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Funding Opportunities

Thrive is providing funding support in order to increase inward investment into Trafford from external grant sources, with a key focus on increasing the number of successful applications and collaborative applications.

Regular funding updates are being produced by Thrive Trafford about sources open to third sector organisations in Trafford and for wider national opportunities, please scroll down for details.

The Government has developed an international development funding finder tool, which is now live on the GOV.UK website. It is a new way to help charities search for DFID funding opportunities. Click here to view the GOV.UK funding finder tool.

There is also the Greater Manchester Funding Portal that can be accessed here www.gmvss.net/gmfunding

Funding Bulletin, August/September 2017
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Funding Bulletin, July/August 2017
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Funding Bulletin, June/July 2017
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Funding Bulletin, May/June 2017
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Funding Bulletin, April/May 2017
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Funding Bulletin, March/April 2017
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Funding Bulletin, February/March 2017
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Funding Bulletin, December/January 2016/17
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Funding Bulletin, November/December 2016
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Funding Bulletin, October/November 2016
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Funding Bulletin, September/October 2016
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Funding Bulletin, August/September 2016
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Funding Bulletin, July/August 2016
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Funding Bulletin, April/May 2016
1. DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – Central Grants
Applications working in the areas of education or health with one of our four chosen focus groups are selected or considered:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Employability and training programmes for disadvantaged young people
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

If favoured, grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.

Deadline for the next round of applications is 10th May 2016
For more information and to apply please click here.

2. Energy Action Fund – E.ON
The Energy Action Fund forms part of E.ON’s commitment to helping communities better manage their energy consumption.

Local community centres that need to improve their energy efficiency and schools or charities looking to add a spark to the area through energy education, can all apply for funding.

Applications for the E.ON Energy Action Fund can be submitted for a range of energy related improvements and activities, from appliances and insulation to educational events.
Priority will be given to projects focused on reducing energy use and renewable energy.
Apply for between £50 up to £2,000
The E.ON Energy Action Fund is currently open for applications until Friday 8th April 2016.
For further information and to apply please click here.

3. Hilden Charitable Fund
The Hilden Charitable Fund is open for applications. Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are less popular.
In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that:

  • Address homelessness
  • Supports asylum seekers and refugees
  • Support community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25
  • Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.
Next deadline is the 29th April 2016.
For further information and to apply please click here.

3. BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme
BBC Children in Need has announced that the next applications deadline for its Main Grants Programme has been changed to the 15th May 2016.

Through the programme funding is available to organisations that work with young people who:

  • Are suffering from illness
  • Are in distress
  • Suffer abuse or neglect
  • Are disabled
  • Have behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The Main grants programme is open to applications for grants of over £10,000.
For further information and to apply please click here.

4. The Ironmonger’s Company Grant Programme
The Ironmongers’ Company has grants available of up to £10,000 to registered charities to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be for children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • Include educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
  • Be in the UK.
  • Priority will be given to projects that are enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future, for example, support special educational needs, address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, parenting or life skills.
  • Preference will be also given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Schools can apply if they are a registered charity for children/young people with disabilities.

The next deadline for applications is 31st July 2016.
For more information and to apply please click here.

5. Church Urban Fund – Together Grants Programme
Churches and Christian community groups that wish to tackle poverty in England’s most deprived communities have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £5,000 through the Church Urban Fund’s “Together Grants Programme”.

The Church Urban Fund is especially interested in funding projects that tackle the underlying causes of poverty. Applications to fund short term activities such as one off events or initiatives that only meet people’s immediate needs are considered low priority.
Applicants should work in partnership with one other organisations. This partnering organisation does not need to be Christian.

Applications can be submitted at any time.
For more information and to apply please click here.

6. The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund
The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 28th March 2016.

The Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.

Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.
For more information and to apply please click here.

7. Thomas Wall Trust – Grants for Projects Addressing Educational & Social Needs of Communities
The Thomas Wall Trust considers applications for grants of up to £1,000 for small charities, running specific projects meeting the educational and social needs of their communities.
The next deadline for applications is the end of May 2016
For more information and to apply please click here.

8. Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund
The Community Trust Fund award grants to a maximum of £3,000.
The Trust is looking for applicants that:

  • Carry out positive work in the community and be of charitable nature and be ‘Not for Profit’ status.
  • Be Community, Socially or Environmentally focused
  • Based within the area of benefit


The Project should offer / be:

  • Improve, enhance, protect and conserve the natural and built environment; or offer heritage conservation;
  • or promote or advance social welfare;
  • or provide better appreciation of the natural and urban environment;
  • or create a safe habitat for flora and fauna.
  • Demonstrate lasting benefit to the community.
  • Benefit all members of the community regardless of race, gender or religion.
  • Be from an established group or charity able to demonstrate clear banking or financial records, and not an individual or commercial organisation working for profit.

The next deadlines for applications to the fund are:
5pm on Friday 26th February 2016
5pm on Thursday 26th May 2016

For more information and to apply please click here.

9. Stephen Lloyd Awards – Funding for Innovative Ideas & Projects Leading to Practical, Sustainable Social Change
The awards brings together experts that can deliver practical, free support to shortlisted candidates as well as award winners. In addition to the free support, funding of up to £20,000 will be made available to support award winners in developing their initiatives.

At the shortlisted stage the awards will make up to five awards of up to £2,000 to assist candidates to further develop their ideas.

Ideas can be in the form of a new-start up enterprise or an extension of an organisation’s existing work.

Anyone or any organisation that has an innovative idea that seeks to address a problem systemically.
The deadline for all applications is Friday 25th March 2016
For further details and to apply please click here.

10. Postcode Local Trust
The Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

This year, the Trust is inviting applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment.

Registered charities in England and Scotland can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000, and those in Wales can apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000. Grants of up to £2,000 are available to other not-for-profit organisations that do not have a registered charity number.

The short-term, designated funding is available for good causes which benefit wildlife, enhance biodiversity, or renovate/create new green habitats. Consideration will also be given to sustainable energy projects benefitting local areas.

The next round of applications will be accepted during the following period:
1 September 2016 to 30 September 2016.
For more information, please click here

Funding Bulletin, January/February 2016

1. Trafford B&ME Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Grant Funding
Many people experience memory loss as they get older and may feel anxious and/or become isolated. These grants are to support community initiatives that connect people who want to prevent memory loss, currently have memory loss or are people impacted by this.

Activities can range from:

  • Prevention: being active, community based initiatives that improve wellbeing, good health & lifestyle.
  • Awareness: Increasing awareness to groups of all age in particular intergenerational activities.

How much can I apply for?
Groups can apply for up to £1000 to make their project happen.

How do I apply?
Groups can download an Application Form, alternatively forms can be picked from any of the blueSCi centres or downloaded from www.bluesci.org.uk.

What is the deadline for applying?
All applications need to be received by Tuesday 1st March 2016.

For further details about the grant and to view the date and times for the bid support workshops please Click Here.

2. Sport Relief Community Cash
Sport Relief Community Cash offers grants ranging from £500 to £1,000 to small organisations across Greater Manchester that are undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, build their skills and increase their sense of achievement.

The grants are administered by Forever Manchester and are available to constituted community organisations, registered charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and community interest companies. Groups which have been established for less than 12 months are eligible to apply.

The closing date for applications is 17th February 2016.
To discuss eligibility and the criteria in more detail, contact the Forever Manchester’s Awards Team on 0161 214 0940 or awards@forevermanchester.com

3. Police and Crime Commissioner Grant Funds
The Police and Crime Commissioner will be releasing the following grant schemes on the 25th of January 2016.
3a. The Small Grant Fund Schemes:
The Commissioners Neighbourhood Fund: Age range open – up to £1,000 per application
Total Fund £200K (split over 2 releases one in January 2016 the other in Autumn 2016).

  • Projects aimed at reducing demand on policing services (without displacing demand on other services)
  • Projects which seek to increase resilience within the community

Themes

  • Increasing “neighbourliness” and reducing vulnerabilities
  • Making your neighbourhood safe

3b. The Active Citizen’s Fund:
Age range open – up to £5,000 per application
Total Fund £200K(split over 2 releases one in January 2016 the other in Autumn 2016).

  • Projects which encourage organisations to build capacity within their organisations and improve the voluntary network, including vulnerable groups, ie: dementia watch, street pastors,
  • Projects which encourage citizens to become involved in local community projects and organisations

Themes

  • Reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and hate crime
  • Building safer, stronger communities
  • Supporting vulnerable victims of crime
  • 3c. Youth Aspiration Fund:
    Age range 8yrs – 25yrs (Target 11yrs – 18yrs)- up to £30,000 per application
    Total Fund £500K (one release in January 2016)

    The fund criteria is essentially the same as the 2014-15 funding release, however the upper limit will now be £30,000 per project reduced from £100,000+ previously available.
    The revised prospectus will be updated on the GM Police and Crime Commissioner website.

    • Projects for children/young people who are identified as being at risk of offending, risky behaviour, or vulnerable to exploitation or harm, to divert them away from the criminal justice system and risky behaviour.
    • Projects which provide support, guidance, challenge and personal development, through families, schools, partnerships and communities

    Themes

    • Preventing involvement in serious and organised crime
    • Reducing the risk of child sexual exploitation
    • Building resilience and supporting aspirations
    • Reducing offending
    • Promoting Restorative Justice

    More information and to apply please visit http://www.gmpcc.org.uk/down-to-business/money/grants-and-funding/

    4. Funding for Cancer Support Groups and Individuals Affected by Cancer
    The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 26th February 2016.

    The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. The grants available include:

    • Start-up funds to support new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer
    • Development funds to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer
    • User Involvement Grants to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services
    • Individual Development Grants to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

    For projects that have been running for less than 12 months the maximum grant is £500 and a maximum grant of £3,000 is available for projects that have been running for more than 12 months.

    Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.
    For more information and to apply please
    Click Here

    5. Greggs Foundation Announces the Launch of New Environmental Grant Scheme

    The Gregg Foundation has announced a new grants programme, funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, that aims to improve people’s lives by improving their environments.

    The funding is available to small, locally based community led organisations with a turnover not in excess of £300,000.
    Schools are also able to apply and will receive the same level of preference as small organisations.
    The new programme is split into two grant programmes, small grants of up to £2,500 and large grants up to £10,000.

    Under the small grants programme funding is available to:

  • Purchase equipment
  • Sessional salary costs
  • Purchase of trees/plants
  • Small capital projects
  • Learning activities.
  • The large grants programme will fund larger more ambitious projects such as for example:

    • A school that would like to create an orchard to provide fresh fruit for its pupils
    • A community centre that wants to install a ground source heat pump
    • A community group that would like to transform a patch of land into a community allotment.

    There would also be an educational aspect to the grants to help people learn about their impact on the world around them and preference will be given to projects that support disadvantaged people. The Foundation are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops.

    The closing date for both schemes is the 4th March 2016.
    For further information and to apply please Click Here.

    Funding Bulletin, December/January 2015/16
    1. 02 Think Big – Funding for Community Youth Projects

    The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme –Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500.

    The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as:

    • Materials & equipment
    • Cost of renting space
    • Transportation
    • And advertising, etc.

    The closing date for applications is the 24th December 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here

    2. Starbucks Youth Action Programme Funding
    UK Youth and Starbucks Coffee Company have launched the 2015 Starbucks Youth Action programme. Youth workers working with young people aged 16 – 24 that are not in education or employment can get up to £1,000 funding to support them to run a social action programme, with an additional contribution for their time.

    To apply, two young people need to lead the project and engage a further 50 young people throughout the course of it. The young people will need to be aged between 16 and 24 and have a youth worker / training organisation supporting them throughout the project. Projects should provide a positive benefit to the local community and enhance the young leaders’ employability and leadership skills.

    In addition, young people will have access to job and apprenticeship vacancies within the Starbucks Coffee Chain. The programme is primarily focused on young people not in education or employment although strong applications from other applicants will be considered.

    Applications are accepted and assessed on a rolling basis until March 2016.
    For further details and to apply please click here

    3. The Naturesave Trust – Community Renewable Energy Grants
    Naturesave Limited, an ethical insurance company provides funding to support environmental and conservationist projects.

    The funding is provided by investing 10% of personal insurance premiums into the Naturesave Trust.
    The Naturesave Trust aims to provide financial assistance to projects that deal with the root of a specific environmental and/or conservationist problem and those that encourage the greater commercial adoption of sustainable development.
    Financial assistance is available in the form of start-up finance to new organisations which seeks to promote greater awareness of sustainable development or for existing companies and charities which are seeking funding for a specific project.

    Recently funded projects by the Trust include:

    • Pilling St John’s Primary School which received funding towards the installation of a wind turbine at the school, providing energy and income to the school.
    • Trees for Health which received funding from the Trust to set up green woodworking area to utilise local coppice wood in Devon.

    Applications can be made at any time.
    For further details and to apply please click here

    4. Wolfson Foundation Secondary Education Programme
    The Wolfson Foundation’s has announced that the next stage 1 application deadline for funding through its Secondary Education Programme is the 10th January 2016.

    Through its Secondary Education Programme high-achieving state-funded and independent schools and sixth form colleges can apply to the Foundation for funding for capital or equipment projects relating to the teaching of science and technology, languages, music, the arts or libraries. Grants do not normally exceed £50,000 for schools or £100,000 for sixth form colleges. Projects should focus on students taking A-Level or GCSE examinations.

    Examples of schools that have received funding through the Foundation include:

    • Greenhead College, a high-achieving Sixth Form College in Huddersfield, which received a grant of £100,000 in 2012 which enabled them to refurbish three chemistry laboratories and two technicians rooms.
    • Jordanhill School in Glasgow, which received a £40,000 grant towards the creation of new science laboratories. Jordanhill School also received a grant of £25,000 in 1998 towards the purchase of IT equipment.

    The Wolfson Foundation has a two stage application process.

    Stage 1 applications should be submitted via their online application form. If approved, schools will invite you to submit a stage 2 application
    For further details and to apply please click here

    5. Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund
    The fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to individuals and organisations (this includes, but is not limited to, Society members and member networks, researchers in academia or industry, museums, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries) to enable them to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences.
    Priority will be given to projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.

    Previously funded projects include:

    • “Cool chemistry at the seaside” where the Society awarded a grant of £2,000 to volunteers in Ramsgate who transformed an empty town-centre shop into a makeshift theatre in November, delivering free chemistry demonstrations to anyone.

    The deadlines for applications will be 5pm on the 29th January 2016.
    For further details and to apply please click here

    6. Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces Next Funding Round
    The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its grants programmes will re-open for enquires on the 4th January 2016.

    The Foundations operates two funding programmes. These are:

    • “Invest” which is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people.
      Grants are up to £25,000 per year for between 2 and 6 years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for up to six years in total
    • “Enable” which is a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help the organisations deliver their mission more effectively.

    These grants are up to a total £15,000 for up to two years.
    The funding is available to registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million.

    To be eligible, organisations are expected to be working with people 17 years or older, experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. The only exceptions are young people who are under 17 years of age and young parents or looked after children and disabled young people moving into independent living.

    The next deadline for applications is the 18th March 2016.
    For further details and to apply please click here

    7. PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England Funding for Artists and Bands
    PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England have announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is the 26th January 2015.

    Launched in 2013 by PRS for Music Foundation, with £500,000 of investment from Arts Council England, Momentum grants were awarded to 68 artists in the two year pilot scheme. The PRS for Music Foundation are pleased to announce an extension and expansion of the programme, with additional funding available to support a further 50-60 artists in 2015-16.
    Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven’t been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months.

    The funding can support:

    • The purchase of a van or car
    • International touring
    • Shortfall/deficit funding not linked to development of a specific artist; etc.

    For further information and to apply, please click here

    8. Equipment Grants for Mentally & Physically Disadvantaged Children
    Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme.

    Wooden Spoon the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children.
    Through the programme funding is available for:

    • Buildings and extensions
    • Equipment & activity aids
    • Sensory rooms and gardens
    • Playgrounds and sports areas
    • Transport and soft playrooms.

    Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon has made grants of over £20 million to more than 500 projects in the British Isles.

    Projects funded in the past have included:

    • Ashmount School in Leicestershire, which received a grant of £13,500 towards a sensory room.
    • Enfield Heights Academy in London which received a grant of £23,000 to improve its play areas.
    • The Colehill &Wimborne Youth & Community Centre which received a grant of £8,000 towards a wheelchair lift.

    Applications can be made at any time and applicants should contact their regional volunteer group.
    Subject to an application being approved by Wooden Spoon Trustees, the Society require a minimum of one Wooden Spoon membership to be taken out by a representative of the applicant organisation.
    For further information and to apply please click here