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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Near Neighbours Programme (England)
The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced that it is planning to re-open its Near Neighbours small grants programme in June 2014. Launched in 2011 in partnership with the Church Urban Fund, Near Neighbours provides small grants of up to £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. Preference is given to applications from small faith or community organisations with a turnover of less than £150,000.
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;
and a community garden in Leicester created by local residents and school children and enjoyed by the whole community.
The work of the Near Neighbours programme is focused in specific areas of England. For more information on the scheme and the areas covered please click on the link below.
Faith Action - Together in Service Fund (England)
Faith Action, which is a national network of over 1,300 faith-based and community organisations, has announced the launch of a new Together in Service Fund. The aim of the fund is to support faith based groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level that are done for the good of others (individuals, communities and/or society) and bring about social change and/or value.
Projects involving faith-based groups and / or people, that engage people from more than one faith community can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £5,000. The funding is available on a 1:1 match funding basis. To be eligible to apply, applicants need to be incorporated bodies (e.g. registered charities etc.).
The next closing date for applications is the 25th August 2014.
New Funding Zone Announced in Walsall (West Midlands)
The SITA Trust has announced the addition of a new funding zone for its Enhancing Communities programme in the east of England. The Trust are now able to accept applications for funding of community and sporting projects within a 3 mile radius of Fryers Road TS near Walsall.
Under the Sita Trust's Enhancing Communities Programme Core Fund, grants of up to £60,000 are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, schools, parish councils, local authorities and charities for projects that make physical improvements to community facilities and historic buildings / structures. SITA will accept applications from projects which are within 3 miles of qualifying SITA UK waste processing sites.
Grants of up to £20,000 are also available through their Fast Track Fund for projects with an overall cost of no more than £40,000.
Projects on school or pre-school sites where the facilities will primarily benefit the school are not eligible. However, an application may be considered from a school if it can be clearly demonstrated that the wider community has significant opportunities to use the facility and the facility is run by an organisation that is separate from the school (although the school may be represented); and access to the facility for community use must be via an entrance that is separate from the school.
The next closing date for applications is 10 am on the 16th June 2014 for the Fast Track Fund and 5 pm on the 21st July 2014 for the Core Fund.
BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (UK)
BBC Children in Need has announced that the next applications deadline for its Main Grants Programme is the 15th September 2014.
Funding is available to organisations that work with young people who are suffering from;
illness; distress; abuse or neglect;
have behavioural or psychological difficulties;
or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
The Main grants programme is open to applications for grants of over £10,000.
Examples of projects that recently received funding include:
Busy Bodies After School Club in Denbigh which received a grant of £23,700 to provide a range of fun and stimulating activities in a warm and safe environment;
The Three Ways School in Bath which received a grant of £19,080 to provide activities for children and young people with disabilities.
Beyond Borders (UK)
The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced that its Beyond Borders fund has re-opened for applications. The Beyond Borders Fund provides funding of up to £15,000 to stimulate collaborations between organisations in England, Northern lreland, Scotland and Wales. The scheme enables music creators to produce exceptional new music to be performed in at least two UK countries.
Launched in 2010, the scheme has supported 31 co-commissioning projects so far, bringing together organisations and music creators across the UK and abroad. Beyond Borders has been made possible by a pioneering UK wide partnership between PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Creative Scotland who joined forces to support cross border collaboration. The closing date for applications is 6 pm on the 10th July 2014.
Hilton in the Community Foundation Central Grants (UK)
Registered Charities that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the Hilton Foundation Central Grants Programme. Registered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation' four chosen focus groups.
children in hospital;
young people that are homeless;
and life-limited children requiring palliative care.
There is approximately £150,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grant applications for up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request. However, the Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.
The next closing date for applications is the 29th July 2014.
Funding to Address Educational Disadvantage (England)
The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has announced that the next funding round will open for applications in late May 2014.
The Foundation will be seeking applications from schools and other not for profit organisations such as local authorities, universities, colleges, academy chains, mutuals and co-operatives for projects that address educational disadvantage. In particular, the Foundation is seeking to support projects that focus on innovations and on scaling up projects successful projects.
Projects previously supported through the EEF include:
Perry Beeches Academy which received a grant of £306,000 to develop a one to one academic coaching programme, in which recent graduates are hired and trained by the school to give intensive tuition to struggling pupils.
Rosendale Primary Schools which received a grant of £253,000 to improve learning skills using digital technology.
The Foundations would typically expect their smallest grant to be in the order of £50,000 a year and to reach at least 100 students.
New Funding Available for Making use of Public Sector Data (England)
The Government has announced the next round of funding for the Release of Data Fund and the Breakthrough Fund for 2014 to 2015, both of which support the wider release of open data.
The Data Fund has a budget of up to £7 million. It aims to boost the release of public data by funding the release of specific datasets.
The Breakthrough Fund has a budget of £2.5 million per year to fund government departments, agencies and local authorities to publish open data where there are short-term technical barriers to its release. In the case of local authorities, collaborative bids are encouraged which bring together data from local or regional partnerships groupings for onward use and supporting local communities to understand and use the data through applications.
There is no minimum or maximum grant size specified, each bid will be considered on an individual basis against the application criteria.
The closing date for applications is the 16th July 2014.
The Mercers Company Education Programme (London & West Midlands)
The Mercers Company, makes grants to Charities and State Maintained schools to improve the availability and quality of educational opportunities for children and young adults, especially in London and in particular areas of the West Midlands - Walsall, Sandwell and Telford. The Company is particularly interested in, and will give priority to projects that;
encourage participation in Science, Maths and Technology;
improve educational achievement, particularly for young people aged 5-19;
offer educational opportunities for underachieving groups;
enrich educational opportunity through innovative projects that use art, drama, dance, music and sport;
build students' social capital, confidence and life skills.
Recent grants awarded include:
Phoenix Secondary and Primary School which received a grant of £8,000 towards a two-year autism project, Autism Ambassadors, developed to address issues around the inclusion of pupils on the autistic spectrum.
Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership which received a grant of £20,000 towards the Aim2Attain programme which provides young people with support from the local business community, enabling them to raise aspirations and progress to University.
The next meeting of the Education Committee is the 14th October 2014. Applications need to be submitted at least 6 weeks beforehand.
Urban Community-Owned Shops Pilot (UK)
The Plunkett Foundation has announced the launch of new initiative, the ‘Urban community-owned shops pilot.
' Working in partnership with Locality and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the pilot aims to support urban communities to create and benefit from new and sustainable community-owned shops. The shops will offer better access to good food, enhance community cohesion and provide robust retail solutions. The pilot will include a programme of events, enterprise support including specialist advice and resources, and financial help including grants, fundraising guidance and loan-provision.
The programme starts in April 2014 and will run for two years. Communities will be able to secure support for their idea at events to be held later this year. For more information please contact Hannah Barrett on 01993 810730 or at email@example.com.
Funding for Schools to Develop International Partnerships (UK)
The British Council has announced that it has re-opened its School Partnerships Grants Programme.
Through the programme funding is available for UK schools to develop partnerships with schools in specific other countries. An annual grant of £1,500 for each school in the partnership is available. The funding offers young people the chance to collaborate directly with their international peers, bringing challenging global issues to life and creating cross-cultural relationships. The grant must be spent on visits from at least one teacher from each of the schools in the partnership. It should be used to:
Cover the cost of flights
Local transport; visas
The funding is available to all educational institutions with students aged from 3 to 18. The British Council accepts applications for schools from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, South and East Asia, Central and South America, and the UK. Schools need to be able to show how the Connecting Classrooms partnership will increase:
Develop equitable and sustainable partnerships between schools.
The next application deadline is the 30th June 2014.
Help the Homeless Grant Scheme (UK)
Help the Homeless, a national Charity which aims to help homeless people throughout the United Kingdom to resume a normal life, is accepting applications from small and medium sized charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £3,000 are available towards capital costs to support projects that help disadvantaged individuals in their return to mainstream society, through residential or training facilities. Grants to larger charities may be considered if the project is suitable innovative and only possible for a larger organisation to develop it. Previous projects supported include:
A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.
A grant of £2000 to Spires, a South London Homeless charity towards the cost of providing their daily services to clients, including food and clothing.
The next application deadline is the 15th June 2014.
Funding for Projects that Help Disadvantaged Young people (England & Wales)
The Peter Cruddas Foundation, a grant making Foundation that aims to support charitable works that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people, has announced that the next closing date for application is the 1st September 2014.
The Foundation gives priority to projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment. To be eligible for funding an organisation must be a registered charity or an organisation / individual supported by a UK charity. There are no minimum or maximum grants and projects can be funded for more than one year.