Funding Opportunities

Tech for Good to Run for a Third Time

Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation have joined together once again to offer a funding and support package to an estimated 12 projects in 2018.

The programme is offering grant funding for nine months alongside access to technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019.

To access this support, applicants need to be not-for-profit organisations based, and providing services, in the UK with proposals that focus on Comic Relief’s four strategy themes (Investing in Children and Young People; Empowering Women and Girls; Building Stronger Communities; and Improving Health and Wellbeing).

The funding is for projects at any stage of development, with solid user-centred research, a clear problem to address, and a compelling digital solution to achieving this. The technology may be simple or cutting edge. The funding is for new products and services that can be shared with the wider not-for-profit sector.

Full details will be available once the programme launches on 13 November 2017.

Applications will be accepted from 13 November to 20 December 2017. Click here for more information.

Final round of the Bright Ideas Fund now open

The final round of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund opens today.

Your community group can now apply for support and tools to set up a community business.

Before you apply, please ensure:

  • You read the Guidance Notes thoroughly, and you meet all of the eligibility criteria (not sure if you have a community business idea? Find out more here)
  • You have taken into account the new criteria that states your community organisation must not have been constituted for more than five years at the time of application.

Round 3 of the Bright Ideas Fund closes at 5pm on 1 December.

If you have any questions or need some help with the application process, please visit the My Community Help Centre to speak to an advisor.

Click here for more information.

Sanctuary Housing Association Seeks More Applicants to its Grand Ideas Fund

Sanctuary Housing Association is looking for groups with grand ideas aiming to make a difference to the lives of Sanctuary Housing or Sanctuary Supported Living residents and their communities.

Charitable groups delivering a wide range of activities, such as improving financial and economic inclusion, supporting and improving physical and emotional wellbeing and providing development opportunities for young people, can apply for small grants of up to £1,000.

Great ideas that need a little extra financial support are encouraged to contact the Sanctuary Housing Association as applications for larger amounts may be considered.

All projects must address one or more of the following themes:

  • Employment, education, skills and training.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Community safety and infrastructure.
  • Environment.
  • Financial inclusion.

Priority will be given to a selection of locations as stipulated by the Funder.

The Fund is renewed and updated in April each year.

Applications can be submitted at any time as there are no deadlines. Click here for more information.

The Henry Smith Charity Re-launches Grants Programmes

The Henry Smith Charity distributes over £28 million a year in grant programmes designed to reduce social and economic disadvantage in the UK.

Following a review of its grant procedures, the Funder has refined its Main Grant programmes, separating it into two defined funds under the same new strategy that aims to work with people for whom other sources of support have failed, been inappropriate or are simply not available.

This will be achieved through the following priorities:

  • Increasing resilience – empowering people, encouraging integration and personal independence, helping people to recover and move on.
  • Creating opportunities and life chances – raising aspiration, equipping people with new skills, unlocking and enabling potential, and providing the means to improve life circumstances.
  • Empowering communities – strengthening and connecting communities and making people feel valued, providing opportunities for social connections and relationships, encouraging participation and inclusion.

The Charity’s grants programmes now stand as follows:

  • The Main Grants: Improving Lives Fund is the largest of the Charity’s funds, and will support the work of established charitable organisations with incomes of up to £2 million. Funding is available for projects that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
  • The Main Grants: Strengthening Communities Fund is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.
  • The County Grants programme provides grants for smaller organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in one of eight English counties. Groups should note that funding for Surrey is not available until early 2018.
  • The Holiday Grants for Children programme provides grants for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. These are one-off short grants.
  • The Christian Projects grant programme awards grants to projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith in the UK.

Grant sizes are generally between £10,000 and £60,000 and are for charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises that are based and working in the UK.

There are no deadlines. Applications are considered on a regular basis, depending on the fund applied to. Click here for more information.

New £4.5m Social Action Fund Launches for England

The Big Lottery Fund and the Government have launched a new £4.5 million fund to support local social action in England.

The Place Based Social Action which is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and National Lottery money has been set up to increase the capacity of communities, civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses to work together to address priorities which matter to people locally.

The fund is open to existing partnerships which can include charities and other representatives from VCSE organisations, local authority representatives, statutory and non-statutory bodies and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) is open to existing partnerships across England, that have identified or are already working together to address a social challenge or local priority in their area.

This is a three-phase programme which will run until 2025.

20 EOIs will be selected to take part in phase 1.

In phase 1, partnerships will receive support and up to £5,000. Ten of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 2, with a grant of up to £240,000 on offer. And only 5 of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 3, with a further grant of up to £255,000 on offer.

  • Phase 1 – for up to 20 areas, support and development, up to £5,000 towards expenses.
  • Phase 2 – For up to 10 areas, support and development, up to £240,000 grant award.
  • Phase 3 – For up to 5 areas, up to £255,000 grant award.

Phase one of the programme is open to expressions of interest until 28 November 2017 (5pm). Click here for more information.

Department of Health Launches Beyond Places of Safety Scheme

The Department of Health is running a £15 million grants scheme to improve support services for those needing urgent and emergency mental healthcare in England.

The Beyond Places of Safety schemes seeks to improve the provision of local services for those who are vulnerable to a mental health crisis, including conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders that could cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.

The new fund, which follows on from the previous Improving Places of Safety scheme, is currently accepting bids from Crisis Care Concordat leads for innovative projects that focus on:

  • Preventing people from reaching crisis point in the first place.
  • Helping to develop new approaches to support people who experience a mental health crisis.

The total budget is £15 million. The scheme will disperse capital funding, either as Public Dividend Capital to the NHS or as grants to other providers. The minimum grant is £5,000. There is no maximum award.

The funding is to be used for capital costs, and projects must be delivered by 31 March 2020.

The application deadline is 21 January 2018 (23:59). Click here for more information.

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