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Funding Insight Newsletter 06.08.19

Published Friday 9 August 2019 at 15:33

This insight outlines a range of funding opportunities open to the public sector, businesses, community groups etc.  Regular funding opportunities are also available via the websites below:

Arts Council Funding Finder

National Lottery Grant for Heritage

Big Lottery Fund

Community groups can now access potential grant funding opportunities through the free Blackburn with Darwen Open4Community online search tool.

Register and find out more

For all Blackburn with Darwen Council funding bids

Please check whether match funding is required, if it is please contact and inform your Finance colleague.

Funding opportunities greater than £100,000

The Ouseley Trust

Cathedrals, choral foundations, parish churches, choir schools and other relevant institutions which promote and maintain to a high standard the choral services of the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland have until the 28th February 2020 to apply for funding from the Ouseley trust.

Grants are available in the following areas:

  • Courses for individuals or groups
  • Endowment grants for scholarships or bursaries
  • Fees for individual choristers having places at recognised choir schools
  • Purchase of liturgical music
  • Other projects (e.g. outreach) of an innovative kind that are likely to further the object of the Trust in a direct and effective way. In very exceptional circumstances, these may include music commissions.

Find out more here

New £100 million Heritage Horizon Awards launched

Not for profit organisations and partnerships led by not for profit organisations can apply for grants of over £5 million to support heritage projects. The funding is being made available though the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new £100 million Heritage Horizon Awards.  These awards will be made over the next three years.

The focus for this year’s awards are:

  • Landscapes and nature (natural heritage)
  • Revitalising heritage at risk.

The Heritage Fund is looking to support projects that are:

  • transformative;
  • innovative;
  • collaborative.

There are two phases to the programme.

A development phase lasting up to 2 years and a delivery phase lasting up to 5 years.

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is the 11th October 2019. Applicants successful at this stage will then have until the 31st August 2020 to submit their development phase application. Projects will have up to two years to submit their delivery proposals.

Applicants must contribute at least 10% of the costs of their development phase and 10% of the costs of their delivery phase.

Find out more here

Funding to bring heritage buildings back into use

Grants of up to £350,000 are available through the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transformational Project Grants.  Transformational Project Grants are part of the Transforming Places Through Heritage programme and are available for the repair, restoration and adaptation of a heritage building located in a high street or town centre and to bring it into use.

The grant will cover up to 80% of the cost of work involved.  The funding is available to:

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations’
  • Charitable Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Charitable Community Benefit Societies
  • Community Benefit Societies
  • Not-for-private-profit Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) Limited by Guarantee
  • Co-operatives
  • Parish and Town Councils.

The funding will focus on places where strategic regeneration programmes are planned or are already underway. This includes Heritage Action Zones or places that have secured funding through the Future High Streets Fund. Historic building projects located within other area-based regeneration programmes, such as Townscape Heritage areas or where an applicant can demonstrate a significant community-led strategic approach is in place, will also be considered. Projects should not be standalone but sit within a wider initiative to regenerate and bring a new purpose to the immediate surrounding area.

The deadline is the 30th September 2019.  Decisions on the first round of applications will be made in December. A second round will be announced in 2020.

In addition, the Architectural Heritage Fund rund a number of other grant schemes.  These include:

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work, open now for applications.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs, open now for applications.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns, open now for applications.
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.

Find out more here

Funding for the development and refurbishment of football facilities

The Football Foundation’s Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund is open for applications.

The Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund, which is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations, is focused on supporting the development of new or refurbished local football facilities, and replaces the previous Facilities Scheme, Build the Game and the Premier League Community Facility Fund.

The Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund gives grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

The types of facilities the Football Foundation give money for include:

  • Grass pitches drainage/improvements
  • Pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms
  • 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) and multi-use games areas
  • Fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.

Priority for applications involving professional club community programmes will be given to projects that are located within areas of high deprivation (as defined by the Governments Indices of Deprivation). For projects outside of these areas, priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that it draws a significant proportion of its participants from neighbouring deprived areas.

Schemes that are a joint application between professional club community schemes and grassroots football will be prioritised, as will those supporting 3G FTPs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that all available options for match funding have been exhausted and to be able to provide evidence for this. As a guide, projects would normally be expected to secure 50% match funding although each project will be assessed based on individual circumstances.

The Football Foundation strongly recommends that applicants use the pre-application advice offered on their behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England.

Find out more here

Funding for the installation of affordable heating systems in disadvantaged households

From the 5th August 2019, Local Authorities (LAs) and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in England, Scotland and Wales will be able to apply through the £150 million Warm Homes Fund for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households. Funding is available for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel and maybe reliant on expensive heating sources such as  individual bottled LPG and electric storage heaters; etc as the main form of heating.

The Warm Homes Fund (WHF) provides capital funding and has been established by National Grid to help supplement traditional funding streams.

The Fund is split into three categories:

Category 1 – Urban homes and communities – to supply new gas heating systems which provide space heating and domestic hot water.  It could also include heat network solutions.

Category 2 – Rural homes and communities – a focus on ‘non-gas’ solutions which may include air source heat pumps, oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Category 3 – Specific energy efficient/health related solutions – this may involve national or regional programmes which bring together relevant organisations and charities to promote energy efficiency and/or health related programmes in relation to fuel poverty.

Find out more here

Commercialising quantum technologies – apply for funding

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £33 million to work with others on developing new products and services that exploit quantum technologies.

Projects must aim to speed up commercialisation of second-generation quantum technologies and should address at least 1 of the following areas:

  • connectivity and techniques for securing data in storage and in flight;
  • situational awareness including autonomous systems; sensors and detectors for the built environment, transport and infrastructure; imaging and sensing of things currently invisible;
  • transformational computing to solve currently unmanageable problems.

The competition has 2 strands:

  • up to £27 million is available for consortia undertaking large research projects
  • up to £6 million is available for projects with costs of less than £500,000 that can be undertaken by companies working alone or with partners

The competition opens on 5th August 2019, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 30th October 2019.

Find out more here

Funding to support refugees along key migrant routes

Comic Relief are launching a funding programme for organisations supporting refugees on the move along the key migration routes, from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to Europe, including the UK.  The overall aim is to support refugees and people seeking asylum to safe, legal and dignified routes to fulfilling and happy settlement, whether that be in the country of destination, transition country or country of origin.

To be eligible for funding applicant organisations need to be registered in a European, Middle Eastern or North African country.

Organisation’s registered in European countries must have an income of between £250,000 and £10 million.  Organisation’s registered in countries in the Middle East (including Turkey) and North Africa must have an income of between £75,000 and £10 million.

For work in the UK, Comic Relief will make one investment of £800,000 for a funded partnership and investments of £150,000 to £250,000 for a smaller funded partnership or for a single organisation.  For work along the migrant route to Europe Comic Relief have a limited number of investments of up to £700,000 for intermediary funders and investments of £80,000 and £400,000 for a smaller funded partnership or for a single organisation.

Funding is available for between 3 and 5 years.

Please note there is a two-stage application process:

  • The deadline for first stage applications will be 12 noon BST on Monday 9 September 2019.  Please note that applications received after this time will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted applications will be given a further 3 weeks to submit a full proposal, and the Stage 2 deadline will be 12 noon GMT on Monday 11 November 2019

Find out more here

Businesses can apply for a share of £30 million to make manufacturing smarter

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund has up to £30 million to invest in projects that use industrial digital technologies to transform manufacturing productivity.  The competition aims to support projects that can achieve short-term impact and rapid technology development through industrial digitalisation across a range of sectors from aerospace to food and drink and pharma.

They should fit into one of 4 themes:

Smart, connected factory, including use of real-time data to optimise efficiency and capture, analysis and visualisation of manufacturing processes;

Connected and versatile supply chain, including information integration, communication, traceability and trust;

Design, make, test, including transforming product design through digital technologies and virtual product testing, verification and modelling, quality monitoring and inspection;

Adaptable flexible manufacturing operations and skills, including culture change and skills development, and human-centric automation and autonomy.

Businesses of any size may apply and projects are expected to range in size between £250,000 and £10 million.

The deadline for applications is at midday on 21 August 2019.

Find out more here

Funding opportunities between £25,000 and £100,000

More than a Pub funding programme re-opens for applications

Rural and urban communities that wish to take over the ownership of their failing local pub can apply for loan and grant funding as well as business development support through the £2.2 million “More than a Pub” programme.

This is the 2nd phase of the programme which supported 190 communities and saw 28 pubs open their doors under community ownership from 2016 to 2019.  The programme is run by the Plunkett Foundation and supported by Power to Change.

The programme offers a wide range of support for groups who wish to take ownership of their local pub and run it for the benefit of their local community:

  • Action planning
  • Learning, events and peer networking
  • Bursary funding of up to £2,500
  • Business development advice
  • Loan and grant combined funding package of up to £100,000

In order to qualify for support through the More than a Pub programme, applicants must be based in England and:

  • Want to take ownership of a pub
  • Want to open and run a community pub
  • Be incorporated or intend to incorporate
  • Have a charitable purpose
  • Be for the benefit of the public
  • Address local needs
  • Trade for the benefit of the community
  • Run democratically
  • Have local support and investors

The programme will remain open for applications until September 2020.

Organisations that meet the programme criteria, please complete the enquiry form. Alternatively, potential applicants can call the programme advice line on 01993 810730 for further information.

Find out more here

Funding to help develop community businesses

Disadvantaged and under-represented communities that want to develop successful community businesses by issuing community shares, can apply for development grants of up to £10,000 and equity investments of up to £100,000.

The funding is available to both new and existing community businesses.  The funding is however not suitable for newly formed community groups that are in the early stages of developing a community business proposal.

The funding is being made available through the Community Shares Booster Programme.  The funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.

The programme is run by the Community Shares Unit, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality and applications can be submitted at any time.

Find out more here

War memorials grant scheme

The War Memorials Trust is providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England.

These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage. Grants will normally be for up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum grant of £30,000.

The fund is open to anyone to apply; individuals or organisations, including councils.

The next closing date for applications is the 30th November 2019.

Find out more here

Funding opportunities under £25,000

Funding for community based projects

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants of an average of £5,000 to causes working at community level in the UK and developing countries which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions.

Current UK funding priorities are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25 (to fund programmes that are helping these young people in the job market, with advice, training, volunteering and work placement schemes).

Overseas, Hilden concentrates on projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health and particularly welcomes those that address the needs and potential of girls and women.

Only applications submitted on the form supplied on the website will be considered.

Hilden accepts applications at any time but the closing date for applications to be considered at the Autumn meeting of Trustees is the 12th September 2019.

Projects funded in 2018 included:

  • Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (aged 16-25) such as The Furniture Recycling Project, Gloucestershire and Watford Citizens Advice Bureau for their apprentice scheme
  • Projects helping destitute refuges such as Azadi Trust Birmingham and the Destitution Project Bolton

Find out more here

Grants for families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness

Marvelous Family Grants are awarded to families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness. Grants of up to £1,000 per child can fund a variety of essential items and services including (but not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships.

Marvellous Family grants are open to any family residing in the UK with a child who has a serious illness that could be life-limiting as described by the following criteria:

  • Group 1 – Life threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail (e.g. epilepsy, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidneys.)
  • Group 2 – Conditions where premature death is inevitable (e.g. cystic fibrosis.)
  • Group 3 – Progressive conditions without curative treatment options (e.g. Batten disease, mucopolysaccaridoses, muscular dystrophy.)
  • Group 4 – Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death (e.g. sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as brain or spinal cord insult.)
  • Group 5 – Syndromes without a name (SWAN) causing severe, chronic disability or illness.

Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on behalf the family and are considered at monthly meetings.

The application deadline for the next meeting is 12pm on the 30th August 2019.

Find out more here

Grants for chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities

Grants of up to £2,000 are available from the Chemistry Society through the Small Grants Outreach Fund.

The Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations to enable them to run chemistry-based public and school engagement activities.

Grants can support anything from one off events to large programmes of activity and should aim to offer teachers a range of effective curriculum-enriching activities and opportunities to further engage their students with outreach; provide hard-to-reach student audiences with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, and assist members in maximising their outreach and engagement contribution.

Applications for schools engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:

  • enrich student’s chemistry education and not solely deliver the curriculum
  • provide students with opportunities to explore chemistry through local contexts, AND/OR
  • demonstrate career opportunities and develop employability skills, AND/OR
  • provide opportunities which would not normally be accessible to the students taking part, e.g for hard-to-reach student audiences.

The scheme is open to individuals and organisations, including, but not limited to, members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member-led groups, schools, researchers in academia or industry, museums, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries.

It is a rolling application process and the next deadline is 12 noon on the 9th September 2019.

The Society also runs a large grants programme for grants of between £2,000 and £10,000.  This is currently closed to applications.

Find out more here

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club grants programme

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme offers grants of up to £1,000 to schools in the UK to set up Breakfast clubs for those children in most need.

To qualify for the programme:

The breakfast club must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland;

A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to schools that have either:

35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding and / or eligible for free school meals.

or

Schools that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Schools can find out if this applies to their school by following the instructions which you can find here.

Additionally, if your school has received breakfast club funding from Gregg’s or Magic Breakfast within the current academic year, your club will not be considered a priority for support.

Only one grant per school in each academic year is available.

There are no closing dates and applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis.

Find out more here

Apply for grants of up to £20,000 for community physical and mental health projects

Grants of £500 – £20,000 are available to registered charities for projects that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve a community’s physical and mental health.

Other voluntary organisations e.g. sports groups, community interest companies and social enterprises can apply for up to £2,000. Full application guidelines for the new funding round are available on the website.

Previous projects supported include:

Bierley Community Association – received funding to purchase a community minibus to help them reach isolated older people, disengaged young people and families.

Movement for All – a community dance group for people aged 60+ in Brinsley Notts, Nottingham, were awarded funding for their ‘Dancing Together’ project in 2017.

Skipton Extended Learning for All (SELFA) – an inclusive holiday club for primary-aged children was awarded funding to enable them to team up with the Skipton International Puppet Festival in September 2017.

The closing date for submitting an expression of interest is the 14th August 2019. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit full proposals between the 11th and 25th September 2019.

Find out more here

Apply for Grants of up to £20,000 for Projects that Fight Poverty and Discrimination

Registered charities and community groups can apply for grants of £500 – £20,000 to the Postcode Community Trust for projects to help people – ensuring they have the skills, opportunities and rights to improve their lives.

To be eligible, projects should focus on:

  • The prevention of poverty.
  • Promotion of human rights
  • Combatting discrimination for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.

Please note that only registered charities can apply for grants above £2,000.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Sunderland Community Action Group received £2,000 in 2018 to support their ‘Ready2Go’ project, a volunteering programme that supports the development of life skills for young people.
  • Movement for All – a community dance group for people aged 60+ in Brinsley Notts, Nottingham, were awarded funding for their ‘Dancing Together’ project in 2017.
  • Skipton Extended Learning for All (SELFA) – an inclusive holiday club for primary-aged children was awarded funding to enable them to team up with the Skipton International Puppet Festival in September 2017.

Round Two for 2019 will be open from 31st July – 14th August.

Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit full proposals between 11th September and 25th September 2019.

http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

Grants for community health projects

Voluntary, community or social enterprise groups that can showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare can apply for grants of up to £2,500.  To be eligible applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way.

The funding is being made available through NHS England and NHS Improvement Community Grant Scheme 2019. The closing date for applications is the 23rd September 2019.

Previous grants awarded included:

Skills for People supported a group of people in the North East and Cumbria with learning disabilities to work with a clinical expert from their local NHS Trust to create Mindfulness for Life, the first programme of its kind, teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to people with a learning disability and/or autism.

Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) a constituted community group that serves the 7500 veteran and ex-service community in Tameside. TASC have recently worked with Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to encourage veterans to register their service with their primary care provider; and to make GPs and Practice Managers aware of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Find out more here

Postcode Local Trust opens for applications

The Postcode Local Trust which is a grant-giving body funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery has re-opened for applications. The Trust provides financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.

In 2019 Postcode Local Trust will fund projects that:

  • Improve green spaces;
  • Increase community access to outdoor spaces;
  • Renewable energy;
  • Flood prevention.

Registered charities in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 – £20,000 whilst other constituted not for profit organisations may apply for up to £2,000 for community-based projects that improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment.

There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for stage-1 applications is the 14th August 2019. Successful applicants will then have between the 11th September to the 25th September to submit a stage-2 application.

Find out more here

Grants to promote and secure better and safer roads

Grants and bursaries of between £5,000 -£25,000 are available for research, education and community projects with the aim of promoting and securing better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users. Funded activity includes courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, for example roadside parks and open spaces.

Deadlines for applications to the Rees Jeffries Road Fund are two weeks before trustees’ meetings. The next meeting is the 10th September followed by the 3rd December 2019.

The Rees Jeffries Road Fund Grants awards grants that echo the Charitable Objects of the Fund which are:

  • To contribute to the cost of lectures, studies and scholarship calculated to foster the improvement of design and layout of public highways and adjoining land
  • To promote schemes for the provision of roadside parks and open spaces
  • To encourage the improvement of existing and provision of additional public highways, bridges, tunnels, footpaths, verges, and cycleways…. to secure the maximum of safety and beauty.

Priority is given to projects which lie outside the scope of other funders such as government agencies and research councils. The Fund also welcomes applications that include contributions from other funders. Eligible applicants include educational institutions, charities and social enterprises. There is no upper or lower limit for grant applications although grants most commonly fall in the range £5,000 – £25,000.

Grants awarded in 2018/19 included:

  • CIHT: £10,000 towards an exhibition to promote Women in Transport
  • SATRO: £2,500 to support work to help young people to be inspired and enthusiastic about their education and their future careers especially in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • Plantlife: £18,233 to develop a new national ‘best practice’ standard for the management of roadside verges.

Find out more here

Funding of up to £5,000 available to tackle problems within families

Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 (but trustees will consider requests for higher amounts) through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

The three areas of activity that the charity wishes to support are:

  • Interventions that support families and help them in ways that prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. practical family support, relationship counselling, mediation.
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drug 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:

  • “Mosac”, a voluntary organisation that supports all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.
  • Westminster Befriend a Family, which recruits, trains and supports volunteers to befriend individual families under stress and visit them regularly in their homes. The charity’s volunteers can help families where a parent is disabled or has mental health problems, or a child has special needs.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2019.

Find out more here

Funding available to increase engineering knowledge among young people

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that its Engineering Education Grant Scheme has re-opened for applications.

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) supports UK-based educational projects that nurture and support the increase of engineering knowledge among young people between the ages of five to 19. The scheme also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.

Any organisation able to develop and deliver STEM activities to a local UK audience is eligible to bid for funding. This includes schools, science communicators, youth clubs, science festivals, museums, science centres, STEM based companies, FE colleges, Higher Education Institutions and members of the IMechE and IET.

There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5,000 are available for standard applications to the fund, and a small number of awards of up to £15,000 are available each year for projects that aim to make a bigger impact.

The deadline to apply will be the 14th October 2019 for projects taking place from 1st January 2020.

Projects funded in the past have included Dismantle and Discover, led by Loughborough University and Loughborough Secondary School, involving student role models who set up an engaging after school club giving children the skills, enthusiasm and confidence to take up STEM subjects.

Find out more here

Funding to help young people develop their potential

Registered charities and community interest companies in need of financial aid to support their overall mission or a particular project can apply for a grant from the Hays Travel Foundation. The main focus of the Foundation is to help to create a brighter future in the areas where Hays Travel operates especially for young people who need a bit of help to develop their potential. Projects supported will help young people (up to 25 years) develop in at least one of these areas:

  • Education
  • Prevention of poverty
  • Health
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Sports

Grants can range from under £100 to £17,000 with the majority in the range of £1,000 to £10,000.

Previous projects funded include:

£6,000 to Hat-Trick, an organisation working to bridge the gaps between public services and young people living in deprived areas by providing a variety of sports activities and offering training, qualifications and leadership opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential.

£5,000 to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough, a registered Charity providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

The next closing date is the 16th August 2019.

Find out more here

Funding to support education in disadvantaged areas

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants for educational projects totaling about £600,000 in any one year. The majority (85% of grants) are made to charities and educational bodies (with charitable status). Schools wishing to apply need to have either charitable status or “exempt charity” status.

Previous projects supported include:

Teens and Toddlers, a charity based in Southwark London received a grant of £19,500 towards the cost of two 18-week youth development programmes to help raise the aspirations of at risk young people.

The Afghan Association Paiwand received a grant of £33,240 for a new Saturday school in the deprived area of Colindale, North London which focus on maths and English in partnership with local authorities and mainstream schools.

The Sensory Trust received a grant of £3,000 for a project aimed at developing sensory nature tools for schools aimed at students with learning disabilities

The next closing date for applications is the 19th August 2019.

Applications will be considered from educational or training institutions which have UK charitable status or, in the case of schools, colleges, universities and Churches, “exempt charity” status.

The Society also offers a small number of grants for organisations and individuals through its Subsidiary Trusts.  Eligibility criteria depend on area of residence and/or particular field of educational activity.

Find out more here

This document is produced by Corporate Policy, Research and Partnerships, Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Tel: 01254 585825

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