The government has announced up to £330 million from dormant bank and building society accounts will be used to help the homeless, disadvantaged young people, local charities and other good causes in the UK over the next four years. Around £280 million will be allocated to initiatives across England:
- Up to £135 million will be used by Big Society Capital to fund stable and long-term accommodation for vulnerable groups such as homeless people and those suffering with mental health issues, as well as to provide support for local charities and social enterprises
- Around £90 million will also be invested in support of projects that help disadvantaged young people into employment
- The remaining £55 million is set to be awarded to financial inclusion and capability initiatives which will tackle issues such as problem debt, as well as improving access to financial products and services for those on lower incomes
Arts Award Access Fund (England) – First 2018 Round Open
The Arts Award Access Fund is designed to help registered Arts Award centres that are experiencing a lack of funds. The programme is active in arts centres, colleges and schools, community projects, libraries, galleries, local authorities, theatres, youth clubs and youth justice settings.
Grants of between £100 and £1,500 are available.
The grant can be used for the following:
- Discover, Explore or Bronze logs
- Bronze, Silver or Gold guidance booklets
- Fees for workshops with a professional or specialist
- General art materials, printing costs, etc
- Tickets for events
- Travel to and from a venue
- Contribution towards the costs of Gold leadership projects
- Hire of specialist equipment or specialist venue
- Adviser/project management/staff time
- Discover certificates
- Moderation costs for Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold
- Specific access requirements eg BSL/other translators; assistive technology specifically related to the Arts Award project (where renting is not cost effective)
Applications from all registered Arts Award centres based in England are accepted but priority will be given to the following centres which:
- are working with disadvantaged young people;
- are taking part in Arts Award for the first time;
- are not receiving regular public funding; or
- are using the grant to access an Arts Award Supporter.
The first round for 2018 is now open to applications and closes on 2 March 2018. Click here for more information.
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for First Round of 2018
The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity is designed to try and break the cycle of debt. It aims to fight financial and consumer illiteracy and is dedicated to educating and informing adults and children about consumer and debt issues.
The Charity holds two funding rounds each year with a different theme for each round.
The theme for the current round (1 February to 2 March 2018) is:
- Living with Long Term Challenges projects should focus on building financial capability skills assisting people who support dementia, autism, learning difficulties, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury and stroke.
All applications must demonstrate how the project they are seeking funding for has a lasting impact on people who have or care for those living with long-term challenges as listed above by supporting them to become more financially capable. Projects must commence from June 2018 onwards.
This year, MSE has raised the maximum grant level from £5,000 to £7,500.
Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.
Applicants are advised to apply early in the month as the round will be limited to the first 40 applications that are accepted or the deadline, whichever is soonest.
The application deadline for the Living with Long Term Challenges round is 2 March 2018 (5pm). Click here for more information.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Announces Changes for 2018
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is a medium-sized grant making foundation that gives grants to small, well-established charitable organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.
Groups that are intending to apply for funding from the Foundation should be aware of the following important changes:
- All new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants are now to be made through the Foundation’s on-line application forms.
- The Foundation will stop accepting unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31 March 2018. Until then, hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading, on the Foundation’s website.
- The Foundation is planning to launch a new grants policy and criteria from 1 July 2018. It says that most of the current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria.
- The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April 2018.
Full details of the new grants policy and criteria will be provided when they are published in July 2018. Click here for more information.