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With Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales taking a break from accepting new applications from the end of July, and Foundation Scotland making some changes, here’s a quick update on these funders, as well as reminders of some of the funding opportunities currently open.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales taking a break from new applications after 29 July

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales will be closed to new funding applications from 29 July as it prepares to launch its new strategy in October. It is however accepting new applications from eligible small and local charities up until 5pm on this date, and aims to give all charities a decision within four months.

The foundation wants to ensure all grants that are part of its 2018 – 2022 strategy Reaching Further can be made this year, and is encouraging all eligible charities to apply for an unrestricted £50,000 grant by 29 July. Alongside the funding, charities will have access to capacity building support from specialist consultants or colleagues from Lloyds Banking Group.

Grants of up to £10,000 still available for community-led events to celebrate Platinum Jubilee year

Grants of up to £10,000 from The National Lottery Awards for All programme are still available for community-led events throughout 2022 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee year. The programme gives out almost £80 million of National Lottery funding in all parts of the UK each year.

The strongest applications will demonstrate a lasting impact beyond the event itself. They will also promote relationships across generations, develop the skills and experience of communities, or encourage the care of/action in the natural world as part of the celebrations. Applications can also be accepted for one-off events that celebrate the Platinum Jubilee year in 2022 which meet these criteria.

£4.5 million of National Lottery funding was awarded to 91 community projects across the UK through The Platinum Jubilee Fund, as part of its wider contribution of £22 million towards the Jubilee. These included People and Animals UK, which received almost £50,000 of National Lottery funding and hosted an afternoon tea party on Wednesday 1 June at its farm in Norfolk. The local community were able to get involved with grooming horses, feeding sheep and willow weaving.

Grants available for early career health professionals

The Hamish Ogston Foundation has announced £350,000 of funding for 70 Platinum Jubilee Grants for early career health professionals wishing to undertake scientific research projects in Tropical Medicine and Global Health in Commonwealth countries.

The Hamish Ogston Foundation Platinum Jubilee Early Career Awards scheme will see grants of £5,000 allocated to 70 young professionals in early stages of their careers.

The scheme will be administered by three institutions: The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH).

Up to £1,000 available for Southwest charities & community groups

NextEnergy Group has launched a funding programme on BizGive for charity and community groups in Southwest England. The fund has an initial £11,040 to distribute, with grants of up to £1,000 per project.

It is looking to support local community projects around six of its solar farms in this area with the objectives of increasing community involvement, protecting and improving the local environment, improving the sustainability of the local built environment, and creating and improving local amenities and infrastructure.

Applications are accepted until 31 December, with donations made on a monthly basis.

Foundation Scotland extends social investment reach 

Foundation Scotland, Scotland’s community foundation, has announced an extension to the geographic reach of its social investment funding. The Investing in Enterprise Fund offers up to a quarter of a million pounds in blended finance to eligible social enterprises, community organisations and charities and will now be available to over 70% of Scotland’s population. 

The fund, which launched last year, was previously available within 13 Local Authorities across the central belt. This funding model is now being offered to groups working within Falkirk, Stirling, Perth & Kinross, Dumfries and Galloway and The Scottish Borders.   

It offers eligible organisations £10,000 to £250,000 as a blend of grant and loan finance. Up to 50% of the funding is through a non-repayable grant, with the remainder through a loan. Foundation Scotland’s social investment team help successful applicants to raise funds and only repay part of the total sum. Foundation Scotland also reinvests all returned funds for additional social investment. 

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