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Comic Relief Iwill Youth Social Action Fund

Comic Relief has announced that £2.4 million of funding has been made available through the #iwill Youth Social Action Fund.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, in communities across the UK by 2020. The programme will fund projects to seek out young people and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.

Projects will need to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community and demonstrate how they will engage those people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action. The fund will offer grants of up to £150,000 over up to three years (with a maximum of £50,000 per year).

The closing date for applications is midday on the 12 May 2017.

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Life Changes Trust

Young people aged 21-26 who have at least three months of care experience have until the 12 May 2017 to apply for funds from the Aspirational Awards from the Life Changes Trust.

The fund aims to empower care experienced young people to think big about their future and transform their lives with a significant grant to help them reach their best potential. The funding is flexible and designed to meet the specific needs of individuals but priority will be given to applications that show how the funding will:

• Have a long-term, positive impact
• Achieve aspirations in life
• Be used to support something which the individual has already made steps towards achieving.

There is no specific grant amount and applications will be assessed based on what each individual is applying for.

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Music for Alice Fund

Music for Alice, which was established in memory of Alice Macgill, a talented young musician who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 10 May 2017.

Through the new programme, grants of up to £1,000 are available to help groups and organisations purchase musical instruments or equipment. Awards can be made to any group, organisation or charity based in the United Kingdom that has a formerly constituted character and can demonstrate that securing funding will enable them to improve lives through music.

Music for Alice is targeting two distinct groups. These are the “Music for Youth” award which is aimed at applicants focussed on using music to improve lives for 0-19 year olds; and the “Music for Health” award which is aimed at applicants focussed on using music for health or rehabilitation benefits.

Previous projects supported include Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, who give music therapy sessions to children in hospitals, and Beat it Percussion, who deliver drumming workshops at retirement homes and nursing homes, adult day care services and Special and mainstream Schools.

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Changes to Heritage Lottery Fund Grants for Churches

From September 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship programme will close to new applications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In its place, funding for repairs to places of worship will be available through HLF’s existing Our Heritage (up to £100,000) and Heritage Grants (up to £5million) programmes.  These grants will be available to both listed and unlisted places of worship.

Under the new arrangements, 100% of works and activities could be funded with no requirement for partnership funding, through the Our Heritage Programme. For larger schemes, more money will be available for individual places of worship. The Grants for Places of Worship awards were limited to £250,000 per application. Under Heritage Grants, applicants can apply for up to £5m per application.

Full details of the changes, together with details of HLF grants available for churches, can be found on the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance website. Alternatively, go directly to the Heritage Lottery Funds Website by clicking here to find out more.

Source: National Churches Trust


National Churches Trust Project Development Grants

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support churches of any Christian denomination to become more sustainable.

Priority in this round will be given to applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Buildings must have been built as churches originally and 50% of the funds needed must be in place.

The funding can be used to:
• Diagnose issues affecting the church
• Test the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability
• Develop guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders.

The grants are likely to assist with the cost of staff time, such as a project manager or a professional adviser, and/or to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1 requirement.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to 10 May 2017.

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Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Round Two

People on a low income or no income at all, are less likely to take part in sport and physical activity than those earning more. Sport England Active Lives figures show 32% of people in semi-routine and routine occupations, such as shop assistants and waitresses, are inactive. That compares to 17% of people in managerial and professional occupations.

Sport England is launching Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage, the second round of its Inactivity Fund. It will support inactive people who have little income and are therefore economically disadvantaged. This group make up a third of the population in England aged 16 to 74 – 14.6 million people.

Sport England knows sport and physical activity can be extremely powerful in supporting positive social change for communities and individuals – and they want potential partners to tell them how they will do this.

That could mean using sport to improve someone’s mental wellbeing, help drive down crime rates in an area, or reduce social isolation in rural communities.

They want to work with community organisations who have a proven reach into the communities and with the individuals they are targeting. This means Sport England is expecting applications from a wide range of organisations, including non-sports organisations that they have worked with before.

Launching in mid-April, Round Two of their Inactivity Fund is split into two.
A £2 million pot of funding will support larger projects – up to a maximum of £500,000.

This will be for people who have little disposable income. They live very ordered lives but find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or they feel being active is just not for them.

A second £1m pot is for projects between £10,000 and £100,000. This fund will focus on people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, living more chaotic lives with additional challenges. For example, they may have an offending background, be dealing with alcohol or drug misuse, or facing mental health issues.

• Full details and prospectus: mid-April 2017
• Invitation for applications: mid-April 2017

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Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Special schools as well as coaches, clubs, disability groups, associations and individuals can apply for grants from the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.

Funding of up to £1,500 is available for groups and clubs and up to £500 for individuals. Individuals can receive support for a sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/Coaching courses. Groups can apply for wheelchairs, court hire, coaching fees and equipment packages which will include, rackets, balls, mini net, and coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines.

In the case of wheelchairs a deposit will be required; for individuals the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to provide a deposit of £250 per chair.

The closing date for applications in this round is the 30th June 2017.

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New Reporting Obligation to HMRC Affects Charities Making Grants

Those charities which receive more than half of their income from financial investments in any year need to check whether they have an obligation to report details of their grant recipients to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If more than half of your charity’s income is from financial investments and those investments are managed for you in whole or in part by a broker, fund manager, independent financial adviser, or wealth manager then you may need to carry out checks on your grant recipients and make a report to HMRC to meet your obligations under the ‘Common Reporting Standard’.

The Common Reporting Standard is a global agreement to combat offshore tax evasion through the sharing of financial information between tax administrations. For more information on the Common Reporting Standard and the reporting requirements please refer to guidance issued by HMRC.

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Source: Charity Commission News Issue 56 – February 2017


Regulatory Alerts Issued For Fundraising Charities

The Charity Commission recently issued an alert to promote the new Charities Act fundraising rules, which came in to force on 1 November 2016. The new rules affect:

 the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that fundraise from the public
 the agreements that must be in place when third party fundraisers raise money for charities

The changes will help charities demonstrate their commitment to protecting donors and the public from poor fundraising practices. The new law will also help to ensure that fundraising standards form part of the agreements between charities and any commercial participators or professional fundraisers with whom they work. Find out how your charity is affected by the new provisions, and when compliance with them is required. You can also look at Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials (CC15d) which have been updated to reflect the new requirements.

The Charity Commission also issued joint alerts with the Fundraising Regulator about the importance of following data protection law when handling donors’ personal information, and about complying with their legal trustee duties when working with third party fundraisers as set out in the Commission’s guidance Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20).

To read other Charity Commission news click here.

Want to keep up to date with all the Charity Commissions news, guidance and events? Make sure you’re following them on Twitter @ChtyCommission, LinkedIn, and sign up to their blog from their website.

Source: Charity Commission News Issue 56 – February 2017


UFI Charitable Trust

The UFI Charitable Trust (UFI), aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce. Its stage 1 application from will be live from 24 April to 25 May (17:00)

The Voctech Impact call will be aimed at raising UK workforce skills levels through digital solutions for vocational learning. The fund will offer grants of £150,000 plus, for projects up to 18 months long, that deliver significant amounts of learning during the project period.

The emphasis of the project must be on new learning tools which use genuinely innovative methods to raise the skills levels for a significant number of learners. It will be an open call, although there are areas where UFI are particularly keen to see projects, including automated and machine learning, analytic tools and hyper-local projects linking employers and learners.

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