Funding Round Up

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards 2018 – Imminent Deadline

The GSK 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 reward UK registered charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with an income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. The winning organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

Applicants may also find it useful to read a report recently published by The King’s Fund that shares 10 tips for charity leaders. The report is based on the knowledge and feedback gained from 20 years of working on the GSK IMPACT Awards. A copy of ‘Building Resilience and Sustainability – Tips for Charity Leaders’ can be found on the King’s Fund website under ‘Publications’.

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017 (5pm).


Comic Relief Launches Thriving Not Just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health

The new £1.75 million fund is for work with vulnerable and disadvantaged men, aged between 11 and 20 years, who are experiencing mental health problems. Comic Relief is focusing on this age group as 50% of adults who experience mental health problems present symptoms in their teens.

It is expected that approximately 20 grants will be awarded across the UK. Grants of between £100,000 and £150,000 are available for up to three years’ work in the UK.

Priority will be given to applications which:

  • Have consulted and plan to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs and interests are met effectively.
  • Are working with young men from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or those with co-occurring learning disabilities and mental health problems.
  • Use activity based interventions as a tool of engagement and/or that are psychologically informed. Applications using the arts and sports as well as social and cultural activities will be considered.
  • Promote and recognise the power of peer support and positive role models and incorporate these into their interventions.
  • Ensure activities are carried out in non-stigmatising locations.

Applications will be accepted from specialist mental health and/or youth organisations with particular interest in organisations that are based in the community in which they work. Partnership bids are welcome. Only one proposal per applicant can be submitted.

The deadline for applications is 13 October 2017 (midday). Click here for more information.


Sport England Launches ‘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.

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). Click here for more information.


Children’s Health Fund Opens Round 2 with New Theme

The Children’s Health Fund is inviting organisations that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes to apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Applications will be considered from registered charities, CIOs, schools, hospitals, housing associations, community groups, local authorities, churches and youth groups.

To be eligible, clubs must:

  • Provide meals that align with the food and drink requirements (ie, School Food Standards England 2015) and other term time regulations (eg, food hygiene, food labelling).
  • Include enrichment activities such as sports, art and crafts, growing etc.
  • Provide holiday food provision for a minimum of three days a week over four weeks.
  • Implement relevant policies (e.g. health and safety, safeguarding, pastoral).
  • Demonstrate a local partnership is in place which includes a representative from the Local Authority and/or health board.

The deadline for applications is 6 October 2017 (5pm). Click here to find out more.


Aviva Community Fund Opens for UK Entries

The Aviva Community Fund offers grant funding to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local communities.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations or groups working for the good of their community, which have been in existence for at least six months and have an income of £1 million or less.

To be eligible, projects must make a positive difference to people’s lives and address at least one of the following categories, which are new for 2017:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Skills for life
  • Inclusivity
  • Community support

The Community Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible.

Projects can be entered under four levels of funding:

  • Up to £1,000
  • Up to £5,000
  • Up to £10,000
  • Up to £25,000

Groups have an increased chance of winning if an insurance broker or financial adviser submits their entry and supports them, as there is an additional set of awards especially for projects submitted by brokers and financial advisers.

The public will be able to vote for their favourite projects from 24 October to 21 November 2017.

The deadline for entries is 10 October 2017 (12noon). Click here for more information.

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