Funding Opportunities

New Access to Employment Call in The Marches LEP Area

A combination of funding from the European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund and elements of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will be allocated at local level to drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Approximately £3,069,304 of European Social Funding (ESF) is available to run a project to provide support to those who are NEET or a risk of becoming NEET in The Marches LEP area.

Projects must provide a range of opportunities for young people to engage with employers and undertake a range of learning opportunities to secure a pathway into employment, education or training as well as a range of coaching and flexible support.

A priority for this programme is to target activity on the engagement of the most disengaged young people and the provision of intensive one-to-one support. A key group to support through this programme are the increasing number of young people with mental health difficulties including social and behavioural difficulties.

A wide range of organisations in the public, private and VCSE sector may apply for funding, provided they are legally constituted and can demonstrate the necessary financial capacity and expertise required to fulfil the legal requirements of the funding agreement. This includes, for example, universities, SMEs, social enterprises and charitable organisations.

Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of partnership arrangements.

Approximately 76% (£2,340,710) will be allocated to the Transition Region and approximately 24% (£728,594) will be allocated to the More Developed Region. Applicants will need to have eligible match funding for the balance of costs, which must be from a source other than the European Union.

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2020.

Applications under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are made online via the Government’s LOGASnet

Applicants must complete and return an Outline Application form to the email address provided in the Call document available at the Call webpage on GOV.UK.

Applicants are also advised to read the details in the Call documents in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the Operational Programme. All information, related guidance and the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme (ERDF) can be found from the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds homepage.

Applications under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EARDF) will be made through the Rural Payments service. Applicants must first register online or by phone with GOV.UK Verify.

New Funding to Help Improve the Health of Local Areas

Grants of £300,000 available to partnership projects between local governments in England and partners from their local area to take system-wide action on the wider determinants of health.
The Local Government Association (LGA), in partnership with the Health Foundation, seeks to improve health and health inequalities in local areas through a new grant funding opportunity – Shaping Places for Healthier Lives.

The programme encourages local systems and partnerships to start with a health (or health-related) outcome that is considered a key issue in their area. They will identify the system of interrelated factors that drive the health outcome. Teams will then work out what actions to take to shape the system to improve health of the local population through cross-sector working.

The objectives are to:

Mobilise cross-sector action through sustainable system change at a local level
Support local authorities to facilitate and enable local partnerships for system change
Learn how to make changes that impact on the wider determinants of health so that learning can be shared.
As a result of this programme five projects will be funded to make sustainable changes to local systems, which are consistent with improved population health, and designed to last beyond the lifetime of the programme. Learning will be captured to allow these approaches to be applied in other areas and to wider health-related issues.

This programme will fund applications that are led by local authorities in England which have responsibility for public health and have strong engagement from communities and other sectors (e.g. private, voluntary, community and faith sectors).

Following an expression of interest and submission of a further developed proposal, 12 applicants will be supported with a development grant of up to £20,000 plus expert advice. This will enable councils to fully develop their final proposal through system mapping, developing a theory of change and building local partnerships.

Final awards will be awarded to five selected proposals, up to a total of £300,000 over three years.

The deadline for expression of interest forms is 17 January 2020 (4pm).

Following an initial expression of interest, up to 30 council-led projects will be taken into the next round of selection in January 2020. Councils will be supported via workshops to understand the complex systems in their area and develop proposals further. In April 2020, up to 12 councils will be offered a development grant to develop their full proposal.

Click here for further information.

Core Funding Grants Available to Support Small and Medium UK Charities

Smaller organisations that often find core costs hard to fund can benefit from one-year grants of up to £3,000 as part of the Woodward Charitable Trust’s revised grants scheme.

Following a review of its grant-making guidelines, the Woodward Charitable Trust has changed its focus to providing funding for core costs only, rather than for specific projects, with the intention of having a more direct impact on the organisations concerned.

Applications are accepted from registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations and community interest companies with an annual turnover of less than £300,000, for work that will achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour.
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues.
  • Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups.
  • Disadvantaged families including parenting support.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly among minority groups, refugees and traveller communities.

The Trust favours small-scale, locally based initiatives and is especially interested in those that make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate.

The next deadline for applications is 31 January 2020 (noon).

Click here to find out how to apply.

Daytrippers Foundation – Day Trip Grant

Grants are available for schools, children’s hospices, support groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations to support recreational and educational day trips for groups of children and young people (aged 5-25 years) who have disabilities and life-limiting conditions in the UK. The Daytrippers Foundation, a registered charity, was founded in 2003 ‘to ensure children and young people living with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy themselves, improve their confidence and break boundaries through social, recreational and educational activities’. In 2018, it relaunched as a grant giving Foundation to support others to host their own inclusive and creative events, workshops or legacy programmes.

Awards of up to £30 per child/young person, for groups of at least eight children.

One application per group per year (1 November to 31 October). Day trips can be for any destination but must take place in the UK, and occur on a single day.

Click here to find out more.

Shropshire – Millichope Fund for Community Buildings

Grants are available to enable village halls and community buildings within Shropshire to purchase small items of equipment that will help meet the needs of the local community. Shropshire Rural Community Council (RCC) has been asked by the Millichope Foundation to administer a fund for the benefit of community buildings in Shropshire. Grants of up to £500 are available. Applicants are expected to contribute an equal amount of match funding.

Applications are invited from organisations located within Shropshire that have a significant number of beneficiaries within the county. Preferably these are registered charities, or have Inland Revenue charitable status, or are established for charitable purposes. Applicants must be community buildings, such as village halls and community centres.

Click here to find out more and 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.

Grants up to £500 are available. Although match funding is not a requirement, the funding can be used as part of a larger project. Although match funding is not a requirement, the funding can be used as part of a larger project.

Funding is available for work in the following areas:

  • Young children and early years activities, particularly targeted towards disadvantaged children.
  • Youth Groups, particularly activities that support vulnerable or disadvantaged young people.
  • Older people – particularly activities that reduce loneliness and isolation.
  • Tackling poverty and improving the lives of Shropshire’s most disadvantaged people, particularly those living in isolated rural areas.

Grants can be for capital or revenue purposes. For the purpose of this programme capital costs are defined as being for any single asset that costs more than £1,000 (including VAT) and that has a life of more than one year, such as computers, photocopiers and digital projectors. Revenue costs may include operational costs such as rent, stationery, telephone costs and activities.

Click here to find out more.

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