See below list of new funding opportunities.

Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK) 
Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives. In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 – £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million). Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.

Funding Available to Schools to Raise the Attainment of Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber)
Schools, nurseries and other educational settings in the North of England can apply for funding to help raise the attainment for children from low income homes. The funding is available to try out new ideas to improve teaching and learning in schools and help the best ideas grow to scale. The funding aims to improve the school readiness of children during the reception year, with a priority focus on language and communication skills; supporting vulnerable children who may not meet age related expectations at primary school; and supporting high attaining students to build on their achievements at primary school and stay on a high attaining trajectory during the first few years at secondary school. The funding is being made available through the educational charity Shine and the deadlines for applications are usually around the end of January, the end of April and the end of October each year.

New Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning Programme Launched (UK)
The British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development is inviting schools to apply for a new funding programme to enable UK schools to work with partner schools overseas. The Connecting Classrooms through Global learning programme provides grants of up to £35,000 to clusters of schools or grants of up to £3,000 for a one-to-one school partnership to support a wide range of global learning activities, including training for teachers and supply cover, reciprocal visits to international partners schools, and hosting community events. The funding is available to schools with existing partnerships or those seeking to develop new partnerships. The next closing date for applications is the 27th January 2020.

The Open Fund For Music Creators (UK)
Songwriters, composers, and artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre and to enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential. The funding is being made available through the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Music Creators and can support activities such as touring, music creator residencies, community projects and live performances featuring new UK music, etc. The closing date for applications is the 12th February 2020.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People (England and Wales)
Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Grant programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life Grant programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. The Later Life Grant programme offers both small grants of between £500 and £15,000 to charities with an income of below £500,000 and large grants of between £10,000 and £150,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years. The next closing date for applications to the large grants programme is the 17th February 2020. The small grants programme is currently closed and is due to re-open for applications on the 3rd February 2020 until the 17th April 2020. 

Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People and Children (England and Wales)
Charities in England and Wales can apply for Early Years Opportunities Grants through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life. The programme offers both small grants of up to £15,000 to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years; and grants of between £10,000 and £150,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years. The next closing date for applications to the large grants programme is the 17th February 2020. The small grants programme is currently closed and is due to re-open for applications on the 3rd February 2020 until the 17th April 2020. 

Funding Support for Former Mining Communities (East & West Midlands, North East & North West of England and Yorkshire)
Community and voluntary groups tackling key challenges that still affect the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities in England can apply for a grant of up to £10,000. To be eligible, projects need to address one of three themes: Skills; Employment; or Health. A total of £125,000 will be available in this funding round for projects. To apply, organisations need to complete an eligibility survey to determine whether the applicant organisation/group meets the criteria to apply for funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT). The closing date for completing the eligibility survey is 5pm on 29th November 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th December 2019 at 5pm.

Grants Available for Projects Benefitting Children and Young People (London)
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for small one-off projects lasting up to one year that promote the life-chances of children and young people through education and family support. State schools; Independent schools with charitable status; Local authorities; Exempt and Registered charities and national organisations with a track record and reputation of working to benefit children and young people can apply. The work must be carried out in one of the John Lyon’s Charity’s nine boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, City of London. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding for High Quality New Music Projects (UK)
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups. Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally. The funding is being made available through the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations and can cover activities such as touring, recording, promotion and marketing and commissions of new music by UK-based creators. The closing date for applications is the 12th February 2020.

Grants Available for Organisations Working with Young People and the Elderly (West Midlands & London)
Charitable organisations providing services for young people between the ages of 13 to 25 and the elderly can now to apply to the Field Family Trust. The next meeting of Trustees is on the 9th April 2020 and applications will close on 6 weeks prior to the meeting or when sufficient applications for the meeting have been received. Organisations applying must have an annual income of under £1m and be working in the West Midlands and London (within the boundaries of the M25). The Trustees will consider applications for a wide variety of purposes, such as outreach, engagement, equipment, furnishings, running costs, helplines.

Mayor of London Launches New Fund to Tackle Extremism (London)
Civil society organisations in London who can deliver projects which counter extremist narrative will soon be able to apply for new funding. The Mayor of London’s Shared Endeavour Fund aims to support civil society groups that are standing together against hate, intolerance and extremism. Groups who would like to learn more about the fund, meet City Hall officials and benefit from free capacity building mini-sessions designed to enhance their organisation can register now on Eventbrite. The launch will take place at the Google academy in London on the 14th January 2020.