Funding Opportunities W/E 28th February 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 28th February 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 28th February 2020

Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (Closing date 5th March)

The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Veolia Environmental Trust is the 5th March 2020 for projects that will start between the 23 June 2020 and 22 September 2020.
Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards:
• Community buildings
• Parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities
• Nature reserves
• Bio diversity projects.
To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site (please see post code checker below); the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 10% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.

Funding to Support Vulnerable Young Migrants (Closing date 6th March)

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 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 differences 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.

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.

British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants (Closing date 20th March)

The British Ecological Society has announced that its Outreach Grants programme is now open for applications. Through the programme, individuals and organisations such as schools, museums, libraries and community groups will be able to apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience.
The funding is available for projects that increase public understanding of, and engagement with ecology by:
• Increasing public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology
• Stimulating discussion about ecology and its implications for society
• Inspiring and enthusing people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
• Developing skills in communicating the science of ecology
Applications from museums and schools are welcome but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools as those aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered. Grants are not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.
Projects supported will:
• Be aimed at a non-academic audience
• Provide a clear demonstration of direct interaction with the audience
• Show evidence of links to the research community at UK, regional and international levels, where appropriate
The maximum award is £2,000 which may form all or part of the total costs of the project. Larger projects involving other sponsors are also funded.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 20th March 2020.

Small Grants for Summer Playschemes (Closing date 3rd April 2020)

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to registered charities to fund summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years. To be eligible for funding, the charity will have to have an annual income of less than £100,000 and the playscheme must run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days during the summer holidays.
Grants can only be paid to registered charities. Non-registered organisations must give the full name and address of a registered charity who has agreed to accept a grant on their behalf.
Around 35 grants are made each year with preference is given to:
• Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities
• Schemes that involve a large number of children
• Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability
• Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race
• Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers
Priority is given to projects make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate.
The funding is being made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust and the closing date for applications is midday on Friday 3rd April 2020.

Funding for Music Making Projects for Young People in Challenging Circumstances (Closing date 3rd April 2020)

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector. The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects.
Youth Making’s funding programme offering small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) is currently open, which offers small grants for high quality music-making projects

In applying for funding schools will have to justify how the activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding.
The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 3rd April 2020.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People (Small grants closing date 17th April)

Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Inclusions grants programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50.
Grants can be offered to charities that provide:
• Mental and physical health support
• Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
• Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
• Advocacy, social and welfare support
The type of activities that could be funded include:
• Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life
• Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services
• Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends
• Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition
• Advice and information on options for those with health conditions
• Carers and respite support
The programme offers both small grants of up to £15,000 to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years; and grants of between £10,000 and £80,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.
The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 17th April 2020. The large grants programme is currently closed and is due to re-open for applications on the 30th March 2020 until the 15th June 2020.

Awards for Young Musicians (Closing date 27th April 2020)

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM), which support the UK’s most talented young musicians (aged 5 to 17) who, because of financial need, may be prevented from fulfilling their creative potential, has announced that it is seeking applications for its Awards Scheme is open for applications.
AYM supports young musicians, who make music in any genre, who can clearly show that they are really talented and committed and that they need financial help with their music expenses. Each year AYM make awards of up to £2,000, based on evidence of musical talent and financial need. The Awards cover the purchase or hire of:
• Musical instruments and accessories
• Music lessons
• Weekend music schools
• Music courses
• Orchestra fees
• Travel.
The awards are open to 5 to 17 year old’s that have achieved distinction in their last music exam, or, if they haven’t taken exams, show evidence of this level of ability; be recommended by their music teacher; and have evidence of financial need.
The deadline for applications is the 27th April 2020.

Funding to Become Britain’s First Fully Electric Bus Town (England – outside London) – Closing date 30th April 2020

Local authorities in England can now apply to become the UK’s first all-electric bus town. The winning area will receive up to £50 million to help pay for a brand-new fleet of electric buses, reducing emissions and cleaning up the air in their community.
Our All-Electric Bus Town proposal has the following key aims:
• to act as a pilot to understand what can be achieved when there is a real commitment to move all buses in a place to electric zero-emission;
• to understand the impact this can have on improving air quality and greenhouse gases in a place;
• to understand better the challenges of running a wholly electric bus fleet;
• to understand the impact that an electric fleet can have on running costs for bus operators (given that electric buses should be cheaper to run in terms of fuel costs);
• to support bus manufacturers in the development of zero emission bus technology.
The amount of support for a place will be based on the funding formula used in the earlier Ultra-Low Emission Bus funding round. That is as follows:
• DfT will contribute up to 75% of the cost difference between a zero-emission bus and a standard conventional diesel bus equivalent of the same total passenger capacity.
• for infrastructure, we will contribute up to 75% of the capital expenditure incurred as a result of its purchase and installation
The £50 million fund is part of a total £170 million allocated to improve services and make bus journeys greener, easier and more reliable. The funding is available to English Local Authorities outside of London.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 30th April 2020.

Up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects

Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community. Every three months from January 2020 onwards, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most.
Aviva want to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas:
• Community resilience: Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.
• Financial capability and inclusion: Giving people the tools to become more financially independent.
The closing date to apply to the Aviva Community Fund is the 5th May 2020.
Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to. Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme

State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have or want to improve their libraries can apply for funding through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme. Priority will be given to primary schools and to funding library books. Secondary schools are eligible, but primary schools are a higher priority. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks.
Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future. Applications can be made for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Applications will be strengthened if the PTA/Friends group can support the project.

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Help Repair Damage to Sports Pitches and Facilities

Sport England has announced that it has launched a new fund to help repair damaged sports pitches and facilities damaged by storms Ciara and Dennis. Local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs.
The grants, which will come from Sport England’s Community Asset Fund, can be provided in as little as three weeks. The grants could typically be used to restore grass pitches, to repair and decontaminate flood or wind-damaged clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or dredge blocked drains.
For organisations where football is the main activity, applications for funding can be made through the Football Foundation. Any football clubs affected should first contact their local county Football Association to find out how to access this funding.

Funding for Projects that Support the Education and Development of Children and Young People

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to BlueSpark Foundation to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. BlueSpark is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many of the grants the Foundation make are under £2000 and none are more than £5000.
Funding provided by BlueSpark for a project must be crucial to the project rather than marginally incremental to its funding. The funding available can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects.
Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s online Application Form.