Funding of up to £3,000 Available to Groups Fighting Discrimination and Injustice (UK)
Small community groups tackling discrimination and injustice have until the 16th September 2019 to apply for grants of up to £3,000.
The Edge Fund is a very small fund which was initiated by a small group of philanthropists and activists in early 2012. The Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. Grants are awarded to fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (e.g. class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).
The Edge Fund supports:
• Work that creates long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality.
• Work addressing issues facing a particular community that is led by that community (e.g. a group working on issues around sex work should be led by people with direct lived experience of sex work).
Groups eligible to apply will be non-profit organisations (including groups that are not formally registered) based in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. In particular, the Fund supports small groups that struggle to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be too radical. The average income of groups supported is around £2500. Groups with religious purpose are welcome to apply but funding will not be provided for any activity, initiative or project where the primary aim is to promote religion.
Previous projects supported include:
• The Black Triangle Campaign which is run by and for disabled people and campaigns against government welfare reform, work capability assessments, compulsory workfare, privatisation of the welfare state and all disability cuts.
• DPAC Norfolk which received a grant of £750 to establish a UK wide network of individuals and organisations dedicated to scrapping Universal Credit.
Grants of up to £5 Million Available for Heritage Projects (UK)
The Heritage Fund has announced that the next closing date for its Funding Programme £250,000 – £5 Million is the 19th November 2019.
The Heritage Fund provides grants to fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. This can include a broad range projects relating to:
• Nature – anything that connects people to nature and the natural world
• Natural and designed landscapes – landscapes are areas of ground which could be urban or rural in nature, and might include parks, or industrial sites that have been left
• Oral histories – such as voice recordings of people’s stories of times gone by
• Cultural traditions – Exploring the history of different cultures through storytelling, or things that you do as part of your community. This could be anything from dance and theatre, to food or clothing.
• Community archaeology – digs that lots of people can take part in
• Historic buildings, monuments and environments – from houses and mills, to caves and gardens. Areas that are connected to history.
• Collections – collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
• Historic events – histories of people and communities or places and events
• Languages – the heritage of languages and dialects
• industrial, maritime and transport – this might be places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history
Projects can be in development for up to two years and delivered in up to five years
The funding is available to both not-for-profit organisation (such as charities, community groups and local authorities, and faith based or church organisations, etc) and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations. To be eligible applicants must contribute at least 5% of their project costs for grants up to £1million and at least 10% for grants of £1million or more.
The Heritage Fund can cover a wide range of direct project costs. A s an example, a project could include:
• the purchase price of collection items or property
• repair and conservation
• digital outputs
• new staff
• paid training placements
• professional fees
All applicants for a grant above £250,000 nee to complete a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The Heritage Fund will use the information to decide whether or not to invite the applicant to submit a development phase application.
To apply, applicants will need to use the Heritage Fund online portal.
Funding for Housing Projects that Cater for People with Special Needs (UK)
The Quaker Housing Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 18th October 2019.
The Quaker Housing Trust provides grants and interest free loans to housing projects that cater for people with a wide range of needs, including:
• mental & physical health problems
• learning difficulties
• would otherwise be homeless
• escaping domestic violence
• single parents
• young families
• moving out of institutional care
• addiction problems
• refugees, asylum seekers, migrants
• survivors of trafficking.
To be eligible for funding, applicants need to have legal charitable status and be a small organisation (with an annual turnover of not more than £1 million and without access to sufficient income, reserves, nor other fundraising, to pay for the work).
The Quaker Housing Trust give grants and interest-free loans as one-off funding for capital cost items of expenditure across a wide range of practical elements such as:
• buying property or land
• building new housing
• converting, renovating or refurbishing property.
• expanding an existing housing project.
• making a housing project ‘greener’.
• and smaller practical things which turn a house into a home.
Previous projects supported include:
• Hope into Action, Bilston which received support for turning a property into a home for three people who are, or are at risk of being, homeless, and are in need of some support.
• The Bridgnorth Housing Trust, Bridgnorth, which received support towards building 22 new almshouses, to increase the number of homes they have to offer.
Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Local Community Projects (UK)
The Charities Aid Foundation has announced that the Tourle Foundation Fund will re-open for applications on the 1st October 2019. The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK.
This 10-year programme is funded through the generosity of a £4.5m legacy left for CAF to distribute for this purpose.
To be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people.
Organisations applying must:
• be applying for up to £5,000
• be providing a service to the heart of your community
• be a community charitable organisation whose reach is within a localised catchment area
• be able to demonstrate the need of the project
• have an annual income below £100,000
• have charitable aims and objectives
• operate within the UK
• complete the project a year from the date of award.
Nuffield Foundation Announces New £15 Million Strategic Fund (UK)
The Nuffield Foundation is calling for applications to its new £15m Strategic Fund for ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects that will address some of the most important challenges facing UK society and the public policy agenda in the next decade. This is an opportunity for researchers to develop original and challenging ideas, to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to influence social policy in a period of rapid change and uncertainty for our society.
Through the Strategic Fund, the Foundation will make awards in the range of £1-3 million. Applications are encouraged from universities, research institutes, think tanks and voluntary organisations.
The Foundation encourage applications relating to a number of broad themes, set out in the call for applications. These themes include:
• The impact of digital technologies and the fourth industrial revolution,
• The future of education in a digitally driven society,
• Interventions that might promote opportunity and reduce adversity at different life stages and between generations.
The listed themes are not exhaustive, and the Foundation welcome applications on other themes that align with their mission to advance social well-being.
Applications will open on the 1st October 2019 and the funding will be phased over two years.
The first closing date for applications will be the 9th December 2019.
Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Sports Clubs (UK)
Sports clubs are able to apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000 to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and invest in the sustainability of their club. To be eligible the club needs to be registered with their National Governing body or their local authority
The funding is being made available through the Cash4Clubs scheme which is funded by Betfair in partnership with SportsAid and the closing date for applications is the 23rd September 2019.
Applications can be made in writing or via video.
ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs (UK)
The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs is the 27th January 2020.
ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building.
• The criteria for consideration include the following:
• The church must only be listed either Grade I or Grade II*
• The church should not have benefited from a Wolfson Foundation grant in the previous five years
50% of the required funding needs to have been secured as ‘cash in the bank’ or pledges at point of application
Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as:
• Roof repairs
• Masonry repairs
• Rainwater disposal and drainage.
For further information or advice, please click here to contact John Webster, Conservation Grants Administrator, T: 020 7898 1872. The address for correspondence sent by post is Cathedral & Church Buildings Division, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ.
Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects (UK)
The Leche Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 6th December 2019.
The Leche Trust is a grant making charity that provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation.
Through the Performing Arts funding strand, the Trust supports projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on new work and on the development of young professionals aged 18 or over. Trustees are sympathetic to projects that widen geographical access to the performing arts, for example through festivals and touring.
Through the Conservation funding stream, the Trust will support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s. Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work.
Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact. In the case of churches, Trustees will consider supporting the conservation of such features as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings.
Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant (UK)
UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity working to help those at disadvantage in society can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support. Grants of between £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved in directly supporting those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.
Previous grants have gone to organisations supporting young people in applying for jobs and towards the purchase of a portable multi-sensory environment, that will turn any room into a sensory room.
Donations usually fund items of “capital expenditure” i.e. items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity’s running costs.
The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity.
Applications are reviewed every quarter. The deadline is the 7th October 2019.
Projects previously funded include:
• SASH, an organisation that provides guidance on creating CVs and applying for jobs to aid homeless 16 to 25-year olds, received £985.
• Byker Community Association received £500 to buy new books and build an interactive story hub designed by the children of Byker themselves.
Grants of Up to £100,000 Available for Cyber Skills Training (England)
The UK Government has launched the third round of funding through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF). Through the CSIIF Training providers and charities in England can apply for grants of up to £100,000 to work with employers to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK’s cyber security sector.
The CSIIF already provides funding to a number of training programmes targeting groups underrepresented in the cyber security sector. A number of previously funded initiatives have developed new and inventive ways of reaching a wider range of candidates and offer flexible learning opportunities to fit different lifestyles.
This is one of a range of initiatives designed in support of the National Cyber Security Strategy aim of developing a sustainable supply of home-grown cyber security talent in the UK.
Questions about the CSIIF, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applications is the 27th September 2019.
Grants of up to £35,000 Available to Support Youth – Led Projects to Improve Community Spaces (England)
Grants of up to £35,000 are available to community organisations in England for projects that empower young people (aged 10-20 years) to have a say in how community spaces that matter to them are managed. This scheme is the first of three themed funding strands being provided through a £3 million extension to the Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund.
The fund will run until 2022 and focus on supporting social action that draws on young people’s own lived experience with the aims of:
• Connecting young people to social action opportunities that lead to genuine community impact.
• Empowering young people through the difference this makes for themselves and their peers.
Under this first strand, eight grants are available to facilitate youth-led advocacy to improve the design and use of local community spaces. Projects should benefit young people (aged 10-20 years) in areas of deprivation and should have had input from young people themselves.
Grants can be used to cover any costs related to carrying out the project, including (but not limited to):
• Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project.
• Costs of advocacy activities, including appropriate incentives and rewards for young people to take part.
• Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project.
Applications are accepted from community organisations in England with experience of equipping young people with the skills they need to deliver meaningful advocacy-based social action.
Submit the application using this online form by midday on Friday 20 September 2019.