Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Research Assistant Opportunity

Sent on behalf of Wales Public Services 2025

Hello everyone

We are looking for a Research Assistant to help us with our work. This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding researcher. The vacancy is now open on the Cardiff University website – The vacancy reference is 5469BR.

The successful candidate will work alongside our Research Associate Dr Daria Luchinskaya and the programme director Michael Trickey. The Programme works closely with UK and Welsh think tanks such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Health Foundation, the Public Policy Institute for Wales and we are planning to add more organisations to this list in the future. The Programme’s goal is to produce independent and high quality evidence and analysis which can be trusted and informs public policy and debate in Wales about public services and public finances. The Research Assistant will have opportunities to contribute to publication in high quality journals and achieve a significant impact on policy decisions. Hosted by Cardiff Business School, Wales Public Services 2025 is a unique partnership between Cardiff University and five national bodies.

I would be grateful if you would publicise this as widely as possible. I shall also be using twitter and anything else available. Please find attached an image that may be of help. 

Many thanks for your help.

Frances Riggs
Wales Public Services 2025
Tel: 029 20870913


The Joron Charitable Trust

The Joron Charitable Trust aims to support registered charities undertaking charitable projects. In particular, the Trust wishes to support projects in the fields of:
o Education; and
o Medical research.
Other charities that can demonstrate a grant can be used effectively are also supported.
Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £230,000. Match funding is not required. The Trust makes very few grant awards each year so this is a highly competitive application process.
During the year ending 31 March 2015 the Trust awarded 9 grants and donations (2014: 7) totalling £308,477 (2014: £218,613). The average grant was approximately £10,000, excluding a single award of £230,000 last year (see below).
Previous grant awards have included:
The Wilderness Foundation - for the protection of wilderness areas by teaching people about benefits (£230,000);
The Carers Trust - to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who ill, frail, disabled or has mental health (£25,000);
Nightingale Hammerson - the provision of residential, nursing, dementia &respite care (£15,000); and
Dance Ability - Providing dance classes, recreational and public performances for those with learning difficulties to improve social and communication skills (£10,000).
Applying organisations must be a UK registered charity.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
There is no formal application procedure. Applications should be made in writing to:
Bruce Jarvis
The Joron Charitable Trust
115 Wembley Commercial Centre
East Lane
Northe Wembley
Middlesex HA9 7UR
Tel: 020 8908 4655
(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Today is Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

What will you be doing??

JustGiving trials contactless donation app

It will be interesting to see how this develops:

(Source: Civil Society)


The Stock Exchange Veterans began life as a football team in 1958. Although the only qualification for selection was to enjoy football, many talented players with a wide variety of honours have starred for the Veterans over the years, leading to the Veterans becoming a fundraising charitable trust (no. 211359) with the following aims:
“To assist, in every manner possible, persons in distress, by making grants, either directly or through other institutions”.
No minimum or maximum award levels are published by the Trust. However during 2015-16 the Trust allocated grants totalling £84,565 to 70 applicants. The average grant was therefore slightly over £1,200.
Awards suggest a preference for funding charities that benefit children and have previously included:
A list of all organisations funded during 2015/16 can be found on the charity’s website.
Applications may be made at any time. PLEASE NOTE: only UK registered charities may apply.
Applications should be made using the online request form available on the Stock Exchange Veterans website.
Contact details for the Veterans are:
Mr Michael Dedman
Stock Exchange Veterans
53 Rayleigh Road
CM13 1AJ
Tel: 01277 261453 

(The charity does not provide an email address.) 
(Source: GRIN)

Monday, 28 November 2016


The National Churches Trust is currently offering funding to help churches address small problems before they turn into large repairs.
Grants of between £1,000 and £2,500 are available. Match funding of at least 50% is required. Applicants are expected to have raised the 50% of the total project cost before applying.
The funding is for urgent and essential structural repair projects to buildings that were originally built as churches.
Applications for listed buildings of all ages will be considered. Applicants should show that their inspecting architect is aware of, and in approval of the works, and have two quotes from contractors.
Applicants are expected to achieve at least one of the following:
o Heritage in better condition; and
o Churches will be more sustainable.
The following types of project are eligible for funding:
o Addressing access issues to high level to allow volunteers or professionals to perform regular inspections or maintenance of roofs and rainwater goods;
o Introducing improvements to rainwater systems, such as introducing overflow spouts or installing wider-diameter gutters and downpipes;
o Removing inappropriate vegetation growth from buildings that threatens historic fabric or rainwater management systems;
o Replacing faulty or damaged gutter systems;
o Repairing or enhancing damaged or inadequate ground drainage;
o Investigating, repairing or installing soakaways;
o Addressing lost, damaged or slipped roof tiles;
o Addressing pest infestations;
o Renew, re-fix or repair flashings;
o Replace broken floor tiles;
• Addressing masonry/brickwork issues and repointing;
o Fitting new louvres and bird mesh in tower openings; or
o Internal repairs to ceilings and walls.
Funding is not available for the following:
o Buildings that have been converted into places of worship, such as shops, offices or houses;
o Chapels within hospitals, hospices, schools or prisons or other such institutions;
o Projects that have started before the application was submitted;
o Construction of new places of worship or separate structures;
o Works to cathedral buildings;
o Works to buildings that were not originally constructed as a place of worship;
o Works to an existing building that is separate from the existing place of worship (even if it is on the same site, a church hall, or owned by the church);
o Repairs to or scheduled maintenance of clocks, organs, wall paintings, bells, monuments, fittings and fixtures, solar panels or boilers;
o Works to boundary walls, paths, churchyards or car parks;
o Regular inspection surveys; and
o Training in maintenance skills/knowledge.
Applications will be accepted from churches, chapels and meeting houses of any age, as long as they are open for public worship. In the case of buildings that have been closed to the public, there must be plans to reopen the building for public worship and a congregation waiting to use the building.
The Trust will consider places of worship in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.PLEASE NOTE: priority will be given to North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Congregations can be of any denomination that is a member or associated member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Unitarian buildings may also be considered.  
The 2017 deadlines for application are:
o Wednesday 4 January 2017;
o Wednesday10 May 2017; and
o Wednesday 6 September 2017.
An application form and guidance notes can be downloaded from the National Churches Trust's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The National Churches Trust
7 Tufton Street
London SW1P 3QB
Tel: 020 7222 0605
(Source: GRIN)


Don’t be put off by its title, the Birmingham Bodenham Trust can be applied to by individuals and voluntary and community organisations across the UK, especially for projects that have an element of innovation.
Grant awards are intended to support organisations providing specialist equipment or care provision for people with special educational needs who are under the age of 19.
Special educational needs include, in this instance;
o Communication and learning difficulties;
o Deafness;
o Blindness;
o In a wheelchair; and
o Autism.
In particular, the Trust wishes to fund projects with the following themes:
o Education and training;
o Recreational activities; and
o The medical treatment or care.
Micro-grants are available for special facilities and equipment. The Trust’s total annual charitable expenditure is normally between £20,000 and £40,000.  
Grants can be used to help with costs related to:
o Summer schools;
o Specialist equipment;
o IT equipment;
o Toys;
o Books;
o Course fees; and
o Holidays and trips.
Applicants must complete an application form, which should be requested directly from the Trust.
Previous applicants may re-apply, however any previous funding received from the Bodenham Trust in the past five years will be considered by the Trust when making a decision.
Applications are considered at quarterly Trust meetings, and applicants will be informed of the decision in writing.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Jackie Crowley
The Birmingham Bodenham Trust
Finance (WS)
PO Box 16306
Birmingham B2 2XR
Tel: 0121 464 3928
(Source: GRIN)


The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has created a new £800,000 fund to support local areas in England and Wales that are seeking to develop a joined-up, multi agency approach to improve support for female offenders and other women with complex needs who may be at risk of offending.
£200,000 will be available in each of the financial years from 2016 to 2017 through to 2019 to 2020. The maximum grant is likely to be in the region of £70,000.
Bids can be made for funding over two or more years. Bids will also be considered for one-year funding in 2016 to 2017, to support preparatory work in areas that are at the early stages of development. All funding must be spent in the financial year that it is allocated.
Projects must start by 1 March 2017 and deliver a sustainable, embedded multi-agency service to provide effective support to female offenders throughout their offender journey, and to women at risk of offending, including serious offending.
Whole System Approach (WSA - a useful explanation can be found HERE) models should identify, address and suggest solutions to barriers to female offenders (and other women with complex needs) from engaging effectively with services, which may include a single needs assessment, sequencing access to services, data sharing between agencies, and shared budgets/outcomes.
This may be slightly out of date, but the MoJ has a guide to working with women offenders. Called 'A Distict Approach', the guide is available via this LINK.
To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
1. The applicant should demonstrate how the project will establish a sustainable multi-agency approach to support female offenders throughout their offender journey, which will enable the delivery of the key aims of the whole system approach, namely:
o Targeted support for female offenders and those at risk of offending, many of whom are vulnerable and have complex needs;
o Reductions in the reoffending rate of female offenders, including women assessed as high risk;
o Reductions in the number of women going to court;
o Reductions in the number of women going to prison on short sentences;
o Wider social benefits, including reductions in demand on services and the potential impact of chaotic lifestyles on children, through improved outcomes for identified needs amongst this cohort (e.g. domestic violence and sexual abuse; mental and other health issues; substance misuse; accommodation; finance and debt; education/training needs and employment; learning difficulties and disabilities issues); 
2. Funding should be used to help unlock further financial investment and other support to establish and embed a whole system approach for female offenders that is scale-able and sustainable; 
3. Projects should be transformative in the local area (ie, funding should be used to provide additionality rather than to support current work, unless it will test a new way of working or other new element), and should contribute to early intervention and diversion out of the criminal justice system or custody, where appropriate; 
4 Applications should set out how lessons learnt and outcomes for the women supported will be captured and shared with the Ministry of Justice and other local areas to inform understanding of what works, value for money, and good practice; 
5. Projects must engage with the Ministry of Justice’s Justice Data Lab (JDL) to measure the local WSA’s impact on proven reoffending, where the JDL team deem this feasible; and
6. Bids should set out the strength and breadth of local partnerships. They should evidence the ability of the applicant/lead delivery agency to lead development of a multi-agency approach and to gain buy-in from other partners, including the voluntary and community sector, and key statutory partners such as local authorities, health providers, the police, Police and Crime Commissioners, the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies; women’s prisons and Job Centres.
An application form and the guidance document, which provides further details of the scheme, eligibility criteria and advice for applicants, can be found on the GOV.UK website.
The completed application form must be returned by email to the Female Offender Policy Team. The forms should be completed electronically, printed and then signed manually. Scanned copies should then be returned via email in PDF format. Forms that have not been completed electronically will not be accepted. 
The application deadline is 12 noon on Monday 30 January.
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Female Offender Policy Team
The Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
London SW1H 9AJ
Tel: 020 3334 3555
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 25 November 2016

Tender for Direct Services Support Service

Powys County Council is currently tendering for the provision of the Direct Services Support Service contract for Powys for 2017-2020.

"The Service relates to the delivery of Direct Payments Support Service for adults/people in Powys over the age of 18 who are eligible or receive a direct payment. The Powys vision is to work together to meet the needs of Powys citizens. By Commissioning the delivery of a high quality Direct Payments Support Service that will improve health and well-being of the people of Powys, we can work towards meeting that vision, supporting people in the community to live fulfilled lives."

Any organisations interested in this tender should register their interest upon the etenderwales online portal at: in order to access the full tender documentation.

The deadline for submission of bids for the contract is 12 noon on 9 December 2016.

If your organisation has an interest in this tender, either independently or in partnership with others,and would like support to undertake a bid please feel to contact PAVO at: or 01597 822191.

Monday, 21 November 2016

THE SODEXO FOUNDATION STOP HUNGER CAMPAIGN - Grants for UK or Irish charities which help to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, promote healthy eating and lifestyles or support basic life skills such as cooking

Sodexo is a French food services and facilities management company that is one of the world's largest multinational corporations, with 420,000 employees that represent 130 nationalities and are present on 34,000 sites in 80 countries.
Sodexo offerings range from self-service food services that include staff restaurants, catering, executive dining, vending, and meal delivery, to integrated facilities management services.
The Sodexo Foundation is the registered charity behind the Stop Hunger campaign in the UK.
Stop Hunger in the UK & Ireland supports charities that:
o Tackle hunger and malnutrition;
o Promote healthy lifestyles; and
o Develop life skills such as cooking.
The Foundation does not consider requests for grant funding outside of these aims. However, if you are involved in or know of a charity that delivers activities against these objectives, it is encouraged to apply for a Stop Hunger grant.
Previous grant awards have ranged from £1,500 to £120,000. However, first time applicants can only apply for a maximum of £10,000.
Past awards have included:
FareShare – re-distributing surplus food, destined for landfill, to local charities and community groups across the UK;
Coram – educating vulnerable children, young people and their families about nutrition, wellbeing and exercise in Salford;
Focus Ireland - supporting homeless people in Dublin by providing a hot, nutritious meal;
Outward Bound – using the outdoors to educate disadvantaged children on the value of health and nutrition in developing their skills for education, work and life in Salford and Scotland;
Arbelour - bringing families together to learn to cook in Aberdeen.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
The 3-page application form can be downloaded from the Sodexo Foundation website (see bottom right for the link).
For further information visit the Sodexo Foundation website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Edwina Hughes
Corporate Responsibility Manager
Sodexo Ltd.
1 Southammpton Row
London !C1B 5HA
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 18 November 2016

5 top tips for charity proposal writing,4L6K0,BLQRKI,H1HJ7,1

(Source: Directory of Social Change)


Transform Foundation

The Transform Foundation is offering grants to charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK that need money to build a website with particular interest in applications outside of London.
The Transform Foundation is a registered charity whose money comes from philanthropists and trusts with an interest in improving the not-for-profit sector’s use of digital.
The Foundation's first grant opportunity is aimed at UK registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations with a social mission that require investment ‘to build an amazing web presence’.
The technology partner for the Website Grant programme is Raising IT who will design and build the website on the Raising IT platform.
Grants of £18,000 are available to cover strategy, design and development to build an 'amazing' website. The grants will cover 100% of the upfront costs which means that grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs.
UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK are welcome to apply. The Foundation is particularly keen to receive applications from outside London as it has already received a ‘disproportionately high number of applications from within London’ and it wishes ‘to ensure it supports a geographically diverse range of charities’.
Small to medium-sized charities and other not-for-profit organisations with a social mission (including, for example Community Interest Companies) based and working in the UK can apply.
To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate.)
  • Be able to show that their website is getting in the way of their fundraising and marketing.
  • Have the potential for a bigger income by raising more money and impact by reaching more supporters.
There is a two-stage application process.
Stage 1 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until at least the first half of 2017. Deadlines for the subsequent stages will be provided during the application process.

(Source: Powys 4 Communities)

BIG's Rural Programme - Community Grants Opens to Welsh VCSE Groups

The Community Grants scheme is accepting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations aiming to tackle rural poverty in the rural communities (populations of less than 10,000 people) in the Welsh Local Authority areas of: Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire.
Approximately £2 million is available in the first round. Grants of between £10,000 and £350,000 are available.
To be successful, Community Grants projects should meet the following outcomes:
  • Rural communities are brought together to map the strengths and opportunities within their community.
  • Rural communities are empowered to develop their own solutions to address poverty.
  • Learning is captured and shared to inform future community development in rural areas.
Projects will need to undertake the following activities:
  • Engagement and communications.
  • Community development.
  • Evaluation and knowledge sharing.
  • Working with the Big Lottery Fund.
Although the programme is mainly for revenue funding which can cover the operating costs of the project as well as a contribution to the organisation's overheads, capital costs of up to 10% of the overall project budget will be considered.
The deadline for Round 1 application is 3 April 2017 (1pm).

(Source: BIG Lottery) 

Campaign to donate first new £5 note has raised up to £12.5m, says CAF poll

This is absolutely astonishing, goes to show the power of social media:

(Source: Civil Society)

Fundraising Regulator says levy raised £500,000 in October

(Source: Civil Society)

Thursday, 17 November 2016


The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust was founded in 1993 with the specific aim of encouraging and enabling people with disabilities to participate in leisure activities.
Voluntary and community organisations based in the United Kingdom may apply for a grant. There is no match funding requirement.
The Trust will only fund an organisation once during any twelve month period.
PLEASE NOTE: grants to individuals are only accepted through a charitable organisation.
During the year ending 5 April 2015 the Trust awarded 170 grants (2014: 155) totalling £477,683 (2014: £412,229).
The Trust also awarded £79,242 (2014: £40,840) on behalf of individuals.
Grants ranged from less than £1,000 to £28,000 and included:
Disability Snowsport UK (£10,000);
Wheelpower (£20,000);
RoRo Sailing (£5,000); and
West Coast Crash Wheelchair Rugby (£5,000).
The Trust considers all written applications for grants at trustees’ meetings, which are held quarterly. Applications are considered on merit based on how closely the activities of the applicant fit with the objectives of the Trust.
The following objectives are favoured but are not exclusive:
o The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users;
o Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed; and
o A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed.
Applications may be submitted at any time. Applications should be made online via the Trust's website together with a copy of their latest accounts.
Contact details for the Charity are:
The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
PO Box 9335
Rutland LE15 0ET
Tel: 0844 879 3349

(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

R S Brownless Charitable Trust

The R S Brownless Charitable Trust aims to support charities throughout the UK undertaking projects in the following areas:
o Long-term and terminal illness;
o Disability; and
o Disadvantage.
Grants are normally between £150 and £250.
During the year ending 9 July 2015 the Trust awarded approximately 250 grants totalling £54,245.
Match funding is not required.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not accept applications from Individuals.
The Trust does not maintain a website.
Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Applications may be submitted in writing at any time to:
Mrs P M A Nicolai
The R S Brownless Charitable Trust
Hennerton Holt
RG10 8PD
Tel: 01189 404029 

(No email address is advertised by the Trust.)  

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 11 November 2016

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund 2016/17 Opens for UK Applications

Local charities, community groups, schools and individuals from across the UK and Ireland are invited to apply for an award to help support sporting or leisure activities or hobbies that are beneficial to individuals or communities.
To date, the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund has given out awards to help over 150,000 people. This winter, five separate awards of £300 will be given out each week from 7 November 2016 until 26 February 2017. One of these awards will go to the project that has received the most public votes online each week, while the other four will be selected by a panel of judges who will judge each entry on:
  • The extent to which the proposed initiative will help the local community.
  • Extent of the proposed initiative’s reach.
  • The perceived local need for such hobbies, sporting or leisure activities.
Entries can be made at any time up until 11.59pm on 26 February 2017.
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

Youth Led Grant Scheme 2016 - 2017

Grants in the region of £600 are available for projects that provide volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 to help their communities. Previous successful applications secured funds to:
  • create a community garden
  • hold a fund-raising event to raise money for a village hall
  • open up a footpath for local people and making it accessible for  people with mobility disabilities
  • run a peer-led first aid course
  • train young volunteers.
The applications have to be written by young people.  A panel of young people from Powys will assess the applications.

For more information contact Michiel Blees, Powys Volunteer Centre Officer on 01597 822191, or by emailing


Rural Programme: Community Grants

Community Grants

We are inviting community groups to apply for funding to tackle rural poverty in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire.
Grants of between £10,000 and £350,000 are available for groups whose work will benefit a community with a population of 10,000 or less. If you have a project idea that exceeds this budget range or any of the given criteria, please give us a call to discuss your idea. Further rounds of funding will be announced next year.
Although the types of activities that could be funded are not being prescribed, applications would need to show how groups are doing any of the following to address poverty:
  • Improving well-being
  • Raising aspirations
  • Building social capital – enhancing skills available in the community
  • Increasing resilience to challenging circumstances.
This could include themes like employment and income, transport and access to services, poor broadband and digital exclusion, housing and fuel poverty and demand for welfare and advice services.

To help demonstrate the types of projects that could apply, the fund has published six stories demonstrating the impact of National Lottery-funded projects in rural Wales (see case studies below)

Rural programme consultation

Between September and December 2015, we asked you what you thought was the best way for us to communicate and engage with rural communities, and received hundreds of responses which helped shape the funding programme. You can see the full results of that survey here.

Community Development Support

This funding for the Rural Programme comes after £2 million was set aside for community development support. Third-sector-led partnerships have applied to this part of the programme with up to four successful applicants being announced in spring 2017. Their work will support communities in developing ideas and funding applications to overcome challenges they face which are linked to poverty.

Age Cymru Winter Celebration Grant

Through funding from Age Cymru, one-off grants of up to £150 are available for social events at winter time. 

In order to apply for this grant programme applicants must be a local older people’s group in Wales. 

· An older people’s group is understood to be an organised group of older people meeting regularly for social, recreational and other mutually beneficial purposes. · The group must be properly established, with a clear set of rules, constitution or terms of reference. · The group must have its own bank or building society account. · Grants cannot be made to individuals. 

What type of activity can be funded? · Christmas lunches or Christmas parties. · New Year celebrations. · Chinese New Year celebrations. · Outings to the theatre or pantomime. 

· Christmas shopping trips. · Theatre trips. · Other relevant winter celebration, meal or outing. 

Activities must take place between November 2016 and 28th February 2017. 

The deadline for applications is Monday 14th November 2016. 

(Source: Age UK)

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund is aimed at supporting community organisations that contribute to improving the lives of Co-op members and the communities in which Co-op Food Stores and/or funeral homes are located.
A Co-op store finder can be accessed HERE, while thisLINK provides the locations of Co-op Funeralcare outlets.
No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified. In the past, applicants have received grants of up to £2,500. It is anticipated that three projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK will be funded.
PLEASE NOTE: preference will be given to organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million a year.
Projects should:
o Take place in the UK or Isle of Man;
o Not finish before October 2017;
o Meet the Co-operative's values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. (In the tradition of their founders, Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.)
Previous funding has been used to purchase vehicles and renovate a library’s young adult section to create a safe, vibrant space where isolated and disadvantaged young people can get together, study and learn new skills.
Applications will be accepted from:
o Registered charities;
o Small charities registered with HMRC for tax;
o Registered community amateur sports clubs (CASCs);
o Churches that are ‘excepted’ charities;
o Scout and Guide groups.
Funding is not available for:
o Solely for the purpose of paying for salaries or the running costs of an organisation;
o Projects that should legally be carried out by a public authority;
o Donations to other organisations.
The next application deadline is Friday 16 December 2016.
Applications must be submitted through the Co-op’s online application form which can be accessed via its website, where there's also a postcode checker.
Groups must provide the following information as part of their application:
o The name and address of their organisation;
o Email and phone numbers for two contacts;
o Their organisation's registration or tax reference number, if it has one;
o A good quality, colour image (max 20MB), for their project's webpage (images should feature real people and show the actual activity the project will support);
o A description of what their organisation does;
o A description of their project and how it will make a difference to the lives of local people.
For further information, visit the Co-op Local Community Fund website.
Contact details for the Fund are:
Co-operative Group
1 Angel Square
Manchester M60 0AG
Tel: 0800 0234 708

(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The George John and Sheilah Livanos Charitable Trust

The George John and Sheilah Livanos Charitable Trust aims to fund projects with general charitable purposes.
Previous grants have been for between £500 and, in exceptional circumstances, £50,000. There is no match funding requirement. Most awards tend to be for £2,000 or £5,000.
During the year ended 31 December 2015 the Trust awarded grants totalling £249,209
Unsolicited applications are accepted, but the Trustees do receive a very high number of grant applications which are mostly unsuccessful.
The Trustees prefer to make donations to charities whose work they have researched and which is in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Trust for the year.
Potential applicants are therefore advised to contact the funding provider in the first instance to confirm eligibility.
Grant awards can be for more than one year, but only when the funded agency meets the strict conditions of the Trust.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Applications may be made at any time in writing to:
The George John and Sheilah Livanos Charitable Trust
Jeffrey Green Russell Solicitors
Waverley House
7-12 Noel Street
London W1F 8GQ
Tel: 020 7339 7000
(No email address is provided by the Trust.) 
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 4 November 2016

Awards for All Success for Powys Groups

8 voluntary groups in Powys have received Awards for All funding in the latest round, with a total of £34068 being shared between them.

The types of projects funded by Awards for All is enormous, and the application is straightforward.  A maximum of £5000 is available.

For more information go to:

Don't forget, we can check your application before you submit it, free of charge!

Percy Bilton Charity

The Percy Bilton Charity provides capital grant funding to UK charitable organisations in the following areas:
1. Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25):
o Supported housing schemes and educational and training projects to encourage disadvantaged young people who may be homeless and/or unemployed away from crime, substance/alcohol misuse and homelessness; and
o Facilities for recreational activities and outdoor pursuits specifically for young people who are educationally or socially underprivileged or disadvantaged.
2. People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems):
o Residential, respite care, occupational and recreational establishments for children, young people and adults with physical or learning disabilities, or enduring mental health problems.
3. Older people (aged over 60);
o Day centres, nursing and residential homes, sheltered accommodation and respite care for the frail or sufferers from dementia or age-related disorders; and
o Projects to encourage older people to maintain their independence.
The charity provides two grant programmes:
1. Large Grants - one off payments for capital expenditure of approximately £2,000 and over. The majority of grants fall within the range of £2,000 to £5,000. Applicants must be a UK registered charity to apply for a Large Grant; and
2. Small Grants - awards of up to £500. To apply for a Small Grant applicants do not need to be a UK registered charity but must be charitable by nature. However, applicants are required to supply a reference from a registered charity or from a Council for Voluntary Services. 
PLEASE NOTE: the Charity prefers to use its funding to complete projects. This means that minibuses, building and refurbishment works are only considered in the final stage of the fundraising appeal once the applicant has a shortfall of £15,000 or less. Preference is given to funding specific items of furniture and equipment (excluding office items) which the Charity can fund in their entirety.
Applications may be made at any time.
Applications should be made in writing on the organisation's headed notepaper and include the information detailed in the Charity’s guidelines.
For further information on how to apply, visit the Percy Bilton Charity website.
Contact details for the Charity are:
Tara Smith
The Percy Bilton Charity
Bilton House
7 Culmington Road
London W13 9NB
Tel: 020 8579 2829
(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Young People Leaving Care - Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has established a new budget of around £2 million a year for at least 5 years to support young people leaving care so that they may sustain healthy relationships and receive more consistent and high quality support from the state.
There is no minimum or maximum level of grant and no specified length of time for funding. As a guideline, the Foundation’s average grant award is £100,000. Eligible costs include core or project costs, such as staff salaries and overheads. There is no match funding requirement.
The aim of the Fund is to ensure:
1. Care leavers are more easily able to form healthy relationships that help them make a successful transition to adulthood;
2. Young people receive a consistently high standard of statutory support that has been informed by their views; and
3. There is greater alignment and coherence in the work of the voluntary sector in ensuring a successful transition to adult life for care leavers.
The Foundation is looking to support work that:
o Combines good practice with impact that is wider than the immediate beneficiaries by, for example, developing models that can be replicated more widely or influencing local and/or national practice and policy;
o Is clear about the impact it will make and how this will be measured, providing an evidence base for the effectiveness (or not) of the work;
o Is carried out in partnership with local authorities and other organisations, including fellow grantees, that have responsibility for care leavers.
Funding is available to support the charitable work of organisations in the following areas:
1. Work that develops long lasting, supportive relationships for young people in and leaving care:

o Good practice models of how family relationships (including relationships with siblings) can be nurtured rather than broken by the care system;
o Development of existing non-family relationships with friends and significant adults, such as teachers, previous foster carers, sports coaches etc.;
o Development of practical, informal networks that allow care leavers to receive advice, make friends, reduce isolation and grasp positive opportunities;
o Policy and practice for looked after children that values and prioritises long lasting supportive relationships and the positive role the care system can play in nurturing and developing these relationships.
2. Work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services:
o Involving care leavers in decisions about their own lives and in the design of services, in order that they influence the structures and processes that govern how they are treated;
o Advocating for young people leaving care to obtain what they are legally entitled to and need;
o Influencing broader policy, particularly in relation to standardising best practice across the UK;
o Collecting and sharing data and knowledge about care leavers and benchmarking local authority services for care leavers.
Applications are accepted from not-for-profit organisations carrying out charitable work to support young care leavers.
Applicants are advised to check with the Foundation to ensure that their proposed project meets the eligibility criteria.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
After completing an Eligibility Quiz, applications should be submitted via the Foundation's first stage online application process.
During the online application process applicants should select "Young People Leaving Care" as the funding priority and will need to answer the following four questions in no more than 1,500 words:
o Give a brief description of your organisation and its relevant track record;
o What do you want to achieve with the Foundation's funding?
o How will the grant be spent?
o How will the work you propose contribute to the outcomes of the Young People Leaving Care funding stream?
Applications may be submitted at any time.
For further information, visit the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Tel: 020 7812 3700

(Source: GRIN)