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A Conversation with the National Lottery Community Fund

SCVO in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund are hosting a series of monthly surgery sessions for those wishing to discuss their submitted initial outline proposal in more detail. The surgery sessions will be held on the second Monday of the month, from 10am until 1pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

The Lottery’s Grants Officer will be available for booked appointments to further discuss your initial proposal and potential next steps. Prior to booking an appointment you must have completed and emailed the National Lottery Community Fund at with your initial outline proposal (shaped around their 6 bullet points which can be found by clicking here and looking under the ‘What we need to know’ Section on their website).

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Monday 8th April 2019,
  • Monday 10th June 2019,
  • Monday 8th July 2019,
  • Monday 12th August 2019,
  • Monday 9th September 2019,
  • Monday 14th October 2019,
  • Monday 11th November 2019 and
  • Monday 9th December 2019.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with The National Lottery Community Fund please email Donna Adams at or call on 0121 345 7661 to avoid disappointment.

Armed Forces Covenant

Under the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, grants of up to £20,000 are available for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services to the Armed Forces community.

Community Integration projects: Creating strong local links between the Armed Forces community (current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities. Projects supported will be able to clearly demonstrate how they will overcome barriers to better integration and improve perceptions, attitudes and understanding. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of Local Services projects: Local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations. Projects must be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.

Registered charities, local authorities, schools or other statutory organisations, Community Interest Companies or armed forces units are all eligible to apply.

Apply at any time up to the 2nd December 2019.

More information

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

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 wild life
Encourage the understanding of animals

Eligible applicant organisations will be a UK registered charity; have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care.

Organisations involved with 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.

Donations usually range from £1,000 to £10,000. Smaller donations may be awarded between the meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and Administrator of the Trust. Larger donations have exceptionally been made.

Repeat applications from charities are encouraged, when further financial support might be given if funds allow.

The next deadline to apply is the 1st May 2019.

More information

Rough Sleeping Grant: Testing community based models of access to health services

The Department of Health and Social care has agreed £1.9m to be distributed by Public Health England (PHE) via a s.31 grant to successful LAs. The funding is to test a community based model that will improve access to health services for people with co-occurring mental ill-health and substance misuse needs who are experiencing, or at risk of returning to, rough sleeping. The plan is to fund approximately five projects and an evaluation.

The proposed timescales are:

• Plan to launch expressions of interest Tuesday 26th February 2019
• EOI open for 8 weeks
• Shortlisted areas invited to interview late May (similar to innovation fund and capital grant)
• Panel will be a cross-departmental team (from Department of Health and Social Care, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, PHE and NHS England)
• Successful bids announced mid-June
• Funding allocated and projects launched early July

More information to follow.

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 15th March 2019.

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500 for 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 around £250; depending on the type of wheelchair.

More information

Nineveh Charitable Trust

UK based not for profit organisations and schools can apply for funding to the Nineveh Charitable Trust for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research.

Whilst the Trust does not specify a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for, an analysis of previous grants would suggest a maximum of £5,000 per year for up to three years.

Applications are usually discussed at the Trustees’ quarterly meetings and applications can be submitted at any time.

More information at:

The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects usually via UK charities. Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

Trustees only fund programmes that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays.
Grants can only be paid to registered charities. Non-registered organisations must give the full name and address of a registered charity who has agreed to accept a grant on their behalf.

Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are made each year with preference is given to:
• Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities
• Schemes that involve a large number of children
• Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability
• Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race
• Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers

Priority is given to projects make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate.
Applicant charities annual income must be under £100,000.

The trustees will review applications in May.
All application forms must be submitted by the 5th April 2019 and must be accompanied by the applicants Child Protection Policy. The policy should be emailed to
More information at:

Deadline: 5th April 2019

The Vinci UK Foundation

The VINCI UK Foundation has announced that is now accepting applications to its funding programme.

The Foundation offers one-off grants of £3,000 to £20,000 to independent small and medium sized registered community interest or not-for-profit organisations that support people who suffer social or employment exclusion.

The Foundation will only fund capital items such as tools and equipment, vehicles, IT, furniture, building works; etc.

Projects supported will:
• Promote access to employment
• Promote integration through housing and inclusive mobility
• Help to build better communities
• Be located near to an office or worksite of VINCI companies.

The VINCI UK Foundation only supports projects involving at least one VINCI employee (sponsor). Organisations that do not know of any VINCI employee, can still apply and the Foundation will help to find the sponsor fitting in the project.

The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2019.
More information at:

Cash for Kids

Sadly for many children across the West Midlands life is really tough.

They could be living in poverty, with a serious illness or disability or be subject to neglect or abuse. Free Radio Cash for Kids is here to make a positive impact on the lives of these children.

Free Radio helps by awarding grants to families, community projects and small local charities who support these children.

Right now they are looking for applications for grant funding that we hope to be able to fulfill from funds raised during their forthcoming Superhero Day campaign.

Consideration for grants will only be given to those who help children up to the age of 18, who match our eligibility criteria and live within the Free Radio broadcast area (see the map located on their website).

They are looking for applications with a maximum value of £2,000 and in keeping with a timeline whereby funding will be made available in June/July 2019.

They will be looking to showcase some of the applications we’ve received during the Superhero Day campaign, to inspire Free Radio listeners and businesses across the area to donate & fundraise. Please indicate within your application (in Section 5. Other Information) how you would support this.

Finally, if you have a bigger project that you are currently fundraising for (or have ambitions to fundraise for in the near future) please include a 2/3 sentence summary of this also within Section 5. Other Information.

Click here to access our online application form (please note we only accept applications via this online form).

Applications close at 11:59pm on Friday 15th March 2019 to get your copy click here.

Source: Free Radio Website

Pioneering Heritage Impact Fund Opens

A trailblazing partnership is for the first time investing National Lottery money in loan finance that will deliver economic and social benefits to communities across the UK.

The Heritage Impact Fund, launched today, is a £7million social investment fund providing organisations with loan finance enabling them to deliver positive economic and social impact through the re-use of heritage buildings.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has until now been solely a grant funder, investing £8billion in thousands of heritage projects, many of which have revived derelict historic buildings and brought wider economic benefits.

“We’ve seen a growing appetite in the heritage world to make use of loans”, Ros Kerlake

But in recent years there has been a growing appetite in the heritage world to make use of loans and other social investments in order to diversify income, strengthen business models and reduce reliance on grants.

A trailblazing partnership

It is a partnership – the first of its kind – with the Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and Rathbone Greenbank Investments. The fund offers tailored loan finance for charities, social enterprises and community businesses across the UK seeking to acquire, reuse or redevelop buildings of historical or architectural importance.

Loan amounts are up to £500,000 per project with a maximum three-year term, which can be extended in exceptional circumstances, with incentivised rates for projects that deliver significant economic or social impact.

Delivering real social benefits

As well as helping deliver projects that support the sustainability of historic buildings, the Heritage Impact Fund will support organisations with a clear social mission seeking to deliver demonstrable local economic and community benefits. This will vary from project to project but it is expected to include job creation, training and volunteering opportunities and the restoration and re-use of heritage buildings for commercial and community uses.

“This partnership is the first of the strategic initiatives arising from our new Strategic Funding Framework,” explained the CEO of new-look The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Ros Kerslake.

“It represents an important opportunity to make National Lottery investment in heritage work harder and deliver positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.”

“An important opportunity to make National Lottery investment in heritage work harder”, Ros Kerslake

The Architectural Heritage Fund is the lead partner in the project and will administer the fund on behalf of the partnership. Its Chief Executive Matthew Mckeague explains how the fund is open to organisations outside the heritage sector.

“The Heritage Impact Fund is designed to be flexible, supporting not-for-profit organisations both within and outside the heritage sector, the common link being the re-use of a heritage building and delivering local economic and social benefits.”

The Heritage Impact Fund opened on 14th February 2019.

Find out how to apply by clicking here.

Source: Heritage Lottery Fund

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