Thursday, 29 January 2015

Funding sources for scouts and guides

The Hedley Foundation provides one-off grants averaging £3,000 for registered charities. This can include grants for scout and guide groups, plus specialised equipment for people with disabilities or terminally ill, although the Foundation won’t fund transport, core costs or salaries.
Further details are available on the Foundation's website or email Pauline Barker at
Provides grants for scouts and guides groups across four measures:
(a) Small scale building works;
(b) Repairs and alterations;
(c) Replacement of camping or other equipment; and
(d) Replacement of minibuses.
The Trust awards around £100,000 annually. For more information, visit the Trust’s website.
Grants are available for:
(a) Growing Scouting (£100 start-up grants);
(b) Developing Scouting (up to £2,000);
(c) Adult/Leadership training – up to 50% of costs;
(d) Sea and Air Scout scouting for equipment; and
(e) Benevolent Grants for individual adults and young people.

(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sainsbury’s offers grants to Scottish and Welsh charities from carrier bag levy

Sainsbury’s is offering grants of up to £500 to Scottish and Welsh voluntary organisations from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy.
Grants are awarded annually to charities and community groups to fund projects and activities which match Sainsbury’s core values of “food, family, kids and health” but also for arts/culture, environment and social welfare.
Organisations can be of any size, provided they support the community in  or Wales.
Any funding not distributed by the end of the year will be donated to Sainsbury’s stores’ Local Charity partners in Scotland and Wales.

Carrier bag levy

The funding is generated following the introduction of the carrier bag levy. In October 2011 the Welsh Government introduced a 5p charge of single use carrier bags, and Sainsburys in Wales no longer provides customers in supermarkets with free single use bags. In addition, the company introduce a 40p charge to each online grocery order to cover all single use carrier bags used in the delivery and to comply with the legislation.
The Scottish Government also introduced a 5p charge of single use carrier bags in October 2014.
Sainsbury’s donates the net proceeds from the carrier bag levy to its Welsh and Scottish Community Grant funds.

Who can apply?

Funding from both funds is open to
• Registered or Exempt Charities
• Voluntary/Community Groups (constituted)
• CASCs (Community Association Sports Clubs)
• Schools
• CICs (Community Interest Companies) and Social Enterprises
• Provident and Industrial Societies
Applications for this current round are now open and close on 28 February 2015 for both Scottish and Welsh funds.

(Source:  UK Fundraising)

LORDS TAVERNERS MINIBUSES – Funding for specially adapted, wheelchair accessible minibuses

Since 1976 the Lord's Taverners has put pver 1,000 accessible minibuses on the road.  Last year the Lords Taverners delivered 29 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK.
The Taverners’ iconic green minibuses enable schools or youth  organisations to engage young people in sporting and recreational activities and help them develop life skills such as visiting shops and interacting with people in the local community.
They also provide essential transport to and from school for pupils whose families require help with transport.
Lord's Taverners minibuses are based on the current Ford Transit model, with a diesel engine.
The average cost to the charity of an accessible minibus is £52,500.
Applications will be accepted from schools and/or charitable organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability.
PLEASE NOTE: The Lord's Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.
The next application deadline is Friday 30 January 2015.
For further information, visit the Lords Taverners website.
Further details are available from  Charlotte Brooks on 020 7025 0016 or email

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

Grants are available for projects in support of horticultural research, the creation, preservation and maintenance of public gardens, publication of books on horticulture, study visits, plant collecting expeditions and training schemes for gardeners.
  • Charitable organisations can apply for smaller grants of up to £1,000 or larger grants of £10,000
  • One off payments are usually the type of grants given, however payments made over several years are possible. 
Grants are not made for projects in commercial horticulture/agriculture or to support students taking academic or diploma courses of any kind.
The next application deadline is 15 February. 
(Source: Focus on Funding)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


A new £9 million programme to create more sustainable communities in Wales by supporting asset transfer was officially launched by the Big Lottery Fund (The Fund) today.

Hundreds of people are expected to attended launch events around Wales this week for the new multi-million Community Asset Transfer 2 Programme (CAT2). It aims to provide both capital and revenue funding to support the transfer of assets, such as land and buildings to community ownership. The assets can be transferred from individuals, the public or private sector.

Projects can apply for grants between £300,000 and £1,150,000 with money being used to help community groups to regenerate and reinvigorate the assets and develop, manage and sustain them to improve their livelihoods and neighbourhoods. Through this programme, groups will be encouraged to use the asset to generate multiple income streams and provide quality services and amenities.

The programme is now open for applications in English or Welsh. For further information about the CAT2 programme and how you can apply for funding, please visit call 029 2067 8200, textphone 0845 602 1659 or email

(Source: Big Lottery)

O2 Re-launches Think Big for 2015 - Helping Young People to Tackle Problems in Society

O2 has introduced application rounds for Think Big in 2015, in order to offer applicants a more valuable Think Big experience. The next deadline for applications to be received is 11 March 2015.
O2 Think Big aims to find young people with great ideas and help them turn their ideas into reality. This is done by awarding funding and delivering training and support. Projects have to help the community or tackle a problem with society. Projects that only help one person will not be accepted. Beyond that, applicants can do everything or anything – in fact the more bold and creative the ideas, the better.
The following is available under Think Big (Level 1):
  • £300 cash for the project.
  • Training and support.
  • A Think Big merchandise pack.
  • Communications tools.
  • Support from the team of O2 helpers.
  • Chances to win gig tickets and other prizes.
All Think Big projects that successfully complete their Think Big project and have carried out an Exit Interview can apply to Think Bigger (Level 2). Projects that are invited to be taken further could receive the following:
  • Up to £2,500 cash for the project (given in stages).
  • Free O2 broadband for a year.
  • Support from O2 mentors.
  • The chance to win gig tickets and merchandise for the project group.
  • The opportunity to progress on to the Alumni programme.
Projects must help the community or tackle a problem with society and funding can be spent on anything appropriate that will make the project work, apart from on a salary for the applicant.
Examples of appropriate purchases are:
  • Materials and equipment integral to the project.
  • Cost of renting space.
  • Transportation.
  • Advertising.
  • Professional fees for people to teach skills needed for the project.
Individuals or groups between the ages of 13 and 25 can apply for, and run, a project; however, people of any age can get involved by becoming fans or members of the project in the UK.
O2 has introduced application rounds for Think Big in 2015, in order to offer applicants a more valuable Think Big experience. The next deadline for applications to be received is 11 March 2015.

(Source: Grantfinder)

Monday, 19 January 2015

Scottish Power - Energy People Trust Open for Applications (GB)

Grants are available for registered charities to carry out projects that help to tackle fuel poverty in Great Britain.
  • Energy efficiency measures – improving home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and/or other practical measures.
  • Income maximisation – providing funding to front line charities that carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits.
  • Fuel debt assistance - providing assistance, or funding the provision by other persons of assistance, to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply, where such assistance is provided as part of a package of measures aimed at providing customers with long-term relief from fuel poverty.
  • Any combination of the above.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to registered charities in Great Britain for projects that address fuel poverty explicitly and as the primary purpose and include the provision of energy efficiency advice.
Organisations can apply for funding to support projects or schemes covering the following:
The 2015 deadlines for applications are 3 February 2015, 19 May 2015 and 15 September 2015.
A maximum of 30 fully completed applications will be presented to the Trustees at any one meeting and applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Any eligible and complete applications not dealt with will be carried forward to the next meeting.

(Source: Grantfinder)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Heart Research UK Healthy Hearts Grants

Grants up to £5,000 or £10,000 are available across the UK for projects that actively promote heart health and help to prevent - or reduce - the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
Heart Research UK places a strong emphasis on new and innovative projects, so if you have a project that is distinct, pushing boundaries or leading to work that can be replicated on a larger scale, you’re likely to improve your chance of receiving a grant.
There are two rounds of grants per year. Applications to the May round must be submitted between 1 January and 28 February 2015.
For further information, visit the Heart Research UK website.
Contact details for Healthy Heart Grants are:
Heart Research UK Registered Office
Suite 12D
Joseph’s Well
Leeds LS3 1AB
Tel: 0113 297 6206
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 9 January 2015

Principality support for community projects.

The Principality Building Society is looking for community groups, schools and projects from Wales and the Borders to put themselves forward for support.

The Society has invested thousands of pounds in community projects in 2014, and also offers volunteering support.

They are encouraging groups to pop in to local branches to speak to staff about how they might be able to help.

Previous projects supported include football tournaments, community food festivals, sports sponsorship, and transforming outdoor spaces.

(Source: Brecon & Radnor Express)

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

GwirVol Youth Volunteering Grants announced for 2015-16

The aim of the GwirVol Youth Volunteering Grants scheme is to support the delivery of a wide range of new volunteering opportunities in Wales and overseas that will support the step change in access to volunteering for young people aged 14-25 and especially for disadvantaged young people.  The GwirVol grant scheme offers three different strands of funding.
  • Creating Opportunities:For organisations looking to create new youth volunteering projects, new youth volunteering roles or to recruit more young people into existing volunteering roles. Creating Opportunities grant applications can be for up to a maximum amount of £10,000.
  • Millennium Volunteers:For organisations looking to recognise the commitment young people give to volunteering through offering the 200 hour award of excellence. Millennium Volunteers grant applications can be for up to a maximum amount of £10,000.
  • International:For organisations looking to develop overseas volunteering opportunities that benefit young people and their communities in Wales as well. International grant applications can be for up to a maximum amount of £30,000.

Volunteering in Wales Fund Open

The Volunteering in Wales Fund is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote volunteering in Wales. The Fund is administered by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).
The aim of the Volunteering in Wales Fund (VWF) is to;
  • Support formal volunteering (as per the definition in appendix 1) projects that aim to recruit, support, train and place NEW volunteers
  • Encourage good practice in volunteering; and
  • Support the development of volunteering in under-developed areas such as underrepresented groups, areas with less opportunities or types of volunteering opportunities
NB: Underrepresented groups can be the volunteers and/or beneficiaries of the project.

Monday, 5 January 2015

WREN Launches New Community Fund for England and Wales

From 1 January 2015, applications for WREN landfill tax funding should be submitted under the new Community Fund programme. This new unified scheme is designed to deliver amenity projects within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site in WREN’s operating areas across England and Wales; sites in Scotland are no longer eligible for funding.

Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that can demonstrate how they fall into Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund. Object D shows commitment to the protection of the environment, and the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. WREN’s definition of an amenity is something that a community will have access to and be able to use for leisure or recreation purposes.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

   - Replacement doors and windows for village halls and community centres.
   - Provision of children’s play equipment in open public spaces.
   - Construction of footpaths and cycleways in public parks.
   - The provision of all-weather play surfaces for MUGA multi use games areas.
   - The provision of skate parks.
   - Dipping platform and all weather paths at local nature reserves.

Although match funding is not a specified requirement, the Waste Recycling Group (as a condition of providing WREN with the Landfill Tax Credits) require project applicants to secure the help of eligible 'Third Parties' who will reimburse them with an amount equal to 11% of any grant committed. Third Party funders cannot, however, gain any unique benefit from the project put forward for funding.

Community organisations, voluntary groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations and groups can apply for funding as long as they have a formal constitution and bank account. Local authorities can also apply. All projects should be ready to start within six months of a funding decision being made.

The first deadline for applications in 2015 is 18 March 2015.

Further information, including area eligibility, is available from WREN’s website.

People's Postcode Community Trust - Community Grants Open to Applications (Scotland, Wales and North of England)

Registered charities, SCIOs, constituted voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, community interest companies (CIC), not-for-profit organisations and sports clubs are eligible to apply. Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for organisations in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. 

Funding is available for projects that advance community development. Advancing community development involves creating opportunities for the community to learn new skills and, by enabling people to act together, helps further social inclusion and equality.

The Trust is looking for projects that engage local communities and leaves a positive long term impact beyond the duration of funding. Priority will be given to projects that are focused on improving life for disadvantaged groups and encouraging their inclusion within society.

Projects that have a focus on sport, health, reducing poverty, environmental improvement or the advancement of human rights are still eligible for funding as long as they are strong in meeting the above community development criterion.

The Fund is open to applications from Scotland, Wales and North of England with a deadline of 30 January 2015.