Funding Round Up

Calor Gas Invites Local Groups to Apply to its Rural Community Fund

The rural energy provider set up the Rural Community Fund in 2017 as a way to give something back to the community, and once again it is offering rural off-grid communities in England, Scotland and Wales the chance to win funding for projects that will improve local life.

Calor is offering three levels of funding available to suit projects of different sizes:

  • £5,000 grants will go to five projects.
  • £2,500 grants will go to six projects.
  • £1,000 grants will go to 10 projects.

The funding applied for must equate to 50% or more of the total project cost.

A wide range of projects will be considered including but not limited to community centres, village halls, sporting venues, youth clubs, scout groups, initiatives to support the elderly.

To be eligible, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • It exists for the benefit of the wider community and not of the individual.
  • It has been in existence for a minimum of six months; and is a charity or a not-for-profit organisation.
  • The funding applied for is equal to 50% or more of the total project cost.
  • The funding is being used for renovations, redecorating, equipment, or new LPG heating systems.
  • It is capable of completion within 12 months of the date of the grant if successful.
  • It is in a rural off mains gas location in the UK and is for the benefit of an off-grid rural community in England, Scotland or Wales.
  • It has a clear deliverable objective.
  • The systems are in place to ensure finances are well managed.
  • It operates on a non-discriminatory basis and is non-political.

Applications will be accepted until 21 May 2018. Public voting will take place from 25 May 2018 until 29 June 2018, with results expected to be announced on 20 July 2018.

Visit the Calor website for further details and to start an application.

The deadline for applications is 21 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund 2018 Opens for Round 2

The Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain for projects or for equipment for people 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.

Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.

The Local Community Projects Fund is administered by seven charity committees throughout Great Britain. Please note that the programme is over-subscribed and there is huge competition for the grants available. In 2017 only 27% of eligible applications were awarded

The deadline for applications is 22 June 2018 (midnight) with decisions being announced by 17 August 2018. Click here for more information.

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Scheme Opens for Second Round in 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 22 June 2018 (midnight). Click here for more information.

Comic Relief Launches £4m Fund for Young People Lacking a Secure Place to Live

Comic Relief is inviting proposals from not-for-profit organisations to support projects in the UK, India, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya that are using sport to improve the lives of children and young people (up to 25 years) who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation to gain skills to lead safe and positive lives.

Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available to cover a period of between two and four years. The grant request should be appropriate to the size of the organisation that is applying.

Projects should take a creative approach, use sport as a tool for social change in their approach and contribute to at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education.
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment.
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice.
  • Children and young people increase life skills, for example money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience.

Proposals will need to:

  • Go above and beyond confidence building and be able to demonstrate how sport can be used to achieve positive social change.
  • Demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in sport for the physical health benefits.

Comic Relief ‘wants to hear from organisations who can demonstrate a deep understanding of what makes a positive difference for young people in this situation in their local context’.

Applications for work in India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya can be made by a locally registered organisation directly delivering the project or in partnership with a UK-based organisation.

Applications that are made earlier in the process may be reviewed before the deadline.

Applications will be accepted from 22 March 2018 until 14 June 2018 (midday). Click here for more information.

Launch of the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards UK

Designed with the aim of being a significant endorsement of corporate achievement, the National Business Awards UK enables businesses and social firms from different industries and sizes to compete on a level playing field.

The awards recognise those businesses that are setting new standards in business performance, best practice, corporate ethics and innovation.

Lloyds Bank is the programme’s headline sponsor. Through the Awards, the bank aims to deliver more to support UK business, greater exposure for finalists and winners, and exclusive expert mentoring from Lloyds Bank to the category finalists.

The 2018 categories are:

  • The Customer Focus Award
  • The Sustainable Business Award
  • New Business of the Year
  • The Employer of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Fujitsu Artificial Intelligence Award
  • Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Business Enabler
  • Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Scale up Business
  • Positive Social Impact
  • New Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Mid Market Business
  • Leader of the Year
  • Digital Business of the Year

Any company within the UK can enter the Awards, regardless of size or industry sector. Organisations may self-nominate and entries may be submitted for multiple categories.

Submissions for the 2018 Awards are being accepted until Friday 1 June 2018. Click here for more information.

Women’s Vote Centenary Small Grants Scheme Invites Applications

The Government Equalities Office set up the £1.5 million Women’s Vote Centenary Grant scheme to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in England. (The Representation of the People Act in 1918 extended the vote to women for the first time in the UK.)

The Fund has been divided into a large grant scheme and a small grant scheme.

The Small Grant scheme offers grants of between £300 and £2,000 for activities will:

  • Increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement.
  • Improve people’s understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young people.
  • Encourage and inspire participation in civic life.

To be eligible, activities for Round 2 should:

  • Start by 31 August 2018.
  • Take place in England.
  • Be either one-off or for a limited time only.
  • Bring people together face to face.
  • Reflect and celebrate the diversity found in the community and bring people together who might not usually interact.

There is particular interest in activities that involve or benefit people who are underrepresented in civic life, including women, young people, Black and minority ethnic (BME) people, people living with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people and people from lower socio-economic groups.

For Round 2 priority will be given to applications from under-represented regions from Round 1, specifically: Yorkshire & Humber; West Midlands; East Midlands; Eastern; South West and South East.

The deadline for applications to Round 2 is 18 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Government Launches New Fund to Improve England’s Water Environment

Jointly launched by Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency, the Water Environment Grant scheme will provide £9 million each year over the next three years to not-for-profit organisations, land managers, and public bodies for projects that restore local eco-systems and deliver substantial benefits to people and the environment in rural England.

Grants of up to £2 million are available for projects that improve the water environment in rural England, which includes rivers and their estuaries; lakes; canals; wetlands; groundwater, and coastal waters. Projects may be in an urban area but they must benefit a rural area. For example, it could be an urban river restoration project that allows fish to migrate upstream to a rural area to spawn.

Potential projects could include:

  • Creation and restoration of water-dependent habitats, for example a watercourse, lake or wetland.
  • Restoring ecosystems in water-dependent habitats.
  • Removing barriers to fish movement.
  • Construction of a fish pass, bypass channel, or fish easement to restore fish migration.
  • Managing the source of water pollution, especially diffuse pollution in rural areas.
  • Removing or reducing the presence of non-native species, where they are a problem.
  • Sustainable use of water resources.
  • Support for activities or events that help change agricultural practices to improve the water environment.
  • Carrying out feasibility studies for activities to tackle environmental problems in water-dependent habitats.
  • Buying machinery or equipment to carry out any of the above activities for the project.

There is particular interest in projects that provide wider benefits to the environment and local community, by:

  • Creating a new habitat.
  • Putting natural flood risk management measures in place.
  • Managing non-native invasive species.
  • Supporting water-dependent priority species or habitats.
  • Improving recreational opportunities or public access to the environment.
  • Increasing education and involvement with the natural environment.
  • Improving the evidence on environmental pressures.

Projects should start before March 2019 and be completed by March 2021.

Commenting on the scheme, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

“The Water Environment Grant scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for applicants from across the country to secure funding for projects to enhance the environment, boost wildlife and benefit their rural community.

“This project will help us to deliver a balanced programme of environmental improvements across England and I am looking forward to seeing the creative and innovative projects of the applicants.”

The deadline for applications is 11 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Creative Europe Cinema Networks Call Open to Applications

Part of the Creative Europe Media sub-programme, the Support to Cinema Networks scheme is open to groups of European independent cinemas developing, through the medium of a legally constituted co-ordination entity, joint activities in the area of screening and promoting European films. In particular, this coordination entity should ensure the operation of a communication and information system between the cinemas.

A European independent cinema is a company, association or organisation with a single or several screens based in countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme and which operates under the same company name. The screening of films should be the principal activity of the participant or division of the participant’s organisation.

Networks should enable the following activities:

  • Networking activities: information, animation and communication.
  • Provide financial support to participating cinemas implementing the following eligible activities:
    • Actions aiming at promoting and screening European films.
    • Educational activities aiming at raising awareness among young cinema-goers.
    • Promotion and marketing activities in cooperation with other distribution platforms (eg TV broadcasters, VOD platforms).

To be eligible, the cinema network must represent at least 100 cinemas situated in at least 20 countries participating in the MEDIA Sub-programme.

The total budget available under the Call is €10.9 million. The EU grant is limited to a maximum co-financing rate of 50% of total eligible costs.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018. Click here for more information.

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