Funding insight update 30.04.19

Published Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 10:09

Funding opportunities greater than £100,000 

Insight Research Programme 2019

The Health Foundation’s £1.6m Insight Research Programme 2019 invites researchers to submit ideas for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK. Four to five projects will receive funding of between £300,000 and £400,000 for a maximum duration of four years. The funder is looking for innovative and ambitious research with the potential to transform the use of audit and registry data to improve quality of care.

The priority areas for this call are:

  • Patient focused audits and registries
  • Accelerating the use of linked data to support future challenges and trends in quality and care or to improve the value of health care
  • Demonstrating and enhancing the impact of national clinical audits and registries on practice and policy.

There is a two-stage application process for this programme with researchers initially invited to submit an outline proposal applications for review. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

This programme builds on the Insight Research Programme 2017; projects supported through this programme can be viewed here.

The closing date for outline proposals is Thursday 16 May 2019.

Find out more here

Grants for sport and mental health projects

Grants of £150,000 to £450,000 for 3 to 5 years work are available through Comic Relief’s Ahead of the Game: Sport and Mental Health programme for projects in the UK, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda that combine improving mental wellbeing with sport or physical activities with specific therapeutic elements.

The programme targets the most marginalised people, in the most disadvantaged communities.

This funding opportunity focusses on one of Comic Relief’s four key issue areas – global mental health. Comic Relief believes that every person has the right to quality mental health support where and when they need it and has the right to live free from stigma and discrimination. The programme combines this key issue with Comic Relief’s Sport for Change strategy which aims to bring about positive social change for individuals and communities through the intentional use of sport and physical activity. There are two aims to this funding call:

  1. A focus on improving mental wellbeing and helping people function better by promoting the use of sports-based approaches that support wellbeing, improve functioning and reduce distress.
  2. Ensure mental health is intentional, not incidental – to prioritise organisations running programmes which combine sport or physical activities with specific therapeutic elements, and who have access to mental health expertise.

Applications should represent less than 40% of the organisation’s total income in any one year. Capital costs should make up less than 25% of the funding amount applied for.

Comic Relief predominantly funds registered charities. Applications are welcome from organisations with a maximum annual income of £10m, and a minimum annual income of £250,000 in the UK or £75,000 in other countries,

There is a two-stage application process.  The closing date for stage 1 is 1200 GMT on the 31st May 2019. Applications shortlisted will be given a further 4 weeks to submit a full proposal, and the deadline for second stage applications will be on Friday 9th August 2019.

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Funding to help community businesses become sustainable

Power to Change Trust’s Community Business Fund has re-opened for applications. Grants of between £50,000 – £300,000 are available to existing community businesses looking to progress towards self-sufficiency. Businesses supported will be locally rooted; accountable to the community; trading for the benefit of the local community and delivering broad community impact by addressing at least one of the following seven core impact areas:

  • Reduce social isolation
  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Increase employability
  • Create better access to basic services
  • Improve local environment
  • Enable greater community cohesion
  • Foster greater community pride and empowerment

Grants can cover up to 75% of revenue costs for the project e.g. staff salaries, professional fees, 75% of building-related capital and 100% of other capital costs e.g. the purchase of a vehicle. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate that other sources of funding have been or will shortly be confirmed. Projects can last up to three years.

To be eligible, businesses must be incorporated organisations, for example; Charitable Incorporated Organisation; Community Benefit Society; Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee; Community Interest Company Limited by Shares; Company Limited by Guarantee; Company Limited by Shares; Co-operative Society.

Previous grants have been awarded to a wide range of businesses including: community libraries, bakeries, pubs, farms, hubs, transport, energy schemes, art centres and construction organisations.

The closing date for applications is on the 22nd May 2019.

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Funding for LGBT+ voluntary and community groups

From the 3rd May 2019, voluntary and community organisation whose primary focus is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) communities will be able to apply for funding through Round 2 of the LGBT+ Futures Fund.  A total of £200,000 will be available.

The type of activities supported will include:

  • Interventions that support and increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, addressing the findings from the GEO’s National LGBT Survey
  • LGBT+ organisations who are working to become more sustainable and looking to strengthen their organisation strategically
  • LGBT+ organisations with creative solutions to reach and include more marginalised and underrepresented LGBT+ people and communities across their organisations
  • LGBT+ organisations who are looking to collaborate on an idea to help strengthen their organisations and the LGBT+ sector
  • Applications from LGBT+ youth and Pride organisations are especially welcome.

There will be three types of grants made through this programme:

  • Events
  • Projects
  • Organisational Sustainability

Funding requests should be relative to the size of the organisation and the funding proposals.

The closing date will be on the 31st May 2019.

Projects funded in the past include:

  • Encompass Network: £5,080: development of the Queer Qandi Fest 2019, a festival for LGBTQ+ people of colour.
  • Gendered Intelligence CIC: £14,226: Summer Camp for 40 young people who are trans, non-binary or questioning their gender.
  • Opening Doors London (ODL): £12,864: establishing two new strands of engagement: Older LGBT+ BAME engagement; and Older LGBT+ Trans and Non-Binary engagement.

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 1st July 2019 for a decision in July 2019.

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ChurchCare – grants for fabric repairs

The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs is the 29th July 2019.

ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building.

  • The criteria for consideration include the following:
  • The church must only be listed either Grade I or Grade II*
  • The church should not have benefited from a Wolfson Foundation grant in the previous five years

50% of the required funding needs to have been secured as ‘cash in the bank’ or pledges at point of application

Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as:

  • Roof repairs
  • Masonry repairs
  • Rainwater disposal and drainage.

For further information or advice, please click here to contact John Webster, Conservation Grants Administrator, T: 020 7898 1872. The address for correspondence sent by post is Cathedral & Church Buildings Division, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ.

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

Funding to counter the threat of drones

The MOD has launched a £2m competition for proposals to tackle the future threats of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Proposals based on novel ideas to benefit users working in UK Defence and Security are invited and should include evidence of innovation or a creative approach and a clear demonstration of how the proposed work applies to any defence and security context.

There are three challenges in this competition – submitted proposals must meet one or more of these challenges:

  • Next Generation C-UAS Technologies: The provisions of robust cost-effective security from the threat of drones that offer significant improvement over current systems i.e. technologies offering minimal manning in complex environments, 24/7 coverage, with low impact on or risk to friendly forces’ equipment and personnel.
  • Advanced and Flexible C-UAS Integration: How to bring C-UAS technologies together in a flexible way and how to link C-UAS sensor system output to other wide area surveillance systems and to cooperative drone awareness systems.
  • Countering the Future UAS Threat: Developing capability to detect and mitigate threats from UAS acting autonomously in highly congested airspace, both singly and as a swarm.

This is a phased competition. Phase 1 will deliver proof of concept of proposed advanced technology components and subsystems that meet Challenges 1 to 3 detailed below and which could be developed and integrated into full C-UAS systems.

The total funding for this challenge is expected to be at least £2million, split over multiple phases. The total funding available for Phase 1 of this competition is £800,000, but individual proposals cannot exceed £100,000. If successful, contracts will be awarded for a maximum duration of 9 months. Proposals for funding to meet these challenges must be submitted by Tuesday 28th May 2019 at midday via the DASA submission service for which you will be required to register.

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Funding for capital projects in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges

From May 2019, secondary schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £50,000 towards 50% of the cost of capital projects through the Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education programme. Sixth form colleges are eligible to apply for up to £100,000.

The Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme is primarily dedicated to supporting the teaching of A-Levels and GCSEs at high-achieving state-funded schools and sixth form colleges. The Foundation funds capital projects and in the past allocated approximately £1.75 million each year to:

New build, refurbishment or equipment projects related to the teaching of science and technology

Information or communications technology directly related to learning for projects involving libraries, languages, music or the arts.

Applications for building projects should focus on a discrete element within the project and 50% of the total capital cost must have been raised or be clearly in sight.

Schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence determined by a combination of criteria, but mainly through the receipt of an outstanding Ofsted assessment (or regional equivalent) are eligible to apply.

Note: Special schools or special colleges should visit the Health & Disability area of the Foundation’s website for grant opportunities.

The programme is currently under review and closed, it is expected to reopen by May 2019.

Awards made in 2018 included:

  • Biddulph High School, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire: £50,000 for New servers and network equipment
  • Silverdale School, Sheffield, South Yorkshire: £50,000 towards a New science laboratory
  • Shoreham Academy, West Sussex: £35,000 for IT equipment for music and art

Find out more here

Arts Council England Elevate Programme

In the second round of the Elevate programme Arts Council England is investing £3 million of National Lottery funding into improving the resilience of Disability led and Black and minority ethnic led organisations with the aim of addressing their continued under-representation in the National Portfolio. The central aim of the programme and the funding is to:

  • Strengthen the resilience of diverse led organisations not in receipt of National Portfolio funding
  • Increase both the number and quality of applications to future National Portfolio and strategic funding programmes from diverse led organisations – in particular Disability led and Black and minority ethnic led organisations
  • Support organisations to broker partnerships with other arts and cultural organisations to advance their creative mission
  • Encourage a culture of collaborative working and partnership development that strengthens resilience through developing new sources of contributed and earned income.

Grants of £75,000 to £100,000 are awarded. At least 10% of the total cost of the activity must come from sources other than the Arts Council, of which at least half must be cash match funding.

The Elevate fund will support organisational development and resilience-focused activities, for example, new staff posts or the extension of current part-time and/or fixed-term posts; training and development for staff and board members; investment in activity which aims to diversify and increase levels of contributed and earned income; consultancy and business development support;  partnership development with other arts and cultural organisations and across the creative industries; investing in or developing new digital infrastructures to strengthen resilience.

Arts organisations, accredited museums, museum support organisations and libraries not in receipt of National Portfolio funding during 2018-22 this can include: Limited companies; community interest companies (CICs); charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs); charities or trusts; limited liability partnerships; partnerships established under a deed of partnership; industrial and provident societies or community benefit societies.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 23rd May 2019.

Find out more here

Funding opportunities under £25,000 

Grants for improving mental health in mid-life

Since 2015 the Bupa UK Foundation has awarded more than £1.6 million in grants to improve mental health, support carers and empower young adults living with ongoing health challenges to live life to the full. In 2019 the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical, community-focused projects that will support and improve people’s mental health in mid-life.

Successful applications will meet all the following criteria:

  • Support people in mid-life i.e. ages 30s to 50s.
  • Focus specifically on supporting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, rather than on addressing wider social issues.
  • Clearly explain how the applicant will reach, engage and directly support individuals in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Outline how the applicant will measure and evaluate the difference the project makes to the mental health and wellbeing of individual participants.

Particular attention will be paid to who will benefit and the difference a project is likely to make to their health and wellbeing; how this will be demonstrated, using simple and realistic measures; and whether a project might deliver a long-term legacy or learning that can be shared more widely.

The maximum level of funding available for each grant awarded is £20,000 and it is expected that projects will be delivered within 12 to 18 months. Grants should represent no more than 10 per cent of the organisation’s annual turnover.  Successful grant recipients will receive an additional 15% of the total amount of grant funding awarded as a contribution towards core costs. This contribution is therefore unrestricted funding for successful applicants to use however they wish.

A wide range of organisations may apply including social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, for profit organisations delivering a charitable project. Partnership bids are welcomed as long as there is one clearly identified lead organisation. The closing date for applications is the 31st May 2019.

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Funding for artists to develop their artistic practice

The next funding round of the Arts Council England’s Developing your Creative Practice programme has opened for applications.

Arts Council England is looking for exciting, ambitious proposals that allow applicants to take that important next step in the way they make their work. Applicants are encouraged to consider their long-term needs and proposals can cover creative research and development or building skills through international exchange. Examples might include:

  • Creative media and the wider creative industries e.g. film or audio, design or gaming
  • Technology, including digital technology e.g. virtual reality or live-streaming
  • Other non-arts organisations or settings e.g. residential-care providers, or a science organisation
  • Other non-arts cultural forms or sectors e.g. health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport

This fund is only open to individuals over the age of 18 years who:

  • Are living and working in England
  • Have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context
  • Are working in Arts Council England’s supported disciplines i.e. they will be dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Awards of £2, 000 – £10,000 (from a total pot of £3.6 million per year) are made through quarterly rounds. Funded project activities can last up to one year. The closing date for applications will be the 16th May 2019. For further information or to check eligibility contact Arts Council England by or phone 0845 300 6200).

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Funding for music making activities

The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, the charitable Trust established by the composer to encourage the music of the future, has announced that it is open for applications.

Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available with the average grant being £2,000. Grants are awarded for the development of group music making, especially involving young people. Because of the Trust’s link with a major composer, the Trustees wish to see composition as central to projects put forward for support. Projects in and out of schools or in community situations will be considered. The Trustees will consider applications for first-time initiatives as well as the development of existing projects.

Successful applications will have demonstrated that they:

  • Involve young people and aim to open young people’s ears, to stimulate creativity in sound and provide a springboard for young composers to move forward with aspiration.
  • Are aiming for music making of high quality within the project context which may take many different styles and forms.
  • Take place in or out of school, college or university, or in community settings and where young composers are involved that the project will assist their professional development.
  • Demonstrate artistic leadership i.e. that the artistic leader/s involved in the project (composer, musician, conductor, director, workshop leader etc.) should be clearly identified and named in the application.
  • Show how the project will be planned managed and evaluated and who will be responsible for the management of the schedule, the participants, appointment of the leaders, evaluation and the budget.

In 2017, the Foundation awarded grants to the value of £15,000. The trustees generally hold one meeting a year, in the autumn and the closing date for applications is Friday 30th September 2019.

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Funding available to music creators to develop their career

The Do it Differently Fund offered by Help Musicians UK is designed to help independent, entrepreneurial music creators to build their career. Grants are offered under the following two strands:

  • Recording & Releasing
  • Touring & Live Development

Grants of £500 – £3,000 can cover professional development opportunities and creative projects at a crucial point in the artist’s career. Successful applicants will also be able to access a suite of wellbeing and development services worth up to £2,000, including business development sessions, education around “healthy” touring practices, online CBT and wellbeing tools, specialist hearing assessment, bespoke hearing protection and short-term treatment of performance related conditions.

Please note that PR & Marketing and Equipment costs can only account for up to 50% of the total grant request. For example, if you apply for the full grant amount of £3,000, a maximum of £1,500 can be allocated towards PR & Marketing and Equipment. Applications exceeding this limitation will be regarded as ineligible.

The fund is open to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines, with a focus on independent music creators who can evidence self-sufficiency in one or more aspects of their career (e.g. self-managing, self-releasing, self-producing). Applicants can be a solo artist, composer, group member, songwriter, producer or a multidisciplinary artist. Bands or ensembles of up to 6 members can also apply.

Applicants must be aged over 18, based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here and been a resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years and also have an active career and track record. The application deadline is Friday 17 May 2019.

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Grants for the conservation of wildlife and the environment

Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust. The Trust makes grants of between £250 and £1,000 (sometimes up to £5,000) to general, environmental and wildlife charities, so long as they are registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales or they are exempt or excepted charities (within the meaning of the Charities Act 2011).

The Trust also make grants to charities which focus on the conservation of wildlife and the environment which are typically in the £1,000 to £2,000 range.

Supported charities will be small in size or be applying for support for a modest project, such that the grant will have a meaningful impact. There are no deadlines, grants may be made towards revenue, capital or project expenditure and email, postal or online applications are accepted.

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

Tel: 01254 585825

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