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Funding insight update 03.04.19

Published Wednesday 3 April 2019 at 10:20

Funding opportunities greater than £100,000

Childs Charitable Trust

The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered 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 for the July 2019 meeting is 31st May 2019.

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

Funding to Develop the Sustainability of Organisations Supporting the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Ex-offenders

The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Development Grants programme is noon on the 22nd October 2019.

This Development Grant is aimed at strengthening an organisation as a whole rather than just one specific project by providing core funding to implement a step change in development and therefore build increased sustainability for the future. During this funding round, the Trust will provide grants to not for profit organisations working towards the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.

The Trust awards grants to help develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end, the applicant organisation’s income will not be reduced. Applicants must be a registered charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community interest company working within the UK with a UK office.

Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of 6 months to 3 years. The amount of funding requested must be proportional to the development that will be undertaken. A maximum of £30,000 per year or £2,500 per month for smaller developments can be requested.

Grants can cover any costs incurred by the applicant in undertaking a development to increase resilience.

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Funding to Develop the Sustainability of Organisations Supporting Unpaid Carers

Not for profit organisations working to support unpaid carers have the opportunity to apply for grants from £10,000 up to £80,000 to help them to implement a step change in their development. The aim is to provide core funding to support organisations to build increased sustainability for the future. Applicants must be a registered charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community interest company working within the UK with a UK office.

This Development Grant is aimed at strengthening an organisation as a whole rather than just one specific project by providing core funding to implement a step change in development and therefore build increased sustainability for the future. During this funding round, the Trust will provide grants to not for profit organisations working with unpaid carers.

The Trust awards grants to help develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end, the applicant organisation’s income will not be reduced. Applicants must be a registered charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community interest company working within the UK with a UK office.

Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of 6 months to 3 years. The amount of funding requested must be proportional to the development that will be undertaken. A maximum of £30,000 per year or £2,500 per month for smaller developments can be requested.

Grants can cover any costs incurred by the applicant in undertaking a development to increase resilience.

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Funding opportunities under £25,000

Childs Charitable Trust

The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered 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 for the July 2019 meeting is 31st May 2019.

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Funding to Engage People with Science and Technology

The Science & Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Spark Awards fund high quality programmes of novel public engagement that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology. Funded activities will clearly focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science) or clearly and demonstrably align to the science and technology work of STFC’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

Applicants should use their Case for Support to clearly explain how their Spark Award furthers the aims of the STFC Public Engagement Strategy.

Applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed.

Applicants are encouraged to propose novel or innovative approaches towards engagement as part of their Spark Award, as long as these are demonstrably well-planned.

Grants of up to £15,000 are available; there is no capital budget, items of equipment dedicated to the project and costing less than £10,000 should be requested under the ‘Other Costs’ heading. Expensive hardware or equipment will not be funded unless they can be shown to be intrinsic to the project.

Almost anyone can apply for a Spark Award, including grant funded researchers, STFC scientists and engineers, facility users, schools, museums, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups.

Before submitting an application applicants are encouraged to contact the Public Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.

The deadline to apply is 4pm on the 2nd May 2019.

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Grants to Enable Disabled People to Play Tennis

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications the 29th July 2019.

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:

  • Rackets
  • Balls
  • 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 around £250; depending on the type of wheelchair.

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Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools

The Woodland Trust has thousands of free tree packs to give away to community groups and schools. The trees are available for planting on an area that is accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others. If applying as a school, trees should be planted on either the school grounds, land the school has arranged regular access to or in an area that is publicly accessible.

Applications for a tree pack for a community group need to:

  • State that the land is accessible to the public
  • Make sure the local community is aware of the plans to plant and is happy for the project to go ahead.
  • Be an application for up to 420 trees in each application cycle or season.

There are two delivery periods per year in November and March, when the trees are dormant and perfect for planting. Tree packs can consist of:

  • Hedging to make a natural screen or connect existing woodland to help wildlife stay on the move
  • Copse to create a mini forest school classroom or a peaceful spot that’s an oasis for birds
  • Wild harvest an array of fruits and nuts
  • Year-round colour for beautiful blossoms, bright berries and stunning autumn displays
  • Working wood to fuel a log burner in 7-10 years, or to carve or weave willow
  • Wildwood to establish food and shelter for wildlife
  • Urban trees for residential areas with limited communal space

Applications are currently being accepted for trees to be delivered in November 2019.

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Grants for Activities Related to National Vegetarian Week

The Vegetarian Society is making grants available to help support community activities and events taking place around National Vegetarian Week which is in May 2019.

The grants are available to:

  • Not for profit organisations in the UK (e.g. community groups, schools, and social housing schemes, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides etc.)
  • Vegetarian groups, local network groups and student vegetarian and vegan societies
  • Informal groups of friends, parents or students.

Activities need to take place around National Vegetarian Week in May and must promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.  Activities funded have to be exclusively vegetarian or vegan (so no non-vegetarian food or drink).

The Society is accepting applications for both large and small grants this year. Small grants will be up to £200 and large grants to be up to £2,000. Large grant applications need to demonstrate how their activity will have a bigger impact.

Grants could cover, for example:

  • Food and ingredients
  • Room hire
  • Equipment hire
  • Transport costs
  • Cookery demonstration materials
  • Public liability insurance
  • Direct costs of delivering an activity

Closing dates are as follows:

Large grants – this is now closed.

Small grants – apply by Sunday 14th April 2019

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Collaborative Research and Development Grants for Emerging Artists

Help Musicians UK is looking for exciting collaborations that create work across art forms, creative sectors and other disciplines. Applications to the Fusion Fund must be music-focused and projects should include contributions from at least one non-music discipline for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc. Applications that consider unusual and extraordinary spaces to show work to new audiences are also of interest.

There should be tangible results of the collaboration, such as a body of work created for an upcoming recording or a new performance. Overall, the project should push the boundaries of what the artist does as a music creator or performer, exploring or testing something that they are not currently able to achieve without support.

Grants of £2,000 to £5,000 can cover reasonable costs associated with the project including:

  • Venue and rehearsal space costs
  • Recording costs (live or documentation)
  • Travel costs
  • Access costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Subsistence
  • Fees for musicians, artists or collaborators time to allow for the project to happen

The fund is open to professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines with an active career including: Solo instrumentalists, conductors, composers, vocalists, singer songwriters or multidisciplinary artists. Bands or ensembles with six members or less can also apply.

Applicants must be:

  • Aged over 18 (no upper age limit)
  • Based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here
  • Have been resident in the UK for at least three consecutive years
  • In financial need and without significant backing

The closing date for this round is 9am on the 10th June 2019.

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Funding for Projects That Improve Local Life in Rural Communities

Calor Rural Community Fund offers rural off grid communities the chance to gain funding for off-grid community projects that will improve local life. The total funding pot is worth £70,000 and this year Calor are also partnering with Crowdfunder to give projects the opportunity to raise even more funds.

Applications for funding are divided into three categories: £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000. Funding applied for must equate to 50% or more of the total project cost.

Winners from each category are carefully selected following a three-stage process:

  • Organisations must first submit a proposal application and which will be screened by Calor to check that it has met the eligibility criteria;
  • The general public will vote for the application that they would like to see win a grant. Applications with the highest number of votes from each grant category at the end of the voting period will be deemed as finalists; and
  • The winners from each grant category will be selected by an independent panel of judges with the highest score based on a number of criteria.

Projects supported can be anything from schools, community centres, village halls and sporting venues to youth clubs and scout groups, or even initiatives to support the elderly.

The Fund is now open for applications and voting will start on the 2nd May 2019.

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£200 Million Youth Endowment Fund to Tackle Violent Crime

The UK Government has appointed a charitable foundation to help deliver a £200m Youth Endowment Fund as part of the long-term plan to tackle serious violence and the immediate challenge of knife crime. Delivered over ten years, the fund will support the public health approach and will be run independently by charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and the Social Investment Business across England and Wales. Impetus is a charity focused on transforming the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The aim is to deliver ambitious early intervention schemes that prevent children and young people from getting caught up in crime and violence by making sure that those most at risk get the best possible support, as early as possible, to get on a positive path and succeed. The fund will provide scope to evaluate the impact of early interventions and to scale up and replicate those that are most successful.

Impetus plans to launch the first funding round in time to award the first grants in the autumn of 2019.

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Places of Worship Security Funding Boost

The Home Secretary has boosted funding for the 2019/2020 places of worship security funding scheme to £1.6 million to reassure communities and safeguard mosques and other places of worship. This is double the amount awarded in 2018/19.

This scheme provides protective security measures to places of worship that have been subject to, or are vulnerable to a hate crime attack. To increase uptake in the fund and ensure it reaches those most vulnerable to hate crime, the bidding process will also be simplified so organisations no longer have to prove they have previously experienced a hate crime incident directly. In addition, the government will be streamlining the supplier arrangements for bidders, after which the programme will open for applications.

Grants can cover security equipment but not the cost of recruiting security personnel and may include: CCTV; perimeter fencing; access control gates; window locks; intruder alarm; external lighting; and security doors and the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.

Places of worship including (but not limited to) Churches, Gurdwaras, Mosques and Temples can submit bids for projects costing up to £70,000 for protective security measures and will be required to contribute at least 20 percent of the total cost of the project. The Home Office will award funding on a discretionary basis up to a maximum of £56,000 per place of worship.

Places of worship, including mosques, will also benefit from a new £5 million fund over 3 years to provide protective security training to build on some of the positive work already happening in communities.

More details on the application process and deadlines will be released soon.

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Community Led Homes Start-Up Support Programme

The Start-Up Support Programme is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and delivered by Community Led Homes. The aim is to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. Grants are awarded to support the earliest stages of a community led housing group’s development i.e. to explore options and enable community led housing solutions to become a reality. Revenue grants typically fund pre-development costs so that projects can complete the Group, Site and Plan stages to make sure they are ready to start on site or acquire properties.

Up to £4,000 is available to cover costs incurred during the early stages of a project’s development e.g. community engagement costs such as room hire, volunteer expenses, staff expenses, legal fees to incorporate the group, travel costs to see other community led housing projects, training course fees and the costs of hiring a professional to undertake site valuations and surveys.

Up to £6,000 is available to cover Support Costs and is only available to groups where:

  • There is no Community Led Housing Enabling Hub operating in the area.
  • The group requires start-up support that falls outside the skillset of the Hub.
  • The Hub considers the group to be at too early a stage or needs additional support.
  • The group would like to work with a community led housing advisor of their own choice.

One to one support from Hubs is available – applicants can find out if an enabling hub exists in your area here. Some Hubs have been allocated funding from the Community Housing Fund, to pay for local community led housing advisors to provide 1:1 start up support, to help groups to shape and progress their projects through the early stage.

Eligible groups will be:

  • based in England;
  • exploring community-led options;
  • looking to create some permanently affordable housing to meet local housing needs;
  • at an early stage in the project’s development;
  • looking for revenue funding;
  • established for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes;
  • have a membership of five or more members who are not related and who are all living at different dwellings, including three committee members who are not related and who are all living at different dwellings.

The available funding must be committed by March 2020 and applications will close mid-February 2020 (or when the fund is fully committed).

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Funding for Projects that Support the Education and Development of Children and Young People

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to BlueSpark Foundation to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. BlueSpark is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Funding provided by BlueSpark for a project must be crucial to the project rather than marginally incremental to its funding. The funding available can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects.

Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s standard Application Form.

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Football Foundation – Respect Scheme Now Open

The Football Foundation Respect scheme offers clubs, schools or leagues the opportunity to purchase packs of Respect equipment (captains’ armbands, marshals’ bibs and Respect Signage) which, if used effectively, will help to tackle issues around aggressive, sarcastic and disrespectful spectators and players and promote football. In 2018, the Respect equipment scheme helped to expose more than 500 clubs, 7,100 teams and 110,000 players to the Respect message.

This year there is a new focus on positivity, through a new campaign – “We Only Do Positive” – which focuses on parents and coaches. The FA and Football Foundation aim to ensure that all grassroots footballers are able to play in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.

Clubs, leagues and County FAs are able to apply for a voucher which offers them a 75% discount on Respect packs while stocks last. To access this, you must apply for a voucher (and have it approved) before placing an order.

This discount can only be used to purchase Off Pitch and On Pitch Respect packs.

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Funding for High Quality New Music Projects

PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations supports high quality new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups (for example orchestras, choirs, jazz bands or folk groups with 12 or more performers).

Supported projects will involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable Music Creators i.e. songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds, to develop creatively and professionally.

Grants of up to £10,000 are awarded to composers cover activities such as:

  • Touring
  • Recording
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
  • Exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
  • Music creator residencies
  • Live programmes featuring new UK music

Successful proposals will fit all three of the following funding priorities:

  • To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
  • To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
  • To inspire audiences

Priority is given to not for profit groups.

The next closing date for applications is 6pm on the 10th June 2019.

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Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant

Leeds Building Society Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Donations usually fund items of “capital expenditure” i.e. items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity’s running costs.

The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity.

Applications are reviewed every quarter. The deadline for the next (June) meeting is Monday 13th May 2019.

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Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 5th September 2019.

The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports charities concerned with improving opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.

The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.

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Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme

The Institute of Mathematics has announced that individuals working in Schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can apply for funding of up to £600 to run or attend an educational activity relating to mathematics.

Activities supported include:

  • Hosting a mathematics event, e.g. Maths Trails, Maths Competitions;
  • Attendance at appropriate conferences;
  • Travel expenses to attend appropriate events;
  • Supply cover required for the teacher to attend the appropriate event; etc.

Applications from primary schools are also welcome, but due to the aims of the Institute, primary schools should work in partnership with a secondary school, FE or HEI. Priority will be given to applications from members of the Institute.  If the applicant is not a member of the Institute the name of a co-applicant who is a member must be given.

A decision on the award of a grant will usually be given within two months of the submission of an application. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Grants for Musicians and Bands

PRS for Music Foundation has announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is 6pm on the 28th May 2019.

Artists or bands at a crucial tipping point in their careers that are showing current progression and growth can apply for a grant of £5,000-£15,000 to significantly develop their careers over the next two years. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, for example, a manager, an independent label or publisher.

Priority will be given to those that haven’t been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months.

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Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Grants

The Greggs Foundation currently supports 380 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Schools that are interested in applying for funding to open a breakfast club at their school must be able to show that at least 40% of pupils qualify for free school meals and that the school serves a disadvantaged community. School should able to attract adult volunteers to help run the scheme and attendance at the club must be free for all pupils.

The Foundation uses the grants to support breakfast clubs through an initial start-up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. Greggs Foundation also makes a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

Although applications can be made at any time, there is currently a waiting list for funding.

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£6 million Funding Boost for Community Home Building

Communities across the country are set to benefit from a £6 million funding boost to help them build more of the homes that their area needs. Local people will be able to access funding to kick-start community-led housing developments that will benefit their neighbourhood. The aim is to make community-led housing a mainstream housing option by making it easier for communities to access support for building community-led homes. The funding will provide training, funding and practical support to housing groups, councils and developers.

The Community Led Homes Programme will be managed by 4 leading housing charities:

  • Confederation of Co-operative Housing
  • Locality
  • National Community Land Trust Network
  • UK Cohousing

Funding of up to £10,000 will be provided to groups to cover start-up costs such as legal fees.

A further £3.5 million will be made available to provide technical advice and support to guide communities through the process of building the housing they urgently need

Potential applicants will need to register as Providers prior to application.

There are no application deadlines and the programme will run for two years (up to 2020)

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