Karbon Homes - Community Fund

Following the flurry of grants given to local organisations at the beginning of the pandemic and coincidently, the beginning of the financial year, Karbon Homes are ready to start taking applications for funding again.

Funding themes

The grants aim to support projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and wellbeing within the communities in which Karbon work. Applications are welcomed if your project falls under one of our key themes:

  • Food poverty
  • Financial Exclusion
  • COVID Response
  • Supporting residents
  • Infrastructure
  • Hotspots

Half of the annual budget has been spent on crisis support so the pot isn’t as healthy as previous years. 

The maximum grant is £10k, although grants any larger than £3k to £5k might be a struggle for support this year. But that being said, there is no harm in trying and larger grant applications will certainly be considered like all applications.

For more details and to apply visit Karbon Homes' website.

Weston Culture Fund

The Foundation is finalising details for the one-off Weston Culture Fund which will launch on the 5th October.

This £25 million fund is designed to support mid to large scale cultural organisations in the UK to help them restart work, re-engage with audiences, adapt to changed circumstances and generate revenue. The fund is specifically for charitable organisations with a pre-Covid regular annual income of £500,000 or greater; smaller organisations will be able to apply for our regular grants programme via our website as usual.

The Weston Culture Fund via their website and Twitter on the 5th October.

Closing date for applications will be 9th November and decisions will be announced by the end of January 2021.

Full information will be available on the Garfield Weston website from 5th October.

The Prince's Countryside Fund

The fund's theme is Rural Community Resilience and will be looking for applications that will build on some of the amazing projects that came about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic this year, and the effect that this had on rural communities.

The Fund will be looking for projects which protect or boost community assets and enterprises, or otherwise strengthen the sense of community. Rural Community Resilience means different things to different communities, but the concept we are looking for is a project which will allow the community to survive and thrive, especially when facing a situation which affects everyday rural life.

Examples could include:

  • A village shop that moved into food or medicine delivery and has realised that this is of real benefit to the community but now wishes to take this a step further, or to continue the service.
  • A community may have discovered some hard to reach households within their community that have now started to engage - our grants could facilitate some exciting projects to continue and improve that engagement.
  • You may need to reinvigorate a rural transport scheme to tackle isolation in the countryside.

The maximum grant is £10,000 with the average grant expected to be around £8,000.

The deadline for applications is November 3rd 2020 at midday, but if a large number of eligible applications are received the Fund reserves the right to close the round earlier. Projects are advised to apply early.

Full details are available on the fund's website.

British Science Week 2021 Grants

There are two grant schemes available to support British Science Week (5-14 March 2021) activities: one for schools and one for community groups.

Kick Start Grants

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are four options available:

  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity organised by students aged 10-19
  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity for students at your school
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to run an activity which involves your students and the local community
  • Kick Start grant + Youth grant: A grant of £450 for your school to run an activity for British Science Week as well as an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19

Find out more and apply here.

Community Grants

This scheme offers £500 to £2,000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Find out more and apply here.

The deadline for applications for both schemes is 5pm, Monday 9 November 2020.

Aviva Community Fund - Round 4

Round 4 of the Aviva Community Fund is open for applications until 13th of October. The fund runs as a Crowdfunder with donations from Aviva staff and members of the public.

They are looking to fund projects that develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group within the UK. The scheme must fall within one of the two areas: 

  • Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

If succesful at the initial stage your project will become available for members of the public and staff at Aviva to make donations.

For more information see the Aviva website.

Community Partnering Fund

The Community Partnering Fund will focus on supporting Third Sector organisations and community groups  with innovative approaches to delivering sustainable initiatives that help broaden Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid’s reach and educate and support communities and individuals on at least one of the following objectives:

  •  Alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty and promoting innovative energy-related environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon reduction.
  • Educating and informing communities about safety in relation to domestic gas and power including the dangers from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and how to protect against it.
  • Encouraging interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and related career opportunities.
  • Promoting use of the Priority Services Register, a free service provided by network operators and suppliers to customers in vulnerable circumstances within communities.
  • Championing community energy through encouraging people to come together to generate, own, manage, or reduce consumption of energy.
  • Project funding specifically for organisations working around food poverty for people particularly affected by COVID-19.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Priority will be given to applicants that are applying for grants of up to £5,000.

The deadline for applications is 2nd November 2020 at 12 noon and decisions will be sent to applicants in January 2021.

The fund is operated by the Leeds Community Foundation with full details available on their website.

Crowdfund North of Tyne

Crowdfund North of Tyne gives inspired people in our patch the opportunity to create create and fund projects which celebrate and improve our local areas.

The Crowdfund North of Tyne crowdfunding programme is running an Autumn 2020 funding round with a deadline of the 3rd of November to get involved. Along with pledges from your local community, there is an opportunity to get up to £5,000 from the North of Tyne Combined Authority towards your crowdfunding campaign.

Full details are available here.