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Launching soon – the new Severn Trent Community Fund

Severn Trent Community Fund is a programme that aims to support community wellbeing as well as protect and sustain water and natural resources, within the Severn Trent area.

The programme will distribute grants of £2,000 – £250,000 for local initiatives that meet the following aims:

• People – Projects that facilitate healthier lifestyles and skills development
• Place – Projects that help create better places to live in and use
• Environment – Projects that facilitate a healthier natural environment, greater access to that environment or support the preservation of water

Since we are a water company, we also encourage projects to have a connection to the water cycle in some way. This might mean creating sustainable drainage, installing grey water recycling, creating more water efficient green places (parks, allotments, etc.) or encouraging hydration for health.

Applications will be open from early January 2020 via our website and full criteria and guidance will be available soon.

You can apply for a grant if your organisation is not ‘for profit’ and you have a governing document etc. – the full criteria will be available soon but the basics are:

• Funding for new projects and their associated costs that meet the aims of the fund * unfortunately retrospective funding or general running costs are not eligible.
• Projects need to be sustainable with a long term impact.

There are 3 sizes of grant that can be applied for:
• £2,000- £10,000
**Organisations applying for more than £10,000 must be registered and supply us with a charity/company number
• £10,001 – £75,000
• £75,001 – £250,000

You can currently register your interest at

CareerTech Challenge Fund

Grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 are available to UK registered companies and charities for innovative tech solutions that can help adults vulnerable to workforce changes to learn new skills and retrain.

The innovative tech solutions funded will need to be delivered within the context of an existing (or adapted) online course of 15-50 hours that builds core skills such as communication, numeracy or digital skills.

To be eligible for funding, projects must be targeted to people who are most vulnerable to workforce changes. Target beneficiaries must be:

• Located in England;
• Working in roles most susceptible to change due to automation;
• Employed, self-employed or working part time in England;
• Aged 24-65 years old;
• Without a qualification at degree level;
• Earning below £35,000 per annum

In addition to the £250,000 grant funding made available through the CareerTech Challenge Fund, successful applicants will receive support to test their approach, design with target audiences in mind, refine their business model and connect with investors and potential buyers.

The closing date for applications is 2pm on the 9th December 2019.

For further information please view –

£10 Million Fund to Help Vulnerable People Claim Universal Credit (UK)

The Secretary of State has announced a new £10 million Universal Credit Transition Fund.

The fund will be available to organisations across the UK who are working to help vulnerable people, including the disabled, care leavers and those with mental health issues to claim Universal Credit as a route into work.

Current figures show that a fifth of claimant’s delay making a Universal Credit claim because they don’t know how to make a claim or think that they will find a job quickly. The fund aims to support innovative ideas that engage with vulnerable people early, helping them to make timely claims for the new benefit.

Applications will open in April 2020.

For further information please view –

Warburton’s – Community Grants Scheme

Charities and organisations with charitable aims can now apply for up to £250 worth of funding for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues.

Funding is available for projects that meet the following themes:
• Health, Health Education
• Financial Stability
• Worklessness
• Aspiration
• Employability and Skills.

The Community Grant scheme is being made available by Warburton’s and is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. Community investment funds are allocated to the local Warburton bakeries and depots. This helps to make the best decisions for the local community, the applicant’s postcode will be used to find the relevant bakery or depot. Application will then be sent to that site to make a decision.

The closing date for applications in this round is the 10th February 2020.

For further information please view –

The 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.

In 2018, 209 grants were made totalling £608,054. Of these 42 were for over £5,000, these included:
• Charity Link Leicester – £34,000
• Revitalise Respite Holidays – £6,000
• The Wheelyboat Trust – £5,000
• WhizzKids – £5,000

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.

For further information please view

Tipton Education Fund

The Tipton Education Fund was established to raise the educational attainment of Tipton. The purpose of the Fund is to support schools and community projects in Tipton.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support projects which meet one of the following themes:

  • Overcome barriers to learning e.g. using art, drama, sport or music as an engagement tool,
  • Raising aspirations of children and young people,
  • Supporting family learning and encouraging healthy living,
  • Encouraging and supporting children to read outside of the school day.

For more information of the fund click here.

To apply for this fund click here.

Funding Available to Encourage Collaboration Between Community Organisations

Not for profit organisations such as community organisations, charities, schools and social enterprises in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships.

The funding can support many different types of partnership, including cross-sector partnerships; local place-based collaboration; and local and national organisations working together around a particular theme. The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.

The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Partnership Fund and applications can be submitted at any time.

Further information can be available here

Funding for Projects that Support the Education and Development of Children and Young People

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to BlueSpark Foundation to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

BlueSpark is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000.

Funding provided by BlueSpark for a project must be crucial to the project rather than marginally incremental to its funding. The funding available can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects.

Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s standard Application Forum.

Further information can be found at –

Funding for Football Equipment and Facilities

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to schools, grass roots football clubs, local authorities and professional and semi-professional football clubs and their associated community organisations that are looking to refurbish their existing or develop new football facilities.

The funding is available through the Football Foundation’s Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme and can be used to buy capital items such as portable floodlights, storage containers and other equipment; or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to:
• Support the growth of football clubs and activity
• Prevent a decline in football participation
• Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.

The grants awarded cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. The Football Foundation strongly recommend that applicants use the pre-application advice offered on our behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England. This will normally involve completing the FA’s Football Facilities Enquiry Form (FEF) first, which will help The FA to learn more about a project and determine the best way to support the applicant organisation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For further information please view –

A B Charitable Trust

UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of usually between £10,000 and £20,000 through the A B Charitable Trust.

The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) was set up in 1990 and supports unpopular causes that champion human dignity and to focus on small and medium-sized charities working close to the ground.

Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support:
• migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
• criminal justice and penal reform
• human rights, particularly access to justice

The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.

The next closing date for applications is the 26th January 2020.

Please view for further information –

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