Advice sector funding
New £7 million fund for work on equality and human rights in Scotland ...
The Scottish Government says that the fund - which is open for applications until 14 May - will support work which advances human rights, promotes equality and tackles discrimination around age, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability and race.
In Northern Ireland:
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced the release of over £7.5million of awards to support charities facing financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic.
Over 300 charities are being offered the funding after successfully applying to Phase 2 of the Covid-19 Charities Fund. The money is awarded to support unavoidable costs and eliminate deficits accumulated by charities from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021, with individually tailored awards of up to a maximum of £75,000 per charity
Expressions of interest sought from NFP orgs to deliver services in London, with a focus on combatting homelessness and tackling domestic and sexual abuse:
Pan-London Programme from 2022
London Councils is developing a new four-year programme that will retain a focus on combatting homelessness and tackling domestic and sexual abuse, with preliminary intentions to commission the following types of services:
- Prevention and targeted intervention
- Youth homelessness
- Support to the statutory and non-statutory sector to improve the response to homelessness
Tackling Domestic and Sexual Abuse:
- Prevention work with children and young people
- Advice, counselling and support to access services
- Helpline - support, advice, and access to refuge provision
- Data gathering and support for regional coordination of refuge provision
- Emergency refuge accommodation, support and move-on support
- Targeted services for those affected by harmful practices
- Support to the statutory and non-statutory sector to improve the response to domestic abuse
Who is this invitation to express an interest aimed at?
Voluntary and community, and not-for-profit organisations specialising in combatting homelessness and tackling domestic abuse, that are interested in helping us to develop the programme further, and who are thinking of applying for funding to deliver services from April 2022.
Mayor of London: Advice in Community Settings Grant Programme
Access to good quality, free, and independent advice is a hugely important part of supporting people to escape or prevent financial hardship. However, an unprecedented rise in demand set against a backdrop of a decade of funding cuts to advice services means that far too many Londoners are unable to access the advice and support they need in their local communities.
This project invites organisations to either develop new partnerships or strengthen existing ones to respond to the needs of their local communities. It encourages organisations to work in partnership to deliver advice to best support their residents or the communities they serve.
The programme has two stages:
- Stage 1: Support partnerships between community settings and providers of advice. Between £5,000 and £7,500 is available for each partnership.
- Stage 2: Fund these partnerships to deliver targeted interventions to help families or individuals on low or no incomes to access advice and support.
The deadline for partnerships to apply to take part is 12pm, Friday 7 May 2021
The Fore Trust’s Summer Funding Round for smaller charities opens on 12 April 2021:
From 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. We make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation ...
The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past. We want to be different. Our funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.
Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.
Govt has announced that an additional £2 million is being invested in the Community Justice Fund.
Administered by the Access to Justice Foundation, the CJF is a joint initiative between Advice UK, Law Centres Network, Citizens Advice, the AB Charitable Trust, Indigo Trust, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and others:
The extra money follows a £5.4 million government grant for the initiative last year. It will enable specialist organisations to further invest in technology to allow remote access to services through platforms such as Zoom and Teams, hire more staff and ensure their vital services remain available despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
The move will also ensure a greater number of people can access support to resolve their issues more quickly, and away from the courtroom – helping to alleviate pressure on the justice system.
The Baring Foundation has launched a new funding round of its Strengthening Civil Society programme focused on supporting expert legal ‘hub’ organisations:
We are pleased to launch a new round of funding for expert legal ‘hub organisations’. The funding is designed to help hub organisations to scale their activities to enable them to work with more civil society organisations to challenge discrimination and disadvantage and create long-term social change.
This funding can be used to support hub activities which use legal action in all its forms – whether that is to empower individuals and groups, persuade public and private bodies, challenge government, or a mix of all three.
New £1.8 million fund to help more people become digitally and financially empowered:
The Santander Foundation has announced the launch of a new £1.8 million Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund focused on providing grants to support UK charities and Community Interest Companies working to build people’s digital and financial skills.
The Fund will support projects equipping people with the tools, knowledge and confidence to make better, informed decisions about money.
Applications for Justice Together‘s second funding round will open next week for organisations to become ‘advice’ or ‘influencing’ partners:
- Applications open on 5 July 2021 for advice and representation work in London, Yorkshire and Humber, the South East of England and Northern Ireland. Other areas will become available in 2022. We expect to fund 2-3 grant partners per area for an initial 3-year grant period with additional grants in London.
We expect to fund 2-3 grant partners per area for an initial 3-year grant period with additional grants in London. We anticipate making grants in the range of £90,000 – £300,000 for individual applications and £90,000 – £600,000 for multiple organisation partnerships/collaborations.
- Applications open on 5 July 2021 for national influencing work across the UK including the devolved nations, for work focused on influencing national governments.
Applications also open for regional or local influencing in London, Yorkshire and Humber, the South East, North East and North West of England, and in Scotland. These will be available on an ongoing basis. Other areas will become available in 2022.
We expect to make 10-15 grants in total over 2021-22. We anticipate making grants in the range of £90,000 – £300,000 for individual applications and £90,000 – £600,000 for multiple organisation partnerships/collaborations.
Applications for the next round of funding from the Matrix Causes Fund are open:
The Matrix Causes Fund is a charitable fund administered by Matrix. Since 2003 we have committed over £1million to national and international charitable causes. The Matrix Causes Fund is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund, UK charity no. 1099682. Members and staff alike make monthly contributions to the Fund and a sub-committee considers applications for funding on a quarterly basis.
The Matrix Causes Fund provides support to organisations which promote access to justice (particularly for people trying to get support to meet their basic personal needs), equality of opportunity, or a sustainable environment.
Applications are particularly welcome from organisations whose focus is on supporting the needs of vulnerable persons such as prisoners, asylum seekers, people with mental health difficulties, people (particularly children) with disabilities, or women in refuges.
Applications are now open for Comic Relief and the MoJ’s new £1.7m tech fund:
We are inviting proposals from organisations supporting survivors / victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, who are led ‘by / with and for’ communities facing racial inequality, disabled people or LGBTQ+ communities. Funds will support activities and offer wrap-around support which improve digital and remote capacity, provide continuity in support, and enhance future sustainability.
Large charities received more than a quarter of emergency Covid-19 government funding aimed at smaller community organisations, it has emerged.
Hundreds of grants from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) were awarded to charities with incomes over £1m, even though the fund was established to help small and medium-sized charities cope with the impact of the pandemic.
An independent evaluation of the CCSF by the polling company Ipsos MORI, published this week, showed that one in 10 grants were won by large charities, including some charities worth more than £100m a year.
Barclays are making a further 50 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable people and communities impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis:
UK charities, with an annual income of at least £1m, are invited to apply to receive a donation of £100,000 to meet the needs of our communities as they emerge from the pandemic, including:
- help for people experiencing physical and mental health issues;
- financial assistance for people facing financial hardship;
- support for ethnically diverse communities disproportionately impacted by the crisis; and
- enhancing digital accessibility.
Applications are now open and will close at 6pm (UK time) on Friday 6 August, 2021.
London Councils has just launched a new four-year, £26.7m Pan-London Grants Programme.
Voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations specialising in combatting homelessness and tackling domestic abuse are invited to submit proposals in relation to:
- Prevention and targeted intervention
- Prevention and targeted intervention for rough sleepers
- Prevention and targeted intervention for young people
- Improving the response to homelessness in London (working with housing and homelessness organisations and professionals)
Tackling Domestic and Sexual Abuse
- Prevention (children and young people)
- Specialist advice, counselling and support (for medium risk survivors (including post-IDVA/ISVA) and target groups not accessing general provision)
- Helpline services (advice and support, access to refuge provision)
- Improving the response to domestic and sexual abuse in London (working with domestic and sexual abuse organisations and professionals)
- Services for people affected by harmful practices
Deadline for applications: 10 September 2021.
Start Date: 1 April 2022.
Cash to help newly arrived families with Hong Kong British National (Overseas) status settle into communities, register for local services and find jobs, has opened for bidding today.
Community groups across the United Kingdom now have the chance to bid for a share of a £2.6 million fund to support programmes that will help newly arrived families make the best start to rebuilding their lives.
The government has responded to the recommendations in the Public Accounts Committee’s recent report on the delivery of the £513m Covid-19 financial support package for charities and voluntary orgs.
The Committee’s recommendations related to -
- the need for the govt to take steps to monitor and understand the financial health and resilience of the charity sector;
- the need for more transparency in relation to the steps the govt took to ensure there was a clear distinction between impartial advice from civil servants on the allocation of funding and the political advice offered by special advisers;
- how the govt will judge the value for money it got from having contracted with a professional services firm to perform due diligence on applications for funding;
- the criteria the govt will use to assess the impact of the funding programme, both on charities that did not receive support as well as those that did.
The government’s responses are set out in the ‘Fifth report of Session 2021-22’ in the August 2021 Treasury Minutes:
From Trust for London:
Our connected communities programme is now open to groups with an income of up to £300,000, without a limit on potential grant size.
Special priority is given to organisations led by those from Black and Minoritised groups, and to Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations.
The Postcode Innovation Trust’s ‘Dream Fund’ is open for applications, including for proposals to deliver systemic change in relation to social inequality and pandemic recovery:
The Dream Fund will offer a total award fund of £3,500,000 for charitable organisations to deliver projects within Great Britain from 2022-2025.
Charities will be able to apply for up to £1,250,000 for an innovative, impactful and collaborative project.
Applications must come from a partnership of at least two charitable organisations, one of which will be designated as the lead. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations. Local authorities and public sector bodies are not eligible to apply, either as lead or partner organisations.
The deadline for applications is 1 November 2021.
35 full-time equivalent new welfare benefit advisers in Wales:
First Minister: ‘I fully agree with what Huw Irranca-Davies said, Llywydd, about the need to make sure that as many as people as possible in Wales are getting the help that is already there in the system, and far, far too many families in Wales miss out on the help that is there. We carried out a welfare benefits take-up campaign back in March of this year; it has resulted in hundreds of thousands of pounds in additional benefit being claimed by Welsh families, and we’re going to repeat that benefit take-up campaign at the end of this month and through the rest of the winter months. You’ve then got to make sure, as Huw Irranca-Davies said, that the facilities are there to deal with the extra demand that will be generated, and I’m very pleased to say that the Welsh Government is going to fund 35 full-time equivalent new welfare benefit advisers for advice Cymru so that the person power is there, when the campaign results in more people coming forward, to give them the advice that they will need. All those people will have been recruited by the end of this month, and they will be there to do exactly what Huw Irranca-Davies said, Llywydd: to make sure that we do more to help people to get the help that is still there, even as that really important strand in assistance is being taken away from them.’
Additional £3million funding to support council-managed community development and advice services announced in Northern Ireland:
‘This funding distributed by the 11 councils will target local need by working in partnership with the local voluntary and community sector to ensure the delivery of better, more responsive services and better outcomes for communities.
During the pandemic advice organisations on the ground have been crucial in providing emergency response to those struggling and their services will continue to be critical in assisting community recovery in the months ahead, particularly with the ending of Furlough and the £20 cut to Universal Credit.’
From the EHRC:
We have launched a landmark fund to tackle race discrimination and help victims seek justice.
The Race Legal Support Fund sees the regulator dedicate one of its biggest ever funds to legal work to fight race discrimination. Open for a minimum of two years, the fund will see up to £250,000 allocated this year to tackling race discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, with more available in future years.
Rosa’s Rise Fund provides organisational development funding for Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations across the UK.
Through this fund, we are offering two-year grants of up to £40,000 to Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations in the UK which have been established for three years or more, and which have an average income of less than £100,000 per year ...
The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 10th January. Grants will be paid in July 2022 and will last for 2 years.
The MOJ has published an end of grant report on the Covid-19 Specialist Advice Services Scheme
Through the Covid-19 Specialist Advice Services Scheme (CSASS), £5.4 million was awarded in 2020/21 by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to the Law Centres Network and Community Justice Fund to support not-for-profit specialist legal advice organisations and Law Centres. This funding enabled recipient organisations to remain operational and adapt their services, through investing in technology, to deliver support remotely and hire more staff to keep up with demand.
... The funding comprised of £2.8 million from HMT, via DCMS, and £2.6 million from MOJ’s budget. We awarded £3 million to law centres, via the Law Centres Network (LCN), and £2.4 million to specialist legal advice organisations through the Community Justice Fund. The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative between leading social justice organisations including Advice UK, Law Centres Network, Citizens Advice, the AB Charitable Trust, Indigo Trust, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The Community Justice Fund is administered by the Access to Justice Foundation ...
The Access to Justice Foundation’s 2022 Spring Grants Round - which aims to support pro bono provision throughout the UK at a regional and/or local level - is open ...
Applications for funding will generally be considered in the region of £15,000-£30,000 and the deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Monday 7th March 2022.
More information, including key criteria and details on how to apply can be found on the ATJF’s website: http://atjf.org.uk/grants.
DLUHC has just published info on a new Voluntary, Community and Frontline Sector Grant ...
Looks like three-year funding (July 2022 to 31 March 2025) to support the VCF sector in England with ‘potential investment of up to’ £8m across 4 strands -
- building the capacity, skills and knowledge of a range of frontline staff and volunteers in England through the provision of effective, quality homelessness and housing training, information resources and skills development;o
- delivery of specialist, prompt and effective 2nd tier housing, homelessness and welfare benefit advice via telephone, webchat, and digital tools to frontline staff and volunteers providing rough sleeping, homelessness and housing support based in local authorities and the voluntary sector;
- facilitating and supporting joint working between the voluntary and community sector, local public bodies and local authorities to tackle local homelessness challenges - using a partnership approach to address barriers in local systems;
- developing the faith and community sector, delivery of training and best practice support for the national night shelter network, and accreditation for community organisations and shelters.
Application deadline is: Friday 1 April 2022
The Scottish Government has announced funding for the Scottish Refugee Council and Ukraine Advice Scotland (run by JustRight Scotland) to provide advice, support and information services for Ukrainian people and their families.