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Funding for New Solutions to Youth Unemployment

Voluntary or community-sector organisations working with unemployed young people can apply for funding to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.

The funding which is being made available through the Youth Futures Foundation is looking to new solution to youth unemployment that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to reach more young people.

Two types of grants are available:

• Development Grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 per year for the delivery and development of new approaches over a 1-2-year period.

• Impact Grants of between £100,000 and £1.2million per year for the delivery of new innovative projects over a 1-5-year period.

Statutory organisations applying individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership or consortia can also apply.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information


Nature Grants for Schools

Infant, primary and secondary schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training. This year, the scheme is also open to non-mainstream schools, including pupil referral units.

Schools can choose from over 100 different products to deliver outdoor learning and play. These include:
Den Building Kits
Small Spaces Planters
Study Centres
Litter Picking Kits
Investigating Weather Kits

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grant scheme. The charity has been helping schools across Great Britain since 2017. Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the grants have so far provided £900,000 worth of equipment to 800 schools.

The programme is only open to schools. Nurseries, pre-schools and gardening groups are not eligible. Reception settings attached to a school (i.e. on the same physical site) are eligible to apply in partnership with a school, but the school must lead the application.

The closing date for applications is the 13th November 2020.

For further information see here.

Interested schools can also email for further information.


Free trees, planting workshop and curriculum resources for three Sandwell schools

Whether they’re absorbing pollution, producing oxygen, sucking up excess rainwater, providing homes for wildlife or so much more, Trees work hard.

Trees for Cities have been successful in securing funding to work with three Sandwell Primary schools who meet the following criteria:

• Can evidence high need through pupil premium, EAL and SEND
• Have a large area for planting trees with land that is soft enough to dig and plant trees
• Can support a simple evaluation, including anecdotes from the staff, children and photographs from the day.

Want to get involved in this exciting opportunity? Then please contact Contact Helen Marriott at or call 07591 387266.

Tesco Bags of Help Children and Young Person Fund

The Tesco COVID emergency fund has now closed after awarding £500 grants to groups across the country since 1st April. In the West Midlands alone almost 750 groups have received funding, nationwide over 8,000 groups!

In its place is a children/youth based fund giving grants of £1000, which is now open. There is no current deadline but it will close to various regions once capacity is reached for our shortlisting panels (estimated close end of October/start November).

Visit the website

Heritage Lottery – Government’s £40million Green Recovery Challenge Fund Opens for Applications

Grants from £50,000 to £5m are now available to kick-start the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “I am delighted that we are distributing the Green Recovery Challenge Fund on behalf of Defra. We are committed to supporting the nature and environment sector quickly and effectively through this fund.”

Who is it for

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open to environmental charities and partnerships that include at least one environmental charity, with projects in England that are ready to start.

All projects must contribute to at least one of the following themes:

  • nature conservation and restoration
  • nature based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatland
  • connecting people with nature
  • Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs, providing opportunities and benefits for all ages, including young people. Projects from both rural, urban and inshore marine areas are welcomed.

How to apply

Applications for grants up to £250,000 must be submitted by midday on 2 October 2020. For applications over £250,000, there is a two-step process, with initial expressions of interest required by midday on 24 September 2020.

Up to 100% of project costs will be available.

Please read the full criteria and application guidance before submitting your application.

Applications under £250k

When you are ready to apply, complete and submit your application via their Application Portal.
If you do not already have a logon you will need to register.

Applications over £250k: Expressions of Interest

For applications for a grant above £250,000 a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form is mandatory. Guidance on the questions to be answered and a copy of the form is available.

An assessment panel involving all the Fund partners will use the information you provide to decide whether or not to invite you to submit a full grant application. If you are not invited to apply we will explain our reason.

We will aim to respond to all EOIs within ten working days of the deadline. You will then have three weeks to submit a full application.

Click here to submit your Expression of Interest.

A greener future

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund, part of a wider HM Government green economic recovery jobs and skills package, will enable environmental charities and their partners to restore nature and tackle climate change.

The fund will help create up to 3,000 jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers. In additional, it will safeguard up to 2,000 existing jobs in areas such as protecting species, finding nature-based solutions to tackling climate change, conservation rangers and connecting people with nature. It will also support suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing the Green Recovery Challenge Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency, on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). It has been made possible by bringing forward funding announced at Budget 2020 including £10m from the Nature Recovery Fund and £30m of Nature for Climate Funding.

For more information click here.

Source: Heritage Fund


Language Cash Released

pound-850369_1280Local organisations are invited to apply for funding to deliver English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for Sandwell residents.

Sandwell Language Network (SLN) is a new project funded by the Government’s ‘Controlling Migration Fund’, led by a partnership including Sandwell Consortium, Sandwell College, Sandwell Public Health and SCVO.

The project aims to increase the availability of English language support in Sandwell; boost existing provision and help language learners access employment pathways.

Funding is available for courses ranging from informal, conversational English to higher level proficiency acknowledged at international level.

All successful providers will be expected to contribute to the wider aims of the SLN project, which include recruiting and training volunteers to deliver courses. Other aims focus on supporting learners to access further educational opportunities and engage with local employment initiatives.

You can find out more by emailing or speak to a member of the team on 0121 533 2668.

Application deadlines are:

15th October, 2020
15th December, 2020
15th February, 2021

See Partner Funding Framework document and application form.


The Charities Aid Foundation Hands Out Record £702m to Charities

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) handed out more than £702m to charities globally last year, a record for the organisation.

The figures gave been revealed in its 2019/20 annual report that says charities in 110 countries benefitted.

The figure for 2019/20 is £56m more than the previous year.

CAF, which manages donations on behalf of philanthropists, businesses and individuals, says the record tally comes amid financial and political uncertainty over the last financial year.

This includes Brexit negotiations, the UK general election and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

CAF chief executive says the figures give him optimism that there will be a continued willingness to give as the health crisis continues.

“Despite a year that ended with uncertainty such as we have never seen in our lifetimes, our community of donors, be they individuals or companies, responded with record levels of generosity,” he said.

“At CAF, we are proud to have facilitated the distribution of those vital funds to so many good causes around the world, especially as many now find themselves in such challenging straits. The numbers in this year’s annual report translate into tangible, vital support for the millions of people who rely on the work of charities.

“The months and indeed years ahead will not be easy ones for both charities and the people they support, but the willingness to give detailed in this year’s report provide a sense of hope that we will be able to recover, rebuild and thrive once again.”

The annual report shows that CAF’s emergency fund paid almost £6.5m to more than 1,250 small UK charities during 2019/20.

Source: Charity Times

The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales. They award grants for charity projects and match fund the money that Morrisons colleagues raise for their chosen charities.

Their grant funding supports charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives. From support groups to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices, our grants provide vital funding for good causes across England, Scotland and Wales.

In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. Before submitting an application please read the following criteria and answer the eligibility questions by clicking here.

The Fat Beehive Foundation – Digital Funding for Small Charities

The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

Improving your digital presence can be transformational, but it’s really tough to secure funding in this area. The Fat Beehive Foundation exists to change that, offering small grants of up to £2,500 to charities with a turnover of less than £1 million.

Their  aim is to help these organisations carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.

They only fund charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year. As we aren’t a large funder, we provide highly specialised grants up to £2500 and can’t fund every charity that applies to us – much as we would like to.

Priorities for support
They can only support a limited amount of projects, based on the funding available for distribution in any given year.

Their funding priorities over the next year are:

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Social justice / Refugees / Housing
  • Education
  • Art & culture
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Prisoner rehabilitation

For more information and to apply click here.

Source: The Fat Beehive Foundation

Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment Grants

Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust. The Trust makes grants of between £250 and £500 (sometimes up to £5,000) to general, environmental and wildlife charities, so long as they are registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales or they are exempt or excepted charities (within the meaning of the Charities Act 2011).

The Trust also make grants to charities which focus on the conservation of wildlife and the environment which are typically in the £1,000 to £2,000 range.

Supported charities will be small in size or be applying for support for a modest project, such that the grant will have a meaningful impact. There are no deadlines, grants may be made towards revenue, capital or project expenditure and email, postal or online applications are accepted.

For more information or to apply click here.

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