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Increasing Access Fund - Adapted Good Causes Grants

28 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for smaller charities working within the areas of community, environment and the arts to reinvent their face to face service delivery through means other than digital as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Peter Sowerby Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 25,000

Application deadline:



The Peter Sowerby Foundation was set up through an endowment by Dr Peter Sowerby, who created the software behind EMIS, which supplies clinical software to GPs in the UK.

Objectives of Fund

The new £1.4 million Increasing Access Fund aims to ensure or increase access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to COVID-19.

The grants will support charities to digitally enable access to services, or to adapt their delivery of existing services to comply with social distancing or other COVID-response measures.

There are three separate streams of funding:

To be eligible, organisations should be working nationally within the Foundation’s key domains:

  • Healthcare Innovation – Organisations in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.

  • Community – Organisations working with young people, especially those considered disadvantaged, delivering support to those disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and/or those working to support isolated older people.

  • Environment – Organisations working in the area of horticulture and conservation which have been significantly financially impacted by the closure of venues.

  • Arts – Organisations working in the area of arts, health and well-being where services and programmes are being adapted to benefit communities impacted by Covid-19.

Value Notes

The available funding is as follows:

  • Grants of up to £10,000 for adaption of services within smaller organisations.

  • Grants of up to £25,000 for the transformation of existing services.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from charities with a maximum turnover of £1 million. Preference, however, will be given to smaller organisations with a turnover of around £500,000.

Applicants should be working within the area of community, environment and the arts. This includes organisations working with significantly hard to reach groups, such as those who are homeless, older people, or arts organisations that require face to face interaction and where programmes or activities need to be redesigned or reshaped.



Eligible Expenditure

The funding will support organisations to:

  • Pilot and test new service delivery in response to the COVID-19 situation.

  • Transform existing services to adapt to the COVID-19 situation.

How To Apply

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 16 November 2020 (5pm). The Foundation advises that it expects a large number of applications and may close the Fund before the deadline.

All relevant documents are available from the Foundation's website.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Peter Sowerby Foundation
    1 King William Street
    EC4N 7AF
    Email: [email protected]


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