Monday, 23 March 2015

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Open to Applications (UK)

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available to registered charities and not for profit organisations that are based in areas in the UK where Tesco has stores.

Funding is available to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit either health, sustainability or opportunities for young people. Projects that may receive support include the following:

   - Health:
      - Improving diets and encouraging healthy eating.
      - Involvement in sport and physical activity.
   - Opportunities for young people:
      - Education and training programmes which develop key skill that prepare young people for work, no matter what career they want to pursue.
      - Support to vulnerable, disengaged groups and young people in long term unemployment.
      - Learning programmes for young people with disabilities.
      - Access to information, skills and opportunities young people need to start successful careers.
   - Environmental sustainability:
      - Helping people reduce the amount of food they throw away at home.
      - Helping people recycle more or save more energy or water.
      - Local eco initiatives in the community that contribute to global environmental impact.
      - Projects that encourage sustainable living.
      - Wildlife conservation projects.

The deadline for applications is 24 April 2015.

(Source: Grantfinder)

Friday, 20 March 2015


Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply now for grants to support projects that contribute to understanding and addressing the causes and effects of fuel poverty.
The Eaga Charitable Trust gives priority to funding proposals that have the potential to inform or influence national perceptions and policies and have a wide geographic focus.
Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available for work based in the UK and other European Union countries. The Trust strongly encourages applicants to seek co-funding of projects wherever possible.
There is no minimum or maximum duration of grant, although typically projects span between one and three years.
Grants are available under the following categories:
• Fuel poverty and rural communities.
• Fuel poverty and health and wellbeing.
• Fuel poverty and climate change and sustainability.
• Fuel poverty and household vulnerability. 
Applications should consist of one or more of the following elements:
• Rigorous academic and/or public policy-related research.
• Robustly evaluated action projects which either build on existing proven models or offer innovative new models with the aim of achieving population-based effective interventions.
• Dissemination and promotion of proven good practice, for example through appropriate workforce interventions, social media, toolkits including online tools and workshops including online congresses and webinars.
• Technical support for, including scoping of, novel and innovative pilots and demonstration projects and the evaluation of them.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 1 June 2015.
Grant awards will be made by mid July 2015.
Full details can be found on the Eaga Charitable Trust website.

(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 19 March 2015

THE ASTOR FOUNDATION – Small Grants for Charities undertaking a range of charitable activities (next application deadline 31 August 2015)

Devon-based The Astor’s Foundation’s primary aim is to support general medical research. Previous awards include medical equipment or equipment for use in research, or grants to cover travelling and subsistence expenses for doctors and students studying abroad.
However, in addition to its medical connection, the Foundation also supports initiatives for:
• Children and youth groups.
• The disabled.
• The countryside.
• The Arts.
• Sport.
• Carers groups, and
• Animal welfare.
In general, the Foundation gives preference to providing assistance with the launching and initial stages of new projects and filling in gaps/shortfalls.
Grants between £250 and £1,500 are normally awarded, although the Foundation generally doesn’t encourage building projects or salaries. Grants are only available to registered charities.
The Foundation normally distributes over £100,000 in grants each year. In the financial year ending 5 April 2014 the Foundation made 76 awards totalling £113,500.
The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.
The Trustees meet twice yearly to consider applications, usually in April and October.
If an appeal arrives too late for one meeting it will automatically be carried over for consideration at the following meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: the Foundation does not have a website. Further information is however available on the Charity Commission website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Mrs Lisa Rothwell-Orr
The Astor Foundation
PO BOX 168 Bideford
EX39 6WB

(Source: GRIN)

£1 million Aviva Community Fund Set to Launch across UK

The Aviva Community Fund offers funding to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local communities. To be eligible to apply, groups must be a not-for-profit organisation or group for community good, and have been in existence for at least six months. Projects must make a positive difference to people’s lives in one of the following categories:

   - Health, disability and wellbeing.
   - Supporting the younger generation.
   - Supporting the older generation.
   - Community support.

The Community Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote. Applicants are therefore encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible. Projects can be entered under four levels of funding:

   - Up to £1,000
   - Up to £5,000
   - Up to £10,000
   - Up to £25,000

Groups must have an average annual income of less than £5 million in the last three years to be eligible (less than £100,000 for the up to £1,000 level of funding). Groups have an increased chance of winning if an insurance broker or financial adviser submits their entry and supports them, as there is an additional set of awards especially for projects submitted by brokers and financial advisers.

The most-voted for projects asking for up to £1,000 will secure their funding immediately, while the projects with the most votes asking for up to £5,000 or more will go through to the Finals and be judged by Aviva's judging panel. In addition to the Awards listed above, 100 Helping Hand Prizes of £500 will be given out to projects submitted by Aviva customers, Aviva Investors clients, Aviva employees or any insurance brokers or financial advisers that are not successful in receiving one of the main Awards.

The public will be able to vote for their favourite projects from 1 May - 30 May 2015. A toolkit will be available on the Aviva website from 24 March onwards offering hints, tips and tricks for publicising projects and gathering support.

The deadline for project submissions is 24 April 2015.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Green Hall Foundation

Formerly known as the “Constance Green Foundation”, the Green Hall Foundation will open to applications on Friday 1st May 2015 and will close once 100 applications have been received.
Each financial year the Trustees nominate a specific charitable sector for support. The next sector is physically and mentally disabled and disadvantaged people aged 25 and over.
Only registered charities whose work falls within the specified sector may apply.
Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 are available.
PLEASE NOTE: in making grants some preference is given to charities operating in Yorkshire.  One-third of all grant awards are generally to projects in various parts of Yorkshire. This normally leaves around £200,000 available for projects elsewhere in the UK in a typical year.  The Foundation's record of grant allocations also indicate that charities operating at a national level are given some priority, although this does not appear to be exclusive.
During the year to 5 April 2014, 460 eligible applications for grants were considered.
99 grants were approved out of the income of the Foundation, totalling £337,000, of which:
o 82% (in value) was given to charities operating within the UK and
o 18% was awarded to UK charities undertaking charitable activities outside the UK. 
The principal charity sectors benefiting from the grants from income were:
o Disabled and Aged (35% of all grants awarded)
o Medical and Social Care (34%)
o Children and Young People (22%)
o Church and community projects (6%)
o Homelessness (4%)
Of the total grants given over 90% were made to assist special projects undertaken by the charities rather than to provide core funding.
Applications must be submitted online.
For further information, visit the Green Hall Foundation website.

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 13 March 2015


The Triangle Trust provides Development Grants up to £120,000 over 3 years for agencies that are supporting people in need within the UK.
Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% current annual income, whichever is lowest, per year up to a maximum of 3 years. The amount requested each year is expected to taper down as applicants develop other sustainable income streams.
Development Grants provide funds towards an organisation’s core costs so that sustainable income sources can be developed and the organisation’s income will not be reduced when the grant comes to an end.
Registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies that are working within the UK and have a UK office are eligible to apply.
Organisations must:
• Have a constitution whose primary purpose is to support unpaid carers (April deadline) or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders (November deadline);
• Be involved in providing direct practical support work, research projects or policy or campaigning work relevant to unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.
• Demonstrate in their application how they have expertise and a history of working with unpaid carers or offenders.
• Have some volunteer input.
• Have an annual income of less than £2million for the most recent financial year, although priority will be given to smaller organisations.
• Make a commitment to develop sustainable income streams during the grant period.
• Have evaluation systems for their work in place, and if not then part of the grant should be used to put a system in place.
2015 deadlines are:
• For organisations working with carers: 12 noon on 30 April 2015 ;
• For organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders: 12 noon on 5 November 2015
Application forms are available to complete online.
The application process is two-stage. Shortlisted applicants will be required to host a visit from the Triangle Trust and present their strategic plan for the next few years.
For further information about how to apply, visit theTriangle Trust website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund
Foundation House
2-4 Forum Place
Fiddlebridge Lane
Hatfield AL10 0RN 
(Source: GRIN)

Monday, 9 March 2015


Do you need some funding support?  Have you got an issue around governance?  Would you like to discuss potential project ideas?  Would your organisation like a health check?  Come along for an informal chat to see how we can support you on:

Thursday 19th March 2015                                       
PAVO offices, Llandrindod Wells               
10 – 3pm

To make an appointment please contact PAVO on 01597 822191 to book a place

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Spirit of Achievement Arts and Culture Challenge Fund

The Spirit of 2012 has launched the Spirit of Achievement Arts and Culture Challenge Fund to increase the participation of disabled people in artistic and cultural activities across the UK.
Spirit of 2012 is an independent Trust, established with a £47 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to ensure the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games is felt across the UK.
Grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 are available to charities, voluntary and community organisations, Social Enterprises, and Community Interest Companies in the UK to create opportunities to enable disabled people to participate in arts and cultural activities, individually and with their families.
Arts and cultural activities is defined in the broadest terms and can include:
o Visual art,
o Craft,
o Writing,
o Literature,
o Music,
o Dance, and
o Performance arts.
Spirit uses the social model definition of disability which includes those with learning disabilities, mental health problems and long term life-limiting conditions.
Projects should:
o Increase opportunities for disabled people to participate regularly in arts and cultural activities.
o Provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people (particularly families) to participate in activities together.
o Provide regular and sustained opportunities for participation (not one off activities).
o Provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to volunteer together to deliver those activities.
o Provide disabled and non-disabled volunteers with training and skills that both ensure a high quality volunteering experience and boost employability.
o Address a clearly identified and evidenced need, reflecting current public health priorities and including the views of potential beneficiaries.
o Articulate a clear vision of how the project will impact beyond the life of Spirit’s funding.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 20 April 2015.
For further information, visit the Spirit of 2012 website.
(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Prince's Trust Countryside Fund

The Prince's Countryside Fund – Spring Round Now Open with £800,000 for UK Rural Initiatives

The Prince's Countryside Fund was established to support the sustainability and protection of farms and rural communities throughout the UK. The aim of the funding is to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities, helping those that live and work there to sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.

The budget for the spring round is £800,000 with grants of up to £50,000 available to not-for-profit organisations, charities, Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee, and Unincorporated Associations. Funding is for a maximum of three years and for a maximum grant of £50,000 per project.

Grants must result in outcomes that directly relate to the Fund's objectives to:

   - Improve the viability of British farming targeting the areas of greatest need.
   - Improve the sustainability of rural communities targeting the areas of greatest need.

Projects must focus on at least one of the following three key countryside issues:

   - Developing Thriving Rural Communities by improving service provision in rural areas. Projects should provide innovative solutions to deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy, such as empowering communities to provide village services or create business hubs and employment for local people.
   - Transforming Rural Livelihoods by supporting rural enterprise and farming businesses. Projects should focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm and rural enterprises with the aim of halting the decline of the rural economy, for example by providing rural businesses with support and advice or supporting farmer led initiatives.
   - Creating the Farmers of the Future by providing training opportunities for young people and the unemployed. Projects should help improve skills and increase opportunities of taking up rural careers, in particular in farming, with the aim of helping people to remain within and contribute to the rural economy, for example, training opportunities and apprenticeship schemes that inspire and enable new entrants to consider a career in farming.

The deadline for applications is 9 April 2015.

Powys Funding Needs - Institute of Fundraising

Powys Funding group?

the Institute of Funding Cymru is holding a meeting facilitated by PAVO on 17th March 2pm, at their office in Ddole Road.

The purpose is to see how the  Institute of Funding Cymru can best use its support from its current Lottery funded project to support organisation in Powys improve and develop their fundraising. 

Some of the questions we would like to know includes:
Is their sufficient interest in a network for Powys?
What courses would organisations like?
How often should a support network meet?
What specific topics would you like a network to cover?

If you would like to attend the meeting please contact Jon at PAVO

Monday, 2 March 2015


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:-
  1. Creating Opportunities
  2. Millennium Volunteers
  3. International

GwirVol grant strands:

  • 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

For more information go to: