To help with the incredible work being carried out in each and every community in RCT during these very difficult and sad times, please find our latest grant information below.
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- Covid-19 related funds
- funding for small grants
- general funds
- special interest funds
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Covid-19 related funds:
Business Support and Covid-19
Business Interruption Loan Scheme
This temporary scheme supports SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years. The government will also make a business interruption payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees. This means smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments
Visit the Business Interruption Loan Scheme website for more information.
(Covid-19) Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Development Bank Of Wales
There is a £100m fund for companies experiencing cash flow problems. Loans of between £5k and £250k are available at favourable interest rates. Visit the Development Bank of Wales’s website.
Job Retention Scheme
RCTCBC grants available via local authorities
Social Investment Cymru, Emergency Fast Track Loans
Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund
Also grants are available of up to £100k for small and medium sized firms with between 10 and 249 employees.
Active Inclusion Covid-19 Programme
Aviva Community Fund
Grants are available of up to £50k for projects that boost communities’ resilience against uncertainty. They support projects in two key areas:
- community resilience, tackling inequality and improving environments by building inclusive, resilient communities
- financial capability and inclusion, promoting financially inclusive communities where people can better manage their finances and avoid problem debt
Be Active Wales Fund
Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation’s Grant Programme for Small Charities
Small grants between £100 to £1k are available to charities with an income under £1m who are temporarily struggling but otherwise viable. While the Berry Messenger Foundation is funding the grants, you can find out more by contacting the Small Charities Coalition who are organising them.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Coronavirus Emergency Fund
This fund has been paused until further notice.
CAF has launched this rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by Covid-19. Grants of up to £10k will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.
Visit the criteria and guidance on CAF’s website.
Comic Relief Change Makers
- creating new ways of working after COVID-19
- contributing evidence that moves things forward
- collaborating across the sector in a way that recognises how issues intersect
- doing advocacy or campaigning work
Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations
Homelessness organisations that need emergency funding can apply for up to £100k from the Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund. It seeks to prevent closure, service cuts or redundancies caused by increased costs and reduced fundraising in the pandemic. Also, it seeks to support expanding services or their modification. Read more about the emergency homeless fund.
- cover core costs or essential equipment
- ongoing service provision
- delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability
The organisation is offering £500 grants through their foundation. Greggs are providing urgent funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and small grants with an average of £500. To request support, visit the link below.
Visit the Greggs Foundation page.
Lloyds Bank Recovery
Moondance Covid 19 Relief Fund
- staff retention
- current activities and services in jeopardy
- evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis
Moondance encourages only those who are truly in need to apply.
Learn more at Moondance’s website.
National Lottery new applications
National Lottery Awards for all, and people and places remain open through the links below. They will prioritise applications that are Covid-19 related.
This means they will prioritise applications from:
- organisations supporting people who are at high risk from Covid-19
- organisations supporting communities likeliest to face increased demand and challenges due to measures to prevent consequences of Covid-19
- organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19
Visit the People and Places: Medium Grants page.
Visit the People and Places: Large Grants page.
New support, the Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales, Phase 2
Older people hit hardest by Covid-19
Sports clubs in the community during covid-19
Read more on the Sport Wales website.
RCTCBC’S Community Activity Fund
To receive an application form, please email CovidCommunityFund@rctcbc.gov.uk.
Visit RCTCBC’s Community Activity Fund Page.
Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)
The purpose of this first stage response fund is to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria. The organisation thinks it’s vitally important that this is an open call for women’s organisations to apply for what they identify as a short-term funding need.
Tesco Shopping Bag Fund ‘Tesco Bags of Help’
- Llantrisant to the West
- Porth and Ynysybwl to the North
- parts of Caerphilly to the East
- Nantgarw to the south
Download the funding application form.
Visit the Tesco Bags of Help Covid 19 page.
Contact Julian Devereux Community Engagement Officer at Groundwork Wales for further help or advice.
The Fore Trust
Small charities and social enterprises can apply for funding to help adapt to the post-lockdown world. Find out more about the Fore Trust and apply.
Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund
WCVA Voluntary Services Emergency Fund
Small grant funds
Telephone: 01495 367680
Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund
Kate Breeze and Michelle Nobel can be contacted by email via email@example.com or either of the following mobile numbers:
Mobile: 07458 300 123
Mobile: 07458 300 117
- The Micro Fund for applications up to £5k opens in December 2020
- The Vision Fund remains open and the first step for anyone interested in making an application is to contact the Pen y Cymoedd team. The fund will be giving priority this year to supporting existing organisations and businesses during the Covid-19 crisis. Thus while the Vision Fund remains open, it is important to note that timeline for decisions and any awards to be paid will likely be elongated and may stretch into next year.
Business support and jobs
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity
Grants of up to £7.5k are available to not-for-profit for projects that relate to the delivery of financial skills to specific groups. Take MSE’s eligibility quiz and apply via the form on their website.
New childcare business grants
Welsh Government is launching a Childcare Grant to help create more flexible childcare places. There are two separate grants under the scheme. The Childcare Start-up Grant helps with some of the costs associated with starting a childminding business, and the New Employees Grant supports salaries and overheads while additional spaces are filled. Learn more about the childcare business grants.
Purple Shoots Business Lending
UK Government’s Kick Start Scheme
Coalfields Community Grant Programme
- create jobs
- increase skills
- improve health and wellbeing
- broaden childcare provision
- develop community facilities
- small grants of under £25k
- larger grants of up to £250k
Welsh Church Act Fund
It provides support for capital expenditure such as:
- refurbishment of community buildings or places of worship
- purchase of capital equipment
- other purposes beneficial to the wider community
See the ‘Capital’ section for information on the Community Coalfields Grant Programme, which may also be used for revenue.
Apply on Henry Smith’s website.
Read through their ‘Improving Lives Funding Guidelines’ and ‘Strengthening Communities Funding Guidelines’ for more information.
Telephone: 020 7264 4970 and speak to a member of the Grants Team.
The Fat Beehive
Events and Competitions
‘Meet the Funder’ event, ‘Be Active Fund’
Takes place: 1/10/20
This event gives details and outlines how to apply for the ‘Be Active Fund’ for sports clubs. Run via Zoom, it takes only 20 minutes, and there will be a questions and answer session afterwards. Read more and see how to apply for the Be Active Fund event in this information sheet.
Special interest funds
Health and Wellbeing Funding
The Kings Fund
Positive Pathways Programme
Grants of £35k are available for projects developed by and for veterans. Projects should aim to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing by getting veterans active, and outside. Read more on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website.
Sporting activity and Sports Clubs
Be Active Wales Fund
Game On Gear Grant
RCTCBC Sports Development
- coach education
- floodlighting for training purposes
- purchasing land or rights in land to develop activity areas
- start-up grants to support new enterprises
Heritage and nature
Dwr Cymru Biodiversity Grant
Lottery Heritage Fund
The Community Woodlands Scheme
See more about the Community Woodlands Scheme on the Heritage Fund’s website.
The Local Places for Nature Capital Grant for Wales
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) funding:
- build-in measures to enable nature and people to adapt to climate change
- build ecosystem resilience at the appropriate scale, in catchments or at a landscape scale
- make a difference to people and communities at the same time as building ecosystem resilience
- connect people with nature and environmental issues
- shared outcomes request, which you can request at any time
- competitive funding, which opens for applications later in 2020
- strategic allocated funding, for which they will allocate funding to partners from 2020/2021 to 2023/24
Help the Homeless
- planning what difference you want your programme or service to make
- collecting the right information to know if you’re achieving your goals
- assessing what impact you’re having
- learning from the results to improve your work
In order to have the best chance of securing funding, you should also contact Interlink on 01443 846200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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