Funding Round Up

JRCT’s Sustainable Future Fund Accepting Applications for August Deadline

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) ‘is deeply concerned’ about climate change and its effects and acknowledges that ‘addressing climate change will require long-term political, economic and social changes’.

The Sustainable Future programme provides grant funding (there is no set minimum or maximum amount) for work in the UK that addresses the following priorities:

Better economics – for work that:

  • Explores and promotes ways that well-being and sustainability, rather than traditional forms of economic growth, could be placed at the heart of public policy.
  • Explores and promotes mechanisms that could better align business and investor behaviour with environmental sustainability and the long-term public interest.
  • Researches and develops innovations and new practical models of enterprise that can be embedded within community practice.
  • Challenges future investment in, or subsidies for, fossil fuels.

Beyond consumerism – for:

  • Campaigns, initiatives and mechanisms which encourage radical, large scale shifts in behaviour and culture away from consumerism towards more sustainable ways of living.
  • Exploration of initiatives and models which promote positive alternatives to consumerism for a more fulfilled life.
  • Engages people individually and collectively in holistic and value-led approaches to transformed behaviour and lifestyle, as an alternative to consumerism.

New voices – for:

  • Campaigns and movements that give marginalised or under-represented groups a voice on issues of environmental and economic justice.
  • Initiatives that encourage organisations from outside the traditional environmental field to get involved in environmental justice.
  • Networks that link and support local environmental justice groups.
  • The replication of innovative local projects regionally or nationally.

The Trust is interested in funding work which:

  • Is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with.
  • Has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them.
  • Is innovative and imaginative.
  • Has a good chance of making a difference with the grant funding.

The next deadline for applications is 20 August 2018 (12 noon). Click here for more information.

Lloyds Bank Foundation’s New Strategy to Reach Further

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has published its new five-year strategy, ‘Reaching Further’ which will provide more unrestricted grants to registered charities with an income of less than £1 million that work to help people overcome complex social issues and rebuild their lives.

The Foundation currently provides funding through two grants programmes (Enable and Invest), both of which are closed until 27 August when they are expected to re-open with new guidelines.

According to the strategy, over the next five years (2018-2022), the Foundation will fund at least 700 charities at any one time.

This will be:

  • For longer – funding more charities for up to six years, focusing on those making significant impact for people and their local area.
  • With more money – increasing the size of our main grants up to £200,000 over six years.
  • More flexibly – with fewer restrictions on when and how charities spend the grant, because the Foundation trusts their judgement on how to best achieve the greatest impact.
  • With a promise of high quality grant management and monitoring that works for them.

In addition to the grant funding, the Foundation will continue to provide extra non-financial support to strengthen charities.

Over the next five years, the Foundation will develop the charities it funds by:

  • Becoming more systematic in how it helps them identify and overcome organisational challenges.
  • Using data effectively to measure and adapt the support based on what works.
  • Providing access to wider ranging expertise to help them become more effective and sustainable, through income diversification, fundraising, impact measurement and digital.
  • Strengthening charities it cannot fund as well as those it can, to help build a more resilient sector and help unsuccessful applicants get funded in the future.
  • Better partnership with others, including funders and local authorities.
  • Working with staff at Lloyds Banking Group, building the Charity Mentoring Programme, offering consultancy and fundraising support to charities, and linking local businesses with local charities.

The full strategy can be found on the Lloyds Foundation for England and Wales website.

The Foundation’s two grants programmes (Enable and Invest) are expected to re-open with new guidance notes on 27 August 2018. Click here for more information.

Prime Minister Announces £20m in Funding to Tackle Loneliness

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that £20 million in new funding is being set aside for charities and community groups that are working to ‘help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness’. The funding will support charities and community groups to bring people together; support programmes that are proven to benefit individuals and society; and help ‘hundreds of thousands’ of people to make connections in their communities.

The £20 million will be used to support three separate funds:

  • The new £11 million ‘Building Connections Fund’ which will open to applications from July 2018 with grants available until the end of December 2020. This funding is intended to help bring communities together by making the most of local spaces, opening them up for community use, as well as help businesses and local services combat isolation. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier. The Big Lottery Fund and the Government will each give £5 million and the Co-op Foundation will give £1 million.
  • People’s Postcode Lottery is committing £5 million to benefit charities working toward more connected communities.
  • The Health Lottery is committing £4 million to charities that work to improve social links in disadvantaged areas across England.

The announcement was made on the second anniversary of the murder of West Yorkshire Labour MP Jo Cox.

Commenting, the Prime Minister said:

“Feeling lonely or isolated can have a profound and devastating impact on people’s lives – it can affect anyone of any age and from any background. But just as loneliness can affect any of us, so any of us can help to overcome it.

“The new funding set out today will make a big difference, helping more people to establish and maintain connections. This will build on work already going on, including through the second Great Get Together this weekend [a fundraising event held on the anniversary of Jo Cox’s death], which will see people up and down the country celebrating the strength of their communities.”

The Government’s work will be led by Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, who was appointed the ministerial lead on loneliness in January 2018, following the report of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness in December 2017.

Commenting, Tracey Crouch said:

“This funding will support charities across the country that are fighting against loneliness. It will help improve people’s lives and create a shared society for the future.

“I am incredibly grateful to our funding partners for their support. There is no single solution to this issue, but together we will reduce stigma around loneliness and build on Jo Cox’s legacy.”

Further information on the three funds will be published as soon as the details are made available.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Launches New Grants Programme

The Foundation’s updated grants programme, which opened to applications this month, focuses on supporting smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations that work to improve the lives of communities in the most deprived urban areas or the most remote and socio-economically deprived rural areas of the UK.

Grants are available to established groups, with a total annual income of under £500,000, to fund community-support, arts, education and heritage projects addressing local issues within the Foundation’s priority areas.

These are:

  • Rural Issues – postcode areas that are ranked within the most deprived 50% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation, within rural towns/villages/communities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.
  • Urban Deprivation – postcode areas that are ranked within the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation, within cities/towns with a population of more than 10,000 people.

Funding can be used towards general running costs including core costs, salaries and projects costs or capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment.

The following levels of support are available:

  • Small grants of £2,000 to £7,500 (open to charitable, not-for-profit and voluntary organisations with a total annual income under £250,000).
  • Major revenue grants of £7,500 to £20,000 for one to three years (open to any charitable, not-for-profit and voluntary organisation in the UK with a total annual income under £500,000).
  • Major capital grants of £7,500 to £60,000 for projects with a total cost of up to £2 million (open to any charitable, not-for-profit and voluntary organisation in the UK with a total annual income under £500,000).

The Foundation now operates a rolling programme, and applications can be made at any time. Click here for more information.

£5m Fund to Attract Industry Professionals into Teaching

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton has today (20 June) launched a new £5 million fund to help attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education (FE).

The Department for Education-funded Taking Teaching Further programme will initially run for two years to test how best to encourage and support experienced industry professionals from key sectors into FE teaching, full or part-time, and to support an ongoing exchange between FE and industry so that students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need.

On announcement of the fund, Milton said:

“I am thrilled to announce this excellent new programme. Attracting the best of industry into the further education sector will help students gain the knowledge and skills that industry really needs.

“We are improving education for everyone and crucially plugging the skills gap. This is central to the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to make sure we are all equipped for the jobs of the future.

“If you have had a career in industry and are willing to help us skill-up a new generation, do get involved.”

The programme has been designed with the Association of Colleges and the Education and Training Foundation, to create further links between the education sector and industry.

The focus will be on priority sectors, including the first T Level routes, and a fund of up to £5 million will be available.

The programme is divided into two strands:

  • Strand 1: Financial Support for Initial Teacher Education. Financial support for up to 150 industry experts to become FE teachers, covering the course costs of teacher training as well as support and mentoring
  • Strand 2: Industry and College/Provider Innovation projects. Support up to 40 innovative and scalable projects that help develop local partnerships and collaborations.

The programme is open to all Further Education providers in England including:

  • General and specialist colleges
  • National Colleges
  • Independent training providers
  • Employer-led providers
  • Third-sector training providers
  • Local authority providers
  • Adult and community learning providers.

Applications to Round 1 must be submitted by the deadline of 27 July 2018.

Round 2 projects will start in financial year 2019-20 and will be subject to a separate application process, due to start in December 2018.

Click here for more information.

Launch of the 2018 Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards

Communities across the UK are being urged to back their local high streets by entering them into the Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards, which are now open for 2018. The competition celebrates the work being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets and is an opportunity for councils, businesses and local groups to come together and share knowledge and expertise.

Winners will receive a share of £25,000, coupled with dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts. High streets are eligible to win up to £10,000 for their local community, plus the opportunity for their local businesses and consumers to participate in a Visa GBHS Spend & Win Competition, which rewards the people that ‘make high streets special’.

Winners will be named in each of the four UK nations – England, Scotland, Wales and, for the first time, Northern Ireland – across two categories: Champion High Street and Rising Star High Street. The Champion High Street category will recognise the nation’s best high streets whilst the Rising Star High Street category will recognise the most ambitious high streets, which are taking the lead and working together to revive, adapt and diversify.

An overall High Street of the Year in Great Britain and Northern Ireland will also be named.

To enter a high street, applicants will need to be a representative of a Business Improvement District, local authority, parish council, town team, coastal community team, town centre partnership, community interest company, Chambers of Commerce or trading association.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony in London in November celebrating the high streets that are succeeding and influencing change.

Launching the 2018 campaign, High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said:

“The Great British High Streets competition this year will celebrate the creativity of the many businesses in the UK which are providing the shops and services so vital to our economy.

“The previous awards were hugely successful, proving the Great British public really cares about the centres of their cities, towns and villages. I’d urge everyone to get involved in this important competition.”

The deadline for applications to be received is 22 August 2018.

New £20m Fund to Benefit Towns and Cities in England

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that the launch of the new Cultural Development Fund marks a new Government approach to cultural investment in England. Rather than investment going to a specific venue or artform, the funding will go to geographical locations, including cities or towns in rural areas.

Through partnerships and consortia, areas will be able to bid for between £3 million and £7 million for a number of projects in a certain area to help regeneration, create jobs and maximise the impact of investment. This could be for new spaces for creative businesses, bringing historic buildings back into use or redeveloping museums and art galleries. The investment is intended to help to grow local economies and increase access to arts, heritage and the creative industries.

The Fund also supports the Government’s Industrial Strategy by aiming to boost productivity in towns and cities with an urban focus across England and use creativity as a catalyst to make places more attractive to live, work and visit. It is unlikely that applications seeking to benefit predominantly rural areas will be able to meet the aims of the fund.

The funding can be used for a mixture of capital (asset) and resource (project activity) items. Projects must start no earlier than 1 February 2019 and end no later than 31 March 2022.

Applications will be considered from a partnership for the area, led by a local authority, Local Enterprise Partnership, or other appropriate body, which would lead a consortium of partners from both the public and private sector.

To be eligible, applications must meet the following basic criteria:

  • At least one partner organisation must be from the cultural, heritage or commercial creative industries, depending on who is most appropriate to meet the aims and objectives of the proposed activity.
  • One organisation must act as the lead organisation and submit the application.
  • Lead applicants must be a formally constituted organisation.
  • Applicants must have a registered address in England.

Commenting as he launched the new fund, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism Michael Ellis said:

“Cultural investment can have a transformative impact on communities. Creativity, culture and heritage is what makes places special for local people and visitors alike. But it also helps attract inward investment, with businesses drawn to vibrant, exciting towns and cities.

“This fund gives more places the chance to harness the unique power of culture to regenerate communities, create jobs and boost tourism.”

The Fund will open for Expressions of Interest at midday on 3 July 2018.

Near Neighbours Small Grants Available for 2018

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, developing relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities.

Charities, religious organisations, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises and groups of individuals focusing on community benefit are eligible to apply as long as the activity they seek to deliver has a planning/running involvement from local people of more than one faith and ethnicity.

The funding is for grassroots organisations, particularly emerging local groups as well as charities, religious organisations and other not-for-profit organisations whose focus is on local work.

To be eligible, groups must be working in one of nine areas covered by a Near Neighbours hub: Birmingham, the Black Country, East London, East Midlands, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Luton, West London, or West Yorkshire.

Since it started in 2011, the Small Grants programme has awarded over £6 million to more than 1,600 projects with more than a million people benefitting.

With funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) for a fifth year, the programme can reach more communities.

Minister for Faith Lord Bourne said:

“Near Neighbours have a fantastic track record in delivering real and lasting changes to many communities across the country. We want everyone to make the most of the opportunities that living here offers and Near Neighbours are well positioned to support Government in bringing forward our bold proposals to create a stronger, better integrated Britain. I am delighted to be able to confirm our continued support today, and I am confident that this funding will be used to create a wide range of opportunities for people of all backgrounds to mix, socialise and work together to make their communities even better places to live.”

There are no deadlines. Applications are accepted until all the funds are allocated. Click here for more information.


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