Funding Opportunities and News

Launch of New £60 Million Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme

The new RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has been launched with the aim of supporting farmers with funding to purchase equipment to improve on-farm productivity.

The scheme will operate differently to other parts of the Countryside Productivity scheme, as it uses an online application process and is targeted at supporting investment for specific pieces of agricultural equipment.

Many of the items eligible for funding are highly relevant to the dairy sector, including specialist foot trimming crushes and calving detectors, but there is a range of innovative items from which the majority of farmers can find something they would want to apply for.

Farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) operating in England can apply for this grant online. Applicants may request between £3,000 and £12,000 towards the costs of the equipment they require.

Launching the scheme at the 2018 Dairy Tech event, Farming Minister George Eustice said:

“The dairy industry is our largest agricultural sector and we want to make sure farmers can become more resilient, competitive and able to capitalise on the growing global interest in quality British produce as we leave the EU.

“By opening this small grants scheme, we hope more farmers will be able to access this equipment and embark on more innovative and ambitious projects.”

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday on 14 March 2018. Click here for more information.

Entries Open for National Lottery Awards 2018

The Awards are open to authorised representatives of projects that have received Lottery funding at any time since the National Lottery began in 1994. The main beneficiaries of the project must be based in the UK.

Entries can be made in the following Award categories:

  • Best Arts Project.
  • Best Education Project.
  • Best Environment Project.
  • Best Health Project.
  • Best Heritage Project.
  • Best Sport Project.
  • Best Voluntary/Charity Project.

The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of £5,000 (an increase from £3,000 offered in previous years), which can be put towards their project.

Winners will be determined by a public vote and will appear at a BBC One Awards Ceremony.

Entry is free and the deadline is 6 April 2018 (11.59pm). Click here for more information.

Government Announces £100 Million for Firms Affected by Carillion Liquidation

A package of support for businesses and employees affected by the liquidation of the construction company Carillion has been welcomed by the Business Secretary, Greg Clark.

The British Business Bank is to offer support to provide up to £100 million of lending to small firms that may not have the security necessary to access conventional bank lending. This will be achieved with the support of all major high street lenders, via the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.

The move is likely to benefit small enterprises, including the chain of subcontractors to Carillion, who may not have sufficient assets as security to access standard business loans. These guarantees can be used to support overdraft borrowing and the refinancing of existing debt.

Additionally, the country’s largest banks have extended their commitment to support affected companies, with UK Finance confirming additional support for personal banking customers concerned about overdraft, mortgage or credit card repayments, as well as further financial support for small businesses in the form of short-term relief to help keep them afloat.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

“We want to signal very clearly to small and medium-sized businesses who were owed money by Carillion that they will be supported to continue trading.

“The banks have responded to my request by agreeing to support businesses and individuals affected. This further guarantee will help those businesses who may not be able to provide the usual security for a loan.

“I will continue to work closely with business organisations, trade unions and banks to actively support those affected by Carillion’s insolvency.”

British Business Bank CEO Keith Morgan said:

“The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is an important option for smaller businesses who need access to finance, but may not be able to meet a provider’s normal security requirements.

“To help in these exceptional circumstances, we have designed additional flexibility into EFG that could be particularly suitable for firms in the Carillion supply chain. We would encourage lenders to work with their customers to use these new flexibilities to meet their needs.”

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.


The directors of the corporate trustee (‘the directors’) operate a grant giving policy with a view to making annual distributions of £300,000. They support a wide range of UK Registered Charities.

The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:-

  • Medical research
  • Care of the elderly
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • The Deaf and Blind
  • Care of the physically & mentally disabled
  • The Armed Forces

If you are a charity working in any of these fields and would like to request financial assistance, please read our Application Guidelines.

Directors’ Meetings are held in April and October each year. Details of the directors can be found in the Annual Report and Accounts .

Applications must be received by the end of February or the end of August to be sure of consideration at the Spring or Autumn Meetings.

Details of the most recent grants made can be found under Grants Awarded and in the Annual Report and Accounts. Click here for more information.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations in the United Kingdom.

The trustees welcome applications for projects within the following areas on a three-year rotation: –

Music and The Arts / The Elderly
Medical (not research) / Community
Children and Young People

In all cases, priority is given to projects focussing on: –

  • homelessness
  • domestic abuse
  • prisoners / offenders
  • training and education
  • counselling and support
  • better access to the arts for those who have limited opportunities
  • refugees and asylum seekers

Grants are available up to £5,000 depending on the organisation’s annual income

Application Form: Online application form is available on the website when the application round is open.

Deadline: There are four application rounds per year each open for a month – usually February, May, July and September

Contact: Email:


Veolia Trust

The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These could include projects aiming to install or enhance play areas and skate parks, restore footpaths and green spaces, protect natural habitats, improve community halls and restore churches.

They have two main requirements: first, a project needs to be within five miles of a site operated by Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc; and second, it must come under one of our five funding categories and meet their connected criteria. See the Location and Categories links on website below for more information.

ENTRUST, the organisation which regulates them, only permits funding of projects which come under a set of categories. They use five of these categories and a project must come under one of these in order for it to be considered for a grant.

If a project comes under one of their categories, they may only fund a specific aspect of it. For instance, a request may be made for funds to refurbish a community hall, a category they support. However, they would not pay for the installation of CCTV or floodlighting but would finance repairs to the building.

Here are some brief descriptions of their categories. You can read about them in more detail on website below. They advise you to do this if you are thinking of applying for funding. You can also read some short case studies of projects in each category.

  • Community Buildings
  • Parks and Paths
  • Play and Recreation Features
  • Nature Reserves
  • Supporting Biodiversity

NB A minimum of 20% of funding needs to be secured for projects with a total cost exceeding £25,000.

If your initial enquiry is accepted, it is a requirement that all the statutory approvals, such as planning consent and Environment Agency and church faculty approvals, have been obtained prior to submission of the completed application.

The application process runs on a rolling basis, with four rounds every 12 months. You will be told the region your project is located in when you start an application. Full applications submitted on or before the deadlines are appraised at the Board meeting on the same line. The Trust will constantly monitor the situation and our website will be updated accordingly. Please feel free to contact the Trust if you need any further help or advice on Tel: 01902 794677.

Application Form: You should fill out an Initial Enquiry form online before making a full application.

Contact: The Veolia Environmental Trust, Ruthdene, Station Road, Four Ashes, Wolverhampton WV10 7DG

Tel: 01902 794 677



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