Funding News Round Up

Government Invites Bids for Funding to Deliver More Homes in England

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched the £25 million Planning Delivery Fund in support of the Government’s target to build 1 million new homes by 2020. The funding is intended to support ambitious authorities in areas of high housing need to plan for new homes and infrastructure, equipping them with the resources needed to deliver the agenda set out in the housing White Paper published in February 2017.

This programme of funding aims to support:

  • More and better joint working, across local authority boundaries, ensuring that there are the skills and capacity where they are needed to plan strategically for housing growth, and to manage delivery of new homes and infrastructure.
  • A step change in the design quality of new development, as well as design advice and support to local authorities delivering growth.
  • Innovation in the planning system, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and enable the delivery of more high quality homes.

The £25 million is available for the financial years 2017/18 to 2019/2020.

The first part of Planning Delivery Fund allocation of £11 million will be open to bids for the financial years 2017-18 to 2018-19 and will be administered under three dedicated funding streams:

  • Joint Working Fund – grants of up to £250,000 for expenditure in 2017/18.
  • Design Quality Fund – grants of up to £250,000 for expenditure in 2017/18.
  • Innovation Fund – award amounts will be made depending on the volume and quality of bids.

All local planning authorities (including Development Corporations, Mayoral areas and combined authorities) are eligible to bid into the three funding streams, whether individually or in partnership (in the latter case, where the grant would support joint working).

Third sector organisations (on their own or in partnership with Local Authorities) may submit proposals to the Innovation Fund.

Applicants should check the prioritisation criteria for each funding stream which can be found in the prospectus.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 11 January 2018. Click here for more information.


Innovate UK & Prince’s Trust Announce Young Innovators’ Programme

A new nationwide initiative has been announced to find the next generation of young UK innovators and provide them with support, advice and funding to explore new ideas for enterprise.

Open to 18-30 year-olds who are looking to take their ideas to the next level, the Ideas Mean Business – Young Innovators’ Programme will enable applicants to quickly receive advice, guidance and the chance to access transformative backing; helping to turn their ideas into reality.

The ‘Young Innovators’ programme of support includes:

  • 12 Regional Innovation Live events across the UK in early January 2018.
  • An Award competition opening in February 2018.
  • ​An Award package being presented in March 2018.

The award package will include:

  • An allowance to cover living costs (similar to an apprenticeship).
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring from an Innovation Champion.
  • A pot of funding to support specific requirements, eg travel to meet customers/partners, attending relevant training courses, equipment, hiring office space and IT support.

Those who do not win an award package will still have access to the Innovation Module and support offered by Enterprise Online.

The best ideas will be announced in March 2018 and these future innovators will go on to receive vital funding and ongoing business mentorship.

The Prince’s Trust ambassador, investor and television personality, Deborah Meaden, said:

“Young people represent our future, so to describe their engagement in business and innovation as crucial is no overstatement.

“I believe the #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign will be hugely successful in welcoming in the next generation of UK innovators.”

Click here for more information.


Government Invites Women’s Charities in the UK to Apply for £15m in Funding

The Tampon Tax Fund was announced by the Chancellor during the 2015 Autumn Statement. The Office for the Civil Society, which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is running and managing this UK-wide fund.

Charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations based and working in the UK can submit applications for grants of at least £1 million.

There is £15 million for the current fund which covers 2018-19. The minimum grant is £1 million. There is no maximum level of grant. The grant must represent more than 50% of the applicant’s collective annual income. Grants may be for one or two year projects, with a maximum of two years up until 31 March 2020.

The funding will support projects that focus on at least one of the following categories.

  • Violence against Women and Girls – Applications will be considered from organisations that support women and girls affected by or at risk of violence or abuse. This includes domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence, stalking and prostitution and sex work, and applications are encouraged from consortia that cover multiple crime types. Projects should include early intervention and prevention of VAWG crimes, as well as victims’ services. Proposals must provide additional activity not currently within mainstream provision.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – Applications will be considered from organisations that promote mental wellbeing and prevention of mental illness for vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls. This includes applications that promote mental wellbeing, public health prevention, early intervention, digital innovations, community based provision and working across sectors. Proposals should provide additional activity not currently within mainstream provision.
  • General programme – Applications will be considered from organisations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged or under-represented women and girls. As an indication, the work may be in the following areas (this is not an exhaustive list) and proposals that address other issues will be considered:
    • Alcohol and drug abuse.
    • BAME services.
    • Education and employment.
    • Engaging excluded and vulnerable women through sport.
    • Female offenders.
    • Gender equality.
    • LGBTQI specific services.
    • Multiple complex needs.
    • Older women.
    • Period poverty.
    • Women with disabilities.
    • Women with learning disabilities.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here for more information.


Darwin Initiative Scoping Awards Round 24 Open

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has opened a new round of its Scoping Awards.

Scoping projects are small grants intended to help applicants who are new to the Darwin Initiative. The aim is to develop a workable project idea and build potential project partnerships within the country where the project would take place. A successful scoping project should lead to a main round project application.

Applications for scoping awards must be to establish new partnerships. DEFRA would normally expect applications from partnerships involving around two to four organisations.

Scoping award lead applicants must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have recognised expertise in the sustainable use or conservation of biodiversity and/or development.
  • Have a proven track record of managing biodiversity-related and/or natural resource orientated development projects in partnership with local organisations.
  • Can provide evidence of work which has had an impact on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and/or sustainable economic development.
  • Can demonstrate that alternative funding – including financial support from their own organisation – is not available to develop the Darwin project proposal in consultation with their partners. Scoping award funding should not be seen as an alternative to seeking matched funding from other sources.

Funding up to £10,000 is available.

The deadline for applications is 2 February 2018. Click here for more information.


Government Announces £2 Million Fund to Help Renters onto the Housing Ladder

As part of the Autumn Budget 2017, the government announced the Rent Recognition Challenge – a £2 million Prize Fund, challenging firms to develop new applications, or build on existing ones, to enable rental tenants to record and share their rental payment data with lenders and credit reference agencies.

The competition will provide an initial round of grant funding to six promising proposals, each receiving £100,000 to support the development of a prototype product. Following this, expert judges will select three to four teams, who will receive additional funding to bring their ideas to market.

The funding will be provided to budding entrepreneurs in order for them develop an application that will help to enable Britain’s 11 million renter to improve their credit scores and their chances of getting a mortgage.

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, said:

“People’s monthly rent is often their biggest expense, so it makes sense for it to be recognised when applying for a mortgage. Without a good credit score, getting a mortgage can be a real struggle.

“Most lenders and Credit Reference Agencies are unable to take rental data into account, because they don’t have access to it. The Rent Recognition Challenge will challenge firms to develop an innovative solution to this problem and help to restore the dream of home ownership for a new generation.”

The competition will open in January 2018, and will close to applications in March 2018. Click here for more information.


BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines Announced

The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of up to £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

There are four deadlines in 2018: 1 March 2018, 13 May 2018, 2 September 2018 and 2 December 2018 (midnight). Click here for more information.

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