Sir James Knott Trust - 2021 Deadlines

The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England. The Trustees try to follow the wishes and interests of the Trust’s founder where this is compatible with the present day needs of the North East.

The Trust operates on a rolling grants programme. If you miss a deadline, your application will be considered at the following meeting. The 2021 deadlines are 1st March, 31st May and 31st August.

For applications over £10,000, the project will probably require a visit from an assessor or a member of the Trust Staff Team.  It would therefore be advisable to submit applications well before the application deadline date in order to allow for this.

Small grants (£1,000 and under)  are processed outside of scheduled meetings and have an average turnaround of 6 weeks.

For more information and to apply visit the Trust's website.

National Lottery Community Fund - Programmes Re-open

The short-term emergency phase of funding is now at and end and National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships funding programmes in England are open again.

The COVID-19 crisis has helped NLCF identify where they can do more to ensure their funding is reaching a full and diverse range of communities. With the pandemic still with us, they will continue to seek to support people and communities most adversely impacted.

Through National Lottery Awards for AllReaching Communities, and Partnerships, NLCF support people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have, to make the changes needed in the community.

Funding can be used to deliver activities, but also to help your organisation recover, adapt and thrive (including provision of core funding). This includes supporting you to become more financially resilient and operate in a more digital world. NLCF can also help you to make useful connections with other organisations, whilst also supporting infrastructure to nurture grassroots community action.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone, especially during these unprecedented times. NLCF want to support projects that:

  • involve people and communities from the start 
  • build on people’s strengths
  • are connected in their community.

Awards for All funding is up to £10,000 for projects of up to 12 months.

Reaching Communities and Partnership funding is for funding of over £10,000 for up to 5 years.

BBC Children in Need

The Main and Small Grants Programmes are currently open for applications.

The next two deadlines for applications are:

  • 11.30am, 21st December 2020
  • 11.30am, 18th March 2021

BBC Children in Need is intending to run some additional, thematic programmes in 2021, starting with a Youth Social Action Fund which will launch in early 2021.

When describing how your project will make children’s lives better, you should talk about:

  • The disadvantages faced by the children and young people you support, and what effects these have on their lives.
  • What your project will do and how its activities will help make a difference to children’s lives.
  • The three most important differences your project will make that will improve children’s lives. This is the aspect of your application that interests BBC CIN most. If you are awarded a grant you will be asked to report back on these in detail.

Full details are available on the BBC CIN website.

Mental Health Sustainability Programme

Deadline 13th December 2020

Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP) has launched 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, AMHP 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. AMHP 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 11:59pm on Sunday 13 December 2020.

Operation Payback Fund

The £350,000 for this fund is created from money gained through crime. The funding, which uses money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, which includes seizures from criminals.

The fund is aimed at grass roots projects in local communities who provide locally-designed support for vulnerable people, diversionary activities or who seek to turn things around and improve their local neighbourhood. The PCC is encouraging new ideas and collaboration with others in the VCS or statutory services to create resilient and flourishing communities where opportunities for anti-social or criminal behaviour are reduced and will not be tolerated.

Organisations can apply for resource, capital or match funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 for projects that can clearly demonstrate how they will:

Directly combat the impact of crime in local communities – organisations will ensure that the impact of crime in the communities they serve is reduced or minimised through innovative and locally designed interventions or projects which help to increase resilience within the communities creating an environment where communities flourish, feelings and perceptions of safety are increased and crime is not tolerated.

Reduce crime – organisations will ensure that, through their project or intervention, crime within local communities is reduced through locally-designed work that will:

  • Identify early, anyone at risk of being drawn into crime and provide preventative interventions to guide them away from crime and prevent others form going down a path that may lead to crime; and/or
  • Intervene at the earliest possible opportunity with people who are already involved or suspected to be involved in criminal activity to try turn them around through interventions or diversionary work; and/or
  • Work with people who are already involved in criminal activity and use a range of rehabilitative work to ensure they do not continue with a life of crime.

Reduce anti-social behaviour and provide diversionary activities - organisations will ensure that through their project/intervention ASB within local communities is reduced through locally-designed work that will:

  • Identify early, anyone at risk of being drawn into engaging in ASB and provide preventative and diversionary interventions to guide them away from that behaviour and prevent them and other from going down a path that may lead to escalating ABS and crime; and/or
  • Intervene at the earliest possible opportunity with people who are already involved or suspected to be involved in ASB in the communities to try prevent any further escalation of behaviour and through interventions or diversionary work;
  • Work with people who are already engaging in serious ASB and use a range of rehabilitative work to ensure they do not continue with this behaviour or that their behaviour does not escalate further.

All applications to be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Friday 8 January 2021. You must phone 07783363988 to have a discussion with the Commissioning and Policy Team about whether your project might be suitable for this fund.

Full details are available on the PCC's website.

Weston Charity Awards

Applications for the 2021 Weston Charity Awards are now OPEN!! Applications close at 5pm on 8th January 2021.

The Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth through a year-long programme. Award holders finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future.

In 2021 they aim to select 20 winners who will receive a fantastic package of benefits:

  • A year of support from Pilotlight.
  • Unrestricted cash contribution of £6,500 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings.
  •  Access to a network of local charities working with Pilotlight.
  • 2 ‘Connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year.

To be eligible to apply, charities must have the following:

  • A registered charity number
  • Be working in the fields of Welfare, Youth or Community
  • At least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position
  • Income of less than £5 million per year
  • Provide direct services to beneficiaries
  • Majority of activity or beneficiaries are in the Midlands, North of England or Wales.

Full details on the Weston Awards website.