Funding Update – May 2018

PRS Foundation: The Open Fund for Organisations

The Open Fund for Organisations supports new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups.
Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

Support is available to any organisation whose project fits with all three funding priorities:

1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre. We are particularly interested in the quality of the music.

2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential. We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved. We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.

3. To inspire audiences. You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level.

Through The Open Fund, they support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.
The next deadline is 6pm on Monday 11th June. 

National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants

National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants offer awards of between £500 and £3,000 towards small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs which reduce the need for – and long term costs of – building repairs.The next deadline will be 23rd May 2018 for a July 2018 decision.

Woodward Charitable Trust

Applications will only be considered if they fall within the following areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported, as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
  • Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting.
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled.
  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.

Types of grants: Small grants, £100-£5,000 (around 100 grants made per year). Charities should note that only nine grants for £3,000 or more were made in 2014/2015.
Large grants, over £5,000 (around five grants are made per year). Large grants are only given to charities known to the Trustees.

Children’s summer playscheme grants £500-£1,000 (about 50-70 grants made per year). Applications for these are made separately and considered in April each year. The charities annual income should be under £100,000.

Sport Relief Safe Secure Settled Fund

Sport Relief have launched the Safe, Secure, Settled fund. This initiative will invest in projects that are using sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, helping them to gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives.

Eligibility Comic Relief welcomes proposals from organisations registered in the United They will consider work that supports children and young people aged up to and including 25. They will also consider family-based interventions where the majority of beneficiaries are under 25.

They are looking for creative approaches to support young people without a safe or secure place to live. All proposals must use sport as a tool for social change in their approach.

They are looking for work which can make a meaningful change to the lives of young people who are without a secure or safe place to live. They want to hear from organisations who can demonstrate a deep understanding of what makes a positive difference for young people in this situation in their local context.

They expect that projects will contribute to a minimum of one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment• Children and young people increase life skills*
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice
    *e.g. Money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience.

    How Much? Applications for minimum of £100,000 and maximum of £500,000
    DeadlineMidday, 14th June 2018
    More Information: 

Retain the Game

The Football Association and Football Foundation have launched ‘Retain the Game’, a new scheme aimed at supporting the retention of adult male teams. The scheme will provide grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams, to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Wednesday 30th May at 5pm.
The grant is designed to cover core costs including:

  • Facility hire (match day or training venue)
  • £100 Voucher for Nike Kit/Equipment (including First Aid) – to be redeemed through our bespoke portal
  • First Aid courseThe grant of £750 will be awarded split across two years. The grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club.

UK Theatres Grant Small Scheme

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.
The deadline is 21st May 2018.

Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities

The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme makes grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.

Eligibility: You can apply if you’re a:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • social enterprise
  • group of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish or community council)
  • community interest companies (with two or more directors).

What For? The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. They support ideas that meet their three funding priorities:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

They are interested in supporting organisations that are:

  • people led – meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity
  • strengths based – making the most of the skills that already exist in communities
  • connected – understanding what other relevant organisations are doing and developing good working relationships.

They can fund:

  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • small-scale refurbishment
  • equipment
  • organisational development.

What they want to see in a funding application: You developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit. They want to see that you’ve spoken to people and listened to what they have to say. You’ll support what’s already working well. Use your knowledge of the skills and experience people already have and explore how you can build on it.You can test new approaches. They are interested in your original and creative ideas for achieving your mission, and are keen to share what you learn with others.You understand the existing activities and services that do similar work. Have you spoken to other groups? What can you learn from them, and how can you contribute to what they already do? You’re committed to equalities and the environment. They will want to know about your equalities policy and your environmental policy if they are interested in your idea.

How Much? Over £10,000.
More Information: 

Source: Slough CVS E-bulletin, Bruce Wright @ Involve,


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