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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.

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Grants and Funding

Outreach Grants for Ecology Projects now Available

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to promote public understanding of the science of ecology.

The British Ecological Society (BES) has launched the latest round of its outreach funding programme for education and engagement activities in Great Britain.

The deadline to apply is 15 March 2023.

31 January Deadline for Neighbourhood Planning Grant Applications

Community

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Local communities across England have until the end of January 2023 to submit their application for funding to develop a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development for financial year (2022/23).

The programme is particularly keen to help ambitious groups, from all types of neighbourhoods, who want to really influence how their place grows and changes going into the future.

The deadline for applications for this financial year (2022-23) is 5pm on 31 January 2023.

Applications Open for Food for the Planet Grants

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding for projects which create meaningful change to local food systems and promote climate justice in the UK.

As part of its wider Food for the Planet project, Sustain has reopened its small grants programme which aims to support communities to make food in their area better for people and planet.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 10 February 2023.

Energy Redress Scheme Reopens to Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to support vulnerable consumers, promote innovation and the reduction of carbon emissions in the energy sector.

Organisations that have not yet registered with the scheme must do so 10 working days before the closure of the fund to allow time for eligibility checks to take place.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 30 January 2023.

European Innovation Council (EIC) Calls Open for 2023

Digital & Technology

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The Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator strands of the EIC have all launched calls for applications to support all stages of innovation.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) has launched the majority of its calls under the 2023 Work Programme, unlocking millions of funding for Europe's most promising innovators.

 

Cumbria Mental Health Emergency Welfare Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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To provide one-off financial support (micro grants) to individuals with a known mental health diagnosis experiencing financial hardship. Grants should help them to engage with/attend appointments and community provisions that help improve the mental health and wellbeing OR relieve financial stress.

Referring organisations will be asked to provide quotes and feedback on the impact of the funding for the individual benefitting. Referrers should only refer individuals in who are well known to the referrer and who the referrer feels confident will spend the funds for the intended purpose.

Biffa Awards

Community

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It’s a special year for Biffa as it is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Since Biffa Award began, it has funded more than 3,000 projects and awarded a whopping £189 million! 

If you’ve got a bigger project in mind, the Partnership Grants Scheme will open for applications in the spring.

Launch of £7m Innovation Fund to Decarbonise Freight

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The Government has launched a new fund to help small to medium-sized UK businesses develop greener and more efficient solutions for freight.

The Freight Innovation Fund has been established to help freight deliveries across the UK become more efficient by supporting innovative new ideas and technology across the industry.

Applications for the first open call are being accepted until 5 February 2023.

£5m Fund Launched for Wet Agriculture and Forestry on England’s Peatlands

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grants are available for organisations across all sectors to help unlock barriers to the development of commercially viable paludiculture in England.

Through the Paludiculture Exploration Fund (PEF), grants are available to help unlock barriers to the development of commercially viable paludiculture. Paludiculture is wet agriculture and forestry on peatlands, combining the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from drained peatlands through rewetting with continued land use and biomass production under wet conditions.

The deadline for submission of applications is 3 March 2023.

Additional Funding for England’s Farmers Benefiting the Environment

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Defra has announced that the government is to pay more to England’s farmers and land managers who protect and enhance the environment.

England’s farmers are to be awarded increased payments for protecting and enhancing nature and delivering sustainable food production under the Government’s Environmental Land Management schemes, Defra has announced.

Applications are made online.

Deadline Approaches for International Arts Touring and Environmental Responsibility Fund

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is available to arts professionals and arts companies in England and Denmark to support the development of new, environmentally responsible approaches to international touring and collaboration.

The programme aims to encourage the development of environmentally responsible approaches to international touring and collaboration between artists and companies in both countries.

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2023 (12:00 GMT).

Launch of £75m Fund to Accelerate Nuclear Fuel Supply

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grants are available to support the UK’s nuclear fuel supply chain to develop the capabilities needed to meet current and future fuel demand in the UK and globally.

The Nuclear Fuel Fund aims to preserve the UK front-end nuclear fuel cycle capability, supporting support the Government’s ambition to increase civil nuclear deployment to up to 24GW by 2050.

The deadline for applications is 20 February 2023 (12:00 GMT).

New £3m Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund Accepting Applications With First Deadline of 20 January

Community

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Capital grants are available for village halls in rural areas across England to enhance, upgrade, extend, improve, and construct halls so that, as a result, new activities can take place bringing communities together.

Launched just before Christmas, the new £3 million Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund is provided by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and administered by the charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

The deadline for the first round of Stage 1 applications is midnight 20 January 2023.

Sport England Reopens Small Grants Programme

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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Funding to encourage communities to become more involved in sport and physical activity.

The Sport England Small Grants Programme aims to support local community sport projects that encourage people in England, regardless of age, background or level of ability, to feel able to get involved in sport and physical activity.

The deadline to apply is 30 June 2023.

GLL Sport Foundation

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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Supporting athletes across the UK to reach their potential and achieve success.  Talented athletes from 65 areas across the UK are invited to apply for a range of awards which include financial support, access to sport facilities, physiotherapy, lifestyle mentoring and mental health support. 

Applications open until 20th February 2023.

2023 Deadlines for FCC Community Action Fund

Community

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Funding for not-for-profit groups to provide, maintain or improve public amenities within a 10-mile radius of eligible FCC Environment waste facilities in England.

The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants to organisations under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LFC) to benefit local communities in the vicinity of a landfill site. There will be four application windows in 2023.

The next deadline to apply is 8 March 2023.

New Round of IUK’s Biomedical Catalyst Industry-led R&D Competition

Digital & Technology

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UK businesses and research and technology organisations, working alone or with partners, can apply for funding to develop innovative solutions to health and healthcare challenges.

Through the Biomedical Catalyst Competition, Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in projects to support businesses developing innovative health or healthcare-focused products, technologies and processes.

The competition opens on 4 January 2023. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2023.

Launch of Grants to Support End of Life Care for Prisoners

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to allow hospices to expand and improve palliative care services in prisons.

As part of its partnership with Linder Foundation, Hospice UK is delivering a new programme which aims to expand hospice care for prisoners and improve understanding of the unique needs that imprisoned people will have at the end of life.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 1 February.

New Grants for Digital Projects to Tackle Problems in Vocational Learning

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available for UK organisations across all sectors to fund new ideas for digital approaches to tackling vocational learning problems.

The VocTech Activate scheme has been launched to support the development of new ideas that use digital tools and approaches to transform how people in the UK gain skills for work. The scheme is described as a ‘test bed’ where the first spark of an idea which could solve a vocational learning problem can be scoped and tested in a supportive environment.

The fund will open for stage 1 applications on 11 January 2023. The deadline to apply is 8 February 2023 (17:00 GMT).

BME Youth Together Fund Accepting Applications

Community

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Funding to engage vulnerable groups in physical activity and strengthen communities across the country.

Formerly known as the Tackling Inequalities Fund, The Together Fund is a Sport England initiative which supports non-profit community organisations to recover and emerge from the long-term impacts of COVID-19.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 31 March 2023.

Pre-Announcement of ERA-NET Cofund in Quantum Technologies (QuantERA II) Call 2023

Digital & Technology

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The call is scheduled to open at the end of January 2023 will focus on applied quantum science and quantum phenomena and resources.

QuantERA II is a European Research Area network focused on quantum technologies (QT). It supports multilateral research projects with the potential to initiate or foster new lines of QT through collaborations exploring advanced multidisciplinary science and/or cutting-edge engineering.

The deadline for the QuantERA Call 2023 will be 11 May 2023 (17:00 CET).

Upcoming IUK Competitions Focus on Novel Low-emission Food Production Systems

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK registered organisations can access grants to deliver resource efficient, low-emission food production systems.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to support the development of novel production systems that create new sources of resource efficient, low-emission foods, particularly proteins, while delivering healthy and sustainable diets.

The competitions open on 18 January 2023. The deadline for applications is 19 April 2023.

Better Food for All - IUK Announces Innovation for Improved Nutrition Competitions

Health & Social Welfare

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UK registered organisations can apply grants for projects that will support the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges.

The aim of the Innovate UK (IUK) Better Food for All: Innovation for Improved Nutrition Competitions is to support organisations in the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges.

All three competition strands open on 11 January 2023. The deadline for applications is 29 March 2023 (11:00 BST).

Community Action Fund Now Open to Applications

Community

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Funding to help harness the power of local communities to create positive societal change.

The Civic Power Fund is the first donor fund dedicated to community organising, which aims to provide targeted long-term funding across the UK.

To apply, groups must complete a short eligibility questionnaire by 26 February 2023.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Offering New Grants Programme

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to support the provision of palliative and end of life care to people with low socioeconomic status in England and Wales.

As part of its partnership with Hospice UK, the Masonic Charitable Foundation has launched a new fund that seeks to ensure that marginalised individuals and those experiencing poverty have equitable access quality care at the end of life.

The deadline to apply is 28 February 2023 at 5pm.

Launch of Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) R&D Phase B Competition

Digital & Technology

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Grants are available for qualifying businesses to support the development of High Temperature Gas Reactor technologies in the UK.

Through the Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) R&D Competition, the Government is providing innovation funding to support the development and demonstration of High Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) technology in the UK. The programme aims to demonstrate HTGR technology by the early 2030s, in time for any potential commercial AMRs to support net zero by 2050.

Interested parties should register their interest to apply by 27 January 2023 (14:00 GMT). Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 5 March 2023 (14:00 GMT).

New Funding for Agriculture and Horticulture Automation from IUK

Digital & Technology

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£12.5 million has been set aside for projects focused on cutting-edge agriculture and horticulture innovation to create more sustainable farming practices.

The aim of this Defra-funded programme is to support collaborative development projects with ambitious solutions for robotics and automation in agriculture and horticulture.

Both competition strands open on 9 January 2023. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2023.

New Grants from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to address inequality and injustice, and create new systems that put equity, justice and peace first.

The Grassroots Movement Fund is a pilot programme which will see £1 million awarded to small third sector organisations throughout 2023 to support the sustainability of grassroots social justice work.

The deadline to apply is 19 February 2023.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Community

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The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is part of the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. It provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025. All areas of the UK will receive an allocation from the Fund. The fund replaces the current EU structural funds, which will have finished by the end of 2023.

The primary goal of the UKSPF is to help build pride in place and to help to increase life chances across the UK.

The closing date for submission of applications is Wednesday 21 December 2022 at 5pm.

Accelerating Trustworthy AI: IUK Launches Phase 1 Feasibility Study Competition

Digital & Technology

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Funding is available for UK businesses or research and technology organisations forming consortia to deliver feasibility studies in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to accelerate the adoption of trusted and responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies, by reducing bottlenecks during development and deployment of such technologies.

The deadline for applications is 25 January 2023 (11:00 GMT).

Launch of £100m Offshore Coordination Support Scheme

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grants are available for UK businesses working in consortiums to support offshore energy projects to develop coordinated options for offshore transmission infrastructure.

The Offshore Coordination Support Scheme (OCSS) will provide grant payments to enable the development of coordinated options for offshore transmission infrastructure for late-stage projects.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 28 February 2023 (17:00 GMT).

Launch of New Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG)

Transport, Infrastructure & Communications

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Through this programme, funding is available for SMEs, universities and large businesses in the UK to support technology innovation within the UK’s transport sector.

The Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) supports future leaders in transport innovation by awarding 100% funding for the development of new technology. The programme also provides a collaborative space for innovators to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) on realising shared goals.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 January 2023.

Future Communities Fund – Deadline Reminder

Community

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Funding to support inclusive communities and youth leadership.

Groups across the UK have two weeks left to apply for a grant from the new funding programme from Co-op Foundation as part of its 2022-27 strategy, 'Building Communities of the Future Together'

Applications must be submitted by 12pm on 23 December 2022.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity to Reopen in January 2023

Support & Resources

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Funding for projects which support people from vulnerable communities to develop money-management and other financial skills.

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

This round is due to open at 9am on 3 January 2023.

Defra Invites Final Bids for Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships Scheme

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Partnerships between the UK seafood sector and research institutes can now apply for funding towards scientific research projects focused on sustainability within the fisheries and seafood sector.

The Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) Scheme is part of the Science and Innovation pillar of the £100 million UK Seafood Fund. It will fund scientific research projects that involve partnerships between the UK seafood industry and research institutes.

Interested parties can bid for a contract until 19 January 2023 (12:00 GMT).

IUK Launches Sustainable Bio-based Materials and Manufacture Feasibility Study Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK registered organisations can apply for funding for feasibility studies to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK.

Led by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition aims to develop the design and delivery of new and disruptive sustainable biomanufacturing by 2050. Funded projects will allow businesses and academic researchers to work together and develop more sustainable bio-based products, biotechnology processes and innovations.

The deadline for applications is 1 February 2023 (11:00 GMT).

New Fund Launching for Racial Justice and Mental Health Projects

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding will support collective care, campaigning and capacity building activities.

Synergi is an England-wide programme of work which focuses on the intersection of racial justice and mental health. As part of the programme, there will be a small grants fund delivered by National Survivor User Network (NSUN).

The fund will open on 4 January 2023 and close on 29 January 2023.

Amazon Literary Partnership Reopens for 2023

Children & Young People

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Not-for-profit literary organisations throughout can apply for funding to support children and young adults in developing their writing skills.

Amazon Literary Partnership has launched its fourth year of funding to provide grants to literary organisations that develop emerging writers, support diversity, celebrate storytelling, and/or build authors’ careers.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2023.

Enterprise Nation Launches Small Business Pitching Competition with Adobe

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Through this competition, UK based small businesses can pitch their companies to retail buyers for a chance to receive support and a cash prize.

Small Business Goes Big is a competition for businesspeople to pitch their companies to British retailers for a chance to have their products stocked in high-street outlets.

The deadline to enter the competition is 8 January 2023 (24:00 GMT).

Get Fishing Fund Reopens for 2023

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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The Environment Agency and Angling Trust have announced a new round of funding to encourage more people to take up fishing or reignite a passion for fishing.

The Get Fishing Fund has been established to support organisations delivering a programme of angling activities throughout 2023. As a means of encouraging the wellbeing benefits the sport can offer, supported activities should aim to help get more people into fishing and retain them within the sport.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 5 March 2023.

New Round of Community Grants from NHS Blood and Transplant

Community

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Funding to raise awareness of organ, blood and stem cell donation in minority ethnic groups.

Previously known as the Community Investment Scheme, the newly named Community Grants Programme has now launched for 2023 and is accepting applications across England and Wales.

The deadline to apply is 8 January 2023 at midnight.

Changes to National Churches Trust’s Grants from 2023

Support & Resources

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The changes are intended to streamline the process of grant applications going forward.

To better align with its incoming 2023-26 strategy, National Churches Trust has made some amendments to its funding programme and application system which are expected to simplify the process of applying.

Grants programmes are expected to relaunch in March 2023.

Edinburgh Fringe Programme Supporting Black, Asian and 'Global Majority' Artists Invites Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is being provided to help Black, Asian and 'Global Majority' artists across the UK to overcome barriers that would otherwise prevent them from performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Provided by the Pleasance Theatre Trust, the Pleasance Generate Fund has been established to help UK-based Black, Asian and 'Global Majority' artists bring their work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The deadline for applications is 16 January 2023 (10:00 GMT).

Ernest Cook Trust Opens Outdoor Essentials Grant

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available to UK state funded Primary and Secondary schools to enable them to get their pupils learning outdoors.

The Ernest Cook Trust is an educational charity that gives grants to not-for-profit organisations in the UK wishing to encourage an environmentally engaged society.

The application window will close when a ceiling number of applications is reached.

Lloyd’s Bank Foundation England and Wales Launches Unrestricted Grants

Support & Resources

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The grants programme will support small organisations addressing complex social issues.

Following the release of its 2022-26 strategy, ‘Building a Better Future’ the Foundation has announced the launch of a Specialist Funding Programme to continue supporting small and grassroots organisations across England and Wales.

The deadline to apply is 3 March 2023, for decisions by 14 July 2023.

Innovate UK Announces Creative Catalyst 2023 Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants are available to UK registered micro and small enterprises in the creative industries sector to help them grow their business.

Administered by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition will fund business innovation within the creative industries by providing a package of targeted and continuous support to help businesses to grow.

The competition opens on 5 December 2022. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2023.

New Dates for National Lottery Grants for Heritage over £250,000

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding to connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Not-for-profit organisations and third sector-led partnerships in the UK can now apply for the largest grants within the National Lottery’s Heritage programme.

The next deadline for grants up to £5 million is 23 February 2023.

Applications for Rank Foundation Awards Now Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to support capital projects in adult member hospices across the UK.

The Hospice UK funded programme is open for applications under the 2022 theme of Environmental Improvements. Projects should help hospices to implement measures that will reduce their impact on the environment and to deliver sustainable healthcare.

The deadline to apply is 20 January 2023 at 5pm.

Future Communities Fund Now Accepting Applications

Community

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Funding for organisations helping to build strong and inclusive communities and engaging meaningfully with young people across the UK.

As part of its new strategy, 'Building Communities of the Future Together', Co-op Foundation has opened an unrestricted grants programme supporting youth engagement in the UK.

The fund is open until 12pm on 23 December 2022.

UK Community Foundations Receive Funding Boost for Ukrainian Refugees

Support & Resources

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The funding will allow local organisations to provide immediate and long-term support to displaced individuals and communities.

Following a £500,000 donation from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Community Foundations across the UK will be able to provide additional funding to charitable groups supporting Ukrainian Refugees in their local areas. In total, this will bring the amount given by the Freemasons towards assistance for Ukrainians to over £1 million since the onset of the Russian invasion.

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