Thursday, 26 January 2017


During 2017 the Postcode Local Trust will fund projects that are of local importance across England, Scotland and Wales that support wildlife areas, sustainability initiatives, local indoor and outdoor spaces and citizenship, such as local volunteering projects.
Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in Great Britain are eligible to apply for:
(a) Grants between £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and
(b) Grants for up to £10,000 for those in Wales.
PLEASE NOTE: this is an extremely competitive grant programme with high levels of unsuccessful applicants. Potential applicants are herefore strongly advised to read the programme’s guidance notes before applying.
The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
1. Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with the Charity Commission/OSCR (the Scottish Charity Regulator) can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding;
2. Applicants that are registered with the Charity Commission/OSCR and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 (or £10,000 in Wales) in funding. 
Funding is available for activities, such as:
Enhancing outdoor spaces such as community gardens. community orchards,  play areas (especially those made with sustainable wood sources or recycled materials);
Local, biodiversity improvements or habitat restoration such as wildflower meadow creation, flood prevention schemes, hedgerow boundary improvements, wetland area enhancements and tree planting/woodland creation;
Outdoor education projects delivered with local communities by environmental charities;
Green Energy projects which create more sustainable solutions to lowering; for example, energy costs in a community centre, solar panel, wind turbine or micro-hydro schemes;
Cultural heritage of an area, such as stories or exhibitions; and
Volunteering initiatives that help local projects, local areas and local people through, for example, uniform youth organisations.
Projects must:
o Have a clear charitable purpose and show visible results within 12 months of receipt of grant payment; and
o Demonstrate a sustainable impact beyond its original duration.
Priority will be given to projects that are:
o Creative, far-reaching and will leave a long-term impact once completed; and
o Focused on improving the environment for the benefit of local communities and encourage conservation action at a local level.
The following organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,000:
o Companies limited by guarantee with a non-profit purpose;
o Constituted voluntary organisation with no charity number;
o Community Interest Company with no charity number;
o Constituted sports group with no charity number; and
o Organisations with tax exempt status but no registered charity number.
The following organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales):
o Constituted sports organisation that is registered with the OSCR or the Charity Commission;
o Organisation with registered Charity number from OSCR or the Charity Commission.
The Trust will consider applications from branches of national charities if the branch has its own charity registration number. However, this does not extend to local Wildlife Trusts.
All applicants must be able to provide proof they are a constituted organisation and have an organisation bank account.
All registered charities, with an income above £25,000, should have a financial reserves strategy in place.
There is a long list of items that cannot be applied for. These can be found on page 10 of the Guidance Notes (see link at the foot of the page).
There will be two grant rounds in 2017, with a two stage application process.
Expressions of interest will be accepted as follows:
Round 1 Expressions of Interest: Monday 23 January 2017 to Friday 10 February 2017;
Round 2 Expressions of interest: Tuesday 1 August 2017 to Friday 18 August 2017.
Guidance notes and an online application form can be found on the Trust's website.
Contact details for the Postcode Local Trust are:
People's Postcode Lottery
76 George Street
Tel: 0131 555 7287
(Source: GRIN)

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