Funding Round Up

New Deadlines for National Churches Trust’s Project Development Grants

The National Churches Trust has announced the deadlines for the 2018 application period for its Project Development grants. The grants are a pilot scheme intended to support churches to develop high quality, well researched, sustainable projects through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available, and are likely to be used to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1 requirements, or may assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor.

UK places of worships, of all ages, listed and unlisted, are considered for the funding, though the Trust is particularly interested in applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian/Church of Scotland.

Funding is limited and in high demand. Applicants must read the guidance notes carefully to ensure they are eligible. The Fund is only open to buildings built as churches originally and 50% of the funds need to have been raised prior to submission.

The deadlines for applications are 10 January 2018, 25 April 2018 and 29 August 2018. Click here for more information.


Community Trees Fund to Open Soon

The Tree Council is the UK’s lead charity for trees and works in partnership with communities, organisations and Government to make trees matter to everyone. The Community Trees Fund, which forms part of the Council’s annual Community Action Programme, will open for applications on 4 December 2017 with new guidance notes and application forms.

The programme funds trees of appropriate species, size and numbers. Groups may apply for the costs up to four fruit trees on semi-vigorous, vigorous and very vigorous rootstocks.

The Tree Council reviews its eligibility criteria every year and the criteria for last year (listed below) may be different when the fund re-opens on 4 December:

  • Applications must be made on behalf of a community group which must be a charity/not for profit organisation.
  • Children under the age of 16 years must be actively involved in the planting process.
  • Planting must take place on publicly accessible land, usually in public or charity ownership.
  • The community group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs.
  • Planting must take place during National Tree Week (or as soon as possible afterwards).
  • Hedge plants, willow and retrospective costs will not be funded.

Applications will be accepted from 4 December 2017 to 31 March 2018. Click here for more information.


Veolia Trust

The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These could include projects aiming to install or enhance play areas and skate parks, restore footpaths and green spaces, protect natural habitats, improve community halls and restore churches. Deadline 30 November. Click here for more information.


Enter the Charity Governance Awards 2018 and win £5,000 for your charity

Entries are now open to the Charity Governance Awards 2018. The awards recognise and reward charities achieving great governance. They shine a spotlight on the trustees, staff and volunteers who make change possible day after day by showcasing the stories that demonstrate how effective governance can transform lives.

You can enter one of seven categories; focusing on impact, board diversity, harnessing risk, turnarounds and embracing digital. The awards are free to enter and you will find some categories ideal for smaller charities. Each of the seven categories offers a £5,000 cash prize. You can enter online for free until 12 January 2018. The winners will be announced at a complimentary invitation-only reception on 24 May 2018. Click here for more information.

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