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Support for Armed Forces Communities (UK)

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a new £6 million programme to provide short-term support for existing charitable projects supporting Armed Forces communities in the UK. The Sustaining Support to Armed Forces Communities programme will award grants of up to £100,000 to Armed Forces charities and charities with an existing track record of supporting Armed Forces communities. Two funding tracks are available: the first will provide project funding to support the costs of existing activities that are well used by the Forces community; the second track is for Armed Forces charities only and will support core costs. The programme will also fund up to two full-time equivalent staff to support service delivery. The deadline for applications is midday on the 4th June 2021.

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Funding to Build Stronger Connections Across Communities (UK)

The National Lottery Community Fund is offering grants of up to £300,000 for community-led projects that bring communities across the UK together. The Bringing People Together programme will support projects run by charities, voluntary and community organisations, CICs, CIOs and statutory bodies that build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections. The Fund expects to make up to twenty awards over the next twelve months to enable organisations to deliver collaborative projects across at least two countries in the UK that focus on equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly amongst communities disproportionality affected by the pandemic such as people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and asylum or refugees seekers. Applications can be made at any time.

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Grants to Support Grassroots Community Sports Clubs Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic (UK)

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Made by Sport, in partnership with the Cash4Clubs scheme, has launched a new Covid-response fund to enable grassroots community sports clubs across the UK to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people affected by the pandemic. The #ClubsInCrisis Fund will provide grants of up to £2,021 to local sports clubs and third sector organisations using sport to help young people develop life skills, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improve employability skills, or tackle mental health issues. Match funding is encouraged. Funding will be made available through the UK Community Foundations from the 12th April 2021, in line with the opening up of grassroots sport in the UK.

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Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights (UK)

UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of up to £20,000. Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; criminal justice and penal reform; and human rights, particularly access to justice. The funding is being made available through the A B Charitable Trust. The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. The next closing date for applications is the 25th April 2021.

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Funding to Bring Communities Together Through Food (UK)

The Soil Association has announced that schools, nurseries, charities, care homes, community groups, housing associations and other not-for-profit organisations in specific locations within the UK can now apply for small grants of £150 to host Food for Life Get-Togethers events. The aim of these events is to use the power of good food to connect people of all ages and from different backgrounds to get more people eating healthily, strengthen communities and reduce the experience of loneliness and social isolation. Grants can be used for event costs and equipment such as transport, marketing, food, inductions hobs, fridges, durable gardening tools etc. The next deadline for applications is 5.30 pm on 30th April 2021.

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Funding to Support the Reopening & Recovery of Community-Run Leisure Centres (England)

Sport England has launched a new £5 million fund to help with the reopening and recovery of community-run leisure centres when lockdown ends. Grants of up to £50,000 will be available through the Community Leisure Recovery Fund to support leisure centres who provide a general leisure offer such as swimming, sports hall, fitness, and health and wellbeing facilities. Funding will support the difference between income and expenditure during April to September 2021 and will include a bespoke support package. Priority will be given to organisations supporting disadvantage and minoritized groups including people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Applications can be submitted between the 6th April 2021 and the 29th April 2021.

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Funding to Help Social Entrepreneurs Start-Up and Grow their Organisation (UK)

The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland have announced that the Social Entrepreneurs Programme has re-opened for applications. Grants of between £1,000 and £7,000 are available to help individuals with an interest in helping people or improving the environment develop the skills, strengths and networks necessary to start up and grow social enterprises, charities, and community projects. People with all abilities and from all backgrounds across the UK are invited to apply for the programme including those working in deprived areas, people of colour and from minoritised ethnic backgrounds, and people with disabilities. The programme is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. The closing date for applications is 1pm on the 16th April 2021.

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Covid-19 Funding

Over the last month, an increasing number of funders have focused their grantmaking on supporting organisations and projects responding to the Covid-19 crisis,

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