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Funding Insight Newsletter 25.12.19

Published Monday 23 December 2019 at 12:22

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

Funding Available to Reduce the Environmental Impact Packaging, Batteries or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Over three years the Ecosurety Exploration Fund will invest £1million in projects that can reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment through innovation or research in the UK.

The Fund are looking to support ideas up to £150,000 that will go on to make a bigger impact beyond the initially funded project – especially those that may ordinarily struggle to get off the ground.

Innovation could include an innovative awareness campaign, technology, initiative, process, trial or material, for example. Research could include academic or industry research into improving existing systems, processes, infrastructure, technology, consumer behaviour or material use, for example.

The £1 million fund will be spread over three years and the application process is open to any UK registered company, charity, not-for-profit or academic organisation.  Funds will be released in May 2020 and the project should be completed by May 2021.

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on 10 March 2020.

Find out more here

Cure Parkinson’s Trust Grant

Commercial organisations, appropriately qualified scientists or clinicians based in an accredited university or hospital in any country worldwide can now apply for funding for laboratory or clinical research projects. Projects should have the potential to advance knowledge that might lead to a cure for Parkinson’s disease or that represent a substantial advance in treatment.

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust has a particular interest in projects that show the potential to delay, slow, stop reverse or prevent the progression of Parkinson’s disease. There are no specific limits to the amount of funding available but previous awards have been between £50,000 and £250,000 with a duration of 1-3 years.

Applications are considered four times a year, the next deadline for applications is the 5th March 2020.

Find out more here

Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Funding of £6.5million is available annually to provide financial assistance towards a wide range of stadia projects, including the construction of new stands, installation of floodlights, turnstiles, or even relocating to an entirely new ground. Capital grants are available to clubs from the EFL, National League, Women’s FA National League and Welsh Premier League down to the lower levels of the FA National League System.to improve safety at their stadia and to enable them to satisfy The FA’s grading requirements.

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund is funded by the Premier League, grant amounts vary depending on which League the applicant is in but are between £20,000 and £750,000.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Find out more here

Grants of up to £5 Million Available for Heritage Projects

The Heritage Fund provides grants to fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.  This can include a broad range projects relating to:

  • Nature – anything that connects people to nature and the natural world
  • Natural and designed landscapes – landscapes are areas of ground which could be urban or rural in nature, and might include parks, or industrial sites that have been left
  • Oral histories – such as voice recordings of people’s stories of times gone by
  • Cultural traditions – Exploring the history of different cultures through storytelling, or things that you do as part of your community. This could be anything from dance and theatre, to food or clothing.
  • Community archaeology – digs that lots of people can take part in
  • Historic buildings, monuments and environments – from houses and mills, to caves and gardens. Areas that are connected to history.
  • Collections – collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • Historic events – histories of people and communities or places and events
  • Languages – the heritage of languages and dialects
  • industrial, maritime and transport – this might be places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Projects can be in development for up to two years and delivered in up to five years

The funding is available to both not-for-profit organisation (such as charities, community groups and local authorities, and faith based or church organisations, etc) and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.  To be eligible applicants must contribute at least 5% of their project costs for grants up to £1million and at least 10% for grants of £1million or more.

All applicants for a grant above £250,000 need to complete a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The Heritage Fund will use the information to decide whether or not to invite the applicant to submit a development phase application.

To apply, applicants will need to use the Heritage Fund online portal.

The Heritage Fund has announced that the next closing date for its Funding Programme £250,000 – £5 Million is the 2nd March 2020.

Find out more here

Funding to Help Fuel Poor Households Heat Their Homes

The Warm Homes Fund will re-open for applications on the 2nd December 2019.  The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million grant scheme funded by the National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS). The fund aims to help make households warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. The Fund provides capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel. This can include:

  • Condensing Gas
  • Oil and LPG boilers
  • Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Bio Mass Boilers; etc.

This funding round is open to private sector bids and is split in to three categories:

  • Urban homes and communities
  • Rural homes and communities
  • Specific energy efficient/health related solutions (including Park Homes)

Successful proposals will highlight:

  • The number of fuel poor households supported
  • Strategic fit with the Governments Fuel Poverty Strategy
  • Value for money
  • The benefit created i.e. energy efficiency increases and bill savings
  • Strength of delivery plans, project management and assurance of delivery.

The closing date will be noon on the 24th January 2020.

Find out more here

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

UPP Foundation and Carnegie UK Trust Launch the Civic University Network Competition

UPP Foundation and Carnegie UK Trust are jointly launching the Civic University Network competition. The competition – open to universities, charities and sector bodies – will determine which institution will be granted £75,000 seed funding to host the new Civic University Network.

The Civic University Network aims to build on the highly successful UPP Foundation Civic University Commission, which received cross-party support from Universities Minister Chris Skidmore and Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner at the report launch earlier this year. Following the conclusion of the year-long Commission, 57 universities have pledged to develop Civic University Agreements (CUA) – the key recommendation from the Commission.

The Network will provide an opportunity to further showcase best practice of universities’ civic activity and to support the growing Civic University Agreements movement.

Eligible organisations who can apply to be the host/hub for the Network are:

  • A Civic University Agreement signatory university.
  • A higher education or relevant sector body.
  • A relevant UK registered charity.

Partnership applications between varies organisations are also welcomed.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 22nd January 2020.

Find out more here

Childs Charitable Trust

The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered and excepted charities and organisations both in the UK and overseas. During 2017 the Trust awarded grants to 81 different organisations all based in the UK but operating in more than 100 different countries worldwide.

Projects will be considered that fall into the following categories:

  • Youth – the trust looks to support projects working in schools and with vulnerable and disengaged young people in the UK. Supported activities may include RE Lessons; School Assemblies; Lunchtime/After school clubs; Evangelism; Personal Development Programmes; Homelessness Prevention.
  • Outreach – the trust works to share the gospel of Christ by supporting all aspects of Christian outreach both in the UK and overseas and can fund, for example, Church Plants; Overseas Mission; Training in Evangelism; Chaplaincy.
  • Society – the trust believes people of faith bring a valuable contribution to social action and justice and support initiatives that have a positive impact in their society. Grants could support, for example: Counselling; night shelters; alcohol/drug rehabilitation; homelessness; or prison/ex-offenders work.
  • Education – the trust supports initiatives involved in all areas of Christian education including Bible Translation; Media Initiatives; Bible Colleges; Literature; Apologetics.

Applicants must be registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland or be ‘excepted’ charities. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £5,000,000 should contact the office prior to submitting an application, to check eligibility.

No minimum or maximum funding amounts are specified, however in 2017, 16 grants of between £5,000 and £9,999, 18 grants of between £3,000 and £4,999 and 34 grants not exceeding £2,999 were made. Nine other grants ranging from £12,000 to £34,000 were also awarded.

The deadline for applications is the 29th February 2020.

Find out more here

Grants of up to £100,000 Available for Community Facilities

Registered Charities, churches, Parish Councils, Local Authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities.

This can include:

  • Village Halls and Community Centres;
  • Public Play Areas;
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas;
  • Skate parks and BMX tracks;
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access;
  • Churches – community spaces only;
  • Nature Reserves;
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access;
  • Museums.

The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.

The closing dates for applications at 5pm on the 4th March 2020.

Find out more here

Grants for Urgent Structural Repairs to Churches

National Churches Trust has changed its grant programmes in line with the new Building Resilience Strategy for 2019-2023 and now offers three grant streams.

The Cornerstone Grant Programme supports the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings, focusing on larger and more complex projects.

Grants are offered towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are awarded to represent a maximum of 50% of the project cost.

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 next deadline to apply for a Cornerstone Grant is 2nd March 2020 for a decision in July 2020.

Find out more here

Funding to Support Leisure Activities for People with Physical Disabilities

The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust will consider grant applications relating to the provision of leisure activities for people with physical disabilities. The Trust was established to encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.

The Trustees particularly favour applications where the potential beneficiaries meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users
  • Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed

One donation in any 12-month period may be made to charitable organisations.

In 2018, 209 grants were made totalling £608,054. Of these 42 were for over £5,000, these included:

  • Charity Link Leicester – £34,000
  • Revitalise Respite Holidays – £6,000
  • The Wheelyboat Trust – £5,000
  • WhizzKids – £5,000

All applications should be submitted together with appropriate financial information. Charitable organisations should include a copy of their latest financial statements.  Applications meeting the above criteria will be considered from charitable organisations. Applications on behalf of individuals will only be accepted through a charitable organisation or equivalent recognised body.

Trustees meet quarterly to consider grant applications.

Find out more here

Thrive – Access to Employment Programme Opens for Applications

UnLtd, the support charity for Social Entrepreneurs has announced that is “Thrive – Access to Employment Programme”  is now open for applications.  This is UnLtd’s new social accelerator programme that helps ambitious social ventures to grow.

UnLtd will support over 25 social ventures a year through Thrive. Support will be provided to two groups of social ventures developing solutions in two distinct areas:

  • Improving access to employment for those distant from the labour market
  • Developing products and services for an ageing society.

The programme will combine six months of intensive support with the opportunity to secure investment of up to £50,000 for the social venture, either through UnLtd or their partners. This gives applicants the chance to grow their business, and ultimately deliver greater social impact.

The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2020.

Find out more here

Funding opportunities under £25,000

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) 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 fulfil 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; and 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 2020.

Find out more here

Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Projects that Help the Homeless

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people.

The grants are available for capital costs and examples of previously supported projects include:

  • The Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, where people undertake education and training courses as well as receiving advice and food, received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration.
  • A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.

The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th March 2020.

Find out more here

Grants for Small Museums for Conservation and Management

The Collections Care Grant Scheme (formally known as the Preventive Conservation Scheme) is managed by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), supported by funding from the Pilgrim Trust and run in association with the AIM Remedial Conservation Grant Scheme and the AIM ICON Pilgrim Trust Collections Care Audit Scheme. AIM is looking for projects that enable a step-change in the quality of collections care that a museum can provide in the knowledge that better collections care supports museums long-term sustainability.

Grants awarded may be used for:

  • Environmental surveys
  • Obtaining professional advice to compile conservation and implementation strategies
  • Environmental monitoring and control equipment
  • Ultraviolet filters
  • Integrated pest management
  • Display cases and picture framing (where this is required for conservation reasons)
  • Storage containers and packing materials
  • Development of emergency plans
  • Improvements to museum stores, especially to increase their capacity
  • Equipment or other support for digitalisation projects where this aids conservation
  • Training for volunteers or staff
  • Collections audits and collection management plans

The maximum grant is £10,000 with the average grant expected to be around £5,000. Grants of less than £1,500 are paid in full on award; others receive 50% on award, 50% on completion and receipt of the conservator’s report.

Applications should show how the proposed project fits with the Collections Care priorities of the museum as assessed through a collection care audit, collections management plan or other similar document. If the museum does not already have such an assessment, they are advised to consider applying for an AIM Collections Care Audit as a first stage.

Eligible applicants will be AIM members; registered or accredited museum, or be confident of achieving accreditation within two years; a registered Charity, an associated charity can receive the grant on the museum’s behalf, if the museum itself is not a charity; have fewer than 50,000 visitors p.a. or a turnover of less than £300,000 p.a.

Applications close on the 31st March 2020.

Find out more here

Society for Microbiology – Science Education and Outreach Grants

The Society for Microbiology provides grants to support the teaching of microbiology.  The scheme is open to Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student Members; including those working in schools residing in the UK or Republic of Ireland to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. The maximum grant available is £1,000.

Activities funded can include:

  • Talks, workshops, demonstrations, posters, leaflets, broadcasts, activities at science festivals and audio-visual or computer-based packages;
  • Activities that take place as part of a National Science and Engineering Week event at the applicant’s place of work;
  • Running a school or college-based science week activity (e.g. hands-on or programme of talks);
  • Supporting microbiology activities in an out-of-school science club;
  • Buying materials and equipment outside of normal department resources to support a microbiology activity (no more than £500 can be used toward large equipment such as microscopes and incubators);
  • A class visit to a microbiology laboratory to carry out activities; and
  • Organising a visit to or from a working microbiologist.

The grant scheme will re-open for applications on the 6th January 2020 with a closing date for applications of the 8th April 2020.

Find out more here

Funding for Biology Science Festivals

Individuals and organisations who wish to hold a one-day biology science festival can apply for grants of up to £500.  The aim is to support the celebration of life sciences and to engage the public and families with an array of outreach activities that cover a large range of bioscience topics. 10 grants will be available to run events between 1st October 2019 and 30th September 2020.

The Big Biology Day grants have been made available by the Royal Society of Biology to mark its 10th anniversary year.  Big Biology Days look to foster a sense of community within the immediate vicinity of the event and beyond, and work to support the objective of making science an embedded part of everyday culture. Usually hosted within a school or other community building, the event brings together several organisations to inspire interest in the biosciences, by showcasing how biology is changing the world in fun and stimulating ways.

The closing date for applications is the 28th February 2020.

Find out more here

Grants for Chemistry Outreach Projects in Schools and Colleges

The Royal Society of Chemistry is making grants of up to £1,000 available to schools, colleges and universities to help students in the development of the practical chemistry skills and experience.  To be eligible for funding through the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Partnership of 3 grant scheme, the projects should bring together at least three different partners to benefit in the delivery or attendance at a chemistry centred outreach activity.

The Royal Society of Chemistry awards grants for activities that to involve the development of the practical skills/ experience in chemistry of a target group in a manner that is not achievable through normal timetabled activities.

Activities funded could include, for example, a university collaborating with a sixth form college in providing an experience for KS3/ 4 students (it may be that staff and students from the same institution are considered as different partners if they both have significant and different roles in the delivery of the proposed programme).

Strong applications will be able to demonstrate, in addition to key scientific benefits, how as many of the partners in the scheme as possible will develop through involvement in the scheme.  Schemes that involve visits from one partner constituency to another will be particularly favoured.

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be evaluated at quarterly meetings throughout the year.

Find out more here

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme to Re-open for Applications in Early 2020

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme, which offers grants of up to £1,000 to schools in the UK to set up Breakfast clubs for those children in most need will re-open for applications in early 2020.

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.

  • 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.

For any queries please contact Forever Manchester on 0044 161 214 0940 or e-mail

Find out more here

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan

Grants are available to schools cultural organisations and universities; etc that wish to teach the Japanese language and develop links with Japan and Japanese organisations. The Foundation’s grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000 for larger-scale projects.

Grants are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges.

In the past, the Foundation has made grants towards visits between the UK and Japan by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools.

Organisations that have successfully applied to the Foundation include:

  • Hessle High School and Sixth Form College which received a grant of £3,000 to visit to Japan to create curriculum on Japan in Key Stage 3 Geography lessons.
  • Truro College which received a grant of £2,000 for a football exchange programme with Tokai Daigo High School in Japan.
  • The Boston & Hakusan City Exchange Programme received a grant of £3,500 for an exchange programme between school children from Boston and Hakusan City.
  • Campion School received a grant of £2,000 to support a school trip to Tokyo for students of Japanese.
  • Escomb Primary School received a grant of £3,000 for an exchange visit with Ogawara Minami Elementary School.

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next application deadline for its grants making programme is the 31st March 2020.

Find out more here

Finnis Scott Foundation

Established under the Will of Lady Montagu Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in 2006, the Finnis Scott Foundation makes grants for any charitable purpose, but their present policy is to focus grant-making in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history.  The funding is open to charities and charitable organisations, including School Parent Teacher Associations.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available. Exceptionally, larger grants may be considered at the Trustees’ discretion. Preference is given to making grants to smaller charities where the grant would have a significant impact. The Foundation funds both capital and revenue projects.

Previous organisations supported include;

  • Flower Pod – a horticulturally based Social Enterprise in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
  • Rhyl Primary School PTA
  • The Horticultural Therapy Trust
  • Hestercombe Gardens Trust

Apply by the Apply by the 20th March 2020 for the next trustees meeting of the Finnis Scott Foundation.

For more information about The Finnis Scott Foundation, please email: administrator@finnis-scott-foundation.org.uk  or telephone +44 (0)1604 233233

Find out more here

The Cruach Trust

The Cruach Trust, which is a small charity, which provides financial support  of up to £1,500 for gardeners, retired gardeners and for preserving gardens throughout the United Kingdom. The funding is available to registered or recognised charities, societies, trusts or other bodies. There is a preference for small local and national charities.  Previous projects supported have included:

  • Supporting a horticultural apprenticeship, arranged through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
  • Grants for gardens, wildlife and the natural environment.
  • Grants for music, the arts and cultural charities.
  • Grants for medical research and support.
  • Grants for organisations working with children, the elderly and vulnerable.

The trustees also have discretion to make donations to a wide range of organisations in the UK and abroad, with charitable objectives of whatever nature.

The next deadline for applications is the 18th September 2020.

Find out more here

Funding for Projects that Advance Education and Tackle Poverty

Small voluntary and community groups, charities and community interest companies operating in Lancashire can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects which enable children and young people to advance their education, help older people, the blind or disabled.

Projects should be innovative and transformational and enhance the capacity of Lancashire’s voluntary sector. The grants are being made through the WO Street Transformation Fund, which is being managed by the Community Foundation for Lancashire and provides funding for applicants with an annual income of less than £250,000.

The deadline for applications is the 31st January 2020.

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.

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.

Deadlines for applications to the Rees Jeffries Road Fund are a little over two weeks before trustees’ meetings. The next meeting is the 4th February 2020.

Find out more here

Funding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside

UK based schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding to the Nineveh Charitable Trust for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Whilst the Trust does not specify a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for, an analysis of previous grants would suggest a maximum of £5,000 per year for up to three years.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Busby Primary School which received a grant of £2,000 to build a ‘vertical garden’ for environment enhancement as well as the children’s educational value;
  • a grant of £1,400 to Bickleigh-On-Exe Primary School to create an all-weather school and community gardening area with poly-tunnel and shed;
  • Castlemilk Day Nursery which received a grant of £5,000 to build a multi-function shelter with provision for special needs teaching; and
  • St Joseph’s Specialist School & College, which received a grant of £4,000 towards a community garden expansion.

Applications are usually discussed at the Trustees’ quarterly meetings and applications can be submitted at any time.

Find out more here

Funding to Enhance the Quality of Life for People in Need

Registered charities, Hospices and state schools catering wholly for students with additional needs, can apply for grants to support their work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.

The Edward Gostling Foundation’s grants are awarded to projects that have a significant impact across one or more of four life “themes” and priority is given to organisations that clearly demonstrate this within their application for grant funding.

These are:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Independent Living at Home
  • Respite
  • Transition.

Grants can support:

  • Modifications to homes, state schools (wholly for students with additional needs), hospices etc
  • The provision of specialist equipment such as the provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living
  • Financial assistance towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.

Grants are awarded through two programmes:

  • A fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications under £5,000
  • A Large Grants Programme for applications of £5,000 or over.

There are no application deadlines; applications can be submitted at any time.

Find out more here

Warburton’s – Community Grants Scheme

Charities and organisations with charitable aims can now apply for up to £250 worth of funding for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues. Funding is available for projects that meet the following themes:

  • Health, Health Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Worklessness
  • Aspiration
  • Employability and Skills.

The Community Grant scheme is being made available by Warburton’s and is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. Community investment funds are allocated to the local Warburton bakeries and depots. This helps to make the best decisions for the local community, the applicant’s postcode will be used to find the relevant bakery or depot.  Application will then be sent to that site to make a decision.

The closing date for applications in this round is the 10th February 2020.

Find out more here

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