Thursday, 19 April 2018


Community organisations, disability groups, sports clubs, schools and associations in the United Kingdom may apply to the Dan Maskell Trust for a grant of up to £1,500 to enable people with a disability to play tennis.
Applications can be made for:
o Wheelchairs: applications can be made for one or more tennis wheelchairs designed for general use at grassroots level. A deposit of £250 per chair is required, and the Trust will offer a grant for the remaining cost. There will also be a delivery charge, which must be met by the applicant;
o Bag of equipment: these bags will be ordered and paid for by the Trust and delivered direct to a specified address. Kit bags will include rackets, balls, mini-net, and coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines. These kits are suitable for groups, clubs and disability programmes;
o Grants for starting a disability group, a club programme or a project or help with an existing project or programme. Examples of items that will be considered under this scheme are help towards court hire, coaching fees and equipment (if not applying for a kit bag as above).
All programmes and projects should aim at becoming self-financing and sustainability.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust expects applicants to make a contribution towards the cost of purchasing wheelchairs. Other than this, there is no match funding requirement.
During the year ending 31 December 2016 the Trust approved 88 (2015: 80) grant applications totalling £58,370 (2015: £54,974) as follows:
o 21 (2015, 16) grants for individual tennis wheelchairs;
o 9 (2015, 6) grants towards tennis wheelchairs for separate groups;
o 6 (2015, 13) grants for tennis equipment bags;
o 30 (2015, 18) monetary grants for various individuals;
o 22 (2015, 27) monetary grants for various groups.
The monetary grants included help for:
o People seeking coaching;
o Court hire;
o Rackets and wheelchair refurbishment;
o Coaching qualifications;
o People who are mobility, hearing or visually impaired; and
o People with a learning disability.
The following items are not eligible for grant support:
o Electrical equipment;
o Clothing; or
o Transport costs for individuals.
The remaining 2018 application deadlines are:
o Monday 2 July; and
o Monday 1 October.
Before applying to the Trust for grant support, applicants are advised to consult The Tennis Foundation and/or their local County Tennis Association.
Application forms are available to complete online on the Dan Maskell Trust's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
c/o Sport Wins
PO Box 238
KT20 5WT
Tel: 01737 831707 

(The Trust does not advertise an email address.)  

(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


The Hilden Charitable Fund’s priority is to address disadvantage by supporting causes which are unlikely to raise funds from public subscriptions.
Both the UK and overseas fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at grassroots community level.
Each year the Fund also sets aside a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children. Details of this scheme is provided in today’s right hand column.
Funding is available to UK charities working in the UK or in the developing world or charities that are based and working overseas. Applications will also be considered from Community Interest Companies that are able to evidence a charitable purposes.
Grants are available for projects in the UK that are working in the following areas:
o Homelessness;
o Penal affairs;
o Asylum seekers and refugees; and
o Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25 years.
Grants are available for projects in developing countries that are concerned with the following:
o Community development;
o Education; and
o Health.
The Fund particularly welcomes projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women.
The average grant is £5,000 and can be for more than one year.
During the year ending 5 April 2017 Hilden awarded 105 grants totalling £477,013.
Details of awards made during the year can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the Fund's annual accounts.
Grants can be used for both project and general running costs.
PLEASE NOTE that this a hugely competitive grant programme in which just 11% of all applications are successful.
There is a requirement for match funding and applicants are requested to show what other sources of funding have been sought and secured. 
Applicants that are registered and operating in the UK must:
o Have a project that meets the Foundation's priority areas;
o Have an income of less than £500,000 in the last financial year;
o Be formally constituted, have a bank account and a committee;
o Be able to demonstrate UK charitable purposes;
o Have adequate insurance for their service users, volunteers and employees; and
o Have less than 12 months cash reserves.
To be eligible for overseas funding, UK charities that are working in an overseas country must:
o Have a project that meets the Foundation's priority areas;
o Have a history of working overseas for at least 5 years;
o Have an income of over £100,000 in their last two financial years, but not more than £500,000;
o If they are working with partners overseas be able to show that their partners have been in existence for at least 3 years and have an income of over £10,000;
o Be formally constituted with a bank acoount and committee;
o Demonstrate charitable purposes; and
o Be able to show that their overseas partner had an income of less than £50,000 in the last financial year.
Charities that are based overseas must have:
o A history of working for at least 5 years; and
o An income of over £25,000 in their last two financial years, but no more than £100,000.
Grants are not awarded to:
o Individuals; and
o Well-funded national charities.
Funding is directed largely at supporting work at a grassroots community level.
Applications may be made at any time.
An application form is available on the Hilden Charitable Fund website (you'll need to scroll down the page to the relevant link). but must then be printed out and sent as a hard copy by post to the Fund.
Contact details for the Fund are:
Mr. R. Hedley
The Hilden Charitable Fund
34 North End Road
Tel: 0207 603 1525
(Source: GRIN)


COMIC RELIEF are very pleased to announce the launch today of a £4 million grant initiative to support organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by women and girls across the UK. The application phase will run from 17 April to midday, 2 July 2018.

The initiative is funded by Comic Relief with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with government funds raised through the Tampon Tax. The funds will be fully focused on work that supports women and girls at risk of violence who have multiple and complex needs. This includes those who have poor mental health, who use drugs, and/or those who are homeless, as well as less well-served communities or groups, such as BAMER, migrant and LBTI communities, and/or women who are older and/or disabled, among other groups.

Applications are invited for grants of £60,000 - £120,000 across 1 to 3 years and are also open to current grantees. The fund aims to:

                     Enable organisations to better support women within the target group.
                     Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches. 
                     Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support.
                     Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector.
                     Improve access to support for women with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women.

To apply or find out more about the fund criteria and process, including detailed guidelines for applying, please visit the Comic Relief initiative page.  Further questions can be emailed to our team via our contact page.

(Source: Comic Relief)

Monday, 9 April 2018

Hanfod Cymru response to Loteri Cymru ceasing operations


The Noel Buxton Trust has a long-standing concern for the welfare of both families and prisoners, and its work in Great Britain continues to focus on these areas. In Africa, the Trust seeks to support community-led organisations working to build local sustainable livelihoods. In all three areas, the Trust has an interest in funding work which does not easily attract funding from other sources.  
The Trust has a particular interest in:
o Applications that support the needs of offenders who are over represented within the youth and criminal justice system; for example, black or minority ethnic groups;
o Offenders who have specific needs that are not met through mainstream provision, such as disabled or older offenders; and
o Projects that the Trust believes will help to break down the stigma and discrimination that many offenders face.
The Trust offers grants up to £5,000 for grassroots registered charities in Great Britain working in the following fields:
1. Family Grants - the maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to three years, preferably outside of London and South East England.
The Trust's focus is on funding for families on the issue of domestic abuse. The Trust will consider projects that work with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic abuse. 
2. Penal Grants - Funding is available for project and core costs, preferably for agencies outside of London and South East England. The kinds of grants the Trust expects to make are:
o One-off grants of up to £3,000 to pay for specific projects that help maintain relationships between prisoners and their families or for work that supports the contributions that volunteers make within the prison community;  and
o Grants of up to £4,000 per year over two to three years, particularly where a guaranteed on-going contribution is going to make a difference to the sustainability of a programme or activity.
The Trust supports local campaigning organisations, self help groups and service providers in their committment to the rehabilitation of offenders for the benefit of both the offender and society as a whole.
The areas of penal affairs activities that are funded include:
o Peer support and mentoring to provide offenders with appropriate support to help them through times of difficulty;
o Making social connections with friends, family or local community, eg opportunities for serving prisoners to stay in touch with their children or community circles of support for high risk ex-offenders within the community;
o Skill-based activities through volunteering or training; and/or
o Activities that both help rehabilitate offenders and help build bridges through various benefits to local communities.
3. Africa Grants - the maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to three years.
The Trust will fund work in Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme.
The Trust's Africa programme focus is on economic development rather than service provision. It  favours work such as small business support and training, and microfinance in both urban and rural settings. Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. The Trust also welcome appeals that support and protect street children, and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.
The Trust like to see applications that enable successful practical solutions to be replicated or that aim to bring about relevant policy change through effective advocacy. It also likes applications that demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community based organisations and ensuring the voice of poor and marginalised women and men are properly heard and respected.
There is no requirement for match funding for any of the Trust’s funding areas.
The Trust prefers to support smaller, grassroots organisations and does not encourage applications from large and well-supported charities or branches of network organisations.
Funding is not available for the following:
o Academic research;
o Advice centres;
o Animal charities, including those running sanctuaries, rescue or adoption services;
o The arts for their own sake;
o Buildings;
o Conferences;
o Counselling for individuals;
o Expeditions, exchanges, holidays, study tours, visits;
o Housing and homelessness;
o Human rights;
o HIV/AIDS programmes;
o Individuals;
o Northern Ireland;
o Organisations set up primarily to treat medical conditions, physical disabilities or mental health issues;
o Playgrounds;
o Prizes;
o Race relations;
o Contributions to a specific salaried post;
o Schools, including school infrastructure and teaching equipment;
o Vehicles;
o Victims of crime, except those affected by domestic abuse and victims involved with restorative justice projects; or
o Videos and IT.
PLEASE NOTE: the following additional restrictions to grant support:
o Under the Africa Grants Programme funding is not available for any work outside the areas listed as the geographical focus.
o Under the Family Grants Programme funding is not available for older people or work in women’s or men's refuges.
o Under the Penal Grants Programme funding is not available for overseas projects or youth projects.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
There is no application form.
Applicants should submit a short letter (one to two pages) outlining the case for funding.
Applicants should view the Trust's website and mention this in their letter as well as showing how the organisation's work fits the Trust's guidelines.
The application should include:
o The charity registration number and the name of the organisation to which cheques should be made payable if different from that at the head of the appeal letter.
o A budget for the current and following year;
o Details of funding already received, promised or applied for from other sources; and the applicant's
o Latest annual report/accounts in the shortest available form.
For further information, visit the Noel Buxton Trust website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Noel Buxton Trust
PO Box 520
GU51 9GX

(The Trust does not advertise a phone number or an email address.)
(Source: GRIN)


The Wakeham Trust provides funding for UK-based projects that are small scale and are finding it hard to get funding from large grant-making trusts, or are currently unfashionable or unpopular amongst mainstream funders, but are making a real contribution to the local community. The Trust likes to support projects that encourage the empowerment of ordinary non-professional people. 
Small registered UK-based registered charities may apply for a grant award, which is usually between £125 and £2,500. A match funding contribution is welcomed.
Organisations that are not registered charities are encouraged to make an application through a registered charity in their area that can then pass the money directly on to their project.
The Trust will consider the following when selecting which applicants to support:
Is it something new for this particular area? It doesn't matter if the idea is tried and tested in other parts of the country, if it is new for a particular community it may be of interest to the Trust. Support is also sometimes available to help established institutions that are under threat;
o Is it small? Grants are normally given to projects where an initial £125 to £2,500 can make a real difference. Generally the Trust will look at what it is costing per-head to reach the people the project is helping;
o Will it find it hard to get support elsewhere? The Trust tries to help those projects that are too new and experimental to get support through established fundraising channels, or which (if established) are under threat due to changes in national or local policy;
Does it have the potential to become self-supporting? The Trust likes to see information that shows how the project will support itself in future years or (if it is a short-life project) over the course of its life; and
Is it outward looking, rather than being focused on its own members? The Trust is especially interested in supporting groups who are usually considered recipients of voluntary action (for example old age pensioners, refugees or young offenders) when these people become involved in helping other groups in the community as this empower the volunteers themselves, as well as supporting the project they are working on.
Previous awards have included:
o A patchwork quilting group for vulnerable adults and OAPs in Swindon;
o £225 to help surfing for disadvantaged young people in Newquay;
o Money management courses for young people in deprived areas by the Churches in Weymouth and Portland; and
o A project to help teach English to refugees and immigrants who want to work in the social care sector, in Chard in Somerset.  
The following are not eligible for grant support from the Trust:
o Contributions to large appeals, such as for buildings or minibuses;
o National appeals;
o Hard-science medical projects;
o Counselling, family-therapy and self-help projects;
o Arts/performance projects;
o Projects outside the UK, except when the Trust has personal knowledge of them; or
o Individuals, including to go on a gap-year community service project overseas.
Applications may be submitted at any time, ideally by email using the email address provided below.
To apply to the Trust, applicants are required to send the following information below in the order requested:
1. Contact name, address (including postcode), telephone number and email;
2. Name and address of the project the applicant is applying on behalf of, plus its telephone number and email;
3. Name and address of a UK charity which is willing to accept a grant on the applicants behalf, plus the name of a contact the Trust can talk to at that charity;
4. Details of the project. Who does it help? How big is it? Is it new, or already established?
5. How much money is being requested from the Trust?
6. What would the money be spent on? Applicants should give a rough breakdown and overall budget.
7. How else has the applicant tried to raise funds and how successful has this been? and
8. Has the applicant ever received a grant from the Trust before?
Further information about the Trust and how to apply is available on its website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Wakeham Trust
The Garden Office
Wakeham Farm
GU31 5EJ
(The Trust does not advertise a phone number.)  
(Source: GRIN)

European Single Procurement Document

European Single Procurement Document? (ESPD)

What is the European Single Procurement Document? (ESPD)
The new EU Procurement Directives made provision for the introduction of an ESPD which is intended by the European Commission to remove some of the barriers to participation in public procurement, especially for SMEs.
The ESPD is a self-declaration of a potential supplier’s' financial status, abilities and suitability for a public procurement procedure. It mainly serves as preliminary evidence of fulfilment of the conditions required in a public procurement procedure.
Bidders will no longer have to provide full documentary evidence and different forms previously used in EU procurement, which means a significant simplification of the tendering process.
The ESPD will replace the requirement for suppliers to provide up-front evidence or certificates by allowing them to self-declare that they meet the relevant selection and exclusion criteria. Bidders may be asked to provide proof of this at a later stage and the winning bidder will usually have to provide proof before contract award.
How will the new process work?
Buyers will set out their selection and exclusion criteria, including any minimum standards and methods for short-listing in their contract notice. They will then issue an ESPD request and make it available for anyone interested in bidding for the contract.
Bidders will complete and submit their ESPD response to the buyer, who will assess the suitability of all bids against the criteria they have selected.
What about Selection Questionnaires?
The ESPD will offer an alternative to the selection questionnaire, and should make the process of bidding for a public contract easier. Its purpose is to remove some of the barriers to participation in public procurement, particularly for SMEs who often don’t have the resources (time/money) to complete complex tender documents.
The Selection Questionnaire method was popular because buyers tended to ask questions in the same, or similar, ways. The ESPD will actually build upon this as the same standard form is now being used across Europe.
Will a new ESPD have to be submitted for every tender procedure?
The same question set will be used across the EU, so a bidder will be able to re-use a form which was previously submitted for a separate competition, so long as the information is still up-to-date.
However, every time a supplier submits a bid, an ESPD request will have to be submitted as well. It will be in the supplier’s interest to configure each ESPD to suit the requirements of that individual procurement exercise.
How Will the ESPD be checked for accuracy?
By law, a winning bidder has to submit all of the required certificates and documentation, before they are awarded a contract. Bidders can be asked to submit their evidence at any point in the procurement process if this is necessary to ensure that the process is carried out properly.
If a bidder is found to have misrepresented itself, a couple of things can happen, depending on the nature of the misrepresentation:
- If a bidder is in breach of one of the areas which is a mandatory ground for exclusion, or if it does not meet one of the minimum selection criteria, then that bidder must be excluded from the competition. Depending on the nature and stage of the competition, that may mean either that it continues without that particular bidder, or the competition should be re-run without that bidder’s tender.
- If it emerges that a business is in breach of an area which is a discretionary ground for exclusion, then the decision about whether or not to exclude that bidder will be up to the buying authority. This decision must be in line with the EU Treaty Principles of transparency, proportionality, equality of treatment and non-discrimination.
- If the issue is more administrative in nature (e.g. mistakes in providing the documentation), then the authority will have the option of inviting the bidder to make amendments to, or clarify the documentation provided.
Will the ESPD affect sub-contractors?
If a bidder wishes to sub-contract part of a contract, and relies entirely on the sub-contractor in order to fulfil the selection criteria, a separate ESPD must be submitted on behalf of the sub-contractor.
The buying authority may choose to request a separate ESPD from any other sub-contractor, in order to verify whether or not there are grounds for excluding it. If a sub-contractor is in a situation which would lead to its mandatory exclusion, the bidder will be required to replace that sub-contractor. It’s really important the suppliers plan for this scenario early in the process by engaging with sub-contractors and obtaining information early on during the procurement process.
ESPD or Selection Questionnaire?
There may be some confusion during the transition period from the Standard PQQ to the Selection Questionnaire to the ESPD. As of 26th September 2016 suppliers should only be receiving (for the most part) the Selection Questionnaire but they are entitled to submit an ESPD if they already have one.
(Source: Sell2Wales)