Funding Round Up

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Opens for Spring 2018 Round

The Prince’s Countryside Fund was established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. The aim of the funding is to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities, helping those that live and work there to sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.

The objectives for the Spring 2018 round are as follows:

  • Improving the prospects of viability for family farm businesses. Projects should focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses and other rural enterprises with the aim of halting the decline of the rural economy.
  • Sustaining Rural Communities and driving Economic Vibrancy. Projects should provide innovative solutions to deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy.
  • Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience. Projects should support farm businesses, rural businesses and communities to plan for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding or animal disease. Groups that are considering applying under this theme should contact the Fund’s Grant Manager to discuss their proposed activity in more detail.

Not-for-profit organisations, charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, companies limited by guarantee, and unincorporated associations based and working within the UK can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £50,000 (inclusive of VAT) to a maximum period of three years.

There are normally two application rounds each year (in the Spring and the Autumn).

The deadline for Spring applications is 14 June 2018 (5pm). Click here for more information.


Skipton Building Society Launches Grassroots Giving 2018

Skipton Building Society has been offering the Grassroots Giving scheme since it was set up in 2013 to celebrate the Society’s 160th anniversary.

This year, there are 165 pots of £500 to support the development of local grassroots projects that show a real commitment to their local community, particularly supporting vulnerable people. There is particular interest in supporting volunteer orientated groups who are used to relying on minimal funds and the goodwill and generosity of members.

Skipton is looking for projects that are able to demonstrate a lasting impact, that can show they will be helping to build a legacy for the community.

Grassroots Giving aims to support small community groups which might not normally attract any sort of funding.

Applications are invited from:

  • Any community group based in the UK with an annual net profit of less than £10,000.
  • Where people involved in the group are all volunteers.
  • Where groups can show how a Grassroots Giving donation would benefit their community.
  • Where the donation would benefit vulnerable people eg. homeless, elderly, deprived areas, etc.

The winners will be chosen by a public vote after being shortlisted.

Please note applications will not be considered from registered charities.

Applications will be accepted from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. Click here for more information.


£23m Fund to Help Support Future Talent

Organisations are being invited to manage new funding designed to support the academic attainment of the country’s brightest pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The £23 million Future Talent Fund programme will test new and innovative ways of helping the most talented disadvantaged pupils to prevent them falling behind their more affluent peers.

The new fund manager will run and evaluate a trial of projects from January 2019 which will help all schools to support their most able, disadvantaged pupils – to address the drop off in academic performance between key stage 2 and key stage 4.

Following two bidding rounds, the programme will deliver at least 30 trial projects between January 2019 and July 2020. The scheme will champion best practice and encourage evidence-led interventions, including those that could be funded by schools using their Pupil Premium funding.

In the autumn, a variety of organisations will be eligible to apply for the funding. This will include state-funded schools and multi academy trusts, charities and research organisations, independent schools and universities. Projects supported by the fund must be delivered in non-selective, state-funded secondary schools in England and will cover at least one of the following strands of work:

  • Curriculum: such as broadening or deepening what is covered in the curriculum
  • Pedagogy: for example, individualised teaching, the use of digital technology or feedback
  • Parental involvement: which could include aspiration interventions, engagement through technology or behavioural insight techniques
  • Mentoring and tutoring: including academic mentoring, community based mentoring, school based mentoring, one-to-one tuition, group tuition or peer tutoring
  • Transition between key stages: such as summer schools or transition practices in schools
  • Enrichment activities: which could include after-school classes, extra-curricular activities or visits.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said,

“Academic standards are rising, with 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than 2010 and importantly, the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers narrowing. But we want to make sure every child reaches their full potential and is not held back because of their circumstances.

“Through this Future Talent Fund we will test new and innovative approaches so that we can find out what works best to ensure the brightest pupils from the most disadvantaged families can excel in their education.”

Click here for more information.


New Funding Announced to Bridge the ‘Word Gap’

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced today (30 April) new support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school.

Two new schemes will build the confidence of parents to support their children in language and reading at an early stage. This has been shown to help close the so-called ‘word gap’ – the gap in communication skills between disadvantaged children and their peers when they start school.

The funding programmes announced are:

  • A £5million scheme to be run by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to trial projects to provide practical tools and advice to parents so they can help their children learn new words through simple steps like reading and singing nursery rhymes. The EEF will trial projects in the north of England.
  • An £8.5million Early Years Social Mobility Peer Review programme,, jointly provided by the Local Government Association (LGA), for local authorities working together to fund projects to improve early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“This Government wants every child to have the best start in life which means mastering the basics of speaking, reading and writing at an early age. It is important that parents and families can feel confident about supporting their children so they can start school with the appropriate level of language and social skills.

“This new support will help parents with early language learning at home by giving them practical advice on activities like reading and learning the alphabet which are so important in making sure no child is left behind.”

Local authorities interested in taking part in the Early Years Social Mobility Peer Review programme, or in becoming a peer reviewer, should contact the LGA.

Click here for more information.


Women’s Vote Centenary Grants Scheme – Large Grant Fund Opens for Final Round

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for two levels of funding for projects in England that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life.

Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 or grants of between £20,001 and £65,000 are being made available. There is approximately £500,000 available for this round.

To be eligible, projects must take place in England and:

  • Meet either or both the EDUCATE or PARTICIPATE objectives. (It is expected that only one objective will be met.)
  • Start by 16 July and finish by 31 December 2018.

EDUCATE projects must be aimed at young people aged 16-30, particularly young women and those who are particularly disengaged from politics and civic life, which may include young people from lower socio-economic groups, young people who are BAME, LGBT and/or living with disabilities.

PARTICIPATE projects must be aimed at women aged 16 and over. Projects are expected to work with those women who are particularly disengaged from politics and civic life, which may include women from lower socio-economic groups, women who are BAME, LGBT and/or living with disabilities.

Please note the following:

  • Organisations that have received funding from the Centenary Cities Fund will not be able to apply for funding.
  • Projects in the seven Centenary Cities areas (Bolton, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and Nottingham) are unlikely to receive funding unless they are distinct from and/or add significant value to what has already been funded.
  • It is ‘very unlikely’ that funding will be awarded to projects offering similar activities in the same location(s) as those funded in Round 1 of the Large Grant Fund.

The deadline for applications is 17 May 2018 (23.59). Click here for more information.


Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants Programme is Open for Applications

The Armed Forces Covenant is an agreement between the nation, Government and Armed Forces that recognises the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund was established by the Ministry of Defence in 2015 to support this objective and became an independent trust this year. It is an enduring fund with £10 million available each year to support projects that address specific priorities.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and that:

  • Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
  • Deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces community.

Proposed projects must identify one of the following as their main focus:

  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Education and employability.
  • Events and commemorations.

Registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and Armed Forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number) can apply as long as they:

  • Have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
  • Can provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working – with either an Armed Forces charity or an Armed Forces unit.

Applicants must be willing to work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provisions.

Applicants who are successful with their Local Grants application may also be able to benefit from the Covenant Fund’s Digital Development Programme.

Local Grants Programme applications are assessed four times per year.

The first deadline for applications is 13 May 2018 (12pm). Click here for more information.


Youth Music Programme Publishes New Guidance Notes for 2018

Youth Music (National Foundation for Youth Music) was established in 1999 and is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of England. It was set up to promote and develop substantial musical opportunities for children and young people, up to the age of 25, living in challenging circumstances throughout England.

The Foundation currently offers two levels of funding:

  • Fund A – grants of £2,000 to £30,000 for six to 24-month-projects that will help to achieve the Foundation’s vision for a musically inclusive England.
  • Fund B – grants of £30,001 to £100,000 for 18- to 36-month-projects or grants of £100,001 to £150,000 for 24- to 36-month-projects that expand and embed musically inclusive practice within and beyond the applicant’s organisation. (Larger grants for 36 months may be made in exceptional circumstances for cross-regional or national strategic programmes.)

Grants are available to charitable and non-profit organisations in the UK to support:

  • Developmental music-making projects for children and young people (up to the age of 25) resident in England, who face barriers to music-making as a result of the circumstances they are in.
  • Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector to ensure that high-quality sustained music-making opportunities exist for young people.

Priorities for funding are focused on:

  • Early years – children aged 0 to 5 years.
  • Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D).
  • Not in education, employment or training (NEET).
  • Youth justice – children and young people who are, have been, or are at risk of being in contact with the youth justice system.
  • Coldspots – children and young people who face barriers to accessing diverse music-making opportunities as a direct result of where or who they are.

The 2018 application deadlines are:

  • Fund A – 24 August and 7 December 2018.

Fund B – 18 May and 9 November 2018.

Click here for more information.


On 9 April, Lloyds Bank Foundation opened applications for its Invest grants programme, which provides longer term core costs or direct delivery funding for charities that are delivering clear outcomes. The Foundation provides funding to charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) in England and Wales through two programmes: Invest and Enable.

  • Invest is a flexible, long-term core funding programme for charities delivering clear, targeted outcomes for disadvantaged people. These grants are from £10,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years
  • Enable is a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help the organisations deliver their mission more effectively. These grants are up to a total £15,000 over two years.

Find out more about these programmes on Funding Central

The London Homelessness Awards are considered England’s leading awards for the prevention of homelessness. This year, there is £60,000 in prize money for London-based projects that improve services to homeless people, prevent homelessness or tackle disadvantage caused by homelessness.

The awards are inviting entries, which are open until 15 May, from organisations working with homeless people, including voluntary organisations, registered social landlords, council departments, London NHS and health related organisations, or a partnership made up of any of these agencies. Projects must have been running for at least six months to be eligible to enter.

Find out more about these awards and search thousands of other funding opportunities on Funding Central

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