Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Powys Community Endowment Fund

Communities, Educating & Young People | Powys

The Powys Fund currently comprises 4 grant programmes, offering support to individuals and groups based in Powys for the purposes of education and recreation/leisure.
The Fund makes contributions to projects of up to 50% of costs and grants of up to £1500 are available for groups and up to £500 for individuals.
The Community Foundation in Wales manages a number of Funds which are of specific benefit to residents of Powys. Grants are available for the purposes of:
  •  Promoting education and lifelong learning
  • Supporting recreation and leisure activities

Details of the programmes that are open for applications are below.
Each has its own specific criteria and geographic area of benefit. You DO NOT need to apply for a specific scheme; our grants team will put your application forward to the most relevant fund.

Stanley Bligh Memorial Fund
To support educational studies in forestry, agriculture and technical and vocational subjects in the arts or sciences.
The Fund supports individuals and community/voluntary organisations based in Powys with precedence given to residents of Brecknockshire or those who have attended a Brecknockshire Secondary School for a minimum of 2 years.
Grants of £500 for individuals and £1500 for groups are available.
Examples of previous costs supported include:  course fees (where other support is not available)  purchasing equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Travel (where it includes a substantial educational benefit to the individual/group and/or community)
  • Running costs of a specific community education project

Former Girls Grammar School, Brecon Fund
To support the education of residents of the former County of Brecknockshire in Powys.
The Fund supports individuals and community/voluntary organisations based in Brecknockshire.
Grants of £500 for individuals and £1500 for community and voluntary organisations are available.
 Examples of previous costs funded include:
  • Course fees (where other support is not available)
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Musical tuition/instruments
  • Travel (where it includes a substantial educational benefit to the individual/group and/or community)
  • Running costs of a specific community education project

The Montgomeryshire District Trust Fund
To provide facilities for recreation and leisure for the benefit of the inhabitants of Montgomeryshire with the object of improving the conditions of life for those inhabitants.
Applications will be considered from community groups, voluntary organisations and local charities based in Montgomeryshire.
Grants of up to £1000 are available.
Typically grants have been awarded:
  • To purchase equipment or materials
  • For minor capital works
  • For equipment or building alterations
Examples of previous beneficiaries include:
  • Children/youth groups
  • Community centres and village halls
  • Cultural/arts groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Recreation/leisure groups

Llandrindod High School Charity Fund
To provide education support to people who have attended Llandrindod High School who are entering further/higher education or training Eligibility
  • Pupils attending Llandrindod High School
  • Pupils who have attended Llandrindod High School for at least two years and who have one or both parents resident in Radnorshire
Grants of up to £500 are available to support:
  • Bursaries to support higher education costs
  • Equipment, materials and tools for entering a profession or trade
  • Assistance for students studying music or the arts

Applying for support If you think that you are eligible for trust fund support then please complete an application form and return it to us by the deadline in order to be considered. You do not need to specify which Fund you are applying to as we’ll ensure you are directed to the most appropriate scheme. There are two separate application forms depending on whether you are applying for a grant as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. Please make sure you complete the correct application form as the information we require differs.
All applications should be returned by email (where possible) with a signed hard-copy sent by post. If you are applying on behalf of a group/organisation it is important that you also include the required supporting documentation when posting your application. The hard copy of your application should be sent to: The Community Foundation in Wales St Andrews House 24 St Andrews Crescent Cardiff CF10 3DD .
Please note, only applications for future activities will be considered for funding. We are unable to retrospectively support costs that have been incurred prior to the closing date for applications.
Applicants should also be aware that preference will be given to individuals and organisations which have not received funding within the previous 12 months. If you require further clarification about eligibility or the application process itself, please phone 02920 379580 or emailing
This programme has two annual deadlines of 28th February and 31st August. Applications are invited within the six weeks prior to a deadline. 
This programme is OPEN

(Source: Community Foundation in Wales)


Fund for WalesGrants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:
  • Improving people’s chances in life
  • Building stronger communities
  • Improving rural and urban environments
  • Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities
  • Preserving heritage and culture
CLOSING DATE: 12pm, July 31st

To apply click here

(Source: Community Foundation in Wales)

Beaverbrook Foundation

The Beaverbook Foundation is a relatively recently formed (20 August 2013) Charitable Incorporated Organisation that is seeking to develop its grant-making portfolio.
The Foundation supports, exclusively, UK registered charities undertaking projects that acquire or upgrade physical assets such as buildings, fixtures and fittings, machinery, furniture and other equipment, for revenue costs and for special projects, with a particular emphasis on:
o The erection or improvement of the fabric of any church building;
o The purchase of books, papers, manuscripts or works of art;
o The care of the aged or infirm in the U.K; and
o The maintenance of heritage property.
The Foundation generally provides small grants to small organisations that will make a big difference.
Larger grants are also available and in its previous financial year several grants of £50,000 were awarded.
Most grants were for under £5,000, however.
A list of major awards is provided in the Foundation’s annual accounts.
In principle, the Foundation prefers some match funding to be in place and may award grants conditional on match funding being confirmed.
During the year ending 30 September 2016 the Foundation allocated £ 261,578 (2015: £54,200).
The Foundation will not normally consider grants to cover expenditure which has already been incurred or committed.
The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.
Application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation's website
Contact details for the Beaverbrook Foundation are:
Ms Jane Ford
The Beaverbrook Foundation
3 Queen Street
Tel: 020 7042 9435

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Apply to be a Co-op local cause

Apply to be a Co-op local cause

To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:
  • takes place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • doesn't have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you're a religious organisation)
  • meets the Co-op's values
  • takes place or will still be running after October 2018
  • benefits your local community
We'll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations.
You can't use money from the fund solely to pay for staff salaries or general running costs, or to make a donation to another organisation.

If you're successful

We'll let you know if you've been selected in October and you can start promoting your cause to our members from November.
You'll be paid a share of the funding every 3 months, with the first payment at the end of January 2018 and the last in October 2018.

How to apply

To apply you'll need:
  • your organisation's charity or HMRC registration number, or proof you're an excepted charity, Scout or Guide group or registered Community Amateur Sports club
  • a description of your project and how much you want to raise
  • 2 contact names, including email addresses
  • basic details of your organisation and what it does, including approximate annual income
  • your organisation's bank details - money from the fund can't be paid into personal accounts
You can save your application at any time and return to it later. Applications must be completed by 8 August 2017.

Postcode Dream Trust - Dream Fund 2018 Launches for Great Britain

Dream Fund 2018 is now open to applications from charities in Great Britain.
Charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. All applications must come from at least two charitable organisations that have joined forces to deliver an innovative project. The lead partner organisation must be a registered charity. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.
The funding pot for 2018 has been increased by £500,000 to £3 million.
Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million are available to deliver a project 24 months in length between 2018 and 2020.
Funding is available for projects that meet one of the following themes:
  • Supporting families.
  • Green communities.
  • Young people.
  • Improving people's lives through animals.
Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream'.
The deadline for stage one applications is 22 August 2017 (5.30pm).
(Source: Powys 4 Community)


Hot on the heels of its Care Home Challenge Fund (which has a deadline of 4 August) comes Comic Relief’s Active Ageing Creative Change in Communities programme, a £1.5 million initiative to enable disadvantaged older people aged 65 years and older to design, deliver and take part in opportunities to contribute to their communities,
Applications will be accepted from registered and un-registered community based organisations across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must:
o Focus on their local community (although they may choose to work with national or regional partners);
o Have a formal, signed constitution which outlines their social purpose, demonstrates that any profit or assets are used for social purposes and shows that an asset lock is in place;
o Already coordinate activities by and for older people that can demonstrate a need to engage with a ‘harder to reach’ group of older people, or an organisation which already works with disadvantaged older people that wants to bring a new twist or approach to their work.
Applications will also be accepted from partnerships.
Grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 are available over a period of 3 years.
Comic Relief expects to fund between 15 and 25 projects across the UK from the programme. The funder will contribute a minimum of 25% of the total costs of the proposed activities in order to ensure that they have contributed to the work in a meaningful way.
The funding is for projects, initiatives and activities which primarily focus on benefitting older people, specifically those older people who do not usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face barriers to participation.
There is also interest in activities which will have a wider benefit for the community in which they are taking place.
To be eligible, projects should meet at least one of the following outcomes:
o Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing;
o Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections;
o Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment; and/or
o Provide creative, fresh approaches to engage beneficiaries in social action activities which bring people together and help to improve their lives and solve problems that are important to their communities. This may include activities around campaigning and fundraising as well as volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the older person themselves.
For the activities to have positive benefits for the older people involved, they should:
o Provide meaningful roles with opportunities for social interaction and leadership;
o Ensure that older people are recognised and valued for their contribution;
o Make older people feel valued and enable them to be creative and productive.
To do this, activities might focus wholly on older people, or use a broader community or intergenerational approach.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they really understand the needs of their community, the role that older people can play in catalysing social change and make the case that they can deliver.
Grants are not available for: 
o General appeals;
o Individual and group sponsorship;
o Marketing appeals;
o Bursaries for individuals or proposals from individuals for funding or study or attainment of qualifications;
o Activities which evangelise or proselytise;
o Projects which Comic Relief has previously decided not to fund (unless an organisation has been invited to resubmit their proposal);
o Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political; or
o Organisations that advocate the use of violence as a means to campaign or influence public opinion.
The following are unlikely to be funded:
o Standard lunch clubs;
o 1:1 befriending models; or
o Community transport schemes.
Proposals will be accepted until 12 noon on Tuesday 29 August 2017.
Shortlisted proposals will then go through to a full assessment.
Contact details for Comic relief are:
Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment
Tel: 020 7820 2000

(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Social media !

Thomas Byrne
Thomas spent a week doing work experience with nfpSynergy. Seeing as he thought we were all old for using Twitter and Facebook, we decided to ask him to write a report and a blog on his experience of social media and how charities can use it to engaging with young people.
As a 15-year-old and a digital native I use social media every day. To be more precise, within the last week I have spent around 17.5 hours on social media (which is less than the average of 27 hours[1]). My time on social media is spent either on Snapchat or Instagram, two of the most popular and fastest growing platforms on smartphones today. With all the time my peers and I spend on social media, we are exposed to hundreds of advertisements for various companies and their products; however, from what I can remember, not once has one of these ads been from a charity. This raises the question - are charities making the most out of social media and its opportunities to reach out to younger audiences?
Charities are all over Facebook and Twitter, but I believe that these platforms are in decline. Facebook and Twitter are somewhat similar, and have both been around for over ten years. I can say from personal experience that neither are as widely used as Snapchat and Instagram within my age group. There are simply more modern and interesting ways to connect with your friends. Snapchat has over 300 million users and was growing at a ridiculous rate of around 15 million new users every day in 2016[2]. Ask any young person which platform they spend most time on, and I will put money on them saying Snapchat. I believe that charities are simply not doing enough to gain the awareness and support of the younger generation. We are the ones who will grow up and be relied upon to keep the charities afloat with our money, and in some cases, our work. Charities must make the most of their advertising opportunities, and grab the attention of the young early on; otherwise when the time comes, we simply will not have the knowledge, experience or awareness needed to keep the thousands of charities in the world running.
Snapchat holds many opportunities for a charity to get their point across. After having spent three years on Snapchat and having searched the internet for hours, I have only come across one charity that saw its potential and seemed to master it; the Danish branch of the WWF. Back in 2014, WWF Denmark launched their ‘#lastselfie’ campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the threat of extinction that many beloved animals are facing among teenagers. The campaign featured five different pictures of five different endangered animals, each captioned ‘don’t let this be my #lastselfie’. The picture encouraged you to share it with friends. These images went viral and within three days WWF had raised its target donations for the whole month. This perfectly showcases the massive potential snapchat has for charity advertisement; it just boils down to whether specific charities are able to adapt and consider the idea that their current social media campaigns may be perceived as dated by my age group.[3]
Teenagers are moving from platforms like Facebook to Snapchat, and have been doing so since Snapchat was launched in 2011. There is a great lack of charity awareness amongst youths; this is evident from a recent nfpSynergy research that revealed that 21% of those between 11 and 16 could not name a single charity[4]. This is not down to the young being less engaged and observant nowadays, as some many claim; I believe that it is more likely to be down to charities failing to wise up to modern social media trends quickly enough. Teenagers nowadays spend their time on Snapchat - if charities want to catch the attention and interest of the young, then they must first migrate to the relevant platforms.
To find out more on how you can take your campaign to snapchat go to: