Wednesday, 26 July 2017

POWYS COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND - UPCOMING DEADLINE 31-8-2017

Powys Community Endowment Fund

Communities, Educating & Young People | Powys

The Powys Fund currently comprises 4 grant programmes, offering support to individuals and groups based in Powys for the purposes of education and recreation/leisure.
The Fund makes contributions to projects of up to 50% of costs and grants of up to £1500 are available for groups and up to £500 for individuals.
The Community Foundation in Wales manages a number of Funds which are of specific benefit to residents of Powys. Grants are available for the purposes of:
  •  Promoting education and lifelong learning
  • Supporting recreation and leisure activities

Details of the programmes that are open for applications are below.
Each has its own specific criteria and geographic area of benefit. You DO NOT need to apply for a specific scheme; our grants team will put your application forward to the most relevant fund.

Stanley Bligh Memorial Fund
Aims:
To support educational studies in forestry, agriculture and technical and vocational subjects in the arts or sciences.
Eligibility:
The Fund supports individuals and community/voluntary organisations based in Powys with precedence given to residents of Brecknockshire or those who have attended a Brecknockshire Secondary School for a minimum of 2 years.
Grants:
Grants of £500 for individuals and £1500 for groups are available.
Examples of previous costs supported include:  course fees (where other support is not available)  purchasing equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Travel (where it includes a substantial educational benefit to the individual/group and/or community)
  • Running costs of a specific community education project

Former Girls Grammar School, Brecon Fund
Aims:
To support the education of residents of the former County of Brecknockshire in Powys.
Eligibility:
The Fund supports individuals and community/voluntary organisations based in Brecknockshire.
Grants:
Grants of £500 for individuals and £1500 for community and voluntary organisations are available.
 Examples of previous costs funded include:
  • Course fees (where other support is not available)
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Musical tuition/instruments
  • Travel (where it includes a substantial educational benefit to the individual/group and/or community)
  • Running costs of a specific community education project

The Montgomeryshire District Trust Fund
Aims:
To provide facilities for recreation and leisure for the benefit of the inhabitants of Montgomeryshire with the object of improving the conditions of life for those inhabitants.
Eligibility:
Applications will be considered from community groups, voluntary organisations and local charities based in Montgomeryshire.
Grants:
Grants of up to £1000 are available.
Typically grants have been awarded:
  • To purchase equipment or materials
  • For minor capital works
  • For equipment or building alterations
Examples of previous beneficiaries include:
  • Children/youth groups
  • Community centres and village halls
  • Cultural/arts groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Recreation/leisure groups

Llandrindod High School Charity Fund
Aims:
To provide education support to people who have attended Llandrindod High School who are entering further/higher education or training Eligibility
  • Pupils attending Llandrindod High School
  • Pupils who have attended Llandrindod High School for at least two years and who have one or both parents resident in Radnorshire
Grants:
Grants of up to £500 are available to support:
  • Bursaries to support higher education costs
  • Equipment, materials and tools for entering a profession or trade
  • Assistance for students studying music or the arts

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE APPLYING:
Applying for support If you think that you are eligible for trust fund support then please complete an application form and return it to us by the deadline in order to be considered. You do not need to specify which Fund you are applying to as we’ll ensure you are directed to the most appropriate scheme. There are two separate application forms depending on whether you are applying for a grant as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. Please make sure you complete the correct application form as the information we require differs.
All applications should be returned by email (where possible) with a signed hard-copy sent by post. If you are applying on behalf of a group/organisation it is important that you also include the required supporting documentation when posting your application. The hard copy of your application should be sent to: The Community Foundation in Wales St Andrews House 24 St Andrews Crescent Cardiff CF10 3DD .
Please note, only applications for future activities will be considered for funding. We are unable to retrospectively support costs that have been incurred prior to the closing date for applications.
Applicants should also be aware that preference will be given to individuals and organisations which have not received funding within the previous 12 months. If you require further clarification about eligibility or the application process itself, please phone 02920 379580 or emailing mail@cfiw.org.uk.
 
This programme has two annual deadlines of 28th February and 31st August. Applications are invited within the six weeks prior to a deadline. 
  
This programme is OPEN


(Source: Community Foundation in Wales)

ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY - FUND FOR WALES

Fund for WalesGrants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:
  • Improving people’s chances in life
  • Building stronger communities
  • Improving rural and urban environments
  • Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities
  • Preserving heritage and culture
CLOSING DATE: 12pm, July 31st

To apply click here

(Source: Community Foundation in Wales)

Beaverbrook Foundation

The Beaverbook Foundation is a relatively recently formed (20 August 2013) Charitable Incorporated Organisation that is seeking to develop its grant-making portfolio.
The Foundation supports, exclusively, UK registered charities undertaking projects that acquire or upgrade physical assets such as buildings, fixtures and fittings, machinery, furniture and other equipment, for revenue costs and for special projects, with a particular emphasis on:
o The erection or improvement of the fabric of any church building;
o The purchase of books, papers, manuscripts or works of art;
o The care of the aged or infirm in the U.K; and
o The maintenance of heritage property.
The Foundation generally provides small grants to small organisations that will make a big difference.
Larger grants are also available and in its previous financial year several grants of £50,000 were awarded.
Most grants were for under £5,000, however.
A list of major awards is provided in the Foundation’s annual accounts.
In principle, the Foundation prefers some match funding to be in place and may award grants conditional on match funding being confirmed.
During the year ending 30 September 2016 the Foundation allocated £ 261,578 (2015: £54,200).
The Foundation will not normally consider grants to cover expenditure which has already been incurred or committed.
The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.
Application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation's website
Contact details for the Beaverbrook Foundation are:
Ms Jane Ford
The Beaverbrook Foundation
3 Queen Street
London
W1J 5PA
Tel: 020 7042 9435
Email:
 jane@beaverbrookfoundation.org

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Apply to be a Co-op local cause


Apply to be a Co-op local cause

To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:
  • takes place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • doesn't have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you're a religious organisation)
  • meets the Co-op's values
  • takes place or will still be running after October 2018
  • benefits your local community
We'll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations.
You can't use money from the fund solely to pay for staff salaries or general running costs, or to make a donation to another organisation.

If you're successful

We'll let you know if you've been selected in October and you can start promoting your cause to our members from November.
You'll be paid a share of the funding every 3 months, with the first payment at the end of January 2018 and the last in October 2018.

How to apply

To apply you'll need:
  • your organisation's charity or HMRC registration number, or proof you're an excepted charity, Scout or Guide group or registered Community Amateur Sports club
  • a description of your project and how much you want to raise
  • 2 contact names, including email addresses
  • basic details of your organisation and what it does, including approximate annual income
  • your organisation's bank details - money from the fund can't be paid into personal accounts
You can save your application at any time and return to it later. Applications must be completed by 8 August 2017.




Postcode Dream Trust - Dream Fund 2018 Launches for Great Britain

Dream Fund 2018 is now open to applications from charities in Great Britain.
Charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. All applications must come from at least two charitable organisations that have joined forces to deliver an innovative project. The lead partner organisation must be a registered charity. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.
The funding pot for 2018 has been increased by £500,000 to £3 million.
Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million are available to deliver a project 24 months in length between 2018 and 2020.
Funding is available for projects that meet one of the following themes:
  • Supporting families.
  • Green communities.
  • Young people.
  • Improving people's lives through animals.
Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream'.
The deadline for stage one applications is 22 August 2017 (5.30pm).
(Source: Powys 4 Community)

COMIC RELIEF ACTIVE AGEING CREATIVE CHANGE IN COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME

Hot on the heels of its Care Home Challenge Fund (which has a deadline of 4 August) comes Comic Relief’s Active Ageing Creative Change in Communities programme, a £1.5 million initiative to enable disadvantaged older people aged 65 years and older to design, deliver and take part in opportunities to contribute to their communities,
Applications will be accepted from registered and un-registered community based organisations across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must:
o Focus on their local community (although they may choose to work with national or regional partners);
o Have a formal, signed constitution which outlines their social purpose, demonstrates that any profit or assets are used for social purposes and shows that an asset lock is in place;
o Already coordinate activities by and for older people that can demonstrate a need to engage with a ‘harder to reach’ group of older people, or an organisation which already works with disadvantaged older people that wants to bring a new twist or approach to their work.
Applications will also be accepted from partnerships.
Grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 are available over a period of 3 years.
Comic Relief expects to fund between 15 and 25 projects across the UK from the programme. The funder will contribute a minimum of 25% of the total costs of the proposed activities in order to ensure that they have contributed to the work in a meaningful way.
The funding is for projects, initiatives and activities which primarily focus on benefitting older people, specifically those older people who do not usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face barriers to participation.
There is also interest in activities which will have a wider benefit for the community in which they are taking place.
To be eligible, projects should meet at least one of the following outcomes:
o Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing;
o Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections;
o Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment; and/or
o Provide creative, fresh approaches to engage beneficiaries in social action activities which bring people together and help to improve their lives and solve problems that are important to their communities. This may include activities around campaigning and fundraising as well as volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the older person themselves.
For the activities to have positive benefits for the older people involved, they should:
o Provide meaningful roles with opportunities for social interaction and leadership;
o Ensure that older people are recognised and valued for their contribution;
o Make older people feel valued and enable them to be creative and productive.
To do this, activities might focus wholly on older people, or use a broader community or intergenerational approach.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they really understand the needs of their community, the role that older people can play in catalysing social change and make the case that they can deliver.
Grants are not available for: 
o General appeals;
o Individual and group sponsorship;
o Marketing appeals;
o Bursaries for individuals or proposals from individuals for funding or study or attainment of qualifications;
o Activities which evangelise or proselytise;
o Projects which Comic Relief has previously decided not to fund (unless an organisation has been invited to resubmit their proposal);
o Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political; or
o Organisations that advocate the use of violence as a means to campaign or influence public opinion.
The following are unlikely to be funded:
o Standard lunch clubs;
o 1:1 befriending models; or
o Community transport schemes.
Proposals will be accepted until 12 noon on Tuesday 29 August 2017.
Shortlisted proposals will then go through to a full assessment.
Contact details for Comic relief are:
Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment
London
SE1 7TP
Tel: 020 7820 2000
Email:
 grantsinfo@comicrelief.com

(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Social media !

Thomas Byrne
 
Thomas spent a week doing work experience with nfpSynergy. Seeing as he thought we were all old for using Twitter and Facebook, we decided to ask him to write a report and a blog on his experience of social media and how charities can use it to engaging with young people.
As a 15-year-old and a digital native I use social media every day. To be more precise, within the last week I have spent around 17.5 hours on social media (which is less than the average of 27 hours[1]). My time on social media is spent either on Snapchat or Instagram, two of the most popular and fastest growing platforms on smartphones today. With all the time my peers and I spend on social media, we are exposed to hundreds of advertisements for various companies and their products; however, from what I can remember, not once has one of these ads been from a charity. This raises the question - are charities making the most out of social media and its opportunities to reach out to younger audiences?
Charities are all over Facebook and Twitter, but I believe that these platforms are in decline. Facebook and Twitter are somewhat similar, and have both been around for over ten years. I can say from personal experience that neither are as widely used as Snapchat and Instagram within my age group. There are simply more modern and interesting ways to connect with your friends. Snapchat has over 300 million users and was growing at a ridiculous rate of around 15 million new users every day in 2016[2]. Ask any young person which platform they spend most time on, and I will put money on them saying Snapchat. I believe that charities are simply not doing enough to gain the awareness and support of the younger generation. We are the ones who will grow up and be relied upon to keep the charities afloat with our money, and in some cases, our work. Charities must make the most of their advertising opportunities, and grab the attention of the young early on; otherwise when the time comes, we simply will not have the knowledge, experience or awareness needed to keep the thousands of charities in the world running.
Snapchat holds many opportunities for a charity to get their point across. After having spent three years on Snapchat and having searched the internet for hours, I have only come across one charity that saw its potential and seemed to master it; the Danish branch of the WWF. Back in 2014, WWF Denmark launched their ‘#lastselfie’ campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the threat of extinction that many beloved animals are facing among teenagers. The campaign featured five different pictures of five different endangered animals, each captioned ‘don’t let this be my #lastselfie’. The picture encouraged you to share it with friends. These images went viral and within three days WWF had raised its target donations for the whole month. This perfectly showcases the massive potential snapchat has for charity advertisement; it just boils down to whether specific charities are able to adapt and consider the idea that their current social media campaigns may be perceived as dated by my age group.[3]
Teenagers are moving from platforms like Facebook to Snapchat, and have been doing so since Snapchat was launched in 2011. There is a great lack of charity awareness amongst youths; this is evident from a recent nfpSynergy research that revealed that 21% of those between 11 and 16 could not name a single charity[4]. This is not down to the young being less engaged and observant nowadays, as some many claim; I believe that it is more likely to be down to charities failing to wise up to modern social media trends quickly enough. Teenagers nowadays spend their time on Snapchat - if charities want to catch the attention and interest of the young, then they must first migrate to the relevant platforms.
To find out more on how you can take your campaign to snapchat go to: https://forbusiness.snapchat.com/

THE FIDELIO TRUST

The Fidelio Trust welcomes applications in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. It particularly welcomes applications from organisations or individuals at an early stage of their development.
Proposed grantees must be in real need of financial support and be particularly able and/or gifted.
Grants may be awarded to enable individuals or groups of exceptional ability to: 
o Receive special tuition or coaching, e.g. in the case of musicians, to attend Master Classes;
o Participate in external competitions;
o Be supported for a specially arranged performance; and/or
o Receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available. The Trust welcomes a match funding contribution as it’s charitable expenditure is limited to around £100,000 per annum.
Applications are accepted on behalf of individuals and groups who are practitioners or performers in the Arts as well as institutions and colleges providing opportunities for those studying, practicing or performing.
Proposed grantees must be recommended by an appropriate person in an institution, college, arts festival or similar organisation that can vouch for the abilities of the applicant.
There is no nationality restriction and the work for which money is sought may be overseas but the proposed recipient(s) must be based in the UK.
The person representing the recommending institution or organisation must vouch for the competence and skill of those for whom they are applying to Fidelio and state how they were selected. They should explain their professional relationship with the individual or group, and describe accurately the project or activity for which money is required.
The annual deadlines for receipt of applications are:
o 1st February;
o 1st June; and
o 1st October.
Application forms are available from the Trust's website and may be accompanied by a one page A4 letter.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to fidelio@act.eu.com
Contact details for the Trust are:
Tony Wingate
The Fidelio Charitable Trust
Golden Cross House
8 Duncannon Street
London
WC2N 4JF
Email:
 fidelio@act.eu.com
(Source: GRIN)

Big Lottery Fund Updates Guidelines for Awards for All Programmes

Running for more than 10 years, the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All grant programmes provides grants to local voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies across the UK for projects and activities which matter to people and communities.
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are intended to support projects that will finish within about 12 months and meet at least one of the following priorities:
  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
The grants can be used to fund training costs, volunteer expenses, staff costs, small capital projects, transport, one-off events, equipment and utilities/running costs.
All projects funded through the programme should include communities in the design, development and delivery of projects which help to improve their local community and the lives of people that are most in need.
The Big Lottery Fund is keen to support smaller organisations and will consider their income when making a decision.
Although applications can be submitted at any time, organisations should take into account that it takes about 10 weeks for the Big Lottery Fund to reach a decision and another two weeks to receive the funding.
Further information about the Awards for All programmes can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.
Source: Big Lottery Fund, 11/07/2017

Training for third sector organisations on developing bilingual services



Aims
This FREE training session, run by the Welsh Language Commissioner, will enable attendees to develop their organisation’s use of the Welsh language. It will provide information, research and practical advice to aid in planning for increasing the organisation’s Welsh language provision.
Content
What’s the role of the Welsh language within the third sector? How is it relevant to you, your organisation and your service users? How can you plan to ensure you meet the needs of your audience?
This half day training session will look at the advantages of the Welsh language, historical and current language context, the support available from the Welsh Language Commissioner and practical planning to develop your Welsh language provision.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the course learners will be able to
  • Understand the historical and contemporary Welsh language context
  • Understand the legislative and public policy situation in Wales
  • Understand the relevance of the Welsh language to their customers and service users
  • Describe the advantages of the Welsh language within the third sector
  • Evaluate their organisation’s current use of the Welsh language
  • Plan some initial steps towards developing their organisation’s use of the Welsh language
  • Identify and use the support and advice available, free of charge, from the Welsh Language Commissioner and others
Who this course is for
The training is suitable for
  • Workers, volunteers and trustees who want to gain a better understanding of the role of the Welsh language within their organisation
  • Staff members with responsibility for their organisation’s Welsh language provision
  • Individuals wanting to learn more about the relevance of the Welsh language to their role
Additional information
10am - 1pm
  • Please note: this training is not suitable for officers from organisations with a statutory obligation to provide Welsh language services. This includes public sector organisations and some from the third sector. There is further information on the Welsh Language Commissioner’s website . If you are uncertain, please get in touch for more information hybu@comisiynyddygymraeg.org / 08456 033 221 www.comisiynyddygymraeg.org/hybu
Date: 
21 September 2017 (0.5 Days) - PAVO Llandrindod Wells (LD1 6DF)
Trainer: 
Comisiynydd y Gymraeg


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A new online portal to provide trustees with tailored guidance will launch by the end of December 2017

The new charity services portal is intended to be a “one stop shop” that will make it easier for charities to “self serve” and track progress on any applications to the Commission, “a bit like Parcelforce”.  It will also ensure that “guidance and content is tailored” depending on the type and size of charity.  

Another digital service being tested at the moment is one which will make it possible to change a charity’s name in 24 hours, where currently it takes an average of 33 days. 

To read more Click here

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation provides grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK for small, local projects working to address community issues in areas of extreme Urban Deprivation or remote, socio-economically deprived rural areas.
The Foundation supports charities and not-for-profit organisations, including CICs, social enterprises, not-for-profit registered companies and voluntary organisations whose projects address the Foundation's two target areas:
1. Rural Isolation & Poverty - applications are accepted from organisations which are addressing issues in rural areas which are classified as being in the lowest 50% in terms of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation. Rural in this context means cities, towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants. For example:
o Projects providing transport for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged;
o Contact networks for the young disabled;
o Projects which encourage a sense of community such as community centres and village halls;
o Employment training schemes especially those promoting local, traditional crafts; or
o Projects addressing issues such as drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness.
2. Urban Deprivation - Applications are accepted from local or national charities or not-for-profit organisations which are working with residents of urban areas (ie more than 10,000 inhabitants) which are classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the lowest 20%. For example:
o Youth clubs;
o Training schemes to help people out of unemployment; or
o Drop in centres for the homeless.
Within these two overarching themes, the Charity is interested in the following three areas:
(a) Community Support, for example: 
o Work with young people;
o Community centres and village halls;
o Employability programmes;
o Volunteering;
o Healthy eating and living;
o Support for young carers;
o Respite services;
o Older people’s projects;
o Befriending;
o Intergenerational projects;
o Luncheon clubs;
o Help for refugees;
o Family support;
o Community transport;
o Sports projects;
o Rehabilitation of ex-offenders;
o Alcohol and drug misuse projects; or
o Domestic violence prevention and aftermath;
(b) Disability and Healthcare, for example:
o Projects in deprived areas for people of all ages with physical and/or sensory disabilitie;
o Support for people with mental health issues;
o Hospices;
o Projects for ex-service personnel;
o Community awareness and integration; or
o Music therapy projects.
(c) Arts, Education and Heritage, for example:
o Arts projects for people with disabilities;
o Performance or visual arts with a clear and strong community impact;
o Alternative education projects;
o Supplementary teaching;
o Heritage projects in marine or industrial areas which involve local people and have a demonstrable community benefit.
(d) Hospices
Trusthouse is interested in supporting capital projects at hospices throughout the UK. Applicants will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the total cost of the project and to identify a specific element of the project which a grant from Trusthouse would cover. Priority will be given to projects that benefit patients, rather than visitors or staff. Trusthouse does not give grants for hospice running costs. Although Trusthouse waives the need for hospices to comply with the requirement that applicants should be based in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote rural districts, preference will still be given to such areas, as the possibilities of local fundraising are more limited.
(e) Themed Grants Programme
Trusthouse runs three-year programmes focussing on a specific issue of interest to the Trustees. The next themed grant programme 'will probably' open in late 2017. Grants are available for covering overheads and salary costs are available capital projects, for one-off expenditures such as equipment and new builds are also available.
The Foundation offers the following levels of support:
o Small Grants: of between £1,000 and £6,000;
o Standard Grants: of between £6,001 and £12,000;
o Large Grants: of between £10,000 and £50,000 for capital projects only.
With effect from 1 July 2017, the maximum amount that applicants can request for Large Grants, Hospices, Village Halls and Community Centres was increased from £45,000 to £50,000. These grants are only for one-off capital projects where the total cost of the project is under £1 million (apart from hospices where there is no maximum total cost limit).
There is a 50% match funding requirement for all projects.
During the year ending 30th June 2016 the Foundation made grants of £2.86m (2015: £2.37m) to 300 applicants from 971 applications made (2015: 342 awards from 1,140 applications made). The success rate is therefore around 32%,
The following conditions apply:
o Groups with a total annual income of up to £100,000 can apply for Small Grants of up to £6,000 for revenue costs such as core costs, salaries, overheads, project costs. Decisions are made within four to six weeks;
o Groups with an income over £100,000 and under £250,000 can apply for Small Grants of up to £6,000 for one-off capital cost for new buildings, repairs and improvements, or the purchase of equipment. Decisions are made within four to six weeks.
o Groups with a total annual income of over £250,000 and under £500,000 can apply for Standard Grants of between £6,001 and £12,000 for revenue or one-off capital costs. The total cost of capital projects must be less than £1 million. Decisions are made quarterly.
o Groups with a total annual income of over £500,000 and under £5 million can apply for Large Grants of over £10,000 and up to £50,000 for one-off capital costs only. The total cost of the project must be for less than £1 million. Buildings must be owned by applicant or leased for a minimum of five years. Decisions are made quarterly.
o Village halls and community centres with any income up to £5 million can apply for village hall and community centre capital grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 for new builds, repairs, improvements or extensions. Decisions are made quarterly.
o Hospices only can apply for capital grants of between £6,000 and £50,000 for new builds, repairs, improvements, extensions and equipment purchase. Decisions are made quarterly.
All grants are for one year only. Funding is available for general running costs including salaries, core costs and overheads and capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment.
The Foundation operates a rolling programme and groups can apply at any time throughout the year.
Grants Committee meetings are held in February, late April/early May, July and late October/early November.
Applications need to be received at least six weeks before a meeting to be included on the agenda.
Small Grant applications can be made at any time through the year and will receive a final decision within six weeks.
The guidelines can be found on the Trust's website and applicants are urged to read the guidelines before starting the application process.
They should also use the online eligibility checker which will lead to the application form. Applicants will be taken through a short questionnaire to identify which type of grant is most suitable.
All applications should be submitted by post. For further information, visit the Trusthouse Foundation’s website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Judith Leigh
Grants Manager
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
65-68 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 2AD
Tel: 020 7264 4990
or
Marie Hale
Grants Officer for Small Grants
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
65-68 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 2AD
Tel: 020 7264 4990  

(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Fore Trust

The Fore Trust is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises.
The Fore will fund any organisation that is small (i.e. with an annual income less than £1m) and charitable. Applicants need to be UK registered, but can be a charity, social enterprise or community interest company.
Grants can be for up to £30,000 and are intended to help organisations develop or do something new.
Applicants need to explain what difference the funding will make and what it will enable the organisation to achieve. For example, a grant could enable an organisation to take a step forward in its development by giving it the opportunity to do something it couldn’t previously.
Successful applicants are also matched with friendly professional support – ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.
The Fore runs three twelve-week funding rounds to coincide with the academic calendar each year.
To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round.
Numbers for each round are capped to ensure every application is given the attention it deserves.
Registration is run on a first-come, first-serve basis and once the cap is reached, the round is closed, therefore applicants are strongly advised to register early.
Once successfully registered, organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink.
Registration for the Autumn 2017 round opens at 10am on Monday 24 July with an application deadline of Tuesday 29 August.
Funding decisions will be made by the first week in December 2017.
For further information, visit The Fore Trust website.
Contact details for The Fore Trust, which is part of the Bulldog Trust, are:
Mrs. Mary Gunn
The Bulldog Trust Ltd
2 Temple Place
London
WC2R 3BD
Tel: 02072 406044
Email:
 info@bulldogtrust.org

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 7 July 2017

W H Smith's Community Grants Scheme

W H Smith’s Community Grants scheme is funded by the 5p carrier bag levy and is available across the UK, with a preference for supporting community projects in areas where W H Smith has retail outlets. 
The W H Smith Group Charitable Trust is an independed registered charity (no. 1013782) based in Swindon, Wiltshire.
The Trust has the following charitable objectives:
o Support local charities in communities across the UK; and
o Promote literacy and a love of reading.  
Grants of up to £500 are available to:
o Registered or Exempt Charities;
o Constituted voluntary organisations;
o Community groups; and
o Schools and pre-schools.
There is no match funding requirement.
A wide range of community projects can be funded.
Although W H Smith outlets can be found in many town centres, the W H Smith Group Charitable Trust allocated grants totalling just £128,589 (2014: £122,549) during the year ending 31 December 2015.
Previous awards have included:
o Devizes Canoe Club;
o Friends of Dorchester School;
o Savernake Forest Scouts Group;
o Wiltshire Air Ambulance;
o Homestart; and
o Reminiscence Learning, the multi-award winning dementia charity based in Wellington, Somerset. 
The following are not eligible for a grant:
o Party political organisations;
o Religious organisations;
o Military organisations;
o Individuals;
o Expeditions; or
o Overseas travel.
The application periods each year are :
o 1 April to 30 September; and
o 1 October to 31 March.
A short application form can be completed online on the Trust’s website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
W H Smith Trust
Greenbridge Road
Swindon
SN3 3LD
Tel: 01793 562824
Email:
 communitygrants@whsmith.co.uk
(Source: GRIN)