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Funding news: opportunities for community, art, road safety projects & more

Melanie May | 10 February 2022 | News

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Here’s some recent funding news, from Nuffield Health’s support for the Ingenuity Programme, to the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s opening for applications on a new rolling basis.

£50,000 investment for programme supporting start-ups driving social mobility

Nuffield Health is investing £50,000 into a programme that supports start-ups to directly address the UK’s social and environmental challenges to drive change in local communities.

The Ingenuity Programme, founded at the University of Nottingham in 2016, supports social mobility by providing seed grants and mentorship to innovators looking to start new enterprises, particularly those from under-represented and underserved groups across the UK.

Nuffield Health’s sponsorship will encourage applicants to address one of three areas: improving health, building stronger communities and climate change. Its investment will see funds over a two-year period go directly to programme winners. Experts from Nuffield Health will also act as mentors on the programme. The first application period is open now, with four winners to be announced in May 2022; Community Challenge Champion, Health Challenge Champion, Climate Challenge Champion and the overall Impact Entrepreneur of the Year 2022.

Brendan Street, Head of Charity at Nuffield Health, said:

“We are really excited to become a platinum partner to Ingenuity, and for the opportunity to work with, and support, people from under-served groups to help bring their ideas to life and make meaningful impact in the communities in which they live. We are all too aware that health inequalities are experienced in local communities across the nation, and we hope through this partnership, by nurturing tomorrow’s talent, we can help reduce these to build sustainable communities and ultimately a healthier nation.”

£180,000 of funding to progress road safety projects to implementation

The Road Safety Trust is inviting applications to help progress four road safety projects to their next stage.

For the first time, the Small Grants Programme will provide funding that focuses on supporting previously funded and completed projects to the implementation stage. Eligible applications will build on the previous learning and evidence through pilots and trials of new innovations, expanding successful trials across a new area and/or evaluating existing interventions.

The grants round has a total budget of £180,000 with between £10,000 and £30,000 for each project and will be open for applications from 22 March until 26 April 2022.

The Road Safety Trust has awarded grants worth £3.9m to 56 projects since it was established in 2014 and is looking to expand four of these previously funded projects:

–          Community Corners: a low cost, community-led, street design approach to traffic calming.

–          ‘Mobile Engaged: to tackle mobile phone use by drivers.

–          ‘Improving Driving Behaviour through Mindfulness’: to trial mindfulness research in a practical way to improve road safety at either a local, regional, or national level.

–          ‘Targeting Road Injury Prevention (TRIP): using data and intelligence to understand who is causing serious collisions and to develop road safety campaigns.

Sally Lines, Chief Executive of The Road Safety Trust said: 

“This is the first time that we have run a grant funding round offering the opportunity to take forward a project that has been funded and completed but which holds the potential to improve road safety in other parts of the UK.


“The Trust felt that it was time to support these exciting projects to their next stage towards implementation.  Applications should outline how they are able to take one of the four areas of work forward through trials, further insight and evaluation to help reduce deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.”

There will be a webinar on Thursday 24 March with the Trust’s Grants team who will be able to offer insight and advice on the guidance for this Small Grants round.

Each application should have a lead organisation in the UK which must be a local public sector organisation, charity, not-for-profit social enterprise, or community interest company. Universities can also apply but this must be in partnership with one of these organisations. Strong evidence of partnership working, and road safety evaluation expertise is expected in all projects.

Grants of up to £5,000 for art projects

The Fidelio Charitable Trust is offering grants to individuals and groups for art projects, particularly for music, including opera, Lieder, composition and dance.

The Trust was established in 2008, thanks to an endowment from the late Tony Wingate, in support of the arts in the UK. Grants of up to £5,000 are available with its Trustees aiming to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those at an early stage in their careers. Such individuals and groups must be recommended by an appropriate institution, college, Arts Festival or similar organisation.

Trustee meetings normally take place three times a year where applications are discussed and the next deadline for applications is currently 26 May. The trustees aim to inform successful applicants within two months of the relevant closing date.

More information and the application form is available on the Trust’s site.

Masonic Charitable Foundation to accept grant applications on rolling basis

Applications are open for the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s grant programme, and this year it’s changing its approach so there will be no deadlines and a simpler application process.

The foundation invites applications for grants for supporting disadvantaged children and young people, socially isolated and lonely older people, and for hospices across England and Wales.

In each case it offers small or large grants. Small grants are available for charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000. These grants are unrestricted and range from £1,000-£5,000 per year, for up to three years.

Large grants are for larger charities whose annual income exceeds £500,000. They must be restricted to a project. These usually range from £10,000 to £60,000 and can be awarded over one to three years.

In total, it donates over £5 million each year to local and national charities. It is now operating a rolling grants programme with all applicants asked to submit an enquiry. A decision on whether the foundation would like to invite them to complete a full application will be made within three to four weeks for a large grant and two to three weeks for a small grant. It anticipates being able to give applicants a final decision within three to four months of submitting a full large grant application to us and within two to three months of submitting a small grant application.