Funding Article

News You Can Use: Issue #4: 15 February 2012

22nd, February 2012

 

Funding Opportunities

·         B&Q Waste Donation Scheme (UK)

·         Ben & Jerry’s Join Our Core (UK)

·         Catchment Restoration Fund (England)

·         Coastal Communities Fund (UK)

·         Department of Health seeks partners for reaching young people (England)

·         Empty Homes Community Grants (England)

·         European Programme for Integration and Migration (UK)

·         Fund 101 (UK)

·         Localgiving.com Match Funding (UK)

·         New Rural Grants Announced (England)

·         North Tyneside Women’s Aid Legacy Fund

·         Northumbria Youth Police Authority Participatory Budgeting

·         Vantage Fund (Northumberland)

Funding Information

·         Millfield House Foundation

·         New Health Structures limit third sector engagement

·         Northumberlands’ VCS Assembly Consultation Update

·         Transforming Local Infrastructure results

Events and Training

·         Business Plus: SkillsBridge - creating alliances between the private and third sectors

·         Impact of Infrastructure 2012 Conference

Closing dates

 

 

 

Funding Opportunities


B&Q Waste Donation Scheme (UK)

Funding: N/A

Open to: VCSE / schools

Deadline: None

Type of funder: Company

Source: Funding Insight

 

Schools, charities and community groups can apply for products and waste materials through the B&Q Waste Donate Scheme.

 

B&Q operates this Scheme through all of its stores within the UK. B&Q donates products and waste materials they haven’t been able to sell for re-use such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper and end-of-range materials. Donated products should benefit the local community and the environment and cannot be resold. Due to its Health and Safety scheme, electrical, petrol and gas items are not available for donation.

 

Applications must be made directly to B&Q stores – a store locator can be found here: Website

 

For more information visit Website

 

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Ben & Jerry’s Join Our Core (UK)

Funding: €10,000 cash prize (approx. £8,340)

Open to: Individuals / Social Enterprise

Deadline: 15th April 2012

Type of funder: Company

Source: Grants Online / FINE

 

Ben & Jerry’s are calling for socially responsible entrepreneurs to make themselves known for their latest competition, Join Our Core, which encourages entrants to put their business ideas forward for the chance to scoop a €10,000 cash prize, mentoring and the opportunity to see their name on tubs of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

 

Successful entrants will have to pitch their business idea to a panel of industry leaders - including Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, as well as representatives from Ashoka, VSO and the Fairtrade Foundation.  The first 100 entrants, who submit early application - before 15th March, will scoop the equivalent of a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

 

25 entrepreneurial semi-finalists will be invited to present their ideas to the judging panel in London in May. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice Award’, where the Join Our Core community will pick five winners who will each receive €1,000 in cash.

 

For more information visit Website

 

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Catchment Restoration Fund (England)

Funding: Up to £10m p/a for up to 3 years. £50,000 minimum

Open to: See text

Deadline: 29th February 2012 (see text)

Type of funder: Government

Source: Funding Insight / FINE

 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced the launch of a new £28 Million Catchment Restoration Fund to reduce the amount of pollution affecting rivers and waterflows.

 

The fund is open to lead organisations with charitable, benevolent or philanthropic objectives. Organisations that do not meet this criteria, such as local authorities or private sector companies, can still be involved in delivering a project, but only as partners. 

 

The fund will support work that aims to do one or more of the following:

  • Restore more natural features in and around waters
  • Reduce the impact of man-made structures on wildlife in water
  • Reduce the impact of small, spread-out (diffuse) sources of pollution that arise from rural and urban land use

 

The Environment Agency will administer the fund.  Formal applications and expressions of interest for projects starting in 2012/13 are invited by the 29th February 2012.

 

The fund will run for three years, so there will be several opportunities to apply for funding. The first deadline is very tight so that they can start assessing and supporting projects that are ready-to-roll as quickly as possible.

 

By this first deadline, they would also like to receive expressions of interest from organisations with project ideas that are not yet fully developed. They can then check the potential of these ideas and advise where applicants can join up projects with other partners to deliver integrated solutions. There will still be time to make an application for funding in 2012/13 as they are offering a second application window with a deadline of 18th May.

 

For more information visit Website

 

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Coastal Communities Fund (UK)

Funding: £23.7m total fund

Open to: See text

Deadline: Not yet open

Type of funder: Government

Source: Grants Online / FINE

 

The Government has announced that it will launch a new £23.7 million fund to assist coastal communities. 

 

The Coastal Communities Fund, which is financed through the Crown Estate's Marine activities, will be used to support the economic development of a wide range of projects including those that support charities, the environment, education and health. 

 

To assist communities in bidding for the fund, the Government has launched a prospectus that gives details of the key design and delivery arrangements for the Fund and the timetable for its introduction.  The Fund will be managed by the Big Fund which will issue more detailed guidance on how to make a bid to the Fund will shortly.

For more information on the Fund and to access the prospectus, visit
Website

 

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Department of Health seeks partners for reaching young people (England)

Source: Direct / FINE

 

The Department of Health is seeking partners to help it communicate with young people and those that work with them. It wants to work with organisations from all sectors to develop partnership activity and gain a range of expert perspectives to inform its work.

 

The Department is currently developing a new holistic approach to communicating with young people to improve their health outcomes, and will launch a new marketing programme later this year.

 

Young people face a range of challenges and pressures as they reach adolescence, when many choose to smoke, drink, experiment with drugs and have sex for the first time. Young people often make decisions without access to the right information or a candid discussion with a trusted adult. Accepting that young people will be curious about new experiences, the Department wants to help them be resilient and make more informed choices.

 

Those who represent an organisation or brand that works with, or has access to, young people and who would like to work with the Department of Health on this activity should contact email.

 

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Empty Homes Community Grants (England)

Funding: £1000m total fund

Open to: VCSE

Deadline: 17th April 2012

Type of funder: Government

Source: SYFAB / FINE

 

£100 million has been set aside to revitalise communities by bringing the empty homes in their areas back into use.

 

The scheme is assisted by the New Homes Bonus, which rewards councils for making use of empty homes. Tribal Education Ltd will be administering the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

 

Successful applications will do the following:

  • Bring empty home back into use as affordable housing
  • Deliver value for money
  • Have the support of the local authority
  • Have an expected completion date before 31st March 2015.

 

For more information and to access application material visit Website or call 0845 603 1869 or email info@grantsadmin.co.uk  

 

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European Programme for Integration and Migration (UK)

Funding: €50,000 - €300,000

Open to: NGO / registered charities

Deadline: 1st March 2012 (initial application form)

Type of funder: European

Source: Grants Online / FINE

 

The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) has announced that it is seeking to support projects by non-governmental organisations and registered charities active on migration and integration issues. 

 

EPIM will provide a limited number of grants for a period of one to three years with budgets ranging from €50,000 to €300,000. In addition, it will promote grantees’ networking and capacity-building efforts. 

 

Successful projects should set out to influence EU policies and their national implementation in one of three defined focus areas:

  • Asylum seekers
  • Undocumented migrants
  • Equality, integration and social inclusion of vulnerable migrants 

 

For more information and to apply visit Website

 

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Fund 101 (UK)

Funding: £50 - £500

Open to: Social Enterprise

Deadline: Monthly awards

Type of funder: Company

Source: Grants Online / FINE

 

Individuals with a new business idea and existing small businesses that require funding can apply for grants through Fund 101. 

 

The Fund, run by “Enterprise Nation” and supported by “PayPal” and business support company “Intuit”, can be used for a wide range of purposes such as buying equipment, promotion flyers, hardware etc. 

 

Every month £5,000 is made available through Fund 101. To apply, applicants need to post their proposal on the Enterprise Nation community website and then encourage as many people as possible to vote for them. The number of votes required is equal to the amount of funding sought (so to obtain £500 applicants will need to secure 500 virtual votes).

 

For more information visit Website

 

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Localgiving.com Match Funding (UK)

Funding: Varies

Open to: VCSE

Deadline: Not yet open

Type of funder: Partnership

Source: Community Foundation / FINE

 

Local community and voluntary groups are urged to register or complete their membership of Localgiving.com before a new round of match funding becomes available in March, totalling £375,000 nationally. That means every £1 donated to a group through the site will be matched by a further £1, with Gift Aid on top.

 

Localgiving.com is 50% owned by the UK Community Foundation Network and works in partnership with local Community Foundations. To join, organisations should contact their local Community Foundation.

 

In December 2011, North East groups took a share of £30,000 match funding from a national Localgiving.com pot of £125,000, with Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHIST) being the top fundraiser from our region, securing £5,000.

Website

 

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New Rural Grants Announced (England)

Funding: Varies

Open to: See text

Deadline: N/A

Type of funder: Government

Source: Funding Insight / FINE

 

The Department the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced that it will launch two new funds in 2012 to boost the competitiveness of the rural economy. 

 

The Rural Economy Grant (up to £60 million) will provide grants of up to £1 million or more for micro and SME businesses to boost farm competiveness, and support significant growth in the agri-food, rural tourism, forestry, renewable energy, and other high-potential (eg ICT and creative) sectors particularly. The fund will be launched “early 2012”. 

 

The Skills and Knowledge Transfer (up to £20 million) will be a flexible and locally targetable skills training programme to enable rural business growth. The fund is to be launched in the summer 2012 following completion of existing local skills programmes.  An additional £3m will support schemes to improve footpaths and access, skills training for new entrants to the forestry workforce, and developing tourism support building on those being piloted by a leading AONB in the South East. The timing of the launch of these initiatives is to be confirmed.

 

For more information visit Website

 

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North Tyneside Women’s Aid Legacy Fund

Funding: Up to £500

Open to: VCSE

Deadline: 20th March 2012

Type of funder: Charity

Source: Direct / FINE

 

The North Tyneside Women’s Aid Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation invites applications.

 

The fund’s focus is to provide support and improve the lives of women and children affected by domestic violence. Beneficiaries must be either from North Tyneside or settling in North Tyneside. The fund seeks to ensure that women and children who have experienced domestic violence are enabled to move to safe accommodation and supported to live in safely in the community.

 

Applications are sought to create and manage New Beginnings Funds that provide small grants, up to a maximum of £500 for each individual.  It can be used, for example, to purchase household equipment, provide new school uniforms, assist with decorating costs or pay a bond on a private tenancy.  It is expected that grants will be provided where there is significant hardship and no alternative sources of support.

 

Applications should be submitted by completing the form available online at Website. For information contact Gill Lowing on 0191 222 0945 or at gl@communityfoundation.org.uk 

 

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Northumbria Youth Police Authority Participatory Budgeting

Funding: Up to £1,000

Open to: VCSE

Deadline: 1st March 2012

Type of funder: Government

Source: Direct / FINE

 

Northumbria Youth Police Authority want to support projects that help to address local crime and disorder. In particular they should address local concerns and / or strengthen relationships between young people and Northumbria Police. Projects put forward should be innovative, youth led, work with 11-19 years olds and have a support worker attached.

 

The date of the Participatory Budgeting Event when shortlisted projects will present is Saturday 24th March 2012, in the morning, at Gateshead Civic Centre.

 

For more information and for an application form contact Northumbria Police Authority team on 0191 433 2769 or email Website

 

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Vantage Fund (Northumberland)

Funding: £50 - £500

Open to: VCSE / Individuals

Deadline: None

Type of funder: Charity

Source: Direct / FINE

 

Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service has developed the Fund in memory of Sheila McGuckin, Wansbeck CVS’s Chief Executive and community sector champion, who died suddenly in February 2010.

 

Applicants must be based in the former Wansbeck district of south east Northumberland.  

 

The aim of the Fund this year is to support activities that contribute to the health & wellbeing of young people with a focus on sporting activities. Eligible organisations may be a parent & toddler group, a sports or leisure club or a young peoples organisation.

 

Applications are viewed by a grants panel made up of representatives from the public, private and third sector organisations, with decisions based on a scoring system. Examples of grants may be:

  • a contribution to start up costs to support a new sports group or healthy activity
  • the purchase of new equipment to support a healthy activity
  • a contribution to travel expenses to participate in sporting events

 

Grants can support single projects or on-going activities.  Applicants can only apply once in a 12 month period and agree that any grant be spent within 12 months of issue.

For more information and an application form contact Stephen Humphrey, at Wansbeck CVS, on tel 01670 858 688 or email: funding@wansbeckcvs.org.uk.

 

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Funding Information

 

Millfield House Foundation

Source: Direct / FINE 

 

The Trustees are undertaking an exercise with a view to considering themes for a 'call for applications' approach for at least a proportion of the funds available annually for grants. Expenditure on grants in 2009/2010 was £238,296, in 2010/2011 £263,062 and in 2011/2012 is likely to be around £278,000. A substantial amount is already provisionally committed for 2012/2013. Decisions about the future of the grants programme will be made at the Trustees' meeting in May 2012. As the Trustees want to keep their options open they have decided not to consider new applications until the autumn of 2012. Further information will be available following the May meeting.

 

www.mhfdn.org.uk/

 

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New Health Structures limit third sector engagement

Source: VONNE / FINE

 

VONNE has published the results of a recent survey that shows voluntary groups are struggling to engage with new health structures and such structures are mainly using LINks as their point of contact.

 

In 9 of the North East's 12 areas, the local LINk is a member of the Health & Wellbeing Board. These places will transfer to HealthWatch in April 2013. Engagement of the wider third sector was more limited.

 

The survey suggests that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are predominantly using LINks as their route to third sector engagement and many areas provided examples of regular 1-1 meetings between the CCG chair or lead GP and LINks staff & volunteers. Many areas reported meetings taking place between Lead GPs and LINks staff/volunteers as part of a "fact-finding exercise" to find out more about the sector. Again, with the exception of Newcastle, engagement with the wider community & voluntary sector was limited.

www.vonne.org.uk/policy/policy_article.php?offset=0&id=1689

 

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Northumberland’s VCS Assembly Consultation Update

Source: c4c / FINE

 

This consultation is about creating a dialogue within the VCS to get views about what the Assembly should do, what would make the Assembly work and most importantly ensuring they get the involvement and buy in for this by the VCS in Northumberland from the start.
 
Connect4change (c4c) are proposing that Northumberland VCS Assembly aims to be an inclusive, independent and an influential voice for the VCS in Northumberland. It will inform, engage with, co-ordinate and champion the views of the VCS and be a mechanism for better engagement and influence with local strategic partnerships and the public sector partners.
 
The consultation will run until 31st March.

There are various ways to take part, on- and off-line. For more information visit the website at www.connect4change.co.uk/ or call 0800 023 5023

 

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Transforming Local Infrastructure results

Source: VONNE / FINE

 

In the North East, 4 of the 11 bids from the Office for Civil Society’s £30m Transforming Local Infrastructure fund, were successful:

  • Darlington £399,936
  • Stockton on Tees £367,240
  • Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland £698,691
  • North Tyneside £287,99

 

www.vonne.org.uk/news/news_article.php?id=1688 or www.fine.org.uk/cms/news/194-local-infrastructure-funding

 

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Events and Training

Business Plus: SkillsBridge - creating alliances between the private and third sectors

 

When: 1st March 2012, 12-2pm

Where: The Eco Centre, Windmill Way, Hebburn

Cost: Free

 

SkillsBridge is a project which aims to offer high level professional advice and support to third sector organisations from volunteer experts from the private sector.

 

Through co-ordination and selection of opportunities it aims to enhance and build upon the Corporate Social Responsibility objectives of private (and public) sector organisations and identify clearly defined projects that will develop capacity and performance within the third sector.

 

SkillsBridge is a knowledge transfer model using highly skilled and experienced advisors to guide and act as a critical friend to individuals and organisations as they take on new challenges and address emerging issues.

 

Central to the ethos of the project is creating alliances between sectors, developing long-term relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

 

Come along to this free event to:                              

  • find out more about the SkillsBridge concept and the ‘story so far’
  • hear about some of the successful VCS / private sector alliances created to date
  • have a say on the type of support and cross-sectoral alliances you feel SkillsBridge can help to foster, moving forward

 

A free lunch will be served at noon. To book a place on this free event, email jon.goodwin@voda.org.uk .

 

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Impact of Infrastructure 2012 Conference

When: 25th April, 9.30am- 4.30pm

Where: NCVO, London

Cost: Free

 

A national conference designed for infrastructure organisations and their stakeholders.

 

In a climate of tough social, economic and political change, how can voluntary sector infrastructure best demonstrate the difference they make and the value they provide?

 

Over the last three years the Value of Infrastructure Programme (VIP) has developed a framework and tools to help answer these questions. The learning from this programme and wider research will be discussed and disseminated at this conference.

 

Delivered through engaging presentations, workshops and opportunities to engage with and hear from:

  • The Big Lottery Fund
  • National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
  • Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)
  • National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • Transforming Local Infrastructure partnerships
  • Infrastructure organisations using the VIP framework and tools

 

Topics on the day will include:

  • Practical tools: to demonstrate impact
  • Marketisation: the shift from supply led to demand driven
  • Infrastructure partnerships:  TLI’s and other partnerships
  • Funding for Impact: the funder’s point of view
  • Policy and research: new research into infrastructure and policy implications
  • Where next? supporting change to become more impact-focused

 

To book a place, visit Website 

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Closing dates:

 

2012

Feb 24

Postcode Trust

http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/

3/2012

Feb 24

YouTube Digital Innovation Award

http://www.firstlightonline.co.uk/news/youtube-digital-innovation-award/

3/2012

Feb 24

The Sir Tom Cowie Fund

http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

1/2012

Feb 27

Sir James Knott Trust (applications over £1,000)

http://www.knott-trust.co.uk/

26/2011

Feb 27

WWF Earth Hour funding

http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/competition-to-lead-uk-switch-off

3/2012

Feb 27

Irish Youth Foundation Grants

http://www.iyf.org.uk/grants-applications-a.html

3/2012

Feb 28

Parks for People

http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Pages/parksforpeople.aspx

26/2011

Feb 28

Healthy Hearts Grants

http://www.heartresearch.org.uk/grants/healthyheartgrant

21/2011

Feb 28

Green Fund

http://www.edfenergy.com/products-services/for-your-home/our-services/green-energy-fund.shtml

19/2011

Feb 28

Healthy Hearts Grants http://www.heartresearch.org.uk/grants/healthyheartgrant

1/2012

Feb 29

Catchment Restoration Fund

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/136182.aspx

4/2012

Mar 1

European Programme for Integration and Migration

http://epim.rhinoprod.all2all.org/about/

4/2012

Mar 1

Northumbria Youth Police Authority Participatory Budgeting

enquiries.npa@gateshead.gov.uk

4/2012

Mar 1

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

http://www.kfct.org.uk/index.html  

2/2012

Mar 2

Arts Council: Strategic Touring Programme

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-for-funding/strategic-funding/grant-programmes/strategic-touring-programme/

2/2012

Mar 2

Community Film Unit: Speak Up Fund

http://www.communityfilmunit.co.uk/fund.html

2/2012

Mar 6

Football Foundation: Grow the Game

http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/apply/grow-the-game/

1/2012

Mar 7

UK Land Estates Fund

http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/

3/2012

Mar 7

John Laing Fund

http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/

3/2012

Mar 9

Steven Gerrard Foundation

http://www.stevengerrardfoundation.org/grants.htm

3/2012

Mar 13

Church and Community Fund : new funding themes

http://www.ccfund.org.uk/apply/information

2/2012

Mar 16

Frederick Milburn Fund

http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/

3/2012

Mar 20

North Tyneside Women’s Aid Legacy Fund

http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply

4/2012

Mar 26

Woodward Charitable Trust - Summer

www.woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk

17/2011

Mar 26

Comic Relief Local Communities Tees Valley Community Foundation

http://www.teesvalleyfoundation.org/grants/comic-relief/

1/2012

Mar 28

Help the Hospices - One-off Capital Grant Programme

http://helpthehospices.org.uk/our-services/grants/uk-grants/one-off-capital-grant-programme/eligibility-criteria/

3/2012

Mar 30

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Competitiveness Programme 2007-13

Capital (Priority 1 & 2)

http://www.communities.gov.uk/regeneration/regenerationfunding/europeanregionaldevelopment/northeast/
makinganapplication/callsforproposals/

3/2012

Mar 31

Creme of Nature Community Action Award 2012 http://www.communityactionaward.com/award.html

3/2012

Mar 31

Trees for Communities

http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/grants

2/2012

Apr 15

Ben & Jerry’s Join Our Core

http://www.joinourcore.com/

4/2012

Apr 17

Empty Homes Community Grants

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/emptyhomeappguidance?utm_source=Funding+News+email+updates&utm_campaign=1c7b5d4693-FN_MAILCHIMP_DAILY&utm_medium=email

4/2012

Apr 20

Michael Whippman Award 2012

http://www.homeless.org.uk/mw2012

2/2012

May 14

Eaga Charitable Trust

www.eagacharitabletrust.org/home

3/2012

Aug 30

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Competitiveness Programme 2007-13

Open (Priority 1 & 2)

http://www.communities.gov.uk/regeneration/regenerationfunding/europeanregionaldevelopment/northeast/
makinganapplication/callsforproposals/

3/2012

Sep 1

National Churches Trust

http://nationalchurchestrust.org/supporting-you/grants/overview.php

2/2012

 

2013

 

2014

Mar 31

International Communities

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_international_communities?tab=1&regioncode=-uk

21/2010

Dec 31

North East Microloan Fund

http://www.efs.entrust.co.uk/page.asp?id=180

9/2011


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