High Sheriff Fund (Essex – Closing date 2nd December 2019)
Voluntary and community organisations in Essex can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 for community initiatives that address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour. The funding has been made available from the High Sheriff’s Fund which is being managed by the Essex Community Foundation.
Projects that have received funding previously include a personal safety scheme for older people, educating young people about the dangers of carrying a knife and a project to deter drug and alcohol abuse.
The closing date for applications is the 2nd December 2019.
Funding for Community Cohesion Projects
The Allen Lane Foundation’s Social Cohesion Programme, provides funding to support local communities in breaking down barriers and reduce tensions between different groups of people, and help to build a more cohesive and inclusive community. The aim of the funding is to:
• Proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area
• Proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community
• Fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.
The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations which have a focus of work being at a very local/community level, which could be a housing estate or distinct community. The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently.
Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively and the Foundation is keen to support communities in coming up with their own solutions to local issues of division. New initiatives, those that may have been tried before or are on-going, are considered as long as the work has lasting benefits for those people the projects are aimed at.
No minimum or maximum grant levels are published.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
Potential applicants need to check their eligibility. Once this has been confirmed they will be directed to the application form.
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Funding for Research and Projects that Address Severe Learning Disabilities
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of severe learning difficulties, including autism for both children and adults.
Grants are made to cover capital projects and core costs to include staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres.
Projects funded include:
• Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
• Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
• Play schemes and play therapy schemes
• Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
• Support for families, including respite schemes
• Independent living schemes
• Support in the community schemes
• Snoezelen rooms.
Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.
The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st January 2020.
Applications for £10,000 and below are considered under the Small Grants procedure and can be submitted at any time.
Asda Foundation Grants for Local Community Projects
The Asda Foundation is committed to developing stronger, better connected, sustainable communities across the UK. The Significant Local Community Projects programme allows colleagues to nominate initiatives which will make a real long-term difference, benefiting the wider community and transforming communities to improve lives locally.
Awards are typically made to projects where:
• The charity or good cause has developed a relationship with the local store or home office at a grassroots level
• The work will tackle the underlying problems in the local community
• Community needs and aspirations are evident in the development of the project
• The project benefits the wider community not just a single user group
• There is a need for this facility locally
• It will make a real long-term difference and will transform the community, improving the lives of those who live there
Grants awarded have previously ranged from £2,600 – £32,000 (in 2017) although no minimum or maximum amounts are published.
Any charity/good cause wishing to apply should first approach their local store or home office to see if their project is something that the Community Champion would be willing to support. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Funding Available to Encourage Collaboration Between Community Organisations
Not for profit organisations in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to the Big Lottery Funds £40 million Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations.
The funding can support many different types of partnership, including:
• cross-sector partnerships;
• local place-based collaboration;
• local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.
The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.
The Big Lottery Fund will support ideas that meet one or more of their three funding priorities:
• Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
• Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
• Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Organisations eligible to apply include:
• Voluntary and community organisations
• Registered charities
• Social enterprises
• Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
• Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils)
• Community interest companies (with two or more directors).
The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Partnership Fund and applications can be submitted at any time.