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Funding & Training Focus - 10 January

Hello all,
Happy New Year, and welcome to our first weekly funding round up of 2024.
This week has a lot to offer. Some highlights being for groups looking to fund projects which improve or restore community spaces, and tackle the decline in our natural environment, there are opportunities available from both Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government. There are also some interesting opportunities for organisations supporting those experiencing homelessness, or social isolation in housing communities. Additionally, the miscellaneous section has a good mix of opportunities for social enterprise organisations, for example Community Interest Companies or Enterprising Charities, looking to grow and develop their businesses. As those of you working in social enterprise know, these opportunities from funders a scarce so I would encourage you to take a look.
Please be aware many of the funds listed have a deadline of the end of January. Additionally, more and more funders are asking for you to ‘register your interest’ in the first instance as a way of filtering applications. If you need any support please get in touch with me – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com also, if you have any ideas on what you would like to see in future newsletters, I would be delighted to hear from you.


Net Zero/Environmental 

Scottish Government Opens £65 Million Nature Restoration Fund

The Scottish Government has opened the £65 million Nature Restoration Fund for Expressions of Interest. The fund is available to organisations that are working to restore wildlife and habitats on land and sea. 

The Nature Restoration Fund is part of the Scottish Government's commitment to addressing the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. The fund is designed to support projects that will help to reverse the decline of Scotland's natural environment. 

The Fund has two streams, Helping Nature, for grants of £25,000 to £250,000 and Transforming Nature grants of £250,000 upwards, including development phase funding. 

All applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Applicants that meet the NRF priorities will be sent an application form. The deadlines for submitting full applications are: 

  • Monday 29 January 2024 at 12 noon for a decision in late April/early May 
  • Thursday 25 April 2024 at 12 noon for a decision in July 
  • Monday 12 August 2024 at 12 noon for a decision in November. 

For more information, please visit the NatureScot website (link below). 

Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund


New £10 Million Fund to Support Community Projects That Reduce Energy Consumption

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has £10 million of funding available to support community projects in the UK that focus on the link between Energy and Climate. 

The Climate Action Fund: Energy and Climate is open for applications for community energy projects that can deliver both environmental and societal benefits. Energy use in households across the UK, from heating, hot water, and using electrical appliances, makes up about 20% of UK carbon emissions. Changing the way energy is used domestically will help to reduce carbon emissions while also delivering financial, health, and wellbeing benefits for people and communities. 

The funding is available to community and voluntary organisations, and the National Lottery Community Fund will accept applications from local partnerships, UK-wide partnerships, and single voluntary or community organisations. 

The total funding available is £8.5 million. 

Projects can apply for up to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years. The minimum grant is £500,000. The aim is to fund around 8-12 projects. 

Applications to the Climate Action Fund: Energy and Climate can be submitted at any time, and the NLCF expects the programme to remain open until at least early 2024 but it will depend on demand for the funding. 

Climate Action Fund - Energy and Climate | The National Lottery Community Fund 


Grants of up to £150,000 Available to Protect Water and Land Environments

UK charities and non-profit organisations working to protect, restore, or sustainably manage the natural world are eligible to apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 per year, for up to three years from the John Ellerman Foundation's People and Planet funding scheme. 

Launched to promote a healthier environment for both people and nature the Foundation awards funding under two main headings: 

  • The Ocean – protection, restoration and sustainable use of the ocean, through more and effectively and equitably managed protected areas; ocean recovery; engaging coastal communities; reducing overfishing and addressing other harmful effects of human activity on, and in the ocean, such as pollution. 
  • Land and fresh waters– building healthier ecosystems in urban or rural environments, through effective and sustainable management including implementing evidence-based interventions conservation and restoration; connecting fragmented habitats; and landscape-scale work to protect and restore places of special significance. The Foundation will also support work to reduce or prevent the damaging impacts of human activities, particularly climate change, and air, land and water pollution from chemicals and other pollutants. 

The focus is on the UK and UK waters. However, the Foundation are also keen to support land and marine-based work in the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs). For work in the UKOTs, the Foundation welcome applications from UK-charities working in partnership with local Territory-based NGOs and from charities based in the UKOTs. UKOTs-based charities can apply either directly or through a charity in the UK. 

Applications are particularly encouraged from organisations that: 

  • Recognise the link between healthy ecosystems and human well-being. 
  • Integrate the needs of local communities into their environmental solutions. 
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders and take an evidence-based approach. 

There are no application deadlines. 

There are however three main stages to the assessment process: 

1. Eligibility Check 

2. Review of First Stage Application 

3. Review of Second Stage Application. 

What we fund


Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People or the Environment

The Matthew Good Foundation has opened the next round of its Grants for Good Fund. The aim is to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment. 

The Fund will share £15,000 between five shortlisted projects every three months, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £5,000, second place £3,500, third place £2,500 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £2,000. 

As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation wants to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running. 

To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months. 

Funding is awarded every three months and the next deadline for the next funding round is 15 March 2024. 

Grants for Good - Connecting businesses with high impact small charities


Funding Available for Urban Nature Projects

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to community, youth and voluntary groups from across the UK that want to bring local people together to transform an urban space by sowing and growing UK native wildflowers and/or plants. 

The funding, which is being made available through the charity Grow Wild, will support activities and costs such as: 

  • seeds 
  • plants 
  • soil 
  • materials 
  • events 
  •  workshops 
  • specialist experts 
  • contactor costs 

Successful groups will receive their Community Grant funding in April and projects need to be completed by the end of October 2024. 

Resident’s groups, community associations, and health authorities/health boards are also eligible to apply. 

The closing date for applications is 3pm on 30 January 2024. 

Apply to join Grow Wild's Community Programme


Grants to Reduce Food Waste and Insecurity

Environmental charity, Naturesave Trust, has announced that the January - February funding round is now open for applications. The theme for this funding round will be sustainable food. 

The Trust will be looking to support community projects working to reduce food waste and food insecurity. Organisations eligible to apply include charities, social enterprises and grassroots community organisations. 

Each year the Trust donates a percentage of their income generated from Naturesave Insurance and uses these funds to support environmental and conservation projects across the UK. 

In previous funding rounds, the Trust has awarded grants of between £500 to £2,500. 

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2024. 

The Naturesave Trust - Naturesave 

Sustainable Communities Fund
The Sustainable Communities Fund aims to support local people to develop sustainable projects that will promote or improve community collaboration, health and wellbeing, local spaces, economic development, biodiversity and the environment.
We are looking for projects and ideas that will:

  • tackle issues like isolation, food insecurity, healthy eating, health inequalities and fuel poverty
  • improve public health and access to services, green spaces and social activities
  • develop or regenerate community assets and infrastructure
  • increase accessibility and inclusivity to services and places and participation in activities act on climate change.

 Potential projects could include: 

  • equipment for community initiatives like bike repairs, tools for hire or community kitchens
  • enhancements to local biodiversity through planting projects, growing grounds or community gardens
  • infrastructure or equipment to improve or restore community spaces
  • small scale sustainable travel and renewable energy projects
  • restoration or development of a building, unoccupied shop or premises
  • looking into community asset transfers
  • recruitment, training and retention of volunteers.

 Closing date for this round 31/01/2024
For more information and to apply - How to apply for Sustainable Communities Funding - Renfrewshire Website



Grants for Urgent Maintenance Works & Small Repairs to Churches

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 (exceptionally up to £10,000) are available to churches across the UK requiring urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection, Building Survey or Condition Report. 

The funding will enable listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, to investigate or address small problems and control building deterioration. This could include improvements to rainwater systems; removing vegetation growth from buildings; replacing gutter systems; addressing lost, damaged or slipped roof tiles; internal repairs to ceilings and walls; and electrical work. 

Project costs should be up to £20,000 incl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. 

The funding is made available through the National Churches Trust Small Grants Programme, which will accept applications until midnight on  29 February 2024. 

Small grants | National Churches


Fuel Insecurity 

British Gas Energy Trust Re-opens its Individuals and Families Fund

Individuals and families will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to clear domestic gas and electricity debts. 

The Individual and Families Fund, administered by the British Gas Energy Trust, will provide eligible customers with a grant to clear outstanding arrears with their energy supplier. 

Any British Gas and non-British Gas customer in England, Wales and Scotland who has sought money or debt advice, and not received a grant from the Trust in the past 2 years, is eligible to apply for the support. 

However, customers of Boost, Eon, Eon Next, EDF, Scottish Power, Ovo, Octopus, SSE and Utilita 

should apply to their own respective funds. 

Applicants with energy arrears over £1,500 will not be eligible to apply. 

The fund will be open to applications until the end of March 2024, but may close earlier if all funding has been allocated. 

Grants Available - British Gas Energy Trust



Peter Harrison Foundation Opportunities Through Sport Grant Scheme

Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) throughout the United Kingdom can apply to the Peter Harrison Foundation Opportunities Through Sport grant scheme. The aim of the grant scheme is to provide opportunities for sport and physical activity at a grassroots level that enable people who are physically, mentally, socially, or economically disadvantaged to develop personal and life skills to fulfil their potential. 

The grants can be used for a variety of purposes, such as funding new sports programmes, improving existing sports facilities, or providing training and support for sports coaches. 

The Foundations provide two levels of funding: 

  • Major grants: between £5,001 and £30,000. 
  • Small grants: up to £5,000 

Priority will be given to organisations with an annual turnover of up to £500,000. 

The next closing date for applications is 1 April 2024. 

Opportunities through sport and physical activity | Peter Harrison Foundation 


Young People, Children & Families

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company's grants programme. 

The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future.

Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. 

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2024. 

Charities | Ironmongers' Company 

Funding to Support the Education of Young People with Physical or Learning Disabilities

The John Watson Trust awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged. 

Whilst the Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians, it may also award grants Scotland-wide to eligible individuals and organisations that include schools, established charitable organisations and other groups supporting disadvantaged young people. 

Schools may also apply for help towards school trips or outings for eligible pupils. In exceptional cases, where personal circumstances make boarding necessary, school boarding fees may qualify for a grant. 

The next closing date is  26 January 2024. 

John Watson's Trust — The WS Society 


Art and Music

Funding to Support Classical Music Performance & Training 

UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to support classical music performance and training especially chamber music, composition and music education. 

The Radcliffe Trust Music Grants programme generally awards grants in the region of £2,500 to £7,500, and is particularly interested in supporting music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research. 

Applications are considered under eight headings: 

  • composition and contemporary music; 
  • bursaries for courses and summer schools; 
  • music therapy/special needs; 
  • academic research/projects; 
  • youth orchestras; 
  • performance projects; 
  • educational projects (excluding mainstream primary and secondary schools); 
  • and miscellaneous. 

The next deadline for applications is 31 January 2024. 

Music (theradcliffetrust.org) 

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 21st January 2024. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. 

The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well-argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. 

The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered. 

The Elephant Trust 



Land Aid to Re-Open Routes Out of Homelessness Grants Programmes

To help tackle homelessness in the UK, LandAid, a charity that brings together the property industry, to support charities that work towards ending youth homelessness is re-opening its Routes Out of Homelessness Grant Programmes on 08 January 2024. 

The grants will be made available to enable charities and other not-for-profit organisations to create new bedspaces for young people aged 16 to 25 who are or have been homeless. 

The fund is particularly interested in projects that will create bedspaces that: 

  • are based in the North-East, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland 
  • are for groups of young people who may be disproportionately at risk of homelessness, such as young people of colour, young refugees and young people identifying as LGBTQ+ 
  • which would be transformational for the charity and/or local area 

Partnership applications are welcomed. 

Routes Out of Homelessness Grant Programmes - LandAid 

Grants to Provide Solutions for People in Housing Need

Funding is available for community and voluntary organisations working to provide solutions for people in housing need in Scotland. 

The Lintel Trust awards small grants of either £500 or £1,000 for community led projects that help people to maintain their tenancies, improve their lives and engage and participate fully in community life. 

This round of funding will support projects that: 

  • tackle social isolation in housing communities; 
  • promote digital participation; 
  • that enable older people to remain independent and in their own home. 

The funding is available to organisations with a close connection to a housing association, housing cooperative or other social housing provider such as a local authority. 

There are four application deadlines during this year and the next closing date is the 24th January 2024. 

how lintel trust gets funding  



Grants of up to £18,000 available to Social Entrepreneurs

Grants plus business support are available to social entrepreneurs that are looking to start or grow an existing social venture. The funding is being made available through the UnLtd the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in and around the UK. 

The grants are being made available through two funding streams: 

Grants of up to £18,000 to grow an existing social enterprise that has been operating between 1 and 4 years. 

Grants of up to £8,000 for social businesses not yet established or been running under a year. 

UnLtd are committed to providing 50% of their awards to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs. 

In addition to the Awards, UnLtd has two focus areas where they think social entrepreneurs can make a big difference. UnLtd has dedicated teams and specialist support available to social entrepreneurs with ideas to help people in the areas of: 

  • Healthy Aging 
  • Access to Employment 

The closing date for this funding round is 31 March 2024. 

UnLtd - Awards | Funding and support to grow your impact


New Fund to Help Organisations Grow their Social Impact

The Charities Aid Foundation has announced the launch of a new £10 million fund to help charities and social enterprises grow their social impact. 

A mixture of unsecured loans and grants will be available to social organisations operating across the UK, including those with international projects. The funds will be unrestricted, allowing organisations to invest in infrastructure and capacity building, which are often not covered by grant funding. 

The Foundation aims to increase the size of the fund to £20 million. 

Organisations are encouraged to register their interest in the first instance. 

The fund will be open for applications on an ongoing basis. 

Social investment | CAF (cafonline.org) 


Funding Towards Data Protection Consultancy Services

The DPO Centre is inviting applications to their Charity and Community Fund which provides charities and not-for-profit organisations with access to their data protection consultancy services at an 80% reduced rate. 

Applicants will receive support from subject matter experts and data protection professionals to help decrease the potential for compliance failure across their organisation, leading to fewer data breaches. 

Organisations can apply for funding of up to £10,000 towards a range of consultancy services including data protection training, policy drafting and reviews, data sharing, impact assessments and gap analysis. 

The DPO Centre has set aside a £150,000 funding pot, split into 3 application periods throughout the year. 

The first closing date for applications is 31 March 2024. 

Charity Support Fund | DPO Centre 


Funding for Projects that Strengthen Local Communities

Grants of £1,000 - £5,000 are available for local projects that help strengthen communities across England, Scotland and Wales. 

The Delamere Dairy Foundation will provide support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations delivering projects that fit the objectives of the Foundation: 

  • The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection 
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society 
  • The relief of financial hardship 
  • The advancement of education 
  • The relief of sickness 

Recent beneficiaries of the foundation's grants include a local food bank, a community garden, and a youth mentoring programme. 

Applications will be considered at panel meetings, which will be held regularly. The next closing date is 29 February 2024. 

Home - Delamere Dairy Foundation 


Funding to Tackle Loneliness & Isolation Among Blind & Partially Sighted People

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to sight loss organisations and other specialist organisations supporting blind and partially sighted people through the latest funding round of the Vision Foundation’s Vision Fund. 

This round focuses on projects designed to reduce levels of loneliness and/or isolation experienced by blind and partially sighted people throughout the UK. 

Partnership bids are welcomed. 

The closing date for applications is  22 January 2024. 

Apply for funding – Vision Foundation 


Funding to Improve Outcomes for Women & Minority Communities Affected by Gambling Harm 

GambleAware, the leading charity working to keep people safe from gambling harm, is making £4.8 million in funding available to registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations for projects aimed at reducing the inequalities which exist relating to gambling harm for women and people from minority religious and ethnic communities. 

Two funding levels are available for projects lasting up to two years: 

  • up to £150,000 for small organisations or new ideas 
  • up to £300,000 for larger organisations or for more established projects 

Partnership applications are encouraged, as well as applications from smaller and/or lived experience led organisations. 

The GambleAware - Improving Outcomes for Women and Minority Communities Affected by Gambling Harm funding programme closes to applications at 5pm on 31 January 2024. 

Commissioning & Grant-making - GambleAware (begambleaware.org)



Facing Scotland's Substance Struggles
Tackling Stigma Together
Thursday 25 January, 9.30 – 11.30am
The FYF Charity Hub, St James House, 25 St James' Street, Paisley, PA3 2HQ
It's good to talk. Explore stigma and problematic use of alcohol or drugs.
A workshop with the Alcohol and Drug Partnership about the causes and consequences of stigma and what we can collectively do about it.
If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk

International Certificate in Intergenerational Practice
2:00pm Tuesday 30th January - 11:00pm Monday 25th March 2024

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of intergenerational work, its purpose, impact and practical application to enable them to apply this within their own work.
Find out more here


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