Funding and Tender Alerts

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First Steps Enterprise Fund - Expressions of Interest now open

This fund is making a loan-grant package available for small community-led charities and social enterprises based and working in communities in England who are looking for their first loan to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. 

A loan-grant package of up to £30,000 (90% loan and 10% grant) is available.  Particular preference is being given to organisations that work in the following areas:

older people

health and wellbeing

employment for young people

For more information visit

Sport England Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage to be launched 29 August - deadline for expressions of interest 30 October

The funding is about more than getting people active.  It is using sport and physical activity to improve lives and communities.  Sport England want to invest in projects that deliver what people really want and need.  This means they are expecting applications from a range of organisations including non-sports organisations. For more information visit

Sport England to Launch New Families Fund

The aim of the fund will be to offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together.  A particular focus will be to support parents on low incomes with children aged 5-15 living in areas of high deprivation; to make sure their children have positive experiences of sport and physical activity.  For more information visit

Sport England - new funding streams - now open!

£3 million volunteering fund

Sport England's new £3 million funding streams aims to increase the diversity of people who volunteer and support people from lower socio-economic groups to volunteer in sport. The fund will be open in the New Year. For more information visit

Facilities - now open for bids

Places where people play sport have a really big impact on a person's experience and infuence the likelihood of them coming back regularly. In December the first phase of the new Community Asset Fund will be launched. If you're an organisation looking to take over sports facilities, a sports club that wants to expand or you have a great idea for a project that's clearly needed in the community, then this could be the fund for you. £7.5 million will be available for single and multi-sport community facilities in this phase. For more information visit Sport England website.

Homeless Link Announces £4.5 million Social Investment Fund for England

This is a new loan fund for charities and social enterprises working to reduce homelessness in England.  Homeless Link will invest £4.5 million over the next three years, offering unsecured loans of between £25,000 and £150,000 to homelessness organisations.  It is expected that the first round which opens on 19 June at an event in London will finance five projects.  For more information visit

Greggs Foundation - Environmental grants - deadline 29 September

Grants up to £2,000 for projects that improve people's lives by improving the environment.  For more information visit

Dunhill Medical Trust - deadline 29 September

Community based organisations and charities with an annual income of less that £10 million can apply for grants to support work which supports older people who require extra support to make everyday living easier.  To be eligible for funding applicants must have a policy of inclusiveness, and non-discrimination.  

There are three funding schemes:

Project grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 can support time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people - deadline 29 September

Building and physical infrastructure grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 are available to provide accommodation/developments in the built environment for older people to enhance and maintain their health, well-being and independence and/or specific pieces of equipment or furnishings which can be used for the care and support of individuals.  This will open in January 2018 

Capability grants of between £100 and £5,000 can support the development of knowledge, skills and capabilities in community-based organisations.  This will open in January 2018 

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Kusuma Trust - deadline 29 September

Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 for charities that enable disadvantaged young people to have more opportunities in education or employment.  For more information visit

Comic Relief's Try for Change Large Grants - deadine 2 October

Comic Relief and England Rugby are launching a large grants programme to support projects which use rugby union and the rugby union community to tackle a number of social challenges.  This programme will provide grants of up to £100,000 to charities, not-for-profit organisations and rugby clubs for work delivered over two to three years in England.  For more information visit

Aviva Community Fund - Entries will be accepted until 10 October (12 noon)

Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that make a real difference to local residents.  The grants will support all kinds of projects providing they are causes that the community really care about and are charitable in nature.  Not-for-profit organisations and groups that are operating for the good of their community and have been in existence for at least six months and have an income of £1 million or less can apply. 

There are four categories and project must address one of the following:

Health and Wellbing - projects related to helping people take control of the physical and mental heatlh

Skills for life - projects that aim to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly digital ones.

Inclusivity - projects will understand that successful communities value all people,  recognising that every person adds something to the whole, and work to develop closer ties within the community

Community support - projects that are important to the wider community, and they could be anything from regeneration projects to local support groups or even community events. 

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Comic Relief - Thriving Not Just Surviving - deadline 13 October

Thriving Not Just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health Fund is intended to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men, aged between 11 and 20 years, who are experiencing mental health problems.  Applications will be accepted from specialist mental health and/or youth organisations with particular interest in organisations that are based in the community in which they work.  Partnership bids are welcome.  Priority will be given to applications which:

have consulted and plan to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs and interests are met effectively

are working with young men from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities or those with co-occurring learning disabilities and mental health problems.  For more information visit

Mark Your Calendars for 17 October when 'Grow Your Tenner' starts

Localgiving's Grow Your Tenner - the campaign that turns tenners into twenties is returning for a sixth year of match funding.  This year the campaign has a match fund pot of £200,000 with £100,000 for matching one-time donations and £100,000 for matching monthly donations.  The online match funding campaign will open at 10am on 17 October and and run until midday on 16 November or until all the money has been allocated, whichever comes first.  For more information visit

Government and Nesta Launch Fund - expressions of interest - 30 October

A new £4 million fund that aims to widen volunteering opportunities for people 50 years and older.  The new Connected Communities Innovation Fund will award up to £4 million in grants and £750,000 in non-financial support for social action innovations which mobilise the time and talents of volunteers across England.  The new fund is designed to encourage more people to volunteer alongside public services, and inspire new ways of giving for those who have not previously volunteered.  The fund has a specific focus on helping those aged 50 and over, those who want to give time infrequently rather than routinely and those who want to give their time and skills from the comfort of their own home to good causes. 

For more information visit

Triangle Trust opens for Rehabilitation of Offenders Development Grants - deadline 2 November

Development Grants for not-for-profit organisations whose sole prupose is to support the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders.  Grants are available for up to £80,000 over three years with a maximum of £35,000 in year one.  For more information visit

Sport England launches new £3m Fund - deadline for expressions of interest for larger grants and for applications for a small grant - 6 November

Sport England is providing the £3 million tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund as part of its dedicated fund to tackle inactivity.  Phase two focuses on people in lower social-economic groups, engaging with them through sport and physical activity.  Applicants don't need to be sport groups or have previously offered sport activities but they must have strong relationships and a track record of working with disadvantaged and inactive individuals. 

Large Grants - £250,000 to £500,000 for exceptional projects for people who have little take-home pay, some qualifications and are in employment.  Beneficiaries will live very ordered lives but find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or the feel being active is just not for them.

Medium Grants - £25,000 to £100,000 - for people who are less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all and who live less ordered lives with additional challenges such as being at risk of offending or dealing with substance misuse. 

Small Grants - - £1,000 to £10,000 - are ring-fenced for smaller scale projects. 

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