Funding to Tackle Fuel Poverty

The next closing date for applications to the Scottish Power Energy People Trust is the 24th May 2017.

The Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty.

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that:

• Provide energy efficiency advice

• Improve home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and or other practical measures

• Carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits

• Provide assistance to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply.

Applications are particularly welcome from charities who work with children, young people and families.

Previous projects supported include: YMCA Glasgow which received a grant of £58,177 for a projects that – Glasgow Energy Saving Initiative aims to provide an energy efficiency advice service to people currently, or in the future, residing within supported accommodation projects across Central Scotland.

Through advice and implementation of energy saving initiatives, YMCA will significantly reduce energy bills and the impact on the environment and carbon footprint.

Helping The Active Stay Active When Life Changes

Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 are available through Sport England’s new “Core Active” programme which aims to help people stay active when life changes.

Life changes could include:
• Serious injury or illness
• Moving house
• Starting a new job
• Having a baby
• Retiring.

The programme will support a range of sports and non-sports organisations who have the ability to engage with active people at different life changes and help underrepresented groups stay active.

Projects funded through the programme can last for up to four years.

Eligible applicants could include health professionals supporting people who have a serious injury or illness to find an activity that fits their current situation; colleges and universities supporting people who are starting a new phase of education; or
housing associations supporting those moving house find new activities in their local area; etc.

The closing date for submitting expressions of interest is 5pm on the 22nd May 2017.

PRS For Music Foundation Open Grants Programme

Not for profit organisations based in the UK with projects that involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music of any genre have until the 8th May to apply for up to £10,000 of funding from the current round of the Open Fund for organisations.
The Open Fund is available to any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK with an eligible project, this includes:
• Promoters
• Festivals
• Orchestras and large ensembles
• Talent development or composer development organisations
• Venues
• Curators.

The programme’s priority is to support an exciting range of projects which have clear musical outcomes and tangible benefits for music creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.

The funding can be used to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, commissions of new music by UK based creators, music creators’ residencies and live programmes featuring new UK music.

The activity that you are requesting funding for must start at least 12 weeks after the deadline.

MoD Funding Available for Armed Forces Day Events

Individuals and local groups that would like to hold an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day can apply for funding from the Ministry of Defence.

The event can be anywhere in the UK and the funding can be used for:
• A picnic in the park
• Themed BBQ
• Knees up in your living room
• Street party or fête; etc.

Applicants should try to hold their event on or in the weeks around Saturday 24 June 2017.

The amount of funding the MoD will provide must cover 50% or less of the total costs of running the event and the deadline for submitting applications is the 30th April 2017.

Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website.

Organise Your Own Event

Comic Relief Community Cash Fund Re-Opens

Comic Relief, together with local Community Foundations have announced that the Community Cash Fund has re-opened for applications.
Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for community groups across the UK with an income of under £100,000 for projects that make a positive impact in their communities.

Priority will be given to applicants that are:
• New to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding
• In areas of high deprivation; in geographically underfunded areas
• With lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation
• With innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need
• Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful.

The type of activities that could be supported through the Community Cash Fund include (this is an example but not a definitive list):
• Foodbanks
• Counselling and advice services
• Disability sports clubs/activities
• Training, skill building and volunteering projects
• Community groups and set up costs for new groups
• Support groups
The applications deadlines are different for each of the local Community Foundation.
For more information, click on the link below and then select the Community Foundation for your area.

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Who will benefit from the Gazette £25k cash pot?

Who will benefit from their £25k cash pot?

Have your say.

The hunt is on for deserving groups who could benefit from a share in a massive £25,000 cash pot.

The Gazette is delighted to team up once again with Swallowdale Children’s Trust to give away grants to help young people across the Fylde coast.

The grants are available for deserving groups and individuals under 25 years of age who are in need of a helping hand. Schools, community groups, sports clubs and societies are eligible to apply for a grant which will make a real difference to your cause.

Last year’s beneficiaries ranged from scout and guide groups to youth clubs to sports teams as well as individuals.It doesn’t matter what the money is for.

A group may need a new clubhouse, or essential equipment, or financial assistance to improve facilities.

Cash might be needed to take members on a special trip or outing.Individuals may be in need of essential household items, trying to cope with a new addition to the family, or need to attend training or education courses to improve your career prospects.

The Gazette received 70 applications last year for a share in £10,000.With a bigger pot this time around the Swallowdale trustees are hoping to reach even more young people in need.

Chairman Nigel Law said: “The Trustees of the Swallowdale Children’s Trust are delighted that The Gazette has agreed again to join forces with us, this time with a £25,000 giveaway.“Since 1894 the trust has been supporting the young people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

“Initially this was by supporting an orphanage, but in recent years we have been supporting applicants by providing, beds and bedding, clothing and carpets and we have also supported nursery fees, course fees and equipment, wet rooms and other essentials for this in exceptional circumstances.

“This giveaway will enable groups and individuals to make applications via The Gazette for a share of the fund. “I urge all the applicants to make sure that their application is supported by a third party. This will assist the Trustees when they make their final decision.”

To apply for a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, simply email us at [email protected] with Swallowdale in the subject field, or write to them at Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP to arrive no later than Friday April 28 2017.

Tell them in no more than 250 words why you feel you deserve a helping hand from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, how you would specifically use a grant and what a difference it would make to you or your community group.

Add your name,address, name of organisation if applicable, and a contact telephone number.

Standard Gazette competition rules apply.

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust Grant

The Trust gives grants that allow disadvantaged young people to take up opportunities to develop an exciting interest in the great outdoors.

They usually support programmes run by schools and youth groups, exclusively within the UK. The Trust is likely to support groups representing those who are disadvantaged or who face particular challenges.

The grain aims to support specific projects that encourage young people to further their existing skills and gain new experiences.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding Available To Help Volunteering

The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants of up to £500 to help young people of up to 30 or small groups of young people run a volunteering project in their local area.

The fund seeks to support projects that enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society such as:
 The homeless
 Those with drug dependency problems
 People with disabilities.
For further information on how to apply contact [email protected], or call 020 7278 6601.


Ironmongers Company’s grants programme

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme.

In particular, the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfill their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills.

Projects could, for example:

 Support special educational needs
 Address behavioural problems or promote citizenship
 Parenting or life skills.
Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2017.


Funding to Support Arts Projects

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2017.
The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including:
 Opera
 Lieder
 Composition
 Dance.
The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as:
 Colleges
 Arts Festivals
 Other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.
Funding is available towards:
 Tuition or coaching costs
 To participate in external competitions
 To be supported for a specially arranged performance
 To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.