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Business Basics 2 – SME Productivity (Business Led Trials) Competition

The Business Basics Fund supports a range of projects that test innovative ways of encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take up productivity-boosting ways of working and technology.

This is the second round of the Business Basics Fund. IUK is funding two types of project in this round: trials and proof of concepts.

Research organisations, charities, not for profit companies and public sector organisations can receive funding of 100% of their eligible project costs providing they do not intend to engage in economic activity as a result of the proposed project. For universities, this equates to 80% of full economic costs (FEC).

This competition is for trial projects where the lead applicant is a business. Other organisations such as public sector or not-for-profit can participate as collaborators but cannot lead. Trial projects will test different approaches to encouraging SMEs to adopt existing technologies and/or management practices that can boost firm level productivity. These projects will help to generate robust evidence on the most effective approaches, and build an understanding of the short, medium and long-term impacts of these approaches.

Click here for more information.

Competition closing date: 17 April 2019 at 12:00pm

The Innocent Foundation Grants

Grants available of between £30,000 to £50,000 per year to support not-for-profit organisations who are tackling hunger in simple, smart and sometimes radical ways. The Foundation is providing grants to help turn brave, bold ideas into real solutions that help the world’s hungry. The Foundation normally fund between £30,000 – £50,000 per year for up to three years. In truly exceptional circumstances this could be as high as £150,000.  Their support is designed to take a risk on backing a proof of concept (where applicants have limited evidence), test and transition (where the Foundation expect applicants to focus on evidence-gathering) or scale up (where there’s rigorous evidence and still serious room to grow). The Foundation will fund up to 100% of costs, but are equally happy to co-fund.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 22nd February 2019.

Legally incorporated not-for-profits are eligible to apply. This includes: Charities, Community-based organisations, Social enterprises and Universities. Click here for further information.

Arts Council England – Transforming Leadership Fund

The Arts Council wants to test a range of approaches to leadership development across library services, arts and museums. The new £6 million Transforming Leadership Fund aims to ensure arts and cultural leaders are appropriately skilled and from diverse backgrounds to support the continued growth and long-term sustainability of the sector. The fund has been developed following research that highlighted the need to invest more in the arts and cultural workforce which also revealed specific issues around the development of executive skills at senior level, opportunities for early career leaders and diversity across leadership. There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for the initial Expression of Interest is noon on 7 February 2019. Applicants that are successful at this stage will be invited to submit a full application in March.

Applications will be considered from the following:

  • An organisation that is a formally constituted legal entity, whose work involves a significant focus on providing leadership development (including universities and business schools).
  • Umbrella bodies or network bodies within the arts/cultural sector (who are formally constituted as an organisation and who exists to represent and support the sector).
  • Sector Support Organisations.
  • Consortiums, including those led by National Portfolio Organisations, by National Portfolio Organisation consortium partners, or by Music Education Hubs.

Further details, research and guidance can be found on the Arts Council England website.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is open for grant applications until February 21st 2019. £300,000 available. Grants are issued twice a year, and projects in rural areas across the UK can apply for funding of up to £50,000 in the spring round of funding.

Set up in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the charity aims to improve the prospects of viability for rural communities and farm businesses. Every year the Fund gives out over £1 million in funding, and can support projects for up to three years.

One of the main themes is ‘Sustaining Rural Communities’. Projects that deliver sustainable rural assets, businesses, and services that keep isolated communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy, or provide advice and new skills and business training that benefit the local economy.

Find out more here:
Deadline for applications: 21st February 2019

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