Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations, including charities and trusts, community, voluntary and friends-of groups, companies limited by guarantee, community and parish councils, Community Interest Companies and social enterprises have one month left to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000.
Organisations that do not have a bank account or constitution already in place, but who want to use a Start-up grant to help them do so, will need to ask an existing not-for-profit organisation to make the application and accept the funding on their behalf.
The funding can pay for activities that:
- Make a difference to people, heritage and communities in the UK.
- Have not yet started.
- Will last no more than one year.
Examples of the types of activity that can be funded, include, but are not limited to:
- Transfer of heritage to community ownership:
- Research into the needs and interests of local people and how they want the heritage to be used.
- Research into the use and management of other similar heritage sites to learn how they have been successful.
- Training, mentoring and other opportunities for group members to develop relevant skills.
- Advice on preparation of a business plan.
- Commission a specialist to conduct a condition survey to identify what repair or conservation is needed.
- Setting up a new heritage group.
- Specialist advice on a suitable constitution.
- Research into what activities local people would be interested in taking part in.
- Commission advice and support in creating a robust plan for the first year’s activities.
- Room hire for the first year’s activities.
- Building capacity and skills of a new friends group.
- Advice on a suitable constitution and/or partnership agreement.
- Advice on business related issues, such as VAT.
- Advice on developing a sustainable fundraising strategy.
From 28 July 2016, the soon-to-be-announced new Resilient Heritage programme will accept applications for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for activities currently supported through Start-up Grants programme.
The final deadline for applications to the Start-Up Grants programme is 27 July 2016 (5pm).