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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, April/May 17
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Funding Bulletin, March/April 17
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Funding Bulletin, February/March 17
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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, February 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 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 2015
    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

    Funding Bulletin, November 2015
    1. Pocket Parks Fund: Support for Communities to Manage Small Green Spaces
    The Department for Communities and Local Government is providing £1.5m to fund up to 100 new Pocket Parks.

    What is a pocket park?
    Pocket Parks are small areas of inviting public space where people can enjoy relief from the hustle and bustle of city streets. The DCLG are looking for proposals that provide a pocket park that the community welcomes, needs and values in any shape and form.
    The definition of a “Pocket Park” “is a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict”.

    • They can be both natural and more formal in character (and perhaps ideally a blend of
      both) on the basis that they either will provide a green open space that also offers habitat opportunities and opportunities for people to connect with nature.
    • They must be openly accessible for the communities they will serve, and ideally offer open access for anyone wishing to use them.

    Where can a Pocket Park be?
    They will be in deprived urban areas close to where people live, and range from being an urban fringe community space to a green and natural oasis in a town or city centre.
    London is not included in this programme as a programme of pocket parks has recently been completed there.

    Why is DCLG focusing on deprived urban areas?
    By targeting action into deprived areas and communities with less access to quality green space, they believe they will increase the impact that can be achieved by making the multiple benefits a pocket park can deliver (for health, wellbeing, community integration) available to people who may not have had access to them before.

    As such they are particularly inviting applications from urban areas of high deprivation as defined by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (2015). Applications from communities in these areas will receive priority and weighting within their assessment.

    For further information and to download the application form please click here
    Deadline for Applications is Thursday 10th December 2015 at 5pm

    2. Grow Wild: Transform a Communal Space by Sowing & Growing UK Native Plants
    Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing plants native to the UK.

    Details About the Fund
    Grow Wild is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by RBG Kew.
    Successful projects will be awarded funding in March 2016. The funders are looking to fund at least 60 groups across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    All of their funded community groups have a dedicated profile page to share project journeys and achievements.

    For further details and to apply please click here.
    The Deadline for all applications is Tuesday 1st December 2015

    3. Xtra Mile Events – Trafford Athlete Fund

    Nurturing and Inspiring Future Talent

    Trafford Partnership’s team is committed to delivering the Olympic legacy, inspiring a generation of young people in Trafford to become more active, more often.

    As part of this ambition the Xtra Mile Events – Trafford Athlete Fund, which is delivered in partnership with Xtra Mile Events (organisers of the Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford) and Trafford Council, has been created. It demonstrates Trafford’s commitment to building a sporting legacy to nurture and inspire promising and talented young people at any level; from those just starting out to those already competing, regionally, nationally or internationally.

    Funding is available to help promising and talented young people (aged 18 and under) who live within the Trafford boundary to realise their potential and progress in their chosen sport. There are three levels of funding available (up to a maximum of £1,000), which are detailed in the Xtra Mile Events – Trafford Athlete Fund summary document.

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

    4. Trafford Sports Capital Grants Scheme

    Trafford Council along with the Trafford Sport & Physical Activity Partnership is providing funding of up to £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport or take part in physical activity more often.

    The Trafford Sports Capital Grant Scheme is intended to support the following purposes:

    • Provision of facilities for the community of Trafford
    • Purchase of new community equipment (not personal equipment)
    • Improvements to existing buildings and sites (including education sites where there is community use), or conversion of redundant buildings (applicants for these projects need to prove how the improvements or conversions will increase participation)
    • Levering funding from other organisations into key schemes in Trafford, and demonstrating partnership working
    • Providing specialist facilities or equipment for disabled people

    The scheme is particularly interested in supporting projects that can demonstrate a direct contribution to increasing 1 x 30 minutes participation in sport and physical activity across all ages (particularly from those who are currently characterised as inactive). Further detail on the scheme’s objectives can be found in the Trafford Sports Capital Grant Scheme summary document.

    The deadline for applications is the 26th February 2016. A second deadline (should the funding available not be allocated following the first panel) has been scheduled for the 26th August 2016.

    For further information and to apply please click here.

    Two drop-in sessions supported by Thrive Trafford have been scheduled as follows:

    • Thursday 10th December 2015 – 1:00 to 3:00pm – Trafford Town Hall
    • Thursday 21st January 2016 – 10:00am to 12:00pm – Sale Waterside Arts Centre

    Further details can be requested by e-mailing SportsCapitalScheme@trafford.gov.uk

    5. First Steps Enterprise Fund
    The First Steps Enterprise Fund is a £300,000 pilot fund offering loan-grant packages to charities and social enterprises working in communities in England.

    Small community-led organisations can apply for up to £30,000 to help them grow their services and become more sustainable.

    The investments are the first steps towards accessing the wider social investment market and more financing options.

    The deadline for applications is 11th December 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    6. DM Thomas Foundation – Funding for Project that Support Children and Young People

    Registered Charities that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (formerly the Hilton Foundation) Central Grants Programme. Registered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation’ four chosen focus groups.

    These are:

    • Children and young people with disabilities
    • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
    • Children and young people who are homeless
    • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).


    There is approximately £150,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grant applications for up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request. However, 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.

    The next closing date for applications is 5.30pm on the 9th February 2016.
    For further information and to apply please click here

    7. Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Funding to Develop Arts Based Activities in Education
    Arts organisations providing arts based activities in schools and further education colleges can apply for grants of up to £400,000 over four years through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts Based Learning Programme’s “More and Better” grants scheme.

    More and Better grants are for activities and programmes which are already established and where there is some initial evidence to show why the work is promising and has an impact. The Foundation wants to fund projects for up to four years to enable organisations to build this evidence and use it to extend and improve their work.

    Funding is available to:

    • To cover programme-related costs and activities
    • Monitoring and evaluation activities
    • The underpinning of core costs and salaries and/or contributions to organisational development needs to improve capacity and sustainability.

    The next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2016.
    For further information and to apply please click here

    8. The Fidelio Trust – Funding to Support Arts Projects
    The Fidelio Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.
    Funding is available:

    • Towards tuition or coaching costs
    • To participate in external competitions
    • To be supported for a specially arranged performance
    • Receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

    The next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2016.

    For further details and to apply please click here

    9. Tesco Community Fund up to £12,000 are available to communities in England, Scotland and Wales through the Tesco Local Community Scheme.

    The scheme which is being funded through the 5p carrier bag charge and Administered by the environmental charity “Groundwork” will provide grants of between £8,000 and £12,000 to improve green spaces in communities.
    This can include:

    • Creating pocket parks
    • Sports facilities
    • Woodland walks
    • Community gardens; etc.

    Organisations eligible to apply include not-for profit organisations such as voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, community councils, development trusts, local authorities and housing organisations. The scheme will award six grants per year in each of the 428 Tesco regions. Tesco customers will vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project.

    Grants will then be awarded as follows:

    • 1st place in Tesco customer vote: £12,000 grant
    • 2nd place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant
    • 3rd place in Tesco customer vote: £8,000 grant.

    The closing date for the first round of funding is the 27th November 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here

    Funding Bulletin, October 2015

    1. Arcon Housing Association – Community Fund
    The Arcon Community Fund has been launched to support projects and activities in the local areas where we have properties. Applications are welcomed from Arcon customers and local community organisations. The projects that they will support must be of benefit to the local community and the beneficiary must agree to keep Arcon regularly informed as to how the project is progressing, and help with any publicity to promote the Community Fund.

    Applications for a grant from the Arcon Community fund should meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Directly benefit Arcon customers.
    • Benefit the local community where Arcon has properties.<./li>
    • Increase opportunities for volunteering.
    • Support people back into work or to set up their own business.
    • Provide training to improve skills, improve access to jobs or work placements.
    • Promote financial inclusion or give advice on managing money.
    • Promote healthy living or changes in lifestyles.
    • Support existing groups working in the area.
    • Support local schools or colleges.
    • One off support for local events, festivals, projects.

    Groups can apply for between £100 to a maximum of £3,000
    To apply for a Community Fund grant, you must complete the application form and return it to Arcon.
    You will need to explain how your project meets the Community Fund guidelines and how it will be of benefit to the local community.

    Successful applicants are only eligible for one grant in any 12 month period. The panel’s decision on grant applications is final.

    For further details and to apply please click here

    2. Scurrah Wainright Charity
    The Charity supports a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequity.

    The Charity operates three funding streams. Including:

    • Projects Yorkshire
    • Projects in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa
    • Projects which meet the broad objectives of the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust, to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices

    The Charity favours causes that are outside the mainstream, and those who are unlikely to be funded by other charities.

    Grants are typically between £1,000 to £5,000

    Previous organisations that have been supported by the Charity include:

    • The Boaz Trust a Christian organisation serving destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester which received a grant of £2,000;
    • and the Grandparents Association in Leeds which received a grant of £4,800.

    Organisations applying do not have to be a charity, but its work must satisfy the Charity Commission’s definition of charitable purposes and public benefit.

    The next closing date for applications is the 14th January 2016.

    For further details and to apply please click here

    3. Heritage Lottery Fund – Parks for People

    The Parks for People programme provides grants of between £100,000 and £5 million to Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens to regenerate public parks of national, regional or local heritage value.

    To be eligible applicants will need to show that:

    • The community values the park as part of their heritage
    • The parks meets local social, economic and environmental needs
    • The park management actively involves local people.

    Recent awards include:

    • A £1.84 million grant to restore Castle Park in Cheshire back to its original historic landscape and to improve sports facilities, the play area, and cafe and kiosk facilities.
    • A £3.5million grant to restore the historic landscaping and buildings, upgrading footpaths, entrances, furniture and signage of Brockwell Park which is located between Brixton, Norwood and Dulwich.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that the next deadline for its Parks for People programme is 12 noon on the 29th February 2016.

    For further details and to apply please click here

    4. Rowing Foundation Grants

    The Rowing Foundation is currently accepting applications for its grant programme.

    The purpose of the Foundation is to promote the participation in rowing to young people (aged under 18 or still in full-time education) and the disabled of all ages.

    The Foundation gives grants of between £500 to £3,000 to help British rowing organisations and clubs whose requirements may be too small or who may be otherwise ineligible to approach the National Lottery or other similar funding bodies.

    Grants are made to a variety of rowing clubs, centres and schools.

    Previous clubs and organisations supported include:

    • Mounts Bay Pilot Gig Club for lifejackets for juniors and Dorney BC for adaptive seat and pontoons for a sculling boat.
    • Royal Albert Dock Trust for a replacement engine for a safety boat

    The closing date for applications is the 9th November 2015

    For further details and to apply please click here

    5. The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
    The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered Charity which has been established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.

    The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism, in regards to projects concerning children or adults.

    The type of activities currently funded include:

    • Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
    • Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
    • Play schemes and play therapy schemes
    • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
    • Support for families, including respite schemes
    • Independent living schemes
    • Support in the community schemes
    • Snoezelen rooms

    Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply.

    Funding has previously ranged from between £250 to £150,000.

    The next deadline for research funding is the 1st February 2016.
    The deadline for project funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st December 2015.
    Application for project funding for £10,000 or less can be submitted at any time.


    For further details and to apply please click here.

    6. Baring Foundation Fund
    Baring Foundation funding for innovative approaches to tackling discrimination
    The Baring Foundation has announced two new open funds under its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme. This programme supports effective use of the law and human rights-based approaches by the voluntary sector in the UK. It is a collaboration with the Legal Education Foundation.

    Funding is available through two separate pilot funds:

    • Training, Education and Capacity Building – seed funding grants of up to £30,000 over six months to two years that support organisations to understand how their objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights-based approaches.
    • Applied Projects – grants of up to £150,000 over approximately three years to create new capacity for work that addresses specific discrimination or disadvantage and safeguards the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector, linking the skills of ‘non-legal’ and ‘legal’ organisations to enhance and complement campaigns for social change. Organisations will be expected to demonstrate innovative approaches to using these tools and evidence of how they will collaborate to support a shared agenda.

    The deadline for applications to the Training, Education and Capacity Building fund stream is 18th December 2015.
    The deadline for applications to the Applied Projects fund stream is 13th November 2015.

    For further details and to apply please click here.

    7. The Lords Taverners Outdoor Play Spaces Grant Programme
    The Lords Taverners Outdoor Play Spaces grants programme is now open for applications.

    Through the programme, special schools catering for children with severe learning and physical disabilities can apply for funding towards outdoor play equipment.

    Play time’ is proven to improve children’s physical and mental health, help develop emotional responses and learning skills and improving basic numeracy and literacy. Since 2009 the Lord’s Taverners have provided outdoor play equipment to 83 special schools, benefiting nearly 8,000 pupils.

    The closing date for applications is the 30th November 2015.

    For further details and to apply please click here.

    8. Do It Awards for Social Impact Projects
    The Do It Awards from UnLtd provide support and funding packages for individuals to run projects that have a positive social impact and have the scope to become financially sustainable.

    The third round of the application process is now open and anyone aged 16 or over living in the UK can apply for projects that cover:

    • Have a real social impact
    • Fulfil a clear need and demand
    • Have clear outputs and goals
    • Provide a learning experience or opportunity

    Applicants, who’s Expression of Interest passes the initial assessment will be sent further application documents to complete along with a detailed breakdown of the application process.

    The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is the 6th November 2015.

    For further details and to apply please click here.

    9. HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Hearts Grants
    Heart Research UK (HRUK) is inviting applications from not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities through their SUBWAY/ HRUK Healthy Hearts Grants programme.

    Applicants can apply for up to £10,000 and are available in different SUBWAY regions to support projects that strongly promote heart health, not just healthy lifestyles.

    The grants available in specific regions at certain times of the year, for details of the application period for each region click here.

    Previous projects awarded grants include:

    • Cooking sessions
    • Theatre Workshops
    • Multi-Sport Activities
    • Classroom based learning
    • Circus Skills
    • Tandem Biking

    10. Nationwide Foundation – Empty Properties Fund
    Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations bringing empty properties back into use to create homes for people in housing need.
    Through this programme, the Nationwide Foundation will fund work which turns empty properties into safe, decent homes for people in need and makes them available at a rate they can afford.

    Organisations can apply for grants and / or social investments of £100,000 to £175,000.

    The Foundation will provide grants towards the costs of the refurbishment of long-term empty properties, these can be:

    • Empty residential properties or commercial spaces and must have been empty for more than six months
    • Organisational core costs where these are directly required to bring the empty properties into use, e.g. costs towards salaries for staff supporting volunteers who are working on the renovation of the empty property
    • Legal and other such costs associated with obtaining the empty properties, e.g. landlord negotiation and asset transfer
    • Reasonable wider organisational costs as part of a full cost recovery approach.

    The Foundation will however not consider funding towards:

  • The purchase of a property
  • Or projects which include properties being leased from the owner for less than five years.
  • The deadline for applications is midnight on the 1st November 2015.

    For further details and to apply please click here.

    11. O2 “Think Big with O2” Youth Programme
    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 of the ground. If the project is completed successfully young people from the project may be invited to apply for the second level of programme funding – “Think Bigger” where O2 provides funding of up to £2,500.

    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 and Equipment
    • Cost of renting space
    • Transportation
    • Advertising etc

    The closing date for applications is the 11th November 2015

    For further details and to apply please click here.

    12. Tesco fund for green spaces
    Communities across Britain are able to apply for up to £12,000 for local green space projects thanks to a new grant scheme being launched with the proceeds generated from the sale of Tesco carrier bags.

    It is anticipated that there will be two funding rounds per year over the next three years.
    The first funding round opened on 19th October 2015 and will close on 27th November 2015.

    The scheme, which is managed by environmental charity Groundwork, is open to community groups, charities and some public sector organisations and will fund capital improvement projects such as parks, play areas, community gardens and other green spaces.
    It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit and have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.

    For further details and to apply please click here

    Funding Bulletin, September 2015
    1. Morrisons Foundation Charitable Grants
    Charities registered in the UK can apply for grants from the newly established Morrison’s Foundation.

    The Foundation is looking to award approximately £2 million a year for community projects that improve people’s lives.
    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no specific grant amount that can be applied for but applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change.
    Applicants must also have financial information dating back to 2012 and have raised some of the funding elsewhere.

    Applications can be submitted at any time.
    Click Here for more information and to apply.

    2. Women Make Music Grant Scheme
    Through the Women Make Music Grant scheme, grants of up to £5000 are available to women musicians to create new music in any genre. This can range from classical, jazz and experimental, to urban, electronica and pop.
    Through the scheme support is available to:

  • Individuals and organizations / groups including solo performers
  • Solo songwriters or composers; promoters or event producers
  • Bands/ensembles/orchestras
  • As well as non-music organisations such as local authorities and museums; etc.
  • The next application deadline for the Performing Right Society’s (PRS) Women Make Music grant scheme is 6pm on the 28th September 2015.
    Click Here for more information and to apply.

    3. The Colwinston Charitable Trust Grants
    The Colwinston charitable Trust was established in 1995 and distributes grants to UK registered charitable organisations working predominantly in the areas of Opera, Classical Music and the Visual Arts. They offer grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 to enable organisations achieve higher standards of performance and/or presentation.
    The trust will give priority to high quality projects, and projects that help people to better appreciate the possibilities the arts can offer, especially in Wales.

    There are two deadlines a year, the 30th September and the 31st March.
    Click Here for more information and to apply.

    4. Santander Community Plus Fund
    UK registered charities can apply for a grant of up to £5,000.
    The funding must be for a specific project that helps disadvantaged people; for example this could be for a piece of equipment or to pay for the costs of a part time sessional worker. To apply, just visit any Santander branch and complete a nomination form. The completed form should be dropped into the box provided in your local branch.

    There are no closing dates and entries will be regularly considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the region. Successful charities will be notified within 2 months of submitting their nomination.
    Click Here for more information.

    5. The Power to Change applications re-open
    After a five-week pause over the summer, the Power to Change Initial Grants Programme has re-opened for applications.
    Under the programme, grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 are available to help existing community businesses in England that are in a position to significantly improve their long-term sustainability within the next six months.
    Organisations must meet the Trust’s definition of a community business which includes being locally rooted, community controlled, trading and operated for the benefit of the community.
    Applicants must be able to explain how the proposal can demonstrate public benefit through the social, economic and environmental impact it will create.
    Capital and revenue funding is available.
    The final deadline for applications to the IGP is 22nd October 2015.
    Click here for more information.

    Funding Bulletin, August 2015
    1. The Church of England Church and Community Fund
    The Church of England’s Church and Community Fund has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 30th September 2015.

    The overall aim of the fund is to grow the Church of England and develop its capacity to engage with the whole community. Community projects run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connected to or working in partnership with the Church of England can apply for funding of up to £20,000 for projects that significantly expand the Church’s engagement with neighbourhood renewal; and seek innovative ways of developing established community projects so that they either grow existing or evolve into new communities of Christian Faith.

    In addition grants of up to £60,000 are available for projects that replicate models of successful community engagement across the wider church. Projects that are seeking grants must be located in one of 50% the most deprived of parishes in England as listed by the Index of Multiple Deprivation rankings for parishes, 2010.

    For further information and to apply please click here

    2. Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
    The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation Grant is provided and administered by the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation and is available for Third Sector Organisations in the UK.

    The main objectives of the foundation are to contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability. Grants are usually made between the values of £5,000 and £15,000 and are provided for between one and three years. Priority will be given to small, pioneering organisations.

    Previous projects supported include:

  • Airport Watch which received a grant of £15,000 over two years to educate UK policy-makers about the dangerously unsustainable growth and levels of air freight.
  • EcoNexus which received a grant of £8,000 to examine and promote the understanding of new technologies that are potentially harmful to the environment and communities, and the influences and interests that lie behind them.
  • The next closing date for applications is the 15th September 2015
    For further details and to apply please click here

    3. Forever Manchester – Nine Lives Fund
    The Nine Lives Fund is a partnership between Forever Manchester and the Chambers of 9 St. Johns Street, Manchester.
    The Fund is currently inviting applications from groups that provide activities for young people between the ages of 10 – 18 years and living in deprived areas of Greater Manchester and with an income of under £150,000. Priority will be given to projects working with children and young people with disabilities.
    Grants of up to £2,000 are available.
    Deadline for applications is 15th September 2015
    For further details and to apply please click here

    4. Forever Manchester – Cash 4 Graft Grants
    Cash 4 Graft rewards resident involvement and volunteering time with between £50 and £250 to help get community ideas off the ground.
    The awards are matched with the passion and effort of residents and their neighbours who work together to create and develop projects and are available in various areas of Greater Manchester.
    Deadline for applications: Rolling Fund
    For further details and to apply please click here

    5. Starbucks Youth Action Grants
    Are you working with young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in education or employment?
    Looking to support them to run a social action programme with funding of up to £1000, with an additional contribution for youth workers support time? Why not apply to Starbucks Youth Action?

    To apply, two young people need to lead the project and engage a further 50 young people throughout the course of the project. The young people will need to be aged between 16 and 24 and need to have a youth worker / training organisation able to support them throughout the project.

    The fund is looking for projects that provide a positive benefit to the local community and that look to enhance the young leaders employability and leadership skills.

    For further details and to apply please click here
    Deadline: Rolling programme until March 2016

    Funding Bulletin, July 2015
    1. BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme
    BBC Children in Need has announced that the next applications deadline for its Main Grants Programme is the 15th September 2015.

    Funding is available to organisations that work with young people who:

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

    The BBC Children in Need main grants programme is open to applications for grants of over £10,000.

    Examples of projects that recently received funding include:

    • Busy Bodies After School Club in Denbigh which received a grant of £23,700 to provide a range of fun and stimulating activities in a warm and safe environment.
    • The Three Ways School in Bath which received a grant of £19,080 to provide activities for children and young people with disabilities.

    Click Here for further information and to apply.

    2. BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme
    Not for profit organisations such as such as registered charities; voluntary organisations; schools; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme.

    The grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing:

    • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability
    • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
    • And / or living in situations of deprivation.

    Projects supported in the past include:

    • The Midlothian Association of Play which received a grant of £9,996 to run holiday playschemes with trips and activities for young people living in low income areas.
    • Trewirgie Junior School which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantage children aged 7-11.

    The closing date for applications is the 1st September 2015.
    Click Here for further information and to apply.

    3. Clothworkers’ Foundation – Main Grants Programme
    The Clothworkers’ Foundation through its funding aims to improve the quality of life, in particular for people and communities facing disadvantage.

    Main Priorities the programme looks to support are;

    • alcohol and substance misuse,
    • disabled people,
    • disadvantaged young people,
    • domestic and sexual violence,
    • elderly people, homelessness,
    • disadvantaged minority communities,
    • prisoners and ex-offenders,
    • visual impairment

    The Foundation will fund UK registered charities with an annual operating income of under £15m. Operating income is the normal day to day income of the organisation, such as money received from donations, grants, contracts, investments etc. Exceptional income (such as money received for a major one-off fundraising initiative) can be excluded from the total income.

    Charities can apply for grants of over £1,000 for capital costs
    There is no deadline for this grant therefore applications can be submitted at any time.
    For more information and to apply please click here

    4. Clothworkers’ Foundation – Small Grants Programme
    The Clothworkers’ Foundation through its funding aims to improve the quality of life, in particular for people and communities facing disadvantage.

    Main Priorities the programme looks to support are;

    • alcohol and substance misuse,
    • disabled people,
    • disadvantaged young people,
    • domestic and sexual violence,
    • elderly people, homelessness,
    • disadvantaged minority communities,
    • prisoners and ex-offenders,
    • visual impairment

    The Foundation will fund UK registered charities with an annual turnover of under £250k, Projects that cost less than £100k in total

    Charities can apply for grants of between £500 and £10k for capital costs
    A charity which has received a grant in either the Main Grants Programme or the Small Grants Programme cannot apply again for at least five years.

    There is no deadline for this grant, therefore applications can be submitted at any time.
    For more information and to apply please click here.

    5. Macmillan Cancer Support Grants
    The Macmillan Cancer Support 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.

    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.

    The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 7th August 2015.
    Click Here for more information and to apply.

    6. The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
    The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.

    The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults.

    The type of activities the trust currently funded include:

    • Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
    • Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
    • Play schemes and play therapy schemes
    • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
    • Support for families, including respite schemes
    • Independent living schemes; support in the community schemes
    • Snoezelen rooms.

    Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Organisations and charities in the past’s funding has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.

    The deadline for project funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st August 2015.
    Applications for project funding for £10,000 or less can be submitted at any time.
    For further information and to apply please click here

    7. M&S community energy grants
    Community organisations that want to use renewable energy to provide community benefits are invited to apply for funding from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.

    Grants will be awarded to renewable energy projects run by not-for-profit groups in the UK that can demonstrate they have the support of their local community.

    Three types of funding are available:

  • A national funding pot for a project that requires a maximum of £40,000.
  • A national funding pot for a project that requires a maximum of £20,000.
  • Regional funding pots for projects that require a maximum of £12,500.

  • There is also minimum funding of £15,000 to be split between the most inspiring and innovative projects.
    The deadline for online applications is Wednesday 29th July 2015.
    Click Here for further details and to apply.

    8. Morrisons Foundation Grant Funding
    Registered charities can apply through the Morrison Foundation’s new online process for grants to support new projects that directly improve the lives of local people or communities across Great Britain.

    The funding is for projects that groups would like to get off the ground but for which they have no funding.
    The projects should benefit the local community and can cover a wide range of areas including health, education, arts and culture, and community.

    Although there are no set limits to the funding, previous grants have ranged from £5,000 to £20,000.
    There is no deadline and applications can be made at any time.
    Click Here for further details and to apply.

    9. Contour Housing – ‘Cash for Communities’ Grants
    Community groups in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to bid for a share of a £10,000 cash pot, launched for the second time by Contour Homes.

    Contour Housing already support a whole range of projects, including work clubs to help people find jobs, schemes to help residents grow their own fruit and veg, and activities for young people.

    They have now launched ‘Cash for Communities’ for the second year running, with the aim of helping even more residents to run projects that make their neighbourhoods better places to live.

    Sums of between £500 and £2,000 will be awarded to groups whose activities support one or more of four themes drawn up by Contour Homes:

  • Job, training and enterprise opportunities
  • Community spaces, health initiatives or community sports projects
  • Activities for young people
  • Helping people to get online and/or make their money go further
  • The first deadline for applications is Monday 17th August at 4.30pm. Late applications will not be considered. Download an application form from here or email communityinvestmentteam@contourhomes.co.uk

    Before completing the form, please ensure you read the supporting guidance.

    For further details please visit – www.contourhomes.co.uk.

    Funding Bulletin, June 2015
    1. Funding to Support the Development of Neighbourhood Plans
    The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a new £22.5 million grants programme to support communities looking to develop neighbourhood plans.

    Neighbourhood plans can be used in determining planning applications, and ‘neighbourhood development orders’ that grant planning permission; and vote them into force in a referendum. Through the programme neighbourhood planning groups will be able to apply for grant of up to £14,000 to pay for events to engage the local community, print leaflets and to pay for specialist planning expertise.

    The support programme runs to 2018 and from April it will also provide community groups with technical assistance and expert advice to support new neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders, throughout the process.

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

    2. Santander Foundation Launches New Funding Programmes
    The Santander Foundation has announced that charities can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to help disadvantaged people in the UK from two new funding schemes – Learn & Grow and Money Skills.

    All funding is for one year and can be for capital or revenue expenditure. Capital funding is used to buy tangible items such as equipment or training materials. Revenue funding will pay for project costs such as sessional worker fees, salaries, room hire or other costs incurred in the delivery of the charitable priorities. The Foundations want to fund an entire element rather than make a contribution to a larger budget.

    One example would be to fund all of the training materials. Another could be to fund the two days per week that a sessional worker spends working with disadvantaged people in a particular area. The Foundations can only award grants to organisations with charitable status for their work within the UK. This includes:

    • Registered, exempt and excepted charities
    • Charitable Industrial & Provident societies
    • Credit unions registered as Industrial & Provident societies.

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

    3. Idlewild Trust
    The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 23rd September 2015.

    The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom. The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.

    Recent grants awarded include:

    • A grant of £2,500 to the Cotswold Canals Trust towards the reconstruction of Bowbridge Lock.
    • A grants of £3,000 to the Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists Programme to help nurtures exceptionally talented young opera singers into professional performing arts careers.

    For further information and to apply please click here

    4. Funding to Support Family Based Projects
    The Kelly Family Charitable Trust is open to applications from registered charities for projects that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members.

    The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other. The fund also welcomes applications from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria. Grants are of between £1,000 and £5,000, but higher grants may be considered.

    Projects supported in the past include the Hill’s Trust Home School Community Project which is a family education support project based in Hill’s Trust Primary School in Govan. The Project promotes parental involvement at all levels throughout the school and works directly with parents/carers and pupils. It offers support with issues such as attendance, behaviour and family issues, as well as a range of other services. The School is working with Glasgow City council to share its good practice with the aim of expanding the model to all Glasgow Schools.

    The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2015.

    For further information and to apply please click here

    5. Free Trees for School, Community and Youth Groups
    The Woodland Trust has 4500 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups. The packs available are:

    • Small (30 saplings)
    • Medium (105 saplings)
    • Large (420 saplings)

    Last August marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The Trust would like organisations, schools and groups to take part in a once-in-a-generation tribute to all those who gave their lives by creating a growing legacy that will stand tall for centuries to come. Over the next four years the Trust are offering three million free trees to help communities, schools and youth groups remember their local heroes. Register now to receive your free trees and create special, living memorials.

    The closing date for applying for a free pack is the 3rd September 2015.
    For further information and to apply please click here.

    6. Henry Smith’s Charity – Holiday Grants for Children
    The Henry Smith’s Charity is accepting applications through its Holiday Grant for Children Programme.

    Applications can be made by schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability.

    Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The maximum grant available is £2,500 for any one trip. Grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as we would expect some local partnership funding to be in place.

    The next closing date for applications is the 19th July 2015.
    For further information and to apply please click here.

    7. The Triangle Trust Grants Programme – Funding for the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Ex-Offenders
    The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grants programme is noon on the 5th November 2015.

    During this funding round, the Trust will provide grants to not for profit organisations and charities working for the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders. The Trust would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end the applicant organisation’s income will not be reduced. Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% of the organisation’s current annual income, whichever is lowest, per year for 3 years.

    The Trust also holds a separate funding round for organisations working with carers. This is due to open for applications in spring 2016.

    Previous projects supported include:

    • A grant of £20,000 to the Junction 42 Foundation to recruit and train mentors and befrienders to provide effective support for ex-offenders within the community.
    • A grant of £19,606 to Carers Lewisham for a project to help older carers (aged 75 plus) to access the support that they need.

    Click here for further information and to apply.

    8. Adactus Housing Association have announced the second round of their Neighbourhood Fund for Trafford.

    There is £5500 up for grabs across Manchester with a maximum of £1,000 available for each successful project.

    The fund is open to individuals, residents groups, community groups, charitable organisations and social enterprises working in and around areas where Adactus have homes.

    Projects seeking support from the fund should fall within one of Adactus’ neighbourhood priorities outlined below:

     

    • Healthy living
    • Environmental improvements
    • Young people and children
    • Older people
    • Sustainability
    • Employment and training
    • Bringing the community together
    • Community safety

     

     

    Applications to the fund are judged by a group of local residents who consider each and every bid on its individual merits and have the final say in which projects are awarded funding through the scheme.

    Natasha Laws, Neighbourhood Development Officer at Adactus, said “We’re really proud of the positive impact that the neighbourhood fund has had in Trafford communities over the years. We urge anyone who has a good idea to get in touch as soon as possible.”

    Bids to the fund must be received before the closing date of Friday 24th July 2015 by 12:00pm, in order to be considered by the judging panel.

    If you require further information please contact:

    Natasha Laws on 0300 111 1133 or email grantmcr@adactushousing.co.uk.

    9. Big Lottery Fund – Women and Girls Initiative
    The women and girls initiative is a funding stream of up to £45 million which the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) will invest in services for women and girls. The overarching aim of this funding is empowering women and girls to take control of their lives.

    Only women and girls organisations will be eligible to apply. BLF are defining a women and girls organisation as one whose primary purpose is to deliver services to women and/or girls. BLF also expect it to have a strong track record of delivering services to women and/or girls. They can either be organisations that focus on specific issues (for example, domestic and sexual violence or mental health) or run community-based services such as a women’s centre or youth group.

    Funding of between £150,000 and £750,000 is available in England, the application deadline for expressions of interest is 17:00 on Thursday 16th July 2015.
    Click here for more information and to apply.

    10. Childcare Investment Readiness Fund

    The Childcare Investment Readiness Fund is a £500,000 pilot fund, managed by Social Investment Business on behalf of Department for Education that aims to support early years and childcare social enterprises looking to expand their presence in the early years market.

    The Fund will provide grants to early years and childcare social enterprises for the purchase of specific capacity building support to help facilitate their growth and become more appealing to investors. Applicants must have a proven track record and the potential to expand their services into new locations.

    The Fund will offer grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 to purchase specialised investment readiness support to cover the costs of putting an investment readiness plan into action. The fund will offer specialised support from an approved investment readiness provider with a track record in supporting social ventures to secure investment.

    Click here for more information and to apply.
    Deadline for submitting an application is noon on Friday 17th July 2015.

    Funding Bulletin, May 2015
    1. First Steps Enterprise Fund
    Are you a charity or social enterprise that does great work in the local community?
    The new First Steps Enterprise Fund is offering loan-grant packages to entrepreneurial early stage charities and social enterprises working in communities in the North West and South West of England.

    Small community led charities and social enterprises can apply for up to £30,000 to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. The organisation must be operating for at least a year but no longer than three years.

    Eligible organisations have until noon on 26th June 2015 to apply.

    For further information, and to download an application pack, please click here

    For any enquiries about the fund please contact info@sibgroup.org.uk or call 020 7842 7700

    2. Peter Cruddas Foundation
    The Peter Cruddas Foundation is a grant making Foundation that aims to support charitable works that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the UK by ensuring that their funding reaches those most in need.

    Priorities for funding are pathways/support for young disadvantaged or disengaged people in the age range 14 to 30 into education, training or employment; work experience/skills projects for young people aged 16 to 30; and youth work in London particularly evening work for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 30.
    To be eligible for funding an organisation must be a registered charity or an organisation / individual supported by a UK charity. There are no minimum or maximum grants and projects can be funded for more than one year.
    The closing date for application is the 1st September 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here

    3. HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants
    Heart Research UK (HRUK) is inviting applications from not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities through their SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants.

    Grants of up to £10,000 are available in different SUBWAY regions to support projects that strongly promote heart health, not just healthy lifestyles. The grants are available in specific regions at certain times of the year. The scheme for parts of Greater Manchester (Granada area) are opening for applications on Saturday 16th May 2015 with the application deadline on Tuesday 30th June 2015.

    In the past grants have been awarded to fund cooking sessions, theatre workshops, multi-sport activities, classroom based learning, circus skills, and tandem biking, etc.

    For further details of the fund please click here.

    4. £650,000 Funding for Social Businesses from Big Issue Invest
    Early stage social businesses in England can now apply to the Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) 2015 programme.

    The programme is specifically tailored for early stage social businesses who often face challenges when it comes to securing finance. Applicants don’t need to be trading to apply however providing proof of concept is essential. To be considered, applicants must operate in the following sectors:

    • Arts and culture
    • Education, employment and training
    • Tackling homelessness
    • Sustainable and community transport
    • Health and social care
    • Environment
    • And/or financial inclusion.

     

     

    Applicants have the opportunity to pitch for up to £50,000 investment, receive mentoring from the programmes’ investment and support partners, attend professionally designed workshops and learn to how measure their social impact.

    The deadline for applications is 25th May 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    5. Asda Foundation Community Grants
    The Asda Foundation is currently accepting applications to its grant making programmes.

    Local groups can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects that benefit the wider community.
    Funding can be used for both capital (buildings, vehicles and equipment, etc) and revenue / running costs. Please note that projects seeking funding for running costs only are not eligible.

    Applications need to be submitted via local Asda stores and the closing date for the current funding round is the Wednesday 20th May 2015.
    For further information and to apply please click here.

    6. Buttle UK Grant Programmes
    Buttle UK, a UK charity that helps vulnerable young children, has announced that its grant making programmes are currently open for applications.

    Funding is available through:

     

    • The Small Grants programme
    • The School Fees programme
    • Support for Young People programme

     

    The Small grants programme provides funding for essential items to children and young people whose health, safety and well-being are at risk.

    The School Fees programme provides support to transforms the lives of vulnerable children (aged 11 and over) by funding places at schools with a safe and supportive environment.

    The Support for Young People programme provides tailored funding packages of up to £2,000 available for young people aged 16-20.

    For further information on how to apply for each funding programme, please click here.

    7. Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving
    The Skipton Building Society established the Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. This year, there are 162 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK.

    Grants of £500 will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities. Priority will be given to projects which get very little support elsewhere.

    The fund is open to local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people, across the UK. Groups need to have an annual net profit of less than £10,000.

    The deadline for all online applications is Friday 31st July 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    8. Talk English Community Fund
    Projects that are supporting those who speak little or no English or are looking to improve their confidence with speaking the language are being invited to apply for funding from the Talk English Community Fund.

    The Community Fund has a total of £175,000 to engage 2,000 learners. It will fund 16 projects to the value of £10,900 each. Funding is intended to cover all running costs of the programme; for example staffing, training for volunteers, room rental, teaching resources and consumables.

    For further details and to apply for the fund please click here.

    Funding Bulletin, April 2015
    1. O2 – “Think Big with O2” – Youth Programme
    Telecoms provider O2 has announced that its “Think Big with O2” youth programme will re-open for applications on the 1st April 2015.

    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
    • Advertising, etc.

     

    The closing date for applications is the 10th June 2015.
    Please click here for further details about the programme.

    2. The Kelly Family Charitable Trust – Funding to Support Family Based Projects
    The Kelly Family Charitable Trust is open to applications from registered charities for projects that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members.

    The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other. The fund also welcomes applications from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria.
    Grants are of between £1,000 and £5,000, but higher grants may be considered.

    The three areas that the charity wishes to support are:

     

    • Interventions and support that help families to manage better and prevent the fracture of the family unit, eg relationship counseling, mediation
    • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
    • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment

     

    The Trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

    Projects supported in the past include the Hill’s Trust Home School Community Project which is a family education support project based in Hill’s Trust Primary School in Govan. The Project promotes parental involvement at all levels throughout the school and works directly with parents/carers and pupils. It offers support with issues such as attendance, behaviour and family issues, as well as a range of other services. The School is working with Glasgow City council to share its good practice with the aim of expanding the model to all Glasgow Schools.
    The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2015.
    For further details please click here.

    3. Heritage Lottery Fund – Parks for People
    Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades).

    To be considered for funding, applicants need to show that:

     

    • The community values the park as part of their heritage
    • The parks meets local social, economic and environmental needs
    • The park management actively involves local people.

     

    Recent awards include a £1.84 million grant to restore Castle Park in Cheshire back to its original historic landscape and to improve sports facilities, the play area, and cafe and kiosk facilities and a £3.5million grant to restore the historic landscaping and buildings, upgrading footpaths, entrances, Parks for People applications go through a two-round process. This is so that applicants can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they submit their proposals in greater detail.
    The next deadline for submitting stage 1 applications is the 1st September 2015 for a decision in December 2015.
    For further details please click here.

    4. BBC Children In Need – Small Grants Programme
    Not for profit organisations such as such as registered charities; voluntary organisations; schools; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme.
    The grants are available for projects that:

     

    • Help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect
    • Any kind of disability
    • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
    • And / or living in situations of deprivation.

    Projects supported in the past include:

     

    • Corley Special School in Coventry which received a grant of £6,000 to provide lunchtime horse riding sessions for children with disabilities.
    • Caldercruix Youth & Community Development Project in Airdrie, which received a grant of £6,333 to help deliver 2 afterschool clubs a week to young people in an isolated village where children from low income families have little access to services.

     

    The closing date for applications is the 1st June 2015.
    For further details please click here.

    5. The Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme
    Schools, Charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside and environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding from the Ernest Cook Trust.

    The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000), which supports state schools and small registered charities wanting to undertake projects which meet the Trust’s objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place and a larger grants programme for grants in excess of £4,000.

    Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year. The full board of Trustees meets twice a year, in April and September, to consider grants in excess of £4,000.

    Applications to the small grants programme can be made at anytime. The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is 31st July 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    6. Sport England – Make Your Move
    Grants of up to £50,000 are available to existing members of Sporta (the Sport and Recreation Trusts Association) for community sports participation projects which aim to increase regular and sustained participation in sport by people aged 14 years old and above who do not currently participate in at least 30 minutes of exercise per week.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    7. Premier League & The FA Facilities Small Grant Fund
    Small grants of between £1,000 to £10,000 for capital equipment or ground improvements are available to non-league football clubs, the community trusts of league clubs, as well as education establishments and Councils. The grants will fund up to 50% of the costs, and can be part of a bigger project if the total cost is below £50,000.
    Applications can be made at any time.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    8. The Skelton Bounty
    Purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for groups/charities who offer support for the elderly, people with disabilities, youth groups and also those who provide holidays for disabled children.

    Between £50 – £3,000 (Occasionally £5,000 will be granted in some circumstances)

    Geographic Area; The administrative County of Lancashire as it existed in 1934 (this boundary includes Stretford & Urmston)

    Group types; Constituted groups and registered charities

    The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Monday 4th May 2015
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    9. Persimmon Community Champions
    Persimmon Community Champions is looking to fund good causes across the UK. In the next 12 months they plan to give away up to £750,000 to fund local community initiatives.

    Their charity match programme provides donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, that have already raised essential funds themselves.

    All of Persimmons 24 businesses, timber frame business Space4 and their PLC head office are giving away up to £2000 each every month – that’s a whopping £52,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives.

    It’s really simple to apply for a donation. All groups need to do is complete the online form, telling Persimmon why your group or charity deserves their donation.

    To find out more and to apply please click here.

    Funding Bulletin, March 2015
    1. Jewson – Building Better Communities Fund

    Jewson is giving away £100,000 to help build better communities. Jewson is offering grants of between £1,000 to £50,000 to community projects that will make a difference to the lives of local people, now and in the future.

    The deadline for applications and nominations of 12th April 2015
    For further details of the fund and to apply please click here.

    2. Trafford Housing Trust’s Community Panels Funding

    Funding Available for Community Groups in Trafford – Community groups within Trafford are being invited to apply for funding from Trafford Housing Trust’s Community Panels.

    Last year the Community Panels distributed around £750,000 to over  120 groups in Trafford – these projects included sports activities, health projects, educational sessions, youth activity and intergenerational work.

    The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday 31st March 2015, with residents of Old Trafford, Urmston & District, Sale and Stretford all encouraged to get involved. The Community Panels are keen to hear from groups whose work falls under the categories of health and well-being, education, community, environment and enterprise and economy.

    Groups can apply by downloading a copy of the new application form and guidance from the THT website http://thtcommunitypanels.weebly.com/.

    For support and assistance with completing the form, groups can contact the THT Localities team using the customer hub number 0300 7777777 or emailing cp.applications@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk

    There will also be a drop in session for groups to get help with their forms on:

    Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 3:00pm to 5:30pm at Trafford Housing Trust, Sale Point

    Groups can attend any drop in, regardless of the area in which they operate, but need to book. Please contact James Hunter on 0161 968 0037 if you want to attend a session.

    3. Ministry of Defence – Armed Forces Day Event Funding

    Funding is available for local groups that would like to host an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day on 27th June 2015.
    Up to £10,000 is available and the deadline is 27th March 2015.
    For more information contact email armedforcesday-events@mod.uk

    4. Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA)

    Banking group Santander launched its Annual Social Enterprise Awards earlier this month for Social Enterprises and Enterprising Charities across the UK.

    The awards are aimed at social ventures that are already established but are in need of financial assistance with growth and development to enable them to reach their full potential.

    Awards of up to £10,000 are available for Enterprising Charities and Social Ventures under the following catergories:

    • Improving Social Inclusion
    • Supporting Disadvantaged People through Skills, Training or Employment
    • Creating a Greener Environment

    For further details and to apply please click here.
    Deadline for all applications is 10th April 2015

    5. DCLG Fund to Empower Women To Tackle Abuse

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a new one-off £250,000 fund to support women and give them the confidence to speak out against abuse and child sexual exploitation within their communities.

    Voluntary and community groups, including faith groups, who work with women can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to support local community engagement projects for the financial year 2015 to 2016. It is expected that between 10 and 20 grants will be awarded.

    For further details and to apply please click here.
    Deadline for all applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 31st March 2015

    6. Spirit Of 2012 – Spirit of Achievement Arts and Culture Challenge Fund

    Spirit of 2012 have made grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 available to charities, voluntary and community organisations, Social Enterprises, and Community Interest Companies in the UK to create opportunities to enable disabled people to participate in arts and cultural activities, individually and with their families.

    The fund covers the social model definition of disability which includes those with learning disabilities, mental health problems and long term life-limiting conditions.

    Projects should:

    • Increase opportunities for disabled people to participate regularly in arts and cultural activities.
    • Provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people (particularly families) to participate in activities together.
    • Provide regular and sustained opportunities for participation (not one off activities).
    • Provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to volunteer together to deliver those activities.
    • Provide disabled and non-disabled volunteers with training and skills that both ensure a high quality volunteering experience and boost employability.
    • Address a clearly identified and evidenced need, reflecting current public health priorities and including the views of potential beneficiaries.
    • Articulate a clear vision of how the project will impact beyond the life of Spirit’s funding.

    Deadline for all applications is 9am on Monday 20th April 2015.
    For further details about the fund please click here.

    7. Funding To Tackle Fuel Poverty – ScottishPower Energy People Trust

    The Scottish Power Energy People Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty.

    Organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that:

    • Improve home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and or other practical measures
    • Support front line charities who carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to and provide assistance to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply, where such assistance is provided as part of a package of measures aimed at providing customers with long-term relief from fuel poverty.

    Applications are particularly welcome from charities who work with children, young people and families.
    Previous projects supported include:

    Regenda Ltd which received a grant of £5,340 to provide energy efficiency and financial advice to households in fuel poverty by inviting households to participate in a 3-month energy challenge, competing against their neighbours to make the largest reductions to their energy bills.

    The next deadline for applications is the 19th May 2015.
    Projects may be funded for a maximum of one year, but the maximum amount of £50,000 applies, regardless of the timescale of the project.
    For further details on the fund and to apply please click here.

    8. Heritage Enterprise Grants Programme – Heritage Lottery Fund

    The grants programme aims to help support not-for-profit organisations to help them work in partnership with the private sector in the restoration of unused historic building and sites and unlock their economic potential.

    There are two level of grants available on the programme:

    • Grants of between £100,000 to £2 million
    • Grants of between £2 million to £5 million

    Decisions are made every three months for grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2 million, for grant request of over £2 million and under £5 million the next deadline for applications is 9th April 2015

    For further details about the programme and to apply please click here.

    9. Funding To Support Arts Projects – The Fidelio Trust

    The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 to support the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance.

    Funding is available for:

    • Tuition or coaching costs
    • Participation in external competitions
    • For supporting a specially arranged performance
    • Receiving support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

    The deadline for all applications is 1st June 2015
    For more detailsand to apply please click here.

    10. Hilton In The Community Foundation – Funding for Project that Support Children and Young People

    Registered Charities that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the Hilton Foundation Central Grants Programme. Registered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation’ four chosen focus groups.

    These are:

    • Children and young people with disabilities
    • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
    • Children and young people who are homeless
    • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

    There is approximately £150,000 available to distribute each quarter.
    Grant applications for up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request. However, 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.

    The next closing date for applications is the 5th May 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    11. Tesco Charity Trust – Community Awards

    Registered charities and not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £5 million can apply for one-off grants of between £500 and £2,500. (As the competition for this funding is quite keen , organisations which have received an award within the last three years may not apply for this round.)

    The Spring round is aimed at projects that directly benefit health, environmental sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities in areas where Tesco has stores in the UK.

    The deadline for all applications is Sunday 24 April 2015
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    Funding Bulletin, February 2015
    1. British Ecological Society Outreach Grants (UK)

    Individuals and organisations such as schools, museums, libraries and community groups can apply to the British Ecological Society for grants of up to £2,000 to promote ecological science to a wide audience.

    The funding is available for projects that:

    • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology; stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society
    • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
    • Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.

    Applications from museums and schools are welcome but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools. Projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered.

    The closing date for application is the 27th March 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    2. Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

    Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme.

    In particular the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfill their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support:

    • Special educational needs
    • Address behavioural problems or promote citizenship
    • Parenting or life skills.

    Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

    The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    3. Sports England Small Grants Programme (England)

    Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies such as sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools and governing bodies of sport can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Sport England Small Grants Programme.

    The aim of the fund is to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. Priority will be given to projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports; and projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16-19 year olds.

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

    4. Healthy Hearts Grants for Community Projects (UK)

    Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £5,000 and £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

    Projects supported in the past have included:

    • Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Bolton, which received a grant of £8,816 for a project that encourages lads and girls aged eight to 12 to look after their hearts at the club once a week after school. Through a series of workshops, they’ll learn about how the heart works, the benefits of a balanced diet, healthy food options and how poor lifestyle choices (e.g. lack of exercise) compromise heart health.
    • Empowering Families, London, received a grant of £2,223 to promote good eating habits and playing as exercise at an early age through two Parent Toddlers and Babies groups in Brent’s most deprived wards.

    The closing date for applications will be the 28th February 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    5. Women Make Music Grant Scheme (UK)

    The Performing Right Society (PRS) has announced that its Women Make Music grant scheme is now open for applications.

    Through the programme, financial support of up to £5000 is available to women musicians to create new music in any genre. This can range from classical, jazz and experimental, to urban, electronica and pop. Through the scheme support is available to Individuals and organizations / groups including:

    • Solo performers
    • Solo songwriters or composers
    • Promoters or event producers
    • Bands/ensembles/orchestras
    • Local authorities and schools; etc.

    The next application deadline is the 27th April 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    6. Creative Employment Programme Fund

    The Creative employment programme fund is now open for employers to apply for funding for wage contributions for apprentices and paid internships. Find out more on the programme website.

    The programme is delivered by the National Skills Academy, and will support up to 6,500 new apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and paid internships (graduate and non-graduate) across the arts and cultural sector, with a focus on the Arts Council’s footprint of music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, contemporary craft, combined arts, galleries, circus, carnival arts, museums and libraries.

    The programme aims to provide unemployed people aged 16-24 (graduate and non-graduate) with paid opportunities to gain access to on-the-job training, skills and experience in the arts and cultural sector.

    There is currently a skills shortage – more than a quarter of employers in the creative and cultural sector have had difficulty in recruiting due to a lack of experience and skills in applicants.

    The programme will give young people interested in arts and culture the opportunity to gain skills and experience that potential employers will value, remove the barrier of lack of paid work experience, and help boost the start of their career in the sector.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    7. Scurrah Wainright Charity (England)

    The Charity supports a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequity. Grants of between £1,000 to £5,000.

    The charity operates three funding programmes. These are:

    • Projects which meet the broad objectives of the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust, to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices.
    • Projects Yorkshire
    • Projects in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa

    The charity favours causes that are outside the mainstream, and unlikely to be funded by other charities.

    Previous organisations supported include:

    • The Boaz Trust a Christian organisation serving destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester which received a grant of £2,000.
    • The Grandparents Association in Leeds which received a grant of £4,800.

    The next closing date for applications is the 14th May 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.

    8. Red Nose Day Community Cash Grants (England)

    Red Nose Day Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small organisations in many areas of England.

    The grants aim to support work that has a beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.

    The grants are available to:

    • Constituted voluntary and community groups
    • Charities
    • Social enterprises
    • Co-operatives
    • Faith organisations
    • Community interest companies.

    Priority will be given to small locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. To be eligible organisations will need to have an annual income of less than £100,000.
    Organisations wishing to apply should check with their local community foundation to see if they are participating this year.

    The deadlines for applications range from late February to early March 2015.
    For further details and to find your local community foundation please click here.

    9. Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund

    The Community Trust Fund award grants to a maximum of £3,000 to community groups running in eligible areas.
    To be successful a group you must be the following:

    • 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.

    For further details and to apply please click here.

    10. Funding for Cancer Support Groups and Individuals Affected by Cancer (UK)

    The Macmillan Cancer Support grants programme 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.

    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.

    Macmillan Cancer Support has announced that the next closing date for its Cancer Support – Grants scheme is the 13th March 2015.

    There will be three further funding rounds during 2015.
    For further details and to apply please click here.