Funding Round Up

£19m Fund for Domestic Abuse Services

Building on £20 million allocated in 2016 to 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched an £18.8 million fund to help local authorities in England to support the provision of accommodation-based support services and the local reforms needed to meet the priorities for domestic abuse services.

The fund is available for the provision of core support for refuges and specialist accommodation-based services, helping local areas ensure that no one is turned away from the support they need.

The first allocations of the £20 million fund was announced November 2016 led by local authorities working in partnership with service providers for work in 2016 to 2018. Successful projects from this funding round include:

  • Lancashire County Council – Jane’s Place of Recovery Refuge: Funding was used to establish ‘Jane’s Place’, to accommodate 46 residents, across 15 self contained flats. In the first 7 months the refuge, specialising in providing safe accommodation for those at most risk of harm, accommodated 52 women and their families.
  • The Hampshire Making Safe Scheme, led by Hart District Council: Covering 11 local authorities in Hampshire, this project aims to fund three approaches including access to safe houses, enhanced security measures within client’s own homes and effective ways for life after living in safe houses or refuges. This project is particularly targeted at those from BAME communities or those with complex needs.

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“The release of the next round of funding for refuges and other accommodation for women escaping domestic abuse is desperately needed, and much welcomed. Our national network of refuges not only save lives but transform them, helping women and their children to rebuild their lives.

With a decision about the future of refuge funding after 2020 due to be made in the coming months, we look forward to working with the government to ensure the future safety of survivors.”

Applications are invited from local authorities in England. MHCLG are looking to receive bids that bring together three or more local authorities working across boundaries to form regional hubs where appropriate.

Bids must be put forward by a local authority, but clearly demonstrating their partnership arrangements with other local commissioners including PCCs and health partners, local specialist domestic violence service providers.

A total of £18.8 million will be available over two years (2018-2020).

MHCLG would expect to provide around £100,000 maximum per Partnership bid, but will consider bids of more than £100,000 which proactively work across a number of local authority boundaries.

Work must be complete by 31 March 2020.

The deadline for applications is 17 August 2018. Click here for more information.


Grants for the Arts, Environment and Social Action in the UK

The funder aims to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world. Support is available for charitable work in the arts, environment and social action. The funding provider is keenly aware of the connections between these areas and their effects on each other and on people’s health and happiness.

Funding is available to registered, excepted or exempt charities with an income of between £100,000 and £10 million, that are doing work that has a national footprint or a wide reach, such as working in more than one country, region or county. Occasionally organisations that work locally may receive funding if the work has national significance through good potential for replication or being rolled out on a larger scale. Preference is given to smaller niche national charities.

Support is available for core funding, projects and programmes.

The minimum grant available is £10,000. There is no maximum limit but grants over £100,000 are unusual. Most grants are for two or three years.

Please note that demand for funds is high. Funding is not available for a number of things, including but not limited to: capital developments, individual items of equipment, prisons and offenders, one-off events, animal welfare, captive breeding and animal rescue centres, education, such as initiatives linked to the curriculum, arts or environmental educational projects.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered regularly throughout the year. Click here for more information.


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards 2019 Open to Applications (UK)

The IMPACT Awards are an annual scheme, funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as part of the company’s commitment to promoting community health and wellbeing. The Awards are organised and managed in partnership with the King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care.

The Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UK that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Charities must have an annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

Applicants must target community health needs in the UK and have a track record of achievement in this area.

The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. The assessment is based on the work of the whole organisation and the assessment will focus on excellence in the six areas of IMPACT.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Innovation: Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
  • Management: Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Partnership: Working effectively with others (members, users, voluntary, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.
  • Achievement: Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance; being able to report on outcomes and impact.
  • Community focus: Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
  • Targeting needs: Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.

Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overall winner receiving £40,000. Winners will also receive free training and development valued at up to £6,000, a specially commissioned professional film and photographs along with publicity and press support. Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2018 (5pm). Click here for more information.


Government Launches New £163m Affordable Home Fund

Homes England is making available £163 million across England up to 2020 to 2021 through the Community Housing Fund. The Government is working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to develop a similar scheme in London.

The objectives of the Community Housing Fund are to:

  • Increase housing supply in England by increasing the number of additional homes delivered by the community-led housing sector.
  • Provide housing that is affordable at local income levels and remains so in perpetuity.
  • Deliver a lasting legacy for the community-led housing sector in the form of an effective and financially self-sustaining body of expertise within the house building industry in England.

Applications will be considered from all organisations which are, or intend to become, constituted as a body corporate, or an equivalent form of constituted body. This includes but is not limited to Registered Charities, a Company Limited By Guarantee, Community Benefit Society, Co-operative Society, Community Interest Company, Social Enterprises, Registered Providers, and Local Authorities.

The Fund will be split into two phases:

  • Phase One will help organisations cover the revenue costs of project-specific activities that will support development of community-led housing proposals, and the capital costs of local infrastructure projects that will result in housing developments that meet the criteria for being community-led.
  • Phase Two is for capital funding to support the costs of building new community-led housing schemes that covered under the second phase of the Fund.

In addition to the costs listed above, funding will be also available to local authorities who wish to support community groups looking to develop community-led housing proposals in their areas; for example, to employ staff to provide advisory services, information and support to groups.

The total budget for this fund across the two phases is £163 million and will cover a two-year period. There is no strict cap on the amount of grant funding.

Applications will be accepted until the funding is fully committed or until 31 December 2019, whichever occurs first. Click here for more information.


Funding for Environmental, Energy Efficiency and Disadvantage in Britain

The Foundation supports registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working in England, Scotland and Wales for projects that enhance the quality of life in local communities and address the following themes:

  • The advancement of education.
  • The advancement of environmental protection.
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science.
  • The prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage.
  • The advancement of citizenship and community development.

Grants of between £25,000 and £250,000 are available with priority being given to applications that can also meet the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • No poverty.
  • Good health and wellbeing.
  • Quality education.
  • Affordable and clean energy.
  • Reduced inequalities.
  • Sustainable cities and communities.
  • Climate action.
  • Life on land.

This year, the Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that strongly address the following strategic priorities:

  • Increasing the Foundation’s support to environmental programmes.
  • Tackling disadvantage and promoting equal opportunities.
  • Addressing fuel poverty and/or energy efficiency.

Funding is for one year only and projects should be completed within 12 months.

The deadline for applications is 25 July 2018 (1 pm). Click here for more information.


New Grants Programmes Announced for Churches in the UK

This Trust is revising its grants programme in line with its new five-year strategy.

The current grants programme includes five separate grants, two of which have now closed for applications, with three open for application for another couple of months. Each of these existing grants schemes will close at the next deadline, at which point the entire grants programme will be closed until the three new grants schemes open before the end of the year.

The new criteria will include:

  • 50% fundraising in place at the point of application (grant awards will never exceed 50%).
  • Applicants must be a Christian denomination, with a building constructed as a place of worship and open for regular worship use, located in the UK.
  • Work must not have started at the point the application was submitted.
  • Work must be to the church building or an attached hall.
  • Applicants must demonstrate how they meet the outcomes in line with the new strategy:
    • Preserving heritage
    • Promoting sustainability
    • Inspiring support
  • Projects at listed buildings must be led by a conservation accredited professional.
  • Applicants must have at least two quotes in place at the point of application, and any necessary permissions.
  • Places of worship must be open beyond worship for at least 100 days per year.

There is particular interest in good projects from the priority areas of the North East of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The Trust is currently finalising guidance notes and new application forms. More information will be provided when it becomes available.


Rosa Invites Applications to New Justice and Equality Fund

The Justice and Equality Fund is managed by Rosa, a registered charity that supports initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, with funding coming from donations given by individuals.

The following two programmes are currently open for applications:

  • The Advice and Support programme will invest up to £1 million for work across the UK to increase access to support, signposting and expert legal advice for people who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse. Applications from specialist organisations providing emotional support to survivors can also apply. Grants of between £25,000 and £200,000 are available.
  • The Changing the Conversation programme will offer development grants to eligible organisations to develop a strategic communications network that aims to build the capacity of organisations already working to raise awareness of the impact of harassment and abuse, challenge the current culture of impunity and to prevent both from happening in the first instance. The fund is allocating £250,000 for this work in year one and expects to support expanded communications capacity in up to eight specialist organisations.

The third programme, Now’s the Time, will open on 3 August for applications of between £5,000 to £25,000 and on 24 September for larger grants.

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

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