Grants of up to £1,500 Available for the Professional Development of Musicians (Closing date 10th January 2020)
Emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines can apply for grants of £500 -£1500 to help them access opportunities that will allow them to focus on developing their artistic and professional development at a crucial point in their career.
The funding which is being made available through the Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund is designed to help emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines to build their careers by supporting the costs of formal and time limited training and mentoring opportunities. Eligible artists may for example be a solo instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, singer songwriter or a multidisciplinary artist. Bands or ensembles with 6 members or less can also be supported.
All artists supported must have an active career and be able to demonstrate the following:
• Exceptional ability within their discipline
• High quality musical output
• Regularly working (performances, commissions, releases) at a professional level (getting paid for your work)
• Achievement or the potential to achieve a national or international impact
• An impressive track record
• An entrepreneurial spirit and dedication toward their career
Group applicants must have 50% of their members meeting the criteria shown above and have been established and playing together regularly for at least 1 year.
Grants of £500 – £1500 are available and can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching with an expert in the artists chosen field both in the UK or internationally. Travel, accommodation and access costs can also be funded.
Eligible applicants will be:
• Aged over 18
• Based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here
• Have been resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years
• In financial need and without significant backing
The next closing date is the 10th January 2020.
Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged Young People (Closing date 13th January 2020)
Grants of over £10,000 per project are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme to not for profit organisations and special 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. special schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc. In the case of special schools this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.
To apply organisations will need to register with BBC Children in Need by submitting an Organisation Registration form. To complete an Organisation Registration Form, please read the Organisation Registration Form Guidance. Once an organisation is registered, BBC Children in Need will send a link to fill in a Main Grants Project Application Form. Registrations can be made at any time of the year.
The next deadline for applications is the 13th January 2020.
Arts Council/ V&A Purchase Grant Fund
The Arts Council England has announced that the V&A Purchase Fund has been renewed until 2022. Accredited museums, specialist libraries and record repositories accredited under the Archive Service Accreditation Scheme can now apply for a share of the £724,000 of funding available this year.
The fund enables regional museums and cultural organisations to strengthen the quality, relevance and standard of their permanent collections and supports the purchase of a wide range of material for the permanent collections of organisations in England and Wales. The purchase price of an object should be between £500 and £500,000 with grants available for up to 50% of the purchase price, though it is unlikely that any organisation will receive more than £50,000 in any one year.
Applications are accepted at any time.
Community Safety Development Fund (Closing date 31st January 2020)
The Community Safety Development Fund for 2019/20 offered by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex aims to ensure that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which success and well-being for all are built. The Fund offers grants of up to £20,000 from a total pot of £300,000 to community projects that help to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex. All projects supported will meet one or more of the Police and Crime Plan priorities which are:
More local, visible and accessible policing
Crack down on anti-social behaviour
Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse
Reverse the trend in serious violence
Tackle gangs and organised crime
Protecting children and vulnerable people
Improve safety on our roads
There is no match funding requirement, however, evidence of match-funding is likely to improve the likelihood of the bid being recommended as this demonstrates support for the project and improves value for money for the PFCC’s investment.
Grants can be awarded for continuation funding however, applicants need to clearly demonstrate that previous funding opportunities delivered against the Police and Crime Plan Priorities and demonstrate how further funding will develop the project further.
The next and final closing date for applications is the 31st January 2020.
Funding to Support Youth Organisations
Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.
The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Organisations may be planning to:
• Replicating a programme or service
• Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
• Spreading a technology or skill
• Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
• Influencing attitudes
Applications can be submitted at any time.
New £5 Million Fund Launched to Develop Support for Unpaid Carers
The Government has launched a new fund to support innovative projects supporting unpaid carers. The £5 million Carers Innovation Fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services.
This funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities.
Examples of the kind of projects the fund would invest in include:
technology platforms – for example, to help carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities
support groups – like carers’ cafes and Men’s Sheds, which develop peer support groups and offer short courses to help reduce isolation
Projects will be expected to show a positive effect on:
• carers’ health and wellbeing
• carers’ ability to manage work alongside caring responsibilities
• carers’ ability to take a break from their caring role
• reducing loneliness and social isolation
Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.
The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations can all bid for funding to prove their concept, with the aim of securing longer term funding from other sources.
Carers and other experts will sit on the evaluation panel to make sure proposals are feasible.
The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next 2 years.
Grants to Cover Running Costs for Small Charities
The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE. His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society by supporting organisations and people who are making a difference.
The Trust supports around 300 charities every year and focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.
Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs). Charities will be working in the areas of:
• Arts and heritage
• Social welfare
• Environmental causes and animal welfare
• Education and training
Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.
Grants are unrestricted and range from £300 to £2,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.
Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Funding of up to £60,000 for Community Centres and Village Halls
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £7,500 and £60,000. Grants can be used to fund new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.
Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.
It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.
The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional Village Halls are also supported.
Applications can be submitted at any time and should show that, in urban areas, the venue is in the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation or, in rural areas, in the most deprived 50% of the Indices.
Funding Available to Support Local Good Causes
The Morrison’s Foundation awards grants to community projects that improve people’s lives.
Applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change.
Grants may be applied for by any charity which is registered with the Charity Commission that have financial information dating back to 2012. Applicants must also have raised some funding towards the project elsewhere.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis can be submitted at any time and there is no specific grant amount that can be applied for.
One Stop Carriers for Causes
Not for profit organisations, including schools that are located within 2 miles of a One Stop shop can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects that benefit their local community. One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland.
The grants are available for a wide range of activities and the funding will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project. Projects eligible for funding include:
– One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, litter picking, sports events, expenses to pay for terminally ill cancer patients on visits to the seaside.
– Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, football/cricket /netball kit for local junior club, arts and craft materials for a workshop, kitchen equipment for a healthy eating project, marketing materials for an event, fishing kit for youth project.
– Improvements to community buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as hospices, scout or guide huts, school building, community centres.
– Improvements to external spaces such as park clean ups, community gardens, hospital/hospice gardens, disabled access projects, food growing projects, woodland walk.
– Purchasing materials to undertake a place based improvement project such as buying paint, litter pickers, gravel, grass seed, plants, and benches.
Applications can be submitted at any time and are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months. Applicants will generally know the outcome of your application within 16 weeks of applying.