Funding Opportunities

This weeks funding opportunities


Bereavement Care Grants for Hospices (England, Wales, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man) **new**


Up to £20,000. Deadline 2nd January 2018. 

Hospice UK has opened a new grants programme funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The aim of the programme is to develop and extend bereavement support services in hospices; the effect of these services would enhance the well-being of bereaved families or individuals. Grants are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months.

 

The funding will enable hospices to initiate build or develop approaches to bereavement care. This can be through a number of ways (all in line with the Bereavement Care Standards 2014):

Putting into practice the recommendations or findings from a local scoping exercise

Piloting a new project based on a robust needs assessment

Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.

 

A total of £150,000 is available and Hospice UK expect to award between seven and eight grants in this round. To be eligible for funding the applicant must be a full member of Hospice UK.

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Charity Governance Awards (UK) **New**

 

£5,000 x 7. Registered charities. Deadline 12th January 2018

 

The Charity Governance Awards 2018 recognise and reward charities achieving great governance. Entry is free and the winning charity of each category will receive £5,000.

 

Award Categories:

Board Diversity and Inclusivity

Embracing Digital

Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk

Improving Impact – charities with 3 paid staff or fewer (including charities with no paid staff) 

Improving Impact – charities with 4–25 paid staff

Improving Impact – charities with 26 paid staff or more

Managing Turnaround

 

The Awards are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company – a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – in partnership with charity think tank and consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital, charity recruitment specialists Prospectus and volunteer matching charity Reach).

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Comic Relief - Tech for Good (Grant - UK) **New**

 

£15,000 - £47,000. Not-for-profit. Deadline 20th December 2018.

 

Comic Relief has teamed up with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver the 2018 Tech for Good funding programme. The programme recognises the importance of digital technology and its potential to address some of our biggest social challenges; the 2018 funding programme will aim to help 12 not-for-profit organisations to develop their digital products or services.

 

Successful organisations will receive funding for nine months alongside access to dedicated technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019. This will include a residential camp at the start to connect the funded projects with leading tech for good experts, and ongoing mentoring and report back days. A public ‘wrap-up' event at the end of the funding will allow the projects to show what they have created with the grant and support.

 

Applicants can focus on any of the four strategy themes (Investing in Children and Young People, Empowering Women and Girls, Building Stronger Communities and Improving Health and Wellbeing). They must be based and deliver services in the UK.

 

Projects at any stage of development will be considered provided that they have solid user-centred research, a clear problem to address, and a compelling digital solution to achieving this. The technology may be simple or cutting edge. The funders are looking for new products and services that can be shared with the wider not-for-profit sector. It is anticipated that most applicants will already have a digital development partner on board when they apply to help them deliver their project.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants (England & Wales) **New**

 

£5,000+ (large grants) / £500 - £5,000 (small grants). Registered charity. Deadline 23rd February 2018 (small grants) / 2nd February (large grants*)

* first submit a Grant Enquiry Form at least two weeks prior to the large grant application

 

Funding is available for projects to

tackle financial hardship

improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing

provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people

tackle social exclusion and disadvantage

 

The Foundation encourage charities that have an annual income under £500,000 to apply for a Small Grant unless the charity can demonstrate a Large Grant will be used for an innovative project or service.

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Rose Education Foundation (Grant - North East) **New**

 

Up to £3,000. Christian projects. Deadline 30th November 2017

 

The Rose Education Foundation offers financial support to Christian projects in the region.

 

Applications are welcome from projects operated by - or are closely associated with - a Christian charity, a church or group, but applications will only be considered if they meet all of the following criteria:

The application is from, or is supported by, a Christian organisation or church

Applicants are seeking funding for work with young people aged 11-18, based in the North East, to serve the community and improve the lives of young people

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Small Business Awards (North East / UK) **New**

 

Deadline 24th November 2017

 

Run by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) the awards showcase the best small businesses from the UK, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Expert smaller business judges will select category winners in 12 areas across the UK.

 

There are two categories which may be of particular interest to the VCSE sector:

Ethical – Green Business: designed to recognise the most ethical, socially responsible or green businesses.

Community Award: for businesses that partake in initiatives that support the local community, including apprenticeships, or makes a positive impact through employee led activities.

 

The Awards are open to non members of FSB.

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Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants (Grant - UK) **New**

 

Up to £30,000 (average £12,000). Not for profit / private law firms. Deadline 12th January 2018.

 

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

 

Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects vulnerable young migrants including immigration; asylum and asylum support; human rights; education etc.

 

The SLF only funds two kinds of strategic legal action. These are pre-litigation research and "third party intervention" in an existing case. The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for around six months.

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UnLtd Impact Fund (Grant / Investment - England) **New**

 

This new fund aims to address one of the key challenges for early stage social ventures: getting to access to capital. The Impact Fund will invest in around 35 social ventures over the next three years.

 

Initially, the UnLtd Impact Fund is looking to support social ventures tackling challenges related to training and employment - including school leavers and apprenticeships, further and higher education, unemployment and underemployment, and supporting those distant from the labour market.

 

Social ventures will be offered access to between £50,000 and £150,000 (as well as business support) of debt investment, which will include an element of grant funding. The level of grant funding is decided on a case-by-case basis, but it is expected to be an additional 15% of the loan amount. The Fund offers unsecured business loans at an interest rate of 9.5% repayable over a maximum of five years, with all Fund profits reinvested to support more social ventures.

 

Applicants need to complete an Expression of Interest through the UnLtd website. Successful applicants will be invited to complete a full application which will include submission of a financial model.

 

Applicants must be

based in England

focused on employment or employability

an incorporated voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation

typically have been operating for at least 21 months

have a trading and social impact track record

if a Company Limited by Shares, have appropriate social mission lock

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The High Sheriff Awards 2018 programme is open for nominations! **New**

The scheme is supported by the Sir James Knott Trust, CDCF and the current High Sheriff, Mrs Caroline Peacock of Bishop Auckland, who serves for one year from April 2017. In 2018 the awards will focus on youth groups who work on two particular themes: 
* Supporting young people affected by mental health issues and/or young offenders to help turn their lives around 
* Supporting young people to be upstanding citizens and/or deterred from criminal activities 

Award Amount: Up to £2,500

Closing Date: Wednesday, 24th January 2018 Grant Award Date: Thursday, 15th March 2018 If you think your group might be eligible read more and nominate here.

The Suez Communities Trust Now Accepting Applications at any Time (England & Scotland) **New**

The Suez Communities Trust (formerly the Sita Trust) has announced that it has abolished application deadlines to its grant making programme. From now on, applications can be made at any time via a two-stage online application form. There are no longer any application deadlines. The Suez Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to improve public amenities that are available for leisure and recreation use by the general public; the maintenance, repair or restoration of a building, other structure or a site of archaeological interest which is a place of religious worship, or a site of historic or architectural or archaeological interest and is open to the public; and the conservation of biodiversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat. Through the Landfill Communities Fund the Trust can offer grants of up to £20,000 through its Smaller Projects Fund and grants of up to £50,000 through its Primary Fund. 

To be eligible, applicants needs to be a not - for profit organisations located within three miles of a qualifying SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK waste processing site. N.B. due to the rural nature of the Aberdeenshire funding zone this zone has a 10-mile radius.


The Worshipful Company of Weavers – Benevolent Fund **New**

Grants generally up to £15,000 for projects supporting ex-offenders and community-based projects for disadvantaged young people. 
Deadline is Thursday 30 November 2017. 

Blue Spark Foundation **New**

Blue Spark offer grants of around £5,000 to support the education and development of children and young people. 

The Hedley Foundation **New**

They offer grants of around £3,000 for small charities working with young people in the areas of recreation, sport, training, health and welfare, support and outdoor education. 

Prince’s Trust Development Awards **New**

Young people facing financial barriers to taking the next step into work, education or training can apply for grants of up to £500 through the Princes Trust Development Awards. The grants can cover some of the costs involved in accessing education, training or moving into employment.

Masonic Charitable Foundation **New**

Community Support Grants (England & Wales) 

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation's Community Support Grants Scheme. Funding is available for projects to: Tackle financial hardship Improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing Provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people Tackle social exclusion and disadvantage. 

Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 - £5,000. The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 23rd February 2018. 

For large grants programme it is the 2nd February 2018. If applying for a Large Grant, applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form at least two weeks prior to the large grant application deadline. https://mcf.org.uk/charities/

GLL Community Foundation **Current**

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. 

New grants will boost communities **Current**

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 

Heritage Mortgage – Architectural Heritage Fund **Current**

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/

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.

   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

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 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 **New**

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. **Current**

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/

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/

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/

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 further application deadlines this year on 24 July and 2 October 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

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

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

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

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 **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

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/

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

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/

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

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.


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.


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. 

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/

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/

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/ 

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. 

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. 

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 

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.

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.

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.