Government Commits to More Funding for Community-Led Housing
Housing Minister Alok Sharma announced at the first national Community-Led Housing Conference that the Government will launch a new fund ‘worth £60 million in the first year alone’ which will provide both capital and revenue funding, with flexibility to meet demand.
Community groups, registered providers and other appropriate organisations will be able to apply for funding from January 2018 with the first allocations of funding being awarded around the beginning of April 2018.
Further information about the programme will be provided in the prospectus which is expected to be available shortly.
According to the Housing Minister, “a significant element of the funding will also go towards developing an advisory network that supports community groups to bring forward projects.” He also said that he will be setting up an advisory group to steer the Department of Communities and Local Government on the delivery of the funding programme.
The full transcript of the Housing Minister’s speech can be found on GOV.UK website.
Full details of the funding programme will be provided as soon as they become available.
AHF Publishes 2018 Deadline for Project Development Grants
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that offers grants to help it deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities.
AHF offers grants of up to £25,000 to registered charities and social enterprises in the UK that need financial assistance 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.
- Fees for consultants to help progress the organisation’s plans.
- 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.
- Costs of community engagement work.
- Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses or for advice on governance.
- VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed.
- Organisation’s overheads/administration costs.
- Costs associated with converting an existing charity or social enterprise into a Community Benefit Society.
Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work.
Weston Charity Awards Expands Programme For 2018
20 registered charities in the North of England, the Midlands, and Wales, can apply for a package of support intended to provide long-term benefit. Registered charities that are ambitious and working to alleviate disadvantage in either youth, welfare or community sectors can apply.
Recipients will receive:
- A fully funded year of support from Pilotlight.
- An unrestricted cash contribution of £6,200 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings.
- Access to the advice and support of both Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation.
- Three ‘connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year.
Charities must have an annual income of less than £5 million, and at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position.
The deadline for applications is 12 January 2018 (5pm). Click here for more information.
Severn Trent Water Reopens Environmental Grants Scheme for Farmers
The Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS) supports farmers in the Midlands to make improvements to their farm management and infrastructure, reducing the risk of pollution from their land into local water courses.
Through the scheme, Severn Trent Water is keen to work with farmers and land managers to reduce risks to drinking water. By working in partnership with farmers the provider aims to:
- improve drinking water quality;
- reduce the need for additional water treatment; and
- provide wider environmental benefits in local catchments.
The scheme offers grants of up to £5,000 per year, per farm for infrastructure improvement and land management changes in Severn Trent Water target areas. The fixed grant amount represents an estimated 50% of the total cost of the capital and land management items that will be funded.
Grants are available to farmers and landowners/managers who farm within a Severn Trent Water drinking water abstraction catchment and/or farm within one of Severn Trent’s ‘priority source protection zones’ (SPZs).
Jodie Rettino, Catchment Manager for Severn Trent, said: “The more work we can do with farmers to reduce pollution from their land, the more we will protect local water courses, such as rivers and streams and the environment.
“This is a great opportunity for farmers to get the financial help and support they need to make improvements to their farm and land.”
The window for grant applications for 2018-19 opens on 1 January 2018 and closes on 16 March 2018. Click here for more information.
BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines Announced
The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of over £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 three deadlines for initial applications in 2018: 16 January 2018, 17 May 2018 and 13 September 2018 (midnight). Click here for more information.
Better Broadband Scheme Extended by One Year
Established to help businesses struggling with the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, the Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year, as announced by the Digital Minister, Matt Hancock.
The scheme provides a subsidy of up to £350 to enable access to an affordable basic broadband service to those who are unable to achieve broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps.
Announcing the extension of the programme, Matt Hancock said:
“Thanks to the UK Government’s rollout of superfast broadband, more than 94% of the UK can now access superfast broadband speeds and thousands more homes and businesses are being reached every week.
“There is still more to be done to get decent broadband to all and the Better Broadband Scheme helps people with the very worst broadband, to provide immediate assistance to those most in need. I’m delighted to say we are extending the scheme to help people in some of the most rural and hard to reach areas of the country.”
Thousands of businesses and dwellings have already benefitted from the scheme, with subsidies that are worth over £3 million in total. Originally due to conclude at the end of 2017, the popularity of the scheme means that it will now be extended until the end of 2018.
Multi-million RDPE Growth Programme to Boost Business in Rural England – Deadline Extended
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has been established to support projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas of England.
Funding is being provided through three national calls for projects, which have been developed in collaboration with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and which are open to support food processing, business development and tourism infrastructure projects for an initial one-year period.
Grants are generally provided at a minimum level of £35,000; however, this will vary in some LEP areas. The amount which can be applied for depends on the size of the applicant’s business and where it is located.
Grants can be used to help rural businesses grow and create more jobs. Grant funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings and buying new equipment and machinery. The following costs are also eligible, if they form part of a larger project being funded:
- Architects, engineer or consultant fees.
- Buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software.
- Patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks
- Energy-saving and resource efficiency equipment
Businesses that are carrying out projects to boost employment or bring more money into the rural economy in their LEP area of England may be eligible to apply.
For business development projects, small and micro rural businesses, both new and existing will qualify. This includes farmers who want to diversify into non-agricultural activities. Food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products may apply for the food processing strand. Projects that are commercial in nature and intended to make a profit may apply for the rural tourism infrastructure aspect of the scheme.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest has been extended to 31 May 2018. Click here for more information.
The Henry Moore Foundation supports a wide variety of arts projects through its grants programme. Grants are awarded quarterly. Deadline 08 December. Click here for more information.
The Leche Trust is a registered, grant-making charity (225659) founded and endowed by the late Mr. Angus Acworth CBE. Deadline 15 December. Click here for more information.
Comic Relief with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation is launching another UK Tech for Good funding programme. They are inviting proposals to develop or scale web, mobile or internet based technologies which deliver new or improved services to beneficiaries. The programme will fund up to 12 digital projects each with grants of up to £47,000. Deadline 20 December. Click here for more information.
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 online for free until 12 January 2018. Click here for more information.