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
THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE NO PRE-APPLICATIONS.
If you wish to ask questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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