August 2010 funding opportunities
Contact me if anything here is unclear or if you would like to discuss
any ideas you have regarding approaching these funders. This list
contains new and ongoing funding opportunities.
Mission Resources Adviser
Organisations that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants
through the Hilton Foundation. Organisations such as charities and other not for profit
organisations can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per
year for up to 2 years that meet one of the Foundation's chosen areas of focus. These
are disabled children; children in hospital; homelessness; and life-limited children in
hospices. Previously supported projects by the Foundation have included Ratho Primary
School which received a grant of £168.48 to provide 'healthy living' water bottles for all of
the children at the school and Derby Toc-H Childrens Camp which received a grant of
£3,623.27 for the provision of holidays and activities for underprivileged children.
Funding for youth led community projects
Small community and voluntary organisations that work with young people and want to
scale up and expand their activities have until the 23rd June 2010 to apply for grants of
between £5,000 and £10,000 through the Youth of Today Leadership Fund. The fund
which is managed by the Young Foundation are available for innovative projects lasting
for up to 6 months, that help more young people take on leadership roles in their
community; create more opportunities for young people to influence the decisions
affecting them; raise the quality of youth leadership opportunities; enable small
organisations to grow; and support innovative projects that are unlikely to find funding
from other sources. In addition, Youth of Today has announced that it will be launching a
new Young Leaders Fund in the near future. Through the Young Leaders Fund an
additional 8 grants of up to £4,000 for projects developed by young people and
supported by third sector organisations will be made available..
O2 Launches New Programme for Young People (UK)
O2 has announced the launch of a new programme to support projects by young people
(13 – 25) that have a positive impact upon their community.
The new programme “Think Big” will offer young people up to £ 300 in grants as well as
training, support and mentoring from a number of youth charities. These include the
National Youth Agency and UK Youth.
Examples of projects that could be supported could include fighting knife crime, starting
local youth groups, teaching skills to other young people or renovating community
spaces. Eligible projects should be run by young people for young people, and may have
the opportunity to apply for a further £2,500 to continue their work.
Applications can be submitted by individual young people or groups of young people and
can be submitted at any time.
National small grants programme for sports projects
Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community
sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop
opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport in England. Eligible Costs An
example of what may be funded is to purchase extra team kit or to pay additional
Funding/Support Up to a maximum of £10,000.
Match Funding Applicants must provide any other project costs from other sources
Other Total project costs should not exceed £50,000
Type Not-for-profit/educational establishment
3rd Floor Victoria House
Tel: 0845 8508 508
Fax: (020) 7383 5740
Funding to support needy young people in the community
Social workers, health visitors and support workers working for a statutory agency or
voluntary organisation can apply for funding through the Frank Buttle Trust to help
children and young people in desperate need. Grants are intended to make a positive
contribution to their lives when their safety, health or development is at risk. The item (or
service) to be funded should be critical to the well-being of the child/young person, and
items that are merely desirable, rather than essential, will not be eligible for support. The
grants available provide necessities such as beds, bedding and essential items of
furniture and household equipment. The Trust also has an arrangement with Comet for
washing machines, cookers, fridges and other white goods that can be delivered directly
to applicants. Applications must be made through a statutory agency or voluntary
organisation that is capable of assessing the needs of the child/young person, and that
can also administer a grant on behalf of the Trust. In the financial year to 31st March
2008 the Trust made 9,481 Child Support grants, totalling £1.94 million. Applications can
be submitted at any time.
Funding for youth social welfare work
Registered charities working with young people aged 11 to 25 are eligible to apply for
grants through the. Each year, the Joanies Trust makes approximately 30 grants with an
average value of £1,000 to support projects that offer intensive support to young people
as well as those that promote preventative work, and especially those that are designed
to lead to individual development through integration, work opportunities or accreditation.
In particular the Trust is looking to support projects that show innovation and imagination
as well as evidence of close consultation with young people in developing their project.
Supporting initiatives which provide opportunities to help, support and
advance young people
The Wessex Youth Trust, formerly known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex
Charitable Trust, is a regular grant making trust founded in June 1999.
The Trust supports projects and initiatives which provide opportunities to help, support
and advance young people.
There are no restrictions to the amount requested. Between 20 and 30 grants are
awarded each year with the average grant being between £2,500 and £5,000.
Grants are generally paid in one instalment, although there may be as many as five
annual instalments in the case of the more substantial grants.
Applicants should state what other sources of funding have been sought and secured.
Funding is available for projects that provide opportunities to help support and advance
young people. Preference is given to pump-priming projects for development and more
extensive fundraising initiatives. Specific project funding requests are preferred to more
Registered charities and self-help groups with charitable aims, that work with young
people, are eligible to apply. The Trust does not accept invitations to appoint
representatives to serve on the controlling bodies of organisations and objects to which
charitable assistance has been given.
Subject to the guidelines, the Trustees retain the flexibility to support a wide range of
The next deadline is (need to check)
Applications must be made using the Trust's application form. This should be obtained
directly from the Trust. Requests for application forms should be made by letter or
All applications will receive a response within two weeks of receipt.
Mrs Jenny Cannon
Farrer & Co
66 Lincoln's Inn Fields
No email or website.
Tel: (020) 7242 2022.
Fax: (020) 7242 9899.
Supermarket announces new community awards
The Tesco Charity Trust has announced that it will start accepting applications for
projects that support the Elderly and Adults and Children with disabilities from the 1st
August until the 30th September 2010. The funding is available to community and
voluntary groups who can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. The Tesco
Charity Trust has been in existence since 1987 and aims to provide approximately
£600,000 in grants each year.
In addition the Trust also provides grants for projects that support children's education
and welfare. Applications to support projects that support children's education and
welfare will re-open for applications on the 1st December 2010 and will close for
applications on the 31st January 2011.
Previous projects supported have included part funding:
Playground equipment in schools and local communities
Sensory garden or room projects.
Breakfast and after school clubs
Part funding to purchase minibuses
Addressing disadvantage, particularly in support of causes less likely to
attract public funding
The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing
countries, with the aim of addressing disadvantage, particularly in support of causes less
likely to attract public funding.
The Fund's current funding priorities in the UK are as follows:
Asylum seekers and refugees.
Community-based initiatives for young people aged 16-25.
Applications are invited from registered charities and other charitable organisations in
the UK, although preference is given to charities with an income of less than £200,000
per year. Grants are rarely given to well-funded national charities, as funding is directed
largely at supporting work at a community level within the Fund's categories of interest.
The Overseas Countries funding programme is designed to help small and medium-
sized community development, education and health initiatives. Trustees will particularly
welcome projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women.
The Fund will be pleased to hear from UK non-governmental organisations/charities and
hopes that UK NGOs/charities will encourage their local partners, if appropriate, to apply
directly to Hilden for grant aid.
The deadline for applications is the first week in September 2010.
Funding for Alcohol Education Projects
The Drinkaware Trust "Ideas Fund"awards small grants of between £100 and £2,500 to
local community (and occasionally national) initiatives designed to promote responsible
drinking and reduce alcohol related harm.
The Trust funds projects ranging from public education campaigns, peer-led education
schemes, educational theatre work, conferences, provision for educational materials,
training, workshops to other educational events. In particular the Trust welcome
applications that aim to further the strategic objectives of the Trust, which are to; reduce
alcohol misuse amongst under-18s; and to raise awareness about long term health
harms caused by hazardous or harmful levels of drinking.
The Trust accepts applications from; registered charities; other voluntary organisations;
and statutory organisations and partnerships. In addition the Trust also makes grants of
up to £25,000 for larger projects that undertake direct, hands-on work with individuals
and the community as well as grants of up to £100,000 to help larger scale projects pack
a more powerful punch or reach a wider audience. An example of a previously funded
project is "Party Safe" a partnership project between Rivington School and a local group
called Youth Express. Young people from the latter organisation worked together to
produce a ten to twenty minute DVD demonstrating the dangers of drinking to excess
and showing how quickly things can get out of control.
Supporting a variety of beneficial causes
MODCARE assists financially or by other means any organisations in the UK engaged
in education, furthering health, relieving poverty, distress or sickness.
Funds Distributed: £28,527 (2008/09)
* Children / Young people
* Elderly / Old People
* People with disabilities
* Other charities / Voluntary bodies
Funding NOT For:
* Animal welfare
* Environmental organisations
Apply in writing or by telephone.
100 Colworth Road
Contact: Mr Anthony Oliver Salt
Tel: 020 7218 3023
Support for people with physical or mental disabilities
The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust, that aims to support
small UK charities that help people with physical or mental disabilities or people facing
disadvantage. Preference will be given to those organisations working in areas of high
unemployment and deprivation. The trust will fund projects in the UK and overseas (only
via UK charities which can ensure that funds are being well used). The grants available
range from £250 - £3,000. Applications can be made at any time. Trustees meet twice a
year, normally in March and September to consider applications.
Support for a wide range of projects from British bank
Barclays Stockbrokers Charitable Trust provides one off grants only, for capital projects
or specific programmes (rather than core or revenue costs).
Applications are considered in the following categories: physical and mental disability;
older people; ill health/relief in need; children/youth; family and social welfare; education
and training; blind/deaf; poverty/homelessness.
Funding NOT For:
Schools/colleges/universities; religion/church buildings; individuals; medical research;
animal welfare; overseas charities/projects; large national charities, expenses already
Registered and exempt charities only. Preference given to small and medium-sized
charities and local branches of UK charities.
Apply in writing to the contact above. If eligibility is established following receipt of an
appeal letter, then an application form will be sent.
Trustees' meetings held at the end of February, May, August and November.
Catchment Areas: UK
Barclays Bank Trust Co. Ltd.
Funding for the relief of sickness and hardship arising from age
The James Tudor Foundation is a grant-giving charitable organisation established for the
relief of sickness and the provision of financial assistance to people suffering hardship or
distress arising from age, ill-health or infirmity. The Foundation makes grants, gifts and
loans to organisations who have been established for at least two years and that are
registered charities within the United Kingdom, that can maximise the effectiveness of its
donations. The grants are for charitable purposes across six programme areas:
• Palliative care
• Medical research
• Health education
• Awards and scholarship
• The direct relief of sickness
The UK independent healthcare sector and the fulfilment of their charitable objects by
The Foundation expects to make donations of up to £1 Million a year. Grants for under
£5,000 will be made within one month, Grants that exceed £10,000 may take up to four
months to process. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Supporting for the well being of needy people
The 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.
Local branches of national organisations - the trust prefers to give a large grant to the
national headquarters; individuals.
Maximum grant is usually £2,000.
Funds Distributed: £221,000 (2008).
Applicable to registered charities only. Apply on a form available from the contact above.
Full guidance notes are also sent along with the form.
The Trustees meet quarterly in January, April, July and October.
Woodroffe Benton Foundation, 16 Fernleigh Court, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6NA,
Tel 020 8421 4120
Grants for faith based organisation to engage in social action
The Church Urban Fund (CUF) has announced that it is seeking applications from
churches and faith-based groups under its Mustard Seed Fund. The aim of the fund is to
provide grants to enable churches and faith-based organisations to engage in social
action through supporting them to initiate, develop and formulate ideas and opportunities
in preparation for undertaking larger pieces of work. Mustard Seed Grants can pay for
specific activities but not for on-going revenue expenditure, deficit funding, or
retrospective spending. The Church Urban Fund particularly assists churches in
deprived areas in their outreach to their local community and aims to support the mission
of the Church.
Eligible projects need to be directly tackling the effects of profound poverty and should
be working in the 10% most deprived areas in England. The 'Mustard Seed' programme
makes grants of up to £5,000. The programme operates on a rolling basis and
applications can be made at any time.
Awards for sustainability development
The Ashden Awards for Sustainability Development are now open for applications. The
aim of the award, which is open to schools, businesses, not for profit organisations, the
construction sector, the public sector and for organisations that promote organisational
change, is to reward organisations that have excelled at providing sustainable energy at
a local level. The award is for existing not new projects. Awards are given for the
benefits that sustainable energy brings rather than for the technology used. This year
there will be a total of 6 UK awards. One gold award will have an award fund of £20,000
and the other five will receive an award fund of £10,000.
Previous winners have included:
St Columb Minor School, Cornwall, who took a practical but fun-packed approach to
driving energy use down by making eco pledges in class and at home, generating
energy with wind and solar, and giving their building a green overhaul.
The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, Scotland, who cut their carbon emissions by 50% by
carefully managing their energy use, actively encouraging energy-saving in everyone's
daily life and generating 90% of electricity through renewable energy.
The closing date for UK projects is the 26th October and for International projects the
19th October 2010.
Grants of up to £20,000 to community groups, not-for-profit organisations
and schools who wish to consider and implement sustainable energy
projects in their buildings
E.On the power and gas generating and distributing company has announced that the
next application deadline for its Sustainable Energy Fund is the 8th October 2010. The
E.ON Sustainable Energy Fund offers grants of up to £20,000 to community groups, not-
for-profit organisations and schools who wish to consider and implement sustainable
energy projects in their buildings. Local Authorities can apply in partnership with
community groups / schools as long as the community group takes the lead in the
application process. Projects that can be considered include; the purchase and
installation of one or more renewable energy technologies (e.g. wind, solar thermal, PV,
wood etc); the renovation of existing facilities to incorporate micro-generation technology
(e.g. the reinstatement of a watermill and the purchase of a turbine to produce hydro-
electricity); an energy efficiency makeover for your building that could demonstrate
significant energy savings and also behavioural change amongst users; and the use of
new or innovative technology to deliver either energy savings or micro-generation
capacity. To be eligible organisations must benefit specific groups namely: education,
vulnerable people; and people in fuel poverty.
Renewable energy grants for the community
The Naturesave Trust, which was set up in 1995, to fund specific environmental and
conservation projects throughout the UK and to encourage the greater adoption of
sustainable development, especially within the Small and Medium Sized business
community (SMEs) has announced that it now provides start up 'seed corn' grants for
community renewable energy projects. The Trust are keen to help communities, in
particular, that do not have the initial start up capital to undertake all the preliminary work
to get to the planning stage and most importantly for the community to retain as much
control as possible over the operating income once the project has been successful.
Recently funded projects by the Trust include Pilling St John's Primary School which
received funding towards the installation of a wind turbine at the school, providing
energy and income to the school and Trees for Health which received funding from the
Trust to set up green woodworking area to utilise local coppice wood in Devon.
Landfill tax credit scheme: Flagship Programme reopens
Biffawards, which awards grants to community and environmental projects through
monies raised from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services has announced,
that it's "Flagship" Programme is to re-open for applications in spring 2010. Through its
"Flagship" Programme, Biffawards supports regionally or nationally significant voluntary
sector led regeneration or biodiversity projects. Flagship projects involve the community
working together with a variety of partner organisations to have a major impact on quality
of life and/or the environment. Suitably qualified organisations can apply for grants of
between £150,000 - £500,000. Projects must be site-based, within 25 miles of a Biffa
operation and ten miles of an active landfill site. The organisation making the application
must be eligible to enrol with ENTRUST as an Environmental Body. Previously
supported projects include; a grant of £257,529 to Groundwork London to develop a
Flagship Playscape project at King Georges Fields, Ealing, which aims to break the
mould of the risk-averse traditional children's play areas; and the Wildlife Trust for
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire & Peterborough who 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 biodiversity and
communities, will restore more than 3,000 hectares of wildlife habitat to the
Other charitable, heritage etc
Support for a wide range of good causes
Garfield Weston Foundation is a grant-giving charity for UK registered charities. The
Foundation will also consider applications from a limited number of other organisations -
churches, educational establishments, hospitals and housing corporations.
Average grants are around £25,000.
There are no application deadlines.
Low-cost loans for the conservation of scheduled or listed buildings, or
those in conservation areas
The Architectural Heritage Fund provides grants and low-cost loans for the conservation
of scheduled or listed buildings, or those in conservation areas. The following grants and
loans are available to qualifying charities:
Options Appraisal Grants - Up to 75% of the cost of looking at the key conservation
issues affecting the building, examining all the available options, considering their
viability, and exploring possible sources of funding. The maximum grant is normally
£7,500, but in exceptional circumstances this can be up to £12,500.
Project Development Grant – Up to £25,000, available to Building Preservation Trusts
only, to help with the costs of developing a project, and to take it towards the point where
site work begins.
Low-interest loans – Up to £500,000, available to registered charities to acquire and/or
repair and re-use historic buildings.
Repair grants are not available, only grants for conservation appraisal.
The next deadlines for applications are 12th August and 21st October 2010.
See www.ahfund.org.uk for more details.
Funding for general charitable purposes
The Lord Barnby’s Foundation has established a permanent list of charities that it
supports each year, with the remaining funds then distributed to other charities. Its
priority areas include the following: heritage; the preservation of the environment; and
the countryside and ancient buildings, particularly the great Anglican cathedrals;
charities benefiting people who are ex-service and service, Polish, disabled or refugees;
welfare of horses and people who look after them; technical education for the woollen
Funding is not for Individuals.
Applications will only be considered if received in writing accompanied by a set of the
latest accounts. Appeals are considered three times a year, in February, June and
Examples of grants allocated with 2008 include: The Holburne Museum (£2,000); The
ISIS Project (£1,000); The Langford Trust (£2,500); Talking Space (£1,000); Tall Ships
Youth Trust (£2,000); Territorial Army (£5,000); Care International UK (£500); Cares for
Funds Distributed: £257,081 (2008).
Mrs J A Lethbridge (Secretary)
LORD BARNBY'S FOUNDATION
PO Box 71
Devon. PL8 2YP
DIY store with waste donation scheme
Schools, charities and community groups can apply for products and waste materials
through the B&Q Waste Donate Scheme. B&Q operates this Scheme through all of its
stores within the UK. B&Q donates products and waste materials they haven’t been able
to sell for re-use such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of
wallpaper and end-of-range materials. Donated products should benefit the local
community and the environment and cannot be resold. Due to its Health and Safety
scheme, electrical, petrol and gas items are not available for donation. Applications must
be made directly to B&Q stores.
Applications to the scheme can be made at any time.
Funding for monument and artefact restoration
St Andrew's Conservation Trust The conservation, preservation and restoration of
sculptures, monuments and other artefacts of historic or public interest, which are on or
attached to property which is a church, or owned by a charity, and to which the public
Funding NOT For:
Churchyard table tombs except in very restricted circumstances
Apply on a form available from the contact above
Preference for the south west of England
ST ANDREW'S CONSERVATION TRUST
S R V Pomeroy
Dorset DT2 8QL
Funding for Christian projects including church repairs
The Allchurches Trust aims are to promote the Christian religion, to contribute to the
funds of any charitable institutions or associations and to carry out any charitable
purpose. Grants will normally be made in the form of single payments.
The majority of the Trust’s donations are used to support the dioceses and cathedrals of
the Church of England. The Trust has a general fund which responds to requests for
financial assistance from Anglican churches, churches of other denominations and the
Christian community. The Trust supports appeals from churches for building and
restoration projects, repair of church fabric, church community initiatives, religious
charities, charities preserving the UK heritage and other charitable causes.
Funding NOT For:
Charities with political association; National charities; Individuals; Appeals for running
costs and salaries or appeals from the same recipient twice in one year or in two
Applications should be submitted in writing on the form available off website or from
contact above, detailing the objectives of the project, the appeal target, how the funds
are to be utilised, funds raised to date and any previous support received from the trust.
Allchurches Trust Limited
Gloucester GL1 1JZ
Tel: 01452 873189
Dividend fund to benefit local communities
The Community Dividend Fund uses the “odd pence” donated from Co-operative Group
Dividend cardholders to fund projects that benefit local communities. Community and
voluntary groups as well as charities are able to apply for funding of between £100 and
£5,000 to support projects that benefit the local community. To be eligible, the project
must benefit a local community in which at least one Co-operative group business
The type of activities supported must fulfil a perceived need in the local community by
addressing community issues such as combating crime and anti-social behaviour,
promoting education and improving health.
Activities must also target disadvantaged groups or areas and be in line with co-
operative values and principals.
Past projects include:
Concorde Wheelchairs Dancers - The Concorde Wheelchair Dancers is a Bristol dance
team with members representing all ages and disabilities. The Co-operative Membership
Community Fund awarded the group a grant of £500, enabling members to take part in a
national competition in Blackpool.
Blaina After School Club - The 2H After School Club based at Ystruth Primary School
provides care for autistic children and their siblings. The school club has recently
received a donation of £500 from The Co-operative Community Fund, and has used the
money to create a sensory garden.
Applications can be made at any time.
Funding from Getty Jnr Charitable trust before closure
The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, one of the largest grant making trusts in the UK
has announced that it is winding down the Trust over a period of between five and ten
years. This means that the Trust will be increasing the level of annual spend and will be
looking for opportunities to award a number of more substantial grants that will have an
enduring impact. Since 1986 the Trust has awarded nearly £38 million to over 3,000
charities across the United Kingdom. The Trust aims to support projects which help to
relieve poverty, support disadvantaged people, and effect long-term change where help
is not readily available from the public or private purse. The Trust also provides funding
for the arts, and towards the conservation of the natural and built environment. The Trust
makes grants through two funding streams.
Main grants can be between £10,000 and £250,000 over a period of 1 to 3 years.
Small grants of up to £5,000 are also available for smaller charities.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Transport operator funding community projects
The FirstGroup Plc is committed to making a real difference to the communities in which
they operate in the UK, by supporting a wide range of charitable causes and community
organisations. The Grants charitable criteria include: young people; health and the
environment. Funding is not available for grant making bodies, promotion of political or
religion beliefs, government funded schemes and animal welfare. Arts and research
projects will only be considered in exceptional cases. The funding available is
The application form is available from the FirstGroup PLC website and applications can
be submitted at any time.
Christian funder supporting for social inclusion
The Anchor Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year to
Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the
arts. Funding can be awarded for up to three years. The Foundation will consider
applications for either capital or revenue funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will
grants be given for building work. Previously funded projects include the Karis Neighbour
Scheme which received a grant of £700 for revenue costs at a drop in centre for women
refugees in Birmingham; Discovery Camps which received a grant of £1500 to subsidise
holidays for children arranged by churches in and around Dundee; and Scargill House
which received a grant of £5,000 to facilitate cross cultural engagement and
understanding amongst children using arts based residential courses in Yorkshire.
Funding for community groups
Not for profit organisations and organisation with a charitable purpose can apply for
funding through the Mark Leonard Trust. The Mark Leonard Trust is one of the
Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and focuses on environmental education in the UK.
In particular the Trust seeks to support projects that focus on:
Finding practical ways of involving children and young adults; sustainable agriculture
and bio-diversity. Sustainable transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy and
youth work that supports the rehabilitation of young people involved in anti-social or
Projects supported in the past have included:
• A grant of £10,000 to the Federation of City Farms and Community gardens
towards a pilot project in Coventry to develop food growing activities in schools
• A grant of £10,000 to Plumpton College to complete the construction of an
environmentally friendly classroom.
Applications to the Trust can be submitted at any time.
Projects for a wide variety of charitable purposes
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation supports project a wide variety of charitable
purposes including: education; arts; heritage; youth; community; conservation; housing;
health; medical research.
Funding is for capital and/or revenue costs.
Grants are normally in the range £200 to £10,000 but may, exceptionally, be greater.
Match funding is not necessarily required and the grant can be used as match funding. If
match funding is required, this may be in the form of another grant or volunteer time
Appeals are considered regularly. The Foundation does not issue strict guidance upon
the types of project funded
Applications may be made at any time
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
20 Berkeley Square
Tel: (020) 7408 2198
Fax: (020) 7499 5859
Funding to improve human well being
The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation provides grants to charities for educational projects,
music composition and performances, herbal medicine, medical research, disability, and
farming related projects. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to registered charities
with a turnover of less than £500,000. The Foundation favours supporting small charities
that will carry out the project themselves (except in the case of medical research), who
rely on volunteers and who can demonstrate a successful history of projects. The
Trustees will usually meet to consider applications in January, April, July, and October.
Applications need to be submitted before the last week in the month before the next
meeting. For example, for an application to be considered at the January meeting,
applicants will need to submit it before the last week of December.
Local – Devon specific etc
North Devon Council – Community Councillor Grants
Open for Applications
Financial assistance is available for projects or services which benefit the North Devon
Maximum value: £1,500
There is no set limit on the size of the grant which can be applied for. However, the size
of grant usually awarded is as follows:
• For projects covering an electoral ward - up to £1,500.
North Devon Council's Community Councillor Grants scheme is in place to support
community and voluntary groups to help develop activities and facilities that will benefit
the socio-economic culture and environment of North Devon.
These are awards for a specific project such as an event, a new or re-furbished facility or
a pilot of a new service. The grant seeker will approach the district councillor of their
ward for support in their application. They are time limited. All project grants will be
subject to a funding agreement. The budget will be split equally amongst the district
Applications are accepted and considered throughout the year.
Organisations eligible to apply include:
• Voluntary organisations.
• Community organisations.
• Village hall committees, Parish Councils, other community and voluntary sector
Proposed projects and activity should fall under one of the following headings:
• Culture and heritage.
• Environment and sustainability.
• Social welfare.
The project must demonstrate:
• A need for the activity.
• A need for financial assistance.
• Local community support.
• Local benefit in accord with corporate strategies.
• Measurable benefit.
• Environmental sustainability.
Applicants to this fund should have the following:
• A constitution
• A bank account.
• Independently signed off accounts.
• Not-for-profit aims.
• Open access (within target group).
Eligible expenditure includes:
• Core running costs.
• Specific projects such as an event, a new or refurbished facility, new equipment
or the pilot of a new service.
Funding for the following will not be considered:
• Projects which cover an area which is primarily the responsibility of another
• Double funding from North Devon District Council sources.
• Out of area activities.
• Fund-raising events.
• Projects which promote religious belief or political activities.
• Civic events.
• Retrospective funding.
Contact North Devon Council for further information and application forms.
North Devon District Council: (http://www.northdevon.gov.uk) »
Useful addresses and contacts for this scheme:
Lucinda Tomlinson Grants Officer
North Devon Council
Community and Leisure Services
Tel: 01271 388433
Contact North Devon Council
Application Form and guidance –
Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund
The Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund has been set up to encourage innovative
sustainable development projects that help to improve the quality of life for current and
future generations. The Fund will support proposals that focus on environmental,
economic, social and cultural aspects of life.
The level of grant support will not normally exceed 50%. For the voluntary sector it will
not normally exceed 75%. Up to 100% will be available in exceptional circumstances
and in most cases this will require a considerable contribution in kind, such as volunteer
time or loan of equipment, premises, land etc. Although there is no prescribed maximum
or minimum grant, the average to date has been around £6,000.
Proposed projects should change the attitude and behaviour of individuals and
communities in ways that enhance understanding of sustainable development and the
role of Dartmoor National Park Authority, while promoting co-operation and social
Priority will be given to eligible projects that:
1. involve young people and combat social exclusion;
2. encourage links between urban groups and those resident in Dartmoor National
3. demonstrate innovation or best practice;
4. lever in contributions from other sources;
5. add value or new dimensions to existing sustainability projects; and/or
6. have little access to alternative public funding; and/or
7. bring organisations together to co-operate in tackling problems or promoting
Visit the website for further eligibility information and to get an application pack:
Before you complete your application you should first speak to the Sustainable
Development Officer on 01626 831067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fund for innovative ideas
Springboard is an investment fund created to support the development of innovative
ideas that will have a significant impact on the economy of Devon, Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly.
Seedcorn funding to support early-stage development, feasibility studies or step
There is no set intervention rate; investments will typically be between £50,000 and
The Springboard Fund will not provide displacement funding if there is another source
that will provide the funding.
Public, private or voluntary sector organisations are eligible to apply in Devon, Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly.
Applications can be made at any time and projects will be assessed on viability, value for
money and the overall impact it will make. Grants are discretionary.
Application forms are available to download from the website, supported by proof that
the recipient is compliant with current UK legislation.
South West Regional Development Agency
Tel: 0845 600 9966
Small grants programme for Devon
The Devon Community Foundation, which is an independent charity committed to
supporting local community causes and providing grants to support local causes, has
announced a new grassroots small grants programme for local community groups and
charities. Community Groups and Charities in Devon, that are volunteer led and with an
annual income of up to £30,000 are eligible to apply for a grant of between £250 and
£5,000 over three years.
The grant can be used for activities that increases or develops the capacity of small
voluntary and community groups. Examples of the type of activities that can be funded
Staff costs to enable employment;
Training for volunteers;
Putting on local events or workshops;
Measures to achieve a quality award or improved standards;
Activities to support community activity;
Additional activities to expand an existing funded project; The purchase of equipment to
benefit the group such as a computer, oven or furniture, etc.
Sir John and Lady Amory's charitable trust
Funding for good causes, with a particular emphasis on Devon.
Apply in writing.
Catchment Areas: Devon, and elsewhere in the UK.
Donations in institutions exceeding £1,000 each went to: Knightshayes Garden Trust
(£17,000); Relief for the Elderly and Infirm (£1,400); Tiverton Market Centre (£2,000);
and Churches Housing Action Team, Dorchester Abbey Appeal, Queen Alexandra
Sir John and Lady Amory's Charitable Trust
Tel: 01884 254899
BBC Children in Need
Children in Need Distributes £14.8 Million
BBC Children in Need raised a record-breaking total of £20,991,216 following the Appeal
night last November. BBC Children in Need has awarded £14.8 million to 422 projects
across the UK working with disadvantaged children and young people and have announced
that this spring they will be allocating the first of three rounds of grants this year. All grants
are targeted to areas where they will make a real difference and are allocated
geographically to ensure that all corners of the UK receive a share of the money raised, and
projects supported work with children and young people who may be affected by
homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who are living with a serious illness,
disability or psychological disorder.
The minimum grant awarded was of £600 and the maximum £182,683.
There are four general grant deadlines each year: 15 January, 15 April, 15 July, 15
BBC Children in Need distributes grants to properly constituted not for profit organisations
that work with disadvantaged children below the age of 18 living in the UK (including the
Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).
Their disadvantages will include:
• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Any kind of disability
• Behavioural or psychological problems
• Living in poverty or situations of deprivation
Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the
better. It should be entirely focused on children. Where possible and appropriate it should
take into account children’s views and involve them in decision making. Organisations must
• A constitution or governing document
• Their own bank/building society account
• At least two unrelated cheque signatories
• A written child protection policy
• Adequate and appropriate insurance
Grants can be awarded for up to three years at a time, but one year grants are only given
• Capital Projects
• Seasonal Projects e.g. holiday playschemes
• Holidays and outings
• Equipment & Welfare Funds
The Appeal does not give grants for:
• Trips abroad or projects abroad
• Medical treatment or medical research
• Unspecified expenditure
• Deficit funding/repayment of loans
• Retrospective funding
• Projects unable to start within twelve months
• Distribution to another/other organisation(s)
• General appeals or endowment funds
• The relief of statutory responsibilities
• The promotion of religion
• Projects for pregnancy testing or advice, information or counselling on pregnancy
BBC Children in Need, PO Box 76, London W3 6FS. Tel: 020 8576 7788
Local Information for the south west:
BBC Children in Need has changed our application process and so I would be grateful if
you could highlight this in the next edition of your bulletin. I have attached a summary for
Also, I have more recent regional data for you, as follows:
Key local regional statistics, for the last full grant year which is Oct 07 to Sept 08, for the
South West are:
307 requests received to the value of £20 million
127 grants awarded totalling £3.7 million
41% of applicants were funded
amount awarded to value requested was 19%
1 Emma Beeston
Regional Manager - South West
BBC Children In Need
T: Direct Dial 0117 974 7600(x017600) • Bristol Office 0117 974 6600 (x016600) •
Central Helpdesk 020 8576 7788 (x0267788)
F: Local Fax 0117 974 6690 • Central Helpdesk Fax 020 8576 8887
A: Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR.
Lottery goes wild to offer green grants to South West
Community groups across the South West are being encouraged to discover wildlife on
their doorstep as the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) prepares to plough £2 million of good cause
cash into improving the environment through protecting and creating wildlife habitats for
everyone to enjoy.
Launching on BBC’s Springwatch show this evening (2 June BBC Two at 8pm), BIG’s
Community Wildlife funding programme will offer grants of between £300 and £10,000 to
projects that bring communities together to improve or protect the natural environment
by raising awareness of threatened wildlife or places.
Chris Packham, BBC Springwatch Presenter, said: “It’s wonderful that you can get out
and celebrate and protect the wildlife in your local area through this fund. Apply today
and get your whole community involved.”
From bird, bat or badger watching, to creating nature trails, woodland walks and wildlife
gardens, Community Wildlife will award grants to voluntary or community sector
organisations, town and parish councils, schools and health bodies committed to
bringing people together to learn about nature.
Projects that encourage people to get more active and healthier through exploring parks,
rivers and the countryside to look for rare or endangered species, or that get people
gardening or on nature walks, and those that encourage children to learn about nature
through play will all benefit.
Mark Cotton, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for the South West, said: “Community
Wildlife is all about supporting projects that get people of all ages and backgrounds
working together to improve and protect their local wildlife.
“We want this funding to have a real impact on improving local rural and urban
environments across the South West through the protection of habitats and threatened
wildlife. Now is the time of year that people get outside to enjoy the natural environment
so I encourage everyone to get their applications in to help save our wildlife for future
Alternatively, call 0845 367 0610, or textphone 0845 602 1659. There are three
deadlines for applications: 21 July, 22 September and 24 November 2010.
Application forms can be downloaded at
Big Lottery fund announces improvements to the Reaching Communities
programme for England
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has introduced a series of improvements to the Reaching
Communities programme for England, designed to make it easier for groups to apply.
At least £300 million will be awarded to projects making a difference to the lives of
individuals and communities most in need, until 2013. The programme will continue to
make awards of between £10,000 and £500,000 and will provide funding for up to five
There is no change to who can apply, what can be funded or the difference BIG wants to
make with this programme. Applications may be submitted by voluntary and community
groups, registered charities, schools and social enterprises. Grants will be awarded for
offer people better chances in life, including being able to get better access to
training and development;
build strong communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle
develop improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better
able to access and enjoy; and
create healthier and more active people and communities.
The improvements to the programme include the following:
For those applying for less than £40,000 per year, there will be a simpler application
process and faster decision making than for those seeking greater amounts. This
improvement is intended to benefit smaller organisations in particular.
Groups that are invited by BIG to complete a full application will now have a better
chance of being funded.
BIG will provide more support for applicants at every stage of the application process,
particularly in those areas, and for those groups, that have received less funding than
BIG is also in the process of developing a capital stream which will launch later this year.
More information on this will be made available as the programme evolves.
Awards for All Open
in 2007/08 • Grants are available of
between £300 and £10,000.
All Projects must help to deliver the
Big Lottery Fund’s outcomes • Only one application can be
There is now no need to send considered at a time.
documents such as accounts and
bank statements with applications.
There is now no need for signatures You can apply if you are:
on the application forms voluntary and community
If BIG wants to fund the application, it organisation, school, parish or
will make a conditional grant offer. town council, health body.
Following conditional offers, BIG will
ask for signatures, bank statements You cannot apply if you are a:
and any other documents needed. Individual or sole trader, private
Awards will then be confirmed if profit-making organisation,
those documents are satisfactory statutory organisation other than
Awards for All projects must meet at those listed above, organisation
least one of BIG’s outcomes: not established in the UK.
• People having 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
Applicants need to think about what
changes do they want to make to the
lives of the people they want to help,
and how will those changes help
achieve one or more of the four Big
Lottery Fund outcomes
Small grant programme for community projects
Esmee Fairbarn supports and strengthen small Community Organisations operating in
the rural areas, market and coastal towns of the South West Region. The focus will be
on activities that enable people from diverse backgrounds to become engaged in their
neighbourhoods and communities and to support those organisations that are bringing
about real change to the lives of the people who live in those communities.
Grants under £1,000.
(It is expected that most grants will be in the region of £200-£600).
Priority will be given to:
* Small Community Organisations that are addressing the needs of people in their
communities by engaging people in community activity either as volunteers or as people
benefiting from the funded activities
* Charitable organisations with running costs under £15,000 although organisations with
larger running costs that can demonstrate a small amount of funding will make a real
difference will be considered if they meet the rest of the criteria.
The Foundation aims to act as a broker to assist small Community Organisations funded
through this programme to link into appropriate developmental help that is available. If
you are successful in accessing funding through this programme we may be contacting
you to see if there is any developmental help that you can be linked to that could assist
your organisation. It is also useful to know what help organisations still need.
The Foundation also wishes to prioritise organisations supporting a diverse range of
people such as:-
* disabled people including people with learning disabilities
* people with mental health problems
* frail older people
* people who are unemployed or on low incomes
* carers of people with additional needs
* young people who are affected by 'disadvantage' in any way
* people threatened or affected by domestic violence
* people from the Black and Minority Ethnic Community
* lesbian, gay and bisexual people
* people form Gypsy and Traveller Communities
* people who are from any other marginalised group
Who Can Apply:-
Small community organisations.
Priority will be given to applicants with less than 12 months running costs in free
reserves. If you have a higher level than this you will be asked to demonstrate clear
reasons for this.
If you have any queries about your eligibility please contact the Foundation on
All organisations must have a constitution or set of rules and a bank account in the name
of the organisation with at least 2 signatories. Applications must be made on an
application form. We will try and give you a decision within 14 days of receiving your
completed form. If you do not have either of these still contact us.
Your referee should be someone who knows your work well and who is willing to discuss
your application with us. They must not be a member of your group, or related to a
South West region. The Foundation does not currently support applications from
Bournemouth and Poole, Bristol, Plymouth, Gloucester, Swindon and Exeter unless the
applicant can demonstrate that the project will assist and/or support people from rural
areas and/or coastal and market towns.