Ola Kanu of RCVS blogs on latest funding for social enterprises

Ola KanuFunding to Tackle Poverty and Inequality (London)

  • The Trust for London has announced that the next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 4th February 2016. The Trust are particularly interested in funding work that develops new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s social problems. In particular the Trust wants to support work which falls under its five funding priorities. These are:
    • Employment
    • Advice
    • Social justice
    • Violence
    • Supporting small groups.
  • Each year, the Trust provide around £7 million in grants and funds around 130 community and voluntary organisations. There is no minimum or maximum size of grant and the amount you request should be the amount needed. However, the average grant will be around £75,000 over three years. The Trust will occasionally fund work to tackle poverty and inequality which falls outside the 5 priority areas.
  • http://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/funding/

Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund – Estates Programme (London)

  • The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund – Estates Programme supports neighbourhood based projects in London’s 33 boroughs.
  • The aim of the fund is to build on the skills and assets that exist within local communities and to tackle need and improve the lives of residents. Resident-led community groups or charities, operating on a particular housing estate or area of housing, can apply for grants of £2,000 to £20,000 for projects that demonstrate clear evidence of benefit to residents. For larger grant requests, applicants must also demonstrate how they will provide longer term benefits for participants and greater community impact. Eligible organisations can apply for any cost related to their project, including for example:
    • Equipment
    • Insurance
    • Sessional staff costs
    • Volunteer expenses
    • Staff salaries, etc.
  • The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23rd November 2015.
  • http://communityfoundation.london/grants/available-grants/overview.aspx#grant-14

Comic Relief Local Communities

  • Closing date: Tuesday, 1 December, 2015
  • Local not for profit organisations such as community groups, resident associations, community centres, social enterprises, community interest companies and credit unions; etc can apply for funding through the Comic Relief – Local Communities Fund.
  • The fund provides grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects in areas suffering from economic and social deprivation. The fund is managed by the Community Foundation for London and is looking to support projects that enable local people to create a lasting change in their community. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups and organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. Each funding round will address a different theme.
  • The theme for this funding round is to:
  • Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.
  • The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 1st December 2015.
  • https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/grants/news/

There are more funding streams open to social enterprises and community groups.  To keep updated, email me and I can add you to my regular funding opportunity emails. 

Ola Kanu

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