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  • 1. Diocese of Exeter Mission Resources Update on external grant funding opportunities June 2011Biffaward Flagship Programme opens for applicationsBiffaward, which is one of the largest Landfill Communities Fund schemes, has an-nounced that its Flagship programme is now open to applications.Biffawards provides grants to support a range of community and biodiversity project.Through the Flagship programme grants of between £150,000 and £500,000 are avail-able to support projects that have a regional or national impact. The Flagship Schemesupports two themes:Rebuilding biodiversityCultural facilitiesProjects must be site-based, within 25 miles of a Biffa operation and ten miles of an act-ive landfill.The organisation making the application must be eligible to enrol with ENTRUST as anEnvironmental Body.Previously supported projects include:A grant of £257,529 to Groundwork London to develop a Flagship Playscape project atKing Georges Fields, Ealing, which aims to break the mould of the risk-averse traditionalchildrens play areas.The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire & Peterboroughwho won a Flagship grant of £389,930 towards the Great Fen Project. This project,which demonstrates regional and national significance, with long term benefits for biod-iversity and communities, will restore more than 3,000 hectares of wildlife habitat to theCambridgeshire Fens.Biffawards usually support 2 to 3 Flagship projects per year. The deadline for expressionof Interest is the 1st July 2011.http://www.biffaward.org/about/foverview/Support for community projectsThe Garfield Weston Foundation offers support to organisations that are registered char-ities and excepted or exempt charities such as churches, hospitals, educational estab-lishments, museums and housing corporations. Founded in 1958 the Garfield WestonFoundation is a UK based, general grant- giving charity that makes grants in the areas ofthe Arts, Community Education, Medical, Environment, Health, Religion, Welfare andYouth. ·Applications are considered individually by the Foundation and the following issues are taken into consideration:
  • 2. ·The financial viability of the organisation; ·The degree of need for the project requiring funding; ·The amount spent on administration and fundraising as compared to the charitable activities;The ability to raise sufficient funding to meet the appeal target;Whether the organisation has appropriate priorities and plans in place to manage itsactivities.There is no limit on the size of grant.There are no application deadlines.http://www.garfieldweston.org/Funding for faith community workThis programme provides grants of up to £5,000 to enable churches and faith-based or-ganisations, working in very deprived communities, to engage in social action throughsupporting them to initiate or develop community work. This will then enable groups toeither undertake larger pieces of work or significantly improve the existing provision.The project must be directly tackling the effects of profound poverty and should be work-ing in the 10% most deprived areas in England. Mustard Seed Grants can pay for specif-ic activities but not for on-going revenue expenditure, existing salary costs, deficit fund-ing, or retrospective spending. It is expected that work supported under the MustardSeed Programme will grow into more substantive or developed activities.This is a rolling programme where there are no deadline dates.http://www.cuf.org.uk/act/cuf-fundingSupporting the disadvantagedPercy Bilton Charity provides grants to registered charities who are focusing their activit-ies at the following target groups: ·Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people - Aged under 25 ·People with disabilities ·People over the age of 60There are two main types of funding: Large grants (One off payments for capital ex-penditure of £2,000 and over) and Small grants (Providing funding of up to £500 towardsfurnishings and equipment for small projects). Favours bids from small charities.There is no set deadline and bids can be submitted at anytime but Board meetings areheld quarterly in March, June, September and December to consider large grants.www.percybiltoncharity.org.uk
  • 3. Awards to recognise individuals, businesses, charities, community groups andother organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activit-iesThe Prime Minister has launched a series of awards to recognise individuals, busi-nesses, charities, community groups and other organisations that are demonstrating theBig Society in their work or activities.The Big Society Award will be given to 2-3 organisations every month, winners will re-ceive a certificate and be invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street.Anyone, including people who benefit from the group, organisation or individual activit-ies, may make an online nomination, at anyhttp://www.number10.gov.uk/bigsocietyawardsFunding for local good causes from bakery companyLocal Not for Profit Organisations such as charities, charitable companies, churches andschools can apply for grants of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation regionalgrants programme.The Greggs Foundation was established in 1987 by Ian Gregg, founder of the Greggsbakery retailer. The regional grants programme is administered by committees of volun-teers from Gregg shops, bakeries and offices who are based in England, Scotland andWales. They use their knowledge of the local area to make small grants to local organ-isations, in particular those that make a difference to people in need in the heart ofGreggs local communities.The Greggs Foundation prioritises local organisations that help people in need in theirlocal area. Many charitable causes can be supported through the programme. Most ofthe grants are to support an identifiable cause such as trips, activities and equipment.Additionally the Foundation prioritises the following people: ·People with caring responsibilities; ·People with disabilities; ·Homeless people; and ·Older people.Past recipients include: ·£2,000 to the Grange Day Centre in Newcastle – the grant was used to provide out- door activity sessions for older people; and
  • 4. ·£2,000 to the Sunbeams Music Trust in Cumbria. This charity uses music as therapy for people with disabilities.Applications can be submitted at any time.http://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/Christian community project supportThe Gibbs Trust supports: ·Innovative undertakings by Methodist churches and organisations; ·Other Christian causes, especially of an ecumenical nature; and A wider category within the fields of the creative arts, education, social and interna- tional concerns.Grants given are usually between £1,000-£3,000.www.gibbstrust.org.ukFunding for a wide range of projects in the communityThe Marsh Christian trust supports a wide range of projects/general charitable purposes.Areas which have been funded include: social welfare; literature, arts and heritage; en-vironmental causes; conservation and animal welfare; healthcare and medical research;education and training; and overseas appeals.Grants are only made to registered charities that are experienced in their chosen field ofwork with particular consideration given towards charities displaying a Christian emphas-is.There is no deadline for receipt of applications. The Trustees meet monthly, but due tothe volume of appeals received responses to new appeals may take up to three monthsto arrive. However, a response is made to every appeal. Grants are given towards core-funding and range between £250-£4,000 with new applications at the lower end of thisscale. Further information can be found onwww.marshchristiantrust.orgBIG Lottery Reaching Communities messageBIG has warned potential applicants about the high level of competition for ReachingCommunities grants in a Key Message.The Key Message includes the following statistics, in 2010/11 BIG received:5,730 outline proposals requesting over £1 billion (many not eligible for funding)1,322 eligible full applications asking for £354,713,780.BIG made:500 grants totalling £124,127,283.
  • 5. The average grant size awarded was £248,255.The message goes on to warn that cuts in funding elsewhere are likely to mean a furtherincrease in competition and gives advice to charities looking for funding.http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/reaching_communities_key_messages.pdfFunding for church and community projectsUnder the Church and Community Fund grants of up to £10,000 are available to com-munity projects run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connectedto or working in partnership with the Church of England. Projects supported must pro-mote, aid and further the work of the Church of England. This does not exclude Anglicanprojects in partnership with ecumenical or other-faith partners, which are warmly wel-comed, but it does exclude projects run by secular bodies which have little or no connec-tion to the Church of England, overseas projects and projects in which an Anglican bodyis not a key player at a local level. Typical projects supported by the CCF might include:employing a youth workerrenovating an old church hall for use as a community centreproviding hot meals for the homeless in a church room.The next application deadline is the 30th June 2011.http://www.churchandcommunityfund.org.uk/Funding for places of worship for essential structural repair projects and the in-stallation of new facilitiesThe National Churches Trust awards grant funding to places of worship for essentialstructural repair projects and the installation of new facilities.Repair Grants of £10,000 and above and Community Grants of between £5,000 and£25,000 are available.Applications are accepted from listed and unlisted churches, chapels and meetinghouses of any age, as long as they are open (or planning to reopen) for public worshipand where the congregation is a member or associated member of Churches Together inBritain and Ireland.The closing date for receipt of applications for grants in 2011 is 1 September. To apply,please visit http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/.Support for community financial inclusionThe Friends Provident Foundation has announced that the next application deadline forgrants through its Financial Inclusion Programme is the 5th August 2011. The Founda-tion makes grants of up to £200,000 to not-for profit organisations for projects that ad-dress financial exclusion within disadvantaged communities. The Foundation will con-sider requests for capital or revenue funding, core funds or project costs. The Founda-tion is willing to consider applications from any type of legally independent organisation,but can only support work that is legally charitable. Actions previously supported throughthe Foundation include; making money management advice available to young people
  • 6. via mobile phones and interactive digital TV; a research project to look at the difficultiesthat people with a learning disability are having in gaining access to banking serviceshttp://www.friendsprovidentfoundation.org/page.asp?section=90&sectionTitle=Overview+of+the+Financial+Inclusion+ProgrammeLarge British company announces community awardsThe Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations ofbetween £500 and £4,000 to local projects that support children and their education andwelfare, elderly people and adults and children with disabilities.Previous projects supported have included part funding to purchase minibuses; befriend-ing schemes; luncheon clubs; and day trips / social trips for elderly / disabled people;sensory garden or room projects; andoutdoor classrooms.Latest donations are:Addington High School – Funding towards the development of an outdoor classroomThe Spark Children’s Arts Festival – Funding towards the construction of an outdoor playspaceDyslexia Action – Funding towards parent awareness coursesThe Zoological Society of London – Funding for a Biodiversity & Palm Oil project in In-donesiaCherish A Child – Funding for new classroom resources for a school in Ugandaare.Applications for grants for children and their education and welfare should be madebetween the 1st December and the 31st January or the 1st May and the 30th June.Applications for grants for elderly people and adults and children with disabilities shouldbe made between the 1st February and the 31st March or the 1st August and the 30thSeptember.http://cr2010.tescoplc.com/communities/tesco-charity-trust.aspxSupporting older people so they can bring positive change to their communitiesComic Relief Grant: Older peopleThis programme is intended to support work which enables older people to lead projects,and which demonstrate their skills and ability to benefit the communities they live in. Anywork we fund should be able to show clearly how older people will be at the forefront ofthe project. We will consider the extent to which this has been demonstrated when weassess the application.Aims: We aim to support older people so they can bring positive change to their com-munities. We want to help them use their time, energy and skills to support individualswho are most in need.This is a two stage application process. The deadline for the first stage (expression of in-terest) is 10 June 2011.
  • 7. Our grants usually vary between £25,000 and £40,000 per year for a maximum of threeyears and rarely exceed this upper limit.http://www.comicrelief.com/apply-for-a-grant/programmes/older-peopleProtecting outdoor spaces, funding from landfill operatorThe Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a new campaign supported by the SITATrust, HRC Prince William and the Fields Trust. The Challenge aims to protect 2012outdoor recreational spaces in communities such as pitches, woodlands, childrens playareas, gardens, bicycle trails, parks etc, all across the country as a permanent living leg-acy of the Queens Diamond Jubilee which will be in 2012.Local Authorities, Parish and Town Councils, sports clubs and other private landownerscan apply to obtain Queen Elizabeth II Field status. All those areas that are designateda Queen Elizabeth II Field will then be able to apply through SITAs £1 million QueenElizabeth II Fields Fund, for grants to make improvements to the recreation area.Through this fund there will be two different strands:The QEII Fields Volunteer Support Fund, which will make grants of up to £5,000 to fundthose projects where volunteers are extensively involved in the delivery of the project;and the QEII Major Works Fund, which will make grants of up to £25,000 to supportthose projects that also focus on delivery by volunteers, but will allow major works to becarried out by contractors.The Fund is anticipated to open in mid 2011. For further information including how to ap-ply to become a Queen Elizabeth II Field click on the link below.Check website’s postcode checker for eligibility from Sita.http://www.sitatrust.org.uk/news/175Supporting projects in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and reliefof those affected by learning disabilityThe Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, which is a registered charity established to supportprojects in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affectedby learning disability, has announced that the next application date for grants is the 1stOctober 2011.Grants are available to voluntary organisations within the UK and the Republic of Irelandworking in this field. The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generallyreferred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they considerprojects concerning children or adults. Application for funding is normally considered forcapital and revenue costs and for both specific projects and for general running/corecosts. They will not offer grants for research into or care of those with mental illness ordyslexia. The Fund offers grants from £250 upwards.http://www.bailythomas.org.uk/
  • 8. Community funding for installation of renewable technologiesLocal community groups and not for profit organisations and charities within the UK canapply for grants for the installation of renewable technologies. The funding which is avail-able through the Green Energy Trust will provide grants of up to 25,000 (but most pro-jects receive around £10,000) for up to half the cost of the chosen renewable techno-logy. The maximum amount would only be awarded to exceptional projects that tick allthe boxes and demonstrate real value for money. Projects also need to have a reallystrong community benefit and wider educational element. The Trust considers all kindsof renewable technologies, including small-scale hydro, wind power, biomass, landfillgas, solar energy and ground source heat pumps. Applications involving other technolo-gies may also qualify for support. Grant requests must be to support the capital and in-stallation costs of a renewable energy project.The Trust meets twice a year to consider applications – usually during the first week ofApril and October. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.http://www.scottishpowergreentrust.co.uk/content/default.asp?page=s1