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Information Session – Arts Council New Project Grants Application Process

Are you thinking of applying to the Arts Council to fund your project? This session will help you apply under the new Project Grants form.

Join Creative Black Country with special guest Jill Brown, Relationship Manager Combined Arts and Touring at Arts Council England to find out all about the new Project Grant application form. Gain some insights and tips for your application.

The event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 9th March 2022, 14:00 – 15:30. Tickets for the free event are available via Eventbrite by clicking here.

Jill will go through the new format and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session following the presentation.

New grants scheme launched by Eveson Charitable Trust

Eveson Charitable Trust are pleased to announce the launch of their new grants scheme ‘Enhance Grants’.

Registered charities that they have supported previously can apply for up to £10,000 to fund training or consultancy advice in areas such as strategy, safeguarding and governance. New applicants are also welcome to apply.

Charities can apply while they currently hold a grant from them, but they won’t fund work that has already taken place.

Charities wanting to apply for a grant under this scheme should complete an Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

More details on the grants scheme are available here.

Severn Trent Community Fund Maximising the Legacy

Severn Trent Community Fund have some exciting news to share with you about their plans for their Community Fund next spring.

Severn Trent are really proud to have partnered with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as its Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Supporter. Together they’ll assist their pledge to leave a carbon-neutral legacy – because when we look after nature, it benefits your water too!

To help maximise the legacy of the partnership, they are temporarily refocusing their Community Fund in spring 2022 to specifically support projects that help communities all across the Severn Trent region reduce carbon and care for nature.

Non-profit organisations and local community groups with an income of less than £500,000 (averaged over the last 3 years) will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000, £10,000 or £20,000 to support their new community project linking to one or more of the following themes – green spaces, recycling and making the most of resources and water saving heroes. Organisations from across the Severn Trent region will be eligible to apply for support for their new project idea.

Applications will open in January 2022 and in March our Customer Panel will review and shortlist the projects. The finalists will then go to a public vote in April with successful projects being awarded in May.

For more information click here or organisations can find out more and register their interest on our website at

They’ll also be holding funding workshops to share more details on eligibility from late December and throughout January and February – interested groups can sign up for these through Eventbrite here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Severn Trent at and they’ll be happy to help.

Tesco Community Grants Helping to Fight Holiday Hunger

Tesco Community Grants fund thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more.

The scheme is open to all registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.

Examples of eligible applications with a focus on food security, children and young people could be:

  • A local school needing support to buy food for a children’s breakfast club,
  • A voluntary organisation working with families to run a food bank,
  • A charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
  • A brownie or scout group needing new camping equipment,
  • Kitchen equipment for a youth project to set up a holiday club,
  • Supporting a community centre wanting to put on a Christmas lunch or Meals on Wheels service,
  • A healthy eating project that supports families to cook healthy meals on a budget,
  • A local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.

Tesco colleagues in each store will help select those needing a little help in your local area and when our customers are given a blue token, in any of our Tesco stores at the checkout, they can vote for their favourite charity to receive a grant.

For more information contact Jenna Small, Groundwork by email at or call her on 07872 857196

easyfundraising Workshop: How Your Organisation Can Tap into Unrestricted Funding in 2022

easyfundraising in partnership with SCVO are holding a workshop on ‘How your organisation can tap into unrestricted funding in 2022’ taking place on Tuesday 8th February 2022, 12.30-1.15pm online.

Come along to this informal session to find out how your voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club or charity can benefit from unrestricted funding in 2022.

Becky from easyfundraising will talk through how you can use the easyfundraising platform to collect donations for your organisation from leading online retailers.

Becky will demonstrate how it works, show you how to get started and answer any questions you have. This is an easy and effective way to boost your funds in 2022 so do come along to find out how!

easyfundraising is free to use and is trusted by 170,000 community groups charities and voluntary organisations around the UK. To date, over £38m has been raised for good causes through the easyfundraising platform.

Spaces are limited so register to attend by clicking here.

To find out more about easyfundraising and set up a free easyfundraising page for your organisation, visit or contact

We look forward to seeing you in 2022 for this FREE workshop!


Platinum Jubilee Funding Programme

To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th (Platinum) Jubilee, The National Lottery Community Fund will make funding available to 70 projects across the UK. This is a significant National moment, and they are looking for projects that go beyond simply celebrating it.

They want to fund projects aligned to one or more of their three areas of focus:

  1. Across Generations – Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations.
  2. Community Renewal – Supporting new opportunities for people to develop skills and experiences in their local community, as well as opportunities to bring people together in new ways, and in new or different places and spaces.
  3. Our Shared Natural World – Deepening our care and action locally for the natural world.

Funded projects will need to be up and running by Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on the 5 June 2022. They plan to make their final decisions on which projects to fund in Spring 2022. So, they would expect the projects they fund under this programme to start in Spring 2022 onwards.

Funding programme key facts:

  • Opens to applications on Wednesday 17 November 2021 and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 15 December, unless 700 applications are received sooner
  • Available UK wide but projects do not need to be operating across the UK
  • £3.5m is available and we’ll be offering grants of between £30,000 – £50,000
  • 70 projects will receive funding
  • Funded projects will have up to 2 years to deliver their activities from award
  • Will not cover capital costs

The Platinum Jubilee Fund will offer eligible groups funding for activities that meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • connects people across generations through doing activities together
  • makes use of significant local sites or spaces – parks, heritage buildings, community spaces etc.
  • considers future generations and how the Jubilee can leave a legacy for them in the community
  • creates new opportunities for the people that live locally to contribute and/or to build skills and experience
  • starts something new (a set of activities, a group, a community space, a service, a network) that marks the Jubilee as a turning point in the community
  • is designed and led by young people who want to be more active in shaping the future of their communities
  • starts collective action in relation to the natural world locally – giving more people the opportunity to care for the planet at a local level

They’ll prioritise applications from groups who:

  • have not received funding from us before
  • do not have a current award with us
  • are smaller or medium sized organisations or groups with an annual turnover of under £100,000
  • or are organisations that can demonstrate to us that they have significant reach into communities and are able to engage a large number of people to get involved
  • work in communities where there is a history of fewer funding opportunities.
  • work in areas where we know communities face challenging economic circumstances.

You can apply online from 17 November by searching for ‘The Platinum Jubilee’ on their website.

You’ll need to ensure that your group or organisation is eligible to apply. If your group or organisation is NOT eligible, even if we love your idea we cannot award funding.

What is an eligible organisation? You can apply if you are a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
  • statutory body (including town, parish, community council or local council).

To help answer any questions groups may have about our eligibility please contact

The Arnold Clark Community Fund Reopens

The Arnold Clark Community Fund are relaunching their Community Fund to provide financial help to community groups and charities that have been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Community Fund is open to all UK registered charities and local community groups who fall into these categories. The fund is also open to community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises.

Successful applicants will receive grants of up to £1,000.

To check for eligibility and to apply please visit their website by clicking here.

Premier League launches Defibrillator Fund for Grassroots Facilities

The Premier League has announced that it will provide funding for the implementation of more than two thousand defibrillators at grassroots football clubs and facilities in England.

Working in partnership with the Football Foundation and the FA, a first phase of the Premier League Defibrillator Fund will provide defibrillators in time for the start of the 2021/22 season to Football Foundation funded facilities that are currently without a life-saving device onsite.

In the second phase, which is expected in September, grassroots clubs that own their facilities will be able to apply for funding for a defibrillator.

More information

Ragdoll Foundation funds projects that use the Arts and Media to address the concerns of Children

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media, can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation. The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.

A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling. Supported projects need to support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals.

Funding is available through two programmes:

1. Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme)
Grants of £1,500 to £50,000 are available for new, larger or longer-term projects. Projects can last for up to three years. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications to the main grants programme are assessed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

2. Small Grants Programme
Organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for small, one-off projects, pilot projects, or research and development projects lasting up to 6 months.
The next deadline for applications is the 27th August 2021.

Preference will be given to those projects which are committed to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

Click here for more information


National Lottery Community Fund – Emergency Grants

The National Lottery Community Fund is distributing emergency grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations in England to continue to deliver services to communities affected by Covid-19.

Funding can also be used to help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic. Applications are invited from voluntary or community organisations; registered charities; constituted groups or clubs and not-for-profit or Community Interest Companies.

Applications are ongoing; however, eligibility will change after Tuesday 17 August 2021.

For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit their website by clicking here.

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