Thursday, 29 June 2017

New rules added to Code ahead of FPS launch with immediate effect | UK Fundraising

New rules added to Code ahead of FPS launch with immediate effect | UK Fundraising: The Fundraising Regulator has added new requirements to the Code of Fundraising Practice in advance of the Fundraising Preference Service’s launch on 6th July 2017

Powys Pennies

Funding has been provided by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) and Powys County Council (PCC) employees through the collection of the odd pennies (max 99p) taken from their monthly salaries.
The scheme is open to the majority of employees throughout the Public Service Board (PSB). Staff are given the opportunity to sign up to the Powys Pennies scheme as a way of raising funds for the benefit of local community projects and charities in Powys, in addition adding to the delivery of the One Powys outcomes for Powys' people.  

PAVO's Chief Officer Carl Cooper said:
'PAVO is delighted to share with PCC a payroll giving scheme called 'Powys Pennies'. We have now collected enough money to distribute an inaugural round of small, community grants. Often a small amount of money can make a huge difference to a community in supporting the well being of its people.
We are enormously grateful to PCC and PAVO employees that participate in this scheme by donating the pence at the end of their monthly salary. We trust you agree that your generosity has made a significant difference to people's lives. We'd be delighted to see more employees joining the scheme in order that we help a greater number of people in the future'.

For more information or to apply please download the guidance notes and application form here.
The closing date for all applications will be close of business on 31st July 2017.
Successful applicants will receive their funding by 1st September 2017.

Fitton Trust

The Fitton Trust is a discretionary grant-making Trust and a registered charity (no. 208758) with the following charitable objectives:
“Income payable to or applicable for any institution, object or purpose which is legally charitable in such shares and proportions and is such manner as the trustees shall in their absolute discretion think fit”.
By ‘discretionary’ in this instance we mean that the Trust likes to keep its options open and will fund a wide range of charitable causes.
Nominally grants up to £1,000 are available, but in actuality the vast majority of grants are for between £150 and £350.
During the year ending 5 April 2016 the Trust made awards to 184 registered charities and voluntary organisations (2015: 279 awards).
Grants made or agreed during the year totalled £39,350 (2015. 60,950)
There is no specified requirement for match funding.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website.
Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time in writing.
The Trustees meet three times a year to consider applications.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Trust Secretary
The Fitton Trust
PO Box 661
West Broyle
PO19 9JS

(The Trust does not provide an email address or telephone number.)  

(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Variety Club’s Equipment Grants scheme

The Variety Club’s Equipment Grants scheme offers funding for specialist equipment which will be of clear direct benefit to a child or children up to the age of 18 with a disability/disabilities and/or with special needs.
The scheme aims to provide whatever equipment is required, whether it is: 
o Medical, such as monitoring equipment;
o Basic care like feeding tubes or hoists; or
o Sensory play or mobility equipment for a nursery or playgroup.
There is no lower or upper limit on the level of grant which may be awarded. However, most grants are for less than £5,000. Many requests are for sums under £1,000.
Applications can be made on behalf of individual children. These must be supported by a letter from an appropriately qualified medical professional, such as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or paediatrician.
Applications can also be made from non-profit making groups and organisations working with children up to, and including, the physical age of 18 years. These include statutory bodies (schools and hospitals), hospices and small registered charities. The applicant must confirm that they will take responsibility to arrange for the maintenance and insurance of any equipment funded by Variety.
Funding is not available for:  
o Standard household equipment/furnishings;
o Standard medical equipment;
o Repayment of loans;
o Garden adaptions;
o Garden sheds or summerhouses;
o Cost of a family/wheelchair adapted vehicle;
o Administrative/salary costs;
o Laptops, iPads, computer hardware;
o Maintenance or on-going costs;
o Travel costs;
o Therapy sessions;
o Reimbursement of funds already paid out;
o Hire, rental costs or down payments;
o Trips abroad or holiday costs;
o Trampolines (due to safety aspect);
o Medical treatment or research;
o Education/tuition fees;
o Trikes, bikes or buggies.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
Application forms are available to download from the Variety Club website.
Payments are usually made on receipt of invoices from the supplier.
Contact details for the scheme are:
Julie Thomas
Grants Programme Manager
Variety Club
Variety House
93 Bayham Street
London NW1 0AG
Tel: 0207 428 8120

(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 23 June 2017

Tyfu Fyny (Growing Up), a new initiative to boost community growing and local food projects in Wales, will be launched today [Friday, 23 June] at a unique gathering for community gardeners and farmers at Ffarm Moelyci near Bangor.
There’s been a huge boom in community growing in Wales over the last few years, led by interest in issues such as future food security, climate change and health and well-being. There are now more than 400 community growing groups in Wales, according to the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which has set up the Tyfu Fyny initiative with funding from the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Plan 2014-2020.

Research* has shown how local community growing projects can help bring communities closer together, boost health and well being, educate children about where their food comes from and increase skills.
Tyfu Fyny also fits with a number of Welsh Government agendas** on the environment, health, education and training, economic development and community development. It will also deliver on overarching sustainable development commitments including climate change.

Among the stand-out features of Tyfu Fyny will be an emphasis on getting Welsh business involved – research suggests businesses that work with community projects not only benefit from better staff morale and improved team work, but also has significant impact on a business’s reputation and ability to attract investment.
There will also be intensive support and mentoring for Community Supported Agriculture, where local communities buy shares in working farms, and care farming - where farms are used as therapy spaces.

Tyfu Fyny will be officially launched at the All Wales Gathering for community growers and farmers at Ffarm Moelyci, near Bangor, one of the UK’s first community owned farms. The Gathering, which runs until Saturday, is a chance for all community growing projects in Wales to come together to share, learn and celebrate. There will be informative and practical workshops, opportunities to meet and hear from projects around Wales.
FCFCG Wales Manager Emma Williams said: “The Tyfu Fyny project supports all types of community growing projects in Wales. From community gardens to community supported agriculture projects (CSAs), care farms to orchards, community farms to street planting projects, if you’re bring people together to farm, garden or grow we can help.
We’re really pleased to be able to officially launch Tyfu Fyny at the gathering. Previous events have brought volunteers and staff from community growing sites across Wales together to strengthen the movement, learn new skills and feed in to policy, and this year’s will carry on that tradition.”

(Source: Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens)

NEW!! - Powys Pennies Grant Scheme

Local community projects and charities in Powys are being encouraged to apply for funds through the Powys Pennies Grant Scheme.
Grants are available for small organisations in Powys with a turnover under £20,000. All applications from community projects and charities are welcomed but preference will be given to applications working in the health and social care, children and young people, mental health, community transport and community development/regeneration sector.
The funding must directly benefit the organisation group or community through a specific one off activity and not be used for core organisational costs.
The grant scheme is funded by Powys County Council and Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) employees through the collection of the odd pennies taken from their monthly salaries. When staff receive their net pay it is rounded down to the nearest pound, the pennies that are left over contribute towards community grants.
Staff have been given the opportunity to sign up to the Powys Pennies scheme as a way of raising funds for the benefit of local community projects in Powys.
Carl Cooper, Chief Executive Officer said: “PAVO is delighted to share with PCC a payroll giving scheme called 'Powys Pennies'. We have now collected enough money to distribute an inaugural round of small, community grants. Often a small amount of money can make a huge difference to a community in supporting the wellbeing of its people.
“We are enormously grateful to PCC and PAVO employees that participate in this scheme by donating the pence at the end of their monthly salary. We trust you agree that your generosity has made a significant difference to people's lives. We'd be delighted to see more employees joining the scheme in order that we help a greater number of people in the future.”
Cllr James Evans, Cabinet Member for HR and Communications said: “Powys County Council are delighted that the payroll giving scheme that staff have contributed towards is now available to support and fund local groups and charities across Powys.”
Applications for the scheme will run until Monday, July 31, 2017. Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of PAVO trustees and PCC County Councillors. All projects and activities will need to be completed by 31st March 2018. 
If you are interested in applying for funding or finding out more about the scheme visit
Alternatively contact Sarah Leyland-Jones or telephone 01597 822191.

Quadstar Foundation

This new Quadstar Foundation grant programme offers funding for projects that are working towards one or more of the following outcomes:
o Improving children and young people’s emotional resilience and mental wellbeing;
o Increasing children and young people’s opportunities; and/or
o Empowering children and young people to become more confident and pursue their aspirations.
Priority will be given to organisations that are attempting to become more financially sustainable.
The grants can be used for any element of the organisation's work as long as it is charitable. Grants must be spent within a 24-month period.
Registered charities, voluntary and community groups, not for profit social enterprises and/or Community Interest Companies may apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £10,000. Match funding is not an essential requirement.
To be eligible, applicants must:
o Be a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise;
o Have an annual income of less than £300,000;
o Have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules;
o Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members (or two for social enterprises);
o Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the organisation’s name, with at least two unrelated signatories;
o Have a Child Protection Policy; and
o Be working in the UK.
The Quadstar Foundation expects successful applicants to be proactive in identifying areas they require support with, taking part in mentoring and networking events.
Beyond the life of the grant, the Foundation anticipates successful applicants will have an on-going relationship with the Foundation to enable subsequent grant holders to benefit from their skills and experience.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o National charities or organisations with an annual income exceeding £300,000;
o Applications from or on behalf of individuals;
o Projects where a significant part of the grant will be passed to another organisation to deliver activities;
o Statutory organisations, eg, projects within the NHS, or projects for school-aged children in school time, projects which should be funded by public services;
o Activities which are political or religious in intention, practice or appearance;
o Projects that have already started or taken place;
o Loan repayments, contingency costs and fundraising;
o Overseas travel; or
o Research.
There is a two-stage application process. Applicants that are successful at the first stage will be invited to submit a stage two application form with supporting documents.
Applications should be made via the Quadstar Foundation website.
The deadline for stage one applications is 5pm on Monday 3 July 2017.  There will be one further funding round in 2017.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Lou Cook
Grants and Development Manager
Quadstar Foundation
Hazeley Bottom
RG27 8LU
Tel: 01252 845 988

(Source: GRIN)

Monday, 19 June 2017


We will be coming to Knighton on:

Tuesday 27th June 2017
10.30 am - 2 pm
Knighton Community Support Offices

Appointments must be booked by phoning 01597 822191.

Hope to see you there.

The Future of Fundraising

The Heart of Experian Charity Fund

The Heart of Experian Charity Fund is a small, independent charity (no. 1159286), founded in November 2014, which provides funding to assist small groups and organisations that are often not heard to work at a grassroots level and help them become sustainable.
Eligible projects must:
o Make the applicant’s organisation or project more sustainable;
o Relate to financial inclusion, financial education, entrepreneurship or developing skills useful in business;
o Have a long-term benefit for the community;
o Have a clear approach or strategy for attracting future funding or otherwise ensuring the continuation of the project;
o Demonstrate that they have a project manager with appropriate experience to be able to successfully deliver the project; and
o Have not received funding from the Charity Fund in the past 12 months.
Grants of up to £5,000 are availablePLEASE NOTE, however, that the Charity is still building up its grant-making. In its first recorded year of operation for the year ending 31 March 2016, its grants and donations totalled just £37,688. Priority is given to applicants that have already secured match funding.
Eligible applicants must have:
o A gross annual income of £500,000 or less in the most recent full financial year;
o A written constitution and a management committee;
o A bank account in the group's name;
o Accounts available to view on the Charity Commission website (or include a copy when submitting an application);
o Unrestricted reserves that are less than six months’ running costs; and
o A charitable project which requires funding of £5,000 or less and benefits the local community.
Grants are not available for:
o National charities;
o Supporting individuals; or
o Salary costs (unless the applicant has a clear strategy for the position’s future sustainability).
Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the charity on a quarterly basis.
Further information and an application form are available on the Heart of Experian Charity Fund’s website.
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Community Involvement Team
The Heart of Experian Charity Fund
Riverleen House
Electric Avenue
NG80 1RH
Tel: 0115 992 2431

(Source: GRIN)

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Active Spaces is a new national programme which will create activity programmes to inspire the most inactive communities to get active and use their local outdoor spaces.
The programme will secure 50 new Fields in Trust protected sites across the UK and help increase participation in many different physical activities in local parks, playing fields and green spaces which will be protected for future generations to use and enjoy.
The programme is also designed to encourage people, particularly the most inactive communities, to participate in physical activity, sport and play. Inactivity in this programme 'inactivity' is defined as being those individuals doing less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
The Fund is intended for programmes on a newly protected Fields in Trust field (2017 onwards – contact the Fields in Trust or see its website for more information - there's a postcode checker at this LINK which is well worth having a look at as there are likely to be more  Fields in Trust sites in your area than you might expect).
Landowners, which will often be local authorities, particularly Parish Councils, can opt to select a programme to be delivered on the site by one of Fields in Trust’s national partners to the equivalent value of £5,000, or apply to deliver a programme themselves via a local delivery agent.
The following conditions apply:
o The physical activity programme must take place at the newly protected Fields in Trust field;
o The field should be located within an area that has a level of physical inactivity within the target groups that is higher than the regional average - Sport England or  your local Active Sports Partnership should be able to provide information about local levels of inactivity);
o The landowner must be able to demonstrate a commitment to tackling physical inactivity;
o The programme should aim to engage inactive people, including those from any of the following groups: 
> disabled people;
> women and girls;
> people from lower socio-economic groups;
> those at risk of long-term health conditions;
> people from particular ethnic groups; and
> older people aged 55 and over.
o The Active Spaces programme should aim to be a catalyst to deliver longer term sustainable physical activity opportunities, particularly if the landowner plans to apply for an associated capital grant;
o Programme deliverers must commit to monitoring the programme through the registration and surveying of activity participants, via the programme forms included as appendices to the guidance notes. (If a landowner selects to use a Fields in Trust delivery partner, this partner will be responsible for this monitoring.)
o Programme deliverers and landowners must be able to commit to a target of engaging previously inactive people during the programme. (Engagement is defined as attendance of at least 50% of the total sessions.)
o Programmes must be completed within 12 months of a programme being awarded.
Examples of the type of project that could be funded include:
o Fitness bootcamps;
o Jogging introductory sessions;
o Walking football/cricket programmes;
o Outdoor fitness equipment coaching programmes; or
o Other sport taster sessions.
The following are ineligible for funding::
o One-off events;
o Projects which have already started;
o Projects solely aimed at primary school children;
o Projects previously run at the site in question;  and
o Recoverable VAT.
Applications should be made by the landowner of the Fields in Trust field.
Applications can be supported by local user groups such as sports clubs and 'Friends of the Park' and their involvement in the programme is encouraged. If it is not the landowner leading on the programme delivery then a supporting statement from the landowner is required.
Applicants should provide a basic budget for their programme if submitting an application not using a Fields in Trust delivery partner, including estimated costs, and any funding from other sources, along with the £5,000 grant requested from Fields in Trust. A budget is not necessary for applicants not opting to work with a Fields in Trust delivery partner.
Applications will be assessed on site suitability and project impact and the assessment will also consider whether local funding has been secured to increase project value.
Once  the full quota of eligible and approved applicants in the region the fund shall close.
Application is by application form, available on the Trust's website. The deadline for applications to be considered in the first round is Friday 7th July 2017.
Applicants will be notified of the decision within three weeks of application submission, except where clarification or further information is requested.
For further information about this programme, visit the Fields in Trust website.
Fields in Trust Cymru
Manager: Rhodri Edwards
Sport Wales National Centre
Sophia Gardens
CF11 9SW
T: 02920 334 935

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Rosa’s Woman to Woman Fund Opens for Round 2

Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, is inviting applications from across the UK to round two of its Woman to Woman Fund.
Rosa's Woman to Woman Fund offers grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to local grassroots women’s organisations with an income of less than £100,000. Rosa especially wants to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas in the UK.
The funding is for proposals that:
  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, lesbian, bisexual or transgender women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.
The work must fit into one of Rosa’s four pillars which underpin the issues facing women and girls today:
  • Leadership and representation
  • Safety
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Economic justice
Although in round two there is particular interest in the pillar of economic justice, applications across the four pillars will be considered.
Rosa is particularly interested in funding work that increases impact and sustainability. Therefore grants can pay for core costs such as staff salaries, office rent and staff training; as well as project costs such as drop-in support services, mobilising volunteers and outreach. Rosa is committed to supporting voluntary sector organisations pay the living wage. Grants made towards staff costs will be paid a minimum of a Living Wage where possible.
No fewer than 100 groups will be supported. Any grants awarded must be spent within 12 months of receipt. In addition to grants, Rosa will provide additional support that women’ groups say they need, including mentoring, training and networking opportunities.
Charitable organisations in the UK can apply as long as they are a local women's sector organisation which is not part of a national enterprise, with an income of less than £100,000 per year or employ less than two full-time paid members of staff.
There is a two stage application process. The deadline for stage one applications is 6 July 2017 (5pm).
Full details can be found on the Rosa website.
Source: Rosa, 06/06/2017

Grants available for theatre and performing arts groups from Powys County Council

(Source: Powys County Council)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


The £10 million Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund is currently available to local not-for-profit community groups that have a charitable purpose (for example, charities, clubs, social enterprises, residents associations, parish councils) that can help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to obtain and use smart meters.
The programme is especially aimed at projects that can reach those who may face barriers to getting a smart meter.
This funding round is for projects which are specifically targeted at and engage people over 65 with no personal internet access to provide reassurance and handholding support to help them understand and realise the benefits of smart meters. This could involve a range of activities, including incorporating smart meter messages into existing services and events or running specific advice sessions on smart meters.
Small grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available during 2017. There is no match funding requirement. Funded projects must commence on or after 7 August 2017 and be completed by 1 December 2017.  The funding is only available in England, Wales and Scotland.
Alongside the fund, an online resource centre will offer materials, such as posters, leaflets and training resources, to any organisation that wants to help people benefit from smart meters
During 2016, 62 small grants were awarded to local organisations and 18 large grants were awarded to regional organisations.
To be eligible, applicants must have:
o A UK-based bank account in the organisation's name;
o Financial procedures that require two signatories for withdrawals and cheques;
o A governing body with at least three members;
o A governing document such as a constitution or set of rules with a dissolution clause to ensure funds go to a charitable organisation;
o An annual report and accounts or an income and expenditure account;
o A safeguarding policy if working with adults at risk; and
o Adequate insurance cover.
There's a long list of exclusions for this fund, including:
o Activities which are not targeted at or do not engage people over the age of 65 who have no personal internet access;
o Existing activities;
o Projects or activities that are not focussed on programme outcomes and priority groups;
o Organisations that are not considered charitable;
o Retrospective costs;
o Beneficiary groups not in England, Scotland or Wales;
o Projects or activities that cannot be completed by the programme end date;
o Individuals;
o The promotion of political or religious objectives;
o Work that is primarily the responsibility of statutory authorities;
o Core funding for the applicant organisation (eg. general operating costs, central costs, running costs, management, administration and office costs, overheads and support costs);
o Projects or activities which do not demonstrate additional activity to ‘business as usual’ activities and are not smart meter specific;
o Costs to produce content for radio or television;
o Costs to produce content for social media;
o Costs for the design of monitoring and evaluation surveys (as these will be provided by Smart Energy GB) and any costs for research;
o Costs to print any items which may be downloaded for free from the partner section of the Smart Energy GB Resource centre;
o Costs for paid advertising or production costs of existing newsletters or brochures which are already being produced as part of the applicant’s ‘business as usual’ activities;
o Costs to undertake engagement with MPs or elected Local Authority members; and
o Organisations that are a member or branch of one of CAF’s national partners, where the project would duplicate existing activity with the national partner.
There are two applications rounds in 2017:
Round 1 is open from Monday 12 June until 5pm Wednesday 19 July 2017 with applicants notified in early August;
o Round 2 is expected to open in August 2017 and close in September with notification of decisions in October.
Guidance notes and an application form can be found on the CAF website.
The completed application form should be submitted online or by email.
Contact details for the Fund are:
Smart Energy GB in Communities
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
25 Kings Hill Avenue
Kings Hill
West Malling
ME19 4TA
Tel: 03000 123 346
(Source: GRIN)

Monday, 12 June 2017


For agencies working in the field of health and well-being, this one-off grant programme could represent an opportunity to form a partnership with a local library to develop a collaborative funding proposal to the Carnegie Trust.
The aims of the Engaging Libraries Fund are to:
o Create new ways for local communities to use and engage with libraries;
o Give libraries the resources and time to experiment and explore how they can deliver projects that creatively and critically engage their communities/audiences with health and wellbeing topics;
o Enable people to connect with topics about health and well-being in ways that are interesting and accessible to them; and
o Support libraries to share and reflect on their experience of public engagement and share learning about the barriers and opportunities that public engagement methodologies bring to the health and well-being offer within libraries.
UK Public libraries can apply for the following funding:
£5,000 - £15,000 to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme. While most applications are expected to fall within this bracket, there is an opportunity to request up to £25,000 for more ambitious projects;
o A package of support from library and public engagement experts;
o A Kickstarter Day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and support to think about your evaluation. There will also be the chance to meet other projects; and
o An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience is captured and shared more widely.
The programme is aiming to support around 8-10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018.
The Carnegie UK Trust is looking for applications that involve one or more activities and events that:
o Involve engaging with members of the community in creative and imaginative ways;
o Engage people on the themes connected to health and well-being which local audiences can relate to in ways that are accessible and relevant to them;
o Are a two-way process, which may involve activities like participation, conversation, interaction and listening;
o Are developed and delivered directly by library staff inside or outside the library space with others or are developed and delivered in partnership with others, with activity happening inside the library space.
Eligible costs include:
o Direct activity and production costs including venue costs, equipment and materials;
o Project travel costs, including costs of travel to monitoring meeting and attendance at relevant UK conferences;
o Project administration costs where these are not already covered by other funding;
o Project publicity costs;
o Contingency - as long as reasonable and justified;
o Personnel costs directly related to the project, including backfill, salary replacement or cover and consultancy costs, project management fees;
o Travel expenses to attend the Kickstarter workshop.
The funding will not cover:
o Core overheads not related to the project, e.g. heating, rent;
o Expenses incurred in submitting an application;
o Costs arising prior to the start date of the project;
o Arts for therapeutic purposes;
o Projects that are not collaborative; or
o Applications which are primarily aimed at health promotion or delivering arts for therapeutic purposes.
Applicants must first read the application pack and then apply using the online application form which can be found on the Carnegie UK Trust website.
Applicants are required to register on the site first.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 23 August 2017.
Contact details for the Engaging Libraries Fund are:
Georgina Bowyer
Projects Officer
Carnegie UK Trust
Comley Park House
Dunfermline KY12 7EJ
Tel: 01383 721 445
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 9 June 2017

Call for expressions of interest for 2018-21 Section 64 mental health grant

Call for expressions of interest for 2018-21 Section 64 mental health grant

Funding is available for third sector organisations to run projects across Wales. 

This will be a bidding round for funding to be made available from 2018-21. Grant assistance will be provided to successful voluntary organisations delivering mental health projects on an all Wales basis which support Together for Mental Health outcomes including the priorities associated with its delivery plan for 2016-19
Please submit expressions of interest no later than 6pm on Friday 30 June 2017


The Asda Foundation provides grant funding to support capital costs, including buildings, renovations, vehicles and equipment such as computers and audio systems.
Projects must make a significant difference to local communities and the people who live there, while meeting the following objectives:
o Identify opportunities, initiatives and new ways to support local communities;
o The charity/good cause has developed a relationships with the local store, depot or home office at a grassroots level;
o Tackle the underlying problems in the local community;
o Apply evidence from programmes of community needs and aspirations to develop their existing model;
o Benefits the wider community and is not just supporting a single user group;
o There is a proven need for the facility locally;
o The project  will make a real long term difference;
o The project will  transform the community, improving the lives of those who live there.
Funding is at the discretion of the Trust. Grants awarded last years ranged from less than £1,000 to £383,536
During the year ending 31 December 2015 the Foundation made charitable donations totalling 4,640.863 to around 300 projects.
Registered charities and local not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply. To be eligible, applicants must:
o Have the experience and capacity to deliver and maintain the project;
o Have a current 3-5 year project plan in place;
o Have the systems in place to ensure their finances are well managed.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Revenue costs only, such as salaries and overhead costs;
o Individuals;
o For-profit organisations;
o Projects that will benefit only one user group;
o Projects with similar facilities in the applicant's community;
o Schools;
o Religious centres;
o Parks; or
o Government owned buildings.
Unsuccessful applicants will not be able to reapply for the same project.
The application process is as follows:
1. Groups should first complete the online eligibility checker, which can be found on the Asda Foundation website;
2 Groups whose projects fit the Foundation's guidelines and criteria should then contact their Community Champion at their local Asda to see if this is something they wish to support locally;
3. Applications must be approved and signed by the project co-ordinator and the General Store Manager;
4. Applications will be reviewed by the Asda Foundation team. If additional information is required the Community Champion will be contacted;
5. Successful applications will be put to the board of trustees who review applications on a monthly basis.
Applications may be made at any time.
For further information, visit the Asda Foundation website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
The ASDA Foundation
Asda House
Great Wilson Street
LS11 5AD
Tel: 0113 243 5435  

(The Foundation does not provide an email address.)  

(Source: GRIN)


Edge News

Edge is now in the middle of its seventh funding round, working with members to score applications and continue to support the ever urgent work of radical grassroots groups. If you'd like to see the timeline for this current funding round, check out our website

Once groups have been shortlisted, we'll be hosting a funding day on July 15th in Birmingham. If you're already a member please come and join us to help decide how we share out the funds. If you'd like to become a member, just fill out these quick questions and get them back to me asap.

We're also celebrating five years of funding grassroots groups and communities. Please save Saturday August 5th in your diary to come and share a nostalgic evening with us. Expect music, food, dancing and lots of political banter.

Natasha Nkonde
Regional Organiser (South England & Wales)
07767 126 915 / 0300 123 1965

(Source:  Edge Fund)