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Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefit to the community.
Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.
This fund is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation with a turnover under £300,000 can apply.
They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for activities, trips and residential breaks.
The Screwfix Foundation raises funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK. They work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.
The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000.All applications are reviewed individually on a quarterly basis – the review dates are in February, May, August and November.
Deadline: 22 March 2019
Comic Relief are excited to launch this funding opportunity focused on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals.
The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.
Comic Relief will make investments of up to £150,000 for three to five years. If you're considering making an application, ensure you read their updated guidance notes carefully.
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse
- People with Disabilities
- Disadvantaged Young People
- Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Disadvantaged Minority Communities
- Older People
- Prisoners and Ex-offenders
- Visual Impairment
- Building – For example purchase, construction, renovation and/or refurbishment.
- Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment – For example office equipment, sports or gym equipment, digital or audio visual equipment, security equipment, camping equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. Soft or hard furnishings, bathroom/kitchen fittings and fixtures.
- Vehicles: For example minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, 4X4.
Sport England has teamed up with Crowdfunder to set up a special pilot that will help more than 20 projects across the country raise vital funds.
Community sport and physical activity projects will be able to unlock partnership funding by crowdfunding part of their costs.
Crowdfunding Towards an Active Nation has seen 23 projects invited to take part and raise funds from the general public - and Sport England will match however much they raise up to £15,000.
All the selected projects are already in receipt of funding from the Community Asset Fund (CAF), which is dedicated to enhancing spaces such as canal towpaths and open spaces and has already received more than 3,000 applications.
To enable Sport England to help as many projects as possible, these 23 projects have received a portion of their requested funding via CAF before also being invited to crowdfund.
SE executive director of property, Charles Johnston, is excited by the opportunities crowdfunding can bring.
“We strive to ensure that any projects we invest in are financially sustainable so they can benefit their community for years to come, and often refer applicants to further sources of funding,” he said.
“The partnership with Crowdfunder is one of many ways we are learning how projects can ensure maximum success with fundraising, so we can better support them to raise investment."
Crowdfunder is the UK's number one rewards based crowdfunding platform and has helped raise more than £55 million for community, charity and enterprise projects across the UK.
Ten projects have already launched so far, with more than £40,000 being raised to date. To view all the projects and pledge support visit the site.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
- Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities
- Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
- Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.
- Health and wellbeing.
- Education and employability.
- Events and commemorations.
- 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.
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- Sports facilities, including pitches, sports halls, gymnasiums and multi-use games areas
- Changing facilities
- Kitchens and dining facilities
- Benefits for your academy
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
- access to sport;
- personal development;
- integration of minorities;
- protection of children’s rights.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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.
- Changing lives through early intervention
- Ending loneliness and social isolation
- Protecting Britain’s biodiversity
- Sustainable systems change
- Transforming society through sport
- 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.
- 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.
- Living in poverty
- Physical and mental health problems
- Health and wellbeing
- Living with disability
- 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
- Health – help families lead healthier lifestyles.
- Financial stability – help families manage their finances.
- Worklessness – help families recognise the economic and social benefits of employment.
- 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.
- Poverty Prevention
- Advancement of Health (not research)
- Community Development
- Public Sports
- Human Rights
- Environmental Protection
- Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
- Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks.
- Schemes with strong volunteer support.
- 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.
- 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.
- Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
- Any kind of disability.
- Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
- Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
- Explorer – improving knowledge and insight
- Transformer – developing skills and experience
- Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges
- 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