August Funding Update

Information courtesy of Reading Voluntary Action, Slough CVS, West Berkshire Volunteer Centre and Wokingham & Bracknell Involve

Activate Fund from Get Berkshire Active – open until 16 September 2019

Get Berkshire Active (GBA) have launched a new fund. The GBA Activate Fund aims to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire.

Organisations can apply for between £750 and £2000. Applying organisations must have an income of less than £250,000.
The deadline for applications in Round 1 is 16 September 2019. There will be a second window for applications opening in October 2019 if you are not able to make this deadline. Further information
You can find the full criteria, including a link to the application form, here.

GBA advise applicants to read the criteria in full before making an application. If you have questions, please contact Kirsty Heath by emailing kirsty.heath@getberkshireactive.org or phoning 01628 472851.

Postcode Local Trust

Grants are now open for: Green space improvements, increasing community access to outdoor space and renewable energy & flood prevention.

Apply for grants to benefit your local area and community

Who Can Apply?
Organisations who can apply for up to £2000 include:
• Registered charity (with a number from OSCR or Charity Commission)
• CIO
• Constituted voluntary or community group
• Social enterprise
• Community interest company (CIC)
• Not-for-profit organisation
• Local club or other constituted community group.
Registered charities can apply for more than £2000.

What Kind of Projects are Funded?
Projects of up to 12 months, which are programmes of work limited in scope and which seek to achieve particular outcomes relating to the areas above.
Examples of projects that could be eligible include:
• Transforming disused green-space into a natural play area
• Community litter picks in green areas
• Development of local land into a community sensory garden to
• Protecting areas at risk of flooding by tree planting
• Planting an earth bank used for flood protection with wild flowers
• Using sustainable urban drainage planting to absorb and store water
• New greener lighting for community spaces.

How to Apply
Application is a two-stage process.

The deadline for stage-1 applications is the 14th August 2019.

The guidance document and on-line application form can be accessed here.

Grants are now open for: Improving community health & wellbeing, arts & physical recreation and reducing isolation.

Who Can Apply?
Organisations who can apply for up to £2000 include:
• Registered charity (with a number from OSCR or Charity Commission)
• CIO
• Constituted voluntary or community group
• Social enterprise
• Community interest company (CIC)
• Not-for-profit organisation
• Local club or other constituted community group.
Registered charities can apply for up to £20,000.

What Kind of Projects are Funded?
Projects of up to 12 months, which are programmes of work limited in scope and which seek to achieve particular outcomes relating to the areas above.
Examples of projects that could be eligible include:
• Support for transport initiative to help isolated people join social events
• Dance classes for community groups
• Puppet workshops for disadvantaged and disabled young people
• Singing and activity sessions for those who are visually impaired
Note this is one of three postcode grant funds currently open. If the themes and goals here are not right for your organisation check other recent involve alerts for information.

Co-op Foundation: Community spaces are everybody’s business

We’re offering interest-free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces.

Places and spaces for people to come together and enjoy shared interests are vitally important for building stronger communities.

Venues such as parks and community centres need regular income so they can continue to meet the needs of people who use them, love them, and rely on them for local services and social contact.

If your community organisation is thinking about growing its trading activities to generate more sustainable income, we might be able to help your plans take off. For further information please click here.

NHS England Community Grants 2019

Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare community grants – apply now!

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services?

If so, NHS England and NHS Improvement want you to tell them about it. In fact, they want to support you to tell everyone about it!

They will be awarding grants of up to £2500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. Applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation. If you are eligible you will need to complete the application form by Monday, 23 September 2019.

Find out more about the Community Grants here.

Energy Saving Trust for Ofgem

Energy Saving Trust distributes payments to charities from energy companies who have breached rules.

The funds can pay for anything from making homes more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills. For further information please click here.

International Tree Foundation – UK Community Tree Planting Programme

Funding is available to protect, promote and plant trees in local communities, currently in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Read more here.

The Edge Fund

Edge Fund is a grant-making body with a difference. They support efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power – and give those they aim to help a say in where the money goes.

They will share £40,000 between about 30 projects across the UK, with a maximum grants size of £3,000. They don’t tend to support charities or larger groups (income above £25,000).

The deadline is 16 September 2019.
Find out more about The Edge Fund

The Lady Neville Charity

Provides grants up to £1,000 for capital projects that will make a clear and significant contribution to grass-roots charitable organisations working in designated priority areas.

It will fund registered charities or not-for-profit organisations in the UK whose annual income is below £100,000, and the total project cost is less than £10,000.

Organisations applying must be working in at least one of the following three priority areas:
Local Heritage projects which help local groups to conserve and restore their landmarks, landscape, traditions and culture

Performing and Visual Arts Groups involved in undertaking a particular activity in any field in this area
Any charitable activity taking place in communities where the Skinners’ Company has existing work or historical links [which is London and South East England]

The deadlines for applications is 13 September 2019.

Find out more about The Lady Neville Charity

The Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people in the UK who want to use volunteering or community service to do brilliant things in their communities.

They think that young people are amazing and that they have the potential to make the world a better place through volunteering. They provide grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under, to help them put their ideas into action and run projects that benefit the lives of others – particularly the most marginalised and disadvantaged.

The trustees meet approximately once every three months to discuss applications.

The next funding application window will close on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Find out more about The Alec Dickson Trust

Community Asset Fund
 
The Community Asset Fund supports community facilities (permanent and temporary such as pop up’s) with capital and revenue match funding grants.

Grants can be awarded towards salary or core funding applications and for equipment to serve community facilities such as laptops, repairs etc. Larger grants will be awarded for projects such as capital refurbishment, extensions of community facilities or revenue towards staffing etc. Community events such carnivals will also be considered.

Applications up to £500 will be awarded as grants with no match funding required. Applications up to £5,000 and above will require 50% match funding.

There will be two grant rounds available (£30,000 each) for the Community Assets Fund. The first is open until September 30, 2019 and the second will close at the end of January 2020.

Successful applicants will be required to complete an impact report demonstrating how the funding was spent, the number of beneficiaries it supported and the social impact in the community etc. The grant will be split 80% up front when the funding is awarded and the final 20% on completion of the impact report.

Find out more about the Community Asset Fund

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