New Funding Opportunities Lloyds Banking Group Launches Credit Union Development Fund (UK)

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New Funding Opportunities

Lloyds Banking Group Launches Credit Union Development Fund (UK)

The Lloyds Banking Groups has announced the launch of a new four year funding scheme to support the growth of Credit Unions.

Grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 will be available, which credit unions can use to boost cash reserves and "help remove barriers to growth and innovation. Smaller credit unions will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £20,000 to help them make changes before being able to apply for a full award or to cover the costs of a merger. All credit unions authorised to operate in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can apply for an award. The Fund is being managed by the Credit Union Foundation and a newly recruited independent Grants Committee.

Applications to the first year of this Fund can be made online from 1 July 2014.

The closing date is 5pm 31 July. Final decisions will be made in December 2014.

Macmillan Cancer Support - Grants for Groups (UK)

Macmillan Cancer Support has announced that the next closing date for its Cancer Support - Grants for Groups scheme is the 30th August 2014.

The grants programme aims to fund groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. The grant can be used towards start up costs or for existing groups to expand and extend their reach.

Applications will be accepted from people affected by cancer in:

  • Groups or individually

  • Voluntary organisations, community interest companies, community groups, social enterprises

  • Health and social care staff, information and support staff in partnership with people affected by cancer.

Healthy Hearts Grants (UK)

Heart Research UK has announced that its Health Hearts Grants Programme is open for applications.

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

Projects supported in the past have included:

Wanderers Pulse of the Community to educate pupils in Bolton about the heart and heart disease, the importance of exercise for heart health, the dangers of smoking and heart-friendly foods.

Empowering Families, London - ‘Babies and Toddlers' to promote good eating habits and playing as exercise at an early age through two Parent Toddlers and Babies groups in Brent's most deprived wards.

The closing date for this funding round is the 31st August 2014.

New Funding to Encourage Plug-In Car Use (UK)

The next phase of support for plug-in car drivers to recharge their vehicles at home has been announced by the Government.

In February 2013 the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) launched a £13.5 million grant subsidy scheme for householders wishing to install technology to recharge ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) at home. The original funding for domestic chargepoints has now been fully allocated and, to ensure continued support for both consumers and the industry, a new grant scheme is to be put in place. Under the new scheme £9 million will be made available to any ULEV owner and also drivers with regular access to one for work who are having a chargepoint installed at their home. The scheme will provide up to 75% of the total cost of the chargepoint and installation, up to a maximum of £900.

The new domestic chargepoint scheme will come into effect on 1 September 2014 and will run until 31 March 2015, or until the scheme budget has been exhausted.

£40,000 Prize to Transform the Rented Housing Market (UK)

Nesta and the Open Data Institute (ODI) have launched a new £40,000 prize to develop innovative new products and services to support private and social housing tenants. The Challenge also aims to transform the ways in which housing will be delivered in the future.

The Open Data Challenge is one of a series of competitions to take "Open Data" and use it to develop innovative solutions to social issues. The teams with the best ideas to use open data to help people get the best out of renting will get the opportunity to build and test them at an event held in September, where three teams of finalists will be chosen to win £5000 each. After further developing their ideas during an incubation phase, one finalist will be chosen to win a potential £40,000 prize. The challenge is open to individuals, groups and organisations. The winning project will be the one that combines open data into products or services with a clear social impact and a sustainable ongoing model.

The deadline for submitting ideas is Friday 29th August 2014.

Wellcome Trust – Arts Awards (UK)

The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards.

The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts including:

  • Dance

  • Drama

  • Performance arts

  • Visual arts, music

  • Film

  • Craft

  • Photography

  • Creative writing

  • Digital media.

Applications are invited for projects of up to £30,000 through their small grants programme. The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science.

The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others:

  • Artists

  • Scientists

  • Curators

  • Filmmakers

  • Writers

  • Producers

  • Directors

  • Academics

  • Science communicators

  • Teachers

  • Arts workers

  • Education officers.

The next application deadline for small projects is the 7th November 2014.

Funding for Creative Young People (UK)

IdeasTap, a non-for-profit initiative supports young creative people between 16 and 30 years of age, has announced that its Ideas Fund Innovators is open to applications. During this funding round the Ideas Fund Innovators aims to offer 20 projects £500 each (10 for those aged 16 - 22 and 10 for those aged 23 - 30) to help get them off the ground. In the past, Ideas Tap have funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives. Applications from any creative field will be considered. Ideas Tap are looking for projects that are inspiring, original, innovative and that Ideas Tap think you can deliver.

This brief closes on the 1st September 2014 at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 to 30 on the closing date.

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme (Scotland, Wales, East & West Midlands)

The People's Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme has will re-open for applications on the 7th July 2014.

Through its small grants programme, the Trust offers grants of between £500 and £20,000 (£5,000 in Wales) to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 1 year (for organisations in Wales 6 months). However, the Trust has further announced that "due to increasing and unprecedented demand for funding that we are unfortunately unable to meet we have taken the step of restricting the funding themes that we accept applications under. From the 2014 Q3 funding round onwards we will only be accepting applications for projects that meet the following funding theme: Advancement of citizenship or community development".

The closing date for applications will be the 22nd August 2014.

Grant Fund for Hospices Opens for Applications (England & Wales)

The Freemason's Grand Charity has announced that Hospice services in England and Wales that receive 60% cent or less of their funding from the NHS can apply for grants towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children. Individual grants will be calculated on the basis of the services provided and the number of beds operated by the hospice. For example, in 2013 the grants awarded ranged from £500 to £9,800, with most being between £1,000 and £4,000. Grants can not be used for building costs and are not available to hospices that are not yet operational.

The deadline for applications is 25th July 2014.

Near Neighbours Programme Re-Opens for Applications (England)

The Department for Communities & Local Government has re-opened its Near Neighbours small grants programme.

Launched in 2011 in partnership with the Church Urban Fund, Near Neighbours provides small grants of between £250 and £5,000 to grassroots groups and multi-faith communities. Funding will be available to communities with significant religious diversity to help them run projects which will bring about lasting benefits to their neighbourhoods. Charities, religious organisations, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises and groups of individuals focusing on community benefit will be eligible to apply.

The programme operates in key areas within England. These are:

  • Bury

  • Rochdale

  • Burnley

  • Oldham

  • Leeds

  • Bradford

  • Dewsbury

  • Birmingham

  • Wolverhampton

  • Walsall

  • Sandwell

  • Dudley

  • Leicester

  • Nottingham

  • Luton

  • Some parts of London.

Some successful Near Neighbours projects to have benefited from the small grants include:

A youth football team in East London - using sport to provide mentoring and development opportunities.

A youth music programme in Oldham which has brought people together from different backgrounds;

A community garden in Leicester created by local residents and school children and enjoyed by the whole community.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines but the programme is due to run until March 2016 and it is expected the grants programme to close near to this date.

New £50m Fund to Help Most Disadvantaged 3- and 4-Year-Olds (England)

The Government has announced that three- and four-year-olds from low-income families are to benefit from a new £50 million fund to prevent them falling behind before they have even started school.

The new early years pupil premium, worth over £300 per pupil, is designed to narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers. According to research, children from low-income families are estimated to already be 19 months behind more advantaged peers when they start school. Nurseries will have freedom to decide how to use the money to help 3- and 4-year-olds learn and develop, for example more qualified staff or specialists in activities like speech and language to give an extra focus on basic skills. In line with its announcement, the Government has launched a consultation how best the fund can be used to help nurseries raise the quality of their provision.

The closing date for the consultation is the 2nd August 2014.

Sport England Small Grants Programme (England)

Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies such as sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools and governing bodies of sport can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Sport England Small Grants Programme.

The aim of the fund is to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. Priority will be given to projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports; and projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16-19 year olds.

Big Potential Opens for Applications (England)

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that Voluntary & Community groups and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) can now start their application process for its new £10 million "Big Potential" programme.

The "Big Potential Fund" which will be managed by the Social Investment Bureau will provide grants of £25,000 - £75,000 to help VCSEs carry out investment readiness work with a small group of approved providers. Big Potential will be targeting not for profit organisations that are both at an early stage of their investment readiness journey and those that are further along that journey, who are seeking to raise up to £500,000 in external investment.

The programme is designed to complement a range of other initiatives including the Cabinet Office's Investment and Contract Readiness Fund. Eligible organisations can include:

  • Registered charities

  • Social enterprises

  • Companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims

  • Community Interest Companies

  • Mutuals etc.

Before charities apply to the fund they will be able to access support from Charity Bank, Social Enterprise UK or Locality before submitting an application. They will then be expected to approach an approved provider, and the charity and provider will make a joint bid to the fund.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Regional Growth Fund Opens for Applications (England)

The Government has announced that the 6th funding round of the Regional Growth Fund has re-opened for applications.

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £3.2 billion fund that supports projects and programmes that are using private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment. Round 6 will be open to private sector bidders seeking £1 million or more. The government is calling for companies planning high quality projects that will generate significant private sector investment and sustainable jobs. Bids may be supported by local authorities or Local Enterprise Partnerships, but should not use them for delivery. Universities and HE establishments will continue to be regarded as private sector, as in previous rounds.

Previous projects supported include:

Zytek Automotive, a vehicle engineering enterprise based in Staffordshire that received £1.3 million from the Regional Growth Fund for an innovative research and development project, which led to the introduction of some new products into a competitive market and the creation of 40 new jobs.

To help potential bidders a series of roadshows across England will take place in July and early August. For more information on the roadshows, please click on the link below.

The deadline for receipt of applications is the 30th September 2014.

Funding for Higher Education Institutions to Reduce their Carbon Emissions (England)

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced that round 4 of the Revolving Green Fund (RGF) is open for applications.

The RGF will provide £34million of recoverable grants to help higher education institutions (HEIs) in England reduce carbon emissions and save money. The round will be run in partnership with Salix Finance, a company specialising in providing interest free loans to public sector organisations for energy efficiency. HEIs can apply for funding to implement both small and large scale carbon saving projects and, for the first time, water reduction projects. Funding for small scale projects will be between £50,000 and £750,000 and around £2 million for large scale projects.

The deadline for applications is 15th October 2014.

Funding Reminders

Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches Two New Funding Programmes (England & Wales)

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales has announced the launch of two new grants programmes to replace its flagship "Communities Programme". The aim is to support projects that help people over the age of 17 who are experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life.

The new funding programmes are:

  • "Invest" which is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Grants are up to £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for up to six years in total.

  • "Enable" which is a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help the organisations deliver their mission more effectively. These grants are up to a total £15,000 over two years. The funding is available to registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million.

To be eligible, organisations are expected to be working with people 17 years or older, experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. The only exceptions are young people who are under 17 years of age and young parents or looked after children and disabled young people moving into independent living.

There are no closing dates and applications can be submitted at any time.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Social Justice Programme (UK)

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is currently accepting applications under its Social Justice Open Grants Programme. Through the Social Justice Programme the foundations aims to help integrate marginalised individuals and communities, and seeks to support younger people up to the age of 30 who are at time of transition because of their circumstances such as; leaving care or leaving prison or settling into a new community, or changes to the cultural environment in which they live such as; established communities in refugee dispersal areas.

Projects supported in the past include;

  • Dennistoun community youth projects which received £40,000 grant over 2 years to deliver a programme of intensive one-to-one support to local young people, which enables them to access education and training and develop the skills and confidence to take advantage of emerging employment opportunities.

  • Grandparents Plus who received a grant of £124,716 over two years to undertake research into the outcomes of young people growing up in kinship care in England through the transition to adulthood.

There is no minimum or maximum grant that can be applied for. In 2012/13 the Foundation made 26 grants totalling £3,263,886. The average grant was £125,534 and grants ranged in size from £4,898 to £750,000.

There is a two stage application process. First stage applications can be made at any time. Those that are successful will be invited to make a second stage application.

Funding Available To Help Volunteering (UK)

The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants of up to £500 to help young people of up to 30 or small groups of young people run a volunteering project in their local area. The fund seeks to support projects that enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society such as:

  • The homeless

  • Those with drug dependency problems

  • People with disabilities.

Trustees will meet twice a year to consider applications. For further information on how to apply contact, or call 020 7278 6601.

Discover Germany Trips for Secondary School Pupils (UK)

UK-German Connection which is dedicated to increasing contacts and understanding between young people in the UK and Germany has announced that groups of up to 5 pupils plus 1 teacher from secondary schools can apply to participate in the Discovery Germany programme.
As part of the programme, participants follow a full-time programme of activities, including cultural excursions, a visit to a German school and project-related activities. The 2013 Discover Germany took place in the Ruhr area and included project work on regeneration. Schools were expected to propose a project as part of their application that tied in with the area they were visiting and to focus on the regeneration of areas and industries, both from a UK and a German perspective.
The next trip will take place in 2015 and will also include project work. The exact location dates and the theme for the project will be confirmed early next year. Preference will be given to those schools who intend to bring pupils whose German needs a boost or non-German speakers who have a high

interest in Germany and its culture and have not had the opportunity to travel there previously.

Contact Marta Piwowarski for more information on 020 7824 1572 or

Funding for the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Ex-Offenders (UK)

The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grants programme is noon on the 6th November 2014. During this funding round, the Trust will provides grants to not for profit organisations and charities working for the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders. The Trust would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end the applicant organisation's income will not be reduced.
Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% of the organisation's current annual income, whichever is lowest, per year for 3 years.
The Trust also holds a separate funding round for organisations working with carers. This is due to open for applications in Spring 2015.
Previous projects supported include;

  • a grant of £20,000 to the Junction 42 Foundation to recruit and train mentors and befrienders to provide effective support for ex-offenders within the community;

  • and a grant of £19,606 to Carers Lewisham for a project to help older carers (aged 75 plus) to access the support that they need.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Launches New Grants Programme (UK)

After having completed a strategic review of its funding, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced the launch of its new grants programme. Under its new programmes the Trust is inviting application under the following programmes:

  • Peace and Security;

  • Power and Accountability;

  • Rights and Justice;

  • Sustainable Future;

  • and Northern Ireland.

The Trust anticipates that funding will be under one of these programmes but will also consider applications that cut across one or more of these.

Applications can be submitted by a range of different organisations and the Trust generally funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs.
It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply to the Trust. However, the Trust can only support work which is legally charitable as defined in UK law.
There are two closing dates for applications. These are 12 noon on the 18th August for the Right and Justice, Sustainable Future, and Northern Ireland Programmes; and the 12 noon on the 1st September for the Peace and Security, and Power and Accountability Programmes.

New Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund Launched (England)

The Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has announced the launch of a new £800,000 Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund. The Fund will run for two years with grants being awarded in three funding rounds.

The fund will provide grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to support communities to take forward innovative waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local areas.

Examples of projects that could be funded include;

  • textile or electrical repair skills workshops;

  • businesses working with local charities to prevent food waste by distributing surplus food to those who need it;

  • community groups and councils working with businesses to set up local sharing groups for electrical items, furniture, etc.

Applications are open from two or more organisations working together. This can include businesses, the public sector including local authorities and educational establishments, trade associations and voluntary groups.

The closing date for round 1 applications is the 1st September 2014.

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