Small grant funding update, March 2012


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Really useful information on small grant funding opportunities that are available. This has been produced by Braintree District Voluntary Support Agency. If you know of similar updates, please do send them to me so I can share them on!

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Small grant funding update, March 2012

  1. 1. Funding Update – March 2012Fund Name: Awards for AllNext Deadline Date: ongoingWebsite: £300 to £10,000Awards for All will fund projects that improve communities, and the lives of peoplewithin them. It is for voluntary and community groups, schools and healthorganisations, parish and town councils.Projects must meet one or more of the following outcomes: • People have better chances in life - with better access to training and development to improve their life skills. • Stronger communities - with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems. • Improved rural and urban environments - which communities are better able to access and enjoy. • Healthier and more active people and communities.The application form is available on the Awards for All website, together with furtherguidance and information. You will find out if your application is successful within sixweeks.Fund Name: BBC Children in NeedNext Deadline Date: 15th April 2012Website: grant: £100,000 (very rare)BBC Children in Need provides grants for up to three years to properly constituted notfor profit organisations working with disadvantaged young people aged 18 or under.Within the BBC Children in Need grants programme, organisations can apply for SmallGrants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years and for Main Grants of over£10,000 per year for up to three years. Funding is available to organisations (includingschools) that work with young people who are suffering from illness, distress, abuse orneglect, are disabled, have behavioural or psychological difficulties and / or are living inpoverty or situations of deprivation.The closing date for applications is the 15th April 2012For more information visit Name: Cory Environmental TrustNext Deadline Date: 5th April 2012Website: Grant Size: between £500 and £80,000
  2. 2. The Cory Environmental Trust will fund work in the following areas: • Opening up access for the public to an area of land that has been closed or partially closed up to now. • Cleaning up of land that has been polluted because of now ceased activity. • Helping to improve, protect, provide and/or maintain land or a building as a public amenity. • Protecting the environment, and conserving or promoting biological diversity. • Helping to preserve, maintain, restore and/or repair a religious building or one of historical or architectural interest.Separate funds are available for groups and organisations based in Colchester, Essex,Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.Application process varies according to area – check their website for how to apply. Name: Garfield Weston FoundationWebsite: www.garfieldweston.orgNext Deadline Date: OngoingGrants from: Various amountsThe Foundation supports organisations working in the following fields: arts, community,education, welfare, medical, religion, youth and environment. The Foundation onlyconsiders applications from UK registered charities (unless you have exempt status asa church, educational establishment, hospital or housing corporation). The Foundationwill fund project costs, but hesitates to fund a specific salary.Applications should be sent by post. There are no formal deadlines, but organisationsshould allow four months for a final outcome. Application forms can be downloadedfrom Send it to the foundation with a covering letter, youraccounts and annual report.Fund Name: The Henry Smith CharityWebsite: Deadline Date: NoneAverage grant: £26,000 per yearProvides grants for work with groups that experience social/economic disadvantage.The Charity will fund revenue and capital costs over a number of years.The Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 per annum or over. There aretwo types of main grant; capital grants (one off grants for purchase of refurbishment ofa building or purchase of specialist equipment), or revenue grants (grants of up tothree years for core costs or the running costs of a specific project).The Small Grants Programme is for grants of under £10,000 per year. To be eligiblefor a small grant, your annual income must be below £150,000.
  3. 3. Comprehensive details of how to apply can be found on the Charity’s website.Fund Name: Jill Franklin TrustWebsite: Deadline Date:Grants from: £500 to £1,000The Jill Franklin Trust is looking to support the following activities: • Self-Help groups, advice, training, and employment; to support people with a mental illness or learning difficulties, and their carers (parents etc.). • Respite care, and holidays (in the UK only). Grants for holidays are only given where there is a large element of respite care and only to registered charities, not to individuals. • Organisations helping and supporting refugees and asylum-seekers coming to or are in the UK. • The restoration (not “improvement”) of churches of architectural importance (half a page in Pevsner’s Buildings) and occasionally to other buildings of architectural importance. The church should be open to visitors every day.To apply for a grant, send an email to, or a letter to NormanFranklin, Jill Franklin Charitable Trust, Flat 5, 17-19 Elsworthy Road, London, NW33DS enclosing the following details: • Details of the project • Budget for the project • Annual report and accounts • Contact telephone numberFund Name: MSE CharityWebsite: www.msecharity.comNext Deadline Date: 31st May 2012Grants up to: £5,000Grants are available to groups or charities looking to develop projects that will help toeducate people about money/debt/consumer issues. Projects must adhere to thefollowing criteria: • Projects must assist people to improve their quality of life through knowledge and understanding of how to manage and take control of their own financial situation. • Groups will need to demonstrate that they have researched and assessed the need for the project. • Groups must demonstrate that the project will make a significant difference to the beneficiaries so the OUTPUTS must be achievable, measurable, deliverable within budget and within a time frame and be sustainable. • Groups will also need to show that the project will also provide outcomes that will benefit their wider communities.
  4. 4. • It will be necessary for groups to demonstrate that they has the skills, ability and experience to deliver the project. • The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisations core funding. • Projects must provide value for money • Projects should seek to provide long term solutions rather than short one off events. • For existing projects with a proven success record, consideration will only be given to those that can demonstrate that funding will be used to extend the project beyond its existing boundaries in terms of the scope of project, number of beneficiaries and/or time frame.Apply online on the MSE Charity website. The application form will be availablebetween 1st May and 31st May. Apply early in the month, as only the first 40applications will be considered by the Trustees.Fund Name: Percy Bilton CharityWebsite: Deadline Date: ongoingAverage grant size: £3,000Supports organisations and individuals in need throughout the UK. The Percy BiltonCharity will give grants to charitable organisations assisting disadvantaged youth,people with disabilities and older people. Organisations can apply for grants towardsfurnishings and equipment, building or refurbishment projects.The Charity will consider capital funding for the following projects and schemes: • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25) o Supported housing schemes and educational and training projects to encourage disadvantaged young people who may be homeless and/or unemployed away from crime, substance/alcohol misuse and homelessness. o Facilities for recreational activities and outdoor pursuits specifically for young people who are educationally or socially underprivileged or disadvantaged • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems) o Residential, respite care, occupational and recreational establishments for children, young people and adults with physical or learning disabilities or enduring mental health problems • Older people (aged over 60) o Day centres, nursing and residential homes, sheltered accommodation and respite care for the frail or sufferers from dementia or age related disorders o Projects to encourage older people to maintain their independence.The Charity has two grants programmes; a large grants programme, which providesfunds for one off payments for capital expenditure of approximately £2,000 and over;
  5. 5. and a small grants programme, which provides donations of up to £500 towardsfurnishings and equipment for small projects. Applications for small grants areconsidered monthly.Apply via letter. Details of information needed by the Charity are listed on the Charity’swebsite.Fund Name: Variety Club – Youth Clubs GrantWebsite: Deadline Date: OngoingAverage grant: between £800 and £1,000Supports applications for equipment for youth clubs, but can occasionally support theimprovement of youth club premises, equipment and facilities. Applications mustbenefit young people aged 8-18 years of age, and have sustainability beyond one year.In addition, young people must have demonstrated an involvement in raising funds. Tocomplete the application your organisation needs to be affiliated with a local/nationalyouth organisation.How to apply – download and complete the application form available from the trust’swebsite and send it to the Trust together with quotes for equipment needed.Fund Name: Woodroffe Benton FoundationWebsite: N/ANext Deadline Date: OngoingGrants from: less than £1,000The Woodroffe Benton Foundation makes grants towards: • People in need, primary care of people who are sick or elderly or those affected by the results of a local or national disaster. • Promotion of education. • Conservation and improvement of the environment.Grants are for UK registered charities. Write to the correspondent for an applicationform and guidelines.Mr Alan KingSecretary16 Fernleigh CourtHarrowLondonHA2 6NAIf you require any further help or assistance with any of the above fundingprogrammes or advice on any aspect of funding or group development pleasecontact:
  6. 6. Sheila CookProject/Funding Co-ordinator, Braintree District Voluntary Support Agencytel: 01376 550507e mail: sheila@bdvsa.orgfax: 01376 550092Produced in partnership with Essex Association of Councils for Voluntary Services