Funding Roundup

National Vegetarian Week 2018 – Last Chance to Apply for a Small Grant

There is only one application round left for not-for-profit organisations and informal groups who are seeking a small grant to support an event or an activity which promotes a vegetarian diet to the wider community.

Small grants of up to £200 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).

The deadline for larger grants has now passed.

Only small grant applications are being accepted, with a deadline of 22 April 2018. Click here for more information


Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity Open for Annual Applications

The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the National Health Service. In the last 15 years, the charity has given more than £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 different hospitals and hospices across the UK.

Registered charities with charitable projects which enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals or hospices in any area in the UK can apply. Preference is given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals and hospices.

Any project which seeks to improve the quality of life of sick children will be considered, for example:

  • Arts, music, play and leisure programmes.
  • Facilities to support families of children treated in hospitals or hospices.
  • Welcoming and accessible environments.
  • Care and facilities in hospices.
  • Promoting education and information programmes.
  • Supporting children with physical and emotional difficulties.
  • Medical equipment (when it can be shown that funding is not available from statutory sources).

Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres around the UK which:

  • Provide a regional geographic healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital/hospice.
  • Will not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion or disability.
  • Agree to promote the work of the Foundation in their area.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.

Please note that the Charity has a long-standing relationship with a number of organisations to whom they are sympathetic and to whom priority consideration may be given.

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


Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Accepting Applications to Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018

The Social Entrepreneurs Programme aims to help people start up and scale up social enterprise, community projects and impact-led organisations across the UK.

The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018, run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, is free so that there is no cost to participants at any time.

This year the programme comprises the following support strands:

  • Start Up – For those who are in the early stage development of a project or organisation. This programme will support personal development and business skills development to help turn projects or project ideas into a reality.
  • Scale Up – For established organisations that are looking to take their operations to the next level. This programme will equip applicants with the tools to develop their enterprise further and maximise its social impact.
  • Trade Up – For established organisations tackling a social or environmental issue.

Each strand provides successful enterprises with a free learning programme, mentoring and a community of people who run social and environmental projects. This is coupled with grant support at the following levels: Start Up – £1,000; Scale Up – £7,000; and Trade Up – £4,000.

Individuals who are leading or planning to set up a project or social enterprise organisation which will create social change in the UK may apply.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 26 April 2018. Click here for more information.


Apply to be a Co-op local cause

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference. Co-op is looking for causes that need funding, particularly projects run by small, local organisations that make a real difference in their community. Qualifying projects will meet the Co-op’s values and take place or will still be running after October 2019. The application deadline is 8 April. Find out more here.


Trusted Relationships Fund

The Home Office has launched a £13 million fund to help foster relationships between frontline professionals and young people at risk of sexual exploitation. The Trusted Relationships Fund is targeted at vulnerable young people between the ages of 10-17 years old at risk of community based exploitation and abuse, such as child sexual exploitation/abuse, gang exploitation including county lines and peer/ relationship abuse. Local authorities are being encouraged to partner with voluntary sector organisations with expertise in protecting young people from abuse and exploitation. The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is midday on 13 April 2018 and application information can be found here.

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