Funding

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

Funding for Durham Community Groups 

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 Durham County Council website.

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

Rural Funding Digest

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

Rural Funding Digest - August 2019

 

North Durham Community Led Local Development. 

North and South Durham CLLD is a bottom up community development initiative looking to support local proposals that will address social and economic regeneration within our programme area.  The programme aims to increase employment and skills, social enterprise and social inclusion in order to support social regeneration and projects can deliver up until 30th September 2021.  Although the funding is geographically focused proposals can be submitted from organisations located outside the North and South Durham CLLD area, but beneficiaries must reside or be located within the area.

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Postcode Community Trust re-opens for applications

The window to apply for funding for work that will improve community health and wellbeing, support arts and physical recreation and/or reduce isolation is open. Projects should be up to 12 months in length,' limited in scope' and seek to achieve particular outcomes. Grants of up to £20,000 are available.

Deadline for stage one applications is 14th August.

More info here: https://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

Grants to Cover Running Costs for Small Charities (UK)

The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE.  His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society by supporting organisations and people who are making a difference.

The Trust supports around 300 charities every year and focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs). Charities will be working in the areas of:

  *   Arts and heritage

  *   Social welfare

  *   Environmental causes and animal welfare

  *   Education and training

  *   Healthcare

Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300 to £2,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation's financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Examples of the support given include:

  *   Core costs for Compaid, a digital skills centre in Kent that supports people with disabilities and sensory impairments

  *   Glassdoor, an organisation that offers shelter to the homeless in London.

https://www.marshchristiantrust.org/grants/

Greenhall Community Fund to Re-open for Applications (UK)

The next round of funding from the Greenhall Community Fund will re-open for applications on 1st September 2019.

The objectives of the fund are to improve lives: among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged particularly in the UK. Overseas project are also supported provided that the applicant charity is registered in the UK. Only the first 100 applications received will be forwarded to the trustee board for consideration and they will meet in November 2019 to allocate the funds.

The grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are only available to UK registered charities. Preference will be given to applications for specific projects rather than to supplement funds used for general purposes. In this funding round grants will be awarded to charities with a turnover of £250,000 or less.

https://greenhallfoundation.org/

Hadrian Trust (North East of England)

The next closing date for applications to the Hadrian Trust is 3rd October 2019. This small Charitable Trust aims to improve the lives of people living and working in the North East of England by awarding grants on a quarterly basis to charities and groups working for the benefit of people and the environment. Grants are allocated to charities and groups working across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, including Hartlepool. Applications are considered for running costs, project costs, part salaries and basic equipment.

The Trust mainly makes grants for projects working in the fields of social welfare; youth; disability; the elderly; women; ethnic minorities; education; arts; and the environment.

In 2018, the Trust awarded 198 grants totalling £208,500 across all its areas of interest with the minimum grant being £500 and the maximum £2,000.

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

Detailed application notes can be found on the 'How to Apply'<https://www.hadriantrust.co.uk/how-to-apply> page of the website.

The next closing date for applications is the 3rd October 2019.

Time To Change Champions Fund in County Durham..

Earlier this year County Durham was selected as one of eight areas to tackle mental health stigma locally after winning a bid to become one of 2019’s Time to Change Hubs.

Each funded Hub is provided with £10,000 for a Champions Fund where local champions can bid for funding to run stigma busting events and activities within their area.

Who can apply?

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an individual who has lived experience of a mental health problem.
  • Run the activity in a Time to Change hub area (they may not live in the hub area).
  • Be registered as a Time to Change champion (by the time you deliver your activity/ event).

How much can you apply for? You can apply for up to £500

What can the fund be used for?

The Champions Fund is a fund to empower people with lived experience of mental health problems to have conversations about mental health with those who do not identify with having lived experience, with the view to eliminating stigma and discrimination in our society.

The Fund can be used to develop and deliver an activity or an event to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination through ‘social contact’. At Time to Change, we define Social Contact as “Conversations that take place between people who have lived experience of mental health problems and those who may not”.

When people talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours, and our campaign is proving that this is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Activities or events can be delivered as part of a wider event where there will already be a crowd as the idea is to talk to people who wouldn’t necessarily attend a mental health related event.

What kind of things can’t be funded?

We will not fund:

  • Equipment (i.e. cameras, computers etc.)
  • Training courses
  • Salary costs
  • Activity solely based in a workplace (i.e. not public facing / community based). 
  • Fundraising activities

Champions Fund Launch Events – How to apply

To find out more about the Champions Fund, to meet with Time To Change Champions, and to access Social Contact training register to attend one of the Launch Events taking place throughout August and September:

  1. Friday 23rd August 11am-1pm - The Sjovoll Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH15BZ

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/county-durham-time-to-change-champions-fund-tickets-67026045707

  1. Friday 6th September 1pm-3pm – UTASS, 9-11 Chapple Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/county-durham-time-to-change-champions-fund-tickets-67028312487

  1. Thursday 12th September 10.00am-12.00pm – Peterlee Leisure Centre, St Cuthbert’s Way, Peterlee, SR81AF

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/county-durham-time-to-change-champions-fund-tickets-67028641471

For more information about the Champions Fund please get in touch with Investing in Children by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0191 3077030 or visit https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/become-time-change-hub/the-champions-fund.

The deadline for the first round of applications is 12pm on Tuesday 1st October with successful applications announced on World Mental Health Day Thursday 10th October. Application forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to Investing In Children, Sjovoll Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH15BZ

Marc Fitch Fund
 
The Marc Fitch Fund makes small grants towards the costs of publishing scholarly work in the fields of British and Irish national, regional and local history, archaeology, antiquarian studies, historical geography, the history of art and architecture, heraldry, genealogy and surname studies, archival research, artefact conservation and the broad fields of the heritage, conservation and the historic environment. Deadline 01 August.
 
Universal Music UK Sound Foundation
 
Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (formally known as EMI Music Sound Foundation) is an independent music education charity, established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and now generously supported by Universal Music. The Foundation’s aim is to improve access to music education in the UK & Ireland. Deadline 08 August.
 
People's Postcode Trust 
 
The Peoples Postcode Trust is the grant giving independent charitable trust of Peoples Postcode Lottery. They distribute funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities. Funding is available for 3-month projects ranging from £500 up to £10,000 in Scotland and England, and up to £5,000 in Wales. Deadline 14 August.
 
Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
 
This trust gives grants to further the advancement of horticulture in the UK and abroad, grants are available for projects in support of horticultural research, the creation, preservation and maintenance of public gardens, publication of books on horticulture, study visits, plant collecting expeditions and training schemes for gardeners. Deadline 15 August.
 
David and Elaine Potter Foundation
 
The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society.
 
Football Foundation - Build the Game Scheme
 
The Build the Game scheme provides grants for small facility projects. They aim to assess applications to this scheme within 12 weeks. The scheme has flexible criteria and there are many eligible items, so long as it is the right project for the right applicant. All projects must demonstrate they can support the growth and retention of grassroots football.

 

Bright Ideas Fund

Re-opening on 6th August, 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 Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

Visit the website for more information about the application process. 

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund

CAF Tourle seeks to award grants to local charities delivering services for local people in all parts of the UK. Organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people, whilst demonstrating the need and difference it will make.

They are looking to fund small place based charitable organisations providing a service to the heart of their community within the UK, for example a charitable organisation set up by the community in a village, providing services to older people in isolation; a small community group on an estate providing drop in sessions for teenagers etc.

Organisations applying must:

  • be applying for up to £5,000
  • be providing a service to the heart of your community
  • be a community charitable organisation whose reach is within a  localised catchment area
  • be able to demonstrate the need of the project
  • have an annual income below £100,000
  • have charitable aims and objectives
  • operate within the UK
  • complete the project a year from the date of award.

Deadline is Wednesday 31 July.

Grants for Inter Faith Projects Organised by Young People (UK)

Small Grants of up to £800 are available from the Inter Faith Youth Trust for events and activities that promote understanding and co-operation between different faiths groups and are organised for and by young people aged 11-25 years. Applications are welcomed from non-statutory organisations e.g. youth clubs, scout and guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations. Bids can also be made by Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faith groups and from those of no formal faith. Activities planned should take place around Inter Faith Week which in 2019 takes place between the 10th and 17th of November.

The Inter Faith Youth Trust, the only UK charitable trust solely to fund inter faith projects for young people. The Trust funds projects that bring together young people of different faiths to improve collaboration and understanding.

Priority is given to projects that:

  • Actively involve young people in the planning, running and evaluation of the project.
  • Promote positive action i.e. involve young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems, for example, improving green spaces.
  • Are run by UK based non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout or guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.
  • Focus on children and young people aged 11-25.

More information, examples of activities and tips on how to make the most of the event can be found in the Toolkit available to download from the Inter Faith Week website.

Activities funded in 2017 included:

  • Northern College for Residential and Community Adult Education, Barnsley, put on an Inter faith Weeks display.
  • Batley Grammar School organised a week of themed activities including a quiz and a whole school Sikhism Day with workshops and a visiting speaker.
  • Banbury and Bicester College served themed food in its canteens all week offering multi-cultural dishes including Kosher, Vega and Halal food.

Find out more about activities previously funded here

The deadline for applications is the 24th August 2019.

http://www.ifyouthtrust.org.uk/?page_id=8

Grants of up to £100,000 Available for Community Facilities (England)

Registered Charities, churches, Parish Councils, Local Authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities.

This can include:

  • Village Halls and Community Centres
  • Public Play Areas; 
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas,
  • Skate parks and BMX tracks;
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access;
  • Churches – community spaces only;
  • Nature Reserves;
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access;
  • Museums. 

The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 11th September 2019.

https://fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk/funds/fcc-community-action-fund

Grants to Improve Playing Fields and Sports Facilities (UK)

Grants of between £2,500 - £5,000 are available from the Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund to local community groups, sports clubs and charities to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport. Grants can be used for the development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities; volunteer training including the provision of qualifications; purchasing specialist disability equipment; or the development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise. Applications for grant to help unlock additional funding from other funders are encouraged.

The Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund is a joint funding opportunity managed by Access Sport. It grew out of The Playing Fields Legacy Fund, a charity established to provide the promised legacy London Olympics for grass-roots sport. The Fund exists to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport and is available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities.

Grants will typically be in the range from £2,500 - £5,000 although a larger grant may be possible in some circumstances. Applications can be made for grants towards some or all of the following types of projects with the intention of growing capacity to reach more young people:

  • The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities.
  • The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications.
  • The purchase of specialist disability equipment.
  • The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise.

Where it can be demonstrated that a grant will help unlock additional funding from other funders, this is encouraged.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

How to Apply

https://www.accesssport.org.uk/apply-to-aipff

ScottishPower Foundation Grant’s Programme Now Open (UK)

The Scottish Power Foundation is now accepting applications from Registered Charities and not-for-profit organisations and expects to fund around 20 projects over the next year.

All applications must address at least one of the following aims of the Foundation:

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science
  • The prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage
  • The advancement of citizenship and community development.

In addition, the Foundation particularly welcomes applications that strongly address the following strategic priorities:

  • Environmental programmes
  • Tackling disadvantage and promoting equal opportunities
  • Addressing fuel poverty and/or energy efficiency

Grants of £25,000 up to £200,000 are available for up to one year’s work.

Applications should be submitted by no later than 1pm on the 24th July 2019.

Details of previous projects funded can be found here and include:

  • The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust - a grant for the Engineering Education Programme to subsidise school visits from pupils in the South West of Scotland and support family/public engagement events.
  • Sussex Wildlife Trust - a grant towards marking the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of nature education and engagement at Woods Mill, the Trust’s flagship education centre and nature reserve
  • Bendrigg Trust - a residential outdoor education centre working specifically with disabled and disadvantaged people received a grant to support ‘Adventure for All' which offers an additional bursary to ensure that no one is excluded due to financial or social difficulties.

Please click on the following link below to access the pre-application form. Once you complete this you will be sent a link to the 2019 application form.

https://www.scottishpower.com/pages/applying_for_funding.aspx

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme (UK)

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme which 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 is currently open for applications from referral organisations that will be able to apply for grants on behalf of families or young people.

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.

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs. The referrer’s organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on behalf of the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme.

https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/

The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants Programme (UK)

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants programme.

To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time and the Foundation is currently accepting applications for the November 2019 meeting of Trustees.

Organisations can only apply once every 12 months regardless of the outcome of their application.

https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/

Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Local Community Projects (UK)

The Charities Aid Foundation has announced that the Tourle Foundation Fund is open for applications. The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK.

This 10-year programme is funded through the generosity of a £4.5m legacy left for CAF to distribute for this purpose.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people.

Organisations applying must:

  • be applying for up to £5,000
  • be providing a service to the heart of your community
  • be a community charitable organisation whose reach is within a localised catchment area
  • be able to demonstrate the need of the project
  • have an annual income below £100,000
  • have charitable aims and objectives
  • operate within the UK
  • complete the project a year from the date of award.

The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2019.

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund - Application Form

Bromley Trust
 
The Bromley Trust supports three programmes human rights, prison reform and Conservation and sustainability.
 
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Social Justice 
 
The Social Justice programme aims to help marginalised individuals and communities become integrated. They see integration as a two-way process in which society at large and specific communities adapt, understand and benefit.
 
The Percy Bilton Charity - UK
 
The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust and company limited by guarantee founded in 1962. Grants are made to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K. Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure. Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing.
 
Allchurches Trust
 
Funding in support of churches, church establishments, religious charities, charities preserving UK heritage, theological colleges, schools promoting Christian religion, charities sponsored or recommended by the church, the local community and those concerned with the welfare of the disadvantaged and disabled.
 
Movement for Good offers grants of £1000 and £50,000
 
Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good Charity Grant event is offering 10 grants of £50,000. These are aimed at organisations that are actively championing new projects to communities in the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. Organisations can submit their applications from the 7 June 2019 until Friday 26 July 2019.

 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health & Wellbeing: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Our offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/funding

Funding Available for Small Community Projects (UK)

The Co-op Local Community Fund uses money raised by Co-op members to support local projects across the UK that are of benefit to local communities. Every time a member shops at the Co-op 1% of the amount spent on selected own-brand products and services goes to the local community fund. New causes are chosen every 12 months and priority will be given to projects run by small, local organisations. Members can choose which cause their 1% goes to, any money raised by members who do not select a cause will be added to the money raised from shopping bag sales and shared equally between the causes in their local area. Successful applicants will be paid a share of the funding every 6 months.

Grant amounts vary as they are drawn from the total pot available in the local community – potential applicants can find out how much is available in their community here.

To be eligible projects must meet the values of the Co-op either by:

  • Helping a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces
  • Supporting the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities
  • Helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills

Eligible applicants will be community groups; social enterprises; registered charities; small unregistered charities (who have an income of less than £5,000 a year); community amateur sports clubs; scout, guide or woodcraft folk groups. Projects or events supported must also:

  • Take place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • Not have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you are a religious organisation)
  • Meet the Co-op’s values
  • Take place or will still be running after November 2020
  • Benefit the local community

Apply by the 7th July 2019.

https://causes.coop.co.uk/?utm_source=vanity&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=LocalCommunityFund

Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children (UK)

From the 3rd of July 2019, schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities will be able to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disabled or disadvantaged children (aged 13 or under).

Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. In this round, trips must be taken before the end of August 2019. For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place. Although the deadline is the 16th November 2019, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis until all the funds have been allocated.

Applications must be made at least six weeks before the trip or holiday is due to take place.

Previous visits supported include:

  • All Saints Catholic Primary School which received a grant of £1,500 towards a two-night trip to Wales for a group of disadvantaged children from Merseyside;
  • Bridgewater School which received a grant of £1,900 towards an overnight trip to London for a group of disadvantaged children from Newcastle; and
  • 6th St Helens (Parr) Scout Group received a grant of £1,100 towards a two-night trip to an activity centre in Lancashire for a group of children from a disadvantaged area of Merseyside.

https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/holiday-grants-for-children/holiday-grants-for-children-funding-guidelines/

Masonic Charitable Foundation - Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme Re-Opens for Applications (England and Wales)

Charities in England and Wales can apply for Early Years Opportunities Grants through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
  • Parental support, including whole family approach
  • Pastoral and advocacy support

The type of activities that could be funded include:

  • Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy
  • Individual interventions, i.e. parent education, home visiting or mentoring
  • Encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing
  • Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc.
  • Provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers

Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system.

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.

The next closing date for the large grants programme is the 19th August 2019 (Stage 1 applications). The small grants programme re-opened for applications with a closing date of the 27th September 2019. 

https://mcf.org.uk/apply-early-years/%C2%A0

Masonic Charitable Foundation Programme to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People (England and Wales)

Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Inclusions grants programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. 

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
  • Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
  • Advocacy, social and welfare support

The type of activities that 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 and make friends
  • 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.

The next closing date for the large grants programme is the 19th August 2019 (Stage 1 applications).  The small grants programme has re-opened for applications with a closing date of the 27th September 2019.

https://mcf.org.uk/apply-later-life/%C2%A0

New £5 Million Fund Launched to Develop Support for Unpaid Carers (UK)

The Government has launched a new fund to support innovative projects supporting unpaid carers. The £5 million Carers Innovation Fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services.

This funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities.

Examples of the kind of projects the fund would invest in include:

  • technology platforms – for example, to help carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities
  • support groups – like carers’ cafes and Men’s Sheds, which develop peer support groups and offer short courses to help reduce isolation

Projects will be expected to show a positive effect on:

  • carers’ health and wellbeing
  • carers’ ability to manage work alongside caring responsibilities
  • carers’ ability to take a break from their caring role
  • reducing loneliness and social isolation

Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.

The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations can all bid for funding to prove their concept, with the aim of securing longer term funding from other sources.

Carers and other experts will sit on the evaluation panel to make sure proposals are feasible.

The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next 2 years.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/5-million-fund-to-develop-support-for-unpaid-carers

Funding Support for Former Mining Communities

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme, which provides grants to community and voluntary groups to tackle key challenges that still affect the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities in England has re-opened for applications.

Grants totaling £125,000 will be available in this funding round for projects that address the following themes:

  • Skills - growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities;
  • Employment - developing pathways to increase the number of people in work;
  • Health - supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve health and wellbeing.

The maximum grant per project will be £10,000 of which a maximum of £2,000 may be for capital expenditure.

Applicants are advised to consult the eligible wards list on the website before making an application.

Organisations eligible to apply include:

Registered Charities; Companies Limited by Guarantee; Community Benefit Societies; Community Interest Companies; Charitable Incorporated Organisations; and Unregistered groups with formal rules. 

To apply, organisations need to complete an eligibility survey to determine whether the applicant organisation/group meets the criteria to apply for funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT). The Eligibility survey opens on 17th June 2019 and closes at 5pm on 30th August 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th September 2019 at 5pm.

Projects previously supported include:

  • Durham Christian Partnership, a County Durham based charity that provides foodbank and signposting services to members of the local community £10,000.

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/funding

Grants for Small Charitable Organisations Working in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods (North East of England)

Round 3 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.

Not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 who work in the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside are eligible to apply and may do so every 12 months.

Grants can cover the core revenue costs of organisations working in disadvantaged neighbourhoods for example, 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.

Grants of up to £15,000 per year are available for a maximum of three years.

Organisations interested in applying are advised to contact the grants manager before submitting an application. This Round closes on the 21st September 2019.

Useful Links:

https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/north-east-core-funding

Funding for School Holiday Activities 

Did you know that nearly 22% of children in our county are living in poverty? In some areas that figure rises to over 50% The pressure on families during the school holidays can become even greater, particularly for families who may normally benefit from free school meals.

Community organisations and individuals across the county have a huge impact every year on the wellbeing of these children, by providing activities with food during the school holidays.

There are a number of funding streams available for this kind of work and we would encourage you to take a look HEREto find out more about how you may be able to benefit from funding to help start up or run an activity this year.

Durham Community Action runs training to help groups apply for funding and can also offer individual support and guidance if you need it.

They have a practical workshop on 12th June on bid writing that you may wish to attend. You can book a place here or call them on 01388 742 040 for more information.

We are asking anyone running activities to let us know the details, so that we can do our part in helping to share this information with children and parents who could benefit.

If you are already running an activity please drop us email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we will also be back in touch closer to the school summer holidays to collate a full list of what's happening across the county.

We wish you all the best with your work and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged and Disengaged Young People (England & Wales)

The Peter Cruddas Foundation provides funding for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales.

Priority is given to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. Priority is given to applicants able to demonstrate that they can manage the amount they have applied for and how they intend to continue (if appropriate) after the funding has been spent.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2019.

Further information: http://www.petercruddasfoundation.org.uk/how_to_apply.htm

The Percy Bilton Charity - UK
 
The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust and company limited by guarantee founded in 1962. Grants are made to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K. Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure. Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing.
 
Allchurches Trust
 
Funding in support of churches, church establishments, religious charities, charities preserving UK heritage, theological colleges, schools promoting Christian religion, charities sponsored or recommended by the church, the local community and those concerned with the welfare of the disadvantaged and disabled.
 
Movement for Good offers grants of £1000 and £50,000
 
Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good Charity Grant event is offering 10 grants of £50,000. These are aimed at organisations that are actively championing new projects to communities in the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. Organisations can submit their applications from the 7 June 2019 until Friday 26 July 2019.
 

Grants to Improve Playing Fields and Sports Facilities (UK)

Grants of between £2,500 - £5,000 are available from the Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund to local community groups, sports clubs and charities to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport. Grants can be used for the development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities; volunteer training including the provision of qualifications; purchasing specialist disability equipment; or the development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise. Applications for grant to help unlock additional funding from other funders are encouraged.

The Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund is a joint funding opportunity managed by Access Sport. It grew out of The Playing Fields Legacy Fund, a charity established to provide the promised legacy London Olympics for grass-roots sport.

The Fund exists to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport and is available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities.

Grants will typically be in the range from £2,500 - £5,000 although a larger grant may be possible in some circumstances. Applications can be made for grants towards some or all of the following types of projects with the intention of growing capacity to reach more young people:

  • The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities.
  • The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications.
  • The purchase of specialist disability equipment.
  • The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise.

Where it can be demonstrated that a grant will help unlock additional funding from other funders, this is encouraged.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Useful Links:

https://www.accesssport.org.uk/apply-to-aipff

Apply for Grants of up to £20,000 for Projects that Fight Poverty and Discrimination 

From the 31st July 2019, registered charities and community groups can apply for grants of £500 - £20,000 to the Postcode Community Trust for projects to help people - ensuring they have the skills, opportunities and rights to improve their lives.

To be eligible, projects should focus on:

  • The prevention of poverty.
  • Promotion of human rights
  • Combatting discrimination for some of society's most vulnerable groups.

Please note that only registered charities can apply for grants above £2,000.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Sunderland Community Action Group received £2,000 in 2018 to support their ‘Ready2Go’ project, a volunteering programme that supports the development of life skills for young people.
  • Movement for All - a community dance group for people aged 60+ in Brinsley Notts, Nottingham, were awarded funding for their 'Dancing Together' project in 2017.
  • Skipton Extended Learning for All (SELFA) - an inclusive holiday club for primary-aged children was awarded funding to enable them to team up with the Skipton International Puppet Festival in September 2017.

Round Two for 2019 will be open from 31st July - 14th August.

Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit full proposals between 11th September and 25th September 2019.

http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

Grants of up to £1,000 Available for Projects that Improve the Wellbeing of Children (UK)

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.

Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:

  • Living in Poverty
  • Physical & Mental Health Problems
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Living With Disability

Examples of grants awarded in the past include:

  • £500 Clydesdale Hockey Club – for coaching and equipment costs for primary school hockey competitions in Greater Glasgow
  • £1,000 Shadwell Community Project – to develop its outdoor play space which is used by children and young people from deprived areas in the local community

The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 18th November 2019.

Useful Links:

https://lesmillsfundforchildren.org.uk/apply/

The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants Programme (UK)

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants programme.

To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time and the Foundation is currently accepting applications for the July 2019 meeting of Trustees.

Organisations can only apply once every 12 months regardless of the outcome of their application.

Useful Links:

https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/

Magic Little Grants 2019 (England, Scotland and Wales)

Small charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income of under £250,000 are being offered the chance to apply for a grant of £500 to help them to deliver engaging physical activities which help to overcome barriers to participation. The cash can be used to help support the general costs involved in running new or existing activities that inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. The aim is to improve the physical health of the people who take part. Apply by midnight on the 30th November 2019 to the Magic Little Grants Fund offered by Localgiving.

Localgiving has once again partnered with the Postcode Community Trust and has a total of £550,000 to award as grants of £500 to its members. Non-members can still register and apply and, if successful, will receive a years membership (worth £96) as part of the award plus access to all of Localgiving’s wider online fundraising services, such as regular fundraising campaigns and training.

Grants will be awarded to projects that encourage people to participate in sports and exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health and well-being of participants and 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 and other volunteer expenses.

The fund is open to Registered charities: Community Interest Companies: Charitable Incorporated Organisations: Social enterprises and other not-for-profit community organisations operating within Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) with an annual income of under £250,000 that are:

  • In their first year of operation or have an annual income of under £250,000
  • 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 registration process before completing the application. The closing date is the 30th November 2019.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Leith Community Archers, who received a grant to help them purchase new archery equipment.
  • Happy Wanderers Ambulance Organisation received a grant to provide free transport for older people and wheelchair users to access local physical activities.
  • LEGS (London Exercise Group for Stroke), received a grant to increase access to physical activities for stroke survivors

Useful Links:

https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/

RSN Rural Funding Digest - June 2019 Edition

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!  
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.

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A sports-focused trust which aims to assist disabled and disadvantaged sportsmen, women and children.
 
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has launched its new food strand. Esmee will offer total funding of £5m over a period of three years and is inviting applications from organisations focused on understanding and investigating the critical role that food plays in wellbeing and the interplay between food, sustainability and poverty.
 

Shears Foundation - 23rd June
The Shears Foundation welcomes applications from registered charities who are working in one of the priority areas of:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults and / or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education.
Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good Charity Grant event is offering 10 grants of £50,000. These are aimed at organisations that are actively championing new projects to communities in the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. Organisations can submit their applications from the 7 June 2019 until Friday 26 July 2019.
 
The Nuffield Foundation grant-making reflects the Foundation's aim of bringing about improvements in society through research and practical experiment.
 

Fund to diversify sport and physical activity workforce

We’re making up to £1 million available to diversify coaches and volunteers in the sport and physical activity sector. 

Our Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund will be open for a month, from today, and we want to hear from anyone wanting to engage women and/or BAME communities in volunteering or coaching opportunities. 

BBC Children in Need

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000. 

Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit - schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc.

The Fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. The next deadline is 11:59pm on the 13th September 2019.

More information about eligibility and the application process on the Children in Need website.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust has announced that Grant Round 2 for 2019 will open on 1st July 2019 (closing 31st July). To apply for this grant round, applicants must be seeking funding for projects relating to young people aged between 11 and 25 years that meet the following criteria:

  • Child exploitation
  • Mentoring and support
  • Clubs and activities
  • Priority will be given to projects that address mental health

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for revenue projects only. Only registered or exempt charities may apply. For this round, eligible charities will have an operating income of a minimum of £100,000 and maximum of £1,000,000. 

ACRE Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Our umbrella body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are managing a village hall improvement grant fund on behalf of DEFRA with support from the ACRE network members including Durham Community Action.

The grant aims to help fund the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one of more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

You can access the guidelines and application criteria here – please read these carefully. The fund is really only suitable for organisations with ‘Oven ready projects’ i.e. those who have already secured most of their funding will be given greater emphasis.

The fund allows for 20% of total project costs to be applied for with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable. This means overall project costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000.

  • The fund will be issued on a first come, first served basis until 31st March 2020 or until it is announced the fund is fully committed, and there are no specific allocations for County Durham. Around 40 applications have already been submitted from across the country so don’t delay with your expression of interest for Stage 1!
  • If you submit an expression of interest for Stage 1, you will receive a decision within 8 weeks.
  • New builds are not eligible for the funding; only updating and refurbishment works.
  • The ownership of buildings must be freehold, have a lease of 21 years or be in the process of negotiating a new lease.
  • The hall must be based in a town or village of under 10,000 population; you can choose a source of statistical information to demonstrate this.
  • Make sure you read the full application criteria carefully!

If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Community Development Team on 01388 742040 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jerwood Arts New Work Fund

Funding for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations to undertake the research, development and creation of new work to enable a step-change in their practice and profile. They are offering grants between £5,000 and £25,000. For more information visit here.

Allen Lane Foundation - Social Cohesion Funding

The Allen Lane Foundation funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations. The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations which have a focus of work being at a very local/community level, which could be a housing estate or distinct community. Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively. The maximum grant is £15,000 and the average grant size is around £5,000-£6,000. Find out more about their Social Cohesion Programme.

Free Trees for Schools and Communities

Please see below an exciting opportunity from the Woodland Trust to bring nature closer to your communities.

We want to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So we’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.

We have two delivery periods per year, one in March and the other in November. We are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in NOVEMBER 2019. Please note that responses to applications may take a few weeks due to current high demand.

Choose your pack(s) from the list below and fill out our application form. If you can’t wait until then, or your application is unsuccessful, you can buy packs in our shop all year round.

Before you start you’ll need to:

  • Know the six digit grid reference for the land you wish to plant using the grid reference finder
  • Have permission from the legal landowner
  • Read through our short list of FAQs. They are packed full of important and useful information which will help your application.

Best wishes
Emily   

PRS- The Open Fund for Music Creators
 
The Open Fund supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others. Deadline 10 June.
 
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Enable Programme
 
Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs, and provide a great opportunity to strengthen charities to deliver more effectively. 
 
Movement for Good offers grants of £1000 and £50,000
 
Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good Charity Grant event is offering 500 grants of £1000 along with 10 grants of £50,000.
 
You can nominate one group to win £1000 designed to help them in the work they do and the services they offer. There are no restrictions on the organisations and groups that can nominated, other than they operate on a not-for-profit basis. Deadline 17 May.
 
The ten larger grants of £50,000 are aimed at organisations that are actively championing new projects to communities in the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. Organisations can submit their applications from the 7 June 2019 until Friday 26 July 2019.

Illegal Money lending Team Proceeds of Crime Fund Application

For Projects that Raise Awareness of Loan Sharks

Very important time of the year for our team when we send out our proceeds of crime application form for agencies, organisations, charities and individuals to apply for up to £5000 for Projects that help our team to raise awareness about loan sharks. If you don’t want to apply which is fine please circulate this form as we get a huge amount of applications from a whole host of agencies and do some fantastic work it may be one of your contacts would love to receive this

Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions  

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Enable Programme
 
Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs, and provide a great opportunity to strengthen charities to deliver more effectively.
 
Movement for Good offers grants of £1000 and £50,000
 
Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good Charity Grant event is offering 500 grants of £1000 along with 10 grants of £50,000.
 
You can nominate one group to win £1000 designed to help them in the work they do and the services they offer. There are no restrictions on the organisations and groups that can nominated, other than they operate on a not-for-profit basis. Deadline 17 May.
 
The ten larger grants of £50,000 are aimed at organisations that are actively championing new projects to communities in the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. Organisations can submit their applications from the 7 June 2019 until Friday 26 July 2019.
 

RSN Rural Funding Digest - May 2019 Edition

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!  

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.

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Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.

Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.

Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit i.e. schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc.   In the case of schools this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.

The Fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. The next deadline is 11:59pm on the 19th May 2019.

Examples of projects funded include:

  • Castle Wood School, Coventry: £89,779 to provide a fortnightly Saturday Club for disabled children and young people. A diverse range of activities will help develop life skills, provide social opportunities and improve confidence and self-esteem through making new friends.
  • Rowan Gate Primary School, Northamptonshire: £24,715 to provide weekly film making sessions for disabled children. The project will develop communication and media skills and increase independence.
  • St Joseph's School and Community Steering Group, Allerdale: £61,480 for a project that will provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity.

Useful Links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Guidance

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/60DXlxYvbbtcTDm79Mjryj/main-grants-should-i-apply

County Durham Community Foundation - Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund

Max. Value: £ 5,000

Grants are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise groups, schools and local authorities to support projects aiming to explore the cultural heritage, landscape and its effect on health and wellbeing and to celebrate local distinctiveness in areas of County Durham.

More Information

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund closes soon!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you. Bright Ideas provides business development support, grants of up to £15,000, and opportunities to learn from other community businesses.

If you're planning to apply, now is the time to read the Guidance Notes, watch our fund webinartake a look at the case studies, visit our FAQs page, and get your application together for the final closing date of Tuesday 9 April - in two weeks time!

Don't forget, if you're not quite ready to apply, there will be additional funding rounds in:

  • August – September 2019
  • February 2020 – April 2020
  • August – September 2020
  • February 2021 – March 2021.

RSN Rural Funding Digest - April 2019 Edition

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!  
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.

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Homes in Community Hands: Funding Programme (England)

Power to Change is awarding grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 (the average will be around £50,000) to community led housing projects that will create schemes that deliver affordable homes for rent or sale to locally connected people. These can be either as new build housing or by refurbishing empty properties. The funding is focused on community groups in the early stages of their community-led housing development and is intended to support feasibility and pre-development work, leading up to submitting a planning application. Grants awarded through the programme can be used for the following Feasibility work to assess the viability of a site or buildings for development, Pre-development costs to develop plans, leading to submitting a planning application (if required), Post-planning costs for work to get your project ready to start on site. Funds will be mostly focused in Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley City Region, West of England and West Midlands but will also be available to genuinely innovative community led housing projects anywhere in England. The fund will open for applications on 4 March 2019 and will remain open until December 2021.
Guidance Notes  https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-housing/

Veolia Environmental Trust Accepting Applications…

The Veolia Environmental Trust was established in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund.

We support a wide range of community and environmental projects throughout England. The money we use for grants is made available through the Fund

Funding Support for Former Mining Communities (East & West Midlands, North East & North West of England and Yorkshire)

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Coalfields Community Investment Programme,

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme, which provides grants to community and voluntary groups to tackle key challenges that still affect the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities in England will re-open for applications on the 18th March 2019.

Grants totaling £125,000 will be available in this funding round for projects that address the following themes:

  • Skills - growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities;
  • Employment - developing pathways to increase the number of people in work;
  • Health - supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve health and wellbeing.

The maximum grant per project will be £10,000 of which a maximum of £2,000 may be for capital expenditure.

Applicants are advised to consult the eligible wards list on the website before making an application.

Organisations eligible to apply include:

Registered Charities; Companies Limited by Guarantee; Community Benefit Societies; Community Interest Companies; Charitable Incorporated Organisations; and Unregistered groups with formal rules. 

To apply, organisations need to complete an eligibility survey to determine whether the applicant organisation/group meets the criteria to apply for funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT). The Eligibility survey opens on 18th March 2019 and closes at 5pm on 7th June 2019. The deadline for applications is 14th June 2019 at 5pm.

Useful Links:

Eligibility Guidance

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/funding 

Churchcare - Conservation Grants
 
Churchcare supports the people who care for our churches and cathedrals. Deadline 25 March.
 
Aurelius Charitable Trust
 
Grants are available for charitable organisations involved with conservation of culture inherited from the past and the dissemination of knowledge, particularly in the humanities field.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have ranged between £1,000 and £10,000.

Mr P E Haynes

The Aurelius Charitable Trust  Briarsmead Old Road Buckland Betchworth Surrey RH3 7DU Tel: 01737 842186 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RSN Rural Funding Digest - March 2019 Edition

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!  
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.

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Do you have a Disability?

Are you a parent or carer of a Disabled child or adult?

If so, use this website to save time finding Disability Grants. 

School of Rocks Coalfield Schools project
 
An educational contractor is required to work with 4 primary schools in coalfield areas, to explore their local geology, landscape and heritage and compare it with lead mining areas in the North Pennines.
 
 
Wooden Spoon Charity
 
Projects must fall within Wooden Spoons Vision Statement: Our aim is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people through our commitment to quality charitable work.
 
Hilden Charitable Fund
 
Grants for Asylum seekers and refugees, Community Based Initiatives for Young People Aged 16-25, Homelessness, Penal Affairs and Overseas Countries. The trust prefers to support underfunded organisations. Summer play scheme funding available.
 
 
Adint Charitable Trust
 
The Adint Charitable Trust makes grants of between £250 and £15,000 to registered charities for general charitable purposes, but has a preference for charities working in the fields of education, training, disability, sport and/or recreation.

Application Form: Applications should be in writing to the address below and include full details of the charity for which funding is requested.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.

Contact: Mr. Douglas Oram FIH MCIPS, The Adint Charitable Trust, Suite 512, 517, Finchley Road, London, NW3 7BN

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AGA Khan Foundation (UK)
 
Provides grants for the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities.

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Peter Cruddas Foundation (England & Wales)

The Peter Cruddas Foundation aim to benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in our society here in the UK by ensuring their funding reaches those most in need.

They achieve their aims and objectives through making grants for charitable work. They wish to build relationships with their supported organisations and foster collaboration wherever they can. Those they cannot help financially through their criteria they hope to help in other ways, through mentoring, business planning and networking.

The Foundation gives priority to programmes designed to help disadvantaged young people to pursue their education (including vocational) and more generally develop their potential whether through sport or recreation, voluntary programmes or otherwise. Preference will be given to the support of projects undertaken by charitable organisations for the benefit of such people, but consideration will also be given in appropriate circumstances to applications for individual support.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation can only donate to UK registered charities. If in any doubt about your eligibility or project, please contact the Foundation Administrator for advice. It is strongly recommended that you read the guidelines on the website below to help you complete the application form.

Application Form: Available to download from the website along with guidelines. Please contact the Stephen Cox, Foundation Administrator regarding your application before you apply, or anytime during the application process.

Deadline:   There are two deadlines per year: -

  • 1st March
  • 1st September

Contact: Peter Cruddas Foundation, 133, Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7BX

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 0203 003 8360

Website: http://petercruddasfoundation.org.uk/

Karbon Homes Funding

Max. Value: £ 20,000

Grants are available for local community groups and organisations to support local community projects which benefit Karbon Homes customers in the North East of England and Yorkshire.

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GLL Community Foundation

The GLL Community Foundation supports projects which encourage local people to be active, learn and play together– it could be organising a sporty tournament, improving a community library or creating a new sports league. Upload your project idea now for the chance to get a pledge of up to £5,000.

For more information about the type of projects sponsored, and to find out about the application process, visit the website.

RSN Rural Funding Digest - February 2019 Edition

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!  
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.

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Coalfields Community Investment Programme

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
  • Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Our offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/funding

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - Main Fund
Funds the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. Likes to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan. Primary interests are in the UK's cultural life, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society. Average grant size 50,000.
 
Elton John AIDS Foundation
The Elton John AIDS Foundation funds frontline programmes that help to alleviate the pain - whether physical, emotional or financial - of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic so that no one is left behind.
 
Macmillan Learning and Development Grants
Macmillan recognises the importance of supporting the learning and development of both Macmillan professionals and the wider cancer workforce with the aim of improving the lives of people living with cancer.
 
Creative England - Production funding
Creative England Production funding is open to networks and organisations whose work supports and promotes filmmaking activities in the English regions. Funding is available for a range of eligible activity including provision of editorial and technical support for emerging talent looking to produce work, delivery of networking, screening and industry speaker events and master classes, and provision of peer-to-peer support, mentoring, training and advice.
 
Thomas Wall Trust
The Thomas Wall Trust was established in 1920 for the "encouragement and assistance of educational work and social service" Today, the Trust continues to assist in these areas by providing grants to individuals and organisations. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals and registered charities. To apply you should create an account on the website and request a form. Applications can be made at any time and will be considered at Trustee meetings held twice a year usually in July and November.
 
All England Netball Association - Youth Trust
The All England Netball Association Youth Trust supports individuals and organisations in the development of sport for young people under the age of 21 in England. There is no minimum or maximum level of grant available, although funding is limited and applicants should bear this in mind.
 
Boshier - Hinton Foundation - UK
The Boshier-Hinton Foundation exists to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, by the awarding of grants.
 
Active Communities Funding Programme - People's Health Trust
The Active Communities Funding Programme aims to close the gap between those communities which experience the worst health in England, Scotland and Wales and the majority of the population. The programme focuses on people living in the poorest neighbourhoods.
 

RSN Rural Funding Digest - January 2019 Edition

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!

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New Community Funding Application Review Committee Established At County Durham Mine

Banks Mining, part of regional employer The Banks Group, will direct around £50,000 of the revenues generated at the Bradley surface mine, which sits between Leadgate and Dipton, into the fund over the next two and a half years, with individual grants of up to £3,000 which are predominantly primarily for capital projects being available to deserving local causes.

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Mick Aston Archaeology Fund
 
The Mick Aston Archaeology Fund (MAAF) offers up to £1000 to voluntary groups, societies and individuals from England and Wales, to support new or existing innovative research projects, that enhance the understanding of the local heritage, through the direct involvement of the community.
 
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation - England & Wales
 
The aim of the trustees is to help raise the quality of life in the UK, particularly for those who are young, disadvantaged or elderly. Each year grants totalling about 2.5 million are made to a wide range of charities.
 
 
Seafarers UK is a leading provider of grants to maritime charities and charitable maritime projects, working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship. 
 

Rayne Foundation - Rayne Grants - UK

The Rayne Foundation looks for creative ways of tackling entrenched social issues through the arts, health, wellbeing, and education. They support projects that can be replicated and led by people with vision, and encourage applications that apply to their evolving list of areas of special interest, which are available on the web-site.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference. They fund a wide range of causes and charities and grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being undertaken. Grants are available for Arts, Community, Education, Environment, Faith, Health, Museums & heritage, Welfare and Youth.

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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - Main Fund

Funds the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. Likes to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan. Primary interests are in the UK's cultural life, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society. Average grant size 50,000.

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Green Hall Foundation

In previous years, grants have been made mainly but not exclusively to national organisations in the fields of social welfare and medicine with special emphasis on the support of young people in need and both mentally and physically disabled people. Preference is given to making grants to assist in funding special projects being undertaken by charities rather than grants to supplement funds used for general purposes.

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VOLANT Charitable Trust

The Trust has two broad areas of funding: Research into the causes, treatment and possible cures of Multiple Sclerosis; Charities and projects, whether national or community-based, at home or abroad, that alleviate social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on women's and children's issues.

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Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to registered charities (only) working in this field.

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Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation

The aims of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation are broad, although particular emphasis is placed on causes that support the following areas: the care, welfare and support of children (including education); the promotion of health, welfare and the advancement of medical services; the relief of poverty, indigence and distress; the care, welfare and support of the aged, infirm, handicapped and disabled; and the support of the arts.

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PGT Small Grants Scheme

You may or may not know that The Project Genesis Trust (PGT) runs a Small Grants Scheme in our Partnership area which supports grants of up to £500 that benefit the residents of the ex-district of Derwentside and that are consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust which are:

  • 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;
  • encouraging the understanding and appreciation of local history and other matters of historic artistic architecture or scientific interest; and
  • the conservation, protection and improvement of amenity land and its flora and fauna.

The Trust ask for applications from organisations who have not received a grant from PGT in the last three years, an application form is attached for your information/use should you wish to apply.

Please feel free to share this information via your own networks as appropriate, if you have any queries regarding the Scheme or require any further information, please contact PGT directly using the contact details listed on the attached application.

RSN Rural Funding Digest - December 2018 Edition

Monthly bulletin featuring RSN Rural Funding Digest & Government Consultations 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!

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Alec Dickson Trust

The Trust is passionate about volunteering and about young people making a difference. Grants of up to £500 are available for projects in the applicant's local area that involve local people and can demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.

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Bromley Trust

The Bromley Trust supports three programmes: human rights, prison reform and Conservation and sustainability.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Social Justice

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

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The Art Fund

The Art Fund exists to secure great art for museums and galleries all across the UK for everyone to enjoy. They do this by helping to buy, save and show works of art of all ages and all kinds by giving grants, placing gifts of art, fundraising and campaigning.

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Lords Taverners Non-Turf Pitch Grants

The Lords Taverners (accredited by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as the official national charity for recreational cricket) commits 50% of the funds it raises each year to provide grants in support of youth cricket. Applications can be made for grants towards the installation of non-turf pitches, practice ends and nets.

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The Wakeham Trust

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. Because the Trust is mostly run by volunteers, it can afford to make very small grants, without their funds being eaten up by administration costs. They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups - and they try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.

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Henry Smith's Charity

The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity. They make grants totalling approximately 25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

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Yapp Charitable Trust

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, education.

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Enterprise Grants (Social Investment Business)

New Grants announced for youth services and homelessness projects who want to become more enterprising. Thought you may be interested in this. Development Grants (up to £50k) were announced a few weeks ago for youth or homelessness organisations who have an enterprise proposition to help them scale up. They have now introduced a feasibility grant (£5 - £10k) to help projects develop an enterprise proposition.

Take a look – keen to help if you wish to apply and to involve myself and the NE-BIC in your proposal. If you do work with young people or impact on homelessness (it doesn’t have to be your only activity), then it could be a great opportunity for your project.

Kevin Marquis Social Enterprise Manager T: +44(0) 7909520069 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. W: http://www.ne-bic.co.uk

Funding available from the Clothworkers Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Foundation awards capital grants to UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £15m through their Main and Small grants programmes. Organisations must demonstrate that the majority of their work fits with one or more of their programme areas

You can visit their website at https://foundation.clothworkers.co.uk/ for more information and to complete their eligibility quiz.

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!

Santander Foundation - Discovery Grants 

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.

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Apply for £500 - £2000 with CDCF and DCC 

http://www.cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups/community-arts-and-culture-small-grants-scheme-

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

Funding Information North East

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 

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

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 

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

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation 

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.

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Family Action Grants - UK 

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.

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Andrews Charitable Trust 

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.

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Yapp Charitable Trust

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.

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The Co-op Foundation

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.

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County Durham Housing Group Grant 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

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Rayne Foundation - Rayne Grants (UK

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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Tesco Bags of help grants open

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.

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.

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Marvellous Family Grants (UK) Up to £1,000. 

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.

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Wakeham Trust (Grant - UK)

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.

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Social Enterprise The Skill Mill is set to scale-up 

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

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.

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Wooden Spoon

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.

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Marsh Christian Trust

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.

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Key Fund Investment Opportunity

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 

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 

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

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.

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BlueSpark Foundation (Grant - England)

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 

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

http://www.cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups/county-durham-and-darlington-community-safety-fund

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