Funding

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Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Launches New Grants Programme (UK)

After having completed a strategic review of its funding, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced the launch of its new grants programme. Under its new programmes the Trust is inviting application under the following programmes:

• Peace and Security;
• Power and Accountability;
• Rights and Justice;
• Sustainable Future;
• and Northern Ireland.

The Trust anticipates that funding will be under one of these programmes but will also consider applications that cut across one or more of these.

Applications can be submitted by a range of different organisations and the Trust generally funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs.

It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply to the Trust. However, the Trust can only support work which is legally charitable as defined in UK law.

There are two closing dates for applications. These are 12 noon on the 18th August for the Right and Justice, Sustainable Future, and Northern Ireland Programmes; and the 12 noon on the 1st September for the Peace and Security, and Power and Accountability Programmes.
http://www.jrct.org.uk/about-us

Big Assist voucher awards increase to £15,000

Big-Assist-Logo1Big Assist is a programme designed to support infrastructure organisations, such as local community service organisations, volunteer centres and rural community councils, based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment.

The programme is delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

BIG Assist is pleased to announce some important changes to the programme, based on feedback from customers over the past 12 months:

• Increasing voucher awards for infrastructure organisations up to a maximum of £15,000

• Allowing customers who have successfully finished a programme of support to reapply for a further voucher

• Investing more in our sponsored visits which have proved popular among recipients

Feedback to Big Assist has indicated that for some, a larger amount would help create a greater lasting impact on the organisation. The Big Lottery Fund have agreed that for the next phase of the pilot the maximum voucher award will be increased from £7,000 to £15,000. Big Assist hope this will encourage more organisations to sign up for the programme and benefit from the wide range of support on offer.

Organisations who have successfully finished a programme of support can reapply for a further voucher, recognising that many infrastructure organisations could benefit from several different strands of support.

Telephone support and information is available Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm on 020 7520 2418 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all  the details of how to apply (or reapply): http://www.bigassist.org.uk/news/voucher-awards-increase-15000

Centre for Social Justice Awards 2014 (UK)

Charities, small voluntary groups, or other projects tackling poverty in at the local level are invited to apply for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards 2014.
The annual CSJ Awards programme recognises effective poverty fighting groups from across the UK. Cash prizes of £10,000 are awarded to charities, small voluntary groups and other local projects that display innovation and effectiveness in addressing the root causes of poverty, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown.
Previous winners have included:
A charity that is helping teenagers at risk of social exclusion gain mechanic skills and related employment.
A supplementary school that works in Tower Hamlets and Yorkshire which helps children overcome their disadvantaged background.
The closing date for entries is the 6th June 2014.
http://centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/awards

Lords Taverners Minibuses Grants Programme (UK)

The Lords Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has announced that its Minibuses grants programme will re-open for applications on the 2nd June 2014.
Last year the Lords Taverners, delivered 32 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK. These iconic green vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord's Taverners minibuses are based on the current Ford Transit model, with a diesel engine. The average cost to the charity of an accessible minibus is £52,500. Applications will be accepted from schools/ organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability. The Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.
http://www.lordstaverners.org/sensory-play-spaces

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation Launched (UK)

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has launched a new charity (TDS Charitable Foundation) for the private rented sector with a mission to improve private rented housing standards. Organisations in the UK are invited to apply for grants of up to £20,000 to advance education about housing rights and obligations.
Activities must meet one of the following themes for funding:
• Theme 1 - promoting knowledge of private landlord's obligations when renting homes. Under this theme, the Foundation invites proposals that will help to educate landlords who are inexperienced and do not fully understand the obligations that they have to meet as a landlord.
• Theme 2 - promoting knowledge of tenants' rights and responsibilities. Under this theme, the Foundation invites proposals which will help educate tenants about their rights and responsibilities. A particular focus of this will be the student market. A total of £105,000 will be allocated in three funding rounds.
This year's deadlines for applications are 30 June 2014, 31 October 2014 and 30 January 2015.
http://tdsfoundation.org.uk/

 

Northern Rock Foundation Fund Closure (North East & Cumbria)

It has now been confirmed that Virgin Money can no longer commit funds to the Northern Rock Foundation so, as it does not receives income from any other sources, plans are now being made for its wind down and closure.

The current grant programmes are due to close at the end of 2014, as previously announced, and the Trustees will be making further announcements later this year about the use of the Foundation's remaining funds.
http://www.nr-foundation.org.uk/2014/04/22/northern-rock-foundation-funding-announcement/

Big Lottery Fund Launches New Fund to Support Young People (England)

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £75 million fund to support young people in England. The Fulfilling Lives: Headstart fund will provide grants of £500,000 to £10 million to projects that equip young people to cope better with difficult circumstances in their lives, so prevent them from experiencing common mental health problems.
The focus is on helping adolescents and the funding will enable work in schools, youth clubs, and with families, community groups, and charities, to make sure that young people have a chance to benefit from all-round support.

The funding will be delivered in 12 areas to projects that establish cross sector partnerships aimed at helping young people, particularly those most at risk.
For more information on the areas selected and how to participate in the local partnerships, please click on the link below.
http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/fulfilling-lives-headstart

SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants (UK)

Heart Research UK (HRUK) is inviting applications from community groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities through their new SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants. Grants of up to £10,000 are available in different SUBWAY regions to support projects that strongly promote heart health, not just healthy lifestyles.


Previous projects supported include a grant of £8,900 to the Swindon Tamil Association to run activities, including 'Bharathanatyam', a popular South Asian dance, and healthy heart cooking workshops, to get the community exercising and eating more healthily. Each region within the UK has its own application deadlines.
For details of the application periods for each region click on the link below.
http://www.heartresearch.org.uk/grants/subwayhhg

New database supports demonstrating value to funders

The Cabinet Office has published a "unit cost database" which brings together over 600 cost estimates, covering crime, education and skills, employment and economy, fire, health, housing and social services. This can help you demonstrate the financial value of what you do to funders or public bodies, such as  the cost of things like someone attending A+E, going to court, or staying in residential care for a week.

This can be used as evidence of savings to public funds if you can demonstrate that your service can prevent these things happening.

Link to the new tool here.