Funding for Community Facilities

The next application deadline for funding from the Suez Communities Trust (formerly the Sita Trust) is the 24th April 2017.
The Suez Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to improve amenities that is available for leisure and recreation use by the general public.

This could include:
 Community cafes
 Theatres
 Play areas
 Skate parks
 Youth centres; etc.
Through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) 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. Additionally, in order to qualify for LCF funding project sites must fall within 10 miles of a landfill site.
For information on projects previously funded by the Trust, please click here

Community Business Fund Due to Re-Open for Applications

Power to Change, which supports community businesses, has announced that its Community Business Fund will re-open for applications in Spring 2017.

Power to Change will be awarding grants between £50,000- £300,000 to support and develop Community Businesses in England.

Funding is available to:
 Community Businesses that are based in their community
 Are locally controlled
 Trade for the benefit of the local community
 Address challenges within their community.

To be eligible for funding applicants need to be incorporated (rather than as a collection of individuals) and funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs.

Previous projects supported include:
Bristol Ferry Boats who were awarded £247,875. Bristol Ferry Boats are a Community Benefit Company with 900 shareholders. As well as running commercial trips for commuters and parties boat trips are used to support the curriculum for local schools and share Bristol’s history.

The funding will help purchase a new environmentally friendly boat and support a series of trainee/staff pilots from the community and discounted fares for older and vulnerable residents.
For more examples of projects funded click here

Funding to Support Education in Disadvantaged Areas

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas.
The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants for educational projects totalling about £600,000 in any one year. The majority (85% of grants) are made to
charities and educational bodies (with charitable status). Schools wishing to apply need to have either charitable status or “exempt charity” status.
Previous projects supported include:
Groundwork Greater Nottingham which received a grant of £26,624 for family developmental play sessions for children in temporary hostels, helping to rebuild bonds disrupted
through their re-settlement.
Lyric Hammersmith a charity in Hammersmith which received a grant of £5,000 for a programme of work for schools in West London to enable disadvantaged children to engage
in regular cultural activity.
The next meeting of the Committee is in June, with an application deadline in April, date to be confirmed.

Funding for Summer Playscheme Grants Programme

Registered charities 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 races
 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 7th April 2017.

Paul Bush Foundation Trust

Individuals and charitable organisations within the UK can apply for grants of up to £10,000 (£5,000 for individuals) to support the needs of adults and children with physical disabilities in England.

Funding is available to assist those individuals with a disability to improve their physical, psychological and emotional well-being via the provision of grants to address short term needs.

In the case for funding for individuals’ applications must be supported and completed by a third party sponsor. A sponsor could be, for example, a health/personal care professional, social worker or charity /support group representative.

The Trustees meet twice yearly in April and October with successful applicants being advised by 1st November and 1st May each year.

Co-operative Bank Donation Fund

Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2017 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund.

Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Examples of previous projects supported include:

Theatre company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.

Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.

The William and Jane Morris Fund

The William and Jane Morris Fund is open to applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896.

The Fund offers grants of between £500 – £3,000 towards work concerned with the conservation of decorative features such as stained glass windows; sculpture; furniture; internal monuments and tombs; and wall paintings; etc.

The decorative feature, monument, etc must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris’s death).

Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible.

The next deadline for applications is the 31st March 2017.

Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Fund

The Football Foundation has announced that its “Grow the Game” grant scheme will reopen for applications on the 1st February 2017 and will close on the 29th March 2017.

The aim of the scheme is to increase participation in football by both players and volunteers.

Applications are welcome from not for profit organisations that are planning to set up two new football teams over the next two years.

For 2017 funding is available to organisations wishing to set up male teams – under-14s to adult; female teams – under-7s to adult; and disability teams.

Organisations that can apply for funding include:

 Football clubs

 Youth clubs with a football programme

 Futsal clubs

 Community groups/centre/clubs

 Charitable Organisations

 Parish Councils

 Sports associations

 Local authorities

 Multi-sports clubs

 Companies limited by guarantee

 professional club community schemes

 Industrial and provident societies

 Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations

 University and college teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues.

The type of activities that can be funded include (but are not limited to):

 Facility hire

 Hire of FA qualified coaches

 Referees fees

 CRB checks

 Affiliation fees

 Promotion and publicity; etc.

Organisations are able to receive a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project.

Orchard Windfalls Fund 2017

The Tree Council has announced that its Orchard Windfalls Fund 2017 is open for applications.

Through the Fund grants of between £100 and £700 are available to schools and community groups for the planting of apple and pear trees with the condition that children aged sixteen or under are involved in the planting or, where the trees are too large to be directly handled by them, related educational activities.

This educational aspect might be during the design, planning and planting of the orchard or, in schools, it might be part of curriculum related projects that will be enhanced by the preliminary activities or the subsequent availability of fruit trees on or near to the school site.

To be eligible planting must take place on publicly accessible land, usually in public or charity ownership.

In addition, the School or Community Group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs.

The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2017.

WHSmith Community Grant

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust.

The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates.

There are two application rounds each year.

The deadline for the current funding round is the 31st March 2017.

The next deadline will be the 30th September 2017.