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Coalfields Community Investment Programme **New**

Coalfields Regeneration Trust The Coalfields Community Investment Programme includes a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes: 
• Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities 
• Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work 
• Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities. 

The next Eligibility Survey closes on 15 September 2017; the application deadline is 22 September 2017. http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/
Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust **New***

This trust gives grants to further the advancement of horticulture in the UK and abroad, grants are available for projects in support of horticultural research, the creation, preservation and maintenance of public gardens, publication of books on horticulture, study visits, plant collecting expeditions and training schemes for gardeners. Deadline 15 August 

Sport England Family Fund **New**

Earlier this year, Sport England launched a new fund aimed to offer new opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together. The aim is to give families inspiration and confidence to take part together and enable quality family time. Submission of an expression of interest form closes on 17 August. 

Curiosity Fund **New**

The Wellcome Trust have partnered with Comic Relief to create the Curiosity Fund. The fund will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. Applications are open for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science-based activities. Deadline 22 September. 

GLL Community Foundation **New**

Launched this year, the GLL Community Foundation is looking to support future projects. Examples of projects favoured include organising a sports tournament or improving a community library to creating a new sports league or revamping a children's playground. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Potential project creators are encouraged to contact GLL for advice or have a project they would like our help with. 

Preventing hate crime **New**

The second year of the Home Office hate crime community demonstration projects scheme has launched, and the application window is open. The aim of the scheme is to work with affected communities to fund the development of partnership projects aimed at tackling hate crime. Deadline 15 September.
APPLY FOR FUNDING Spennymoor AAP **New**

Do you have a Proposal? Spennymoor Area Action Partnership (AAP) has been progressing with their two main priorities for the 2017/18 financial year, Safer, Stronger & Healthier Communities and Culture, Your Local Environment, Tourism & Heritage. After assessing the priority areas the AAP would like to invite organisations and groups to submit project applications. The AAP has a budget to allocate to projects however please note, the minimum amount you can apply for is £5,000. In relation to our priority areas we would very much like applications/project submissions to focus on one or more of the following: 

· Culture · Local Environment 
· Tourism & Heritage
· Employment 
· Children and Young People 
· Health & Wellbeing 
· Employment 

Please note that the AAP would very much welcome proposals that may cross cut across the above themes/issues. If you want to discuss any proposals you may have or if you simply want to obtain an application form, then please use the contact details below. The deadline for receiving applications is 5pm, Wednesday 30th August 2017. 

The contact details for the Spennymoor AAP are as follows: Spennymoor Area Action Partnership, Durham County Council, Assistant Chief Executives Office, Green Lane, Spennymoor, Co Durham DL16 6JQ Tel: 03000 261136 Email: spennyaap@durham.gov.uk Web: www.durham.gov.uk/spennymooraap 

Lynn Cummings BA(Hons) Project Support Officer, Transformation and Partnerships Spennymoor AAP Durham County Council Tel: 03000 261 134 lynn.cummings@durham.gov.uk
New grants will boost communities **New**

A new £20,000 scheme offering community groups across County Durham small grants to help fund key projects has been launched. 

Funding for projects like community events, training and equipment is being offered by County Durham Housing Group. The new ‘group grant’ scheme will offer up to £500 and is designed to help new groups make their first steps as well as supporting longstanding organisations. The application process for ‘group grant’ has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions will be made monthly to ensure local groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful. Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school working in the areas served by County Durham Housing Group will be eligible for the scheme; this includes most of east Durham, central Durham and Weardale, plus towns and villages like Pity Me, Bishop Auckland and Sherburn. 

County Durham Housing Group Community Investment Manager, Rachel Edmunds, said: “We know that there are groups right across the county who are keen to make a difference in their community; where even relatively small amounts of funding could make all the difference to what they can achieve. “This new scheme has been specifically designed to help those groups … and even to help new organisations make their first steps. We’re hoping group grant will help to make lots of projects possible right across the county.”

Full details of the group grant scheme are available at www.countydurhamhousinggroup.co.uk/groupgrant, by calling 0191 349 7777 or emailing groupgrant@cdhg.co.uk 

Derwent Valley Partnership Local Environment Task Group - Call for Projects **New*

 The Local Environment task group of the Derwent Valley Partnership is now inviting project proposals that are aligned to the task group’s key themes outlined in their 2017-18 action plan (attached). Please also find attached a project summary proforma, guidance on the AAP’s Area Budget funding and a copy of the most recent task group meeting notes (see pages 2-5) which provides an overview of the types of proposals the group are looking to receive and the context in which these ideas have arisen. 

If you are interested in delivering an environmental related project in the Derwent Valley Partnership area commencing in the 2017/18 operational year and this project is aligned to the themes/topics set out in the attached action plan document and meeting notes, then please complete the attached proforma and return to me, corinne.walton@durham.gov.uk by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 8th September 2017. Please note that delivery timescales for projects should take in to account our funding approval and subsequent appraisal process (six to eight weeks) so projects should not have a start date prior to November 2017. Project summaries will be considered by the task group at their meeting on 19th September 2017 with the intention of presenting projects recommended for approval to the DVP Board at their 27th September meeting. If you are keen to submit a project proposal and have any queries about this information or would like help from the team to complete the proforma please do not hesitate to contact me either via e-mail or telephone (03000 260 725).

Derwent Valley Partnership Health and Wellbeing Task Group - Call for Projects **New**

The Health and Wellbeing task group of the Derwent Valley Partnership is now inviting project proposals that are aligned to the task group’s key themes outlined in their 2017-18 action plan (attached). Please also find attached a project summary proforma, guidance on the AAP’s Area Budget funding and a copy of the most recent task group meeting notes (see pages 2-5) which provides an overview of the types of proposals the group are looking to receive and the context in which these ideas have arisen. Please refer to the action plan to find some specific criteria relating to submissions.

If you are interested in delivering a health and wellbeing related project in the Derwent Valley Partnership area commencing in the 2017/18 operational year and this project is aligned to the themes/topics set out in the attached action plan document and meeting notes, then please complete the attached proforma and return to me, corinne.walton@durham.gov.uk by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 1st September 2017. Please note that delivery timescales for projects should take in to account our funding approval and subsequent appraisal process (six to eight weeks) so projects should not have a start date prior to November 2017. Project summaries will be considered by the task group at their meeting on 13th September 2017 with the intention of presenting projects recommended for approval to the DVP Board at their 27th September meeting. . If you are keen to submit a project proposal and have any queries about this information or would like help from the team to complete the proforma please do not hesitate to contact me either via e-mail or telephone (03000 260 725).

Heritage Mortgage – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund is now able to offer bespoke mortgage-style loan facilities. The Heritage Mortgage programme allows borrowers to plan ahead across a number of years and at an earlier stage than is usual, potentially reducing the annual costs by stretching the payments over a longer period. The Heritage Mortgage is available either pre- or post-completion of a capital project. Investments of between £150,000 and £500,000 are available, typically over 10 to 20 years.

http://ahfund.org.uk/the/

Big Potential – Big Lottery Fund

Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will have delivered approximately £10m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.  

The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment.

Two time limited application routes are available:

   Breakthrough - specialist one to one support for VCSE organisations from Big Potential programme partners followed by a potential application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 for more in-depth investment readiness work. The final deadline for applications is 15 September 2017.

   Advanced - for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and need help to close possible deals with investors or need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available. The final deadline for applications is 9 August 2017.

Big Potential’s website can be accessed here.

Covenant Fund grants – Ministry of Defence

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.  During 2016/17 and 2017/18 this includes Families in Stress.

   Strengthening Local Government Delivery of the Covenant. This is a two year programme.  The first round of awards was made in March 2017. During the second year of this programme two decision making meetings will take place.  For any early applications received by 2 October decisions are expected to be announced in November, and for those received by the deadline of 27 November grants will be awarded in February 2018.

   Families in Stress. Under this priority we will be seeking projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support. Applications need to be submitted by charities or Community Interest Companies and can be for up to £300,000. The deadline for expressions of interest is 26 June 2017.

   Local Grants. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK and/or to deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community. Applications for Local Grants can be submitted at any time during 2017.

Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply

Local Community Fund – Co-op

The Co-op Local Community Fund distributes money raised from own brand products and carrier bag sales to local good causes chosen by its members. Up to three Projects will be chosen to be supported in each community. Co-op members choose which project they want to support in the community. The amount available varies according to postcode and can be checked on the website.

The deadline for applications is 8 August 2017.

https://causes.coop.co.uk/?utm_source=vanity&utm_medium=direct&utm_campaign=redirect_ga=2.143519026.662431722.1498471149-288982381.1498031093

Community, Maintenance and Repair Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust currently has a number of grant programmes open including:

   Community Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £20,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects that include toilets and catering facilities are prioritised. The closing date for applications is 30 October 2017.

   Maintenance grant programme. This is a pilot programme, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, offering awards of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £2,000 and £10,000. Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works. The closing date for applications is 6 September 2017.

   Repair Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. The closing date for applications is 30 October 2017.

   Project Development grant programme. This is a pilot grant programme offering awards up to £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability, and through development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders. The closing date for applications is 6 September 2017.

http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants 

Community Branch Fund – Post Office

The £20m Community Branch Fund – for Post Offices with no other suitable retailer within half a mile – is now open for applications. These Post Office branches or Outreach and Satellite services play a particularly vital role in the local community. The Community Branch Fund offers investment for sub-postmasters to support the growth of their Post Office business and help to underpin the long term viability of their business.

The fund can be used for a wide range of improvements such as changing the branch format to open plan, new signage, or gearing up for new services such as Click & Collect. Funding is also available for Outreach and Satellite services.

Most applications are expected to be below £10,000(or below £2,000 for Outreach or Satellite Services). The fund will only be open whilst there is still money available. It is anticipated that the fund will not run beyond March 2018.

http://postofficecommunityfund.co.uk/

Family Fund – The Family Fund Trust for families with severely disabled children.

The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

See the website for more details.

https://www.familyfund.org.uk/

Partnership Grants – The Royal Society

The Partnership Grants scheme offers up to £3000 to UK schools or colleges to buy equipment to run a STEM investigation project in partnership with a STEM professional (research or industry). Successful projects:

   Deliver a better understanding of the latest developments in STEM;

   Improve perceptions of those working in STEM professions;

   Give students pride and ownership in STEM from participation in the investigative process.

Applications need to be made jointly between the two project partners, where the partnership needs to be established before starting the application. School partner: any teacher or support staff at the main school, such as a computing teacher or a science technician; and a STEM partner: an individual that is currently working in a STEM related profession, such as a researcher or analyst.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/partnership-grants/

Local Community Projects Fund – Greggs Foundation

The Local Community Projects Fund awards grants of up to £2,000 to enable not for profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn’t afford to. Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.

Greggs Foundation is interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2017.

https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/local-community-projects-fund

Capital grants programme – Wooden Spoon Society

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish rugby charity and supports disabled and disadvantaged young people. Targets for grants cover: health and wellbeing; sensory rooms and gardens; specialist equipment and facilities; playgrounds and outdoor activities; and education projects.

Physical assets must have a life span of at least 5 years. There must be a key rugby element to any sports-focussed project and projects must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

https://woodenspoon.org.uk/our-grants/how-to-apply/

Engaging Libraries – Carnegie UK Trust

Engaging Libraries is looking for public libraries across the UK and Ireland that want to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Public libraries have a key role in delivering on health and wellbeing as outlined in national library strategies across the UK and Ireland and the Society of Chief Librarians’ Universal Health Offer. The programme is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust and Carnegie UK Trust and is the outcome of joint work between the Wellcome Trust and the Society of Chief Librarians.

Engaging Libraries offers:

   £5,000 – £15,000 to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme.

   A package of support from library and public engagement experts

   Kick-starter day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and support to think about your evaluation. There will also be the chance to meet other projects.

   An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience can be shared more widely.

Carnegie UK Trust are aiming to support between 8 – 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018. The closing date for applications is 23 August 2017.

http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/engaging-libraries/

Childcare Business Grants Scheme – Department for Education

This scheme is intended to reimburse people for the costs of setting up their childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months. There are three types of grants available.

1   A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises

2   A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)

3   A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is funded by the Department for Education. There is a fixed amount of funding available. The scheme is due to end by 31 March 2018, or sooner if all funds have been exhausted.

https://www.childcarebusinessgrants.com/

Main and Small Grant Programmes – Children in Need

The Children in Need grant programmes are open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year (small grants) and over £10,000 per year (main grants) for up to 3 years.

Grants are available to projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

1   Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

2   Any kind of disability

3   Behavioural or psychological difficulties

4   Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The next deadline for applications is 1 September 2017 for small grants and 13 September for grants from the main programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/wWhd5lqf4RZ3xhL63G9Xmc/small-grants-what-you-need-to-know

Landfill Communities Fund – SUEZ Communities Trust

SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA) provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include:

   Public Amenities

   Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites

   Biodiversity

Projects can be supported that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. A ‘Smaller Projects Fund’ is available for grants up to £20,000 and a ‘Primary Fund’ for projects up to £50,000. There are two further application deadlines this year on 24 July and 2 October 2017.

http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/england

Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.

Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.

This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.

https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

   The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.

   The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

   The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles

Urgent Repairs Scheme – Wolfson Foundation / Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust has launched the Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Both organisations are aware of the challenges facing theatres today and how difficult it is to maintain even a preventative maintenance programme. This then leaves theatres vulnerable when unforeseen issues arise such as weather damage and the need to undertake works to suspended fibrous plaster ceilings following the introduction of a more rigorous inspection regime.

Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Priority will be given to projects that deliver urgent building repairs, and which can demonstrate that without such repairs the viability of the theatre and its future as a place presenting live work to audiences is at risk.

The scheme will not fund repairs to equipment, fixtures and fittings and plant except where a major failure is proving a significant risk to the theatre’s continued operation.

There will be two funding rounds in 2017. Round one has already closed. Round two will close on 15 September, with decisions announced in January 2018.

http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/grants/urgent-repairs-scheme

European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government

A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds 

Community Fibre Partnerships – BT

£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships. Grants are for communities in the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. These provide match-funded grants of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure if that could also serve their local school.

50% of the required funds could be available from the scheme with the community raising the additional 50%. BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website "Spacehive" to assist with  community fundraising.

Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.

http://www.communityfibre.bt.com/schools

Changemaker - Santander

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.

The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.

If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/changemaker

Tesco Bags of Help – Tesco and Groundwork

The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity Groundwork.

Bags of Help is always open to applications from community projects. Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

Woodland Carbon Fund – Forestry Commission

Receive up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland, or up to £8,500 per hectare if you provide permissive access across the woodland (dependent on its location). Applications for the Woodland Carbon Fund opened on 10 November 2016.

The Woodland Carbon Fund is described as a simple, demand-led grant scheme to boost the rate of woodland creation and to visibly demonstrate how, by taking a natural capital approach, woodland creation can help to meet government’s future carbon targets alongside delivering other benefits. Successful applications will be for large-scale (>30 ha with a minimum block size of 10 ha), predominantly productive woodland and, where possible, have sought opportunities to improve public access and achieve wider environmental outcomes in line with the UK Forestry Standard.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-wcf

Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.

The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/homebuildingfund

Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:

   Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs

   Improve the way football supporters engage with each other

   Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.

http://www.fsif.co.uk/funding/fans-fund-small-grants-scheme/

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage.  HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve. HLF programmes include:

   Kick the Dust – this programme aims to make heritage relevant to the lives of young people, aged 11-25, now and in to the future. Building on their needs and interests, HLF want to see a greater number and diversity of young people benefit from high quality engagement with heritage.  This programme is also about developing the skills and confidence of heritage sites and services to sustain their work with young people over the long-term. You can apply for between £500,000 and £1 million as a consortium of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations. The deadline for initial Project Enquiry forms is 2 December 2016.

   Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

   Heritage Endowments – these grants are available to organisations in the UK who we are currently funding or have funded in the past. This is a match funding scheme – where the HLF grant matches every pound raised by grant recipients. You can apply for a Heritage Endowments grant of £250,000, £500,000 or £1million, to be matched £1:£1 by private donations you raise. Payments of the award will be made when evidence of the matched funding can be shown.

   Grants for Places of Worship – historic places of worship are often at the heart of communities. Grants from £10,000–£250,000 can fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit.

   Parks for People – for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million. Applications go through a two round process and must be submitted by either 28 February for a decision in June or by 31 August for a decision in December.

   Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.  You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.

   Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

   Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.  HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

   Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.

   Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

   Townscape Heritage – helps communities regenerate deprived towns and cities across the UK by improving their built historic environment. Grants range from £100,000 to £2million. Townscape Heritage schemes aim to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England

Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/applying-grants-arts

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

   A flexible package of support including:

                      an advice line

                      Events

                      Workshops

                      peer-to-peer study visits

                      business development advice.

   Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.

   Combined loan and grant funding up to £100,000

https://www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub

 The Discovery Foundation

In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.

The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.

Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/ 

Help the Homeless grants

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council

The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts-libraries-fund 

Community-led Buildings Grants – Locality

Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community-led building or community-led housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/community-led-buildings/

Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality

All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for between £1000 and £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.

This support can come in two forms:

1   Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.

2   Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 1 October 2017. Expenditure through a grant must be completed by 31 December 2017.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/neighbourhood-planning/

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.

War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects. 

Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/

 Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

   Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.

   Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

   People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,

   Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,

   Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,

   Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/reaching-communities-england 

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

   Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.

   Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.

   Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund/

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People **New**

DM Thomas offers funding for organisations which work to improve the lives of children and young people across Europe. The grants focus on providing equipment, training, and support to young people. The next deadline for the central grants is Tuesday 25 July 2017, email applications to grant@dmtfyp.org.

Wessex Youth Trust **New**

The Wessex Youth Trust, founded upon the marriage of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones (now The Earl and Countess of Wessex), is interested in supporting projects which provide opportunities to help, support and advance children and young people up to the age of 21 years only. The next deadline to apply is on Wednesday 1 November 2017. http://www.wessexyouthtrust.org.uk/grant-applications.php

Life Chances Fund**New**

The Life Chances Fund is an opportunity to engage young people to use their strengths and have a positive impact on their communities by fulfilling their potential. Deadline for EOI is Friday 15 September 2017. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/life-chances-fund

Wessex Youth Trust **New**

The Wessex Youth Trust awards grants to registered charities (including schools and PTAs) that help, support and advance the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 21 years. Applications from self-help organisations and charities requiring a financial boost for the development of more extensive fundraising initiatives are preferred, as are specific project funding requests rather than contributions to broader appeals. Deadline 1November.

Co-op Local Community Fund **New**

Since Co-op launched their new Membership proposition in September 2016 their members have helped raise over £14 million for 4,000 local cases across the UK. Every time members buy Co-op own-branded products and services, 1% of what they spend goes into the fund. It's now your chance to be involved! Applications for the fund are now open until the 8th August. The selected causes will then be live for 11 months (November 2017 to October 2018).

Catalyst Small Grants Scheme 

Grants of between £10,000-£30,000 are available to not-for-profits arts and culture organisations, museums, and libraries to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. Deadline  to apply on Thursday 10 August 2017. 

Launch of Youth Fund 2017 - Derwent Valley Partnership **Current**

The Derwent Valley Partnership is pleased to announce that it has now launched its new Youth Fund 2017 which aims to support groups and organisations deliver local activities for young people between 11 and 19 years of age in the Derwent Valley area. 

The total amount of money available in the Youth Fund 2017 is £9,902 – groups / organisations can apply for a minimum grant of £1,000 up to a maximum grant of £3,000 and applications must meet the specific eligibility criteria to receive funds. All submitted applications to the Youth Fund will be reviewed against the funding criteria by the Derwent Valley Partnership’s Youth Panel which is made up of three independent people from the Partnership Board. The deadline for completed and returned applications is 5pm on Friday 4th August 2017. Project timescales should reflect this so we would advise late September/early October project start dates at the earliest. 

If you would like to receive a Youth Fund 2017 Information Pack containing full guidance notes and an application form, please contact a member of the team either via e-mail dvaap@durham.gov.uk or telephone 03000 260 725. 

We can also support groups/organisations to complete their application on request. 

Grants Available – the GAMP Project Callout is STILL OPEN !! **Current **

The GAMP Board has a budget of £100,000 available, and applications are invited for projects. Grant limits between £5,000 to £20,000 have been agreed. Projects must take place in the Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership area and address at least one of our key priorities and the respective project criteria, as outlined below. The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 28 July 2017 

There is £33,333 available under each of the priorities; applicants are permitted to submit an application under all three priorities, but there is a limit of one project per priority. Applications can be for either capital or revenue funding, but projects which include a specific element of capital spend are encouraged. If you need advice on the specific definitions for capital/revenue, please get in touch. Our partnership priorities and the project criteria for applications are as follows: · 

Children, Young People & Families Priority Projects are invited which help improve positive outcomes to support children, young people and their families from the GAMP area to live a happier and healthier life. Projects must address at least one of the following key issues: Risky behaviour, including alcohol/drugs/smoking/crime Provision of activities/things to do for 12-15 year olds Children’s physical, emotional and mental health · 

Older People Priority Projects are invited which help support older GAMP residents to live a happier and healthier life (older residents are defined by Age UK as 50yrs+). Projects must address at least one of the following key issues: Mental health, dementia, depression, access to social activity Access to activity; facilities, transport, welfare/money issues Social support; having regular contact with friends, family or neighbours · 

Employment, Enterprise & Training Priority Projects are invited which aim to help improve positive outcomes for GAMP residents to gain employment and/or access to training. The key issues of particular interest are: Apprenticeships Gaining work experience Careers advice 

The GAMP Team will be running an application advice session to help those who want to apply and would like to find out more about the process on Thursday 22 June, 3.00-5.00pm at Woodham Community Centre. The session will take applicants through the relevant forms and the application process itself, giving hints and tips on completing your application. If you’d like to book a place on this session, please get in touch with the team (contact details below). Please note, any prospective projects should have a start date no earlier than December 2017/January 2018 to allow time for applications to go through our technical appraisal process. After the closing date, all eligible applications will be assessed and ranked by a panel of GAMP Board members, to determine which projects will successfully be awarded funding. 

Please contact us for an application pack and guidance notes or if you would like further information about the process Telephone 01325 327441 or email: gampaap@durham.gov.uk

Arts Award Access Fund ** Current**

The Access Fund provides grants of between £100-£1500 to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue. Applications open on Monday 18 September 2017. 


The Goldsmiths’ Company **Current **

The Goldsmiths’ Company offer grants to help support disadvantaged young people this includes; young people leaving care, youth homelessness, young carers and young people with mental issues. 


Greggs Local Community Projects Fund **Current**

Local Community Projects Funding is offering up to £2,000 to organisations supporting people in need. They are interested in projects that improve resilience within communities. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks.


Greggs Foundation - Environmental Grants **Current**

Max. Value: £ 2,000 Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools in Great Britain for projects which make a difference to local areas, with preference given to projects that involve or benefit people who are disadvantaged.


Greggs Foundation - Local Community Projects Fund **Current**

Max. Value: £ 2,000 Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations based in local communities in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of their local communities. 

More Information

LIBOR Fund **Current**

Max. Value: Discretionary Grants are available to registered charities, CICs, and Armed Forces unit with a UIN for projects that will support the UK’s Armed Forces and Emergency Services Communities in tangible ways in response to clear needs. 

More Information

OneFamily Foundation Community Awards **Current**

Max. Value: £ 25,000 National funding competition for local community projects in the UK that are nominated by OneFamily customers. 


Will Charitable Trust Max. **Current**

Value: £ 30,000 Grants are available to UK registered charities for activities in the UK that fall within the following categories: care of and services for blind people; long-term care of people with learning disabilities; and care of and services for people suffering from cancer.


#BeInclusive EU Sport Awards **Current**

Will recognise and reward projects in the field of sport that have helped social inclusion. Submit your project for the chance to win a prize of €10,000. The call for entries is officially open from 15 June to 15 September. 

The Environment Now **Current**

An opportunity from O2's Think Big that will fund 17-24 years old with a grant of up to £10,000 to create their unique digital ideas to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste or recycling. It is being launched in partnership with the National Youth Agency as part of the Our Bright Future programme.


Connect Fund **Current**

The Connect Fund, previously known as the "Social Investment Infrastructure Fund" is a £1.8 million fund for grants and investments that the Barrow Cadbury Trust manages in partnership with Access - the Foundation for Social Investment. The fund supports intermediaries and infrastructure organisations to make social investment work better for a wider range of charities and social enterprises. 


Buttle Uk **Current**

Buttle UK was established to ensure that children and young people in desperate need are given a brighter future. They achieve this through a range of grant programmes that are designed to provide vulnerable individual children and families the support they need to overcome immediate crisis, or ensure the best possible opportunity for a successful education.


Healthy Heart Grants (North East and the North West*) **Current**

* Subway Tyne Tees and Granada regions 
 Up to £10,000. VCSE. Deadline 17th July 2017 

Grants are available for projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease. Selected projects will take an innovative approach to promoting heart-healthy lifestyles to help communities to live healthier, happier, longer lives. 

More information 

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants (UK) **Current**

Up to £500. Families. Third Thursday of each month. 

Grants are awarded to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. Aiming to provide support to help families cope, grants can cover a wide range of costs from respite breaks and counselling to hospital travel expenses. Applications must be made on behalf of the family by a healthcare professional, social services, health visitors, or grant coordinators within an organisation. All grant requests are assessed monthly on the third Friday of the month successful applicants are usually notified within two weeks of the assessment. 

Community Branch Fund – Post Office **Current**

The £20m Community Branch Fund – for Post Offices with no other suitable retailer within half a mile – is now open for applications. These Post Office branches or Outreach and Satellite services play a particularly vital role in the local community. The Community Branch Fund offers investment for sub-postmasters to support the growth of their Post Office business and help to underpin the long term viability of their business.

The fund can be used for a wide range of improvements such as changing the branch format to open plan, new signage, or gearing up for new services such as Click & Collect. Funding is also available for Outreach and Satellite services.

Most applications are expected to be below £10,000 (or below £2,000 for Outreach or Satellite Services). The fund will only be open whilst there is still money available. It is anticipated that the fund will not run beyond March 2018.

http://postofficecommunityfund.co.uk/ 

Community Business Fund – Power to Change **Current**

Grants between £50,000 and £300,000 are available to community businesses in England to help them progress towards self sufficiency. The £10 million Community Business Fund opens on 7 June and will close on 5 July 2017.

Community businesses are run by local people for local people. They can revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs. There are many types of community business. What they all have in common is that they are inclusive and give decision making power to local people and that the profits they generate flow back into the community to deliver positive local impact.

http://www.powertochange.org.uk/funding/grants/community-business-fund/

Instrument & Equipment Awards – EMI Music Sound Foundation **Current**

The Foundation has helped over two thousand schools, individual students and teachers improve their access to music through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment

The Foundation provides grants up to a total of £2,000 towards the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment for individuals who are in full time education and Schools who require the equipment to fund music education. They also fund courses and training opportunities for music teachers who work within schools.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 21 August 2017.

http://www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com/index.php/site/awards/

Capital grants programme – Wooden Spoon Society **Current**

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish rugby charity and supports disabled and disadvantaged young people. Targets for grants cover: health and wellbeing; sensory rooms and gardens; specialist equipment and facilities; playgrounds and outdoor activities; and education projects.

Physical assets must have a life span of at least 5 years. There must be a key rugby element to any sports-focussed project and projects must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

https://woodenspoon.org.uk/our-grants/how-to-apply/

Engaging Libraries – Carnegie UK Trust **Current**

Engaging Libraries is looking for public libraries across the UK and Ireland that want to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Public libraries have a key role in delivering on health and wellbeing as outlined in national library strategies across the UK and Ireland and the Society of Chief Librarians’ Universal Health Offer. The programme is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust and Carnegie UK Trust and is the outcome of joint work between the Wellcome Trust and the Society of Chief Librarians.

Engaging Libraries offers:

   £5,000 – £15,000 to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme.

   A package of support from library and public engagement experts

   Kick-starter day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and support to think about your evaluation. There will also be the chance to meet other projects.

   An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience can be shared more widely.

Carnegie UK Trust are aiming to support between 8 – 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018. The closing date for applications is 23 August 2017.

http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/engaging-libraries/

Childcare Business Grants Scheme – Department for Education **Current**

This scheme is intended to reimburse people for the costs of setting up their childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months. There are three types of grants available.

1  A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises

2  A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)

3  A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is funded by the Department for Education. There is a fixed amount of funding available. The scheme is due to end by 31 March 2018, or sooner if all funds have been exhausted.

https://www.childcarebusinessgrants.com/

Covenant Fund grants – Ministry of Defence **Current**

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.  During 2016/17 and 2017/18 this includes Families in Stress.

   Families in Stress. Under this priority we will be seeking projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support. Applications need to be submitted by charities or Community Interest Companies and can be for up to £300,000. The deadline for expressions of interest is 26 June 2017.

   Local Grants. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK and/or to deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community. Applications for Local Grants can be submitted at any time during 2017.

Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply 

Community Support grants – Masonic Charitable Foundation **Current**

Community Support grants are available for charities that help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment. The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to thousands of people in need and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families are most concerned.

Charities which deliver community support or research can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000). Charities that have an annual income under £500,000 are encouraged to apply for a Small Grant of £5,000 or less.  Charities with an income of over £500,000 can apply for a Large Grant or Small Grant.

The next deadline for small grant applications is 16 June 2017. The next deadline for submission of an enquiry form in relation to a Large Grant is 3 July 2017.

https://mcf.org.uk/community/

Community, Maintenance and Repair Grants – National Churches Trust **Current**

The National Churches Trust currently has a number of grant programmes open including:

   Community Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £20,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects that include toilets and catering facilities are prioritised. The closing date for applications is 3 July 2017.

   Maintenance grant programme. This is a pilot programme, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, offering awards of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £2,000 and £10,000. Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works. The closing date for applications is 6 September 2017.

   Repair Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. The closing date for applications is 3 July 2017.

   Project Development grant programme. This is a pilot grant programme offering awards up to £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability, and through development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders. The closing date for applications is 6 September 2017.

http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants

Main and Small Grant Programmes – Children in Need **Current**

The Children in Need grant programmes are open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year (small grants) and over £10,000 per year (main grants) for up to 3 years.

Grants are available to projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

1  Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

2  Any kind of disability

3  Behavioural or psychological difficulties

4  Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The next deadline for applications is 1 September 2017 for small grants and 13 September for grants from the main programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/wWhd5lqf4RZ3xhL63G9Xmc/small-grants-what-you-need-to-know

Landfill Communities Fund – SUEZ Communities Trust **Current**

SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA) provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include:

   Public Amenities

   Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites

   Biodiversity

Projects can be supported that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. A ‘Smaller Projects Fund’ is available for grants up to £20,000 and a ‘Primary Fund’ for projects up to £50,000. There is one further application deadline this year on 24 July 2017.

http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/england

Community Asset Fund – Sport England **Current**

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.

Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.

This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.

https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/ 

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles **Current**

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

   The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.

   The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

   The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles

Urgent Repairs Scheme – Wolfson Foundation / Theatres Trust **Current**

Theatres Trust has launched the Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Both organisations are aware of the challenges facing theatres today and how difficult it is to maintain even a preventative maintenance programme. This then leaves theatres vulnerable when unforeseen issues arise such as weather damage and the need to undertake works to suspended fibrous plaster ceilings following the introduction of a more rigorous inspection regime.

Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Priority will be given to projects that deliver urgent building repairs, and which can demonstrate that without such repairs the viability of the theatre and its future as a place presenting live work to audiences is at risk.

The scheme will not fund repairs to equipment, fixtures and fittings and plant except where a major failure is proving a significant risk to the theatre’s continued operation.

There will be two funding rounds in 2017. Round one has already closed. Round two will close on 16 September, with decisions announced in January 2018.

http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/grants/urgent-repairs-scheme

European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government **Current**

A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds

Community Fibre Partnerships – BT **Current**

£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships. Grants are for communities in the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. These provide match-funded grants of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure if that could also serve their local school.

50% of the required funds could be available from the scheme with the community raising the additional 50%. BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website "Spacehive" to assist with  community fundraising.

Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.

http://www.communityfibre.bt.com/schools

Changemaker - Santander **Current**

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.

The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.

If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/changemaker

Young People Leaving Care – Esmee Fairbairn Foundation **Current**

10,000 young people over 16 leave care each year, a third before their 18th birthday. This is in stark contrast to the general population where 50% are still living with their parents at 24. Through this programme, Esme Fairbairn wish to see care leavers supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, ultimately making a successful transition to independence.

Funding is limited to the charitable work of organisations, and could be for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. There are no limits on grant size or length, with the median average 2015 grant being £100,000 over 3 years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but we social investments will also be considered.

http://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what-we-fund/young-people-leaving-care

Tesco Bags of Help – Tesco and Groundwork **Current**

The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity Groundwork.

Bags of Help is always open to applications from community projects. Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

Woodland Carbon Fund – Forestry Commission **Current**

Receive up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland, or up to £8,500 per hectare if you provide permissive access across the woodland (dependent on its location). Applications for the Woodland Carbon Fund opened on 10 November 2016.

The Woodland Carbon Fund is described as a simple, demand-led grant scheme to boost the rate of woodland creation and to visibly demonstrate how, by taking a natural capital approach, woodland creation can help to meet government’s future carbon targets alongside delivering other benefits. Successful applications will be for large-scale (>30 ha with a minimum block size of 10 ha), predominantly productive woodland and, where possible, have sought opportunities to improve public access and achieve wider environmental outcomes in line with the UK Forestry Standard.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-wcf

Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency **Current**

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.

The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/homebuildingfund

Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football **Current**

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:

   Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs

   Improve the way football supporters engage with each other

   Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.

http://www.fsif.co.uk/funding/fans-fund-small-grants-scheme/

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund **Current**

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage.  HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.  HLF programmes include:

   Kick the Dust – this programme aims to make heritage relevant to the lives of young people, aged 11-25, now and in to the future. Building on their needs and interests, HLF want to see a greater number and diversity of young people benefit from high quality engagement with heritage.  This programme is also about developing the skills and confidence of heritage sites and services to sustain their work with young people over the long-term. You can apply for between £500,000 and £1 million as a consortium of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations. The deadline for initial Project Enquiry forms is 2 December 2016.

   Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

   Heritage Endowments – these grants are available to organisations in the UK who we are currently funding or have funded in the past. This is a match funding scheme – where the HLF grant matches every pound raised by grant recipients. You can apply for a Heritage Endowments grant of £250,000, £500,000 or £1million, to be matched £1:£1 by private donations you raise. Payments of the award will be made when evidence of the matched funding can be shown.

   Grants for Places of Worship – historic places of worship are often at the heart of communities. Grants from £10,000–£250,000 can fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit.

   Parks for People – for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million. Applications go through a two round process and must be submitted by either 28 February for a decision in June or by 31 August for a decision in December.

   Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.  You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.

   Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

   Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.  HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

   Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.

   Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

   Townscape Heritage – helps communities regenerate deprived towns and cities across the UK by improving their built historic environment. Grants range from £100,000 to £2million. Townscape Heritage schemes aim to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.asp 

Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England **Current**

Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/applying-grants-arts

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation **Current**

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

   A flexible package of support including:

                    an advice line

                    Events

                    Workshops

                    peer-to-peer study visits

                    business development advice.

   Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.

   Combined loan and grant funding up to £150,000 but not exceeding £75,000 in grant

https://www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub

The Discovery Foundation **Current**

In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.

The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.

Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Help the Homeless grants **Current**

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk 

Big Potential – Big Lottery Fund **Current**

Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £10m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.  

The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment.

Two application routes are available:

   Breakthrough - specialist one to one support for VCSE organisations from Big Potential programme partners followed by a potential application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 for more in-depth investment readiness work.

   Advanced - for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and need help to close possible deals with investors or need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.

Big Potential’s website can be accessed here.

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council **Current**

The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts-libraries-fund

Community-led Buildings Grants – Locality **Current**

Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community-led building or community-led housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/community-led-buildings/

Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality **Current**

All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for between £1000 and £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.

This support can come in two forms:

1  Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.

2  Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 1 October 2017. Expenditure through a grant must be completed by 31 December 2017.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/neighbourhood-planning/

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust **New**

War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.

War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects. 

Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/

Rural Community Energy Fund **Current**

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

   Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.

   Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund **Current**

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

   People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,

   Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,

   Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,

   Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/reaching-communities-england

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation **Current**

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

   Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.

   Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.

   Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund/

PRS Foundation – Writer Producer Fund (UK) **Current**

Songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres have until the 19th June to apply to the PRS Foundation's Writer Producer Fund. The Writer Producer Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000. Applications can be submitted by song writers / produces directly or by their representatives. Those who can apply on their behalf include: Co- writers (published and unpublished) Managers Music publishers; etc. The funding can be used to cover a wide variety of activities, including: Time to create Recording fees Professional development Marketing Equipment purchase. 


Music Grants for Older People (England & Wales) **Current**

The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 31st October 2017. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. Some of the charities that have received grants from Concertina include: The Theatre Chipping Norton to fund high calibre music recitals in six Care Homes in the area. The Golden Oldies in Bath who received funding for the provision of leaders for singing sessions for the elderly throughout the area, culminating in a concert bringing together all the groups in one celebratory concert annually. The pilot project which Concertina helped to fund has now grown and there are "Golden Oldies" in many more areas of England. 


Funding to Support Arts Projects (UK) **Current**

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help individuals and organisations such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations carry out arts projects; in particular music projects including Opera, Lieder, Composition and Dance. The funding can be used to pay for tuition or coaching costs, to participate in external competitions, to support a specially arranged performance and for a special publication, musical composition or work of art. 

The closing date for applications is the 1st October 2017. 

Grants to Promote Horticulture (North of England) **Current**

The North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) has launched a new funding round. Grants are available to community groups, schools and charities within the North of England (Yorkshire and The Humber, Lancashire, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cumbria, Northumberland, Greater Manchester and the North Midlands) to fund horticultural projects and activities within the community. Applications are now invited in the following categories: Improving our landscape - aimed at community societies, friends groups and organisations committed to improving their local landscape (maximum grant £1,500) Grow and learn - aimed at encouraging schools and colleges to become involved with horticulture through hands-on activity and development (maximum grant £500) A Greener Future: The Dr Bruce Rigby Programme - support for individuals keen to develop a career in horticulture (maximum grant £500). 

The closing date for applications is the 3rd July 2017. 

Funding for Summer Playscheme Grants Programme (UK) **Current**

Registered charities and community groups that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000. The funding is made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust which supports about 35 playschemes each year that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays. Preference is given to: Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities Schemes that involve a large number of children Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers. Grants can only be paid to registered charities. Organisations that are not a registered charity can still apply but need the agreement of a registered charity to accept the grant on their behalf. 

The deadline for receipt of applications for the Summer Playschemes is the 31st July 2017. 

HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants (UK)  **Current**

Heart Research UK (HRUK) is launching its 2017 SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants scheme. Not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease. The grants are available in specific regions at certain times of the year. Previously, grants have been awarded to fund: Cooking sessions Theatre workshops Multi-sport activities Classroom based learning Circus skills Tandem biking, etc. 

For further information and details of the application periods for each region click on the link below. 

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People (UK) **Current**

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 2017. The Fund also aims to help young people (aged 15 - 30) at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, the Weaver's Company will not fund large organisations. Grants are normally awarded to registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration. 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 should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year. 

Big Potential **Current**

Big Potential, a Big Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with the aim of improving their sustainability, capacity and scale in order that they may deliver greater social impact. Grants are available from £20k up to £150k. The deadline 11 October. 


Near Neighbours small grants **Current**

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities. The programme works in a number of key locations across England, so check if your area is covered.


Virgin Money Foundation Accepting Applications for North East Fund **Current**

Funding is available for local voluntary organisations working in local neighbourhoods across the North East of England. The Virgin Money Foundation offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to local voluntary organisations with projects and initiatives that promote long-term change in communities in the local authority areas of Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton on Tees and Sunderland. The funding is available for projects that: Help disadvantaged young people to find and keep a job. 

Projects should move young people into sustainable employment, and applications will be judged on the number of young people that gain employment. Help homeless people or people at risk of homelessness to find a new home. Organisations should be working to increase access to affordable, good quality, rented properties. Create and support community and social enterprise. Proposals will be assessed for their innovation, enterprising behaviour and job creation. 

The grants will cover running costs for a year but will not support capital costs. Although applications can be made at any time, groups should apply as soon as possible as the closing date will be determined by the number and quality of applications received. 

Applications will be reviewed in order of the date received.

Big Potential **Current**

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that the final deadline for applications to its £20 million Big Potential programme is 12 noon on 11th October 2017. 

Skipton Building Society - Grassroots Giving **Current**

Skipton Building Society welcome submissions from community groups of all shapes and sizes - all they ask is that you are not a registered charity as they are looking to support smaller groups who struggle to find funding elsewhere. Applications are shortlisted by region to cover the whole of the UK, and organise entries by area - however, there is no limit to how many applicants in each region - the more the merrier. 

Deadline for entries is 29 July 2016 Shortlisted groups announced on 1 September From 1 September online voting then begins - giving the public the chance to show which groups are the most valued in their local communities The 2017 winners will be announced in November Winners will receive their £500 contribution in December (based on all necessary paperwork having been supplied to Skipton Building Society) 

For more information visit the website.

Volunteer Support Fund Guidelines **Current**

As promised please find attached the guidelines for the Volunteering Support Fund which is currently available through County Durham Community Foundation. 

The contact for any queries regarding the fund are as follows: 
James Eaglesham,Fund Manager,County Durham Community Foundation Victoria House | Whitfield Court | St John’s Road | Meadowfield | Durham | DH7 8XL 
T: 0191 378 6340 |DL: 0191 378 6348 |E: james@cdcf.org.uk |W: www.cdcf.org.uk 

Healthy Heart Grants **Current**

Subway® and Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease near you. The grant programme rolls out on a regional basis throughout the year. The Tyne Tees region, which includes Northumberland, opens on the 15th May and closes on the 17th July. 

 Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Further information is available on the Heart Research UK Website

Waitrose Community Matters  **Current**

This scheme gives each branch £1,000 (or £500 in convenience shops) to share out between three local good causes each month such as welfare organisations, community groups, schools or local divisions of national charities.

Big Give Opens for Christmas Challenge 2017 **Current**

On 5 June The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, will open for applications from UK registered charities on 5 June 2017. The Big Give is an online donation platform that profiles the work of thousands of UK-registered charities and inspires people to give. 

It was founded in 2007 by Sir Alec Reed, the chairman of the Reed Foundation, who saw the need for a site where people who wanted to give could be matched with charities that were seeking funding.

Dulux - Let's Colour **Current**

Open to community groups, charities and individuals who have the desire and determination to make a difference, Let's Colour Project is transforming grey spaces with colourful paint all over the United Kingdom.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Social Justice  **Current**

The Social Justice programme aims to help marginalised individuals and communities become integrated. They see integration as a two-way process in which society at large and specific communities adapt, understand and benefit. 

Old Possums Practical Trust **Current**

Old Possums Practical Trust
makes a number of grants each year to further the aims of the Trust: - to increase knowledge and appreciation of any matters of historic, artistic, architectural, aesthetic, literary, musical or theatrical interest. 

Porticus UK **Current**

Grants of between 10,000 and 25,000 to support organisations working with the poor and the marginalised. Activities should reflect Christian responsibility and support for the Roman Catholic Church.

Publication of One Point Provider Panel Procurement Opportunity **Current**

Durham County Council are tendering to establish a provider panel of suitable organisations to support activities with young people and families using our One Point centres. Tender documents have now been published on the Nepo procurement portal: www.nepoportal.org. 

 A 2 page guidance document is attached to this email detailing how you can register with Nepo. 

Please note that any questions/queries you have in relation to the above opportunity must be submitted through the Nepo portal rather than to the Council or individual officers directly.

Google Ad Grants **Current**

 Designed for registered charities, Google Grants provides free advertising on Google AdWords, to charities seeking to inform and engage their constituents online. Google Grants has given free AdWords advertising to hundreds of charitable groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. 

As a result of this free advertising many charities have experienced an increase in the recruitment of volunteers and sponsorship.

LA7 Community Grant **Current**

Opens 12th June.

Grants of up to £15,000 are available to support unemployed and economically inactive people to help their progression towards further learning and employment.

Funders Spotlight - Virgin Money Foundation: North East Fund **Current**

Grants between £10,000 and £50,000 to cover running costs (not capital or marketing costs) and are for one year only.

The Foundation wants to hear from community organisations working to promote long-term change in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the North East of England. They would like to encourage applications from voluntary organisations working within their local neighbourhood to:

Help disadvantaged young people to find and keep a job.

Help homeless people or people at risk of homelessness to find a new home.

Create and support community and social enterprise.

More information

 Applications Open For Round Two Of Transform Foundation’s Charity Website Grant Programme **Current**

The ‘Q2’ round of the Transform Foundation’s 2017 Charity Website Grant Programme is now officially open.  Once again, this unique programme will be providing £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their websites in order to:

• increase their ability to raise funds

• more effectively serve their beneficiaries

• raise broader awareness of their cause

If you are a charity interested in receiving funding to redeveloping your website then click here to be taken to the Transform Foundation website for more information on the grant programme and how you can apply.

Reach Fund **New**

Through this programme social investors will have the opportunity to refer these organisations to the Reach Fund to apply for the support they need to become 'investment ready’. Grants of up to £15,000 will be available. More information.

 Awards for All **Current**

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. Application form.

Woodward Charitable Trust: **Current**

Funding For Summer Playscheme Grants Programme Registered charities and community groups that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000. The funding is made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust which supports about 35 playschemes each year that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays.



Covenant Fund grants – Ministry of Defence **Current**


The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.  During 2016/17 and 2017/18 this includes Families in Stress.

• Families in Stress. Under this priority we will be seeking projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support. Applications need to be submitted by charities or Community Interest Companies and can be for up to £300,000.

• Local Grants. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK and/or to deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community. Applications for Local Grants can be submitted at any time during 2017.

Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply 

  

Landfill Communities Fund – SUEZ Communities Trust **Current**


SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA) provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include:

• Public Amenities

• Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites

• Biodiversity

Projects can be supported that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. A ‘Smaller Projects Fund’ is available for grants up to £20,000 and a ‘Primary Fund’ for projects up to £50,000. There are two application deadlines this year on 24 April 24 July 2017.

http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/england 

 

Countryside Stewardship – Defra, Forestry Commission, Natural England & the Rural Payments Agency **Current**


The Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier and Higher Tier scheme for 2017 opened on 10 March.

Countryside Stewardship is a targeted scheme which funds projects to restore habitats, improve water quality and woodland, reduce flood risk, protect landscapes, and provide year-round food and shelter for pollinators, birds and other wildlife.

Those thinking of applying for the Higher Tier will need to have submitted an initial application by 05 May 2017.  Higher Tier application packs will need to be requested no later than 13 April. Mid Tier application packs will need to be requested no later than 31 July 2017 and applications need to be submitted by 30 September 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-get-paid-for-environmental-land-management 

 

Community Asset Fund – Sport England **Current**


Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.

Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.

This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.

https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/ 

 

Bright Ideas Fund – Locality **Current*


The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups the support and tools to start setting up their community business. It also aims to give groups the early stage finance needed to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. A programme of support and grants of up to £20,000 is available to develop your community business idea.

Round 1 of the Bright Ideas Fund is now closed. Round 2 opens on 19 April 2017.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/bright-ideas-fund/ 

 

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles **Current**


The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

• The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.

• The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

• The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles 

 

Urgent Repairs Scheme – Wolfson Foundation / Theatres Trust **Current**


Theatres Trust has launched the Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Both organisations are aware of the challenges facing theatres today and how difficult it is to maintain even a preventative maintenance programme. This then leaves theatres vulnerable when unforeseen issues arise such as weather damage and the need to undertake works to suspended fibrous plaster ceilings following the introduction of a more rigorous inspection regime.

Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Priority will be given to projects that deliver urgent building repairs, and which can demonstrate that without such repairs the viability of the theatre and its future as a place presenting live work to audiences is at risk.

The scheme will not fund repairs to equipment, fixtures and fittings and plant except where a major failure is proving a significant risk to the theatre’s continued operation.

There will be two funding rounds in 2017. Round one will close on 15 March, with decisions announced in July. Round two will close on 16 September, with decisions announced in January 2018.

http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/grants/urgent-repairs-scheme 

 

European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government **Current**


A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds 

 

Community Fibre Partnerships – BT **Current**


£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships. Grants are for communities in the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. These provide match-funded grants of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure if that could also serve their local school. 

50% of the required funds could be available from the scheme with the community raising the additional 50%. BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website "Spacehive" to assist with  community fundraising.

Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.

http://www.communityfibre.bt.com/schools 

 

Changemaker - Santander **Current**


Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.

The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.

If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/changemaker 

 

Young People Leaving Care – Esmee Fairbairn Foundation **Current**


10,000 young people over 16 leave care each year, a third before their 18th birthday. This is in stark contrast to the general population where 50% are still living with their parents at 24. Through this programme, Esme Fairbairn wish to see care leavers supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, ultimately making a successful transition to independence.

Funding is limited to the charitable work of organisations, and could be for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. There are no limits on grant size or length, with the median average 2015 grant being £100,000 over 3 years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but we social investments will also be considered.

http://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what-we-fund/young-people-leaving-care 

 

Tesco Bags of Help – Tesco and Groundwork **Current**


The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity Groundwork.

Bags of Help is always open to applications from community projects. Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme 

 

Woodland Carbon Fund – Forestry Commission **Current**


Receive up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland, or up to £8,500 per hectare if you provide permissive access across the woodland (dependent on its location). Applications for the Woodland Carbon Fund opened on 10 November 2016.

The Woodland Carbon Fund is described as a simple, demand-led grant scheme to boost the rate of woodland creation and to visibly demonstrate how, by taking a natural capital approach, woodland creation can help to meet government’s future carbon targets alongside delivering other benefits. Successful applications will be for large-scale (>30 ha with a minimum block size of 10 ha), predominantly productive woodland and, where possible, have sought opportunities to improve public access and achieve wider environmental outcomes in line with the UK Forestry Standard.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-wcf 

 

Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency **Current**


The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.

The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/homebuildingfund 

 

Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football **Current**


The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:

• Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs

• Improve the way football supporters engage with each other

• Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.

http://www.fsif.co.uk/funding/fans-fund-small-grants-scheme/ 

 

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund **Current**


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage.  HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.  HLF programmes include:

• Kick the Dust – this programme aims to make heritage relevant to the lives of young people, aged 11-25, now and in to the future. Building on their needs and interests, HLF want to see a greater number and diversity of young people benefit from high quality engagement with heritage.  This programme is also about developing the skills and confidence of heritage sites and services to sustain their work with young people over the long-term. You can apply for between £500,000 and £1 million as a consortium of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations. The deadline for initial Project Enquiry forms is 2 December 2016.

• Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

• Heritage Endowments – these grants are available to organisations in the UK who we are currently funding or have funded in the past. This is a match funding scheme – where the HLF grant matches every pound raised by grant recipients. You can apply for a Heritage Endowments grant of £250,000, £500,000 or £1million, to be matched £1:£1 by private donations you raise. Payments of the award will be made when evidence of the matched funding can be shown.

• Grants for Places of Worship – historic places of worship are often at the heart of communities. Grants from £10,000–£250,000 can fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit.

• Parks for People – for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million. Applications go through a two round process and must be submitted by either 28 February for a decision in June or by 31 August for a decision in December.

• Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.  You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.

• Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

• Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.  HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

• Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.

• Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

• Townscape Heritage – helps communities regenerate deprived towns and cities across the UK by improving their built historic environment. Grants range from £100,000 to £2million. Townscape Heritage schemes aim to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx 

 

Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England **Current**


Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/applying-grants-arts 

 

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation **Current**


The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

• A flexible package of support including:

- an advice line

- Events

- Workshops

- peer-to-peer study visits

- business development advice.

• Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.

• Combined loan and grant funding up to £150,000 but not exceeding £75,000 in grant 

https://www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub 

 

The Discovery Foundation **Current**


In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.

The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.

Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/ 

 

Help the Homeless grants **Current**


Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk/ 

 

Big Potential – Big Lottery Fund **Current**


Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £10m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.  

The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment.

Two application routes are available:

• Breakthrough - specialist one to one support for VCSE organisations from Big Potential programme partners followed by a potential application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 for more in-depth investment readiness work.

• Advanced - for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and need help to close possible deals with investors or need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.

Big Potential’s website can be accessed here.

 

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council **Current**


The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts-libraries-fund 

 

Community-led Buildings Grants – Locality  **Current**


Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community-led building or community-led housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/community-led-buildings/ 

 

Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality **Current**


All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for between £1000 and £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.

This support can come in two forms:

1. Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.

2. Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 1 October 2017. Expenditure through a grant must be completed by 31 December 2017.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/neighbourhood-planning/ 

 

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust **Current**


War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.

War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects. 

Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/ 

 

Rural Community Energy Fund **Current**


The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

• Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.

• Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund 

 

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund **Current**


Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

• People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,

• Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,

• Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,

• Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/reaching-communities-england 

 

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation **Current**


The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

• Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.

• Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.

• Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund/ 


Greggs Environmental Grant **Current*

The Greggs Foundation have opened round 2 of their Environmental Grant (closing date 24th June). Grants are available up to £2K:
All projects must deliver a real benefit to the environment. Priority will be given to projects that also include one or more of the following:
·         Improves the local environment
·         Ensures involvement of local communities
·         Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference
·         Supports people in need

Durham establishes £20m business investment fund **Current**

Durham County Council has set up a £20m investment programme, with aim of creating thousands of jobs, and producing sufficient returns to fund the next cycle of investments. Finance Durham LP Fund, which will be managed by Maven Capital Partners, will put between £10,000 and £700,000 in each business, and aims to support 70 firms over the next decade.


#iwill and Sport England **Current**

Iwill and Sport England have just announced a new three year partnership between Sport England and the #iwill fund, a joint investment by Big Lottery Fund and Central Government. Funded using National Lottery money, the new £3 million partnership will support projects which create opportunities for 10-20 year-olds to use sport as a way to do ‘social action’; a range of rewarding things in and for their community, including volunteering, fundraising for local projects and campaigning.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation **Current**

The Foundation gives priority to programmes that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment through charitable organisations. There are no minimum or maximum grants and projects can be funded for more than one year. The deadline to apply is the Friday 1 September 2017.

Support for Environmental Outreach Ed for Disadvantaged Young People (UK) **Current**

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council's Kids Fund.
The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world and works through a network of residential and day Centres in the UK to provide outreach education and training. The funding is available to help young people aged 14 - 18 (25 for those with special needs) attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage - health, mobility, deprivation or financial.
One free staff/adult place is provided for every 12 young people; additional adults pay 20% +VAT. This includes all equipment, tuition and waterproof hire costs. Food and accommodation are included for residential courses.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2017.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/supporting-you/applying-to-fsc-kids-fund.aspx

Barbara Ward Children’s Charity Funding (UK)**Current**

Charities and organisations helping children who are disadvantaged in some respect can apply for grants from the Barbara Ward Children's Charity.
Causes that have previously received funding include:
  • Educational projects
  • Holidays
  • Care and respite
  • Health and well-being
  • Sport
  • Play
  • Leisure.
Grants may also be awarded to charities supporting adults with learning difficulties. Recent awards have ranged from £1,350 to £21,000 and have been used to support both one-off donations and project-related grants for 2-5 years.
Applications are accepted and assessed on a rolling basis.
http://www.bwcf.org.uk/

VocTech Seed Fund Ready to be Launched (UK)**Current**

The UFI Charitable Trust (Ufi), which aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK's workforce, has announced that it intends to launch a new call for proposals in the near future through their VocTech Seed fund.
VocTech Seed offers grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months. UFI will be looking for innovative ideas for using digital tech for vocational learning. As the name suggests, VocTech Seed is intended to support innovative and creative projects at a relatively early stage of development. It aims to enable new ideas to reach a point where they can demonstrate their potential to customers or funders and reach the market. Ufi is also particularly keen to support projects which will have long term impact on employers, communities of learners or sectors which cannot easily access current provision because of industry or market conditions, past learning history or other factors.
http://www.ufi.co.uk/news/new-fund-launching-2017-voctech-impact 
 
PRS Music Foundation Grants Programme Announces Application Deadline **Current**

Not for profit organisations based in the UK with projects that involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music of any genre have until the 8th May to apply for up to £10,000 of funding from the current round of the Open Fund for Organisations.
The Open Fund is available to any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK with an eligible project, this includes:
  • Promoters
  • Festivals
  • Orchestras and large ensembles
  • Talent development or composer development organisations
  • Venues
  • Curators.
The programme's priority is to support an exciting range of projects which have clear musical outcomes and tangible benefits for music creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career. The funding can be used to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, commissions of new music by UK based creators, music creators' residencies and live programmes featuring new UK music. The activity that you are requesting funding for must start at least 12 weeks after the deadline.
http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/the-open-fund/the-open-fund-for-organisations/
 
Greggs Foundation - Local Communities Projects Fund **New**

The next application deadline for the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is the 24th June 2017.
The foundation is a grant making trust which distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people. The Foundation are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops.
Please use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find their nearest shop.
https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/local-community-projects-fund

Fund launched to help cricketers of the future **Current**

An exciting new fund aimed at budding cricketers in County Durham is being launched by the Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust which will be managed by County Durham Community Foundation. The Fund is looking to further assist local cricket organisations with the object of improving the life of young people in the region.
 
Grants will be given to local cricket clubs and other eligible community organisations that develop youth cricket at all levels of the game. Projects that specifically promote the development of young cricketers will also be supported.
 
County Durham has produced many talented cricketers who have gone on to play at county and international level and providing support of this kind can help maintain this tradition.
 
County Durham Community Foundation, who now manage more than 200 charitable funds on behalf of local people and businesses, are contributing a match element to the Fund which will be launched at the annual fundraising dinner of the Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust on Friday, 10th March 2017.
 
Barbara Gubbins Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation said:
“This is a very exciting opportunity for CDCF to help the Trust encourage and develop youth cricket in our area. Supporting sporting activities has been an essential part of our grant-making as it is so vital to grow individual core skills such as teamwork, commitment, trust and friendships – as well as promoting health and wellbeing. This Fund will be an important addition to the range of grant opportunities we manage and we look forward to working with Geoff and the other Trustees to achieve their aims.”
 
Geoff Cook Director of Cricket at Durham County Cricket Club and Chair of the Trustees of the Youth Trust and the new fund said:
“County Durham Community Foundation has agreed to support the Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust in order to extend the grant aid opportunities for young cricketers in County Durham. The aim is to help the players fulfil their potential and ambitions and is a tremendous boost to the Youth Trust which has supported developing cricketers over the past 34 years.”
 
For more information visit CDCF website at: www.cdcf.org.uk

Community-led Buildings Grants (England) **Current**

VCSE. Deadline 1st October 2017.
 
Local organisations can apply for grants to support community-led building and housing projects. Two types of grants are available:
 
Community-led Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grant: £1,000-£10,000 to assess the feasibility of a community-led building project prior to submitting a Community Right to Build Order.
 
Community-led Buildings Project Support Grant: £5,000-£40,000 to pay for the expert help and other costs associated needed to progress a community-led building project to the point of submitting a Community Right to Build Order.
 
Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply.
Growing a Greener Britain: Small Grants (UK) **Current**

Up to £1,000. VCSE. No deadline
 
Constituted community groups can apply for grants for projects that improve their local area.
 
Growing a Greener Britain has been set up by idverde UK, a nationwide contractor that creates and maintains parks and open spaces across the UK, to help fund community projects in publicly-owned parks and open spaces across Britain. The type of local areas that can be improved include but are not limited to
         •        improvements or modifications to publicly-accessible parks.
         •        work in state school grounds.
         •        green open spaces including green spaces in social housing schemes.
         •        improvement of disabled access.

More
 
Jisc - Student Ideas Competition (Grant - UK) **Current**

Deadline 23rd May 2017.
 
Jisc is a non-departmental public body whose role is to support post-16 and higher education.
 
Grants are available for new ideas that use technology to make life better for the UK's learners, staff and researchers. The competition is open to teams of people working or studying in higher or further education or skills in the UK.
 
Winning teams receive £2,000 to attend the design sprint events in August 2016 and develop the idea submitted. A further £3,000 funding could be made available if the idea proves to be viable.
  
Money Saving Expert Charity **Current**

Invite organisations to apply if they have a great idea for a project, related to the grant round theme. The themes will be repeated every two years. Each round will focus on delivering financial life skills to different defined groups. There are two grant rounds per year, applications are invited in February and September only. Most grants are below £5,000.

Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants **Current**

Applications are now open for the new round of Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants.
 
The grants up to £20K are for Community Integration (to help integrate Armed Forces/Veterans  and civilian communities) and/or Local Delivery of Services (deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community which includes dependant family members and veterans).
 
Whilst projects do not require formal endorsement from the Local Armed Forces Covenant Partnership (Forum) they do encourage informing and discussing with the local partnership contact, which for County Durham is: Ian Hunter Smart ian.huntersmart@durham.gov.uk  Tel: 03000 263 595
 
For more information about this funding programme please visit the guidance page.

Digital agency to give away website build grants **Current**

Digital agency White Fuse has announced that it is to give away a £5,000 grant each month to help a charity transform its website or get online for the first time. Explaining why they are providing the grants, the agency said on its website: "Having worked with charities since 2008 we know how hard it is for charities to get funding for digital projects.
 
Foundation plans to support more charities with technology grants **Current**

A new grantmaker has revealed its plans to expand its grant programmes, to help charities make better use of technology. The Transform Foundation has said it wants to support more charities to develop their digital presence. It will expand its website grant programme, launch a pilot social media marketing project and set up a technology volunteer programme. 

Ernest Cook Trust (Grant - UK) **Current**

Under £4,000 (small) / £4,000+ (large). Schools, charities, not for profit organisations. No deadline (small) / Deadline 31st July 2017 (large)
 
Organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and in literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding.
 
Small grants are for projects that meet the Trust’s objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place. Organisations are advised to submit an application at least six months ahead of their project start date.
 
Large grants are aimed at more comprehensive education programmes; these sometimes require support for the salary of an education officer, in such cases the Trust would always expect to be a part-funder.
 
The range of the programme is wide; over the years education projects linked to theatres, art galleries and orchestras have been supported, as have those covering a wide range of environmental and countryside projects.
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Youth Social Action Programme (Grant - England) **Current**

£1,000 - £5,000. VCSE (income less than £500k).
 
The fund is part of the #iwill campaign and administered through local Community Foundations. The campaign aims to increase the number of people between the ages of 10 and 20 years (25 for disabled people) who take part in youth social action. This can include campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.
 
Examples of the types of projects that can be supported include volunteering at a care home, a drop in where young people teach others new skills, bite-size events for young people to train an organisation's staff on the latest social media, etc.
More about the fund
 
County Durham, Darlington and Tees Valley: Next deadlines 17th March, 17th June
 
Lloyds Bank Foundation Committed Over £3m to Local Charities in 2017 **Current**

Lloyds Bank Foundation today announced that it has committed a further £3,210,588 worth of grants to 51 small and medium-sized charities tackling disadvantage in communities across England and Wales. The next round of funding opens on 22 May 2017.
 
Reaching Communities Fund **Current**

If you are a voluntary or community group such as a charity, co-operative, social enterprise or community interest company, a non-profit company limited by guarantee or a statutory organisation such as a local authority or school then you can apply for this funding which is between £10,000- £500,000. Please note that there is a rolling deadline for applications.
 
Ironmongers Company: Grants Programme **Current**

The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. Grants range from a few hundred pounds to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000. The deadline for applications is Monday 31 July 2017. Please note that grants are only given to registered charities.


BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme Welcomes UK Applications **Current**
 
BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years old and younger who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
 
BBC Children in Need distributes the funds raised each year from the Children in Need annual charity appeal as grants to organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The programme’s focus is firmly on children and young people experiencing disadvantage, and the funding goes to organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.

People’s Postcode Trust Opens Small Grants Programme for 2017**Current**

The People’s Postcode Trust’s Small Grants Programme is currently accepting expressions of interest to the first of two funding rounds in 2017.
 
In 2017, the Trust’s Small Grants Programme is inviting applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights (conflict resolution) for some of society’s most vulnerable groups in England, Scotland and Wales. Projects must have a clear charitable purpose and last no longer than 12 months.

New Funding available to relieve need and hardship and distress in the North East of England **Current**

The Programme provides grants to £5,000 to support charities, voluntary-led organisations and projects that have an incredible impact in their community, enabling them to continue their work and make vital improvements to their service.
Who can apply?
Voluntary led organisations with charitable aims e.g. Sports clubs
Registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIO)
Social enterprises
Community interest companies.
 
What type of funding can you apply for?
Priority will be given to applications for funding that fall within the following areas:
 
Debt Advice
Crisis Help
Health and Disabilities
Social Isolation
Problems of Long Term Unemployment
Community Need
 
Individuals see link here

The Sherburn House Fund makes welfare grants typically up to £300 to individuals or families with children under 16 year old or in full time education experiencing extreme hardship to purchase essential domestic equipment and furniture (or provide other financial support).
Who can apply?
Applications are invited from case, support, and social workers, or other professionals working in related fields with clients who are experiencing extreme hardship and are in extreme social and financial need. It is likely that they have been unable to obtain funding from other sources.
Please read the guidelines carefully to make sure that your client is eligible.
What type of funding can you apply for?
Essential domestic equipment and appliances – this may include but is not limited to a cooker, fridge freezer or a washing machine
Household equipment and appliances – this may include but is not limited to microwave (evidence will need to be provided this this is essential) pans, kettle iron
Children’s equipment – this may include but is not limited to cots, pushchair, bedding
Furniture – this may include, but is not limited to single bed, bunk beds, bedding, storage
School uniforms and other critical clothing items
Decorating materials
Furnishings such floor coverings or carpets will only be considered in exceptional circumstances (evidence will need to be provided that this is an essential item i.e. there are pre-school children in the home or children with physical disabilities)
 
Big Issue Invest: Impact Loans England **Current**

£20,000 - £150,000. Charities / social enterprises.
 
Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue Group, has launched a new £5m investment programme called Impact Loans England. This programme is designed to help social enterprises and charities who might have previously struggled to access small to medium-sized loans. This is their newest lending programme which will be delivered over the next three years.
 
The organisations looking for this kind of investment are typically early stage and smaller social enterprises. The programme will tend not to support start-ups and is instead looking for organisations with a trading history of at least one year.

More
  
 
Comic Relief: Try for Change (Grant – England) **Current**

£2,500 - £10,000. VCSE. Deadline currently unavailable (opens 6th February)
 
In partnership with England Rugby, Comic Relief is launching its first funding initiative through the Try for Change fund. Try for Change works to promote, support and grow rugby as a tool for social good. It aims to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, as well as deliver long-term benefits to the wider community.
 
The first initiative is a small grants programme aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups, and local community rugby clubs in England. Applications which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups will be prioritised.
More
 
Sport England: Community Asset Fund (Grant - England) **
Current**
 
£1,000 - £150,000. No deadline
 
Sport England has announced that from 30th January 2017, sports clubs, local authorities, schools and community organisations will be able to apply for funding from its Community Asset Fund. This is a new £15 million per year capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in the local community that give people the opportunity to be active. This can include traditional sports facilities, as well as outdoor spaces, that can be used as part of an active lifestyle.
 
Statutory bodies and education establishments will specifically need to
                  •                provide a minimum of pound-for-pound partnership funding.
                  •                demonstrate the strategic need for their project proportionate to the scale of investment requested.
                  •                limit requests to a maximum of £150,000 within any 12-month period.
More
  
Henry Smith Charity North East Grant Fund 2017: **Current****

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has been awarded £150,000 to operate a local grants fund in the North East: Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley in 2017, with two rounds to be held in the spring and autumn.
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to registered charities which have been operating for a minimum of two years. The average annual income over the past 2 years must not have exceeded £250,000.

The fund will support projects that benefit communities experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and those that tackle problems in area of high deprivation. Examples of projects that can be supported are available on the guidelines to be found on www.communityfoundation.org.uk
 
Sport England Launches £10 Million Active Ageing Fund **
Current**
 
£10 million of National Lottery funding will be distributed by Sport England through the new Active Ageing Fund to help inactive older people to become more active.
 
Sport England is distributing £10 million of National Lottery funding through the Active Ageing Fund. The Fund was designed to support England's ageing population in response to research showing that 42% of people aged 55 and over are inactive compared to 29% of the population as a whole.

 
Lord's Taverners - Outdoor Play Spaces **Current**
 
To meet the multiple differing needs of physical and learning disabilities Lord Taverners provide a range of vital equipment.
 

More Information

Tony Bramall Charitable Trust  **
Current**
 
The Tony Bramall Charitable Trust funds children in need and medical research or causes aimed at improving welfare of sick or those suffering infirmities.

Funding is for organisations across the UK with some preference to Yorkshire.

There is no maximum or minimum grant level.
Application Form: Apply in writing to the address below.
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at anytime.

Contact: Mr DCA Bramall, 12, Cardale Court, Cardale Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1RY.

Laing Family Trusts **Current***
 
The Laing Family Trusts are a group of four grant-making trusts (Beatrice Laing Trust, Kirby Laing Foundation, Maurice and Hilda Laing Charitable Trust and Martin Laing Foundation) sharing a single administration. 

 
Esh Communities **Current**
 
2016 SCHEME NOW OPEN!

Esh Communities was set up in 2012 to distribute Esh’s Charitable Trust grant support fairly and equally across our operating regions. Since its formation the Esh Charitable Trust has granted over £140,000 to good causes improving the lives thousands of people.
 
We accepts grant applications from any community group, charitable organisation or social enterprise which can demonstrate the aptitude and ability to make a real difference to their service users.
 
Applicants complete a simple online application for a grant of between £50 and £1000. If successful the first half of the funding is issued by cheque and the second half when a member of Esh Group staff visits. (Its not going to be 4 months this year between issuing the cheque and the visit)
 
All visits are carried out by a local Esh Group employee allowing us to learn more about people and issues in the areas we work.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: The Ideas and Pioneers Fund **Current**
 
The Ideas and Pioneers Fund is one of the newest and most exciting strands of Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)’s strategy. We are looking for people with unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK. We intend to make around 60 grants per year through this fund - the majority of which will be c. £10,000 each, but we can grant up to £15,000.
 
We are seeking individuals who are committed to their idea, but need some investment to get to a working prototype or fundable pilot. We are particularly keen to attract a diverse range of applicants, including young people (aged 18 and over) and not the “usual suspects” – indeed we state in our guidelines that we hope to fund people who have not received grant funding before. (Potential applicants may nonetheless have links to well-known organisations or have some track record that strengthens their case for investment…)
 
The fund has made several grants to date which may provide some further insight into the kind of pioneers we are looking for - these  are featured on our website.
 
The application process is very light touch, with no deadlines and includes a chance for people to pitch to us in a video.
 
We are excited about the Ideas & Pioneers Fund and hope that we will be able to support some fantastic individuals to get started on their journey to create change.


Greggs Foundation North East Core Funding Programme **Current**

Revenue grants are available for charitable organisations that operate in the North East of England, incorporating Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside.
 
The North East Core Funding scheme awards grants to charitable organisations based in the North East of England that make a difference to people in need. It is provided by the Greggs Foundation, whose mission is to make a difference to people in need in the heart of Greggs' local communities.
 
Funding is available to charitable organisations operating in the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside and based in areas of high deprivation according to the 2010 Indices of Multiple Deprivation.
 
Priority will be given to smaller organisations with fewer employees. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be considered.
 
Grants of up to £15,000 per annum for up to three years - resulting in a maximum grant of £45,000 - are available to organisations that are supporting otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those in the following priority groups:
 
People with disabilities.
Homeless people.
Voluntary carers.
Older and isolated people.
 
The programme supports the core revenue costs of organisations rather than project costs or positions. Preference is given to funding existing work with a proven track record, rather than new work. Typically the Foundation funds core salary costs, but any running costs can be considered. A core salary position is a person who oversees all aspects of the delivery of an organisation, rather than someone who delivers a project, for example a manager or administrator position is more likely to be funded than a youth worker.
 
There are usually three funding rounds per year.
 
The first application deadline for 2017 is 1 March 2017.

Tesco Bags of Help Programme **Current**
 
Offers Monthly Grants to Britain's Community Groups
 
From today, 1 December 2016, Tesco’s Bags of Help grants programme will invite customers to vote for their favourite community project every month. Until now the awards programme has been run every nine months. The new monthly format is expected to result in more than 7,000 community projects across England, Scotland and Wales receiving funding each year.
 
Tesco offers grants through its Bags of Help Programme which is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.
 
Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000.
 
The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces.
 
A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply. This includes voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, community interest companies, friends of groups with a constitution, schools, health bodies, parish, town and community councils.
 
Applications will be accepted at any time.


New Big Lottery Funding Available **Current**

The #iwill Fund aims to transform the culture of community engagement and social action among 10-20 year olds. Funding is available for regional and national organisations that develop opportunities for young people to participate in social action. 
The first three match-funders have been announced that will distribute the funds from a central investment pot created by the Government and Big Lottery Fund. To find out more about applying check out the organisations below.

Pears Foundation will be supporting activity within education, health and social care as well as scaling and supporting successful models to grow or sustain.

UK Community Foundations will create small grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations across England.

Comic Relief will develop opportunities for young people from areas and backgrounds currently least likely to participate; working in co-production with young people over the next few months to design the initiative to launch in Spring 2017.

 


The Environmental Now Fund **Current*

The programme will provide support and funding for young people aged 17-24 years old to create their unique digital ideas to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, or recycling. It is funded by O2 and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and is managed by the National Youth Agency.
 
Benevolent Fund, Charitable Grants **Current**

The Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973, succeeding an existing charitable fund. It was decided that its principal aim should be to support people in trouble, particularly young offencers and ex-offenders, and other disadvantaged young people. Preference is given to pump priming new projects, especially those which are innovatory and can serve as a model elsewhere.
 
New focus on young people leaving care **Current**

Esmée Fairbairn has launched a new £10m fund for charities working with young people leaving care, with the grantmaker taking a more targeted and "evidence-based" approach to funding. The five-year programme, Young People Leaving Care, aims to invest £2m per year in projects that support young people leaving care to make the transition to adult hood. Esmée said it expects most support to be made in the form of grants but will consider social investments as well. There is no limit on the size of grant and guidance for applications can be found on the charity's website. 

Gibbs Trust **Current**

Funds innovative undertakings by Methodist churches and organisations, Other Christian Causes, especially of an ecumenical nature, and a wider category within the fields of the creative arts, education, social and international concerns, a few international initiatives.
 
Jill Franklin Charitable Trust **
Current**

Grants support refugees, self-help mental health groups, churches for restoration, respite holidays prisoners education. Grants ranging from £500 to £1000.


Sir James Knott Trust **Current**

I have been asked to share the information below from Sir James Knott Trust with our VCS organisations
They have 2 simple grants schemes – small, under £1000 which are usually tuned around in 4-6 weeks and for grant applications over £1k, they are considered at a Trustee meeting which are held spring, summer and autumn.   On average we give out c£1.4m and make c400 grants per year and the average meeting grant is approx £4k. 
We fund County Durham, Tyne and Wear, N’land and Hartlepool but not the Tees Valley area inc Middleborough, Stockton.
 
We do not have a priority, we ask the groups/charities what their priority is and we can fund core costs, capital, equipment, salaries etc so we are an all-round generalist funder and a good egg!   
You can find more info on our website (address below).
 
We also very much welcome telephone enquiries to help steer groups and charities in the right direction.
 
Please get in touch if you need any further info.
 
Miss Vicky Willis - Trust Administrator
Sir James Knott Trust
Floor 2b 16-18 Hood Street
Newcastle NE1 6JQ
 
Tel 0191 2304016
www.knott-trust.co.uk
Registered charity number 1001363


Bright Ideas Fund – Locality **Current**

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools to start setting up your community business. It will also give your group the early stage finance that you need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. A programme of support and grants of up to £20,000 is available to develop your community business idea.

Bright Ideas is a rolling programme, open for applications until July 2018. The first round closes at the end of November 2016. There will be further rounds in February 2017, September 2017 and February 2018.
http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/bright-ideas-fund/
 
Community Shares Booster Programme – Power to Change 
**Current**

This is a new initiative to support and stimulate public involvement with community share offers in England, particularly in more disadvantaged areas and sectors where community businesses are under-represented. It is being delivered by Co-operatives UK and Locality, via the Community Shares Unit (CSU), funded by The Power to Change (PtC), and is taking place during 2016 with a contribution of £1 million.
The programme is intended to be an exploratory programme, in which new and innovative models for community shares can explored through working with a series of groups which receive support at all the key stages, namely: development, offer period and post-launch.

If successful your community group or business could receive a business development support grant up to £10,000 in advance of launching your community share offer. After that, your organisation could have access to up to £100,000 match funding in the form of an equity investment by Co-operatives UK when the share offer goes live.

There is no fixed deadline for applications. Applications will be assessed on a monthly basis and the Booster Programme will close once all the funds have been committed.
 
Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football 
**Current***

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.
The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:
Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
Improve fans’ experience of the game.
 
The Leche Trust 
**Current**

The Leche Trust awards grants in the following areas:
Historic buildings of the Georgian period or earlier;
Church furnishings of the Georgian period or earlier;
Conservation of historic collections in museums and other institutions;
Professional performance in theatre, music and dance.
The trustees meet three times a year to review applications, normally in February, June and October. The deadlines for receipt of applications are: 20th December for February meeting 20th April for June meeting 20th August for October meeting.
http://www.lechetrust.org/funding-guidelines.htm
 
More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation 
**Current**

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:
A flexible package of support including:
an advice line
Events
Workshops
peer-to-peer study visits
business development advice.
Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.

Combined loan and grant funding up to £150,000 but not exceeding £75,000 in grant
https://www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub
 
The Discovery Foundation 
**Current**

In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.

The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.
Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/
 
Help the Homeless grants
**Current**

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.
 
Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council
**Current**

The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

 
Growth Programme: Grants for the Rural Economy – Defra 
**Current**

The Growth Programme provides funding to help projects in England which create jobs and help rural economy growth. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages the grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

The RPA will publish calls for applications. These calls invite applications for grants in specific LEP areas. Each call will reflect the priorities set by the LEP and will clearly state:
what types of grants are open for applications
the opening and closing dates and times for applications
Applications received after the closing date and time will not be accepted. Grants are available for:
business development
food processing
small-scale tourism infrastructure
tourism cooperation

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/growth-programme-grants-for-the-rural-economy
 
Community-led Buildings Grants – Locality 
**Current**

Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community-led building or community-led housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.
http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/community-led-buildings/
 
Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality 
**Current**

All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for between £1000 and £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.
This support can come in two forms:
Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.
Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.
If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).
The current programme runs from 2015-18. You can only apply for funds that you can spend within six months or before the end of the current financial year, whichever is the earliest.
http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/neighbourhood-planning/
 
Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust 
**Current**

War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.
War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects.
Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.
http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/
 
Rural Community Energy Fund 
**Current***

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:
Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.
The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund
 
Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund 
**Current**

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.
All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:
People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,
Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,
Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,
Healthier and more active people and communities
There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/reaching-communities-england
 
Reaching Communities Buildings – Big Lottery Fund 
**Current**

The buildings strand of Reaching Communities provides funding for land and buildings projects costing more than £100,000. It can also provide revenue funding to help to get the building running and deliver project activities (for revenue funding or funding for a land and buildings project of less than £100,000, see Reaching Communities England).
Funding is available for building grants up to 2015 and there are currently no deadlines for applications. However, the programme is regularly reviewed and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they are ready.  To ensure that this funding makes the biggest difference to those most in need, it is targeted at buildings or sites based in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ in England.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/reaching-communities-buildings-england
 
Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation 
**Current**

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:
Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.
Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

National Churches Trust - Repair Grants **Current**
The 2017 Repair Grants Programme is currently open for applications Our Repair Grants programme offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects.
Are you eligible?
  • Is yours a Christian place of worship in the UK, and open for regular public worship?
  • Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally, and are the works proposed due to take place within or attached to the place of worship?
  • Is your total project cost estimated at over £100,000 (including VAT and fees)?
  • Have you already raised 50% of the total project cost?
  • Is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation if it is a listed building?
  • Have you received an offer or refusal letter from the Heritage Lottery Fund (or equivalent major grant body) or Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund
 
The Changemaker Fund **Current**

Santander has opened a £200,000 fund for social enterprises in the UK, providing matched funding for ideas that create social change. Eligible projects must reach the halfway mark to their total within six weeks of launching. 
 

Bright Ideas Fund Launches to Help Community Business Start-Ups in England **Current**

T
he £1.85m Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change, will offer tailored support and grants of up to £20,000 to 80 groups to develop their projects. Bright Ideas is a rolling programme, open for applications until July 2018.
 

The Heritage Lottery Fund Launches £10m Pilot Programme **Current**

The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a £10m pilot programme in a bid to make heritage "relevant and inclusive" for 11- to 25-year-olds. Consortia of three or more organisations, including youth and heritage organisations, can apply for grants of £500,000 to £1m. The deadline for first-round applications is 20 February.
 
The Children's Foundation - Cerebral Palsy Grant Round **Current**
 
Due to a very kind donation The Children's Foundation are able to hold a special grant round in November 2016 dedicated to projects relating to Cerebral Palsy.
 
They will support community projects, charities & any properly constituted non-profit group that benefit children and young people in the North East and North Cumbria. Grants awarded are up to a maximum of £1,000.
 
Exclusions
Large, general, non-specific appeals
Grants to individuals
Items or work that should be funded by health and local authorities
Applications requesting support for recurring Revenue costs
Holiday grants
Repayment of loans
Requests from outside the specified geographical area/criteria area
Sponsorship for events or fundraising activities
Groups that do not comply with child protection
Consumables for Breakfast Clubs
Salaries
Uniform & clothing

If you would like more information please contact  kerry.mccormack@nuth.nhs.uk
 
Social Tech Seed **Current***

Nominet Trust has opened their Social Tech Seed fund, which provides funding and support that enables social purpose entrepreneurial organisations with a basic, but functional, digital prototype to develop it. Grant funding is typically between £15,000 and £50,000.

DAYCO Fund **Current***

I’ve attached the details of the DAYCO fund guidelines and the link to the form – in summary £5k available to support activities linked to longer term sustainability 3-5 years.  

The grant can be held in conjunction with other CDCF grants (ie we consider it to be a separate fund from our standard day-to-day grant making).  The nature of the funding means that there is no “window” for applications, we are operating a rolling programme (first come first served). 
 
http://www.cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups/dayco-fund

 

VCS funding: £2m for community minibuses **Current**

The new Community Transport Minibus Fund is a £25 million fund from which community transport operators in England can compete for a new minibus to be supplied to them.
 
Its purpose is to support the community transport sector in continuing to deliver vital services to those communities who may not be serviced by a commercial bus service.  
 
A second round of community transport minibus funding is open between 8 September 2016 and 2 December 2016. The second round is managed by the Community Transport Association on behalf of the Department for Transport.
The Department for Transport’s bidding document explains how community transport operators can apply to our new community transport minibus fund. This £25 million fund supports the community transport sector in providing vital services to communities which may not be serviced by a commercial bus service. A number of new vehicles will be available.

The Community Transport Minibus Fund is open to community transport operators who provide a service to their local community which may not be otherwise run by commercial bus operators. The fund is not open to Local Authorities. The fund is open to those who hold a permit under section 19 of the Transport Act 1985 to run not-for-profit services of benefit to the local community Organisers are particularly keen to support rural services and bids from rural areas will be favourably scored.
 
Successful bidders will need to be clear that the vehicle provided is going to be used for voluntary services only and not used to compete for commercial or tendered contracts.
 
Organisers expect bidders to ensure that they are compliant with European rules on State Aid funding. They will need to ensure that the total income received in grants from public sector bodies (including local authorities) is less than €200,000 (approximately £160,000) in a rolling 3 year period
 
Applicants can bid for one minibus. In some circumstances, applicants may be able to bid for a second vehicle but applicants must be able to tell organisers what the second vehicle will be needed for.
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-transport-minibus-fund

Local Community Projects Fund **Current**
The Local Community Projects Fund helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of our local communities. The maximum grant that they can give is £2,000.