Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The second  round for the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund opens tomorrow (19th April), offering grants of up to £20,000 to help community groups to get their business ideas up and running.
The two-year programme aims to invest around £1.85m in community businesses over two years, supporting around 80 community groups working in England by providing up to 15 days of tailored support along with the grants to develop their business ideas. The Community Business Bright Ideas programme is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, and will be delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UKPlunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality.
Community groups have until 31st May to apply for this round of funding, with additional funding rounds to follow in September this year, and February 2018.
The money can be spent on costs to help a business become established, including legal and registration fees, training, knowledge and skills exchanges, and can also be used on activities including community engagement, and market research.
More information on the criteria for applications, as well as how to apply can be found on the My Community website.
Forty-nine groups received funding in the programme’s first round, sharing £695,000 in grants, and an additional £234,000 in business development help. These included Harlesden Letts, which aims to bring more affordable rents to the Harlesden area of London, The Playground, which wants to bring youth facilities back to a deprived seaside town, and Inside Workout, which wants to provide a community gym to help address gang activity in Manchester.
Sara Buchanan, programme manager and lead on the Bright Ideas Fund at Power to Change, said:
“It is a real delight to fund so many brilliant ideas. We know that getting a good idea off the ground is tough for any community, but with a bit of help they can become a reality and start making a difference for local people. We can’t wait to see the applications come in for the next round.”

(Source: UK Fundraising)

A F Blakemore 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme

Food and drink retailer and distributor A.F. Blakemore is marking its centenary with a 1917  Grants Scheme to support good causes across its trading area.
The company’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation, will award a number of one-off community grants worth £1,917 each to good causes across  and Wales.
The grants must be used to sustain good causes for the long term, for example providing  towards new buildings, specialist equipment, refurbishments or learning programmes.
A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter explained:
“The 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme has been launched with the primary aim of supporting good causes in local communities.
“In particular the grants will focus on helping the sustainability of charities, organisations and community groups in recognition of the company’s commitment to growing sustainably for the benefit of staff, customers and the community.”

About the Blakemore Foundation

The Blakemore Foundation was established by the Blakemore family in 1992. Since then it has donated more than £1.7 million to good causes across the company’s trading area, which stretches across central England and all of Wales.
Local charities and good causes including social clubs, sports clubs, community groups, schools, hospitals, family associations, hospices and environmental projects have all benefited.
Senter commented:
“We are really keen for all colleagues, retailers and customers to get behind the scheme and encourage anyone who has a project or good cause that would benefit from this new grant funding to consider applying.”
Applications to the 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme must be received by 28 July 2017.
(Source: UK Fundraising)

Pink Ribbon Foundation Accepting Applications for 2017

The Pink Ribbon Foundation's mission is to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for revenue, capital or project costs.
The Foundation provides financial support to charities in the UK whose objects are:
  • To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
  • To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.
The Foundation is keen to support initiatives which promote a positive view of living with breast cancer.
The Foundation will consider applications from general cancer charities if any grant made will be used to benefit those suffering from, or affected by, 50% of patients that suffer from Breast Cancer or for research into, or the dissemination of information about, breast cancer.
The Foundation welcomes applications from all ethnic and minority groups.
The deadline for applications is 26 May 2017.
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

Macmillan’s Supporting You to Help Others Grants - Deadline Looms

Macmillan Cancer Support has the overall aim of improving the lives of people affected by cancer, by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.
The Supporting You to Help Others grants programme can fund cancer self help and support groups and their activities and user involvement projects and associated activities. Applications are welcomed from groups and individuals that contribute to achieving Macmillan’s Inclusion Vision.
The funding is available as follows:
  • Start-up grants of up to £500 to support the start-up of a new self help and support project for people affected by cancer.
  • Development grants of up to £3,000 to improve the sustainability or increase the reach of existing self help and support groups or projects that have been established for 12 months or more.
  • User Involvement Grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.
  • Individual Development Grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.
A maximum of £500 for projects that have been running for less than 12 months.
A maximum of £3,000 for projects that have been in existence for more than 12 months.
There are two funding rounds left for 2017.
The next deadlines for applications are 21 April and 4 August 2017.
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

Heritage Lottery Fund Changes its Funding for Places of Worship in Wales

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has issued a statement that from September 2017 it will no longer be providing funding for places of worship through its Grants for Places of Worship programme. Instead, HLF funding will be provided through the existing Our Heritage (grants of up to £100,000) and Heritage Grants (up to £5 million) programmes.
According to HLF, the changes are as follows:
  • Introduction of a faster, single-stage application for grants up to £100,000, rather than the old two-stage process under Grants for Places of Worship.
  • Greater flexibility, allowing for a wider range of activities and capital works than under the current scheme, although projects that have a focus on much-needed repairs will still be welcomed.
  • 100% of works and activities can be funded with no requirement for partnership funding.
  • 50% of the grant will be paid up front which will help the applicant’s cash flow.
For larger schemes, more money will be available for individual places of worship. The Grants for Places of Worship awards were limited to £250,000 per application. Under Heritage Grants, applicants can apply for up to £5 million per application, and can receive help to develop their final proposals between the first and second rounds.
Places of worship have two more opportunities to submit applications to the Grants for Places of Worship scheme before it closes to new applications on 1 September 2017.
The remaining deadlines for new application are 5 June 2017 and 21 August 2017.
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

EDGE FUND ROUND 7

Edge Fund is a grant-making body with a difference. We support efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power – and give those we aim to help a say in where the money goes. 

Timeline for round 7:
https://edgefund.org.uk/2017/04/11/time-line-for-round-7/

(Source: Edge Fund)