Funding Round Up

O2 Announces Grants for Young Digital Entrepreneurs Addressing Environmental Improvement

The Environment Now initiative has been set up to support young people with developing their own digital ideas to help the environment, in areas such as recycling, reducing waste and improving energy efficiency.

Grants are available with no minimum, up to a maximum of £10,000. The programme will provide a total of 50 individual grants over its lifetime. Successful applicants will be supported by the programme providers, together with sustainability partners and they will also be allocated a professional mentor to work with them.

The programme offers support, work experience and insight sessions with industry professionals to help bring young people’s ideas to life. Participants will also benefit from training on confidence, networking, presenting, project management and budgeting to ensure their project is sustainable.

The money can be used to help individuals in supporting their innovative ideas around digital technology, where the idea is intended to find innovative solutions to environmental issues.

The scheme is open to applications from entrepreneurial UK-based young people (aged between the ages of 17 and 24) who are passionate about the environment and who want to use digital technology to make a positive difference.

Young people may apply as part of a small team, with a designated project leader. The applicant can be part of a group at a college, university, youth group or a small seed start-up business.

The final deadline for receipt of applications is 14 July 2017. Source: Grantfinder 

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*Please note that there will be some opportunities for potential applicants for the Marches ESF Calls to attend stakeholder events in the next few weeks – more information will be available soon*

Launch of New European Social Fund Calls for The Marches LEP Area

Three new European Social Fund (ESF) Calls have been launched for The Marches LEP area. Details are as follows:

Access to Employment Call – More Developed (Herefordshire) Area

Grants from a minimum of £50,000 are available to run a project to provide social inclusion project(s) to support the hard to reach participants move toward and into employment in The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Area.

This Call is focused on particular groups, identified as having significant and complex barriers to moving towards and into employment.

Projects should seek to address the following sub-priorities within the Marches ESIF Strategy:

  • Provide the means through which under-represented groups move towards employment through access to customised learning, training and volunteer opportunities.
  • Engage and support under-represented groups, enabling them to overcome barriers which prevent them moving towards and into employment.
  • Target people from communities with high unemployment, low skills and low income to overcome barriers to moving towards and into employment.

The groups which this Call particularly targets are:

  • People with disabilities who will require intensive and tailored support, particularly in identifying volunteering, work experience, and employment opportunities in the workplace.
  • People who are 50 years old or over who have been unemployed for a long term and experience particular challenges to get back into work at a late stage in their working life.
  • Unemployed and inactive people living in areas of deprivation experience significant issues and barriers.

This Call is solely for the More Developed (Herefordshire) area.

The total budget for the Call is £630,000. The intervention rate in The Marches LEP Area is 50% in the More Developed area, so 50% of match funding must be provided.

Access to Employment Call – Transition (Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin) Area

Grants from a minimum of £50,000 are available to run a project to provide social inclusion project(s) to support the hard to reach participants move toward and into employment in The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Area.

This Call is focused on particular groups, identified as having significant and complex barriers to moving towards and into employment.

Projects should seek to address the following sub-priorities within the Marches ESIF Strategy:

  • Provide the means through which under-represented groups move towards employment through access to customised learning, training and volunteer opportunities.
  • Engage and support under-represented groups, enabling them to overcome barriers which prevent them moving towards and into employment.
  • Target people from communities with high unemployment, low skills and low income to overcome barriers to moving towards and into employment.

The groups which this Call particularly targets are:

  • People with disabilities who will require intensive and tailored support, particularly in identifying volunteering, work experience, and employment opportunities in the workplace.
  • People who are 50 years old or over who have been unemployed for a long term and experience particular challenges to get back into work at a late stage in their working life.
  • Unemployed and inactive people living in areas of deprivation experience significant issues and barriers.

This Call is solely for the Transition (Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin) area.

The total budget for the Call is £1.1 million. The intervention rate in The Marches LEP Area is 60% in the Transitional area, so 40% of match funding must be provided.

Learning and Skills Call

Grants from a minimum of £50,000 are available to run a project to promote improvements in the labour market relevance of skills provision through active engagement with relevant institutions and employers, particularly SMEs and Micro businesses in The Marches LEP area.

Examples of activities that may be supported include:

  • Support for collaborative projects, placements, internships or other activities with SMEs that enable students and graduates to gain industry-relevant experience and skills.
  • Building capacity in SMEs to provide project/placement/ internship opportunities and enhance the contribution of advanced skills to SME growth, including programmes to specifically engage the most disadvantaged groups or those who face particular local disadvantages in utilising advanced skills.
  • Brokering opportunities to encourage and increase work experience, work placements, traineeships, apprenticeships, and graduate placements particularly through wider employer engagement and involving supply chains.
  • Promoting apprenticeships (especially at advanced levels in manufacturing and other priority sectors) by developing a supportive environment for employer engagement.
  • Developing better links with business to equip students with the skills to start and grow a business to meet local business needs.

Applicants will need to have eligible match funding for the balance of costs, which must be from a source other than the European Union.

The total budget for the Call is £1,074,928.59. Approximately £669,324.26 will be allocated to the Transition Region and approximately £405,604.33 will be allocated to the More Developed Region.

The application deadline for all three Calls is 27 March 2017. Source: Grantfinder Click here for more information.


HLF Announce Second 2017 Deadline for Parks for People Grants

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Parks for People funding helps to conserve the heritage that makes both historic parks and cemeteries special, and it gives local people a say in how they are managed in the future. Projects improve people’s wellbeing and knowledge of their area, and make communities better places to live, work and visit.

Applicants need to show that the local community values the park or cemetery as part of their heritage, and that they are already actively involved in its management. Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations can apply including local authorities, charities, trusts, community interest companies, social enterprises, parish councils, voluntary organisations and community groups.

Grants of between £100,000 and £5 million are available to support the following:

  • Landscape design layout.
  • Surviving or lost historic features or buildings.
  • Natural heritage including priority habitats and species.
  • Archaeological sites, earthworks or features from an earlier phase of design.
  • Collections of plants, trees, objects or documents.
  • Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, fairs and crafts.
  • People’s memories and experiences of the park or cemetery.
  • The history associated with individual features such as memorials or veteran trees.

There is a two-round application process. Applications can be made at an early stage of planning in order to get a good idea of whether the project will receive funding. The second round application will require greater detail and must be received up to 26 months after the first round decision.

The 2017 deadlines for first-round applications are 1 March 2017 (12pm) and 1 September 2017 (12pm). Source: Grantfinder Click here for more information.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Local Grants Scheme Opens for 2017 (UK)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently accepting applications for grants of up to £20,000 for projects in the UK that support the armed forces community and meet MoD priorities.

Registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, and a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.

The funding is for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and:

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

Applicants must work closely with their Local Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provision.

The grants will pay for most of the things needed for the project whether it is people’s time, buying or hiring equipment, or minor improvements to land or buildings.

This is not a general fund for organisations to support their core activities simply by adding members of the armed forces community to their beneficiary group in order to apply for funding.

Applications will be accepted throughout 2017 and will be considered four times over the next 12 months.

There are no application deadlines. Source: Grantfinder Click here for more information.


Savers Support Fund Launches for England

The Office for Civil Society and Nesta, working in partnership, are offering £1 million in funding to scale proven social action models that will assist individuals and families to better manage money and reduce debt. All projects must work with a majority of families who are just about managing, and/or young people aged 14-25 years.

The fund will provide four to six grants of between £150,000 and £250,000 (and will include significant non-financial support) to help grow the impact and reach of the best innovations, based in England.

The funding is for innovative ventures and programmes that:

  • Have good existing evidence of impact in helping people balance their budgets and reduce debt.
  • Are clear about their beneficiary groups – either young people aged 14-25 and /or families who are ‘just about managing’.
  • Have ambitious scaling targets for the number of hours given by volunteers. Scaling can be achieved through organic growth, replication, partnership or licensing.
  • Demonstrate capacity to deliver in the timeline of the fund (July 2017 to December 2018).
  • Include match funding (including in-kind) of at least 33%.
  • Have already made connections or a pipeline of leads in the new areas in which they wish to scale (for example with new local authorities, schools or community groups).
  • Have a clear plan for scale and sustainability beyond the lifetime of the fund.

The Fund is able to support public services, charities, social enterprises or partnerships led by these organisations.

The funding is intended to support activities in England by innovative organisations and programmes that:

  • Are able to demonstrate that the benefits of their proposals will be in England only.
  • Are passionate about the opportunity to use social action as a mechanism to improve money management skills, and reduce debt for individuals and families in England.
  • Are already operating a proven social action programme that has good existing evidence of impact in helping people balance their budgets and reduce debt.
  • Have a track record in mobilising the time and talents of volunteers.
  • Can demonstrate that they have appropriate networks or channels to reach out to people in the identified areas for scaling the existing initiative.
  • Have a commitment to measuring their on-going performance and progress against Nesta’s Standards of Evidence.

There is a two stage application process.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 29 March 2017 (midday). Source: Grantfinder Click here for more information.


Digital agency White Fuse has announced that it is to give away a £5,000 grant each month to help a charity transform its website or get online for the first time. Explaining why they are providing the grants, the agency said on its website: “Having worked with charities since 2008 we know how hard it is for charities to get funding for digital projects.

Source: NAVCA News. Click here for more information.  

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