Funding News

Music for Alice – Final Funding Round (UK)

Music for Alice encourages applications from any UK based group, organisation or charity that has a formerly constituted character and can demonstrate that securing funding will enable them to improve lives through music. Grants of up to £1,000 to purchase musical instruments or equipment are available. There are two categories: “Music for Youth” for applicants focussed on using music to improve lives for 0-19 year olds; “Music for Health” for applicants focussed on using music for health or rehabilitation benefits. The deadline to apply for this the final round is Thursday 28th February 2019. http://www.musicforalice.org.uk/apply/

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Announces First Funding Round for 2019 (UK)

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom has announced that it has launched a new funding round. Grants of £1,000 are available to registered charities for projects relating to children and young people. During 2019 priority will be given to projects working with child exploitation; mentoring and support; clubs and activities; and mental health. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have a minimum operating income and operating expenditure of £100,000 per year. The closing date for applications is the 28th February 2019. https://austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/

Active Essex

We are delighted to announce that a “game-changing” £10.685 million Sport England National Lottery grant has been awarded to Essex Local Delivery Pilot to deliver our three year plan to get Essex active.
Essex Local Delivery Pilot (ELDP) is led by the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board, Active Essex, and more than 20 partners including public, community and voluntary sector organisations.
Our three-year plan, which focuses on doing things differently and challenging the root causes of inactivity, is set out in ‘Chapter Two, delivering system change’. It explains how we plan to tackle the inequalities which prevent 391,600 people in Essex from enjoying the physical, social and mental health benefits of an active lifestyle. Families, older people and those with poor mental health are our priority audiences.
Exciting plans include:

  • Getting local passionate people involved, who want to create activities in their areas
  • Creating active parks, coastal paths and new walking and cycling routes
  • Easy access small grants and support for community projects
  • Investing in successful voluntary groups and charities to scale up their activities
  • Training people in voluntary as well as paid roles, creating thousands of new volunteers, leaders and coaches
  • Brightening up buildings, streets and parks to make them attractive places to be active
  • World class measurement and evaluation which will be shared UK-wide
    Our work in the local test areas for the pilot of Basildon, Colchester and Tendring will be coordinated by the relevant local authority with the support of the three local Essex LDP Co-ordinators. Local Governance will be strengthened so it can be true to the core principles of empowering local people to co-produce their own solutions to make their communities become more active.
    Anyone interested in getting involved should email ELDP@essex.gov.uk or telephone 03330 131620, or register interest on the website at www.activeessex.org/essex-local-delivery-pilot/.

The Royal Horticultural Society: Is there a neglected space in your community that you’d love to transform into a green oasis for people and the planet? Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap? RHS is offering expert hands-on support, plus up to £500 worth of plants and materials to help make your idea a reality. Find out more and apply: www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/community-gardening/news/articles/ggb-with-communities. Deadline is 28 February.

Grants from Essex Community Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the ‘Essex Fund’, managed by Essex Community Foundation, to support the work of local voluntary and community organisations. Funding applications can be made for core costs, project costs or capital costs.

All applications must demonstrate at least one of the following areas of work:

  • Support to carers
  • Improvements to the environment
  • Provide community resource
  • Help and activities for young people (including projects that increase awareness and participation in activities which explore culture and heritage)

To read the criteria and to apply to this fund, visit: www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk/grants/our-grantmaking/apply/the-essex-fund/. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 18 January.

Funding for Community Facilities (deadline 13 March 2019)

Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs are able to 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; and Museums. The funding is being made available through the Landfill Operator Wren’s FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site. http://www.wren.org.uk/apply/wren-grant-scheme

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme Re-Opens for Applications (Deadline 25 January 2019)

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. 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 closing date for applications is the 25th January 2019 for the small grants programme and the 6th May 2019 for the large grants programme. https://mcf.org.uk/apply-early-years/

Funding for Housing Projects that Cater for People with Special Needs (Deadline 25 January 2019)

The Quaker Housing Trust provides grants and interest free loans to housing projects that cater for people with a wide range of needs, including mental & physical health problems; learning difficulties; escaping domestic violence; single parents; etc. To be eligible for funding, applicants need to have legal charitable status and be a small organisation (with an annual turnover of not more than £1 million and without access to sufficient income, reserves, nor other fundraising, to pay for the work). http://www.qht.org.uk/

 

Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools (UK)

Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides are amongst the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees. The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2019. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/free-trees/

The ACT Foundation (UK)

Registered charities can apply for grant of up to £10,000 for work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising. Applications should address one of the key themes of the Foundation: Health and Wellbeing; Independent Living at Home; Respite; and Transition. Apply to the ACT Foundation for a grant at any time; the Trustees meet 6 times a year. https://www.theactfoundation.co.uk/content/apply-grant-0

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Announces Next Funding Round for 2019 (UK)

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom has announced that the next funding round will open for applications on the 1st February 2019. Grants of £1,000 will be available to registered charities for projects relating to children and young people. During 2019 priority will be given to projects working with child exploitation; poverty; prisoners/offenders; refugees and asylum seekers. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have a minimum operating income and operating expenditure of £100,000 per year. https://austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/

Grassroots Charity

We hold five grant rounds per year in the Trust’s small grant programme. The closing date for applications is 31 January, 30 April, 30 June, 31 August and 31st October annually.

The Trust does not provide large grants because our aim is to help as many organisations as possible. Priority is given to smaller less well-known groups who may not otherwise find the funds they need. The Trust’s aim is to help as many organisations as possible and therefore the majority of grants awarded are for less than £1000.

The following are eligible to apply for grant funding:

Voluntary organisations and community groups that are addressing outstanding social needs in the areas of Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council.

Support will be provided to voluntary organisations or groups, but not individuals. Funds must be spent within the areas of Colchester Borough Council and/or Tendring District Council. Applications will be considered for both new and ongoing projects and assistance is available for both capital expenditure and essential running costs. Priority will be given to the smaller voluntary organisations or groups based and operating within the area of benefit, as opposed to regional and national groups. Where financial help is sought the Trust will require details of the organisation’s own commitment to the particular project. Should a grant be approved evidence of expenditure may be required in due course.  http://www.grassrootscharity.org/grants/application-rev-dec-2018/

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust (UK)

UK Registered Charities can apply to the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust for a grant of £500 to £5,000 for projects focussing on the arts, medical welfare and the environment. The Trust has a particular focus on organisations supporting disadvantaged and disabled children. Applications for core or project cost are considered. The next deadline to apply is the 7th February 2019. http://www.doylycartecharitabletrust.org

Projects to Help Young People with their Mental Health (England)

Voluntary and Community groups and organisations in England are being invited to apply for funding to help children and young people with their mental health. Applications are invited from organisations with existing mental health schemes that wish to trial new approaches. These should focus on adopting a community and person-centred approach and support children and young people through life-changing events. The funding is being made available through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20: Children and Young People’s Mental Health. A total of £510,000 over three years is available per applicant and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 15th February 2019. Match funding from a statutory partner, e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP), Local Authority (LA), must be secured. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vcse-health-and-wellbeing-fund-2019-to-2020-how-to-apply

East of England Heritage Lottery Fund will be at The Maltings, Ely, CB7 4BB on Thursday 28 February 2019, hosting two sessions which will present key elements of our new Strategic Funding Framework, for 2019 to 2024. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in a session led by Steve Miller, HLF Trustee, along with the chance to meet and talk to fellow colleagues from across the heritage sector and region.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage  We understand that our partners across Heritage have ideas and plans and need to focus resources, as do we.  We also recognise that your objectives are similar to ours: to support and work on high quality and enterprising projects that deliver lasting benefits to the heritage, people and communities.

You are invited to attend one session from 10-12am or 1.30-3.30pm – both sessions will follow the same format.  Robyn Llewellyn (Head of HLF East of England), Steve, members of the East of England team and I will be available for further conversation over coffee before and after the presentation and Q&A session.

Please RSVP by Friday 1 February 2019 to Abby Eastwood by replying to this email, indicating your availability for both sessions and which you would prefer to attend.

mailto:EastOfEnglandContact@hlf.org.uk

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to UK registered charities that are working with young people (up to 25 years) with a particular focus on supporting the following target groups:

• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

The Foundation will prioritise support to charities that demonstrate community involvement and volunteering opportunities as part of their working practices. The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and capital costs. Outright funding for salaries will not be considered. Grants can be awarded for refurbishment and equipment, but not for capital appeals or a new construction.
The Foundation will fund projects working towards accreditation or recognised qualifications for young people. This does not include teacher training. The Foundation prefers to support training programmes working directly with the young people, where they will work towards an accreditation.

Deadline: 5th February 2019, 7th May 2019, 23rd July 2019, and 8th October 2019
For more information: https://dmthomasfoundation.org

The ACT Foundation (UK)

Registered charities can apply for grant of up to £10,000 for work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising. Applications should address one of the key themes of the Foundation: Health and Wellbeing; Independent Living at Home; Respite; and Transition. Apply to the ACT Foundation for a grant at any time; the Trustees meet six times a year. https://www.theactfoundation.co.uk/content/apply-grant-0

 Funding for Early Years Professional Development (England)

The second round of a grants programme that funds and supports early years education projects focused on professional development in order to improve the learning and development of children from low income families aged 0–5 is now open for applications. Any organisation working in schools and other educational settings can apply for projects aiming to improve outcomes for disadvantaged 3-5-year olds that are practical, cost effective and scalable. Applications are accepted from mainstream primary and secondary schools, charities, local authorities, academy chains, universities, social enterprises and community interest companies. The Education Endowment Foundation does not set minimum or maximum size of grant however past awards have tended to range from £90,000 to £1.5million. The closing date for applications is the 15th February 2019. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects-and-evaluation/how-to-apply#closeSignup

 Projects to Help Young People with their Mental Health (England)

Voluntary and Community groups and organisations in England are being invited to apply for funding to help children and young people with their mental health. Applications are invited from organisations with existing mental health schemes that wish to trial new approaches. These should focus on adopting a community and person-centred approach and support children and young people through life-changing events. The funding is being made available through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20: Children and Young People’s Mental Health. A total of £510,000 over three years is available per applicant and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 15th February 2019. Match funding from a statutory partner, e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP), Local Authority (LA), must be secured. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vcse-health-and-wellbeing-fund-2019-to-2020-how-to-apply

Nationwide Building Society

A new funding initiative has been launched by Nationwide Building Society to help tackle the Housing Crisis in the East of England.   Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to charities that help vulnerable people with their housing needs. Essex Community Foundation is managing this grants programme and is calling for applications.

They can support:

  • Staff/Volunteer costs for project delivery
  • Development and capacity building costs
  • Activity costs
  • Small scale capital costs (e.g. items for project delivery such as computers, paint, gardening equipment)
  • Building works and refurbishment costs – where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project

Further information including eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the website: http://www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk/grants/our-grantmaking/apply/nationwide-community-grants-programme/

Any charity that wishes to apply to this funding programme is encouraged to call ECF during a dedicated Phone-In Funding Surgery for a preliminary conversation about their work and funding needs. There are two upcoming dates: Friday 9 November from 10am to 12 noon and Tuesday 13 November from 10am to 12 noon

To take part, please call Essex Community Foundation, on the day, on 01245 355947. There is no need to book a slot.

 

Essex Community Foundation

The Tampon Tax ​Community Fund uses the money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to award grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to charities and community organisations.

To be eligible to apply, projects must demonstrate how they meet one or more of the three priority areas:

  • Building skills and confidence: This could be giving them the tools needed to apply for jobs and/or return to the workplace
  • Improving health and well-being: For example, educating women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health
  • Creating social networks: Such as, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with and support them to feel less lonely

 

If you could possibly help us to make your contacts aware, that would be most appreciated. Please direct organisations/groups to call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018.

 

More information and how to apply can be found here: on our website. Please note there is separate criteria and application form.

The deadline is Monday 5 November.

Essex County Council has recently launched the Community Initiatives Fund. The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is a small grants scheme designed to fund community projects that: create, procure or develop new community assets; enhance existing community assets; enhance or develop initiatives that strengthen a community. Further details can be found on the website

https://www.essex.gov.uk/Business-Partners/Partners/Community-initiatives-fund/Pages/Default.aspx

THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE NO PRE-APPLICATIONS.

If you wish to ask questions, please email cif@essex.gov.uk  or call Essex County council on 03457430430 ask for Paul Ashworth – Strengthening Communities Manager.

The High Sheriff’s Fund is now open for applications.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for local voluntary and community organisations that are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live.
For more information and to apply, click here.

The Co-op Foundation
The Co-op Foundation’s new £2m fund to tackle youth loneliness is now open to applications.
The foundation is delivering the youth strand of the wider £11.5m Building Connections Fund announced in June. It will support projects in the 30% most deprived areas of England or which benefit young people facing specific disadvantages and risks of loneliness.
Please share this link if you know of any projects tackling youth loneliness who may be eligible to apply for funding. The deadline to apply is 26 September.
For more information go here

Wessex Youth Trust

The Wessex Youth Trust has a small amount of funding which it awards in grants to support charitable projects which provide opportunities to help, support and advance children and young people up to the age of 21 years in the UK. There is no set grant limit, but funding should be used where the donations make an enormous difference with a focus on helping those charities who are very rarely in the spotlight, either because they are too small or simply do not have the money or expertise to market themselves. Preference is given to pump-priming projects for development and more extensive fundraising initiatives. Specific project funding requests are preferred.

The deadline for applications is 1st November.

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Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund

The Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund has reopened for applications and grants are available to support organisations working in the Braintree District that either help to improve health and wellbeing, increase aspirations and opportunities, or develop skills through training. This is a two-stage application where applicants first complete an expression of interest. Due to this, we strongly encourage anyone that is considering making an application for funding to speak with us first.

Click here to find out more.

Funding for schools to support SEND pupils
A survey of head teachers by the National Association of Head Teachers shows that the majority are struggling to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, with funding and support services critically stretched.

  • Only 2% of respondents reporting that the top up funding they received was sufficient to meet individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or statements for pupils with SEND
  • 94% of respondents find it harder to resource the support required to meet the needs of pupils with SEND than they did two years ago
  • 83% are not receiving ANY  funding from health and social care budgets to support pupils with statements or EHCPs
  • 30% of respondents are not receiving services from health and social care to support their pupils

25th July 2018

Closing date 31st July 2018
Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK or in larger areas should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year. The funding is being made available through the Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation and the closing date for applications is the 31st July 2018.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK) Closing date 31st July 2018

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 have until the 31st July 2018 to apply for funding of up to £10,000. Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London. http://www.ironmongers.org/charity_organisations.htm

New fund launched to tackle loneliness in England

In partnership with the Department of Digital, Culture and Sport (DCMS), Big Lottery Fund and Co-op Foundation, the £11.5 million Building Communities fund has been set up in response to the Jo Cox commission on loneliness.

Projects should:

  • Make the best use of community assets and joining up local services to connect people in different local places. Or in different ways, using digital or technology, transport and travel, participating in sport or volunteering.
  • Enable communities to bring people together and build connections, helping people across all ages, who may be more likely to feel lonely, and encouraging those who are at highest risk of loneliness to participate.
  • Understand more about the individual benefits of preventing loneliness and what works, resulting in benefits to people’s health and well being, so that they live longer, healthier, more independent lives and improve their opportunities for employment.

2 funding strands are available:

  • Main Funding strand – worth £9 million, this funding strand is seeking to fund organisations who have existing projects in place to reduce loneliness and projects that have a wide geographical reach.
  • Youth Funding Strand worth £2 million, this funding strand is operated by the Co-op foundation and will open for applications in August 2018.

Who can apply: Charities, Community and Voluntary Sector organisations, Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies.

Partnerships are also welcome to apply.

Maximum grant: £100,000

Deadline:  24 August 2018

Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund

The Home office have allocated £8 million of funding to fund interventions designed to support children affected by domestic abuse.

Interventions should:

  • Demonstrate evidence for proposed plans
  • Provide arrangements for safeguarding vulnerable children and young people as part of the planned activities
  • Show how proposed support will link into wider support for victims of domestic abuse at a local level

Who can apply: Local commissioners. This can include police and crime commissioners, local authorities, health commissioners, or any other suitable organisations across England and Wales.

Partnership applications are also welcome. For more information, read the fund prospectus.

Maximum grant: Discretionary

While there is not a formal cap placed on the amount an organisation can bid for, all bids must be scalable. Organisations must bid for a a minimum of £500,000.

Deadline: 19 September 2018

Please note, applications must be received through the contract finder notice.

Garfield Weston Foundation

For 60 years the Trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often un-sung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected. To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and the vital role of volunteers and community charities, we are excited to launch an additional grants scheme that will be open to applications from 5th January to 30th June 2018 exclusively – the Weston Anniversary Fund.  This is a Capital grants scheme and applying is a simple one-step process.

If this fund doesn’t fit your particular charity or project, then you may want to consider applying to our ongoing, regular grants scheme at garfieldweston.org

https://anniversary.garfieldweston.org/weston-anniversary-fund

Anti-Knife Community Fund

The Knife-Crime Community fund has been set up to support community projects which:
•    Aim to reduce knife crime
•    Have a positive impact on young people at risk of committing knife crimes

Bids must demonstrate:
•    Delivery of outcomes to stop knife crime
•    Proven track record of delivering local interventions
•    Proven track record of ability to work with children and young people
•    Proven track record of ability to work in partnership with other organisations and services
•    Evidence of value for money

Who can apply: Voluntary and community groups
Maximum grant: £30,000
Higher funding may be considered for collaborative bids.
Deadline: 15 June 2018

Click here to find out more

The Rayne Foundation
The Rayne Foundation supports work which is untried and tests new approaches but has clear objectives. It favours work which could change the way issues are tackled in society and could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.
Their areas of special interest are:
  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people
Who can apply: Charities and not for profit organisations
Maximum grant: £20,000
Deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Click here
Essex Community Foundation: #iwill Fund
Grants of £1,000-£5,000 are available from the #iwill Fund for voluntary organisations and projects that offer activities which engage young people (aged 10 to 20) in their community and increase their understanding of local issues. This Fund has specific criteria and its own application form which can
be found here. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, but you are encouraged to apply soonest. Call ECF now on 01245 356018 to discuss your work and eligibility.
*Please note: This Fund was previously named the ‘Youth Social Action Fund’ and was only open to
organisations based/operating in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford. The Fund is now called the
‘#iwill Fund’ and is open to applications from across the county.
Click here
Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights (Deadline 18 May, 2018)
Registered charities in the UK that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights and help the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society can apply for funding through the A B Charitable Trust. This can include prisoners and penal reform; migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; and human rights, particularly access to justice. The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links. http://abcharitabletrust.org.uk/application.htm
Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (Deadline, 31 May 2018)
Grants of up to £75,000 are available to constitutes not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards community buildings; parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities; nature reserves; and bio diversity projects. To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site; the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application. http://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/
 Funding to Develop the Digital Skills of Vulnerable Young People (Deadline, 5pm, 30 April 2018)
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to organisations based in the UK or Ireland to help develop the digital skills of vulnerable young people aged 11-25. As well as the funding successful organisations will also have the opportunity to be part of a six-month accelerator of support workshops, project and staff development opportunities. The funding and support is being made available through the Carnegie UK Trust’s #NotWithoutMe Accelerator Programme and successful organisation’s will also have the opportunity to pitch for up to £40,000 further funding and a year’s support after the completion of the #NotWithoutMe Accelerator programme. https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/notwithoutme/
Registered charitable hospitals and hospices across the UK working to enhance and enrich the quality of life of sick children in hospitals can apply for grants of between £100 and £10,000. Projects funded could include providing life-saving medical equipment, free family accommodation, arts, music and play therapy programmes, sensory equipment and facilities and respite care. Organisations working within hospitals and hospices are also eligible to apply to the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity where they have a supporting reference from the hospital/hospice itself. https://wallaceandgromitcharity.org/about#grant-making

 Funding for Summer Play Schemes (Deadline 1 June, 2018)
Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to help community groups run Summer Play Schemes, for disadvantaged communities. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show Black and Minority Ethnic involvement. To be eligible the applicant organisations must have an annual income of less than £150,000 per year, have strong volunteer support and the cost of the play-scheme must be less than £12,000. The funding is made available through the Hilden Charitable Fund. http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/
Support for Children with Challenging Lives (Deadline 1 June, 2018)
Schools, registered charities, community and voluntary working with children and young people can apply for a free two-day break through the Youth Hostel Association’s Challenging Lives Programme. The programme is aimed at those children and young people(aged 8 – 18) who are or have recently experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness. The programme also offers support to those living with a disability or life threatening medical conditions or who take on a caring role. https://groups.yha.org.uk/challenging-lives-support-programme
Funding to Get Children Active (UK) (Closing date 8th May 2018)
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 the following areas: Living in Poverty; Physical & Mental Health Problems; Health & Wellbeing; Living With Disability. The funding is being made available through the Les Mills Fund for Children and the next closing date for applications is the 8th May 2018. http://lesmillsfundforchildren.org.uk/grants/
New £13 Million Fund Launched to Help Foster Relationships Between Frontline Professionals and Young People at Risk Of Sexual Exploitation
A new £13 million Government grant has been launched to help youth workers, police, nurses and other professionals form close, protective relationships with children and young people aged 10 – 17 at risk of sexual exploitation, gang crime or relationship abuse. The Trusted Relationships Fund will shortly invite local authorities to apply for funding to run projects aimed at fostering relationships between frontline staff and at-risk children. Through the fund, local authorities are encouraged to work with local partners to improve the way professionals, including social workers, youth workers, police and voluntary sector practitioners, work together to support vulnerable young people. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-trusted-relationships-fund
Funding for Young People to Develop Social Enterprises
UnLtd, in partnership with Sports Relief and the Spirit of 2012, has announced that young people who want to start, grow or build their social enterprise idea can apply for funding of up to £15,000. Young people can apply for a Test it Award of up to £500 or a Build it Award of up to £15,000. Awards can be applied for by an individual or small group of up to four people aged 11-30. Test it Awards provide young people with the chance to unlock their potential and make a positive difference in the community. UnLtd will also scale up successful projects by providing Awards of £15,000 to young people who are ready to build their ideas into sustainable social. Applications can be submitted at any time. http://www.sportrelief.com/schools/youth-groups/carry-on-your-good-work
Comic Relief has launched a new grants programme working with Community Foundations across the Country.
The Core Strength – Local Communities initiative offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to voluntary and community groups to help with the cost of running their organisation. This includes items such as rent and staff training.
To make an application, click here or call 01245 356018 to speak with a member of the grants team.
White Fuse Media are offering grants of up to £5,000 for the creation of a new website. The grant scheme is designed for small charities or non-profits with a turnover of less than £1 million. The grant will cover all set-up costs of the website including content strategy, design, development and launch. You will still need to cover the support and maintenance costs on a monthly basis. Further details here.
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Promotes, facilitates and supports agriculture and rural development.  The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and the relief of poverty within rural areas.
The next meeting of the Trustees will be held in June.  Applications must be made in writing.  For full information on how to apply click here