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.
If you require any help with funding, please get in touch through email@example.com or call 01443 846200
Check out our Funding and Governance Bulletin
The Baring Foundation have just launched their first (of I believe many to come) arts and mental health funding round for UK arts organisations who are working with people (any age) living with mental health conditions. The deadline is 18th August 12 noon with anticipated applications of between £12,000 – £15,000 per organisation. https://baringfoundation.org.uk/news-story/baring-foundation-launches-first-funding-round-to-support-arts-and-mental-health-organisations/
The Welsh Government has announced a ‘Start Up Grant’ to support new businesses in Wales in dealing with the severe impact of Coronavirus.
To be eligible for the ‘Start Up Grant’ of £2,500 businesses must:
- not have received funding from the Economic Resilience Fund or the Non-Domestic Rates grant
- have been set up between the 1 April 2019 and 1 March 2020 and not qualify for Self Employment Income Support Scheme
- have turnover less than £50,000
- have a drop of more than 50% income between April-June 2020
The Start Up Grant will be administered by local authorities and accessed through the Economic Resilience Fund eligibility checker on the Business Wales website https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/. Applicants will be required to submit a short application form and self-declaration that is supported by evidence. In addition, applicants will be required to sign up to Business Wales start-up support and advice and align with the ethos and principles of the Economic Contract. Businesses can apply from 29 June 2020. For further information please visit the Business Wales COVID-19 support for businesses pages
Lottery Heritage Fund: Applications now open for The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Welsh Government’s new grant programmes helping communities to look after the natural world.
The Local Places for Nature Capital Grant for Wales scheme supports projects designed and led by community groups and organisations to create, restore and enhance habitats in Wales. Applications are open now until 14 October 2020 and the scheme will run until March 2021. Grants will range between £10,000 and £100,000. The total funding pot available is worth £1m
The Community Woodlands scheme will see people getting involved in creating a National Forest for Wales, bringing together linked-up woodlands and hedgerows. Communities will be able to use the funding for projects which restore, create, connect and manage woodlands in Wales.
Applications are open now until 21 October 2021 and the scheme will run until March 2022. Grants will range between £10,000 and £250,000. The total funding pot available is worth £2.1m
https://funding.cymru/ for free Grant searches. Register first via this portal..
Coalfields Regeneration currently offer 4 community based Grant Schemes. Find out more here:
Contact Coalfields: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01495 367680
Safe and Warm Fund
A new Safe and Warm Funding pot of £50k that has just been launched by Wales & West Utilities. We know that the Covid19 Coronavirus pandemic is challenging people like never before. So we’re launching our Safe and Warm fund – a £50,000 pot that community and parish councils, not for profit co-operatives or community interest companies, charities and community groups can apply to. The timescale is tight with applications to be in the 6 July, but the electronic form is really short. For any enquiries please contact us on 02920 278558 or by email us here.
Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is now open and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK.
The purpose of this first stage response fund is to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria. We think 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. There is no deadline for applications – we will consider them on a rolling basis from 5pm on Friday 5th June. To apply, please complete our brief online application form outlining how you will use the funding. Please make sure to read the full guidance document before applying, and have a look through our frequently asked questions. We’re keen to ensure the application process is as simple as possible, so please contact us at email@example.com if you have any queries about submitting an application.
Hardship Fund – Financial support for the most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis
The Hardship Fund was created by the British Red Cross with our partner Aviva and the Aviva Foundation to help those most financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. We are working with statutory and voluntary partner organisations to ensure we are helping the people in greatest need. We can only accept referrals from official Referral Partners who are registered with the Hardship Fund.
If you are already a Referral Partner, you can make a referral on this site.
If you would like more information please read the FAQs. https://hardshipfund.redcross.org.uk/
Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals.
Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. Our focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.
Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund remains open for business. We are working remotely, Kate in the Rhondda and our lovely new colleague Michelle Noble in the Afan. Our Supporting Communities Team (Carys Miles at NPT CVS and Meriel Gough at Interlink) are also continuing to support our communities. We can be contacted on our usual email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or either of the following mobile numbers: 07458 300 123 / 07458 300 117
Pen y Cymoedd area of benefit can be found here: https://penycymoeddcic.cymru/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Document-A.jpg
We currently have 4 funds running:
- The Micro Fund for applications up to £5,000 opens on June 1st, with a closing date mid-August and decisions at end of September.
- 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 and so whilst 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.
- COVID-19 Project Fund – The Project Fund: to support additional services that meet immediate community needs and we have now supported 14 organisations with funding of £110,000 – from food banks to online song writing, arts and craft packs to vehicles to make essential deliveries. Decisions will be made within 14 days.
- COVID-19 Survival Fund – This Fund is aimed at organisations facing short term cash flow issues or who are at risk of closure due to financial difficulties arising as a direct result of COVID 19. The level of funding available for individual organisations will be assessed on the basis of need. Awards may be in the form of a grant or interest free loan or a mix of the two, depending on individual circumstances and again decisions will be made within 14 days. These applications could be from private businesses, sports groups, charities or community buildings.
We hope you are all safe and well and please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries.
Thanks to Comic Relief Interlink RCT can offer Mental Health and Kindness Small Grants of between £500 and £2,000 to community and voluntary groups in RCT. This revenue grant can include small capital items. You will need to have a constitution and bank account in the group’s name with 2 signatories that are unrelated (please get in touch if you do not, as we can offer small Interlink grants to more informal groups). The main theme of these grants are kindness and supporting people with their mental wellbeing through Covid-19. We want to support projects that also contribute to the main themes of Comic Relief – children, safety and gender justice, as well as also covering mental health. For an application. Please email email@example.com or call 01443 846200.
RCTCBC’S COMMUNITY ACTIVITY FUND
The Fund will award £10,000 in total, with each successful application eligible for a £300 grant – or £500 in exceptional circumstances. Applications received by the Council will be decided upon on a case-by-case basis but those interested in applying are encouraged to do so at the earliest opportunity.
To receive an application form, please email CovidCommunityFund@rctcbc.gov.uk
Greggs are offering £500 grants through their foundation https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/ . The Coronavirus outbreak is having a devastating impact. Charities, community groups and schools who support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities urgently need help. Greggs are providing urgent funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and small grants (average £500). To request support, visit the link above. This has been paused until further notice
WCVA have a new streamlined application process for their new Active Inclusion Covid-19 programme. 80% of total project costs of £25,00 available. Applicants will need to be on the Approved Beneficiary List. More information visit www.wcva.cymru/new-active-inclusion-fund-for-covid-19/
VOLUNTARY SERVICES EMERGENCY FUND
The Fund is now open to applications. The purpose of this Welsh Government Fund administered by WCVA is to enable those providing vital support to groups affected by Covid-19, such as people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food, etc., so that they can be supported during this time. The Fund will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000. We can consider requests outside this range, but organisations will need to contact us so that we can discuss these requests firstname.lastname@example.org. Initial funding will be for up to six months. Visit WCVA https://wcva.cymru/funding/ or https://wcva.cymru/covid-19-two-new-funds-announced-to-support-voluntary-organisations/
THIRD SECTOR RESILIENCE FUND
This Welsh Government Fund administered by WCVA is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income. The fund is part of the £24m of support announced by Welsh Government and will be in two phases: –
- Stabilise – covering the immediate needs over the first three months. A maximum 75% of the award can be spent in this phase.
- Sustain and Recover – up to a further nine months. Continue ‘intensive care’ if necessary and support transition back to a more normal trading environment. A minimum 25% of the award can be spent in this phase
- Maximum award £75,000 per organisation.
- Of the total award, 75% is grant and 25% repayable patient capita
HOW TO APPLY – In order to submit a request for funding, you will need to register with WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP). If you have previously registered with MAP, you can log in by entering your username and password on the home screen. Organisations can register by visiting the website map.wcva.cymru. If you need any help, guidance or to refer people, please initially do so via email email@example.com.
CAF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY FUND
Charities Aid Foundation has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 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. Currently Paused until further notice
Criteria and guidance are available at https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund
WALES CORONAVIRUS RESILIENCE FUND – This fund will assist groups and organisations providing services and support to individuals and families, whether singly or collectively, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Find out more: https://communityfoundationwales.org.uk/grants/wales-coronavirus-resilience-fund/
NATIONAL LOTTERY NEW APPLICATIONS
National Lottery Awards for All and People and Places remain open THROUGH THE LINKS BELOW. Over the coming 6 months we will prioritise applications that are COVID-19 related. This means we will prioritise applications from:
- Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
- Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
- Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19
National Lottery Awards for All: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/a4awales
People and Places: Medium Grants: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/peopleandplacesmedium
People and Places: Large Grants:: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/people-and-places-large-grants
FUNDING SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUBS DURING COVID-19
Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales. More information on who can apply, how to apply and when will be made available in the coming days. Read more here or visit Sport Wales website https://www.sport.wales/
HERITAGE EMERGENCY FUND – small grants to support the heritage sector to address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for organisations most in need. Grants £3,000 – £50,000. Closing date 31 July 2020
STANDARD LIFE FOUNDATION has launched funding for work directly related to the pandemic. Visit: www.standardlifefoundation.org.uk/funding/coronavirus_funding
THE PRINCE’S TRUST AND NATWEST ENTERPRISE RELIEF FUND – Any community businesses led by young people (under 30) can apply for emergency funding. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/enterprise-relief-fund
Tesco Shopping Bag Fund:
Tesco Bags of Help : Tesco community grants fund projects that bring benefit to their community – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events. Groundwork Wales are particularly interested in engaging with groups located with 5 miles of the Pontypridd store WHICH INCLUDES: Llantrisant to the West, Porth & Ynysybwl to the North, parts of Caerphilly to the East and Nantgarw to the south.
Tesco Bags of Help Funding page: https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/
Link to funding application form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16JqUtNviAatzNAcpYD5LBBhcznnhTuzFFXp9xckzTsI/edit
Covid 19 funding link https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-cv-fund/
Contact Julian Devereux Community Engagement Officer @ Groundwork Wales for further help or advice. Mob.07824594836 Email: Julian.Devereux@groundwork.org.uk
Natural Resources Wales Funding: https://naturalresources.wales/about-us/grants-and-funding/grant-funding-opportunities/?lang=en
Offer grant funding opportunities for individuals and organisations seeking to run projects that:
- 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
We offer three types of grant funding:
- Shared outcomes request – you can make a request at any time
- Competitive funding – opens for applications later in 2020
- Strategic allocated funding – we will allocate funding to partners from 2020/2021 to 2023/24
A valuable website to support organisations to measure the impact made. It’s about learning how to best serve the people you support. This means 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; and learning from the results to improve your work. https://www.inspiringimpact.org/
SOCIAL INVESTMENT CYMRU – EMERGENCY FAST TRACK LOANS – Tailored to needs of each applicant in terms of amount, term and repayment profile. Visit: https://wcva.cymru/funding/social-investment-cymru/
JOB RETENTION SCHEME – Grant to employers (including charities & not for profits) covering 80% of the wages for a furloughed employee, subject to a cap of £2,500 a month + employer NI and minimum auto enrolment pension scheme contributions. Visit: www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-of-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-announced
(COVID-19) SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME – Taxable grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months – may be extended if needed. Visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
RCTCBC GRANTS AVAILABLE VIA LOCAL AUTHORITIES – RCT CBC business Visit: www.rctcbc.gov.uk
- Grant of £10,000 for businesses eligible for Small Business Rates Relief (rateable value up to £12,000) on 20.3.20
- Grant of £25,000 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value £12,000 – £51,000
DEVELOPMENT BANK OF WALES – Visit: https://developmentbank.wales/.
£100m fund for companies experiencing cash flow problems – loans of between £5,000 and £250,000 at favourable interest rates.
WG ECONOMIC RESILIENCE FUND – Visit: https://businesswales.gov.wales
Grants of up to £10,000 for micro-businesses employing up to nine people – includes sole traders employing staff. Qualifying businesses will be able to apply by mid-April.
- Grants of up to £100k for small and medium sized firms with between 10 and 249 employees.
- Support for businesses forced to temporarily cease trading – to go into ‘hibernation’ or which need cash-flow support to adapt to a remote way of working.
BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOAN SCHEME – Visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#support-for-businesses-through-the-coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme
The 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, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments
In order to have the best chance of securing funding, you should also contact Interlink on 01443 846200
We can provide dedicated support across a whole host of areas including sustainable funding, good governance and volunteering.
If you’d like to know more contact Interlink on 01443 846200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org