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Tipton Education Fund

The Tipton Education Fund was established to raise the educational attainment of Tipton. The purpose of the Fund is to support schools and community projects in Tipton.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support projects which meet one of the following themes:

  • Overcome barriers to learning e.g. using art, drama, sport or music as an engagement tool,
  • Raising aspirations of children and young people,
  • Supporting family learning and encouraging healthy living,
  • Encouraging and supporting children to read outside of the school day.

For more information of the fund click here.

To apply for this fund click here.


Page to Stage: Music for Mental Health

Passionate about mental health? Want to create new music? As the world is beginning to open up about mental health, The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs provide a platform to share your experiences and raise the profile of this important issue through the Page to Stage project.

Join The People’s Orchestra for a composition workshop, on Saturday, 16 November, 1 pm to 6 pm. You do not need to have musical training to take part, just an interest in sharing your experiences of mental health and being part of the creative process.

Ideas and soundscapes from the day will be combined into a specially commissioned piece of music for The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs, to be premiered in a concert next year.

1.00 pm Welcome and Warm up

1.15 pm Poetry Workshop: contribute thoughts and experiences around mental health.

2.30 pm Collaborate and create: a musical composition workshop with Kirsty Devaney

5.30 pm Informal performance to family and friends.

Get in touch on 0121 569 2616 to let The People’s Orchestra know you are coming.

Visit the website on www.thepeoplesorchestra.com


Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice

The next funding round of the Arts Council England’s Developing your Creative Practice programme has re-opened for applications.

Arts Council England is looking for exciting, ambitious proposals that allow applicants to take that important next step in the way they make their work. Applicants are encouraged to consider their long-term needs and proposals can cover creative research and development or building skills through international exchange.

Examples might include:

  • Creative media and the wider creative industries e.g. film or audio, design or gaming
  • Technology, including digital technology e.g. virtual reality or live streaming
  • Other non-arts organisations or settings e.g. residential-care providers, or a science organisation
  • Other non-arts cultural forms or sectors e.g. health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport

This fund is only open to individuals over the age of 18 years who:

  • Are living and working in England
  • Have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context
  • Are working in Arts Council England’s supported disciplines i.e. they will be dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Awards of £2, 000 – £10,000 (from a total pot of £3.6 million per year) are made through quarterly rounds. Funded project activities can last up to one year.

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

For further information or to check eligibility contact Arts Council England by email enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk or phone 0845 300 6200).

Useful Links:

Application Guidelines can be found by clicking here.

For more information go to www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP


Funding for Music Making Projects For Young People

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector.

The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects. Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of three separate funds.

These are Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects; Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 – £150,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work; and Fund C offers grants (£50,000 to £180,000) for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

In applying for funding schools will have to justify how the activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding.

The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 6th December 2019 and Fund B the 8th November 2019.

For more information or to apply click here.


National Lottery Community Fund Announces New £7.5 Million Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that it will be making a special £7.5 million pot of funding available to mark The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. The fund, CelebrateNationalLottery25, will help communities celebrate the extraordinary impact the National Lottery has had since its launch in November 1994.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £40 billion has been raised for good causes so far, funding over half a million (565,000) projects across the UK. The #CelebrateNationalLottery25 funding will support activity designed to bring people and communities together all over the UK. Up to £2 million will be made available this year in small grants of up to £1,000. The remainder will be released to the sector through the Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All programme.

#CelebrateNationalLottery25 will be open to applications in November, with further details to come on how to apply.

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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


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