Funding Opportunities

Severn Trent Launches New £10m Community Fund

Severn Trent has worked with customers to better understand their needs, and as a result, the water company has decided to focus its new five year, £10 million fund on improving the well-being of communities in the region it serves.

Registered not-for-profit organisations with a governing document can apply for a grants of between £2,000 and £250,000 as long as their project links to at least one of the three key elements of community well-being:

  • People – projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills.
  • Places – projects that help to create better places to live in and use.
  • Environment – projects that will help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water.

There is also interest in applications for projects that have a connection to the water cycle. This might mean creating sustainable drainage, installing grey water recycling or creating water efficient green spaces.

The funding can be used for both capital and revenue projects as long as the project can evidence it will be sustained.

Charities, organisations with a charitable purpose (not for profit status), publicly funded schools, local authorities, parish councils, sports clubs, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply.

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Transforming Places through Heritage Grants – Architectural Heritage Fund

This programme supports projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper.  It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zones.

This programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. They will support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

A range of grants are available:

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work, open now for applications.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs, open now for applications.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns, open now for applications.
  • Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.

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Postcode Community Trust – People’s Postcode Lottery

Postcode Community Trust provides project-based funding in Great Britain under the themes ‘improving community health & well-being, increasing participation in arts & physical recreation and reducing isolation.’ A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to £2000.

The next round of funding opens on 21 January and closes on 4 February 2020.

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Cornerstone, Gateway & Foundation Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust has three grant programmes currently open:

  • Cornerstone grants. The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost. The next deadline for applications is 2 March 2020.
  • Gateway grants. The Gateway Grant Programme offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project costs for this phase. The next deadlines will be 23 January 2020 and 14 May 2020.
  • Foundation grants. The Foundation Grant Programme will offer grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from the end of January 2020. The final opportunity to submit an application will be 30 October 2020.

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Rural Community Energy Fund – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

RCEF provides support to rural communities in 2 stages:

  • stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for a feasibility study for a renewable energy project
  • stage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes

RCEF is being run by 5 regional Local Energy Hubs. If you would like to register your interest for the scheme, or would like further information, please contact the relevant hub for your area.

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Armed Forces Day grants – Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence offers a grant for Armed Forces Day (27 June 2020) events up to the value of £10,000, depending on the size and format of the event. This grant is match-funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, If the total cost of the event is £10,000 and you raise £5,000, the grant could cover up to £5,000.

To apply for this grant, you must first register your event on the Armed Forces Day website.

Ministry of Defence funding cannot be used to pay for:

  • hospitality, including food, drinks and accommodation
  • military assets, including displays, equipment or military vehicles
  • entertainment, such as bands or musicians, films or other entertainment
  • transport for guests or organisers
  • VAT

Ministry of Defence funding can be used to pay for:

  • road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches
  • decorations, flags and banners
  • newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event
  • marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event
  • insurance
  • PA and communications systems

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Community Business Crowdmatch – Power to Change

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder UK to deliver this programme to local communities to raise much needed money to bring new community businesses to life. The fund will also support existing community business to grow, by launching new business ideas that create positive changes for local communities in England. Crowdmatch helps to raise funding to cover key costs, build a network of supporters and provides match funding

Groups accepted onto the programme will receive help to raise funding to cover key costs, help build their network of supporters and receive match funding, up to £6000.

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Early Years Opportunities and Later Life Inclusion Grants – Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Foundation’s grant-making programmes for charities target funding where it is most needed. Current target areas include:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Reducing isolation in later life

Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.

Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years.  Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £60,000. Large grants must be used to fund a specific project.

The next deadline for small grant applications is 17 April 2020 and for large grant applications 17 February 2020.

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