Funding Round-Up

New Opening Date for Green Hall Foundation’s Next Grant Round

Charities in the UK looking for funding for projects or equipment to support their work can apply to the Foundation from 1 September this year, rather than 1 November, following changes to its next application cycle.

Formerly known as the Constance Green Foundation, the Green Hall Foundation aims to sustainably improve lives among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged, particularly in the UK, and supports a wide range of charitable work, with some preference towards the fields of social welfare and medicine.

Grants of around £1,000 to £10,000 are available to assist with special projects or the purchase of specific equipment that will make a tangible and lasting difference to the relevant charity, such as:

  • Where the Foundation can meet a significant proportion of the funding required.
  • Where permanent equipment is needed or building required.

Preference is given to projects that will benefit a number of people rather than just a few.

The next application cycle will now open on 1 September 2018 (9am).

Only the first 100 applications will go forward to the Trustees for consideration. Once the limit has been reached, the application cycle will be closed.

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For Information: £1m Fund for Social Care Digital Innovation

The Local Government Association (LGA) in collaboration with NHS Digital is providing funding for digital innovation in social care, with projects ranging from new assistive technology to data analytics to predict demand.

The £1 million Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) will be awarded to local authorities, with social care responsibility in England, that put forward projects that support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care.

Local authority bids should focus on one of the following three themes:

  • Efficiency and strengths-based approaches
  • Managing marketing and commission
  • Sustainable and integrated social care and health systems.

The funding is split into two phases; a discovery phase (£20,000) and an implementation phase (up to £80,000). This expression of interest is for the discovery phase. Six of the 12 local authorities participating in the discovery phase will progress to implementation phase in the autumn.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 June 2018. Click here for more information.

British Business Bank Launches £500m Managed Funds Programme to Increase Finance Options for UK Firms

First announced by the Chancellor in the 2017 Autumn Budget, the £500 million Managed Funds Programme (MFP), provided by British Business Investments through the British Business Bank, has been launched.

The programme, part of the Government’s response to the Patient Capital Review, will help to address the UK’s patient capital funding gap. It is designed to increase access to longer-term finance for ambitious and innovative, high potential companies by drawing in more institutional resources to the UK’s venture and growth capital markets.

Significant investments will be made in a number of large-scale, private sector-managed ‘funds-of-funds’. The successful funds-of-funds managers will then invest in venture capital and growth schemes that provide capital to innovative, high-growth-potential businesses.

Catherine Lewis La Torre, CEO of British Business Investments, said:

“Through this Managed Funds Programme, prospective investors will be able to access high quality venture and growth capital funds that will be investing in the success stories of tomorrow.”

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Housing Advisers Programme 2018/19 Open to Applications

The Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support local authorities deliver a project that helps meet the housing need of their local area. It aims to be simple, flexible, and locally-led.

The programme funds the provision of an independent adviser to offer bespoke expert support to local authorities undertaking a specific project that works towards: delivering homes, reducing homelessness, or generating savings or revenues.

The local authority will lead on the project, with the advisor providing expert support. The advisor might provide help with:

  • Scoping out the project
  • Identifying skills need
  • Technical expertise
  • Relationship development
  • Advising on delivery.

The projects will need to complete before the end of March 2019.

Local authorities in England are eligible to apply.

The programme will fund adviser support for up to £14,000 to each council. For 2018/19 the programme will also consider supporting a smaller number of larger projects, by funding adviser support for up to £28,000 for these projects.

The deadline for applications is 26 June 2018. Click here for more information.

Grants4Apps Global Accelerator 2018 Offers Support for Digital Health Start-ups

The Grants4Apps Accelerator is a Berlin based mentoring programme intended to support and develop digital health start-ups.

There is a focus upon digital health solutions that address the stipulated healthcare and life sciences’ challenges, including:

  • Digital Therapeutics
  • Blockchain
  • Heart Disease Prevention
  • Virtual Trial Solutions
  • Women’s Health
  • AI for R&D
  • Neuro/Cognitive Solutions
  • Patient-Physician Engagement

Applications are welcome from legal entities or persons from anywhere in the world as long as they are over the age of 18.

Successful start-ups may receive mentoring and coaching from Bayer Executives, €50,000 worth of financial support, networking opportunities and access to Bayer Experts and the use of office space for 100 days.

Over 100 Bayer experts are involved throughout the judging process and will be taking into account criteria such as company maturity, existing product prototypes, the team and how well the applicant fit with Bayer’s areas of expertise.

The next deadline for submissions is 31 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Follow the link below to read the pre application guide to the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme. This strand of covenant funding will be open for applications from 1st– 30th June.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will be opening a programme making very small awards to communities who want to engage in remembrance activity but who may have a financial barrier to doing so. As part of their project communities will need to hold an event to bring people together to remember; and to think about the Armed Forces Community today.

As the centenary of the end of World War One approaches, communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about how they can commemorate and bring people together. This award scheme will help communities to access silhouettes that bring to mind those who went to war and did not return. These silhouettes can bring a community together through an event, to remember, and to think about the Armed Forces Community today.

The grant will be awarded to community organisation who need help to obtain silhouettes. Organisations can apply for up to 10 silhouettes. As part of the award, the organisation will hold a self-funded event to bring the local community together; involving the local Armed Forces Community.

Our pre application guidance is attached; and we are working with There But Not There to raise awareness of this award scheme; and reach communities that may not have had previous support from the Covenant Fund.

The following organisations can apply for the award:

  • A charity
  • A Community Interest Company (CIO)
  • A School
  • A place of worship, Multi-faith facility within a hospital or Armed Forces base, where people would not otherwise be able to engage in remembrance and engagement activity without financial resource.
  • A community organisation with a constitution and a community space.

Click here for more information.

Smart Energy GB in Communities Launches Second Funding Round for 2018

This is the third year of the £10 million five-year fund which was set up to support community based organisations that provide information about how to get and use smart meters, especially for those who may face barriers to getting a smart meter. The fund is being administered by the Charities Aid Foundation.

Round 2 offers grants of up to £7500 for projects aimed at assisting people who are severe and profoundly deaf to overcome barriers to engaging with the smart meter rollout. This target group may have barriers to engaging with the smart meter rollout such as concerns about the process of booking and getting a smart meter installed and needing to interact with people who do not understand their needs. They may feel they cannot do this themselves, and are reluctant to ask friends or family to help arrange getting a smart meter. There is particular interest in working with partner organisations that can help overcome these barriers and concerns.

Projects should be ready to start from 16 July and be completed by 7 December 2018.

Applications will be considered from registered charities, other registered organisations as well as unregistered organisations (such as Community Interest Companies, Charitable Industrial and Provident Societies, Housing Associations, Local Authorities etc.) working with Smart Energy GB’s priority groups.

The deadline for Round 2 applications is 11 June 2018 (midday). Click here for more information.

Remembrance Day Soldier Silhouette Grants Programme

Constituted voluntary and community organisations, charities, schools, places of worship and community interest companies that are considering holding a local community event that brings people together to remember the end of the First World War and to think about the Armed Forces Community today can apply for grants of up to £500 to purchase silhouettes of Tommies as part of their remembrance event.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is making £2 million available in grants for groups across the UK to purchase 10 silhouettes each. The trust will accept applications during the month of June and expects to award between 4,000 and 5,000 small grants.

To be eligible, events should be open to people in the community, promoted ahead of time and bring together people from the Armed Forces community and the civilian community in the local area.

Events can be modest and do not need to cost a lot to run. It might be something like having tea and cake following a remembrance event or arranging a venue for people in the community to come together and share a lunch.

The grants are to be used to purchase up to 10 silhouettes and are to be used for the bench and chair silhouettes only. They do not cover the 6ft or 10″ Tommy figures.

An application form can be found on the There but Not There website.

Applications will be accepted from 1 and 30 June 2018. Click here for more information.

Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund Opens for Applications

The Home Office has launched a second round of the Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund with £1 million available for projects taking place in 2018/19.

The fund has been set up to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime.

Voluntary and community sector group can apply now for grants of up to £30,000. Applications for greater funding will be considered for projects with collaboration between partners.

The funding is for projects that demonstrate the following:

  • Delivery of outcomes to stop knife crimes.
  • A proven track record of delivering local interventions.
  • Proven track record of ability to work with children and young people.
  • Proven track record of ability to work in partnership with other organisations and services.
  • Evidence of value for money.

Voluntary and community sector groups and organisations in England and Wales can apply.

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2018. Click here for more information.

New Fracking Fund to be Launched by Government

Government has announced a new package of measures, including a new £1.6 million fund, to further support the development of British shale gas.

The package includes:

  • Launching a new £1.6 million shale support fund over the next two years to build capacity and capability in local authorities dealing with shale applications.
  • Streamlining and improving the regulation process for shale applications to ensure decisions are made in a timely way and developers and local authorities are supported through the process. This will include setting up a Shale Environmental Regulator and new Planning Brokerage Service which would focus exclusively on the planning process and will have no role in the consideration or determination of planning applications. The service will not comment on the merits of a case and will also have no role in the appeals process.
  • Holding a consultation on the principle of whether the early stages of shale exploration should be treated as permitted development, and in particular on the circumstances in which this might be appropriate.
  • Consulting on the criteria required to trigger the inclusion of shale production projects into the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime.

Announced as part of the modern Industrial Strategy, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said:

“British shale gas has the potential to help lower bills and increase the security of the UK’s energy supply while creating high quality jobs in a cutting-edge sector. This package of measures delivers on our manifesto promise to support shale and it will ensure exploration happens in the most environmentally responsible way while making it easier for companies and local communities to work together.”

Click here for more information.

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