Published Monday 10 February 2020 at 17:13
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:
Community groups can now access potential grant funding opportunities through the free Blackburn with Darwen Open4Community online search tool.
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
Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers
The Energy Saving Trust has announced that charities in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for funding through the Energy Redress Scheme (Round 6). The scheme which distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules funds projects that support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
There are three funds open in the Round. These are the:
- Small Project Fund for grants of between £20,000 and £49,999;
- Main Fund for grants between £50,000 and £2 million
- Innovation Fund for grants of between £50,000 and £750,000 for the development of products and/ or services, which are genuinely innovative and not currently accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers.
Charities wishing to access the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme must complete a simple online information form so that Energy Saving Trust can check whether they are eligible to apply
The closing date for applications is the 19th February 2020.
Funding opportunities between £25,000 and £100,000
Funding to Change Food Waste Behaviour
Grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 are available to small and medium sized enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and public funded authorities for projects that change people’s behaviours with regards to food waste. The funding is being made available by the waste prevention charity WRAP.
WRAP are looking to support interventions that will specifically focus on two behaviours:
- Buy what you eat (BWYE), and;
- Eat what you buy (EWYB).
Examples could be interventions that:
- Help promote a better understanding of Best Before Date vs Use-By Date
- Promote and encourage consumers to buy/shop better – buying the ‘right’ quantity for what is required. For example, shopping planners
- Educate citizens on how to store or freeze food correctly
Funding can be for both capital and revenue expenditure.
There is a two-stage application process and the closing date for stage -1 applications is 1pm on the 25th March 2020.
Funding to Support Youth Organisations
Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.
The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Organisations may be planning to:
- Replicating a programme or service
- Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
- Spreading a technology or skill
- Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
- Influencing attitudes
Previous projects supported through the Youth Fund include:
The British Youth Council (BYC), which received a grant of £60,000 over 24 months. BYC is the national youth council for the UK. Each year it supports up to 2,000 young people to participate in local youth councils or national networks, such as the UK Youth Parliament and Make Your Mark referendum campaign. The funding was used to develop its income generation capability and enable BYC to offer participation training to frontline staff.
The London Youth Support Trust (LYST) received a grant of £60,000 over 24 months. LYST is a youth enterprise charity that aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to start their own businesses. Through this grant, LYST plans to expand its business incubation and support programme nationally, opening two enterprise centres out of London, in locations where youth unemployment is an issue. Funding would enable the team to focus on fundraising, build relationships with potential partners, and research and formalise an appropriate structure moving forward.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Funding for Special Schools and Colleges
Special needs schools and colleges can apply for grants of between £15,000 and £75,000 through the Wolfson Foundation’s Funding for Special Schools and Colleges grants programme. The funding is available for projects that are focused towards helping pupils to develop skills, which would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college.
The funding covers capital costs such a buildings and equipment.
The applicant organisation should meet all of the following criteria:
- be a registered charity, local authority
- be registered with the relevant regulatory authority, where applicable, and have at least a good rating
The project should be for a new building, refurbishment work or equipment and aim to produce one or more of the following outcomes:
- Increased access to services for new and existing users
- Improved quality and range of services
- Improved financial stability of the organisation
Previous projects supported include:
- a grant of £16,000 to the Lindsworth School in Birmingham for the refurbishment of an on-site house for Independent Living Skills programme;
- a grant of £25,000 to BeyondAutism for the Redevelopment of Rainbow School’s Earlsfield Campus, South London; and
- Victoria School and Specialist Arts College in Birmingham, which received a grant of £35,000 towards a Food Technology Room.
Projects requesting £50,000 or more need to have matched funding in place.
There is a 2-stage application process and the next stage 1 closing date is the 1st July 2020. Applications successful at this stage will have until the 1st September 2020 to complete the stage 2 application.
Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives
The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations (charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises) that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
The charity has six funding priorities that describe the work they support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need. These are:
Help at a critical moment – Helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma or abuse.
Positive choices – Helping people, whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others, to make positive choices.
Accommodation / housing support – Enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation.
Employment and training – Supporting people to move towards or gain employment.
Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements – Supporting people to overcome their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements.
Support networks and family – Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships
Grants can cover running costs, salaries and project costs for organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of their work. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 – £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million).
Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.
Funding opportunities under £25,000
Support for Environmental Outreach Education for Disadvantaged Young People
Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 75% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council’s Kids Fund. The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world and works through a network of residential and day Centres in the UK to provide outreach education and training.
There are two types of Kids Fund course Wildlife and Environment focusing on wildlife habitats and the environment with team building activities and Eco Adventure, which combines environmental and personally challenging activities.
Groups who meet one of the following criteria will be eligible:
- Disadvantaged young people aged 4-18 years (or up to 25 years for those with special needs)
- Voluntary youth groups (either run by voluntary leaders, managed by a voluntary organisation, a registered charity)
- School groups may apply if they are aiming to provide benefits, which are additional to the statutory school curriculum or clearly show added value, depth and breadth to the taught curriculum. FSC Kids Fund will not pay for young people to attend standard curriculum-focused FSC courses.
All applicants must be based in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Isles and Republic of Ireland.
One free staff/adult place is provided for every 12 young people; additional adults pay 20% +VAT. This includes all equipment, tuition and waterproof hire costs. Food and accommodation are included for residential courses.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2020.
Grants that Improve the Wellbeing of Children
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.
Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:
- Living in Poverty
- Physical & Mental Health Problems
- Health & Wellbeing
- Living with Disability
Examples of grants awards in the past include:
- £500 Clydesdale Hockey Club – for coaching and equipment costs for primary school hockey competitions in Greater Glasgow
- £1,000 Shadwell Community Project – to develop its outdoor play space which is used by children and young people from deprived areas in the local community
The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 28th April 2020.
Grants to Enhance the Teaching of Mathematics
The London Mathematical Society has announced that Mathematics Teachers in the UK can apply for grants of up to £400 to attend specific one or two-day conferences/events organised by professional mathematical organisations.
The aim of the grant is to facilitate mathematical professional development to allow teachers in UK schools/educational institutions to develop their subject knowledge. The grant can contribute to the costs of registration for the course and a proportion of the travel and subsistence expenses of attendees.
Any application for a grant under this scheme must be made by a teacher of mathematics or ITE provider based in the UK. The grants are open to teachers of mathematics from primary school to A-Level or equivalent (inclusive of STEP/AEA).
Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Education Grants administrator, Katherine Wright, who can discuss proposals informally with potential applicants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 020 7927 0801
The next closing date for applications is the 30th April 2020.
London Mathematical Society – Small Grants for Education
Grants of up to £800 are available to stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to undergraduate level and beyond. The funding is being made available through the London Mathematical Society’s Small Grants for Education scheme and aims to enhance and enrich mathematical study beyond the curriculum; engage the public with mathematics; and encourage unusual ways of communicating mathematics.
The scheme is primarily intended for activities for which there is limited scope for alternative sources of funding. Applicants linked to universities should ideally be supported by a member of the Society and ordinarily the Scheme will not fund University outreach activity. However, anyone based in the UK is eligible to apply for a grant.
There are four application rounds each year and the next closing date for applications is the 30th April 2020.
School Grants to Promote Physics
The Institute of Physics has announced that UK schools and colleges can apply for grants of up to £600 for small-scale projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics and engineering to pupils aged 5 – 19. Grants can support a wide range of projects such as school-based science weeks, extracurricular activities, science clubs, careers event or a visit from a working physicist or engineer.
Grants may be used for the following purposes: materials/resources; transport; marketing and publicity; other purposes deemed appropriate by the judges; and supply cover (in certain circumstances).
The Institute of Physics is interested in proposals that look at:
- particle physics
- space and nuclear physics
- information and communications
- design and promotion
- built environment.
Previous projects to receive funding include:
- Ampleforth College for a visit to Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory.
- St John’s High School for a Practical Rocketry workshop to design a water-propelled rocket.
The closing date for applications is the 1st June 2020 (for projects taking place in the following autumn term).
Funding for Schools Science Projects
The Royal Society has announced that its Partnership grant scheme has re-opened for applications.
Through the scheme, grants of up to £3,000 are available for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.
The aim of the fund is to make the teaching of science more interesting within primary and secondary schools.
The Partnership Grant scheme forms partnerships to allow teachers to increase their scientific knowledge and to give scientists and engineers the chance to develop their communication skills and engage with enquiring young minds. Any UK primary or secondary school teacher or practicing scientist/engineer can apply as long as the students involved in the project are between 5 and 18.
A partnership needs to be established before starting the application and the initial application must be started by the school partner as the primary applicant. The second partner should be an individual currently working in a STEM related profession, such as a researcher or analyst.
Specific enquiries can be made by emailing the Education Outreach team directly email@example.com or by calling 020 7451 2531.
Projects previously funded
- What’s the Weather Like? – a Partnership Grants project between Mead Community Primary School and Black and Veatch that has enabled pupils to begin predicting their local weather.
- Shooting stars on camera: Colour composition and contrasts: A project between William Perkin C of E High School and the Open University. Students have been determining the origin and elemental structure of meteors under the guidance of academic professional, Professor Monica Grady.
The closing date for applications is the 1st March 2020.
Grants to Protect Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has funding of up to $12,000 available for projects that address the root causes of environmental problems.
Small, grassroots, activist organisations around the world, working on action orientated and multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect biodiversity and the environment, can apply for grants to run projects that protect local habitats.
Applicants must be able to produce measurable project results, and Patagonia are particularly keen to support efforts that force the government to abide by laws. Creative methods to engage communities to take action, including film, photography and books will only be supported if they are tightly linked to a direct-action campaign on the issue, with specific goals that go beyond education and awareness.
The deadline for applications is the 30th June 2020.
Science and Chemistry Equipment Grants for Schools
Teachers at primary or secondary schools can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 towards the purchase of equipment to support the delivery of Primary Science or Chemistry lessons. Bids are invited for the purchase of items of equipment that cannot be purchased through a school’s mainstream teaching budget and which would enrich the learning experience of students.
The Royal Society of Chemistry aims to support schools in presenting Chemistry lessons that enrich the learning experience of students in either primary (science) or secondary (chemistry) studies. The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the Society awards Enhanced Equipment grants towards the purchase of equipment that supports delivery of the practical aspect of chemistry education. Applications will be enhanced by a demonstration of the diversity of application of the equipment within and between student cohorts.
A teacher at a primary or secondary school should make the application.
The funding is being made available through the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Enhanced Equipment grant scheme and applications to the scheme can be made at any time.
Funding for Financial Literacy Projects
The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme has re-opened for applications. The charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups delivering financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that aim to make people living with ‘Long Term Challenges’ become more financially capable. Grants will be offered to build financial capability by assisting groups who support people living with:
- learning difficulties;
- caring responsibilities;
- mental illness;
- brain injuries
Eligible applicants will be registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and other not for profit companies and Credit Unions. Preference is given to projects that break new ground in approach, delivery or in audience and are either capable of replication to a wider audience and/or are collaborative i.e. working with other organisations in the field, or geographical area as appropriate.
Potential applicants are asked to complete an Eligibility Quiz and read the Guidance Notes prior to application.
The closing date is the 28th February 2020 or when 40 applications have been received.
Grants for Community Music Projects
Grants are available to UK based community groups and schools who would benefit from a “helping hand” to bring music to their community and fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes.
The funding which is being made available by the charity Music for All, can be put towards musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into society. Grants of up to £2,500 are available, but due to increased demand most awards will be for less than this amount.
UK based community music groups and educational organisations are eligible to apply. Applicants are encouraged to look for other sources of funding to add to the amount needed to deliver the project.
Examples of projects funded:
- Belham Primary School: Used a grant from Music for All to purchase instruments and resulted in 137 out of the 180 children learning violin, guitar, ukulele or recorder. This compares to 6 months earlier when only a handful were learning just the recorder.
Funding of up to £500 is also available to individuals who do not have the means to access musical instruments and lessons.
Applications are assessed three times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn and the next deadline for applications is the 1st July 2020.
Grants for Projects that Support Women
The Feminist Review Trust has announced that grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects both in the UK and internationally that support women and girls.
Applications will be particularly welcome from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:
- Lesbian and transgender rights
- Violence against women and girls
- Disabled women and girls
- Refugee women and girls
The closing date for applications for the current funding round is the 30th April 2020.
Project Development Funding for Churches
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places towards developing a church building project. This can include Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses. The funding is being made available through the National Churches Trust’s Gateway Programme.
Applications are accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. The Trust particularly encourages applications from priority areas i.e. North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.
The first deadline to apply for a Gateway Grant is the 14th May 2020.
Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion
The Anchor Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts. Funding can be awarded for up to three years.
The Foundation will consider applications for either capital or revenue funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will grants be given for building work.
Previously funded projects include:
- The Karis Neighbour Scheme which received a grant of £700 for revenue costs at a drop-in centre for women refugees in Birmingham.
- Discovery Camps which received a grant of £1,500 to subsidise holidays for children arranged by churches in and around Dundee.
- Scargill House which received a grant of £5,000 to facilitate cross cultural engagement and understanding amongst children using arts based residential courses in Yorkshire.
The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2020.
Grants to Promote Latin and Roman Studies and Activities
The Society makes grants to schools to help promote Latin and Roman studies. Most of the grants are awarded for the purchase of textbooks and other books on Roman topics. The Committee also makes awards to groups and schools and museums organising lectures or study days on Roman themes, and money has recently been made available for archaeology fieldwork bursaries.
Schools that have recently been awarded funding include:
- Hereford Cathedral School that received funding to run weekly Latin masterclasses;
- A grant from the Roman Society enabled Feniton C of E Primary School to buy books and extra resources to help their pupils have fun learning;
- A grant from the Roman Society enabled thirty pupils in Year 9 at Ysgol Brynhyfryd to study Classical Civilisation GCSE;
- The Sir Robert Hitcham CEVAP School received a grant to help Year 4 pupils study aspects of the Roman invasion and its impact.
Applications from schools planning to start courses in Latin are particularly welcome. Grants usually range from £50 to £600.
The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies has announced the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2020.
Funding to Promote Awareness of Smart Meters to the Over 65s
Grants of between £15,000 and £25,000 are available from Smart Energy GB to regionally based organisations with local networks that can reach people over the age of 65 who may not have engaged with the smart meter rollout so far.
The aim of the funding is to:
- to reduce unaware levels in people aged over 65
- to ensure people in the target group understand how smart meters can benefit them
- to increase acceptance of smart meters amongst the target group
Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply too.
As a minimum, Smart Energy UK are looking for each project to engage directly, face-to-face with around 1,500 people in the target group. In addition, projects should aim to reach further people through indirect activities such as newsletters or social media.
The closing date for applications is the 21st February 2020. All projects funded by the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme must conclude by 9th December 2020. This is a fixed deadline and cannot be extended.
Ford Britain Trust Small Grants Programme
Through the small grants programme registered charities, Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £250 for projects that:
Benefit the local community/environment;
- Work with young people/children;
- Promote education/schools (mainstream) as well as special school
- Promotes the teaching of Engineering
- Support special educational needs and people with disabilities.
The Trust operates in those areas where the Ford Motor Company Limited has its present activities and a long-standing association with local communities.
- Essex (including East London);
- St Albans;
- Bridgend (South Wales);
Exceptions may be made for initiatives in which Ford Motor Company Limited employees and retirees are involved. Grants made by the Trust are usually one-off donations for a specific capital project or part of a project, typically items of furniture and equipment.
The Trust also provides grants through its large grants programme (grants of up to £3,000). The large grants programme is currently closed to applications.
The Ford Britain Trust’s small grants programme has re-opened for applications until the 28th February 2020.
Funding Available to Get Girls and Women Active
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations, schools, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies for projects that get girls and women active.
The funding is being made available through the This Girl Can Community Fund who are looking to support a wide range of different projects that could include Bollywood dance, walking, boxing and yoga, etc. For exceptional projects, the grant figure could exceed £10,000.
For example, Denefield School in Reading was awarded a Small Grant of £384 to provide free yoga classes, on a weekly basis, to vulnerable teenage girls (aged 14-16) who otherwise don’t do any exercise. The grant was used to pay for yoga mats and blocks for the students to safely practice yoga.
The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2020.
Funding Available to Schools to Raise the Attainment of Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
Schools in the North of England can apply for funding to help raise the attainment for children from low-income homes. The funding is available to try out new ideas to improve teaching and learning in schools and help, the best ideas grow to scale.
The funding aims to address the following priorities:
- Ready for School: improving the school readiness of children during the reception year, with a priority focus on language and communication skills (age 4-5)
- Bridging the Gap: supporting vulnerable children who may not meet Age Related Expectations at primary school to make better academic progress during Key Stage 3 (age 9-14)
- Flying High: supporting high attaining students to build on their achievements at primary school and stay on a high attaining trajectory during the first few years at secondary school (age 9-14)
The funding is being made available through the educational charity Shine and funding decisions are made four times a year typically in March, June, September and December.
Any grants to non-school organisations, including to other charities, will need to involve a strong element of co-delivery and/or training for schools, with the aim of the project becoming sustainable without SHINE over time.
On average, it takes 3-6 months between initial contact with the SHINE office to a grant’s decision being reached.
If you have an idea, which you think may meet our funding criteria, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a basic outline detailing the following points, in no more than 3-4 paragraphs:
- An overview of the project and its aims, specifically related to academic attainment in maths, literacy or science;
- How it would meet SHINE’s core priorities;
- The number of beneficiaries and schools it would reach; and
- The overall project budget and size of request to SHINE.
The deadlines for applications are usually around the end of January, the end of April and the end of October each year.
Grants to Enable Disabled People to Play Tennis
Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500 for support for sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/coaching courses.
Groups can apply for Wheelchairs; Court hire; Coaching fees; and equipment packages, which will include:
- Mini net
- Coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines.
In the case of wheelchairs, a deposit will be required; for individuals, the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to raise a deposit of between £200 and £250; depending on the type of wheelchair.
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications the 25th March 2020.
Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants
The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced that it is currently accepting applications to its grant making programme.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK charities:
- To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
- To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.
Higher grants may be awarded if the trustees feel there is a special reason to do so.
Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant.
Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.
The closing date for applications is the 29th May 2020.
Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund
Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2,000. Any not for profit organisation working to reduce disadvantage experienced by the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people can apply. Larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful with those located near to a Greggs shop most likely to receive awards.
The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Foundation supports projects that improve resilience within communities. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. New approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting communities are welcomed. All projects must support a community of interest, i.e. people who are:
- Disabled or suffering chronic illness
- Living in poverty
- Voluntary carers
- Homeless people
- Isolated older people
- Other demonstrable significant need
Successful applicants will have demonstrated improvements against at least one of the following Key Performance Targets:
- Beneficiaries have decreased social isolation
- Beneficiaries report improved health and wellbeing
- Beneficiaries report improved resilience/coping mechanisms
- Beneficiaries have improved life skills
- Beneficiaries have improved opportunities
Use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find the nearest shop.
The closing date for applications is the 23rd February 2020.
Fund Launched to Improve Rugby League Facilities
A new £10 million fund has been launched which is dedicated to improving the environments where Rugby League takes place; giving people more and better opportunities to engage with the game and to get active.
The RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme will invest in facilities and equipment that create environments that are accessible, welcoming and build a legacy of the 2021 tournament in local communities and will aim to invest in projects that offer opportunities for people from all different backgrounds to be active, across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair Rugby League games.
Schools can apply but the facilities will need to be open to the wider community.
Two levels of funding are available:
- Small scale awards of up to £15,000 and;
- Large-scale awards in excess of £15,000.
The funding is being made through the Created by RLWC2021 Capital Grants programme to promote Rugby League ahead of England hosting the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Applications can be submitted at any time up until 23rd October 2021 and decisions will be made approximately every 12 weeks.
Government announces new £1.5 Million Fund to Save the Pub
The government has announced a new £1.5 million fund to support community pubs. The funding will help an estimated 100 new groups to take ownership of and save their local pub or support their essential community services based in pubs in rural and remote areas.
The £1.15 million fund will support community pubs through two key programmes.
£650,000 will be allocated to the More Than a Pub programme, which provides small grants and specialist advice for community groups at the start of their journey to community ownership. It also supports groups later in the process who require specialist professional advice with larger grants and loans to help with business planning, conveyancing, architectural help or financial advice.
£500,000 will be allocated to Pub is The Hub to enable a range of projects providing new, pub-based community services from post offices and shops to libraries and allotments. This will increase the services available in rural and remote communities and help sustain pubs as community assets and businesses.
The Dog Inn at Belthorn near Blackburn has been supported by the government supported More Than A Pub and Pub Is The Hub Programmes.
In the past, the village of Belthorn had over 10 pubs, a shop, tearoom, chip shop, newsagent and community centre. But, by November 2015, all those community amenities had disappeared.
At the end of 2015, the residents of Belthorn took the collective step to bring the heart of the community back into the village via The Dog Inn by co-locating all the services and amenities that had long since disappeared.
The residents of Belthorn benefitted from a Pub is The Hub grant of £4,000 to create a community café, as well as helping the community to purchase equipment to make presentations in the community meeting room where village group meetings are now held. Work is also underway on a community garden and allotments by the pub.
As a result of the funding, the Belthorn now boasts a vibrant village committee, a history society group and a craft and chat group all of which meet regularly in The Dog Inn.