United Utilities Lancashire Community Fund

What is the focus of the fund:

The fund has been created to support community groups and charities that work to help vulnerable people particularly addressing issues of social and economic deprivation & isolation; debt and afford ability; mental health; ageing plus the environment that have a detrimental impact on their health and wellbeing.

 

How much is available:

Grants of between £2,500 and £20,000 (total). Grants can be awarded over a period of 1-3 years. In exceptional circumstances, and at their discretion, the panel may consider applications for amounts above this.
Who can apply:

Registered charities, social enterprises, community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name.

 

Which areas are covered:

Parliamentary constituencies ofBlackpool North and Cleveleys*, Blackpool South, Fylde, Wyre and Preston North, South Ribble, Ribble Valley, Lancaster and Fleetwood*

 

*Please note that the areas of BlackpoolNorth and Cleveleys (£6,866) and Lancaster and Fleetwood (£13,917) have very limited remaining funding available so unfortunately we are unable to consider applications at the top end of the grant limits. We are still very happy to consider some smaller projects though with the remaining budget in these areas.

 

Any special criteria:

–          Applications for grants at the higher end of the scale should include some clear, measurable and timed milestones that will aim to be achieved as a result of the grant.

–          Applications for building work should provide three quotes for the work.

–          Only one grant per organisation can be awarded from this fund. However, if you apply and are unsuccessful then you are welcome to re-apply.

 

Costs that may be funded:

This fund can consider operational costs for one off or continuing projects (e.g. sessional fees/equipment/volunteer costs), contribution towards core costs (including salaries) and building work (e.g. adaptions/renovations to community centres)

 

Closing date:

Friday 10th March at 4pm

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New Lancashire funding stream

Please be advised Community Foundation for Lancashire are launching the latest WO Street Transformation Fund to voluntary and community groups that are based in what was previously known as old Lancashire tomorrow.

There is an available budget of approx £30k so they are looking for approx 10-15 applications to present to panel. The deadline for applications is 10th February.

The aims of the WO Street Transformation Fund are to transform activities, enhance capacities and develop communities’ inline with the wishes of Mr. Street who was the founder of the WO Street Foundation. It aims to encourage the community to take a proactive approach to empower themselves and others to achieve social growth and make a difference.

See guidelines document below.

WO Street Guidelines Lancashire 2017

PRS for Music Foundation

Grants are available for any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues and curators in the UK.

Further Information

Funding body: PRS for Music Foundation
Maximum value: £ 10,000
Application deadline: 06/02/2017

Background

The PRS for Music Foundation (PRSF) is an independent charitable organisation that stimulates and supports the creation, development and performance of new music in the UK.  It is the UK’s largest independent funder of new music of any genre.

Objectives of Fund

The scheme is intended to help support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.

The Foundation’s funding priorities are:

  • To support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre.
  • To develop artists to their full potential.
  • To inspire audiences UK-wide.

Value Notes

Organisations may apply for up to £10,000.

Administration costs relating to the project can be funded to a maximum of 10% of total budget.

A maximum of £5,000 can be used towards recording costs.

Match Funding Restrictions

The Foundation prefers to make contributions to projects rather than fully funding them.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations, including promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues and curators including:

  • Organisations that are limited by guarantee and/or a registered Charity.
  • Individuals and sole traders.
  • CIC organisations.
  • Non-music organisations including local authorities, museums, etc.

To be eligible for funding organisations must be based in the UK.

Location

United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions

Only one application per organisation will be accepted per calendar year to the Open Fund.

Restrictions

Funding is unavailable for:

  • Individuals in full-time education.
  • Under 18s, unless represented by an adult with a valid DBS check.
  • Those resident outside of the UK.
  • Those without a track record of more than 18 months.
  • Projects where the lead composer/songwriter is a member of another Performance Rights Organisation (ie UK based music creator must either be a member of PRS or should be in a position to join).
  • Companies limited by shares (although considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Projects that contain no element of live performance (unless applying for recording costs only).
  • Technology projects (unless they contain a significant aspect of new music creation).
  • The purchase of vans and cars.
  • Bursaries, tuition/education costs, or scholarships.
  • Capital projects (eg building work).
  • Any project raising funds for another charity.
  • Buying equipment.
  • Building a studio.
  • Organisations or projects that have been running for less than 18 months.
  • Music creators who do not have a track record of 18 months or more.
  • Retrospective activity (ie projects that have already taken place).
  • Activity that falls before our decision date.
  • Organisations based outside the UK.
  • Music creators based outside of the UK.
  • British music creators no longer permanently resident in the UK.
  • Composers and songwriters who are members of other performance rights collection societies.
  • International tours/recording internationally.
  • Radio stations/broadcasting costs.
  • Start-up companies or record labels.
  • A roster of artists on a record label.
  • Living costs and salary costs.
  • Core funding.

PRS are unable to offer:

  • Comments or advice on applicant’s music.
  • Advice on signing to a label or how to organise tours/projects.
  • Advice on gigs/venues.
  • Advice on promoting your music, unless it has been directly funded by PRS for Music Foundation.
  • Application form checking, prior to submission (however, applicants can email PRS with specific questions).

Eligible Expenditure

Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

The scheme aims to support:

  • Projects involving the creation, performance or promotion of new music by living, UK-based music creators (eg a commission, residency, education project or tour).
  • Recording costs.
  • Programmes that strongly feature or are based around new music (eg promoting a series of live events featuring outstanding new music, the new music component of a festival programme, artist/composer/talent development programme or multiple commissions).
  • Equipment/rehearsal space hire if it is an essential part of the project.
  • Administrative costs (eg time spent organising the project, letters, printing, stamps).
  • Development time (eg the time it will take the music creator to work on the new material).
  • Promotional activity/PR costs relating directly to your development as a music creator/the project.
  • Website creation (only if crucial to the promotion of the project).
  • Music videos when part of wider project activity.
  • Musician fees (we will not fund a project if you do not pay your musicians).
  • Contingency (up to 10% of the total project budget).
  • Concerts, record launches, gigs, tours, installations, festivals and promoters which feature a significant programme of new UK music.

How To Apply

The stage one application deadlines are as follows:

  • 6 February 2017.
  • 8 May 2017.
  • 2 October 2017.

Applications must be made via the online application form on the Foundation’s website.

Applicants successful at Stage One will be invited to complete a full Stage Two application.



O2 – Think Big

O2’s Think Big social action programme is designed to empower young people (aged 13-25) who want to make changes to their communities. Through funding, training and support, O2 help turn their ideas into reality. Projects that only help one person will not be accepted. Beyond that, applicants can do everything or anything – in fact the more bold and creative the ideas, the better.

Further Information

Funding body: O2
Maximum value: £ 2,500
Application deadline: None specified

Background

Think Big is O2’s youth programme, supported by The National Youth Agency and UK Youth. O2’s Think Big social action programme is designed to empower young people (aged 13-25) who want to make changes to their communities. Through funding, training and support, O2 help turn their ideas into reality. Interested parties may visit O2thinkbig.co.uk to discover the projects that are already underway in their area.

Objectives of Fund

O2 Think Big aims to find young people with great ideas and help them turn their ideas in to reality. They do this by giving them funding, training and support. Projects have to help the community or tackle a problem with society. Projects that only help one person will not be accepted. Beyond that, applicants can do everything or anything – in fact the more bold and creative the ideas, the better.

Value Notes

The following is available under Think Big (Level 1):

  • £300 cash for the project.
  • Training and support.
  • A Think Big merchandise pack.
  • Communications tools.
  • Support from the team of O2 helpers.
  • Chances to win gig tickets and other prizes.

All Think Big projects that successfully complete their Think Big project and have carried out an Exit Interview can apply to Think Bigger (Level 2). Projects that are invited to be taken further could receive the following:

  • Up to £2,500 cash for the project (given in stages).
  • Free O2 broadband for a year.
  • Support from O2 mentors.
  • The chance to win gig tickets and merchandise for the project group.
  • The opportunity to progress on to the Alumni programme.

Note: Applicants cannot apply directly for £2,500. They must conduct their £300 project first, and only if everything is going to plan may they have the opportunity to apply for more funding.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.

Who Can Apply

Individuals or groups between the ages of 13 and 25 can apply for, and run, a project; however, people of any age can get involved by becoming fans or members of the project in the UK.  Projects must be up and running within three months of applying and finish within six months (extensions can be granted in certain circumstances).

Location

United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions

Full criteria details are available at the following website:

http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/

Restrictions

Applications cannot be made directly for £2,500. Applicants must first do a £300 project. If the project goes “really well” O2 may invite the applicant to apply for more.

Funds cannot be used to:

  • Pay the applicant or other people supporting their wage.
  • Pay for the applicant or others on the project team to be trained if there is no tangible benefit to the project. For example, Think Big will not fund a six month college course that only benefits the applicant individually or courses that do not relate to their project.
  • For putting on a fundraising event for a charity.
  • To pay for professional fees unless absolutely necessary and this will need to be explained in the application form.
    Financial support for a religious or political organisation with obvious intentions of conversion.

Eligible Expenditure

Projects have to help the community or tackle a problem with society and funding can be spent on anything appropriate that will make the project work, apart from on a salary for the applicant.

Applicants should visit the O2 Think Big website to discover the projects that are already underway in their area.

Examples of appropriate purchases are:

  • Materials and equipment integral to the project.
  • Cost of renting space.
  • Transportation.
  • Advertising.
  • Professional fees for people to teach skills needed for the project.  This can’t be anyone associated with the project or any organisations supporting the applicant and has to be integral to the project.

How To Apply

Deadline(s):

Applications for Think Big are now open at any time.

Frequency: Rolling programme.

Link to guidelines:

http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk

Useful information:

Assistance with applications may be sought directly from the funding provider.



The Dulverton Trust

Grants are available for projects in the fields of: youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; and preservation.  The majority of the Trust’s work is in support of national and regional charities operating in England (excluding Greater London), Scotland and Wales.

Further Information

Funding body: Dulverton Trust
Maximum value: £ 35,000
Application deadline: None specified

Background

The Dulverton Trust is an independent charitable grant making organisation founded in 1949 by Lord Dulverton through an endowment of shares in the Imperial Tobacco Company.

Objectives of Fund

The objective of the Trust is to support charities working in areas where there is a significant amount of deprivation and particularly where a grant would make a real difference to the recipients.

Funding is available for projects in the fields of: youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; and preservation.

Value Notes

The Trust offers two categories of grant:

  • Major Grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000.
  • Minor Grants of up to £5,000.

Single year grants over a one-year period and occasionally longer-term support, usually up to three years, is available.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities, including those registered as a company limited by guarantee and CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations) are eligible to apply. Organisations working in Scotland, Wales and England, excluding Greater London, are eligible.

Organisations must:

  • Operate at at least city or county level.
  • Have an annual income greater than £200,000 and less than £15 million. Newly established charities and preservation charities are exempt for the minimum income rule.

Minor Grants are available to locally operating charities with an income of below £200,000 in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Cumbria.

Location

Scotland, Wales and England, excluding Greater London

Terms and Conditions

Grant holders will be required to report their progress to the Trust no later than one year after their grant was awarded.

Restrictions

The Trust will not usually award grants for the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Museums, galleries, libraries, exhibition centres and heritage attractions.
  • Individual churches and other historic buildings (except for limited support under the Preservation category).
  • Individual schools, colleges, universities or other educational establishments.
  • Hospices, hospitals, nursing or residential care homes.
  • Activities outside the Trust’s geographical scope.
  • Charities whose main beneficiaries live within Greater London or in Northern Ireland.
  • Regional charities that are affiliated with a national body (for example, local Scout groups).
  • Health, medicine and medical conditions, including drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Therapy and counselling.
  • Specific support for people with disabilities.
  • The arts, including theatre, music and drama, except where used as a means of achieving one of the funding priorities.
  • Sport, including sports centres and individual playing field projects, except where used as a means of achieving one of the funding priorities.
  • Animal welfare or projects concerning the protection of single species.
  • Expeditions and individuals volunteering overseas.
  • Research, unless it is linked to a project that meets the priorities.
  • Conferences, events, cultural festivals, and exhibitions.
  • Salaries for specific posts, but consideration may be given to funding salaries in the context of a multi-year grant.
  • Major building projects, including the purchase of property or land.
  • Endowments.
  • Disabiltity projects.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust operates within six categories of activity:

  • Youth Opportunities – This is the Trust’s largest category and it aims to support charities that help disadvantaged children and young people to adopt a more positive attitude to their lives, raise their aspirations and realise their full potential. Support is available for a wide range of charities working in this area, including those providing advice and skills training, help with finding employment, engagement with local communities and volunteering opportunities. The Trust is particularly interested in those charities using early-intervention initiatives to ensure children from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds are given a fairer chance to develop their social, employment and life skills. The Trust also believes in the character-building value of challenging outdoor activities, such as adventure training, that encourage leadership and team spirit and has long supported charities that give children from deprived urban areas the opportunity to experience and value the countryside.
  • General Welfare – The Trust supports a wide range of activities that benefit disadvantaged people and communities with a particular interest in the following:
    • Strengthening and supporting family relationships.
    • Early intervention to support the welfare of children in disadvantaged families and looked after children.
    • Helping young homeless people to move forward.
    • Maintaining active living and independence for older people. This does not include help with medical and mental health problems or disability.
    • The welfare of those who care for others. Priority is generally given to charities working on a national level.
    • Developing tolerance and understanding between faiths and communities.
    • The promotion of social cohesion.
  • Conservation – The Trust is keen to support the general conservation and protection of wildlife habitats within the United Kingdom.  The Trust also encourages projects concerning the protection and sympathetic management of trees and native woodland.  Single species appeals are rarely considered.
  • Preservation – The Trust encourages the development of craftsmanship in the traditional techniques of repair and restoration. Because the Trust gives annual grants to the National Churches Trust and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust for churches in the United Kingdom, it is very rarely able to consider applications from individual churches.
  • Peace and Humanitarian Support – This is a restricted category concerned with:
    • Peace intervention.
    • Charities that provide support facilities or expertise to organisations engaged in disaster relief.
  • Africa – Unless there are exceptional circumstances, assistance is given only to a very small number of organisations operating in Kenya or Uganda which have a long association with the Trust and which usually operate in the fields of education and conservation.

While the Trust has a broadly Christian ethos, applications are welcome from other faith and non-faith charities. Priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community.

How To Apply

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Major grants: applications may be made online at any time and will be considered in February, June and October.
  • Minor grants: applicants should refer to the appropriate Community Foundation for the application procedure.

Applications for:

  • Major Grants: should be made using the online application process available on the Dulverton Trust website.
  • Minor Grants: should be made via the appropriate Community Foundation.

For further guidance and information, visit the Dulverton Trust website.

Payment Procedure

Payment will usually be received in a one-off sum for a one year period.



St. James’s Place Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities and Special Needs Schools in the UK.

Further Information

Funding body: St. James’s Place Foundation
Maximum value: £ 10,000
Application deadline: None specified

Background

Formed in 1992, the Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for those people in need as a result of disability or disadvantage. It seeks to achieve direct, tangible results from the support given.

The Foundation provides support under the following themes:

  • Supporting young people with special needs.
  • Supporting Disadvantaged Young People.
  • Supporting people with cancer.

Value Notes

Funding is available as follows:

  • Small Grants Programme – The amount applied for should be up to a maximum of £10,000 in any two-year rolling period.
  • Major Grants Programme – Closed to unsolicited applications.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from national, regional and local charities operating in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Special Needs Schools in the UK may also apply.

To be eligible, charities must:

  • Have an annual income of less than £750,000, if applying to the Small Grants Programme.
  • Be able to provide audited accounts for the previous year.

Location

United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants are required to complete a monitoring and evaluation report.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for:

  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Unsolicited applications from charities operating overseas.
  • Charities with reserves of over 50% of income.
  • Administrative costs.
  • Activities primarily the responsibility of statutory agencies.
  • Replacement of lost statutory funding.
  • Research.
  • Events.
  • Advertising.
  • Holidays.
  • Sponsorship.
  • Contributions to large capital appeals.
  • Single faith charities.
  • Charities that are raising funds on behalf of another charity.
  • Individual hospices.

If an applicant is unsuccessful then a period of 12 months must elapse before re-applying.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available as follows:

Supporting Young People with Special Needs

The Foundation will support projects that provide directly for young people (under the age of 25 years) within the UK who suffer from physical or mental health difficulties or conditions, or a life threatening or degenerative illness, or are disadvantaged. This will include young people under the age of 25 caring for others.

Where organisations include other groups, 75% of beneficiaries must fit the above parameters.

Supporting Disadvantaged Young People

The Foundation will support projects that provide directly for young people (under the age of 25 years) within the UK who suffer from physical or mental health difficulties or conditions, or a life threatening or degenerative illness, or are disadvantaged. This will include young people under the age of 25 caring for others.

Where organisations include other groups, 75% of beneficiaries must fit the above parameters.

Supporting People with Cancer

The Foundation will support projects that provide directly for people with Cancer.

Where organisations include other groups, 75% of beneficiaries must fit the above parameters.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time for the Small Grants Programme. There are no deadlines or closing dates. Small Grant applications are considered on receipt and in rotation. The whole process can take between four and six months or sometimes longer.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation’s website.



Jill Franklin Trust

A small number of grants are available to small charities working in deprived areas of Great Britain, with particular favour given to the North of England and Wales. Support also for restoration of churches with architectural importance.

Further Information

Funding body: Jill Franklin Trust
Maximum value: £ 1,000
Application deadline: None specified

Background

The Trust was founded in memory of Jill Franklin who died in 1988, and registered in 1990.

Objectives of Fund

The Trust has decided to focus its funding on deprived areas of Great Britain and looks with particular favour at applications from the North of England and from Wales.

The Trust has five areas for which it solicits grant applications as follows:

  • Self-help groups, advice, training, and employment; to support people with a mental illness or learning difficulties, and their carers (parents etc.).
  • Organisations helping and supporting refugees and asylum-seekers coming to or in the UK.
  • The restoration (not “improvement”) of churches of architectural importance (half a page in Pevsner’s Buildings). The church should be open to visitors every day.
  • Local schemes to help prisoners to resettle, or to inhibit delinquency.
  • Bereavement counselling.

Value Notes

Each year, the Trust gives around £70,000 in grants.

Grants are typically £1,000 for one to three years (except for church restoration which is normally £500).

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement.

Who Can Apply

The Trust accepts applications from registered charities working in deprived areas of Great Britain with particular favour given to those from the North of England and Wales.

Location

Great Britain with particular favour given to those from the North of England and Wales.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Building work (other than church restoration).
  • Endowment funds.
  • Replacement of the duties of Government, local authorities or the NHS.
  • Overseas.
  • Religious organisations set up for welfare, education, etc of whatever religion, unless the service is open to and used by people from all denominations, and there is no attempt to conduct any credal propaganda or religious rituals, or require clients to attend religious services.
  • Animal and environmental charities.
  • Students.
  • Any individuals.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Medical research.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust provides funding in the following areas:

  • Self-help groups, advice, training, and employment; to support people with a mental illness or learning difficulties, and their carers (parents etc).
  • Organisations helping and supporting refugees and asylum-seekers coming to, or in, the UK.
  • Local schemes to help prisoners to resettle, or to inhibit delinquency.
  • Bereavement counselling.
  • The restoration (not “improvement”) of churches of architectural importance (half a page in Pevsner’s Buildings). The church should be open to visitors every day.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Applicants for a grant for a church should complete the online form at the Trust’s website.

Applicants for a grant should write enclosing a budget for the project or e-mail the Trust. If the applicant’s accounts are not filed with the Charity Commission or OSCA, they should be enclosed or a link to them provided.

A preliminary enquiry by email is welcomed; however, the Trust is not always able to acknowledge enquiries.

Churches seeking a grant for repairs to the fabric of the church should complete the form which can be found at http://www.jill-franklin-trust.org.uk/churchapplication.html

The Trustees tend to look more favourably on an appeal which is simply and economically prepared: glossy, “prestige” and Mail sorted brochures do not impress the trustees.

The Trust has very little uncommitted cash, so most applications are rejected, for the only reason that it has insufficient money.



DLA Piper Charitable Trust

Grant for charitable organisations undertaking charitable activities in the UK.

Further Information

Funding body: DLA Piper Charitable Trust
Maximum value: Discretionary
Application deadline: None specified

Background

The DLA Piper Charitable Trust has a small amount of money which it offers as donations to charitable organisations, both national charities and local organisations, undertaking charitable projects.

Objectives of Fund

The Trustees state in their accounts that they ‘plan to continue the existing objectives and pattern of grant making with the aim and objective of reaching needy causes and other charities for which a grant from the Trust can make all the difference between an activity or event taking place or failing to do so’. ‘In addition, the Trustees continue to consider possible new patterns of grant making and the possibility of having particular areas of interest as foci for grant making initiatives’.

Value Notes

The Trust allocates around £50,000 in grants each year.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. In the past grants have ranged from less than £1,000 to £5,000 with an exceptional grant made for more than £5,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement.

Who Can Apply

Charitable organisations based in the UK may apply.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for individuals.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust offers grants under the following two categories:

  • Medical Research donations.
  • Social Welfare donations.

How To Apply

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

Applications must be made in writing to the Trust and will be considered on a quarterly basis.

Contact the DLA Piper Charitable Trust for further information.


TDS Charitable Foundation

Funding is available to advance education about housing rights and obligations in the UK.

Further Information

Funding body: TDS Charitable Foundation
Maximum value:  £ 20,000
Application deadline: 27/01/2017

Background

Funding is provided by the TDS Charitable Foundation.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation works to advance education about housing rights and obligations.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £20,000 are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not required.

Who Can Apply

Organisations in the UK are eligible to apply.

Location

United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants are expected to report periodically on how the grant has been used and agree that the Foundation can publicise that funding through its website or other media.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Non project-specific salaries.
  • Day to day overheads/running costs (although bids can include a contribution to general overheads where these can legitimately be allocated to the bid).
  • Continuation funding (although bids for a repeat of the project may be considered afresh during a subsequent bid round).

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for activities that further the objects of the TDS Charitable Foundation as follows:

  • To advance education about housing rights and obligations in general, and in particular about:
    • Best practice in the management of private rented housing.
    • Legal rights and obligations which are of particular relevance to those who are involved in the provision or management of private rented housing or who hold tenancies within the private rented housing sector.
    • Use of alternative dispute resolution processes for the more efficient and effective resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.
  • To advance conflict resolution through promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution processes for the more efficient resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants within the private rented housing sector.

Themes for 2017

Activities must also meet the following themes for funding:

  • Theme 1 – promoting knowledge of landlord’s obligations. The Foundation will invite proposals that will help to educate landlords that are inexperienced and do not fully understand the obligations that they have to meet as a landlord about the obligations of being a private landlord. The Foundation has received a large number of proposals which involve producing materials and running workshops/seminars for landlords. As a result, the Foundation will be commissioning the production of workshop materials directly to supply free of charge to groups and will not be funding these general workshop sessions for the time being. However other innovative approaches to educating landlords will be considered.
  • Theme 2 – promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights and responsibilities. The Foundation will invite proposals which will help educate tenants about their rights and responsibilities. A particular focus of this will be the student market. The Foundation has received a large number of proposals which involve producing materials and running workshops/seminars for tenants. As a result, the Foundation will be commissioning the production of workshop materials directly to supply free of charge to groups and will not be funding these general workshop sessions for the time being. However other innovative approaches to educating tenants will be considered.
  • Theme 3 – Commissioning a feasibility study on establishing a dedicated research centre for the private rented sector in England and Wales. The TDS Charitable Foundation would be interested in receiving proposals for funding a feasibility study as to whether such a dedicated PRS research centre could be established for England and Wales. The study would look at the provision for, and dissemination of, information in the private rented sector for landlords and tenants.

How To Apply

The first 2017 deadline is 27 January 2017.

Application forms are available to download from the Foundation’s website. For further information, applicants are advised to contact the Foundation directly.



Youth Music Programme

Financial assistance is available to increase the number of children and young people across England that have the opportunity to take part in high quality musical activities.

Further Information

Funding body: The National Foundation for Youth Music
Maximum value: £ 200,000
Application deadline: 07/04/2017

Background

The Youth Music Network (formerly The National Foundation for Youth Music (NFYM)) was set up in 1999 with £30 million of Lottery funding, funding through the Arts Council of England.  It was set up to create substantial musical opportunities for children and young people and to support training for music leaders.  The Foundation aims to promote and develop music opportunities for young people, up to and including 18 years old and to encourage them to make music by providing information and encouragement as well as financial support.

The majority of projects funded are in England.  Youth Music does, however, fund a number of projects in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, working with the Arts Council of Wales, Scottish Arts Council (SAC), and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Objectives of Fund

Youth Music’s vision is that life-changing music-making is available to all children and young people.

Value Notes

The following funds are available:

  • Fund A – grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 are available for between six and 24 months.
  • Fund B – grants of between £30,001 and £200,000 (to a maximum of £100,000 per annum) are available for between 12 and 36 months
  • Fund C – grants of between £50,000 and £180,000 per annum for 36 months are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Fund A and Fund B require 10% match funding and Fund C requires 15% match funding. At least half of the match funding must be cash.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible for funding, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be based in the UK.
  • Be delivering projects in England for participants resident in England.
  • Be registered charities or not-for-profit organisations such as Companies Limited by Guarantee or constituted community groups. Profit-sharing organisations based in the UK are also eligible to apply, so long as the work they propose to undertake will not make any profit for the organisation.
  • Have been legally constituted and providing activity for a minimum of one year.
  • Be able to supply the most recent set of accounts, which are no more than 18 months old.
  • Have an Equal Opportunities Policy and a Child Protection Policy in place.
  • Have Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance in place, and comply with all statutory laws and regulations relating to the work proposed.

Schools are eligible to apply for projects that have a significant element of innovative partnership working, benefits to the wider community and include activities that take place out of school time.

Consideration will be given to applications from Music Education Hub lead organisations for activities that have significant elements of innovative partnership working, demonstrate musically inclusive practice and a significant legacy within and beyond the Hub.

Location

England

Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders.
  • Activities that do not benefit people in England or do not take place mainly in England.
  • Activities that promote party political or religious beliefs.
  • Activities that have already taken place before any confirmation of grant award is received.
  • Costs incurred in making the application.
  • Significant capital costs that include the purchase of land, buildings, vehicles or property; or refurbishment or landscaping costs.
  • Reserves, loans or interest payments.
  • VAT costs that can be recovered.
  • Art forms that are not related to music. Cross-arts project can seek match-funding to cover the non-music elements of the project.
  • Activities that other statutory bodies would be expected to fund.
  • Projects that are unable to demonstrate that they are able to achieve the 10% match funding requirement.
  • Projects proposing to use Arts Council or National Lottery funding as their minimum match funding requirement.
  • Music curriculum activities that could be supported through Department for Education funding.
  • Activities that fall within the core roles of Music Education Hubs.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for the following:

  • Developmental music-making projects for children and young people – music-making activity that achieves personal, social and musical outcomes for children and young people in challenging circumstances. Projects must be working with children and young people who live in England aged up to 25 years including children in their early years (0-5 years).
  • Strategic work to support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector – support for projects that achieve positive outcomes for organisations and the workforce to ensure that high-quality sustained and progressive music-making opportunities exist for young people.

All applicants are expected to address the following priority areas:

  • Supporting children and young people in challenging circumstances – priority will be given to applications that help young people whose challenging circumstances act as a barrier to accessing music-making. These challenges may be:
    • Economic – children and young people whose family income restricts or prevents their participation in music-making, because it is unaffordable or inaccessible.
    • Relating to a life condition – children and young people with a condition which makes their participation in music-making more expensive or complex, such as a disability or sensory impairment.
    • Relating to a life circumstance – children and young people who are living in situations which makes their participation in music-making more expensive or complex, such as looked-after children, young carers or those living in rural isolation.
    • Behavioural – children and young people whose behaviour means they need additional support or specialist services in order to be able to participate in music-making, such as young offenders or young people at risk of exclusion.
  • Creating high quality music-making experiences – The Trust will focus on the quality of the participant’s experience, which will be underpinned by musically inclusive practice. This means that the people and organisations running music-making programmes should:
    • Identify and work to break down any barriers to music-making that young people face.
    • Put the voices of children and young people at the heart of the work, relevant to their needs and interests.
    • Place emphasis on young people’s self-expression and musical creativity.
    • Support a diversity of high-quality music-making across a wide range of genres and musical activities.
    • Actively work to create understanding among staff and volunteers of the different approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Supporting young people’s progression – priority will be given to projects that can help young people progress musically, personally and socially. Applicants should consider how they can provide a supportive and engaging environment that encourages personal progression journeys regardless of a young person’s chosen musical genre or circumstances.
  • Sharing practice – projects should commit to sharing their learning and experiences with others.

Priorities for funding are as follows:

  • Early years – children aged 0-5 who face barriers to accessing music-making as a result of their circumstances or where they live.
  • Special educational needs and/or disabilities – young people with special educational needs, disabilities (SEND) and/or additional needs as a result of poor health and wellbeing. This includes children and young people who have:
    • Moderate to profound and multiple learning difficulties.
    • Sensory impairments.
    • A disability.
    • Additional educational needs as a result of issues affecting their health and wellbeing.
  • Not in education, employment or training – young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or who are at risk of becoming NEET due to circumstances affecting their educational engagement. This includes children and young people who:
    • Are aged 16 – 24 and not in education, employment or training.
    • Experience disruption in their education due to family related difficulties (eg young people who attend a PRU, are looked after, are young carers, or are suffering from neglect or domestic violence).
    • Experience disruption in their education due to issues around transience (eg young people who are travellers, asylum seekers, refugees, or who have English as an additional language).
  • Youth justice – children and young people who have committed an offence or who are at risk of offending due to emotional or behavioural issues. This includes children and young people who:
    • Are in or leaving young offending institutions.
    • Are in contact with a Youth Offending Team.
    • Are at risk of offending as a result of emotional and behavioural difficulties (eg drug and alcohol misuse, involvement in gangs).
  • Coldspots – projects for children and young people who face barriers to accessing diverse music-making opportunities as a direct result of where they live in England. This may be as a result of:
    • Socio-economic factors preventing participation.
    • Physical accessibility (eg in rural areas).
    • Low activity, low engagement or low investment in their area.

How To Apply

Deadlines are as follows:

  • Fund A: 7 April 2017, 18 August 2017, and 8 December 2017.
  • Fund B: 12 May 2017, and 10 November 2017.
  • Fund C: closed to new applicants.

The application forms for Fund A and Fund B are available to complete online at the Youth Music Network website.