Fundraising: Grants Update

Grants online update
The latest roundup of grants across the UK has been published by• (grantsonline.org.uk) and can be accessed via this link.  Subscription to their full search service is charged but these regular newsletters are free to sign up for and we highly recommend them as a resource for keeping up to date with the latest funding available across a range of issues. 

We're half way through 2022 and around £22 million of National Lottery funding remains available to help communities across the country celebrate the Platinum Jubilee:

  • The National Lottery Community Fund’s Platinum Jubilee Fund will provide grants of up to £50,000 to 70 impactful community projects across the UK. In addition, grants of up to £10,000 from The National Lottery Awards For All programme will be available for community-led events throughout 2022.
  • Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations with grants of up to £10,000.
  • Throughout the year community organisations will also be able to apply for grants from the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants programme, which has been refreshed with new guidance to better support a broader range of ambitious cultural projects.
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund will support communities to take action to help natural green spaces flourish as a legacy of the Platinum Jubilee. Additional funding will create 70 paid placements for young people from under-served and disadvantaged backgrounds. 

All the information on funding related to the jubilee can be accessed here:

Future funds to look out for:
UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UK): The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has launched the £2.6 billion UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which aims to level up all parts of the United Kingdom. All areas of the UK will be receiving an allocation from the Fund The spending of the Fund at a local level will be planned and delivered by councils and mayoral authorities.

The Fund will support the UK government’s wider commitment to level up all parts of the UK by delivering on each of the levelling up objectives, most significantly for HeartEdge members these include:

  1. Restore a sense of community, local pride and belonging, especially in those places where they have been lost
  2. Empower local leaders and communities, especially in those places lacking local agency

Timeline: The first payments expected to lead local authorities will be from October 2022 so it is likely that applications from grassroots organisations will be open from Autumn this year.

The Funding period will last until March 2025.

Partnerships:

We strongly recommend that churches develop their relationships with local authorities and other local agencies as the funding will be distributed at grass roots level by your local authority. In the past we know that churches have been under represented in applying for funding of this nature because they lack the links and relationships and often don’t hear about what is available.   

More general information:
As well as the current updates it is worth taking note of those funds which regularly support work in churches. The Christian Funders forum has an extensive list of such trusts and links to most websites where you will find detailed advice on how to apply and what sorts of activities these trusts will support.

Meet the Funders 2 - Christian Funders Forum

That's all for now.

Need support with fundung applications or a steer on tactics and strategy? Contact HeartEdge direct for support and resources.