Friday, 22 September 2017

BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme - First 2018 Deadline

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is accepting applications for large grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:
  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.
Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.
The closing date for applications is 16 January 2018 (midnight).

(Source:  Powys 4 Community)


The Margaret Coote Animal Charity Trust is a registered charity (no. 208493) whose main purpose is the protection of horses, dogs or other animals or birds.
The policy of the Trust is to focus on research into animal health and on the protection of species, while continuing to support general animal welfare, including sanctuaries, in the United Kingdom and overseas.
Registered charities and charitable organisations may apply.
Awards made during the year ending 5 April 2016 ranged from £500 to £20,000. There is no requirement for match funding.
During the year, the Trustees provided ongoing financial support totalling £67,750 to 15 organisations and made 24 one-off grants totalling £60,750. Grant awards in full totalled £128,500 (2015: £92,950).
Regular grants were made to:
o Animal Health Trust;
o Devon Wildlife Trust;
o Dog Lost;
o The Barn Owl Trust;
o The Donkey Sanctuary; and
o The Moorland Mousie Trust.
One-off grants were awarded to:
o British Horse Society;
o Cats in Need
o Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust
o International Otter Survival Fund;
o Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust;
o Rarebreeds Survival Trust (RBST); and the
o Red Squirrel Survival Trust.
A full list of all awards made during the year is provided in the Trust’s annual accounts, which are available on the Charity Commission website.
Applications are not accepted from individuals.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Applications should be made in writing to the address below.
Ideally, applications should reach the Trust by Saturday 30 September 2017 to be considered during October or November of the current year.
A decision on applications that arrive after the end of September is normally deferred until the following autumn.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Mrs. Jill Holah
End Cottage
YO60 6PU
(The Trust does not advertise a phone number.)  

(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 21 September 2017


The Yapp Charitable Trust is one of a handful of grant-making trusts that prioritises making awards to small charities to help them continue their existing work.
The Trust defines a ‘small charity’ as an organisation registered with the Charity Commission that has a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000.
Grants up to £3,000 per year for a period of up to 3 years are available for work that focuses on one of the following priority groups:
o Elderly people;
o Children and young people aged 5 to 25 years;
o People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges;
o Social welfare - people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse and a history of offending; and/or
o Education and learning, with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children.
During the year ending 30 September 2016 the Trust awarded 42 grants totalling £208,600 from 145 eligible applications, representing a 30% success rate.
Grants were made within all priority categories. The largest proportion of grants was awarded in the Yorkshire & Humber region (19% of grants totalling £40,500 respectively) and most grants were made to support work under the Disability category (18 charities received funding totalling £92,100).  5 of the awards (12% of all awards made) were to South West based small charities.
A list of all grant awards made during the year can be found towards the end of its annual accounts, which are available on the Charity Commission website.
The Trust prioritises the following areas. Applicants that fail to address at least two of the below are unlikely to secure funding.
o Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders;
o Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people;
o Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers;
o Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning; and
o Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users.
The Trust has a lengthy list of exclusions. Funding is not available for the following:
o Charities that are not registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales;
o Charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland;
o Charities whose total annual expenditure is more than £40,000;
o Industrial and Provident Societies and Community Interest Companies;
o Branches of National Charities;
o Charities with unrestricted reserves that equate to more than 12 months expenditure;
o New organisations – applicants must have been operating as a fully-constituted charity for at least three years;
o New work - the Trust provides continuation funding to sustain existing work that has been happening for at least a year;
o New paid posts – even if the work is now being done by volunteers;
o Additional activities, expansion or development plans;
o Special events, trips or outings;
o Capital expenditure - equipment, buildings, renovations, furnishings, minibuses;
o Work with under-fives;
o Childcare;
o Holidays and holiday centres;
o Core funding of charities that benefit the wider community such as general advice services and community centres unless a significant element of their work focuses on one of the Trust's priority groups;
o Bereavement support;
o Debt advice;
o Community safety initiatives;
o Charities raising money to give to another organisation, such as schools, hospitals or other voluntary groups;
o Individuals - including charities raising funds to purchase equipment for or make grants to individuals; or
o Organisational budgets with a shortfall in excess of £10,000 in the first year.
Eligible charities must meet all of the following criteria:
o Have their own charity registration number;
o Have been formally established for at least 3 years;
o Have a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000; and
o Be working within one of the priority areas as outlined in the first set of spot point above.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
An application form and guidance notes are available on the Trust's website.
The completed application form should be returned by post or email together with a copy of the charity's most recent annual report and accounts and any other relevant information.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Joanne Anderson
Trust Secretary
The YAPP Charitable Trust
1st Floor
Mile House
Bridge End
Chester le Street
County Durham
Tel: 0191 389 3300
(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

BIG Lottery People and Places: Putting people at the heart of the design, development and delivery of your project

In July 2017 the Big Lottery Fund in Wales relaunched our People and Places grant programme which is open to applications of between £10,001 and £500,000 for community projects lasting up to five years. You can read about the changes here. One of the key changes is that we’re asking all applicants to show us how their project fits into three themes: people-led, strength based, and connect.
To help explain these in more detail, we’re publishing a series of blogs to help outline what we mean by each theme. For this post we asked Communications Manager Rosie Dent to tell us a little more about people-led projects.
In a snapshot, what does ‘people-led’ mean?
We want the projects we fund to have meaningfully involved the people they’re working with in the development, design and delivery of the project. When we say people, we mean the people that take part in projects, their networks (such as family, friends, carers) and the wider community that your organisation works within.
Involvement could be through a variety of ways and is likely to be vary depending on who you’re working with. The key is that people are involved and we will ask you to show how involving people has influenced the plans for your project, as well as their continued involvement in the delivery if the project is funded.
What are the benefits of involving people?
We believe people should be leading on projects that aim to improve their lives and their community. This ensures that projects are shaped accordingly to the community’s requirements and views and gives the projects a higher chance of success. Involving people also gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence.
What if people don’t want to get involved?
People are busy. They have lives, families and jobs and might not have the time to get involved with new projects. Others may not feel comfortable sharing their views in front of others of may have been involved in a project before where they didn’t feel their views were listened to. Naturally you can’t force people to get involved. However it may be worth thinking about different ways to engage with them which won’t take up too much of their time or make them feel uncomfortable. For example, some people may prefer having a chance to share their views on a social media group in their own time more than attending a community meeting.
What if we can’t adapt the project to meet everyone’s views?
Tokenistic involvement can do more harm that not involving people at all. Therefore it is important to show people that they have been listened to and let them know what changes have been made to your plans as a result. If changes can’t be made, you should take the time to explain why.
What does involving people look like?
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to involving people in the design, development and delivery of projects. This will look different for different projects and communities. However, it is important to provide an environment where people feel comfortable and safe to get involved.
  • Involving people could include building relationships with people who take part in current projects you’re providing, knocking on doors in the community, undertaking surveys, taking part in focus groups/committees – these are just a few examples.
  • Think beyond the usual group of people who are happy to be involved. Try and think of different ways to engage with people who don’t usually take part in projects or give their views and opinions.
  • Flexibility and creativity is the key – think beyond surveys and feedback forms.
  • Be prepared to challenge your assumptions on people’s skills, capabilities and experience.
Do you have any advice on what to consider when working with specific groups of people?
  • Think about whether you need to provide materials in alternative formats and languages. For example, when engaging with young people, you might want to be creative and use alternative media (e.g. video, social media, arts)
  • Cultural differences should be considered, for example some groups practice gender segregation in the delivery of projects. You may need to be aware of special holidays when engaging with people from ethnic minority communities and religious groups.
  • Challenge your assumptions regarding someone’s capability and interest in being involved.
  • Be creative and transparent – people will appreciate it.
If you would like to find out more about People and Places – visit for medium grants (£10,001 to £100,000) or for large grants (£100,001 to £500,000), call 0300 123 0735 or email

(Source: BIG Lottery)


 We have been made aware of an email scam being sent to charities, asking to receive payment for the Fundraising Preference Service or implying that an invoice is due. We would like to clarify that we DO NOT send out invoices for the Fundraising Preference Service, as the cost of this service is covered by the fundraising levy. 
We would also like to ensure that those organisations who fall within the scope of the fundraising levy do not assume the invoices we are currently sending for Year 2 are in any way associated with this fraudulent scheme. 
If you know or you believe you have received one of these fraudulent FPS emails and have concerns, or if you have any questions, please get in contact with us on 0300 999 3407 or at 
The Fundraising Regulator Levy Year 2 invoices are only sent using the Levy and Registration Team email, or via a staff members direct email addresses. Please see confirmation of staff details and email addresses. 
Caroline Trabasas, Levy and Registration Officer,
Maria Hayward, Levy and Registration Administrator, 

We also ask that you forward on this email alert to any other organisations you think might be susceptible to this email scam. We have reported this incident to Action Fraud. 
Levy and Registration Team
T: 0300 999 3420 - option 2
T: 0300 999 3407

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Comic Relief Core Strength Programme

This programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. We know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities.,5675S,J4CEJA,JVIT4,1

(Source: Community Foundation in Wales)

Friday, 15 September 2017


The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live. Put forward an idea that will benefit your community and it could get funding, ranging from up to £1,000 to up to £25,000.

(Source: UK Fundraising)