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Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features

The William and Jane Morris Fund accept applications for grants of between £500 and £5,000, to carry out small programmes of conservation work to decorative features and monuments. Churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896 may apply.

All work funded must be directed by a professional architect or established conservator and completed according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

Eligible work could include, but is not limited to:

Stained glass windows
Internal monuments
Wall paintings.

The next closing date for applications is the 31st August 2021.

Further information





South Staffs Water Pebble (Biodiversity) Fund

South Staffs Water Pebble Fund, for ‘Projects that Explore Biodiversity Benefits in the Local Environment’, is now open to applications from community groups or charities that want to encourage and enhance biodiversity.

Applications are invited for funding up to £10,000, from schools, youth groups, wildlife groups, charities or community organisations for any projects designed to improve, restore or create new habitats, and which benefit biodiversity, the environment and have a positive impact on the local community.

Applications can be submitted until 30 June 2021.

For more information and to apply, see here.

Meet the Funder: The Tudor Trust

It is with great delight, we can announce that The Tudor Trust will be our June Meet the Funder guest speaker. This is a great opportunity to find out more about their funds, who is eligible to apply and what their criteria for submitting an application is. Attendees will be able to discuss with the representative from The Tudor Trust any questions you may have prior to making your application during the online session.

The virtual Meet the Funder session will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 17th June 2021, 1.30pm. To register your FREE attendance at the session please visit Eventbrite by clicking here.

This is a unique opportunity for organisations to find out first-hand about their grants programme, enabling your organisation to develop a stronger case for funding based on the conversation held as part of our Meet the Funder Session.

All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar an email by SCVO with joining instructions will be sent nearer the time of the session – be sure to pencil the date into your diary!

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

The Kickstart Scheme has changed.

You no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant.

You can now apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either:

  • applying online yourself
  • applying through a Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme

For further information please view –

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ESF Community Grant funds local CIC to deliver employment support during Covid 19 pandemic

The pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone. For community based organisations face to face work is usually the key to delivering a successful project. People who face challenges getting back into work appreciate the resources and support a community centre based project can offer. During the pandemic Community Grant funded projects have had to find other ways of offering the same quality of support.

The Empowering People in Change CIC (EPIC CIC), in West Bromwich, was funded £17,954.80 to support 20 people move closer to the job market. They specialise in supporting people from Eastern and Central European Countries to access courses that will help them into work.

Ruth Burgess, Community Grant Manager, caught up with project worker, Jelena, and project participant, Teresa, to see how EPIC have managed to keep their “Upskilling Project” running during Covid 19.

To read how Ruth got on and to find out more about ESF Community Grants, click here.


Tackling Inequalities Fund

Versus Arthritis have teamed up with Sport England to distribute grants of up to £5,000 to support people with long-term health conditions to get active. Organisations in England (outside London) should be working to increase the availability of exercise opportunities for people with long-term health conditions in local communities, to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

Applications are particularly welcome from groups who also support people from lower socio-economic groups, Black, Asian and/or minority ethnic communities and disabled people.

For more information about the Tackling Inequalities Fund, including how to apply, please see Inspiring active communities (

If you have any questions please email


Armed Forces Charities’ Financial Support

pound-850369_1280The latest report by Directory of Social Change, funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), found that 178 Armed Forces charities provide financial support to at least 50,000 serving and ex-Service personnel and their families, spending at least £39 million in the year before the survey took place (July/August 2020).

Financial stressors – which for those in the Armed Forces community may occur before, during or after service – can have major impacts on individuals and families.

This research provides a comprehensive overview of the financial support delivered by Armed Forces charities.

To read the full Focus on: Finance report,  provided by the DSC, and find out more about funded projects, click here.



The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is now open for applications!

Community organisations, charities and groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) for projects to help tackle loan sharks. Collaborative bids between multiple agencies are also welcome.

The funding comes from money seized from convicted loan sharks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Projects must raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks, reduce crime and disorder and have a positive impact on communities.

Read the full story and learn how to apply on our website at

For information on expenditure we will and will not fund and to see a list of previous successful applicants, please visit

The deadline for POCA applications is Wednesday, 30th June 2021.

Please note we are not accepting paper applications this year. You will need to download and complete an application form from the Stop Loan Sharks website.

If you have any questions or would like further support with completing your application, please feel free to contact us at or drop me an email.


Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights

UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of usually between £10,000 and £20,000 through the A B Charitable Trust. The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) was set up in 1990 and supports unpopular causes that champion human dignity and to focus on small and medium-sized charities working close to the ground.

Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support:
• migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
• criminal justice and penal reform
• human rights, particularly access to justice

The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.

The next closing date for applications is the 25th April 2021.

For further information please view –

FREE Virtual Meet the Funder: BBC Children in Need

We are pleased to invite you to our June Meet the Funder session with BBC Children in Need’s Grants Officer Christine Jobes. Christine will be joining SCVO on Thursday 24th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programme. This is your opportunity to learn more about the funds available and their funding criteria prior to submitting your application directly to them.

Our FREE session will enable you to connect with the funder, as you’ll have the opportunity, to ask questions directly and receive tailored advice from them, as you learn more about the BBC Children in Need programme. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together to share knowledge and experience.

Booking onto the webinar is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

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