Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Aviva’s UK Community Fund to Open in September

Voluntary and community groups from across the UK will be able to submit their entry to Aviva’s annual Community Fund competition starting at 9am on 12 September 2017.
Aviva is the UK’s largest general insurer and one of Europe’s leading life and pensions providers. As a business, Aviva wants to be recognised for making a positive contribution to society and, as part of this commitment, it is making around £1.7 million available for its 2017 Community Fund.
Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local residents. The grants will support all kinds of projects providing they are causes that the community really cares about and are charitable in nature. Not-for-profit organisations and groups that are operating for the good of their local community and have been in existence for at least six months and have an income of £1 million or less can apply.
In 2017, there are four funding levels:
  • 380 awards of up to £1,000.
  • 40 awards of up to £5,000.
  • 20 awards of up to £10,000.
  • 8 awards of up to £25,000.
Applicants can also increase their chances of winning by persuading an insurance broker or financial adviser to support them and submit an entry on their behalf, as there is a separate set of awards especially for projects submitted by brokers and financial advisers.
These are as follows:
  • 60 awards of up to £1,000.
  • 32 awards of up to £5,000.
  • 8 awards of up to £10,000.
  • 4 awards of up to £25,000.
For 2017 there are four categories and projects must address one of the following:
  • Health and wellbeing - projects related to helping people take control of their physical and mental health. These could include anything from walking clubs to reduce loneliness, improving playgrounds and sports clubs and associations to community centres running wellbeing initiatives.
  • Skills for life - projects that aim to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly digital ones. Projects in this category can help people of all ages develop skills to make their lives easier or more fulfilling. This could include budget training for families, job skills or getting up to speed with new technology.
  • Inclusivity - projects will understand that successful communities value all people, recognising that every person adds something to the whole, and work to develop closer ties within the community, such as multi-faith education, accessibility improvements and community integration programmes.
  • Community support - projects that are important to the wider community, and they could be anything from regeneration projects to local support groups, or even community events. This category aims to help communities make their surroundings and aspects of their life sustainable.
Projects need to completed or well underway before 31 December 2018.
The Community Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote.
Although the fund has not opened for entries yet, Aviva has published the new guidelines for 2017 which can be found on its website.
Entries will be accepted from 12 September (9am) until 10 October 2017 (12noon).
Full details can be found on Aviva’s website.
Source: Aviva, 18/08/2017

Theatres Trust Extends 'Small Grants Scheme' to 2020

The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatre in the UK, has extended this funding scheme, with continued support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Charles Michael Holloway Trust. The fund will continue to strengthen the valuable relationship between theatres and surrounding communities until 2020.
The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme offers capital grants of up to £5,000 to theatres that are run by charities and not-for-profit groups across the UK as long as the capital improvements will add value to their work in their local communities.
The grants can be used for small capital projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Applications towards specific items within capital projects or capital projects under £250,000 will be prioritised, while technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority.
To be eligible, groups must:
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.
  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Clearly demonstrate the value that capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work with local communities.
  • Show that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year.
Applicants are advised to contact the Trust before making an application.
The deadline for applications to Round 11 is 7 January 2018.

(Source: Powys4Community)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Royal British Legion External Grants Scheme

The Royal British Legion’s External Grants scheme aims to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who have served in the Armed Forces including, under certain circumstances, other support and defence organisations as well as the Mercantile Marine.
Applications should address one or more of the following themes:
o Employment and training;
o Support for families;
o Homelessness and outreach; and/or
o Supporting the elderly.
Grant awards can cover:
o Project costs, for example, providing an activity that will benefit ex-Service personnel;
o Services, such as providing welfare advice; and
o Capital costs, including building works or purchasing equipment.
PLEASE NOTE: the Royal British Legion will only consider applications for building work of £50,000 or less where the amount requested will complete the total cost required for the project and enable the building work to commence.
Grant awards are unlikely to exceed £50,000. More modest awards, significantly lower than the maximum grant amount, are much more probable.
There is a requirement for match funding as applicants are required to show that they have tried to secure funds from other sources and, where applicable, should demonstrate either that insufficient funds were available from those sources or provide information on funding that has successfully been secured.
To be eligible, applicants must:
o Be based in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland and operating for at least two years;
o Have a project that will directly benefit ex-Service personnel and/or their families - spouses, partners, widows, widowers and dependants;
o Have attempted to secure funding from other sources (whether successfully or not); and
o Prove their organisation is run efficiently. Applicants should demonstrate that they have sound financial and organisational management.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Core costs (unless in exceptional circumstances);
o Commercial ventures such as social clubs;
o Statutory services;
o Service Units and Military Wives Choirs (a separate grant fund is being considered for this purpose);
o Commemoration, memorials, monuments or war cemeteries;
o Promotion of religion (although faith based organisations are eligible to apply); or
o Organisations with free or unrestricted reserves that exceed their last year’s running costs.
There is a two-stage application process. Stage One application forms are available to download from the Legion's website. Those who are successful at Stage One will be invited to fill in a Stage Two application form.
The next application deadline for Stage 1 applications is Friday 10 November, with a Stage 2 deadline of Friday 19 January for decisions to be confirmed in March 2018.
Contact details for the scheme are:
The Royal British Legion
Haig House
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA
Tel: 0203 207 2138

(Source: GRIN)

Grants available to develop grassroots sport throughout Powys

Sports and physical activity groups in Powys are being urged to take advantage of a grant worth up to £1,500 to help contribute to creating thriving clubs which will continue to create opportunities through good enterprise and innovation. 

The grants are available through the Sportlot Community Chest, the Sports Council for Wales National Lottery funded grant aid scheme, which is designed to make a difference to sport and physical activity locally.

With nearly £90,000 available for this financial year, Powys County Council are urging organisations to submit applications so they don’t miss out on the grant. 

The next deadline for applications is 6th September 2017.  For further information or an application form please contact the council’s Sport Development Team on 01686 614060 or email  Alternatively application forms can be downloaded from the Sport Wales website:

(Source: PCC)

Monday, 21 August 2017


ROSA has been awarded £2.2 million from VAT receipts on sanitary products, popularly known as the ‘Tampon Tax’ for its Women to Women programme, which offers grants and support to small grassroots women’s groups.
Applications are invited from women’s organisations that:
o Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, lesbian, bisexual or transgender women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women;  and
o Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.
ROSA is particularly interested in funding work that increases impact and sustainability. Therefore grants can pay for core costs such as staff salaries, office rent and staff training; as well as project costs such as drop-in support services, mobilising volunteers and outreach. ROSA is committed to supporting voluntary sector organisations pay the living wage. Grants made towards staff costs will be paid a minimum of the "Living Wage" where possible.
Charitable organisations in the UK with an income of less than £100,000 can apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £25,000.
It is expected that approximately 100 groups will receive funding during the three funding rounds in 2017. This bulletin relates to the third and final round, which opens this November. 
There is no requirement for match funding. In addition to grants, ROSA will provide additional support that womens’ groups say they need, including mentoring, training and networking opportunities.
Applicants must:
o Be a women's sector organisation;
o Be a charitable organisation - although it is not necessary to be a registered charity, the group's activities must be charitable and legal;
o Be a local organisation which is not part of a national enterprise;
o Have an income of less than £100,000 per year or employ less than two full-time paid members of staff;
o Have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules;
o Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members;
o Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of the organisation, with at least two unrelated signatories.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Work that is not exclusively targeting women and girls as beneficiaries;
o Work intended to benefit specific individuals as opposed to groups in the community;
o The purchase or upgrade of physical assets such as buildings or equipment;
o Paid for advertising and marketing;
o Work that should be provided by statutory organisations;
o Party political activities;
o Activities promoting religious beliefs;
o Overseas travel;
o Interest payment on loans;
o One-off conferences or events unless they are part of a longer term strategy;
o Research, except tightly focused on a specific issue;
o Fundraising events;
o Profit-making work;
o Work that has already taken place; or
o Work outside of the UK.
An online application form, guidelines and frequently asked questions is available on the ROSA website.
There is a two-stage application process. Groups must first complete the stage one application. Those that are shortlisted will go on to the second stage.
The final round for 2017 will open in early November - if you're interested in applying, detailed criteria from the previous round can be found on the ROSA website.
Contact details for ROSA are:
United House
4th Floor
North Road
London N7 9DP
Tel: 020 7697 3466
(Source: GRIN)

People's Postcode Trust’s Small Projects Grants Programme – Opens

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.
The funding is for ‘good causes that focus on the prevention of poverty and the upholding of human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
The funding is intended to help organisations find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its long-term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity, geography, gender and lack of educational and skills development.
Examples of projects which may fit within the Trust’s criteria are:
  • Training programmes to boost skills and opportunities for disadvantaged groups with formal accreditation at the end of the programme.
  • Homelessness support.
  • Prevention of anti-social behaviour in young people.
  • Support for at-risk families (parenting support).
  • Promotion of human rights for LGBT groups, the disabled or the elderly.
  • Services around domestic violence.
  • Creative solutions to help refugees integrate into their community.
Projects likely to get funding will demonstrate:
  • Innovative and tangible impacts.
  • Sustainability: the project will continue to benefit beneficiaries beyond its 12 months.
  • Creative acknowledgement of PPT’s support.
  • Short but clear descriptions of activities and outcomes.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales.  

The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for up to £2,000 in funding.
  • Applicants that are registered with OSCR / Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 (or £10,000 in Wales) in funding.
As a general guideline, the larger and longer the project the higher the amount it would be considered acceptable to request. The amount requested should be directly related to the strength of the long term outcomes of the project.
Please note this fund is 'vastly oversubscribed'.
There is a two-step application process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017.
(Source: Powys4Community)

Postcode Community Trust - Community Grants Opens for Round 2

Round two funding is focused on projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity as well as projects that improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities through exercise, counselling and training.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities can apply for grants of more than £2,000.
Projects should help people gain better access to community facilities, community activities and strengthen communities in ways that are different, sustainable and reach a wide number of people.
The funding is for activities that:
  • Promote team/group sports and activities at a grass-roots level.
  • Provide or enhance places for sports and recreation.
  • Promote community arts projects.
  • Work in innovative ways to relieve older or disabled people’s isolation within their communities.
  • Improve the health statistics of a community through, for example:
    • First aid courses.
    • Exercise.
    • Mental health awareness or counselling.
    • First responders.
Examples of projects that would fit within these guidelines include the following:
  • Sporting projects that involve disabled people, the elderly, and girls/women.
  • Projects that train members of the community to become sport coaches.
  • Purchases of minibuses to enable disabled or elderly to take part more fully in their community.
  • Establishment of community choirs, drama groups, art groups, history societies.
  • Community First Responder courses.
  • Exercise programmes that benefit elderly or disabled people, helping to prevent falls and limit obesity.
  • Programmes that provide mental health provision for those experiencing various addictions or life-limiting problems.
There is a two-step application process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017.
(Source: Powys4Community)