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The Gateway Programme

The Gateway Programme supports congregations and local communities to look after and build a sustainable future for their church buildings.

Preference is given to projects from Churches that can demonstrate strong community engagement and sound plans for economic viability. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate support beyond the congregation, and into the future.

Gateway Grant Programme grants can be used for project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for up to 50% of the project costs are available.
Applications are excepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. The Trust particularly encourages applications from priority areas i.e. North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The first deadline to apply for a Gateway Grant is the 12th September 2019.
More information at: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/gatewaygrants


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.

http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/holidaygrant


Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund’s Summer Play Scheme is now open for applications. The Fund supports community groups and voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000 that run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 18 in disadvantaged communities.

Supported schemes should be:
• For children aged 5 to 18 years
• Locally based and lasting between two and six weeks
• Have strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects which show that they are inclusive of children from refugee families and have BME involvement. Schemes supported will have a budget of under £12,000.

The average grant awarded in 2018 was £1,071. A total of 21 schemes were supported representing £22,500 in total.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday June 4th 2019
More information at: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/


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 Ruth.Burgess@tctogether.org.uk

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


Les Mills Fund for Children

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.

Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:
• Living in Poverty
• Physical & Mental Health Problems
• Health & Wellbeing
• Living With Disability

The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 1st June 2019.
More information at: https://lesmillsfundforchildren.org.uk/apply/


Raold Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Marvellous Family Grants are awarded to families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness.

Grants of up to £1,000 per child can fund a variety of essential items and services including (but not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships.

Marvellous Family grants are open to any family residing in the UK with a child who has a serious illness that could be life-limiting as described by the following criteria:
• Group 1 – Life threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail (e.g. epilepsy, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidneys.)
• Group 2 – Conditions where premature death is inevitable (e.g. cystic fibrosis.)
• Group 3 – Progressive conditions without curative treatment options (e.g. Batten disease, mucopolysaccaridoses, muscular dystrophy.)
• Group 4 – Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death (e.g. sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as brain or spinal cord insult.)
• Group 5 – Syndromes without a name (SWAN) causing severe, chronic disability or illness.

Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on behalf the family and are considered at monthly meetings.

The application deadline for the next meeting is 5pm on the 31st May 2019 followed by the 28th June 2019.
More information at: http://www.roalddahl.com/charity/family-grants?platform=hootsuitevv


Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a new funding programme to tackle misconceptions around dementia and promote the importance of dementia research.

Grants are available to organisations and people with ideas, passion and ability to realise innovative public engagement projects – from those within or outside the research community, those with a track record in dementia engagement and those looking to apply their skills to this important issue for the first time. This could include utilising digital technology,storytelling, art-science collaborations, performances, workshops or other events. Projects must be completed and funding awarded within 1 year of the award being made.
The grants are being made available through three funding tiers:
• Bronze up to £5,000
• Silver up to £15,000
• Gold up to £30,000

The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 31st May 2019.
During the application process, applicants are invited to contact the Engagement team for informal advice prior to submitting an application. Please email engage@alzheimersresearchuk.org with questions or to arrange a discussion over the phone.

More information at: https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/grants/inspire-fund-public-engagement-grant/


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

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.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is interested in funding work which is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with; that has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them; and is innovative and imaginative and where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.

JCRT makes grants to a range of organisations including registered, excepted or exempt charities based in the UK for work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The Funding priorities for the Rights and Justice theme are:
• 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
• Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights.

JRCT focuses on work at both a national and European level, although work at a European level is limited and must have direct relevance to communities living in the UK.

Whilst the focus is to support national advocacy and campaigning, JRCT is open to applications which aim to effect structural change at local and regional levels of policy-making, provided the applicant can demonstrate the wider significance of the work.

Across the policy, JRCT places an emphasis on supporting those who have direct experience of racism and oppression.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for a grant for unrestricted or core support, although support for specific programme or project funding is also available.

More information at: https://www.jrct.org.uk/rights-and-justice


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