New Funding in Memory of Jo Cox

The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced £10 million of new funding to be distributed through the Jo Cox Memorial Fund which will open to applications on 4 April.

The funding is intended to support the Jo Cox Memorial Fund in its work to strengthen civil society organisations, to prevent and protect civilians from mass atrocities.

Once the Jo Cox Memorial Grants fund opens on 4 April, organisations will be able to apply for either Strengthening grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 or Network grants of up to £1 million, of which it is expected there will be four awards.

The grants will be made across two thematic areas ‘that were close to Jo Cox’s heart’:

  • Theme 1: Women’s social, economic and political empowerment through supporting women-led civil society organisations. This thematic area aims to encourage civil society to take an integrated approach to gender equality and empowerment – to tackle the combined and simultaneous disadvantages girls and women experience. This will include contexts where space for these civic actors is closing or at risk.
  • Theme 2: Strengthening civil society capacity for the early prediction of identity-based violence including mass atrocities; and amplifying and supporting responses to early warnings in order to prompt timely and effective interventions that prevent escalation and better protect populations from the threat of violence.

There are two different funds:

  • Jo Cox Memorial Strengthening grant applications will be considered from smaller organisations registered in the UK, one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI, or in a country considered to be of high or moderate fragility. Organisations must have an annual income below £500,000.
  • Jo Cox Memorial Network grant applications will be considered from medium-sized organisations registered in the UK, one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI, or in a country considered to be of high or moderate fragility. Organisations must an annual income between £500,001 and £10 million.

Jo Cox, the British Labour Party Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, was murdered in June 2016.

Commenting on the funds, Jo Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater said:

“Jo spent 20 years working in the voluntary sector and working overseas. These grants are a reminder of that and a reminder of her passion and her determination to hopefully inspire others with similar desires. Jo would be over the moon.”

Applications can be submitted from 4 April 2018.

Full details can be found on the UK Aid Direct website.

Source: DFID, 07/03/2018

Apply to be a Co-op local cause

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference. Find out more about how the fund works

To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:

takes place in the UK or Isle of Man
doesn’t have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious organisation)
meets the Co-op’s values
takes place or will still be running after October 2019
benefits your local community
We’ll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations that make a real difference to people in their community.

You can’t apply if your organisation is run for private profit. If you’re unsure about your organisation’s status check what types of organisations can apply.

Find out more and apply

John Laing Charitable Trust is now open

Background Information: The John Laing Charitable Trust Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Lancashire on behalf of the John Laing Charitable Trust.

What is the focus of the fund: The Trust would like to make grants under the sectors it operates which cover the following areas:

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

How much is available: The maximum grant available is £1000 and the total budget for this round is £10,000

Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and social enterprises

Which areas are covered: Lancashire wide covering all boroughs

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

The Trust does not support charities whose main aim is animal welfare.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

• Equipment for youth club
• Activities for young people
• Training for volunteers
• Equipment for luncheon club
• Activities for older person’s group
• Projects to reduce social isolation for vulnerable groups
• Furniture and equipment for supported accommodation project
• Advice and counselling projects
• Skill building sessions for homeless people
• Projects for young carers

The closing date is 13 April 2018

How to apply?
Please visit the Community Foundation for Lancashire website – and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn. You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to [email protected] or post them to the address below.

Documents which need to be included with your application:
1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution
2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
4. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)
NB: If you have received a grant from us in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:
• Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
• National organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
• Commercial ventures
• Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
• Regional or local offices of a national organisation
• Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
• Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
• Projects for personal profit
• Trophies and medals
• Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
• Groups comprising just one family
• Debts and other liabilities
• Reclaimable VAT
• Travel outside UK
• Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

What happens next?
Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

For further information, please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:

Community Foundation for Lancashire
Third Floor,
Stanley Building,
43 Hanover Street,
L1 3DN
T: 0151 232 2444
Fax: 0151 232 2445
Email: [email protected]



Heart of Experian Charity Fund

Grants are available for schools, small local groups and charities in the UK so that they can become sustainable or expand their work in their local community.

Maximum Turnover:£ 500,000, Maximum Value:£5,000, Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Extended Description
The Charity Fund was set up by Experian people as a separate charity that is independent of Experian. All the charitable fundraising from Experian staff in house is donated to the Charity Fund.

The funding is intended to help small local groups and charities across the UK which are not often heard but do some great work at grassroots level.

Latest Information
Applications will be accepted at any time and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Key Criteria
Local charities, schools, and community groups can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

A gross annual income of £500,000 or less in the most recent full financial year.
A written constitution and a management committee.
A bank account in the group’s name.
Accounts available to view on the Charity Commission website (or include a copy when submitting an application).
Unrestricted reserves that are less than six months’ running costs.
A charitable project which requires funding of £5,000 or less and benefits the local community.
Eligible Expenditure
The funding is to support local projects with a charitable purpose which benefit the community as a whole.

Eligible projects must:

Make the applicant’s organisation or project more sustainable.
Relate to financial inclusion, financial education, entrepreneurship or developing skills useful in business.
Have a long-term benefit for the community.
Have a clear approach or strategy for attracting future funding or otherwise ensuring the continuation of the project.
Demonstrate that they have a project manager with appropriate experience to be able to successfully deliver the project.
Have not received funding from the Charity Fund in the past 12 months.
Match Funding Restrictions
Priority may be given to applicants that have secured match funding for their project.

Grants are not available for:

National charities.
Supporting individuals.
Salary costs (unless the applicant has a clear strategy for the position’s future sustainability).
Payment Procedure
Successful applicants will be required to sign a Grant Award Agreement before they receive their grant payment.

Application Procedure
Guidance notes and an application form can be found on Heart of Experian website.

Contact the Heart of Experian Charity Fund for further information.

Addresses and contacts
Contact details:
Community Involvement Team
Heart of Experian Charity Fund
Riverleen House
Electric Avenue
NG80 1RH
0115 992 2431
Email: [email protected]

debbie&andrew’s Micro Sponsorship Awards

Grants are available to support local and grass roots fundraisers to support projects which support rural values, the countryside and community life across the UK.

Fund Value: £ 10,000
Maximum Value: £ 1,000

Value Notes
Micro sponsorships of up to £1,000 are available.

Up to £50 worth of debbie&andrew’s products are available per application for fundraising or profile raising meals.

Preference is given to projects applications under £500.

Extended Description
The Micro Sponsorship Awards scheme is provided and administrated by debbie&andrew’s, a Kent based sausage company.

The funding is intended to support fundraising projects for good causes which promote rural values, the countryside and community life across the UK.

Latest Information
Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a monthly basis.

Key Criteria
Applications are accepted from any not-for-profit fundraiser who is raising money for locally situated good causes which embody county-inspired activities, skills, craft, values or ideas.

Eligible Expenditure
Applications are accepted for projects taking place in the UK which align with debbie&andrew’s objective of supporting local communities and the company’s ethos of upholding country values.

This includes projects which:

Would not normally be funded by other means.
Require seed funds to attract matching funds.
Examples of eligible projects include fundraising activities to raise money for:

Local team kits.
Refurbishing a sports pavilion.
Maintaining a local park or landmark.
Setting up a gardening club.
Buying school equipment.
Building an animal sanctuary.
Launching community cooking courses.
Repainting the church hall.
Promoting the village fete.
Holding a street party.
Staging a music concert or arts festival.
Creating a local support network.
Eligible projects are required to commence within a year of sponsorship funds being awarded.

The following are not eligible for funding:

For-profit organisations.
Employees of companies related to the Debbie & Andrew’s brand or media partners.
Payment Procedure
Payment will be made by cheque.

Application Procedure
Application forms and guidance information can be found on the debbie&andrew’s website.

Applicants must demonstrate clarity of purpose and vision in their application and describe the following:

What the fundraising is for and how it involves local communities.
How the seed money will be used to assist the process of fund raising.
Who is involved in the fundraising (those with key responsibilities).
Deadlines for key activities.
How the project is to be managed (any plans, schedules and budget projections).
Contact Bobbi Davy for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Contact details:
Bobbi Davy
debbie&andrew’s TM
57 Kingsway Place
Sans Walk
0207 689 5155
Email: [email protected]




Invest for Impact Fund

Status: Open to applications
End Date: 31 March 2019


A mixture of grants and loans are available for charities and social enterprises to help them grow and become more sustainable.


Fund Value: £ 4,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 45,000

Value Notes

The total value of the fund is £4 million.

Investments made up of loans, or a mixture of loans and grants, of between £50,000 and £150,000, are available over a maximum term of five years.

Loans will be offered with a fixed annual percentage rate (APR) of between 6.5% and 12%. They are offered without an arrangement fee and can be paid off early with no penalty.

Applicants will be given the option to have a capital repayment free period where only interest payments are made, enabling them to build up their income before starting to repay the capital, as well as paying interest on the loan.

Up to 30% of an investment can be a grant but this will depend upon an organisation’s needs and associated risk.

Non-financial support is also available both pre and post financial investment. Further information can be found on the First Ark Social Investment website.

Extended Description

Access – the Foundation for Social Investment has launched the new £4 million Invest for Impact Fund. The fund is administered by First Ark Social Investment on the behalf of Access which is providing part of the funding along with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund and a loan from the Big Society Capital.

The funding is intended to increase access to finance for charities and social enterprises in North West England and enable them to grow and become more sustainable.

Latest Information

Expressions of interest can be made at any time until March 2019.

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from regulated and unregulated charities and social enterprises including any voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation serving communities in the North West of England.

Eligible regulated organisations include:

  • Charities.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Community Benefit Societies which pursue charitable objective(s).

To be eligible for investment unregulated social sector organisations (including CLGs, CLSs and IPSs) must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Mission Lock and Activities – organisations must:
    • Have a clear social mission which meets a charitable objective that addresses a social issue or need.
    • Carry out trading activities in support of and which are casually linked to their social mission.
    • Have directors who will make best efforts to preserve the organisation’s social mission in case of the sale of the enterprise.
  • Profit Distribution and Asset Lock – organisations must:
    • Distribute at least 50% of their post-tax profit.
    • Mainly reinvest any surpluses into pursuing their social mission.
    • Have a constitutional or contractual local on its Social Objectives, dividend policy and an “asset lock”.
  • Public Benefit and Private Gain, Use of Public Funds – organisations must:
    • Offer its products and services for general public benefit without restrictions and barriers such as affordability.
    • Be able to establish that private gain is incidental and minimal as a result of Access’s support.
    • Have no state aid issues identified (de Minimis may be used where appropriate).
  • Transparency – organisations must:
    • Articulate evidences, measures and reports on its social impact and charitable purpose.
    • Be open to undertaking an independent social impact.
    • Have a remuneration and benefits policy which it is willing to make open, and is reasonable and proportionate relative to the market practice for social sector organisations.

To be eligible for the grant element, applicants must be able to show a social benefit and must comply with state aid rules.

Eligible Expenditure

Loan funding must be used for activities which enable organisations to either scale up or become more sustainable.

Grant funding must be used within the rules of the fund and provide support and infrastructure to help an organisation to become more sustainable in the operation of its core activities.


Investment is not available to be used as a replacement for an organisation’s income.

Application Procedure

Interested parties can complete an online expression of interest form which can be found on the First Ark Social Investment website.

Contact First Ark Social Investment 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:

First Ark Social Investment
Kings Business Park
L34 1PJ.

0800 464 0797
[email protected]

Comic Relief Core Strength

Comic Relief Core Strength – Local Communities Programme – Merseyside & Lancashire

Grants are available for community projects in Merseyside and Lancashire that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities.


Maximum Value: £ 5,000
Minimum Value: £ 1,000
Value Notes Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available.

Grants are for one year only.

Extended Description
The Comic Relief scheme is provided by Comic Relief and administered locally by the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Community Foundation for Lancashire.

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. This programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.

Latest Information
This fund does not have a specific closing date. Due to a limited budget the fund will close as soon as between 10and 15 complete and eligible applications are received. It is recommended that applications are submitted as soon as possible. The decision making panel will meet in late May/early June.

Key Criteria
The following organisations in Lancashire and Merseyside are eligible to apply:

Constituted voluntary and community groups.
Social enterprises.
Community interest companies.
To be eligible, applicants must:

Have an annual income of £100,000 or under for the last full financial year.
Have been running activities for at least 12 months.
Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area.
Have limited access to other sources of income.
Clearly define the need they are addressing.
Clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to local people.
Illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes.
Provide clear evidence that the services they provide are inclusive to all.
Eligible Expenditure
This funding is to support core running costs or organisational development costs. Funding cannot be used for direct project delivery.

The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of the Comic Relief priorities.

The funding is for work that addresses at least one of the following priorities:

Connected communities – seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities.
Productive communities – investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources.
Empowered communities – working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

Priority will be given to:

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


The following are not eligible for funding:

Statutory organisations, including schools.
Trips abroad.
Buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project).
Building costs, including access adaptations to buildings.
Organisations which are currently being funded directly from Comic Relief.
Application Procedure
Comic Relief application forms are available to complete online at either the Community Foundation for Lancashire or the Community Foundation for Merseyside website whilst the scheme is open for applications.

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:
Grants Officer
Community Foundation for Lancashire
Third Floor, Stanley Building
43 Hanover Street
L1 3DN
0330 440 4900
[email protected]

National Lottery Awards 2018 Invites Entries

The annual National Lottery Awards have opened their search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery funded project.

Now in their 15th year, the Awards recognise the great benefit that Lottery funded projects have made to communities across the UK. Each week millions of pounds are raised by the Lottery which is then distributed to projects in the arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment. The National Lottery has raised more than £30 billion since it began in 1994 and funded some 525,000 projects.

Any group that is based in the UK and has received National Lottery funding in the last 24 years can enter the awards.

The seven categories, each reflecting an area of Lottery funding, are:

  • Best Arts Project
  • Best Education Project
  • Best Environment Project
  • Best Health Project
  • Best Heritage Project
  • Best Sport Project
  • Best Voluntary/Charity Project

Up to ten projects per awards category will be selected to go through to a final round of public voting.

The winners in each of the seven categories will receive national recognition at an Awards event to be broadcast on BBC One later in 2018. Each winner will also receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Commenting on winning last year, Chris Jones, representative from parkrun UK, winner of Best Sport Project in 2017 said:

“Since winning, we’ve seen an increase in numbers of people living with sight loss participating at parkrun. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve seen a transformation in self-confidence for individuals who have found that they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.”

Entry is free. Groups who wish to enter their project should visit the National Lottery Awards website for further information and the full terms and conditions.

The deadline for entries is 6 April 2018 (11:59pm).

Source: National Lottery Awards, 06/02/2018

Nesta Invites Entries to its New ‘Good Help’ Awards

Organisations that can show they are helping people to transform their lives through ‘good help’ may be able to win one of three financial awards being offered by Nesta.

In conjunction with its new publication, ‘Good and bad help: How purpose and confidence transforms lives’, Nesta has created the ‘Good Help’ Awards which aims to identify and reward three organisations that offer support to people in a positive way. This could be through helping people to improve their health, find work or get the most out of their education, or in some other way that builds people’s confidence, sense of purpose and independence.

The Award is open to anyone offering ‘good help’ through an established programme or service within the UK.

This includes:

  • Organisations or teams from within the voluntary, community, social enterprise or public sector.
  • Commissioners and/or providers.
  • Projects, programmes or services that have been operational for at least 12 months.

Nesta is offering three awards: the winner will receive £15,000 and the two runners up will each receive £5,000.

There is a two-step application process. The first step is to fill in the online submission form.

The submission deadline is 30 April 2018 (12 noon).

Up to 10 shortlisted applicants will be announced in June and invited to an exploration workshop in July where they can develop their ideas. Winners will be announced at a celebration event on 13 September.

Full details can be found Nesta’s website

Source: Nesta, 12/02/2018

New Food Waste Reduction Fund

WRAP Invites Expressions of Interest to New Food Waste Reduction Fund

The new £500,000 fund is aimed at not-for-profit organisations in England that supply surplus food from food businesses either directly to those in need, or to other organisations who do the same.

The new fund is being administered by WRAP ((Waste & Resources Action Programme) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which has provided the money.

The aim of the Fund is to help avoid surplus food produced by food businesses from becoming waste, by enabling not-for-profit organisations across England to redistribute more of this food to people in need. Applicants will need to demonstrate they plan to work in partnership with food businesses such as retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, food service and logistics companies.

Grants ranging from £20,000 to £75,000 are to be used for new projects that can be piloted and evaluated and, if successful, can then be replicated and implemented more widely.

Projects should help overcome barriers to increasing redistribution and could cover areas such as:

  • Training for the people involved in supplying and distributing surplus food – on IT and food safety skills, for example.
  • Infrastructure such as packing and labelling facilities, freezer capacity or refrigerated vehicles to enable more types of food or larger quantities to be redistributed.
  • Facilitation to form collaborative partnerships and help not-for-profits join up with appropriate partners.
  • Communication and technology to facilitate logistics between donor and recipient organisations.

Commenting on the new fund, WRAP Director Peter Maddox said:

“This fund will make a huge difference to many organisations in England, and those who use their services. We’re particularly looking for new routes and fresh partnerships to get more surplus food to people in need. I’m keen to see expressions of interest that will increase redistribution from food manufacturers and businesses not already redistributing food, or which can significantly improve and increase existing redistribution chains. We want this fund to help make a step-change in the amount of surplus food that is redistributed to people.”

There is a two stage application process.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 March 2018.

Full details can be found on WRAP’s website