Funding Round Up

Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Reaching Communities England

The Big Lottery Fund is seeking ideas for projects that will improve communities across England and will make grants of more than £10,000 available to support organisations that want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

The funding can support project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs and can support work for up to five years.

To be eligible, groups need to show how their ideas meet the following three priorities:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Organisations that are interested in applying will need to have an initial discussion with the Big Lottery Fund about their proposed idea. If the idea is accepted, the Big Lottery Fund panel of staff will then invite a full proposal.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines. Click here for more information.

Fund Supporting Summer Play Schemes is Open for Applications

Each year the Hilden Charitable Fund allocates a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years in the UK.

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 to support the following:

  • Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
  • Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks.
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups.

Applications are invited from voluntary agencies in the UK with an income of less than £150,000.

The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2018. Click here for more information.

Rosa Invites Women’s Groups to Apply for a ‘Voices from the Front Line’ Grant

This is the third year that Rosa, a registered charity, is providing its ‘Voices from the Front Line’ grants programme which offers funding to support charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars of leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice.

Rosa ‘resources advocacy, campaigning and activists with lived experience of injustice and inequality – giving voice especially to women facing intersecting disadvantages including race, class, sexuality, disability, poverty or migration status.’

This year, grants of between £500 and £3,000 (an increase from the maximum of £2,000 last year) are being made available to women’s sector voluntary and community organisations in the UK to pay for increasing the skills, capacity, credibility and effectiveness of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

Grants will be awarded for projects that:

  • Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.
  • Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars.
  • Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.
  • Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.

Examples of work that will be supported include:

  • Travel costs for a service user to speak at an event or national conference.
  • Presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies.
  • Costs of creating campaign materials, such as posters, infographics or videos.
  • Articulating the story of one woman to champion an organisation’s work.
  • Making a case to local commissioners for the value of the group’s service.
  • Meeting costs with local/national government representatives or for planning a campaign.

Creative approaches are encouraged. There is particular interest in hearing from ‘new voices to stand up and take action’.

The deadline for applications is 29 May 2018 (5pm). Click here for more information.

£320 Million Heat Networks Investment Project Launches this Autumn for England & Wales

Delivering on its commitment to tackle energy costs using innovative, low carbon solutions, the government has announced a new initiative for homes and non-domestic consumers, including schools, hospitals and council buildings, to participate in a new heat networks scheme.

Heat networks supply energy from a central source to consumers, via a network of underground pipes carrying hot water. They can cover a large area or even an entire city, or be relatively local, supplying a small cluster of buildings. This avoids the need for individual boilers or electric heaters in every building.

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) is a major government project which will invest capital funding in heat network projects, through grants and loans. This is provided as ‘gap funding’ to grow the UK heat networks market and deliver the carbon savings required to meet the nation’s future carbon reduction commitments.

The programme has an overall investment pot of £320 million of capital funding, to be awarded through grants of up to £5 million and corporate loans of between £25,000 and £10 million.

Investment costs eligible for support under the HNIP scheme include:

  • The building of new heat networks (generation, distribution and customer supply).
  • Development of existing heat networks including expansions, refurbishment or the interconnection of existing networks where additional carbon savings can be demonstrated (which can include refinancing or acquisitions).
  • Commercialisation phase and construction costs.
  • Works to access recoverable heat.
  • Costs for heat network infrastructure connected to the generation plant.

HNIP will offer grants and capital loans to both the public and private sectors in England and Wales, for networks serving two or more buildings. All HNIP funding mechanisms will be open to all applicant types – public, private and third sector, except central Government Departments. Supported heat networks must be located in England and/or Wales.

Energy Minister Claire Perry said:

“The UK has led in the decarbonisation of electricity, and [this announcement] shows we are just as committed to tackling heat. [The initiative] creates a route to market for innovative energy projects across the country and demonstrates a key objective of the Clean Growth Strategy; to help deliver technologies that can lower bills, cut carbon and improve the quality of life for communities across the country.”

Applications are expected to open in the autumn with the first funding decisions being made in 2019. Click here for more information.

Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding Available for 2018

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) was set up in 2004. Initially created as a pilot scheme in Birmingham to investigate loan sharks it had such an impact on illegal money lending it received further Government funding. The IMLT work as Stop Loan Sharks within local communities, within education, and with partner agencies, such as the police, housing associations and debt advice services. In the last 14 years, the team has supported more than 25,000 people and written off over £63.5 million of debt in England alone. The IMLT also works in Wales and Scotland.

For a third year in a row, the England Illegal Money Lending Team is offering grants of up to £5,000 for charities, community and voluntary groups, schools, statutory agencies and local residents in England.

The funding can be spent on any worthwhile community project that meets the following criteria:

  • Contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks.
  • Prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message.
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities.
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks.

There is particular interest in projects and initiatives that are different from the rest and will leave a legacy in the communities they are delivered in.

Projects must address four aims: innovative, community engagement, impact and legacy.

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


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