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Co-op Foundation – Youth Led Advocacy to Improve Community Spaces

Grants are available to community organisations in England for projects that support the aims of the #iwill campaign by helping young people (age 10-20) have a say in how community spaces that matter to them are managed. The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill Fund. The Co-op Foundation is acting as a match funder and is administering the fund.

The overall aims of the fund are to support social action that draws on young people’s own lived experience in order to connect young people (aged 10-20) to social action opportunities that lead to genuine community impact and empower them through the difference this makes for themselves and their peers.

The fund has three themed strands. Under this first strand, grants are available to community organisations in England supporting youth-led advocacy to improve the design and use of community spaces. In addition, strands two and three will focus on:

  • Social action that supports young people experiencing bereavement – opening later in 2019.
  • Social action that supports young people through the transition from primary to secondary school – opening later in 2019.

Around eight grants of up to £35,000 each are available. Grants will be awarded for one year, although successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding.

Applications will be accepted from community organisations in England. Eligible organisations will:

  • Understand what high-quality youth social action is and have experience of equipping young people with the skills they need to deliver meaningful advocacy-based social action.
  • Be open and welcoming to young people, and actively seek to include people who may face barriers to getting involved.
  • Be able to show that their project will benefit young people in areas of deprivation and that they understand their local area well.
  • Be well-run, including its governance, strategy, financial management, and policies on safeguarding and diversity.

Deadline for applications: 20 September 2019 (midday).
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FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund 

Funding is available for UK food producers, offsetting the costs of sending quality unsold food to good causes. The FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund is aimed at offsetting the costs faced by food producing companies seeking to redistribute their edible surplus comestibles to charities and community groups helping vulnerable people. The programme has an overall budget of £3 million. Businesses could be eligible for up to £50,000 worth of funding. Greater sums can be negotiated, where appropriate, for high volumes of surplus food.

The money can be used to cover the additional staff costs needed for packing and sorting edible surplus food, or in building, implementing and managing new processes. It could also cover packaging and transportation costs, or lost income from the sale of surplus to animal feed or anaerobic digestion. Food production businesses in the UK that are seeking to redistribute additional surplus food items may qualify for support.

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Tackling Violence against Women and Girls

Grants of up to £250,000 available to UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG).

Comic Relief are continuing their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations to open this £1.2 million fund to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund. Proposals should respond to one or more of the programme’s aims:

  • Maintain / improve support for women and girls who are experiencing or at risk of violence and abuse
  • Expand reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex), and disabled communities
  • Capture the lived experiences of women and girls to inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy
  • Coordinate cross sector partnerships to build more trauma-informed, joined-up care pathways that meet the holistic needs of women and girls.
  • UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage (the overlapping experiences of violence / abuse, mental ill health and substance misuse) are eligible to apply.

A total of £1.2 million is available. The fund is expected to make up to 15 investments of £50,000 – £250,000. The investments will be split across the UK as follows:

England: 8 investments
Wales: 5 investments
Scotland: 3 investments
Northern Ireland: 3 investments.

Application deadline: 4 September 2019
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