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New £3 Million Fund to Boost Health in Disadvantaged Areas

The King’s Fund in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £3 million Healthy Communities Together programme to empower voluntary and community sector organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.

The fund will operate across six different locations in England. The programme consists of two phases. In phase 1, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding and a package of learning and development support for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans.

The closing date for application for phase 1 is the 27th March 2020 with projects for phase 1 projected to start in July 2020.  At the end of this phase, each location will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support.

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Rotary Midlands Community Draw

Are you a small group or organisation struggling to raise vitally needed funds to pay for essential activities or additional projects?

Several Rotary Clubs have joined together to run this draw which is specially designed to help groups, clubs and organisations in their own communities finding it difficult to support and sustain fund raising activities, or simply looking for a new way to raise funds.

In 2019 an identical draw helped 60 diverse good causes raise £16,000.

The Rotary Clubs cover all the costs of printing the tickets carrying the organisations name, obtaining the licence and a substantial cash price of £1,000.  The ticket can be identified with a specific organisation’s project.

The organisation will retain 80p from every £1 ticket sold.  This money is immediately available to utilise as required.  The balance of 20p per ticket will be returned to the Rotary Club that supplied the tickets together with the stub for the Draw.  The combined 20p’s are used to cover the cost of the draw; any surplus will be added to the prize fund. In 2019 this resulted in an additional £950.

Tickets will be available for sale form 21 March 2030, until the end of October.   The draw will be held on 25 November.

For further information visit  Email Rotary Club Oldbury for an application form at

Small Theatres Improvement Grants Available

The Theatres Trust has announced that theatres across the UK can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility.

To be eligible for funding, the theatre must be run by a charity or not-for-profit group that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

To be eligible the applicant:
• must own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings;
• demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year;
• and have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

The closing date for applications is noon on the 5th October 2020

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Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant-making programme is the 10th September 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 that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.

The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.

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Funding to Improve Health Care Within Communities

Funding of between £300,000 and £500,000 is available to support up to five teams across the UK for two to three years to improve health care through collaboration between those who use health services and those who deliver them.

The funding is available to support collaborations between providers of NHS services and voluntary or community sector organisations, such as charities or social enterprises. The funding is being made available through the Health Foundation’s Common Ambition programme.

The closing date for applications is the 20th March 2020. For further information please view – 

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 support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

Of particular interests are 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 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

The funding provided by the BlueSpark Foundation and 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 Form.

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Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme

State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have, or want to improve their libraries, can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme.

Priority will be given to primary schools and to funding library books. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks.

Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Grants available for Young People to celebrate UK’s Native Plants

Young people aged 14 – 25 can apply for grants of up to £500 to come up with a creative idea to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.

The funding is available for young people to undertake a wide range of activities including transforming a space in their local community; photography; music; drama; dance; film: visual arts; planting; experimenting; science and other interests. The funding is being provided by Grow Wild an organisation that brings people together to value and enjoy UK native wildflowers and fungi.

Young people will need a supporting organisation to apply on their behalf. This can be a youth, community or education-focused organisation.

The closing date for applications is 1 pm on the 30th March 2020.

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Lord’s Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme

The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has re-opened its Accessible Minibuses grants programme. SEN Schools in the UK can apply to the Lord’s Taverners for specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses.

Last year the Lord’s Taverners delivered 40 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord’s Taverners minibuses are based on the current Ford Transit model.

Please note that the Lord’s Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.

Applications to the programme can be submitted at any time and are reviewed at the end of each quarter.

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Grants of up to £5,000 available to help repair damage to Sports Pitches and Facilities

Sport England has announced that it has launched a new fund to help repair damaged sports pitches and facilities damaged by storms Ciara and Dennis.

Local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs. The grants, which will come from Sport England’s Community Asset Fund, can be provided in as little as three weeks.

The grants could typically be used to restore grass pitches, to repair and decontaminate flood or wind-damaged clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or dredge blocked drains.

For organisations where football is the main activity, applications for funding can be made through the Football Foundation. Any football clubs affected should first contact their local county Football Association to find out how to access this funding.

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