Funding news round-up

Apply for funds for community causes, the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, lottery applications process to be improved, creating alternative finance sources.

Just launched (24th March) is the Aviva Community Fund. This is inviting submissions of a project from community organisations –  “tell us what difference these much-needed funds could make … and Secure enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community” to be in with a chance. The four funding levels available range from £1,000 to up to £25,000. Submit by 24th April, with the public vote taking place during May.

Official web page has information for voluntary organisations on how to apply for funding from the government’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund for 2015/16. Applications are open both National and Local schemes for projects starting in September 2015 or later. Organisations are invited to submit proposals that place a high priority on supporting volunteering in the health, public health and care sectors. The eligibility form needs to be completed by midday, 8th May, applications by 22nd May.

In its strategic framework for the six years up to 2021, The Big Lottery Fund has promised to simplify and shorten applications and to try to move away from a top-down approach. This is a short document, so no details yet. More on Civil Society News.

The government is supporting a pilot ‘P2P Impact Fund’, which will help people invest in causes they care about through peer-to-peer (P2P) and crowdfunding platforms. The fund will enable regulated social sector organisations, e.g. social enterprises and charities, to take on investment this way, by being available to be drawn upon in the event of default. The Social Investment Business is having preliminary discussions with potential P2P platforms. See government news release.