Apply for Grants of up to £20,000 for Community Arts, Sports and Physical and Mental Health Projects (Closing date for Round 1 – 4th February 2020)
Postcode Community Trust has re-opened its grants programme. The Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to make positive changes within their own communities.
Grants of £500 – £20,000 are available to registered charities, CIOs and SCIOs for projects that benefit communities through:
• Increasing participation in arts & physical recreation
• Improving community health & wellbeing
• Reducing isolation
Other voluntary organisations e.g. sports groups, community interest companies and social enterprises can apply for up to £2,000.
Previous projects supported include:
• Bierley Community Association – received funding to purchase a community minibus to help them reach isolated older people, disengaged young people and families.
• Movement for All – a community dance group for people aged 60+ in Brinsley Notts, Nottingham, were awarded funding for their ‘Dancing Together’ project in 2017.
• Skipton Extended Learning for All (SELFA) – an inclusive holiday club for primary-aged children was awarded funding to enable them to team up with the Skipton International Puppet Festival in September 2017.
The closing date for submitting Expressions to Round One is the 4th February 2020.
Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit full proposals between the 10th March and the 24th March 2020.
People’s Postcode Trust (Stage one closing date 4th February 2020)
The People’s Postcode Trust’s Grants Programme has re-opened for applications. People’s Postcode Trust provides project-based funding in Great Britain under the themes:
• Promoting human rights;
• Combatting discrimination;
• Preventing poverty.
Registered Charities can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.
Small organisations and community groups that are not formally registered as a charity can apply for up to £2,000.
The closing date for stage 1 applications is the 4th February 2020. Applicants successful at this stage will have between the 10th March and the 24th March to submit a Stage 2 application.
Funding to Develop the Sustainability of Organisations Working with Unpaid Carers (Closing date 14th February 2020)
The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Development grants programme is noon on the 14th February 2020.
During this funding round, the Trust will provide grants to not for profit organisations such as registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises or community interest companies working with unpaid carers, The Trust would like to see applicants use these grants to enhance their resilience, so that when the grant comes to end the applicant organisation’s income will not be reduced. Grants are available from £10,000 to £80,000 over three years with a duration of 6 months to 3 years.
A maximum of £30,000 per year or £2,500 per month for smaller projects can be requested.
Applicants’ annual income for the most recent financial year should be less than £1million, although priority will be given to smaller organisations.
Funding Available for Projects that Help Young People Support Each Other On the Move Up to Secondary School (Closing date 24th February 2020)
Co-op Foundation has launched a new funding round of its #iwill Fund. This fund supports the aim of the #iwill campaign to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20-year-olds as possible, forming a habit of community involvement they will continue as adults.
This round of our #iwill Fund focuses on peer-to-peer support to improve children’s wellbeing during the period in which they move from primary to secondary school. This might typically begin any time during School Years 5 or 6 and continue into Years 7 to 8.
The funding is available to Multi-Academy Trusts, schools, charities, social enterprises, or other constituted voluntary or community organisation in England that are planning to work in one of the 30% most deprived areas. Applicants also need to have a realistic plan for a peer-to-peer support project focused on the transition from primary to secondary school.
The Co-op Foundation welcome applications from organisations working in partnership, including approaches which involve both voluntary and public sectors such as a collaboration between a school and community organisation
Organisations can apply for up to £35,000 to cover any costs related to carrying out their project, including but not limited to:
• salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project
• costs of project activities
• proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project
• costs for learning and evaluation activities.
The closing date for applications is midday on the 24th February 2020.
Grants for Projects to Help Prevent, or Reduce, the Risk of Heart Disease (Closing date 24th February 2020)
The Heart Research UK (HRUK) and Subway® Healthy Heart grant scheme has re-opened for applications. Grants will be awarded within each of the UK’s 12 regions throughout the year. The first regional grant scheme will open in Northern Ireland on the 24th January 2020.
Not for profit groups, voluntary organisations will be able to apply for up to £10,000 for projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease.
Grants are awarded to innovative projects that run from 6 to 12 months and can also cover equipment costs up to £2,000 or 50% of the budget (whichever is less).
Previous projects supported include the “Have a Heart” projects which received a grant of £9,000 to teach pupils from Bangladeshi community about healthy hearts.
This Round will close to applications on the 24th February 2020.
Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (Closing date 5th March 2020)
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 Promote Swimming within the Community (Closing date 13th March 2020)
The Swimathon Foundation has announced that its Community Grants Scheme has opened for applications. The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding of between £500 and £2,500 to groups who provide and promote swimming in their local community; in particular to groups that would otherwise not take part.
Grants are available towards:
• Providing swimming lessons targeted at a specific group or section of society that would not be able to take part, or would have extreme difficulty in participating in mainstream swimming lessons
• The costs of staging an activity at a pool which aims to introduce non-swimmers or lapsed swimmers or very occasional swimmers to an enjoyable pool experience that is designed to stimulate and support their continued participation
• A grant towards equipment or improvements at a pool which will encourage either increased participation, for example through improving access above and beyond that required in the Equality Act 2010, or that will help swimming development in novice or non-swimmers. For example:
• Encouraging swimming participation from groups that may have a health need and can gain particular benefit.
• Encouraging under 5’s, children and young people, adults and older people to understand the benefits of taking part in healthy physical aquatic activity as part of the Start Active – Stay Active guidelines from the Chief Medical Officers in the UK
• Raising awareness, particularly in children, of water safety good practice and survival skills and techniques
• A grant to aid swimming clubs to develop programmes that are outside the normal delivery, providing a unique opportunity in swimming development
To be eligible for a Swimathon grant organisations need to be supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. Some of examples of groups that Swimathon Foundation Community grants will support, but are not limited to:
• Community groups
• Swimming clubs
• Senior groups
• Youth groups
• Sports clubs
• Disability charities
• Scout groups
• Healthy living groups; etc.
Examples of projects supported in the past include:
• Banishing Aqua Fears Yes You Can! who were awarded £1,734 to make swimming more accessible to residents on the Isles of Islay
• Jura and Braintree Mencap Swimmers based in Essex, were awarded £2,500 to ensure people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to participate in activities in the local area.
Applicants must be a representative of, or have the support of, a pool participating in Swimathon.
The closing date for applications is the 13th March 2020.
Grants of up to £20,000 Available to Adult Hospices to Improve Buildings and Outside Spaces (Closing date 23rd March 2020)
Adult hospices that are full members of Hospice UK and are based in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands can apply for grants of up to £20,000 through the Rank Foundation Grants Programme for projects that improve the physical environment within which hospices deliver care.
A total of £100,000 is available and the programme primarily supports capital costs but revenue costs that help deliver the capital activity can be included in the project costs.
Types of project could include:
Converting underused space or renovate existing space into:
• Wellbeing facility within hospice environments or sited at a hospice high street charity shop
• Family kitchenette/counselling room
• Private areas/quiet areas for relatives including gardens
• The creation of bereavement suite
• Enlarging bedrooms to allow extended families to visit
Increasing the therapeutic value of outside areas. Such as:
• Create kitchen gardens/raised beds/sensory garden
• Seating and outside furniture
• Paths and walkways – facilitating patient access to the outdoors (e.g. wheelchair)
• Bedroom door improvements to allow beds to be taken outside
• Social and Therapeutic Horticulture projects (STH) – using plants and miniature hand made gardens to improve physical and mental health.
It is important that the project should demonstrate a direct benefit to patients and their family’s wellbeing.
The closing date for applications is the 23rd March 2020.
Grants to Promote and Secure Better and Safer Roads (Closing date start of April 2020)
Grants and bursaries of between £5,000 – £25,000 are available for research, education and community projects with the aim of promoting and securing better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users. Funded activity includes courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, for example roadside parks and open spaces.
Deadlines for applications to the Rees Jeffries Road Fund are a little over two weeks before trustees’ meetings. The next appropriate meeting is the 21st April 2020.
The Rees Jeffries Road Fund Grants awards grants that:
• Contribute to the cost of lectures, studies and scholarship calculated to foster the improvement of design and layout of public highways and adjoining land
• Promote schemes for the provision of roadside parks and open spaces
• Encourage the improvement of existing and provision of additional public highways, bridges, tunnels, footpaths, verges, and cycleways…. to secure the maximum of safety and beauty.
Priority is given to projects which lie outside the scope of other funders such as government agencies and research councils. The Fund also welcomes applications that include contributions from other funders.
Eligible applicants include educational institutions, charities and social enterprises. There is no upper or lower limit for grant applications although grants most commonly fall in the range £5,000 – £25,000.
Sport England Launches New Major Event Volunteer Fund
Sport England has launched a new Major Event Volunteer Fund to address volunteer shortages within grassroots sports. The aim of the fund is to help national governing bodies, event hosts and other organisations make it easier and more attractive for existing volunteers at national sporting events to continue their volunteering experience in sport at a community level.
The funding is available to national governing body or organisation hosting the major event that can demonstrate that they’ve a clear plan to support their major event volunteers and have identified appropriate steps which will maximise the transition rate of the volunteers into community sport volunteering opportunities.
Sport England are looking for projects that:
• Test the ability to use major sports events as a catalyst to engage and then support volunteers from all backgrounds to continue their volunteering pathway within sport
• Will specifically seek to engage volunteers who are not already volunteering within grassroots sport – funding will only be available to projects which aim to support the transition of new (or lapsed) volunteers into grassroots volunteering
• Provide high quality, meaningful volunteering experiences
• Can provide appropriate levels of support to volunteers post-event to identify further opportunities for them, which are appropriate to their skills, interests and availability
• Will engage at least 100 volunteers.
Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available and the fund will be open to new applicants until January 2021.