Mark McQueen Foundation

The Foundation aims to support young men struggling with emotional and mental health issues and awards grants of up to £3k for projects dealing with this issue.

Background Information: The Mark McQueen Foundation has been set up by the McQueen family from Liverpool in loving memory of their son Mark.

What is the focus of the fund: The Foundation aims to support young men struggling with emotional and mental health issues.

How much is available: There are 4 levels of funding available to apply for which are as follows;

• Up to £3000 for projects where a grant from the Foundation will cover the total project cost (or the majority of costs)
• Match funding of up to 50% of the total cost of the project
• The ‘underwriting’ of a community or charity event or project which may produce its own funding, with the Foundation agreeing to meet any shortfall in funds.
• Grants of up to £6,000 a year for academic and social research into the topic of mental health and suicide, usually by invitation from the Mark McQueen

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

Any special criteria: Existing work may be funded where there is proven need for it although we cannot meet current costs where work is funded by other sources. Rent and other office type costs may be considered where they are part of a distinct project that funding is being requested for.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

• Support groups and help-line/counselling services for young men, children, or young people with mental health issues
• Support for family and friends who have lost someone to suicide
• Campaigns for a positive mind-set change around mental health and suicide issues
• Research and information gathering projects and collaborations to support the improvement of mental health practice and prevention of suicide
• National or regional charities working in a local Lancashire setting on mental health and young men’s issues
• Extra curricular student activities to support students, especially those with mental health issues
• Projects and charities using the theme of music to work with young men or local musicians
• Projects tackling the issue of bullying with young people
• Local projects supporting unemployed young men into training and employment
The closing date is Monday 13 March 2017.

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 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 applied to us previously 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


Comic Relief Launches Tech vs Abuse Funding Programme

Organisations and partnerships who are working to develop technology solutions that will make a difference to people affected by domestic abuse and enable service providers to extend their reach, have until the 13th March 2017 to apply for funding under the new Comic Relief Tech vs Abuse initiative.

Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are being made available.

The fund will support initiatives that aim to address key challenges that will:

 Enable women experiencing abuse to access key information in a way that is easy to find, simple to navigate and quick to interact with

 Enable access to services for support at any time of day or night

 Provide control over online data, privacy settings and social media accounts

 Create accessible information on the legal process and the financial situation women find themselves in

 Use the web to raise awareness of what an abusive relationship looks like and provoke women and girls experiencing abuse to recognise this and get support.

Advice days have been arranged for the 13th, 14th and 15th February with 30 minute calls or online discussions available to book online.

For more information, please click on the link below

Arts Council England Small Capital Grants Programme Re-Opens for Applications

The Arts Council England has announced that the Small Capital Grants scheme has reopened for applications.
Grants of between £100,000 and £499,999 are available to support organisations to be more resilient by having the right buildings and equipment available to deliver their work, and to increase their environmental performance and reduce carbon emissions.

Over the period 2015-18 priority will be given to the consolidation and improvement of existing arts infrastructure, rather than investing in significant expansion or new buildings.

The fund is open to National Portfolio Organisations. Organisations that are not in receipt of National portfolio funding from, can apply if they are properly constituted as an organisation and their Arts Council area office agrees in writing beforehand.

The Arts Council will fund up to 85% of the project costs (often much less) and the applicant needs to have matched funding in place.
The closing date for applications is the 9th March 2017.

Funding to Tackle Fuel Poverty

The next closing date for applications to the Scottish Power Energy People Trust is the 8th March 2017.

The Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty.

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that:

 Provide energy efficiency advice

 Improve home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and or other practical measures

 Carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits and provide assistance to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply.

Applications are particularly welcome from charities who work with children, young people and families.

Previous projects supported include:
YMCA Glasgow which received a grant of £58,177 for a projects that – Glasgow Energy Saving Initiative aims to provide an energy efficiency advice service to people currently, or in the future, residing within supported accommodation projects across Central Scotland. Through advice and implementation of energy saving initiatives, YMCA will significantly reduce energy bills and the impact on the environment and carbon footprint.


MoD Funding Available for Armed Forces Day

Individuals and local groups that would like to hold an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day can apply for funding from the Ministry of Defence.
The event can be anywhere in the UK and the funding can be used for:

  • A picnic in the park; themed BBQ
  • Knees up in your living room
  • Street party or fête; etc.

Applicants should try to hold their event on or in the weeks around Saturday 24 June 2017.
The amount of funding the MoD will provide must cover 50% or less of the total costs of running the event and the deadline for submitting applications is the 2nd March 2017.
Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website.

Funding to Support Family Based Projects

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust is open to applications from registered charities for projects that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members.

The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other. The
fund also welcomes applications from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria. Grants are of between £1,000 and £5,000, but higher grants may be considered.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

Projects supported in the past include:
“Mosac”, a voluntary organisation that supports all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.
“Circle”, a charity that aims to promote the social inclusion of families with children marginalised by poverty and discrimination. This includes:
• Families with children in need or at risk as a result of parental drug and alcohol use and/or imprisonment
• Families with children at risk of school exclusion
• Children at risk of removal from care of birth parents.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2017.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation

Registered charities as well as organisations and individuals supported by registered charities can apply for funding through the Peter Cruddas Foundation for projects benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the UK.

The Foundation gives priority to programmes calculated to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment through charitable organisations.

There are no minimum or maximum grants and projects can be funded for more than one year. Please note that the Foundation is not accepting applications for Capital Projects.

The next closing date for application is the 1st March 2017.

Funding for Projects that Help the Elderly

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects that help the elderly. The grants are being awarded by the Austin Hope and Pilkington Trust.
Within the theme of helping the elderly, the Trust will give priority to projects that focus on:
• Homelessness
• Domestic abuse
• Prisoners/offenders
• Training/education
• Counselling/support
• Activities for those with limited access or opportunities.
Only registered charities with operational income of minimum £50,000 and maximum £1,000,000 per year are eligible to apply.
The closing date for applications is the 28th February 2017. The Trust will run a further 3 funding rounds in 2017.
For more information on these please click on the link below

Lord Taverners Minibuses Grant Programme

Applications will be accepted from schools/ organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability.

Please note that the Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems. Last year the Lords Taverners, delivered 32 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK.

The Programmes Team process applications for the minibus programme twice yearly. The application form will be available for download and completion between the following dates: 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017

All applications must be received before the closing dates shown above, if received after the closing date the application may be held for consideration during the next application period. For further details please contact Charlotte Brooks on 02070250016 or go to

Grow Wild Invites Young People to Apply for Funding

Young people aged between 12 and 25 can apply for grants of up to £500 for projects that raise the awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.
The funding is being made available through Grow Wild, the biggest-ever wild flower campaign, bringing people together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants. Two funding streams are available. Transform a Space and Get Creative.

The Get Creative stream will support young people who wish to use visual art, music, poetry, dance or theatre to share this message. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their project at an event in Edinburgh between 23rd and 25th June 2017.
The Transform a Space stream will support projects led by young people who want to transform a space in their community using native wild flowers and plants, these projects will need to involve other people in the community that are a different age, such as a local primary schools, resident’s groups or community projects.

To be eligible for either stream applicants must be known to a youth, community or education organisation that can receive the funding on their behalf.
The closing date for applications is midday on the 27th February 2017.