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Resilience Grants programme – the National Archives – Deadline 19th January 2024 – New Post!

The Resilience Grants programme provides grants of up to £20,000, and has been designed to support archive services, organisations with archives, and archives networks to be adaptable, resilient and sustainable, creating lasting solutions that enable them to respond to change, and contribute to communities and the economy.

The programme is open to all public sector bodies, not-for-profit organisations including registered charities, and for-profit organisations including business archives.

Archives Resilience projects could include:

  • proposals that would lead to increased organisational stability, including long-term organisational, financial and strategic planning
  • increased staffing capacity and enhanced skills
  • reduced costs
  • increased income
  • improving capacity to develop, care for and enrich collections, physically and digitally
  • ensuring that collections are safely preserved, including digitally
  • work on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • responses to climate change, such as developing energy-efficiency within an archives service
  • strategic development of existing archive networks or establishment of new networks with a clear strategic focus

The deadline for applications is 19 January 2024.

Visit the National Archives Website to apply

The Ashden Awards 2024 – Deadline 25th January 2024 – New Post!

The Ashden Awards promote exceptional climate solutions and the environmental, social and economic benefits they can provide. The awards are for existing initiatives that are demonstrating innovative ways to benefit the environment and bringing people together to improve jobs, skills and livelihoods.

Applications are now open for the 2024 Awards for innovative work to support the transition to net zero carbon.

The 2024 Awards are for ground-breaking climate solutions that are having significant impact. You will need to demonstrate that your project is contributing to real and rapid reductions in fossil fuel use, overall energy use and raw material consumption. This year there is a focus on boosting green skills and training, tackling inequality and empowering communities.

This year’s UK award categories each have a £10,000 prize for the winner. They are:

  • Ashden Award for Energy Innovation
  • Ashden Award for People’s Energy
  • Ashden Award for Nature Based Solutions

There are additional categories covering work in low- and middle-income countries.

Businesses, NGOs, government organisations, social enterprises and community groups are all eligible. Work must be currently available to clients, customers or beneficiaries.

Apply online via the Ashden Awards website.

Childminder Start-up Grant – Deadline 31st January & 29 February – New Post!

If you registered as a new childminder after 15 March 2023 you can apply for a start-up grant. The Childminder Start-up Grant aims to help eligible new childminders to get money towards the cost of setting up as a childminder.

One-off grants of £600 are available to those registered with Ofsted, and £1,200 for those who register with a childminder agency.

You may apply if you registered as a new childminder after 15 March 2023. You must:

  • work as a childminder in England.
  • have completed your Ofsted or childminder agency registration before applying.

If you registered between 15 March and 31 July 2023: apply by 31 January 2024. If you registered between 1 August and 31 December 2023: apply by 29 February 2024.

Apply via for a childminder start-up grant

Funding to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England improve their energy efficiency – New Post!

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched a £25.5 million funding package to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England improve their energy efficiency.

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for:

1) An independent energy assessment and

2) Capital grants to install energy efficiency measures.

To apply for the second element, organisations not owning their premises will need to ask for their landlords’ permission.

As many VCSE organisations lease their premises from councils, councils are encouraged to support their tenants in applying.

Councils are encouraged to share this scheme with VCSE organisations in their area.

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Small Grants Programme – Theatres Trust – Deadline 12th January 2024

Theatres Trust’s Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, funds small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability, accessibility or improving the diversity of audiences.

This scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Run a year-round programme of live performance, of no less than 30 performances a year
  • Have a UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

Deadline for applications is noon 12 January 2024.  To download a grant application form, terms, and conditions please visit the Theatre Trust website.

Canoe Foundation Grants – Deadline 31st January 2024

The Canoe Foundation is looking for projects across the whole of the UK that will:

  • Increase or enhance existing public access points to water for all forms of paddlesport.
  • Create launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community and all abilities. They should be designed to be durable and use sustainable materials when applicable.
  • Protect and enhance the natural blue spaces we enjoy such as rivers and coastlines.
  • Are “ready to go”.

The Canoe Foundation welcomes applications from: 

  • Paddling clubs
  • Community groups
  • Parish Councils
  • Local Authorities
  • Anyone in the UK with an active interest in improving access to water and protecting the environment in the UK.
  • Organisations or partnerships with local paddlesport groups who will continue to support the maintenance and use of the facilities on an ongoing basis.

The latest funding window is open until 31 January 2024.

Apply for funding from the Canoe Foundation

North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Sustainable Development Fund – Deadline end Jan 2024

Grants for People, Nature, Heritage and Climate are available for projects to be carried out by the end of January 2024.

The grant scheme is open to community groups, schools, businesses and parishes with grants of up to £4,000 for projects within the coastal parishes of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in North Devon and Torridge.

The fund is supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DeFRA). Its purpose is to help deliver the policies and actions in the AONB Management Plan.  Last year, 12 new projects were funded with grants averaging £1,800 matched with cash and in-kind time.  Supported projects must have an environmental, community, economic or social benefit or connect people with the landscape, heritage and nature of the AONB.

The 14 eligible parishes this grant scheme covers are:

  • Abbotsham
  • Alwington
  • Berrynarbor
  • Braunton
  • Clovelly
  • Combe Martin
  • Geoergeham & Croyde
  • Hartland
  • Ilfracombe
  • Mortehoe & Woolacombe
  • Northam & Westward Ho!
  • Welcombe
  • West Down
  • Woolsery

You can find a full list of successful projects from last year as well as information on how to apply at the North Devon AONB website.  For an informal chat contact Laura Carolan on 01271 388268 or email

Delamere Dairy Foundation – Deadline 29th February 2024

Community organisations can apply for grants for projects that are for the benefit of the public and fit with the objects of the Delamere Dairy Foundation. These are:

  • advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection
  • advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society
  • relief of financial hardship
  • advancement of education
  • relief of sickness

The foundation welcomes grant applications from not-for-profit organisations such as charities, community and voluntary groups, as well as social enterprises.

You can apply for grants from £250 to £5,000.

The next deadline is 29 February 2024.

Siggery Fund – Remaining Deadline 29th February 2024

Grants of up to £1500 area available which facilitate peer support for the visually impaired in Barnstaple and the surrounding areas.

The fund is in honour of Brian Siggery for his works in the blind and visually impaired community.

Originally launched with four deadline dates the remaining application deadlines are:

  • 30th November 2023
  • And 29th February 2024

To apply, of to find out more about the fund, contact

Peter Harrison Foundation – Next Deadline 1st April 2024

Small Grants of up to £5,000 and Major Grants of between £5,001 and £30,000 are available to UK registered charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) for sports-based projects providing sport and physical activity opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people and/or people with a disability.

The programmes are:

Opportunities Through Sport and Physical Activity – the Foundation supports sporting activities that provide opportunities for people who are disabled, or for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills. Applications are accepted from registered charities throughout the UK.

Positive Futures for Children and Young People – applications are accepted from charities where the beneficiaries are children and young people with special needs in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey; East Sussex and West Sussex.

The Foundation also operates a Discretionary Grants Programme.

The Trust will consider applications for capital, revenue or project funding and welcomes applications for physical activity initiatives that:

  • Give a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport
  • Have a high degree of community involvement
  • Have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity
  • Help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction, and
  • Provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people

To apply, eligible organisations are advised to follow the guidance on the Peter Harrison Foundation website.

Applications may be made at any time and are considered every three months.

Further application deadlines for 2024 are: 1st April, 1st July, and 1st October 2024.

Contact details for the Foundation are: The Opportunities Through Sport Programme, The Peter Harrison Foundation, 2nd Floor, Foundation House, 42-48 London Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9QQ  Tel: 01737 228000

For a full list and downloadable / printable versions of ALL current funding opportunities please click the “Full List” link below:

Full List of Grant Funding Opportunities