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Sir James Knott Trust

Sir James Knott Trust supports charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Hartlepool.

The Trust is an excellent local funder that makes monthly decisions on applications of up to £1,000 and larger grants three times per year.

Special consideration is given to charitable activities known to have been of particular interest to Sir James Knott. They include: Providing opportunities for people to congregate such as youth clubs and projects to help the elderly. Sir James was concerned that people could find work and so they support training. He was keen to ensure that that people have a roof over their heads, where they are safe. Finally, Sir James and Lady Knott, having lost two of their sons in active service in the First World War were drawn to military and maritime good causes. .

The Trustees have wide discretion on the distribution of funds. They do not fund research or activity that has already taken place. They do fund faith based organisations as long as the activity is open to those of all faiths and none.

Monthly decisions on grants up to £1,000 and Trustees meet to consider larger grant applications three times a year. Grants totalling about £1.8million a year are made, funded from investment income. Read more here.

Please apply to the Trust using the new online facility.

COVID-19: The Trust has made significant donations to the Community Foundation to support both of their Coronavirus Emergency Funds. If your application relates to Coronavirus Emergency Funding then please apply directly to the Community Foundation and not to the Sir James Knott Trust.

Please note: the office is closed under lockdown. If you make an application by post we will not see this until the restrictions are lifted and so we again urge you to use the online application facility. The office telephone will not be answered during this period, but we would encourage you to contact us to discuss your circumstances and your plans at info@knott-trust.co.uk –  Barbara or Jo will call you if you leave a contact number.

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Coronavirus Food Charities Grant Fund

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

Organisations are eligible to apply if they

  • are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities
  • have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020

You can apply for the grant to provide for people:

  • unable to afford food
  • who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless

This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government.

You may also need to confirm whether you’re applying for or receiving:

  • other government funding
  • food from FareShare

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted.

Deadline: 6 July 2020

Read more and apply here

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National Lottery Awards Awards for All – COVID-19 update

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

CEO Dawn Austwick stated all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (March to Sept 2020) of up to £300m of National Lottery funding will be devoted to addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here.

This is restricted to:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)

No deadline.

Please note: They are allowing organisations to apply for National Lottery Awards for all if they have a specific Covid-19 project the team will be speeding the assessment process. This means even if you or an organisation, already has a NLAFA grant they can apply for another to help ie volunteers costs, additional staff costs etc.

Find out more here. 

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Community Foundation coronavirus fund open for applications

The Community Foundation is calling for applications from organisations who are providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis with grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

By vulnerable, they mean the elderly (70+) and those with pre-existing health conditions, heart and circulatory problems, lung conditions, cancer and arthritis). They can also support organisations during the crisis who are helping people experiencing hardship, victims of domestic violence or people needing support with mental health issues or bereavement. The Community Foundation is keen to help organisations working with communities who may be disproportionately affected by the outbreak in other ways e.g. because they are already facing prejudice and discrimination or are being poorly served by ‘mainstream’ services.

They want to fund organisations that are responding by continuing or adapting their existing activities. This can include:

  • core costs e.g. salaries, volunteering support and overheads.
  • project/capital costs of adapting services, like devices or software to enable remote working.
  • the costs of provisions for people facing hardship (e.g. foodbanks that need to buy more supplies

Please note that they will only fund work covered by the purposes set out in your governing document. For example, if it says that your sole purpose is ‘to provide sporting activities for young people’ they could not fund you to distribute food parcels to the elderly.

No deadline. Please ensure you read all of the criteria before applying.

Read more and apply here.

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BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Response Grants

BBC Children in Need is temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new COVID-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus.

Their purpose is to assist you to reach and continue to meet the needs of disadvantaged children and young people, including those young people impacted by hidden risks including poverty and abuse. These grants aim to provide you with the funds to respond effectively and flexibly to the changes caused by the crisis and to continue to meet the needs of children and young people during this time.

The Response Programmes are as follows:

  • COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants: open to current grant-holders. Up to £5,000 over a six month period. Opens 18 May 2020.
  • COVID-19 Large Grants: up to £80,000 over an 18 month period. Opens 8 June 2020.

More details on both of these funds will be made available on their website. Please check regularly for updates.

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COVID-19 Emergency funding for frontline Armed Forces charities

The Government has announced £6m in funding for Armed Forces charities and CICs delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families and others from the Armed Forces community.

Grants of up to £60,000 are available. In exceptional circumstances, such as providing support to people who are particularly vulnerable, or if your organisation has seen an increase in demand for the services you’re offering due to Covid-19, then grants of up to £125,000 or more are available.

If you are awarded a grant, you will need to spend it all by 31 October 2020.

The services you offer should be in one of nine key areas.

  • Support to the elderly (including care homes)
  • Mental and physical health
  • Welfare
  • Domestic violence
  • Housing
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Service families (including childcare)
  • Bereavement
  • Employment

Organisations need to have at least one year’s worth of published accounts and be able to show a strong history of work with people from Armed Forces communities. They should have fewer resources coming into the organisation – due to COVID-19 – and have the same, or increased, demand for services.

Deadline: 29 May 2020

Read more and apply here

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Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It’s specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.

The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses. Please click here to see the funding support that the government has available before you consider applying to this fund.

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances the will consider awards of more than £10,000.

The expectation is that organisations will only apply once to this fund for the immediate period, from 1 March through to 31 July, 2020.

Read more and apply here.

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Magic Little Grants 2020

Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

The fund will be awarding over 900 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

Applications will receive a decision on their application and, if successful, the funding within two months of submitting a complete application.

Coronavirus Update: organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and the funders do not require specific dates for projects that you would like them to support; they want funding to be able to be used flexibly and trust that you will deliver projects only when it is safe to do so. They are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.

Deadline: 31 October

Read more and apply here

*Please note, To apply for the grant you must complete the Localgiving membership registration.  See eligibility here.

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Power to Change emergency support

After pausing their funding programmes, Power to Change is launching up to £12 million of emergency support to provide both immediate and medium-term help for community businesses facing a loss of trading income during the coronavirus crisis.

The new emergency support includes:

  • £7 million in rescue funding for community businesses, offering grants up to £25,000 to contribute towards trading income losses incurred between April and June 2020. This first pot of funding is available to current and previous Power to Change grantees and to community businesses that are members of Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation. This emergency support will be open for applications from week commencing 11 May; those organisations can find out more on the Power to Change website and attend a free webinar about the scheme on 6 May.
  • £5 million in recovery funding, to be made available later this year, based on learning from the first pot to help community businesses rebuild and recover strongly from the crisis.

Some grantees will receive separate support as follows:

Community Business Fund: Current Community Business Fund grantees and applicants are being invited to apply to the Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme separately as they will be able to apply for up to £30,000 grant to contribute towards loss of trading income. Former Community Business Fund grantees can apply to the wider scheme.

Bright Ideas: Organisations who have an active Bright Ideas grant will be invited to apply to separate support later in May through Locality, but can register their interest on the Power to Change website in the meantime. Former Bright Ideas grantees can apply to the wider scheme.

Empowering Places: Power to Change is committed to investing in a place-based approach to community business growth. They are currently doing this with delivery partner Cooperatives UK in six places through the Empowering Places programme. The catalyst organisations in those places will be able to repurpose their existing budget to get the support they, and their place, needs to cope with the crisis. Any catalyst who is also a current or former grantee of another programme or a member of Locality, Cooperatives UK and Plunkett Foundation will also be eligible for the wider support scheme.

More than a Pub: Power to Change have repurposed some of the More than a Pub budget with delivery partner Plunkett Foundation to disburse £2,000 grants to community businesses operating as community pubs so they can adapt their services in response to the crisis and provide remote advisor support to 100 community pubs in England. The wider More than a Pub programme remains paused to new applicants.

Community Business Trade Up: The current cohort of Community Business Trade Up will complete the programme. In addition, some complementary capacity support will be offered by delivery partner School for Social Entrepreneurs to the cohort who completed their programme in March.

Next Generation: The current cohort of Next Generation will complete the programme. There are no future rounds planned for Next Generation, with delivery partner CSE.

The following programmes remain paused to new applicants:

  • Homes in Community Hands
  • Community Shares Booster programme

Read more and apply here. 

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Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants Programme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Our vision is to support quality arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.  There are two strands to the Scheme: Small Grants and Main Grants.

  • The Small Grants Programme, piloting in 2020, is for small one-off projects, pilots, or research and development to inform a new project or programme of work. Applications for up to £1,500 can be made and there are five deadlines per year.
  • The Main Grants Programme, launched in 2016, is for new, larger projects, or a significant development in the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot. The majority of grants we make are in the region of £5k to £20k, however we accept applications of up to £50k for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience.


  • Main Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme) – stage one applications received between April and end-July should be for projects where delivery begins no earlier than January 2021 and organisations do not need to be fully committed to the project until mid-October 2020.
  • Small Grants Programme (NEW for spring 2020) – the next deadline is 3 July, for projects beginning in September or later.  Please see guidance notes on the website for all deadlines. 
  • The Ragdoll Foundation is a small organisation and assesses applications on a rolling basis – please submit your proposal when it is ready and don’t wait for the end of the round if you can get it to them sooner.

Read more and apply here.

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