Funding Round Up

Fundraising opportunities for the new (and old) £1 coin

There are likely to be fundraising opportunities for charities both around the launch of the new £1 coin and across the transition period. Michael Birtwistle’s piece looks into them, and UK Fundraising reports on 12 ways charities are fundraising #PoundForPound with the new £1 coin.


Round two of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is open

The Bright Ideas Fund, a £1.85m two-year programme, aims to give community groups the support and tools they need to set up a community business. If a combination of tailored community business development support and early stage finance of up to £20,000 could help you, you have until 31 May to apply.


Comic Relief’s #iwill fund is open for applications

With a deadline of 12 May, the fund is for projects encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.


New website to help charities access social investment launches

Good Finance, a website to help charities and social enterprises understand social investment, launched last month.


The M&S Community Energy Fund is back. Big, bold and brilliant – and ready to deliver £300,000 to community projects across the UK in £12,000 chunks to switch on bright ideas for renewable energy initiatives.

This year will see a public vote, crowdfunding and judges prizes for the winners. Could it be for your idea?

Applications for funding open on Monday 22 May, but you can get ahead with yours now.

Ready… set…GO!


Charity Awards 2017 shortlist announced

A programme which prevented millions of meals going to waste, a scheme to train some of the world’s poorest people to pump their own water, and a series of innovative restaurants in prisons are among 30 inspiring projects shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2017.


The Grassroots/ Richard Weare Endowment fund

The Grassroots/ Richard Weare Endowment fund is made up of donations to the Government-funded Grassroots Grants programme (2008-2011), which increased donations by 100%. Deadline: 15 May


Dulux – Let’s Colour

Open to community groups, charities and individuals who have the desire and determination to make a difference, Let’s Colour Project is transforming grey spaces with colourful paint all over the United Kingdom.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Social Justice 

The Social Justice programme aims to help marginalised individuals and communities become integrated. They see integration as a two-way process in which society at large and specific communities adapt, understand and benefit.


Old Possums Practical Trust 

Old Possums Practical Trust makes a number of grants each year to further the aims of the Trust: – to increase knowledge and appreciation of any matters of historic, artistic, architectural, aesthetic, literary, musical or theatrical interest.


Porticus UK

Grants of between 10,000 and 25,000 to support organisations working with the poor and the marginalised. Activities should reflect Christian responsibility and support for the Roman Catholic Church.


People’s Health Trust – Active Communities Funding Programme Open in GB

The People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust opens in different areas at different times throughout the year.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well. The People’s Health Trust is looking for ideas which will create stronger connections between people and help make their local neighbourhoods even better.

To apply, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be for a not-for-profit group or organisation in England, Scotland or Wales.
  • Be for a group or organisation with a yearly income of £350,000 or less.
  • Have unrestricted access to savings of less than six months of the organisation’s yearly spending.
  • Be more than three months old.

Applicants need to have a great idea, designed and led by local people which will:

  • Take place within a small area for a small group of people such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
  • Run for between nine months and two years.
  • Need investment of between £5,000 and £25,000 per year (up to £50,000 for two years).
  • Take place in one of the areas People’s Health Trust show as most needing the funding.

Active Communities is opening soon in the following areas:

  • HealthWish – East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove
  • HealthExpect – Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Bridgend, Ceredigion
  • HealthForm – Manchester
  • HealthGift – Perth and Kinross, City of Dundee, Angus, Stirling, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Argyll and Bute
  • HealthShine – Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde

Applications are currently being accepted from groups in the HealthWisdom area of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley. The application deadline is 24 May at (1pm).

Applications are currently being accepted from groups in the HealthLives are of Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham, Waltham Forest. The application deadline is 31 May at (1pm). Click here for more information.


Church Times Invites Entries to the ‘Green Church Awards’

The Church Times, the world’s biggest Anglican newspaper, has launched the Green Church Awards to celebrate the efforts made in recent years by individuals and congregations to offset the damage being done to the earth, and to set good examples before others who might be inspired to follow suit.

Anglican churches of any denomination can enter one or more of the following five categories, though a separate entry form is needed for each.

  • The Green Building Award: £1,000 for projects that have significantly increased the efficiency of resource use, reduced the carbon footprint or helped adapt the building to a changing climate. Entries can be for an existing building or a new building, and either a church or an ancillary building.
  • The Green Congregation Award: £1,000 for inventive initiatives adopted by a congregation or church community group. Entries are invited from congregations or church community groups who have come up with clever initiatives to save energy or water, to use and recycle more, and to make imaginative use of the church’s resources, and space inside and outside the church. The judges will be looking especially for congregations who are involving their local communities in campaigning and direct action.
  • The Biodiversity Award: £1,000 for outdoor projects, either on church land, such as churchyards, or elsewhere. This award is for inventive action to protect and improve the natural environment, and increase the biodiversity around churches, or on land in the church’s care.
  • The Green Champion Award: £1,000 for special people and unsung heroes who have done great things for the environment by example and inspiration, or by coming up with ideas large or small that raise awareness and inspire and challenge others.
  • The Green Futures Award: £6,000 for projects still at the planning stage with the view of providing seedcorn money, or a contribution to fund-raising. Successful projects are likely to combine inventiveness with practical action eg initiatives for a new building, an outdoor project, or a course of action by a congregation or community.

The qualifying period for any project or projects is the past five years, ie from 2012.

The deadline for entries is 2 July 2017 (midnight). Click here for more information.


New Engaging Libraries Fund Open to Applications

The Engaging Libraries fund is a pilot programme designed to support public libraries to try out creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing.

The overall aims for the fund are to:

  • Create new ways for local communities to use and engage with libraries.
  • Give libraries the resources and time to experiment and explore how they can deliver projects that creatively and critically engage their communities/audiences with health and wellbeing topics.
  • Enable people to connect with topics about health and wellbeing in ways that are interesting and accessible to them.
  • Support libraries to share and reflect on their experience of public engagement and share learning about the barriers and opportunities that public engagement methodologies bring to the health and wellbeing offer within libraries.

This fund will offer a package of support which includes:

  • Grants of between £5,000 – £15,000. While most applications are expected to fall within this bracket, there is an opportunity to request up to £25,000 for more ambitious projects.
  • Support from library and public engagement experts.
  • A Kickstarter Day with the opportunity to share project ideas and get advice about public engagement. There will also be the chance to meet other projects.
  • An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience is captured and shared more widely.

Public libraries in the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply.

The Trust are aiming to support around 8-10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018.

The deadline for applications is 23 August 2017. Click here for more information.

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