Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.
The Ragdoll Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.
The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.
Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Individuals and local groups that would like to hold an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day – Saturday 30th June 2018 – can apply for funding from the Ministry of Defence.
The event can be anywhere in the UK and the funding can be used for celebrations such as (but not limited to):
A picnic in the park
Knees up in your living room
Street party or fête.
Applicants should try to hold their event on or in the weeks around Armed Forces Day. The amount of funding the MoD will provide must cover 50% or less of the total costs of running the event.
Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website and apply before Monday 30 April 2018.
Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women. Priority is given to projects that:
Promote lesbian and transgender rights
Tackle violence against women and girls
Support disabled women and girls.
The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects.
The deadline for applications is 30th April 2018.
Schools and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).
The Trust operates two grant making programmes:
The small grants programme (under £4,000)
The large grants programme (grants between £4,000 and £12,000).
The small grants programme deals mainly with requests for support from state schools and small charitable organisations and trustees meet every two months to consider applications. Applications to the small grants programme can be submitted at any time.
Applications to the large programme must be submitted by the 31 July 2018 to be considered at the Trustees Autumn meeting. At the Autumn meeting, projects covering environment and countryside, and literacy and STEM subjects are considered.
The Government Equalities Office is currently seeking applications through the £1.5 million Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. The aim of the fund is to support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.
The grant scheme has two types of funds:
• Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.
• Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.
Round 2 will be open around April 2018, for projects between £2,000 and £65,000.
The small grants programme will re-open for applications on the 15th March 2018.
The Heart of England Community Foundation has a new fund that is open to applications.
The Nationwide Building Society Community Grants fund is supporting charities delivering local housing projects with grants of up to £25,000 with single organisations and up to £50,000 for multiple organisations.
Full details can be found on the Heart of England Community Foundation’s website.
The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 13 April 2018.
Sandwell Council wishes to invite applications for funding for the Adult Skills Programme, from Monday, 12 March. The Adult Skills Programme must meet the needs of the diverse population of the area and tackle some of the challenges in Sandwell such as increasing employability, up-skilling and employment support, targeted at communities in greatest need.
Wider adult learning opportunities have a vital role to play in promoting inclusion, improving health outcomes, and in engaging and building capacity in local communities, and supporting and building stronger families
The contract and timescale for delivery will cover learners enrolling and undertaking learning from 1st August 2017 to 30th June 2018. Delivery of provision must be completed by 30th June 2018.
Applications for funding can be made under the following criteria:
1. Main Grant funding – the funding of adult education courses that meet the requirements as detailed in Annex A of this document.
2. My Community – Be inspired Grant – the funding of organisations who wish to move towards the development of adult learning provision within their organisation as detailed in Annex B of this document or support the development of volunteers within their organisation.
See Adult Skills Programme Specification and Guidance, Be Inspired Application and Main Grant Application.
The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) has announced that the Challenging Lives Support Programme will open for applications on the 1st March 2018.
The Youth Hostel Associations breaks programmes aim to reach young people and families with the most challenging lives and provide them with life changing experiences. They create unique opportunities for people from all backgrounds to experience amazing places, share extraordinary journeys and take a different path through life.
The Challenging Lives programme aims to reach those children and young people who are or have recently experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness. Support is also available to those living with a disability or life threatening medical conditions or who take on a caring role.
Organisations such as schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organisations who work with young people who face these challenges, can apply for a 2-night break package at one of the YHA’s iconic destinations.
The War Memorials Trust is providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England.
These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage. Grants will normally be for up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum grant of £30,000.
The next closing date for applications is the 31st March 2018.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help churches of any Christian denomination develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects.
Priority in this round will be given to applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches.
Buildings must have been built as churches originally and 50% of the funds needed must be in place. The funding can be used to:
Diagnose issues affecting the church
Test the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability.
Develop guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders.
The next application deadline is the 25th April 2018.