Funding Round Up

Launch of the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards

The Sustainability Leaders Awards have been established to:

  • highlight the achievements of companies that have gone beyond the call of duty to improve their green credentials;
  • provide a platform for the promotion of the most innovative and effective environmental solutions of the modern day;
  • provide public recognition for the individuals and organisations that have attained the highest standards within the industry; and
  • celebrate the successes of the environmental industries and those companies and organisations working towards a sustainable future.

The awards are open to companies and public bodies based in the UK, Ireland or mainland Europe that have gone beyond the call of duty to improve their green credentials.

The early bird deadline for entering the 2018 round of awards is 11 August 2017. The standard entry deadline is 12 September 2017. Click here for more information.


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards 2018 Open to Applications (UK)

The IMPACT Awards are an annual scheme, funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as part of the company’s commitment to promoting community health and wellbeing. The Awards are organised and managed in partnership with the King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care.

The Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UK that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Charities must have an annual income of between £80,000 (an increase from the previous £25,000) and £2.5 million (an increase from the previous £2 million).

Applicants must target community health needs in the UK and have a track record of achievement in this area.

The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. The assessment is based on the work of the whole organisation and the assessment will focus on excellence in the six areas of IMPACT. The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Innovation: Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
  • Management: Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Partnership: Working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.
  • Achievement: Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance; being able to report on outcomes and impact.
  • Community focus: Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
  • Targeting needs: Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.

Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overall winner receiving £40,000. Winners will also receive free training and development valued at up to £6,000, a specially commissioned professional film and photographs along with publicity and press support. Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017 (5pm). Click here for more information.


ScottishPower Foundation Opens for Applications from Great Britain

The ScottishPower Foundation, a registered Scottish charity operating independently of ScottishPower, offers funding to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working across Great Britain.

Grants of between £25,000 and £250,000 are available for projects addressing the following themes:

  • The advancement of education.
  • The advancement of environmental protection.
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science.
  • The prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage.
  • The advancement of citizenship and community development.

Priority will be given to projects that address one or more of the following objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • No poverty.
  • Good health and wellbeing.
  • Quality education.
  • Clean and sustainable energy.
  • Reduced inequalities.
  • Sustainable cities and communities.
  • Climate action.
  • Life on land.

The fund is expected to be highly competitive so applicants are advised to read the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether or not to apply.

Grants are available for one year only. Subsequent funding rounds in the same year will be primarily for grants of less than £25,000.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017 (1pm). Click here for more information.


Comic Relief – Care Home Challenge Fund for UK Opens for Round 2

UK-based care home providers (both charity and non-charity) can apply now for grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to deliver activities to improve the wellbeing of residents, and help staff and residents forge stronger relationships. There is particular interest in activities as an opportunity to build bigger positive change within care homes that will be sustained beyond the life of the funding.

As this initiative sits under Comic Relief’s ‘Health and Wellbeing’ programme area, there is interest in applications which encourage physical or mental activity, movement and increased mobility, social connections and engagement for residents. This may involve sporting activities such as martial arts or dance, but could also include other forms of gentle leisure/recreational activities such as gardening. Mentally stimulating work may include reminiscence and arts based activities, singing, reading groups etc. The funder is interested in supporting work which supports residents with a range of abilities.

Comic Relief expects to make 20 grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 and each grant will reach a maximum of four to five care homes. The grants will last for between 18 and 24 months including time for planning, partnership building and delivery.

Applicants must be UK-based care home providers, registered with the Care Quality Commission, Care Inspectorate (Scotland), Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales or the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (NI).

The closing date for applications is 4 August 2017 (midday). Click here for more information.


Sport England Launches Families Fund

Sport England is making £10 million available for the first round of the new Families Fund.

It has launched the new fund in response to the fact that ‘there are currently 7 million children aged 5 to 15 in England – and nearly 4 in 5 are not doing the recommended daily amount of exercise’. Sport England wants to change that so that ‘everyone in England regardless of age, background, or level of ability to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity’.

Sport England is providing grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 over a maximum term of four years to partners that have a successful track record in changing behaviour with families in lower socio-economic groups. These organisations do not necessarily need to be related to sport or physical activity but they do need to be eligible to apply for National Lottery funding. Sport England may look to broker partnerships between organisations submitting Expressions of Interest where appropriate.

The grants can cover both revenue and capital costs for projects that offer new activities for families with children, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, to get active and play sport together.

Eligible projects must help to achieve at least one of the following three outcomes:

  • Increase activity levels of families in lower socio-economic groups whose children are not doing 60 minutes a day of physical activity.
  • Support families to be active together throughout the week.
  • Deliver positive experiences.

All projects must target children aged between 5 and 15 years. Priority may be given to projects which target those aged between 5 and 10 years.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 August 2017 (3pm). Click here for more information.

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