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Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme

Leaders with Lived Experience is a pilot programme providing National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support lived experience leadership. A lived experience leader is someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for, and with, communities and people they share those experiences with.

Examples of Lived with Experience is someone who has been homeless who is working to improve homelessness services; a person with HIV who has set up and is running a peer-to-peer support service for other people with HIV or a person who has lost a loved one to suicide sets up and runs a support group for others who have lost someone to suicide.

The application deadline is 5 pm on 25 February 2019.

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Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme

The Royal College of Pathologists has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme.

Under this scheme grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to run a project that engages audiences such as secondary school students, undergraduates, health professionals or local communities with pathology.

The closing date for applications is the 3rd June 2019.

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Football Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to schools, grass roots football clubs, local authorities and professional and semi-professional football clubs and their associated community organisations, that are looking to refurbish their existing or develop new football facilities.

The funding is available through the Football Foundation’s Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme and can be used to buy capital items such as portable floodlights, storage containers and other equipment; or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

The grants awarded cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. The Football Foundation strongly recommend that applicants use the pre-application advice offered on our behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England. This will normally involve completing the FA’s Football Facilities Enquiry Form (FEF) first, which will help The FA to learn more about a project and determine the best way to support the applicant organisation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2019.
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Kelly Family Charitable Trust – Deadline: 1st March 2019

Co-op Foundation

The Co-op Foundation is offering interest free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces. Community organisations that manage community buildings and outdoor spaces such as parks and community centres; etc which are for the use of the whole community can apply for loans to grow their trading activities to generate more sustainable income.

The Co-op Foundation can offer:

Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 towards viable business ideas that will benefit the whole community – particularly those facing greater challenges.

No repayments for the first year, while your trading activities are developing.

If you are based in a more deprived area, or your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, the Co-op might also be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan.

Applicants will need to fill out an expression of interest here.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding Competition

EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to obtain their new UK immigration status as the UK exits the EU.

The Home Office has up to £9 million of grant funding to be awarded to successful organisations in the FY19/20 through open and fair competition. The funding is available to bidders from the voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations willing to support vulnerable EU citizens and their family members with making their EUSS applications. Bidders should note they may bid only once, and their submission must fall into the Funding category of;

• Projects between £5,000 up to £39,999
• Projects between £40,000 up to £750,000

Ensuring that vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their families are supported to obtain a status is a critical objective. The Home Office is making funding available to mobilise services targeted at vulnerable EU citizens and their families, to ensure that those who require the most support to apply to the EUSS can access it.

The key outcome is for those funded to provide practical application support to vulnerable EU citizens and their family members; further details on this and indeed all aspects of this competition are outlined in the competition documentation, available to all those who register (details on ‘how to apply’ are within additional text other information).

All successful organisations will be allocated funding centrally via a Grant Agreement from the Home Office. The process leading to the award of the grant will be administered using Crown Commercial Services eSourcing portal, and all submissions must be made online via this portal. To take part in this grant funding opportunity, please see the ‘how to apply’ guidance which provides important instructions for registration on the portal, then gaining access to this opportunity. Traditional email or hard copy final submissions or proposals will not be accepted.

Bids will close at 12 pm (noon) on 01 February 2019.

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EPIC funding lands in Sandwell

SCVO is working in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help build long-term resilience within Sandwell Communities.

As mentioned in last week’s e-bulletin, SCVO will be launching EPIC funding in early February.

The purpose of the EPIC (Empowering People in Communities) Grant Programme is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes:

  • Increased resilience within communities
  • Increased self reliance
  • Improved and stronger relationships within the community
  • Residents are involved in the design and delivery of activities that make a positive change in their communities
  • Asset and strengths based – building on what exists in communities

Extensive community conversations have helped to shape the elements of this programme.  EPIC is a three year grant programme aimed at improving the wellbeing of communities, and tackling isolation and loneliness. It does this by developing stronger relationships and building on what exists within communities. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport and using people’s skills, talents and experience.

Grants up to £80,000 will be available for projects that are aimed at people (of all ages) who feel lonely or isolated, and projects that aim to improve the wellbeing of communities.

There are three tiers of funding available:

  • under £10,000
  • £10,001 to £40,000
  • £40,001 to £80,000 (working in collaboration)

Applications for Round 1 open on Monday 28th January 2019 and will close on Friday 15th March 2019.

To help organisations with potential submissions, we have organised five sessions, where you can hear more about the detail of the funding opportunity and what we are looking for in applications.

Please use the relevant Eventbrite link to book a place at your chosen/preferred session – attendance is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 1 ticket per organisation (so that we can make the sessions available to as many groups as possible):

Application forms and guidance notes will be available on our website from 28th January 2019.

For more information contact: Manisha Patel, Community Partnerships Coach – T: 0121 5251127 / E:

Flagship US Study Programme opens for applications from Year 12 Students

Young people interested in the prospect of studying in the US and who are currently in Year 12 in any state funded school, have the opportunity to apply for a one week visit to an American University.

Offered by the Sutton Trust, the opportunity covers all programme costs, including residential events, accommodation and travel.

Eligible applicants will be from a low income family (i.e. a household earning £45,000 or less) and have always attended non-fee paying schools.

Applications close at 11:59 pm on Sunday 20th January 2019.

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New £9 Million Funding Programme for Disadvantaged Children during School Holidays

The Department for Education (DfE) is inviting local authorities, charities and other third sector organisations, and holiday club providers to apply for a new £9 million fund to coordinate a more joined up approach to the delivery of free holiday clubs for disadvantaged pupils in up to nine Local Authority Areas in England.

The aims of this grant programme are to develop a more efficient and joined-up approach to free holiday provision for disadvantaged children; and to ensure there is enough good quality free holiday provision to meet the demand from children eligible for free school meals (FSM), in the local authority during the 2019 summer holidays.

The scheme follows a successful £2 million programme in the summer of 2018, which saw charities and community groups provide meals and activities such as football, play sessions and cooking classes for more than 18,000 children across the country. The closing date for applications is the 7th February 2019.

Among the charities granted funding in 2018 were StreetGames, which brings sport to disadvantaged children, and OnSide Youth Zones, which runs a network of clubs for young people to socialise, take part in enriching activities and learn new skills.

The DfE are not specifying which local authority areas they want grant recipients to work in and are asking bidders to set out which area they want to work in, and why. Ideally the DfE want to achieve a good spread of areas in terms of geography, LA structure and levels of deprivation. Bidders are able to bid for funding to cover up to two local authorities and must complete a separate application form for each area.

The closing date for applications is the 7th February 2019.

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Veolia Environmental Trust

The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Veolia Environmental Trust is the 28th February 2019. Grants of up to £75,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards:

• Community buildings
• Parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities
• Nature reserves
• Bio diversity projects.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site (please see post code checker below); the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.
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