Funding Round Up

Mercers’ Company and Philanthropy Opens New Theme to Applications

The purpose of the Mercers’ Company and Philanthropy is to nurture aspirations and invest in opportunities to create positive change so that everyone has the potential to lead a fulfilling life.

Since launching its new grants programme earlier this year, The Mercers’ Company continues to develop its funding strategy and priorities.

Applications are currently being accepted to the following themes:

  • The Wellbeing Initiative under Young People and Education (within London or more of the 32 Boroughs); and Older People & (London and other areas around East Anglia are ‘being explored’) with grants of £20,000 to £50,000 for up to two years.
  • All core themes under the Church and Communities Programme (London boroughs, North East England, Norfolk and Lincolnshire). Most grants are expected to be between £10,000 and £100,000.

Most grants will be for project or core costs. Capital costs might be supported where they represent a modest proportion of the total.

Grants are intended to support charitable organisations with community-led projects that ‘will make a real difference in people’s lives’ and which address the Foundation’s key themes within its three funding programmes:

  • Young people and education, which aims to:
    • Support families and children in their early years.
    • Help children achieve their potential through school and communities.
    • Help young people through challenging transitions and to grow up as ‘active citizens’.
  • Older people and housing, which aims to enable older people to:
    • Adjust to the challenges of ageing by developing strong connections with family, friends and networks of support in their communities.
    • Recognise the value of learning new skills and meeting new people.
  • Church and communities, which aims to support:
    • Churches, as well as other faith and community based organisations, to enable adults and families to lead fulfilling lives.
    • Initiatives and projects that are community focused and build working communities in all their forms.

Other initiatives linked to leadership, learning and relationships are expected to be launched in phases throughout the year.

Applications can be made at any time. There are no deadlines. Click here for more information. 

£50m Investment in Facilities for Children with Special Educational Needs

Government has announced local authorities are to receive a £50 million funding boost to improve facilities and create more good school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

In addition to this funding, a further £680 million is being provided to create 40,000 more good school places in primary and secondary schools, building on the 825,000 new school places created since 2010.

The funding boost comes as latest reports show 91% of school places created last year were in good or outstanding schools.

The combined investment is part of the £23 billion being spent by the Government between now and 2021 to ensure every child regardless of their needs, background or circumstances has access to a good school place so they will be able to fulfil their potential. Today’s announcement brings the total investment in new school places for children with additional needs to £265 million, following the announcement of a £215 million fund last year.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“All parents want to send their child to a good local school, one that meets their individual needs and supports them to achieve their full potential, regardless of the challenges they may face. This funding will help to create thousands more school places across the country, with a clear focus on transforming the experience of education for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).”

Over half the councils in England will receive more than £225,000 to increase places or improve schools for children with SEND, and every council will receive at least £115,000.

Help the Homeless Accepting Applications for Summer Round

Help the Homeless provides a grant scheme to support small and medium-sized UK charities that work to help homeless people rebuild their lives, re-enter society and live a normal life.

Funding is targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter.

Small and medium-sized registered charities with a turnover of under £1 million per annum can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

The scheme will principally fund capital costs, but may consider revenue costs if necessary to the project. It will not fund computers or IT equipment.

Projects must assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Applications are considered four times a year.

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

Diversity Access Fund

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has announced a Diversity Access Fund for this year’s Fundraising Convention. This will enable people working or volunteering in fundraising to apply for bursaries to attend, covering both ticket prices and travel or accommodation costs. The IoF is dedicated to increasing the diversity of the fundraising profession and the Diversity Access Fund is designed to enable a wider diversity of fundraisers to attend this important event. Deadline 8 June. Click here for more information.

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