Funding Opportunities W/E 14th February 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 14th February 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.

Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers (Closing date 19th February 2020)

The Energy Saving Trust has announced that charities in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for funding through the Energy Redress Scheme (Round 6). The scheme which distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules funds projects that support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
There are three funds open in the Round. These are the:
• Small Project Fund for grants of between £20,000 and £49,999;
• Main Fund for grants between £50,000 and £2 million
• Innovation Fund for grants of between £50,000 and £750,000 for the development of products and/ or services, which are genuinely innovative and not currently accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers.
Charities wishing to access the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme must complete a simple online information form so that Energy Saving Trust can check whether they are eligible to apply
The closing date for applications is the 19th February 2020.

Funding to Promote Awareness of Smart Meters to the Over 65s (Closing date 21st February 2020)

Grants of between £15,000 and £25,000 are available from Smart Energy GB to regionally based organisations with local networks that can reach people over the age of 65 who may not have engaged with the smart meter rollout so far.
The aim of the funding is to:
• to reduce unaware levels in people aged over 65
• to ensure people in the target group understand how smart meters can benefit them
• to increase acceptance of smart meters amongst the target group
Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply too.
As a minimum, Smart Energy UK are looking for each project to engage directly, face-to-face with around 1,500 people in the target group. In addition, projects should aim to reach further people through indirect activities such as newsletters or social media.
The closing date for applications is the 21st February 2020. All projects funded by the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme must conclude by 9th December 2020. This is a fixed deadline and cannot be extended.

Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund (Closing date 23rd February 2020)

Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2,000. Any not for profit organisation working to reduce disadvantage experienced by the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people can apply. Larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful with those located near to a Greggs shop most likely to receive awards.
The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Foundation supports projects that improve resilience within communities. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. New approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting communities are welcomed. All projects must support a community of interest, i.e. people who are:
• Disabled or suffering chronic illness
• Living in poverty
• Voluntary carers
• Homeless people
• Isolated older people
• Other demonstrable significant need
Successful applicants will have demonstrated improvements against at least one of the following Key Performance Targets:
• Beneficiaries have decreased social isolation
• Beneficiaries report improved health and wellbeing
• Beneficiaries report improved resilience/coping mechanisms
• Beneficiaries have improved life skills
• Beneficiaries have improved opportunities
The closing date for applications is the 23rd February 2020

Funding Available to Get Girls and Women Active (Closing date 25th February 2020)

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations, schools, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies for projects that get girls and women active.
The funding is being made available through the This Girl Can Community Fund who are looking to support a wide range of different projects that could include Bollywood dance, walking, boxing and yoga, etc. For exceptional projects the grant figure could exceed £10,000.
The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2020.

Funding for Financial Literacy Projects (Closing date 28th February or when 40 applications have been received )
The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme has re-opened for applications. The charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups delivering financial life skills which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that aim to make people living with ‘Long Term Challenges’ become more financially capable. Grants will be offered to build financial capability by assisting groups who support people living with:
• dementia;
• autism;
• learning difficulties;
• disabilities;
• caring responsibilities;
• mental illness;
• brain injuries
• strokes
Eligible applicants will be registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and other not for profit companies and Credit Unions. Preference is given to projects that break new ground in approach, delivery or in audience and are either capable of replication to a wider audience and/or are collaborative i.e. working with other organisations in the field, or geographical area as appropriate.
The closing date is the 28th February 2020 or when 40 applications have been received.
Potential applicants are asked to complete an Eligibility Quiz and read the Guidance Notes prior to application.

Ford Britain Trust Small Grants Programme Re-opens for Applications (Closing date 28th February 2020)

The Ford Britain Trust’s small grants programme has re-opened for applications until the 28th February 2020. Through the small grants programme registered charities, Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £250 for projects that:
Benefit the local community/environment;
• Work with young people/children;
• Promote education/schools (mainstream) as well as special school
• Promotes the teaching of Engineering
• Support special educational needs and people with disabilities.

The Trust operates in those areas where the Ford Motor Company Limited has its present activities and a long-standing association with local communities including Essex.

Exceptions may be made for initiatives in which Ford Motor Company Limited employees and retirees are involved. Grants made by the Trust are usually one-off donations for a specific capital project or part of a project, typically items of furniture and equipment.
The Trust also provides grants through its large grants programme (grants of up to £3,000). The large grants programme is currently closed to applications.

Funding to Change Food Waste Behaviour (Closing date 25th March 2020)

Grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 are available to small and medium sized enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and public funded authorities for projects that change people’s behaviours with regards to food waste. The funding is being made available by the waste prevention charity WRAP.
WRAP are looking to support interventions that will specifically focus on two behaviours:
• Buy what you eat (BWYE), and;
• Eat what you buy (EWYB).
Examples could be interventions that:
• Help promote a better understanding of Best Before Date vs Use-By Date
• Promote and encourage consumers to buy/shop better – buying the ‘right’ quantity for what is required. For example, shopping planners
• Educate citizens on how to store or freeze food correctly
Funding can be for both capital and revenue expenditure.
There is a two-stage application process and the closing date for stage -1 applications is 1pm on the 25th March 2020.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders (Closing date 31st March 2020)

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st March 2020
Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with:
• Young offenders;
• Prisoners and ex-prisoners;
• 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.
Applicants must show that they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for the future, which should include replacement funding if appropriate.
For further advice and information about the Company’s Charitable Grants or to receive an application form by e-mail, please contact Anne Howe, Charities Officer Tel: 020 7606 1155 / e-mail:
To apply for a grant, complete the application form online, then print the form and mail it to The Weavers’ Company together with your supporting documents.

Grants of up to £1,000 Available for Projects that Improve the Wellbeing of Children (Closing date 28th April 2020)

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 these areas:
• Living in Poverty
• Physical & Mental Health Problems
• Health & Wellbeing
• Living with Disability

The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 28th April 2020.

Grants of up to £15,000 Available for Projects that Support Women (Closing date 30th April 2020)

The Feminist Review Trust has announced that grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects both in the UK and internationally that support women and girls.
Applications will be particularly welcome from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:
• Lesbian and transgender rights
• Violence against women and girls
• Disabled women and girls
• Refugee women and girls
The closing date for applications for the current funding round is the 30th April 2020.

Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants (Closing date 29th May 2020)

The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced that it is currently accepting applications to its grant making programme.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK charities:
• To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
• To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.
Higher grants may be awarded if the trustees feel there is a special reason to do so.
Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant.
Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.
The closing date for applications is the 29th May 2020.