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Jeans for Genes 2021 grants to be unrestricted, & other funding opportunities

Melanie May | 21 June 2021 | News

Jeans for Genes grants programme 2021
Jeans for Genes grants

Jeans for Genes has announced that its grants for this year will be unrestricted to help charities suffering from the impact of Covid-19.

Its focus in this funding round will be on supporting small disorder specific charities adapt, respond and recover from the affects of the pandemic, with a simplified grant application opening for genetic disorder charities in the UK on 1 July 2021.

The deadline for applications to be submitted will be 12 August, for funding to be given to charities by November 2021, and in this funding round Jeans for Genes will be awarding one-off unrestricted grants of £2,500.

As well as being registered charities with an income under £100,000, to be eligible, charities must be disorder specific or one whose beneficiaries are solely those with genetic disorders. Among the other criteria, they must also not have received a Jeans for Genes grant in 2020.

More information can be found here.


Grants of £2,000 are available through the Pears Action Learning Fund, for 25 organisations in the Welsh third sector willing to take part in research and action learning.

The Fund runs alongside a Trust and Foundation Project developed by Community Foundation Wales to increase the amount of UK funding coming into Wales by building connections between the Welsh third sector and trusts and foundations based outside of Wales.

The Action Learning Fund hopes to gain a better understanding of the process required to start a successful partnership between grantees and funders and identify good practise that can be shared with others.

Groups that are successful in their bid to take part in this ‘action learning’ will work alongside a Project Officer within Community Foundation Wales. The officer will provide 1:1 support and guidance and will work with them to identify 3-5 funders that are a good match with the focus of their work. The time commitment is expected to be a maximum of one day a week for up to 10 weeks.

More information here.


There’s still time to apply for grants of £250-£4,000 if you’re a community group or voluntary club working with children & young people in the Scottish Borders.

From Youth Borders, the micro and small grants scheme is part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Get Into Summer’. It will see Youth Borders administer grants for play equipment and summer experiences and activities delivered by voluntary and community groups benefiting children and young people of all ages across the Scottish Borders.

Priority will be given to groups helping those most likely to be experiencing continued disadvantage and who will therefore have been particularly adversely affected by Covid-19.

The application deadline is 30 June.

More here.


Recently launched by UK law firm Shoosmiths, The Shoosmiths Foundation has grants available for UK registered charities undertaking work in the UK.

Grants are available for UK registered charities undertaking work in the UK, with funding decided by the Shoosmiths Foundation Grants Committee.

Applications for this round – open until close of business Friday 23 July – must relate to the social mobility aim which is the Shoosmiths Foundation’s grant giving priority for 2021.

The Foundation offers grants in the following categories, to:

More information is available here.


Funding is available for protective security measures, such as CCTV, fencing, and intruder alarms, to places of worship and associated faith community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime.

The places of worship (PoW) protective security funding scheme is a government commitment in the 2016-2020 hate crime action plan. This scheme is intended to reduce the risk and impact of hate crime at places of worship and associated faith community centres.

The scheme is open to all faiths, apart from the Jewish community, which is not eligible for funding from this scheme because a separate commitment has been made to fund security measures at Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

Applications can be made for the installation of up to 3 protective security measures until 23:59 on 2 July 2021.

More details here.

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