Community Foundation Launches Lancashire Women’s Fund

The Community Foundation for Lancashire is delighted to announce the launch of the new Lancashire Women’s Fund after its national membership body, UK Community Foundations (UKCF), secured a record £3.4 million award from the DCMS Tampon Scheme*. This is the largest grant awarded to any organisation from this fund.

The Community Foundation for Lancashire will receive in excess of £70,000 from this allocation to enable the launch of the new Lancashire Women’s Fund and ultimately aims to raise £1 million to help support local women.

The Community Foundation for Lancashire helps people and organisations to invest in local communities where it is most needed and where it will have the greatest impact. The Women’s Fund will award grants to local groups working with women and girls, including women-only charities to help women throughout Lancashire.

A recent study, commissioned by the Community Foundation for Lancashire, reveals that there are a number of key issues affecting women and girls in the county, which include confidence, aspiration, self-belief and resilience, mental wellbeing, social isolation and domestic violence and abuse.

In welcoming this new initiative, the Community Foundation for Lancashire’s Chief Executive, Rae Brooke, commented on the need to launch a specific fund due to significant cuts in local resources in recent years meaning many women have been left unable to access crucial support. 37% of women’s groups recently consulted in Lancashire believe their sustainability in the next three years is questionable.

“Similar women-only funds are already in existence in the North East, Scotland and USA and have delivered real impact for women in their communities. We want women to feel safe, supported, empowered and confident when confronted by abuse, discrimination and a lack of opportunities,” Ms Brooke said.

“By highlighting key issues and difficulties facing girls and women in Lancashire, we can encourage others to support meeting the need. We hope sharing these findings amplifies the message. We want to equip girls and women in Lancashire with adequate resources to allow them to flourish,” she concluded.

Local grassroots organisations will be able to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. Anyone who is interested in applying for funding, or who feel they are part of an organisation which may benefit from an award under the scheme, is urged to apply.  Applications will be open on 17thSeptember 2018 and close by 5thNovember 2018.

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UK women’s organisations can apply for up to £25,000

Grants of up to £25,000 available through the Justice and Equality Fund’s ‘Now’s the Time’ small grants programme.

Now’s the Time is the second programme from the Justice and Equality Fund managed by Rosa. The programme aims to amplify the voices of individuals and groups who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities.

The Justice and Equality Fund aims to bring an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing an expert network of advice, support and advocacy organisations and projects.  Inspired by the phenomenal campaigners of #metoo, TIME’s UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movements and others, a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the culture that permits people in positions of power to sexually harass and abuse others.

We want to resource imaginative, collaborative and creative grassroots activism so we are asking organisations to apply by answering the question: What would you do towards ending sexual harassment (in work places and in communities)? We want to fund:

  • Prevention work
  • Awareness raising activities
  • Imaginative and creative grassroots activism
  • Influencing work
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

We are particularly keen to see cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others to help drive broader change.

How to apply

It is important that you read our programme guidance and application guidance as both go into further detail about the criteria for applying along with the aims and deadlines for the programme.

We will be hosting a series of ‘How to Apply’ webinars which will introduce you to the Justice and Equality Fund and take you through the fund’s Now’s the Time (small grants) programme, offering guidance on making an application. Please register to attend by clicking on your preferred date:

You must then complete a short online application form and submit a three minute video answering the following questions :

  • What does your organisation do?
  • What does your organisation want to do, where and when?
  • How will this contribute to ending sexual harassment?
  • What difference will it make and why are you the best organisation to make it happen?
  • How will you spend your grant?

Closing date: Friday 28th September at 5pm.

When will you hear the outcome: Early December 2018.

You help decide: We are going to use a process called participatory grantmaking to decide who is awarded funding.  Your video will be shared with other applicants who will rank your application according to the clarity and credibility of your plans. You can therefore expect to hear from us during October-November 2018 asking you and your group to look at some of the other videos we have received and voting for the ideas you like the best.

Still unsure? We’d like to talk to you! Please email us to request a chat and one of our team will get back to you.

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2019 GSK IMPACT Awards – funding for health charities

We launched the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards earlier this summer which provide core funding and free leadership training for health charities.  The closing date for applications is now only a few weeks away and we are keen to make sure that as organisations are aware of this funding source and do not miss the deadline. We would be very grateful if you could mention the awards in your next newsletter. Below is some text you may like to use:

2019 GSK IMPACT Awards – Core funding and free training for health charities

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

To apply or to view winners’ films go to:

Closing date: 20 September 2018

Voluntary sector alliance calls for ‘left-behind’ fund of up to £5bn

Backers of the Community Wealth Fund say that if a range of resources were brought together, the money could be targeted at the poorest communities in the country

A fund of between £4bn and £5bn should be set up using dormant assets to support “left-behind” communities, according to an alliance of voluntary sector organisations.

Earlier this year, the government announced that it would expand the dormant assets scheme to include pensions, insurance, securities and wealth-management assets, which it is estimated could be worth up to £2bn for the charity sector.

Backers of the Community Wealth Fund, which include the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and several major grant-making foundations, said the idea could raise between £4bn and £5bn if “a range of resources were brought together” and could then support poorer communities across the country.

The proposal for the new fund comes after the announcement of the government’s Civil Society Strategy earlier this month, which promised £35m worth of dormant assets income to “develop new models of community funding”.

But supporters of the new fund said it would go much further and use up to £5bn to try to meet some of the strategy’s objectives by creating substantial place-based investment programmes.

It would also seek to help the government’s strategy by introducing a new model of investment from a range of sources to raise social and economic outcomes, and develop new approaches in poorer and left-behind communities.

Supporters of the Community Wealth Fund include the Church Urban Fund, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales,?the City Bridge Trust and the Local Trust.

Sir Stuart?Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said: “In the wake of the Brexit referendum and the Grenfell fire there’s a real sense that something really ambitious is required to address the feeling of being?‘left behind’ that some communities obviously feel quite intensely.

“We believe that a significant endowment with the potential of the Community Wealth Fund is needed to support connection and place-making, and to put?decision-making?power and resources into the hands of local communities.”

Matt Leach, chief executive of the Local Trust, said: “The Community Wealth Fund would enable people and places?to design and commission activities, drawing on local strengths and assets and tailoring services to people’s actual needs.?

“It?could be targeted at those places most in need of support and provide the scale of investment required to develop the social capital needed for transformative social and economic change.”

Source: The Third Sector

New Programme to Make Positive Change Using Arts & Creativity

The Big Lottery Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Local Trust have joined together to set up the new Creative Civic Change Programme and are inviting groups to indicate whether they are interested in participating.

The programme, which aims to support creative projects and activities led by local communities, will provide funding as well as other support, such as advice and mentoring, to at least 10 local areas across England over the next three years. Half of those areas will already be part of the Big Local initiative.

The funders welcome responses to this community call out phase from areas which are already part of the Big Local initiative as well as those who are not but which share similar characteristics.

There is particular interest in local communities in England which have often been overlooked for funding in the past and may face some or all of the following:

  • The decline of local industry.
  • High levels of unemployment.
  • A pressing need for services or activities.
  • A high proportion of children in poverty.
  • People in the area in poor health relative to the general population.
  • Other characteristics that demonstrate need.

Those who are selected to the programme delivery stage will receive funding of between £50,000 and £300,000 per area over three years, mentoring, coaching, peer-to-peer support, networking and guidance in order to make the changes they are seeking happen.

Arts and creativity, as defined for this programme, include but are not limited to include – whether knitting, singing, drama, dancing, pottery, sewing, writing stories or poems, storytelling, making jewellery, animation, making music, coding, photography (including Instagramming), woodcraft, gardening, cake decorating, film making, community radio, putting on festivals, and parades.

The deadline for responding to the call out phase is 28 September 2018.

Groups will find out by the end of October whether they have been successful in progressing to the next phase of the programme.

Further details can be found on the Local Trust website

Source: Local Trust, 23/07/2018

Emerton-Christie Charity

Grant for registered charities undertaking education or social welfare projects throughout the UK.


Average Value: £ 2,000

Value Notes

Funding is available at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for up to £10,000. Most grants are for £2,000.

Extended Description

The Emerton-Christie Charity offers grants to registered charities undertaking a wide range of projects in the UK, especially to benefit the disadvantaged, the arts or recognised health charities.

Latest Information

Trustees usually meet in autumn to consider proposals, but interested applicants may apply in writing at any time.

Key Criteria

Eligible organisations must be registered charities working in the UK.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible expenditure.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of the scheme.


Funding is not available for:

  • Individuals.
  • Religious purposes.
  • Building work.
  • Start-up projects.

Application Procedure

Trustees usually meet in autumn to consider proposals, but interested applicants may apply at any time.

Interested applicants must apply in writing.

This Charity does not maintain a website. Applicants should contact Emerton-Christie Charity for further information via telephone, email or in writing.

Addresses and contacts

Contact details:

Claire Wilson

The Emerton-Christie Charity
Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors
Viaduct House
Victoria Viaduct

01228 516666
[email protected]

Government’s New Fund to Increase Community-Led Affordable Housing

Homes England is inviting applications from a range of organisations to its new £163 million fund that is available across England, excluding London.

The £163 million Community Housing Fund aims to support the delivery of new affordable homes up to 31 March 2020.

Specifically, it will expand the housing supply through community led sectors, provide housing that’s affordable for local incomes, and aims to deliver a lasting legacy for the community housing sector through building an effective body of expertise within the housebuilding industry.

To ensure that the schemes supported by the Community Housing Fund are truly community-led, proposals should ensure that:

  • Meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the development process. The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the process, or build the homes themselves, though some may do.
  • The local community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes and in a manner of their choosing, and this may be done through a mutually supported arrangement with a Registered Provider that owns the freehold or leasehold for the property.
  • The benefits to the local area and/or specified community must be clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity.

There are two phases to the fund.

  • Phase one of the Community Housing Fund will support applications for revenue grants to assist community groups with the costs involved in the pre-development stage of community-led housing projects. Local authorities can also bid for revenue funding to support capacity-building activities for community-led groups in their areas. In addition, local authorities can bid for capital funding for small-scale infrastructure projects, such as roundabouts or pumping stations, to unlock sites that the community can then develop for housing.
  • Phase two is expected to be launched later this year by Homes England, who will invite bids for capital funding to develop community-led affordable housing schemes.

Homes England has been working with leading organisations in the community-led housing sector to shape the new fund.

Commenting on the new fund, Tom Chance, Director at the National Community Land Trust Network, said:

“The new Community Housing Fund will provide long-lasting opportunities for communities everywhere so they can go out and build the homes they really want and need.”

Applications will be accepted until the funding is fully committed or until 31 December 2019, whichever occurs first.

A separate programme for London will be delivered by the Greater London Authority. This is in addition to £60 million of funding that has already been allocated directly by Government to 148 councils in December 2016.

Full details of the Community Housing Fund are available on the GOV.UK website.

Source: Homes England, 03/07/2018

Related schemes

The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust

Grants are available to UK registered charities in England and Wales in support of a variety of charitable causes.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 20,000

Objectives of Fund

The Charity’s objectives are to promote and support a wide variety of charitable causes in England and Wales.

Value Notes

Funding is provided at the discretion of the Trustees.

The Trust reports that for the year ended 31 March 2017, it gave 64 grants (half the number of the previous year) and decreased the amount of funding given from £840,000 to £547,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement of the scheme.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities in England and Wales may apply.


Individuals are not eligible to apply to this fund.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust reports that its ‘most significant support’ is in the area of:

  • Relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
  • The advancement of education.
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives.

How To Apply

The Trust does not maintain a website or a formal application form.

The Trust only accepts written applications which can be made at any time and are reviewed twice a year.

Applications should be posted to the Trust’s registered office.

For all enquiries contact:

Ruth and Stuart Lipton Charitable Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations undertaking general charitable activities in the UK.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:

Objectives of Fund

The scheme is intended to support general charitable activities.

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been awarded up to £20,000.

There is no minimum grant limit that an applicant can apply for.

Match Funding Restrictions

Information regarding match funding has not been stipulated.

Who Can Apply

Charitable organisations operating in the UK are eligible to apply.


Applicants should contact the Ruth and Stuart Lipton Charitable Trust in order to find out information regarding any potential restrictions.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible projects.

How To Apply

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Applicants should note that this trust does not have a website. Applicants are advised to contact the Ruth and Stuart Lipton Charitable Trust for further information.

For all enquiries contact:

Persimmon Community Champions

One-off grants are available for local community organisations and charities that have already secured matched funding for local community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 1,000

Objectives of Fund

Persimmon Community Champions is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves

The funding is available for local community initiatives across Great Britain.

Previous Success

The following are merely a few of the organisations that have received funding (a full list by month is on the Persimmons Homes website):

  • Alysham St Giles Cricket Club
  • Andover Lipreaders
  • Bradford Disability Football Club
  • Chalfont St Peter Infant School
  • Chernobyl Children Life Line
  • Dover Amateur Radio Club
  • East Pasture Farm
  • Food Cycle
  • Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity
  • Hop Skip and Jump South West
  • Kineton Music Festival
  • Lakelands Hospice
  • Learning Library
  • Men in Sheds Hull
  • Penrith Beekeepers Association
  • Star Dance Academy
  • Taunton Thespians
  • Terrington St Clement Village Hall Fund
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
  • Yardly Gobion Recreation Centre

Value Notes

The total funding pot each year is £750,000.

All Persimmon’s businesses have £2,000 to give away every month (29 regional businesses, plus Persimmon’s head office) which means £60,000 is being donated every month.

The maximum grant available is £1,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must have already raised funds themselves.

Who Can Apply

Local community groups and charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

Any charities or community groups who have previously been unsuccessful in their application are urged to reapply the next month.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for local community initiatives.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time. Persimmon Homes select a winner for each of their regions at the end of every month.

The application form is available to complete online at the Persimmon website.

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