Funding Round Up

Wren’s Community Action Fund Opens for 2018 Applications

Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that can demonstrate how they fall into Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund. Object D shows commitment to the protection of the environment, and the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. WREN’s definition of an amenity is something that a community will have access to and be able to use for leisure or recreation purposes.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Replacement doors and windows for village halls and community centres.
  • Provision of children’s play equipment in open public spaces.
  • Construction of footpaths and cycleways in public parks.
  • The provision of all-weather play surfaces for MUGA multi use games areas.
  • The provision of skate parks.
  • Dipping platform and all weather paths at local nature reserves.

Although match funding is not a specified requirement, the Waste Recycling Group (as a condition of providing WREN with the Landfill Tax Credits) require project applicants to secure the help of eligible ‘Third Parties’ who will reimburse them with an amount equal to 10.75% of any grant committed. Third Party funders cannot, however, gain any unique benefit from the project put forward for funding.

Applications will be accepted from the following types of organisations:

  • Registered charities which operate a community facility.
  • Churches or Parochial Church Councils.
  • Parish or Town Councils or Management Committees or User Associations acting on behalf of Parish or Town Councils.
  • Local Authorities.
  • CASC Registered Sports Clubs.

Other organisations may still be able to apply for funding if they apply as a secondary applicant with a Parish Council, Local Authority or charity which has an involvement in their project site.

The first deadline for applications is 14 March 2018 (5pm). The fund will continue quarterly after this. Click here for more information.


£1 Million Fund to Create and Restore Woodlands on HS2 Route Now Open

Forming part of the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is creating a network of new wildlife habitats along the route. This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway. In addition to this tree planting programme, a separate fund has been established to help local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and restore existing ancient woodland sites.

The HS2 Woodland Fund is a grant scheme aimed at helping landowners to restore Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS). £5 million will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands. The first £1 million phase of the Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the phase one route.

Funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare is available for creating new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of restocking is available for PAWS restoration, with additional payments for protection measures such as guards, fences and gates. The Fund provides capital funding to restore PAWS sites, at 100% of the standard costs for eligible activities.

The Fund is available to all eligible woodland owners and land managers within a 25 mile buffer around the Phase One Act Limits of HS2, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. Applications that fall marginally outside of this zone but are of outstanding quality may be considered at the discretion of the Forestry Commission.

The scheme is now open for applications add will close in April 2020, subject to remaining budget availability. There are no application windows or deadlines and applications are welcomed year-round. Click here for more information.


Energy People Trust Grants Change Provider

From January 2018, applications to the Energy People Trust will no longer be accepted.

The Trust comes to an end of the programme after 12 years of support for people and projects in England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust offers its grateful thanks to ScottishPower for the £15 million pounds plus which were placed at the Trust’s disposal to fund these important projects.

Funding will be consolidated through the Scottish Power Foundation, which is due to open for its next round in the summer of 2018.

The Foundation provides funding to registered charities and non-profit organisations for the following purposes:

  • The advancement of education.
  • The advancement of environmental protection.
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science.
  • The prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage.
  • The advancement of citizenship and community development.

Current Energy People Trust grant-holders will be able to complete their projects until completion. Click here for more information.


Grants available to develop charity websites

The 2018 round of the Transform Foundation Charity Website Grant Programme is now open for applications. The programme offers charities an £18,000 grant to redevelop their website to ramp up their online income and increase their charitable impact. Successful applicants typically have an annual income of between £350,000 and £30m, but charities of any size with the ambition to grow – or with a single project in mind – are warmly encouraged to get involved. Find out more.

Source: NAVCA News


Sport England Community Asset Fund

Sport England is inviting tenders for service providers to sit on a framework contract to support its work on the Sport England Community Asset Fund. The scope of works required are varied but can best be described as building capability and capacity in the CVSE sector in support of community groups seeking to take on a physical asset to deliver opportunities to be more physically active. Deadline 01 February.


Garfield Weston Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary with One-Off Charitable Fund

The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools.

The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs. Groups in need of revenue funding should apply to the Foundation’s main grants programme. Funding is available for:

  • New community facilities.
  • Improvement of community facilities.
  • Items that require a sizeable investment eg purchase of minibus.
  • Improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use.
  • New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use eg new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
  • Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
  • New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field.
  • Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people eg minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out.
  • Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.

Total project costs must be above £30,000.

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

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