The St Monica Trust aims to fund projects that reach the most vulnerable older people in the city, re-engage them with their communities and re-establish social contact as the impact of the pandemic reduces.

For this fund we are specifically interested in funding, Peer Support projects which ‘match’ older people into an equal relationship, that can improve their confidence, social contact and general quality of life.  The project would improve engagement and support from all parties.

Priority will be given to bids that:

  • Empower older people and encourage peer led activities wherever possible.  


  • Engage with other services and collaborative models such as the Bristol Support Hub or similar collective approaches.


  • Connect with existing health provision.


  • Address inequality and/or promote diversity through its delivery.


  • Have considered sustainability and longevity of the project.


The St Monica Trust is looking to fund, at least five organisations for up to £20,000 p.a. for three years.


The Green Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities which are working on environmental issues as part of their core mission. All public donations made to participating charities via during the week of the campaign (22-29 April) will be matched up to a specific amount. 

Each participating charity will be awarded a ring-fenced amount of match funding which will be used to match public donations - either £2,500, £10,000 or £25,000. Unlike some of the Big Give’s other campaigns (e.g. Christmas Challenge), all match funding is provide by our Champions - charities do not need to secure their own pledges for the campaign. Charities are able to raise unrestricted funds.

Match funding is being provided by The Big Give’s Champions which include The Reed Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and a number of other philanthropists and funders. 

  • Monday 8th February - Applications open. Charities share details about their organisation, how funds raised will be spent as well as how much they hope to raise in total through the campaign (either £5,000, £20,000 or £50,000) 

  • Friday 5th March - Applications close. The Big Give will work with an expert panel to determine which charities will be successful in being awarded match funds and how much match funds they will be awarded. 



VANS is relaunching the Local Community Support Group Covid-19 relief fund.  This fund is open to small, unincorporated local community support groups in North Somerset to support their Covid-19 relief efforts.  Organisations do not need to be part of the NST Network but will need to provide evidence (a short paragraph) that they are providing Covid-19 relief to their local community.  Criteria are included on the application form. 


To apply for this round of funding, please complete the North Somerset Together (NST) Network - Local Community Support Groups Fund application form and send it to Claire Payne via email at


Organisations who have applied for the fund before may reapply but will need to complete a new application form for this round of funding.  


The fund will run from Monday, 1st February until week beginning Monday, 29 March 2021.  We may close this earlier if the fund is oversubscribed. 


The processes will be very similar to last time.  Organisations will need to complete the application form to be accepted.  Once accepted, claim forms will be sent to organisations and these will need to be completed in full for each week they are making a claim.  Completed claim forms, together with all relevant receipts should then be emailed to Claire Payne at

Claims covered include:

  • One off funds for items related to Covid-19 relief work being planned or being undertaken (but must be agreed with VANS prior to claiming)

  • Volunteer-related expenses and any food/care package costs.  Receipts (copies accepted) must accompany one claim form for each week that a claim is made. Mileage expenses do not require a receipt.   


VANS aim to make a payment within two weeks of receiving the claim form, this will usually be on a Friday.  Please note that organisations must have completed and submitted an NST Network - Local Community Support Group Fund Application Form prior to submitting the first expense claim to avoid any payment delays.


If for any reason VANS does not pay the full amount claimed, we will advise.


If you have any questions, or require any assistance to complete the forms, please email Claire at or give Claire a call on 07469 406 054 (Monday to Thursday 9.30 am – 2.30pm).


is a £200 million fund open to organisations supporting people and communities experiencing challenges and difficulty during COVID-19 and dealing with an increased demand in services to support vulnerable people. The fund has two key objectives: increase community support to vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 and to reduce temporary closure of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services have the financial resources to operate. Grants are broken down into two categories, between £300 to £10,000 and £10,000 and above.


The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.


Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.

This grant programme aims to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It will offer local charitable and community organisations emergency funding to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus.  This programme is for small voluntary and community groups with charitable aims. Applicants must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.


Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to support projects that deliver against one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive: Projects that support children under the age of five to reach their potential and have the best start in life.

  • Fighting for Gender Justice: Projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.

  • A Safe Place to Be: Projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.

  • Mental Health Matters: Projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.


Grants for registered equine charities or charities/hospices supporting older people in the UK.  Charities are expected to clearly demonstrate the need for funding towards running costs such as feed or salaries.  Charities should demonstrate what they have done to mitigate the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on their income and expenditure.  Elderly grants are intended for charities or hospice who support older people. Applications are expected to clearly demonstrate defined benefits to older people who are frail.  Applications can be submitted at any time and the deadline for consideration at the next meeting is 1 March 2021.  


Grants are available for charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health condition, disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education. The funding is intended for projects that give those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health condition, disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential, improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence.

As at 10th February this fund has been fully allocated.  New applications can not be guaranteed at this time, but please still register your interest for future consideration, should we be successful in securing any additional funds.

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