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British Science Week 2021 Kick Start Grants Now Open

The British Science Association has announced that applications for British Science Week “Kick Start” grants have reopened for applications.

As part of the British Science Week (BSW), the British Science Association, with funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is providing grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events.

British Science Week (BSW), which is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths.

There are four types of grant:
• Kick Start Youth grant: a grant of £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised and delivered by students aged 10-19.
• Kick Start grant: a grant of £300 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week.
• Kick Start More grant: a grant of £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community. The community can comprise of families/carers, members of local community groups, local businesses and local press.

• NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: a grant of £450 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week and an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19.
To be eligible students must be from a school that fulfills one or more of the following criteria.
• Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils eligible for the pupil premium or equivalent;
• Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds;
• Be a small school based in a remote and rural location.
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The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 9th November 2020.

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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


New Fund Launched to Improve the Quality of Life for Serving Armed Forces Personnel

Army, Air and Naval units are encouraged to apply for funding for projects that improve the quality of life for serving personnel and their families living on or near an Armed Forces base or station in the UK or overseas.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available through the NAAFI Fund for projects or activities that help bring people together and reduce boredom or isolation amongst single serving personnel living in Single Living Accommodation, and Armed Forces families.

Funding can be used to refurbish spaces for recreation and leisure, purchase equipment or run projects of up to a year.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is administering the Fund on behalf of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).

The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 23rd November 2020.

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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.


Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Projects the Help the Homeless

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people.

The grants are available for capital costs and examples of previously supported projects include:
• The Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, where people undertake education and training courses as well as receiving advice and food, received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration.
• A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.

The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th December 2020.

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Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Programme

The Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Programme provides National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support charities, voluntary and community groups run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue to share those experiences and play a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.

This funding will support lived experience leadership, and make sure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.
Funding is available for up to two years and can be used to either focus on the immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis, or help communities recover, renew and become more sustainable after the impact of COVID-19, or both.

The National Lottery Community Fund expects to fund between 30 and 40 projects.
The programme will fund a wide range of items including:
• equipment,
• one-off events,
• staff and training costs,
• transport, utilities/running costs,
• volunteer expenses.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 13th October 2020.
The application form is available on the National Lottery Community Fund website –

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Commission Opportunity

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) wishes to commission provision to support local voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver learning opportunities to targeted priority groups of residents. Any organisation that receives funding from SAFL will be classed as a subcontractor. 

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning have grants available of between £10,000 to £50,000 per project for the delivery of training in security, logistics, warehousing and digital skills on our behalf.

Full details can be found by clicking here.

Applications open 28th September 2020.


  • Release of the 2020-2021 Community Learning Offer – 28th September 2020
  • Invitations to submit applications for delivery to commence from November 2020 28th September 2020 – 9th October 2020
  • Notification of results from Project Panel Review 19th October 2020
  • Contracts Awarded W/C 19th October 2020

All applications for funding will be received using the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council procurement process. If you are interested in submitting an application, please complete an application form available from the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council procurement web page by clicking here.

To access the full specification and application form, organisations will need to be registered on the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council procurement system click here.

Please note: Applications will be approved subject to sufficient funds being available. Projects can be short or long but all activity must be completed by 30th June 2021

Community Learning Specification and Guidance can be accessed by clicking here.

For an informal chat about this opportunity please call SAFL on 0121 557 0837 or email

Why Hybrid Events Are the Future of Charity Fundraisers

Hybrid Events offer an opportunity for your charity to experience the best of both worlds: bringing together the accessibility and reach of virtual events and the memorable experiences and opportunities for networking that come with physical ones. 

Enthuse have developed a resource that offers practical advice on everything you need to know about setting up your very own hybrid event and maximising its reach. From finding the right idea, through to setting targets, driving participation and tracking engagement.

Find out more or to download the e-book by clicking here.

What are Hybrid Events?

A ‘Hybrid Event’ is any event (such as a fundraiser, networking event, conference, seminar or workshop) that combines a traditional physical event infrastructure with a virtual component.

Hybrid events usually follow the same model as in-person ones, with the addition of virtual components. For example, a conference following the Hybrid Event model would retain many features of a physical event, such as a central venue, a programme of events, and in-person networking. Speakers may be present in person, attending virtually through video-conferencing software, or a combination of both.

Hybrid Events combine the best characteristics of both virtual and physical events. That’s why they are often used as a means of increasing participation and engagement. They enable the participation of people who might be unable to attend physically due to travel or time zone constraints or through a wish to reduce the carbon footprint of the event.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

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.

Aviva Community Fund

The current round of the Aviva Community Fund is closing soon, and Aviva are especially keen to attract applications focusing on:

• Climate/environmental issues
• Financial resilience and inclusion
• Using innovation to bring about change and build communities”

You’ll need to get your application in by 23:59 Tuesday 13 October, so don’t hang about!

Once accepted you’ll then have a month to create your project page with Aviva’s full support.

There is £250,000 of funding available as well as year-round support to help you gain crucial skills, confidence and experience in online fundraising with Crowdfunder to help you thrive and survive in times like these.

Find out all you need to know about the programme and whether your idea is eligible here.

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