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National Express Foundation unlocks £250,000 more funding to help young people

Applications are invited from community groups and educational institutions for a share of a new pot of funding which is being made available to help young people succeed in life.

Earlier this year, the Foundation committed over £250,000 to support 3,000 young people in the West Midlands and Kent. This second £250,000 round of funding aims to increase the number helped this year. The Foundation is also making the process simpler for community groups to apply.

The application process for community groups in this round will involve two stages. Initially, groups will simply be asked to provide a single paragraph setting out the proposed activity.   The application form can be found here.

The deadline for the first round is 6 October. Applications will be assessed, and those which are considered most likely to succeed will be invited to submit a more detailed application.

Educational institutions can find their application form here, with a deadline of 25 October.

James Donnan, Foundation General Manager, explained: “We recognised that for many small community groups, the process of completing detailed application forms is time-consuming and can be particularly frustrating if unsuccessful.

“By simplifying our application process we are encouraging any group that works with young people to apply and pitch us an idea of how their activity helps to support, develop and engage young people. We can then assist successful organisations to progress these ideas in to a full proposal”.

For full details of the respective projects and bursary programmes that can be supported by Foundation funding this year please visit

Travel Grants for International School Visits

Travel grants are now available to enable groups of secondary school pupils to visit a partner school in any country (Europe, or wider World) for a minimum of four nights.

Visits can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills. Priority is given to applications that feature young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as visitors or hosts. Offered through a new £2.5 million Department for Education programme in partnership with the British Council, it is anticipated that the visits will offer up to 20 students at a time per school a truly intercultural experience.

Visits must be started by 31st May 2020; the last date for applications is the 14th February 2020.

Further information

NHS Community Grant

NHS England is offering community grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that have developed good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. The purpose of the grant is to enable organisations to share their good practice so that others can learn from the involvement successes.

The community grants will be awarded to organisations that can tell the story of their patient and citizen involvement project. Using the funding they will share what worked, how they involved patients and citizens and what impact involvement had on services. Organisations should be able to tell their story in a creative, appealing and accessible way which can include producing films, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or comics.

Application: Online application form on the website, or by post to the address below. Guidelines are available on the website.

Contact: Community Grants Applications, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Zone C, 6th Floor Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH



Grants Available for Organisations working with Young People and the Elderly

Charitable organisations providing services for young people between the ages of 13 to 25 and the elderly can now to apply to the Field Family Trust.

The next meeting of Trustees is in April 2020 and applications will close on 6 weeks prior to the meeting or when sufficient applications for the meeting have been received. Organisations applying must have an annual income of under £1m and be working in the West Midlands and London (within the boundaries of the M25). The Trustees will consider applications for a wide variety of purposes, such as outreach, engagement, equipment, furnishings, running costs, helplines.

For further information please view –

Grants to Support Animal Welfare Charities (UK)

The next deadline for applications to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is the 15th January 2020.

Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply for a grant of up to £35,000. Organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding supports general running costs or capital purchases. The Trust encourages repeat applications from charities when further financial support might be given if funds allow.

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The Idlewild Trust

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grantmaking programme is the 13th February 2020.

The Idlewild Trust supports charities that improve opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works. The Trust awards around £140,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.

For further information please view –

London Mathematical Society – Small Grants for Education

Grants of up to £800 are available to stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to undergraduate level and beyond.

The funding is being made available through the London Mathematical Society’s Small Grants for Education scheme and aims to enhance and enrich mathematical study beyond the curriculum; engage the public with mathematics; and encourage unusual ways of communicating mathematics.

There are four application rounds each year and the next closing date for applications is the 30th November 2019.

Further information

Funding for projects that Support Disadvantaged and Disengaged Young People

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales.

Priority is given to projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year.

The next closing date for applications to the Peter Cruddas Foundation is the 1st March 2020.

Further information

EPIC Funding (Round Two) is Go! Grant application window now open…

SCVO is working in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help build long-term resilience within Sandwell Communities.

The purpose of the EPIC Grant Programme (Empowering People In Communities) is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes:

  • Increased resilience within communities
  • Increased self reliance
  • Improved and stronger relationships within the community
  • Residents are involved in the design and delivery of activities that make a positive change in their communities
  • Asset and strengths based – building on what exists in communities

Extensive community conversations have helped to shape the elements of this programme.  EPIC is a three year grant programme aimed at improving the wellbeing of communities, and tackling isolation and loneliness. It does this by developing stronger relationships and building on what exists within communities. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport and using people’s skills, talents and experience.

Grants up to £80,000 will be available for projects that are aimed at people (of all ages) who feel lonely or isolated, and projects that aim to improve the wellbeing of communities.

There are three tiers of funding available:

  • under £10,000
  • £10,001 to £40,000
  • £40,001 to £80,000 (working in collaboration)

Applications for Round 2 open on Monday 9th September 2019 and will close on Monday, 14th October 2019 at 12 noon.

Application paperwork (in Word format) and guidance notes (in pdf format) are available for download as follows:

For applications under £10,000:


For applications over £10,000 (incl. collaboration):


If you would like to discuss any proposals before submitting an application, or you have any general queries, please contact Stuart Ashmore, Operations Manager, T: 0121 525 1127 / E:


ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs

The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs, is the 27th January 2020.

ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building.

Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as roof repairs; masonry repairs; rainwater disposal and drainage.

More information


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