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D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Trust gives grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom in support of causes connected with the arts, medical welfare and the environment.

Grants generally range from £500 to £5,000 for one-year periods, however longer-term grants are sometimes awarded.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding. Projects falling into the following themes will be considered:
• Bursaries for arts education establishments
• Promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts
• Hospice care
• Autism, the deafblind, respite care and care for carers
• Preservation of the countryside and heritage conservation.

The Trustees usually consider applications three times a year in March, July and November.
The next deadline to apply is the 18th June 2019.

More information at: http://www.doylycartecharitabletrust.org/

Future Parks Accelerator

A new £10million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ initiative is a new national initiative to enable places across the UK to develop ambitious solutions to secure and enhance the future of public parks and greenspaces for long term public benefit.

Heritage Fund have joined forces with the National Trust to find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance public parks and green spaces. The Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a UK-wide £10m strategic initiative that will enable up to eight local authorities and communities to develop and implement bold and innovative funding and management solutions for all their green spaces across, against a challenging backdrop of financial uncertainty.

The FPA will support places to grow the contribution parks make to civic life while becoming financially sustainable. It will involve discovering how parks and green spaces could be better used, managed and funded to serve community needs and aspirations now and over the next generation.

Grants of up to £5million will support projects to regenerate public parks, urban green spaces and cemeteries through HLFs open programmes.

More information at: http://www.futureparks.org/toolkit/future-parks-accelerator

Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants of an average of £5,000 to causes working at community level in the UK and developing countries which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions.

Current UK funding priorities are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25 (to fund programmes that are helping these young people in the job market, with advice, training, volunteering and work placement schemes).

Overseas, Hilden concentrates on projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health and particularly welcomes those that address the needs and potential of girls and women.

Only applications submitted on the form supplied on the website will be considered.

Hilden accepts applications at any time but the closing date for the Summer meeting is Wednesday May 15th 2019.

More information at: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/

PRS Foundation’s Open Fund

PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations supports high quality new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups (for example orchestras, choirs, jazz bands or folk groups with 12 or more performers).

Supported projects will involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable Music Creators i.e. songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds, to develop creatively and professionally.

Grants of up to £10,000 are awarded to composers cover activities such as:
• Touring
• Recording
• Promotion and marketing
• Commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• Exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• Music creator residencies
• Live programmes featuring new UK music

Successful proposals will fit all three of the following funding priorities:
• To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
• To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
• To inspire audiences
Priority is given to not for profit groups.

The next closing date for applications is 6pm on the 10th June 2019.

More information at: http://prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-for-organisations/the-open-fund-for-organisations/%C2%A0

Swimathon Foundation

The Swimathon Foundation has announced that its Community Grants Scheme has opened for applications. The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding of between £500 and £2,500 to groups who provide and promote swimming in their local community; in particular to groups that would otherwise not take part.

Grants are available towards:
• Providing swimming lessons targeted at a specific group or section of society that would not be able to take part, or would have extreme difficulty in participating in mainstream swimming lessons
• The costs of staging an activity at a pool which aims to introduce non-swimmers or lapsed swimmers or very occasional swimmers to an enjoyable pool experience that is designed to stimulate and support their continued participation
• A grant towards equipment or improvements at a pool which will encourage either increased participation, for example through improving access above and beyond that required in the Equality Act 2010, or that will help swimming development in novice or non-swimmers. For example:
• Encouraging swimming participation from groups that may have a health need and can gain particular benefit.
• Encouraging under 5’s, children and young people, adults and older people to understand the benefits of taking part in healthy physical aquatic activity as part of the Start Active – Stay Active guidelines from the Chief Medical Officers in the UK
• Raising awareness, particularly in children, of water safety good practice and survival skills and techniques
• A grant to aid swimming clubs to develop programmes that are outside the normal delivery, providing a unique opportunity in swimming development

To be eligible for a Swimathon grant organisations need to be supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. Some of examples of groups that Swimathon Foundation Community grants will support, but are not limited to:
• Community groups
• Swimming clubs
• Senior groups
• Youth groups
• Sports clubs
• Disability charities
• Scout groups
• Healthy living groups; etc.

Applicants must be a representative of, or have the support of, a pool participating in Swimathon.
The closing date for applications is the 3rd April 2019.

More information at: https://swimathonfoundation.org/grants

Leeds Building Society Foundation

Leeds Building Society Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

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 Monday 13th May 2019.
More information at: http://www.leedsbuildingsociety.co.uk/your-society/about-us/foundation/

Lloyds Banking Group – Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Lloyds Banking Group is inviting applications to its Social Entrepreneurs Programme – a package of support to social enterprises that includes a learning programme, business mentoring and a grant. The programme is aimed at both start up social enterprises and existing social enterprises that want to trade up or scale up.

The programme has three levels of support:
Start Up is aimed at people in need or improving the environment who are in the early stages of setting up a social enterprise, charity or impact project and need some support to get things up-and-running. The programme could provide:
• A free learning programme (14 learning days, spread over a year)
• A grant of £1,000 (money you don’t pay back)
• A support network
• Mentoring

Trade Up is aimed at social enterprises that have been running for at least a year and making at least £15,000 a year (total income, including trading, grant and donations). The programme could provide:
• Free learning programme (14 learning days spread over a year)
• Match Trading grant of up to £4,000
• Support network
• Mentoring
Scale Up is aimed at social enterprises ready to significantly scale up e.g. through social franchising, increasing geographical reach, or making a step change in impact by developing new markets or partnerships. The social enterprise, charity or impact project will have been running for at least two years and will be making at least £75,000 a year (total income, including trading, grant and donations). The programme could provide:
• Free learning programme (14 days spread over a year)
• Match Trading grant of up to £7,000
• Support network
• Mentoring
Applications are welcome from people from all backgrounds, including long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, and people with disabilities.

The deadline for applications to the programme is Wednesday 27th March 2019, at 12pm.
More information at: https://www.the-sse.org/lbsep/

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Stephen Lawrence was not able to fulfil all of his dreams and ambitions. His premature death prevented him from ‘living his best life’. The aim of Stephen Lawrence Day, a national day that has been endorsed by major political parties, is to provide children and young people with the opportunity to hear about and learn from Stephen’s story. This is a national programme supported by the Department for Education and Home Office.

The Stephen Lawrence Day will provide an opportunity for schools, youth and community groups, charities and others to come together to deliver a range of positive activities including; school-based activities, programmes to encourage young people to turn their back on the recent increases in serious violence, and activities ‘beyond the school gate’ to promote community integration for young people who are at risk of offending.

The day will focus on the theme of ‘Live Our Best Life’. Please refer to Guiding Principles Communities Day (appendix 1).

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is welcoming a limited number of applications from individual community organisations to deliver social action activities focusing on identified risk factors for serious crime and violence in line with the Stephen Lawrence Day communities guiding principles. Please refer to Identified Risk Factors Document (appendix 2).

Amount of funding available: Up to £400 for a day of activities.

The activities must focus on:
• Young people from the most disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds
• Urban/inner city or coastal areas where there is clear evidence of deprivation which impacts on young people and local communities
• We will consider funding activities which work in any one or more of the following areas:
• Young people from BAME communities
• Young people affected by and seeking to turn away from serious crime and violence
• Young people with disabilities
• Girls affiliated with or affected by gangs
• Education, training and employability
• Community integration and social mixing

Funded activities will need to demonstrate one of the following:
• A strong understanding of your target beneficiaries and the challenges facing young people in your local community.
• A unique and fresh approach to engaging the target beneficiaries and to addressing the issue of youth crime and serious violence.
More information (and an application form) at: http://stephenlawrenceday.org/

National Express Foundation

Young people across the West Midlands and Kent could benefit from a share of £500,000 funding from the National Express Foundation.

Since its launch eight years ago, the National Express Foundation has committed a total of £1.5 million to help young people. To date, our support for community groups, colleges and universities has impacted the lives of more than 17,600. This year, the Foundation will distribute £500,000 to ensure young people have access to positive activities within their local communities and have the means to continue with their education.

Applications are now open for local educational institutions and community groups to bid for grants.

The Foundation previously invited local community groups to bid for grants of £2,500 or £5,000. This year groups are once again encouraged to bid for larger amounts of £10,000 or £20,000 to support sustainable projects that provide beneficial and developmental activities for young people in deprived areas.

Educational establishments are also eligible to make a bid for funding. Local colleges and universities can also apply for grants of £10,000 per year towards innovative bursary schemes that help students from disadvantaged backgrounds continue in further or higher education.

To be eligible, groups or educational institutions must be based within the West Midlands, or within Kent’s ME1-ME12, ME14, DA3, DA11, DA12 or DA13 postal codes. Full guidelines on how to apply and application forms can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.

Applications for funding must be received by Thursday 18 April 2019. However the Foundation will also be running another funding programme later this year.

More information at: https://www.nationalexpressgroup.com/newsmedia/corporate-news/2019/500-000-funding-opportunity-for-local-young-people/

Could You Be a Volunteer on 6Towns Credit Union Board of Directors?

6Towns Credit Union is currently seeking community minded volunteers who have an interest in the financial wellbeing of people and society at large.

6Towns Credit Union provides financial services to not only the most vulnerable in society but encourages everyone to save something no matter how small. That could be through saving directly from benefits, salary or through payroll deduction.


The role:
To provide guidance and support within the board
To make strategic decisions on the direction of 6Towns Credit
Meet once a month for the Board meeting
Receive weekly updates
The role does not require day to day hands on input to the running of 6Towns

In the first instance please email arun.budon@sixtowns.co.uk for an application form.
Please be aware that all applicants must have an unimpaired Credit history.

The deadline for submitting an application is 1st April 2019.

6Towns Credit Union is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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