Funding Alert w/2 February 2021

Funding Alert w/2 February 2021


New General Funding Opportunities


Source:  Grantfinder/Idox and Funders Websites


Amount available per project

Application closing deadline

Brief overview / who this would interest

Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Phase 8

Phase 8 will award £11 million government funding, supporting between 15 and 20 projects, with each successful bidder receiving up to £1 million.


26th February 2021

The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) is a competitive funding scheme to support the development and demonstration of state of the art technologies, products and processes in the areas of energy efficiency, power generation and heat and electricity storage. The scheme’s overriding ambition is to help the UK eliminate its contribution to climate change by 2050.

The scheme particularly aims to assist small and medium-sized enterprises, including start-ups, and those companies that are selected will receive additional funding for incubation support.


Countryside Stewardship Fund


There are two different deadlines for this fund depending on the scale and nature of the proposals.  Please see website for details.

The next application window for the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme is now open, providing a chance for more farmers and land managers in England to prepare for the future and receive payment for environmental work.

Through CS, farmers can apply for funding to improve their local environment – from restoring wildlife habitats and creating woodlands to managing flood risk. Farmers and land managers who are new to taking on environmental work or with expired or expiring Environmental Stewardship agreements can apply.

Shake Climate Change Programme

The programme has a total financial budget of £3.5 million. Over its lifespan, 15 successful ventures will each receive up to a total of £140,000, provided as a convertible interest-free loan. They will also receive two years’ high-quality training and mentoring from leading experts in business and science, to help further develop their ventures.


The scheme is now open for applications for Cohort 3. The deadline to apply is midnight on 3 May 2021.


The SHAKE Climate Change programme is designed to attract entrepreneurs or start-ups that have developed early stage science or tech-based ideas that can have a significant impact on climate change. The programme will also form the basis of a sustainable and socially responsible business within the agri-food (farming and food) sector.

The programme is open to applications from UK companies and start-ups with ideas and products targeted at the agricultural and food production sectors which will have a positive impact on mitigating climate change.


Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund

From an overall budget of £10 million, grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available.


26th March 2021

The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund has been established to fund nature projects in England which tackle climate change, create and restore habitats, or improve water quality.

Applications are accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England, including charities, community interest companies and environmental non-governmental organisations. Public bodies such as local councils, national park authorities and academic institutions are also eligible, as are businesses, including sole traders.


If you would like a copy of the application form, please contact or a member of the Wakefield Council External Funding Team


General website is: West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership :: Home (

£5,000 – £10,000

5 pm 2nd March 2021

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership would therefore like to fund innovative and transformative projects, which help connect people to nature and improve their physical and mental health.

We are interested in funding projects that either:

  • Enable people to access nature-based activities

e.g. outdoor arts, outdoor education, conservation projects, walking groups, outdoor sports, community food growing projects etc.

  • Involve creating new greenspaces

e.g. pocket parks, spaces to grow food

  • Do a combination of the two

The fund is open to voluntary, community and public sector organisations operating within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate region.

Supporting & Sustaining Specialism | Comic Relief

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.


5th March (12 noon)

A limited number of grants are available to not-for-profit organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women acting to end violence against women and girls in England.The Supporting and Sustaining Specialism Funding Programme is administered by Comic Relief in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The £1.2 million fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

The funding is for established work meeting one or both of this programme’s aims:

  • 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.


Women Thrive Fund

Depending on their annual turnover, not-for-profit organisations that are run predominantly by, for and with women can apply for grants of up to £15,000 or £40,000.


‘How to apply’ webinars will be held on 17 February (1pm); 25 February (10am); 8 March (6pm); and 18 March (1pm).

The deadline for grant applications is 25 March 2021 (5pm).


Rosa and the Smallwood Trust working in partnership have created this new £1.79 million fund with money awarded by the Tampon Tax Fund.

The funding is for work that supports the UK’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or under-represented women and girls to:

  • Improve their mental health and wellbeing, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to sustain those improvements; and/or
  • Improve their financial resilience, increasing their routes out of poverty, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to secure a stable financial future.

Applicants must also address one of nine priority areas – plese .

National Lottery Heritage Fund


From £3,000 up to £5 million

There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time.


The National Lottery Grants for Heritage (NLHF) has resumed its project funding for grants.

NLHF confirms that it is committed to supporting the same broad range of heritage projects and activities it has always supported, including industrial heritage and sites, castles and historic places of worship, stories and memories of communities, public parks, natural landscapes and native wildlife. However, it is expected that all applications will fully reflect the changed circumstances brought about by the pandemic

In response to the impact of COVID-19, NLHF has revised its approach to what it will fund over the next financial year and published revised priorities for 2021-22.

From April 2021 to March 2022, priority will be given to heritage projects that:

  • Boost the local economy
  • Encourage skills development and job creation
  • Support wellbeing
  • Create better places to live, work and visit
  • Improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage


Commercialising Quantum Technologies: germinator projects round 1

IUK has allocated £1 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Each project’s total eligible costs must not exceed £50,000.


The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021 (11:00 GMT).


Administered by Innovate UK (IUK) and funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), this competition aims to stimulate the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK through the development of early-stage quantum technology opportunities.


IUK ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Demonstrators – EoI

IUK has allocated up to £16 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. IUK wants to fund large-scale commercial demonstration projects. Applicants must request a grant of no less than £1 million and no more than £12 million for their project, subject to subsidy control. Because IUK is looking to encourage large scale projects, there is no maximum limit for the total eligible project costs.


The deadline for applications is 24 March 2021 (11:00 GMT).


Funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and administered by Innovate UK (IUK), this programme is funding UK businesses for bold and ambitious projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging, supporting those which demonstrate innovation at a commercial scale.

The aim is to address widely known problems in relation to plastic packaging for consumer products. Proposals must include significant industry investment.

This is stage one (Expression of Interest) of a two-stage competition. IUK expects to invest in up to three practical demonstrators at the full stage competition.


IUK IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies, Spring 2021

The minimum threshold for grant awards is £100,000 towards the total eligible costs of the project. The maximum grant funding that an individual project can claim is £14 million.


The competition opens on 8 March 2021 and the closing date for applications will be 14 July 2021 (11:00 BST).


Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition is part of the first phase of the Government’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).

£40 million is being made available, split across two strands, to fund feasibility, engineering studies and deployment. In this strand, projects must deploy technologies to improve energy efficiency in industry.

Industrial businesses of any size can apply, either on their own or in collaboration with other organisations. The lead applicant must operate at an eligible manufacturing site in England, Wales or Northern Ireland at which the project is carried out.


IUK IETF energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies, Spring 2021

The total eligible project costs for experimental development (engineering studies) must be at least £50,000. For feasibility studies they must be at least £30,000. The maximum grant amount an organisation can receive is £7 million for feasibility studies, and for experimental development it is £14 million.


The competition opens on 8 March 2021 and the closing date for applications will be 14 July 2021 (11:00 BST).


Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition is part of the first phase of the Government’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).

£40 million is being made available, split across two strands, to fund feasibility, engineering studies and deployment. In this strand projects must undertake a feasibility or an engineering study (experimental development) to develop either an energy efficiency or a deep decarbonisation project that enables possible subsequent deployment.

Industrial businesses of any size can apply, either on their own or in collaboration with other organisations. The lead applicant must operate at an eligible manufacturing site in England, Wales or Northern Ireland at which the project is carried out.


IUK SBRI Competition rail demonstrations innovation funding

IUK has allocated up to £9 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Successful projects will be 100% funded. IUK expects to fund projects with total eligible costs between £50,000 and £400,000.


10 March 2021 (11:00 GMT)

Funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and managed by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition aims to demonstrate how proven technologies can be integrated into a railway environment for the first time (‘first of a kind’ demonstrations). It aims to encourage innovation in the rail industry through the use of novel technologies (for example automation) and innovative uses of data.


Austin Hope Pilkington

Up to £1000

28th February 2021

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to UK registered charities to support people who are homeless. Priority to applications that help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, a group which has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is being made through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and is available to UK registered charities with an income and expenditure of £1,000,000 and over.

General Funding Updates:


Magic Little Grants 2021 Open on 1 March


Six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Localgiving will be working together to award more than £1 million in small grants to some 2,000 charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales over the next six months.

Unlike previous years when projects had to deliver sports or physical activities, this year (2021) the funding aims to support organisations carrying out projects that address the following themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Organisations that receive a grant will also be awarded a year of free membership (funded by the players’ of the People’s Postcode Lottery). This means that the grant recipient will not have to pay the £80 + VAT membership fee, although they will still be required to set up a direct debit upon registration.

Also new for 2021, charitable organisations that are schools or connected to schools may apply. This is in addition to registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs, SCIOs) social enterprises, and other not-for-profit community organisations.

Applications will be accepted from 1 March 2021 to 31 October 2021.


Government Launches Turing Scheme Website – Applicants Advised to Prepare Bids Now

Announced in December 2020, the new £110 million Turing scheme will support UK students to take advantage of the benefits of studying and working abroad from September 2021. The scheme will look to target students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To help universities, colleges and schools to prepare for bids to open in a few weeks, the scheme has launched a new website with funding and eligibility guidance.

Funding opportunities are available for UK organisations in these sectors:

  • Higher education (HE)
  • Further education (FE) and vocational education and training (VET)
  • Schools.

Eligible organisations can apply for funding for projects that offer the opportunity to study or gain work experience abroad for the 2021-22 academic year.

This funding allows organisations to provide students, learners and pupils with the chance to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability. They can also develop a wide range of soft skills, language skills and a better understanding of other cultures.

A call for bids will be launched soon and eligible UK organisations will be able to apply for funding from March 2021. The application window will be open for six weeks.

It is expected that funding decisions will be issued in July.


Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Fund – Due to open in Yorkshire in May Healthy Heart Grants – Heart Research UK

Funding of up to £10,000 is available for communities across the UK (opening 4th May in Yorkshire for four weeks) for projects that promote a healthy heart. Funding will be awarded for new and innovative projects that reduce the risk of heart disease in your community. This year, we are also offering funding for one-off purchases of equipment that will help you to promote heart health in your community. Get the community involved in cooking, healthy eating, keeping active, interactive learning and mindfulness, with the focus being on a healthy heart.

Grants are only available to not-for-profit organisations, including:

– Charities

– Community groups

– Voluntary organisations

– Sports groups.


Government Announces £20m SME Brexit Support Fund


The SME Brexit Support Fund has been established to help small and medium businesses with changes to trading regulations with the EU, including new customs, rules of origin, and VAT arrangements. The Fund will help businesses to prepare for the implementation of import controls which come into force from April and July 2021. The Government is introducing these new controls in stages, allowing traders and hauliers time to adjust to new processes. This means businesses do not have to complete new import declarations for up to six months, unless they are moving controlled goods.


This is a £20 million programme. SMEs that trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader. The grants will pay for practical support for importing and exporting, including training and professional advice to ensure businesses can continue trading effectively with the EU.To provide SMEs with additional support, the fund will be administered through the pre-existing Customs Grant Scheme.


In addition to this new support, the Government is operating a range of other support schemes including a guarantee scheme aimed at SMEs which means the Government can provide an 80% guarantee on financial support from lenders to help with general exporting costs, up to the value of £25 million.


The scheme will be will open for applications in March 2021.            .


IVAR Campaigns for Funders to Make Grant Processes Simpler


The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), in collaboration with London Funders and a small group of UK foundations and charities, has launched a campaign to encourage funders to adopt more open and trusting practices to support the VCSE sector, particularly in times of uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

The #FlexibleFunders campaign is asking for funders to sign up and adopt the eight commitments which aim to make funding practices simpler and more flexible.

The eight commitments are:

  1. Don’t waste time – funders will explain their funding priorities clearly and will be open and transparent about all their requirements and exclusions.
  2. Ask relevant questions – funders will only collect information that is necessary to make funding decisions and will test their application forms rigorously to make sure questions are clear and do not overlap.
  3. Accept risk – funders will be realistic about how much assurance applicants can reasonably give and they will clearly explain how they assess risk when they make their funding decisions.
  4. Act with urgency – funders will seek to work at a pace that meets the needs of applicants and they will publish and stick to their timetables, making decisions as quickly as possible.
  5. Be open – funders will give feedback and will analyse and publish success rates and reasons for rejection. Funders will also share their data.
  6. Enable flexibility – funders will enable grantees to respond flexibly to changing priorities and needs. This includes giving unrestricted funding or making funding as flexible as possible.
  7. Communicate with purpose – funders will be realistic about time commitments and will ensure that their contact is positive and purposeful.
  8. Be proportionate – funders will ensure that their formal reporting requirements are well understood, proportionate and meaningful.

GRANTfinder’s annual survey of funders for 2020 found that complex funding guidelines and misunderstanding eligibility criteria were hindering organisations from receiving critical funding.


Funders can sign up to the campaign here.




New Coronavirus Related Funding Opportunities

Source:  Grantfinder/Idox and Funders Websites


Amount available per project

Application closing deadline

Who would this interest?

Music for all – funding

Up to £2,000

1st July 2021

The Community Grants programme is administered Music for All, which is the charity of the UK musical instrument industry.
This round of applications allows for three different types of projects:
Projects based on guitars and/or ukuleles. Groups in need of guitars (electric and acoustic) and/or ukuleles can apply for some very special instruments.
Projects based on innovation in remote music tuition: the restrictions of the pandemic have had a huge impact on music tuition with many innovative approaches being used to ensure music education can continue wherever those involved are based. Music for All would like to recognise and support those rising to this challenge through the use of technology to support remote music tuition via a cash grant of up to £2,000 for a single project to demonstrate innovation in this area.
Projects based on clarinets – Up to eight Leblanc Serenade clarinets will be awarded.

Leeds Hospitals Charity Covid-19 Urgent Appeal

Grants of varying size are available:
• Up to £25,000 x 7
• Up to £50,000 x 5
• Up to £75,000 x 7
• Up to £100,000 x 2 

26th February 2021

The NHS Charities Together Stage 2 funding round is an allocation of £30m aimed at supporting the wider NHS and voluntary community dealing with COVID-19.
The allocation for West Yorkshire & Harrogate is £1,158,385 and we are particularly interested in how heath partnerships can help NHS organisations by:
a) Preventing admission to NHS facilities (including acute trusts and community services) for example by early intervention and self-management programmes.
b) Supporting initiatives that seek to remove health inequalities and disparity in health outcomes with a focus on diversity in the population.
Examples of potential projects could be managing the transition of the elderly from hospital to home, mental health support, supporting vulnerable members of the community or end of life care. They may also support early intervention, reducing disparity or focus on preventative health and social care with a focus on diversity within the population. Projects or initiatives that should be covered by core NHS or social care funding or those which are only hospital focussed are not eligible for funding.

Coronavirus specific updates:


Chancellor Announces Flexible Repayments For Bounce back Loans

Businesses in the UK that have accepted Bounce Back Loans to help them recover from the coronavirus downturn now have greater flexibility around repayments.


Bounce Back Loans allow small and medium businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Firms can procure these loans through a network of accredited lenders.

The Treasury’s new Pay as You Grow repayment flexibilities will now enable borrowers to tailor their repayment schedule, with the option to:

  • Extend the length of their loans from six to ten years (reducing monthly repayments by almost half).
  • Make interest-only payments for six months.
  • Pause repayments for up to six months, with the option to use this up to three times throughout the loan.

The Chancellor has extended the flexibility of the third option, which will now be available to all from their first repayment, rather than after six repayments have been made. This will mean that businesses can choose to make no payments on their loans until 18 months after they originally took them out.

These Pay as You Grow options will be available to more than 1.4 million businesses that took out a total of nearly £45 billion through the scheme.

Lenders will now be proactively and directly informing their customers of Pay as You Grow, and borrowers should only expect correspondence three months before their first repayments are due. Under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, no repayments or interest are due from the borrower during the first 12 months of the loan term.


The scheme remains open to new applications until 31 March 2021.


Kickstart Scheme – This fund enables employers from across Great Britain to access funding to create new jobs for young people who are claiming Universal Credit. On the 25 January 2021, it was reported that 120,000 jobs have been created so far and that government is making it even simpler for employers to join. From 3 February 2021, employers can now apply directly to the Kickstart Scheme for any number of job placements.  The Government has removed the previous threshold of 30 job placements. Applicants can also choose to apply through a Kickstart gateway, including those supporting sole traders.  The roles must be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for six months, paid at least the National Minimum Wage for the employees’ age group and the roles should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.