Funding Opportunities W/E 13th March 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 13th March 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 13th March 2020

Southend Community Fund (Closing date Monday 16th March 2020)

The Southend Community Fund supports charities and community organisations working in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

Your organisation must be active in Southend and your work must benefit people living, and working, in the Borough.

All applications to the fund are assessed by ECF, and a panel of local people meet to review and agree all applications annually.

Grants of up to £30,000 Available to Support Disadvantaged Children (Closing date 16th March 2020)

Not for profit organisations such as special schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation.
Projects funded through BBC Children in Need aim to make a difference in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 16th March 2020.

Grants Available to Get people Back into Employment in Essex and Southend (Closing date 20th March 2020)

Part funded by the European Social Fund, the South East LEP Community Grants programme is offering grants via CXK to third sector organisations of any size and small organisations from other sectors operating within the South East LEP (SELEP) boundaries including Essex and Southend on Sea.
Grants will be awarded for work that supports people who are unemployed or inactive to improve their skills and/or get into work or training especially those furthest away from the job market.
Community grants are intended to enable locally targeted support consistent with the challenges set out in the South East LEP Skills Strategy which are to:
• Develop the capacity of the community and to meet local needs.
• Undertake activities that promote social inclusion.
• Build employment and enterprise skills through the voluntary and community sector.
• Provide intensive support to help up-skill individuals and move towards and enter work.
• Engage those individuals who are the hardest to reach through innovative approaches.
Grants of £10,000 to £20,000 are available for projects that must be delivered within 12 months.
The closing date for applications is the 20th March 2020.

Funding for Projects to Increase the Employment Skills of People Aged 11 or Older (Expression of Interest closing date 25th March 2020)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to assist with specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for people aged 11 or older in order to increase their employment prospects within the UK.
The funding is being made available through the Thomas Wall Trust.
To be eligible the applicants must:
• Be a UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years
• Be a project or running costs for a charity that equips people (aged 11 and over) with the skills ready for employment
• Have an annual turnover of less than £500,000
Annual repeat funding for up to 3 years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact
The closing date for submitting an expression of interest is the 25th March 2020. Applicants successful at this stage will need to complete a more in-depth Stage 2 application.

Funding to Provide 2021 Census Support Services (Closing date 27th March 2020)

The Good Things Foundation has announced that there is an opportunity for partners to apply for funding to support the delivery of the 2021 Census. The Good Things Foundation is working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to build a network of Census Online Support Centres who can support people to complete the census online, ensuring everyone has the chance to complete the census digitally.
The Foundation is looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census online between March and May 2021. Successful applicants will be required to deliver the service across a set amount of hours each week with the possibility of additional delivery covering evenings, weekends and the census weekend.
Organisations interested in applying have until the 27 March 2020 to submit an Expression of Interest. Successful organisations will then have until April to complete a fuller application.

Funding Available to Increase Engineering Knowledge Among Young People (Closing date 27th March 2020)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that its Engineering Education Grant Scheme has re-opened for applications.
The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) supports UK-based educational projects that nurture and support the increase of engineering knowledge among young people between the ages of five to 19. The scheme also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.
Any organisation able to develop and deliver STEM activities to a local UK audience is eligible to bid for funding. This includes schools, science communicators, youth clubs, science festivals, museums, science centres, STEM based companies, FE colleges, Higher Education Institutions and members of the IMechE and IET.
There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5,000 are available for standard applications to the fund, and a small number of awards of up to £15,000 are available each year for projects that aim to make a bigger impact.
The deadline to apply is the 27th March 2020.

Thomas Wall Trust Launches Digital Skills Grants Programme (Closing date 31st March 2020)

The Thomas Wall Trust has announced that to mark the Trust’s 100th Birthday it is launching a new grants programme available to organisations working towards improving basic digital skills for people in need.
The programme aims to equip adults (aged 18 and over) with basic digital skills for work and life, helping them access the online world. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.
The funding is available to not for profit organisations and charities based in the UK that have been established for at least three years with an annual turnover that does not exceed £500,000.
Priority will be given to:
• Projects that link digital skills with employment opportunities.
• Match funded projects.
• Organisations that can provide compelling evidence of impact.
• Organisations working with collaborative networks.
The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2020.

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund (Closing date 31st March 2020)

Charities, schools, and community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund. The fund is available in areas that are local to NFU operations in the UK.
Applications are likely to be more successful if they meet one or more of the funds priorities. These are:
• Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
• Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community
• Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities
• Advancing education and experiences for young people
Priority will also be given to:
• Requests that are supported by NFU Mutual staff members or one of their local branch offices.
• Beneficiaries that have not been given funds previously.
The next closing date for applications is the 31st March 2020.

Fire Safety Fund Opens for Applications (Closing date 3rd April 2020)

Electrical Safety First, a leading UK consumer safety charity, has just opened its Fire Safety Fund. Grants are available to help reduce electrical fires and accidents in UK homes.
The Fire Safety Fund is open to community services such as local Fire and Rescue Services, Trading Standards and charities, as well as other organisations promoting an electrical safety message.
Electrical Safety First offers grants of up to £5,000 per organisation but, in exceptional circumstances, awards of up to £20,000 can be considered for collaborative and/or larger projects. Preference will be given to those applications addressing the risks of fires associated with the use of electrical products and appliances. Or those that show a particularly creative approach in raising awareness of these issues.
The closing date for applications is the 3rd April 2020.
Applicants wanting further information and/or clarification on any aspect relating to Electrical Safety First’s Electrical Fire Safety Fund, please contact:

Grants of Up to £500,000 Available to Encourage Collaboration Between Further Education Colleges (Closing date 8th April 2020)

Groups of Further Education colleges and sixth form colleges can apply for grants of between £80,000 and £500,000 to develop greater collaboration to address common quality improvement priorities.
The Funding is being provided through the Department for Education College Collaboration Fund and aims to:
• develop greater collaboration between FE colleges, usually, but not exclusively, in the same geographic place
• stimulate quality improvement through developing sector-led approaches peer-to-peer support and sharing good practice
• ensure sustainable FE provision through adopting process which supports high performance
• produce products and approaches to quality improvement that can be adopted by other FE providers
• stimulate the market and provider base to support ongoing quality improvement
• develop a stronger FE offer through improving the quality of FE provision and learner outcomes, including progression to level 3 qualifications
• better meet local and national skills priorities and improve labour market outcomes for learners
Applications need to be submitted by a lead college with up to 4 other colleges.
To be eligible FE Colleges will need to apply with colleges within a shared geographic area, for example, the same sub-regional level. If suitable partners are not available other colleges can come from a wider area. For example, addressing provision for a vocational specialism, such as land-based or a particular student cohort, such as learners with high needs.
Colleges are expected to contribute match funding equal to 25% of the total grant.
The closing date for applications is 12pm on the 8th April 2020.

Music Grants for Older People (Closing date 30th April 2020)

The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies that provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2020.
The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.