Funding Round Up

Rural Youth Activity Fund
Community groups providing activities for young people in Shropshire’s most rural areas can bid for funding from next Monday (23 April) under Shropshire Council’s Rural Youth Activity Fund.

Through the Fund a total of £33,000 of funding will be available – through two funding rounds – for youth groups and clubs in the eleven eligible rural Local Joint Committee (LJC) areas.

Each LJC area has been allocated £3,000 to put towards activities that will make a difference to the lives of young people.

The funding rounds will be open from 23 April to 20 May 2018 and 15th October to 12th November 2018, and applications for the first round will be welcomed from 23rd April.
The eligible rural Local Joint Committee areas are;

  • Bridgnorth, Worfield, Alveley and Claverley
  • Wem and Shawbury
  • Craven Arms and Rural
  • Bishop’s Castle, Chirbury, Worthen and Clun
  • Ellesmere
  • Longden, Ford, Rea Valley and Loton incl Pontesbury and Minsterley
  • Tern and Severn Valley
  • St Oswald & Llanymynech
  • Strettondale and Burnell
  • Highley and Brown Clee
  • Cleobury and Rural
  • Much Wenlock and Shipton & Broseley and Rural

Nick Bardsley, Cabinet Member for children’s services, said:

“I’m delighted that the council is able to make this funding available for young people living in our most rural areas. The funding has previously been used for a range of activities – youth clubs, sport and art programmes and health awareness training – all of which has been greatly valued by young people.

 “I would urge all youth groups in the eligible areas to get in touch with us for details of how to apply, so that they too can make a difference in their community.”

 Youth clubs and groups interested in applying for funding should first check their eligibility with their local Shropshire Councillor, or the Community Enablement Team. The CET can be contacted on 01743 253077 or and will also be able to give full details of how to apply to the fund.

Further information
Funding will be available to support activities that will meet the Shropshire children, young people and families’ outcomes of;

  • Ensuring all children and young people are safe and well looked after in a supportive environment
  • Narrowing the achievement gap in education and work
  • Ensuring the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by focusing on prevention and early intervention
  • Keeping more children healthy and reducing health inequalities

The deadline for applications for the Mayors Community Weekend funding has been extended to 9am on 30th April.

Link to information is


Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme Accepting Applications for First Round

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales provides funding to enable charities and CIOS in England or Wales to break or prevent the cycle of disadvantage.

The Invest Programme’s funding will support longer term core or direct delivery funding for charities which are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work with people aged 17 years and older who are experiencing multiple disadvantage through one or more of the following transitions points:

  • Offending.
  • Children and young people leaving a care situation.
  • People moving from community based or institutional care for mental ill health.
  • Unemployment.
  • Homelessness/vulnerably housed.
  • To independent living for those with a learning disability.
  • From dependency on alcohol, drugs, gambling.
  • From an abusive or exploitative relationship – domestic violence.
  • From trafficking or sexual exploitation.
  • To UK settlement – refugees and asylum seekers.
  • To parenthood for young parents.
  • Those taking on caring responsibilities.
  • For older people losing independence.

The only exceptions are young people who are under 17 years of age and young parents or looked after children and disabled young people moving into independent living.

Funding is available for core organisational costs which are related to the day to day running of the charity. Consideration will only be given to requests for core costs where over 50% of the charity’s work and expenditure meets the Foundation’s criteria. Funding is also available for costs associated with the direct delivery of the charity’s work.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period of up to six years in total.

There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for initial applications to the Invest programme is 18 May 2018. Click here to find out more.

New Fund to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls in the UK

The ‘Tackling Violence against Women and Girls’ programme is providing large grants to women’s organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by women and girls across the UK.

There is a total funding pot of £4 million. Grants of between £60,000 and £120,000 for between one and years are available. It is anticipated that up to 40 grants will be awarded. Grants exceeding £120,000 may be awarded to organisations bidding in partnership with others. The funding can be used for core and/or project costs.

To be eligible, proposals must be exclusively focused on women with multiple and complex needs and aims to:

  • Enable organisations to better support women within the target groups.
  • Showcase how women’s lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy.
  • Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches.
  • Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support.
  • Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector.
  • Improve access to support for women with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women.

Applications will be considered for a broad range of work that demonstrates an understanding of the gendered causes of violence against women, and that tackles causes and/or consequences. This may be through preventative/early action measures, crisis intervention, and research and policy work as well as longer-term support.

Commenting on the new fund, Sue Wicks, Head of Investment at Comic Relief, said:

“We know that women’s organisations provide vital and specialist support to the many women harmed by violence, and are on the frontlines of efforts to reduce this violence in our communities, through work with schools, families, courts and the media.

“This new initiative will fund work to support women and girls who usually slip through the net, while also improving long-term awareness and support.”

Comic Relief and its partners understand that change happens at many different levels and is therefore interested in supporting organisations that work with individuals, other organisations, communities and society at large.

The deadline for applications is 2 July 2018 (midday). Click here for more information.

Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund Launches Round 1 for 2018

This is the third year of the £10 million five-year fund which was set up to support community based organisations that provide information about how to get and use smart meters, especially for those who may face barriers to getting a smart meter. The fund is being administered by the Charities Aid Foundation.

There are two funding rounds in 2018:

  • Round 1 offers small grants of between £500 and £5,000 for activity targeted at reaching people who are over the age of 60 with no personal internet access or over the age of 65. The deadline is 14 May 2018.
  • Round 2 (launching early May) offers larger grants of up to £7,500 for activity targeted at reaching the severely or profoundly deaf. Information and guidance will be released at the end of April.

Projects need to meet the objectives for 2018 which are:

  • Educating and reassuring people to help overcome any barriers and concerns of getting a smart meter.
  • Showcasing the benefits of smart meters for this audience.
  • Increasing interest in getting a smart meter installed.

Each round of funding has specific dates that the project must be delivered within.

Applications will be considered from registered charities, other registered organisations as well as unregistered organisations (such as Community Interest Companies, Charitable Industrial and Provident Societies, Housing Associations, Local Authorities etc.) working with Smart Energy GB’s priority groups.

The deadline for Round 1 applications (smaller grants) is 14 May 2018. Click here for more information.

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