New grants for charities are available for projects supporting blind and partially sighted people, those helping to reduce carbon emissions and community initiatives run by charities or community groups.
Find out more about each of the funding opportunities below:
Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)
The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) provides grants for a broad range of projects that support the delivery of positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people across the UK.
As part of its 2021/22 funding programme, the Trust is inviting applications for local, regional or national projects in the following priority areas:
- Education: Enabling opportunities for blind and partially sighted children and young people in and entering education
- Employment: Creating employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted people
- Engagement: Facilitating the voice and encouraging self-determination of blind and partially sighted people
- Collaboration and Sustainability: Promoting positive change to improve the sustainability of the sight loss sector.
TPT will also consider research and technology projects that support the key funding themes above.
The closing date for applications for the current funding period is 14 May 2021. Organisations wishing to submit an application can do so here: https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/grants/
Charles Colquhoun, CEO at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said:
“We are keen to support projects and services across the UK that align with our priority areas. I would stress that funding is limited and urge prospective applicants to study the funding guidelines carefully before applying.
“Further tranches of grants will be announced over the year. Whilst all grant applications that meet the funding criteria will be considered, it is expected that most grants awarded will be under £25k to increase the reach of the programme.”
Energy Saving Trust – Energy Redress Scheme
The Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules.
Registered charities can apply for funds to deliver energy related projects that meet the scheme priorities and benefit people in England Scotland and Wales.
The latest Energy Redress Funding Scheme is now open, with a total budget of £4.8m for this funding round to go to charities working to reduce carbon emissions in Britain.
Grants of between £20,000 and £3m are available across the different funding streams for projects that:
- Demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon
- Show a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers
- Prove to be efficiently managed throughout the project
In order to access the Energy Redress Scheme, organisations must first of all register by completing an online form so that Energy Saving Trust can check whether they are eligible to apply. Charities that meet the initial criteria will be notified and will be emailed a link to create an account, through which they can apply for all subsequent rounds.
Round 11 of the Energy Redress Scheme funding is now open to applications and will close at 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021.
To find out more about how to apply, visit: https://www.energyredress.org.uk/
Boost Drinks – Choose Now Change Lives
As part of it’s 20th-anniversary celebrations, Boost Drinks have set up a £20,000 fund. The Boost Choose Now Change Lives programme will be offering community grants to support a range of community groups and organisations.
Launching the programmes, Boost said: “We are calling for all community sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks to get involved and nominate themselves to be in with a chance of a stake of the £20,000 grant fund.”
Examples of the kind of groups that could benefit from the scheme include:
- Homeless charities that help rough sleepers to find shelter and help provide them with the support they need
- Community groups that bring the local community together, whether it be through Sport, Art, Music or just generally providing a place for people to come together
- Food banks that provide food and essential supplies for families or individuals in crisis
Organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 and the deadline for applications is 9 May 2021. For more information, visit: https://www.boostdrinks.com/changelives/
Persimmon Community Champions
Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions programme is inviting charities and community groups to apply for funding up to a total of £1,000 to match what they have already raised themselves – with funding available every month.
Each of Persimmon’s 31 business units and its head office give away up to £1,000 each to two community groups or charities every month – and applications can be made at any time with no deadlines.
Groups are invited to fill in an online form, explaining why they deserve the donation, how much money they have raised and how much they need for a donation. This application will then be forwarded to the nearest local Persimmon business.
Winners will be informed directly during the month following their selection and charities and groups that are unsuccessful are welcome to apply again.
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