Funding opportunities promoted by Redbridge CVS

As I have said before, if you want to receive regular information on anything to do with the voluntary and community sector in Redbridge, including grants, sign up to the weekly Redbridge CVS newsletter on their website or email to ask to be added.  You don’t have to be part of the sector yourself. As a business it’s important to have good links with the community.

I’ll be applying to the Good Neighbours Fund for the scheduled Redbridge Green Fair next year! 🙂

Here are a few funding streams promoted through the CVS e-news this week:

Hilden Charitable Fund (UK)

The Hilden Charitable Fund is open for applications. Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are less popular.

In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that:

  • Address homelessness
  • Supports asylum seekers and refugees
  • Support community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25
  • 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 closing date for applications is the 2nd September 2015.

The Good Neighbourhood Fund

Charitable organisations in London that are working to improve the health and wellbeing of local people whilst encouraging inclusion between local communities are encouraged to apply for grants from the Good Neighbourhood Fund.

The new Good Neighbourhood Fund has been established by the London Community Foundation in collaboration with MyLotto24 in order to promote community cohesion throughout London. Funding is available for projects which promote and encourage inclusion between different communities whilst improving health and wellbeing.

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 per year over two years are available to constituted community and voluntary groups, registered charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. All organisations must have an annual income of £200,000 or less, and constituted community groups must have a minimum of three un-related management committee members.

Proposals must promote or encourage integration and/or inclusion through project delivery. Examples of how this could be done include:

  • Health and wellbeing projects bringing people of different backgrounds, faiths, gender, cultures, sexuality and ages together through the group’s work.
  • Projects with a health/wellbeing focus that are actively tackling issues such as exclusion and isolation.

Priority will be given to:

  • Small organisations working to support a defined local community.
  • Resident or user led groups.
  • Organisations that can demonstrate a clear understanding of the needs of their community.
  • Work which shows innovation for either the organisation and/or the sector.
  • Organisations which are able to provide volunteering/engagement opportunities for MyLotto24 staff.

Funding can be used to cover project costs or, where the work of an organisation fits with the fund themes, towards core operating costs. Existing work, new work or pilot projects will all be considered.

The deadline for applications is 7 September 2015 (5pm).

Further information is available from the London Community Foundation’s website.

 The Mercers’ Company – General Welfare Programme (London)

The Mercers’ company has announced that the next meeting to consider applications to its General Grant Making Programme is the 11th November 2015.

Funding is available for grassroots and front-line charities that work within the M25 corridor (with a preference for London) to improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people. In particular, the company supports projects that address social and family welfare, young people and the elderly. The level of funding depends upon the size of the applicant organisation. For example if your organisation has turnover of less than £75,000 p.a. grants will be between £2,000 and £5,000. For larger organisations, grants are typically between £12,000 and £25,000.

Previous projects supported include:

The Oily Cart Company, which received a grant of £12,000 towards ‘Like a Cloud in the Sky’ – a new production for children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and/or an autistic spectrum disorder

The Clear Village Charitable Trust which received a grant of £10,000 towards staff costs of a project to transform underused spaces on a housing estate in Westminster into a community hub.

Applications have to be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the meeting.

Trust for London

Funding to tackle poverty and inequality in London, under these funding priorities:

  • Employment
  • Advice
  • Social Justice
  • Violence
  • Small groups

Deadline 8 October 2015

Santander Foundation

 The Santander Foundation has three grants programmes to help disadvantaged people in the UK:

Community Plus provides grants of up to £5,000. The scheme is open to small local UK charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Click on the Spotlight section to find answers to regularly asked questions about our Community Plus scheme.

Learn & Grow offers grants of up to £10,000 to fund activities which help disadvantaged people to improve skills, build confidence or employability.

Money Skills offers grants of up to £10,000 to charities and credit unions who want to help disadvantaged people to understand and manage their money.

You are welcome to apply to both Community Plus and a grant of over £5,000 from either Learn & Grow or the Money Skills grants programmes, but a grant from one programme will prevent you from getting a grant from the other.

It is worth noting that eligible Community Plus nominations have a one in three chance of being successful while Learn & Grow and Money Skills proposals have a one in thirty chance of being successful.

There are no deadlines for any of the grants programmes.

The Power to Change Trust (England)

The Power to Change Trust, a new independent grant-making foundation that champion’s community businesses has announced that it will not be accepting applications between the 23rd July and 31st August 2015. The Trust will re-open its Initial Grants Programme on the 1st September 2015.

The Initial Grants Programme will award up to £9 million during 2015 to help new and existing community businesses become more sustainable. The aim is to help up to 70 community businesses during the next six to eight months. Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 will be available to community businesses that are in a position to use the funding to become more sustainable. This could include purchasing a building to refurbish rent or sell or to take on more staff in order to compete for more contracts; etc.

The closing date for applications will be the 23rd October 2015.



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