Address Disadvantage and Support Less Popular Causes

Funding for Projects that Address Disadvantage and Support Less Popular Causes (UK)

The next closing date for applications to the Hilden Charitable Fund is the 15th September 2017.

Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage and by supporting causes which are less popular. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address:

 Homelessness
 Supports asylum seekers and refugees
 Supports community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people
 Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

The type of actions funded in the past have include:
 Schemes to enable young disadvantaged young people to receive job training and work experience.
 Volunteering and confidence building for disadvantaged young people, education classes and skills training for refugees and migrants.
 Night shelters, day centres and hostels for homeless people and support services within several prisons.

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 13th September 2017.

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:

 Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
 Any kind of disability
 Behavioural or psychological difficulties
 And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

Examples of projects that recently received funding include:
 St Joseph’s School and Community Steering Group, which received a grant of £61,480 to provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity.
 Stepping Stones Pre-School Portslade, which received a grant of £ £9,397 to provide additional 1-1 support to children who display emotional/behavioural/communication difficulties to develop coping strategies, social communication skills and help them to overcome anxiety.
 Cumbria Law Centre which received a grant of £88,263 to provide a full-time worker for a young people’s drop-in centre, offering specialist social welfare advice to young people and vulnerable parents.

Grants for the Arts Libraries fund

The Grants for the Arts Libraries fund invests National Lottery money in projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with artists and cultural organisations across all art forms.

The fund aims to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and art organisations.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which is rolled out between , will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and art organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

StatusOpenFunding activity
Audio-visual, original work, participation, performance.

Grant range
£1,000 to £100,000

The lead applicant must be a:

public library
public library authority
network of public library authorities, or
an organisation managing a public library authority as defined under the Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964

Key dates
This is a rolling programme that runs between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2018.

Apply here

Community Radio Fund to Re-Open

Community Radio Fund to Re-Open for Applications in October (UK)

The second round of Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund will re-open for applications from Wednesday 11 October until 5pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

Funded by the UK Government’s Administered by Ofcom, the Fund has been established to help support the core
costs of running licensed community radio stations.

Grants can be awarded to support:
 Management
 Fundraising to support the station
 Administration
 Financial management & reporting
 Community outreach
 Volunteer organisation and support.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are broadcasting under a community radio

Grant awards made in Round One of 2017 ranged from £2,160 up to £19,717 with the average grant being £14,292.

These awards included: £16,500 for a Deputy Station Manager/Promotions Manager at GTFM, Pontypridd: £7,504 for a fundraiser at Eden FM, Penrith and £2,160 for a Listener survey at KCR, Keith.

Preventing Hate Crime

Funding for Community Projects (England & Wales)

A new funding scheme to support the UK Governments Hate Crime Action Plan has been launched by the Home Office.

Not for profit organisations that have been established for at least 12 months and working in partnership with other organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that help to prevent hate crime and address associated issues. Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and national origin), religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of partnership projects that:

 Prevent and/or respond to hate crime in local communities
 Increase reporting; improve support for victims and build understanding of hate crime.

It is anticipated that up to 8 projects will be supported with successful applicants submitting all invoices for the work by 31st March 2018.

The deadline for applications is 15th September 2017.

LandAid Launch Open Grant

LandAid is Launching an Open Grant Application Round in August 2017 (UK)

From the 14th August 2017 organisations can apply for grants for building work for the refurbishment or the creation of bed spaces for young people who are homeless, or at severe risk of homelessness.

Funding of up to £75,000 will be available for full or part funding for the following types of building work:
 Refurbishment, conversion and extension of existing buildings – of empty properties and not-previously empty properties
 New building – using traditional methods built on site or using precision construction built off site in factories.

Applicants must either own or be able to secure a minimum 8-year lease on the property or site and have a strong track record in supporting vulnerable young people. For refurbishment projects grants of up to £15,000 per bed space will be considered.

The closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 15th September 2017.

Capital Grants for Hospices

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that it is seeking applications for capital projects from UK-based hospices.

The type of projects that the Foundation is interested in supporting include:
• Extensions or alterations to existing premises
• Refurbishment projects
• Purchase of new or upgraded equipment which improves the quality of life for resident and day patients
• Minibuses.

The Foundation occasionally make grants towards the building of new hospices, depending on the total cost of the project. Grants requests up to £30,000 are considered.

Hospices must have raised at least 50% of the funds required before making an application. Grants are mainly focused on hospices based in low income and/or remote areas.

The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications.

True Colours Trust

Funding for Projects that Support Disabled Children and their Families (UK)

Local organisations and projects that support disabled children and their families have the opportunity to apply for funding through the True Colours Trust.

Grants of up to £10,000 are usually available for one-off purposes, to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families.

The Trustees are particularly keen to award grants for:
• Hydrotherapy pools
• Multi sensory rooms
• Mini buses
• Young carers projects
• Sibling projects
• Bereavement support.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Theatres Protection Fund

Through the fund grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and which enhance physical accessibility.

To be eligible, applicants have to own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings. Applicants also
need to demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year.

Applicants must have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

Applications can be submitted at any time and the Trust will aim to reply to all applicants within three months.

Take It Away

Take it away, an initiative from the Arts Council that aims to make musical instruments and tuition more affordable for aspiring musicians, especially younger people and those on lower incomes, has been launched across England.

The scheme allows individuals to apply for a loan of between £100 and £5,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument completely interest free. The Take it away loans are available through a network of musical instrument retailers across England.

All instruments are included in the scheme and, to help musical development and manage costs, equipment and services such as amplifiers, sheet music and tuition can be included within the loan where available.

It is also possible to use the scheme via mail order, so this might be an option for you if you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or if there isn’t a participating retailer in your area.

The scheme is only open to individuals so schools or organisations cannot use it for multiple purchases.

Applications can be made at any time.