Funding Opportunities W/E 24th January 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 24th January 2020

Comic Relief – Funding for Projects that Help Young People Succeed in Adulthood (2-3 minute video and 250 word project summary to be received by Friday 7th February 2020)

Comic Relief has announced the launch of its Future Lookin’ Good Youth (Safe Place To Be) programme. Working in partnership with The KFC Foundation the programme provides grants of £100,000 to £200,000 to proposals focused on young people aged 11 – 25 years old from groups under-served by current services. Comic Relief will only consider funding proposals that clearly outline how they will support young people to succeed in adulthood. For example, by providing holistic support through mentoring or coaching, building life skills or improving young people’s ability to gain sustainable employment.
Proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will help young people build a positive future; building the skills necessary to live with dignity and be able to access basic housing and create a happy home in which they feel safe and secure. Proposals must also be working with one or more of the following priority groups:
• Young people experiencing homelessness or insecure housing
• Young offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending
• Care leavers – The broad definition of a care leaver (as described by the Care Leavers Association) is “Any adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family.”
• Young carers – The official definition of a young carer is ‘…a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (of any age, except where that care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work).’ Children and Families Act 2014 Section 96.
• Young parents – defined as young women and men who became or will become parents at 21 years old or younger
Comic Relief want to make sure that young people are at the heart of the of the projects they fund. To achieve this, Comic Relief aim to involve young people at as many stages of the decision-making process as possible. They are asking organisations to create a two to three-minute video about their project along with 250 words by Friday, 7th February 2020. Videos and proposals will be shortlisted by young people as well as Comic Relief staff.

Funding for Classical Music Lessons, Instruments and Courses (Closing date 14th February 2020)

Individuals of school age, teachers and schools can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 towards classical music lessons, instruments and courses. The funding aims to inspire and encourage a new generation of classical musicians and composers, and help children afford a classical music education, no matter what their financial background.
Decca, the biggest classical record label in the UK is supporting the launch of the new Universal Music UK Sound Foundation bursary – the Decca Bursary.
The closing date for applications is the 14th February 2020.
For further information please contact

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 for Music and Arts Projects for People with Disabilities (Closing date 28th February 2020)

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust will re-open its grants scheme on the 1st February 2020. Grants of up to £1,000 will be available for projects improving opportunities and access for people with one or more of the following:
• physical disabilities
• learning disabilities
• mental health difficulties.
The Trust particularly welcome projects that are focused on Outreach.
The funding is available to registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £1 million.
The closing date for applications will be the 28th February 2020.

Funding to Support Vulnerable Young Migrants (Closing date 6th March 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,
• 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 6th March 2020.

Grants to Support Animal Welfare Charities (Closing date 1st May 2020)

The objectives of the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes are to:
• Benefit or protect animals
• Relieve animals from suffering
• Conserve wildlife
• Encourage the understanding of animals
UK registered charities that have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care are eligible to apply.
Organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation, and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.
The maximum donation is £35,000. The Trust may award smaller donations between the meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and Administrator of the Trust.
Repeat applications from charities are encouraged when further financial support is given if funds allow.
The next deadline to apply is the 1st May 2020.
Applications must be made in writing only to:
Mrs. Madeleine Orchard, Administrator
Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
P.O.Box 469
W14 8PJ

Funding to Help Develop Community Businesses (UK)

Disadvantaged and under-represented communities that want to develop successful community businesses by issuing community shares, can apply for development grants of up to £10,000 and equity investments of up to £100,000.
The funding is available to both new and existing community businesses. The funding is however not suitable for newly formed community groups that are in the early stages of developing a community business proposal.
The funding is being made available through the Community Shares Booster Programme. The funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.
The programme is run by the Community Shares Unit, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with grant and investment decisions made within eight weeks of application.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme Opens for 2020 Applications

Community groups and schools can now apply for funding of up to £2000 for projects in England, Wales and Scotland that benefit their local community.
The funding has been made available by the Tesco’s Bags of Help programme which is administered by Groundwork and can cover a broad range of projects and can be used: to purchase sports kit, litter pickers, camping equipment; improvements to buildings; the development of outdoor space such as a play area or woodland; running a community event or supporting seasonal activities.
Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every three months. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.
The type of organisations that can apply include:
• Voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies),
• Schools
• Health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust),
• Parish/Town Councils,
• Local authorities
• Social housing providers
Since the Bags of Help programme began in 2016, over 27,000 projects have been supported with more than £80 million in community grants.