High Streets Heritage Action Zones

By extending the successful Heritage Action Zone initiative, Historic England will deliver a four-year programme of physical improvements, community engagement and cultural activities to regenerate England’s struggling historic high streets and town centres around the country. To do this, they will be working closely with local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce and other community groups.

Applicants can apply for a grant of between £250,000 and £2 million to set up a four-year partnership beginning April 2020.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 12 July 2019.

Full details are available on Historic England's website.


Urban Tree Challenge Fund

The UTCF is open to anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas as long, as you have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of your agreement and your planting location is within an urban area.

The fund provides up to 50% of published standard costs for planting large and small trees and their establishment costs. The remaining funding must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour.

Block bids allow organisations to apply for funding for multiple projects under one application, which can be geographically dispersed across England or focused in a local area. Individual applications are aimed at smaller organisations or community groups who are looking to deliver much smaller scale projects.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund is now open for block bids and closes at midnight on 28 July 2019. Expressions of Interest (EOI) for individual applications can also be received in this window.


Full details can be found on the Government website.

Froebelian Innovation Grants

The Froebel Trust offers Innovation Grants to enable the application of Froebelian principles in new areas and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively. Projects funded under the Innovation Grants programme should achieve the following outcomes:

  • Children are supported to play expressively and creatively.
  • Organisations develop or improve their understanding of Froebelian philosophy and principles.

The Trust has allocated a fund of £40,000 in 2019 for Innovation Grants. Projects may be spread over 1 or 2 years.

The deadline for applications is: 5pm on Monday 24 June 2019.


Full details can be found on the Froebel Trust's website.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects that make a difference to local communities near to Co-op stores and funeral homes.

Your project must either:

  • help a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces
  • support the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities
  • help people reach their full potential by developing their skills

Applications must be completed by 16 June 2019.

If you are successful you’ll be part of the Local Community Fund for 12 months – from 27 October 2019 to 24 October 2020.

You'll receive your share of the funding in 2 payments – one in April 2020 and one in November 2020. Full details are available on the Co-op's website

The Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.

It will support interventions and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.

Focusing on 10-14 year olds across England and Wales, it is run by youth charity Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Social Investment Business(SIB). The Youth Endowment Fund will dispense funds in three ways. It will:

  • Run a one-off, open call round, to fund and evaluate promising approaches to preventing youth offending which have not yet gathered strong evidence of their impact. In this round, grantees will need to spend £100,000 or more by March 2020.
  • Fund a smaller number of programmes with good evidence of impact and which are ready for large scale evaluation.
  • Support two local partnerships in areas with high levels of youth crime to develop a multi-stakeholder response to preventing youth offending, evaluate and learn to inform our approach to place-based work.
The Youth Endowment Fund open call round will be open for applications from Tuesday 28 May to Tuesday 23 July 2019.