Friday, 30 September 2016

Free online guide to more than 180,000 historical grants

Free online guide to more than 180,000 historical grants: An online tool to let charities search more than 180,000 grants awarded over the past dozen years has been developed by a transparency charity, with the backing of large UK’s foundations.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Bags of Help – The community grant scheme from Tesco

Bags of Help – The community grant scheme from Tesco
Groundwork is working with Tesco to encourage voluntary or community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers across North Wales to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to improve green spaces and increase community participation.
More information is attached. Please call Geraint Hughes at Groundwork North Wales on 01978 757524 for more information and to discuss if your project will be eligible.

Bags of Help – Cynllun grantiau cymunedol Tesco
Mae Groundwork yn gweithio gyda Tesco i annog mudiadau gwirfoddol neu gymunedol, ysgolion, cyrff iechyd, Cynghorau Plwyf/Tref, awdurdodau lleol a darparwyr tai cymdeithasol ar draws Gogledd Cymru i wneud cais am grant hyd at £5,000 i wella mannau gwyrdd a hybu cyfranogiad cymunedau.
Mae mwy o wybodaeth ynghlwm. Ffoniwch Geraint Hughes yn Groundwork Gogledd Cymru ar 01978 757524 i gael mwy o wybodaeth ac i holi a yw eich prosiect yn gymwys.
(Source: Groundworks)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Foundations increase grantmaking to £2.7bn

Foundations increase grantmaking to £2.7bn: Foundation grantmaking has increased despite pressure on incomes, according to this year’s annual Foundation Giving Trends report.

Heritage Lottery Fund launches £10m to improve youth engagement

Heritage Lottery Fund launches £10m to improve youth engagement: The Heritage Lottery fund has today launched a £10m pilot programme and is inviting groups of charities and other organisations to apply for funding.


The Prince's Countryside Fund has been 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 sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.
Community interest companies, companies limited by guarantee, charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, unincorporated associations operating in the UK can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £50,000 (inclusive of VAT) to a maximum period of three years.
Following a strategic review of the Fund's activities in March 2016, the objectives have changed.
The funding must result in things that directly relate to the Fund's current objectives of:
  • Improving the prospects of viability for family farm businesses. Projects should focus on developing stronger, more sustainable farm businesses and other rural enterprises with the aim of halting the decline of the rural economy.
  • Sustaining Rural Communities and driving Economic Vibrancy. Projects should provide innovative solutions to deliver assets and services that keep rural communities together and develop a more sustainable rural economy.
  • Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience. Projects should support farm businesses, rural businesses and communities to plan for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding or animal disease. Groups that are considering applying under this theme should contact the Fund's Grant Manager to discuss their proposed activity in more detail.
The Fund has specific funds available for the Autumn 2016 round to help the rural communities affected by the recent flooding following a series of storms over the winter. The Fund is actively seeking applications from organisations that are supporting farmers, rural businesses and communities to recover following the flooding or projects that are focused on assisting the recovery and future resilience in these rural areas, particularly Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Herefordshire, Northumberland and Scotland.
The deadline for applications is 13 October 2016.
Full details and an online application form can be found on The Prince's Countryside Fund website
Source: The Prince’s Countryside Fund, 19/09/2016

Monday, 26 September 2016

Ministry of Defence Covenant Fund

The Ministry of Defence Covenant Fund has four main priorities for 2016 to 2017:
1. Veterans’ Gateway;
2. Families in Stress;
3. Strengthening Local Government Delivery of the Covenant; and
4. Community Integration / Delivery of Local Services.
Priorities 2, 3 and 4 will be reviewed in two years’ time. Each priority has its own criteria, budget and application timescale.
£10 million is available each year for this fund.
The funding for each priority is as follows:
o Priority 1 Veterans' Gateway - a single grant of up to £2 million for a two-year project;
o Priority 2 Families in Stress - grants of between £20,001 and £300,000.
(PLEASE NOTE: Priorities 1 and 2 are currently closed to applications.)
o Priority 3 Strengthening Local Government Delivery of the Covenant - grants of between £20,000 and £500,000;
o Priority 4 Community Integration/Delivery of Local Services - grants of up to £20,000.
Eligibility for each of the two open priorities is as follows:
o Priority 3 Strengthening Local Government Delivery of the Covenant - A lead local authority in behalf of a cluster of local authorities.
o Priority 4 Community Integration / Delivery of Local Services - Registered charities, local authorities, schools, Community Interest Companies and Armed Forces units with a Unit Identification Number (UIN) can apply.
Applicants are expected to have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces community.
Applicants must work closely with their Local Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provision.
Guidance notes and expression of interest forms are available on the GOV.UK website.
There is a two stage application process.
The first step is to submit an expression of interest form.
Groups that are successful at this stage will be invited to submit a full application.
The completed expression of interest must be submitted online. Full details are in the guidance notes.
The funding rounds for Priorities 3 and 4 for 2016/17 are:
o Priority 3 Strengthening Local Government Delivery of the Covenant - closes at midday on Thursday 27 October 2016;

o Priority 4 Community Integration/Delivery of Local Services - closes at midday on Tuesday 2 November 2016.
Groups who wish to discuss their project are invited to send an email to the Grants Team at:
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Grants Team
Ministry of Defence
Room 222
Old War Office
London SW1A 2EU
Tel: 087 0607 4455

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 23 September 2016


 PAVO 2016 Conference and AGM 
8 November 10am – 3.30pm
 Cefn Lea Conference Centre, Newtown SY16 4AJ
We trust you will be able to be with us for our Annual Conference and General Meeting and that you will cascade this information through your organisation and via your networks.
 The theme of the conference is
The third sector role in Powys 
 There is increasing interest and commitment to ensuring that people and communities are supported to become more resilient and to prevent the need for more substantial support and help. 
The third sector has always been active in offering prevention & early intervention support. This conference seeks to further the cooperation and partnership between organisations and with public sector partners in relation to Powys’ citizens and communities. 
The afternoon session will provide an opportunity to influence specific strategies and plans currently being developed in Powys. 
Invitations will follow in due course. 

Nodyn dyddiadur
 Cynhadledd a ChCB PAVO 2016 
8 Tachwedd, 10.00am - 3.30pm
 Canolfan Gynhadledd Cefn Lea, Y Drenewydd SY16 4AJ
 Hyderwn y medrwch bod gyda ni ar gyfer ein Cynhadledd a Chyfarfod Cyffredinol Blynyddol ac y byddwch yn dosbarthu'r wybodaeth hon drwy eich sefydliad a thrwy eich rhwydweithiau.
 Thema'r gynhadledd yw
 Rôl y trydydd sector ym Mhowys
 Mae diddordeb cynyddol ac ymrwymiad i sicrhau bod pobl a chymunedau yn cael eu cefnogi i fod yn fwy gwydn ac i atal yr angen am gefnogaeth a chymorth mwy sylweddol.
Mae'r trydydd sector wastad wedi bod yn weithgar yn cynnig atal a chefnogaeth ymyrraeth gynnar. Mae'r gynhadledd hon yn ceisio hybu cydweithrediad a phartneriaeth rhwng sefydliadau a gyda phartneriaid yn y sector cyhoeddus o ran dinasyddion a chymunedau Powys.
 Bydd sesiwn y prynhawn yn gyfle i ddylanwadu ar strategaethau a chynlluniau penodol sy'n cael eu datblygu ar hyn o bryd ym Mhowys.
 Bydd gwahoddiadau dilyn maes o law.

Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust

The Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust's preference is to make grants for the care and improvements of conditions experienced by disadvantaged members of society both within the United Kingdom and overseas for whom the UK owes a duty of care.
This has included in the past organisations benefitting ex-service and service personnel, retired people and those who are unemployed. 
The trustees are keen to support small registered charities, particularly those that, by the nature of their work, find it difficult to attract funding.
In particular, The Trust wishes to fund projects that are hands-on, new and innovative, especially in the following fields:
o Social welfare;
o Accommodation and housing;
o Community facilities and activities;
o Protection of the environment and wildlife;
o Health and disability;
o Older people;
o Vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals;
o Justice and human rights;
o Service and ex-service men and women; and
o Special schools and special needs education and literacy.
Previously grants have ranged between £500 and £4,000. Match funding is not an essential requirement, although applicants are required to state what other funding has been secured for their project.
The trustees aim to make grants of at least £80,000 per annum.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not make donations to individuals. Neither is it likely to support the following types of application:
o Appeals for endowment or sponsorship;
o Overseas projects;
o The maintenance of buildings or landscapes;
o The provision of work or materials that are the responsibility of the state; and
o Charities whose administrative expenses are considered by the Trust to be excessive.
The Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust does not maintain a website or provide an email address or a telephone number.
Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Requests for funding should be made to the Trust in writing and with the applicant's latest set of accounts.
Applications should be no more than two pages of A4 and should include:
o Who you are;
o What you do;
o What distinguishes your work from others in your field?
o A description of the project that funding is being requested for;
o A business case and budget;
o Details of funds that have already been raised;
o How much you are seeking from the Trust;
o How the potential benefits of the project will be measured.
Contact details for the Trust, which meets twice a year to consider applications, are:
Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust
BM Box 2082
London WC1N 3XX  

(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Charities urge donors to give their first plastic £5 note to a good cause

Charities urge donors to give their first plastic £5 note to a good cause: A social media campaign is urging people to donate their first plastic £5 note to charity, after the new version entered circulation at the end of last week.


Postcode Local Trust is currently inviting applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment.
Organisations must complete an Online Application Form, which is only available through the website until the closing date of Friday September 30th at 5pm.

Registered charities* in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.

(*Please note that in order to apply for over £2,000 you must hold a current registration number with either the Charity Commission for England & Wales and/or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR))

Applicants will usually hear back around 10 weeks from the closing date of applications.

Examples of eligible projects would include: community gardens and growing spaces; habitat creation/preservation; outdoor, wildlife and environmental education; the creation of new green spaces; outdoor and path access improvements; community energy initiatives (e.g. solar panels for community-owned/charity buildings, micro-hydro schemes etc.).

For more information on eligibility and criteria, please visit the Applying for a Grant page and thoroughly read the Guidance Notes before applying:

(Source: Postcode Lottery)

Monday, 19 September 2016


The Big Lottery Fund has just announced that, because of the ‘huge success’ of the Fund, it will be allocating an extra £4.1 million of funding so that more groups can apply.
It has also announced that Celebrate UK has entered its final phase of funding, and the final deadline for all applications in all countries is midday on Friday 21 October 2016.  
The Celebrate UK fund provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to enable voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies to hold one off events and activities which give their community the chance to come together to mark something important.
This could be, for example, to commemorate a local historic event or simply an opportunity for neighboours to get to know each other better.
Eligible projects must demonstrate that they are open to everyone in the local community. Priority will be given to applications which show:
o Communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures;
o The proposed activity is something that the local community wants and is led by people within the community.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o The purchase of alcohol;
o Payment to third parties for their help with writing an application;
o New staff posts or existing staff costs that are already being funded (BIG can pay for sessional staff to deliver short term activities and existing staff to carry out project related activities additional to their current role, if they are the most appropriate people to deliver them);
o Vocational training;
o Activities that are publically funded;
o Projects better suited to other Lottery funders;
o Part funding for a major capital project and part funding a large revenue project when other funding is not secured;
o Costs that do not represent good value for money or that Big Lottery thinks are unreasonable. For example, registration or membership fees for existing clubs, loans, interest payments, general appeals, endowments or activities to raise funds for the applicant’s organisation;
o Religious or political activities;
o Large items that only benefit an individual. (A limited number of smaller commemorative items for example may be fundable; however, larger items such as equipment given to one person are not fundable.);
o Retrospective costs;
o Trips outside the UK;
o General running costs which are not part of the project (for example, rates, utility bills, rent and routine repairs and maintenance);
o Second hand vehicles; or
o Recoverable VAT.
To apply, groups must first check that they are eligible using Big Lottery’s eligibility checker (click on the 'How Can I Apply?' tab).
Those who are eligible will be sent a link to download an application form.
Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of expenditure (including original receipts, bank statements and accurate and comprehensive records relating to the project) for a term of seven years from the project end date.
The final deadline for applications in all countries is 12 noon onFriday 21 October 2016.
Contact details for the Big Lottery Fund are:

0300 123 0735 
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 16 September 2016

Road Safety Trust

The Road Safety Trust aims to support road safety research or practical interventions (focused upon education, engineering or enforcement approaches or a mixture of two or all of these) intended to reduce the numbers of people killed or injured on the UK’s roads.
Grants up to £100,000 are available over a period of up to three years.
PLEASE NOTE: applicants are required to provide some of the project costs from other sources.
Funding is available for projects that are innovative and will enhance the knowledge and practice of the road safety community.
Applicants should be able to give a clear indication of their project's benefit to road safety.
Successful applications will:
o Support the Road Safety Trust’s objectives by developing approaches, knowledge or learning around Road Safety;
o Have a clear statement of the project objectives and a good understanding of the Road Safety issues to be addressed;
o Aim to create a demonstrable benefit to the public regarding road safety;
o Have a project plan with clear milestones and, where appropriate, a clearly explained methodology;
o Have a research or project team able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the literature and skills to complete the project;
o Provide evidence of match funding;
o Have a clear breakdown of costs;
o Include a clear programme and timetable for evaluation of the achievement of the project objectives and impact;
o Involve any or all of the following: an element of innovation, partnership working and sustainability beyond the life of the project;
o Includes a plan for dissemination and publication of any results;
o Have the projects major outputs distributed in the form of published results not the commercial development of any product; and
o Include a clear explanation of why an application is being made to the Trust rather than elsewhere.
Education, enforcement and/or engineering approaches are likely to underpin successful applications. Examples of eligible activity may include trialling the impacts of new projects, including:
o Street layouts and/or features;
o Roads signing;
o Roads policing initiatives;
o Offender education schemes; and
o Tools likely to lead to the enhancement of road safety.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Applications with a clear profit motive;
o Applications focused on funding for services or activities previously funded in whole or in part by the applicant organisation(s) or a statutory body;
o Applications from individuals (unless they are part of a wider research team);
o Core funding requests;
o 100% of a project's total cost;
o Party political activity;
o Activity which is likely to be in breach of laws relating to equality or opportunity.
Applications are accepted from both public and professional UK organisations including charities and university departments.
Applications from private commercial enterprise, Community Interest Companies and not-for-profit businesses will be considered for funding for projects where the proposed activity is deemed to be charitable, for the benefit of the public and consistent with the principles of the Trust.
The Road Safety Trust’s online application portal can be accessed from the Trust’s website, applicants should include the following headings in their applications:
o Research and/or project objectives;
o Project deliverables;
o Road safety benefits to the road user community;
o Project methodology including ethical and privacy issues;
o Knowledge of the relevant literature or practice;
o Project structure and management, including a clear timetable for the project;
o Experience of the project team;
o Financial aspects, including a clear breakdown of costs and the proportion of total cost requested from the Trust;
o Plans for dissemination and/or publication;
o Proposed methods and timetable for evaluation of the achievement of the project’s objectives and impact;
o Innovation; and
o Next steps (for example, further development, replication of results, roll-out or the potential for sustainability).
The next application deadline is Friday 7 October 2016.
Further information is available from the Road Safety Trust’s website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Grants Team
The Road Safety Trust
11 Crosshills
Stony Stratford
Milton Keynes MK11 1HD
Tel: 01908 569971
(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Hate Crime Community Project

The aim of the one-off £300,000 Hate Crime Community Project Fund is to work with affected communities to develop a range of pilot projects that tackle hate crime, by funding the development of innovative projects supporting the delivery of the five key aims of the UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime.
The Home Office defines hate crime as acts that are motivated by hostility on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality and citizenship, religion, ethnicity and national origin), disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The five key aims of the Fund are:
1. Preventing hate crime – by challenging the beliefs and attitudes that can underline such crimes;
2. Responding to hate crime in communities – reducing the number of hate crime incidents;
3. Increasing the reporting of hate crime – while there has been an increase in all recorded hate crime, hate crime is still significantly under-reported;
4 Improving support for the victims of hate crime – this is crucial for increasing victims’ confidence to report incidents and enabling them to feel confident that the criminal justice system understands their needs; and
5. Building understanding of hate crime – if the drivers of hate crime are understood, all forms of hate crime can be effectively combatted.
The total budget for the fund is £300,000. The Home Office expects to fund between 6 and 8 projects, although fewer or more projects may be funded depending on the quality of proposals.
Grants of either £25,000 or £50,000 are available. Providing funding for projects that prevent hate crime is one of the actions included in the UK Government’s Action Against Hate - The UK Government’s Plan for Tackling Hate Crime.
Applications will be accepted from:
o Any registered English or Welsh charities;
o England Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs);
o Companies limited by guarantee;
o Not-for-profit registered Community Interest Companies (CICs);
o Constituted community and voluntary sector groups;
o Third sector/public sector partnerships provided the lead organisation bidding for the funding is not public sector or local government body.
A consortium project would have to be led by a charity or an organisation with a charitable purpose and can include charities, private companies and/or public sector bodies. If a consortium is proposed, the group must nominate a lead partner, to whom the Home Office would award the funding. It would be the responsibility of the lead organisation to make arrangements to distribute the funding and accountability among consortium partners.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate a good record of developing and/or delivering projects aimed (though not exclusively) at:
o Supporting victims of hate crime;
o Providing advocacy to groups affected by hate crime;
o Promoting community cohesion;
o Working with children and young people to prevent discriminatory attitudes and behaviour that could lead to hate crime;
o Empowering and supporting children and young people to challenge discriminatory attitudes and behaviour that could lead to hate crime;
o Countering hate narratives online using social media;
o Developing positive social narratives for young people;
o Engaging young people and adults in the positive use of social media;
o Increasing awareness of hate crime and how to report it through a range of social media;
o Supporting new and emerging communities;
o Tackling disadvantage and inequalities;
o Raising awareness of hate crime and encouraging target groups who under-report to come forward (eg, gypsy and traveller communities, disabled people);
o Tackling the harm and impact on the wider community caused by hate crime.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Groups which have been established for less than 12 months;
o Individuals or sole traders;
o Trips abroad; or
o Capital costs, including vehicle and building work. 
Applications will be accepted from Tuesday 13 September to 8pm on Friday 14 October 2016.
Guidance notes and an application form can be found on theGOV.UK website.
The completed application form should be submitted by email. However, applicants that do not have access to a computer may post a hard copy of the completed application form to the Home Office's Hate Crime and Legislation Team at:
Hate Crime and Legislation Team
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


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. This includes, under certain circumstances, other support and defence organisations and the Mercantile Marine.
Grants up to £50,000 are available for charitable organisations that have been operating for at least two years.
Projects must address at least one of the following themes:
o Employment and training;
o Support for families;
o Homelessness and outreach; and/or
o Supporting the elderly.
Grants 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.
To be eligible, applicants should:
o Be based in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland (please note: Scotland is not included in this scheme);
o Have a project that will be used for the sole benefit of ex-Service – or ‘beneficiaries’, that is ex-Service people, their 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, particularly that it has sound financial and organisational management.
The scheme does not support:
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 The 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. The deadline for Stage One applications is Friday 11 November 2016.
Stage One application forms are available to download from theRoyal British Legion’s website.
Successful Stage One applicants will be invited to fill in a Stage Two application form.
Contact details for the Royal British Legion are:
The Grants Officer
The Royal British Legion
Haig House
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA
Tel: 0203 207 2138

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 9 September 2016


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will open its new £10 million Kick the Dust grants programme on Friday 23rd September 2016.
The new fund is intended to support ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11 to 25 years.
Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million will be available for projects that take between 3 to 5 years to complete to consortia of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations.
The funding is intended to:
o Make heritage relevant to more and a greater diversity of young people, building on their needs and interests;
o Increase the ambition, scale and quality of youth engagement with heritage;
o Develop and embed sustainable, ongoing work with young people within heritage organisations; and
o Evidence the value of youth engagement with heritage.
Projects will also need to meet at least one of the HLF outcomes for heritage, for people and for communities.
There will be a mandatory project enquiry stage followed by a two round application process:
1.  The deadline for project enquiries will be Friday 2 December 2016;
2.  The deadline for first-round applications will be Monday 20 February 2017.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing pre-application information workshops across the UK in preparation for the launch of the programme.
Disappointingly, no workshops have been arranged in the South West of England, Neither has HLF provided information on webinars for those unable to attend a workshop.
The following free pre-application workshops have been arranged for potential applicants:
o Wednesday 28 September - London;
o Friday 30 September - Edinburgh;
o Wednesday 5 October - Cardiff;
o Thursday 6 October - Manchester;
o Monday 10 October - Nottingham;
o Tuesday 11 October - Newcastle;
o Tuesday 18 October - Birmingham; and
o Monday 24 October - Belfast.
It is necessary to reserve a place in order to attend an event, and this can be done via Eventbrite.
 A limited number of places are available which will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
The Kick the Dust grant guidelines for will be published on theHLF website on Friday 23 September 2016.
If you’d like to ask whether a pre-application workshop could be arranged in the South West region or would just like further information about Kick the Dust or other HLF programmes, contact information for the South West office is:
The Heritage Lottery Fund
3rd Floor
Balliol House
Southernhay Gardens
Exeter EX1 1NP
Tel: 01392 223 950
(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Deadline October 14

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales - Invest Programme Open

The Invest Programme is open to Round 4 applications from charities and CIOS in England and Wales.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales provides funding to enable charities and CIOS in England or Wales to break or prevent the cycle of disadvantage.
The Invest Programme’s funding is intended for longer term core or direct delivery funding for charities which are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life.
Funding is available for core organisational costs which are related to the day to day running of the charity. Consideration will only be given to requests for core costs where over 50% of the charity's work and expenditure meets the Foundation's criteria. Funding is also available for costs associated with the direct delivery of the charity's work.
Grants are available for between £10,000 and £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period of up to six years in total.
The Foundation has announced that due to the unavailability of the local Grant Manager, Invest applications will NOT be accepted from the following places until 2017:
  • East of England.
  • London Boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Haringey, Enfield, Barnet.
 Round 4 is open to applications with a deadline of 14 October 2016 (5pm).

Deadline October 1st

Latest news

07/09/2016 - Nuffield Foundation’s Children and Families Grant Programme - October Deadline Reminder

Through its Children and Families programme, Nuffield Foundation funds research and innovation projects relating to child welfare and development, and child protection.
The Nuffield Foundation’s Children and Families programme funds projects to help ensure that social policy and the institutions governing family life in the UK are best adapted to meet the needs of children and families. The Foundation is currently accepting outline applications until 1 October 2016.
Charitable or non-profit making (including research institutes and universities) based in the UK can apply for grants to support research in the following areas:
Child Welfare and Development
  • Exploration of the factors affecting children’s welfare and cognitive and social development, and the institutional responses that may be appropriate.
  • Child development beyond the early years through to adolescence, particularly adolescent mental health and social and behavioural development, and the factors promoting or delaying successful transitions from formal education to work and productive adult life.
  • Family structures and approaches to parenting – including parental working patterns – and the implications of these for family life and children’s wellbeing. This includes the formation of new family types, the contribution of inter-parental relationships, the different roles played by biological and social parents, kinship care, and the well-being of children growing up in adverse family conditions. The Foundation are particularly interested in the factors that contribute to effective parenting and the outcomes of children who experience different types of parenting.
  • Partnership formation and dissolution and the consequences for childhood outcomes, for example the impact on family resources or the arrangements for child maintenance and parenting. The Foundation are particularly keen to ensure there is better information about the contribution that fathers and other co-parents make to parenting, given that they are missing from, or under-represented in, most of the relevant surveys (such as Understanding Society and the birth cohort studies).
Early Years Education and Childcare
  • The quality and cost of childcare provision and the way childcare is best assessed and delivered; the relationship between childcare quality and deprivation; and the role of informal childcare.
  • Development and testing of emerging approaches to improve child outcomes, such as parenting programmes, literacy programmes and approaches to enhance early language development. The Foundation are also interested in the impact of take-up of nursery provision on later outcomes.
  • The application of emerging (social) science evidence to improve on the design of programmes for very young children (aged 1-3). The Foundation want to know whether it is possible to better combine the learning from educational research (e.g. on very early oral language, literacy and numeracy skills development) and social developmental research (e.g. on behaviour management and approaches to ‘self control’) to inform the design and delivery of new programmes to improve child outcomes.
  • Better understanding of why the costs of childcare have risen, and how far this relates only to the price parents pay, or also reflects underlying cost drivers? The Foundation are also interested in international comparisons on the balance of state and private funding, and the operation and regulations of childcare markets.
  • Empirical work to identify which mechanisms (such as quality assessment/inspection regimes, qualifications, curricula, interventions) are most effective in improving quality in the early years workforce;and how these mechanisms are best and most cost-effectively combined for each age group.
  • The extent to which social segregation in early years provision may reinforce social and economicinequalities; and whether more can be done to improve access to, take-up of, and parental engagement with early years education by the most disadvantaged groups in society.
Child Protection
  • Exploration of issues relating to the child protection system, including adoption, fostering and kinship care. The Foundation want to know how well the needs of children growing up in adverse conditions are met by the social services designed to help them, and to identify areas for improvement to protection and placement services for adoption and fostering.
  • Better understanding of the underlying drivers (social, structural and institutional) which affect the numbers of children in, and on the margins, of the looked-after system.
  • The quality and role of scientific evidence in the practice of children’s social work and opportunities for intervention to improve the use of evidence.
  • The operation and design of the wider system, including the configuration of children’s services; the quality and professional development of the children’s services workforce; and how effective interventions can become embedded or scaled up.
Grants normally range in size from £10,000 up to £350,000, with most lying between £50,000 and £200,000.
The Foundation also considers larger grants but these are exceptional and often take longer to process. It also occasionally makes smaller grants for pilots or research and development work that may cost less than £10,000.
Most projects funded are under four years in duration.
The deadline for outline applications is 10 October 2016.

The Wales Business Fund

The new £136 million Wales Business Fund, backed by the EU and Welsh Government, is exciting news for Welsh businesses.

How can the fund help?

The new fund supports SMEs based in Wales or willing to relocate. It can:
  • Provide business loans and equity packages from £50,000 up to £2 million.
  • Back start-ups, established SMEs and start-up/early stage tech ventures
  • Support businesses across a wide range of sectors

Local business breakfasts launch

To introduce the fund as well as other funds we manage Finance Wales is holding a series of local breakfast launches for SMEs and intermediaries.
At the events, you will be able to meet and network with local Finance Wales’ investment staff and representatives from xénos, the Wales Business Angel Network, as well as with other intermediaries and businesses. Speakers include Finance Wales CEO Giles Thorley plus local business owners.
Parc y Scarlets, LlanelliWednesday 21st September 20168:00amClick here to register
Redhouse, Merthyr TydfilThursday 22nd September 20168:00amClick here to register
Faenol Fawr Hotel, St AsaphWednesday 28th September 20168:00amClick here to register
The National Library of Wales, AberystwythThursday 29th September 20168:00amClick here to register

We are also offering pre-bookable one-to-one surgeries with our investment executives after each event.

To arrange a session or for more information on events please contact
 (Source: Finance Wales)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


Aviva Community Fund Project Submissions open September 13th!

Do you have an idea for a project that would make a real difference in your community? Or is there already something happening in your local area that would benefit from extra funding? The Aviva Community Fund is back to support good ideas making a real difference where it matters most.

There are four funding levels on offer, from £1,000 to up to £25,000. To apply, tell Aviva how your project will make a positive change in one of these areas:
  • Health, disability and well-being.
  • Supporting the younger generation.
  • Supporting the older generation.
  • Sport in the community.
  • Environmental projects in association with the Daily-Mirror
  • Community support.
Click here to read more and apply.

The Community Fund process
  1. The Community Fund applications will be open from 13 September - 11 October.
  2. Voting will open on 21st October - 18 November.
  3. Aviva will announce the finalists on 22 November and the winners will be announced on 10 January.
For more information, Aviva have created a useful project submission guide and terms and conditions to help you with your applications that can be foundhere.

Get the community behind you

Once you’ve put your entry in, it’s up to you to spread the word to friends, family and neighbours to gather votes for your project. Everyone who registers gets 10 votes. Voters can spread their 10 votes around or use all 10 to really get behind one project.

Giving projects the funding they deserve

For requests of up to £1,000, the finalists’ submitted projects will receive the funding they want, subject to due diligence. For all other funding levels, the panel of judges will review the finalists’ entries to decide on the winning applications.

If you have any questions, please contact Aviva directly on

(Source: AVIVA) 

Lloyds Bank Investment Programme

The Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest Programme provides longer term core or direct delivery funding for charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage. 
Grants are available for between £10,000 and £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period of up to six years in total.
Organisations must be working with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the following critical points in their life:
Offending: on release or prior to release from prison or at the start or on completion of a community sentence;
Children leaving the care of a local authority to live independently on leaving local authority care;
People moving from community based or institutional carefor mental ill health on leaving institutional care or moving on from or a reduction in support from Community Mental Health Teams;
Unemployment - from a period of unemployment of at least six months for those furthest away from the labour market;
Homelessness/vulnerably housed - from a position of having no accommodation (or being vulnerably housed);
Independent living for those with a learning disability on leaving the care of the family home or a residential establishment;
Dependency on alcohol, drugs, or gambling at the point when an individual decides to break or reduce their dependency;
Abusive or exploitative relationships - domestic violence when an individual decides to remove themselves from or assert themselves within an abusive/exploitative relationship;
Trafficking or sexual exploitation - at the point an individual is able to remove themselves from a trafficked or exploited situation or at the point an individual decides they are able to address the impacts of being exploited or trafficked;
Refugees and asylum seekers - from the point of arrival in the UK or on granting of refugee status;
Parenthood for young parents - for young parents aged under 21 on becoming parents;
Those taking on caring responsibilities - (a) at the point of taking on the long term caring of a friend or relative; (b) at the point of transition from a long term caring situation; or (c) experiencing significant change in the circumstances of the carer or cared for person; and
Older people losing independence – at the point they need additional support to continue living independently or at the point of transition to residential care.
Funding is available for core organisational costs which are related to the day to day running of the charity.  Funding is also available for costs associated with the direct delivery of the charity's work.
Core costs include: o Building running costs; o Rent; o Utilities; o Heating and lighting; o Insurance; o Office costs; o Stationery; o IT running costs; o Management costs; o Salaries or contribution to managers; and o Finance/admin/back office. 
Direct delivery costs include: o Salaries; o Recruitment; o Sessional workers; o Volunteer expenses; o Travel; o Training; o Monitoring and evaluation; o Promotion; and o Activity costs.
Funding is not available for:
o Organisations that are not registered with the Charity Commission;
o Community Interest Companies;
o Second or third tier organisations, unless there is evidence of direct services to individuals with multiple disadvantage;
o Charities whose primary purpose is to give funds to individuals or other organisations;
o Hospitals, health authorities or hospices;
o Rescue services;
o Nurseries, pre-schools or playgroups;
o Schools, colleges or universities;
o Animal charities;
o Charities working outside England and Wales;
o Medical care or medical research;
o On-line or telephone advice service;
o Events and short term interventions including holidays, expeditions and trips;
o Activities for which a statutory body is responsible;
o Capital purchases or building work. This includes IT, building work, purchase of vehicles and equipment etc.;
o Environmental, arts based or sports activities. However, consideration will be given to requests from charities that use these activities as part of the transition process;
o The promotion of religion. This does not exclude organisations that may have a religious element to them as long as their charitable objectives show a wider benefit other than just religion and they are working with the identified groups through transition points;
o Loan repayments;
o Sponsorship or funding towards an appeal;
o Work that has already taken place;
o Evaluation which is not related to the funded work;
o Professional qualifications;
o Professional fundraisers or bid writers; or
o Redundancy payments.
The deadline for applications to Round 4 of the Invest Programme is 5pm on Friday 14 October 2016.
Announcement of successful applicants will be in mid-April 2017.
Applicants must first complete the online eligibility checklistand then register their details to access the online Expression of Interest form.
If the Expression of Interest form is approved, a Grant Manager will arrange a visit to discuss the application.
For further information, visit the Lloyds Foundation website.
Contact details for the Invest Programme are:
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
Pentagon House
52-54 Southwark Street
London SE1 1UN
Tel: 0870 411 1223

(Source: GRIN)