September Roundup of the Latest CIC Grant Funding Advice

Discover the latest round of CIC grant uk funding opportunities for September, eligibility and requirements, and where to apply. Learn more here!


It’s that time again! Time for the September roundup of the latest CIC grant funding opportunities.

It’s been an amazing year of opportunity so far. A lot of charitable funding has been used to make a difference in communities throughout the UK. If you’re a CIC looking for cic grant funding grants in uk during 2021, this is your chance.

In this month’s CIC roundup, we’re going to highlight all of the programmes available to CICs during the month of September. In past months, CICs had access to a lot of funding opportunities and September is shaping up to be no different.

We’re going to discuss how Community Interest Companies can qualify and submit their grant application for these funds. We’ll also cover the names of the grant programmes, how to apply, and how much money you can apply to receive from each CIC fund.

If there are any deadlines or special requirements, we’ll make you aware of those as well. Consider this your September guide to everything relating to CIC funding.

By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know exactly which programmes work for your company, how to apply for them, and how much funding you can expect to receive.

But, there’s a lot of information to cover, so let’s get going.

The Finnis Scott Foundation

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Our first organisation offering funding for this month is The Finnis Scott Foundation. Lady Montagu Douglas Scott’s will is responsible for the creation of this foundation in 2006. Their focus is on creating grants for charitable giving in a few key areas of study.

The foundation focuses on providing funding for programmes in plant sciences, horticulture, and history. The Finnis Scott Foundation will also provide funding for programmes dealing with the preservation, enhancement, and conversation of works of art.

The foundation’s grant programme accommodates grants of up to 10,000 euros. However, the trustees of the fund may award larger funding amounts at their own discretion.

According to our research, there’s no set deadline for this particular grant. Applicants must submit their application four weeks before a Foundation meeting.

Once submitted, your application will be acknowledged within two weeks via email. If your proposal doesn’t fit the qualifications, the trustees will let you know via email.

Your application will undergo review at the first meeting following the receipt of your application and all other mandatory paperwork.

The Finnis Scott Foundation offers their application form and guidelines in a downloadable format on their website. CICs or Social enterprises applying for funding can submit their applications via email, along with the necessary documents, to the grant administrator.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is responsible for the Ideas and Pioneers Fund. The fund strives to help people with big ideas. If you have a new approach or cutting-edge idea in your chosen field, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation wants to hear about it.

They’re looking for potential, so don’t think the idea has to be completely “buttoned-up” to apply. The application process is also open to anyone so individuals, as well as CICs, can apply.

The programme focuses on young, first-time applicants who want to make a difference. Most of the ideas approved for funding come from applicants between the ages of 18 and 30. The Ideas and Pioneers Fund will take repeat applicants, but they do encourage first-timers.

The fund also prioritises applications from individuals who belong to groups that have suffered discrimination or oppression. This means Black, Asian, and other minority groups. It also applies to people who are deaf, disabled or live in poverty.

The Ideas and Pioneers Fund focuses on ideas that are in the early stages of exploration. They want innovative ideas in their respective field from people who want to create change.

What They Don’t Want

The fund won’t accept applications for ideas that are already in action or have been attempted at length in other parts of the UK. They also won’t fund works of art or media and they won’t reconsider applications for projects they’ve already denied.

In addition, you can’t apply if you’re under the age of 18 or if you’re organisation is a company with five or more full-time employees. This grant programme also won’t fund events.

Application Process

To apply, CICs must submit a short online application form, a two-minute video, and fill out an equalities questionnaire. Any application with a video over 2 minutes will be automatically disqualified. Application materials can be submitted on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website via their online portal.

The funding amount for the Ideas and Pioneers fund can be up to 15,000 pounds.

Veolia Trust

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The Veolia Environmental Trust supports community and environmental projects throughout England. Applications undergo review by the Board of Directors. The Board is made up of the Veolia trustees and they meet quarterly to review applications and decide which projects receive funding.

The Veolia Trust keeps its application process on its website. Any CICs who wish to apply for funding must navigate through the different website sections that correspond to the application process.

How To Apply

The first step is checking that your project is in an area where Veolia provides funding. Applicants can use the Trust’s convenient online postcode chequer to see if they qualify.

Next, applicants need to review Veolia Trust’s criteria. The trust offers two programmes: their Community Grants Scheme and Nature Conservation Grants Scheme.

The Community Grants Scheme is available to not-for-profit organisations, environmental bodies, and local authorities. Funding amounts can range anywhere between 10,000 and 75,000 pounds. These funds are available for projects that revitalise buildings or create outdoor spaces to benefit the community.

The Nature Conservation Grants Scheme is for environmental bodies (EBs) that are already members of the Landfill Communities Fund regulator, ENTRUST. Within the nature conservation grant programme, applicants can apply for either a Habitat and Biodiversity grant or an Environmental Improvement grant.

The Habitat and Biodiversity grant can receive funding between 10,000 and 75,000 pounds. The Environmental Improvement grant can receive funding over 75,000 pounds.

Specific Project Criteria

At the time of application, the physical work must be started on the project. The project must also have all of the necessary permits and permissions. Veolia Trust will also want to see the proposed expenses and timeline for your project.

The next round of funding will open on 11 November 2021 and close on 6 January 2022. A final decision will be made on 8 March 2022.

The Small Grants Programme

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The Small Grants Programme is sponsored by The Linbury Trust. This grant programme provides funding up to 5,000 pounds for not-for-profit theatres throughout the UK.

Projects that repair theatre buildings and make attending theatre productions more accessible are the main focus of this programme.

If you own or manage a theatre, and have at least a 5-year lease on the building, you are eligible to apply. However, your theatre must be in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. In addition, your theatre must run at least 30 performances a year and you must have an official charitable or not-for-profit structure to your theatre.

The Linbury Trust welcomes applicants to contact them pre-application to discuss their project. Otherwise, applications are to be sent via email. The email address is

The next deadline for applications is Monday 8 November 2021 at 5 pm.

The National Lottery Community Fund

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The National Lottery Community Fund is unique because they put CIC grant funding in the hands of the people. They believe that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. They strive to fund community projects at the local level.

Their funding opportunities reward projects that focus on bringing people together in new and inventive ways. These projects can add to existing work already in the community. As long as projects benefit a mix of communities throughout the UK, they may be eligible for National Lottery funding.

The programme awards funding up to the amount of 300,000 pounds. These funds can be distributed for up to a period of two years. This structure helps communities with bigger, phased projects.

The National Lottery Community Fund welcomes applications via its online portal. But, if it’s difficult for you to complete an online form, you can contact them directly via the link on their website.

The application window is currently ongoing. Any community or volunteer organisation is welcome to apply.

Access Sport – Positive Impact

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Access Sport’s grant funding is focusing on getting people outdoors. In light of the success of Great Britain’s BMX team at the Tokyo Olympics, Access Sport is encouraging people to get out there and ride!

The organisation is offering applicants up to 500 pounds in funding for groups to put on a BMX Open Day in their community. The hope is to get more people out there to try BMX riding.

Access Sport is also offering 500 pounds in funding to groups focused on getting girls to ride.

The application process is simple. Riding clubs simply need to contact to apply.

Wrapping Up the Round-Up

There you have it! Your CIC grant funding September round-up. There’s a lot of money accessible to community groups across a wide range of specialities and industries. It’s time to get out there and go do some good in the community!

If you’re looking for more ways to support your projects, subscribe to our CIC Fund Membership. Subscribers will get access to even more grant opportunities specific to their industry and local to their area.

We look forward to helping CICs do more.

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