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November 2018 - Nationwide Community Grants

Deadline: Friday 7 December

The Sussex Community Foundation have a new fund, Nationwide Community Grants. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen the local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in the local area. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional community board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities.

And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

More info

November 2018 - Sport England Makes Changes to It’s Small Grants Application Process

Sport England’s approach to their Small Grants process has changed.

They want to make applying for funding as simple as possible to have the greatest possible impact in communities across England, in line with their strategy.

The application form will now be easier to complete and they have relaxed a few rules about what we cannot fund e.g. the focus of your application will be more about what difference your project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen.

It will also no longer matter if your project takes more than 12 months to deliver and you can spread your funding over three years, if required. In addition they will be happy to contribute our funding to bigger projects. Finally they will be doing more to support organisations who traditionally do not seek funding from us but who are able to support inactive people become active.

To read their new guide click here:  small-grants-guide-2018

To find out more about Sport England’s Small Grants click here: https://www.sportengland.org/funding/small-grants/

November 2018 - Grants for Green Spaces

Taken from the ‘My Community’ website as a list of grants that funds green spaces: Grants for Green Spaces

To find out more click here: https://mycommunity.org.uk/resources/grants-green-spaces/

November 2018 - Central Social and Recreational Trust

Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in the UK to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years.

In order to secure a grant please consider the following:-

  • All young people who are to benefit must be under 21 years of age and belong to a club/organisation based in England. The Trustees will consider the application where the majority are under 21, but will not consider grants for individuals.
  • The Trustees will consider grants for equipment for the use of all members of the club. Individual items will not be considered i.e. personal items of kit such as gum shields, shorts, vests etc.
  • The Trustees will consider grants to assist in the maintenance of properties as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period
  • The Trustees may attach conditions to a grant e.g. conditional on match funding
  • The Trustees will only pay suppliers directly. It is therefore necessary for the clubs to obtain a written quotation/invoice from the supplier.
  • Economic or social circumstances surrounding the beneficiaries of the grant
  • What has the applicant done to fulfil the need from other sources?
  • Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body i.e. Amateur Boxing Association of England; National Association of Clubs for Young People; Football Association etc. will be considered for a grant.
  • Grants will generally be no more than £1000 although the Trustees will consider applications above this figure in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that the Central Social and Recreational Trust has only limited amounts of funding to be allocated each year and may not be able to meet all applications therefore priority will be given to the following applications for equipment for 2016-2018:- Amateur Boxing Clubs, Amateur Martial Arts clubs and Youth Services providing a social and community service.

To find out more click here; http://www.csrt.info/how-to-apply.html

November 2018 - Get the Most Out of Your Local Authority

Clubs are operating in a challenging environment due to local government spending cuts and authorities have more incentive to sell or close facilities which are used by clubs. In some areas funding and support for sport and recreation is being drastically reduced.

Local authorities have a central role to play when it comes to the provision of community sport and recreation facilities, and are responsible for the health of local people.

Despite their duty to promote healthy lifestyles, there is no legal requirement for local authorities to provide facilities. To help you and your clubs get the most out of your local authority the ‘Sport and Recreational Alliance’  put together some guidance on:

To view these click the links above.

November 2018 - HSBC Golf Roots Plus

The purpose of an HSBC Golf Roots Plus project is to support local groups and organisations working with young people where involvement in golf may provide an alternative and positive focus.

HSBC Golf Roots Plus may be used as a diversion to antisocial behaviour or as an inspirational activity that provides an opportunity for young people to experience the wide and varied benefits of golf. A focus on ‘Skills for Life’ must underpin each project and should aim to enhance young people’s lives through the catalyst of golf. Projects intended for young people with special needs or disabilities are also encouraged to apply. The project should be coordinated by a local delivery partner such as a youth service, local authority, police service, ‘Kicks’ project or partnership of schools. The local delivery partner should be the applicant.

Grants available up to £1,500.

To find out more click here: https://www.golf-foundation.org/golf-for-all/hsbc-golf-roots-plus/

October 2018 - BBC Children in Need Announce 2018 Deadlines

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme which accepting applications for large grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years, has announced it’s 2018 deadlines.

To view these click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/60DXlxYvbbtcTDm79Mjryj/main-grants-should-i-apply

October 2018 - Big Lottery Fund to Change Name in Early 2019

The Big Lottery Fund, which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, has announced that from 30 January 2019 it will be called The National Lottery Community Fund. Last year alone the Big Lottery Fund gave out over half a billion pounds of National Lottery funding to community projects across the UK, benefitting more than 11,000 projects.

The Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, Dawn Austwick, explained that changing the name to The National Lottery Community Fund would makes it clearer what the organisation is and does and will support the long-term health of The National Lottery. Aligning the Fund’s name will help players understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket, underlining ambitions to see returns to good causes grow.

Commenting, Dawn Austwick said:

“Groups and charities use our funding, be it £500 or £500,000, to bring people together, make good things happen and help their communities to thrive. We want to make sure that as many people as possible understand who we are, what we do, and how National Lottery funding could help them make a difference in their community.

“That’s why we’re looking forward to starting 2019 – when we will also be celebrating The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday – as The National Lottery Community Fund.”

October 2018 - HSBC Golf Roots Plus

The purpose of an HSBC Golf Roots Plus project is to support local groups and organisations working with young people where involvement in golf may provide an alternative and positive focus.

HSBC Golf Roots Plus may be used as a diversion to antisocial behaviour or as an inspirational activity that provides an opportunity for young people to experience the wide and varied benefits of golf. A focus on ‘Skills for Life’ must underpin each project and should aim to enhance young people’s lives through the catalyst of golf. Projects intended for young people with special needs or disabilities are also encouraged to apply. The project should be coordinated by a local delivery partner such as a youth service, local authority, police service, ‘Kicks’ project or partnership of schools. The local delivery partner should be the applicant.

Grants are available up to £1,500 via the Golf foundation.

Deadline 14 December.

To find out more click here: https://www.golf-foundation.org/golf-for-all/hsbc-golf-roots-plus/

October 2018 - Sporting Capital Fund

Funding is available to incorporated organisations based and operating in England to deliver projects using sport and sporting facilities that generate sustainable revenue and deliver long-term community impact.

Unsecured loans of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available to a range of organisations including community organisations, social enterprises, charities or profit-with-purpose businesses that are incorporated or planning to do so before investment.

The aim of the fund is to invest in organisations that make a difference by developing people and communities through sport, helping them to become financially sustainable. Loans are provided to help organisations, either now or in the future, to:

  • Deliver community-based services to meet the needs of local people, either using sport as a tool, or using a community sports setting to deliver services.
  • Have a sustainable business model that generates revenues through trading that support the organisation’s activities.

Funding can be used for a wide range of projects that use sport, or sporting facilities, to benefit local communities including:

  • Equipment to support revenue streams.
  • Recruitment, training and deployment of staff and volunteers.
  • Equipment to support business functions including finance, project management and governance.
  • Other operating costs.

A total of £3 million is available and the funder expects to invest into around 30 projects until June 2020.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

To find out more click here; https://www.sportingcapital.org.uk/investment

October - Peoples Health Trust

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. Peoples Health Trust are looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

They’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this they mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

They run a two stage application process that begins with an online form. There’s step by step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please call them on 020 7749 9100 or email them on apply@peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

The geographical areas when funding is available changes throughout the year.

To find out more and when the funding is open in your area click here: https://www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding

September 2018 - Aviva Community Fund is Now Open

The Aviva Community Fund is now open closing on the 9th October 2018.

This award is a chance for your club to get funding for an important cause in your community.

All you have to do is submit a project for your community club, group or organisation.

To find out more click here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/campaign/getinvolved

September 2018 - Free Playing Kit and Equipment Available to Schools Through Premier League Primary Stars

Free football kit and equipment is being made available to primary schools across England and Wales.

The Premier League Primary Stars programme is a national curriculum-linked education initiative, designed to inspire children to learn, engage and be active. Using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs, the programme provides ways for teachers to inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme offers primary schools the opportunity to apply for free resources which can be used for active classroom sessions, PE lessons and for school sports teams. The scheme is run in partnership with Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation.

The application window is open until Friday 26 October.

Successful primary schools can expect to receive their kit or equipment from distributor, Kitlocker, in the summer term 2019.

  • This year’s application window is open until Friday 26 October 2018.
  • If your application is successful, you will receive a notification during the week commencing Monday 5 November 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be sent a redemption code and link to an online portal to select their kit or equipment. They will need to claim this by Friday 21 December 2018.
  • Once processed, your school will receive the kit or equipment May–June 2019. (Exact delivery times will be confirmed with you.)

To find out more click here: https://plprimarystars.com/news-and-events/kit-equipment-2019

September 2018 - Tampon Tax Community Fund for Women and Girls is Now Open

The Tampon Tax Community Fund will be delivered locally across the UK through a partnership between the UK Community Foundations and its local Community Foundation members.

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to local projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the UK.

The Fund aims to support women and girls who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The programme will invest in a wide variety of projects that meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.
  • Improving health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.
  • Building social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available to support volunteer expenses, activity costs, and project staff/sessional staff costs.

Priority will be given to:

  • Women and girl organisations.
  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support.
  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages.
  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.
  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping.

Registered UK charities, constituted community groups, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, community interest companies, co-operatives, credit unions and social enterprises can all apply.

The Fund closes at midday on 26 October 2018.

To find out more click here; https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-programmes/tampon-tax-community-fund

September 2018 - Magic Little Grants

Online giving site Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups (income must be below £50,000 a year, and groups below £20,000 will be prioritised)

Projects need to meet either of the following themes:

  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

As part of the grant, organisations who are not currently members of Localgiving will also be awarded an annual Localgiving membership, worth £96, that will enable them to benefit from its online fundraising support and services. This site is unusual in that it claims gift aid for groups that aren’t charities (provided they’ve got charitable aims).

Closing date is 31st October 2018. Awards will be made monthly up to then.

To find out more click here: https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/magic-little-grants/

September 2018 - Funding for Local Projects that Help the Armed Forces Community in the UK

The Local Grants Programme is provided through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, an enduring fund with £10 million available each year to support projects that address specific priorities.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for UK-based projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Proposed projects must:

  • Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

And should identify one of the following as their focus:

  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Education and employability.
  • Events and commemorations.

Applications are invited from registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number). All organisations should:

  • Have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
  • Be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working – with either an armed forces charity or an armed forces unit.
  • Work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure projects that are properly connected locally, respond to recognised need and do not duplicate other provisions.

Successful applications have the chance to benefit from the Covenant Fund’s Digital Development Programme.

Applications are assessed four times per year.

The deadline for the third round is 30 September 2018 (12pm).

To find out more click here; https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covenant-fund

September 2018 - Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

Money levied from the soft drinks industry will soon be available for schools to improve sports facilities and promote healthy living.

Last year, the UK Government announced that its Soft Drinks Industry Levy would come into force in 2018. The levy will tax the soft drinks industry on any product with a sugar content over 5g per 100ml.

The measure is part of a strategy to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle amongst young people in order to tackle rising rates of obesity and type two diabetes.

The levy is expected to raise around £520 million a year and in England it will be targeted at improving health and fitness of children in primary schools.

What can the Sugar Tax be used for?

The government has allocated money from the levy specifically for:

  • Sports facilities, including pitches, sports halls, gymnasiums and multi-use games areas
  • Changing facilities
  • Playgrounds
  • Kitchens and dining facilities
  • Benefits for your academy

Not only can Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) and schools offer children better sports facilities and extra-curricular activities but they could generate revenue by offering evening and weekend use to the wider community.

Sugar Tax money will be available through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) and academies will be able to apply through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for project funding.

Condition Improvement Fund criteria will apply to the HPCF, so large MATs will automatically be allocated HPCF funding.

The Department for Education have published details of the allocations of the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, as well as guidance and terms and conditions of the funding. To view this click here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/686163/Healthy_pupils_capital_fund_guidance.pdf

The documents, which are housed on the DfE website outline that the funding will be going to local authorities and multi-academy trusts, who will then distribute out to schools they are responsible for.

The Department for Education have given responsible bodies the flexibility to make decisions based on the health and wellbeing needs and priorities in their communities. Schools requiring more information on how the funding will be distributed in their area should contact their local authority or multi-academy trust.

To find out more click here: https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news/dfe-update-healthy-pupils-capital-fund

September 2018 - Sussex Police Crime and Commissioners Fund

Organisations across Sussex are being invited to bid for funding from the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for groups that provide a positive and lasting impact on the local community in Sussex.

To qualify, projects should demonstrate how they will increase or promote community safety within the local community and have a positive long-term impact. They should also be able to offer evidence to support the need for the project and show how it helps to prevent offending and reduce re-offending.

The window for receiving applications will open on Monday 6 August and will close on Friday 14 September 2018 at 11:59pm.

Click here for more information and to apply

September 2018 - UEFA Call for Projects to Support Vulnerable Children

The UEFA Foundation for Children has launched its annual call to find and fund organisations which use sport to help vulnerable young people.

The invite is open to any organisation that proposes practical measures to help children, in particular in the areas of access to sport, health, education, employment, personal development and supporting the most vulnerable. The UEFA Foundation for Children will then fund the projects, which can based anywhere in the world.

Every year, the UEFA Foundation for Children issues a call for projects.
Those projects seek to achieve the foundation’s objectives – i.e. to help children by providing support in the following areas:

  • health;
  • education;
  • access to sport;
  • personal development;
  • integration of minorities;
  • protection of children’s rights.

In order to achieve those objectives, the foundation establishes programmes involving football or sport in general, either running its own projects or working in partnership with other entities.

The foundation may advise, work with or support any organisation or project that has similar goals or seeks to provide development aid.

It may also provide humanitarian or emergency assistance, acting alone or in partnership with other organisations.

The Board of Trustees will assess all projects, consulting with external parties where necessary, before deciding on its allocation of funding.

Decisions will be taken at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees. Outside of that framework, the foundation’s statutes provide for the use of exceptional decision-making mechanisms in emergency situations.

Applications are invited from organisations anywhere in the world, with the deadline for applications on September 14.

To find out more click here: http://projets.uefafoundation.org/en/

September 2018 - Aviva Community Fund to Re-open this September

The Aviva Community Fund opens for entries on 11th September 2018.

This award is a chance for your club to get funding for an important cause in your community.

All you have to do is submit a project for your community club, group or organisation.

To find out more click here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/campaign/getinvolved

August 2018 - DW Nye 'Proud to Be Local'

A Horsham builder’s merchant is asking residents to nominate local groups and charities they would like to see receive £500. D.W. Nye, based at Kingsfold, has launched the third instalment of its ‘Proud to be Local’ campaign. Throughout August nominations can be made and the decision will be made by public vote in September.

To make a nomination, simply email details of the cause and how the £500 would be used to proudtobelocal@dwnye.co.uk. Alternatively, nominations can be sent to D.W. Nye Proud to be Local c/o PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst RH14 9HP. Please ensure a contact name and telephone number is included. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday 26th August 2018.

Click here for more information.

August 2018 - Rugby League Set for World Cup Legacy Boost

Rugby League in England is set for a major financial boost as part of the Rugby League World Cup ‘Inspired by 2021’ legacy programme.

England hosts the competition in 2021 and there will be £10 million investment of government money to help the sport grow and become more visible, engaging and welcoming to current and potential participants.

The funding will be split into large transformational community projects, for example refurbishing changing rooms and installing new artificial pitches, and smaller-scale projects such as supplying new kit or equipment to clubs.

For example, the Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £15,000 for the provision of capital items, kit and equipment or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

  • The types of facilities we will consider awarding a grant for include:
  • Rugby Posts and post protectors
  • Kit and equipment such as balls, Junior tackle bags and sports Wheelchairs.
  • Storage and equipment for maintenance and lighting
  • Small-scale site improvements such as new Fencing, better building access, etc.

All investment will focus on four key areas: creating welcoming environments, encouraging more players, building community engagement and cultivating further investment resulting in an innovation fund for the community game.

To find out more click here: https://www.rlwc2021.com/article/40/%E2%80%98inspired-by-2021-legacy-programme-launched

Interested parties can pre-register their funding application here.

August 2018 - Major Funding Boost for College Sport

A further £760,000 of National Lottery money will be invested by us to get more college students active. The funding will be spread over two years and AoC Sport will invest in projects which engage inactive students in sport and physical activity.

The National Lottery funding will run from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2020.

In keeping with the ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy, Sport England has given a clear steer that AoC Sport should be investing in projects which engage inactive students in sport and physical activity.

To find out more click here: https://www.aocsport.co.uk/news-cs/aoc-sport-wins-sport-england-funding-to-support-colleges/

August 2018 - Postcode Dream Fund

The Dream Fund supports charities to develop innovative solutions to society’s most challenging problems. Applications that can score highly in their originality, ambition and collaborative nature stand the highest chances of being successful.

The Dream Fund accepts applications that meet one of the following five funding priorities:

  • Changing lives through early intervention
  • Ending loneliness and social isolation
  • Protecting Britain’s biodiversity
  • Sustainable systems change
  • Transforming society through sport

To find out more click here: http://www.postcodedreamtrust.org.uk/dream-fund

July 2018 - Building Connections Fund

Following the Prime Minister’s wider endorsement of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations on Loneliness in January 2018, the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness.

The £11.5 million Building Connections Fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness.

The fund aims to:

  • increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected
  • support organisations to build on their existing work, eg by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people
  • encourage organisations to join up with others locally
  • improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions.

To find out more click here: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/building-connections-fund#section-1

July 2018 - KIA Giving Away Puma Football Kit

Kia dealerships across the nation are selecting local football clubs to gift a brand new full set of PUMA Football kit to.

To find out more click here: https://www.kiagiftofkit.co.uk/club

July 2018 - Cash4Clubs

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500, £750, £1000 and £10,000 available, Cash 4 Clubs gives away real money that can help clubs.

Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports National Governing Body or local authority.

Funding is given to clubs on a discretionary basis, with a wide range of applications considered.  Whether it’s an underwater camera for monitoring swimming technique, the re-surfacing of a tennis court, new kit for your rugby or netball team or extra training for your coaches, there is a very open policy to what they will consider.

Grants are available for £500,£750 and £1000. However this year, they mark their 10th birthday, by giving one special club £10,000.

To find out more click here: https://cash-4-clubs.com/

June 2018 - Biffa Awards for Recreation: November Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted for consideration in February 2019.

Recreation is part of Biffa Awards’ Main Grants Programme which aims to provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Not-for-profit organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 as long as their projects have a total cost of less than £200,000, inclusive of VAT.

The Recreation theme aims to support projects which will benefit people within their free time. Many projects under this theme also have elements of the other Biffa Award themes within them. Please note that Biffa Award tends to receive more applications under this theme than others. Projects which fall within this description will be registered under the ENTRUST category D.

Examples of projects that fall under this category are green spaces, woodland walks, nature reserves, play areas, community gardens and building works or improvements to clubhouse facilities, that can demonstrate multi-usage within the wider community, and that they are not for the sole use of the sports club or any other organisation.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be located within five miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site.
  • Be within 10 miles of any landfill site in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Be open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access each year.

The funding is to be used for site-based improvement work, not for movable equipment, storage facilities or staff as core costs. Recreation grants cannot fund sporting related projects, including but not limited to floodlighting.

There is a two-stage application process.

The next deadline for Expression of Interest forms is 5 November 2018 (12 noon) for the February 2019 board meeting.

To find out more click here; http://www.biffa-award.org/recreation/

June 2018 - Les Mills Fund for Children

Les Mills Fund for Children award the funds they raise to registered charities and accountable non-profit organisations who they believe will do their most to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-16. Your work may focus on one or more of these areas:

  1. Living in poverty
  2. Physical and mental health problems
  3. Health and wellbeing
  4. Living with disability

Amount Available up to £5,000.

To find out more click here: http://lesmillsfundforchildren.org.uk/apply/

June 2018 - Warburtons Accepting Community Grants Applications for August Deadline

Very small grants to support not-for-profit projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and will be of real direct benefit to families across England, Wales and Scotland.

This well-known family run bakery business provides grants of up to £250 to not-for-profit organisations with charitable purposes only that are delivering work that aligns to Warburtons priorities and which has a direct and tangible impact.

The funding is for projects that focus on supporting families that need help the most and fit with Warburtons’ priorities which are to:

  • Work with those who need support within the social areas defined.
  • Focus on support that fits with its principles of Transparency, Trust and Transformation.
  • Work with families facing challenges.
  • Help families with opportunities

To be eligible, projects must be in line with the following social themes:

  • Challenges:
    • Health – help families lead healthier lifestyles.
    • Financial stability – help families manage their finances.
    • Worklessness – help families recognise the economic and social benefits of employment.
  • Opportunities:
    • Health education – help educate families about healthy lifestyles (no Project Grants).
    • Aspiration – help raise career aspirations to improve prospects for them and their families.
    • Employability and skills – help raise employment prospects for family members seeking employment.

Community grants can be used for something specific that will benefit the cause the organisation supports, such as buying equipment or supporting a community day.

Not-for-profit organisations with charitable purposes that are operating in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

Organisations should be targeting key social issues and be able to provide evidence of the impact of their work.

Applications are considered four times a year.

The next deadline for applications in the 2017/18 cycle is 15 August 2018.

To find out more click here; https://www.warburtons.co.uk/corporate/sustainability/community/grant

May 2018 - People’s Postcode Trust

Since 2009, People’s Postcode Trust has awarded more than £14m to over 1800 projects across Great Britain. In 2017 People’s Postcode Trust awarded just over £3.2 million to over 230 organisations working to make a difference for people across the country.

The People’s Postcode Trust aims to make the UK a better place for both people and the planet.The Trust acts within six fields of operation:

  • Poverty Prevention
  • Advancement of Health (not research)
  • Community Development
  • Public Sports
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Protection

Amounts available: £500 to £10,000

To find out more click here: http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/

May 2018 - One Stop Stores: Carriers for Causes

One Stop has partnered with the charity Groundwork to deliver ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants that are funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop Stores in England, Wales and Scotland. They offer grants of up to £2,000 available to give good causes within a two mile radius of any of their stores. The grants will be available to support projects that benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places.

To find out more and apply for funding please click: www.groundwork.org.uk/Pages/Category/carriers-for-causes-uk

May 2018 - BlueSpark Foundation

Grants are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

To find out more click here: http://bluesparkfoundation.org.uk/

April 2018 - Sporting Capital Fund

Sporting Capital has been formed through a pioneering partnership between Sporting Assets and the Access Foundation and is funded through the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

Sporting Capital funds organisations that make a difference to individuals and communities through sport. Their investments are focused on helping these organisations to become more sustainable through developing new, and scaling existing, revenue streams.

The Sporting Capital Fund offers loans of between £50,000 and £150,000 to eligible projects in the form of a simple, repayable and unsecured loan, and is aimed at supporting and sustaining healthy and resilient communities with sport and physical activity at their heart.

To find out more click here: https://www.sportingcapital.org.uk

To find out more about the Sport Capital Fund launch in Leeds earlier this month by the Sports Minister click here: https://www.sportingassets.co.uk/sports-minister-encourages-community-organisations-to-access-sporting-capital-fund-wednesday-april-11th-2018/

April 2018 - Fund Supporting Summer Play Schemes is Open for Applications

Each year the Hilden Charitable Fund allocates a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years in the UK.

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 to support the following:

  • Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
  • Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks.
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups.

Applications are invited from voluntary agencies in the UK with an income of less than £150,000.

The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2018.

To find out more click here: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/summer%20playcheme%20guidelines.htm

April 2018 - Comic Relief: Safe, Secure and Settled Fund

As part of its Sport for Change programme, Comic Relief has launched this new £4 million fund with the aim of improving the lives of young people (up to 25 years) that lack a safe or secure place to live and help them gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives. The funding will support projects in UK, India, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya.

Comic Relief is keen to support a wide variety of projects from a diverse range of organisations.

Projects should take a creative approach, use sport as a tool for social change in their approach and contribute to at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education.
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment.
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice.
  • Children and young people increase life skills, for example money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience.

Proposals will need to:

  • Go above and beyond confidence building and be able to demonstrate how sport can be used to achieve positive social change.
  • Demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in sport for the physical health benefits.

To find out more click here: https://www.comicrelief.com/sites/default/files/downloads/sport_for_change_booklet.pdf

April 2018 - Retain the Game – Small Grants to Support Adult Male Teams

The Football Association and Football Foundation have launched ‘Retain the Game’, a new scheme aimed at supporting the retention of adult male teams. The scheme will provide grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Wednesday 30 May at 5pm.

To find out more click here: https://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/retain-the-game/

April 2018 - BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme Welcomes UK Applications

Charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK who are 18 years old and younger can apply now for a small grant.

The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of up to £10,000 to support projects for up to three years with a total request of £30,000.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Eligible projects will make these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

There are usually four application rounds per year.

The next deadline for applications is 13 May 2018.

To find out more click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fJVTzz5QmQx5rx0S4NVg0Q/small-grants

April 2018 - Government’s £50m Integrated Communities Strategy Fund An ‘Opportunity’ for Sport

The government’s new Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper could present a funding opportunity for the UK’s sports clubs.

Published by the secretary of state for communities Sajid Javid earlier this month, the green paper sets out the government’s proposals to build “strong, integrated communities where people live, work, learn and socialise together”.

The strategy is supported by £50m worth of funding, which will focus on schemes that improve community relations.

Sports clubs could be among the beneficiaries, as the strategy explicitly recognises the value of sport and recreation in bringing communities together.

It also identifies that sport and recreation can be used to reach ‘at risk’ groups in society, especially those at risk of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour and crime, as well as help integrate immigrants and refugees and promote gender equality.

To find out more click here: Government’s £50m Integrated Communities Strategy fund an ‘opportunity’ for sport

April 2018 - Funding from Wilko

Every Wilko store offers support to local groups and community projects. You could get Wilko gift cards, products or volunteers to help the work that you’re doing for your community. Whether it’s a raffle prize to help with fundraising, or tins of paint and extra helpers to do up a community centre.

To find out more click here: http://corporate.wilko.com/stories/supporting.php

April 2018 - Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Re-opens

Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities has re-opened offer flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

Area: England
Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations
Total available: £190m this financial year
Application deadline: Ongoing

They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs, and are wanting to support ideas that meet their three funding priorities:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

To find out more click here; https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/reaching-communities-england

April 2018 - Securing Sponsorship

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Those delivering physical activity and sport who are in need of funding often overlook sponsorship as an opportunity to gain funding. Yet, increasingly organisations are finding success in diversifying fundraising to include corporate funding, and sponsorship can be a great way of securing regular funding over a longer period. London Sport’s simple guide offers some useful support if you are considering securing sponsorship.

To view this guide click here: Securing-Sponsorship

To visit their website and view their other funding guides and support click here: https://londonsport.org/funding-support/

April 2018 - New Playing Fields Planning Guidance

Sport England has updated its policy and guidance on planning applications that affect playing fields in England. The new guidance aims to help protect and enhance opportunities for people to take part in sport and physical activity, while making it easier to develop and assess related applications for all – including applicants and local authorities.

Local planning authorities are required to consult with Sport England on planning applications that affect playing field land, and our policy is to object to applications unless they meet one of five specific exceptions, which include:

  • The proposals will improve the use of a playing field for sport
  • Replacement playing field land is to be provided
  • There has been a robust assessment that demonstrates there is an excess of playing field land.

To find out more click here: https://www.sportengland.org/news-and-features/news/2018/march/12/new-playing-fields-planning-guidance/

March 2018 - New Innovation Fund for Social Cohesion

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, recently announced the publication of the Integrated Communities Strategy Green PaperIt sets out the government’s proposals to build strong, integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is highlighting this news as it brings potential funding opportunities and provides the perfect opportunity to share some of the great work clubs are already doing around bringing communities together.

Government is supporting the strategy with £50 million funding and with a focus on identifying schemes that improve community relations. The strategy is an opportunity to raise awareness and attract funding for projects that are already delivering social cohesion through sport and recreation.

The strategy explicitly recognises the value of sport and recreation in bringing communities together:

  • Through the establishment of a new Innovation Fund, government will stimulate and test innovative new approaches to promoting meaningful social mixing between young people through sport, culture, volunteering and other youth activities to build a compelling evidence base of what works.
  • Sport can be a way of reaching out to people who have little engagement with other activities or public services. Participation in sport builds teamwork in pursuit of a common goal, improves educational behaviour and attainment, develops social skills, and provides a platform for dialogue about sensitive issues to help break down myths and barriers.
  • Government will back sport-based interventions to build integrated communities and work with Sport England to use sport and physical activity to bring people together.

The government will also work with five ‘Integration Areas’ to develop local integration plans which will hopefully bring segregated communities together: Blackburn with Darwen; Bradford; Peterborough; Walsall and Waltham Forest.

To find out more click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/integrated-communities-strategy-green-paper

March 2018 - Developing a Strong Evidence Base to Support your Funding Application

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

When writing an application to a public, lottery or trust funder an applicant will always be required to prove the need and that the concept is right to address that need. A good way to start to consider your options is thinking about the type of evidence and the scale of evidence. London Sport have created a short guide explaining these types of evidence, how to build evidence to support your concept, including how to build localised evidence, and where to find it.

To view this guide click here: Developing-a-strong-evidence-base-to-support-your-funding-application

March 2018 - Facility Funding Advice

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Any organisation that is providing, or wants to provide, community facilities for physical activity and sport could gain funding for the development of those facilities, whether that be something entirely new or a refurbishment. Applying for facilities funding can be a complex area so London Sport have tried to help you by creating a short guide to get you started including practical and technical recommendations.

To view this guide click her: Applying-for-facilities-funding

March 2018 - The Do’s and Don’ts When Writing a Funding Application

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Their ‘Do’s and Don’ts when writing a funding application’ guide provides a set of do’s and don’ts when completing the final stage in the grant fundraising process which is writing the application. The document starts with general do’s and don’ts, and then is divided by typical sections of a physical activity and sport application form.

To view this guide click here; The-Dos-and-Donts-when-writing-a-funding-application

To visit their website and view their other funding guides and support click here: https://londonsport.org/funding-support/

March 2018 - Funding for Individuals

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Their ‘funding guide for individuals is aimed at those looking for funding for an individual, or for yourself. This guide explains what individual funding is available (such as bursaries towards a coaching qualification), where you can find it, and advice when applying for funding for individuals.

To view this guide click here; Funding-guide-for-individuals

To visit their website and view their other funding guides and support click here: https://londonsport.org/funding-support/

February 2018 - Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Announces Changes for 2018

The Foundation has announced that it will be making some key changes in the year ahead.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is a medium-sized grant making foundation that gives grants to small, well-established charitable organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

Groups that are intending to apply for funding from the Foundation should be aware of the following important changes:

  • All new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants are now to be made through the Foundation’s on-line application forms.
  • The Foundation will stop accepting unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31 March 2018. Until then, hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading, on the Foundation’s website.
  • The Foundation is planning to launch a new grants policy and criteria from 1 July 2018. It says that most of the current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria.
  • The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April 2018.

Full details of the new grants policy and criteria will be provided when they are published in July 2018.

To find out more click here: http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/notice/

February 2018 - The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Now Open for Applications

The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game provides grants of up to £1,500 for new football teams. It’s now open for applications for female or disability teams – the closing date is 29 March.

To find out more click here: Football Foundations Grow the Game

February 2018 - A Reimagination of the Sport Funding System

Two leading authorities from the world of sport have had their say on the state of play in the UK, by suggesting a rethink of the funding system, from grassroots to elite level.

Chair of UK Sport Katherine Grainger admitted the current system is “challenging” and Sported CEO Chris Grant said there is a “huge opportunity” to create a more joined-up system.

Olympian Grainger, who took over as chair last year, told an audience of sports governing bodies, clubs and charities: “The funding models that are currently set up are quite challenging, between Sport England and UK Sport, and where the high-performance chart stops and where there are natural gaps.

“All sports have different structures and different pathways of how athletes come into their sport, whether it’s university-fed, club-fed or whether it’s from a young age.

“I slightly naively thought there must be some way to clarify all these pathways from grassroots stuff to high-performance sport so there’s a more natural flow, but it’s so much more complex than that.

“Ideally, if you were starting from scratch, you would say, ‘This is all sports and these are the ones that can go up to this level’. It’s just not that way at the moment; it’s much more fractured, so there’s not an obvious process – I think everyone finds that challenging, at all levels of sport.”

Grainger was responding to a question from CIMSPA chair Marc Woods, the Paralympic gold medallist and BBC commentator, during the Fit for the Future Convention hosted at Loughborough University by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Woods asked: “Will we reach a point where we’re funding sport looking at that holistic picture rather than ‘let’s fund medal success’ and ‘let’s fund grassroots’? Do we look at how sports deliver the whole piece and fund them that way?”

Grainger said: “There’s a massive challenge: how could you align, in an ideal world, all sports so there’s a real structure so as many people get involved as possible?

“We don’t want or need everyone to get into sport purely to be successful at the top, but the ones that do want to progress need an obvious pathway to go through.”

The message was reinforced by Grant, CEO of community sport charity Sported, who said: “It’s a huge opportunity – the more joined-up and rational we can get.

“If you’re starting from scratch, the thing I’d put in at the bottom, from a Sport England but also an education point of view, is physical literacy so you do that first and get the whole country able to do the basic stuff, based on whatever [skills] they’ve got.

“Then at certain points, people may be identified about having a particular aptitude and then you’d have a rational, joined-up system.

“The problem at the moment is that the funding system and how it’s set up tends to induce competition to make sports feel they’re competing with each other for resources and athletes.

“It would be lovely if we can move towards something that felt like one system.”

The panellists were speaking shortly after the release of sport minister Tracey Crouch’s latest Sporting Future report, which highlighted £530m ($737.7m, €597.3m) of investment by Sport England in grassroots projects.

February 2018 - Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme Open

Applications for the 2018 Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme are open.

The scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who go above and beyond to encourage people in their local community to enjoy the water.

The Swimathon Foundation works in partnership with Swim England and the Swimming Trust to help promote and distribute funding for community swimming programmes. It brings much needed support to swimming programmes across the UK.

The Grants are available to a wide range of groups, including, but not limited to:

  • Community groups
  • Swimming clubs
  • Senior groups
  • Youth groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Disability charities
  • Healthy living groups

Head to the Swimathon Foundation website to find out more about the scheme.

More than just a grant

Previous applicants have found more benefits than the grant alone. Our Health and Wellbeing Manager Helen Kellett is working with one successful applicant from last year, Fluid Motion.

Fluid Motion was created in 2015 and works to provide accessible and tailored exercise and rehabilitation in community swimming pools. It uses the latest technology to assess individuals and recommend personalised exercise programmes, primarily working with those who have difficulty taking part in traditional exercise.

Fluid Motion used the grant award to further test and expand their ideas in pools around Oxford. It enabled them to work with more people to support them in being more active. This covered the cost of some hardware, pool hire costs and to cover their instructors’ time.

Commenting on the work with Fluid Motion, Helen said: “Following the funding from Swimathon Foundation Community Grants, the relationship between Fluid Motion and the Swim England Health and Wellbeing team has gone from strength to strength.

“We are currently working together on our Swim England health and wellbeing model and how we can collaborate together further.”

How to apply for the Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme

Using a simple online form, applicants are encouraged to apply for a grant between £500 and £2,500.

Grants will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon.

Applications for 2018 opened on 1 February and close at 5pm on 19 March 2018.

You can find the application form along with the grant criteria and case studies at www.swimathonfoundation.org

Guidance notes and FAQ’s are also available to guide you through the application process. If you have any queries then please email swimathongrants@swimming.org

February 2018 - Discovery Grants

Grants must directly benefit disadvantaged people in the UK and must be for something that is wholly charitable. Funding is available to cover part time salaries, equipment or materials but is for one year and must deliver a local project, not a national initiative. We aim to fund a complete item rather than simply make a contribution to an appeal.

Dicovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to fund an activity which supports one or more of our three priority themes:

  • Explorer – improving knowledge and insight

Examples include a series of Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them. A Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.

  • Transformer – developing skills and experience

Examples include work-based training and mentors to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work. Sign language training for parents with hearing impaired children. Or teaching young people with autism vocational skills.

  • Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges

Examples include a new social networking program for visually impaired young people which uses specially developed braille laptops to access the internet. An inclusive cycling social enterprise which adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

About the application process

The application process is designed to be quick and simple to use and nominations can be made by organisations as well as Santander customers and staff. All you need to do is complete a Discovery Grant nomination form which is available in all Santander branches and drop it into the nomination box in the branch. Please do not send it to The Discovery Foundation.

Please note, we only need the information on the form, please do not send supporting material or annual reports. This is not a voting system so only one nomination is required. There are no closing dates and grants are made every month.

Successful organisations will be notified by e-mail within a month of submitting a nomination. If you have not heard from us within that time then you have been unsuccessful but you are welcome to apply again at any time. Because of the large number of nominations received it is not possible to notify unsuccessful applicants.

Please note, we cannot fund:

  • Individuals – including trips, overseas volunteering, GAP year activity, medical treatment, grants for studying or research
  • Multi-year funding
  • Fundraising activities
  • Unregistered charities, not for profit groups, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, exempt or excepted charities
  • Other funders and grant makers including bursary schemes
  • Organisations which restrict their beneficiaries to a single religious or single ethnic group
  • Events, conferences or sponsorship
  • Party political activity

To find out more click here; http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/discovery-grants.aspx

January 2018 - Garfield Weston Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary with One-Off Charitable Fund

Registered charities, places of worship and state schools in the UK can apply for the Garfield Weston Foundation’s new one-off capital fund to benefit communities.The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools.The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs. Groups in need of revenue funding should apply to the Foundation’s main grants programme. Funding is available for:

January 2018 - Football Foundation Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme

The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to:

January 2018 - A Guide to Landfil Funding

Over the last year many clubs will have applied for funding, not been successful and given up, or been successful but required partnership funding.

With traditional sports funders de-prioritising improvements to clubhouses, pavilions and changing facilities, or funders being over-subscribed, clubs are unable to find the funding they need to start/complete their project if they; don’t have existing funds, unable to raise the money they need through fundraising or unable to take the risk of re-paying a loan. Therefore where do you turn?

One area clubs should certainly turn to is Landfill Funding

Where Does Funding for Landfill Projects Come from?

Under the Landfill Communities Fund, FCC Environment can voluntarily pass to Landfill Funders a percentage of its Landfill Tax bill for distribution to suitable projects.

There are a number of Landfill funders that will fund sports capital projects. To qualify for their funding your club must be within a certain distance of an eligible landfill site.

To view 5 of these and to check if you are eligible via the funders ‘Postcode Checker’ please see below;

Biffa Award Grants

The scheme offers grants to support improvements and access to local amenities such as a community building.

To find out more click here; http://www.biffa-award.org/home

To check if you are eligible for funding via the Biffa’s ‘Postcode Checker’ click here; http://www.biffa-award.org/postcode-checker

Veolia Environmental Trust

This funding can help with the restoration and improvement of public amenities such as village halls and sports facilities etc.

To find out more click here; http://www.veoliatrust.org/

To check if you are eligible for funding via the Veolia Environmental trust’s ‘Postcode Checker’ click here; http://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/index.php?page=Postcode_Checker_1http://www.veoliatrust.org/apply/geographic/

Viridor Credits

Viridor Credits provides funding for a huge range of projects such as the provision or maintenance of public amenities. In general, a project needs to be located within 10 miles of a landfill site.

To find out more and to check if you are eligible for funding via Viridor Credits ‘Postcode Checker’ click here; http://www.viridor-credits.co.uk/

WREN

The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site, such as multi-use games areas, recreation grounds, multi-purpose sports clubs etc.

Clubs must be a CASC club to apply for WREN. To find out more click here; http://www.wren.org.uk/

To check if you are eligible for funding via the WREN funding click here; http://www.wren.org.uk/apply/apply/area-eligibility

SUEZ

Suez provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

To find out more click here; http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/england

To find out if you are eligible click here; http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/postcode-checker

Third Party Funding Requirements

As part of the monies voluntarily passed by FCC Environment, the Government only allows FCC Environment a 90% credit against this amount.

In order to mitigate the losses incurred by participating in the Scheme FCC Environment (as a condition of providing Landfill funders with the funding)requires project applicants to secure the help of eligible ‘Third Parties’ who will reimburse them with an amount equal to around 10% of the cost of the funding committed. In addition to the level of the grant this also takes into account the automatic levy charged by the Funds’s regulator ENTRUST together with a proportion of the costs associated with administering the grant.

Who can be a Third Party Funder?

The key consideration regarding Third Party Funding is the term ‘Unique Benefit’. Simply, a contributing third party cannot gain any unique benefit from the project put forward for funding. Examples of organisations which can be contributing third parties are:

* Private Companies
* Public sector organisations- Local Authorities, County Councils
* Charities
* Voluntary organisations
* Private Donors
* A person who shares the benefits with others. For example, a member of club or a person who uses with others a clubs facilities.

As part of a Landfill Bid funders will want you to demonstrate the impact on the environment your new facility or refurbishment will have on the environment.

December 2017 - Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund Opens for 2018

The Greggs Foundation’s Community Projects Fund is inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations across Great Britain. Funding will support projects or equipment for those in need at the heart of local communities.

Projects can support a variety of people:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness.
  • Living in poverty.
  • Voluntary carers.
  • Homeless.
  • Isolated older people.
  • Other demonstrable significant need.

Eligible projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:

  • Decreased social isolation.
  • Improved health and wellbeing.
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
  • Improved life skills.
  • Improved opportunities.

The Local Community Projects Fund is administered by seven charity committees throughout Great Britain. Please note that the programme is ‘highly over-subscribed’ and there is ‘huge competition’ for the grants available.

The next deadline for applications is 9 March 2018.

To find out more click here: https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/local-community-projects-fund

December 2017 - BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines Announced

The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of up to £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

There are four deadlines in 2018: 1 March 2018, 13 May 2018, 2 September 2018 and 2 December 2018 (midnight).

To find out more click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fJVTzz5QmQx5rx0S4NVg0Q/small-grants

December 2017 - BlueSpark Foundation

BlueSpark is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000. Funding provided by BlueSpark for a project must be crucial to the project rather than marginally incremental to its funding. The funding available can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects.

Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s standard Application Form.

December 2017 - Department of Health Funding for Childrens Activity and Sports Prostheses

The Department of Health has made the decision to fully fund sports and activity prostheses for children in England who have suffered from limb loss or were born with a limb deficiency. Up until now, there has been no dedicated funding available for children’s activity or sports limbs. This decision allows children and young people, previously restricted to standard everyday prosthetic limbs, to become more active and involved in physical activity. Whether it’s playing games at school, becoming involved in PE, participating in organised sports or aspiring to be a Paralympian, this funding will ensure that hundreds of children can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle. Providing children and young people with the opportunity to participate in sport and activity with their peers not only ensures they will get the exercise they need for healthy development, but also helps to build their social skills and improve their self-confidence. Ottobock offer a wide range of sports and activity solutions for children and young people under the age of 18 years old.

December 2017 - BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines Announced

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years. Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through: neglect.

Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

Any kind of disability.
Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. The closing date for applications is 16 January 2018.

December 2017 - Persimmon Healthy Communities

Up until the end of December 2017 Persimmon Homes are giving away 30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under.

In January 2018 the 30 Persimmon businesses will choose one entry to go forward into the national competition.

The national prize is a massive £200,000 for you, your club or team plus two runners up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each.

To find out more click here; https://www.persimmonhomes.com/healthy-communities

November 2017 - Football Foundation – Grow the Game Funding

1,570 new grassroots football teams and 3,405 newly-trained coaches have been created thanks to a £2.36m investment from Grow the Game – an FA and Football Foundation initiative designed to increase participation amongst underrepresented groups.

November 2017 - Football Foundations Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme.

The three aims of the scheme are to:

  • Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
  • Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
  • Improve fans’ experience of the game.

The duration of a funded project would range from a one off event/campaign, to a project running over a period of three years.

Applicants must discuss potential projects with, and have support from, associated Clubs before an application is submitted.

There are two tiers of projects:

  • Up to £5,000
  • Up to £20,000

Total project costs must not exceed £50,000. Applications for a grant of over £10,000 will be required to complete a development plan, and capital projects are ineligible. Other ineligible items include:

  • salary costs
  • travel
  • beverages
  • hospitality.

To find out more click here; https://www.fsif.co.uk/funding/fans-fund-small-grants-scheme/

November 2017 - The Henry Smith Charity Re-launches Grants Programmes

The Henry Smith Charity’s Main Grants programme is now open for applications following a review of its guidelines and criteria.

The Henry Smith Charity distributes over £28 million a year in grant programmes designed to reduce social and economic disadvantage in the UK.

Following a review of its grant procedures, the Funder has refined its Main Grant programmes, separating it into two defined funds under the same new strategy that aims to work with people for whom other sources of support have failed, been inappropriate or are simply not available.

This will be achieved through the following priorities:

  • Increasing resilience – empowering people, encouraging integration and personal independence, helping people to recover and move on.
  • Creating opportunities and life chances – raising aspiration, equipping people with new skills, unlocking and enabling potential, and providing the means to improve life circumstances.
  • Empowering communities – strengthening and connecting communities and making people feel valued, providing opportunities for social connections and relationships, encouraging participation and inclusion.

The Charity’s grants programmes now stand as follows:

  • The Main Grants: Improving Lives Fund is the largest of the Charity’s funds, and will support the work of established charitable organisations with incomes of up to £2 million. Funding is available for projects that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
  • The Main Grants: Strengthening Communities Fund is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.
  • The County Grants programme provides grants for smaller organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in one of eight English counties. Groups should note that funding for Surrey is not available until early 2018.
  • The Holiday Grants for Children programme provides grants for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. These are one-off short grants.
  • The Christian Projects grant programme awards grants to projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith in the UK.

Grant sizes are generally between £10,000 and £60,000 and are for charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises that are based and working in the UK.

There are no deadlines. Applications are considered on a regular basis, depending on the fund applied to.

To find out more click here

November 2017 - New Grants Finder Map

There are numerous grant funding programmes available however many of them are regional and this can make finding the right grant for your organisational needs tough.

With this in mind FCS Associates have developed a grants finder map which makes finding the right opportunity much easier. It not only covers grants but Tenders too.

Although the grants cover all areas and not just sport it is a great tool for searching for area based grants.

To view the Grants Finder Map click here: http://www.fcsassociates.co.uk/grants-map/

October 2017 - vInspired Cashpoint Grants

The Cashpoint grants scheme is for young people who have an idea for a project to improve their local community.

The funding is available to individual young people (or small groups) who have developed a project idea and will run the project themselves.

Projects must be run on a volunteer only basis and funded projects must create at least two new volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds (in addition to the applicant).

Who can apply: Young people (aged 14-25). Applications must come from young people, not organisations.  vInspired is currently only accepting applications for sport-related projects.

Funding: Up to £500. vInspired cashpoint must be the only funder for the project.

Deadline: Applications can be made at any time.

Further information:  https://vinspired.com/cashpoint?utm_content=bufferb5736&utm_medium=soci

October 2017 - The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation is a long-established independent grant-making charity. Unlike many Foundations and Trusts, it solely supports capital projects, such as new builds, refurbishments, equipment and specialised transport, distributing around £2.5 million a year throughout the charity sector.

Only supporting organisations that are Registered Charities, they offer three different tiers of grants:

  • Small- up to and including £5,000
  • Medium- £5,001 to £25,000
  • Large- over £25,000

The grants are divided into 9 categories which are: Community, Education, Arts, Health, Social Welfare, Amateur Sport, Emergency and Armed forces, Environment and Animal Welfare

Most applications are in the ‘small category’ and make up to 80% of the grants offered in the previous year.

Applications can be submitted any time however there are no formal application forms and you can make a request for a grant in the form of a letter by post to the Director, with the website offering some guidelines notes and advice.

To find out more click here; http://www.bernardsunley.org/
October 2017 - Connected Communities Innovation Fund

This is a partnership between Nesta and the DCMS, providing up to £4 million in grants. It’s aimed at encouraging more people to volunteer alongside public services, and inspire new ways of giving for those who have not previously volunteered.

There is a focus on helping those aged 50+, those who want to give time infrequently rather than routinely, and those who want to give their time and skills to good causes from the comfort of their own home.

The closing date is 30 October.

To find out more click here; http://www.nesta.org.uk/project/connected-communities-innovation-fund

October 2017 - WHSmith Trust Community Grants Application

The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity (registered charity no: 1013782) that aims to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates, and also to promote literacy and a love of reading. Each year the Trust supports employees by matching their fundraising and volunteering for charities and schools. The Trust also makes donations to hundreds of schools across the UK and funds large scale literacy projects through its long-standing partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

With the introduction of the new WHSmith Community Grants, the WHSmith Trust is now offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK. Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.

To find out more click here: https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/community-grants-application/

September 2017 - Comic Relief’s Core Strength – Local Communities Grants Programme Opens

Working in partnership, Comic Relief and UK Community Foundations have launched this 12-month programme which will fund the organisation costs of small locally led groups working in their local communities across the UK.

This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups that are doing ‘much needed’ work in their local communities.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 or between £1,000 and £10,000 (depending on the local community foundation) are to be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.

The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of Comic Relief’s priorities, which are:

  • Connected communities – seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities.
  • Productive communities – investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources.
  • Empowered communities – working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual income of £100,000 or under for the last full financial year.
  • Have been running activities for at least 12 months.
  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area.
  • Have limited access to other sources of income.
  • Clearly define the need they are addressing.
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to local people.
  • Illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes.
  • Provide clear evidence that the services they provide are inclusive to all.

It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme.

This programme is being managed by UK Community Foundations and each area has a local Community Foundation that will administer and manage these grants.

Groups should visit their local Community Foundation website to find out how to apply and the application deadlines.

Each local Community Foundation will have different deadlines throughout the year.

To find out more click here: http://www.comicrelief.com/apply-for-grants/open-grants-initiatives/core-strength-local-communities

September 2017 - Try for Change Programme

England Rugby and Comic Relief have launched their  inaugural Try for Change large grants programme which opened for applications on 4th September 2017.

England Rugby and Comic Relief joined forces last year to launch the Try for Change Fund. The Fund uses rugby union and the rugby union community to deliver social change in England and across the world.  Over four years, £4 million will be raised by England Rugby and distributed in partnership with Comic Relief and to support rugby for change projects.

Following the successful small grants round, which launched in February 2017 and whose first awards can be viewed here;  Try For Change Small Grants Poster, they have now launched their large grants programme that will be open to organisations to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for work delivered over 2-3 years.

As well as existing rugby for change programmes, they are also looking to fund new and innovative approaches. Due to the nature of the funding agreement, projects must be delivered in England.

To find out more on how to apply click here: https://www.comicrelief.com/apply-for-grants/open-grants-initiatives/try-change-large-grants-programme

September 2017 - Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund has just launched to give community projects, including those working in sport and recreation, the chance to win funding that will change lives. Community projects of all sizes have the chance to win, with four funding levels, ranging from up to £1,000 to up to £25,000.

To be eligible, your project must enrich the community, making positive changes to people’s lives in one of these four categories:

  • Health and wellbeing – The health and wellbeing category aims to help people take control of their physical and mental health. This is the category for any project linked to physical or mental health, sport, outdoor pursuits or anything of that nature.
  • Skills for life – The skills for life category aims to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly digital ones. Projects in this category can help people of all ages – from schools to groups for older people – develop skills to make their lives easier or more fulfilling.
  • Community support – The community support category aims to help communities make their surroundings and aspects of their life sustainable. From regeneration projects to local support groups, this category offers support for anything that is important to your wider community, including community events.
  • Inclusivity – The inclusivity category aims to help projects bring people together, no matter what their faith, colour, gender, abilities or sexual orientation. Projects in this category will help build relationships and develop closer ties within the community.

This year the first 200 projects in the £1,000 funding level who reach 1,000 votes will automatically get £1,000 (subject to due diligence checks).

To find out more click here; https://www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund/?cmp=otl-acf-outreach—sport_&_rec_alliance

September 2017 - Sport England Launches Its 'Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage' Fund

The new Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund is part of Sport England’s dedicated fund to tackle inactivity.

This fund focuses on two different lower socio-economic groups: inactive people who are in employment and inactive people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all.

There is a total funding pot of £3.15 million which is to be used for revenue costs (minor capital costs will be considered if essential to the project).

Three levels of funding are available:

  • Option A: Grants of between £250,000 and £500,000 for exceptional projects for people who have little take-home pay, some qualifications and are in employment. Beneficiaries will live very ordered lives but find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or they feel being active is just not for them. A total of £2 million is available.
  • Option B: Grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 for people who are less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all and who live less ordered lives with additional challenges such as being at risk of offending or dealing with substance misuse. A total of £1 million is available.
  • Option C: Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are ring-fenced for smaller scale projects. A total of £150,000 is available. Applicants to Option C only need to be supporting one of two groups as described in options A and B.

Applications will be considered from charities, community interest companies, local authorities, universities, and companies limited by guarantee.

New £3 million fund for projects that support inactive people from lower socio-economic groups in England by engaging with them through sport and physical activity.

Applicants do not need to be sport groups or have previously offered sport activities but they must have strong relationships and a track record of working with disadvantaged and inactive individuals.

Projects must be designed to address one or more of the following issues:

  • Improving mental health or wellbeing.
  • Improving life within a particular community, for example by tackling social isolation, or building levels of social trust.
  • Improving the life chances of the individuals they are working with, for example by giving them a stronger sense that they are in control of their lives, or making big changes such as tackling substance abuse.
  • Reducing crime or the threat of crime in particular areas.

There are two different application processes. Applications for larger amounts of money require an expression of interest. Applications for small grants have a more streamlined one stage application form.

The deadline for both expressions of interests (Option A/B) and full applications for small grants (Option C) is 6 November 2017 (5pm).

Funding Surgeries

To support the above, Sport England are running six dedicated Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage funding surgeries supported by Sported and StreetGames to support organisations interested in applying for funding.

These funding surgeries are being held during September and October at the following locations:

  • Middlesbrough – 27 September 2017
  • Sheffield – 28 September 2017
  • Wolverhampton – 3 October 2017
  • Manchester – 4 October 2017
  • Newcastle – 9 October 2017
  • Ealing – 12 October 2017

For more information on these click here: https://www.sportengland.org/economicdisadvantage/

You are encouraged to refer to the following document before submitting your expression of interest: Tackling Inactivity: A Guide to Sport England’s Approach and Investment

September 2017 - Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Status

Grassroots clubs are under real financial pressure, with costs such as business rates increasing sharply for many clubs and sources of additional income hard to come by. In this context, it is vital that clubs assess their existing structures to identify whether there may be benefits from becoming a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC).

There are 6,824 clubs registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs who have benefitted from at least £194.9 million in savings since the scheme began!

CASC status provides a number of benefits including 80% business rates relief, corporation tax relief and Gift Aid on donations, all of which can be extremely valuable to grassroots clubs. However, it is important to understand the obligations that go with becoming a CASC before making a firm decision.

To find out more click here: http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/policy/policy-areas/community-amateur-sports-clubs-and-charities

September 2017 - Morrisons Foundation Charitable Grants

The Morrisons Foundation seeks to make a positive difference to people living in England, Scotland and Wales. It offers grants to charities undertaking projects that improve people’s lives.

Who can apply: UK registered charities

Funding: There is no specific grant amount that can be applied for

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

To find out more click here: https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/funding.html

September 2017 - Active Spaces Scheme from Fields in Trust

A new programme called Active Spaces is aiming to get more people physically active and using outdoor spaces. Cregagh Green in Belfast, where George Best first kicked a football as a young boy, was recently unveiled as the first site to benefit from this new programme funded by the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

The programme aims to help increase participation in many types of physical activity on local parks, playing fields and green spaces which will be protected for future generations to use and enjoy.

Background

Earlier this year the Communities & Local Government (CLG) Parliamentary Committee’s Report into the future of public parks recognised their value and potential in promoting healthy lifestyles and tackling social exclusion but warns that they face a period of decline unless strategic action is taken.

There is also a shift in DCMS thinking with a focus on encouraging physical activity, not just formal sport which, as we all know, is a driving force in Sport England’s strategy and investment funding.

Parks and informal green spaces have an important role to play in helping deliver this activity agenda being the settings for entry level activity – inactive people don’t suddenly start playing sport in a formal setting, they walk, jog, cycle or play – and they need safe local green spaces to do this.

Activity Grants

The Active Spaces programme combines the protection in perpetuity of green spaces, together with revenue funding to engage inactive people on those spaces. Each site will be offered delivery of a physical activity project on-site to the value of £5,000 to serve local needs and target identified groups of inactive people.

Sites and projects will be selected following an assessment which will include likely impact and will also consider whether local funding has been secured to increase project value. The activation projects can be delivered by:

-          programme delivery partner Our Parks;

-          the local council itself; or

-          a delivery agent selected by the local council

Projects will be subject to monitoring and evaluation reporting and will run during 2017 and 2018.

Find out more

Based on discussions with a number of local authorities, they are expecting a high level of interest in this programme – the next funding rounds close on Friday 15th September, and Friday 17th November.

Contact:

Terry Housden

Development Manager

Fields in Trust

M: 07734 900439 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

September 2017 - Funding Update from Sported Organisation
Grant sources with potential relevance to the Horsham District:

National

The Magic Little Grants Fund

Localgiving has teamed up with Postcode Community Trust to provide small grants of either £250 or £500 to small charities and community groups. Groups are able to apply for funding from today until 31st October 2017.

Our aim is to make accessing grant funding easier for small charities and community groups. The grant application should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and only a small amount of monitoring is required.

Sported members must join Localgiving to apply and as members you receive the first year of Localgiving free. Join here: http://join.localgiving.org/sported.

Kusuma Trust: Small Grant

We provide grants up to a maximum of £10,000 for organisations that enable disadvantaged young people to have more opportunities in education or employment. Registered charities in England can apply for these grants.

Deadline: 29 September 2017

Try for Change – Large Grants Programme

Through the large grants programme, we are looking to fund projects which will have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England. Organisations which use rugby union, its values or the rugby community to tackle some of the biggest issues facing society are invited to apply for a grant of up to £100,000.

Deadline: Midday, 2 October 2017.

Comic Relief: Core Strength – Local Communities

This 12 month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs.

Awards for All - England

Description:
Grants are available for voluntary groups, schools, local authorities and health bodies in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Central Social and Recreational Trust

Description:
Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years.

England - Reaching Communities

Description:
Grants are available for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations in England to identify local projects that make positive changes within their own community.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

Description:
Grants are available to smaller charities registered and operating in the UK for projects that will make a significant impact on their work.

Peter Harrison Foundation - Opportunities through Sport Programme

Description:
Grants are available to charities within the UK running sports projects which provide opportunities for people who are.

Playing Fields Legacy Fund

Description:
Grants are available to not-for-profit voluntary groups, organisations and clubs that run or manage community playing fields in Great Britain, so their pitches and facilities can be revived and well used and thus result in more people taking part in outdoor sport.

Sport England - Community Asset Fund

Description:
Grants are available for community organisations, sports clubs, statutory bodies and educational establishments to enhance local community spaces which encourage people to play sport and get active.

Sport England - Small Grants Programme

Description:
Grants are available to help not-for-profit sports clubs, local authorities and schools in England to carry out local community sports projects and encourage more people to be involved in sport.

Regional

Comic Relief Core Strength - Local Communities Programme - Sussex

Description:
Grants are available for the essential core running costs for small, locally led community organisations that are working to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.
Application deadline: 06/10/2017

September 2017 - Health and Wellbeing Fund for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise

The Department of Health and Public Health England have released guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations for applying for money from the Health and Wellbeing fund 2017-18.

The guide details the outcomes they are seeking from the fund and the criteria that will be used for assessing applications. A timetable is provided for the whole process from applications through to decision.

Some relevant priorities set out for funding are preventing ill health and supporting people to live healthier lives, supporting research, innovation and growth, building and developing the workforce and improving services through the use of digital technology, information and transparency.

Read more

August 2017 - Sport England Earmarks £6 Million for TASS Programme

Sport England has committed £6m to its scheme that helps young athletes balance the demands of training and competing with academic life.

TASS – the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme – gives national governing bodies the chance to team up with education institutions to help up-and-coming athletes achieve their potential in both walks of life.

Launching in 2004, the scheme has helped a number of elite athletes, including England football captain Steph Houghton, who managed to complete a three-year degree at Loughborough University while training.

At the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016, 67 athletes who won medals came through the TASS system.

The programme is managed by SportsAid, the charity that aids young athletes financially.

“Since launching, the scheme has helped more than 6,000 athletes in full-time education, many of whom have gone on to the highest level in both their sporting and professional careers. In the 21st century, there really is no reason for student-athletes to be forced into choosing one avenue over another – following a ‘dual career’ is now a genuine option,” said national scheme director Guy Taylor.

Phil Smith, Sport England director of sport, added: “It takes more than talent and dedication to reach the top, you need access to a whole range of support services such as coaching, nutrition and physiotherapy.

“TASS is one of the ways Sport England invests National Lottery funding to ensure that more young people can fulfil their sporting potential, while also gaining a valuable qualification.”

August 2017 - TTE Invite Clubs to Apply for Satellite Funding

Table Tennis England is inviting clubs to apply for grants of up to £850 to develop new and creative sessions for young people aged 11-18. The grants are part of theSatellite Club programme, for which Sport England has awarded Table Tennis England a further £140,000 to deliver over the next four years. To be eligible for the grant, clubs must be able to run sessions for a minimum of 30 weeks and evidence plans to sustain beyond the initial funding period. The application window will remain open until 30th September 2017 or until the 2017 funding allocation has been met (whichever is sooner).

If your club is interested in increasing engagement with young people via the satellite club scheme, please take a look at the guidance notes; https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Satellite-Club-Guidance-Notes-2017-18.pdf 

To find out more and view their application form click here: https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/news/featured-news/applications-open-for-satellite-club-funding/

August 2017 - Awards for All Change Application Form

Awards for all have recently changed their application form.

Although little has changed other than the form itself, there are a few things you now need to be aware of as follows;

  • Your project must start at least 12 weeks from when you plan to submit your application (used to be 4 months)
  • There is just one main question to complete on your project ‘What would you like to do?’ of around 500 words (used to be several questions from 150 words to 400 words)
  • Forms require signatures from applicants (this wasn’t required before)
  • Required to attach a copy of a bank statement from the last two months. This should be for the account you want them to pay your grant into if you are successful. This must be in the name of your organisation, and must also show your organisation’s address, sort code and account number. If you have a newly opened bank account (within three months), they will accept a copy of a bank welcome letter. This must confirm the date the account was opened along with your account details (this wasn’t previously required)

One of the main things to note is that Awards for All are keen to support smaller organisations. To achieve this, they will be taking organisation’s income into consideration as part of our overall decision, which could affect organisations that have previously applied and been successful e.g. schools.

To view the new application form click here; https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/awards-for-all-england

August 2017 - Comic Relief Active Ageing Fund

Comic Relief is providing a limited number of grants for local community based organisations to enable disadvantaged older people to design, deliver and take part in opportunities to contribute to their communities.

The new Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities initiative is providing £1.5 million of funding in order to engage older people aged 65 and over from ‘harder to reach’ groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to their communities.

Registered and un-registered community based organisations and partnerships across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man can apply for grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 to support projects, initiatives and activities which primarily focus on benefitting older people, specifically those older people who do not usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face barriers to participation. Comic Relief is also interested in supporting activities which will have a wider benefit for the community in which they are taking place.

To be eligible for funding, projects should:

  • Meet at least one of the following outcomes:
    • Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing.
    • Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections.
    • Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment.
  • Provide creative, fresh approaches to engage beneficiaries in social action activities which bring people together and help to improve their lives and solve problems that are important to their communities. This may include activities around campaigning and fundraising as well as volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the older person themselves. For the activities to have positive benefits for the older people involved, they should:
    • Provide meaningful roles with opportunities for social interaction and leadership.
    • Ensure that older people are recognised and valued for their contribution.
  • Make older people feel valued and enable them to be creative and productive. To do this, activities might focus wholly on older people, or use a broader community or intergenerational approach. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they really understand the needs of their community, the role that older people can play in catalysing social change and make the case that they can deliver.

Comic Relief expects to award grants to between 15 and 25 projects.

The deadline for applications is 29 August 2017 (midday).

To find out more click: https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives/active-ageing-creating-change-communities