FUN-ding Friday

As ever, if you have any questions on any of the grants programmes then please do not hesitate to contact our Grants Team on 0800 410 1444 they will be more than happy to speak to you.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is now open for applications. The fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. It has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with funds from the National Lottery and is open to voluntary organisations with charitable aims and working towards a common goal which does not have to be based solely around arts and culture.

Projects must:

  • focus on art and creativity
  • engage with at least one of the artforms that ACE supports 
  • be high quality and inclusive in their approach
  • culminate in June 2022
  • benefit people in Wiltshire or Swindon particularly those on low incomes or facing disadvantage

Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with an artist, creative or cultural organisation that has been in receipt of ACE funding within the last 4 years to help deliver their project. Although this is not an essential requirement, in general we would expect larger awards (i.e. 5-10k) to be made to projects that involve a partnership between a community organisation and an ACE funded organisation; the lead partner should be the community organisation, who will receive the grant and distribute funds as needed to their partner arts organisation. .

Closing date for applications 28 February. All applicants will have a funding decision by Friday 1 April 2022. The project can begin from 1 April so that preparation can take place such as rehearsals. Public-facing activity should take place in June near the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is currently accepting applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to be considered at the Trustees meeting in March 2022.Capital grants of up to £5,000 are available to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities specifically for those in need (by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage or distress) in the UK. More info here.

Co-op and Hubbub Foundation

Not-for-profit groups across the UK can now apply for grants of £4,000 to cover all costs associated with establishing a new Community Fridge. To be eligible organisations must be setting up a new Community Fridge. The deadline to apply is midnight on 1 February 2022. More info here.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Foundation has launched its 2022 funding round. Grants of up to £25,000 per year for three years are available to support the arts, culture, and heritage projects across the UK. Funding will enable people to develop skills and careers, increase access to and promote diversity in the arts and heritage by reaching communities and individuals who would otherwise not participate. Registered charities, not-for-profit companies and constituted community groups are eligible to apply. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 28 February 2022 (midnight). More info here.

Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund

The Fund is offering organisations in Swindon, that are helping to make local communities better, the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2,000. The closing date for application is 4 February. (Please note that this is not open to organisations in Wiltshire.) More info here.

British Ecological Society

The British Ecological Society has announced that its Outreach Grants programme is now open for applications. Through the programme, individuals and organisations such as schools, museums, libraries and community groups will be able to apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience. The maximum award is £2,000 which may form all or part of the total costs of the project. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 18th March 2022. More info here.