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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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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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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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Transform Foundation – Facebook and Website Grants

The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams.

The Foundation has two funding programmes: Facebook Grant programme (provides £5,000 of funding to spend on Facebook advertising, with potential scale-up funding of up to £10,000). Website Grant Programme: (provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training).

The grant programmes are aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations. There is a three stage application process. Stage One is a simple online form to check eligibility criteria and that the applicant has a clear, measurable plan for deploying the funding to generate income or impact.

Applications for Stage One applications can be made at any time and there is a rolling deadline.

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Reminder The Vegetarian Society – Grants

The Vegetarian Society is making small grants of £200 available to help support National Vegetarian Week community activities and events.

Activities need to take place during National Vegetarian Week (15 to 21 May 2017) and must promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively (so no non-vegetarian food or drink) as the primary purpose of the funded activity.

Fundable activities include cookery demonstrations, communal meals, recipe exchange or tasting. Why not check out what organisations did in 2016 as part of National Vegetarian Week here.

The grants are available to:

• Not for profit organisations in the UK (e.g. community groups, schools, and social housing schemes, etc)
• Vegetarian groups, local network groups and student vegetarian and vegan societies
• Informal groups of friends, parents or students.

The closing date for small grant applications is the 30th April 2017.

For more information about the grant click here or to order your free resources click here.


The Cash4Clubs fund has re-opened for applications and sports clubs can apply for grants of £250 to £1000 for a wide range of sports facilities, equipment and activities.

Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sport’s National Governing Body or local authority. Applicants should show how their club works with the community, how the funding will benefit them, and what their long-term goals and aspirations for the club are.

Sports clubs have until 26 May 2017 to apply.   Winners of the 2017 funding round will be announced in August.

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Online Survey: Heritage Lottery Fund Review – Your Chance to Contribute

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a review and call for evidence on the efficiency, effectiveness and governance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Every government-sponsored public body is reviewed at least once in each Parliament to ensure it is fit for purpose and provides good value for money.

The review will look how NHMF and HLF carries out its role in supporting the heritage sector, and how HLF operates in distributing National Lottery funding to heritage projects across the UK. It will also consider how the organisation engages with the public, and works with partners across the country. There is more information about the launch of the review on the HLF website.

Heritage, natural environment and other cultural organisations, as well as members of the public, are invited to submit their views by completing an online survey over the next six weeks. I would very much encourage you to take the opportunity to make your views known.

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