Funding Opportunities

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The Urgent Response Fund  - Coronavirus

This is a small grants fund for charities and community groups in need of resources to effectively deliver projects / activities to support the basic health and wellbeing needs of vulnerable members of the community in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the lockdown and from March 2021 to the gradual easing of restrictions.

Timescale

Decisions are made monthly or more frequently when there is high demand.

Multiple Applications

Organisations who have received awards from the fund are welcome to apply again.

Download our application guidance notes here and start your application here.

If you would like to know more about how to complete your application, email [email protected] or telephone 01524 555900.

Lancaster Community Fund

Lancaster City Council and Lancaster District CVS invite local charities and community groups to apply to the Lancaster Community Fund. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to volunteer organisations in Lancaster District that need help to deliver projects and activities for the benefit of local people.

Timescale

The fund is currently closed to new applications – we will announce deadlines for 2022 in due course.

Priorities

Priority will be given to groups working in disadvantaged communities and to new and smaller grassroots groups with low income.

Download our application guidance notes here and start your application here.

If you would like to know more about how to complete your application, email [email protected] or telephone 01524 555900

Eric Wright Charitable Trust

All smaller local organisations working within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector are encouraged to apply for financial help in providing activities that will make a positive difference to the lives and wellbeing of people of any age. Grants of up to £500 are available.

The grant is available to organisations with an annual income of less than £50,000 (you do not need to be a registered charity to apply).

The fund is administered by Lancaster District CVS on behalf of the Eric Wright Charitable Trust (EWCT) via the LDCVS Bay Foundation. See our guidance notes for more information on the EWCT.

Timescale

The deadline for round 1 is 5 November 2021. If all funds are not fully allocated, there will be another round in January 2022. 

Multiple Applications

Organisations who have received awards from the fund are welcome to apply again.

Download our application guidance notes here and start your application here.

If you would like to know more about how to complete your application, email [email protected] or telephone 01524 555900.

Lancaster District Street Aid

Residents wanting to help make a real change to the lives of rough sleepers can now do so via the new Lancaster District Street Aid scheme and the wonders of technology.

Cashless donation terminals have been installed at Dalton Square Pharmacy, Student Housing Lancaster (Penny Street), and Treasure Island (Marine Road, Morecambe). Alternatively, donations can be made through Totalgiving or by using QR codes displayed on Stagecoach buses.

Donations will generate a pot of funding that individuals can apply for in partnership with a supporting organisation (voluntary sector or local authority), to get the sort of practical help they need to stay off the streets for good.

Types of support that can be applied for via the scheme include access to housing, furniture and other home essentials, education/training courses, clothing for job interviews, transport to interview/place of work, and help with searching for a job.

Timescale

Decisions are made as soon as possible after applications are submitted.

Multiple Applications

Organisations who have received awards from the fund are welcome to apply again.

Download our application guidance notes here and start your application here.

If you would like to know more about how to complete your application, email [email protected] or telephone 01524 555900.

The Street Aid initiative has been launched by Lancaster City Council in partnership with Lancaster BID, Lancaster and Morecambe Area Police and Lancaster District CVS. 

Funding for the scheme has been committed by Lancaster City Council, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Community Action Fund and Student Housing Lancaster.

Nat Merriman Fund

Lancaster District CVS administers the Nat Merriman Fund on behalf of the fund’s trustees. The fund was established in memory of Nat, a young Lancaster man that passionately believed in the value of creative and performing arts in the lives of young people, who sadly died in 1994 aged 15. The fund is open to individual aged 11-25 years old who live in the Lancaster district, as well as organisations that work with them.

Funding up to
  • £300 for individuals
  • £500 for organisations
Priorities

To enable young people to widen their experience and appreciation of the creative and performing arts.

Completed applications should be returned to [email protected]

If you would like to know more about how to complete your application, email [email protected] or telephone 01524 555900.

Lancaster Small Grant Fund

This fund is currently closed to applications. We hope to announce a new round in the near future.

The Lancaster Small Grant Fund is available to any community group for projects or activities which aim to advance public knowledge of factors which give rise to prejudice and discrimination, promote racial harmony, or develop the capacity and skills of people in economically disadvantaged communities.

Timescale

Apply at any time, applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Conditions

Beneficiaries of the fund will be expected to provide a report on the completion of the project or activity.