Funding Round Up

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) – Calls for Proposals Open in the Marches

Five calls for proposals are open to applications under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) strand of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area.

Research and Innovation Call

Grants from a minimum of £500,000 are available to run a project promoting research and innovation in the Marches.

This call is looking to support research and innovation, specifically:

  • Enhancing research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence, and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest.
  • Promoting business investment in research and innovation.

The total budget for the call is £1 million. It is anticipated that funding will be awarded for up to three years and projects must cover the Marches LEP area.

SME Support Call

Grants from a minimum of £500,000 are available to run a project enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises in the Marches.

The Call specifically aims to:

  • Promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators.
  • Support the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development.
  • Support the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes.

The total budget for the call is £4.5 million. It is anticipated that funding will be awarded for up to three years and projects must cover the Marches LEP area.

Environment and Resource Efficiency Call

A grant of a minimum of £500,000 is available to run a project focussed on preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency in the Marches.

This call is looking to preserve and protect the environment and promote resource efficiency and specifically:

  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure.

The total budget for the call is £500,000. It is anticipated that funding will be awarded for up to three years and projects must cover the transition area of the Marches LEP area.

Low Carbon Call

Grants from a minimum of £500,000 are available to run a project supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in the Marches.

The Call specifically aims to:

  • Promote the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources.
  • Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises.
  • Support energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector.
  • Promote low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
  • Promote research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.

The total budget for the call is £3 million. It is anticipated that funding will be awarded for up to three years and projects must cover the Marches LEP area.

Climate Change Call

This call is operating in all Local Enterprise Partnership areas.

Grants from a minimum of £500,000 are available to run a project promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management. This call is specifically promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.

The total budget for the call throughout all LEPs is £8 million – £3.8 million in more developed areas, and £4.2 million in transition areas. It is anticipated that funding will be awarded for up to three years.

The deadline for outline applications to all calls is 26 January 2018. Click here for more information.


Grants to Help Celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2018 Across the UK

Not-for-profit organisations as well as informal groups who are considering holding an event or an activity which promotes a vegetarian diet to the wider community can apply now for a grant.

Small grants of up to £200 or larger grants of up to £2,000 can be used to support events and activities that attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

The funding is for events and activities that:

  • Take place during National Vegetarian Week 2018 (14-20 May) or in the two weeks before.
  • Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.
  • Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food.
  • Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan. (Events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink).

Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not limited to:

  • Cookery demonstrations.
  • Communal meals.
  • Recipe exchanges.
  • Tasting sessions.

The grants could be used to hire equipment and venues or help with transport costs or the materials needed for a cookery demonstration.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Not for profit organisations in the UK (eg community groups, schools, social housing schemes, youth clubs, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides).
  • Informal groups of friends, parents or students.
  • Vegetarian groups, local network groups and student vegetarian and vegan societies (whether they are formally part of the Vegetarian Society network or not).

There are four closing dates in 2018 for applications:

  • Large Grants – 21 January and 25 February.
  • Small Grants – 25 February and 22 April.

Click here for more information.


Grow Wild UK Providing Grants to Transform Local UK Spaces

Grow Wild UK awards funding for projects that brings people together through activities that connect their community and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi. The Fund is a partnership between Grow Wild UK, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and Lemos&Crane.

Projects must:

  • Stand out from the crowd.
  • Focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life.
  • Engage one or more of these groups: young people aged 12-18, students and young people aged 18-25, people living in urban areas, people experiencing hardship and reduced access to services, adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities.
  • Encourage large-scale community involvement, ideally in the hundreds.
  • Deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public.
  • Be delivered by voluntary, youth or community groups that are constituted, not-for-profit, or charitable. This includes youth groups, secondary schools, councils and health authorities.

It is estimated that the fund will support 50 groups across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2018.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2018 (12pm).Click here for more information.


Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund Opens for 2018

The Greggs Foundation’s Community Projects Fund is inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations across Great Britain. Funding will support projects or equipment for those in need at the heart of local communities.

Projects can support a variety of people:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness.
  • Living in poverty.
  • Voluntary carers.
  • Homeless.
  • Isolated older people.
  • Other demonstrable significant need.

Eligible projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:

  • Decreased social isolation.
  • Improved health and wellbeing.
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
  • Improved life skills.
  • Improved opportunities.

The Local Community Projects Fund is administered by seven charity committees throughout Great Britain. Please note that the programme is ‘highly over-subscribed’ and there is ‘huge competition’ for the grants available.

The next deadline for applications is 9 March 2018. 

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Scheme Opens for 2018

The Gregg’s Foundation’s Environmental Grants programme is now inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 for projects in England, Wales or Scotland that deliver a real benefit to the environment.

Projects must address one or more of the following:

  • Improving the local environment.
  • Insuring involvement of local communities.
  • Delivering a sustainable and measurable difference.
  • Supporting people in need.

The funding can be used to cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities.

Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less as well as schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply. Organisations that are based near Greggs shops will be given priority.

The next deadline for applications is 9 March 2018. Click here for more information.


Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme Returns for 2018

This programme offers grants of up to £4,000 for energy efficient improvements such as insulation, better doors or windows, LED lighting and improved heating controls, to community buildings.

The community building must be located in the immediate vicinity of wind, solar and hydroelectric installations that Thrive Renewables is invested in. This year there are 21 eligible locations spreading across England, Scotland and Wales.

Now in its third year, the fund has provided grants to a number of different types of buildings including community centres, village halls, a cricket pavilion and a youth centre for improvements such as loft insulation, new (more draught-proof) doors, water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and other insulation projects.

Explaining the benefits of the grants, Thrive Renewables’ Adrian Warman said:

“Our grants mean community buildings can make fundamental energy improvements. Improvements to how comfortable they are, how much they cost to run, and, ultimately, how much they get used. There really aren’t many grants for spaces like this, but so many people and groups rely on them.”

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must complete a basic energy audit to help identify the most appropriate improvements to their building.

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2018. Click here for more information.

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