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Funding & Grants Briefing, 3rd. August 2018. FREE EXAMPLE.

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Forum Strategy – Funding & Grants Briefing, 3rd August 2018

Local Trust

Creative Civic Change is a new £4 million partnership programme between the Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Local Trust, which aims to help projects make a positive change in their community using the arts and creativity.

The programme will provide advice, mentoring and funding of between £50,000 and £300,000 in up to 10 local areas in England over the next three years.  Its aim is to support a range of creative projects and activities led by local communities to achieve their vision for the area and inspire others to use the arts and creativity to make a positive change.  The arts and creative activities included are up to the communities to choose and could anything from knitting, singing and drama to gardening, festival and parades.

At this first stage, they are inviting communities to simply say if they want to get involved.  Local Trust will then select some communities to work from autumn 2018 onwards, with the aim of supporting communities to develop their ideas further and devise the best programme to deliver these from spring 2019 onwards.

They are particularly interested in local communities in England which have often been overlooked for funding in the past, and may face some, or all, of these issues:

  • The decline of local industry
  • High levels of unemployment
  • A pressing need for services or activities
  • A high proportion of children in poverty
  • People in the area in poor health relative to the general population
  • Or other characteristics that demonstrate need

If your community would like to apply to get involved in the programme, you will need to provide further information about your local area, the sorts of things you have already done locally, and what you might want to achieve.  This information can be sent as a short form, a short video, or an audio file.

Deadline for community call interest is 28th September 2018.

For more information, please visit  http://localtrust.org.uk/our-work/creative-civic-change


Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme makes grants of over £10,000 supporting organisations with great ideas that enable local communities to thrive.  The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises and can be for up to five years.  It can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and/or capital costs.

They are looking for projects that are people-led, strength-based and connected.  They must also meet one or more of the following three priorities:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to these communities
  • Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

There is a two-stage application process, with only an outline of your project required in the first instance.  If successful, a Funding Officer will support you with what is needed for a full bid.  Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information, visit https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/reaching-communities-england


Power to Change

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is aimed at giving community groups the support to start setting up their own community business and transform their local area.  The key features of a community business are: they are locally routed, accountable to the local community, trading for the benefit of the local community, and have a broad community impact.

The fund will support successful community business ideas with one-to-one business start-up and development support, including the opportunity of a £15,000 grant.  The grant could pay for professional fees associated with governance, business planning, legal costs, feasibility studies, issues associated with taking on ownership of new assets, or wider community engagement.

Previously grants have supported community swimming baths, skateboard parks, community cookery courses, community transport scheme, community football club, and affordable housing.

Deadline for initial ideas is 14th August 2018

For more information, visit https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-business-bright-ideas/


First Step Enterprise Funding

The First Steps Enterprise Fund is a £300,000 pilot fund managed by Social Investment Business (SIB) on behalf of the Asda Foundation.   The fund offers loan-grant packages of up to £30,000 to charities and social enterprises working to improve lives in communities in England to help them grow their services and become more sustainable.

Organisations must be able to demonstrate that they address the needs of the local community and that the project will benefit their local community.

Preference is given to organisations that work in the following areas:

  • Older people
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employment for young people

Packages comprise 90% loan and 10% grant, with the loan element of the package charged at 5% (fixed) to be repaid over a period of four years with an optional capital holiday for the first year.

The first step in the application process is to arrange a simple telephone conversation about your idea.

For more information, visit  https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/firststeps


Home Office Fund for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse

As part of the Government’s commitment to tackling domestic abuse, the Home Office has launched a new £8 million fund, which will support interventions designed to support children who are exposed to domestic abuse.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of their ability to deliver suitable interventions to support children who are, or have been, exposed to domestic abuse. A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18.

Bids will be accepted from local commissioners, including:

  • PCCs
  • Local authorities
  • Health commissioners
  • Or from any other suitable organisations across England and Wales

Consortium bids incorporating larger and smaller organisations are particularly encouraged but must have a legal lead applicant.

Organisations must bid for a minimum amount of £500,000.

The deadline for applications is 19 September 2018.

For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/children-affected-by-domestic-abuse-fund


The British and Foreign School Society

The Society has created a new programme dedicated to improving approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children’ and young carers in the UK. They wish to support pilot novel approaches to improving the educational attainment of looked after children and young carers.

The programme outcomes are:

  1. Looked after children and young carers are provided with supplementary support that results in improved educational attainment.
  2. Interventions made in the delivery of supplementary educational support for looked after children and young carers are proven to be effective and scalable.
  3. There is greater alignment and coherence in the work of the voluntary sector, ensuring more successful educational outcomes for looked after children and young carers. The aim is something BFSS will address through workshops and supporting collaborative work.


Funding is limited to the charitable work of organisations, and should be for project costs, including staff salaries and a limited contribution to overheads.

Successful projects will provide some matched funding, be across multiple years (to a maximum of three years) and could receive £20,000 for each year they are run.

The next deadlines of applications is 27th August 2018

For more information, visit https://bfss.org.uk/grants/looked-after-children-and-young-carers/


St James’s Place Charitable Foundation

The philanthropic arm of St James’s Place Wealth Management Group supports key beneficiaries such as children and young people who have special needs through illness or disability, or who are disadvantaged in other ways.  It also supports the Hospice Movement and more recently they have expanded their support to include charities that support people with cancer and those experiencing mental health issues.  Grants for the last two beneficiaries are, however, not solicited and they work with other key organisations to deliver these objectives.

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for the purchase of capital equipment, salary costs or projects supporting the following beneficiaries.

Through Cherishing Children they wish to work with charities and schools (with special needs units) who support disadvantaged and disabled young people under the age of 25 in a number of areas, including:


  • Young people with physical or mental health difficulties or life threatening or degenerative conditions
  • Young carers
  • Young people who are socially or economically disadvantaged


Through Combatting Cancer they wish to support UK charities that support individuals with cancer and their families.

For more information, visit http://www.sjpfoundation.co.uk/about-the-foundation.aspx

Garfield Weston Foundation 

The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a broad range of charities in a range of areas.  Key themes they support are arts, community, education, environment, faith, health, museums and heritage, welfare and youth.  Grants start from £1,000, with the largest award given so far in 2018 being £500,000.

Community awards tend to be smaller awards and typically support capital grants for restoration of village halls and community facilities with revenue grants often supporting grass roots volunteering schemes.

Education awards can be for small local projects such as reading schemes and after school clubs, but major institutions such as universities can also apply.

A full list awards made so far in 2018 under the different themes is available on the website.

For more information, visit https://garfieldweston.org/


Smaller Funding Opportunities (under £5,000)


The Ernest Cook Trust

Ernest Cook Trust gives away £2 million a year to support educational projects encouraging young people’s interest in one of the following:  the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), science or in raising levels of literacy and numeracy.

Eligible applicants can be registered charities, state schools and not for profit organisations.  All applications are expected to be linked to the national curriculum or with recognised qualifications.

Applications for small grants of up to £4,000 can be submitted at any time, with decision meetings held bi-monthly.  The Trust also runs a large grants programme for awards of up to £12,000.  These have twice-yearly deadlines of 31st April and 31st July.

For more information, visit http://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/


Henry Smith Charity

The charity runs a small programme for holiday grants of up to £2,500 to help towards the costs of a day trip or longer holiday (up to seven days) for children under the age of 13.  Holidays must be within the UK such as camping, trips to adventure activity centres or the seaside.  They will not support trips to the pantomime or theme parks.    They prioritise applications that benefit disadvantaged or disabled children living in the bottom 20% of deprived areas of the UK (see National Indices of Deprivation for a full list)

Applications can now be submitted for trips falling between 1st September and 31st December 2018.  Please apply at least six weeks before the trip is due to take place.

For more information, visit https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/holiday-grants-for-children/holiday-grants-for-children-overview/

UK German Connections

This new flexible funding scheme is designed to bring young people of the UK and Germany together to facilitate an exchange of ideas, joint learning and open discussions on special topics and current issues.  The current priority themes are:

  • The First World War
  • Our Future in Europe – maintaining the UK-German Connection

Schools and youth groups in the UK and Germany are eligible for funding.  All activities must be joint and bilateral (UK-German) with high levels of relevant interaction between the young people who will be engaged in an educational learning and thinking process, including discussion, debate and reflection.  The activities should also have a strong wider impact, with the young people taking an active role in this, too.

Funding of up to £5,000 is available. Applications can be submitted anytime, but activities should not start until at least six weeks after an application has been submitted.

For more information, visit: http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/flexiblefunding


Inter Faith Trust

Grants of up to £500 are available for events organised by and for young people focused around Inter Faith Week 11-18th November 2018. The age range for young people is 11-25 years old.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Actively involve young people in the planning, running, and evaluation of the project
  • Promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces
  • Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations

Deadline for applications is 14th September 2018

For more information, visit http://www.ifyouthtrust.org.uk/?page_id=8


Royal Chemistry Society – Outreach Fund Small Grants

The Royal Chemistry Society’s Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities. The Outreach Fund is currently open for small grants up to £2,000.

Through the fund they aim to support projects that:

  • Maximise our members’ outreach and engagement contribution
  • Offer teachers a range of effective curriculum-enriching activities and opportunities to further engage their students with outreach
  • Provide hard-to-reach student audiences with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, delivered or coordinated by skilled people
  • Increase chemistry and chemists’ influence in public discourse and decision-making in line with the findings of the Public Attitude to Chemistry research

Applications for school engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activity will enrich students’ chemistry education and not solely deliver the curriculum. All applications must be submitted through the online system (link below).

Deadlines: 10 September 2018


Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2018-19

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. Projects that fit into one of the three following categories will be prioritised:

1)      Introducing Japanese into the curriculum: up to £3000 for projects that promote the introduction of Japanese into the curriculum (or onto the main school timetable) at primary and secondary schools. This grant covers staff costs and the cost of Japanese language books.

2)      Supporting GCSE or A-level courses: up to £3,000 for projects that support GCSE or A-level courses in secondary schools. In particular, if schools require support to ensure a large number of candidates are able to take formal qualifications in Japanese, they will be able to maintain their project by re-applying the following year. This means secondary schools will be able to apply for up to a total of £6,000 over two years. This covers staff costs and cost of Japanese language books.

3)      Japanese clubs: Up to £1,000 for projects in primary or secondary schools that newly introduce Japanese as an extracurricular activity or enrichment subject, even if this is not within the school timetable. Covers staff cost, Japanese language book cost, origami cost and calligraphy cost.

Deadline: 22 September

For more information visit: http://www.jpf.org.uk/language/funding.php

For more information visit:  www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/


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August 3, 2018