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Funding Opportunity for Youth Organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality youth provision

The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) supports voluntary, community and social enterprise youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants are funded up until 2020, which allows them to invest and plan for the future.

The YIF was launched in September 2016, and following the initial round of applications, eighty-six funding awards were made in March 2017. The disadvantaged areas targeted through the YIF include: Bristol and Somerset, East London, Eastern regions, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley and Sunderland, and West Midlands.

Due to not being able to fund as many applications as we anticipated in the initial round, we are inviting an additional round of applications in the specified areas below. Applications for this round are only available by contacting the YIF team. Further information is available in the guidance.

Eligibility criteria

We will only fund applications from VCSE youth organisations and VCSE led partnerships that provide frontline, open access youth services that can demonstrate:

• You/your partners have the commitment, capacity and resources to manage an investment of this scale, (Total grant £150,000 – £750,000).
• That a significant proportion of you/your partner’s beneficiaries are young people. We consider young people to be those who are 10 – 18 years old (10 – 25 years with a disability or special educational needs). All of your youth beneficiaries should be located in the targeted areas.
• You/your partners have an evidenced track record in delivering frontline services with and for young people.
• You/your partners are based in or be able to demonstrate strong links to the community you intend to support.
• You have at least three unrelated people on the organisation’s governing body.

Pre-application stage

• To manage demand and expectations, the application form is not available on our website.
• To access an application form you will need to speak with a member of our local or central team by attending one of the local Youth Investment Fund drop in sessions – there is a session in West Bromwich as follows:

Date: Friday, 15th September 2017
Time: 10.30 am – 1.00pm
Location: SCVO, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER (please note…there is no on-site parking available, but the location is well-served by public transport and pay-and-display car parking).

To ensure that you are fully briefed to gain maximum benefit from your attendance at the drop in session, please read the Programme Guidance Document.

Ernest Cook Trust

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) and a large grants programme (grants in excess of £4,000). There is a rolling programme for small grants. Applications can be made at any time.

Previous projects supported include Fleet Infant School in Hampshire which received a grant of £1,495 to buy Numicon teaching resources to raise numeracy levels for the school’s 300 pupils; Rook Lane Arts Trust in Frome, Somerset which received a grant of £8, 500 to develop a project with 17 local schools and family centres to inspire literacy skills in children aged 8 to 11 – particularly boys; and Swiss Cottage School which received a grant of £7,272 towards an art tutor and resources for an out-of-hours learning project, ensuring learning throughout the year for its 237 special needs pupils.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2018.

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Friends Provident Foundation

The next deadline for applications to the Friends Provident Foundation – Building Resilient Economies programme is the 6th November 2017.

The programme aims to build a more resilient, fairer and sustainable economic system. Organisations working within the UK who want to help transform financial systems into ‘engines for social benefit’ can apply for up to £200,000 for work lasting up to five years. These can be in the form of grants, loans, part loans or underwriting to cover capital or revenue funding, core costs or project costs.

Activities funded will fit closely with the aims of the Foundation and deliver one of two key outcomes: “System Change” and “Local Economic Resilience”.

Under ‘Systems change’ the Foundation will be looking for strong analysis of the issues and problems to be addressed together with effective methods of delivering policy and corporate behavioural change.

Activities supported under ‘Local economic resilience’ will build on current technologies and approaches with funded projects focussing on building local partnerships, sharing knowledge and complimenting other local initiatives.

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Tesco ‘Bags of Help’

Following a 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, Tesco stopped selling single use carrier bags from 28 August 2017.   The carrier bags are to be replaced with a new 10p ‘Bag for Life’.

Community groups will still benefit from the funding generated by sales of the new bag through the Bags of Help grant funding stream, managed by Groundwork UK and Greenspace Scotland.

Grants of up to £4,000 are available to Charities and community groups applying for support for local projects that improve the environment. Voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

There is a rolling deadline, providers can apply at any time.

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Big Lottery Fund renews support for School for Social Entrepreneurs

A further 1,300 social entrepreneurs can look forward to receiving funding after the Big Lottery Fund committed £2.55m to renew its support for the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).

The renewal extends Big Lottery Fund’s commitment to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and SSE, which launched in 2012. The award-winning programme, jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, will support 2,600 social entrepreneurs in total by 2022.

The first five years of the programme has supported 1,300 social entrepreneurs, who are forecasted to reach as many as 1.1 million beneficiaries over five years, according to a social impact review of the programme conducted by CAN Invest and Investing for Good.

Big Lottery Fund’s £2.55m grant to School for Social Entrepreneurs will support a further 1,300 social entrepreneurs over the next five years with grants of up to £10,000. Students also attend a year-long SSE learning programme to help them start up, grow or scale their organisation, and receive mentoring from a Lloyds Banking Group employee.

This funding announcement follows SSE’s 20th anniversary in July, when it celebrated supporting more than 1,000 leaders of social change each year through its learning programmes and courses across its global network of 11 schools.

Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “The renewal of our partnership with Big Lottery Fund means School for Social Entrepreneurs can deliver on our mission to support the learning and growth of social entrepreneurs – people who solve problems first-hand within their communities. This grant-funding will directly benefit 1,300 people who are creating tangible social and environmental impact across the UK. We are thrilled to announce this news as we celebrate 20 years of supporting the leaders of social change with learning and connections.”

James Harcourt, Grant Making Director for England, Big Lottery Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to continue our support for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund. Collaborations like this allow us to maximise the impact of our funding, and the entrepreneurial aspect of the programme aligns with our commitment to putting people in the lead and having a positive impact in communities across England.”

The sixth cohort of the programme will begin in October 2017. People interested in applying for the 2018 cohort can register their interest at

Source: Charity Digital News

Lawn Tennis Association

Clubs, local authorities and educational institutions (schools, colleges and universities, etc) have the opportunity to come together with other local partner organisations to apply for capital funding to create a community tennis network in their area.

The funding is being provided through the Lawn Tennis Associations £125 million Transforming British Tennis Together Programme. The overall aim of the programme is to get more people playing tennis at a grassroots level by providing accessible facilities where people can play come rain or shine, people to operate these facilities and an easy way for players to find and book courts.

There is no upper limit to the amount that can be bid for and for each successful bid, the programme will provide up to 50% of the necessary funding, around half of which will come in the form of a grant and the remaining half as an interest free loan.

There will be two application rounds each year for the next ten years and the closing date for this funding round is the 31st October 2017.

Organisations struggling to find local partners can apply for funding through the Growing the Game fund. The Growing the Game fund is for single venues who want to help more people from their local community to play tennis and will fund up to 50% of each project (just like the Transforming British Tennis Together fund), however this will be primarily issued in the form of an interest free loan.

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Children’s Health Fund

For some children during the school holidays there is a vital food provision gap that needs filling.

Not-for-profit organisations such as registered charities, schools and community groups that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes can now apply for funding of between £1,000 and £5,000 from the Children’s Health Fund. Applications at the higher end of the scale will be for projects looking to expand their work.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on the 6th October 2017.

The Board will meet in November to decide which applications will receive funding. Awards will be announced in December.

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AXA RoadSafe

Insurance company AXA has joined the crowdfunding website ‘Crowdfunder’ to launch a new road safety campaign to enable local communities to source funds for safety initiatives.

Crowdfunding is an online fundraising platform that allows individuals and organisations to post projects for funding. The aim is to set a fundraising target and then to raise the necessary funding through individual donations via the Crowdfunder website.

A total of £15,000 worth of match-funding is available for road safety projects across the UK that post their project on Crowdfunder. This is the next phase of the AXA RoadSafe Schools campaign to drum up support for safety initiatives and enable local projects to find the funding necessary to make roads safer.

Anyone is eligible to submit a Crowdfunder project, whether they are an individual, a business, a local road safety officer, a school or local authority representative. AXA Roadsafe will then matchfund their fundraising target, when they reach it. Ideas could be anything from raising funds for a lollipop person to organising road safety road shows for school children.

For a brief guide on Crowdfunding please click here.

Applications for safety initiatives to be submitted as soon as possible.

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Ashden Trust

The LESS CO2 sustainable schools programme is a free energy efficiency programme available to any UK school including council run, academy or independent schools.

Funded via the Ashden Trust, the programme consists of a series of half day workshops spread through the year, peer mentoring, expert advice and resources. Through participation in the programme, staff are empowered and equipped to make changes and improvements to their school to reduce their energy usage, save money on bills and lower their CO2 emissions. Schools work together, learning from each other in clusters of 15 schools in a suitable geographical area, attending four local workshops throughout a year.

The workshops teach the school’s representatives about energy saving in their buildings, how to engage with their fellow staff and students about energy, and educate them about the link between sustainability, energy use and efficiency. So far, 269 schools have benefitted from the scheme with those taking part saving on average £2,600 (and 10 tonnes of carbon) in their first year.

Every school in the UK is eligible to apply by registering an interest on the LESS CO2 website at any time. There is a rolling deadline.

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Concertina Charitable Trust

The registered charity, Concertina, which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly, has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 31st October 2017.

The charity is particularly keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.

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