Available Funding

1.  Ripon City Council Small Grants Scheme 2020/21

Unlike in previous years, there will be no closing date and applications will be received by RCC at each meeting of Council for review and a decision.

The fund will remain open for applications until the budget has been awarded. The Council has £20,000 of funding to allocate in the 2020/21 financial year. Individual grants will not exceed £1,000.

Guidance notes and an application form can be found on the RCC website 

2. Aviva Community Fund

Funding is available for fresh ideas looking to secure up to £50,000.

Projects must fall within one of two key funding areas:
• Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
• Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

Applications are open for the next round until 13 October. 

3. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Coronavirus Community Fund 

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is working with Two Ridings Community Foundation and Cumbria Community Foundation to support charitable organisations and community groups across the national park, who are providing vital services to those who need it most.

The Fund is providing grants of up to £5,000 to support communities in the Dales to deal with the COVID-19 emergency, helping people stay healthy, safe and connected. Groups must be based within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, or within Craven or Richmondshire. 

4.  MSE Charity Grants

Grants of up to £7,500 for non-profit organisations to apply for a cash boost under the theme ‘building and developing resilience’ for projects aiming to improve and deliver personal financial life skills to people.

The grant round closes on Friday 25 September at 5pm or earlier if the fund has already have already accepted 40 applications. (still open as I type!)

5.  National Churches Trust

The trust supports a wide variety of projects at churches, chapels and meeting houses. Grants are available to any Christian place of worship in the UK that is open for regular worship.
From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet – and many other projects – grants help keep churches open for worship and community activities and allow them to continue to serve people and communities in all sorts of ways.

The grant programmes include:
Foundation Grants – for Maintenance
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority. The final opportunity to submit an application will be 30 October 2020.

Cornerstone Grants
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of major urgent structural repair.  Projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use will also be considered. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost. 

6. The Alpkit Foundation 

The Foundation is prioritising its funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the pandemic.

The Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Grant generally supports direct action projects that work towards removing the barriers to getting outdoors. However, their grants of between £50 and £500 are now available for individuals, groups and schools that are responding to the crisis.

Examples of community responses they support include, being active in the local community to help elderly or vulnerable people, minimising the impact of self-isolation, supporting food banks or those who are homeless, and bringing adventure indoors. The Foundation’s trustees consider applications every two months. 

7. Co-Op Food Share

Stores donate good quality food directly to local community groups. To apply to be one of your local Co-op’s partners your organisation must:

  • use the food to help people in the community
  • be able to collect food from one or more of our stores
  • not be run for profit
  • be registered as a food premise with your local council

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