Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People

Charities working with disadvantaged young people aged 13 or below can apply for funding of up to £5,000 from the Toy Trust.

Founded by the British Toy and Hobby Association, the Toy Trust- the industry’s charity- exists to raise money predominantly from the toy industry, its suppliers and friends; and distribute the money raised to charities helping disadvantaged and disabled children within the UK and abroad.

Funding is available towards projects that:

• Help disadvantaged children and their families to alleviate suffering
• Support children through awful experiences
• Encourage achievement through adversity
• Purchase vital equipment; provide care
• Bolster existing initiatives; initiate brand new projects
• Satisfy basic needs.

To be eligible the charity accounts must have unrestricted net assets of not more than £200,000 or of less than one year’s income.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Bring Joy Foundation

The Bring Joy Foundation will make donations to not-for-profit groups, organisations and charities that can demonstrate their commitment to creating activities designed to improve the lives of the elderly.

What we fund

Events, activities or pastimes that bring the joy and fun back into ageing. This is open to groups or organisations across the UK that work with the elderly.

You must also be able to prove that you are a not-for-profit organisation.

Better Communities Fund

The Better Communities Fund is being run by GLL a charitable social enterprise that manages leisure centres, libraries and other community services.

The fund supports projects that help to get communities active and aims to help everyone to enjoy sport and physical activities, and to ensure that children and young people experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle that participating in sport and physical activity can support.

Any non-profit local community group, charity or social enterprise in an area where GLL operates can use Crowdfunding website “Spacehive” to crowdfund for projects that encourage people to be more active. The fund provides up to £2,500 of matched funding that is pledged directly to a project on Spacehive.

A total of £40,000 is available and applications can be submitted at any time.

Barbara Ward Children’s Charity Funding

Charities and organisations helping children who are disadvantaged in some respect can apply for grants from the Barbara Ward Children’s Charity.

Causes that have previously received funding include:

• Educational projects
• Holidays
• Care and respite
• Health and well-being
• Sport
• Play
• Leisure.

Grants may also be awarded to charities supporting adults with learning difficulties. Recent awards have ranged from £1,350 to £21,000 and have been used to support both one-off donations and project-related grants for 2-5 years.

Applications are accepted and assessed on a rolling basis.

Allen Lane Foundation

The Allen Lane Foundation makes grants for up to three years, with a total value of £500-£15,000, although the average grant size last year was just over £5,650.

The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group:

• Asylum-seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality)
• Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people
• Gypsies and Travellers
• Migrant workers
• Offenders and ex-offenders
• Older people
• People experiencing mental health problems
• People experiencing violence or abuse

If the beneficiaries of your work do not include a significant proportion of people from one or more of these groups it is unlikely that your application will be successful.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Alcohol Research UK

Alcohol Research UK which is an independent charity is dedicated to supporting new research in the alcohol field.

Over the years over £12m has been awarded to 500 projects, many of which have made a significant contribution to the evidence base in this areas.

The following grant programmes are still open for 2016:

Network support – up to £3,000 is available for applicants organising conference or other network events.

There is no deadline for applications to this scheme.

Conference attendance – up to £300 is available to enable researchers to be able to deliver a paper at a conference which is relevant to, or furthers the aims of Alcohol Research UK’s programme of work.

There is no deadline for applications to this scheme.

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Aid for the Aged in Distress Grants

Aid for the Aged in Distress (AFTAID) welcomes applications from individuals, or their family and neighbours, of state pensionable age (60 years old for women and 65 for men), that are UK citizen and resident, on lower income and have minimal savings.

AFTAID aims to help older persons that are financially stretched beyond their means to the point of genuine distress. AFTAID can provide grants for many varied items such as:

  • Mobility scooters.
  • Walk-in showers.
  • Radiators.
  • Cookers.
  • Cleaning.
  • Central heating boiler.
  • Video intercom.
  • ‘blind’ software for PC.

AFTAID do not make grants for ongoing or retrospective payments, nor can they consider repayment of debt.

Referrals can also be accepted on behalf of members of the caring professions and voluntary organisations.
Applications can be made at any time.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants

Neighbourhood Planning Grants of up to £9,000 are available to groups wishing to produce Neighbourhood Plans.

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and enables communities to influence future developments in their area.

This could include new housing projects, shops and where offices are built. Examples of what the grants can be used for include:

• Developing a website
• Training sessions for members of the steering group
• Help with putting together a project plan
• Undertaking a household survey
• Help with developing the evidence base
• Engaging a planning expert
• Venue hire, publicity materials, printing and other costs associated with consultation; etc.
• Groups with complex issues such as Neighbourhood Forums
• Clusters of Parishes
• High Growth areas
• Deprived areas
• Business led neighbourhood plans. Neighbourhoods with populations of over 25,000 can apply for an additional grant of £6,000 in order to complete their plans.
Applications can be submitted at any time up to the 31st December 2017.

Funding for Cancer Support Groups and Individuals

The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 4th August 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.

Funding for Summer Playscheme Grants Programme

Registered charities and community groups that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000.

The funding is made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust which supports about 35 playschemes each year that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays.

Preference is given to:
• Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities
• Schemes that involve a large number of children
• Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability
• Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race
• Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.

Grants can only be paid to registered charities. Organisations that are not a registered charity can still apply but need the agreement of a registered charity to accept the grant on their behalf.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the Summer Playschemes is the 31st July 2017.