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Comic Relief Community Fund

Comic Relief, working with Groundwork, aims to deliver long lasting community driven change while building the capacity of grassroots organisations, through its Community Fund. Two types of grants are available:

Capacity Building Grant (up to £500). To help develop your organisation.
Project Delivery Grant (up to £4000). To help deliver a 12 month project.

Eligible organisations must have an income of less than £250,000 and be constituted not for profit voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies). All projects must focus on delivering one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

• Children Survive and Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
• Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and the LGBTQIA+ community and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
• A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
• Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Groundwork staff are available to support applications. For example, they can help local groups develop project ideas, understand local need, undertake stakeholder consultations and advise them on the grant application process. Support is also available to help successful applicants deliver their projects and connect groups into wider networks to support the sustainability of their activities.

For further information please Michelle Brodie on 0121 530 5515 or by email on

To apply click here.

Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities can apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disabled or disadvantaged children (aged 13 or under).

Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. In this round, trips must be taken before the end of August 2019.

For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place. Although the deadline is the 16th November 2019, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis until all the funds have been allocated.

Applications must be made at least six weeks before the trip or holiday is due to take place.

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Announcing a new Aviva Community Fund

As from 21 January, eligible causes will be able to submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder. Funding applications are open to projects looking to secure up to £50,000.

Aviva have streamlined the process so that, unlike earlier years, there are no activity categories or funding levels you need to select. If you need any help, they guide you through the process with free toolkits and resources.

Aviva are looking for charities to submit forward-thinking projects. Aviva always supported people through life’s challenges and opportunities, and now they want to give charities the wiggle room to embrace new ways of doing things. Because social progress happens when people are free to test new ideas.

All applications will need to be submitted by 23:59 on 11 February. The Crowdfunder page for each project goes live on 4 March so everyone gets an equal opportunity to attract donations.

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Funding Available to Tackle Problems within Families

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems, or problems facing one or more of its members, can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2020.

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Grants to Support Animal Welfare Charities

The objectives of the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes are to:
• Benefit or protect animals
• Relieve animals from suffering
• Conserve wildlife
• Encourage the understanding of animals

UK registered charities that have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care are eligible to apply.

Organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation, and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.

The maximum donation is £35,000. The Trust may award smaller donations between the meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and Administrator of the Trust.

Repeat applications from charities are encouraged when further financial support is given if funds allow.
The next deadline to apply is the 1st May 2020.

Applications must be made in writing only to:
Mrs. Madeleine Orchard, Administrator
Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
P.O.Box 469
W14 8PJ

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British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants

The British Ecological Society has announced that its Outreach Grants programme is now open for applications. Through the programme, individuals and organisations such as schools, museums, libraries and community groups will be able to apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience.

The funding is available for projects that increase public understanding of, and engagement with ecology by:
• Increasing public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology
• Stimulating discussion about ecology and its implications for society
• Inspiring and enthusing people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
• Developing skills in communicating the science of ecology

Applications from museums and schools are welcome but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools as those aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered. Grants are not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.
Projects supported will:
• Be aimed at a non-academic audience
• Provide a clear demonstration of direct interaction with the audience
• Show evidence of links to the research community at UK, regional and international levels, where appropriate

The maximum award is £2,000 which may form all or part of the total costs of the project. Larger projects involving other sponsors are also funded.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 20th March 2020

Funding to Support Vulnerable Young Migants

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

The maximum grant available is £30,000, however, limited funding is available and therefore lower applications are encouraged. The average grant size is around £12,000. Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects:
• Migrants or the children of migrants,
• Who are under 25,
• Who are living in poverty,
• Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents’) migration status.

The SLF only funds two kinds of strategic legal action- pre-litigation research and “third party intervention” in an existing case. The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for around six months. For information on previously funded projects please click here.

The next closing date for applications is the 6th March 2020.

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Funding for Projects that Help Young People Succeed in Adulthood

Comic Relief has announced the launch of its Future Lookin’ Good Youth (Safe Place To Be) programme. Working in partnership with The KFC Foundation the programme provides grants of £100,000 to £200,000 to proposals focused on young people aged 11 – 25 years old from groups under-served by current services.

Comic Relief will only consider funding proposals that clearly outline how they will support young people to succeed in adulthood. For example, by providing holistic support through mentoring or coaching, building life skills or improving young people’s ability to gain sustainable employment.

Proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will help young people build a positive future; building the skills necessary to live with dignity and be able to access basic housing and create a happy home in which they feel safe and secure. Proposals must also be working with one or more of the following priority groups:
• Young people experiencing homelessness or insecure housing
• Young offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending
• Care leavers – The broad definition of a care leaver (as described by the Care Leavers Association) is “Any adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family.”
• Young carers – The official definition of a young carer is ‘…a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (of any age, except where that care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work).’ Children and Families Act 2014 Section 96.
• Young parents – defined as young women and men who became or will become parents at 21 years old or younger
Comic Relief want to make sure that young people are at the heart of the of the projects they fund.

To achieve this, Comic Relief aim to involve young people at as many stages of the decision-making process as possible. They are asking organisations to create a two to three-minute video about their project along with 250 words by Friday, 7th February 2020. Videos and proposals will be shortlisted by young people as well as Comic Relief staff.

For further information please view –

Central Social and Recreational Trust

The Central Social and Recreational Trust aims to improve the conditions of boys and girls in England under the age of 21 and of all other persons by reasons of their poverty who would otherwise be unable to obtain facilities for recreational or other leisure time occupations.

Its other aims are:-

  • To provide facilities for recreational or other leisure in the interests of social welfare and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing to provide equipment and maintain gymnasiums or buildings to be used for recreational or other leisure time occupations in London or other towns.
  • To provide instruction or supervision for such boys and any other persons as aforesaid in such recreational or other leisure time occupations.
  • To organise any activity for the purposes of providing facilities for such recreational or other leisure time occupation for such boys and other persons as aforesaid.

For further information please view –

Black Country community groups receive funding from European Social Fund Community Grants Programme

The European Social Fund Community Grants Programme is open until July 2021 and is currently accepting new applications. The next round deadline is 2nd March 2020. Third sector and not for profit groups that help improve the skills and job prospects of local residents are welcome to apply.

Small Black Country third sector organisations have successfully applied for funding from the Community Grant Programme. The programme- worth £990,000 – is jointly funded by the ESFA and ESF and offers grants of up to £20,000 for each organisation. The current Community Grants has been open since June 2019 and has funded 21 projects across the Black Country area with more in the pipeline. Funded projects run six month programmes that focus on helping local people progress towards and enter the jobs market.

Sandwell Community Hubs have successful applied for and secured £20,000 to deliver the Rowley and Bristnall Employment Hub Project. Over the past six months, the project has been supporting a cohort of local people who would like to re-enter the job market. The project provides one to one and group support, covering CV writing and tips on completing application forms. Practical support such as mock interviews and presentation skills have contributed to building the confidence of participants. The project also offers a variety of workshops and non-accredited courses to improve the chance of gaining employment or going onto further training.

To be eligible organisations need to have an annual income below £300,000 and demonstrate an innovative approach to helping people who are out of work or disadvantaged learn new skills and move closer to the workforce.

Applications can be made to Walsall Council who successfully tendered to act as the local Grant Co-ordinating Body on behalf of the ESFA for the second time running. Application materials, eligibility criteria and guidance are available by contacting Walsall Council External Funding Team at

The Community Grants team are available to offer support to organisations interested in making an application. If you would like to discuss a project in more detail please contact Community Grant Manager Ruth Burgess at Successful applicants will also be able to access bespoke training and capacity building support to enable them to deliver the part EU funded project.

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