Gloucestershire VCS Alliance Funding Bulletin

Funding Bulletin – 8 December 2020

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

This is the last bulletin for 2020, we will be back next year! Please remember to let us know if you are successful in receiving funding because of something you have seen listed in the bulletin.  This is important in helping us to monitor the effectiveness of the funding bulletin – thank you.

  • The Forest of Dean Covid-19 Safer Communities Fund, administered by FVAF, offers support to community groups, including those already active in providing Covid-related support, with measures to aid public awareness and understanding of the coronavirus-related regulations. Page 17
  • Ecclesiastical Insurance’s 12 days of giving started on 7 December. £1,000 is donated to 120 charities over 12 days in the run up to Christmas. On day 1 Cirencester Housing for Young People and the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway Trust were successful. Nominations are open until 21 December. Page 26
  • The Postcode Local Trust is providing funding for smaller charities and good causes in the west of England. Funding is available for core and project costs. Applications open on 1 February 2021. Page 29
  • The Rank Foundation has launched a DCMS Covid-19 Response Programme to provide support to 200 small-medium charities and social enterprises. It is open to RankNet members only. Page 29
  • The Thriving Communities Fund will support projects that bring together partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of social prescribing community activities. Page 31
  • Social Investment Business has launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. Page 34
  • The next deadline for BBC Children in Need grants is 21 December 2020. Page 36
  • Charitable hospices and palliative care organisations can apply to the Wolfson Foundation for grants towards the cost of capital projects. Page 54
  • Nesta has restructured the Cultural Impact Development Fund to offer more flexible financial support to arts and cultural organisations. Page 57
  • The UK Government’s Condition Improvement Fund is open to academies, multi-academy trusts, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools, offering capital funding for building projects. Page 61
  • The Royal Institution will open its Science in Schools grant scheme for applications from primary and secondary schools and academies on 4 January 2021. Page 67
  • The UFi VocTech Trust will provide funding for projects lasting between 3 to 12 months which show how digital technologies can be used in innovative ways to improve skills for work. Page 72
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund is now accepting small and medium project funding applications. Resilience and inclusion project funding is available to support organisations to adapt and respond to the changing environment. Page 73
  • Through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, funding is available to support not-for-profit organisations that can help support digital development in the heritage sector. Page 74
  • The Digital Innovation and Engagement for Museums Fund is to help museums and galleries in starting, scaling up or evaluating innovations made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Page 79
  • Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the Covid-19 crisis. Page 104
  • Power to Change has launched the Community Shares ReBoost Fund to support community businesses in raising community shares capital to aid their recovery from Covid-19. Page 108
  • The next deadline to apply to the Hilden Charitable Fund is 15 January 2021. The current funding priorities are: homelessness; penal affairs; asylum seekers and refugees; and community-based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25. Page 122

2021 deadline dates announced

  • Monmouthshire Building Society – page 27
  • The Hospitals Saturday Fund -page 53
  • Arts Award Access Fund – page 55
  • British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme -page 62
  • Society for Microbiology Education and Outreach Grants – page 65
  • Engineering Education Grant Scheme – page 66
  • Wolfson Foundation Special Schools and Colleges Grant Programme – page 73
  • Leche Trust – page 123
  • Wolfson Foundation Main Grants Programme – page 133

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