Here you will find information from the funding opportunities in and around Co Durham

Rural Opportunities Bulletin **New**

A monthly bulletin facilitated by your membership of the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding, consultation and other opportunities

Social Enterprise The Skill Mill is set to scale-up **New**

Life Chances Funding announced by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will assist multi-award winning Social Enterprise The Skill Mill to support more young ex-offenders into jobs, achieve qualifications and desist from crime. 

The Life Chances Fund is a Social Impact Bond which rewards service providers on the impact achieved and this support will allow The Skill Mill to expand its operations in other parts of England. Originally set up in 2014 in Newcastle through a partnership between Newcastle City Council's Youth Offending Team and The Environment Agency it was quickly adopted by Leeds, Liverpool, Durham and North Yorkshire (Scarborough) as well as Tallinn in Estonia.

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Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children **New**

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until the 2nd July 2018 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK between the 1st July and 31st August: 2018 for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities. Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. 

For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place. Although the deadline is the 2nd July 2018, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis until all the funds have been allocated.

Previous visits supported include: 
* All Saints Catholic Primary School which received a grant of £1,500 towards a two-night trip to Wales for a group of disadvantaged children from Merseyside. 
* 17th Gloucester (Salvation Army) Girlguiding who received a grant of £2,500 towards a two-night trip to an adventure centre in Wiltshire for a group of disadvantaged girls from Gloucester. 
* Armitage Church of England Primary School which received a grant of £750 towards a day trip to London for a group of disadvantaged children from Manchester.

The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation **New**

The single funding priority is the development of group music making, especially involving young people in projects incorporating composition and creative ideas. Grants may be between £500 - £4,000. The average grant is around £2,000. 

Wooden Spoon **New**

Wooden Spoon Funds capital projects that help young people under 25 who are socially/ physically/ mentally disadvantaged. Projects must have projected life-span of 5+ years and no funds provided for admin or salaries. 

Marsh Christian Trust **New**

Their funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding to support organisations they support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs. Grants are unrestricted and range from £250-£4,000, with new applications at the lower end of this scale.

Comic Relief - Tackling violence against women and girls **New**

£60,000 - £120,000 over 1 to 3 years (core / project running costs). Registered charities / constituted / partnership. Deadline 2nd July 2018. This initiative is funded by Comic Relief with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with funds raised through the Tampon Tax. 

The funds will be fully focused on work that supports women and girls at risk of violence who have multiple and complex needs. The fund aims to: Enable organisations to better support women within the target group. Showcase how women’s lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy. Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches. Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support. Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector. Improve access to support for women with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women. 

Applications are welcomed for a broad range of work that demonstrates an understanding of the gendered causes of violence against women, and that tackles causes and/or consequences. This may be through preventative/early action measures, crisis intervention, research and policy work as well as longer-term support. More

Virgin Money: North East fund **New**

£10,000 - £50,000. Registered Charities, Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies and Industrial and Provident Societies. Deadline 10th November 2018. The Virgin Money Foundation has launched its North East Fund, encouraging applications from voluntary organisations working in their local community 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. 

They are also looking for ambitious locally-led voluntary, community and social enterprises providing social and economic benefit to an area, who want to explore new ways of generating income and, by doing so, achieve greater impact in their neighbourhoods. Grant awards are to cover running costs (not capital costs) and are for one year only.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust - Community Investment Programme **New**

Up to £10,000 (maximum £2,000 capital items). VCSE. Deadline 8th June 2018 (eligibility survey) The Community Investment Programme was created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to 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. 

Eligible North East areas can be seen here.


Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grants (North East) **New**

Up to £1,000. VCSE. Deadline 31st May 2018 The programme aims to give children and young people in the North East the best health and wellbeing services in the UK through grants awarded to support community projects that benefit children and young people in line with the Foundation's aims and objectives: 

The promotion and preservation of good health and the relief of associated distress/disability/disadvantage among children and young persons generally and including both physical and mental health. 

The promotion and support of research into the causes and effective treatment/alleviation of diseases, medical conditions and disabilities, both physical and mental, affecting children and young people. 


Music for All **New**

VCSE / schools / individuals. Deadline 1st July 2018 The charity of the UK musical instrument industry, Music for All was founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music. Community groups, schools and individuals can apply for grant and other support for community music making projects that offer experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Projects and initiatives supported must be taking place in the UK aiming to bring music to their community needing a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes. 


Key Fund Investment Opportunity **New**

Important news: We have £4.5 million to invest! Are you buying a building? Are you looking to grow? Have you got a great business idea? We can help... we're pleased to announce that we have £4.5m to invest in your social enterprise. If you are based in the North and Midlands area we can offer you: Up to £300K in blended finance for property deals Up to £150K in blended finance to grow businesses or support new ideas 

For more information on how we can help, please get in touch: For details on who we are and how we can help including the application process, please go to our Key Fund website Tel: 0330 202 0559

Sport England's Community Asset Fund Remains Open for Applications **New**

Funding remains available for organisations that want to enhance spaces in their local communities for the benefit of local people. The Community Asset Fund was launched in January 2017 to support Sport England’s strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’. According to Sport England, this investment is intended to help local organisations ‘create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come’. Sport England is looking to invest in projects that look beyond helping get people into sport and active to projects that change lives and become a force for good. Community organisations, clubs, statutory bodies and educational establishments can apply for investments of up to £150,000 for projects which create or improve opportunities to play sport and get active in local communities. The grants do not have to be used for a traditional space or traditional sport.

Examples of eligible project locations include: canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces with the potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle. There are three levels of grant investment: Small Scale Investments (£1,000 and £15,000) – to cover the cost of emergency works due to something like storm or flood damage, or something totally unexpected that is stopping people from being able to stay active right now. Medium Scale Investments (£15,000 and 50,000) – to make more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community. Large Scale Investments (£50,000 and £150,000) – for projects which can demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under-represented groups. Examples of eligible activity include: Taking over an underused sports facility or one under threat of closure. Applicants might need support to bring a building back into use or need to make improvements to a recreational space. Expanding or improving the sporting experience applicants already offer to their customers. 

Applicants could be looking to improve a changing room or install new toilets, heating systems or social spaces. Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that is stopping people from being active. Applicants might need to fix a roof that’s been damaged or repair an area after flood damage. Making improvements to a building or open space that’s clearly needed in the local community. 

Applications continue to be accepted at any time.

National Churches Trust’s Community Grants Accepting Applications **new**

Funding for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. The National Churches Trust offers funding for projects that are in line with the aims of the Trust which are to: Help maintain the UK's heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities. Promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them. The Community Grants programme offers grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 towards the cost of capital works (additions and extensions) and the introduction of facilities, such as accessible toilets and catering facilities. Projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees) ) and have already raised 50% of the total project cost.

To be eligible, the building must: Be a Christian place of worship (but not a Cathedral) in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Be owned by the applicant or the applicant must have the right to carry out the work. Have been originally built as a place of worship and is open for regular public worship. The principle denomination that worships in the building must be a member of (or belong to an umbrella body that is a member of) Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. The project must be led by a qualified professional, usually an architect or chartered building surveyor. Applicants can also be considered for a National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network. These are additional £2,000 micro-grants available to successful applicants to set up a Cinnamon Network Recognised Project that meets the needs of local people. The micro-grants allow churches to set up new social action projects such as CAP Money Courses, Make Lunch and Parish Nursing. Successful churches will also be able to access the support and training provided by Cinnamon Network’s regional Advisers and Trainers. It does not fund existing projects. 

The deadline for Community Grant applications is 2 July 2018. 

Virgin Money launches £1million North East fund **Current**

Applications now open The Virgin Money Foundation has launched its North East Fund, encouraging applications from voluntary organisations working in their local community 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. 

They are also looking for ambitious locally-led voluntary, community and social enterprises providing social and economic benefit to an area, who want to explore new ways of generating income and, by doing so, achieve greater impact in their neighbourhoods. 

For full details and how to apply please visit

Gregg Foundation - North East Core Funding Programme (North East) **Current**

The next application deadline for applications to the Greggs Foundation Core Funding programme is the 17th May 2018. The North-East Core Funding programme makes grants to not for profit organisations helping those in need in the Counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside to support core running costs.

The programme supports organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the North East of England, or that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that work with the following priority groups: People with Disabilities Homeless people Voluntary Carers Older and isolated people. Funding is available of up to £15,000 per year for up to three years to support core-running costs such as utility bills and rent; core salaries; and HMRC costs relating to core salaries. 

Before applying, please contact the grants manager, Justine Massingham on 0191 2127813. She will help to make sure that applications are eligible before submitting them for consideration by the trustees.

The Chrysalis Trust **Current**

The Trust makes grants to UK registered charities providing public benefit and prioritises less popular and harder to fund projects, providing support for both capital projects and core funding with 'one off' donations. It is unable to support any project which should or could be funded by a statutory body. The Trust’s current Priorities are the relief of poverty and disability, and the provision of access to shelter, education, healthcare and water. Exclusions include: academic and medical, holidays and outings, arts and entertainment activities, and animal welfare. The deadline is 15 May 2018. 

Find out more about the Trust and how to make an application.

Calor Rural Community Fund (UK) **Current**

Up to £5,000. Deadline 21st May 2018

Communities that are not connected to the Mains Gas Grid can apply for grants; projects that can could be anything from redecorating community centres or village halls, to new equipment for youth clubs, sports teams or scout groups. A wide range will be considered. 

Projects will be subject to a popular vote. Projects that receive the most votes via the website will be shortlisted then reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select the winning projects for funding. 

Calor is offering three levels of funding to suit projects of different sizes: up to £1,000, up to £2,500 and up to £5,000. The 20 projects in the £1,000 category and the 10 projects in both the £2,500 and £5,000 with the most votes will go through to the finals.


Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grants (North East) **Current**

Up to £1,000. VCSE. Deadline 31st May 2018

The programme aims to give children and young people in the North East the best health and wellbeing services in the UK through grants awarded to support community projects that benefit children and young people. Grants are allocated in line with The Children’s Foundation values; to alleviate the negative impact of distress, disadvantage and disability.


HLF - Heritage Grant Scheme  **Current**

£100,000+. Not for profit. Deadline 14th June 2018

The funding, made available through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Grant Scheme is available to not-for-profit organisations; and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations for any large project relating to national, regional and local heritage. For example:

Archaeological sites; collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives

Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes

Historic buildings; histories of people and communities

Histories of places and events; etc.


My Community and Neighbourhood Planning 2018-2022 (Grant - England) **Current**

Up to £17,000. Local forums / parish councils. No deadline specified

Local community forums and parish councils are able to apply for basic grants of up to £9,000 (plus an additional £8,000 if they meet certain criteria) through the Government's new £23 million My Community and Neighbourhood Planning programme.

The funding is available to Town or Parish Councils, where they exist. In areas that are unparished, applicants will need to put in place a Neighbourhood Forum. All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply.

Groups can apply for up to two types of grant funding:

Basic Grant Funding – all groups are eligible. Up to £9,000. Any grant support received in the 2015-2018 programme will be taken into account when assessing how much grant they can apply for (e.g. if £5,000 was awarded and spent in 2015-2018, they can only apply for up to £4,000)

Additional Grant Funding – up to a further £8,000. Eligibility:

Allocating sites for housing

Including design codes in the plan

A designated business neighbourhood plan

A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan

A Neighbourhood Area with a population of over 25,000

Any grant support received in the 2015-2018 programme will be taken into account as     above.

Groups can also apply for technical support (or separately within their grant application) if eligible:

Allocating sites for housing

Including design codes in the plan

Planning to use a neighbourhood development order

An undesignated Forum needing help to get designated


Nesta Good Help Awards (Other - UK) **Current**

£15,000 & 2x £5,000. VCSE. Deadline 18th May 2018

Innovation foundation ‘Nesta’ has launched the Good Help Award for practitioners running innovative ‘good help’ programmes which have the potential to transform public services across the country.

A first prize of £15,000 and two further prizes of £5,000 each will be awarded to three organisations that are taking a creative approach to helping people manage and overcome a range of issues - from long-term health conditions and homelessness to unemployment and special educational needs.

The Award is open to anyone offering ‘good help’ in the UK through an established project, programme or service where the seven elements of Good Help:

Power sharing - sharing control over decisions rather than directing

Enabling conversations - helping people to think through what’s important to them and why, and helping them come up with their own solutions

Tailoring - helping people define their own purpose and goals, in the context of their personal circumstances

Scaffolding - supporting people to sustain change over time, by helping people to make first steps with support and further steps by themselves

Role modelling and peer support - helping people develop relationships which give them support and inspiration to make changes

Opportunity making - creating opportunities or removing barriers, such as brokering relationships or practical changes to free up time or address financial constraints

Transparency - giving people access to all relevant information in a timely way, such as test results


Ouseley Trust (England, Wales & Ireland) **Current**

No maximum amount specified. Deadline 30th June 2018

Eligible organisations: cathedrals, choral foundations, parish churches, choir schools and other relevant institutions which promote and maintain to a high standard the choral services of the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland. 

Grants are available in the following areas:

Courses for individuals or groups

Endowment grants for scholarships or bursaries

Fees for individual choristers having places at recognised choir schools

Purchase of liturgical music

Other projects (e.g. outreach) of an innovative kind that are likely to further the object of the Trust in a direct and effective way. In very exceptional circumstances, these may include music commissions


Water Environment Grant Scheme (England) **Current**

Up to £2 million. Not for profit / land managers / public bodies. Deadline 11th May 2018

DEFRA's Water Environment Grant scheme provides funding to improve the water environment in rural England. Grants will cover work to rivers and their estuaries; lakes; canals; wetlands; groundwaters; and coastal waters. Ambitious and innovative proposals are welcomed, however funded projects will importantly demonstrate good value for money.

Project proposals based in urban or coastal areas may be submitted, however they must show how it will benefit a rural area 

Eligible project activities include:

Creation / restoration of water-dependent habitats, e.g. a watercourse, lake or wetland

Restoration of ecosystems in water-dependent habitats

Removing barriers to fish movement and/or construct a fish pass, bypass channel, or fish easement to restore fish migration

Managing the source of water pollution, especially diffuse pollution in rural areas

Remove or reduce the presence of non-native species, where they’re a problem

Sustainable use of water resources

Activities/events that help change agricultural practices to improve the water environment

Feasibility studies for activities to tackle environmental problems in water-dependent habitats

Grants can cover up to 100% of eligible project costs. Up to 15% of the grant can be used to pay project manager salary costs, rent or hire of site offices and compound, including utilities such as gas, water and electricity and communication and postage costs.


Reaching Communities Programme Re-opens for Applications (England)**Current**

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that its Reaching Communities Programme has re-opened for applications. Reaching Communities provide grants of over £10,000 to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need, including hard to reach communities. 

You can apply if you are a: * Voluntary and community organisation * Social enterprise * Group of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise * School * Statutory body (including town, parish or community council) * Community interest company. 

During this financial £190 million will be available for projects that address one or more of the following outcomes: * Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities; * Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities; * Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Building Better Communities Programme Opens for Nominations (UK) **Current**

Jewson's Building Better Communities programme, which supports community buildings across the UK has re-opened for nominations. The Fund awards a Top Regional prize of £50,000 (split equally between labour and building materials costs) and multiple prizes ranging from £500 to £10,000 from a total pot of £250,000. Local Trade Heroes (which seeks to celebrate construction workers who play a big role in their community) can also win £50,000 worth of building materials to enable them to complete worthy projects such as new sports club changing rooms, much-needed play area for children or improve community buildings. Local projects can also apply for building materials worth between £500 and £10,000 to improve their local community building from a regional prize fund. 

To participate, entrants must submit all the required details of their nominated community building project via the website below or via Jewson's Facebook page ( Shortlisted projects will be announced on the 6th May 2018. Shortlisted projects will face a public vote. Public voting runs from the 22nd May.

BBC Children in Need - Small Grants (UK) **Current** 

Up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Not for profit. Deadline 13th May 2018

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

Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

Any kind of disability

Behavioural or psychological difficulties

Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects should make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face, by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments. The funders are looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference.

Applications will be assessed taking in to consideration the information provided around

The project and the children the organisation plans to work with

The differences the project aims to make in the lives of those children and young people

The health of the organisation – such as finances, safeguarding and governance


BlueSpark Foundation (Grant - England) **Current**

Up to £5,000 (most are under £2,000). VCSE / schools.

BlueSpark Foundation supports the education and development of children and young people (aged 5-21) by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

They give particular consideration to projects which they believe will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. They like to fund relatively small-scale projects that might not happen at all or would only happen on a smaller scale without the support of BlueSpark.

Applications must be for a specific project. The kinds of projects that CANNOT be funded are:

life skill mentoring services

counselling services

holiday clubs or playgroups

construction, maintenance or repair of buildings

There are no preconditions for the making of a grant regarding the number of children or young people who may benefit from a particular project.

Funding provided by BlueSpark for any particular project must constitute a significant proportion of the costs of that project rather than being marginally incremental to its funding. If an organisation is able to raise part of the cost of a project itself, that will be a favourable factor in the assessment of a grant application.


Pink Ribbon Foundation (Grant - UK) **Current**

Up to £5,000. Registered charities. Deadline 31st May 2018

Grants are available for charities that relieve the needs of people who are suffering from breast cancer, have been affected by it or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment. Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply.

Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity's work are affected by breast cancer.

Higher grants may be awarded if the trustees feel there is a special reason to do so.


Funding for Projects that increase the Emotional Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Individuals **Current**

Funding for Projects that Increase the Emotional Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Individuals (London, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Teesside) The 'Mercers' Wellbeing Initiative' is a small grants programme to increase the emotional wellbeing of individuals through participation in creativity and the arts or through access to nature and the outdoors. 

Grants from £20,000 to £50,000 for up to two years are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, charities, church groups and those of other faiths that are working in the following areas: 
* Young People and Education 
* Older People and Housing 
* Church and Communities 

Applications from organisations working in areas with high levels of disadvantage and low levels of participation in creativity and the arts or access to nature and the outdoors, will be prioritised as follows: For Children & Young People and Older People, grants are available for work in London only (within one or more of the 32 London Boroughs). For Adults & Families (in our Church and Communities Programme), grants are available for work in London, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and the North East of England (County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Teesside) Applications can be submitted at any time.

Community Safety Fund **Current**

Please find attached the link to grants made available by Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner and County Durham Community Foundation.

Kind regards, Jo Jo’Anne Connor BA(Hons) Office of the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Governance Manager Police Headquarters 0191 3752156

Latest Version of GRANTfinder Bulletin Available **Current**

Welcome to the GRANTfinder Update Bulletin bringing you details of the latest changes in the funding world. To download the bulletin, please click here:

Rural Funding Opportunities Bulletin **Current**

A monthly bulletin of the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding, consultation and other opportunities

Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme **Current**

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. The scheme will fund approximately 150 small grants and up to 30 large grants.

Visit for full details.

Coalfields Community Investment Programme (Grant / Other - England)**Current**

Practical support: no deadline

This is a range of free services and resources available to registered/incorporated organisations such as registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations operating in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities. Support includes but is not limited to:

Organisational Diagnostic Tool – analysis of organisational need.

Critical Friend – face to face, telephone and email support from the team.

Local Area Profiling – detailed reports of local statistics.

Support to identify specific organisational needs.

Support applying for funding/finance and bid-writing training.

Evaluation & monitoring advice.


Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust (UK / International) **Current**

Up to £35,000. Registered charities. Deadline 1st September 2018.

Charities working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply. Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible.

The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.


Marc Fitch Fund (Grants - UK) **Current**

Next deadlines 1st March / 1st August 2018

The Marc Fitch Fund is an educational charity that makes small grants towards the costs of publishing scholarly work in the fields of British and Irish national, regional and local history, archaeology, antiquarian studies, historical geography, the history of art and architecture, heraldry, genealogy and surname studies, archival research, artefact conservation and the broad fields of heritage, conservation and the historic environment.

They offer four kinds of grants:

Publication grants

Research grants

Special Project Grants

Journal digitisation

The fund is one of last resort, stepping in to assist worthwhile projects that are at risk of failing without a grant, and where other sources of funds have been exhausted. Prospective applicants should submit a brief outline of their project by e-mail. If the proposal meets the Fund’s criteria, the relevant application forms will be provided.


Sport England Small Grants (England) **Current**

£300 - £10,000. VCSE / statutory. No deadline

Formally constituted not for profit organisations and statutory bodies including sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport are eligible to apply for grants to cover capital and revenue costs for projects that help more people regardless of age, background or ability, to play more sport or to be more active more often.

The focus of the programme is on adults and young people aged 14 or over. Projects working with mixed age groups may be considered if there is a particular focus on people aged 14 plus. People stop taking part in certain sports, such as gymnastics, at an earlier age and this will be taken into consideration. The maximum project size is £50,000.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation (UK) **Current**

£10,000 - £45,000. No deadline

Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas can now apply for grants for

new buildings

upgrading, renovating or extending buildings

improving or creating outside space (not car parks)

The funders consider ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so this might also be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week and that all the community can access 

Applicants must have already secured 50% of the total funding needed to complete the project before they apply.


HA Challenging Places (Other - England) **Current**

VCSE / schools. No deadline

Organisations working with children and young people who live in deprived areas can apply for a two-night break package through the Youth Hostel Association's (YHA) Challenging Places Support Programme.

Organisations can apply on the behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA’s criteria. They can reapply annually as long as the application is for a different group of young people.

To be eligible the children or young persons must be between the ages of 8 and 18 and must live in an area recognised as deprived.


Masonic Charitable Foundation **Current**

Masonic Charitable Foundation 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 25th May 2018. 
If applying for a Large Grant, applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form. 
The deadline for submitting the Grant Enquiry form is the 4th May 2018.

People's Health Trust funding in your area **Current**

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity which funds local groups and charities with great ideas in order to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. We distribute funds raised by HealthImprove through The Health Lottery. We have just opened Active Communities, a funding programme which may be of interest to groups and charities in your area. We are offering grants of between £5,000-£50,000. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. Applying couldn’t be easier – the form is online (and available in other formats) and there is detailed guidance to support applicants through each step.

If you wish to share this news with local groups and charities within your constituency, there are some suggestions on the brief note attached, which also gives you further details about Active Communities. More can be found at –

Dayco Fund  **Current**

The DAYCO Fund aims to provide grants to voluntary youth and community organisations located in County Durham who are looking to promote development and long-term sustainability within their organisation. The funding is not available in Darlington. Apply here

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (UK) **Current**

Over £10,000. Not for profit / schools. Deadline 17th May 2018. Grants are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect any kind of disability behavioural or psychological difficulties living in poverty or situations of deprivation Schools must ensure that the project is additional to their statutory duties. 

Lloyds Bank Foundation (Grant – England and Wales) **Current**

Up to £25,000 p.a. Registered charities. The Foundation supports charities that help people facing multiple disadvantage to move forward with their lives. By providing both financial and practical support, they aim to deliver lasting positive change. Grants are made via two programmes: 

Invest: Long-term funding of core or delivery costs for charities working to deliver clear outcomes for disadvantaged people. £10,000 - £25,000 per year for 2 – 6 years. Deadline 18th May 2018. 

Enable: Grants for specific organisational development to strengthen the effectiveness of the charity. Up to £15,000 over 1 – 2 years. No deadline. Planned work must improve one of the following areas: Activities / services Leadership / governance Strategic planning / policy Structures / systems Communications 

Weston Anniversary Fund (Grant - UK) **Current**

£30,000 - £150,000. Registered charities / CIOs / places of worship / state schools (income less than £3m). Deadline 30th June 2018 

The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new grants scheme to celebrate 60 years of grant-making. The Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants to provide new or improve existing community facilities. They will consider funding the entirety of a project, or help to complete fundraising. Grants will be made to support capital projects benefiting local communities. To note: Total project costs are not to exceed £300,000. Planning permission (where relevant) will need to be in place prior to submitting an application. Grants will need to be spent and projects fully completed by the end of 2020. 

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust **Current**

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 February. 

Rural Opportunities Bulletin **Current**

A monthly bulletin facilitated by the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding, consultation and other opportunities

Grants applications for May now open **Current**

The Hospital of God is currently accepting applications for the latest round of grants funding in May. Grants are available from 1 to 3 years for amounts of £1000-£3000 per annum for charities based in the ancient diocese of Durham which consists of Hartlepool, Stockton, Darlington, County Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland. 

We aim to support charities working in lower profile areas of work that reach people who are on the edges of society. 

For more information please visit our website: 

Service Development Manager, Hospital of God, Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham, DH1 4PR 0191 3863033 07702494784

Garfield Weston Foundation Announces New Community Fund **Current**

We are excited to announce that on the 5th January 2018 the Garfield Weston Foundation will be launching a new one-off grants scheme to celebrate the Foundation’s 60th anniversary. The Weston Anniversary Fund is designed to support Capital projects that will improve existing, or provide new facilities for local communities across the UK. The Fund will be able to fund the entirety of projects or help to complete them with grants between £30,000 and £150,000. 

The Weston Anniversary Fund will open on 5th January 2018 and close to applications on 30th June 2018. We are hoping to be able to support local communities across the UK and hope that even if this Fund is not right for your organisation, that you may tell other local charities in your area about this exciting opportunity. To find out more please visit

With thanks, The Garfield Weston Foundation Team 

p.s. If you don’t have a relevant Capital project, you may want to see if you are eligible to apply for funding through our Regular Grants programme at
Gregg Foundation - North East Core Funding Programme (North East) **Current**

The next application deadline for applications to the Greggs Foundation Core Funding programme is the 8th March 2018. The North-East Core Funding programme makes grants to not for profit organisations helping those in need in the Counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside to support core running costs. 

The programme supports organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the North East of England, or that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that work with the following priority groups: 
* People with Disabilities 
* Homeless people 
* Voluntary Carers 
* Older and isolated people. 

Funding is available of up to £15,000 per year for up to three years to support core-running costs such as utility bills and rent; core salaries; and HMRC costs relating to core salaries.

Women's vote Centenary Fund **Current**

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. The grant scheme has two types of funds: Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. 

There will be three bidding rounds during 2018. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. 

There will be two bidding rounds during 2018. Both funds are open to organisations and activity in England only. Each of the devolved administrations has been provided additional funding to celebrate the centenary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are making their own arrangements.

Changes to our Reaching Communities funding programme **Current**

We are changing the application process for Reaching Communities, to make it easier for groups and communities to apply for National Lottery funding. 

In order to do this, there will be a temporary pause on the submission of Reaching Communities applications between Monday 15 January and Monday 2 April. 

All applications received before 15 January will be processed in the existing manner. 

If your current grant is coming to an end soon and you are working on an application for continuation funding, or if you have any other questions, please contact our Big Advice team: Email Call 0345 4 10 20 30

Grants to Help Celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2018 **Current**

Across the UK The Vegetarian Society is offering funding for local groups and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to hold activities or events in celebration of National Vegetarian Week 2018. Not-for-profit organisations as well as informal groups who are considering holding an event or an activity which promotes a vegetarian diet to the wider community can apply now for a grant. Small grants of up to £200 or larger grants of up to £2,000 can be used to support events and activities that attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community. 

The funding is for events and activities that: 
Take place during National Vegetarian Week 2018 (14-20 May) or in the two weeks before. 
Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.
Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food. 
Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan. (Events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink). 

Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not limited to: Cookery demonstrations. Communal meals. Recipe exchanges. Tasting sessions. 

The grants could be used to hire equipment and venues or help with transport costs or the materials needed for a cookery demonstration. Applications will be accepted from: Not for profit organisations in the UK (eg community groups, schools, social housing schemes, youth clubs, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides). Informal groups of friends, parents or students. Vegetarian groups, local network groups and student vegetarian and vegan societies (whether they are formally part of the Vegetarian Society network or not). 

There are four closing dates in 2018 for applications: Large Grants - 21 January and 25 February. Small Grants - 25 February and 22 April.

Project Genesis Trust – Small Grants Scheme: **Current**

The small grants scheme supports grants up to £500 that are benefiting the residents of the ex-district of Derwentside and that are consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust namely:
 • providing or assisting in the provision of facilities for the recreation or other leisure time occupation
 • providing or assisting in the provision of facilities to encourage the study appreciation and enjoyment of the arts (including an arts centre)
 • encouraging the understanding and appreciation of local history and other matters of historic artistic architecture or scientific interest (including a heritage centre)
 • the conservation, protection and improvement of amenity land and its flora and fauna

 if you require any further information on the Trust or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Many thanks, Paula Nicholson
Clerk to Project Genesis Trust Tel: 03000 269710 Email: 

Durham County Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme 2017/18 **Current**

The Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme can help residents at times when they are at their most vulnerable by supporting their short-term needs or helping them to maintain their independence. There are two types of welfare assistance available: • Daily living expenses help meet immediate short-term needs for goods or services that arise because of a disaster or unforeseen circumstances. It can include direct payments to a gas or electricity supplier or prepayment card/vouchers for food and travel. • A settlement grant can help residents remain in the community, or move back into the community, after a period in supported or unsettled accommodation, for example someone leaving care or an individual who has been made homeless. It includes access to standard household items such as beds, bedding, furniture and white goods. 

The contact telephone number for the Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme is 03000 267900. Applicants can apply for welfare assistance by telephone or by completing an application form online at 

Football Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme **Current**

Up to £20,000. No deadline

The three aims of the Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme 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

There are two tiers of projects - up to £5,000 and up to £20,000; for both tiers, total project costs must not exceed £50,000. Projects can range from a one-off event / campaign, to a project running over a period of three years. Potential applicants must have discussed their scheme with and received support from associated clubs.


Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) - First World War: Then and Now **Current**

£3,000 - £10,000. VCSE. No deadline

Grants are available for community projects that explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War. HLF want to fund projects that enable communities (geographic, cultural or those linked by experience or interest) to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and that make a difference for a wide range of people. In particular, they would like to help young people aged 11-25 to take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.

Projects must make a real difference for heritage, people and communities, by achieving at least one of these outcomes for people:

Developed skills

Learnt about heritage

Changed their attitudes and/or behaviour

Had an enjoyable experience

Volunteered time

Applications will be assessed within eight weeks.


Website Grants – Transform Foundation

Transform Foundation provide funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs with the Foundation’s current grant partner. Applicant organisations will need to cover ongoing costs for a minimum of a 12 month commitment
They are specifically targeting small and midsize charities – generally with an income between £350k and £30M a year.
Core Strength Local Communities Grants – Comic Relief

UK Community Foundations is supporting Comic Relief to deliver a £2 million investment into supporting small community led organisations across the UK.
The Core Strength Local Communities Grants programme provides funding for essential core running costs for grassroots organisations that are often the first and sometimes only point of support for individuals and communities trying to make a difference in their lives. The initiative will sit under the Comic Relief programme of Building Stronger Communities – supporting groups who work to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.
Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 for up to 12 months are available to small local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000.
Application windows will open at different times across the UK between August 2017 until July 2018.

Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants – Defra

Details of this grant were announced on 3 October 2017. Local Authorities leading on the role out of Superfast Broadband can apply for Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants.
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).
You need to contact the rural Payments Agency at to get a copy of the grant handbook, an application form, application appendix and guidance on how to apply.

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.
RDPE Growth Programme – Rural Payments Agency & Defra 

You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.
There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF). The whole aim of the RDPE Growth Programme is to create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Applications will need to show how projects will help do this. The expression of interest (EOI) deadline has been extended to 31 May 2018.

GLL Community Foundation Fund

Spacehive have officially partnered with GLL, the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise to launch the GLL Community Foundation.
The Foundation has been established to provide grant funding and practical ‘in kind’ support with a value of up to £5,000 to a wide range of community schemes. Projects could include creating or renovating public spaces such as parks or gardens, running sports tournaments or supporting cultural or community events.
Along with financial support, GLL staff are also offering practical support and consultancy to projects, while Spacehive provides a platform for local schemes to build support and fundraise from within their own community.
WiFi4EU – European Commission

The European Commission is seeking to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU. The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017 and 2019. It will support the installation of “state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life.” The WiFi4EU scheme will be disbursed in a geographically balanced manner, so that high-speed connections can benefit both residents and visitors of thousands of local communities across the EU - at least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities by 2020.
The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to public sector bodies – typically local authorities. It will fund the equipment and installation costs (internet access points), while the beneficiary will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance in good order of the equipment for 3 years.
Local authorities will be encouraged to develop and promote their own digital services in areas such as e-government, e-health and e-tourism through a dedicated app.
Projects will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first call for projects is expected to be launched “towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.”
Project Viability Grant and Project Development Grant – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and re-generation of historic buildings, has two further grants available:

  • Project Viability Grants – grants up to £5000 are available to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition, and produce a Viability Report to a standard template.
  • Project Development Grants – grants up to £25,000 are available to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

Applications for grants of less than £5,000 can be made at any time and AHF aim to give you a decision within 6 weeks. Decisions on grants requesting £5,000 and over are made by Trustees at quarterly Council meetings. The deadline for the next meeting is 16 February 2018.
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.
Social Investment Fund – Homeless Link

Homeless Link has £4.5m to invest over the next 3 years for charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness. The programme is said to be the first of its kind exclusively for the homelessness sector and one of very few sector-specific funds in existence.
The aim of the fund is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. It is looking to support organisations to:

  • increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment
  • develop new models for income generation and funding
  • improve their long-term sustainability

This fund will focus on the potential that smaller unsecured loans can have on creating change. The fund is offering unsecured loans of £25,000 to £150,000, repayable over a maximum term of 48 months.
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.  ‘Local Grants’ of up to £20,000 are currently 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community Fibre Partnerships – BT 

£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships delivered by Openreach. Grants are for communities in the so called ‘final 5%’ of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Grants of up to £30,000 toward the cost of new fibre infrastructure are available, so long as that new infrastructure serves the local Ofsted registered (or equivalent) school or learning establishment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:

  • 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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
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.
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.