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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.


Wellcome Trust – Arts Awards (UK)

The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards.
The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts including:
• Dance
• Drama
• Performance arts
• Visual arts
• Music
• Film
• Craft
• Photography
• Creative writing
• Digital media.
Applications are invited for projects of up to £30,000 through their small grants programme, and for projects above £30,000 through their large grant programme. The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.
The next application deadline for small projects is the 27th June 2014, the deadline for large projects has now passed.

Funding to Enhance Community Facilities (England, Scotland and Wales)

Under the Sita Trust's Enhancing Communities Programme Core Fund, grants of up to £60,000 are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, schools, parish councils, local authorities and charities for projects that make physical improvements to community facilities and historic buildings / structures. SITA will accept applications from projects which are within 3 miles of qualifying SITA UK waste processing sites. Grants of up to £20,000 are also available through their Fast Track Fund for projects with an overall cost of no more than £40,000. Projects on school or pre-school sites where the facilities will primarily benefit the school are not eligible. However, an application may be considered from a school if it can be clearly demonstrated that the wider community has significant opportunities to use the facility and the facility is run by an organisation that is separate from the school (although the school may be represented); and access to the facility for community use must be via an entrance that is separate from the school.
The next closing date for applications is 10 am on the 14th April 2014 for the Fast Track Fund and 5 pm on the 21st July 2014 for the Core Fund.


Carnegie Challenge (UK)

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that it is offering up to ten not-for-profit organisations from the UK and Ireland the opportunity to win grants worth £3,000 to hold inspiring debates on how to improve people's wellbeing.
The Carnegie Challenge aims to support events around the UK and Ireland that will deepen understanding of what influences individual and societal wellbeing; explore how best to measure wellbeing and how this can be used to shape policy and practice; or examine what practical steps can be taken by third sector organisations and governments to improve wellbeing.
There will be three funding rounds in 2014 and the next closing date for applications is the 14th July 2014.