£1m worth of micro-grants on offer to small and start up charities

Small and start up charities are being invited to apply for a share of £1m worth of micro-grants.

Applications are now open for this year’s Magic Little Grants grant giving scheme, which is being run by Localgiving and funded through funding partners from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Being made available is 2,000 grants worth £500 for charities and community groups.

This expands last year’s grant scheme, which focused on projects delivering sports or physical activities.

Organisations that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000 can apply.

“2020 was our biggest programme to date, seeing us distribute £500 grants to 938 charitable organisations delivering sports or physical activities across the UK,” said Local Giving.

“We are delighted to announce that our 2021 programme promises to be even bigger and better than ever.”

This year the fund is supporting groups and charities working to improve mental wellbeing, community arts, outdoor spaces, participation in physical activity, green spaces and responding to climate emergency.

It is also looking to fund schemes that reduce the impact of poverty and support marginalised groups as well as promoting equality.

The deadline for applications is 31 October, 2021.

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