Funding Opportunities

Teme Valley Youth Project

The aim of the fund is to advance the education of young people aged 11-25 who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress (and who reside in the identified parishes of South Shropshire and North Herefordshire), through their activities so to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society. To offer educational, leisure, accommodation, economic and training opportunities for education, support and / or experience of the beneficiaries. To deliver a youth and wider community programme for the support of  these aims.

Parishes in South Shropshire – Hopton Castle, Clungunford, South Craven Arms, Onibury, Bromfield and Bucknell.

Grants awarded are usually about £5000 in value.

Contact Herefordshire Community Foundation for further information.

T: 01432 272550  I  M: 07850 979026


Shropshire Community Fund – Healthy Lives Fund

Grants are available to help charitable organisations in Shropshire to start or develop their activities around health and wellbeing. The Shropshire Rural Community Council administers the Shropshire Community Fund on behalf of Shropshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Funding is available to help charitable organisations in Shropshire to start or develop their activities around health and wellbeing. Grants of up to £750 are available.

Applications are invited from voluntary and community groups which meet the following requirements:

  • Are located within Shropshire and/or have a significant number of beneficiaries within the County.
  • Are preferably, registered charities or have Inland Revenue charitable status or are established for charitable purposes.
  • Are addressing health and wellbeing issues.

Preference will be given to smaller, local and new groups with limited resources.

Funding is available for projects that have a health focus and achieve a positive impact on health and wellbeing in the community. Funding is available in the following areas (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Start up costs of newly formed groups or support for new developments of existing groups.
  • Training costs for volunteers and staff.
  • Small capital grants for equipment.
  • Vounteers expenses.

The closing date for applications has been extended to 18 March 2019.

Click here to find out how to apply.

Shropshire Grassroots Fund

Grants are available to increase the availability of grant funding and capacity building support for small voluntary and community groups and organisations in Shropshire. The Shropshire Grassroots Fund is administered by the Shropshire Rural Community Council.  Voluntary and community grassroots groups in Shropshire with an annual income of less than £30,000 which are working in the following areas are eligible to apply:

  • Early years or pre-school groups.
  • Youth groups.
  • Older people.
  • Community based projects which tackle poverty and hardship.

The Fund is currently prioritising those groups working with the most disadvantaged people in Shropshire. Groups and organisations do not have to be registered charities. Non-constituted and informal groups are eligible to apply but these groups will be required to work with the Council to constitute as part of the capacity building work. Grants up to £500 are available.

Organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be locally managed.
  • Be active in their local community for not less than 12 months prior to making an application.
  • Be able to evidence income of less than £30,000 per annum, taken as an average turnover for the last three financial years.
  • Be volunteer-led (ie with largely volunteer based input).
  • Be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community.
  • Have a set of rules/governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustee/Committee members signatures.

The closing date for applications has been extended to 18 March 2019.

Click here to find out how to apply.

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant

A small number of grants are available to larger not-for-profit organisations for projects in England, Scotland or Wales that provide a significant benefit to communities across the whole of the Centenary region.

The funding is for projects in England, Scotland or Wales that provide a significant benefit to communities across their centenary voting region. These regions are very large geographic areas and cover multiple counties, unitary authorities or boroughs. There are 23 regions in England, 3 regions in Wales, 5 regions in Scotland and 1 region for Northern Ireland.

Not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply. This includes:

  • Registered charities.
  • Voluntary and community organisations.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Friends of groups.
  • Schools.
  • Health bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts.
  • Parish, Town, or Community Councils.
  • Local Authorities.
  • Social housing providers.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded. Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores in two voting periods:

  • The July/August 2019 voting period is for projects with a health and wellbeing theme. Priority will be given to projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The deadline for applications is 19 April 2019.
  • The theme and deadline for the second voting period will be provided at a later date.

Eligible applications that meet the programme criteria which do not have a Health and Wellbeing focus will be considered for a later funding round.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project. Projects can be a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

This could range from:

  • Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
  • Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.
  • Delivering activities or charitable services across a whole region such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.
  • Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.

Click here for full details and how to apply.

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund – Development Grants

The Development Grant scheme provides core funding to support organisations to implement a step change in their development and therefore build increased resilience for the future.  Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of 6 months to 3 years.

Funding will not be provided for the following:

  • Appointment of a Trust or Community Fundraiser.
  • Expanding the coverage of a particular service, unless there is a tangible increase in resilience as a result.
  • Match funding, unless associated with a specific development.
  • Covering the loss of a statutory contract or grant income.
  • General running costs.
  • New permanent posts, unless a concrete plan is included in the application about how the post will be funded after the grant ends

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a registered charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community interest company working within the UK with a UK office.
  • Social enterprise and community interest companies must have a govern-ing document which shows the name, aim/purpose, objects of the group, including a dissolution clause – what happens if your group ceases to function. This clause should show that you are a not-for-profit group by confirm-ing that any assets remaining after all debts are paid will be given to anoth-er voluntary group with similar aims. This document should also include de tails of your Trustees or management committee.
  • The sole purpose of applicants’ constitution must be to support unpaid car-ers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.  (Organisations with a broader remit running a project to support unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders are not eligible to apply)
  • Organisations running crime prevention or restorative justice initiatives are not eligible to apply.
  • Organisations whose priority is to support the “cared for”, but also provide some support for carers are unlikely to be eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may be involved in providing direct practical support work, re-search projects or policy or campaigning work relevant to unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.
  • Applicants must demonstrate in their application how they have expertise and a history of working with unpaid carers or offenders.
  • Applicants must have some volunteer input.
  • Applicants’ annual income for the most recent financial year should be less than £1million, although priority will be given to smaller organisations.
  • Applicants must have their annual accounts independently examined or audited.
  • Applicants requesting more than £10,000 will be required to submit a busi-ness/strategic plan during the application process.
  • Applicants should have evaluation systems for their work in place, and if not part of the grant should be used to put a system in place.
  • All previous unsuccessful applicants to The Triangle Trust must wait two years before reapplying (eg if you applied in 2018, you cannot reapply until 2020).
  • Applicants already in receipt of a Development Grant cannot apply for further funding until after their current grant has come to an end.

Grant details:

  • Any costs incurred by the applicant in undertaking a development to increase resilience can be covered by the grant.
  • Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of 6 months to 3 years.  The amount of funding requested must be proportional to the development that will be undertaken.
  • A maximum of £30,000 per year or £2,500 per month for smaller developments can be requested.

Click here to find out how to apply.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Local Grants Programme

Grants are available for registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN, for projects in the UK that support the armed forces community and meet the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s priorities. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for community integration projects and local delivery of services under the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Covenant Fund in 2015 to support the armed forces community through the Armed Forces Covenant. At the beginning of April 2018, a decision was made to move the Covenant Fund to an independent trust: the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. This remains an enduring fund with £10 million available each year from LIBOR funds (fines levied on the banking industry by the Government for manipulating the LIBOR rate), which are paid to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to fund grant programmes that support the armed forces community.

The Trust’s four broad funding themes are:

  • Removing barriers to family life.
  • Extra support after service for those that need help.
  • Measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens.
  • Non-core healthcare services for veterans.

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated.

The Covenant Fund was established by the Ministry of Defence with the aim of supporting the armed forces community through the Armed Forces Covenant. It is an enduring fund with £10 million available each year from LIBOR funds (fines levied on the banking industry by the Government for manipulating the LIBOR rate), which are paid to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to fund grant programmes that support the armed forces community.

Current grant programmes for 2019 include:

  • Armed Forces Covenant: Local grants programme – grants are available to organisations in the UK for local projects that support integration between the Armed Forces and civilian communities or local delivery of services.

The following organisations can apply:

  • Registered charities
  • Local authorities
  • Schools or other statutory organisations
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Armed forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number).

Applicants to the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme are also expected to:

  • 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.
  • Be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working – with either an armed forces charity or an armed forces unit.
  • Understand the local need for the project they want funded (eg be able to provide examples of what they have already been doing, to demonstrate this need, or describe consultation that has taken place, or perhaps even give some quotes from individuals or groups who have expressed their interest).

All applicants should 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 provision.

Click here to find out more and apply.

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