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

Funding for Durham Community Groups **New**

I am pleased to inform you that the new funding portal for community groups Durham4Community is now live. 

 You can sign up to the free, easy to use, Durham 4 Community website to: search for funding schemes available for your group apply for funding get advice on producing your funding application The portal can be accessed directly through the link above or through the Durham County Council website.

 Shortcut for this page is www.durham.gov.uk/communityfunding


RSN Rural Funding Digest - September Edition **New**

Welcome to the monthly Funding Digest! Our usual publications have all been rolled into one weekly Rural Bulletin but we know how useful members find the Funding Digest (previously the Opportunities Bulletin) so we are keeping it as a monthly standalone publication!

Applications sought for £50k TransPennine Express Transform Fund **New**

TransPennine Express has this week opened its yearly Transform Fund for grants to be made available to community groups, charities, CICs and organisations to help fund local community projects aimed at tackling youth unemployment, promoting social inclusion and/or improving the environment. There is a total of £50k available, with each applicant able to apply for funds of up to £5k to support their project. Since the TransPennine Express rail franchise began in 2016 we have invested over £100k already, helping 24 projects spread across the North of England and Scotland with woodland developments, employability sessions and music therapy groups being just some of the types we have supported. 

Applications can be made online at https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/about-us/community/transform-grants where you can also find a scheme overview setting out the requirements for projects. As well as addressing one or more of the criteria themes, consideration is given to the sustainability of the project, the proximity to the railway and the value for money this presents.

We hope that you will support us in spreading the word about the fund, and encourage groups in your area to apply early as applications close on 21 September 2018.

Funding to Tackle Youth Loneliness **New**

Charities and other not for profit organisations have until 5pm on the 26th September 2018 to apply for grants of up to £80,000 to tackle youth loneliness in the 30% most deprived part of England. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network. The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Connections Fund Youth strand and will be delivered by the Co-op Foundation. The total amount of funding available is £2 million. 

Grants can also support projects that mainly benefit young people with any one or more of the following circumstances: 
•Being a carer •Being unemployed or precariously employed 
•Experiencing bereavement 
•Having a disability or long-term health condition 
•Having been in the care system. 

Organisations can apply for up to £80,000, as follows: •Up to £10,000 (to be spent between December 2018 and March 2019) to engage young people in co-designing innovations to improve the impact of existing provision on tackling loneliness •Up to £70,000 (to be spent between April 2019 and March 2021) to implement and evaluate these innovations. 


Caring for Carers **New**

Source: BUPA UK Foundation Deadline: 05 October 2018 
The Bupa UK Foundation aims to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. The Foundation is looking to support practical, community-focused projects designed to help older carers manage and improve their own health and wellbeing. Organisations wishing to apply must be able to demonstrate the following: · Clearly evidence a track record of engaging, working with and supporting carers. · The project focuses on carers, rather than on those they care for. If carers are able to look after their own health, those they care for benefit too. · The project will support older carers (those aged over 65) directly and specifically. The maximum level of funding available for each grant awarded within this funding programme is £20,000. A range of initiatives delivered by different organisations across the UK is expected to be supported, however respite breaks and holidays are not eligible for funding within this programme. Information about this opportunity can be found here. 

Santander Foundation - Discovery Grants **New**

Up to £5,000. UK registered charities / CICs / Credit Unions (1yr+ accounts). No deadline. Santander Foundation awards Discovery Grants to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future. Grants will support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges and that fall into one or more of three priorities: Explorer – to improve people's knowledge, for example, Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget. Transformer - improving skills and experience, for example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Changemaker - innovative solutions to social challenges, for example, a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet. 

Project beneficiaries may be, for example, people on restricted income or who are rurally isolated or disabled and can include people anywhere in the UK, not just in areas of high deprivation, who are excluded or who face barriers to taking part in day-to-day activities. Funding is available for small complete local projects lasting up to 12 months and can cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials specific to the project. More

Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme **New**

Source: Mind Deadline: 15 October 2018 
Mental health charity Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, have announced the launch of their £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme. Grants are available to fund a broad range of voluntary, predominantly women’s sector organisations. All applicants will therefore need to demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for women facing complex social issues. Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund: · Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives delivered for and by women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Around 30 grants of up to £25,000, and around 50 grants of up to £10,000 will be available to facilitate peer support with women experiencing, or at risk of developing, mental health problems and experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage. · 'Women's Peer Support Hubs' - women's organisations working to improve the capacity of individuals and community-based organisations to lead effective peer support activity delivered for and by women. Five capacity-building ‘Hub’ grants of up to £50,000 will be available. These grants will go to women’s organisations with specialist expertise of women with, or at risk of developing, mental health problems and experiencing multiple disadvantage. Information about this opportunity can be
found here. 

Later Life Grant Programme **New**

Source: Masonic Charitable Foundation Deadline: 26 October 2018 
The Later Life Grant programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. Grants can be offered to charities which provide: · Mental and physical health support · Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology · Community-based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing · Advocacy, social and welfare support The type of activities which could be funded include: · Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life · Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services · Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active · Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition · Advice and information on options for those with health conditions · Carers and respite support The programme offers both small grants of up to £15,000 to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years; and grants of between £10,000 and £150,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years. Information about this opportunity can be found here.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: Creative Civic Change **New**

£50,000 - £300,000 & support. VCSE. Deadline 28th September 2018 

Creative Civic Change will provide funding to at least 10 local areas in England over the next three years. The new programme is most interested in supporting local communities that have often been overlooked for funding in the past, and may face some or all of these issues:

The decline of local industry.

High levels of unemployment.

A pressing need for services or activities.

A high proportion of children in poverty.

People in the area in poor health relative to the general population.

Other characteristics that demonstrate need 

Local communities can mean anything from a few streets or part of an estate, to a neighbourhood or a cluster of villages (must be areas smaller than a local authority). They welcome responses from areas that are already part of the Big Local initiative and those who are not but share similar characteristics - that is, areas that have been overlooked in the past and are facing a range of issues.

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Concertina **New**

Up to £250. VCSE. Deadline 31st October 2018.

Concertina awards grants to charitable bodies that provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. The charity is particularly keen to support smaller organisations that might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding.

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Hadrian Trust New**

*Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, including Hartlepool.

Usually £500 - £5,000. VCSE. Deadline 24th September 2018.

The Trust aims to improve the lives of people living and working in the North East by awarding grants on a quarterly basis to charities and groups working for the benefit of people and the environment.

The Trust mainly makes grants for projects working in the fields of social welfare youth

Disability the elderly women ethnic minorities education arts the environment

Grants can cover running costs, project costs, part salaries and basic equipment

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Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Community Covenant Small Grant Scheme **New**

Up to £20,000. No deadline (applications reviewed four times a year. Next review 30th September 2018).

The aim of the National Covenant Fund is to support the armed forces community. Funding is available to support the integration of armed force personnel within their community and the coordination and delivery of support services.

Community Integration: projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities. They should be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration and in improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. MOD want to see projects that are rooted in their communities and that have grown out of a specific local need. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of local services: for local projects that offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.

Schools, registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unique Identification Number) can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with - and a real understanding of the issues facing - the Armed Forces Community. Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.

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MSE Charity **New**

Up to £5,000. Registered charities / CICs / not for profit / Credit Unions. Deadline 30th September 2018 (opens 2nd September).

The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups delivering financial life skills which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money. Grants are available for projects that aim to make people in ‘Life Changing Transitions’ become more financially capable. Grants will be offered to build financial capability by assisting groups who support the following:

Bereavement

Redundancy

Retirement

Relationship breakdown

Homelessness

Offenders

Resettlement

Preference is given to projects that break new ground in approach, delivery or in audience and are either capable of replication to a wider audience and/or are collaborative.

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Rosa - Justice and Equality Fund: Now’s the Time **New**

 £5,000 – £25,000 / £25,000 – £100,000. VCSE.

Women’s organisations can apply for grants for projects that aim to stop sexual harassment and abuse of women at work and within their communities. The type of projects that will be supported will include the following:

Prevention work (including education and other initiatives).

Awareness-raising activities.

Grass-roots activism.

Influencing.

Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices.

Work that tries out new ideas.

Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc.

Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings.

Work that others can learn from.

The funding consists of two strands 

Women’s organisations applying for £5,000 – £25,000 can apply by themselves, or in a partnership. The closing date for applications is the 28th September 2018.

Women’s organisations applying for £25,000 – £100,000 will need to apply in partnership with at least one other organisation. This strand will open for applications on the 24th September 2018 and close 14th December

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Smart Energy GB in Communities **New**

£500 - £5,000. VCSE. Deadline 3rd September 2018.

Smart Energy GB in Communities is a campaign to inform and inspire people about smart meters and the benefits they bring by working in partnership with regional and local voluntary sector organisations. The programme particularly supports those who may find it more difficult to engage with the smart meter roll out and this round will focus on funding activities delivered by organisations who reach people on a low income.

Applicant organisations should be able to directly engage with people at a localised level to provide education, reassurance and direct support to help them address barriers around confidence in new smart meter technology.

Grants are available for projects that could involve a range of activities; for example, incorporating smart meter messages into existing services and events or running specific advice sessions on smart meters. Projects funded must commence in the week beginning 8th October 2018 and completed by 14th December 2018.

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LA7 ESF COMMUNITY GRANTS FUNDING AVAILABLE **New**

Grants of up to £15k are now available to support inactive/ unemployed people to help their progression towards further learning and employment. Gateshead Council learningSkills, on behalf of the 7 Local Authorities (LA7) from the North East LEP area, is seeking bids from Third Sector Organisations for the provision of community projects. 

This is the fourth round of procurement and we are offering grants of up to £15,000 to support a range of activities aimed at assisting inactive/ unemployed people to move closer to the labour market. This project is funded through the Education Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund financing organisation and procured, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

You will find attached the following documents: 
LA7 Community Grants Application Form – Round 4 
LA7 Community Grants Application Form and Guidance 
Appendix 1 – LA7 Community Grants Project Extension Request 
Appendix 2 – LA7 Community Grants Quality Framework 
Appendix 3 – State Aid Declaration Form 
Appendix 4 – Eligible Expenditure 
Appendix 5 – ESF National Eligibility Guidelines 2014-2020 

To assist you in your application, you are invited to attend a seminar or watch an online pre-recorded webinar: Webinar (25 minutes in length)- available from the 14th July 2018. Please click on the following link to view: https://vimeo.com/279662293 

Any queries or questions relating to the application process should be sent to LA7Round4Applications@gateshead.gov.uk all questions will be answered within 2 working days.

Voluntary Sector Grant opportunity **New**

NHS England Community grants of up to £2500 to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector – apply now NHS England’s ‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the fourth year. Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services. To apply you must be a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way. 

Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England website here. The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 20 September 2018.

2 million Youth strand of the Building Connections Fund opens **New**

Eligible charities and community organisations from across England can apply from today (15 August 2018) for up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness. 

Funding, delivered by the Co-op Foundation, is available for projects that support any groups of young people within the most deprived 30% areas of England. Grants can also support projects from any location in England that mainly benefit young people with any one or more of the following circumstances: Being a carer Being unemployed or precariously employed Experiencing bereavement Having a disability or long-term health condition Having been in the care system. Please read the guidance notes in full before applying through our online form. The deadline is 26 September 2018.  
Apply for £500 - £2000 with CDCF and DCC **New**


This is a rolling fund and the next round of funding will close on Sunday 16th September 2018. If you would like to discuss any potential ideas for projects please do get in touch with me. This can be for any creative project that achieves at least one of the below outcomes: 
· Enhances opportunities for children & young people
· Improves levels of wellbeing through engagement in community arts 
· Prioritises work with disadvantaged communities, and underrepresented groups e.g. disability, BAME, LGBT
· Improves and enhances skills for grant recipients to improve capacity, quality and sustainability of activity 

Size of Grant Available · Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available · You can hold more than one grant from this fund, up to a maximum of £2000 · Organisations should not expect to receive repeat funding from the Grants Scheme 

I hope you've had a good year and if you'd like to get in touch to update me on anything you're currently working on I'd love to hear about it. 
Many thanks Amy Amy Taylor Community Culture Development Co-ordinator (North & Central) Durham County Council | ReaL Services | Culture and Sport Services County Hall | Durham | DH1 5UL

Grants Available to Small Charities and Community Groups for Projects that Increase Physical Activities (UK) **New**

Localgiving has once again partnered with the Postcode Community Trust to offer over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups across the UK through its Magic Little Grants Fund. Grants will be awarded to projects that meet either of the following themes: 
* Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways 
* Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities 

Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. For example, this could include: 
* Facilities hire 
* Kit & equipment 
* Coaching qualifications 
* Other volunteer expenses 

The fund is open to Localgiving registered charitable organisations operating within Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) with an annual income of under £50,000 that are running or planning to run a project that will encourage people to engage in some form of physical activity to help to improve their physical and mental health and well-being. Organisations that are not already a member of Localgiving are required to complete the Localgiving registration process before completing the application. Those awarded a grant will also receive an annual Local Giving membership worth £96. The application process is open until the 31st October 2018. https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/magic-little-grants/

RSN Rural Funding Digest - August Edition **New**


Our usual publications have all been rolled into one weekly Rural Bulletin but we know how useful members find the Funding Digest (previously the Opportunities Bulletin) so we are keeping it as a monthly standalone publication! Please share with Colleagues, Parish Councils, Community Groups and anyone else that may be looking for funding as the Funding Digest includes many sources of grant funding that they may not be aware of. The Government Consultation section may include a draft response to relevant rural consultations and also highlights other consultations relevant to rural areas which you may be interested in responding to.

Funding Information North East **New**

The FINE bulletin, produced by VONNE provides timely and relevant funding opportunities for North East VCSE organisations and is published fortnightly. In order to receive the FINE bulletin, organisations need to become VONNE Bronze Membership+ subscribers, which is free for organisations with a turnover of below £50,000. For those with a greater income level, the fees are very cost effective and Membership+ members receive a range of other benefits including discounts on job advertising, and events and invites to Membership+ only network events. Silver and Gold Membership+ subscribers are also able to access the FINE Online directory, a searchable funding resource of funders specifically interested in supporting North East organisations. Visit the VONNE website for more information.

Building Connections Fund **New**

Following the Prime Minister's and Minister for Sport and Civil Society's announcement to unlock £20m funding to tackle loneliness (as a part of Government's ​wider endorsement ​of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations​) , a new £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness. 

The fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation and aims to: increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected support organisations to build on their existing work, eg by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people encourage organisations to join up with others locally improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions 

More details, including how to apply, can be found at : https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/building-connections-fund

Loneliness Fund & Integrated Communities Innovation Fund – now open! **New**

Integrated Communities Innovation Fund: This fund seeks to support new and innovative approaches to tackling the barriers to integration and building integrated communities. The Fund will support projects that will enthuse and inspire others to adopt similar approaches more widely, with the confidence that comes from knowing they have been tested and found to be successful. The Fund’s prospectus, expression of interest form and assessment criteria can be found here. 

Loneliness Fund: Following the Prime Minister's wider endorsement of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations on Loneliness in January 2018, the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness. The fund is split into two strands. Almost £9 million will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, with grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected. This is open for applications now and you can find out more on the Big Lottery Fund website. 

The remaining £2 million from the Fund is the Youth Strand and will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation. Grants of up to £80,000 will be available for youth organisations already helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Applications to this youth-focused strand of the Building Connections Fund will open in August 2018. You can find out more about this on the Co-op Foundation blog.

Venator launches North East Community Fund **New**

I'm getting in touch to let you know about a new £20,000 Community Fund launched by Venator to promote teamwork and innovation in the North East. I am emailing to see if you would be happy to share content on your channels to help promote the Fund and make sure the news reaches local schools, community groups and sports clubs in Durham. 

The Together Fund (the first of two funds to be launched under the Venator Community Fund) is open for applications until 31 August 2018. It gives local groups and organisations the chance to win one of x40 grants of £250 each. Applicants are invited to write 250 words about how they would use the grant to foster teamwork and enter online at www.venatorcommunity.com

CLLD Funding opportunity **New**

I have been working closely with the CLLD team for the North area over the last couple of weeks- who have been great to work with ..so thanks for inviting me along .. Thanks so much to everyone who attended the events and everyone who made them happen this week in Stanley and Chester-Le-Street …it was a really useful networking experience and I think everyone who attended really valued the sessions – and was nice to be involved with them 

Attached is the current call document for the North CLLD area. Here is the link to the pages on the DCC website -
https://www.durham.gov.uk/NorthDurhamCLLD 

If you require any further details please contact … North Durham CLLD Co-ordinator Gemma Dobson Gemma.Dobson@durham.gov.uk 07384247356

Rural Opportunities Bulletin July**New**

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

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) **New**

The RDPE funds a range of programmes which vary between areas. All are designed to support environmental sustainability. 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation **New**

Grants to support projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation especially in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care. 

Family Action Grants - UK **New**

Family Action has been making grants to families and individuals in need since its foundation in 1869. Their grants programmes complement and enhance its mission of helping families to find solutions to problems, supporting them to become safer, stronger and more optimistic about their future.

Andrews Charitable Trust **New**

This Trust seeks to work with people who have innovative, sustainable and replicable solutions that meet human needs in the UK and internationally. Whilst they operate from a Christian faith and values standpoint, they are keen to stress that they support work for and with all faiths and also those with none. 

 Yapp Charitable Trust **New**

Grants for small registered charities to sustain their existing work with: elderly people, children and young people aged 5 - 25, people with disabilities or mental health problems, people trying to overcome social life-limiting problems and education. 

The Co-op Foundation **New**

The Co-op Foundation is offering interest free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces. Venues such as parks and community centres need regular income so they can continue to meet the needs of people who use them, love them, and rely on them for local services and social contact. If your community organisation is thinking about growing its trading activities to generate more sustainable income, The Co-op Foundation might be able to help your plans take off.
County Durham Housing Group Grant **New**

Want to make a difference to your neighbourhood? Then group grant could lend a helping hand. Our scheme offers grants of up to £500 to support projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and wellbeing. Not-for-profit ,voluntary and Community organisations can apply for a group grant, as well as local schools. Your project must benefit one or more of the areas that County Durham Housing Group operates in. We are looking to support organisations that are working to improve access to services, reduce isolation, enhance employment prospects and encourage engagement within the community. 

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

Greggs Foundation North East Core Funding programme (Grant) **New**

Up to £15,000 per year for up to 3 years. Not for profit (turnover less than £300k). Deadline 18th September 2018. Round 4 of the Greggs Foundation North East Core Funding programme is now open for applications. The North East Core Funding programme makes grants to charitable organisations based in the North East of England who make a difference to people in need especially those who are disadvantaged and excluded. 

The programme aims to help charities in the North East of England to thrive and to make a lasting difference by making grants that increase the capacity of the organisation to provide quality services. Around £600,000 per year is donated to charities in the North East through this programme. Grants can cover the core revenue costs of organisations working in disadvantaged neighbourhoods – such as running costs (bills etc) and core salaries (managers or administrators rather than project workers or sessional staff). The Foundation prefers to support existing work with a proven track record that targets the following priority groups: People with disabilities Homeless people Voluntary carers Older and isolated people Organisations interested in applying are advised to contact the grants manager before submitting an application. 

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Bright Ideas Fund re-opening soon **New**

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000. The Fund will re-open on 26 June! Your community group will be able to apply for support and tools to set up a community business. Before you apply, please ensure you read the Guidance Notes thoroughly, and check that you meet all of the eligibility criteria. 

Not sure if you have a community business idea? Find out more here.

Rural Opportunities Bulletin June **New**

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

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme (Grant - UK) **New**

The Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family. The Programme is currently open for applications from referral organisations that will be able to apply for grants on behalf of families or young people. They will need to have exhausted all possible support from public statutory funds before making an application

The fund will cover the purchase of critical items such as:

Gas or electric cookers

Essential household items

Furniture and kitchen equipment

Children’s beds and bedding

Washing machines

Fridges and freezers

Baby equipment

Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations

The fund is not yet open – register on the website to be notified when it opens for applications.

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Magic Little Grants (England, Scotland and Wales) **New**

£250 / £500. VCSE (income less than £50k; priority to those less than £20k). Deadline 31st October 2018.

In association with Postcode Community Trust, Localgiving is offering local charities and community groups the opportunity to apply for Magic Little Grants to deliver physical activities that will overcome barriers to participation in sports and recreation.

Projects benefitting from funding will either overcome barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways or increase social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities. Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities.

In the last funding round, £100,000 was awarded across 205 grants.

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NFU Mutual Charitable Trust (Grant - UK) **New**

 £1,000 - £50,000. Registered charities. Deadline 26th October 2018

 The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust supports charities in the UK working in agriculture and rural development. The Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community.

The aims of the Trust are as follows:

To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture.

To advance the education of young people within rural areas.

To relieve poverty within rural areas.

To promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure.

To promote research into agricultural associated activities.

To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to insurance.

The Trust also provides small grants of up to £250 through their Community Giving Fund which supports worthwhile community events, charities, schools and community group activities that are local to their operations.

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Noel Buxton Trust (Grant - Great Britain / Africa) **New**

Up to £5,000. VCSE. No deadline.

The Trust operates three funding programmes:

Africa Grants: Supports projects based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan put forward by small charities. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are made to projects that focus on economic development, building sustainable futures in the semi-arid areas and support for and protection of street children that helps them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.

Families and domestic abuse: The Trustees particularly acknowledge that there is a pervasive impact on children, one that can affect them into adulthood and thus consider projects that work with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic abuse. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are offered to smaller, grassroots organisations, with an emphasis on areas outside London / South East England.

Penal Grants: Recognising the variety of VCSE organisations working with offenders, grants are made to local campaigning organisations, self-help groups and service providers as follows:

One off grants of up to £3,000 to pay for specific projects that help maintain relationships between prisoners and their families or for work that supports the contributions that volunteers make within the prison community.

Grants of up to £4,000 per year over two to three years, particularly where a guaranteed on-going contribution is going to make a difference to the sustainability of a programme or activity.

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Rayne Foundation - Rayne Grants (UK) **New**

 Not for profit. No deadline (allow 6 months for result)

The Rayne Foundation aims to support work which is untried, tests new approaches but has clear objectives. They favour work that could change the way issues are tackled in our society and that could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.

They will consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense and those that cover social issues. Their focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:

Young people’s improved mental health.

Arts as a tool to achieve social change.

Improved quality of life for carers and for older people.

They particularly welcome applications addressing these issues but will consider applications in other subjects which meet the broader criteria.

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Royal Society of Chemistry - Outreach Fund Small Grants Scheme (UK) **New**

Up to £2,000. Deadline 10th September 2018.

 Individuals and organisations such as researchers, museums, schools, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries can apply for grants to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences and in schools. These can be both for one-off events or a larger programme of activities.

Priority will be given to projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people's everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.

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Funding for Adults and Children with Physical Disabilities **New**

Source: Paul Bush Foundation Trust Deadline: 01 October 2018 

The Paul Bush Foundation Trust supports registered charitable organisations in England whose objectives are solely related to the provision of services to people with an acquired disability as a result of an accident or birth injury. Grants of up to £10,000 for one year only are awarded at twice yearly meetings held in April and October. 

Preference is given to discrete projects with defined outcomes and seed-funding will be considered. For example, grants may be awarded for: · Projects or items related to improving the health and well-being of individuals suffering as the result of an acquired physical disability. · Projects or services aimed at providing education to disabled people, their families and professionals regarding the difficulties they face. · Projects or services that assist individuals or families to overcome social deprivation related to disability 

Funding is also available to assist those individuals with a disability to improve their physical, psychological and emotional well-being. Applications for funding for individuals must be supported and completed by a third party sponsor, for example, a health/personal care professional, social worker or charity /support group representative. 

 More information about the Trust and the support available can be found here.

Tesco Bags of help grants open**New**

Tesco Bags of Help grants is open to any groups, clubs, sports teams, schools and charities to apply for the funding grants as long as they are benefitting our local communities. The projects can range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events. If you know of anybody that is looking to complete a project, hold a community event or for new equipment applications can be found online at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp 

More information about the funding: Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. 

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers. This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Caron Keating Foundation (Grant - UK) No deadline. **new**

The Caron Keating Foundation works to make a considerable difference to many individuals and families affected by cancer. It targets and financially assists small but significant cancer charities, professional carers and support groups. While there are no specific guidelines on the website, in the Beneficiaries section there is a list detailing some of those charities that have received grants which gives an idea of what will be funded. We suggest getting in touch with the Foundation to find out more about the criteria and procedures before making an application. 


Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Diversity Access Fund (Other - UK) Deadline 8th June 2018. **New**

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has announced a Diversity Access Fund for this year’s Fundraising Convention which takes place in July. The Fund is open to fundraisers who self-identify as being of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, as LGBT+ or as disabled. Applications are open to IoF members and non-members. Successful applicants will receive bursaries to attend, covering both ticket prices and travel or accommodation costs. 


Marvellous Family Grants (UK) Up to £1,000. Next deadline 11th June 2018 (considered monthly). **new**

Marvellous Family Grants are awarded to families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness. Grants can fund a variety of essential items and services including (but not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships. 

 Grants are open to any family residing in the UK with a child who has a serious illness that could be life-limiting as described by the following criteria: Group 1 - Life threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail. (e.g. epilepsy, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidneys.) Group 2 - Conditions where premature death is inevitable. (e.g. cystic fibrosis.) Group 3 - Progressive conditions without curative treatment options. (e.g. Batten disease, mucopolysaccharidoses, muscular dystrophy.) Group 4 - Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death. (e.g. sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as brain or spinal cord insult.) Group 5 - Syndromes without a name (SWAN) causing severe, chronic disability or illness. Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on behalf the family and are considered at monthly meetings. 


The Fore Trust (Grants - UK) **new**

Up to £30,000 & business support. Small charities / social enterprises / CICs (turnover less than £500,000). Deadline 3rd September 2018 (opens 23rd July) 

The Trust is offering development funding and business support to expand the capacity of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. Organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Numbers for each round are capped and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed. Once successfully registered, organisations are invited to submit a simple application. 

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Wakeham Trust (Grant - UK) **new**

Usually £125 - £2,500. Registered charities. No deadline. 

The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never support individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can't reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes. Because they do not appeal to the public for funds, they can take risks. They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups. The Trust does not favour any particular areas of activity. The best way to understand the kinds of projects they support is to look at their website. 


Wessex Youth Trust (Grant - UK) **New**

Registered charities (inc. schools, pre-schools, PTAs). Deadline 1st November 2018. 

The Trust awards grants to organisations 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 seed corn funding or pump priming for the development of more extensive fundraising initiatives are preferred, as are specific project funding requests rather than contributions to broader appeals. In general the Trust does not involve itself in directly financing projects for which very substantial government funding and/or grants from a number of trusts are available. 



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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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.


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.

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 www.virginmoneyfoundation.org.uk.


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

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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. https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/reaching-communities-

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 (www.facebook.com/jewsonUK). Shortlisted projects will be announced on the 6th May 2018. Shortlisted projects will face a public vote. Public voting runs from the 22nd May. https://www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk/

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.

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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. https://mercersphilanthropy.co.uk/programmes/young-people-education/

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 www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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: http://www.hospitalofgod.org.uk/page/grants 

Service Development Manager, Hospital of God, Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham, DH1 4PR 0191 3863033 07702494784 rose.maddick@hospitalofgod.org.uk www.hospitalofgod.org.uk

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: Paula.Nicholson@durham.gov.uk 

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 www.durham.gov.uk/welfareassistance 

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.

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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.

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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.
https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk/website-grants

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 BroadbandApps@rpa.gsi.gov.uk to get a copy of the grant handbook, an application form, application appendix and guidance on how to apply.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rdpe-growth-programme-rural-broadband-infrastructure-grant

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.
https://www.spacehive.com/profile/better/funds/bettercommunitiesfund

Heritage Mortgage – Architectural Heritage Fund

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

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

The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.
See the website for more details.
https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
 
Capital grants programme – Wooden Spoon Society

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish rugby charity and supports disabled and disadvantaged young people. Targets for grants cover: health and wellbeing; sensory rooms and gardens; specialist equipment and facilities; playgrounds and outdoor activities; and education projects.
Physical assets must have a life span of at least 5 years. There must be a key rugby element to any sports-focussed project and projects must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
https://woodenspoon.org.uk/our-grants/how-to-apply/

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.
http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/england
 
Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.
As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.
Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.
This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.
https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/
 
Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles

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

  • The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
  • The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
  • The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
 
European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government

A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.
https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds
 
Community Fibre Partnerships – BT 

£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships 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.
http://www.communityfibre.bt.com/schools
 
Changemaker - Santander

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.
Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.
The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.
If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/changemaker
 
Tesco Bags of Help – Tesco and Groundwork

The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.
Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity Groundwork.
Bags of Help is always open to applications from community projects. Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.
http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme
 
Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.
The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.
https://www.gov.uk/homebuildingfund
 
Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football 

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

  • Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
  • Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
  • Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.
http://www.fsif.co.uk/funding/fans-fund-small-grants-scheme/
 
Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund

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

  • 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.
http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
 
Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England

Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.
This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/applying-grants-arts
 
More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation

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

  • A flexible package of support including:
    • an advice line
    • Events
    • Workshops
    • peer-to-peer study visits
    • business development advice.
  • Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.
  • Combined loan and grant funding up to £100,000

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

In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.
The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.
Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.
http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust

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

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

  • Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
  • Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids
http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund
 
Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund

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

  • People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,
  • Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,
  • Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,
  • Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.
http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/reaching-communities-england
 
Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation

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

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.
http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund/