Funding Opportunities W/E 6th March 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 6th March 2020

Funding Opportunities W/E 6th 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 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.

Funding to Improve Health Care Within Communities (Closing date 20th March 2020)

The Health Foundation has announced that its Common Ambition programme has opened for applications.
Funding of between £300,000 and £500,000 is available to support up to five teams across the UK for two to three years to improve health care through collaboration between those who use health services and those who deliver them. The funding will be available to support collaborations between providers of NHS services and voluntary or community sector organisations, such as charities or social enterprises.
The Health Foundation is holding an event in London on 10th March to offer advice on how to apply for the Common Ambition programme and to support potential applicants to connect with partner organisations.

The event is an important opportunity to find out whether an idea fits with the aims of the Common Ambition programme and to improve the quality of an application. The Health Foundation recommend that potential applicants attend. However, the events are not a compulsory part of the application process.
For those unable to attend, the Health Foundation will hold a webinar on 12 March 2020.
The closing date for applications is the 20th March 2020.

Grants Available to Get people Back into Employment – Essex & 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 of Essex, Southend on Sea, Kent, and Medway.
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.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Power and Accountability (Closing date 23rd March 2020)

The next closing date for applications to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Power and Accountability Fund is the 23rd March 2020.
Funding is available from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) to support projects that challenge how power is concentrated, shared and used and how it is changing through globalisation, new technology, new channels of communication, extreme inequality and other factors. Specifically, the Trust wants to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest.
Applications should address the following:
• Strengthening corporate accountability
• Strengthening democratic accountability
• Encouraging responsible media.
In addition to the specific focus areas above, JRCT is open to occasionally supporting other work that furthers the vision of this programme, is highly innovative, with the potential to bring about systemic change and is exceptionally difficult to fund from other sources.
Projects can be UK-based or can be pan-European. Applications aimed at increasing the accountability of the UK government and other UK bodies for the impact of the policies and practices that they pursue within global institutions are also considered.
A broad range of organisations and individuals are eligible to apply – check eligibility here

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice (Closing date 23rd March 2020)

The next round of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Rights and Justice programme is now open and will close on the 23rd March 2020.
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is interested in funding work which is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with; that has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them; and is innovative and imaginative and where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.
JCRT makes grants to a range of organisations including registered, excepted or exempt charities based in the UK for work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The Funding priorities for the Rights and Justice theme are:
1. Protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK
2. Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism
3. Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights.
JRCT focuses on work at both a national and European level, although work at a European level is limited and must have direct relevance to communities living in the UK.
Whilst the focus is to support national advocacy and campaigning, JRCT is open to applications which aim to effect structural change at local and regional levels of policy-making, provided the applicant can demonstrate the wider significance of the work.
Across the policy, JRCT places an emphasis on supporting those who have direct experience of racism and oppression.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for a grant for unrestricted or core support, although support for specific programme or project funding is also available.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Futures Fund (23rd March 2020)

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust recognises that climate change caused by human activity is threatening the well-being of humanity and that the wealthiest countries and individuals are responsible for a disproportionate share of emissions, whilst the poorest countries and sections of society are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In order to tackle this issue, the Sustainable Futures fund focuses grant making on:
• Identifying the true costs and risks of resource depletion, climate change and other environmental problems
• Campaigns, initiatives and work that promote alternatives to consumerism
• Campaigns and movements that give a voice to young activists and marginalised groups on issues of economic and environmental justice.
Grants are available from a few hundred pounds to over £100,000 and may be single payments or spread over up to three years. Funding priorities are:
• Better economics – with grants funding work that explores how sustainability rather than traditional forms of economic growth
• Beyond consumerism – funded work will include that which engages people individually and collectively in moving culture away from consumerism and towards more sustainable ways of living
• New Voices – funding for campaigns and movements that enable marginalised groups and young activists to have a voice in decisions which affect them
The deadline to apply is the 23rd March 2020.

Funding for Projects to Increase the Employment Skills of People Aged 11 or Older (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 Change Food Waste Behaviour (Closing date for Stage 1 – 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.

Grants Available for Young People to Celebrate UK’s Native Plants (Closing date 30th March 2020)

Grow Wild an organisation that brings people together to value and enjoy UK native wildflowers and fungi has announced that young people aged 14 – 25 can apply for grants of up to £500 to come up with a creative idea to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.
The funding is available for young people to undertake a wide range of activities including:
• transforming a space in their local community;
• photography;
• music;
• drama;
• dance;
• film;
• visual arts;
• planting;
• experimenting: science and other interests.

Young people will need a supporting organisation to apply on their behalf. This can be a youth, community or education-focused organisation.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on the 30th March 2020.

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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.