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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.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme Expanded

BBC Children in Need are expanding their Emergency Essentials Programme, to include a broader range of basic essentials to support children and young people living with severe poverty across the UK.

The fund supports families with children who are living with financial, health and social difficulties, by providing items that meet children’s most basic needs such as kitchen appliances, furniture, baby equipment, beds, clothing, and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing.

Applications must come through a registered referral agency that is supporting the family or young person. The programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information


Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants Programme

Heart of England Community Foundation have relaunched the Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants programme! The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017 to continue to support various good causes throughout the UK.

There’s grants of up to £10,000 available for organisations in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. The fund focuses on health, vulnerable groups and employability.

Grants will be considered from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups that focus on supporting communities by issues caused that are intrinsically linked with the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more information or to apply click here.


Giving Children Another Chance Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund is investing up to £20 million to find out what works to keep children out of the criminal justice system. Another Chance Grant Round – Diversion from the criminal justice system, will open for applications on Monday, 19 April 2021.

There are lots of different diversion programmes that aim to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence. Whether it’s through mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring. The Youth Endowment Fund want to know how offering alternatives to arrest, conviction and custody, can sustainably prevent children from becoming involved in violence later in their lives.

Youth Endowment will fund diversionary programmes aimed at children who are:
• already known to statutory bodies like social care, youth offending teams or the police
• aged 10 to 17
• living in England or Wales

All projects go through a rigorous evaluation to find out what works. By building knowledge and helping people put it into practice, a sustainable change can be made for children and young people at the highest risk of involvement in violence.

For more information, including how to apply, and the opportunity for organisations interested in applying for funding for Another Chance – Diversion from the criminal justice system, click here.




Virtual Meet The Funder: Severn Trent

Severn Trent in partnership with SCVO are running a virtual Meet the Funder webinar with their Community Fund Officer, Sue Heyes, who will be taking you through their Community Fund criteria, eligibility and how to apply.

This webinar is for all Severn Trent customers whether water or/and waste and will be held on Thursday 18th February 2021, 10am till 11.30am via Lifesize video conferencing app. Please note, if you haven’t used the app before it will need to be installed on your chosen device prior to the webinar for you to be able to participate.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to find out more about the Severn Trent Community Fund, which is a commitment from 2020 to give away more than £10 million over five years to support new projects by local charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region – helping to make a real and tangible difference in our communities. Take a look at the projects that have been funded so far at

Places on the webinar are limited to 25 people so booking is essential and your place can be reserved by emailing Sue at Once you have booked your place Sue will send you all the details you need to access the webinar.

Please note your project needs to benefit Severn Trent customers to be eligible so if you are unsure you can check out who your water and waste supplier are by clicking here and entering the postcode of where your project us based (you can be a water or waste customer – or both).

Be sure to subscribe to our e-bulletin for future events and e-updates via our homepage at

UK Shared Prosperity Fund — £220m extra funding for ‘piloting and testing new approaches’

The Government has announced a £7.5 million funding package to help tackle loneliness over the winter period.

Funding will help provide immediate and targeted relief to those most at risk of loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

• Support will target sectors that bring people and communities together including the arts, libraries, charities and radio
• Grants will be administered via Arts Council England, the Government’s Loneliness Fund and two radio funds
• Move follows £4 million Local Connections Fund that will deliver over a thousand small grants to local community projects across the country.

To read more about this announcement click here.


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