May 2019

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Leche Trust

The Leche Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 16th August 2019. The Leche Trust is a grant making charity that provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation.

Through the Performing Arts funding strand, the Trust supports projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on new work and on the development of young professionals aged 18 or over. Trustees are sympathetic to projects that widen geographical access to the performing arts, for example through festivals and touring.

Through the Conservation funding stream, the Trust will support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s. Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work.

Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact. In the case of churches, Trustees will consider supporting the conservation of such features as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings.

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Community Inspiration Award 2019

Nominations for the 9th Community Inspiration Awards 2019 are now open. The annual Community Inspiration Awards is organised by the Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations, charities, businesses and members of the community, whose efforts have made a positive difference in the community.

Awards will be presented by various dignitaries, including leading businessman and women, chief officers from public sector organisations and Members of Parliament and European Parliament. With 16 award categories to choose from, you can nominate somebody who you think deserves an award. Individuals can also submit a self-nomination, with the support of an independent verifier (basically, someone who can vouch for your good work!)

Nomination is open to all and there is no minimum or maximum age limit. Individuals can be nominated for more than one award category where applicable.

Completed nominations should be sent before 26 July 2019. Application forms can be downloaded for the website.


Sport England

Formally constituted not for profit organisations and statutory bodies including sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport are eligible to apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000. This should cover capital and revenue costs for projects that help more people regardless of age, background or ability, to play more sport or to be more active more often. Projects can be up to three years in duration.

The focus of the Grants Programme is on adults and young people predominantly aged 14 or over. Projects working with mixed age groups may be considered if there is a particular focus on people aged 14 plus which meet one or more of the aims of Sport England’s ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy:

Get inactive people to become more active
Develop lasting sporting habits
Engender more positive attitudes among young people
Develop more diverse volunteers
Improve progression and inclusion among the most talented
Projects working with mixed age groups may still be considered if there is a focus on people aged 14 and over.

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

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Youth Music

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations, can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances, as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector.

The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects. Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of three separate funds.

These are:
• Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects;
• Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 – £150,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work.

In applying for funding schools will have to justify how the activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding.

The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5 pm on the 2nd August 2019; and Fund B 5 pm on the 8th November 2019.

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Leeds Building Society

UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity working to help those at disadvantage in society, can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support.

Grants from £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved in directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Previous grants have gone to organisations supporting young people in applying for jobs and towards the purchase of a portable multi-sensory environment that will turn any room into a sensory room.

Donations usually fund items of “capital expenditure” i.e. items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity’s running costs.
The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity.

Applications are reviewed every quarter. The deadline for the next (June) meeting is the 5th August 2019.

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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas, the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £7,500 and £60,000.

Grants can be used to fund new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.

Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional Village Halls are also supported.

Applications can be submitted at any time and should show that, in urban areas, the venue is in the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation or, in rural areas, in the most deprived 50% of the Indices.

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Black Country and West Birmingham Perinatal Mental Health Event

This is an opportunity to hear about the newly launched ‘Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service’ and to celebrate the difference it is making to local people.  The event is on Tuesday 11 June 2019, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at The Stadium Suite, Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA

Attendees will get an overview of the service model that is supporting new and expectant mothers in the Black Country and West Birmingham, along with updates from the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and the national perinatal programme.

Networking sessions throughout the event will enable attendees to listen to people with lived experience of perinatal mental health problems and talk to staff working within the new service.

Who should attend?
The event is aimed at the workforce supporting perinatal mental health patients, as well as local women and their families. This includes General Practitioners, Midwives, General Nurses, Practice Nurses, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals, Social Workers, Adult Mental Health Nurses, Emergency Services staff, Children’s Centre staff, Obstetricians, Psychiatrists and third sector organisations who support women and families.

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Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust has announced that Grant Round 2 for 2019 will open on 1 July. To apply for this grant round, applicants must be seeking funding for projects relating to young people aged between 11 and 25 years that meet the following criteria:

Child exploitation
Mentoring and support
Clubs and activities

Priority will be given to projects that address mental health. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for revenue projects only.
Only Registered or exempt Charities may apply.

For this Round, eligible charities will have an operating income of a minimum of £100,000 and maximum of £1,000,000.  The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

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Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust will consider grant applications relating to the provision of leisure activities for people with physical disabilities. The Trust was established to encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.

The Trustees particularly favour applications where the potential beneficiaries meet one or all of the following criteria:

• The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users
• Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed
• A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed
• One donation in any 12-month period may be made to charitable organisations.

All applications should be submitted together with appropriate financial information. Charitable organisations should include a copy of their latest financial statements.

Applications meeting the above criteria will be considered from charitable organisations. Applications on behalf of individuals will only be accepted through a charitable organisation or equivalent recognised body.

Trustees meet quarterly to consider grant applications.

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BBC Children in Need (Main Grants)

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available, through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme, to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage. This may be through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.

Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however, BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.

Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit i.e. schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc. In the case of schools, this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.

The Fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. The next deadline is 11:59 pm on the 13th September 2019.

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