Gloucestershire VCS Alliance Bulletin

Funding Bulletin – 25 August 2020

The latest version of the main Funding Bulletin is available on the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance website at

Emergency Funding Bulletin

In light of the coronavirus we continue to publish a separate bulletin with emergency funds. This is updated regularly on our website at

Recent updates to the emergency bulletin include:

  • Gloucestershire Community Foundation has launched two new funds: The Recovery and Resilience Programme which will award grants up to £10,000 and the Quick Response Programme which will award grants of up to £5,000.
  • The Common Call Programme is open to social impact organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black that have a positive impact on deprived communities.
  • The final date to apply to the Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Fund is 18 September.
  • The final deadline to apply to Independent Age is 11 September.
  • The Barrow Cadbury Trust COVID-19 Support Fund has re-opened for applications. It provides funding to organisations suffering financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic and operating within the Specialist Migration Sector.
  • Emergency funding from the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response Fund is available to non-profit organisations that are committed to sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks.

Highlights from the main bulletin

  • The Gloucester Recovery Fund is for small community or voluntary groups and Community Centres in the city that might be at risk of financial sustainability and need one off support to adapt to the impact of Covid-19. Page 15
  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Force for Change programme will make grants for projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area. Page 18
  • The National Lottery Community Fund is creating the Phoenix Fund, a new black and ethnic minority-led fund that will support communities and BAME leadership practice. Page 26
  • Youth Music has re-opened its Fund B which offers medium-sized grants for larger music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. Page 41
  • The Health and Wellbeing Fund for 2020-21 is open to applications to run projects focused on starting well in life. Page 54
  • Funding is available from the Universal Music Sound Foundation for teachers to purchase or upgrade musical instruments and equipment. The funding is for music education beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching. Page 62
  • The Asda Foundation’s Getting Schools Back on Track grant has been designed to help ease the pressures that have been placed on all families during the pandemic. Page 62
  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Public Engagement Spark Awards will re-open for applications on 9 September. Page 67
  • The Naturesave Trust, which provides funding for environmental and conservation projects is due to re-open on 1 September. Page 91
  • The Road Safety Trust is launching a new funding stream for projects that respond to changing road use and emerging road safety issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Page 102
  • More than a Pub, which offers support for groups who wish to take ownership of their local pub has re-opened. Page 104

Meet the Funders Event

Free event hosted by Get Grants on 16 September from 1-2pm on Zoom.

This session will be Talitha Nelson from the Gloucestershire Community Foundation. By attending you will have the opportunity to learn about their current funding opportunities, priorities and decision making processes.  This event is suitable for fundraisers working for a wide range of small to medium sized organisations.

Book your place at Numbers are limited.

Invitation to the VCSE Volunteering Listening and Learning Event

The Gloucestershire Voluntary and Community Sector Alliance and Know Your Patch Networks are inviting all Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Sector organisations across Gloucestershire to a listening and learning event from 5.30 to 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 September, via online video conference.

This event has been designed to listen to and learn from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups’ experience and knowledge of volunteering both during and before the Covid19 pandemic.  We will be asking questions such as:

  • What has worked well and not so well both before and during Covid19?
  • What was different during Covid19 and what should be retained, including what works during a crisis compared to ‘normal’ times?
  • Have new and different types of volunteers come forward during Covid19, and what can we learn from that?
  • What do voluntary and community groups need to be able to offer a good volunteering experience, including support from other partners?

The event is part of our work with three key stakeholder groups – volunteers themselves, the VCSE and local businesses/employers – to develop shared objectives that will help inform our future plans about how we will deliver a co-ordinated response and support for volunteering and volunteering infrastructure in Gloucestershire.

We would really hope you and/or your colleagues will be able to join us – just so we are able to hear from a range on organisations we are limiting attendance to 2 people per organisation.  Please feel free to share this invitation amongst other VCSE organisations.  Please let us know if you are able to attend by clicking here to book by 1 September 2020.

For those who will be attending, we will be in touch nearer the time with more details.

Gloucestershire VCS Alliance
on behalf of voluntary, community, health and care organisations across Gloucestershire

About the VCS Alliance
The Gloucestershire VCS Alliance is the independent voice that informs, strengthens and develops the local voluntary and community sector.  To learn more about what we do, please visit  You can follow us on Twitter @GlosVCSAlliance.wue-logo-250