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

 

 

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.
Hadrian Trust - 28th June
The trust allocates grants to charities and groups working for the benefit of the people and the environment of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham. The main donations are in the fields of social welfare, youth, disability, the elderly, women, ethnic minorities, education, arts and the environment.
Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund - 30th June
The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to help organisations based in local communities to deliver activities that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
Sir James Knott Trust - 28th June
The trust supports community projects in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham. The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England.
Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Deadline 15 June.
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

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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.

Read more online

 
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.

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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