Thursday, 25 May 2017

Great Place Scheme Opens for Wales


The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched the £1.5 million Great Place Scheme, a pilot scheme which is designed to promote a partnership approach to regeneration in Wales.

Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available for activity to be delivered over a period of up to three years. Match funding of at least 10% is required.

The funding is for partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation to work together to consider how to enhance the role of culture and heritage within society and use them to tackle such wide-ranging issues as poverty, inequality, employment, education and health.
The Great Place Scheme will invest in between five and eight places across Wales to achieve the following:
  • Build on existing partnerships within the heritage and cultural sectors in order to maximise their positive social and economic contribution
  • Build new partnerships to realise this contribution and to lever resources into the sector to support that
  • Develop partnerships between the heritage sector and place-based initiatives operating in Wales to mutual benefit so that the contribution of the sector and future potential for greater collaboration is recognised in and supported by long-term plans and strategies for the area and communities
The application process has one round only.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 14 August 2017 (midday).


(Source: WCVA)

Making an application for an arts, sports or heritage project? Find out which funding body is the best for you.

https://bigblogwales.org.uk/2015/08/20/which-is-the-best-funding-body-for-you

(Source: BIG Lottery)

Finnis Scott Foundation

Although the Finnis Scott Foundation may award grants for any charitable purpose, in practice its policy is to concentrate its grant-making on:
o Horticulture and plant sciences;
o Fine art; and
o Art history.
Revenue and capital grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available. Occasionally larger grants are made. There is no specific requirement for match funding. Preference is given to support smaller charities where the grant would have a significant impact.
In the event of awards to individuals, the Foundation normally requires a grant to be made through a registered charity or higher education institution.
Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered at quarterly Trustee meetings. Applications should be received at least three weeks before the date of a meeting.The two remaining meeting dates for 2017 are:
o Wednesday 12th July 2017 – forms to be returned to the administrator by Friday16th June; and
o Wednesday 18th October 2017 - forms to be returned to the administrator by Friday 22nd September.
Application forms are available to download from the Foundation's website.
The following documents should also be included:
o The organisation's governing document;
o If available, any business plan, project plan or similar document setting out the purpose of the grant;
o The organisation's most recent accounts and annual report;
o The organisation's current budget and any separate project budget; and
o Any further documents that are requested.
For further information, visit the Finnis Scott Foundation website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Angela Moon
The Finnis Scott Foundation
c/o Hewitsons
Elgin House
Billing Road
Northampton
NN1 5AU
Tel: 01604 233233
Email:
 angelamoon@hewitsons.com
(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The second round of funding for Social Enterprise Assist Wales is open.

Social Enterprise Assist helps social enterprises access funding and support from large businesses. This includes interest-free loans, corporate mentors and access to a bank of experts.
The deadline for the second round of funding is 31 May 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

HEALTHY HEARTS GRANT SCHEME

The Healthy Heart Grants scheme supports new and innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants are not awarded for general healthy lifestyle projects.
Not-for-profit organisation in the UK may apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 in specific regions across the UK, including the West Country.  Match funding isn't an essential requirement, although some element of funding from other sources is welcomed.
Projects must focus on, and actively promote, heart health or reduce the risk of heart disease for the duration of the project.
The cost of travel may be included in a Healthy Heart Grant application provided it forms a necessary and integral part of the Healthy Heart project.
The costs of attending meetings and conferences may also be covered if the necessary supporting documentation is included in the application.
Any equipment bought must be used for the Healthy Heart project only. The cost cannot exceed 50% of the total amount of the grant application or £2,000 in total.
In exceptional circumstances, where a project has a very strong heart element applications may be considered from researchers.
Projects must run for between six and 12 months.
Private enterprise and government, local authority, public sector or organisations funded with public money are not eligible to apply. Funding cannot be used for:
o General health projects: activities must be specifically linked to heart issues and tackling heart disease;
o Salary costs not related to Healthy Heart projects;
o Grant holder overheads or management fees;
o Capital costs such as buidings or repairs;
o Organisational running costs; or
o Existing or continuation projects.
The West Country programme opens on 17 September 2017 and closes on 14 November 2017.
Other area opening and closing dates in date order are: 
o Scotland – 2 May to 4 July;
o Tyne Tees – 15 May to 17 July;
o Granada – 15 May to 17 July;
o Carlton – 19 June to 18 August;
o Meridian – 10 July to 1 September;
o Anglia – 10 July to 1 September;
o Yorkshire – 24 July to 8 September;
o Northern Ireland – 14 August to 29 September;
o Central – 21 August to 13 October;
o HTV – 27 September to 14 November; and
o Wales – 27 September to 14 November.
Application is by application form, which can be downloaded from the Heart Research UK website. (Please note that at the moment the link to the application form on the Heart Research UK is broken and the application cannot be accessed currently).
For further information, visit the Heart Research UK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants website.
Contact details for Heart Research UK are:
Lifestyle Team
Heart Research UK
Suite 12D
Joseph’s Well
Leeds LS3 1AB
Tel: 0113 297 6206
Email:
 lifestyle@heartresearch.org.uk
(Source: GRIN)

Applications Open For Round Two Of Transform Foundation’s Charity Website Grant Programme


The ‘Q2’ round of the Transform Foundation’s 2017 Charity Website Grant Programme is officially open. Once again, this unique programme will be providing £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their websites in order to:

  • increase their ability to raise funds
  • more effectively serve their beneficiaries
  • raise broader awareness of their cause
If you’re a charity interested in redeveloping your website then click here to be taken to the Transform Foundation website for more information on the grant programme and how you can apply.

The 2017 Website Grant Programme funding round follows a highly successful pilot in 2016, which resulted in websites that collectively went on to raise over £1.3m online for the successful applicants.

The grant is principally aimed at charities with annual incomes between £350k and £30m, although smaller charities with ambitious plans for digital can also apply. Larger charities will also be considered for specific project or fundraising sites.

Any type of non-profit organisation may apply, with successful applicants in the past including causes as diverse as community development, disability, education, theatre, mental health, hospices, national heritage, volunteering, family, children & youth, addiction, homelessness, international aid, and arts.

To apply for the grant or to find out more details, visit the Website Grant Programme section of the Transform Foundation website.


One last thing! The Charity Website Grant Programme is just one of many programmes the Transform Foundation is running this year.

Other projects include the Facebook Advertising Grant, which provides £5k grants to charities to fund Facebook Advertising campaigns, and the Digital Skills Timebank that co-ordinates corporate volunteer time and matches it to digital projects for charities. The Transform Foundation is also running a programme of educational events and white papers to share digital best practice in the charity sector. These programmes form part of its wider efforts to help the charity sector transition from traditional forms of fundraising and service delivery towards more digitally focused models.

(Source; Transform Foundation)

Cronfa Cymunedol y Comisiynydd - Commissioner Community Funding

Dear all,
I’m emailing you to share some very exciting news with regards to the launch of our new Commissioners Community Funding programme from my office.
A FUNDING programme with £75,000 available to communities across Dyfed-Powys has been launched and I’m inviting applications from groups and organisations in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, who would use the funds to help improve people’s lives.
The Commissioner’s Community Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups so they can develop ideas that have a positive impact on the areas they work in.
Projects must reflect in some way the priorities highlighted in the 2017-21 Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Plan, which are: Keeping our communities safe, safeguarding the vulnerable, protecting our communities from serious threats, and connecting with communities.
The funding is available to public sector, private sector, voluntary or community organisations and we encourage organisations to work together.
There is a maximum application threshold of £5,000 and applications higher than this will not be accepted. The programme is open from April 13, 2017 with a closing date of June 2, 2017.
If you know anyone who you think is eligible for the above funding, I encourage you to share this e-mail and make sure they submit an application!
For further information, you can ring our office on01267 226 440 and ask to speak with Jessica Williams or email us: opcc@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk
You can access the guidelines and application form here:
Kind regards
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Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner

Swyddfa Comisiynydd Heddlu a Throseddu / Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office
Rhif ffon / Phone: 01267 226 440

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The second  round for the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund opens tomorrow (19th April), offering grants of up to £20,000 to help community groups to get their business ideas up and running.
The two-year programme aims to invest around £1.85m in community businesses over two years, supporting around 80 community groups working in England by providing up to 15 days of tailored support along with the grants to develop their business ideas. The Community Business Bright Ideas programme is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, and will be delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UKPlunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality.
Community groups have until 31st May to apply for this round of funding, with additional funding rounds to follow in September this year, and February 2018.
The money can be spent on costs to help a business become established, including legal and registration fees, training, knowledge and skills exchanges, and can also be used on activities including community engagement, and market research.
More information on the criteria for applications, as well as how to apply can be found on the My Community website.
Forty-nine groups received funding in the programme’s first round, sharing £695,000 in grants, and an additional £234,000 in business development help. These included Harlesden Letts, which aims to bring more affordable rents to the Harlesden area of London, The Playground, which wants to bring youth facilities back to a deprived seaside town, and Inside Workout, which wants to provide a community gym to help address gang activity in Manchester.
Sara Buchanan, programme manager and lead on the Bright Ideas Fund at Power to Change, said:
“It is a real delight to fund so many brilliant ideas. We know that getting a good idea off the ground is tough for any community, but with a bit of help they can become a reality and start making a difference for local people. We can’t wait to see the applications come in for the next round.”

(Source: UK Fundraising)

A F Blakemore 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme

Food and drink retailer and distributor A.F. Blakemore is marking its centenary with a 1917  Grants Scheme to support good causes across its trading area.
The company’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation, will award a number of one-off community grants worth £1,917 each to good causes across  and Wales.
The grants must be used to sustain good causes for the long term, for example providing  towards new buildings, specialist equipment, refurbishments or learning programmes.
A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter explained:
“The 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme has been launched with the primary aim of supporting good causes in local communities.
“In particular the grants will focus on helping the sustainability of charities, organisations and community groups in recognition of the company’s commitment to growing sustainably for the benefit of staff, customers and the community.”

About the Blakemore Foundation

The Blakemore Foundation was established by the Blakemore family in 1992. Since then it has donated more than £1.7 million to good causes across the company’s trading area, which stretches across central England and all of Wales.
Local charities and good causes including social clubs, sports clubs, community groups, schools, hospitals, family associations, hospices and environmental projects have all benefited.
Senter commented:
“We are really keen for all colleagues, retailers and customers to get behind the scheme and encourage anyone who has a project or good cause that would benefit from this new grant funding to consider applying.”
Applications to the 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme must be received by 28 July 2017.
(Source: UK Fundraising)

Pink Ribbon Foundation Accepting Applications for 2017

The Pink Ribbon Foundation's mission is to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for revenue, capital or project costs.
The Foundation provides financial support to charities in the UK whose objects are:
  • To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
  • To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.
The Foundation is keen to support initiatives which promote a positive view of living with breast cancer.
The Foundation will consider applications from general cancer charities if any grant made will be used to benefit those suffering from, or affected by, 50% of patients that suffer from Breast Cancer or for research into, or the dissemination of information about, breast cancer.
The Foundation welcomes applications from all ethnic and minority groups.
The deadline for applications is 26 May 2017.
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

Macmillan’s Supporting You to Help Others Grants - Deadline Looms

Macmillan Cancer Support has the overall aim of improving the lives of people affected by cancer, by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.
The Supporting You to Help Others grants programme can fund cancer self help and support groups and their activities and user involvement projects and associated activities. Applications are welcomed from groups and individuals that contribute to achieving Macmillan’s Inclusion Vision.
The funding is available as follows:
  • Start-up grants of up to £500 to support the start-up of a new self help and support project for people affected by cancer.
  • Development grants of up to £3,000 to improve the sustainability or increase the reach of existing self help and support groups or projects that have been established for 12 months or more.
  • User Involvement Grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.
  • Individual Development Grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.
A maximum of £500 for projects that have been running for less than 12 months.
A maximum of £3,000 for projects that have been in existence for more than 12 months.
There are two funding rounds left for 2017.
The next deadlines for applications are 21 April and 4 August 2017.
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

Heritage Lottery Fund Changes its Funding for Places of Worship in Wales

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has issued a statement that from September 2017 it will no longer be providing funding for places of worship through its Grants for Places of Worship programme. Instead, HLF funding will be provided through the existing Our Heritage (grants of up to £100,000) and Heritage Grants (up to £5 million) programmes.
According to HLF, the changes are as follows:
  • Introduction of a faster, single-stage application for grants up to £100,000, rather than the old two-stage process under Grants for Places of Worship.
  • Greater flexibility, allowing for a wider range of activities and capital works than under the current scheme, although projects that have a focus on much-needed repairs will still be welcomed.
  • 100% of works and activities can be funded with no requirement for partnership funding.
  • 50% of the grant will be paid up front which will help the applicant’s cash flow.
For larger schemes, more money will be available for individual places of worship. The Grants for Places of Worship awards were limited to £250,000 per application. Under Heritage Grants, applicants can apply for up to £5 million per application, and can receive help to develop their final proposals between the first and second rounds.
Places of worship have two more opportunities to submit applications to the Grants for Places of Worship scheme before it closes to new applications on 1 September 2017.
The remaining deadlines for new application are 5 June 2017 and 21 August 2017.
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

EDGE FUND ROUND 7

Edge Fund is a grant-making body with a difference. We support efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power – and give those we aim to help a say in where the money goes. 

Timeline for round 7:
https://edgefund.org.uk/2017/04/11/time-line-for-round-7/

(Source: Edge Fund)

Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors Ltd. It aims to improve social well-being by funding research and innovative projects in education and social policy, and building research capacity in science and social science.
Grants are mainly made or research purposes (usually carried out by universities or independent research institutes), or for practical innovation or development (usually in voluntary sector organisations).
The Foundation makes grants for research and innovation projects in the following areas:
o Education;
o Law in society;
o Children and families;
o Early years education and childcare;
o Economic advantage and disadvantage; and
o The finances of ageing.
The Foundation’s three main grant programmes (Children and FamiliesOpen Door and Law in Society) are currently open to application, each with a deadline of 3rd July 2017.
1. CHILDREN AND FAMILIES GRANT PROGRAMME
Not-for-profit and charitable organisations may apply for a grant of between £10,000 up to £350,000. Most awards tend to be in the range of £50,000 and £200,000.
The Foundation also considers larger grants but these are exceptional and take longer to process. It also occasionally makes smaller grants for research and development pilot work that may cost less than £10,000.
Most projects funded are under four years in duration.
The Foundation is interested in supporting research and innovative project work (with a research element)  in the following areas:
A. Child Welfare and Development
o Exploration of the factors affecting children’s welfare and cognitive and social development, and the institutional responses that may be appropriate;
o 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;
o 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 is particularly interested in the factors that contribute to effective parenting and the outcomes of children who experience different types of parenting; and/or
o 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 is especially interested in ensuring 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).
B. Early Years Education and Childcare
o 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;
o 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 is also interested in the impact of take-up of nursery provision on later outcomes;
o The application of emerging social science evidence to improve on the design of programmes for very young children aged 1-3 years. The Foundation wants 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;
o Better understanding of why the costs of childcare have risen, and how far this relates only to the price parents pay, or whether it also reflects underlying cost drivers. The Foundation is also interested in international comparisons on the balance of state and private funding, and the operation and regulations of childcare markets;
o 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; and/or
o The extent to which social segregation in early years provision may reinforce social and economic inequalities, 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.
C. Child Protection 
o Exploration of issues relating to the child protection system, including adoption, fostering and kinship care. The Foundation wants 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;
o 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;
o 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;
o 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.
There are a number of exclusions, which are listed under the detail for the Foundation's Open Door programme in the column to the right and on the Foundation's website.
There are currently two grant application rounds each year. The next deadline is Monday 3rd July 2017.
The application process, which takes a minimum of 6 months, has three main stages:
o Outline application;
o Full application, and
o Finalising the award.
Application is by application form. Full details can be found on the Foundation's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Mr. James Brooke Turner
The Nuffield Foundation
28 Bedford Square
London
WC1B 3JS
Email: 
info@nuffieldfoundation.org
(The Foundation does not advertise a phone number.)  

Monday, 10 April 2017

GARFIELD WESTON LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched its new website, aiming to make the process of applying for funding as straightforward as possible for potential applicant charities.
The new mobile-friendly website, which was launched at the end of last week, features examples and guidelines on many of the aspects of applying for funding that charities find most challenging according to the Foundation's feedback and experience, including presenting fundraising plans and charity finances.
Clear guidance has also been provided on core costs. The Foundation's previous research and experience has shown that there is confusion in the voluntary sector over the scope and availability of core costs funding. New advice on the website aims to help clear up these uncertainties using clear guidelines and case studies.
Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said, 'The Trustees understand how challenging and resource-intensive fundraising can be in today's voluntary sector. We aim to ensure that applying for funding is as straightforward as possible, and that charities receive the right advice in filling out their applications.
'We have listened to feedback from our applicants and have strived to make our guidance on applying for grants online even clearer, as well as making sure our website is easy to navigate and completely accessible.
'We hope the new guidance will be helpful to charities in applying not only to the Garfield Weston Foundation, but also to other potential sources of funding'.
The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, today donating around £60million per year.
(Source: WCVA)

MILLENNIUM STADIUM CHARITABLE TRUST - regional round open

Funding is available for projects in the following four areas: 
Sport - The Trust is keen to support volunteer-based projects, particularly from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. In addition, the Trust recognises the difference that coaching can make to the development of a sport and is keen to fund equipment and coaching costs if the need has been clearly identified.

The Arts - The Trust aims to give more people the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of performing and visual arts in Wales. The Trust particularly favours proposals which expand and improve arts provision in parts of the country less well served than others and will give priority to organisations which strive to work together to share experiences, practices and ideas.

The Environment - The Trust encourages applications relating to recycling, developing green spaces, the development and promotion of green practices and the promotion of public transport schemes. Projects that improve the quality of Wales' environment, protect and create a vibrant countryside, and develop and promote sustainable land use planning will be a priority for support. The Trust aims to fund programmes that protect and enhance Wales' natural heritage and promote its sustainable use and enjoyment in a way which contributes to local economic prosperity and social inclusion.

The Community - The Trust will give priority to organisations that are looking to tackle social, personal, economic or cultural barriers within their own communities. In particular, projects that lead to greater independence and give people more control over their lives will be given priority. The Trust welcomes applications that give people a voice to express their needs and hopes. The Trust is keen to help disabled people to challenge barriers and to be active and visible in their local communities.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2017 (12 noon).

Further details are available from: http://www.millenniumstadiumtrust.org.uk/regional-grant-scheme/ or contact Sarah Fox, tel: 029 2002 2143, email: info@millenniumstadiumtrust.org.uk
(Source: WCVA)

NEW - HANFOD CYMRU

The aim is to support local projects, the length and breadth of Wales. As a generalist grant maker they will seek to reflect the needs and demands of those who apply, but initial emphasis will be on general social needs, on the arts and creativity and on educational projects.
The small grants scheme is open for applications for sums from a few hundred pounds up to £10,000.
Applications are made via an online form, and you may be asked for certain supporting documents depending upon the nature of your request. These will usually include a copy of your organisation's constitution, accounts or other financial information and, where relevant, details of your arrangements for safeguarding children and/or vulnerable adults. Please read the application guidance notes before filling in your application form.
Further details are available from: www.hanfodcymru.wales
If completing the online form is difficult for you please contact us by email and we will arrange an alternative method that suits your needs. Details can be found on Contact Us.

(Source; WCVA)

COMIC RELIEF - #iwill Youth Social Action Fund


Comic Relief are inviting proposals which effectively build relationships with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not currently participate in youth social action in their own community and which engage those young people in creative and meaningful youth social action.

About the initiative
Last year 42% of 10-20 year olds took part in meaningful youth social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, spreading positive ripples around communities across the UK. For people taking part, youth social action creates opportunities to learn, be recognised for their contributions, and improve networks between peers and communities. There is also evidence that it may help with employability of young people. Yet there is still a gap in the level of youth social action undertaken by young people from less affluent backgrounds.

Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, match funding to create a £2.4m pot to target young people from less affluent backgrounds not taking part in youth social action. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.


Key dates and process
The application process will be will a one stage process and we will be open for proposals from 10th April to midday on 12th May 2017. In the proposal form we will request a short (max three mins) film on the project.
Once we receive your proposal, we’ll initially check whether your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest proposals to go through for a full assessment. Young people who have co-developed the grants initiative to this stage will help with the shortlisting process. We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage in June 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. Assessments on the proposals which pass this stage will take place over June and July 2017 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We also expect that young people will conduct interviews on youth leadership during the assessment process.
We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in early October 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we’ll write to you explaining the reasons why and may offer further feedback by phone.

(Source: Comic Relief)

Ministry of Defence Covenant Fund

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently accepting applications to the Families in Stress priority of its £10 million per year Covenant Fund.
Local charities, branches of national charities and/or community interest companies that provide specialist services may apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £300,000 for projects lasting between 2 or 3 years. Beneficiaries should be the families of serving personnel based either in the UK and overseas, or both.
Wickipedia provides what looks like a fairly comprehensive list of British Army bases. The item can be found HERE.
The lead organisation must work in close partnership with one or more armed forces bases, and must be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working.
The funding is for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support. PLEASE NOTE: this priority will not fund capital schemes such as play parks or projects that extend to the families of veterans.
Examples of such life events could include:
o Life-changing injury;
o Bereavement;
o Domestic abuse;
o Substance abuse;
o Relationship break-up;
o Those who are subject to the civil or service justice system; or
o Mental health issues. 
Projects must:
o Either be new or enhance the support that is already available with an emphasis on long-term self-sufficiency;
o Fill gaps in provision and not replicate or replace services already provided, nor create dependency; and
o Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse nature of service families (eg. geographically dispersed, deployment status, accompanied/unaccompanied overseas, single parents, single service personnel (where the family may be a relative such as parent), reservists, foreign and commonwealth personnel and their families, Service children and those with caring responsibilities etc.) and offer immediate and/or easily accessible support. 
Projects must also demonstrate how they support at least one of the principles that underpin the UK Armed Forces Families Strategy:
1. Fairness;
2. Choice;
3. Empowerment; and
4. Resilience.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is midday on Monday 26 June 2017.

(Source: GRIN)
For further information about the Covenant Fund and how to apply, visit the GOV.UK website.