Latest VCS Alliance Funding Bulletin and Emergency Funding Bulletin

Funding Bulletin – 21 April 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 have launched 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 awarded £153,391 to 48 charities in two weeks through its Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. They are still open for applications.
  • The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund is not accepting new applications due to the volume already received.They hope to re-open the fund if additional money becomes available.
  • Barnwood Trust Keeping Strong is for anyone living in Gloucestershire who can’t afford something that would make a big difference to keeping their physical and mental health strong.
  • The OneFamily Foundation is inviting its customers to nominate a local charity, group or cause for a Community Grant of up to £2,500.
  • Resilient Communities Fund is for projects which support the community response to Coronavirus. Open to community, parish and town councils working in SSE’s central southern England area which includes Cirencester and south east Gloucestershire.
  • The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund is offering emergency loans from £100,000 to £500,000 to social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model.
  • COVID-19 emergency surplus food grant to assist surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges in obtaining surplus food from food businesses and distributing it to vulnerable people.
  • A new Mental Health Response Fund has been launched focused on supporting VCS mental health providers.
  • School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus. This includes costs for keeping schools open during the Easter and/or summer half term holidays, for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers; free school meals for eligible children not attending school.

The main bulletin

Many funders are deferring deadlines or limiting funding to existing grantees. We have updated dates and details in the main bulletin for those we are aware of, but please check the latest news on funders’ websites before you make an application.

Key highlights:

  • The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that its Awards for All funding programme will remain open but, for the next six months, will prioritise applications from voluntary and community groups that need help to respond to Covid-19. Page 17
  • The Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation relaunched its Building Futures fund to support children in sport, health and education. It is open to registered charities, clubs, schools and other organisations working in health, sport or education and arts that provide services to young people aged 18 and under. Page 38
  • Persimmon’s Community Champions fund is now targeting all funding to groups supporting the over 70s. Page 42
  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council has re-opened its Spark Awards programme. Grants are available to fund public engagement activities that inspire and involve audiences with science and technology. Page 65
  • DPD is making grants for green projects through its Eco Fund. Page 88
  • The Urban Tree Challenge Fund aims to support the planting of more than 130,000 trees in towns and cities. This round is open for small scale tree planting projects. Page 92

Changes to deadlines

  • The next deadline for the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme has been extended to 22 July. Page 32
  • The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has paused all new applications until the Autumn. It has set up an emergency fund for organisation it currently funds. Pages 37, 58 and 124
  • Music for All has extended its July deadline until November. Page 57
  • The government has extended the deadline for expressions of interest for its Rural Mobility Fund until 4 June. Page 97
  • The Law Society has temporarily suspended funding applications. Page 101
  • The Masonic Charitable Foundation has paused its large and small grant programmes.  Page 123

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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