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Funding Opportunities

​​ Jan 

 ​​​​Funding Update

Free Access to Grantfinder Community Portal

The Council provides free access to the Grantfinder Community Funding Portal to individuals and organisations within the Council area. Using this tool, you can browse and search for relevant funding opportunities and access funding news items. Go to the “Log-in/Register” box in the web link to start visit Grantfinder Derry and Strabane 4 Community







Free Access to Grantfinder Community Portal


The Council provides free access to the Grantfinder Community Funding Portal to individuals and organisations within the Council area. Using this tool, you can browse and search for relevant funding opportunities and access funding news items. Go to the “Log-in/Register” box in the web link to start.


Grantfinder Derry and Strabane 4 Community




Migrant Centre NI: BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) Covid-19 Recovery Fund

Small projects working with diverse communities are facing risk of closure due to the impact of COVID-19. The Migrant Centre NI is making grants available to support such community organisations to deliver services at this challenging time.


There are 3 Tiers of support:

Tier 1 -£1,500 -£2,499

Tier 2 -£2,500 -£5,000

Tier 3 -£5,001 -£7,500.


The minimum amount a group can apply for is £1500. Groups may submit a maximum of two funding applications under two separate Tiers. Each application will need  to  demonstrate  a  clear  difference  to  other  proposals submitted  by  the  organisation  and  need  to  be  for  project  activities  or  a  blend  of activities and core costs.


Applications accepted until 15 January 2021 but currently continuing until funds are used up.



DCSDC COVID-19 Recovery Revitalisation Business Grants – Phase 2 (2021)

Supported by Government funding, the Council is now providing grants to support businesses working in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality, Retail, Services and Arts and Culture to implement a range of environmental and infrastructural improvements to help adjust to the impact of COVID-19. Locally owned, independent businesses will be given priority. Multi-national and national businesses/charities (aside from cultural organisations) are not eligible.

The Scheme can provide funding of up to 100% of costs for capital items up to a maximum of £3,000. The minimum grant awarded will be £500. There is also an opportunity for businesses to apply as part of a collaborative (minimum of 5) and receive up to £25,000 depending on the number of businesses participating.

Deadline: 22 January 2021




The next phase of the COVID-19 Charities Fund is now open to provide financial support for charities which have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable cost between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.
Pre-application information including eligibility, guidance notes, the application forms and information about a NICVA webinar to be held on 16/12/20 at 2.30pm are all on the Community Finance Ireland website.


Deadline: 22 January 2021




The Elephant Trust – Grants for Artists and New Innovative Visual Arts Projects

The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds.

The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions.

The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered.


Deadline: 25 January 2021







British Council NI – Taiwan Arts Collaboration Grants

The British Council NI is offering Collaboration Grants to NI artists to support online projects between Taiwan and Northern Ireland.

Each grant is worth £3,200 and should be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships between the UK and Taiwan for new digital/online networking and art and cultural projects through various conversation or different platforms.

Grants are offered to artists / organisations working in all arts including: drama, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, and fashion.


Deadline: 26 January 2021




F-Factor Competition for Tech Savvy Young Entrepreneurs

The F Factor is a start-up competition designed to provide young, aspiring entrepreneurs with tools, skills-training and context to bring their ideas to life. It provides opportunities to collaborate with peers, interact with mentors and gain access to work experience.


Through regional pitching events across the UK, the programme awards funding to exceptional ideas for apps, games or technology businesses. Entrants are asked to submit a prototype of their tech solution, which can be anything that can be put in the hands of end-users and to enable them to interact with the solution. This can include hardware prototypes or wireframes for software solutions.

There are two categories which make up the programme; those aged 14 to 18 and those aged 18 to 25. Regional finals will take place in Scotland and Northern Ireland, North East, North West and Yorkshire, Midlands, Wales & Eastern, South East & South West and Greater London. There will be one winner, per region, per category. Each will be awarded £1,000 in equity-free cash and the chance to represent their region in the National Finals.

The five regional winners will present at the National Final where selected winners in each age category will each be awarded £10,000 in equity-free cash.


The funds can be used to launch a company; however, it is entirely up to the winner how they spend the money. For example, they may wish to use it to develop an idea, or perhaps invest it in infrastructure, such as a new computer set-up or undertake a research trip abroad.


Deadline: 29 January 2021












New Young Curators Project – Earagail Arts Festival

Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which traditionally takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland.


The Festival is creating a new opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in arts management, programming or event production via a mentored programme of learning for emerging young curators. The New Curators project will be open to 16 to 25-year-olds and is open to anyone who has an interest in music, theatre, dance, literature, or the arts in general.


As one of the New Curators you will receive mentorship from an experienced international curator, working with the festival director to input into the festival programming in years to come.

If you are interested in applying to this new opportunity please send a cover letter with information on yourself, your interests and why you would like to become an event curator to Artistic Director & CEO, Mr Paul Brown via e-mail: [email protected] 


Deadline: 31 January 2021




Netflix Documentary Talent Fund

Netflix is providing the Documentary Talent Fund to identify and support emerging documentary filmmakers from the UK.

Through the programme, films will be created under the theme of 'Britain's Not Boring And Here's A Story.' (Despite the title of the theme, this is open to applicants from across the UK, including N. Ireland).

Ten successful applicants will be supported with a budget for a documentary film project that falls within the range of £20,000 to £40,000. The funding is intended to help programme participants turn their documentary ideas into completed short films.

In their finished form, each documentary must be 8-12 minutes long.

Deadline: 31 January 2021




Big Capital Society – Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

This Fund enables social lenders to provide emergency loans to social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption as a result of COVID-19. Examples could include:

  • lending until government payments are received (e.g. contracts, furlough etc).
  • lending to cover delays in trade payments (trade debtors).
  • lending to support the rapid scaling up of an existing business model to meet increased demand for services during the crisis.
  • lending to provide a bridge to cover revenue shortfall for proven and profitable trading activity.

The fund is not intended for those substantially pivoting, adapting or redesigning their business model. It is also not available to use for refinancing existing investments.

Loans will not require personal guarantees and there will be no fees or interest for 12 months. Big Society Capital will provide the initial funding, with underlying loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and issued through SIB working initially with Charity Bank, Social and Sustainable Capital and Big Issue Invest.

Deadline: 31 March 2021



D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for UK registered charities in the areas of advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare, and improvement or protection of the environment. Grants can be used for core costs or for projects and the Trust also considers applications for matched funding. Applicants who have been unsuccessful with an application may not reapply for a period of two years. Projects should be in the following areas:


The Arts

·         The promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people to increase their opportunities to become involved outside school and to build future audiences with special emphasis on choral singing for children and young people to encourage recruitment into choirs.

·         Access to the arts for the elderly and for people who least have access to them.

·         Performance development opportunities in the performing arts for those in the early stages of their careers, encouraging involvement in the community through performances and workshops for the benefit of those with special needs and those who would otherwise have no opportunity to hear or participate in a live performance.

·         Support for charities seeking to engage with young people on the fringes of society through music and drama projects to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion.

·         Trust favours projects that seek to create a new use for fine buildings of architectural and historic merit to encourage the widest possible cross-section of use. The Trust does not normally support major restorations but may support a specific element if identified as appropriate to the aims of the Trust.

·         Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation, with emphasis on increasingly rare skills that would otherwise be lost.

Next Deadline: 10 February 2021




National Lottery - Heritage Recovery and Resilience Loans


The National Lottery Heritage has developed a Repayable Loans pilot to help the heritage sector to diversify income, strengthen business models and become more resilient.

They are offering loans of between £50k - £250k on a 0% interest basis, with no arrangement fee, and a 12-month payment holiday. Recipients will then have up to five years to repay the loan.

Applicants must be:

·         not-for-profit organisations

·         current or previous recipients of National Lottery Heritage Fund or National Heritage Memorial Fund grants over £10,000

·         organisations with enterprising business models that don't rely on just grants and donations.

Find out more at: loans application guidance


Deadline: 14 February 2021




Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Awards 2021

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust is now accepting new applications for scholarships of up to £18,000 for the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople. We want to sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry. Training can include traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen.

Deadline: 15 February 2021




Derry City and Strabane District Council Grant Aid – new round opening

The Council has opened a Call for Applications for Small Project and Cultural Grant Aid Programmes 2021-2022 as follows:
·         Access Programme for Cultural Organisations
·         Artist & Cultural Practitioner Award
·         Community Festival Fund
·         Cultural Organisation Fund
·         Headline Events Fund
·         Heritage Animation Fund
·         Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Small Project Support Programme 
Opening Date:  Mon 25 January [email protected] 10am Closing Date:    Fri 19 February 2021 @ 3pm
Two online information sessions will be held on 25 January 2021 as follows:
·         Session 1 from 10am until 12 noon
·         Session 2 from 3pm until 5pm.
To register for either session, e-mail: [email protected] stating which session you wish to attend and he will forward a WebEx meeting link.




The following webpage will be active from opening date 25 January 2021 www.dcsdcgrantaid.com



Samsung Launches Competition for Young Innovators

Solve for Tomorrow is a UK-wide initiative that forms part of Samsung’s global commitment to education. The company aims to empower future innovators to achieve their full potential and become the next generation of leaders to pioneer positive social change.

The competition invites young innovators who have tech ideas for new products, services or apps that could make a real difference to people and communities most in need, within one of the following challenge areas:

  • Social isolation.
  • Diversity and inclusion.
  • Education.
  • Sustainability.

There is a £10,000 cash prize available to develop an idea, coupled with long term support and mentorship from Samsung, Digital Catapult and its network of start-ups. Two runners-up will be awarded £5,000 and all finalists will receive one of Samsung’s latest 5G smartphones to help them continue their journey beyond this competition.

The competition is open to individuals or teams of up to five people aged between 16 to 25 who are resident in the UK.

Deadline: 21 February 2021




Belfast Photo Festival 2021 – Open Submission

Belfast Photo Festival is offering artists/ photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field, and have their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2022 Photo Schweiz (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazine Abridged. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £2,000. 

Deadline: 5 March 2021





The National Archives Cataloguing Grants





The Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants (Phase 4) is now offering grants of up to £40,000 for archives to create catalogues of archival collections. These grants are designed to:

  • support the transformation of archive services
  • help archives to improve access to collections
  • help archives to increase public engagement with history and the UK's documentary heritage.


They will fund archives with collections that can

  • show clear local, regional, national or international significance, or significance to a specific audience group
  • demonstrate a high level of potential to engage people and communities with archives and heritage.


Our goal is to:

  • fund a diverse range of projects representing the depth and breadth of the UK’ s archive holdings
  • support projects that can demonstrate a transformational impact on their archive services, their activities and their ongoing roles in the community.

Deadline for Phase 1 of the application process (Expression of Interest): 11 March 2021



Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

This Scheme aims to help to get TV and film productions, that were halted or delayed by a lack of insurance, back up and running and to give productions the confidence that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to COVID-19. The £500M scheme is designed to fill the gap left by the lack of available insurance and cover coronavirus-related losses for cast member and crew illnesses and filming delays or disruptions caused by the ongoing struggles surrounding the virus.

Eligible productions will receive compensation for costs caused by coronavirus delays up to a value of 20% of the production budget, with abandonment of productions due to coronavirus to be covered up to 70% of the production budget. There will be a total cap of £5 million on claims per production. All UK film and television productions made by companies where at least half of the production budget is spent in the UK and is estimated to cover more than 70% of the film and TV production market are eligible.


Registration deadline: 30 April 2021










Sunny Art Prize 2021 – International Art Competition

The Sunny Art Prize represents an opportunity for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work and gain recognition for their talents on a global level. Participants will be given the chance to have their work seen by visitors, professional academics, art collectors and other art enthusiasts. Furthermore, there is an opportunity for artists to sell their artwork to international buyers and collectors.


The competition is representative of the global art scenes of London, Beijing and Shanghai, so submitted artwork should reflect the diversity of art and culture, whilst promoting an exchange between Eastern and Western creative cultures.

There is a total cash fund of £6,000 available for successful entrants:


  • The first prize winner will be awarded £3,000, a public solo exhibition in London, a one month residency in China and a group show in China.
  • The second prize winner will be awarded £2,000, a group exhibition in London, a one month residency in China and a group show in China.
  • The third prize winner will be awarded £1,000, a group exhibition in London and a one month residency in China, and a group show in China.


Artists from anywhere in the world may apply. Accepted media may include painting, ceramic, mixed media (both wall-hung and three-dimensional), sculpture, original prints, video art, photography, installation art and drawing.


Deadline: 5 July 2021







The LAB Challenge Fund - Round 4, Derry

The Leadership, Ambition, Belief (LAB) Challenge Fund in Derry is currently seeking applications!  Are you an entrepreneur, social enterprise or community project/group that wants to do something which will create jobs/wealth, improve the city or help target a specific social need? Will your idea align with the values of Leadership, Ambition and Belief? If so The LAB has five awards with a combined total of £10,000 suiting different types of project and organisations, as follows:

Lockdown Legend - we’re awarding £2500 to someone who started a new business during lockdown.

Rising Star - We’re awarding £2500 to something that could become BIG, for employment and revenue for the economy.

Helping Hospitality - We’re awarding £1500 to someone in a new or recent hospitality venture needing a helping hand.

Under 25s - We’re awarding £1500 to someone in business aged under 25 to promote young entrepreneurs.

Supporting the Arts - We’re awarding 2x £1000 grants to support the arts – filmmakers, artists and musicians.

20 January 2021




UnLtd – Funding for Social Enterprise Start Ups in NI

Funding awards from £500 to £15,000 are on offer alongside a package of one to one and peer support for social entrepreneurs in NI – people with innovative solutions with the potential to change society for the better. Applications from disabled people or those who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background particularly welcome, as well as those with direct experience of the social issues they are looking to solve.


UnLtd supports people to start or grow their business, whether to develop and test an idea or grow a social venture that’s already up and running. The awards on offer include:


  • Try it awards to support social entrepreneurs to test their ideas
  • Do it awards  to help you get started and create a clear social impact
  • Grow it awards to help social entrepreneurs already thriving to grow their impact and build a sustainable financial model.


You need to register online to apply. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Carol Stewart on 07944 060322.

No deadline – ongoing




Dormant Accounts Fund (NI) – VCSE Sector Resilience Funding

Dormant Accounts Fund (NI) – Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector – Resilience Funding

Funding of up to £100k per organisation is available to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in NI to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability and helps organisations adapt to challenges and be more financially resilient.

Larger investments will also be supported which enable collaboration and develop new and creative approaches to sustainability. These NI-wide or sector-specific proposals could focus on specific themes such as volunteering, digital capacity or diversity and inclusion. 

It is anticipated that some awards will be made for between 1-3 years in order to have greatest impact for organisations and the communities they serve.

Ongoing – no deadlines.




Department of Finance - The Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (NI)


This scheme provides financial support ONLY to businesses which have been required to close or severely limit operations at their premises under the Health Protection Regulations. Online applications can now be submitted in relation to all NI council areas. Applications already submitted in relation to businesses in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area will automatically be considered for the increased levels of support payment announced on 15 October 2020. Applicants do not need to reapply.


The Scheme will apply to businesses, subject to eligibility criteria, including:

  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants that are required to close or limit their services to a takeaway service instead;
  • Hotels, guesthouses and registered bed & breakfasts that have been required to limit the provision of services for residents only;
  • Close contact services (as detailed in the Health Protection Regulations) occupying commercial premises who have been forced to close such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, day spas, nail bars, tattoo parlours, sports massage therapy, wellbeing and holistic therapies, tanning, dress fitting, tailoring and fashion design, electrolysis and body piercing; and
  • Other businesses which, under the Regulations are required to cease to carry out that business or to provide that service, including campsites and caravan parks for touring caravans, cinemas, museums, galleries, bingo halls, funfairs, indoor amusement arcades, indoor visitor attractions, trampoline parks, inflatable parks, escape rooms, bowling alleys and ice rinks.


The scheme is designed to support the occupying business in a property, not the landlord or managing agent. The level of support is based on the Total Net Annual Value of the property from which the business operates:


Lower rate: £800 for each week that the restrictions apply for:

·         a business that is the sole occupant operating from a property with an NAV of £15,000 or less,

·         a guesthouse or bed & breakfast with a capital value (which means it is valued as a domestic property for rates); or

·         a business that is the occupier of a part of a property which is restricted with any NAV.


Standard rate: £1,200 for each week that the restrictions apply for a business that is the sole occupant of a property with an NAV between £15,001 and £51,000.


Higher rate: £1,600 for each week that restrictions apply for a business that is the sole occupant of a property with an NAV of £51,001 or more.

For info about the NAV of business properties in the Non-Domestic Valuation List, see: Search the Non-Domestic Valuation List.


Applicants should read the scheme guidance (PDF, 916K) to check eligibility before they apply at:  Localised Restrictions Support Scheme application form

It may take up to 3 weeks to verify and process your application. No current deadline




National Lottery Grants for Heritage (Small and Medium) - Open for Phase 1 Applications


The National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme has reopened for applications for small and medium project funding applications. Grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 to support the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19 and to adapt and thrive again. This is the first of two phases. Phase two will open in February 2021.There is a total of £10 million for phase one with grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 or £10,000 and £100,000.

Phase one funding is designed to focus on organisational resilience or on projects that deliver inclusion in heritage. The mandatory outcome must be achieved in all projects:

·         A wider range of people will be involved in heritage (mandatory).

·         The funded organisation will be more resilient.

The funding can support two types of projects:

·         Organisations and communities working with heritage to begin to recover and adapt in the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

·         Focused on inclusion and led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage, such as young people, minority ethnic and LGBT+ communities, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The funding can cover any reasonable costs that help an organisation to recover and become viable. The majority of costs should relate to resilience of inclusion focused work.

Not-for-profit organisations, local authorities, public sector organisations or private owners of heritage can apply. Applications will be assessed within eight weeks and proposals will then be discussed at the next decision meeting.

This is a rolling programme. There are no deadlines.




Architectural Heritage Fund (NI)

The AHF offers Project Development Grants of up to £15,000 and Project Viability Grants of up to £7,500 to not-for-profit organisations, subject to eligibility. To help with assessing the viability of a project please download and read the guidance notes, and the details of the supporting information you will be asked to provide. We strongly encourage you to discuss any potential application with the NI Support Officer before submitting an application.

We generally expect applicants to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work. Applications can be submitted at any time and you will normally get a decision in 6 to 8 weeks. Deadlines for submission of applications to be considered at Grants Panel are: 

  • 31 January 2021 for a decision in March 2021
  • 30 April 2021 for a decision in June 2021
  • 31 July 2021 for a decision in September 2021
  • 30 September 2021 for a decision in November 2021.

Ongoing – no deadlines




National Lottery Community Fund – Empowering Young People NI



Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 available for voluntary & community sector organisations for projects that build the skills and capabilities of young people, aged 8-25 years, to give them the ability to cope with the challenges they face in their lives. Currently applications are prioritised from organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 or supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19.


Applications not related to COVID-19 (e.g. which address skills, relationships with support networks & communities and improved health & well-being) can still be submitted but may take longer to get a decision.


Partnerships can also apply as long as they are led by a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation.





National Lottery Fund – People and Communities Fund

Grants of £10,000 - £500,000 available (for one to five year projects) for voluntary & community organisations working with local people to bring about positive changes that will:

·         improve the quality of life for local communities

·         involve local people and enable them to make changes that improve their lives

·         encourage communities to build on their strengths and share learning

·         be people-led, strengths-based and connected.


This Fund is currently prioritising applications from organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 and communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19. Applications not related to COVID-19 can still be submitted but it may take longer to get a decision.





Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Access and Participation Fund for Arts


PHF is interested in ensuring that a wider and more diverse group of people have access to quality artistic practice. Funding is available to support organisations test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. You can apply for between £30,000 and £400,000 for activity lasting between 12 months and 4 years with an option to extend for a further period. We rarely make grants at the upper end of this range, and most grants are in the £60,000 to £250,000 range. There is a two stage application process and, if appropriate you can obtain support with this. See examples of previous applications on the website.


Rolling programme – no deadline


Access and Participation Fund


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts-Based Learning Fund

This Fund supports work which enables pupils in formal education settings, particularly those experiencing systemic inequality or disadvantage, to thrive through engagement with high quality, arts-based learning.


By arts-based learning we mean learning experiences which incorporate arts-based content, and/or use arts-based approaches to secure access to or enhance engagement with the curriculum. We cannot accept applications for this fund directly from schools or other formal education settings. All applicants must be working in partnership with schools or other formal education settings i.e. primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, alternative provision, special schools and early years.


We make grants between £30,000 and £400,000 of which the majority are in the region of £150,000 to £250,000 over two to three years. Applications should relate to at least one of the following:

·         support for pupils who experience systemic disadvantage to access and make progress in their learning

·         creating more opportunities for high quality arts-based teaching and learning in education settings, especially in those which have not had this work in the past

·         exploring the role of arts-based learning in addressing issues of inclusion, especially racism, in education

·         effective practice in digital and blended arts-based teaching and learning

·         enabling arts-based learning to be embedded in curricula and practice for the long-term.


Applying to the Arts-based Learning Fund is a two or three-step process. We can provide pre-application Access Support and a bursary of up to £500 to help you apply. If you would like to, you may book an optional Enquiry Call with the Arts-based Learning team to discuss your proposal. No deadlines – ongoing.




National Lottery Awards for All - NI

Grant of £300 - £10,000 are available for projects bringing local people together to make positive changes in their communities. Applications welcome from constituted voluntary or community organisations, schools and statutory bodies.

Priority given to organisations supporting people at high risk and/or supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of COVID-19.

The application form requires you to insert a project start date 12 weeks in the future but we know that COVID-19 applications may need to start sooner and so the start date is flexible. Applications not related to COVID-19 will still be accepted but it may take longer to receive a response. This funding is for projects that will run for 12 months or less. No deadline – ongoing.




Garfield Weston Foundation – Regular grants


The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable activity in areas such the arts, community, education, environment, youth, faith, health, welfare, museums and heritage and offers two levels of funding, which can be used towards capital, revenue or project costs:


·         Regular Grants of up to £100,000.

·         Major Grants of £100,000 and above. (When awarding major grants, the Foundation typically expects the project and organisation's overall annual income to be in excess of £1 million.)

Typically grants are made for a single year; however, the Trustees may consider a multi-year request for up to three years. Match funding is required. The Foundation recommends that applicants have around half of their funding identified before applying. A grant is unlikely to be for more than around 10% of the total costs of the budget.


Applications for a Regular Grant are ongoing. It takes around four months to process applications.




Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Project Funding

Applications are now open for projects that improve the natural world, secure a fairer future, and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.


The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has today launched a new strategy, announcing that it will focus on the following three interdependent aims: Improving our natural world, Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future, Nurturing creative, confident communities.


Read the new strategy here: https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/about-esmee/strategy/strategic-plan-2020-2025/


The new strategy is underpinned by the need to tackle structural inequality, racism and the causes and impacts of climate change. The Foundation will no longer fund projects outside of the new aims. The Foundation will continue to award unrestricted core and project grants and has announced that under the new strategy it intends to provide larger and longer-term grants, as well as strategic support. This new approach will mean that the Foundation will be making fewer grants but will be giving more support to help grants achieve better, and more lasting, results.


For more details on what kind of projects would be welcomed and the application process, see: https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/applications/






Marsh Christian Trust

The Trust aims to support small registered charities, whether religious or not, through long-term core funding, in an attempt to assist these organisations to maintain their current and ongoing activities. Grants range from £300 to £2,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation's financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses. Funding is available for long-term, core funding for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days or equipment maintenance for charities working in the following fields: Arts and heritage, Education and training, Environmental causes and animal welfare, Healthcare and Social welfare.


All applications should be made in writing (no standard application form) and sent by post. The application should consist of a cover letter of roughly one to two sides, and a full set of the most recent audited accounts should be enclosed.

There is no deadline for receipt of applications. Applications are taking longer to process currently.






Musician’s Union Corona Virus Hardship Fund for Members


A £1M hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to for a one-off payment. This is not a fee replacement fund. Initially, individual grants will be to a maximum of £200.


The Musicians' Union: theMU


Help Musicians Corona Virus Hardship Funding – Phase 3

This charity is supporting musicians who are falling through the gaps in government support. Phase 3 of the Financial Hardship Funding is targeted at self-employed musicians who do not qualify for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and unemployed professional musicians who are unable to make ends meet. For those who are eligible, and to the extent that funds allow, the charity will offer grant payments from the time their application is successful to March 2021 to top-up Universal Credit payments where relevant. Where an applicant does not qualify for Universal Credit but is still experiencing significant financial hardship, an assessment will be made based on individual circumstances. 

See website for details.

No deadline – funding will be awarded until Fund depleted.









BFI Film Fund

The BFI supports film culture across the UK. This includes investing Lottery funds in film development and production, and to increase audiences. BFI welcomes applications for film projects in all genres, and is committed to promoting diversity. Rolling programme.


Supporting UK film

Crowd-funder – Free for organisations during COVID-19 crisis




Crowd-funding is a way of raising money through the collective effort of family, friends, customers, individual investors and the public at large via social media and crowd-funding platforms. You can crowd-fund through donations, rewards, community shares and equity. Crowd-funder are waiving their platform and transactional fees to help organisations in this crisis.





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Community Finance Ireland Loans

Community Finance Ireland seeks to assist local economic development in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, by providing loan finance and support to community enterprises. It has offered loan finance support to projects in areas such as sports, church and faith, environment, housing, community projects, education/training, arts and heritage, childcare, and enterprise. Loans typically range from £25,000 to £500,000.


Community Finance Ireland offers:

·         Long-term loans and short-term bridging finance. Loan terms are tailored to suit each borrower.

·         Competitive interest rates that will depend on the individual circumstances of each borrower.

·         No early repayment penalties.


Applications will be accepted from community organisations, charities and social enterprises (large and small) that are based in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


Loans are available for many purposes including: Buildings and equipment, Working capital, Cash shortfalls, Bridging finance against delayed grants or other confirmed income, Restructuring of debt.


Eligible projects might include: Faith-based initiatives, Sports clubs, Training initiatives, Childcare schemes, Housing Associations,  Community transport schemes,  Rural development projects.