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Community Assets Programme – Final Deadline Announced (Scotland) 30th April 2019

Grants from £10,000 to £1 million are available to community-led organisations to help them to address specific inequalities or disadvantages through the ownership of an asset such as buildings and land. Whilst match-funding is encouraged, grants can fund up to 100% of activity costs, including staff, training, volunteer expenses, equipment, premises costs, evaluation and overheads. Applicants will need to show clear evidence of community co...

Funding to Give People Suffering from Motor Neurone Disease or their Carers “Time Out” (Scotland) 26th April 2019

Individuals that have Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or care for someone with MND can apply for small grant of up to £1,000 towards the cost of a holiday or other ‘time out'. The aim is to give people suffering from MND and their carers the chance to enjoy quality time outside their usual routine. People with MND who do not have a carer are not eligible to apply for this grant programme. The grants can be used to go on a holiday, take a regula...

Funding for Music Making Activities (UK) 26th April 2019

Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available for the development of music making, especially that which involves young people. Well-planned, aspirational projects delivered in and out of schools or in community situations will be supported by the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation. New initiatives as well as the development of existing projects will be considered for support at the annual meeting of the Trustees. Projects supported can co...

Grants of up to £1000 Available to Support Scottish Writers (Scotland) 25th April 2019

Scottish writers can now apply for up to £1,000 to support travel costs from the Author International Travel Fund. The fund will enable Scottish writers to take up opportunities and invitations to appear at literary festivals or events around the world, building audiences for Scottish writing overseas and relationships between Scottish writers and international festivals, publishers and organisations. A total of £15,000 is available for 2019...

Funding for Capital Projects in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges (UK) 23rd April 2019

From May 2019, secondary schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £50,000 towards 50% of the cost of capital projects. Sixth form colleges are eligible to apply for up to £100,000. A total of around £1.75 million will be allocated each year to new build, refurbishment or equipment projects related to the teaching of science and technology or information or communications tec...

Equipment Grants for Disabled and Disadvantaged Young People (UK) 18th April 2019

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding for equipment that help mentally and physical disadvantaged children. Funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment & activity aids; sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and sports areas; transport and soft playrooms. The funding is being made available through the Wooden Spoon Society's Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the British and...

One Stop Carriers for Causes (England, Scotland and Wales) 18th April 2019

Not for profit organisations and schools that are located within 2 miles of a One Stop shop can still apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects that benefit their local community. The grants are made available through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in England, Wales and Scotland. The types of projects funded can be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could be buying litter pickers and ba...

Support for the Homeless Charities and Hospices (England and Wales) 18th April 2019

Homeless and Hospice charities can apply for support to help improve their buildings. The support takes the form of grants, free building materials and specialist advice such as, architects, quantity surveyors, project managers and specialist engineers. To be eligible for support organisations must be registered charities, have legal hold on the building in question, either freehold or lease for at least 10 years. The funding is being made av...

Funding Available to Support Local Good Causes (England, Scotland and Wales) 18th April 2019

Registered charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives can apply to the Morrison Foundation for a grant. There is no limit on the amount that can be applied for and applications are accepted any anytime. Since launching in 2015 the Foundation has donated over £24 million to help good causes across England, Scotland and Wales. Recent grants awarded have included Friends of East Preston School who received a grant of £...

Funding to Make Community Spaces More Sustainable (UK) 17th April 2019

The Co-op Foundation is offering interest free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces. Community organisations that manage community buildings and outdoor spaces such as parks and community centres; etc which are for the use of the whole community can apply for loans of up to £50,000 to grow their trading activities to generate more sustainable income. Organisations based in a more deprived area, or whose work mainly benefi...

Funding of up to £500 Available to Young People to Make a Difference (Scotland) 17th April 2019

Young people in Scotland aged 16 – 26 who want to make a difference to their community and environment can apply for grants of up to £500 to help them get their project off the ground. This could include tackling inequality; bringing people together; promoting positive mental health; environmental improvements; and caring for others. Projects can last up to 6 months. To apply young people need to submit an application form and a 2 minute vi...

Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK) 16th April 2019

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives. In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisation...

Funding for Charities to Develop an Effective Web Presence (UK) 16th April 2019

Registered Charities and not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £18,000 to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams. The funding is being made available through the Transform Foundation which offers two types of grants. A grant of £5,000 to be spent on Facebook advertising and a website grant of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific...

Grants for International Youth Activities (UK) 12th April 2019

International non-governmental youth organisations (NGOs) based in the 50 signatory countries to the European Cultural Convention can apply for grants of up to €50,000 to support their work. Grants can cover an international one-off activity, structural activities or an annual work plan. Eligible organisations can apply for a grant of €25,000 per year for up to two years work. Where a grant is awarded for 2018, the same amount will be awar...

Religious Education Grants for Schools Scheme (England and Wales) 12th April 2019

Grants of up to £600 are available to schools to support the purchase of resources for teaching Christianity in Religious Education. Although priority will be given to non-church state secondary schools, occasionally grants will be awarded to primary schools who have experienced the loss of resources through critical incidents such as fire or flood. Grants can cover, for example, teaching resources including textbooks, teacher resources, arte...

Research Small Grants Programme for Hospices (UK) 11th April 2019

Grants of up to £500 are available to full members of Hospice UK (Adult or Children’s hospices) to undertake a small research project. Research projects supported will offer practical research that includes patient and public involvement and offers results that may be shared through open access publications. The research may take place over up to two years, however no more than £500 will be granted in total. This is an open call with limit...

New £60 Million Fund to Support Young Peoples TV Programming (UK) 11th April 2019

The hunt for the next big thing in radio and young peoples television has begun, applications are now open for a share of a £60 million fund which has been set up to provide a boost to the UKs Radio and Television sector. The fund aims to reverse the trend that now see’s a significant amount of programming on children’s channels consisting of repeats. This is the first fund to specifically focus on television for young people under the ag...

Funding to Support Members of the Armed Forces and their Families (UK) 9th April 2019

Armed Forces charities and other organisations can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £30,000 for projects and activities supporting serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families. The funding can last for up to three years. In the last year the Foundation awarded almost £500,000 by way of grants and donations to over 50 small charities. Many of the charities supported are smaller bodies that cannot afford marketing te...

WHSmith Community Grant (UK) 4th April 2019

Voluntary organisations, charities, schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates and also to promote literacy and a love of reading. There are two application rounds each year. The deadline f...

Co-operative Bank Donation Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 3rd April 2019

Organisations such as Registered Charities, Co-operatives and Credit Unions; etc. that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank can apply for grants of up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund. Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £750,000 to 866 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are el...

Funding for Links with Japan (UK) 2nd April 2019

Grants of £2,000 - £7,000 are available to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and other projects and events. New initiatives are especially encouraged. Projects that have received funding in the past include Beckfoot School (Bingley) which received a grant of £3,000 to support a two-week curriculum-based school exchange visit by ten...

Funding for Projects that Work with Disabled Children and their Families (UK) 1st April 2019

Hallmoor Parents Teachers Friends Association and Mayfield School were amongst some of the Parent Teacher Associations and schools that have recently received funding through the True Colours Trust UK Small Grants Programme. Through the programme, charities and projects with a charitable purpose can apply for funding that supports disabled children and their families. Grants of up to £10,000 are usually available for hydrotherapy pools; multi...

Capital Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Arts and Heritage Organisations (UK) 1st April 2019

Small charities and not for profit organisations working in the areas of local heritage and the performing and visual arts can currently apply for funding through the Lady Neville Charity grants programme. Eligible organisations can apply for capital grants of up to £1,000 (e.g. equipment, capital building works, etc). Trustees may also consider funding towards one-off anniversary events that are not part of core activities. In addition, the...

Funding to Develop the Sustainability of Organisations Supporting the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Ex-offenders (UK) 26th March 2019

Not for profit organisations working to support the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders have the opportunity to apply for grants from £10,000 up to £80,000 over three years to help them to implement a step change in their development. The aim is to provide core funding to support organisations to build increased sustainability for the future. Applicants must be a registered charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community inter...

Funding to Prepare for Brexit (Scotland) 26th March 2019

Small and medium sized businesses in Scotland can apply for a share of £2 million to help them to prepare for Brexit. Grants of up to £4,000 are available to businesses employing up to 250 staff and can be used for activities including consultancy support, professional fees, external training, and international market research. The funding is being made available through Scottish Enterprise and applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding for Hospital Parent and Carer Rooms (UK) 21st March 2019

All UK hospitals with a PICU (a ward specialising in the assessment and comprehensive treatment of children with a broad spectrum of acute and enduring mental health needs) are invited to apply via their hospital charity for grants of up to £20,000 to renovate or create parent and carer rooms. Up to £1,500 (which will be deducted from the total grant amount) may be available in advance towards the costs of designing a room. Offered by the Tr...

Grants Available to Small Charities and Community Groups for Projects that Increase Physical Activities (UK) 20th March 2019

Small charities and community groups are being offered the chance to apply for grants of £500 to help them to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation. The cash can be used to help support the general costs involved in running new or existing activities and could cover, for example, facilities hire or kit and equipment. To be eligible, organisations must either be in their first year of operation...

Funding for School Science Projects (UK) 13th March 2019

Primary and secondary schools in the UK can apply for funding to purchase equipment so that students can enjoy practical science, to run science enrichment projects in schools, or to enable students to participate in science events and competitions. Primary schools can apply for grants of up to £600 and secondary schools up to £1,000. The funding is being made available through the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, which is on...

The Japan Society Small Grants Programme (UK) 8th March 2019

Educational establishments such as schools and colleges as well as community based organisations that wish to develop projects and events that promote an understanding of Japan and Japanese culture are able to apply for funding through the Japan Society's Small Grants programme. The awards support projects with an education or youth focus. Most awards are of £1,000 or less and should not, in principle, cover more than 50% of the total budget....

Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs (UK) 7th March 2019

Variety, the Childrens Charity, has grants of £250 to £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition, UK Youth or the or National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure. On oc...

B&Q Waste Donation Scheme (UK) 4th March 2019

DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. Eligible groups include: Schools and colleges...

Science Grants for Schools (England, Scotland & Wales) 1st March 2019

State-funded primary schools, nurseries and special schools in Belfast, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Clackmannanshire, Derry/Londonderry & Strabane, Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire, West Dunbartonshire, Wakefield and Wolverhampton can apply for grant from the Edina Trust to run science projects. The level of funding available is dependent upon the type of school applying: Full primary and ASN schools can apply f...

Asda Foundation Grants for Local Community Projects (UK) 1st March 2019

Any charity or good cause operating around an Asda store with a significant project that needs funding can approach their local store or home office Community Champion to find out if they would be eligible for a grant. Projects invited to apply could benefit from grants that have previously ranged from £2,600 - £32,000. Projects supported will tackle the underlying problems in the local area and make a real long-term difference by transformi...

Funding of up to £25,000 Available for Community Projects (England, Scotland & Wales) 28th February 2019

Not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies can apply for funding for projects that are of benefit to the community. This could include improvements to community spaces and building; delivering charitable services such as foodbanks; sporting activities; festivals or events; etc, as well as equipment that can be used by the community. The funding is being made available through the...

New Funding for Urban Parks and Green Spaces (UK) 27th February 2019

A new £10 million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ initiative is a new national initiative to enable places across the UK to develop ambitious solutions to secure and enhance the future of public parks and greenspaces for long term public benefit. Up to eight local authorities and communities will receive support to develop and implement bold and innovative funding and management solutions for their green spaces. Running over two years, the fun...

Lord's Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme (UK) 26th February 2019

The Lord's Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has re-opened its Accessible Minibuses grants programme. Schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability can apply to the Lord's Taverners for specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses. Last year the Lord's Taverners delivered 40 specially-adapted, wh...

Funding to Help Commercial Deployment of Tidal Projects (Scotland) 26th February 2019

A £10 million fund aiming to support tidal energy generation development in Scottish waters is now open for applications. Aiming to drive innovation and achieve a reduction in the cost of electricity generated, funding is available in the form of a grant, loan or other form of repayable assistance of up to £5 million per award. Individual organisations or consortia of organisations and groups are eligible to apply. Projects must be able to d...

New Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning Programme Launched (UK) 21st February 2019

The British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development is inviting schools to apply for a new funding programme to enable UK schools to work with partner schools overseas. The Connecting Classrooms through Global learning programme provides grants of up to £35,000 to clusters of schools or grants of up to £3,000 for a one-to-one school partnership to support a wide range of global learning activities, including...

New £7 million Heritage Impact Fund Launched (UK) 18th February 2019

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced the launch of its new £ 7 million Heritage Impact Fund. The Heritage Impact Fund is a partnership between the Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and Rathbone Greenbank Investments. The fund offers tailored loan finance of up to £500,000 for charities, social enterprises and community businesses across the UK seeking to acquire, reuse or redevelop buil...

Funding to Support Community Integration or Local Delivery of Services to the Armed Forces (UK) 11th February 2019

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to projects that help to integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK and/or deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces Community. Supported projects will be grass roots initiatives that have grown out of a specific local need and that demonstrate strong links between armed forces and civilian communities. Registered charities, local authorities, schools or other statutory organi...

Funding for Community Cohesion Projects (UK) 8th February 2019

A new funding programme has been launched to provide support to local communities in breaking down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and helping to build a more cohesive and inclusive community for all. Applications are invited from community-led grassroots groups and organisations working at a very local/community level. This could be a housing estate or distinct community. Applications will be particularly encouraged...

Grants for Projects Focusing on Endangered Species (UK) 8th February 2019

Scientific researchers and those working in the field of practical conservation working within an NGO or a university research department can apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £10,000 per annum for up to two years conservation and/or research work. High priority will be given to gathering evidence needed to undertake necessary mitigation work; using scientific evidence to get changes made to local, national or international policy or d...

New Fund Launched to Improve Business Digital Capabilities (Scotland) 1st February 2019

A £2 million Digital Development Loan has been launched to provide companies who wish to improve their digital capabilities and processes in areas such as cyber security, data analytics and software engineering as well as to develop the digital skills of their staff. Interest free loans of £5,000 to £50,000 over 3 months to five years are available. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Lanarkshire Enterpris...

New Grant Scheme to Give Disadvantaged Children a "Fair Start" (Scotland) 1st February 2019

A new grant scheme which will help families with the costs associated with the transition to school will open for applications on 3rd June 2019. Delivered by Social Security Scotland, the Best Start Grant School Age payment will offer £250 to help with things such as educational toys and after school activities. The aim is to bring equality to children across Scotland by giving them a help towards a fairer start. Parents or carers will be eli...

Grants to Support a More Sustainable, Equal and Low-Carbon Society (Highlands and Islands of Scotland) 31st January 2019

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support projects that can help communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland build a more sustainable and equal society. Applications are welcomed from charities, community groups, businesses or individuals for projects that advance environmental protection or improvement, support organisations and individuals developing sustainable lifestyles and take into account future resource availability, f...

Government Announces £60m Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (UK) 18th January 2019

Up to £60 million of public funding is to be offered to business innovators in the UK for research and development projects aimed at developing waste-based plastics. The funding will also be used to support concepts which would enable manufacturers to use a higher proportion of recycled content in their plastic packaging. Offered through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and delivered by UK Research and Innovation, the first round of the...

Government Re-Launches and Extends Better Broadband Scheme (UK) 14th January 2019

The Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year until 31st December 2019. The scheme offers a subsidised basic broadband connection to businesses and private dwellings where occupiers are unable to access download speeds of at least 2 mbps, and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband rollout within the next 12 months. The subsidy can be used to fund a variety of technology solutions, including satellite, 4G and fixed...

Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools (UK) 8th January 2019

Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides are amongst the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees. The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be deli...

Battlefield School Visits Grant (Scotland) 3rd January 2019

As part of the WWI Commemorative Programme, secondary schools can get help with the cost of making a visit to any First World War Western Front battlefield site. Grants of up to £2,000 per visit are available up to and including the 2018–19 school year. The aim is to help pupils develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and its impact on people’s lives. Any Scottish secondary school can apply for a subsidy. Funding...

Grants Available for SMEs Looking to Export (UK) 2nd January 2019

Applications are now open for UK businesses to apply for grants of up to £2,500 to attend international trade shows. The financial support is for UK SMEs to participate in overseas exhibitions and conferences that cover a range of sectors, from education to aerospace and creative to maritime. Successful businesses can use the grants to fund direct exhibiting costs, including stand costs and conference fees. The funding is being made available...

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