Gloucestershire VCS Alliance News

Funding Bulletin – 4 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:

  • The Gloucestershire Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund is currently closed to enable GCF to review the funding criteria.
  • The National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund will close at noon on 17 August.
  • Allchurches Trust has launched Hope Beyond for churches and Christian charities to help them adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by coronavirus.
  • The Lloyds Bank Foundation has launched a Covid Recovery Fund to help 140 small and local charities recover from the coronavirus crisis. It is open to charities with an annual income between £25,000 and £1m that are engaged in tackling complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. Applications are open until 11 September.
  • The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides grants to support social enterprises during Covid-19. It is open for one week in August and one week in September.
  • The Volant Trust opened its Covid-19 Response Fund on 1 August. The Trust is accepting applications that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by Covid-19.
  • The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the pandemic is open until 17 August.
  • The Covid-19 Response Fund from Clinks to support organisations working in the criminal justice system is due to close on 17 August.
  • Independent Age is running one further funding round, open from 17 August to 11 September.

Highlights from the main bulletin

  • The next deadline for applications to the Aviva Community Fund is 13 October. Page 18
  • Applications are open for BAME infrastructure organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups access National Emergencies Trust funds. Page 18
  • Postcode Community Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme are all open for applications from today, 4 August, until 19 August. Pages 25, 90 and 101
  • Grants are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profit organisations working in the music industries to invest in the careers of young people aged 18-25, particularly those from under-represented groups through Youth Music’s Incubator Fund. Page 41
  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Positive Pathways Programme has reopened for applications for projects that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans by getting them out and active. Page 51
  • The Places to Ride programme from British Cycling and Sport England will provide funding to any not-for-profit organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community through new or improvement of existing dedicated cycling facilities. Page 84
  • The Next Steps Accommodation Programme makes funding available to councils and their local partners to help break the cycle of homelessness by ensuring as few people as possible helped off the streets and into emergency accommodation during the Covid-19 pandemic return to sleeping rough. Page 99
  • The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications on 1 September. It gives grants for activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. The focus of this funding round will be on “Building and Developing Resilience” in particular: mental health; wellbeing; cook well for less; training others; independent living skills; and peer mentoring. Page 102
  • The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Main Grants Programme. Page 118
  • Applications to the Summerfield Trust are open until 25 September. Page 129

Funding success

  • Cinderford Artspace has been successful in securing Emergency Response Funding from Arts Council England as a part of their support for National Portfolio Organisations.
  • MoveMore CIO thanked us on Twitter for signposting funding from Gloucestershire Community Foundation and Tesco Bags of Help. They secured funds to support families across Cheltenham & Tewkesbury throughout lockdown.
  • Kingfisher Treasure Seekers received a grant from the Social Enterprise Support Fund towards traded income lost as a result of COVID. They heard about the fund through Alliance communications.

Please 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.

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