Essex 2020: Funding Opportunities Round-Up

Please note: you will find funding related to Covid-19 on page 2 of this resource. Links include funding for projects that address need as well as emergency funding to offset impact.

This round-up of funding and grants opportunities relevant to Essex 2020 STEAM will be regularly updated. Keep checking back for new opportunities that may support your school, charity or community group to fund ideas for activities.

If you are thinking of applying for a grant or other funding you can find useful information in our Funding Application Guide and Fundraising During a Pandemic webinar.

Scroll through all the opportunities or jump straight to the section relevant to your organisation or activity.

Funding Related to Covid-19


Community – Children & Young People

Community – General

The Arts

Heritage & Culture




Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants
Grants of up to £1,000 to assist with the direct costs involved with scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Deadline: Sept 24th.

London Mathematical Society Small Grants for Education
To stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to Undergraduate level and beyond. Deadline Aug 31st.

Institute of Physics School Grants Scheme
Grants of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people. Deadline Nov 1st.

Inspiring Futures Programme
BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment. Deadline July 31st 11am.

Thomas Wall Trust Grants for Registered Charities
Grants of up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. Open now.

Salix Energy Efficiency Fund
Working to reduce energy usage; Salix Energy Efficiency Funding is available for all individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). Opens in September.

Community: Children & Young People

Youth Futures Foundation
Rolling grants programme designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. 

Inspiring Futures Programme
BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment. Deadline July 31st 11am.

DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme
Grants of up to £30,000 are available to charities working in education and health for children that have disabilities, are sick in hospital or have mental health needs. The next deadline is July 22nd.

Community: General

Masonic Charitable Foundation Later Life Grants
Small grants for charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life (would fund digital inclusion projects). Several rounds and deadlines throughout the year.

The Woodward Charitable Trust
The Woodward Charitable Trust award grants (typically around £3,000) towards the core costs for small charities, CIOs and CICs. Deadline July 31st.

ASDA Foundation Local Impact Funding
The Local Impact Fund is to support those smaller local initiatives to help you support your community. Applications are open all year round.

Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants
Grants of up to £2000. Continuous rolling programme.

The Arts

National Lottery Project Grants
Arts Council England have announced the return of the Project Grants scheme, opening July 22nd. Grants of £1-100,000 for individuals, organisations, libraries and museums.

Help Musicians Fusion Fund
Offers £2,000–£5,000 for professional musicians to undertake projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative cross-sector research and development. Deadline: Sept 14th.

Women Make Music
The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music. Deadline: Oct 5th.

Fidelio Charitable Trust
Fidelio welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts particularly for music; including opera, lieder, composition and dance. Deadline: Sept 25th.

Idlewild Trust: Arts Grants – Nurturing Early Stage Professionals
Grants for programmes that improve opportunities for professionals working creatively in the arts at an early stage in their careers. Deadline Sept 10th.

Heritage & Culture

Esme Fairbarn Collection Fund
Fund supporting a range of projects that bring collections closer to people and demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections. Deadline Sept 14th.


National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) Pathfinder 2020
This call aims to develop the capability of the UK space sector by providing seed funding for early stage innovative ideas. Deadline Aug 10th.

SPRINT Programme and Innovation Vouchers
Support and Innovation Vouchers to help fund collaborative projects between your company and the SPRINT university partner(s). These projects can enable you to exploit space technologies and data in a wide range of commercial activities.

ClimateLaunchpad Green Business Ideas Competition
Individuals such as researchers, students, consultants or new start-ups with a green business idea have the opportunity to win an award of up to €10,000.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) 
SBRI brings together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions. View the latest funding competitions.


Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers
The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is inviting Essex based small business owners, public sector organisations and local government to apply for Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIV) that can be used to pay for its experts to act as consultants to address specific problems or help organisations collect and use data more effectively.