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Local School Nature Grants

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and up to half a day of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play.

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant Programme and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Funding will also be open to Early Year’s settings which have their own building and more than five staff.

There will be four funding rounds throughout the year which will support a total of 900 schools.

The next closing date for applications is the 2nd September 2022.

Further information

Free Funding for Your Organisation with easyfundraising

Funding is available for voluntary organisations, non-profits, charities and CICs in our region through fundraising website easyfundraising. Register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising to benefit from donations from leading retailers including Amazon, eBay, trainline, M&S, Waitrose and John Lewis.

easyfundraising is completely free to register and use and is an easy and simple way of raising funds in the background while your organisation concentrates on its day-to-day tasks. You’ll also get free 121 support from a fundraising coach.

Find out more by clicking here.

Grants for the planting and care of Trees, Hedges and Orchards

The Tree Council has announced that it will re-open its Branching Out Fund in July.

Through the Fund, schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK will be able to apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards.

The funding will cover the cost of trees, hedges and fruit trees; reasonable costs of non-plastic protection and supports, as well as peat-free compost and/or soil improvers.

Further information


Funding to Support Youth Organisations

Not-for-profit youth organisations that support young people, aged 14 to 25, facing disadvantage can apply for grants of up to £150,000 spread over three years through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding to Support Youth Organisations.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people who face complex transitions to adulthood.

The Foundation is looking to support organisations to:

  • Sustain, grow or prepare to grow the organisation’s impact
  • Improve, consolidate and spread practices which empower young people to shape their lives and lead change (sometimes called asset-based approaches).
  • Support and champion people with lived experience in the leadership and operational delivery of this work, particularly people who are most affected by systemic oppression and or discrimination.

Further information

Applications can be submitted at any time.

WMCA Community Green Grants: Increasing Biodiversity Webinars

The West Midlands Combined Authority Community Green Grants offers small and large grants to organisations in the West Midlands to run projects that increase access to green/blue space and improve biodiversity.

The Combined Authority is running a series of short webinars on various topics that will equip projects with the knowledge needed to make sure increasing biodiversity is part of the project plan.

The second Increasing Biodiversity webinar “Making a Splash- Small Ponds for Biodiversity” will be 10.00 – 10.30 am on Tuesday, 26th July 2022.

Find out more and register for the 30 minutes event here.

Grants to Support Young People experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Grants up to £25,000 are available for UK registered charities or Community Interest Companies working to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

The funding, which is available through the Leathersellers’ Main Charity Grants programme – Adverse Childhood Experiences, will enable charities run by and for people with lived-experience of ACE to provide trauma-informed and evidence-based interventions that support deprived and under-represented children and young people and/or adult survivors in recovery.

This could include those suffering domestic abuse; physical, sexual or psychological/emotional abuse; mental illness or substance misuse by a close family member; neglect; or having a close family member serve time in prison.

The deadline for first-stage applications is 6 pm on the 30th June 2022.

Further details

Developing a Fundraising Plan Post-Pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on most charities’ fundraising plans, and many charities were struggling to maintain stability even before this. Small charity fundraisers have told FSI they feel like they have been in firefighting mode following the pandemic. Now is the time to take a step back, review and develop your fundraising plans for the future.

Here are their tips:

1. Start by reviewing what has happened over the last 18 months.

What worked well for you? What didn’t work – and what could you learn from that, to inform your future fundraising plans? Also think about how your organisation adapted and served its community, and how you can share that with your supporters. A SWOT analysis, which looks at your fundraising strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats can help you to reflect and analyse both internal and external factors that can help or hinder your fundraising.

2. Look outside too.

What have other charities done, what interesting trends or innovations can you adapt for your own organisation? One of our members attended an FSI networking event a few years ago where she heard a speaker from Meningitis Now talking about their virtual fundraising events – something very new at the time! She came back to her charity excited about testing this with their supporters – so when lockdown came along two years later they already had a tried and tested product that continued to provide a vital source of income when all other events were on hold. Be open to new ideas and learning from others.

To read the full article click here.

Rosa’s Stand with Us Fund Open

Rosa has launched the Stand with Us fund, which offers one-year grants of up to £25,000 to organisations delivering frontline services addressing violence against women and girls in the UK.

The funding is available to organisations with an average annual income over the last three years of between £100,000 and £500,000. Further details can be found here.

The deadline has been extended has been extend to 4 pm on Friday, 24th June 2022.

Apply for a Defibrillator Grant of up to £300

Grants of £300 are available to sports clubs, schools parish councils, community groups and individuals who are fundraising for a public access defibrillator in their area.

The grants are being made available by London Hearts which is a leading heart charity in the UK with the aim of placing defibrillators in communities and delivering CPR and defibrillator training.

To be eligible applicants need to confirm that they are or will be fundraising for a defibrillator.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Further details.

Grants to Install Security Measures for Places of Worship Experiencing Hate Crime

The UK Government is making funding available to reduce the risk and impact of hate crime at places of worship and associated faith community centres in England and Wales.

The Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme will award funding to individual places of worship of all faiths, apart from the Jewish community (that have access to a separate scheme), for the free installation of up to three protective security measures and improvements.

The types of places of worship that can apply under the scheme include (but are not limited to):

  • churches
  • gurdwaras
  • mosques
  • temples

associated faith community centres (for example, a community centre where regular worship takes place that is near a place of worship and run by that place of worship)

This could include CCTV, fencing, lighting and intruder alarms etc. Applicants will need to demonstrate their vulnerability to and experience of hate crimes and/or hate incidents. Funding will also be available for some security guarding services at Muslim places of worship.

The deadline for applications is 23.59 on the 14th of July 2022.

Further details.

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