W/E 3rd May Funding Opportunities

W/E 3rd May Funding Opportunities

W/E 3rd May Funding Opportunities

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Increases in Grant Spending (UK)

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced plans to significantly increase grant spending from around £7 million per year, to over £10 million per year, for the next ten years. The additional funding will help to meet demand following a steady rise in grant applications. The Trust 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.


Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice (England) (Closing date midday 16th May 2019)

The next funding round of the Arts Council England’s Developing your Creative Practice programme has opened for applications.
Arts Council England is looking for exciting, ambitious proposals that allow applicants to take that important next step in the way they make their work. Applicants are encouraged to consider their long-term needs and proposals can cover creative research and development or building skills through international exchange. Examples might include:
• Creative media and the wider creative industries e.g. film or audio, design or gaming
• Technology, including digital technology e.g. virtual reality or live-streaming
• Other non-arts organisations or settings e.g. residential-care providers, or a science organisation
• Other non-arts cultural forms or sectors e.g. health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport

This fund is only open to individuals over the age of 18 years who:
• Are living and working in England
• Have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context
• Are working in Arts Council England’s supported disciplines i.e. they will be dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Awards of £2, 000 – £10,000 (from a total pot of £3.6 million per year) are made through quarterly rounds. Funded project activities can last up to one year.
The closing date for applications will be 12 pm on the 16th May 2019.

For further information or to check eligibility contact Arts Council England by emailenquiries@artscouncil.org.uk or phone 0845 300 6200).


Funding Available to Music Creators to Develop their Career (UK) (Closing date 17th May 2019)

The Do it Differently Fund offered by Help Musicians UK is designed to help independent, entrepreneurial music creators to build their career. Grants are offered under the following two strands:
• Recording & Releasing
• Touring & Live Development

Grants of £500 – £3,000 can cover professional development opportunities and creative projects at a crucial point in the artists career. Successful applicants will also be able to access a suite of wellbeing and development services worth up to £2,000, including business development sessions, education around “healthy” touring practices, online CBT and wellbeing tools, specialist hearing assessment, bespoke hearing protection and short-term treatment of performance related conditions.

The fund is open to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines, with a focus on independent music creators who can evidence self-sufficiency in one or more aspects of their career (e.g. self-managing, self-releasing, self-producing). Applicants can be a solo artist, composer, group member, songwriter, producer or a multidisciplinary artist. Bands or ensembles of up to 6 members can also apply.

Applicants must be aged over 18, based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here and been a resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years and also have an active career and track record.


Funding to Help Community Businesses Become Sustainable (England) (Closing date midday 22nd May 2019)

Power to Change Trust’s Community Business Fund has re-opened for applications. Grants of between £50,000 – £300,000 are available to existing community businesses looking to progress towards self-sufficiency. Businesses supported will be locally rooted; accountable to the community; trading for the benefit of the local community and delivering broad community impact by addressing at least one of the following seven core impact areas:
• Reduce social isolation
• Improve health and wellbeing
• Increase employability
• Create better access to basic services
• Improve local environment
• Enable greater community cohesion
• Foster greater community pride and empowerment

Grants can cover up to 75% of revenue costs for the project e.g. staff salaries, professional fees, 75% of building-related capital and 100% of other capital costs e.g. the purchase of a vehicle. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate that other sources of funding have been or will shortly be confirmed. Projects can last up to three years.

To be eligible, businesses must be incorporated organisations, for example; Charitable Incorporated Organisation; Community Benefit Society; Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee; Community Interest Company Limited by Shares; Company Limited by Guarantee; Company Limited by Shares; Co-operative Society.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 22nd May 2019.


Arts Council England Elevate Programme (England) – Expressions of Interest – midday 23rd May 2019

In the second round of the Elevate programme Arts Council England is investing £3 million of National Lottery funding into improving the resilience of Disability led and Black and minority ethnic led organisations with the aim of addressing their continued under-representation in the National Portfolio. The central aim of the programme and the funding is to:
• Strengthen the resilience of diverse led organisations not in receipt of National Portfolio funding
• Increase both the number and quality of applications to future National Portfolio and strategic funding programmes from diverse led organisations – in particular Disability led and Black and minority ethnic led organisations
• Support organisations to broker partnerships with other arts and cultural organisations to advance their creative mission
• Encourage a culture of collaborative working and partnership development that strengthens resilience through developing new sources of contributed and earned income.

Grants of £75,000 to £100,000 are awarded. At least 10% of the total cost of the activity must come from sources other than the Arts Council, of which at least half must be cash match funding.

The Elevate fund will support organisational development and resilience-focused activities, for example, new staff posts or the extension of current part-time and/or fixed-term posts; training and development for staff and board members; investment in activity which aims to diversify and increase levels of contributed and earned income; consultancy and business development support; partnership development with other arts and cultural organisations and across the creative industries; investing in or developing new digital infrastructures to strengthen resilience.

Arts organisations, accredited museums, museum support organisations and libraries not in receipt of National Portfolio funding during 2018-22 this can include: Limited companies; community interest companies (CICs); charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs); charities or trusts; limited liability partnerships; partnerships established under a deed of partnership; industrial and provident societies or community benefit societies.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 12pm on 23rd May 2019.


South East LEP Community Grants programme Closing date for Round 1 Friday 31st May

Grants between the values of £10k-£20k are available within the South East LEP boundaries including Southend & Essex.
Community grants are intended to enable locally targeted support consistent with the following challenges:
• 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.
• To engage those individuals who are the hardest to reach through innovative approaches.

Participants on grant funded activity MUST be:
• Aged 16 years and over and unemployed or inactive;
• Legally able to reside in the UK (and work in the UK) during the period of ESF funded support;
• Participants must live in the South East LEP area and all outcomes must occur within 28 days of the project ending.

Priority groups:
• Participants over 50
• Participants who are women
• Participants with disabilities
• Participant from ethnic minorities

For the first round of funding the following groups can also be considered:
• Homeless individuals

The grants are available to third sector organisations of any size and small organisations from other sectors, to help those furthest from the job market improve their skills and/or get into work or training.


Funding for LGBT+ Voluntary and Community Groups (England) (Closing date 5pm 31st May 2019)

From the 3rd May 2019, voluntary and community organisation whose primary focus is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) communities will be able to apply for funding through Round 2 of the LGBT+ Futures Fund. A total of £200,000 will be available.
The type of activities supported will include:
• Interventions that support and increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, addressing the findings from the GEO’s National LGBT Survey
• LGBT+ organisations who are working to become more sustainable and looking to strengthen their organisation strategically
• LGBT+ organisations with creative solutions to reach and include more marginalised and underrrepresented LGBT+ people and communities across their organisations
• LGBT+ organisations who are looking to collaborate on an idea to help strengthen their organisations and the LGBT+ sector
• Applications from LGBT+ youth and Pride organisations are especially welcome.
There will be three types of grants made through this programme:
• Events
• Projects
• Organisational Sustainability
The closing date will be 5pm on the 31st May 2019.


Grants of up to £20,000 for Improving Mental Health in Mid-Life (UK)

Since 2015 the Bupa UK Foundation has awarded more than £1.6 million in grants to improve mental health, support carers and empower young adults living with ongoing health challenges to live life to the full. In 2019 the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical, community-focused projects that will support and improve people’s mental health in mid-life.
Successful applications will meet all the following criteria:
• Support people in mid-life i.e. ages 30s to 50s.
• Focus specifically on supporting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, rather than on addressing wider social issues.
• Clearly explain how the applicant will reach, engage and directly support individuals in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
• Outline how the applicant will measure and evaluate the difference the project makes to the mental health and wellbeing of individual participants.
Particular attention will be paid to who will benefit and the difference a project is likely to make to their health and wellbeing; how this will be demonstrated, using simple and realistic measures; and whether a project might deliver a long-term legacy or learning that can be shared more widely.
The maximum level of funding available for each grant awarded is £20,000 and it is expected that projects will be delivered within 12 to 18 months. Grants should represent no more than 10 per cent of the organisation’s annual turnover. Successful grant recipients will receive an additional 15% of the total amount of grant funding awarded as a contribution towards core costs. This contribution is therefore unrestricted funding for successful applicants to use however they wish.
A wide range of organisations may apply including social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, for profit organisations delivering a charitable project. Partnership bids are welcomed as long as there is one clearly identified lead organisation.
The closing date for applications is the 31st May 2019.


£3 Million Available to Fund Veterans’ Community Centres (UK) (Closing date 3rd June 2019)

A £3 million funding programme to fund renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres has been launched by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
Grants of up to £30,000 are available to fund renovations, refurbishments and improvements to existing community centres being used by veterans. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects.
Items of expenditure that can be applied for include:
• General repairs – e.g. replacing flooring, windows, mending roofs, drainage, damp proofing, pointing, cladding.
• Plumbing upgrades, including new boilers.
• Electrical work, such as rewiring, to meet safety standards.
• New fixtures and fittings to enable extended or new activities – e.g. kitchens, storage, recreational equipment.
• Updated technology – e.g. WiFi connectivity or a sound system.
• Building work and equipment, which enhances a user’s access requirements – e.g. toilets, car park, disabled ramps, etc.
• Cosmetic/aesthetic improvements, such as general decorating – but ONLY where you can show how this will make a significant difference to veterans’ use of the space, or in cases where redecorating is required as a result of damage caused, necessarily, as part of the refurbishment.
• Fees to architects, surveyors, engineers and local authorities, for planning permissions and adherence to building controls.
• Project management fees – related to the capital works only, not to the organisation’s activities.
Eligible organisations will be Charities or Community Interest Companies supporting the armed forces community that own or have a long lease on an existing community centre used by veterans that is in need of renovation, refurbishment or improvement.
There will be three rounds of funding; and applications for the next round need to be received by 3rd June 2019.


Strengthening a culture of inclusion in Southend schools Deadline 3 May 2019

As a Council we are determined to support schools to improve outcomes for all pupils, and in particular our more vulnerable learners. Currently we perform well as Borough, but this masks variability between schools. We are seeking to undertake a diagnostic “deep dive” into the way all schools consider their approach to supporting all learners, and especially the inclusiveness of schools for their own pupils and those within the Borough more widely. The basic question is “are the right children receiving the right education in the right school”. This investigation will consider the emerging patterns of inclusion across all schools, and conduct a range of engagement events with stakeholders to seek wider views on emerging themes and patterns. Following this engagement, we will invite schools to consider the findings of the work and consider how they can support the recommendations. Ultimately, the final report would want to support schools to be more inclusive of their communities, and work with each other to ensure that all schools share a common and moral purpose in educating all of our residents.