Funding Opportunities

Last Updated:  27th October 2010
 
We have tried to provide some information on possible funding opportunities, which we hope you will find useful. If you know of any funding programme which you would like to share with other Cumbrian social enterprises, please let us know so we can add it to this resource.
 
 
The Co-operative Group – Community Fund (UK)
 
The Community Fund is the Co-operative Group's main grant making programme. Charitable organisations and community groups can apply for grants of between £100 and £2,000 (£500 if the applicant is a newly formed group) to help them find co-operative solutions to community challenges. The Co-operative Group is particularly interested in supporting locally led and run groups that can demonstrate co-operative values and principles, such as self-help, equality, democracy and concern for the community. Last year the total funding available was over £1 million.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
 
For more information visit their website.

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Grassroots Grants

Existing social enterprises and co-operatives can apply for a Grassroots Grant of between £250 - £5000. Organisations must be a not-for-profit voluntary or community group, led by volunteers, active in their local community 12 months or more, with an average income (over three years) of less than £30,000 per year and working for the benefit of your local community.
 
Applications can be submitted at any time up to March 2011.
 
 
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WREN Announces Next Application Deadline (UK)
 
WREN which provides funding for community, heritage and environmental projects in areas close to landfill sites by awarding grants for environmental, heritage and community projects has announced the first application dates for 2010. Funding is available through three grant programmes.
  • The small grants programme which provides grants between £2,000 and £15,000 with a total project cost of under £50,000
  • The WREN Main Grant Scheme offers funding of between £15,001 and £50,000
  • The Biodiversity Action Fund which provides funding of between £75,000 and £250,000 to deliver biodiversity improvement projects under Object DA.

Eligible organisations that can apply for funding include environmental organisations, voluntary groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.

The application deadlines are the 9th November 2010 for the main and small grants programme. The deadline for the Biodiversity Action Fund is the 29th January 2011.
 
 
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Funding for Charities in the Education, Health & Criminal Justice Sectors (UK)
 
Antigone, Martha Lane Fox's Foundation,has announced that its open to applications from charities in the education, health and criminal justice sectors working with socially excluded people.

The Foundation is interested in helping charities think through how they use web and mobile technologies. The Foundation are looking to support projects that can show that they:

  • are improving people's lives
  • are managed by inspired and dedicated people
  • have ambitions for developing their work on a bigger scale.

The next deadline for applications is the 31st January 2011.

For more information visit their website

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Funding for Music Making Activities (England)
 
Youth Music, the UK's largest children's music charity has announced its grant making programme is open for applications. Through its "Open Programme", grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 are available to support projects that provide music-making activities for children and young people in support of Youth Music's goals. Youth Music will fund any non profit-making organisation more than one year old, that is committed to music-making activities for children and young people up to 18 (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs, disabilities or are in detention).

Youth Music aims to support music making activities principally in out of school hours such as during weekends, holidays as well as in breakfast and after schools clubs. Youth Music understands that programmes may need to begin in school hours especially if the proposal involves encouraging first time participation in music. To help with this, Youth Music will consider applications for programmes where up to 25% of the time is spent in school hours. The proposed programme should aim to encourage children and young people to eventually make music outside of school hours.

The next closing date for applications is the 10th December 2010.

For more information visit their website

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Healthy Hearts Grants (UK)
 
Heart Research UK is now inviting applications under its Healthy Heart Grants Scheme. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

There are two applications rounds per year. Applications are only accepted during January and February for the May round of grants and July and August for grants awarded in November, each year.

For more information visit their website

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Facilities Grant Scheme (England & Wales)
 
Schools as well as other educational establishments, local authorities and other not-for-profit organisations are able to apply for funding to build develop and/or refurbish facilities in order to sustain and/or increase participation in football and other sporting activities.

The types of facilities that can be developed / refurbished include:

  • Grass pitches drainage/improvements
  • Changing rooms
  • Floodlights
  • Artificial turf pitches
  • Pavilions and clubhouses

Funding is also available for revenue purposes eg. a football development officer.

The Foundation will usually fund up to 50% of eligible costs but can in exceptional circumstances fund up to 90% of eligible project costs.

Applications to the scheme can be made at any time.

For more information visit their website

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Reaching Communities
 
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it is accepting applications to their Reaching

Communities Programme. Reaching Communities provides grants of 10,000 - £500,000 for projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference. BIG wants to fund projects that respond to needs identified by communities and those that fund projects that help those most in need including those people or groups who are hard to reach.

Organisations that can apply for funding include; registered charities; voluntary or community groups; statutory bodies, (including schools); charitable or not-for-profit companies. The budget for Reaching Communities will be at least £100 million each year until 2013.

Applications can be made at any time.

For more information visit their website

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BIG International Programme Opens for Applications (UK)
 
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that its £25 million International Communities programme, which will run from 2010-2015 is now open for applications. The programme aims to help disadvantaged communities overseas by supporting work that tackles the causes of poverty and deprivation and brings about long-term differences to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. These will result in improved:
  • primary education for the most disadvantaged girls and boys
  • health for the most disadvantaged people
  • access to and use of natural resources to benefit the most disadvantaged people
  • ability for the most disadvantaged people to exercise their human rights
  • livelihoods for the most disadvantaged people by enabling communities in need, both rural and urban, to reduce poverty in a sustainable way.

The International Communities programme is open to UK based non-governmental organisations working with overseas partners in Africa, Asia (including the Pacific and Central Asian countries), the Middle East, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Eastern Europe.

BIG will provide grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 to fund projects in all parts of the developing world, which will improve education, health, allocation of natural resources, human rights, and/or livelihoods.

Applications can be made at any time until the 31st March 2014.

For more information visit their website

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Breakfast Club Masterclass Programme (UK)
 
Schools and community organisations who do not have a breakfast club are being invited by ContinYou to apply to join the Breakfast Club Masterclass Programme in order to establish new provision. Schools and organisations that join the programme receive:
  • A day’s training for two people from each school/community organisation.
  • A grant of £350 (to be matched by the school/community organisation)
  • Support in launching their new breakfast club.

Priority will be given to schools and community organisations in the most deprived areas in the UK.

For more information visit their website

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Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK)
 
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced that its grant making programme is open for applications. Within the UK, the Trust makes grants to both organisations and individuals for activities that relate to:
  • Peace and conflict resolution.
  • Promoting racial justice.
  • Power and responsibility.
  • Quaker concerns.

The Trust tends to fund work that is on a national level and there are no maximum grant limits although the Trust does stress that costings need to be realistic.

The next deadline for applications is 9 pm on the 4th January 2011.

For more information visit their website

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Funding to Support Social Entrepreneurs (UK)
 
UnLtd, the national charity that supports social entrepreneurs, has announced that the UnLtd Millennium Awards (Level 2) competition will re-open for applications in February 2011.

UnLtd's Millennium Awards provide practical and financial support to social entrepreneurs in the UK to develop their ideas and projects. Level 2 Awards provides grants of up to £15,000 to support people whose ideas are already developed or pay for the living expenses of Award Winners to help them devote more time to their projects.

In addition, UnLtd also provides grants of between £500 and £5,000 through its Level 1 Awards. The aim of Level 1 awards is to provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to develop new ideas into real projects. UnLtd gives out 1,000 Level 1 Awards each year across the UK. Level 1 Awards are aimed at individuals or informal groups of people who have an idea and want help getting it off the ground.

The money is to help with the running costs of the project. Applications for Level 1 Awards can be submitted at any time.

For more information visit their website

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Better Net Awards (UK)
 
UnLtd together with Nominet Trust, have launched The Better Net Awards, a new programme aimed at providing individuals and groups with support and funding to develop and lead internet based solutions to the problems that affect our society. Grants of up to £5,000 will be available. For those who have an established project with wide reach or demonstrate long-term potential, may be eligible for up to £15,000. To be eligible projects must be original and innovative and meet at least one of the following themes:
  • increase education about the internet & information technology
  • promote and address online safety
  • provide an internet based solution to social, educational, health and environmental issues
  • increase digital inclusion and the use of new media for a social purpose.

Applications to the scheme can be made at any time.

For more information visit their website

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Loan Finance for Social Enterprises (UK)
 
BIGinvest is a specialised provider of finance to social enterprises. Social enterprises are defined as businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profits for shareholders and owners. Loans are available for Commercial property renovation or purchase, equipment purchase, growth or acquisition and working capital. The average size of Big Issue Invest's loans are around £200,000. The minimum loan size is £50,000. Each loan is tailored to each enterprise's stage of development and risk profile, as well as being focused on scale-up.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information visit their website

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Bridging the Gap Programme (England, Scotland and Wales)
 
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations throughout Britain who are contributing to the regeneration of coalfield areas and their communities through their Bridging the Gap Programme. The Trust’s Bridging the Gap Programme can award grants from £500 up to £5,000. Examples of projects or activities that the Bridging the Gap Programme could support include; improvements to a community facility; projects that helps people into employment; training projects that teaches people a new skill or enables them to get a qualification; and setting up a new social enterprise; etc.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the 31st March 2011.