Funding

Further Covid-19 resources and funding

Covid-19 funding news and updates Support from Voluntary Sector Funders, See the Croydon Voluntary Action funding page for further updates. NCVO Financial Support and funding update page. General Covid-19 support Applications are still open for the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. The deadline to apply is 30th April 2020. #startinggood Summit starts May 11th. Ready to learn from the best? Join 10,000+ Social Entrepreneurs for a 10 Day Virtual Feast! Free three day online Business Start Up Read more »

Published: April 21, 2020.

Covid-19 update

We hope everyone is well, following government and health authority advice and coping with the C19 shutdown. Although Red Ochre has closed its offices in line with official guidance the team is working from remote locations. We are supporting our existing clients with email, Skype, Zoom and MS Teams conferencing. If you would like to make contact with us the most efficient way is via email in the first instance. Uday Thakkar, MD & coFounderRobert Foster, coFounder & senior consultantMartin Cooper, EU Project lead Emergency funding The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund offers grants of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief Read more »

Published: March 22, 2020.

Further funding and expert support for high streets

The Government has announced the first 14 of 20 pilot areas to receive tailored expert support for the rejuvenation of their town centres as part of the Future High Streets Fund. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

One Of The World’s Biggest Investors Is Preparing Its $178B Portfolio For Climate Change

Dutch investment giant PGGM is undertaking a radical exercise to find out which assets and areas in its portfolio are most exposed to climate change, and using the data to shape future investment decisions, including where it buys new buildings. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

RBS launches £1 billion Female Entrepreneurship Funding

RBS has announced a new £1 billion in funding through NatWest to support female entrepreneurs in the UK to scale and grow – the largest intervention by a UK lender focused specifically on female-led businesses. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

Crowdfund London

Crowdfund London is open for pitches now. You could also get up to £50,000 match funding from the Mayor too. Innovative ideas are welcome e.g. reimagining an old coal line, making a new community hub or creating much needed new urban green spaces. The main proviso is that your community-led project aspires to improve your local area. Apply via Spacehive by 13 January 2020. Read more »

Published: December 18, 2019.

Good Finance UK funding directory of sources of social investment launched

If you’re looking for investors or funds for your social enterprise a good place to start is Good Finance UK. Their new fund listings directory is now live. Learn more at Good Finance UK. Read more »

Published: October 7, 2019.

Community Business Fund opens

The Community Business Fund aims to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. Community businesses can apply for grants of £50,000 to £300,000. The Fund opened on the 11th September. For more information or to apply see the Power to Change website. Read more »

Published: September 13, 2019.

Chivas Venture open for 2019

This year’s $1m Chivas Regal Venture is currently open. This window closes 31st October, and you can apply online. See the Chivas Venture website for further details. Read more »

Published: September 13, 2019.

Cultivation Primer from NFP Library

Cultivation-Primer is is an interesting ebook freely available from Nonprofit Library. It’s purpose is to help nonprofits build (cultivate) key relationships with grant funders. There’s some interesting narrative, worksheets and templates. Definitely worth a look. Source: Nonprofit Library Read more »

Published: April 5, 2018.

The pros and cons of crowdfunding for small business

Listen to Robert speak on crowdfunding at the Portobello Business Centre You Tube channel. This two minute bite-size video touches on what crowdfunding us useful for, what to do to have a successful campaign and when other more traditional forms of fundraising are more appropriate. Read more »

Published: May 15, 2017.

Giving to Heritage – Digital Fundraising & Social Media for Heritage – 5th April 2017

Digital Fundraising is a great way to generate income and supporters for your organisation. Read more »

Published: March 3, 2017.

O2 launches Environment Now grant programme

The O2 Environment Now initiative has been set up to support young people with developing their own digital ideas to help the environment, in areas such as recycling, reducing waste and improving energy efficiency. The programme is funded by O2 and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and is part of the O2 Think Big Our Bright Future programme. It is managed by the National Youth Agency. For more information and to apply visit the Think Big website. Read more »

Published: February 22, 2017.

Fish 2.0 Launches 2017 Global Seafood Business Competition

This year’s competition has a new structure that ensures diversity and will focus on key challenges. Application period opens for seafood entrepreneurs who want to accelerate growth and impact; over 60 percent of Fish 2.0 finalists gain new investment, partners, or customers. For more information visit the website. Read more »

Published: February 22, 2017.

Giving to Heritage – Final Workshop Covering ‘Creating a Case For Support For Your Heritage Organisation’

Understanding how to create a compelling fundraising proposition is one of the cornerstones of your fundraising strategy. Read more »

Published: February 3, 2017.