Funding Alert w/1 March 2021

Funding Alert w/1 March 2021

New General Funding Opportunities


Source:  Grantfinder/Idox and Funders Websites


Amount available per project

Application closing deadline

Brief overview / who this would interest

Heritage Trade Up Programme

The 2021/22 programme will support 52 organisations based and working in the UK with:

  • Free learning online programme made up of 8 learning days, 4 half day Action Learning Sets, and 4 webinars spread between October 2021 and June 2022.
  • A £10,000 Match Trading grant which will support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


9th April 1pm

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and the National Heritage Lottery Fund have joined together to create the new Heritage Trade Up Programme.

The fully funded programme will offer eight months of capacity building support for a broad range of heritage sector organisations from across the UK. Participants will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to develop enterprise models and deepen social and/or environmental impact.

The programme is designed for people who are leading a heritage organisation or trading project. They should have responsibility for the trading activity and be able to shape it and make strategic decisions.


Funding | Standard Life Foundation

There is no minimum or maximum size of grant, but typically grants range between £10,000 and £200,000, with most being between £50,000 and £120,000 in total.

3rd June 2021

The funding is intended for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research, which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale. The Foundation is interested in funding projects that examine and promote measures to:

  • Increase incomes for those on low-to-middle incomes.
  • Ensure people have an adequate safety net, building savings and assets.
  • Reduce the cost of living, making sure those on lower incomes are not paying more.
  • Address issues related to spending and borrowing, particularly where it becomes problematic.

IUK – ISCF Digital Security by Design

£1.5 to £4M

26th May 11am

UK registered businesses can apply for a funding to collaborate with others, including research organisations, on market demonstrator projects showcasing the use and adoption of digital security by design technologies. The Digital Security by Design (DSbD) ISCF challenge aims to radically update the foundation of the UK’s insecure digital computing infrastructure by creating a new, more secure hardware and software ‘ecosystem’.

Institute of Historical Research – Open Call

Up to £500 per event

26th March 2021

the Institute of Historical Research has an open call for history project events in universities, museums, archives, galleries, publishers, subject associations, societies, libraries, local community groups and more. They are particularly looking for collaborative projects and ones that encourage diversity and inclusion.

Lankelly Chase | News and Media Fund

Up to £30K

22nd March for the EOI

A new £250,000 fund is inviting expressions of interest from individuals working within the UK’s journalism sector to develop projects and collaborations that explore what it means to reimagine and renew parts of the news and media system.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available, through which the fund is seeking to resource a group of partners over a period of approximately eight months.


Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for Entrepreneurs

There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money available for the five best start-ups. The winner will receive €500,000 to further develop the product or service, and to bring it to market. The runner-up will receive €200,000 and the three other finalists receive €100,000 each.


15th April 2021

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest rewarding inventions that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury looks for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design.

The competition aims to elicit promising, creative ideas that will encourage and aid the invention of new green products and services and combat CO2 emissions, and which can be put on the market quickly.

Would-be entrepreneurs aged 18 years or older with a well-thought-out idea are invited to participate in the Challenge, which is open in Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.


Amazon Launchpad Innovation Awards

Award winners benefits include:

  • €10,000 (approximately £8,500).  
  • Free access to Amazon Launchpad for a year.
  • A featured Seller Spotlight placement on the Amazon Launchpad Awards landing page for a min of one month.
  • The Startup of the Year will also win an extra €90,000 on top of the grant package, giving them a total of €100,000 (approximately £85,000).

28th March 2021

Amazon Launchpad’s Innovation Awards are a new annual programme that rewards five start-ups with a grant package and free access to Amazon Launchpad for a year.

Entries will be accepted from businesses meeting all the following criteria:

  • The business is registered in the UK, Switzerland, or an EEA country.
  • The business is selling a physical product to consumers.
  • The business is the brand owner of the product entered.
  • The business has fewer than 50 employees and a total annual turnover of less than €10 million (approximately £8.5 million).
  • The business has been operating for less than 10 years.




Budget 2021

Please find below a summary of the main financial initiatives announced in Budget 2021

  • The Coronavirus Job Retention ‘Furlough’ scheme has been extended until the end of September. Employers will be expected to pay 10% towards the hours their staff do not work in July, increasing to 20% in August and September, as the economy reopens.
  • There will be an extension of the UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme to September, with 600,000 more people who filed a tax return in 2019-20 now able to claim for the first time. The fifth and final grant will open from late July.
  • £5 billion for new Restart Grants from April – a one off cash grant of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. This takes direct government grant support for businesses over the pandemic to £25 billion.
  • A new UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme to make available loans between £25,001 and £10 million, and asset and invoice finance between £1,000 and £10 million, to help businesses of all sizes through the next stage of recovery.
  • Extension of the Film & TV Production Restart scheme in the UK, coupled with an additional £300 million to support theatres, museums and other cultural organisations in England through the Culture Recovery Fund.
  • Extension to the VAT cut to 5% for hospitality, accommodation and attractions across the UK until the end of September, followed by a 12.5% rate for a further six months until 31 March 2022.
  • The business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will continue until end of June. It will then be discounted for the remainder of the year by two thirds.
  • Extension of the apprenticeship hiring incentive in England to September 2021 and an increase of payments to £3,000 per hire.
  • £7 million for a new ‘flexi-job’ apprenticeship programme in England, that will enable apprentices to work with a number of employers in one sector.
  • An additional £126 million for 40,000 more traineeships in England, funding high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds in 2021/22 academic year.
  • Small and medium-sized employers in the UK will continue to be able to reclaim up to two weeks’ of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee from the Government.
  • A £375 million UK-wide ‘Future Fund: Breakthrough’ will invest in highly innovative companies such as those working in life sciences, quantum computing, or clean tech, that are aiming to raise at least £20 million of funding.
  • A new Help to Grow scheme will offer up to 130,000 companies across the UK a digital and management boost with the Government contributing 90% of the costs. The scheme will offer free training and a 50% discount on software with vouchers of up to £5,000. The scheme will be open to those with between 5 and 249 employees, trading for more than 12 months.
  • Green energy innovation schemes from the Government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio will support the development of new solutions to cut carbon emissions and accelerate near-to-market low-carbon energy innovation, including:
    • £20 million to fund a UK-wide competition to develop floating offshore wind demonstrators and help support the Government’s aim to generate enough electricity from offshore wind to power every home by 2030.
    • £68 million to fund a UK-wide competition to deliver first-of-a-kind long-duration energy storage prototypes that will reduce the cost of net zero by storing excess low carbon energy over longer periods.
    • £4 million for a biomass feedstocks programme in the UK to identify ways to increase the production of green energy crops and forest products that can be used for energy.
  • A new UK Infrastructure Bank, based in Leeds, to work with the private sector on environmental projects and schemes to ‘level up’ the country. The bank, which will launch in the spring, will receive an initial £12 billion of equity and debt capital and a further £10 billion of government guarantees. It will offer a range of products including loans, equity and guarantees.
  • £700m for arts, culture and sport to reopen
  • £19m for domestic violence programmes
  • £10m for veterans on mental health programmes.


Previously advertised Further Education Capital Transformation Fund – Deadline Extended

The Further Education Capital Transformation Fund (FECTF) gives FE colleges the opportunity to bid for investment in capital projects that address the upgrading of their FE estate.

The deadline for applications has now been extended to the 22nd March 12.59 pm.