Ernest Cook Trust

Grants are available for UK-based educational projects in the fields of the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.


Details

Fund Value: £ 2,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 12,000
Average Value: £ 1,500

Value Notes

The Trust awards up to £2 million each year through its grants programmes:

  • Small grants of less than £4,000. Most awards are in the region of £1,000 to £1,500.
  • Large grants of more than £4,000. Most awards are in the range of £4,000 to £12,000.

Extended Description

The Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, state schools and not-for-profit organisations in the UK wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.


Latest Information

Applications for Small Grants may be submitted at any time. The annual deadlines for Large Grants are 31 January and 31 July.


Key Criteria

Registered charities, state schools and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply.


Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.

The small grants programme supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust’s objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place.

The large grants programme is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes: these sometimes require support for the salary of an education officer; in such cases the ECT would always expect to be a part-funder. The range of the programme is wide; over the years education projects linked to theatres, art galleries and orchestras have been supported, as have those covering a wide range of environmental and countryside projects.


Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are expected to show what other sources of funding have been sought and secured.  The Trust always expects to be a part funder and does not commit funds for more than one year.


Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Projects that have already taken place.
  • Individuals, Agricultural Colleges, independent schools, local authorities or pre-school groups.
  • Building work, infrastructure or refurbishment work.
  • Youth work, social support, therapy and medical treatment, including projects using the arts, environment or literacy and numeracy for these purposes.
  • Projects related to sports, outward bound type activities or recreation.
  • Overseas projects.
  • Wildlife Trusts and for Farming & Wildlife Advisory Groups other than those which are based in counties in which the ECT owns land (Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire).

Successful applicants are normally asked to wait three years before applying for further help.


Further Information

Examples of previously awarded organisations include:

  • Basketry and Beyond, not-for-profit group in Devon.
  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
  • Cast Cymru.
  • Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
  • Coggles Heritage Trust.
  • City College Norwich.
  • Dersingham Primary School, in Kings Lynn.
  • Echo Echo Dance Theatre, Northern Ireland.
  • Eco Drama, a charity in Glasgow.
  • Engineering Development Trust, in the East Midlands.
  • Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
  • Petroc, further education college in north Devon.
  • Endelienta, a charity in north Cornwall.
  • Rewrite, in Southwark.
  • Selkirk High School, in the Scottish Borders.
  • University of Sunderland.

Application Procedure

Applications may be made at any time.

  • Meetings to consider small grant applications take place bi-monthly throughout the year. There are no specific closing dates and suitable applications are allocated to the next available meeting. Due to high demand, applicants are advised to submit an application at least six months ahead of the project start date.
  • Meetings to consider large grants are held in April and September.
    • The deadline for the April meeting is 31 January. Only projects related to the arts, crafts & architecture and literacy, numeracy and science are considered.
    • The deadline for the September meeting is 31 July. Only projects covering environment & countryside and literacy, numeracy and science are considered.

There are no application forms. Applicants are asked to post a covering letter on the official headed paper of the applicant organisation and include:

  • Up to two additional sheets of A4 describing the organisation, outlining the project and specifying its educational elements and the way in which it fits in with the interests of the ECT.
  • A simple budget for the project, outlining the way in which the grant would be spent.
  • A list of any other funding applications.
  • The latest annual report and accounts for the organisation (schools are not required to send one).

Applicants should not send any further supporting material or submit email applications.

Contact the Ernest Cook Trust for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:

Grants Administrator

The Ernest Cook Trust
The Estate Office
Fairford Park
Fairford
Gloucestershire
GL7 4JH

Telephone: 01285 712492
Email: [email protected]

Bothwell Charitable Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations undertaking projects that address children’s causes, disability, social welfare, countryside issues, and medical research in the UK.


Value Notes

Funding is at the Trust’s discretion.


Extended Description

The Bothwell Charitable Trust offers grants to charitable organisations working in the UK.

Funding is intended to support charitable work across a number of fields, including but not limited to the following:

  • Children’s causes.
  • Hospices.
  • Countryside projects.
  • Medical research.
  • Disability.
  • Social work.

Latest Information

Applications can be made at any time.


Key Criteria

Charitable organisations based and working in Great Britain are eligible to apply.


Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible projects.


Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement.


Restrictions

Applicants are advised to contact the Trust to confirm that exclusions do not apply.


Application Procedure

Applications must be made in writing.

Contact The Bothwell Charitable Trust for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:

Paul Leonard James

The Bothwell Charitable Trust
25 Ellenbridge Way
South Croydon
CR2 0EW

Telephone: 0208 657 6884

Dunhill Medical Trust

Grants for Community Based Organisations

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 29 March 2018

Description

Grants are available for UK charities and charitable organisations that are working to provide care, activities and services for older people.


Details

Maximum Turnover: £ 10,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 100,000
Minimum Value: £ 100

Value Notes

There are three funds available:

  • Project grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 for projects lasting up to 36 months.
  • Building and physical infrastructure grants of between £5,000 and £100,000.
  • Capability development grants of between £100 and £5,000.

Extended Description

The Dunhill Medical Trust, a UK-based charitable trust founded in 1950, provides grants to third sector organisations active in the UK.

The Trust offers three funding schemes for community-based organisations who work directly with older people who need some form of extra support to make everyday living that bit easier.

The three schemes are:

  • Project grants.
  • Capability development grants.
  • Building and physical infrastructure grants.

Latest Information

The deadline for all three funds is 29 March 2018 (5pm).


Key Criteria

Applications can only be considered from organisations or groups which are charitable as defined by UK charity law. This includes UK registered charities and relevant exempt charities.

Proposals from non-charitable organisations (such as the NHS or social enterprises) may only be considered in exceptional circumstances and where the purposes for which the grant is sought are:

  • Charitable.
  • For the public benefit; and not for private benefit that is more than nominal or incidental to the charitable purposes.

As a general rule, applicant organisations will be expected to have a policy of inclusiveness, equality and non-discrimination (ie applications should not be unduly restrictive).

The Trust will not normally support applications for its schemes for community-based organisations from organisations with an annual income in excess of £10 million or with £100 million or more in assets.


Eligible Expenditure

The priority areas for funding support are:

  • The care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care.
  • Projects which, if successful, could enable applicants to apply for funding from other sources.

Eligible activities must fall under one of the following headings:

  • Projects – Grants are available to support time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people which are innovative and/or based on evidence of best practice and which can become self-sustaining within a planned period. Priority will be given to services which are focused on older people, enhance existing mainstream services and which are not currently funded by statutory organisations elsewhere in the UK. The Trust will expect the beneficiary organisation to have a robust plan to create the ongoing revenue to maintain the service as the charitable funding diminishes and to have processes in place to ensure minimum disruption to the beneficiaries in implementing these plans.
  • Building and physical infrastructure – Grants are available to provide accommodation/developments in the built environment for older people to enhance and maintain their health, well-being and independence and/or specific pieces of equipment or furnishings which can be used for the care and support of individuals (for example, installation of a hearing loop system). Priority will be given to care facilities which are focused specifically on older people and where it has not been possible to obtain the necessary funding from statutory organisations (eg health and social services). The Trust expects beneficiary organisations to give a written commitment to bear the revenue costs of the environment and/or equipment, including its maintenance and staffing.
  • Capability – Grants are available to support the development of knowledge, skills and capabilities in community-based organisations. Examples of what this scheme could pay for include:
    • Training to acquire governance, strategic development or other high level skills to assist in the development of the charity.
    • The development of protocols or training around risk management or quality assurance (for example, check out NCVO’s PQASSO tool).
    • Feasibility studies.
    • Community consultations and surveys.
    • Business planning.
    • Board development and governance.
    • Research and evidence gathering in relation to the organisation’s cause and objectives.
    • Capacity building for the applicant organisation to deliver a new idea.
    • Needs analysis.
    • Skills audits of communities.
    • Specialist advice.
    • Small pilot projects.
    • Exchange visits within the UK to see how other projects work.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of 50% is required for building and infrastructure grants (this is not required for equipment).


Restrictions

The Trust will not normally approve applications that involve:

  • Providing clinical services or equipment that, in the opinion of the Trustees, would be more appropriately provided by the National Health Service or other statutory bodies.
  • Sponsorship of individuals.
  • Organisations based outside the UK, or whose work primarily benefits people outside the UK.
  • Hospice revenue or capital costs.
  • Charities with an annual income in excess of £10 million, or assets valued in excess of £100 million.
  • Continuation/replacement funding where a project or post has been previously supported from statutory sources or similar.
  • General building maintenance.
  • Items which only benefit an individual.
  • Paying for staff time to write applications.
  • Political campaigning activity.
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs.
  • Activities or services that a public organisation must provide by law.
  • Loan repayments.
  • Ongoing core costs (general running costs) of an organisation, though the Trust will make a reasonable contribution towards salary costs for staff to carry out the proposed work detailed in the project for which funds are being requested.

Application Procedure

There are two deadlines for applications per year.

The Trust will be opening its new building and physical infrastructure grants and capability development grants schemes for applications from community-based organisations in January 2018.

There is a single stage application process for grants. All applications should be submitted via the Trust’s Grant Management Portal.

Contact the Dunhill Medical Trust for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:
Enquiries

The Dunhill Medical Trust
6 New Bridge Street
London
EC4V 6AB

Telephone:
0207 403 3299
Email:
[email protected]

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Hospital Saturday Fund

One-off grants are available to registered health charities in the UK and Republic of Ireland for medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs.


Details

Maximum Value: £ 10,000

Value Notes

There are two levels of awards:

  • Standard Grants of £2,000
  • Larger Grants of up to a maximum of £10,000

Extended Description

The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity which has been operating since it was founded in 1873.

It offers grant funding to registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices and medical organisations for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training taking place in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.


Latest Information

The deadlines for applications are:

  • Standard Grants – 23 April 2018
  • Standard Grants – 16 July 2018
  • Standard Grants – 8 October 2018
  • Standard Grants – 4 January 2019
  • Large Grants – 18 June 2018
  • Large Grants – 26 March 2018
  • Large Grants – 10 September 2018
  • Large Grants – 1 December 2018

Key Criteria

Registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices and medical organisations based and operating within the UK or the Republic of Ireland can apply once per calendar year.


Eligible Expenditure

Funding can assist with medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs.

Large Grants are awarded for specific projects, research or equipment rather than running costs.

Recently funded organisations include:

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability for Eyegaze technology.
  • Lullaby Trust, in the West Midlands, so that it can continue to provide expert advice on safer sleep for babies, supports bereaved families and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death.
  • Cotswold Care Hospice so that it can continue to provide services on their Day Hospice programme for patients in Gloucestershire.
  • Treloar’s, a charity which provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for children and young people with complex disabilities from across the UK, for its Assistive Technology Department.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a stipulated requirement.


Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Overseas projects.
  • Organisations carrying out non-medically related activities.
  • Charitable projects outside the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland.
  • Organisations that are not registered with one of following:
    • Charity Commission for England and Wales
    • HM Revenue & Customs
    • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
    • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
    • The Isle of Man General Registry
    • The appropriate regulatory body in the Channel Island
    • Revenue Commissioners in Ireland

Application Procedure

Guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Hospital Saturday Fund website.

Contact the Hospital Saturday Fund for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:

The Chief Executive

The Hospital Saturday Fund
24 Upper Ground
London
SE1 9PD

Telephone:
020 7202 1365
Email:
[email protected]

http://www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org/

Florence’s Charitable Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations carrying out education or social welfare activities in Lancashire, particularly Rossendale.


Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the trustees. The Trust has a limited income from which it provides grants each year. In 2015 it awarded a total of £65,353 in grants.


Extended Description

Florence’s Charitable Trust offers grants to charitable organisations working in Lancashire, particularly Rossendale.

The Trust has a limited amount of funding which it uses to support local places of education, local places providing relief for sickness, infirmity, and for the aged, to provide poverty relief of any person employed or formerly employed in the shoe trade and also to provide general charitable public benefits.


Latest Information

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


Key Criteria

Eligible organisations must be operating in Lancashire.

Preference is given to organisations active in Rossendale.


Eligible Expenditure

The funding is intended to support local places of education, local places providing relief for sickness, infirmity, and for the aged, to provide poverty relief of any person employed or formerly employed in the shoe trade and also to provide general charitable public benefits.


Application Procedure

The Trust does not maintain a website.

Applications can be made by writing the Florence’s Charitable Trust.

Contact the Florence’s Charitable Trust for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Angela Jepson

Florence’s Charitable Trust
c/o E Sutton and Sons Ltd
PO Box 2
Bacup
Lancashire
OL13 0DT

Email:
[email protected]

Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust

Grants are available for voluntary and community sector organisations undertaking projects involving music and the arts, especially in the lives of children, the disabled and disadvantaged.


Details

Maximum Value: £ 2,000
Minimum Value: £ 1,000

Value Notes

Grants are normally between £1000 and £2,000.


Extended Description

The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust Grant is available to charitable institutions and organisations involved in music in a social or therapeutic context.

In particular, the scheme wishes to support projects in South West England with the following themes:

  • Music in a social or therapeutic context.
  • Music and special needs.
  • Children and young people’s welfare.
  • Arts activities.

Latest Information

Applications are by letter and must be received by 1 November each year but preferably in September, especially when applicants are new.


Key Criteria

Charitable institutions and organisations involved in music in a social or therapeutic context.


Eligible Expenditure

Capital and revenue costs associated with eligible projects.


Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a requirement.


Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals or students.
  • Areas which are the responsibility of statutory funding.
  • Purely professional music/arts promotions.
  • Medical research.

Application Procedure

There is no application form. Applications should be made in writing and should include the following:

  • The purpose of the grant.
  • An indication of the history and viability of the organisation.
  • A summary of accounts.
  • A stamped, addressed envelope, if a response is required.

Email addresses will also recieve a response.

Contact the Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust or visit the Trust’s website for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:R A Fletcher

The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust
68 Circus Mews
Bath
BA1 2PW

Telephone: 01225 314355

http://www.joycefletchercharitabletrust.co.uk/index.html

 

Community Share Booster Programme

Local groups that need ‘an extra boost’ to set up or grow a community business in England can seek support from this £3 million programme which runs until 2020.

The £3 million Booster Programme, which is expected to run over a five year period (2017-2022), is provided by Power to Change and run by the Community Shares Unit, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality.

The programme’s objectives are to help disadvantaged and under-represented communities develop successful community businesses, especially in under-represented trade sectors, and financed through community share offers based on new forms of investment proposition, institutional support, and business appraisal methodologies.

Community businesses are organisations rooted in a local area, run by and answerable to members of the community, and which make a trading profit to re-invest in doing more social good. There are already 7,000 community businesses in England, doing everything from planning new affordable homes to reviving struggling local pubs.

The programme offers successful applicants a business development support grant of up to £10,000 in advance of launching their community share offer. After that, their organisation could have access to up to £100,000 match funding when the share offer goes live. Match funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.

Commenting on the programme, Locality’s CEO Tony Armstrong said:

“Community Shares harness the power and spirit of enterprise in communities – showing the power of community action to financially support great ideas and inspirational projects. We welcome this new investment to boost community shares so that more people can come together to develop new projects, benefit local economies and thriving communities.”

There is a two stage application process. The first stage is to submit an online expression of interest. These can be submitted at any time from now until December 2020.

Full details can be found on the Power to Share website.

Source: Power to Change, 01/01/2018

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Building a Stronger Britain Together next round

The next round of the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme is due to go live later this month and it will be open for applications from early January to early February.

The programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender.

Grants will be available for project costs of up to £50k.

Guidance for applicants can be found here at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-a-stronger-britain-together

As the timescale for groups applying is relatively tight it would be helpful to circulate the information to any groups who may be interested in applying so they can begin to think of suitable projects.

 

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

Grants are available to large charitable groups and organisations in the UK for projects that further the objectives of the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, particularly those that educate young people in rural areas and relieve poverty in rural areas.


Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trust. One-off grants tend to start at £1,000 and run upwards to £20,000 and £30,000.


Extended Description

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998 by the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society (NFU Mutual) to promote and support charities in the UK working in agriculture, rural development and insurance.

The Trust provides funding, in the form of one-off grants and donations, to charitable initiatives in the areas of education, research, social welfare and poverty relief.

The Trust’s current main objectives are to:

  • Advance the education of young people within rural areas.
  • Relieve poverty within rural areas.
  • Promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure.
  • Advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture.
  • Promote research into agriculture associated activities.
  • Advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to insurance.

The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives that educate young people in rural areas and the relief of poverty within rural areas.


Latest Information

The deadlines for applications are 25 May 2018 and 26 October 2018.


Key Criteria

Charitable organisations based and working within the UK seeking funding for charitable initiatives in the areas of education, research, social welfare and poverty relief can apply.

It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply.


Eligible Expenditure

Following a recent strategic review, the Trustees have indicated that in future, the Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community.

The Trust is especially interested in funding initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relieving poverty within rural areas.

Previous grant recipients include the following:

  • Care Farming UK
  • Children’s Country Holiday Fund
  • Farms for City Children
  • Henry Plumb Foundation
  • Myton Hospice
  • National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs
  • Royal Agriculture Benevolent Institution
  • Royal Highland Education Trust
  • Rural Support
  • Shakespeare Hospice at Home Service
  • Ulster Open Farm Weekend
  • University of East Anglia
  • Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs
  • Yorkshire Rural Support Network

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not required but it is welcomed.


Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • University fees.
  • Salaries.
  • Overseas Appeals.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application form.

Applications should be made in writing and include the following details:

  • The project, initiative or organisation for which funding is sought.
  • The amount of funding being requested.
  • Any business plans.
  • Details of any other funding sought and or obtained.
  • Any recognition which would be given to the Trust in recognition of its support.
  • Confirmation of whether or not the applicant is a registered charity.

Contact the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:Jenny Dean

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust
Tiddington Road
Stratford upon Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 7BJ

Email: [email protected]

 

Vegetarian Society Offers Grants to Celebrate National Vegetarian Week

The Vegetarian Society is offering grants of up to £2,000 for activities or events that celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2018 which will take place from 14 to 20 May.

The Society is providing grants of funding for events and activities that attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

There are two levels of funding in 2018:

  • Small grants of up to £200.
  • Large grants of up to £2,000. (Applicants will need to demonstrate how their activity will have a bigger impact.)

The funding is for events and activities that:

  • Take place during National Vegetarian Week 2018 (14-20 May) or in the two weeks before.
  • Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.
  • Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food.
  • Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan. (Events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink).

Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not limited to:

  • Cookery demonstrations.
  • Communal meals.
  • Recipe exchanges.
  • Tasting sessions.

The grants could be used for:

  • Room hire.
  • Equipment hire.
  • Transport costs.
  • Cookery demonstration materials.
  • Public liability insurance.
  • Direct costs in delivering the activity.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Not for profit organisations in the UK (eg community groups, schools, social housing schemes, youth clubs, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides).
  • Informal groups of friends, parents or students.
  • Vegetarian groups, local network groups and student vegetarian and vegan societies (whether they are formally part of the Vegetarian Society network or not).

There are four application deadlines in 2018:

  • Round 1 Large Grants – 21 January.
  • Round 2 Large Grants – 25 February.
  • Round 1 Small Grants – 25 February.
  • Round 2 Small Grants – 22 April.

Full details can be found on the Vegetarian Society website.

Source: The Vegetarian Society, 12/12/2017

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