communities and/or increase the resilience for those at risk and in isolation?

Will a grant of up to £300 help you deliver your idea?

Are you able to target those disproportionately impacted such as:

  • The BAME Population
  • Homeless / Rough Sleepers
  • Vulnerable People classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)

Please note all funds must be spent by 31st March 2022.  If you want to learn more about this grant and who to contact to apply you can find more information on the North Devon Voluntary Services website.

Devon County Council Covid-19 Outbreak Management Grant (Self- Isolation) – Deadline 31st March 2022

Grants up to £20,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations, including town and parish councils, to increase the opportunity for people who have Covid-19 or are at high risk of catching the virus, to self-isolate.

Applications may be made at any time but must be spent by 31 March 2022.

The County Council believes that the self-isolation of people who have Covid-19, or are at high risk of having the virus, is an integral part of the current Covid-19 response and will remain so throughout the medium term, alongside the ongoing roll-out of vaccination, particularly in light of the threat of new variants.

Grants will typically be for up to £5,000 for small projects and between £5,000 and £20,000 for larger projects – where the project is collaborative and/or county-wide, Devon County Council may consider making larger grant awards.  Please note that at least 75% of the beneficiaries of the project or service must be within Devon.

Devon County Council is seeking to support projects that:

  • Improve awareness through structured Covid-19 compliant communications about when people need to self-isolate including how long for, what this involves, its importance in stopping the spread of the virus, the support available and the consequences of breaking the rules
  • Deliver practical, social, and emotional Covid-19 compliant support for those affected by Covid-19 including support with accessing food and other supplies, caring responsibilities, practical tasks such as dog walking, and/or mental health and wellbeing, including loneliness and alleviating boredom
  • Increase communications to provide practical, social and/or emotional Covid-19 compliant support for harder to reach groups as listed in the targeted community testing and vaccine inequalities priority groups listed on the County Council’s website
  • Increase communications to provide practical, social and/or emotional Covid-19 compliant support in parts of Devon that do not have access or may only have limited access to it
  • Include processes that facilitate learning, sharing feedback of information in real-time that help Devon County Council identify gaps and opportunities for further Covid-19 self-isolation related support and funding.

You can find further information, guidance and how to apply on the Devon Communities Together and Devon County Council websites.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Deadline End March 2022

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

Neighbourhood Planning Grant Funding – Locality – Deadline End March 2022 

You can apply for three types of grant funding if you are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  1. Basic Grant Funding: All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan are eligible to apply for up to £10,000 in basic grant. As well as applying for a basic grant, you can also apply for technical support (provided you meet the eligibility criteria) to help you with your neighbourhood plan.
  2. Additional Grant Funding: Groups meeting eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant). This will take the total amount of grant available to you to £18,000.
  3. Affordable Housing for Sale Grant Funding: This is a new element to the programme, and it is running as a pilot scheme. The pilot began in 2019 to 2020 and will continue in 2020 to 2021.  If you are wishing to bring forward affordable housing for sale you may be eligible for further grant funding of up to £10,000 to help develop those ideas.

All grants are now open.

For more information and how to apply please visit the Neighbourhood Planning website.

Trees Call to Action Fund – Deadline End 2022

A new fund with grants of between £250, 000 and £500,000 for projects that create woodlands, develop forestry skills and improve people’s access to nature.  The Fund is being administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with the Forestry Commission, on behalf of the Department for the Environment, farming and rural affairs (Defra).

Projects should aim to deliver the objectives of the England Trees Action Plan:

  • Expanding and connecting out trees and woodlands
  • Trees and woodlands as part of the green economy
  • Protecting and improving our trees and woodlands
  • Connecting people with trees and woodlands

This Fund is available to:

  • Partnerships or consortia of local authorities
  • Environmental charities
  • Not-for-profit organisations of all sizes, including:
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)
  • National Park Authorities
  • Local Nature Partnerships
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships

The total available funding is £6 million to be awarded in 2021 to 2022.  It is anticipated that in the regions of 15 to 20 grants will be awarded.

Grants of £250,000 to £500,000 are available for projects to deliver by March 2025.

More information including how to apply can be found on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website