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Derby Recovery Grant Fund

The Derby Recovery Grant Fund (DRGF) provides grants of £2,000 - £6,000 for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) groups to help boost community capacity and services in Derby City post Covid and help support Covid Recovery.

Non-profit groups with an annual income of less than £500,000 - including unincorporated associations, constituted voluntary groups, registered charities, CIOs, social enterprises including companies limited by guarantee and CICs and community benefit societies - are eligible to apply.  Priority will be given to smaller organisations. If a group is awarded funding, they will not be eligible to reapply.

Groups must be able to fund 50% of the total project costs through monetary or in kind contributions.

Project Themes
Projects should fall into least one of the following themes:

  • Marginalised groups
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Loneliness
  • Poverty
  • Education/ Employment
  • Community Voice
  • Children and Young People
  • Elderly People

DRGF will fund project costs from £2,000 - £6,000. The funding will provide 50% of the total project costs, with VCSE groups providing the remaining 50% through monetary or in kind contributions.   Funding will need to be spent by 31st March 2022. 

Closing Date
Applications for funding will open on 4th October 2021 and will close on Friday 4th February 2022.  Applications will be considered monthly by the DRGF Grant Panel. Click here for an application form.

GSK Impact Awards

2022 GSK IMPACT Awards & new GSK Grow Programme – core funding and training for health charities

Charities are facing significant challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to provide vital services to keep people healthy and connected. This year, more than ever, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards. This is also the 25th anniversary of the awards, and to mark this milestone we have increased our funding and launched the new GSK Grow Programme, which will support smaller charities.

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £120,000 and £3 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The new GSK Grow Programme supports small charities with total annual income between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning organisations. They also give organisations access to a free leadership programme, designed specifically for health charities, provided by The King’s Fund. After taking part in the training, organisations can then join our network of health charities which supports ongoing service and organisational development.

To apply and find out more go to:

Closing date: 20 September 2021 at 5pm


Places Called Home from The National Lottery Community Fund

Small grant programme for up to £5,000 per project to improve community spaces and deliver sustainable activities for communities across the UK

A new funding programme 'Places Called Home', a partnership between The National Lottery Community and the world’s largest home furnishing retailer

will offer eligible groups funding awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 for activities and equipment that meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Build on the relationships created during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase community activity and the number of people taking part.  
  • Encourage people to work together, creating opportunities for communities to live in a sustainable and healthy way. 
  • Raise awareness amongst the public of the importance of connected households, neighbourhoods and resilient communities.  
  • Develop a new idea, activity or way to come together that has emerged in response to the pandemic.  
  • Revive or redesign community and common spaces to encourage shared community activities.    

Places Called Home opened for applications on 22 June 2021, and closes to applications when 1,500 applications have been received or on 6 July 2021, whichever comes first.

You can apply online from 22 June, following this link or you can email to request a pdf form to complete offline if you’d prefer.

If you’ve not applied for funding from The National Lottery Community Fund before, you’ll need to ensure that your group or organisation is eligible to apply to us. If your group or organisation is NOT eligible, even if we love your idea we cannot award a funding.

What is an eligible organisation?
You must be one of the following to submit an application:

  • voluntary and community organisation 
  • constituted group or club 
  • registered charity 
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) 
  • not-for-profit company 
  • community interest company (CIC) 
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school) 
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council) 
  • community benefit society. 

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals  
  • sole traders  
  • organisations that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution  
  • organisations based outside the UK  
  • one individual or organisation applying on behalf of another  
  • people under the age of 18  

In addition:

  • You must have a UK bank account or building society account for your group or organisation. It needs to be in the legal name of your organisation, with at least two unconnected people who are able to manage the account
  • It must be with a UK based bank or Building Society which is covered and authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. They must also be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
  • The account must require at least two unconnected and unrelated signatories to authorise all withdrawals and transactions.
  • You will need to submit a bank statement that is less than 3 months old with your online application.
  • Your organisation should have at least two unconnected people on the board or committee. By unconnected, we mean not a relation by blood, marriage, in a long-term relationship, or people living together at the same address. 
  • You will need to give the details of a main contact (usually the person completing the application form) and a senior contact (usually someone on your Board or equivalent) – their full names, date of birth and their home addresses (not the address of the organisation).
  • You will also need to consider how your project will keep people safe and confirm that you have an up to date safeguarding policy in place. For more info on safeguarding please take a look at our website.
  • You will also need to make sure your project is addressing any potential barriers for people to take part, including communities experiencing ethnic or racial inequity, discrimination or inequality, disabled people, Travellers, LGBTQ+ people, and people who are seeking asylum or who are refugees.

For more information about the Fund’s commitment to equality of opportunity please see our website

Best wishes

The Places Called Home team


The National Forest Grant Scheme

The National Forest is looking for new ways to support the health and wellbeing of those who live in the National Forest and are pleased to announce a new grant scheme to fund work to achieve this. Projects supported by the Forest Society grant scheme will encourage new and diverse audiences to get involved with Forest activities, increase participation overall, and will use local woodlands to harness the wellbeing benefits of spending times outdoors and connecting to nature.

We are inviting applicants to come forward with new and innovative ideas for projects that take inspiration from the National Forest and will improve health and wellbeing and encourage participation, particularly amongst communities that may have been harder hit by Covid-19. Eligible organisations include, but are not limited to, voluntary groups, businesses, community groups, creative organisations, artists, facilitators, charities, social enterprises and CICs.

The scheme is open now and the deadline for submission for applications is Tuesday 29 June. Further information and application forms are available here on the National Forest website.

If you require further information or an informal discussion about a project idea, please contact Hollie Davison at or call 07816364775.  

Side by Side Fund

The Fund will award grants of up to £500 to peer support, mutual aid or self-help groups in England and Wales to connect remotely, prepare to move their activities to face-to-face, or make their group more sustainable. The peer support, mutual aid or self-help group must benefit people or communities who live with mental ill-health, trauma and distress.

For more information, please click here.

Made By Sport – Clubs in Crisis

The Clubs in Crisis Fund is open for applications from clubs and community organisations that use sport or exercise to develop young people’s lives.  Your organisation must be using sport or exercise to support young people in one of the following ways:

– Developing life skills
– Building strong communities
– Improving mental health
– Developing employability skills
– Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour

To be eligible your organisation’s income must be under £75,000 per year and 90% of the membership must be between the ages of 5 and 25.

Organisations must be able to demonstrate that the pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially - this funding is not for setting up new activities.  The maximum grant is £2,021.

Applications are via Foundation Derbyshire. For more information visit Clubs in Crisis and to chat to someone about your application email Foundation Derbyshire’s Grants Team - applications close at the end of May 2021. Decisions will be made towards the end of June 2021

Cash for Kids - deadline 12 March 2021

Cash for Kids – grants to support disadvantaged children & young people in the Midlands

Cash for Kids in the Midlands, in partnership with Free Radio, Gem Radio, Signal 1 and Greatest Hits Radio, are making grants of up to £3,000 available to families, groups or local charities which support children & young people who are affected by poverty, illness, neglect or who have additional needs.

Cash for Kids believes that every child should be able to achieve their potential and live life to the full. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes; including the purchase of specialist equipment, the delivery of activities for children in areas of deprivation, specialist service provision, speech, language or music therapy, mental health, trauma & bereavement counselling & short UK-based respite breaks. The full eligibility criteria is available on the website. Support is available for young people up to the age of 18 living in the broadcast areas of one of the partner radio stations. Applications are accepted online only and close at midnight on Friday 12 March 2021.

For more information click here


East Midlands Airport Community Fund – deadline 22 March 2021

The fund is dedicated to bringing lasting benefit to those areas most affected by the East Midlands Airports operations. The maximum grant is £2,000; however, they limit funding for sports kits to £500.

To be eligible for a grant your project must meet at least one of the following:

  • Provide help to community groups which are supporting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • To bring the community closer together through facilities for sport, recreation and other leisure time activities
  • Supporting young people to prepare for the world of work and make work an inspiring choice
  • Offer environmental improvement and/or heritage conservation
  • Improve awareness of environmental issues through environmental education
  • Encourage and/or protect wildlife 

For more information visit

Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation – deadlines 20th of each month

Small grants of between £100 - £1000 are available to small UK based registered charities. Organisations must have been established for at least 1 year. The Foundation is interested in funding:

  • Care of those suffering from disease
  • Caring in the community for disabled and people on the margin
  • End of life
  • Education
  • Interfaith project with a focus engendering tolerance and breaking down prejudice
  • Medical projects

For more information visit

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund – deadline 31 March

UK Charities and community groups can apply for a maximum grant of £1000 which meets one or more of the following four areas:

  • Connecting the community – reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of communities
  • Relieving poverty; improving health and wellbeing of communities
  • Advancing education and experience for young people.

Community events, charities, schools and community group activities must be local to one of NFU mutual business operations across the UK.

For more information visit

Mental Health Sustainability Fund

Association of Mental Health Providers is pleased to announce the launch of the small grants fund as part of the Mental Health Sustainability Programme. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £25-500k.

VCSE mental health organisations have a vital role working in the community providing support to anyone who has a mental health need but continues to face many challenges in delivering services during COVID-19, intensified by the lockdowns and varying tier systems. It is vital that service providers working in the community are supported to enable them to continue delivering essential, life-saving services to people who need it most so it can be effective and sustainable during and after the pandemic.

As such, we are looking at funding costs that can positively impact the sustainability of an organisation – specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; with a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities. We will also be considering applications from organisations supporting other disadvantaged groups such as the homeless community, those in contact with the criminal justice system, children and young people, women and girls, victims of domestic violence etc.

To apply for the fund, please read more here and ensure you complete and return an application form to Daniah Hafez before 11:59pm on Sunday 13 December 2020.

Funding to increase employment prospects - deadline for EOI 4 September

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to support specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for people aged 11 or older in order to increase their employment prospects within the UK.

To be eligible charities applying for funding will need to have an annual income of £500,000 or less. The funding is being made available through the Thomas Wall Trust. Grants will be awarded in November 2020.

For more information visit the Thomas Wall Trust website.

Common Call Fund - for BAME organisations

Charities and social enterprises – led by Black founders and people of colour – can now apply to receive a new grant funding of up to £3,000 to ‘socially empower’ their community-focused impact work. 

The Common Call fund is jointly set up by Do It Now Now (DINN), an open innovation organisation working to socially empower Black communities globally, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a charitable independent funder focused on supporting young creatives.

Black social founders can access the unrestricted monetary fund, ranging from £1k to £3k, to continue their work in creating an impact in deprived communities and supporting people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligible applicants will also receive access to monthly expert-led webinars, tailor-made strategic coaching, opportunity to be a member of the Black and Good Community for one-year, and support to apply for future funding through larger social investment funds.

Commenting on the launch of the fund, Bayo Adelaja, Fund Manager, said: “When a financial crisis hits, the Black people that are sacrificing portions of their salaries and their time to increase opportunities for social mobility for other Black people are no longer able to do so. Common Call aims to socially empower Black people to actively engage in the communities in which they live and to create a positive impact on their families.

“Our goal is to make it easier for Black people with lived experience of key issues in their communities to build and sustain social enterprises and charitable organisations that solve the problems they had to fight to overcome. The beneficiaries of the organisations we fund will primarily be people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.”

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “It is clear that the effects of this pandemic are not falling equally, and this is true for organisations as much as it is for individuals. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the Common Call fund, which will support Black-led social enterprises and charities not only to survive the impact of the pandemic, but to thrive. We look forward to seeing the impact of the Common Call fund, both in communities now, and in the longer term.”

The first round of applications is open throughout August 2020 and funds will be disbursed in October 2020.

For more information visit the I am new generation website


Funding for patient involvement in healthcare

Applications are open for East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Funding . Up to 15 awards of £1,000 will be offered to successful groups in the East Midlands region.

This funding is aimed at health, social care, charities, voluntary and third sector organisations and groups, who want to involve patients and citizens in research and healthcare.

We particularly welcome applications that demonstrate the involvement of seldom heard and underserved communities.   

Applications for the funding will be considered by a panel including representatives from the East Midlands Patient Public Involvement Senate, an independent group of patients and carers with varied health and service user experience.

Applications to the scheme are now open and the deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020.


For more information, for terms and conditions and to apply you can visit our website


Alternatively, I’d be happy to talk to you about the funding and application process. Please get in touch either by responding to this email or call 0777 361 0744.


Derbyshire Freemasons Covid Grant

Derbyshire Freemasons 'COVID Grant' Application Form - £250 

This pot of funding is open to registered and non-registered charities that can demonstrated how they are helping people and making a difference to people during the COVID crisis. Once an application has been received it will be reviewed by the Disaster Relief Committee and successful applicants will be contacted in due course.   

For more information and an application form click here.

Greggs Foundation Community Funding

Applications are now open for small, local not-for-profit organisations that are seeking funding for a project that helps to build resilience within their local community.

Using the money raised from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops across Great Britain, the Foundation provides grants to small not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 for projects that make a difference to local areas.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects and providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

All projects must support a community of interest, for example people who are:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless
  • Isolated older people
  • Other demonstrable significant need

Eligible projects should be able to show that they meet at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:

  • Decreased social isolation
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms
  • Improved life skills
  • Improved opportunities

Projects should improve resilience within a community of interest and can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. The Foundation is also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community of interest.

This is a highly competitive grant scheme with only 15% of eligible applicants receiving funding last year.

The deadline for applications is 23 February 2020 with decisions expected to be announced in early May 2020.

Further information is available on the Greggs Foundation website.

National Churches Trust 2020 Foundation Grants Programme

Applications are now accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK that seek funding for urgent maintenance works and small investigative works in 2020.

The aim of the National Churches Trust’s Foundation Grants Programme is to support interventions to investigate or address small problems before larger repairs become necessary.

To be eligible projects must concern a building in the UK that was originally built as a church, is more than 30 years old and is open to the public on a regular basis. Organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 for projects costing up to £10,000 in total (excluding VAT). Match funding of at least 50% is required.

The project can be any of the following:

  • Urgent maintenance work.
  • Items identified as high priority within a Quinquennial Inspection Report/survey reports/other sort of report.
  • Small investigative works/surveys.

Applications will be considered from across the UK. Although the Trust’s priority areas are North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.

Applications may be submitted at any time between now and 30 October 2020. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the start of 2020.

Further information is available on the National Churches Foundation website

RAM Energy - Fuel Poverty Fund

RAM Energy has launched the RAM Energy Fuel Poverty Fund to help reduce fuel poverty in the city.

Key features of the fund

  • £50 energy grant for a household with one person.
  • £100 grant for a household with more than one person.
  • Recipients must be RAM Energy customers or in the process of switching to RAM Energy and be living within Derby boundaries.
  • The applications period is 1 November 2019 until 31 March 2020 or until the total fund has been spent.
  • Communication will be sent out periodically with updates on the amount of funding still available.

For more information visit the RAM Energy website - the application process is simple and straighforward. On completion of the application form email to  The application will be processed within five working days and the credit will be applied directly to the customer account for credit customers or to a pre-loaded top up key for pre-payment customers.

All applicants will receive an energy efficiency guide with top energy saving tips and signposting to information on making the home more energy efficient.