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February Funding bulletin

Welcome

As we move into Spring, welcome to the February funding e-bulletin.

A reminder that, as a number of funds continue to come on stream with short deadlines, do keep checking ‘Funding’ on the KVA website homepage so as not to miss any funds that arrive in between bulletins, which includes funds with ‘rolling programmes’.

News

Funding News

Round 2 of the Kingston Covid-19 Grants Programme is currently open and closes at 9am on 8 March. As with the previous round, the programme is particularly keen to encourage applications from BAMER and LGBTQ communities; people with disabilities, and carers in the borough.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support organisations to continue to deliver vital services in this difficult time. In particular, the programme will:
•    Fund activities that support people and communities affected by Covid-19
•    Help organisations overcome the acute financial difficulties, increased demands and challenges they are facing as a result of the crisis
•    Support people most at risk from the impact of Covid-19.
•    Support people in need of information in their first language about Covid-19 and the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Please email miranda.jaggers@kva.org.uk with any queries about the application process or alison.ewart@kva.org.uk if you need help completing the form.
And, small and emerging organisations, make a note for your calendar: the People’s Postcode Lottery have announced that the Magic Little Grants programme will open from 1 March to 31 October with grants of £500.
A reminder that, although the Covid Winter Support Fund has now closed, you can click here for an application form for organisations which still want to refer eligible clients for financial support. To be eligible to access support they will need to be a resident of the Royal Borough of Kingston on Thames and one or more of the following eligibility criteria must apply:
•    They have insufficient funds to access nutritional meals between December 2020 and March 2021 - food vouchers will be provided for a set number of weeks.
•    They have insufficient funds to be able to keep your home warm, electricity on and access to water for cooking - arrangements can be made to top up meters / pay utility bills
•    They have insufficient funds to be able to afford sanitary products, warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, access to equipment including fridges, freezers, ovens, etc.

Funding training and support

Free to Kingston VCSEs, our ‘Ask the Expert’ service has been well-received. Various specialists will be holding 1:1 advice sessions on a range of subjects – from how to set up a voluntary organisation, to different aspects of fundraising, financial management, governance, volunteer management, demonstrating your impact, and charity law.

These free 45 minute sessions are for any voluntary organisation, faith or community group, or social enterprise in Kingston, that would like some help in any of the above areas - particularly in the context of Covid-19. 
Find a session to book here.

Training dates for your diary


Our online training can be booked via Eventbrite for the following sessions.

GDPR Post-Brexit, for voluntary organisations

24 February, am
This session will guide you through Post-Brexit GDPR requirements for voluntary organisations.
Book here

Getting ready to re-open safely after the current lockdown

3 March, am
Managing safety compliance during Covid restrictions: how can voluntary organisations keep their doors open?
Book here

Taking your services and activities online

18 March, pm
Join us to find out about digital tools and approaches that work, and share your own experience.
Book here

 
View all KVA events

Funding

Please ensure that you read the eligibility and guidance for each fund very carefully. If you need help with finding funding or completing an application form, please contact Alison Ewart at alison.ewart@kva.org.uk.
If you’re particularly interested in developing a joint bid with other organisations, contact Joanna Oliver at fundraising@kva.org.uk.

February deadlines

Money Saving Expert charity application - apply ASAP
Grants up to £7,500 for not-for-profit organisations that demonstrate how their activities make a lasting impact on how people think about and manage their money. Funding limited to the first 40 applications that are successful. Applicants must have max turnover of £500,000 and unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.
Deadline 26 February
 
Swimathon Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund
The Swimathon Foundation is providing grants of between £250 and £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship from the effects of Covid-19, especially where access to financial support is not otherwise available.
Deadline: 26 February

Trust for London
Grants are available for work that develops new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s poverty and inequality, especially work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. Grants are up to £150,000 over three years
Deadline: Note deadline change - Trust for London has moved its deadline from its February deadline to 1 June.

March deadlines

Comic Relief Supporting and Sustaining Specialism Funding Programme
Grants of between £30,000 and £250,000 are available for 12-15 months of service delivery (July 2021 to September 2022). It is expected that around 15 grants will be made. The funding is for established work meeting one or both of this programme’s aims, ie to:
•    Improve access to quality services and support for Black and minoritised women and girls who are experiencing, or at risk of, violence and abuse.
•    Improve understanding of the needs of and effective responses to violence and abuse against Black and minoritised women and girls.
This includes women seeking asylum:  migrant women: women with no recourse to public funds: disabled women: young women: older women.
Deadline: 12 noon 5 March

Round 2 of the Kingston Covid 19 Grants Programme
As with the first round, the programme is particularly keen to encourage applications from BAMER and LGBTQ communities; people with disabilities, and carers in the borough. Grants from £5,000 to £10,000 are available for organisations with income of up to £1 million, to support organisations to continue to deliver vital services in this difficult time. In particular, the programme will:
•    Fund activities that support people and communities affected by Covid-19
•    Help organisations overcome the acute financial difficulties, increased demands and challenges they are facing as a result of the crisis
•    Support people most at risk from the impact of Covid-19.
•    Support people in need of information in their first language about Covid-19 and the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Deadline:  9am on 8 March

Immigration Advice for Rough Sleepers fund
The Fund will provide grants of between £15,000 and £70,000 for an initial six month period of activity from April, with a potential option for extension up to June 2022, pending approval of an additional funding pot.
Deadline: 8 March

The Grocers' Charitable Foundation
One-off grants are available to small UK registered charities for work in the specific areas of: relief of youth poverty, the disabled, the elderly, health, military, and the arts and heritage.
Deadline for initial enquiries: 9 March

Women Thrive Fund
The fund is distributing grants of up to £40,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Organisations should be working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience. Organisations can apply for:
•    Grants of up to £15,000 with a turnover of £200,000 inclusive
•    Grants of up to £40,000 with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.
They can also apply for an additional 25% of their grant for work which will strengthen their organisation. Funding is available to spend until December 2022.
Deadline: 5pm on 25 March

Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund
The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund (NEIRF) has been established to fund nature projects in England which tackle climate change, create and restore habitats, or improve water quality. Grants of between £10 and £100,000 available.
Deadline: 26 March

Masonic Charitable Foundation: ‘Children and Young People’
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) offers grants to local and national charities as part of its work to help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society. There are two funding levels:
•    Large grants start at £10,000 are available to charities with an income exceeding £500,000.
•    Small grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available to charities with an income of under £500,000.
All grants can be over one, two, or three years.  Charities can only apply for one grant programme at a time.
Deadline: Large grants and small grants, 5pm and 4pm respectively on 31 March

Masonic Charitable Foundation ‘Later Life Inclusion’
Grants of up to £60,000 are available to support isolated disadvantaged, vulnerable older people over 50 years of age. There are two funding levels:
•    Large grants starting from £10,000 are available to charities with an annual income exceeding £500,000. The average large grant will range from £20,000 to £60,000.
•    Small grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available to charities with an income of under £500,000.
Charities can only apply for one grant programme at a time.
Deadline: Large grants and small grants, 5pm and 4pm respectively on 31 March.
View KVA funding page
Please also check the rolling funding, where there is not a specific deadline, under Funding on the KVA website.

School holiday activities and food programme in Kingston

The government is providing funding for provision and activities that focus on healthy eating and physical activity in the school holidays. Achieving for Children is leading the programme locally and they are looking to work with partners in the community and voluntary sector, across Kingston and Richmond, to create a comprehensive programme for local children and young people in the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.
 
If you are interested in any aspect, please get in touch - as the programme is looking to help to forge new partnerships, and provide training so that partners can deliver a great local programme. For further details contact Karen Penny.
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