Funding Round Up

Macmillan’s Supporting You to Help Others Grants – Deadline Looms

Macmillan Cancer Support has the overall aim of improving the lives of people affected by cancer, by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.

The Supporting You to Help Others grants programme can fund cancer self help and support groups and their activities and user involvement projects and associated activities. Applications are welcomed from groups and individuals that contribute to achieving Macmillan’s Inclusion Vision.

The funding is available as follows:

  • Start-up grants of up to £500 to support the start-up of a new self help and support project for people affected by cancer.
  • Development grants of up to £3,000 to improve the sustainability or increase the reach of existing self help and support groups or projects that have been established for 12 months or more.
  • User Involvement Grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.
  • Individual Development Grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

A maximum of £500 for projects that have been running for less than 12 months.

A maximum of £3,000 for projects that have been in existence for more than 12 months.

There are two funding rounds left for 2017.

The next deadlines for applications are 21 April and 4 August 2017. Click here for more information.

Places of Worship: Security Funding Scheme – Round 2 Opens for England/Wales

The Home Office is providing the funding to help places of worship tackle hate crimes against them through the installation of additional security equipment.

Although hate crimes are any crimes committed against someone because of their real or perceived race, religion, disability, gender-identity or sexual orientation (as well as verbal or physical attacks on the person), this scheme is focusing on religion.

Places of worship in England and Wales can submit a bid as long as they can demonstrate that any crimes committed at their place of worship (or one not necessarily of the same faith within a two mile radius) was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief. Applicants will need to provide evidence of hate crimes within the last two years. This can include police reports, records of incidents or photographic evidence.

The total budget for the fund is £2.4 million which will be divided over the life of the fund. No minimum or maximum amount of grant funding has been specified.

The funding is to be used for the cost of additional security equipment. Match funding of 20% is required.

Examples of security equipment that can be applied for include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • CCTV.
  • Perimeter fencing.
  • Access control gates.
  • Bollards.
  • Door locks.
  • Window locks.
  • Intruder alarm.
  • External lighting.
  • Security doors.

Funding is also available to pay the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.

All funded work must be completed by 31 March 2018.

The deadline for applications is 29 May 2017 (5pm). Click here for more information.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Launches Families in Stress Priority (UK)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently accepting applications to the Families in Stress priority of the £10 million per year Covenant Fund.

Grants of between £20,000 and £300,000 for programmes of work lasting between two to three years are available.

The funding is for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support. These life events could include: life-changing injury, bereavement, domestic abuse, relationship break-up, those subject to the civil or service justice system or mental health issues.

Beneficiaries should be the families of serving personnel based both in the UK and overseas. Projects must either be new or enhance the support that is already available with an emphasis on long-term self-sufficiency. Projects should fill gaps in provision and not replicate or replace services already provided, nor create dependency. This priority will not fund capital schemes such as play parks or projects that extend to families of veterans.

Projects should demonstrate an understanding of the diverse nature of service families (eg. geographically dispersed, deployment status, accompanied/unaccompanied overseas, single parents, single service personnel (where the family may be a relative such as parent), reservists, foreign and commonwealth personnel and their families, Service children and those with caring responsibilities etc.) and offer immediate and/or easily accessible support. Applicants also need to be working in close partnership with their local Armed Forces base(s.

Projects must also demonstrate how they support at least one of the principles that underpin the UK Armed Forces Families Strategy: fairness, choice, empowerment, resilience.

Local charities (or a branch of a national charity) or community interest companies that provide specialist services can apply. The lead organisation must work in close partnership with one or more armed forces base. The applicant must be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working between the charity and the armed forces base(s).

The deadline for expressions of interest is 26 June 2017 (noon). Click here for more information.

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