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National Express Foundation unlocks £250,000 more funding to help young people

Applications are invited from community groups and educational institutions for a share of a new pot of funding which is being made available to help young people succeed in life.

Earlier this year, the Foundation committed over £250,000 to support 3,000 young people in the West Midlands and Kent. This second £250,000 round of funding aims to increase the number helped this year. The Foundation is also making the process simpler for community groups to apply.

The application process for community groups in this round will involve two stages. Initially, groups will simply be asked to provide a single paragraph setting out the proposed activity.   The application form can be found here.

The deadline for the first round is 6 October. Applications will be assessed, and those which are considered most likely to succeed will be invited to submit a more detailed application.

Educational institutions can find their application form here, with a deadline of 25 October.

James Donnan, Foundation General Manager, explained: “We recognised that for many small community groups, the process of completing detailed application forms is time-consuming and can be particularly frustrating if unsuccessful.

“By simplifying our application process we are encouraging any group that works with young people to apply and pitch us an idea of how their activity helps to support, develop and engage young people. We can then assist successful organisations to progress these ideas in to a full proposal”.

For full details of the respective projects and bursary programmes that can be supported by Foundation funding this year please visit www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.


Travel Grants for International School Visits

Travel grants are now available to enable groups of secondary school pupils to visit a partner school in any country (Europe, or wider World) for a minimum of four nights.

Visits can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills. Priority is given to applications that feature young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as visitors or hosts. Offered through a new £2.5 million Department for Education programme in partnership with the British Council, it is anticipated that the visits will offer up to 20 students at a time per school a truly intercultural experience.

Visits must be started by 31st May 2020; the last date for applications is the 14th February 2020.

Further information


The Lottery’s 25th Birthday Thanks To You campaign

This year the National Lottery is celebrating its 25th birthday and the difference it has made to heritage, the lives of people and communities throughout the UK, over the past quarter of a century. Thanks to National Lottery players, over £30 million goes to good causes each week.

The annual Thanks To You campaign is the perfect opportunity for you to be involved in the birthday celebrations and to say thank you to the National Lottery players who have made so many projects possible. It’s also a chance for you to highlight the difference you have made in your local community.

The principle of the campaign is simple: anyone who visits a participating National Lottery-funded venue or project between 23 November & 1 December 2019 and shows a National Lottery ticket gets free entry, or another special offer.

Some fantastic organisations and projects have already registered across the good causes family, including Westonbirt the National Arboretum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Old Vic, National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Pleasance Theatre, Black Country Living Museum, National Justice Museum, University Museum of Zoology, Derby Arena, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, V&A Dundee, Worcester Cathedral, the National Trust for Scotland, RSPB, Bath Comedy Festival, The D-Day Story, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and many, many more.

If you haven’t already done so (and thank you if you have!) please register your interest in being a part of the campaign on the Lottery Good Causes website.

If your organisation has not taken part in Thanks To You before, and/or you are not sure what your special offer might look like, the Lottery can help. Their dedicated project manager, Stacey Reed, is on hand to work with grantees to make sure your offer reaches new audiences and benefits from the national promotional profile of the 25th birthday celebrations.

There are many ways for everyone to get involved. In previous years, some of the special offers have included:

• free entry to venues for all or part of the Thanks To You period
• an expert talk or a guest panel
• guided facility or venue tours
• setting aside tickets to an event coming up in the future
• a membership discount
• hard hat / in-construction / behind the scenes tours
• a day, weekend, or week of activities
• workshops or lessons
• a special view of a collection or archive not usually open to the public
• an in-store or restaurant offer
• the chance to sit in on a rehearsal or training session
• something totally different to your usual programme of activity – maybe a group walk or fete

Need more inspiration?

Julie from Fairhaven Lake, Lancashire, has written a blog about how taking part in the Thanks To You campaign made a big difference to a small project.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Thanks To You project manager, Stacey Reed, on Stacey.Reed@lotterygoodcauses.org.uk or 020 7211 3928 if you have any questions.


London Mathematical Society – Small Grants for Education

Grants of up to £800 are available to stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to undergraduate level and beyond.

The funding is being made available through the London Mathematical Society’s Small Grants for Education scheme and aims to enhance and enrich mathematical study beyond the curriculum; engage the public with mathematics; and encourage unusual ways of communicating mathematics.

There are four application rounds each year and the next closing date for applications is the 30th November 2019.

Further information


Funding for projects that Support Disadvantaged and Disengaged Young People

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales.

Priority is given to projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year.

The next closing date for applications to the Peter Cruddas Foundation is the 1st March 2020.

Further information


ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs

The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs, is the 27th January 2020.

ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building.

Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as roof repairs; masonry repairs; rainwater disposal and drainage.

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The Charities Aid Foundation

The Charities Aid Foundation has announced that the Tourle Foundation Fund will re-open for applications on the 1st October 2019.

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK.

o be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people and have an annual income of below £100,000. Priority will be given to organisations that find it difficult to attract mainstream funding.

More information


Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant

UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity working to help those at disadvantage in society can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support.

Grants of between £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved in directly supporting those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Who can apply:

The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity.
Donations usually fund items of “capital expenditure”. That means items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity’s running costs.

The Foundation is unable to support:

  • Religious, military or political projects
  • Overseas charities
  • Individuals (including sponsorship)
  • Animal welfare projects
  • Medical research
  • General running costs, such as salaries, rent or utility bills
  • General fundraising appeals

You don’t need to have an account or mortgage with Leeds Building Society to apply for funding.

Previous grants have gone to organisations supporting young people in applying for jobs and towards the purchase of a portable multi-sensory environment, that will turn any room into a sensory room.

The deadline is the 7th October 2019.

Click here to access the online application form.

Click here for more information.


Rank Foundation Pebble Grants programme

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants programme.

To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the November 2019 meeting of Trustees.

Organisations can only apply once every 12 months regardless of the outcome of their application.

Further information


Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice

The next funding round of the Arts Council England’s Developing your Creative Practice programme, is due to re-open for applications on the 10th October 2019.

Developing your Creative Practice makes grants of up to £10,000 and has been designed to support the development of independent creative practioners working in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, combined arts or museums practice.

The aim is to offer practitioners the time and space to work on ambitious and innovative research and development opportunities to make a step-change in their practice.

The closing date for applications will be 12 pm on the 14th November 2019.

Further information


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