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EMI Music Sound Foundation

Schools in the UK, that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation’s Instrument and/or Equipment Awards.

To date, the Foundations has made awards to over two thousand schools, individual students and teachers to improve their access to music through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment. The funding has to be made for music education that is beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching.

The Foundation cannot fund retrospectively and schools are not eligible for financial assistance under this scheme if they have already purchased their instruments or if they do so before their application has been approved.

The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2018.

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Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations, etc for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500 and can receive support for sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/coaching courses.

Groups can apply for Wheelchairs; Court hire; Coaching fees and equipment packages which will include Rackets / Balls / Mini net / Coaching aids such as: cones and throw down marker lines.

In the case of wheelchairs, a deposit will be required; for individuals, the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to raise a deposit of £250.

The next closing date for applications is the 13th December 2017

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DM Thomas Foundation

The next application deadline to the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is the 6th February 2018.

The Foundation supports registered charities that work to improve the lives of disabled and sick children and young people by awarding grants for equipment, training, and support. Through the Foundation’s Central Grants scheme, awards of a few hundred pounds and up to £30,000 can be made, although most grants will be under £10,000.

Examples of grants awarded in 2016 include:
• £30,000 to Disability Challengers for a sensory room.
• £21,033 to Drove Road Residential Centre for a new playground.
• £2,932 to Ichthyosis Support Group ISG for residential activity camps for children affected by the condition.

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Black Country ESF Community Grants Funding Event

Looking for Funding? Walsall Council is holding a Funding Event in Dudley later this month to promote the Community Grants programme.

The Funding Event will from 9.15 am to 12.30 pm at the Village Hotel, Dudley, on Wednesday 29 November 2017.

Up to 15,00 is available for not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects that prepare people for work in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.   Go along and learn more!

To book your place please email or call 01922 652 544.

This project is financed by the European Social Fund and Education & Skills Funding Agency.

B&Q Community Re-Use Scheme for Schools and Community Groups

DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment.  

All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they aren’t used. Eligible groups include: Schools and colleges; Child minders, playgroups and nurseries; Allotment associations, community gardening projects; Youth groups including scouts, guides and cadets; Registered charities; Hospices; Conservation groups including The Conservation Volunteers and Forest Schools; Community projects organised by local churches and other religious groups; Women’s Institute, Lions Clubs, Rotary, Townswomen Guilds; Royal British Legion; Adult education projects, University of the Third Age and other local community groups. 

For more information, please contact your local store directly and speak to a duty manager.

B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, re-usable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups.  



Condition Improvement Fund and Healthy Pupils Capital Fund opens for application

The Department for Education has launched the 2018-19 bidding round for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). The fund is available to some academies and sixth-form colleges for capital funding. The main priority for CIF is to keep academy and sixth-form college buildings safe and in good working order. This includes funding projects to address health and safety issues, building compliance and poor building condition.

CIF also supports a small proportion of expansion projects. These are for Ofsted-rated good or outstanding academies and sixth-form colleges that need to expand their existing facilities and/or floor space. As part of the CIF bidding process £100million of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF).

This fund is intended to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions, such as kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities.

The same criteria apply to bids for HPCF as to all other CIF bids. Responsible bodies that receive School Condition Allocations (and are therefore not eligible for CIF) will receive a direct allocation from the HPCF. This direct allocation is in addition to their normal SCA and will be announced and paid alongside it. New applicants have until 5pm on the 30 November 2017 to register.

The deadline for submitting applications is 12 noon on the 14th December 2017 for all applicants.

The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust awards funding across academic disciplines supporting talented individuals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences to realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

As well as substantial grants for research, they offer fellowships for researchers at every stage of their career, grants for international collaboration and travel and support for the fine and performing arts.

Offering up to £500,000 over five years for research on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Grants cover salary and research costs directly associated with the project.

A first stage application can be submitted at any time.

More details about the scheme can be found on the Research Project homepage.

Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights

UK-registered charities that seek to combat abuse and violations of human rights can apply for funding through the A B Charitable Trust (ABCT).

The Trust is particularly focussed on charities supporting unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society, for example, prisoners and penal reform; migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; 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.

Apply online following the guidelines supplied on the website.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st December 2017.


Community Partnership Grant Programme

Do you have an idea that will change your locality for the better?

Are you able to create opportunities that enhance quality of life and have a lasting impact? for example, making localities friendlier, safer, healthier etc. places to live.

Would some funding help those aims?

If you can answer ‘YES’ to the above, then the Community Partnerships Grant Programme could be the place for you!

The purpose of the programme is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access grants through a co-design approach, supporting Sandwell Council’s ‘Community Partnership’ principles.

The programme aims to encourage the development of new/different ways of working or engaging with people, with a focus on increasing self-help within communities over the long-term.

To be eligible to apply, organisations need to be able to confirm that they fit within Sandwell Council’s definition of the Third Sector, and that they are currently actively delivering services to residents in Sandwell.

The programme OPENS on 13th November 2017 and CLOSES at 9am on Monday, 11th December 2017.

Applications will follow a 2-stage process: an initial ‘Expressions of Interest’ form will be assessed to go forward to a second stage – a 20-minute presentation to a Grant Panel incl. Q&A regarding the presentation/application.

Full details of the criteria, timeline and conditions can be found in the Guidance Notes (below).

CLICK HERE for the Programme Guidance Notes (pdf document)

CLICK HERE for the Application / ‘Expression of Interest’ Form (Word document)

For further enquiries, please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127 or


Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

The funding is available to cover running costs, salaries and projects of charitable organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. The funding is available to charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises in the UK with a turnover of £50,00 – £2mllion (in exceptional circumstances up to £5million).

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.

The Henry Smith Charities runs a number of other grant schemes including:
• Grants for small community based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK
• Small grants for small organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in eight English counties
• Grants towards recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under who are disabled or disadvantaged
• Grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith, helping to grow faith communities and churches.

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