Four Fantastic Funding Opportunities...

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12 February 2021 –  This week sees a bonanza of a funding dedicated for Barnet VCOs, with four (yes, four!) funding opportunities launched over the past week. With grants ranging from £250 to £65,000, to support a whole host of activities there’s bound to be something of interest to you – so do read on, and start applying as the first closing date is 26 February.

Whilst having four opportunities in one week for Barnet organisations is rare, don’t forget that there are thousands of other trusts and foundations out there. Do get in touch with me, so we can discuss what’s on your ‘shopping list’ and what funders may be able to support you.

Ellen Cheshire, VCS Support Lead –


Funding: Barnet Community Response Fund – Wave 10

Funding of up to £500 for:

The fund is to support:

  • Foodbanks
  • Food preparation/distribution to support our most vulnerable residents
  • Additional funding to expand your service to support the COVID-19 response efforts
  • Other costs as deemed suitable by the Funding Panel.

If you have been awarded funding in previous Waves, you can apply again.

The fund has been running since the outset of the pandemic in the UK and has so far distributed over £100,000 of grants to Barnet based community groups.

It’s a really simple form, so do apply.

Closing date: Friday 26 February


Funding: Community Barnet Giving

CommUNITY Barnet has been awarded £150,000 to run a grant scheme for Barnet. The funding comes from The National Lottery Community Fund and will be for organisations, who as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, support people who experience disproportionate challenge; who provide services and support for vulnerable people; and which connect and support communities to work together.

The funding is for organisations with an income of less than £500,000 in the last year. There are two grant funds. These are:

Small grants £85,500. Grants from £1,000 to £6,000.
Medium grants £57,000. Grants from £6,000 to £15,000.

Funding is for groups and projects that focus on the following areas:

  • Equality, social justice and community cohesion, including groups that deliver activities to build cohesion and reduce conflict.
  • Supporting physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Tackling poverty.

Any questions, contact CommUNITY Barnet: or telephone 020 8364 8400.

Closing date:  Monday 1 March, 8am


Funding: Barnet Community Innovation Fund

The first wave of the Barnet Community Innovation Fund will open for applications on 16 February until 1 March. Three levels of grant will be offered:

  • Small grant: up to £2,000
  • Start-up grant: up to £10,000
  • Big idea grant: up to £65,000

This first round will fund up to £150,000 for projects that:

  • support unpaid carers
  • provide digital inclusion projects for older residents
  • support residents who have lost or are at risk of losing their jobs
  • projects that minimise the risk of lost functionality and mobility in older residents

Closing date: Monday 1 March, 5pm


Funding: Space2Grow #15 – Training and Development Micro Fund

This fund is open to Young Barnet Foundation VCSE members, with an annual income of under £250,000, who are delivering activities and services for children and young people living or at school/college in the London Borough of Barnet.

Funding available for up to £250 for any training that will help the development of individuals or your organisation. For example:

  • leadership training for senior managers
  • operational training for example on fundraising or comms.
  • specific training to support Trustees in understanding their duties along with lots of very specific training on issues such as claiming gift aid
  • First Aid training

If it will benefit the development of individuals or ensure compliance by the organisation then it should be eligible.

Closing date: Friday 31 December or until all funds have been allocated.


Good luck, and do get in touch if you’d like to discuss these funding opportunities, or would like me to be your ‘critical friend’ to make sure an application is the best it can be before you submit.

Ellen Cheshire, VCS Support Lead –


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