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2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – funding and free training for health charities

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.

In 2020 there will be three days of training leading up to the GSK IMPACT Awards ceremony in London. After this participants will be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network which connects past award winners both online and at meetings, to get and give support, share best practice and continue their professional development.

Many participants have commented that the training, the new ideas and enthusiasm that they take away, and the connections they make is even more important than the award money.

To apply go to:

Closing date for applications: 23 September 2019

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.

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Funding Deadline: Rolling

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants

Not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies, NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts), local authorities and social housing providers (the list is not exhaustive) can apply for funding for projects that have a significant community benefit within individual Tesco regions.

The funding is being made available through the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants. The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.

Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.

Delivering activities or charitable services across a whole region such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.

Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.

There will be two voting rounds during 2019. Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the Tesco voting region will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000.

The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme and projects focusing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.

More information on website

Barrow Cadbury Trust Migration Programme

Not for profit organisations that promote positive interaction between different groups in order to counter xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia can apply for funding through the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s Migration Programme.

Through its Migration Programme the Trust want to fund grassroots groups working with refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and other marginalised migrants. The Trust seek to enable grassroots groups to support the most vulnerable migrants as well as empower migrants and ensure they are not excluded from the public debate on migration. Organisations may apply for this programme from anywhere in the UK but most awards will be made in the West Midlands.

The Trust is particularly interested in:

• Work promoting positive interaction between different groups in order to counter xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia. This could include the identification of spokespeople, both Muslims and non-Muslims, to challenge extremism and promote a liberal, inclusive sense of national identity. It could also include highlighting promising practice and practical examples of where integration has worked within communities.

• Supporting migrant organisations, campaigners and others to influence national policy and promote the fair and dignified treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, particularly undocumented migrants.

• Ensuring a broad range of voices is heard in the debate about migration and integration, including those affected by injustice.

• Supporting work to deepen understanding of public attitudes and concerns about immigration and integration and develop appropriate responses.

• Funding research and policy work on discrete areas of public policy with a view to developing fair and workable solutions to policy challenges.

No minimum or maximum grant amount is specified.

There is a rolling deadline. Applications can be submitted at any time. Organisations interested in applying should initially complete an enquiry form.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.

The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation.

Organisations may be planning to:
Replicating a programme or service
Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
Spreading a technology or skill
Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
Influencing attitudes

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Better Streets Community Fund

Would you like better lighting in your local park or a safer place to store your bike at work or school? The Better Streets Community Fund has been launched to help improve your streets by making them a better place to live and move about in. We are providing funding for local projects in the West Midlands.

Here’s your opportunity to make a change in your community. The West Midland Combined Authority is looking for ideas that could make it easier for you to walk and cycle and need your help!

Please click on the further information link below and fill out the application form to submit your ideas.

If you have any questions or queries, please email

Once you have submitted your application, the WMCA will work with your local council to review it. Applications that will provide the most benefits to communities will go forward to the next stage.

Deadline for applications is the 31st July 2019.

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GOV.UK – Tackling Knife Crime

The Home Office has launched a new funding round of the government’s anti-knife crime Community Fund. The fund, now in its third year, was set up to support community projects in England and Wales delivered by voluntary sector organisations which tackle knife crime.

The Fund is intended to help communities to respond to the challenges around knife crime, and in particular support activities preventing young people from engaging in knife related offending. Grants of up to £30,000 are available.

Bids will need to demonstrate a previous proven history of delivering anti-knife crime work, especially to young people, and will be assessed on the basis of the extent to which they demonstrate a proven track record of an organisation’s ability to deliver knife crime interventions in work with children and young people.

The Home Office is accepting applications from:
Constituted voluntary and community sector groups that have a minimum of 3 management committee members
Registered charities
Social enterprises
Community interest companies
Religious / faith groups
Companies limited by guarantee without share capital
Charitable incorporated organisations

The deadline for submitting applications is midnight on 24th July 2019.

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Greggs Foundation

Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2,000. Any not for profit organisation working to reduce disadvantage experienced by the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people can apply.

Larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful with those located near to a Greggs shop most likely to receive awards.

The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Foundation supports projects that improve resilience within communities. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks.

New approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting communities are welcomed. All projects must support a community of interest, i.e. people who are:

Disabled or suffering chronic illness
Living in poverty
Voluntary carers
Homeless people
Isolated older people
Other demonstrable significant need

Successful applicants will have demonstrated improvements against at least one of the following Key Performance Targets:

Beneficiaries have decreased social isolation
Beneficiaries report improved health and wellbeing
Beneficiaries report improved resilience/coping mechanisms
Beneficiaries have improved life skills
Beneficiaries have improved opportunities

The fund reopened for applications on the 8th July 2019 and will have a closing date of the 30th September 2019. Decisions will be announced on the 20th November 2019.

Use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find the nearest shop.

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Near Neighbours

Local groups and organisations, who are working to bring together neighbours and develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities, have until 11th October 2019 to apply for grants of £250 to £5,000 from the Near Neighbours fund. The fund which operates in specific areas of Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, the Black Country, East Midlands, Birmingham, Peterborough, Luton, West London, and East London. Areas served by a local Near Neighbours Hub.

Near Neighbours has two key objectives:
• Social interaction – to develop positive relationships in multi-faith and multi-ethnic areas i.e. to help people from different faiths and ethnicities get to know and understand each other better.
• Social action – to encourage people of different faiths and of no faith and of different ethnicities to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.
To be eligible for funding, a project should:
• Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
• Work locally: Near Neighbours want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
• Work sustainably: Near Neighbours want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
• Work to improve the community: Near Neighbours want to see people working to make their communities a better place to live.
• Involve a diverse group of people in planning and implementation: People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in running the project.
In addition, a grant must be for:
• New or developed work: We will not support repeat or ongoing activities.
• Specific activities: Funding is given for a specific project or activity.
• Immediate activities: Grants should be claimed within three months of approval, and projects should finish within six months or before the end of March 2020, whichever occurs sooner.
• Small initiatives: We like to fund small projects, so the total cost of the project needs to be £15,000 or less.
• Grassroots organisations: Near Neighbours particularly seek to fund emerging local groups as well as charities, religious organisations and other not-for-profit organisations whose focus is on local work.

Grants awarded in the past have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging social interaction and social action.
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Plunkett Foundation – ‘More Than a Pub’

Rural and urban communities that wish to take over the ownership of their failing local pub can apply for loan and grant funding as well as business development support through the £2.2 million “More than a Pub” programme. 

This is the second phase of the programme which supported 190 communities and saw 28 pubs open their doors under community ownership from 2016 to 2019. The programme is run by the Plunkett Foundation and supported by Power to Change.

The programme offers a wide range of support for groups who wish to take ownership of their local pub and run it for the benefit of their local community:

Action planning
Learning, events and peer networking
Bursary funding of up to £2,500
Business development advice
Loan and grant combined funding package of up to £100,000
In order to qualify for support through the More than a Pub programme, applicants must be based in England and:
Want to take ownership of a pub
Want to open and run a community pub
Be incorporated or intend to incorporate
Have a charitable purpose
Be for the benefit of the public
Address local needs
Trade for the benefit of the community
Run democratically
Have local support and investors

The programme will remain open for applications until September 2020.

Organisations that meet the programme criteria, please complete the enquiry form. Alternatively, potential applicants can call the programme advice line on 01993 810730 for further information.

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