New Funding Available to Create Pocket Parks and Revive Neglected Green Spaces (Closing date 31st December 2019)
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has launched a new £1.35 million Pocket Parks Plus programme to help local communities in England create new pocket parks or to revive rundown green spaces in their area.
The definition of a Pocket Park is: “a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict”.
Community groups can now bid grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 to renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use. Pocket Parks can be in a housing estate, adjacent to a canal, in a high street, in the ground of a local community facility such as a library or community centre, etc.
Applications can be made by community groups working in partnership with their local authority. Applicants will need to have 30% of match funding in place.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 31st December 2019.
Project Development Funding for Churches (Closing date 9th January 2020)
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places towards developing a church building project. This can include Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses. The funding is being made available through the National Churches Trust’s Gateway Programme.
Applications are accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. The Trust particularly encourages applications from priority areas i.e. North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.
The first deadline to apply for a Gateway Grant is the 9th January 2020.
Funding to Support Vulnerable Young Migrants (Closing date 10th January 2020)
Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants.
The maximum grant available is £30,000, however, limited funding is available and therefore lower applications are encouraged. The average grant size is around £12,000. Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects:
• Migrants or the children of migrants,
• Who are under 25,
• Who are living in poverty, and
• Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents’) migration status.
The SLF only funds two kinds of strategic legal action- pre-litigation research and “third party intervention” in an existing case. The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for around six months. For information on previously funded projects please click here.
The next closing date for applications is the 10th January 2020.
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.
Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Social Welfare Projects (Closing date end of February 2020)
The Inman Charity makes grants of around £325,000 per year. They support a wide range of UK Registered Charities.
The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:-
• Medical research
• Care of the elderly
• General welfare
• The Deaf and Blind
• Care of the physically & mentally disabled
• The Armed Forces
Applications must be received by the end of February to be sure of consideration at the Spring Meeting.
Lloyds Bank Foundation Relaunches Grants Programme
Charities in England and Wales with an income of between £25,000 and £1million that are tackling complex social issues can now apply for core funding grants worth up to £100,000. The funding is part of the Lloyds Bank Foundations relaunched grants programme which now has a simpler and more flexible approach.
The Foundation helps charities to tackle the following complex social issues:
Addiction and dependency
Asylum seekers and refugees
Homeless and vulnerably housed
Offending, prison and community service
Sexual abuse and exploitation
Trafficking and modern slavery
Grants are available of up to £100,000 and are available over three years (with the possibility of continuing to six years) and can be used entirely for core costs. Core costs are overhead costs of an organisation, as opposed to those specific to a project; with charities able to flex how much they spend each year.
Applications can be submitted at any time.