Funding Opportunities

Music for All – Community Project Funding

Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities. The Community Grants programme is administered Music for All, which is the charity of the UK musical instrument industry. The mission of the charity ‘is to make more musicians and to enable and inspire more people to discover the mental and physical benefits that playing a musical instrument can bring’. The grants programme aims to give a helping hand to projects and initiatives across the UK that are seeking to bring music to their community. The funding is for groups that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes.

UK-based groups, schools and organisations that are bringing music to their communities can apply.

Priority will be given to applicants who are most in need of help.

The individuals involved in the application must have been resident in the UK for at least three years and be either a British citizen or a national of a member state of the European Economic Area, or have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for indefinite period, or hold a right to abode.

Applicants who have been awarded a grant in the last 12 months must wait a year to re-apply.

Typically, community grants are given for the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit and other project elements may also be considered.

The main aspects that the trustees look for in an application are:

  • The number of new musicians the project will create and support.
  • The sustainability of the project (to ensure that people are able to continue their musical journeys).
  • Whether there are any other organisations supporting the project that can help with funding, or if funding applications have been made to other charities. (Music for All likes to help as many applicants as it can, so often works with other organisations to enable projects to gain the full support required.)The deadline for applications to the:
    • Spring period is 1 November for funding requirement in the following January.
    • Summer period is 1 February for funding requirement in April.
    • Autumn period is 1 July for funding requirement in September.

     

Click here for the online application form on the Music for All website.

Community Business Trade Up Programme

A business development learning programme and match trading grant are available to support community businesses across England to become stronger and more sustainable.

The Community Business Trade Up Programme is provided by Power to Change, an independent trust that supports community businesses in England, and administered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), which helps people to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems.

The programme has already supported more than 200 community businesses and projects and according to the funders, supported community businesses have typically increased their income from trading by 92% in one year.

The programme aims to support early stage community businesses across England by helping them to:

  • Grow a stronger, more sustainable community business or project.
  • Increase income from trading and sales.
  • Benefit from time to reflect and map out next steps.
  • Improve leadership and business skills.
  • Build a support network of other people running similar organisations.

Match trading grants of between £2,000 to £10,000 are available.

Successful applicants will receive £2,000 when they start the programme and will be able to claim the rest of the money in instalments at the end of each quarter over a period of 12 months depending on their ability to demonstrate that they have increased their trading income, compared to the previous year. The amount will be matched pound-for-pound based on increased trading, up to a maximum of £10,000 over the year.

NB income from trading can include: sales of goods or services to the public, eg selling food, tickets, training sessions, workshops; sales of goods or services to other organisations, eg training courses, commissions, contracting; sponsorship and membership fees, where there is a significant benefit for the sponsor or member; rental income.

The following non-financial support is also available:

  • A 12-day learning programme spread over nine months, to help businesses to develop their income and impact.
  • Connections with a community of people running similar organisations.

Match trading grants of between £2,000 to £10,000 are available.

Successful applicants will receive £2,000 when they start the programme and will be able to claim the rest of the money in instalments at the end of each quarter over a period of 12 months depending on their ability to demonstrate that they have increased their trading income, compared to the previous year. The amount will be matched pound-for-pound based on increased trading, up to a maximum of £10,000 over the year.

NB income from trading can include: sales of goods or services to the public, eg selling food, tickets, training sessions, workshops; sales of goods or services to other organisations, eg training courses, commissions, contracting; sponsorship and membership fees, where there is a significant benefit for the sponsor or member; rental income.

The following non-financial support is also available:

  • A 12-day learning programme spread over nine months, to help businesses to develop their income and impact.
  • Connections with a community of people running similar organisations.

Community businesses in England are eligible to apply, including:

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations.
  • Community Benefit Societies.
  • Community Interest Companies Limited by Guarantee.
  • Community Interest Companies Limited by Shares.
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee.
  • Companies Limited by Shares.
  • Co-operative Societies.
  • Charitable Trusts.
  • Charitable Unincorporated Associations.

In general, the programme is for early stage businesses that are less than five years old, but some organisations that are over five years old will be considered, where they are making significant changes to their business plan or trading models.

Organisations should be:

  • Locally rooted – ie existing to benefit the local neighbourhood, village or town.
  • Accountable to the local community – ie consulting and communicating with local people about what it does.
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community – ie wanting to increase its income from trading by at least £10,000 in the next year, with profits being re-invested to benefit the local community.
  • Making a broad community impact – ie engaging different groups of people from the local area.

Click here to find out more and apply.

Comic Relief Community Fund

Grants are available for small grassroots groups and charities in England either to help them develop their organisation or to deliver projects that fit with Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Comic Relief and Groundwork UK are working in partnership to provide the new Comic Relief Community Fund.

The programme will invest in grassroots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and legacy for local people.

The Fund has four main objectives and will support innovative projects that will tackle Comic Relief’s four core themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: supporting children under the age of 5 to grow, play and learn in safe environments with people who love and care for them.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that champion women and girls, including initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation.
  • A Safe Place to Be – projects that tackle homelessness and support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities and tackle stigma and discrimination.

The funding will strengthen local organisations helping them with skills and advice to drive community projects forward, as well as providing the necessary funding and support that groups need to kick-start new initiatives.

Two types of grants are available:

  • Capacity building grants of up to £500.
  • Project delivery grants up to £4,000.

Applications will be considered from grassroots community organisations and charities with an income of less than £250,000 that are based and working in England.

Click here to find out more about the two types of grants.

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