Wednesday, 20 March 2013


The Tesco Charity Trust offers its Community Awards scheme four times a year to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations working on local projects that benefit communities close to Tesco stores in the UK.
The scheme has two strands: one which supports elderly people, and adults and children with disabilities, and a second which supports children and their education and welfare. There are two funding rounds per strand per year. Last year, the Trust distributed nearly £700,000 to local community charities through the scheme.
Groups can apply for one-off awards of between £500 and £4,000 which will support practical things such as equipment and resources. Projects previously supported include luncheon clubs, specialist equipment for disabled people, day trips and social trips for elderly or disabled people.
The first application deadline for Elderly People, Adults and Children with Disabilities is 31 March 2013.
There is one more funding round in 2013 for grants to support children's welfare and children's education projects. Applications can be made between 1 May and 30 June 2013.

(Source: Grantfinder)


The fifth round of the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards is now open to applications from schools, community groups, and not for profit organisations to help provide poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK over a five year period (2011 - 2015).
The overall objective of the Programme is to provide young people under the age of nineteen with the opportunity to experience poetry, literature, and creative writing both inside and outside of school, in compelling and exciting forms.
The foundation is particularly keen to see projects that include:
  • A celebratory/community component to projects and innovative approaches to the performance/presentation of writing and literature.
  • The impact of funded projects and how great ideas can be embedded within the applicants' practice for the future (documenting the process involved is therefore important).
  • The potential for projects to serve as models of good practice for others, including the planning and evaluation processes which show intended outcomes and impact.
  • Images and music, but the written or spoken word must be central to the project.
Grants range from £1,000 to £10,000 and the total project costs must not exceed £20,000.
Submissions for the fifth round of funding should be received no later than 5pm on Wednesday 1 May 2013.

(Source: Grantfinder)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Post Office Diversification Fund Open

The Post Office Diversification Fund (PODF) for Wales has re-opened to applications for the first 2013 round.
The objectives of the Fund are to:
  • Support the maintenance of a viable Post Office network across Wales.
  • Ensure deprived and/or isolated communities in Wales have access to a Post Office branch and other community facilities.
  • Improve the viability and sustainability of Post Offices by increasing the services provided to local communities and supporting links with other community businesses and facilities.
There are currently two funding streams available under the PODF, comprising a small capital improvement grant scheme providing grants up to £5,000 and a larger capital diversification grant scheme providing grants of between £5,000 and £20,000.
Structural Improvements Strand
Applications can be made for capital funding for cosmetic improvements to post offices eg improved counters, signage, aesthetic improvements etc which are not funded by Post Office Ltd.
Diversification Strand
Applications can be made to improve and diversify the retail business attached to the post office, with emphasis on new services provided by the sub-postmaster (which are separate to the post office), especially services of benefit to the local community. Non-commercial services which encourage increased footfall could also be considered.
The following activities can be supported:
  • Improving access.
  • Improving and expanding the sales area.
  • Introducing new retail business.
  • Modernising the associated retail business.
  • Provision of ICT facilities.
  • Providing essential equipment.
  • Improving security with lighting, alarms or CCTV.
  • Improving external appearance.
  • General repair/investment work to the post office/ retail business.
  • Work that supports other benefits to the local community.
The Fund is open to all sub-Post Offices in Wales. Priority is given to applicants whose branches serve a deprived and/or isolated community and are able to demonstrate the high social value of the Post Office branch business.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 April 2013.
(Source: Grantfinder)

People's Millions open to applications

Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available for new community based projects that provide opportunities for all people to enjoy their local area, whether indoors or out.
Priority will be given to projects that:
  • Improve the lives of people in the community.
  • Inspire local people to get involved.
Voluntary and community groups, local authorities, schools, and statutory health bodies in the UK are eligible to apply.
The deadline for applications is 13 May 2013 (noon).

(Source: Grantfinder)

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.
In addition, clubs and organisations have the opportunity to apply for an additional £1500 to target the following key areas:
- Better preparing clubs to cater for interest generated via 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to prepare for demand leading up to Glasgow 2014 and beyond;
- Tackling inequality: black and ethnic minority (BME), disability (inclusion), women and girls, social inclusion.
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 £100,000 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 Thursday 28 March. 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: Powys County Council)

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that 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 to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.
The following levels of funding are available:
  • Main Grants of over £10,000 are available to support projects for up to three years. There is no upper limit but very few grants over £100,000 are made and most grants are for much less.
  • Small Grants of up to £10,000 are available for one year.
The 2013 deadlines for Main Grants applications are 15 May 2013 and 15 September 2013.
The 2013 deadlines for Small Grants applications are 1 April 2013, 1 June 2013, 1 September 2013 and 1 December.

Edge Fund open for applications

The Edge Fund is currently accepting applications from communities, campaign groups and activists in the UK that are working for social, economic and environmental justice and have not been able to find funding from other sources.
Groups should be:
  • Facing discrimination and injustice because of their class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or other factors – those who are actively working to challenge these injustices and to create just and healthy communities.
  • Working for systemic change – those who seek to dismantle and replace the structures and processes that create oppression, inequality and environmental destruction.
Priority will be given to grassroots or unfunded groups.
Grants are not likely to be for more than £5,000.
Grants of up to £1,000 are also available to individuals who face challenges because of their personal circumstances or background and have a real passion for justice and can demonstrate a clear commitment to taking action.
The deadline for applications is 22 April 2013.
(Source: Grantfinder)