Funding Opportunities September 2019

Some information courtesy of Sough CVS, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Reading Voluntary Action & Wokingham Involve

Active Mums Community Fund

Grants of up to £750 are available this year only (2019) from Active slough, Slough Borough Council27 September at 5pm. This fund aims to get mums with babies physically active after birth.

Find out more about this fund

The Dream Fund

The Dream Fund is now open for applications. The application form is available to access at the below link and will be open until 15 October at 5:30pm.

The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. They ask charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project.

Find out more about The Dream Fund

Tampon Tax Fund

The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims​ ​to​ ​support​ ​women​ ​who​ ​are​ ​most​ ​marginalised​ ​to​ ​overcome​ ​barriers that​ ​prevent​ ​them​ ​from​ ​fulfilling​ ​their​ ​potential. ​ The​ ​women​ ​that​ ​will​ ​benefit​ ​from​ ​this​ ​initiative​ ​will​ ​have​ ​had little/no​ ​access​ ​to​ ​support​ ​or​ ​previous​ ​investment​ ​in​ ​their​ ​personal​ ​or​ ​educational development, and/or their social networks.

​This ​programme aims to fund small​-scale interventions, ​​which​ ​will​ ​make​ ​a​ ​considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising the aspirations of girls and young women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

How much can I apply for?

  • Between £5,000 and £10,000
  • For a duration of up to 12 months
  • Meet one or more of the Tampon Tax Community Fund objectives

They will fund:

  • Volunteer expenses: Budget for training, travel, telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs: Budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity; costs that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.
  • Temporary/sessional staff costs: Budget for external consultants and sessional staff that are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded.

Find out more about The Tampon Tax Community Fund

National Churches Trust – Foundation Grants Programme 2019-2023


Deadline: 26th September, 2019
Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support urgent maintenance work and small investigative works.


Cash4 Clubs


Deadline: 27th September, 2019
Awards are available for sports clubs throughout the UK to improve facilities, buy new kit and equipment, and increase sporting opportunities.

Ernest Cook Trust


Deadline: 27th September, 2019
Grants are available to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations in the UK wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside and the environment.

Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term. For further information please click here.

The Beatrice Laing Trust


The Beatrice Laing Trust is one of the Laing Family Trusts that are administered jointly, with this Trust supporting projects that are in the areas of relief of poverty or advancement of the Christian faith.

The joint administration means that an application to the Beatrice Laing Trust is considered as an application to all Laing Trusts, with administrators and trustees deciding which Trust is most suitable for any grant offered.

The Beatrice Laing Trust state that they welcome applications from:
• Organisations, in particularly Christian organisations, offering practical action to help those in need, offering direct support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.
• Charities providing practical services to people with physical, mental and learning difficulties and their families/carers.
• Organisations providing opportunities for training and development to young people, in particular those who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’.
• Small-scale overseas development projects aiming to build the capacity of local partners to develop long-term sustainable solutions to local problems in countries in the developing world.

Please click here for more info

Facilitation Fund 2019: Countryside Stewardship

The Facilitation Fund is now open until the 4th October. The funding aims to help groups of farmers, foresters and land managers improve the natural environment.

Find out more by reading their manual on how to apply:

Berkshire Community Foundation

Grants awarded support a variety of community groups across Berkshire working to support a wide range of causes; tackling disadvantage, supporting victims of crime, poverty, homelessness, health and wellbeing, isolation and loneliness, education and skills and strengthening the community in general. http://www.berkshirecf.org/

Charity Technology Trust

http://tech-trust.org/

Co-operative Community Fund

https://causes.coop.co.uk/

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation makes a large volume of grants every year to community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers.

Greggs Foundation

Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need

We are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. 

https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/local-community-projects-fund

Henry Smith Charity

The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level

Heritage Lottery

Wide ranging support for all kinds of projects as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.

https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/what-we-fund

Lloyds TSB Foundation

Every year we make grants to hundreds of small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales

https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/wefund/

Pocket Parks Plus

We are inviting applications from community groups interested establishing a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing park

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pocket-parks-plus-supporting-parks-and-public-spaces

Shanly Foundation

Lending a hand where needed in the community. The Shanly Foundation primarily supports good causes predominantly within Berkshire and other home counties.

http://www.shanlyfoundation.com/

Sport England Small Grants £300 – £10,000

https://www.sportengland.org/funding/small-grants/

Trusthouse Charitable Trust

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas

Tudor Trust

Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. We particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities

https://tudortrust.org.uk/what-we-do/

Veolia Environmental Trust

Support community and environmental causes

https://www.veoliatrust.org/

Heathrow Community Fund: Communities Together
 
Are you working to boost the community spirit in your neighbourhood? Do you have ideas for creating a community garden, starting an arts festival, tackling loneliness amongst old people, boosting health and fitness or cleaning up the streets where you live? If so, you could qualify for a grant from our Communities Together programme.
 
Grants up to £2,500 per year for up to two years for charities, voluntary groups, schools, colleges, and Community Interest Companies working on in Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond, Runnymede, Slough, Spelthorne, South Bucks, or Windsor and Maidenhead. To apply, your group must have a constitution and a bank account that needs two signatures.
 
Grant application – Round 4 deadline: 25 October 2019

Find out more about Heathrow Community Fund: Communities Together

The Good Exchange and Sovereign Housing Community Asset Fund – round one open until 30 September 2019

The Good Exchange has recently partnered with Sovereign, one of the largest housing associations in the UK, to launch a new fund awarding £60,000 in match funding grants for community projects.

Communities and charities in the south of England (Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight) can apply for grants from the organisation’s Community Asset Fund via The Good Exchange’s charity-owned, not-for-profit, on-line grant matching platform. Grants will be awarded to support a wide variety of projects, from community events to upgrading community centres.

The Community Asset Fund supports community facilities (permanent and temporary such as pop ups) 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.

Further information
  • 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.
  • Find out more and make an application.


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


Funding Update May

Information courtesy of RVA, Slouch CVS, Wokingham Involve & Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

ESFA Community Training Grants

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) are funding Groundwork London and Groundwork South to award Community Training Grants. The focus of these grants will be to fund projects which support individuals who are either unemployed or economically inactive.

Successful applicants are expected to be able to help move individuals either into employment, or establish a route towards employment, by helping individuals through education and training opportunities, advice, guidance and information.

The funding area includes the following Local Authorities: West Berkshire, Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.

Find out more about ESFA Community Training Grants 

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Enable

Enable grants are awarded to registered charities with income between £25,000 and £1 million, who support people aged 17+ who are facing one or more of our specified complex social problems.

They can provide up to a total of £15,000 across one or two years for identified development needs.
You may want to improve your charity’s capability in areas such as business development and planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications; an Enable grant could put your charity in a stronger position to deliver services and attract more volunteers, funding and support.

The deadline is 31st August 2019.

Find out more

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Grant for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage projects.  Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that is valued with the wish to pass it on to future generations. As a guide, this could include:

  • oral history
  • cultural traditions
  • nature
  • natural and designed landscapes
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Funding is available for non-profits, or partnerships led by them, for between £3,000 and £5 million.

Find out more here:
https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/check-what-we-fund

More than a Pub Programme (Early Alert)
This aims to increase the number of community-owned pubs open and trading and also to grow the range of services they offer to help the wider community.  Applications will open in summer 2019. Visit powertochange
.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-
pubs-support-programme/
for more details.

Funding for Charities to Develop an Effective Web Presence 
The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities and not for profit organisations operating for the public good to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams. The Website Grant Programme provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training.

See  www.transformfoundation.org.uk/
website- grants
for more information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme

Grants of £500 – £3,000 are available to not for profits or statutory agencies including schools, museums or libraries for projects that:

  • raise public awareness of, and engagement with, contemporary physics.
  • inspire and enthuse public audiences, especially those not previously interested in physics.
  • reach adult and family audiences beyond the classroom.
  • develop the science communication skills of individuals, particularly physicists.

The next round of the grant scheme will close at 5pm on Friday 31st  May. 
Find out more

Bupa UK Foundation – Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

Grants up to £20,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing and address the Foundation’s theme for that year. In 2019 it is community focused projects that aim to support and improve people’s mental health in mid-life.

The Foundation automatically gives an uplift of 15% of the level of funding awarded as a contribution to core costs. Bravo! The deadline is 31st May 2019. Full details here

Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding 2019-2020

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available up to £5000, for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders.  

Illegal Money Lenders, more commonly known as Loan Sharks, lend money without having the correct permissions from the Financial Conduct Authority. They often give cash loans out without any paper work and want double the amount back or charge extortionate interest rates. When you struggle to make repayments they may use violence, threats and intimidation, to ensure you keep paying them.

Deadline: 30th June 2018 Find out more Application form

Elephant Trust
Grants are available to artists, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. Read more here.

Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity
Grants are available to registered charities for projects that enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
Read more

Grants for the Conservation of Wildlife & the Environment
Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust. The Trust makes grants of between £250 and £1,000 (sometimes up to £5,000).
hdhwills.org/grants/. Apply any time

BUPA Foundation Mental Health Awards
BUPA grants of up to £20,000 to support and improve mental health for people in mid-life. More information and application form at bupaukfoundation.org/page/apply-for-funding/. Deadline 31 May 2019.

Grants to Support Canoeing & Inland Waterway Conservation
Canoe Foundation support to all “to enjoy and benefit from the experience of paddling on our water in a sustainable manner”. Grant making of £2,000-£20,000 will facilitate improvements to suitable landing and launching points and by promoting the conservation of inland waterways for the benefit of all sectors of the community. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis Next deadline for applications: 31st August 2019. canoefoundation.org.uk/online-funding

Food Waste Prevention – small scale grant

WRAP is managing a programme of grants to provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food. The aim is to address current barriers to food redistribution and to develop new solutions for reducing food waste from surplus food. The grant is open to small and medium sized businesses who can supply surplus food from food businesses either directly to those in need, or to other organisations who offer this service.

This small-scale grant will fund projects between £20,000 and £170,000.

Closing date for applications – 11th July 2019 (single stage process)

Find out more about the Food Waste Prevention – small scale grant

Help the Homeless

The organisation gives grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only – those with a turnover of under £1m per annum.

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society
Next deadline is 15th June 2019.

Find out more about the Help the Homeless fund

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Grants of £500 – £5,000 are available for UK registered charities. It can cover core costs or projects; they have following areas of interest:
• the advancement of the arts
• health and medical welfare
• environmental protection or improvement, such as the flowers that bloom in the spring.
The next deadline for applications is 18th June 2019.

Find out more about the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Finnis Scott

The Finnis Scott Foundation was established under the Will of Lady Montagu Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in 2006.

The Trustees can make grants for any charitable purpose, but their present policy is to focus grant-making in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history. Deadline is 7th June 2019.
The Finnis Scott Foundation makes grants of £500 – £10,000.

Find out more about the Finnis Scott Foundation

High Streets Heritage Action Zones
A £44 million fund which will allow Historic England to work with not-for-profit organisations to find new ways to champion and revive historic high streets across England. To find out more please click here.

WRAP Resource Action Fund
Grants are available for businesses and not-for-profit organisations in England to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing and better managing waste, in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter. For more info please click here.

Co-op Local Community Fund
Grants are available for small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man. For more info please click here: https://www.coop.co.uk/local-causes

Carers’ Music Fund

Applications are now open for music projects to support women and girls with caring responsibilities.
They are looking to fund about six projects in England for £100,000 – £200,000 for outstanding music-based projects across the UK that will enhance the lives of girls and women with caring responsibilities. And be delivered in 15 months.

All grantees can then apply for up to an additional 20% to fund activities for the people they care for.

Full details here. Closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 4th July 2019

Find out more about the Carers’ Music Fund


Win £1,000 for a Berkshire Charity!


Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches its 2019 Vital Signs survey. BCF is asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. As a thank you, they can nominate a charity to win one of the £1,000 prizes. Please consider nominating Connecting Communities in Berkshire!

To take the survey and help those in need in Berkshire go to: http://www.berkshirecf.org/vital-signs-survey

Last year three local groups, Autism Berkshire, Family Friends Windsor and Maidenhead and Interakt, each received one of the £1,000 prizes.

Now in its sixth year, Vital Signs uses the views of the local community, along with other research, to enable BCF to produce a community ‘health-check’ report. This report reveals priorities, needs and opportunities for action by measuring the quality of life in local areas. 

The results drive BCFs fundraising. Last year’s Vital Signs reported that a safe home, good health and secure employment are all linked and underpin wellbeing so BCF launched Vital for Berkshire – homes, Health and Work. This campaign has already funded over 20 local groups that provide vital support including counselling, assessable transport, crisis support, education or training, health coaching, supporting people back into back into employment and tackling homelessness.

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.”


Local projects supporting women and girls receive share of £3.4 million national funding

Five Berkshire projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost from the Berkshire Community Foundation.

Local charities and community groups have received grants of £5,000 to £10,000 from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to work with women of all ages, focussing on preventative services for those at risk of crisis.

Projects receiving funding will help women and girls get into or back work, build skills and confidence and improve health and wellbeing. Examples of some of the projects being funded are:

  • Smart Works in Reading who will use the funding the get vulnerable women back into work.
  • Reading Community Learning Centre will use the grant to provide Targeted outreach activities, learning programmes and advice and guidance to its increasing members.
  • Berkshire Women’s Aid will run various sessions to support women who have been affected by abuse.
  • The Dash Charity will use the grant to fund its Domestic Abuse Helpline, a vital service at risk of closure without this type of funding.
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) will use funding to meet the increasing demand for its Rapid response and crisis service at Alana House in Reading.

This funding is a result of UK Community Foundations, one of the UK’s largest grant-giving organisations, being asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products in 2017/18 to small, local projects, working with its network of Community Foundations across the country.

UKCF Director of Programmes and Development Vicki Papworth said:

“Community Foundations work with grassroots groups who are running vital services on a shoestring and supporting some of the most marginalised people in our society. This funding will enable them to run some amazing projects that make difference on the ground to the women and girls who need it most.”

Community Foundations across the country were oversubscribed for the Tampon Tax Community Fund. Only a quarter of the 1,500 applications for vital women and girls projects could be supported from this stream of funding.

Community Foundations are independent charities that make grants to support grassroots groups. They work with local businesses, funders and government to create tailored programmes of grant-making that respond to the needs and assets of communities. They also distribute funding secured through national programmes, including the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

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