Funding insight update 05.06.19

Published Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 11:02

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.

Blackburn with Darwen Funding Fayre

Wednesday 19th June10am to 2pm (lunch included)
Come along and find out about grants from £500 to the hundreds of thousands. We’ll have lots of information on a range of funding opportunities. The National Lottery Community Fund will be present providing information on Awards for All, Reaching Communities or their Partnership Fund. There will be an expert session on the funding portal and will have information at hand relating to Big Local, BwD Community Fund, the ESF Community Grants (for Round 2), Heritage Lottery, Postcode Lottery,Sport England and lots more.

Email to confirm attendance.

Funding opportunities greater than £100,000

Funding for the installation of affordable heating systems in disadvantaged households

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

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

The Fund is split into three categories:

  • Category 1 – Urban homes and communities – to supply new gas heating systems which provide space heating and domestic hot water. It could also include heat network solutions.
  • Category 2 – Rural homes and communities – a focus on ‘non-gas’ solutions which may include air source heat pumps, oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
  • Category 3 – Specific energy efficient/health related solutions – this may involve national or regional programmes which bring together relevant organisations and charities to promote energy efficiency and/or health related programmes in relation to fuel poverty.

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Funding for the prevention of youth crime and violence

The first round of a new fund that aims to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending is now open for applications and will close on the 23rd July 2019. Grants of up to £200,000 for up to two years work will be available to support programmes and community partnerships working with children aged 10 – 14 who are at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. Charities and social enterprises, public sector agencies (including schools, local authorities, police forces) and for-profit organisations with experience of working with young people are invited to apply to the Youth Endowment Fund.

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending. This open call will fund and evaluate interventions whilst also building up knowledge of what works to prevent young people being drawn into crime and violence. Funded interventions will have demonstrated a clear theory of change which explains how they reduce offending that is informed by the available evidence.

Applications from charities and social enterprises, public sector agencies (including schools, local authorities, police forces) and for-profit organisations operating in England and/or Wales are welcomed. Organisations can apply in partnership, with one organisation as the lead applicant.

Applicants need to have experience of working with young people (either directly, or indirectly in a way which improves their outcomes) and if the funding is sought for an existing intervention, it must be used to expand this work.

Up to two years of funding is available; there is no upper limit but applicants must be in a position to use the first £100,000 of funding within the first six months of the grant i.e. October 2019 – March 2020. The funding will cover the costs of delivering the intervention including staff costs.

A series of briefings and webinars have been organised for potential applicants between the 3rd and 12th June 2019.

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New £10 million fund for urban tree planting now

A new fund has opened that will support the planting of 130,000 trees across England’s towns and cities. Announced by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs the new £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) will offer grants over the next two years to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. This will be a challenge fund that will require applicants to find match funding. The Fund is now open for block bids i.e. for funding for multiple projects under one application, which can be geographically dispersed across England or focused in a local area. The closing date is midnight on 28th July 2019.

The scheme will be administered by the Forestry Commission, grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

The scheme will support projects which can provide the greatest environmental and social benefits. A map will be available to check eligibility before applying.

In Year One block bids only are invited. Individual applications will be available in Year Two and will be aimed at smaller organisations or community groups who are looking to deliver much smaller scale projects. All applicants must have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of the grant agreement and be planting in an urban location.

The fund provides up to 50% of published standard costs for planting large and small trees and their establishment costs. The remaining funding must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour.

The closing date is midnight on 28th July 2019.

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

Funding for projects that use the arts and media to address the concerns of children

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.  The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.  A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling.  Supported projects will support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals.

Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.  The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available; though the majority of grants we make are likely to be in the region of £5,000 to £20,000.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Examples of grants awarded include:

  • Dance in Devon, £20,550 over 2 years to deliver ‘All Aboard’, a new inclusive dance project for very young disabled and non-disabled children and their families.
  • Discover Story Centre, Stratford, £30,988 over 2 years to expand the scope and scale its work with children 0-3 years old by creating 8 original story productions.
  • The Paper Birds Theatre Company, £21,102 over 1 year to develop ‘In the Red’, a performing arts project for up to 60 young people, ages 11-18 to take place across SW England, in collaboration with 3 regional theatres.

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Grants of up to £30,000 Available to Support Disadvantaged and Neglected Children

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:

  • Trewirgie Junior School which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantage children aged 7-11;
  • Corley Special School in Coventry which received a grant of £6,000 to provide lunchtime horse riding sessions for children with disabilities; and
  • Horton Park Primary School which received a grant of £10,000 to deliver a series of holiday activities for young people.

The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 2nd September 2019.

Useful Links:

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Grants available for charities working with older people

The Dunhill Medical Trust offers two funding schemes for community-based organisations which work directly with older people who need some form of extra support to make everyday living that bit easier:

Project Grants cover applications of between £5,000 – £40,000 for time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people which are innovative and/or based on evidence of best practice and which can become self-sustaining within a planned period. Priority will be given to services which are focused on older people, enhance existing mainstream services and which are not currently funded by statutory organisations elsewhere in the UK.  The Trust will expect the beneficiary organisation to have a robust plan to create the ongoing revenue to maintain the service as the charitable funding diminishes and to have processes in place to ensure minimum disruption to the beneficiaries in implementing these plans. Grants can support up to 36 months work.

Building and Infrastructure Grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 are awarded for the provision of accommodation /developments in the built environment for older people to enhance and maintain their health, well-being and independence and/or specific pieces of equipment or furnishings which can be used for the care and support of individuals. Priority will be given to care facilities which are focused specifically on older people and where it has not been possible to obtain the necessary funding from statutory organisations. The beneficiary organisation is required to give a written commitment to bear the revenue costs of the environment and/or equipment, including its maintenance and staffing.

Applications can only be considered from organisations or groups which are charitable as defined by UK charity law. This includes UK registered charities and relevant exempt charities.

The next funding round will open on the 1st July 2019 with a closing date of the deadline of the 30th August 2019.

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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.

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Funding opportunities under £25,000

Funding for community based projects

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

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

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

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

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

Projects funded in 2018 included:

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

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Broadband for rural communities

Business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing new gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project. Two or more businesses applying together can use vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. Vouchers are offered as part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme and only apply to new broadband connections. The scheme will end on 31st March 2021.

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme is seen as a great opportunity for businesses to get access to full fibre connections, which can provide a huge leap forward in connection speeds.

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 30Mbps can use vouchers to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. Applicants will need to check the Voucher Scheme Terms & Conditions to ensure they are eligible to apply.

This offer applies to Group projects i.e. where two or more residents and/or SMEs get together to combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. Single connections are not eligible for additional funding.

Eligibility for a rural gigabit voucher can be checked by looking up your postcode in the postcode search. The search lists suppliers active in your area and your chosen supplier will be able to advise and support your eligibility and guide you through the process.

The scheme will end on 31st March 2021.

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Grants for inter faith projects organised by young people

Small Grants of up to £800 are available from the Inter Faith Youth Trust for events and activities that promote understanding and co-operation between different faiths groups and are organised for and by young people aged 11-25 years. Applications are welcomed from non-statutory organisations e.g. youth clubs, scout and guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations. Bids can also be made by Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faith groups and from those of no formal faith. Activities planned should take place around Inter Faith Week which in 2019 takes place between the 10th and 17th of November.

The Inter Faith Youth Trust, the only UK charitable trust solely to fund inter faith projects for young people. The Trust funds projects that bring together young people of different faiths to improve collaboration and understanding.

Priority is given to projects that:

  • Actively involve young people in the planning, running and evaluation of the project.
  • Promote positive action i.e. involve young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems, for example, improving green spaces.
  • Are run by UK based non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout or guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.
  • Focus on children and young people aged 11-25.

More information, examples of activities and tips on how to make the most of the event can be found in the Toolkit available to download from the Inter Faith Week website.

Activities funded in 2017 included:

Northern College for Residential and Community Adult Education, Barnsley, put on an Inter faith Weeks display.

Batley Grammar School organised a week of themed activities including a quiz and a whole school Sikhism Day with workshops and a visiting speaker.

Banbury and Bicester College served themed food in its canteens all week offering multi-cultural dishes including Kosher, Vega and Halal food.

Find out more about activities previously funded here

The deadline for applications is the 24th August 2019.

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Grants of £10,000 available for capital projects benefiting disadvantaged people

The Clothworkers Foundation awards grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). The Open Grants Programme is for organisations with a gross annual income of less than £250,000.

Grants are awarded towards capital projects and may cover the cost of:

  • Buildings: Purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.
  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: Including (but is not limited to) office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment.
  • Vehicles: Including a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4 (new vehicles are unlikely to be funded).

Grants of up to £10,000 are available with the average amount being £7,000. Large and small projects can be funded, the size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of the applicant organisation and the cost and scale of the capital project. The total cost of the project must be less than £100,000.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the work of the organisation fits within one or more of the Foundations programme areas which are:

  • Alcohol & substance misuse
  • Disadvantaged minority communities
  • Disadvantaged young people
  • Domestic & sexual abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Older people
  • People with disabilities
  • Prisoners & ex-offenders
  • Visual impairment

At least 50% of service users benefiting from the capital project must be from one or more of these groups. Application Guidance and a list of exclusions can be found on the website.

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Grants to promote and secure better and safer roads

Grants and bursaries of between £5,000 -£25,000 are available for research, education and community projects with the aim of promoting and securing better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users. Funded activity includes courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, for example roadside parks and open spaces. Deadlines for applications to the Rees Jeffries Road Fund are two weeks before trustees’ meetings. The next meeting is the 25th June 2019; followed by the 10th September and the 3rd December 2019.

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

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

Priority is given to projects which lie outside the scope of other funders such as government agencies and research councils. The Fund also welcomes applications that include contributions from other funders.

Eligible applicants include educational institutions, charities and social enterprises. There is no upper or lower limit for grant applications although grants most commonly fall in the range £5,000 – £25,000.

Grants awarded in 2018/19 included:

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

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‘Step Up!’: the AstraZeneca young health global grants programme

‘Step Up!’: The AstraZeneca Young Health Global Grants Programme, is now open for applications. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to non-profit and charitable organisations to fund innovative approaches to improving young people’s health.

The Programme seeks grant applications for projects which:

  • Focus on health promotion and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention in young people
  • Are aimed at people younger than 30
  • Have opportunities for youth involvement and leadership
  • Demonstrate innovation and can be scaled up
  • Are diverse

Priority is given to projects that:

  • Are well thought through, with realistic and easy to measure outcomes
  • Identify or meet new or unmet needs
  • Are in low-income and middle-income countries, and countries where AstraZeneca has no community investment activity
  • Are led by young people
  • Engage AstraZeneca employees
  • Engage external stakeholders
  • Move from ideas into action
  • Are innovative
  • Have the potential to grow, scale up and access other forms of funding.

The closing date is 8th July 2019.

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Funding to support arts projects

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st October 2019.

The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including:

  • Opera
  • Lieder
  • Composition

The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as:

  • Colleges
  • Arts Festivals
  • Other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

Funding is available towards:

  • Tuition or coaching costs
  • To participate in external competitions
  • To be supported for a specially arranged performance

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Grants for talented music writers and producers

Funding is available to UK based songwriters and producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits.  The aim is to support the creation of new music. The funding is open to those music professionals who have a previous track record and who are proactive with their careers. Grants of up to £10,000 are on offer together with in-kind support from the PRS Foundation staff and team. Up to 12 songwriters / writer-producers are supported each year.

The Writer Producer Fund initiated by PRS Foundation with The BASCA Trust (formerly known as the Ivors Academy Trust) and is now delivered by The PRS Foundation.

Songwriters and writer-producers who are UK based and PRS for Music members with a CAE number with at least 3 commercially exploited works are eligible to apply. For those without evidence of commercially exploited works, the Foundation will ask the applicant to name at least 5 credited works registered with PRS for Music.

Applications can be made by songwriters / producers directly or by their representatives i.e. Co- writers (published & unpublished); managers; music publishers; lawyers or trusted advisors.

The Fund is also open to songwriters/producer-writers who perform as a way of making money, or to those known as artists who want to forge careers as songwriters, but the grant will only cover the development of songwriting.

Grants can cover a number of career development areas including:

  • Time to create
  • Recording
  • Production fees
  • Training / Creative / Professional development
  • Mix fees
  • Studio hire
  • Purchase of equipment / software / hardware (covers up to 25% of costs)
  • Tracking
  • Musician fees
  • Marketing and promotional costs related to songs/tracks reaching an audience
  • PR Manager to help build their profiles as songwriters
  • UK writing space rental / Lease
  • Maternity leave and child care

The next deadline is 24th June at 6pm.

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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

Round 2 for 2019 closes on 30th June with decisions being announced on 25th August 2019.

Use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find the nearest shop.

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Neighbourhood planning grants

Groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for grants through the neighbourhood planning grant scheme.

The scheme provides three types of grants.

Basic grant funding of up to £9,000 to undertake a neighbourhood plan;

Groups meeting the eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant).  Groups are eligible to apply for the additional funding if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Allocating sites for housing
  • Including design codes in your plan
  • A designated business neighbourhood plan
  • A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan
  • A Neighbourhood Area with a population of over 25,000

Grants of up to £10,000 for groups that wish to evaluate the case for bringing forward affordable housing for sale by undertaking housing needs assessments and other relevant studies.

In addition, the scheme includes professional support and advice on technical or process issues.  All grant funding must be spent within 12 months of the offer of funding.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

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Travel grants for international school visits

Travel grants are now available to enable groups of secondary school pupils to visit a partner school in any country (Europe, or wider World) for a minimum of four nights. Visits can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills. Priority is given to applications that feature young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as visitors or hosts. Offered through a new £2.5 million Department for Education programme in partnership with the British Council, it is anticipated that the visits will offer up to 20 students at a time per school a truly intercultural experience. Visits must be started by 31st May 2020; the last date for applications is 14th February 2020.

Priority will be given to applications that show the school, or the group of students being visited, have significant levels of disadvantage (e.g., Pupil Premium, Opportunity Area, Index of Multiple Deprivation, Additional Needs etc) and those who will gain the most from this experience.

The trip must be centred around a visit to a partner school with the two peer groups of young people engaging on a theme and learning together. Young people are encouraged to stay with host families where possible.

Grants of up to £11,000 for the EU and wider Europe and up to £16,500 for the rest of the world can cover international travel for pupils and accompanying teachers, accommodation and subsistence, local transport and administration costs of up to £500. Grants can cover up to 100% of the total costs of the visit and it is anticipated that the average visit will comprise up to 20 pupils and 2 to 3 teachers.

Apply at any time before the 14th February 2020.

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Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence

The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities and not for profit organisations operating for the public good to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams.

The Foundation has two funding programmes:

  • A Facebook Grant programme (which provides £5,000 of funding to spend on Facebook advertising, with potential scale-up funding of up to £10,000)
  • A Website Grant Programme (which provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training).

The Transform Foundation specifically target mid-sized organisations with a turnover of £350,000 – £30 million; or those organisations that have the internal resources to follow-up the Transform Foundation grant with internal investments.

There is a two stage application process. Stage 1 is a simple online form to check eligibility criteria and that the applicant has a clear, measurable plan for deploying the funding to generate income or impact. Stage 2 consists of a face to face or online meeting with the Foundation or their partners.  Decisions are usually made within 21 days of the stage 2 meeting.

Applications for Stage 1 applications can be made at any time.

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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 deadline for applications is 1st October 2019.

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Funding available to support local good causes

The Morrison’s Foundation awards grants to community projects that improve people’s lives.

Applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change.

Grants may be applied for by any charity which is registered with the Charity Commission (England and Wales) or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (Scotland) that have financial information dating back to 2012. Applicants must also have raised some funding towards the project elsewhere.

Projects supported have ranged from support groups to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices across England, Scotland and Wales. In 2018, a total of £9,717,536 was distributed to 807 organisations which included:

  • Groundwork London received a grant of £11,578 to run a series of activities for people at risk of social isolation.
  • Friends of East Preston School received a grant of £5,000 to replace their old and dilapidated outdoor trim trail.
  • Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice received a grant of £20,000 to buy a new minibus and run activity trips for young patients.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis can be submitted at any time and there is no specific grant amount that can be applied for.

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

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