Business and Community Grants


Note – Their are no current grants listed


This page has links to grants, awards and competitions for Social Enterprise, business and community activities and the Arts. I have given a brief description of each so that you can decide if you want to apply. Check back regularly to find out about new grants.

Apologies to my International readers but most of the grants and awards are UK based. There is the odd European and Worldwide grant or award and this will be stated next to each award.

Arts Funding – Check out variuos funding for the Arts

Peter Jones Launches £100,000 Tycoon in Schools ContestUK

Deadline: 1 September 2012                                     

Further Information:

 Tycoon in Schools has been set up by businessman, entrepreneur and television personality, Peter Jones CBE, with a personal investment of £100,000.

This new enterprise competition is designed to encourage school-age youngsters from across the country to start their own business. The intention is to inspire pupils to pitch business plans to their tutors, in the hope of receiving seed funding.

If successful in their bids, students will have one month in which to commence trading and make a profit from their enterprise. Participants will compete for a place on the Tycoon League Table, by making as high a profit as possible.

Schools taking part in the contest will be given a loan of £1,000 to be allocated to those pupils who have displayed entrepreneurial aspirations. At the close of the competition, the students will repay their original loans to the Tycoon Bank, and remaining profits can be used by the school or donated to local charitable causes.

Schools across theUKmay apply for funding through this scheme, on behalf of their entrepreneurial students.

Entries must be submitted by 1 September 2012.


National Housing Foundation Launches New Community Impact Awards (UK)

Deadline: 23 July 2012 at 5pm 

Further Information:

The newly-launched Community Impact Awards celebrate the difference housing associations in England are making by giving people opportunities and bringing communities together. Innovative projects that are changing lives in local areas across the country will be rewarded.

There are four separate award categories open in each region; each with its own criteria. Entrants will need to demonstrate how they meet these criteria and why they should win an award.

The categories and criteria are:

Category 1: Better Health

Entrants will need to demonstrate how their project has:

  • Tackled health inequalities.
  • Promoted independence amongst residents.
  • Involved working with local and national partners to improve health and social care.

Category 2: Improving Neighbourhoods

Entrants will need to demonstrate how their project has:

  • Brought new life to an area.
  • Involved and supported residents to change the area in which they live.
  • Improved communities and physical spaces.

Category 3: Building Futures

Entrants will need to demonstrate how their project has:

  • Tackled worklessness and financial exclusion amongst residents.
  • Provided opportunities for residents to gain vital skills.
  • Unlocked the potential of residents and young people.

Category 4: Safer Streets

Entrants will need to demonstrate how their project has:

  • Created innovative solutions to anti-social behaviour that challenge stereotypes.
  • Supported and involved residents to prevent anti-social behaviour.
  • Engaged with local partners to reduce the effects of anti-social behaviour.

The awards come in the form of an accolade to commemorate the winners’ good work.

Full members and associate ALMO members of the National Housing Federation may enter. Other partners can help support an application but a Federation member or associate member must be the lead entrant.

The awards are made within the nine regions of England, namely: London, South East, East of England, South West, East Midlands, West Midlands, North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside. Members and associate members can enter one project per region.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23 July 2012 at 5pm.


Joseph Rowntree Foundation R&D Programme – New Call Announced (UK)

Deadline: 25 July 2012 (11:59pm) 

Further Information:

inform Dave Potter at by 9 July 2012 if you are planning on submitting a proposal.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has announced that the following Call is now open to applications:

Independent Review of Perceptions of JRF’s Involvement in Bradford

JRF wants to commission an independent external review of its work in Bradford. JRF is keen to assess the overall impact of its work so far in order to support learning and inform its thinking about the future direction of this and other JRF programmes. JRF is particularly interested in the impact that the work has had on Bradford and on JRF as an organisation.

JRF is eight years into a ten year commitment to Bradford. The origins of the Bradford commitment reflected JRF’s wish for a deeper relationship with a city that, by contrast to York (where JRF is based), is characterised by greater diversity and greater deprivation. The objectives for JRF’s work in Bradford have evolved over the last eight years and can be summarised as:

  • For JRF to make a positive contribution to the city, district and people of Bradford – and to do this through responding to ideas and issues raised by people in Bradford, reflecting the JRF’s strategic aims of Poverty, Place, and An Ageing Society (previously the Empowerment theme), sharing knowledge and expertise.
  • For JRF to learn from Bradford and embed this learning across its work, including the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).

Key information is as follows:

  • General guidelines Project Timescale: up to four months starting in August or September
  • Project Budget: up to £20,000 (including VAT and expenses, if applicable) for one project only.
  • Deadline for submission: 25 July 2012 (11:59pm).

Applicants are asked to inform Dave Potter at by 9 July 2012 if they are planning on submitting a proposal.


Oxygen Accelerator – Funding for Technology Start-ups (Worldwide)

Deadline: 31 July 2012                           

Further Information:

Oxygen Accelerator is a worldwide technology accelerator programme based in Birmingham. It operates as a full-time ‘boot camp’ combining investment with intensive mentoring and training. The initiative is designed to suit web-based technology start-up companies that can build a prototype in 13 weeks. At the end of the 13 weeks, the successful participants will have the opportunity to present their products to venture capitalists and angel investors.

The programme offers up to €40,000 of funding per team, in exchange for 8%-10% equity. During the accelerator phase, successful applicants will receive up to €28,000 (€7,300 per founder capped at €22,000) plus up to €6,000 as a relocation allowance. In exchange for the programme, pre-seed funding, advice, mentorship, connections, and investor demo days, Oxygen Accelerator receives a 8% equity stake in the applicant’s new company.

During the incubator phase, teams that successfully meet criteria and complete the 13-week accelerator programme will be offered a further €12,000 for an additional 2% equity share in their company.

The programme is open to web technology companies. Typically these are web-based or other software companies; however, the funding provider may also support companies that don’t quite fit that description. The initiative is also focused on companies that can have international reach. Companies that are web 2.0, Software as a Service, cloud based, mobile applications, digital games or a web service, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Businesses from anywhere in the world may apply, providing the business’s team can legally work in Birmingham in the UK for the duration of the programme.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 July 2012.


Inclusive Sport Fund (UK)

Deadline of 31 August 2012     

Further Information

The Inclusive Sport Fund has been set up by Sport England with the intention of producing a lasting community legacy from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, by growing sports participation by disabled people at grassroots level.

A total of £8 million of National Lottery Funding is available.

The Fund will invest in programmes designed to grow the number of disabled young people (age 14 and over) and adults that regularly play sport. Currently, only one in six disabled adults plays a sport regularly. Programmes should be innovative, scalable and replicable, and make it easier and more fun for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity more often. In particular, Sport Eng

land will be looking for projects that provide:

  • Evidence of current insight into disabled people’s needs, expectations and motivations, as they relate to physical activity and sport.
  • Details of any previous successful activities that could be repeated or scaled-up with more investment.
  • Links to the disability sector with all of its expertise, experience and committed individuals.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations such as sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, schools and colleges for revenue grants of £10,001 or more. Private companies may also apply if they can demonstrate that the project is for public good or a charitable purpose and there will be no financial gain.

Application forms will be available from 1 June 2012 with a deadline of 31 August 2012 for applications.

A series of workshops providing further information and support will be organised in June and July 2012.


Employer Investment Fund – Phase 3 Launched – UK

Deadline: 6th August 2012                         

Further Information:

The Employer Investment Fund is designed to stimulate UK employer investment in skills and improve the use of these skills in the workplace in the most effective way. Phase 3 of the Fund is now open to applications.

The overall aims of the Fund are to:

  • Stimulate leadership from the bottom up to significantly raise employer ambition.
  • Drive innovation, change employer behaviours and develop new ways of working.

Secure momentum from employers to support sustainable increases in

  • skills levels and better use of skills across sectors.

£4.3 million is available under Phase 3. Individual investment levels vary according the nature of the application and the intended project.

The opportunities to be funded under this Phase include:

  • Short term projects that will deliver genuine outcomes by 31 March 2013.
  • New projects around youth employment, including but not limited to, the creation of graduate internships and/or work placements.
  • Projects that are explicitly aimed at improving equality and diversity outcomes.
  • Further support for successful projects that are already delivering or have already delivered genuine impact within a sector.
  • Invest in projects that are explicitly aimed at improving equality and diversity outcomes, including new initiatives that create opportunities for women in the workplace.
  • Expanding existing trials where there is clear evidence of progress and where sustainability timescales maybe accelerated by further investment.

The UK Commission will invest in activities that demonstrate the strongest potential for impact to increase enterprise, jobs and growth.

The Employer Investment Fund is only open to licensed Sector Skills Councils (SCCs) in the UK. SCCs are licensed by government to be independent, employer-led, UK-wide organisations.

The closing date for receipt of applications for Phase 3 of the Fund is 6 August 2012.


IdeasTap Launches Top up Fund: Film

Deadline: Latest 10th August 2012                         

Further Information:

The new Top up Fund: Film is described as a ‘cash lifeline’ for films that are in production or entering post production, and aims to help unreleased films reach their full potential.

Projects undertaken by young people from across the UK, celebrating the diversity of the regions, will be supported. Winners will be chosen based on the creativity and innovation of their idea, their budget need or impact of the fund, their project management skills and the quality of their portfolio.

Ten grants of £500 will be awarded. The money can be part of the budget or make up the full budget of the project.

The prize money can be used to fund submissions to festivals, mastering, travel to festivals, music, licenses, re-shoots, ADR, graphics, colour-grading and marketing materials.

Applications from groups or individual filmmakers are being accepted. Applicants must be aged between 16 and 30 on the closing date and be resident in the UK.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10 August 2012.


Social Enterprise Investment Fund – Open to Applications

Deadline: Latest August 24th 2012 

Further Information:

The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) aims to support social enterprises deliver innovative health and social care services and products as well as to enable social enterprises to become sustainable in the longer term.

Priority will be given to social enterprises that deliver high social impact in health and/or social care services in the following areas:

  • Capacity-building support, particularly for commercial capability and support with contracts and bidding (revenue only).
  • Integrated health and social care provision (capital).

Home or community-based support (including provision of mental health, learning disability, care for frail older people with multiple/complex needs, end-of-life palliative care) that prevent or

  • reduce acute care, long-term residential care or in-patient facilities (capital).
  • Timebanks and other reciprocal arrangements (capital).
  • Personalised services (capital).

The minimum size of investment available is £30,000 and the maximum size of any individual investment is unlikely to be more than £1 million.

Funding is available as follows:

  • Loans: The minimum loan amount is £20,000. Loans can cover either capital asset costs, development capital or working capital costs.
  • Capital Grants: The maximum capital grant is £150,000. These are to help meet all or part of the cost of tangible resources such as buildings, vehicles or equipment.
  • Revenue Grants: The maximum revenue grant is £50,000. Revenue grants, other than for the purpose of providing support for commercial capability building and/or bidding, are not available as a standalone investment. Revenue grants may however be offered as part of an investment package.

Existing or emerging social enterprises (including small and micro enterprises) in the health and social care sector, that are delivering services meeting the Fund’s priorities, are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to organisations that are able to evidence high levels of social impact in their application. Funding must be used to support beneficiaries in England, although the organisation may be based outside of England.

The deadline for applications is 24 August 2012 (noon).


CO2Sense Investment Fund – New Funds Available: First Come, First Served – Yorkshire

Deadline: Latest September 2012 

Further Information:

SMEs in Yorkshire may once again apply for grants towards low carbon business and product development projects.

CO2Sense – the non-profit subsidiary of Yorkshire Forward – works to develop the low carbon economy across Yorkshire and the Humber and help businesses and organisations improve their environmental performance.

The CO2Sense Investment Fund can award grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to meet capital and revenue costs for projects aligned with the previous CO2Sense investment programmes, including:

  • Projects that develop the region’s woodfuel supply chain, encompassing the production of woodfuel and the use of woodfuel technology to provide heat.
  • Projects that help grow the region’s installed renewable energy capacity.
  • Projects to develop environmental technology businesses.
  • Projects to pilot new approaches to reducing carbon.

There is a ‘soft’ deadline for applications of around September 2012; however, applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


Youth in Action – Innovation and Quality (EU)

Deadline of 3 September 2012 (noon, Brussels time).

Further Information

The European Commission has published a new Call for Proposals for projects encouraging innovation and quality under the Youth in Action Programme.

The purpose of the Call is to support projects which target the introduction, implementation and promotion of innovative and qualitative elements in non-formal education and youth work.

Preference will be given to projects which reflect the permanent and annual priorities of the Youth in Action programme, namely:

  • Participation of young people
  • Cultural diversity
  • European citizenship
  • Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities
  • Youth unemployment, poverty and marginalisation
  • Spirit of initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship, employability
  • Grassroots sport and outdoor activities
  • Global environmental challenges and climate change

The innovative aspects of a project may relate to:

  1. The content and objectives, in line with the development of the European cooperation framework in the youth field and the priorities of the ‘Youth in Action’ programme.
  2. The methodology applied, bringing new ideas and approaches to the field of non-formal education and youth.

Non-profit organisations or networks active in the field of youth are eligible to apply, including non-governmental youth organisations and public bodies at regional or local level. Projects must be based on a transnational partnership between at least four organisations from different programme countries, at least one of which must be aMemberState.

The total budget available for this Call is €1.5 million. The total maximum grant available is €100,000 for up to 70% of the project’s total eligible costs.

The deadline for applications is 3 September 2012 (noon, Brussels time).


Start-ups Awards – Registrations for 2012 Round (UK)

Deadline: 7th September 2012                       

Further Information:

The Start-ups Awards reward and celebrate theUK’s best business start-ups and represent an opportunity for companies to gain recognition for the outstanding achievements of the business, team or individual.

In addition to receiving a glass trophy to commemorate their success, winners will benefit from national and regional press coverage to raise their company’s profile. Both winners and finalists will be provided with a logo to use on marketing literature and letterheads and a template press release to maximise media coverage.

The 2012 Awards are broken down into the following categories:

  • Start-ups Business of the Year
  • Online Business of the Year
  • Mobile Business of the Year
  • Innovative Business of the Year
  • Product Business of the Year
  • Franchisee of the Year
  • Trades Start-up of the Year
  • Freelance Start-up of the Year
  • Home-based Business of the Year
  • Young Start-up of the Year
  • Start-up Business Woman of the Year
  • Siler Fox Award for the Year
  • Adversity Award for the Year
  • Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year

The Awards are open to privately-owned UK-based businesses that have recently started up and those that have been trading for up to three years and have less than 60 employees.

Registrations for the 2012 round of awards are now invited. Entry forms will be available from 13 July 2012 and must be submitted by 7 September 2012.


Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust (Wales)

Deadline: 10 September 2012 (12 noon).

Further Information:

Grants of up to £7,500 are available for not-for-profit organisations with a remit to cover a region or local authority-wide area of Wales, i.e. Powys or North East Wales.

Funding is available for projects in the following four areas:

  • Sport – The Trust is keen to support volunteer-based projects, particularly from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.  In addition, the Trust recognises the difference that coaching can make to the development of a sport and is keen to fund equipment and coaching costs if the need has been clearly identified.
  • The Arts – The Trust aims to give more people the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of performing and visual arts in Wales.  The Trust particularly favours proposals which expand and improve arts provision in parts of the country less well served than others and will give priority to organisations which strive to work together to share experiences, practices and ideas.
  • The Environment – The Trust encourages applications relating to recycling, developing green spaces, the development and promotion of green practices and the promotion of public transport schemes.  Projects that improve the quality of Wales’ environment, protect and create a vibrant countryside, and develop and promote sustainable land use planning will be a priority for support. The Trust aims to fund programmes that protect and enhance Wales’ natural heritage and promote its sustainable use and enjoyment in a way which contributes to local economic prosperity and social inclusion.
  • The Community – The Trust will give priority to organisations that are looking to tackle social, personal, economic or cultural barriers within their own communities.  In particular, projects that lead to greater independence and give people more control over their lives will be given priority.  The Trust welcomes applications that give people a voice to express their needs and hopes. The Trust is keen to help disabled people to challenge barriers and to be active and visible in their local communities.

The deadline for applications is 10 September 2012 (12 noon).


Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) Launched – UK

Deadline: 20 September 2012, 4pm.

Further Information:

 The newly-launched Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) is being administered by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). FLIP is a people and knowledge exchange programme offering opportunities for those in the bioscience community to learn and share in a new environment.

The programme provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to gain a new perspective on bioscience research by exchanging knowledge with others. It is designed to increase the movement of people, ideas, technologies, and skills between environments – such as academia and industry or between public and private sector – in order to help develop genuine partnerships and foster long-term collaboration. The resulting interchanges are expected to offer fresh insights to boost the impact of BBSRC-funded research.

In the region of 10 awards will be made in the first year of the programme, building to 20 per annum over subsequent years. The Awards will typically:

  • Last up to 24 months.
  • cost up to £150,000 in total at 80% Full Economic Costing (fEC).
  • Be undertaken on a full-time, part-time or intermittent basis.
  • Cover a contribution to the salary of the interchangers, reasonable travel and subsistence and costs associated with the interchange.

Individuals and organisations working in the bioscience community in theUKwill be eligible to apply. Each FLIP proposal will only have one lead academic applicant.

Potential FLIP interchanges could include: interchanges between business and academia; movement of individuals between the academic base and policy-making or charitable sectors; or time spent working in a different scientific context.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 September 2012, 4pm.


Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales – Older People Programme Open to Applications

Deadline: 20 September 2012 (5pm).

Further Information:

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has launched a new £2 million funding programme.

Grants of over £50,000 for up to three year are available to registered charities that are currently working with older people experiencing financial difficulties in England and Wales.

Applications must be for work that improves the life choices and chances for older people and:

  • Offers a sustained programme of support.
  • Demonstrates measurable changes and benefits for individuals.

Projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Are innovative and push existing boundaries.
  • Will extend or replicate a proven model of working to deliver the goals as outlined.

Will improve joined up working with other local agencies to deliver

  • more relevant and appropriate services to the users including personalisation.
  • Support service user involvement and encourages local connections whether in design or support as peers /volunteers/mentors.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 20 September 2012 (5pm).


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards – Open to Applications

Deadline: 21 September 2012 (5pm).

 Further Information:

The IMPACT Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UK that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Applicants must target community health needs in the UK and have a track record of achievement in this area.

The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. Applications should meet the following assessment criteria which focus on six areas of impact:

  • Innovation: Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
  • Management: Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Partnership: Working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.
  • Achievement: Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance.
  • Community focus: Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
  • Targeting needs: Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.

Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overall winner receiving an extra £10,000. Winners will also receive free training valued at £4,000, a specially commissioned professional film and photographs along with publicity and press support. Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.

The deadline for applications is 21 September 2012 (5pm).


 New Round of Education Endowment Fund Launched

Deadline: 25th September 2012                         

 Further Information:

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) fund has been provided an extra £10 million by the Department for Education (DfE) for a specific grants round to fund academic catch-up projects for disadvantaged pupils during the transition from primary to secondary school.

Funds will be awarded through a competitive process targeted at pupils who attract the pupil premium (that is, pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years or who have been looked after in public care continuously for at least six months) who are below Level 4 in English at the end of Key Stage 2. The primary focus will be on children struggling with literacy, though the EEF will also consider some projects which focus on mathematics.

This additional funding comes as part of the Government’s aim to narrow the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Educational institutions (primary schools, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges and universities).
  • Not-for-profit organisations.
  • Community and voluntary groups.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Local Authorities.
  • National agencies.
  • Registered charities.

The smallest grant is likely to be around £50,000 per year. Projects that benefit students in fewer than five schools are unlikely to be funded.

Applications may be submitted until the deadline of 25 September 2012.


Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy – Applications for 2013 Round Open (Worldwide)

Deadline: 30 October 2012                         

 Further Information:

The Call for Expressions of Interest to the 2013 Ashden Awards has now opened. The aim of the Awards is to promote the widespread use of local, sustainable energy because of the environmental, social and economic benefits which it can provide.

The 2013 Awards are broken down into two areas: International Awards and UK Awards.  The International Awards offer a Gold Award of £40,000 and four Awards of £20,000; and the UK Awards offer a Gold Award of £20,000 and three individual prizes of £10,000.

Businesses, not-for-profit groups, schools and public sector organisations with suitable projects can enter the UK Awards. Businesses, NGOs, social enterprises and government organisations working in developing economies (which do not have developed world standards of living), such as Africa, Latin America and southern and eastern Asia are eligible to apply for International Awards.

The Awards operate a two-stage application process.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest to the International Awards is 23 October 2012 and for the UK Awards; 30 October 2012.


Early Stage Technology Fund – New €350 Million Investment Scheme for Business Innovation – UK

Deadline:   No deadline.           

Further Information:

The newly-launched Early Stage Technology Fund is designed to invest in the development of disruptive technology companies through the provision of venture capital finance.

The Fund provider, Index Ventures, highlights the following five key areas that the new scheme will be targeting:

  • Commerce (especially fashion)
  • Marketplaces
  • Cloud computing and ‘big data’
  • Mobile and social
  • Financial services

The Fund has a total investment pot of €350 million (approximately £284 million). Individual investments are likely to range from €250,000 to €50 million (approximately £200,000 to £40 million).

The investment is used to accelerate the growth of companies and, in some cases, to provide shareholders with cash.

Seed and early-stage start-up and growing technology companies may apply. The scheme is open to those located throughout the UK and Ireland as well as those operating across Europe and Israel. Index Ventures will invest in all sectors, although its primary focus is on investing in technology and life sciences. The sponsor is also interested in opportunities in green technology.

There are no stated deadlines; therefore applications for support may be submitted at any time.


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