New funding opportunities for charities – February 2022


As part of commitment to help charities and community groups with their causes, BHIB charities insurance have identified some great funding opportunities that are currently inviting applications. New funding and grant schemes from Heart Research UK, the VINCI Foundation, the Henry Smith Charity and more are now open – with grants of up to £120,000 available and deadlines approaching. Please see below for details:


Heart Research UK                                         

National charity Heart Research UK have partnered with high street food chain Subway to offer Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 to community projects across the UK that focus on heart health and promote healthier, happier longer lives. Heart Research UK award up to £10,000 Healthy Heart Grants  in 12 regions of the UK every year, which are available thanks to the fundraising done in Subway stores across the country.

The grants are available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports groups and projects should look to help deliver health initiatives such as cooking skills, healthy eating and accessible exercise and should promote mental wellbeing and encourage people to be active.

For more information on how to apply, visit:

The VINCI UK Foundation                                             

The VINCI UK Foundation is inviting charities and community projects that work to increase social cohesion to apply for grants of up to £20,000. Grants can be used to purchase or upgrade transport, equipment, or facilities to help the charities improve access to employment, training, housing, mobility, or leisure for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.

Successful applicants will also receive the help and support of a VINCI employee who, as sponsor, will donate some of their time and skills to the cause. The grants are open to charities and community projects throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with all applications to be submitted by 31 March 2022.

For more information on how to apply, visit:

The Henry Smith Charity                                             

The Henry Smith Charity has launched its ‘Strengthening Communities’ fund for small, grass roots, community-based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK. Grants of between £20,000 – £60,000 are available to support organisations working within or near to areas of deprivation in the UK.

The funding is for one to three years and available to community led charities and not for profit organisations with an annual income of between £20,000 and £500,000.

For more information on how to apply, visit:

Hubbub – Tech Lending Community Fund

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched its ‘Tech Lending Community Fund’ in partnership with Virgin Media O2, which aims to help charities and other organisations to tackle digital exclusion and improve vulnerable people’s access to tablets. The £400,000 fund will offer grants between £50,000 and £120,000 to establish or further develop Tech Lending Hubs, where tablets will be loaned to residents in temporary accommodation on a temporary basis.                   

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate that they will be actively collaborating with community groups to ensure that the provision of a tablet loaning service will have a transformative impact.

Charities, councils and social enterprises are urged to apply by 1 March 2022.

For more information on how to apply, visit:

Smart Energy GB in Communities fund               

Backed by the UK governments, the Smart Energy GB in Communities fund is now open for applications from charities and voluntary organisations. The fund offers grants of up to £25,000 to help people in vulnerable circumstances understand the personal and national benefits of smart meters.

Different funding streams are available to help those who are over 65, carers and people on a low income. Housing associations, registered charities and non-registered community groups are eligible to apply, and applications must be received by 12 noon Friday 11 February.

For more information on how to apply, visit:

Dying Matters Community Grants Programme

Supported by Dignity Funerals, the ‘Dying Matters Community Grants Programme’ is looking to fund new and creative ways to spark conversations about dying in communities across the UK. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for innovative ways to encourage dialogue about death, which could include photography, performance art, public installations or even an invitation to passers-by to share their story of grief.

The grants are aimed at community-led arts and culture projects, with a focus on equality and inclusion, and which approach the subject of dying in an innovative or creative way in a community setting.

For more information on how to apply, visit:


BHIB Charities Insurance

BHIB Charities Insurance specialise in providing tailored cover for community groups, clubs, societies, voluntary organisations and hobby or special interest groups. They offer more than just insurance and  are passionate about supporting local communities.

To find out how they can help your charity or not-for-profit organisation, simply email to speak to the friendly, specialist team.                   

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