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FUNDING INSIGHT Keeping you up to date with the latest funding opportunities The weekly funding e-magazine from

21st June 2010

Inside this Week’s Funding Insight New Funding Opportunities Comic Relief - International Grants Programme (UK)


Church and Community Fund (England)


Postcode Lottery Green Challenge offers €700,000 (UK)


Funding for Research into Social Disadvantage (UK)


Innovative Geography Teaching Grants (UK)


Tree Planting Packs Available to Community Groups, Schools and Youth Groups (UK)


Make IT Happy Competition Is Now Open (UK)


Criminal justice - Call for Proposals for Action Grants (UK)


Stelios Award For Disabled Entrepreneurs (UK)


Funding to Celebrate UK – German School Partnerships (UK)


£1,000 Grant for Innovation in Geography Teaching (UK)


EU Parliament Issues Call for Proposals to Support Political Parties Operating at the European Level


(UK) New Fund to Support Older People at Risk from Exclusion (Northern Ireland)


Energy Efficient Venues (Wales)


CBA-DFID Project Development Fund (UK)


Collaboration Fund (UK)


Grants to Political Foundations at the European Level (UK)


The Neville Shulman Challenge Award 2010 (UK)


Key Fund Announces Two New Loan Funds (Yorkshire & Humberside)


The Vision+Media Training Fund (North West)


Funding Reminders Architectural Heritage Fund (UK)


Football Foundation - Facilities Grant Scheme (England & Wales)


Grundvigt Preparatory Visits (UK)


Peoples Awards (UK)


Sport Facilities Fund (Scotland)


Philip Poole-Wilson Seed Corn Fund to Nurture New Research Ideas (UK)


Leonardo da Vinci - Preparatory Visits Grants (UK)


Macmillan's Training & Conference Grants (UK)



New Funding Opportunities

Comic Relief - International Grants Programme (UK) UK-registers charities who are active in the developing world who work closely with local organisations, especially in Africa can apply for International funding through Comic Relief. UK-registered charities can apply for grants through a number of grant programmes these are: •

Trade - to contribute to sustainable and equitable wealth creation for producers and workers, primarily in Africa

People Affected by HIV and AIDS - to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and strengthen their engagement in the response to the epidemic.

People Affected by Conflict - to address long-term peace, reconciliation, reintegration and the protection of children and young people who have been severely affected by conflict.

Street and Working Children and Young People - to help children living on the street and doing hazardous work to thrive, protected from violence and abuse, and have support to graduate into adulthood with a good education, ‘life skills’, employable skills and a sense of self-worth.

People Living in Urban Slums - to help slum dwellers drive programmes that lead to improvements in their communities, including securing the legal right to occupy viable land (as tenants or owners), improved access to basic services, better living conditions and the opportunity for slum dwellers to improve their economic prospects.

Women and Girls - to contribute to a transformation in the status and lives of women and girls in Africa so that they can realise their rights and full potential, and become equal and respected members of families, communities and society.

Sport for Change - to enable organisations to use sport effectively as tool for bringing about a lasting positive change in the lives of children and young people.

Common Ground Initiative - to support small and Diaspora organisations to enable them to implement effective programmes and bring about lasting change in communities in Africa.

Applications can be for up to £1 million for project grants and up to £25,000 for research grants.Most of the grants are for between three and five years. Small grants for project research and development are usually for between 3 months and a year. Comic Relief encourage applications for projects that include women, disabled people, people with HIV and AIDS, children and other disadvantaged groups such as older people or minority groups. st

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 1 September 2010. 2

Church and Community Fund (England) Under the Church and Community Fund grants of up to £15,000 are available to community projects run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connected to or working in partnership with the Church of England. Projects supported must promote aid and further the work of the Church of England. This does not exclude Anglican projects in partnership with ecumenical or other-faith partners, which are warmly welcomed, but it does exclude projects run by secular bodies which have little or no connection to the Church of England, overseas projects and projects in which an Anglican body is not a key player at a local level. Typical projects supported by the CCF might include employing a youth worker, renovating an old church hall for use as a community centre or providing hot meals for the homeless in a church room. th

The next application deadline is the 16 July 2010.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge offers €700,000 (UK) The Dutch Postcode Lottery has announced that its €700,000 Green Challenge competition is open for entries. Through the Green Challenge, the Postcode is inviting people and organisations from around the world to submit products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design. The winner will receive a prize of €500,000 and two runners up will receive €100,000 each. Last year the winner was Power Collective Limited for its RidgeBlade MicroGeneration system, a low-cost rooftop turbine that captures wind power in low-wind conditions. st

The closing date for entries is the 31 July 2010.


Funding for Research into Social Disadvantage (UK) The Joseph Rowntree Foundations (JRF) is currently seeking to support projects that address the economic, social and environmental challenges faced by people and places that experience poverty and social disadvantage, in particular in the context of constrained public spending.

Funding is

available for theoretical and research projects that promote

understanding of the future we are facing, and make concrete suggestions for ways in which disadvantaged communities can be protected, or even supported to thrive. Proposals under this call must have relevance to the following overarching themes of: •

Poverty (to examine the root causes of poverty, inequality and disadvantage, and identify solutions)

Empowerment (to identify ways of enabling people and communities to have control of their own lives)

Place (to contribute to the creation and development of strong, sustainable and inclusive communities).

All of the projects should have the clear potential to influence policy and/or practice. The JRF are unlikely to fund any project with a budget of more than £100,000.

The JRF accepts

proposals from any organisation or individual and does not restrict its funding to any particular sector. nd

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 2 August 2010.

Innovative Geography Teaching Grants (UK) The Royal Geographical Society is a learned society with the aim of advancing geographical science and supporting its practitioners. One of the Society's key aims is to enhance the teaching and learning of geography in schools. The Society works on behalf of schools providing activities, training, advice and resources. Their main focus is on 12 to 19-year-olds in schools and colleges. Teachers that have an innovative idea for promoting the teaching of Geography in stimulating way are able to apply for an Innovative Geography Teaching grant from the Royal Society. The grant is open to all geography teachers working in secondary schools and aims to enhance pupils' geography education in a stimulating way. The Society provides five grants of £800 each year. The next application deadline is the 15th October 2010.


Tree Planting Packs Available to Community Groups, Schools and Youth Groups (UK) The Woodland Trust has announced they have replaced their grant scheme with a new community tree planting pack, and also have tree packs available to schools, youth groups. The community tree planting packs are designed to help community groups to plant more trees, hedges and copses in their local shared spaces - by a church, community centre or playground for example, or on patches of land that are currently unused. The packs are available in two different sizes, these are: •

105 trees, ideal for planting as a hedge or copse

420 trees, ideal for planting on roughly an acre of land.

Each of these packs are available in four different themes: •

Year-round colour

Wood fuel

Jams, jellies, chutneys and cordials


Packs of edible trees are available to schools and youth groups, sponsored by Sainsbury's Active Kids. Schools and youth group must register on the Sainsbury's Active Kids website. For further information click on the link below.


Make IT Happy Competition Is Now Open (UK) e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology has announced the Make IT Happy Competition is now open to applications from primary schools in the UK. This year the theme of the competition is "Get your community online" and it aims to reward the most innovative, community focused IT project created by 9 to 11 year olds. New projects can be entered, or one the school is already involved in or has been involved in recently. Projects can be presented by using a: •




radio show


radio ad.

The winning school from each of the English Regions and Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland will receive a cash prize of £1,200. They will also be a prize for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed school selected from the regional winners and they will receive a cash prize of £4,000 for first place; £2,500 for second place; and £1,500 for 3rd place. Previous winners of the Make IT Happy Competition includes: •

Armthorpe Schools Pyramid, Yorkshire and Humber

Bowbridge Primary School, East Midlands

St Mary of the Angels RC Primary School, London.

The deadline for entries is the 30th July 2010.


Criminal justice - Call for Proposals for Action Grants (UK) The European Commission has announced a new call for proposals under its Criminal Justice programme. The aim of the programme is to promote judicial cooperation, the compatibility in rules applicable in the Member States and improving contacts, exchange of information, best practices and mutual trust. Under this call for proposals a total of €10 million to address specific priorities identified for 2010. These are: •

judicial training

supporting, or improving the implementation of adopted EU Instruments with a view to networking and exchanging best practice among practitioners, including on procedural rights and restorative justice

supporting victims of crime

judicial training

supporting victims of crime.

This call for proposals is open to public or private organisations, including professional organisations, universities, research institutes and legal and judicial training institutes for legal practitioners and non-governmental organisations. The closing date for applications is the th

15 September 2010.

Stelios Award For Disabled Entrepreneurs (UK) The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation is giving disabled entrepreneurs in the UK the chance to win £50,000 prize to fund the further growth of their business, and become Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. To be eligible to enter individuals: •

Must own at least 25% management stake in their company

Have a turnover in excess of £10,000

Have been trading for between 1 and 5 years

The business must be registered in the UK.

This Award is sponsored by Sir Stelios Hajiloannou, the serial entrepreneur best known for founding easyJet. Past winners include; John Pickup, 40 an amputee, began Amputees in Action, a company that specialises in supplying amputee extras and stuntmen for Hollywood films, television and for armed forces casualty training in 2004; Andrew, from Grangemouth in Scotland, is a Director of, a web-based video conferencing translation service which enables deaf people to communicate with the hearing public. He has been profoundly deaf since birth and uses British Sign Language as his main means of communication. Entry for the Award will close on the 3rd September 2010 at 5pm. 7

Funding to Celebrate UK – German School Partnerships (UK) Schools, FE Colleges and youth organisations that have an established partnership with a similar organisation in Germany can apply for a grant of up to £3,000 to help fund celebrations of their partnership. Grants provided through the Celebratory Fund can be used towards: •

joint activities; youth mobility

materials and resources


The Celebratory Fund provides grants of normally 50% towards the overall fundable costs. In exceptional circumstances up to 75% can be provided. Applications from clusters of schools or youth groups or cross-sector clusters are also welcome. Priority will be given to schools and groups who have not previously received funding from UK-German Connection. st

The closing date for applications is the 31 October 2010.

£1,000 Grant for Innovation in Geography Teaching (UK) The Royal Geograpical Society has announced that it is seeking applications through the Ray Y Gildea Jr Award. The aim of the award is to encourage and facilitate innovation in teaching and learning in any field of geography in higher or secondary education. A single award of £1,000 is given annually to one innovative teaching project. This award is open to secondary teachers or university lecturers in the UK and the USA. The outcomes of the grant should show direct benefit to students of geography. th

The deadline for applications is the 15 October 2010.


EU Parliament Issues Call for Proposals to Support Political Parties Operating at the European Level (UK) In order to foster a greater sense of European Awareness, the European Parliament has issued a call for proposals to support political parties that operate at the European level. In order to be eligible for funding, political parties must be represented, in at least one quarter of Member States, must have gained at least three per cent of the votes cast in each of those Member States at the most recent European Parliament elections. In addition the political party must observe, in particular in its programme and in its activities, the principles on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law; and it must have participated in elections to the European Parliament, or have expressed the intention to do so. The budget for this call for proposals is €17,400,000 and the maximum level of support available is 85% of the eligible operating costs. The closing date for applications is the 1st November 2010.

New Fund to Support Older People at Risk from Exclusion (Northern Ireland) The Big Lottery Programme has announced the launch of a new funding programme to promote the inclusion of older people by targeting those individuals at greatest risk of exclusion or isolation. A total of £20 million is available over the next two years to support projects that that promote wellbeing, provide support or contribute towards independence and active citizenship. This could include for example, social support activities including volunteering, advice provision, community safety, and intergenerational work. Voluntary or community led organisations can apply to this programme. Organisations applying for a grant of between £50,000 and £200,000 can choose to work in partnership, but it is not compulsory. Organisations applying for a grant of between £250,000 and £500,000 must work in partnership. Partnerships may include private and statutory organisations and BIG strongly support and encourage cross-sectoral working. The lead partner must be a voluntary or community organisation. Applications to the programme can be submitted at any time until the 22


June 2010.


Energy Efficient Venues (Wales) The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new grant scheme to help community groups to improve the energy efficiency of community venues. The type of projects that could be supported include: •

installing double glazing

installing or upgrading the insulation of the venue

installing a more energy efficient heating system

micro-generation technology - such as solar panels (photo-voltaic and passive) , wind turbines or biomass technologies.

There are two grant sizes available: grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 and grants of between £15,000 and £50,000. Applications can be submitted at any time.

CBA-DFID Project Development Fund (UK) The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), which promotes the concept of public service broadcasting and fosters freedom of expression and the right to communicate within the Commonwealth has announced that it is seeking applications through the CBA-DFID Project Development Fund. The objectives of the CBA-DFID Project Development Fund are to promote better understanding of the developing world and to improve the quality and quantity of viable programme proposals in this area of output. The fund is open to established UK based programme makers and proposals can be of any genre. Grants are intended to help cover the costs of research, pilot filming and the procurement of filming rights. The maximum grant available is £10,000 (maximum 80% of development budget). th

The closing date for applications is the 17 October 2010.


Collaboration Fund (UK) The Collaboration Fund, a £2m grant fund financed by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), is offering grants of up to £100,000 to academics in the UK research organisations working with at least one commercialising partner. The Collaboration Fund aims to support the transition of ideas arising from ESPRC supported research into commercial applications. The intention is to enhance academic engagement with companies and industry and to facilitate economic impact at the highest level. The Collaboration Fund will support a wide range of activities which can be demonstrated to further advance the research or technology to the point of commercial exploitation within the award period. These activities could include: •

developing a prototype with the involvement of a commercialising partner

undertaking trials and testing with a commercialising partner

technical development that will offer a competitive edge or improve points of differentiation

incorporation of the technology into an existing product, service or process.

The deadline for expressions of interest is the 30th July 2010. For further information click on the link below.

Grants to Political Foundations at the European Level (UK) The European Parliament has announced a new call for proposals to provide operating grants to support political Foundations that operate at the European level. Political Foundations are organisations that are affiliated to political parties at European level and play an important role in contributing to the debate on European public policy issues and on European integration, including by acting as catalysts for new ideas, analysis and policy options. The budget for this call is estimated at a total of € 11.4 Million subject to approval by the budgetary authority. The maximum amount paid to the beneficiary by the European Parliament may not exceed 85 % of the eligible operating costs of political foundations at European level. The closing date for applications is the 1st November 2010.


The Neville Shulman Challenge Award 2010 (UK) The Royal Geographical Society's Neville Shulman Challenge Award of £10,000 is now open to applications from UK individuals or groups over the age of 25. The aims of the Neville Shulman Challenge Award are to further the understanding and exploration of the planet: its cultures, peoples and environments, while promoting personal development through the intellectual or physical challenges involved in the completion of research and/or an expedition. Eligible projects must start after May 2011 and can be desk or field based and carried out in the UK or overseas. Projects awarded in the past include; The Jalan Raya: Uncovering the Secrets of Papua's Trade On-Foot; From the Black Sea to the Caspian: On Foot through the Caucasus. The deadline for applications is the 24th September 2010. enge+Award.htm

Key Fund Announces Two New Loan Funds (Yorkshire & Humberside) Key Fund Yorkshire has announced the launch of two new loan funds, the Building Assets Fund and the Green Fund. Key Fund provides loans and investment support for social enterprises, charities, community and voluntary organisations. The Building Assets Fund offers loans of between £1,000 and £100,000 towards: •

legal/planning costs

architects fees

purchase and development of buildings.

The Green Fund offers loans of between £1,000 and £100,000 towards: •

clean technology

wind power

solar power

hydro power

bio mass


bio fuels



For further information click on the link below. 1799/27.aspx 12

The Vision+Media Training Fund (North West) Creative and Digital professionals based in the North West can apply to the Vision+Media Training Fund to help them towards the cost of training. Funding of up to £1,000 is available to freelancers, and up to £2,000 to companies. Priority will be given to those needing training in the following areas: •

New technologies

Multi Skilling

Cross Platform Technologies.

To be eligible to apply individuals must; not be in full time education; be over the age of 18; work in TV, radio, publishing, music, film, games or digital and creative service, and have over 12 months paid industry experience; if you are freelance, you are not on a contract of a year or more; companies must have an annual turnover of £100,000 or more and employ less than 250 people. The deadline for applications is the 15th March 2011. For further information click on the link below. 1799/27.aspx


Funding Reminders

Architectural Heritage Fund (UK) The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings in the UK and is now open to applications. Grants and low interest working capital loans are available to voluntary organisations and building preservation trusts (BPTs) to regenerate historic buildings to create community and education facilities, workspace and homes. To be eligible to apply for financial assistance organisations must have a charitable status. Any charity with a qualifying project can apply for an options appraisal grant, or a loan, but any other AHF's grants are reserved for BPTs - charities established specially to preserve historic buildings. The project must also involve a change of ownership and/or a change of use. Previously funded projects include turning a run down historic buildings into; Community theatres; Resource centres; Community learning centres; Workspaces; Places to live; and Community meeting places, etc. The next deadline for applications is the 12th August 2010.

Football Foundation - Facilities Grant Scheme (England & Wales) Schools as well as other educational establishments, local authorities and other not-for-profit organisations are able to apply for funding to build develop and/or refurbish facilities in order to sustain and/or increase participation in football and other sporting activities. The types of facilities that can be developed / refurbished include, grass pitches drainage/improvements, changing rooms, floodlights, artificial turf pitches, pavilions and clubhouses, funding is also available for revenue purposes e.g. a football development officer. The Foundation will usually fund up to 50% of eligible costs but can in exceptional circumstances fund up to 90% of eligible project costs. Applications can be submitted at any time.


Grundvigt Preparatory Visits (UK) Grundtvig is a European Union programme that funds training opportunities for UK adult education organisations, staff & learners. UK organisation involved in non-vocational adult education that want to meet partners prior to submitting a Grundtvig Partnership or Senior Volunteering application, or to attend a Contact Seminar to find new partners. Grundtvig Partnerships offer you the opportunity to work with other European organisations and cooperate on a particular theme related to adult education. Partnerships enable you to involve both your staff and learners in a European project. Senior Volunteering projects funding will help you build a lasting collaboration with another European organisation around a specific theme or activity or target group, through the exchange of senior volunteers (aged 50 or over). Organisations wishing to undertake a Prepartory Visit can apply for funding of up to €1,000. An example of a preparatory visit was from Gingerbread Northern Ireland who used a Preparatory Visits grant to visit potential project partners in Belgium. They met to discuss a collaborating on a Grundtvig Learning Partnership. Organisations must submit their funding application to the UK National Agent (ECOTEC) at least 8 weeks before the activity start date and the final deadline for 2010 applications is 10 December 2010. atory+Visits

Peoples Awards (UK) Awards of up to £30,000 are available under the Wellcome Trust's Peoples Awards for projects that encourage public debate and understanding of biomedical science. Projects can be funded for up to three years and can include activities such as: •

Workshops and seminars

Arts projects for a variety of different audiences and age groups

Teaching materials or techniques to encourage wider discussions

Projects that utilise the collections of the Wellcome Library and the Wellcome Collection at the Science Museum.

Applications can be made by a wide variety of individuals, organisations and partnerships. The next applications deadline is the 30th July 2010.


Sport Facilities Fund (Scotland) Sportscotland, the national agency for sport responsible for distributing Lottery and Scottish Government funds for capital expenditure on sports projects is open to applications through their Sports Facilities Fund. Grants are available to help with the provision or upgrading of sports facilities that are for the public good and which benefit the community,. The fund is divided into two main strands; School and Community Sports Facilities and Performance Sport Facilities. The fund seeks to support projects such as: •

The provision,

extension or



playing facilities



accommodation •

The provision of a meeting room and some social space within sports facilities

Floodlighting to playing facilities; storage facilities for playing equipment

The purchase of major items of non-personal equipment

Upgrading, or replacement of existing swimming pools, sports halls or pavilions.

Applicants will also need to demonstrate what links they have established/will establish with the sports programmes, strategies and/or initiatives operated by the local authority, national governing body for sport and their associates/partners. On some school/community facilities such as swimming pools we may require an Access Agreement with sports governing body(s) and/or relevant local sports clubs to provide access at appropriate times and at affordable prices. Applications can be submitted at any time. However, a two-stage application process exists for any projects with a value of above £100,000.

Philip Poole-Wilson Seed Corn Fund to Nurture New Research Ideas (UK) Healthcare professional's involved in research or university based researchers with an interest in health or social care are being invited by the Bupa Foundations to apply for grants of up to £20,000 through the Philip Poole-Wilson Seed Corn Fund, to help develop exploratory/pilot research projects in the areas of: •


preventative medicine and epidemiology

health inforamtion and communication between patients and health professionals

health at work

mental health of older people.

The deadline for applications is the 31st July 2010. 16

Leonardo da Vinci - Preparatory Visits Grants (UK) Vocational Education and Training providers as well as Schools and Colleges engaged in Vocational Education and Training that wish to get involved in the European Union's Leonardo Da Vinci Programme can apply for funding under the Preparatory Visits Grant element of the Programme. The Leonardo Da Vinci programme is part of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme and aims to build a skilled workforce through European partnerships. The Programme funds overseas work placements and the development of training materials with the objective of improving the provision of Vocational Education and Training (VET) across Europe. The aim of Preparatory Visits Grant s is to enable potential applicants and participants to meet European partners prior to submitting a Leonardo Da Vinci project. The maximum grant available for a preparatory visit is €1,000. Applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks before the activity start date and the final deadline for applications is the 10th December 2010. ory%2BVisits

Macmillan's Training & Conference Grants (UK) Members of self-help and support groups, community groups and small voluntary organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,000 through Macmillan's Training and Conference Grants, to help with the costs of hosting or attending training courses, workshops, conferences and events which aim to provide people affected by cancer with the knowledge, skills and networking opportunities that help to: •

Set up or identify the need for a new self-help and support groups

Develop the activities of an existing self-help and support group

Raise awareness of self-help and support to address an unmet need within a particular community.

Grants awarded in the past include: •

Travel expenses to and from the venue

Food and accommodation costs

Child care costs and carer costs

Fees for speakers, therapists and trainers

Venue hire

Expenses for delegates.

The deadline for applications is the 1st December 2010. up.aspx#DynamicJumpMenuManager_2_Anchor_1 17

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