The Magic Little Grants Fund

In association with Postcode Community Trust, Localgiving is offering local charities and community groups the opportunity to apply for grants of either £250 or £500 to deliver physical activities.

Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities.

For example, this could include:
 Facilities hire
 Kit & equipment
 Coaching qualifications
 Other volunteer expenses etc.

The fund is open to charitable organisations with an annual income of under £50,000. The application process is open to the 31st October 2017 and is open to all members of Localgiving that meet the criteria.

Organisations that are not already a member of Localgiving are required to complete the Localgiving registration process before completing the application.

Funding for Projects that Support Women and Girls

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women.

Priority is given to projects that:
 Promote lesbian and transgender rights
 Tackle violence against women and girls
 Support disabled women and girls.

The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects.

Projects previously supported include:
A grant of £5,000 to support the setting up of an Eastern European Women’s Support Group and volunteering programme, in the Southend and Castle Point Boroughs of Essex and a grant of £6,000 to support Syrian women, girls aged 12+ and other Arabic speaking clients in Edinburgh.

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2018.

Funding for Cancer Support Groups and Individuals

The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 10th November 2017.

The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care.

The grants available include:
 Start-up funds of up to £500 to support new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer
 Development funds of up to £3,000 to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer
 User involvement grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services
 Individual development grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.

Suez Communities Trust Now Accepting Applications

The Suez Communities Trust (formerly the Sita Trust) has announced that it has abolished application deadlines to its grant making programme.

From now on, applications can be made at any time via a two-stage online application form. There are no longer any application deadlines.

The Suez Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to improve public amenities that are available for leisure and recreation use by the general public; the maintenance, repair or restoration of a building, other structure or a site of archaeological interest which is a place of religious worship, or a site of historic or architectural or archaeological interest and is open to the public; and the conservation of biodiversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat.

Through the Landfill Communities Fund the Trust can offer grants of up to £20,000 through its Smaller Projects Fund and grants of up to £50,000 through its Primary Fund.

To be eligible, applicants needs to be a not – for profit organisations located within three miles of a qualifying SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK waste processing site. N.B. due to the rural nature of the Aberdeenshire funding zone this zone has a 10-mile radius.

Facebook to Launch Fundraising Tools for Not for Profits

Social Media giant Facebook has announced the launch of its non-profit fundraising tools in the UK and 15 other countries across Europe.

Beginning in late September, Facebook will start testing fundraising tools in five countries:
 United Kingdom
 Ireland
 France
 Germany
 Spain.

In early October it’ll expand the test to:
 Italy
 Poland
 The Netherlands
 Belgium
 Sweden
 Portugal
 Denmark
 Austria
 Finland
 Luxembourg.

Charitable organisations based in one of these 16 countries are invited to sign up to be one of the first non-profits to use Facebook’s charitable giving tools to achieve their fundraising objectives by collecting donations on Facebook with the donate button; empowering supporters with Facebook Fundraisers; and to engage supporters with Facebook Live.

Facebook added that it will be working with beta partners to start including: Movember UK, Oxfam UK, UNICEF UK, Aktion Deutschland Hilft (Germany), Caritas (Spain), Save the Children Spain, UNICEF France, and UNICEF Germany. Non-profits that have signed up directly for Facebook’s fundraising tools pay a 5% fee on each donation. 3.5% covers costs of non-profit vetting, language translation, fraud prevention, operational costs and
payment support and 1.5% covers payment processing.

Facebook’s goal is to create a platform for good that’s sustainable over the long-term, and not to make a profit from our charitable giving tools.

Learn more by clicking on the link below.

Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs

Variety, the Children’s Charity, has grants of £250 to £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to Ambition, UK Youth or the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs.

The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure. On occasion, applications for improvement of youth club premises, refurbishment of existing equipment or facilities will also be considered.

Applicants have to raise some of the funds and applications that have young people involved in the fund raising will be looked upon favourably.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Barrow Cadbury Trust (England)

The Barrow Cadbury Trust makes grants to registered charities and in exceptional cases non- registered bodies, to support projects that encourage a fair, equal, peaceful and democratic society.

The funding available is delivered through three programme areas. These are:
 Criminal Justice
 Migration
 Resources and Resilience.

Whilst the Trust will usually make grants to registered charities, the Trust also administers the Barrow Cadbury Fund. This makes grants in the same programme areas but to a wider range of organisations.

The Trust supports national projects and in exceptional cases, local groups based in the West Midlands.

The Trust has a two-stage application process and organisations wishing to apply for funding need in the first instance to submit an expression of interest.

Local Communities Future Development Fund

Government Announces £22.8 Million to Give Local Communities a Say in their Future Development (England)

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a new £22.8 million funding package to continue to support the Neighbourhood Planning Programme until 2022.

The funding, which will be around £5.5 million per year until 2022, will provide communities with specialist support to help develop a Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and enables communities to influence future developments in their area.

Since the Neighbourhood Planning Programme was introduced in 2012, over 2,200 groups have started the neighbourhood planning process, covering areas of nearly 12 million people across England; giving local communities a say in the development of their area including where homes, shops, green spaces and offices should be built and how they should look.

Examples of what the Neighbourhood Planning Programme has supported in the past include:
 Help with putting together project plans
 Undertaking household surveys
 Training sessions
 Help with developing the evidence base for neighbourhood plans.

Technical Support
 All Expressions of Interest for Technical Support must be completed by 1 March 2018.
 Applications for Technical Support must be received by 5 March 2018.
 All decisions on Technical Support applications will be made and applicants informed by 31 March 2018.

 The closure date for Grants remain the same: groups can make applications for Neighbourhood Planning External Funding Insight

Grants to be spent this financial year until 31 January 2018. These grants must be spent by 31 March 2018.
 From February 2018 it is anticipated that groups will be able to apply for grants for the next financial year (after 1 April 2018) under the new post-2018 support programme

John Laing Charitable Trust Fund

Voluntary or community group (including Social Enterprises and CICs) in Lancashire can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the John Laing Charitable Trust Fund.

The Trust would like to make grants in the areas of:

 Homelessness
 Disadvantaged young people (aged 4 – 18)
 Education
 Community regeneration which should include charities benefitting the aged.

Priority will be given to small grassroots groups with low incomes and the Trust prefers to fund sustainable projects that have a long-term benefit and that can really make a difference in their community.

The closing date for applications is the 3rd November 207 and applicants should expect to hear the outcome of their application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

Grants for Bikes and Trikes

The Lord’s Taverners, have introduced a new programme for 2018; grants towards bikes and trikes for special needs schools.

Bikes and trikes give young people with special needs the chance to get outside, enjoy exercise, strengthen motor skills and co-ordination and practise important road safety skills. Applications will only be accepted from schools that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability.

Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children or mainstream schools for children with
behavioural problems. The Lord’s Taverners will fund 75% of the total cost of the equipment (not including VAT) up to a maximum of £1,000. Any remaining costs should be covered by the applicant.

For further details please contact Zoe Stevens on 020 7025 0016 or email her at [email protected]