Small Grants for Summer Playschemes (UK)
Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to registered charities to fund summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years. To be eligible for funding, the charity will have to have an annual income of less than £100,000 and the playscheme must run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days during the summer holidays. Priority is given to small local playschemes involving a large number of children especially those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Projects supported will also be expected to make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate and ensure that funds awarded are being well used. If the applicant is not a registered charity then a registered charity may apply on the scheme’s behalf. The funding is being made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust and the closing date for applications is midday on Friday 3rd April 2020.

Funding for Summer Play Schemes (UK)
Community and voluntary groups in the UK can apply for grants to run summer play schemes for children aged 5 – 18. To be eligible for funding, summer play schemes should be locally based, last between two and six weeks and have strong volunteer support. Priority will be given to projects which show that they are inclusive of children from refugee families and have BME involvement. The funding is being made available through the Hilden Charitable Fund and the closing date for applications is the 29th May 2020.

Funding for Events to Support the Mayor’s Community Weekend (West Midlands)
The National Lottery has announced that community groups in the West Midlands can apply for grants of up to £500 to support events that seek to bring different communities together, celebrating diversity. The events will be part of the Mayor’s Community Weekend which will be held the weekend of Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July 2020. The grants can be used to fund either the full cost of a small event, or as a contribution towards the cost of a larger event. Applications will open on Monday the 24th February 2020 when further information and the application form will be made available.

Collaborative Research and Development Grants for Emerging Artists (UK)
Professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines can apply for a grant of £2,000 to £5,000 to undertake a project that will enable them to develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. Eligible musicians will be over 18 based primarily in the UK and be in financial need and without significant backing. Solo instrumentalists, conductors, composers, vocalists, singer songwriters or multidisciplinary artists are amongst those eligible to apply. Bands or ensembles with six members or less can also be supported. The funding is being made available through the Help Musicians Fusion Fund and the deadline to apply is the 23rd March 2020.

Rural Mobility Fund Opens for Applications (England)
The Department for Transport is inviting applications from Local Authorities under the Rural Mobility Fund to trial on-demand bus services in rural or suburban areas. The focus of the fund is on setting up services where they do not already exist. A total of £20 million available and the DfT expect to see a range of project sizes coming forward, many of which would receive funding of between £500,000 and £1.5 million. All tiers of local government in England with responsibility for transport, except London boroughs can apply and will need to demonstrate that services predominantly serve communities in areas that have a population of fewer than 10,000 residents. There is a two-stage application process with the deadline for expressions of interest being 5pm on the 30th April 2020.

Women Make Music Grants Programme (UK)
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support the development of outstanding women, trans and non-binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The funding is available to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies and live performances featuring new UK music. The funding is being made available through the PRS for Music Foundation’s Woman make Music Grants Programme and the closing date for applications is the 8th June 2020.

Architectural Heritage Fund – Project Viability Fund (UK)
Grants are available for formally constituted charities or social enterprises to undertake a project involving the acquisition and conversion of an historic building. The Architectural Heritage Fund Project Viability Grant aims to enable organisations to work out whether a proposed use for a building will be economically viable. The grant will contribute towards the cost of exploring different options for reuse or testing a single option. At the end of the process the organisation should be able to make an informed decision on whether the it should commit to further cost, risk and effort in developing the project. The closing date for applications in this round is the 30th April 2020.

Warburtons – Community Grants Scheme (England, Scotland and Wales)
Charities and organisations with charitable aims can now apply for up to £250 worth of funding for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues. Funding is available for projects that meet the following themes: Health, Health Education, Financial Stability, Aspiration, Worklessness, Employability and skills. The Community Grant scheme is being made available by Warburtons and is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. The next closing date for applications in this round is the 11th May 2020.

Funding Available for Projects that Benefit the Local Community (North East)
Charities with community projects that can demonstrate that their aims have identifiable public benefit in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham including Hartlepool can now apply for funding. The funding has been made available by the Sir James Knott Trust and special consideration will be given to charitable activities that are known to have been of interest to Sir James Knott including military and maritime organisations, youth clubs, projects to help the elderly, education and training. Small grants of up to £1,000 can be applied for at any time, larger grants average around £4,500 and the trustees meet to consider applications three times a year. The closing date for applications in the next round is the 12th June 2020.

Awards for Young Musicians (UK)
Awards for Young Musicians (AYM), which support the UK’s most talented young musicians (aged 5 to 17) who, because of financial need, may be prevented from fulfilling their creative potential, has announced that it is seeking applications for its Awards Scheme. AYM supports young musicians, who make music in any genre, who can clearly show that they are really talented and committed and that they need financial help with their music expenses. Each year AYM make awards of up to £2000 based on evidence of musical talent and financial need. The Awards cover the purchase or hire of musical instruments and accessories; music lessons; weekend music schools; music courses; orchestra fees; and travel. The deadline for applications is the 27th April 2020.

T Level Capital Fund Opens for Applications (England)
The Government has announced that it is inviting existing T Level providers to apply to the T Level Capital Fund. The fund will be delivered in two parts. Eligible providers can bid for funding to refurbish existing buildings or create new spaces, while funding for specialist equipment such as digital and audio-visual kit, will be allocated to all providers in Spring next year. A total of £95 million will be available. The funding is available to organisations that are on the list of providers selected to deliver T Levels and are an Academy, Further Education College, Higher Education Institution, School, Sixth Form College or University Technical College; and they have not previously been awarded a grant for the T Level route for which they are applying. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 30th April 2020.