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

19h July 2010

Inside this Week’s Funding Insight New Funding Opportunities BBC Children in Need Grants Scheme (UK)


Spark 2010 Opens for Applications (UK)


Mini Mediabox (England)


The Ashden Awards for Sustainability Development (UK)


Funding for Children's Pallative Care (England)


Reaching Communities (England)


Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards (UK)


Investing in Ideas (Scotland)


Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK)


Research and Innovation Grants (UK)


Museums Galleries Scotland Open To Applications (Scotland)


Funding for Young Medical Researchers (Scotland)


Funding to Tackle Rural Broadband Not-spots (Wales)


Erach & Roshan Sadri Foundation Grants (UK)


Rural Retail Programme (Wales)


Support for Community Based Gaelic Arts Projects (Scotland)


RIFE Large Awards Open To Applications (South East)


Funding To Help Tackle Poverty and Inequality (London)


Rural Broadband Fund (East Midlands)


Other Funding News Funding for Community Food and Health Projects (Scotland)


Funding Reminders funding to Develop International School Links (England & Wales)


Funding to Improve Local Communities (UK)


Youth in Action Programme Launches New Call for Proposals (UK)


The Philips Livable Cities Award (UK)


Foyle Foundation Small Grants Programme (UK)


ARC-Addington Discretionary Fund (England, Wales & Scotland)


Funding for Community Shops (England)



New Funding Opportunities

BBC Children in Need Grants Scheme (UK) BBC Children in Need are inviting not-for-profit organisations (including registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, local authorities, churches, social enterprises, community interest groups, universities etc) working with disadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under, living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, to apply for funding through their grants schemes. BBC Children in Need run two grant schemes. •

Small Grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years

Main Grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

Funding is available to organisations, that work with young people who are suffering from: •



Abuse or neglect

Are disabled

Have behavioural or psychological difficulties

Are living in poverty or situations of deprivationProjects supported in the past have included: •

Women's Aid West Cornwall which received a grant of £83,250 to provide support for young people and parents who have experienced domestic abuse.

Beechwood Special School in Aberdeen which received a grant of £2,621 to enhance the life skills of children from Aberdeen with additional support needs by providing a residential trip to an Outdoor Activity centre.

Mid Suffolk Holiday Opportunity Playscheme which received a grant of £48,335 to provide activity days for children and young people

with disabilities in Suffolk.

The next deadline is the 15th October 2010.


Spark 2010 Opens for Applications (UK) Spark has announced that its 2010 challenge is now open for applications. The Spark 2010 challenge has £1.6 million available to support an enterprising approach to prevent and tackle homelessness. Spark offers targeted investments to charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, housing associations, local authorities and primary care trusts to develop sustainable trade activities that will generate a profit or surplus, and use this to scale up their activities and increase their social impact. Spark wants to encourage applications from organisations developing business ideas that provide training, skills development, employment and independent living which will pioneer a change to help eradicate homelessness. Eligible organisations can apply for a cash investment of up to £150,000 as well as at least 5 days business development support to create Business Plans and presentational skills support. Winning organisations also have the opportunity to secure additional financing of up to £500,000 from Big Issue Invest. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 13th August 2010. index.html

Mini Mediabox (England) Mediabox offers disadvantaged 13 to 19 year olds the opportunity to develop and produce creative media projects, using film, television, print, radio or online platforms. Mini Mediabox provides grants of £1,000 to £5,000 and is open to grassroots and community youth organisations with a turnover of £150,000 or under as well as schools. The scheme which is run by a consortium consisting of First Light Movies, Media Trust, Skillset and the UK Film Council is for young people to; express their own opinions, ideas and views, gain new skills, encourage creativity, boost personal development and get their voices heard. Previous projects supported through Mini Mediabox include; •

Something Better - 'Little Horrors' which will give a group of young people from Newcastle the opportunity to create a film exploring their hopes and fears for the future;

This is me - a film about how young people with Autism overcome the everyday challenges they face; and the Colour of Life - 'Word from the streets' which brought together young people from minority ethnic groups in Peckham to create a unique radio programme.

The next closing date for applications is the 23rd August 2010. 3

The Ashden Awards for Sustainability Development (UK) The Ashden Awards for Sustainability Development are now open for applications. The aim of the award, which is open to schools, businesses, not for profit organisations, the construction sector, the public sector and for organisations that promote organisational change, is to reward organisations that have excelled at providing sustainable energy at a local level. The award is for existing not new projects. Awards are given for the benefits that sustainable energy brings rather than for the technology used. This year there will be a total of 6 UK awards. One gold award will have an award fund of £20,000 and the other five will receive an award fund of £10,000. Previous winners have included: •

St Columb Minor School, Cornwall, who took a practical but fun-packed approach to driving energy use down by making eco pledges in class and at home, generating energy with wind and solar, and giving their building a green overhaul.

The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, Scotland, who cut their carbon emissions by 50% by carefully managing their energy use, actively encouraging energy-saving in everyone's daily life and generating 90% of electricity through renewable energy.

The closing date for UK projects is the 26th October and for International projects the 19th October 2010.

Funding for Children's Pallative Care (England) The Government has announced that it is making £30 million available to help support improvements to childrens palliative care in England. The funding is available to NHS organisations as well as voluntary organisations that meet the condition set out in section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968. Applications will be considered for all aspects of the child and young persons journey through the ACT care pathway. Applications should be focused on areas where existing community children's services are less developed The funding available is primarily for revenue expenditure although applications for capital costs of up to £5,000 is eligible. There is no specific limit on funding applications although the minimum grant that can be applied for is £5,000. The closing date for applications is the 31st July for round 1 and the 30th September 2010 for round 2. e/DH_117172


Reaching Communities (England) The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it is accepting applications to their Reaching Communities Programme. Reaching Communities provides grants of 10,000 - £500,000 for projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference. BIG wants to fund projects that respond to needs identified by communities and those that fund projects that help those most in need including those people or groups who are hard to reach. Organisations that can apply for funding include; registered charities; voluntary or community groups; statutory bodies, (including schools); charitable or not-for-profit companies. The budget for Reaching Communities will be at least £100 million each year until 2013. The type of projects supported in the past have included a learning bus to reach hard to reach learners in Nottingham and a project that teaches young people in Hackney, Islington and the City of London to play a range of musical instruments. Applications can be made at any time.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards (UK) The Tesco Charity Trust has announced that it will start accepting applications for projects that support the Elderly and Adults and Children with disabilities from the 1st August until the 30th September 2010. The funding is available to community and voluntary groups who can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. The Tesco Charity Trust has been in existence since 1987 and aims to provide approximately £600,000 in grants each year. Previous projects supported have included: •

part funding to purchase minibuses;

befriending schemes;

luncheon clubs;

day trips / social trips - for elderly / disabled people.

In addition the Trust also provides grants for projects that support children's education and welfare. Applications to support projects that support children's education and welfare will re-open for applications on the 1st December 2010 and will close for applications on the 31st January 2011.


Investing in Ideas (Scotland) The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland (BIG) has announced the launch of the new Investing in Ideas Fund. Investing in Ideas awards grants of £500 to £10,000 to community groups; local authorities and social enterprises, etc to test and develop ideas that could eventually become fully-fledged projects or lead to improved service delivery within Scotlands Communities. Investing in Ideas could pay for the things that can turn basic ideas into a well-planned project. This can include •

market research;

feasibility studies;

business planning;

exchange visits in the UK to see how other projects work;

community consultation; etc.

The total funding available through the Investing in deas fund is £1 million. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) The Elephant Trust offers grants of up to £2,000 to artists and institutions (priority is given to small organisations and galleries) for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. Recipients of grants have included Rachel Whiteread; Vong Phaophanit; and significant contributions have been made to institutions such as Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; and Hayward Gallery and Camden Arts Centre, London. The next deadline for applications is the 27th September 2010.


Research and Innovation Grants (UK) The Nuffield Foundation is inviting applications through its Research and Innovation Grants programme. The Foundation supports charitable and non-profit organisations with creative ideas to identify change or interventions which will have a practical impact for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. There are currently three grant programmes that support research and innovation for beneficial social change. These are: •

Law in Social Society - this programme promotes access to, and understanding of, the civil justice system.

Children and Families - this programme help to ensure that the legal and institutional framework is best adapted to meet the needs of children and families.

Open Door - this programme is for projects that advance social well being, but lie outside their main programme areas.

Grants normally range between £5,000 and £150,000. th

The next closing date for applications is the 5 November 2010.

Museums Galleries Scotland Open To Applications (Scotland) Museums Galleries Scotland has announced a one-off funding opportunity that Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice (SCIP) is supporting, in which full members can apply for up to £2,500 for the development of intergenerational activities. SCIP conducts research, provides information, commission’s projects, delivers support and encourages involvement to the benefit of all of Scotland's generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together. The aim of this programme is to fund up to four projects. All projects that receive funding through this grant should be completed between the 8th October 2010 and the 31st March 2011. Museums Galleries Scotland also offers grants of between £150 and £5,000 through its small grants programme to help develop museums service provision by supporting projects which cut across their priorities for business, audience and product development. The next deadline for applications for the small grants scheme is the 27th August 2010.


Funding for Young Medical Researchers (Scotland) Medical Research Scotland, the largest comprehensive medical research charity in Scotland, which supports the country's most promising young researchers in their work to improve the nations health, has announced that the next deadline for its Project Research Grants is the 17th September 2010. Proposals for Research Project Grants, from applicants at the start of a research career, should be innovative and suitable for pump-priming to enable them to proceed subsequently to mainstream funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered from researchers older than 35 years. Such exceptions might include a necessary career break or prolonged study for research degrees. Applications for Research Project Grants should not exceed £150,000 over 3 years.

Funding to Tackle Rural Broadband Not-spots (Wales) The Welsh Assembly Government has announced that the Broadband Support Scheme will start later this summer following completion of work to bring it into operation. Initial funding of around £2 million has been allocated, with discussions now under way to access European assistance from the Rural Development Plan. The scheme will enable individuals and communities in Wales’ remaining broadband ‘not-spots’ to approach service providers directly, with support of Assembly Government funding. Support will be available for up to a maximum of £1,000 for individual premises. So far around 8,500 premises in Wales have benefited from investment by the Assembly Government through its Regional Innovative Broadband Support (RIBS) project. The new scheme will complement this programme of activity. Details of how applications can be made will be published later this month.;jsessionid=GPfN M41QqRJP6bqcwkwn5DF2JBw1ZXjDLpGhrKlbTLbGQJS1vdw8!-113141944?lang=en

Erach & Roshan Sadri Foundation Grants (UK) Charities and organisations have the opportunity to apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 through the Erach & Roshan Sadri Foundation. Applications from individuals may also be considered. The Foundation seeks to support educational and welfare projects, projects that relieve poverty by alleviating homelessness and assisting members of the Zoroastrian religious faith. Projects that the Foundation has funded in the UK in the past include a Saturday Education programme; funding for a Muslim school; and support for young carers in Wiltshire. The next deadline for applications is the 1st September 2010. 8

Rural Retail Programme (Wales) The Rural Retail Programme is open to applications from businesses, individuals, social enterprises and community groups in villages and settlements within rural areas across Wales. To be eligible applicants must be the only village store within a 2 mile radius that are able to demonstrate that the business is a vital rural retailer and must be located within an eligible rural area. The programme offers grants of up to £5,000 towards making businesses more sustainable, and grants of up to £10,000 for community groups, social enterprises or individuals wishing to reintroduce services to their community where a village store has already been lost. Applications can be submitted at any time. For further information click on the link below.

Support for Community Based Gaelic Arts Projects (Scotland) Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the principal organisation charged with developing and supporting Gaelic is to support Gaelic community-based arts projects through a new fund, Tabhartasan Ealain.The new fund will support Gaelic arts activity such as drama, new writing and learning through arts in communities, helping to increase the number of Gaelic speakers by providing more opportunities for people to use Gaelic. In particular, the new fund is looking to support projects such as community drama groups, encourage new Gaelic writers of all kinds from fiction to song, storytelling and the use of new technologies to increase the use of Gaelic and also encourage people to learn the language. Up to £2,500 of funding support can be requested for projects which will take place before the 31st March 2011. The closing date for applications is August 6, 2010.

RIFE Large Awards Open To Applications (South East) Screen South have announced that they are open to applications through the RIFE Large Awards from individuals and legally constituted organisations operating in the Screen South region. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to individuals and £10,000 to organisations towards the cost of film development, pre-production, production, post production and distribution, and marketing. The deadline for applications is the 22nd October 2010.


Funding To Help Tackle Poverty and Inequality (London) Trust for London has announced their new guidelines following the amalgamation between Trust for London and City Parochial Foundation. The aim of the Trust is to enable and empower Londoners to tackle poverty and inequality, by supporting voluntary and community organisations undertaking charitable activities. The main funding priorities are; Improving employment opportunities for disadvantaged people; promoting the inclusion of recent arrivals to the UK; promoting social justice; strengthening the skills of the voluntary and community sector. Each year, the fund makes available approximately £6 million and awards around 150 grants. There are no minimum or maximum grants, but grants will not normally exceed £100,000. The trust will continue to provide small grants for small groups in the following areas; speaking out and campaigning activities; promoting the inclusion and integration of recently established communities; mother-tongue and/or supplementary schools providing creative educational opportunities. The next deadline for applications is the 5th October 2010.

Rural Broadband Fund (East Midlands) emda has announced that it is launching the Rural Broadband Fund. Funded through the Rural Development Programme for England, This fund seeks to support the government’s objective that Britain has the best superfast broadband network in Europe. The funding can contribute towards developing innovative approaches that address existing gaps in rural broadband coverage. These approaches can include; community broadband projects; projects that seek to upgrade existing infrastructure to exceed the proposed Universal Service Commitment speed of 2Mbit/s; projects that enable early deployment of next generation compatible solutions. Organisations such as businesses, charities, community groups and local consortia can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £250,000. Local authorities, including parish councils can apply only as part of a local consortium. The closing date for Expressions of Interest for the Rural Broadband Fund is the 13th September 2010.


Other Funding News

Funding for Community Food and Health Projects (Scotland) Community Food and Health Scotland (CFHS) has announced that although their small grant scheme is now closed for applications they expect the scheme to re-open in April 2011. Through the small grants scheme, grants from £500 to £4,000 are available to groups and agencies who would like to tackle one or more of the barriers to healthy eating, such as affordability or availability, and the negative impact of culture and lack of food skills. Projects funded in the past include; Girvan Youth Trust which was awarded £3,360 towards kitchen equipment for Z1 catering and hospitality training; and Whithorn Primary School, Newtown Stewart which received a grant of £1,610 to build two eco-friendly greenhouses.


Funding Reminders

Funding to Develop International School Links (England & Wales) Funding is available for teachers and headteachers to undertake short visits to a partner school in any country to set up a curriculum based partnership or develop an existing link. Travel, board and lodging costs can be funded. The maximum grant per person for a visit within Europe is £500. Higher travel costs to a maximum of £1000 for visits further afield can be considered. The funding is available to teachers and headteachers from primary, secondary, and special schools, sixth form and further education colleges in England and Wales. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously visited their partner school. Only one applicant per school can be funded. The maximum funding available is £500 for short haul destinations and £1,000 for long haul. The next application deadline is the 20th September 2010.

Funding to Improve Local Communities (UK) Groups of individuals as well as small community and voluntary groups within the UK that want to improve their communities can apply for funding through the Wakeham Trust. The Trust are particularly interested in supporting; neighbourhood projects; community arts projects; projects involving community service by young people; projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though we never support individuals. The Trust normally give grants to projects where an initial £75 to £750 can make a real difference to getting the project up and running. To be eligible, applicants need to be registered charities or have access to a registered charity that will be willing to accept funds on their behalf. The type of activities supported in the past include; a grant of £250 to three young people in Leamington Spa who were trying to set up a youth club. The Trust gave them £250 to help set up the club in an old Scout hut; a grant of £50 to an unemployed ex-professional footballer in Yorkshire to buy footballs and equipment for a group of 100 or so tough kids to play football. Applications can be made at any time.


Youth in Action Programme Launches New Call for Proposals (UK) The European Commission has issued a call for proposals aiming to support projects, which promote information and communication actions with a European dimension that are aimed at young people and youth leaders.

Preference will be given to those projects which best

reflect the permanent priorities of the ‘Youth in action’ programme; participation of young people; cultural diversity; European citizenship; inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities. Preference will also be given to projects reflecting the following annual priorities of the call; media literacy; global issues affecting young people, such as climate change,

sustainable development, migrations, and the Millennium Development Goals. To be successful, applicants need to submit projects that enhance the dissemination of quality information and increase young people's access to information and to various channels of communication at both national and European levels. Proposals can be submitted by nonprofit organisations. These can include non-governmental organisations (NGOs),


bodies at regional or local level, or national Youth Councils Projects must involve partners from at least two different programme countries.

The total budget allocated to the co

financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at €1,000,000. Financial assistance from the Commission shall not be granted for more than 80 % of a project’s total eligible expenses. The maximum grant available is €100,000. The closing date for applications is the 10th September 2010.

The Philips Livable Cities Award (UK) The Philips Livable Cities Award, is a new global initiative designed to encourage individuals, community groups and businesses to develop practical, achievable ideas to improve the health and well-being of people living in cities. The Award consists of three grants which will be made to help translate these ideas into reality. These are; “Wellbeing Outdoors” to help citizens fell safe and secure in public spaces, or help create identify and sense of belonging; “Independent Living” to help the growing number of elderly people living alone to feel secure and comfortable living in a city, or to enable them to live longer at home while receiving appropriate access to healthcare; and “Healthy Lifestyle at Work and Home” to support a healthy body and mind, through surroundings or other essentials such as exercise, diet and sleep. An overall Philips Livable Cities Award of €75,000 will be made for the best submission from any of the three categories, with two additional awards of €25,000 for the best submissions in the two categories NOT receiving the overall award. The closing date for entries is 5pm on the 28th October 2010. 13

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Programme (UK) Small charities operating in the areas of the arts and learning that have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 per annum can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 through the Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Programme. The Foundation which is one of the largest grant making trusts in the UK provides grants that are helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects; encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists; and that address special educational needs and learning difficulties. Larger organisations can apply for funding through the Foyle Foundations Arts and Learning Main Grants Programmes. Applications can be submitted at any time.







Scotland) The ARC-Addington Fund, which is one of the Farming Help charities and helps maintain the economic and social fabric of the farming community offers grants grants of up to £2,000 to help viable farming businesses that experience financial hardship due to unforeseen and unexpected circumstances and it has no other means of short term support. Examples of what the Trust may be able to help with include a sudden illness where paying extra staff may be a problem; extreme weather which has caused irreparable damage to crops or livestock or certain animal diseases which prevent you from moving or selling your stock. Applications can be made at any time.


Funding for Community Shops (England) The Village Retail Services Association in partnership with Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Co-operative and Community Finance have funding available to support start up funding to new Community owned shops in rural areas of England or saving an existing shop by transfer to community ownership. The funding which will be available over the next three years will provide up to £40,000 per shop. This is comprised of a £20,000 grant matched with a £20,000 loan which is also matched by the equivalent community contributions. Eligible applicants will include community based organisations located in rural communities of not less than 300 residents. The community is required to raise match funding through community contributions, which could take the form of share capital, donations raised through community fundraising events and grants obtained from other sources to the same or greater value than the grant requested from the Village CORE Programme. At least some of the funds raised should have been provided by the community itself and not solely through external grants. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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