Funding Update – June 2018

RunningLeeds Building Society Community Reward Scheme

Leeds Building Society know that parkrun plays a huge role in helping people engage with their local communities throughout the UK. Because of that, they want to help improve your local parkrun community through their Community Reward Scheme.

The scheme provides funding and volunteer support to projects that help and improve local parkrun communities. From May 2018, and for the following 12 months, they will provide up to £25,000 to be shared across successful projects. If you’re a UK parkrunner, you can apply for the chance to make a difference to your local parkrun community.

Find out about Leeds Building Society Community Reward Scheme

Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants scheme has been designed to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Our vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.

Preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation. In particular, those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.

They are mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

They welcome applications of up to £50k, though the majority of grants we make are likely to be in the region of £5k to £20k. Applications will be considered for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years.

Find out about the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme

Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity

Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches their 2018 Vital Signs survey. BCF are asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. They can then nominate a charity in Berkshire of their choice to win one of the prizes.

Now in its fifth year, the Vital Signs survey is used to uncover the hidden areas of deprivation within Berkshire. This enables BCF to produce a ‘health-check’ report prioritizing need and the areas for action.

This year the focus is on a safe home, good health and secure employment as the foundations of wellbeing. The results drive BCFs fundraising.

Last year Mental Health was identified as the major issue. £250,000 was raised to fund vital projects improving the mental health of adults and children.

Gerry Lejeune, Chief Executive of BCF said “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people, with local knowledge to influence our fundraising for the next year.”

Please take the survey and help those in need in Berkshire.

Buttle UK

Buttle UK provides Chances for Children grants of up to £2000 to help children and young people in crisis. They can be used to improve a child or young persons emotional, social or educational wellbeing and to help set up home. The grants could be for children in kinship care arrangements, in families that are fleeing domestic abuse, or in cases where a young person has a clear educational goal but are estranged from their family, or a variety of other situations and support needs.
Read more about Chances for Children Grants

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period.   Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.

Grants of £500 – £5,000 are available for UK registered charities.

Read more about D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Magic Little Grants Fund

In association with Postcode Community Trust, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

The Magic Little Grants Fund ​provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.

The aim of the fund is supporting the work of organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in some form of physical activity to help improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Both Postcode Community Trust and Localgiving recognise the role that sports and physical activity can play in bringing communities together, as well as promoting holistic wellbeing amongst groups and individuals.

To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:

● Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
● Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. For example, this could include: facilities hire, kit & equipment, coaching qualifications, other volunteer expenses etc.

Applications which will predominantly cover the costs of one-off events or trips must provide details of how they intend to deliver a longer-term impact.

Read more about the Magic Little Grants Fund
The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of social issues. We are especially interested in the arts, health and education.

They will consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues. Our focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:

  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people

They will consider funding salaries and project costs (including a reasonable contribution to overheads or on-costs) for up to three years.

Their grants typically fall in the range of £10,000 – £20,000 per annum, for up to three years. They prefer to fund alongside others.

Read more about The Rayne Foundation 

The Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for registered health charities, hospices and medical organisations which are in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training.

For more information please click here.

The Peoples Health Trust Active Communities

The Peoples Health Trust Active Communities programme supports local neighbourhood-based projects and communities of interest.


You can only apply for funding from the Active Communities programme if:

  • Your organisation supports people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better
  • You are a not for profit organisation or group (for a full list of eligible organisations, click here)
  • Your income is less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years
  • You have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) after you have deducted the grant you wish to request from us
  • Your organisation has been constituted for at least three months

What For?

Projects need to:

  • Be designed and led by local people
  • Support their neighbourhood or community to come together to address an issue that is important to them
  • Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year)
  • Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country
  • Be either:
    • small and local, for example, involving residents living in a few streets, an estate, a small village and working in one or more of our ‘fundable neighbourhoods’, or
    • a community of interest – a group of people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area

Deadline: 1pm on 11th July 2018 For further information please click here

National Churches Trust

Community Grants programme offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £25,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities (kitchens and accessible toilets) to enable increased community use of places of worship.  

The next deadline is 2nd July 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

Read more about the National Churches Trust 

With thanks to Bruce Wright Funding Matters and Slough CVS E-bulletin for news articles.

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