Peter Sowerby Foundation opens £1.4m fund for innovative coronavirus ‘good causes’ responses

The Peter Sowerby Foundation has opened a £1.4m fund for charities developing or adapting their services in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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 …adapt existing services to meet local and national needs…

The Peter Sowerby Foundation writes:

The new Increasing Access Fund is targeted to support organisations to develop new services that respond to the Covid-19 situation, or to adapt existing services to meet local and national needs. The Fund is aimed specifically at ensuring or increasing access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to Covid-19. The Foundation will also consider supporting programmes which provide access for beneficiaries to new services which have been developed in response to a clear Covid-19 need.

The value of the Fund is £1.4million, which we will give to organisations nationally working within our key domains:

  • Healthcare Innovation – Organisations in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.
  • Community – Organisations working with young people, especially those considered disadvantaged, delivering support to those disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and/or those working to support isolated older people.
  • Environment – Organisations working in the area of horticulture and conservation which have been significantly financially impacted by the closure of venues.
  • Arts – Organisations working in the area of arts, health and well-being where services and programmes are being adapted to benefit communities impacted by Covid-19.

Applications should align with the Foundation’s key aims and objectives and also reflect the Peter Sowerby Foundation’s ethos on innovation and impact.

Applications must be with us by 5pm on Monday 16th November. 

Increasing Access Funding Strands

There are three funding strands to which you might seek to apply (please note you can only make one application to the Foundation for funding).

1. Digital Healthcare Breakthrough Grants
2. Digital Good Causes Grants
3. Adapted Good Causes Grants

Application Process

If, having read the criteria for the funding streams, you feel that your project will be of interest to us as part of our Increasing Access Fund, then we would welcome your Expression of Interest. All Expression of Interest applications must be submitted using google forms docs available here:

Digital Breakthrough 
Digital Good Causes 
Adapted Good Causes 

Only one Expression of Interest will be considered from each organisation. Please note, you will need to sign-up to a Google Account to access the required forms if you do not already have one.

Please follow the links below for further details on the application process for each funding stream. It is recommended that you read this, and the Important Information for Applicants  before submitting your Expression of Interest.

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