Funding Round Up

Largest 300 UK Foundations Awarded £2.9 Billion in Funding

According to the ‘Foundation Giving Trends 2017’, grantmaking by the top 300 foundations reached a record high for the second year, totalling £2.9 billion. This reflected growth of 12%.

Groups that are wondering whether it’s worth applying to one of the top grantmaking foundations in the UK may be surprised to learn that 10 of the top 20 are willing to consider unsolicited applications if they meet the foundation’s objectives.

All 10 are reported on GRANTfinder:

  • Wellcome Trust – £711.7 million
  • Leverhulme Trust – £107.2 million
  • Comic Relief – £102.4 million
  • Garfield Weston Foundation – £58.4 million
  • BBC Children in Need Appeal – £53.7 million
  • Westminster Foundation – £41.9 million
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – £34.8 million
  • Lloyd’s Register Foundation – £31.9 million
  • Henry Smith Charity – £28.7 million
  • Wolfson Foundation – £27.5 million

For some key tips on applying for grants, look out for the publication of GRANTfinder’s funding toolkit next week.

A copy of the ‘Foundation Giving Trends 2017’ can be found on the ACF website.


AHF Accepting Applications for Project Development Grants for December Meeting

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is currently accepting applications for grants of up to £25,000 from registered charities and social enterprises in the UK that need some support to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. Funding is available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revitalising an historic building.

Applicants must explain how a particular piece of work or activity will enable this. Examples of eligible costs include:

  • The employment of a project co-ordinator, either someone appointed externally on a consultancy basis or an existing employee(s) working additional hours or on this specific project.
  • Fees for consultants needed to help progress the organisation’s plans, such as architect, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical engineer.
  • Property valuation by a RICS registered valuer.
  • Fundraising consultants.
  • Business planning consultants.
  • Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders, such as Activity Plan, Training Plan, Conservation Management Plan.
  • Costs of community engagement work, such as pop-up events, consultations.
  • Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses, such as advice on restrictive covenants, or for advice on governance, such as to develop the organisation’s constitutional model to best enable it to take the project forward.
  • VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed.
  • Organisation overheads/administration costs.

Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work.

Applications for grants of less than £5,000 can be made at any time and with a decision typically made within six weeks.

Applications for grants of £5,000 or more are considered at quarterly intervals.

The next deadline for applications requesting between £5,000 and £25,000 is 1 November 2017 to be considered at the mid December Council meeting. Click here for more information.


Vote For Your Winner – Marks and Spencer Energy Fund

Voting closes soon on the Marks and Spencer Energy Fund. Vote now for your regional winner to win a share of £300,000 and deliver a project that could really light up your community.

M&S are looking for innovative and inspiring projects that support the local community’s needs and hundreds applied with a shortlist now available for everyone to choose their favourite.

You can vote now at: M&S Energy Projects Page. 

The public vote gives customers and community members the opportunity to get involved with the initiative and back their favourite project.

The public vote closes on Friday 20th October so vote now!

The winners will be announced in November.  

Shropshire Based Project: KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON – PV Panels for Knighton and District Community Centre


Magic Little Grants Fund

The Magic Little Grants Fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.

To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:

  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

To apply for the grant you must complete the Localgiving membership registration.
See our eligibility here.


Warburtons Grants

Warburtons supports charities and the community in three ways: with financial support, product donations and the personal involvement of individual people – both Warburton family members and employees. Their main focus is on grass roots activities that have a positive effect on the aspirations, education, skills and employability of young people, as well as projects that are centred on family life, promoting healthier lifestyles and contributing to improvements in the local community. Click here for more information.

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