Funding Round Up

Co-op Community Dividend Fund for Central England Accepting Applications

The Co-op Community Dividend Fund is inviting applications from local charities and community and voluntary groups based in Central England to apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Each year the Fund reinvests at least 1% of the Society’s profits in local communities to help a wide range of projects across 16 counties, from the Midlands to the East Coast. Last year, a total of 122 groups and organisations shared £209,000 to spend on a wide variety of projects.

Recent projects that have shared a £52,000 funding pot include the installation of special interactive screens for an astronomy society, equipment for a local Scouts group and new raised beds for a community allotment. The Fund’s aim is to develop and improve local communities, offering much needed support with grants of between £100 and £5,000, with the average grant awarded being around £2,000.

Applicants must have been a Central England Co-operative member for at least six months and their project’s postcode must be within the trading area of a Central England Co-operative store. Priority will be given to organisations which can demonstrate that they, or their project, actively participates with the Society by trading with it or being involved with its activities or democratic processes.

The funding is for projects in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Yorkshire or Worcestershire.

The next deadline for applications is 27 July 2018. Click here to see if you are eligible.

Veolia Environmental Trust Accepting Applications for Projects Starting in 2019

Veolia Environmental Trust offers grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.

Projects should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girl Guiding buildings.
  • Outdoor Spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
  • Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas, sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year without any limit or unreasonable restrictions of use.
  • Have a total cost of under £250,000, including VAT and professional costs.
  • Have already secured at least 20% of the total cost.
  • Have secured all permissions (eg, planning).
  • Be completed within 12 months.

Constituted not-for-profit organisations can apply as long as their project is located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility. This could be a landfill site, Energy Recovery Facility or Materials Recycling Facility.

There is no deadline for starting the process of applying for a grant; however, each funding application phase for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 is made available quarterly following the end of the previous phase.

The next phases for Stage 1 applications are:

  • Between 1 June 2018 and 30 August 2018 for projects taking place between 7 January 2019 and 25 March 2019.
  • Between 31 August 2018 and 10 January 2019 for projects taking place between 26 March 2019 and 18 June 2010.

Click here for more information.

£1m Fund for Public Service Mutuals

A new £1 million fund has been launched by government to help support organisations that wish to establish themselves or expand as Public Service Mutuals.

The fund follows the launch of the Mutuals Support Programme in January. This fund provided 12 organisations with support to set up or grow as Public Service Mutuals.

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:

“We want to support the development, growth and sustainability of mutuals. Our funding boost has already enabled dozens of organisations to flourish.

“This next round will strengthen our commitment and allow many institutions, staff, and their customers, to benefit from more independence, faster decision-making and less bureaucracy in the future.”

To apply for support from this programme organisations must currently, or intend to, fulfil the definition of a Public Service Mutual, which is an organisation that:

  1. Has left the public sector (also known as ‘spinning out’)
  2. Continues to deliver public services and aims to have a positive social impact
  3. Has a significant degree of staff influence or control in the way it is run.

Organisations wishing to apply for funding should email the Mutuals Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) at:

The deadline for applications is 29 June 2018. Click here for more information.

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