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National Lottery Community Foundation – Emerging Futures Fund

Added: 16/06/2020

Voluntary Action Leeds

Grants £20K – £50k to third sector organisations to help communities move towards recovery/renewal after impact of COVID-19. Short application window. Deadline: 25 June

A new fund from the National Lottery Community Fund to give communities and civil society organisations across the UK ‘the space, resource and additional expertise to step back from COVID-19 and ask questions, imagine alternatives and gather to shape the emerging future’.

There is a total of £1 million for this fund over three to six months. Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations that are based and working within the UK.

The funding is for three different types of work:

Exploring new narratives, perspectives and community storytelling. The funding is for projects that can create narratives that:

  • Look at the stories emerging from them pandemic, to find out who, or what, needs to be focussed on more.
  • Explore new kinds of relationships that have formed in response to COVID-19. Show what is most important to communities.
  • Help inspire community togetherness after the pandemic.
  • Show where new kinds of infrastructure are being created, and why it’s valuable.

Community foresight and public imagination. The funding is for projects that:

  • Put diverse voices at the centre, and in the lead
  • Activate and strengthen social imagination in communities so that the voices and ideas of local communities can contribute to the renewal of civil society.
  • Support communities to develop and use community foresight practices together
  • Develop approaches with communities to create collective visions and demonstrate practical ways for those visions to be acted upon Know how to use what they’ve learned from their project to influence change.

Investing in strong signals of transformation. The funding is for projects that:

  • Can show practical ways about where we go from here Need resource to develop their idea so that when the time is right the idea is more likely to be adopted
  • Can show us why they think the time is right for their idea
  • Can show us how they have responded to different challenges – like different patterns of work, community togetherness and the valuing of relationships.

The funding can cover staff salaries, project activities, engagement activities, running costs, and equipment.The deadline for applications is 25 June 2020 (5pm).

Details at:

Voluntary Action Leeds

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