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Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity awards Marvellous Family Grants of up to £500 to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness.

Aiming to provide support to help families cope, grants can cover a wide range of costs from respite breaks and counselling to hospital travel expenses. Applications must be made on behalf of the family by a healthcare professional, social services, health visitors, or grant co-ordinators within an organisation.

All grant requests are assessed monthly on the third Friday of the month and applications need to be submitted by 5 pm on the third Thursday of the month.

Successful applicants are usually notified within two weeks of the assessment.

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Co-operative Pitches Competion

The Co-op invites existing co-operatives, or individuals/groups looking to set up a new co-operative initiative to put forward their ideas or innovative solutions in a bid to win a cash prize of up to £2,000. Alongside the cash prize, up to 4 days of business support is on offer.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel at Congress on Saturday 1 July in front of an audience from across the co-operative sector. The runner-up will also win the business support package.
Previous entrants have included:

• A programme for co-operative freelancers.
• A new co-operative workspace in Luton.
• A saver scheme for schoolchildren.
• A capital investment-focused national student housing co-op body.

The competition is open to UK residents only and all entries must be submitted via the online application form with only one entry permitted per group, organisation or association.

The deadline for this year’s Co-op Pitches Competition is 16th June 2017.

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Skipton Building Society

Community groups in the UK have until 31 July 2017 to apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme. There are 164 pots of £500 to be given away in 2017.

To be in with a chance of receiving an award, groups must show a real commitment to their local community and demonstrate how they will make a difference and enhance lives in the neighbourhood. Preference will be given to volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members. The judges are looking for projects with ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact’. The application process includes a public vote.

Please note that this scheme is not open to registered charities.

Please see here for further information and a list of last year’s award winners.

 


Wesleyan Foundation

The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017 to continue to support various good causes throughout the UK. The Wesleyan Foundation aims to support registered charities and constituted voluntary and community groups based within the region covered by the Wesleyan network.

Applications will be considered from charities and community groups that will promote or improve health, education, innovation or social development in the UK.  There are two levels of grants available:

• Small Grants: max. grant available is £2,000 and the project should be completed within one year.

• Large grants: between £2,000 – £10,000. This fund will only support groups with an income less than £500,000. Grants should be no more than 20% of the organisation’s annual income (in the last financial year).

See here for more information


William Wates Memorial Trust

Not for profit organisations based in London and the South East working with disadvantaged young people may be eligible to apply for funding through the William Wates Memorial Trust. However, the Trust will also consider nationwide projects.  

The Trust provides grants for projects that help disadvantaged 5-19 year olds move away from anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.  To be eligible, applicants need to be registered charities or not for profit organisations.

The deadline for applications is the 28 June 2017.

Visit the website.

 


Youth Social Action Fund

Worcestershire Community Foundation Youth Social Action Fund is open for applications from 15 May, 2017. An independent charity, the Community Foundation works to link donor funds from individuals, families, companies and government, to a diverse network of local groups. This enables the organisation to target the money where it will make the most impact and to meet local needs.

Community groups, charities and community interest companies (CIC) can apply for up to £5,000 for projects that engage young people in ongoing regular volunteering or demonstrate how another youth-led method will be as effective at engaging young people in social action.

Applications are invited from 15 May until 5pm on Monday 31 July.

The application form and supporting documents can be viewed and download from the Worcestershire Community Foundation website.  Queries should be directed to grants@comfirst.org.uk


Carnegie UK Trust – Engaging Libraries Fund

Engaging Libraries is looking for public libraries across the UK and Ireland that want to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Public libraries have a key role in delivering on health and wellbeing as outlined in national library strategies across the UK and Ireland and the Society of Chief Librarians’ Universal Health Offer. The programme is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust and Carnegie UK Trust and is the outcome of joint work between the Wellcome Trust and the Society of Chief Librarians.

The programme – Engaging Libraries offers:

  • £5,000 – £15,000 to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme. While most applications are expected to fall within this bracket, there is an opportunity to request up to £25,000 for more ambitious projects.
  • A package of support from library and public engagement experts.
  • Kick-starter day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and support to think about your evaluation. There will also be the chance to meet other projects.
  • An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience can be shared more widely.

We are aiming to support between 8 – 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018.

How to apply

Potential applicants are invited to attend one of the applicant workshops running during May 2017. Workshops will be experiential and aimed at building understanding of the Engaging Libraries programme. They will also support ideas generation and development through group and one-to-one sessions with experts and representatives from the two Trusts. Workshops will be led by public engagement expert Ellen Dowell. The workshops are now full. Those who cannot attend a workshop are still very welcome to apply to the programme. Please refer to the resources below and feel free to contact us should you have any queries.

Applications are now open!

Please use the resources below to apply to the programme. Applications can be submitted up until 5pm on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

For more information or the application pack click here.


Rosa – Voices from the Frontline Programme

Women’s sector voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for grants of between £500 and £2,000 to support projects that will increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

The type of activities supported include coaching for a service user to speak at an event, presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies, and the creation of campaign materials, such as posters and videos etc.

The funding is being made available through the Voices from the Frontline Programme which is run by Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK.

The fund will close to applications at 5 pm on 15 June 2017.

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Greggs Foundation

Organisations outside the North East of England may be eligible to apply for the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund and Environmental Grants programmes. Grants of up to £2,000 are available to help organisations based in local communities to deliver activities that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Local Community Projects  support a community of interest and offer grants towards projects, trips, activities and equipment. Environmental grants aim to improve people’s lives by improving their environments.

Organisations can apply once per calendar year.  The closing date for applications is 24 June 2017.

Visit the grants section of the website for more information


Wooden Spoon Society

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity that supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children.

Through the programme funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment and activity aids; sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and sports areas; transport and soft playrooms. Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon has made grants of over £20 million to more than 500 projects in the British Isles.

Applicants should contact their regional volunteer group. Subject to an application being approved by Wooden Spoon Trustees, the Society require a minimum of one Wooden Spoon membership to be taken out by a representative of the applicant organisation.

There is a rolling deadline.  Applications can be made at any time.

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