The Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund at the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities. The fund is now open for an initial round of funding applications. In this initial round, NLCF will support up to 15 place-based community-led partnerships to make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Funding expectations:

  • The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:
    • Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months)
    • Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years)
  • Successful applicants will have experience in implementing meaningful action on climate change
  • NLCF expect to fund a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK
  • NLCF will use learning from the first round of funding to help shape what happens next and we will test and learn throughout the programme. Further rounds of funding will be available at a later stage.

The deadline for the first round of funding is 18th December 2019.

Full details are available on the NLCF website.


Youth Music

Youth Music are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances.

Youth Music's vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music. In order to achieve this, they’re working collaboratively to transform music education in England.

They have five priority funding areas: Early Years, SEN/D, NEET, Youth Justice and Coldspots.

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach. Projects they invest in support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, and they also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce.

Fund A awards smaller grants (between £2,000 and £30,000) for high-quality projects, with grant duration between 6 to 24 months.

Next application deadline is 6 December 2019, 5pm.

Please take a look at the following link to find out more

If you would like to have an informal chat before you submit an application, please contact Youth Music at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Toyota Parasport Fund

Sport England are committed to ensuring that everyone can take part in sport and physical activity and are working with disabled people to make sure that they have access to a range of quality opportunities to realise the many benefits that come from being physically active.

Up to £200,000 will be available in each year of the fund, with awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help ensure that when disabled people are active, they have access to quality equipment to help give them the best possible experience.  

This is the first in a series of funding rounds focusing on different areas that we know impact the quality of experience – this round is looking at equipment.

The window for applications is now open and closes at 5pm on 20 December, 2019.

Full details are available on the Sport England website.

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award
In memory of Elspeth Thompson

National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award provides funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

No fixed amount is set but awards do not usually exceed £5,000. Funding could cover, for example, site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators), hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.

Full details are on the NGS website. The deadline for applications is the 31st December 2019.

Armed Forces Day 2020

Local organisations around the country are encouraged to host a local event within two weeks of Armed Forces Day, including weekends so the dates would be Saturday 20 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.

Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK can apply for a grant of up £10,000 (providing the grant funding accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

The funding can be used to pay for:

  • Road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches.
  • Decorations, flags and banners.
  • Newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event.
  • Marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event.
  • Insurance.
  • PA and communications systems.

The first step is to register an event on the Armed Forces Day website. This will enable groups to access details on how to apply for the funding.

The deadline for funding applications is 27 March 2020.

For more information, visit the Armed Forces Day website.