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Shackleton Foundation

 The next closing date for the Shackleton Foundation’s Leadership Award is 4 August 2017. The Foundation supports aspiring individuals (Leaders) and social entrepreneurs who exemplify the spirit of Shackleton by showing the characteristics of leadership, innovation, enterprise, inspiration, ambition, endurance and courage in their proposals to set up a social venture.

Awards consist of seed-funding of up to £10,000 and a year of support from a dedicated mentoring team. People of any age, background and nationality with the vision and leadership to make a difference to disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people in the UK can apply.

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Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next applications deadline for its grants making programme is the 31 August 2017.

Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools etc. that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools can apply for funding. The Foundation’s grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000-£6,000 for larger-scale projects. Grants are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges.

In the past the Foundation has made grants towards visits the between the UK and Japan between by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools.

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E-on Energising Communities Fund

Energy Supplier e.on has announced that it has launched a new fund to help communities better manage their energy consumption.

The Energising Communities Fund will provide grants of between £50 and £2,000 to support a range of energy related improvements and activities, from appliances and insulation to educational events. Priority will be given to projects focused on reducing energy use and renewable energy.

Applications can be submitted by charities, not for profit organisations and schools operating in the UK. Joint applications with Local Authorities will be considered, although the charity, school or community organisation must be leading the project.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 7 August 2017.

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Quaker Housing Trust

The Quaker Housing Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 1st September 2017.

Quaker housing trust is a channel through which social housing projects can get advice, support, loans or grants that would be difficult to find elsewhere. And the channel through which friends can express practical social witness through housing. But most of all we exist to support the creation of homes for people of any age, when they are vulnerable at points of transition in their lives.

The Quaker Housing Trust provides grants and interest free loans to housing projects that cater for people with a wide range of needs, including people with mental and physical health problems; learning difficulties; people who would otherwise be homeless; and women escaping domestic violence; etc.

To be eligible for funding, applicants need to have legal charitable status and be a small organisation (with an annual turnover of not more than £1 million and without access to sufficient income, reserves, nor other fundraising, to pay for the work).

For more information about projects that they have helped, please contact them on 020 7663 1036.

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Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund distributes money raised from own brand products and carrier bag sales to local good causes chosen by its members is open to applications until the 8 August 2017.

The Co-op will choose up to three Projects to support in each community. These will be displayed in store and online, so that Co-op members can choose which Project they want to support in the community.

Previous projects funded include Meanwood Valley Urban Farm to continue educational work with school children and disabled people in Leeds; Starter Packs Glasgow to provide everyday essentials for people starting to live independently and a contribution to the new station for Southport Lifeboats.

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Genetic Disorders UK

UK charity Genetic Disorders UK has announced that its 2018 Jeans for Genes grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1 August 2017.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be available to charities and support groups that care for children affected by a genetic disorder such as Cystic fibrosis, Haemophilia and Sickle cell. To be eligible, the application must be submitted by a UK-registered charity or UK based patient group working with and benefiting children (age 18 or under) and their families affected by genetic disorders.

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Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund

Small local community groups, charities and social enterprises in Birmingham and the Black Country can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help people facing disadvantage and social exclusion.

To be eligible for funding the applicant organisation needs to be constituted, have an income of less than £250,000 per year and meet one or more of the following criteria:

Promote health and wellbeing
Tackle disadvantage
Support local solutions to meet local needs
Promote community cohesion
Develop sustainable and supportive communities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Heritage Lottery Fund – Funding to Restore Neglected Historic Buildings

The next deadline for the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise programme is the 31st August 2017.

The Heritage Enterprise programme supports enterprising heritage organisations in rescuing neglected historic buildings and restoring them to viable productive use. The cost of repairing a neglected historic building is often so high that restoration simply isn’t commercially viable. Heritage Enterprise makes such schemes possible by funding some of the repair costs with grants.

Grants of between £100,000 and £5million will be awarded to meet conservation deficits i.e. where the existing value of the historic asset plus the cost of bringing it back into use is greater than the end value of the asset following development completion. Not for profit organisations, or partnerships led by such organisations can apply via a two stage process with Start-up grants also available for pre-application viability appraisals.

HLF says, “Historic buildings can attract thriving businesses and boost economic growth. And yet many lie vacant and derelict because of the high costs involved in rescuing them.

Heritage Enterprise can help communities repair derelict historic places, giving them productive new uses. By funding the repair costs and making these buildings commercially viable, we hope to breathe new life into vacant sites. Not-for-profit organisations work with private partners to generate economic growth, and create jobs and opportunities in those places that need it the most.”

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Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Grants

The Greggs Foundation currently supports 380 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Schools that are interested in opening a breakfast club at your school must be able to show that at least 40% of your pupils qualify for free school meals and that the school serves a disadvantaged community.

The School should be able to attract adult volunteers to help run the scheme and attendance at the club must be free for all pupils.

The Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start-up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. Greggs Foundation also makes a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

If you are from a primary school and are interested in applying for a breakfast club, please see the qualifying criteria below:
• The applicant organisation must be a primary school in England, Wales, Scotland or Belfast
• We will be opening new shops in Torquay, Plymouth Teignmouth and Paignton in 2017 and would welcome primary schools in this area to apply
• At least 40 per cent of the pupils at the school should be eligible to claim free school meals
• The school should demonstrate a commitment to engaging parents or other volunteers
• The breakfast club must be offered for free to ensure all pupils can attend

For more information please call a member of the Greggs Foundation team on 0191 2127626 or visit their website at

Groundwork – One Stop Carriers for Causes

Not for profit organisations, including schools that are located within two miles of a One Stop shop, can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects that benefit their local community.

The grants are available for a wide range of activities and the funding will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project. Projects funded in schools include:
• Outdoor classrooms
• Learning zones
• Library equipment
• A nurture room
• Playground improvements, etc.

Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months. Applicants will generally know the outcome of your application within 16 weeks of applying.  There is a rolling deadline for applications.

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