Funding insight update 30.05.19

Published Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 11:31

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 to regenerate historic high streets

Not-for-profit organisations such as local authorities, charitable trusts, or other public sector organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations can apply to a new £44 million fund to regenerate and revive historic high streets in England.  Grants of between £250,000 and £2 million are available through the Historic England High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme (HSHAZ) to deliver physical improvements and cultural and community activities to regenerate historic high streets or town centres. Historic England is now inviting Expressions of Interest as the first of a two-phase selection process.

The Expression of Interest stage is the only competitive phase of the selection process. Successful applicants will be invited to develop a full programme design.

In order to be considered for funding, applications will centre on a HSHAZ that is:

  • In a Conservation Area
  • Delivered through a partnership, and include the local authority as a partner (the local authority does not need to be the lead partner, but there needs to be evidence of their commitment to the initiative)
  • Delivered with demonstrable support of the local community
  • Capable of delivery (scheme completion) in four years (April 2020 to March 2024).

Grants can cover physical works, activities to help people engage with heritage, and work to help to develop the scheme. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 12 noon on the 12th July 2019. Completed forms should be sent to .  More information on the application process can be found in the guidance document.

Find out more here

Urban Tree Challenge Fund

A new £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities. Through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, grants will be made available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the government’s target to plant one million urban trees by 2022.

The scheme, which will be administered by the Forestry Commission, will be open to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

The grant will be delivered as a challenge fund, and therefore match funding will be required from those who apply.

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

More details and closing dates will be published when the Fund opens in late May 2019.

Find out more here

Funding for music making projects for young people in challenging circumstances

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector. The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects. Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of three separate funds. These are:

  • Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects;
  • Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 – £150,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work;

In applying for funding schools will have to justify how the activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding.

The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 2nd August 2019 and Fund B 5pm on the 8th November 2019.

Find out more here

Wellcome Foundation’s Public Engagement Fund for involving people in health research and innovation

The Wellcome Foundation’s Public Engagement Fund is open to commercial and not-for-profit organisations and individuals working in the arts, culture, entertainment media, heritage, leisure, education, research, informal learning or other fields for projects that focus on health (even where this is not the main focus or core activity of the applicant). The Foundation seeks creative ideas about how to engage the public in health research that focus on people, helping everyone play their own role in improving health. Work which promotes diversity and inclusion and engages people and communities who are affected by social and economic disadvantage is particularly welcomed.

Funded projects will offer creative approaches to engage the public by:

  • Empowering people
  • Improving health research
  • Helping people to value and think critically about science, health research, innovation and the role these play in society

Projects funded will be innovative or a new way of working; a development of an already successful activity that can be scaled up, made sustainable and cost-effective; or an existing activity that can be replicated with a new audience, e.g. a different demographic or location.

Grants of £25,000 to £3 million are awarded to projects taking place in the UK, Republic of Ireland or low and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific region for work lasting up to 3 years.

Applications for grants under £250,000 are considered through a single stage application process four times a year – the next deadline is 5pm on the 9th July 2019.

Grants over £250,000 are considered throughout the year following the submission of an expression of interest – apply at any time.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Camden People’s Theatre which received a grant of £20,000 for its production “Fog Everywhere”. This is a collaboration between Camden People’s Theatre (CPT), King’s College London’s Lung Biology Group and a group of young people based in Camden looking at the impact of air pollution in the capital, explored through a playful folk history of the London fog.
  • The Infers Group received a grant of £100,000 for its Arting health for impact project which explores the potential of using street art and collaborative design to engage the public on science and health in Botswana, India and South Africa. The project plans to forge collaborations between biomedical researchers, street artists and community members so they can interact with each other and create culturally-relevant and sensitive art installations in each of these countries.

Find out more here

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

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Futures Fund

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust recognises that climate change caused by human activity is threatening the well-being of humanity and that the wealthiest countries and individuals are responsible for a disproportionate share of emissions, whilst the poorest countries and sections of society are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In order to tackle this issue, the Sustainable Futures fund focuses grant making on:

  • Identifying the true costs and risks of resource depletion, climate change and other environmental problems
  • Campaigns, initiatives and work that promote alternatives to consumerism
  • Campaigns and movements that give a voice to young activists and marginalised groups on issues of economic and environmental justice.

Grants are available from a few hundred pounds to over £100,000 and may be single payments or spread over up to three years. Funding priorities are:

  • Better economics – with grants funding work that explores how sustainability rather than traditional forms of economic growth
  • Beyond consumerism – funded work will include that which engages people individually and collectively in moving culture away from consumerism and towards more sustainable ways of living
  • New Voices – funding for campaigns and movements that enable marginalised groups and young activists to have a voice in decisions which affect them

The deadline to apply is the 2nd September 2019.

Find out more here

Funding for community centres and village halls

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £7,500 and £60,000. Grants can be used to fund new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.

Grants will be made to projects centered on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional Village Halls are also supported.

Applications can be submitted at any time and should show that, in urban areas, the venue is in the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation or, in rural areas, in the most deprived 50% of the Indices.

Previous projects supported include:

  • £25,000 to Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust towards the cost of building an extension to the kitchen of a busy community café as part of a major expansion project at a community centre in Preston.
  • £18,000 towards the cost of Ty Talcen Community & Visitor Centre as part of the regeneration of the rural community of Myddfai in Carmarthenshire.
  • £16,193 to Islay & Jura Community Enterprises towards the cost of refurbishing a leisure centre which focusses on providing facilities for disadvantaged and deprived members of the two Hebridean islands.

Find out more here

Funding to support youth organisations

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.

The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Organisations may be planning to:

  • Replicating a programme or service
  • Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
  • Spreading a technology or skill
  • Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
  • Influencing attitudes

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Previous projects supported through the Youth Fund include:

The British Youth Council (BYC) which received a grant of £60,000 over 24 months. BYC is the national youth council for the UK. Each year it supports up to 2,000 young people to participate in local youth councils or national networks, such as the UK Youth Parliament and Make Your Mark referendum campaign.  The funding was used to develop its income generation capability and enable BYC to offer participation training to frontline staff.

The London Youth Support Trust (LYST) received a grant of £60,000 over 24 months. LYST is a youth enterprise charity that aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to start their own businesses. Through this grant LYST plans to expand its business incubation and support programme nationally, opening two enterprise centres out of London, in locations where youth unemployment is an issue. Funding would enable the team to focus on fundraising, build relationships with potential partners, and research and formalise an appropriate structure moving forward.

Find out more here

Funding available for projects that improve parental engagement in maths for secondary students

Nesta in partnership with Tata have launched the £40,000 Solving Together Fund will be open to applicants until 9 am 24th June 2019 with the aim of supporting two high-potential, early-stage interventions using digital technology to improve parental engagement in maths for secondary students (11-16 years old). The fund is part of Math’s Mission a partnership set up by Tata and Nesta in 2017 aiming to find innovative new ways to increase young people’s interest in maths, and improve their maths skills.

The Solving Together Fund is open to organisations implementing their work in UK schools, with a particular interest in applicants working in communities with lower educational outcomes.

There is a well-established connection between young people’s success at school and levels of parental engagement, but the evidence on what interventions work is mixed. This fund will contribute towards building the evidence base on which technology interventions work in improving parental engagement.

Social enterprises, charities and private enterprises are all welcome to apply. Interventions can be delivered within the school curriculum, in non-curriculum time or outside of schools. The fund is open to organisations that are in the early-stages of developing their intervention, perhaps having had positive results in one school but hoping to spread to new locations, or organisations that have tested their intervention in many schools but would like to run a pilot in a new context, for example moving from primary schools to secondary schools.

The Solving Together Fund grants will support grantees with their:

  • Implementation – testing their projects in more locations or a new context in order to further improve and refine them and reach more schools, parents and students
  • Evidence – supporting organisations to gather further insights into the effectiveness of their intervention, that can be used to improve the intervention

Find out more here

Rescue Boat Grant Fund

The Inshore and inland rescue boat grant scheme was launched by the UK government in 2014. It offers vital financial support to charitable organisations running local lifeboat and rescue boat services on and around the UK’s inland and inshore waterways.

So far, the fund has paid for 82 new boats, more than 1,800 items of equipment for rescue operations and in excess of 5,000 items of crew kit to keep volunteers safe on missions, for example Bolton Mountain Rescue Team received funding for a new boat, new engines and other life-saving equipment worth more than £40,000. All the projects funded so far can be viewed on an interactive map.

Applications are invited each financial year to bid for grants to be used within that year to meet costs of equipment and other items that support rescue operations (including flood rescue). The Fund will open during Maritime Safety Week in July 2019 when application guidelines and the closing date will also be published.

Find out more here

Funding opportunities under £25,000

Funding to support leisure activities for people with physical disabilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trustees meet quarterly to consider grant applications.

Find out more here

Funding available for projects working with disadvantaged people and communities

Small charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in Gloucestershire (including Bristol and South Gloucestershire), Hampshire (including Southampton and the Isle of Wight), Kent, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 to the Henry Smith Charity County Grants Scheme.

The funding available can cover running costs, salaries, projects and small capital projects or expenditure.

Projects can last between 1 and 3 years and to be eligible the applicant organisation need to have a turnover of up to £250,000 (up to £1m if activities are county-wide).

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines.

Projects supported in the past include:

  • Abbey Physic Community Garden in ken received a grant of £15,000 towards three years’ salary of a Garden Manager at a project providing therapeutic horticultural activities for vulnerable people.
  • Age Concern Farncombe received a grant of £10,000 towards one year’s running costs of a project in Surrey that helps ensure isolated older people can access a day centre.

Find out more here

Funding for projects that combat abuse and violation of human rights

The Trust supports UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights and to support the disadvantaged by fostering community action. The Trust is particularly focused on charities supporting unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. This can include:

  • Prisoners and penal reform
  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Human rights, particularly access to justice.

The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links. The next closing date for applications is the 28th July 2019.

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Funding for creative cross-border music projects

The PRS Foundation has announced that its Beyond Borders programme has re-opened for applications. Beyond Borders is a co-commissioning and touring programme that aims to stimulate and strengthen cross-border collaborations between music creators, performers and presenters. It supports the creation, touring and promotion of innovative and high-quality new music across all genres and encourages engagement with audiences across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland through multiple performances and digital activity.

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects that include new commissions, recordings and repeat performances of music written in the past five years. Support is given to up to 8-10 projects per year that represent:

  • Innovation and quality within the music, programming and performances, and potential for national/international profile.
  • Strength and depth of collaboration between cross-border organisations/ensembles/bands and potential for partnership legacy.
  • Potential audience reach and impact and the strength of plans for public engagement.

Previous Beyond Borders successes have included:

  • Songs of Separation, a collective of 10 female English and Scottish folk musicians whose album won ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017.
  • David Fennessy’s ‘Panopticon’, commissioned by Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha, which won the Scottish Award for New Music for Small Scale work.
  • Martin Green’s ‘Flit’, combining live music and animation which reflects on first hand stories of migration.

The submission deadline is Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

Find out more here

Funding to support disadvantaged young people and offenders

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st July 2019.

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with:

  • Young offenders;
  • Prisoners and ex-prisoners;
  • Young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK or in larger areas should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year.

Applicants must show that they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for the future, which should include replacement funding if appropriate.

For further advice and information about the Company’s Charitable Grants or to receive an application form by e-mail, please contact Anne Howe, Charities Officer Tel:  020 7606 1155 / e-mail:

To apply for a grant, complete the application form online, then print the form and mail it to The Weavers’ Company together with your supporting documents.

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Grants to encourage people to play sport

Formally constituted not for profit organisations and statutory bodies including sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport are eligible to apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 to cover capital and revenue costs for projects that help more people regardless of age, background or ability, to play more sport or to be more active more often. Projects can be up to three years in duration.

The focus of the Grants Programme is on adults and young people predominantly aged 14 or over. Projects working with mixed age groups may be considered if there is a particular focus on people aged 14 plus which meet one or more of the aims of Sport England’s ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy:

  • Get inactive people to become more active
  • Develop lasting sporting habits
  • Engender more positive attitudes among young people
  • Develop more diverse volunteers
  • Improve progression and inclusion among the most talented

Projects working with mixed age groups may still be considered if there is a focus on people aged 14 and over. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Recently supported projects include:

  • £9,984 to Folkstone Academy for their Padded American Football Team;
  • £10,000 to the Swimming Trust for their Young Swimming Teacher Development Scheme
  • £1,006 to St. Mary The Virgin, Goldington’s PCC for an indoor bowls mat and winding trolley.

Find out more here

Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme

State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have or want to improve their libraries can apply for funding through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme.  Priority will be given to primary schools and to funding library books.  Secondary schools are eligible, but primary schools are a higher priority. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks.

Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future. Applications can be made for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.  Applications will be strengthened if the PTA/Friends group can support the project.

Past projects funded by the Foundation include:

  • Milton School, Mexborough which received £20,000 towards improving and extending the learning facilities.
  • Forest Fields Primary and Nursery School, Nottingham which received £10,000 towards a literacy project across a partnership of 13 primary schools in Nottingham to engage reluctant boy readers in year 3.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Funding for projects that support disadvantaged young people

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.

Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.

Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit i.e. schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc.   In the case of schools this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.

The Fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. The next deadline is 11:59pm on the 13th September 2019.

Examples of projects funded include:

  • Castle Wood School, Coventry: £89,779 to provide a fortnightly Saturday Club for disabled children and young people. A diverse range of activities will help develop life skills, provide social opportunities and improve confidence and self-esteem through making new friends.
  • Rowan Gate Primary School, Northamptonshire: £24,715 to provide weekly film making sessions for disabled children. The project will develop communication and media skills and increase independence.
  • St Joseph’s School and Community Steering Group, Allerdale: £61,480 for a project that will provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity.

Find out more here

Funding for links with Japan

Grants of £2,000 – £7,000 are available to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and other projects and events. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

Projects that have received funding in the past include:

  • Beckfoot School (Bingley) which received a grant of £3,000 to support a two-week curriculum-based school exchange visit by ten students and two teachers to Hiroshima Kokusai High School;
  • Dene Magna School which received a grant of £4,000 to support a school exchange visit by three teachers and nine pupils to enhance links established in 2002 with two partner schools in Okinawa and to consolidate Japanese as part of its curriculum.

The next closing date for applications is the 30th September 2019.

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Funding for cultural and educational links with Japan

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next application deadline for its grants making programme is the 15th September 2019.

Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc. that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding. The Foundation’s grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000 for larger-scale projects.

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

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

Organisations that have successfully applied to the foundation include:

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

Find out more here

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

The Foundation supports projects, institutions and activities in three areas:

Jewish Life and Learning – applications are invited from academic institutions specialising in Jewish subjects and from bodies promoting Jewish culture, including museums, libraries and literary publications.

Performing Arts (excluding music) – financial support for charities with a record of artistic excellence that require additional funding, not available from public sources or commercial sponsorship, to broaden their repertoire or develop work of potentially outstanding interest which cannot be funded from the usual sources.

Music – support in those areas of music performance and education which do not readily attract backing from commercial sponsors or other funding bodies, or which are not eligible for public funding.

Applications are invited from smaller charitable organisations only; the Trustees will not consider approaches from large charities who are well represented on the High Street or their local branch offices.

Previous projects supported include:

  • £5,000 per year for 3 years to Little Angel Theatre as support for Little Angel Studios, a new building dedicated to education, community and outreach work.
  • £3,250 to The Voices Foundation for 1-Year Foundation Programme in a cluster of five schools in Essex to ensure that every child irrespective of ability, means or background has access to high quality music education through singing and the use of equipment
  • £6,000 a year for three years to Anne Frank Trust UK to fund educational work in three schools.

The next deadline to apply is the 21st August 2019.

 Find out more here

Grants for projects supporting young people

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust has announced that Grant Round 2 for 2019 will open on 1st July 2019. To apply for this grant round, applicants must be seeking funding for projects relating to young people aged between 11 and 25 years that meet the following criteria:

  • Child exploitation
  • Mentoring and support
  • Clubs and activities

Priority will be given to projects that address mental health.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for revenue projects only.

Only Registered or exempt Charities may apply. For this Round, eligible charities will have an operating income of a minimum of £100,000 and maximum of £1,000,000.

Grant Round 2 for 2019 will open on 1st July and close on 31st July 2019.

Find out more here

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant

UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity working to help those at disadvantage in society can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support. Grants of between £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved in directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Previous grants have gone to organisations supporting young people in applying for jobs and towards the purchase of a portable multi-sensory environment, that will turn any room into a sensory room.

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 the 5th August 2019.

Projects previously funded include:

  • SASH, an organisation that provides guidance on creating CVs and applying for jobs to aid homeless 16 to 25-year olds, received £985.
  • Byker Community Association received £500 to buy new books and build an interactive story hub designed by the children of Byker themselves.

Find out more here

Funding available for small community projects

The Co-op Local Community Fund uses money raised by Co-op members to support local projects across the UK that are of benefit to local communities. Every time a member shops at the Co-op 1% of the amount spent on selected own-brand products and services goes to the local community fund. New causes are chosen every 12 months and priority will be given to projects run by small, local organisations. Members can choose which cause their 1% goes to, any money raised by members who don’t select a cause will be added to the money raised from shopping bag sales and shared equally between the causes in their local area. Successful applicants will be paid a share of the funding every 6 months. Grant amounts vary as they are drawn from the total pot available in the local community – potential applicants can find out how much is available in their community here

To be eligible projects must meet the values of the Co-op either by:

  • Helping a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces
  • Supporting the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities
  • Helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills

Eligible applicants will be community groups; social enterprises; registered charities; small unregistered charities (who have an income of less than £5,000 a year); community amateur sports clubs; scout, guide or woodcraft folk groups.

Projects or events supported must also:

  • Take place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • Not have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious organisation)
  • Meet the Co-op’s values
  • Take place or will still be running after November 2020
  • Benefit the local community

Apply by the 16th June 2019.

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Funding for expressive and creative children’s play projects

The Froebelian Trust has announced that it has re-opened its Innovation Grants scheme. The vision of the Froebelian Trust is a world in which childhood is valued in its own right and each child’s capacity and potential is recognised. The Trust has allocated a fund of £40,000 for new applications to the 2019 Innovation Grants Programme. The programme supports projects that offer new ways and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively to achieve high quality learning and education.

Registered charities, schools and international charities can apply for projects spread over 1 or 2 years that support children between the ages of 0-8 to play expressively and creatively and that apply at least one of the Trust’s named Froebelian principles.

Projects funded will contribute to the strategic objectives of the Trust which are to demonstrate how the application of Froebelian principles provide high quality learning and education and increase the impact and visibility of the Trust. Projects will also address at least one of the Trust’s cross cutting themes which are:

  • Addressing disadvantage and valuing diversity
  • Childhood under stress (focusing on those environments in which young children cannot play freely or with agency)
  • Adult (staff and parental) engagement with young children

Grants can cover the costs of:

  • Personnel costs directly related to the project;
  • Direct activity and production costs;
  • Project administration costs where these are not already covered by other funding;
  • Project publicity costs, including launch event costs;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service checks, if required for applicants in the UK;
  • VAT on fees where VAT cannot be reclaimed.

The Trust is willing to pay full cost recovery but will expect that core organisational costs are proportional to the project costs and that the calculation basis is clear.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 24th June 2019. Any queries should be directed to the Grants Manager, Deborah Brodie

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