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Holiday Playscheme Funding 2019-20 now open for Applications

There is a Council grant available from the “Creating a Playable Sandwell” Holiday Grant Programme 2019-20. The grant is to support the Voluntary and Community Sector (not for profit) organisations, that can offer open access, inclusive, quality, free of charge play experiences to children and young people aged 5-14 years in Sandwell, during school holiday periods between July 2019 to March 2020.

The Council would particularly welcome new applicants from Rowley Regis and Wednesbury areas.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday 14 June 2019.  Applications received after this date will not be processed.

Application forms and Guidance notes can be found on the Sandwell Council website. Simply follow the link below.

Near Neighbours Small Grants Now Open

Near Neighbours’ Small Grants is an easy-to-access funding scheme supporting local projects that bring people together from different communities and promote social action and transformation.

In the last round of funding, in March 2019, the Small Grants have supported 72 new projects and given additional funding to 61 existing projects, mainly focusing on the three priority areas: empower marginalised women, support new migrants and refugees, and promote meaningful social mixing

Near Neighbours scheme awards small grants between £250 and £5,000 to projects that enable people of different faiths (or none) to work together to the benefit of the community.

For further information email

Near Neighbours Small Grant application form, criteria and guidance notes can be found on the website.

Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until the 2nd July 2019 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK between the 1st July and 31st August 2019, for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities. Children need to be aged 13 or under to qualify.

Although the deadline is the 2nd July 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.

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.

Previous visits supported include:

All Saints Catholic Primary School which received a grant of £1,500 towards a two-night trip to Wales for a group of disadvantaged children from Merseyside;

Bridgewater School which received a grant of £1,900 towards an overnight trip to London for a group of disadvantaged children from Newcastle; and

The Sixth St Helens (Parr) Scout Group received a grant of £1,100 towards a two-night trip to an activity centre in Lancashire for a group of children from a disadvantaged area of Merseyside.

Details on website

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice

The next round of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Rights and Justice Programme is now open and will close on the 2nd September 2019.

he Funding priorities for this scheme are the protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK; promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism; and the promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights.

The Trust makes grants to a range of organisations including registered, excepted or exempt charities across the UK.

More information

Funding Available to Encourage Collaboration between Community Organisations

Not for profit organisations in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to the Big Lottery Funds £40 million Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations.

The funding can support many different types of partnership, including:
Cross-sector partnerships, local place-based collaboration, local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.

The Big Lottery Fund will support ideas that meet one or more of their three funding priorities:
• Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
• Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
• Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Organisations eligible to apply include:
Voluntary and community organisations
Registered charities
Social enterprises
Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils)
Community interest companies (with two or more directors).

The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Partnership Fund and applications can be submitted at any time.

Further information

Positive Futures Fund for disadvantaged young people

The Heart of England Community Foundation have a grant programme called the Positive Future Fund.

Grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 are available for organisations working with disadvantaged young people in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Click here for details.

The programme will close at 4 pm on Friday, 17 May 2019.

Places of Worship Security Fund to Open for Applications Ahead of Religious Holidays

The Home Secretary has announced that the Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme will be open for applications from July 2019.

A total of £1.6 million will be available to reassure communities and safeguard places of worship, this represents a doubling of the amount awarded for 2018/19.

The scheme currently provides grants of up to £56,000 for protective security measures to places of worship that have been subject, or may be vulnerable to a hate crime attack including (but not limited to) Churches, Gurdwaras, Mosques and Temples. In addition, a new £5 million fund will be opened to provide security training.

Click here for further information


The Field Studies Council

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council’s Kids Fund. The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world and works through a network of residential and day Centres in the UK to provide outreach education and training.

There are two types of Kids Fund course Wildlife and Environment focusing on wildlife habitats and the environment with team building activities and Eco Adventure which combines environmental and personally challenging activities.
Groups who meet one of the following criteria will be eligible:

• Disadvantaged young people aged 4-18 years (or up to 25 years for those with special needs).
• Voluntary youth groups (either run by voluntary leaders, managed by a voluntary organisation, a registered charity)
• School groups may apply if they are aiming to provide benefits which are additional to the statutory school curriculum or clearly show added value, depth and breadth to the taught curriculum. FSC Kids Fund will not pay for young people to attend standard curriculum-focused FSC courses.

All applicants must be based in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Isles and Republic of Ireland.

One free staff/adult place is provided for every 12 young people; additional adults pay 20% +VAT. This includes all equipment, tuition and waterproof hire costs. Food and accommodation are included for residential courses.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2019.

More information.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity, which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of severe learning difficulties, including autism for both children and adults.

Grants are made to cover capital projects and core costs to include staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres.

Projects funded include:
Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
Play schemes and play therapy schemes
Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
Support for families, including respite schemes
Independent living schemes
Support in the community schemes
Snoezelen rooms.

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations that are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.

The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st July 2019.

Applications for £10,000 and below are considered under the Small Grants procedure and can be submitted at any time.

More information

Morrisons Foundation

Registered charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives can apply to the Morrison Foundation for a grant. There is no limit on the amount that can be applied for and applications are accepted any anytime.

Since launching in 2015 the Foundation has donated over £24 million to help good causes across England, Scotland and Wales.

Recent grants awarded have included Friends of East Preston School who received a grant of £5,000 to replace their old and dilapidated outdoor trim trail; and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice which received a grant of £20,000 to buy a new minibus and run activity trips for young patients.

Click here for more information.

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