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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.

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.

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.

Alcohol Education and Research Council – Small Grants Programme (UK)

Organisations such as community groups, universities and charities, etc  are able to apply to the Alcohol Education and Research Council under its Small Grants Programme. Funding of up to £5,000 is available for projects that increase the capacity of individuals and organisations to deal with alcohol issues. Funding is available both for research and pilot projects that address one or more of the Alcohol Education and Research Council’s  priority areas.  These are:

•    Identification, treatment and recovery.
•    Evaluating the impact of policy on cultural change.
•    The role of media communications in drinking culture
•    Education programmes
•    Broadening the understanding of research methods across the alcohol field.

The Alcohol Education and Research Council is very flexible in what is eligible for support and is looking for projects that are innovative and that make a difference.  Applications can be submitted at any time.   
In addition the Council also makes larger grants through its Flagship programme (Grants of up to £300,000; and its Research and Development programme (grants of up to £60,000). These are however currently closed to applications.  The Council also supports  promising new researchers in the alcohol field through an annual programme of studentships.

Community Investment Fund (England)

Charities and Social Enterprises can now apply for loan and equity finance of between £250,000 and £1 million through a new Community Investment Fund.

The Community Investment Fund is owned and managed by the Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC). It is part financed by the Social Investment Business Foundation and Big Society Capital. The Fund aims to invest in community based, locally led organisations which are providing essential support and services to improve the well-being of local residents, developing the local economy and creating positive social change for all individuals in the community. The Fund aims to improve the quality of life of local individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to enhance community engagement and cohesion by empowering people to develop locally-determined solutions to challenges and opportunities. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding for Youth Music Making Activities (England)

Youth Music, the UK's largest children's music charity, has announced that its grant making programme will re-open for applications in Autumn 2014.
Through its funding programme, Youth Music makes grants of up to £250,000 to support projects that provide music-making activities for children and young people, especially those young people in challenging circumstances. Youth Music will fund non profit-making organisations committed to music-making activities for children and young people up to 18 (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs, disabilities or are in detention). Youth Music aims to support music making activities principally in out of school hours such as during weekends, holidays as well as in breakfast and after schools clubs. Youth Music understands that programmes may need to begin in school hours especially if the proposal involves encouraging first time participation in music. To help with this, Youth Music will consider applications for programmes where up to 25% of the time is spent in school hours. The proposed programme should aim to encourage children and young people to eventually make music outside of school hours.


Funding Contest for Digital Innovation in Data (UK)

IC tomorrow which is a Technology Strategy Board programme that stimulates innovation and economic growth in the digital sector, has announced that it is running the £125,000 'Digital Innovation Contest - Data' to encourage digital innovation in data.
Winners will receive up to £25,000 each in funding and have the opportunity to trial their solution with the relevant contest challenge partner, including:
• Ingram Content Group
• EE Limited
• Ordnance Survey
• Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
• The British Library.
IC tomorrow are looking for great ideas that address one of the five contest challenges. These are:
• Processing data efficiently
• Commercialisation of mobile data
• Geospatial data mapping
• Data visualisation and analytic decision making
• Value of public-domain data.
The contest is open to EU-based start-ups and SMEs; it is not necessary to have an existing app or service to apply, or to be currently active in the challenge sectors.
Application deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 7th May 2014.


Holiday Grants for Children (UK)

The Henry Smith's Charity has announced that the next deadline for its Holiday Grant for Children Programme is the 31st May 2014. Schools, youth groups and not for profit organisations can apply for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from deprived areas or have a disability. Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The maximum grant is usually £2,500 for any one trip. Grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as the charity would expect some local partnership funding to be in place.


Funding to Alleviate Effects of Poverty on Women & Children (UK)

Registered charities whose purpose is to alleviate poverty and social deprivation with particular emphasis on children and women's issues have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Volant Charitable Trust. The Trust which was set
up by the author J K Rowling also supports research into the causes, treatment and possible cures of Multiple Sclerosis. However this funding stream is currently fully committed and is currently not considering further applications
for funding in this area. Applications for projects in Scotland are dealt with by the Scottish Community Foundation.

The next application deadline is the 27th June 2014.