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Big Lottery Fund Research for Impact: Disabled People

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that funding is available for a UK-wide research project that will build better evidence about approaches that enable disabled people to live independently.

The fund will offer a single grant of £5 million over five years to a lead organisation from the voluntary and community sector. The lead organisation will be expected to work in close partnership with a number of other organisations that may be from the voluntary, public or private sectors, including universities. Organisations who do not have the capacity to be a lead partner but are interested in being part of the programme could still be involved by sending their details to

The closing date for applications is noon on the 7th March 2014.

New Programme for Disabled Artists (England & Scotland)

Following the successful Unlimited project which was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of disabled artists, Shape and Arts admin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year commissioning programme to support disabled artists in developing ambitious and high quality work, will be delivered throughout England and Scotland.  ‘Unlimited’ will not only help disabled artists develop their practice and encourage the development of new relationships and collaborations with producers, venues and promoters, but will also increase distribution of disabled artists’ work (through digital means and touring up to an international level), affording greater opportunities for audiences to see the work.  The funding is available both to individual disabled artists and organisations applying on behalf of disabled artists.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on the 17th February 2014.

The Mercers Company Education Programme

The Mercers Company, via its Education Programme makes grants to Charities and State Maintained schools to improve the availability and quality of educational opportunities for children and young adults, especially in London and in particular areas of the West Midlands – Walsall, Sandwell and Telford.  The Company is particularly interested in, and will give priority to projects that:

  • Encourage participation in Science, Maths and Technology
  • Improve educational achievement, particularly for young people aged 5-19
  • Offer educational opportunities for underachieving groups
  • Enrich educational opportunity through innovative projects that use art, drama, dance, music and sport
  • Build students’ social capital, confidence and life skills.

Recent grants awarded include:

Phoenix Secondary and Primary School which received a grant of £8,000 towards a two-year autism project, Autism Ambassadors, developed to address issues around the inclusion of pupils on the autistic spectrum.

Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership which received a grant of £20,000 towards the Aim2Attain programme which provides young people with support from the local business community, enabling them to raise aspirations and progress to University.

The next deadline for application is the 25th February 2014.

Healthy Hearts Grants (UK)

Heart Research UK has announced that the next funding round of its healthy heart grants has re-opened for applications.

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.

The types of projects supported in the past have included:

The Foresight Project in Grimsby which encourages visually impaired people to take regular exercise using tandem bicycles.

The Ross-shire Bravehearts project in Inverness which educates adults with learning difficulties about heart health so they can take part in physical activities.  There are two applications rounds per year.

Applications are only accepted during January and February.

Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (England & Wales)

The Trust for London and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, in partnership with Migration Work CIC, are providing £400,000 as part of the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to NGOs and private law firms to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects vulnerable young migrants including :

  • Asylum
  • Immigration
  • Human rights
  • Family law
  • Community care
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Mental health, etc.

The SLF only funds two kinds of strategic legal action.  These are pre-litigation research and “third party intervention” in an existing case.  For information on previously funded projects please click here.

The next closing date for applications is the 3rd March 2014.

Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (UK)

The European Commission has launched a new call for proposals under the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme.

Under this call for proposals grants are available for transnational projects involving at least two organisations from two different EU countries to:

  • Promote the development of a European society based on respect for Fundamental Rights and rights derived from citizenship of the Union
  • Strengthen civil society and to encourage an open, transparent and regular dialogue with it in respect of fundamental rights
  • Fight against racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism
  • And improve the contacts, exchange of information and networking between legal, judicial and administrative authorities and the legal professions.

The budget available under this call for proposals is € 10.9 million and the Commission’s contribution towards a single project cannot be less than € 75, 000 or more than 80% of total project costs.

Previous projects supported through the programme include:

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts which received a grant of € 129,282 for a project to fight discrimination through the raising of awareness amongst young people of Fundamental Rights and European Citizenship.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 12th March 2014.

Fuserna Foundation Grants Programme (England & Wales)

The Fuserna Foundation has announced that the next application closing date is the 31st March 2014. The Foundation which operates both in the US and England & Wales supports registered charities that:

  • Have difficulty raising funds due to the lack of cash reserves, statutory funding or good contacts and patrons to assist them
  • Have projects that alleviate poverty and financial hardship
  • Relieve sickness and poor health
  • Also support certain “unpopular” causes. Funding is restricted to charities with an income of less than £3 million per year.

The level of grants awarded in the past have ranged from £1,000 – £6,500.

Organisations supported in the past include:

“CHICKS” a national childrens charity which received a grant of £6,500 to provide respite care to 8 young people.

City Hearts in Sheffield which received a grant of £3,000 to help provide safe places for women with serious life issues.

Help the Homeless Grants (UK)

Help the Homeless, a national charity which aims to help homeless people throughout the United Kingdom to resume a normal life, is currently accepting applications from small and medium sized charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £5,000 are available towards capital costs to support projects that assist disadvantaged individuals in their return to mainstream society, through residential or training facilities. Grants to larger charities may be considered if the project is suitable innovative and only possible for a larger organisation to develop it. Previous projects supported include:

  • A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.
  • A grant of £2000 to Spires, a South London Homeless charity towards the cost of providing their daily services to clients, including food and clothing.

The next closing date for applications is the 15th March 2014.

National Portfolio Funding Programme Opens for Applications (England)

The Arts Council England has announced that its National Portfolio Funding Programme 2015 – 18  is now open for applications.

Through its National Portfolio Funding Programme the Arts Council support organisations that can help it deliver its national strategy and objectives and  will provide grants to organisations and consortiums that engage people in England in arts activities or help artists and arts and community organisations in England to carry out their work.  This can include:

  • Attending an arts event
  • Taking part in an arts activity
  • Creating or distributing a work of art.

Funding for the National portfolio is limited. Successful applicants are generally expected to have an outstanding record of prior artistic achievement.  The programme of work that the National Portfolio funding would support must mainly benefit artists, participants or audiences in England, and be relevant to the lives of diverse contemporary audiences. The minimum grant that can be applied for is £40,000 per year.  In addition the Arts Council will also fund Bridge Organisations.  Their role is to provide an environment in which cultural education can flourish both in and out of school.  Bridge organisations are primarily facilitators and are not expected to directly deliver arts opportunities for children and young people. The Bridge role may be undertaken by a museum, an arts organisation or an arts education agency.  The minimum grant that a Bridge organisation can apply for is £500,000 per year.

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 17 March 2014.

Henry Smith’s Charity – Holiday Grants for Children (UK)

The Henry Smith’s Charity has announced that it will start accepting applications through its Holiday Grant for Children Programme from the 1st November 2013 onwards.

Applications can be made by schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability. Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The maximum grant available is £2,500 for any one trip. Grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as we would expect some local partnership funding to be in place.

The closing date for applications will be the 31st March 2014.

Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund (UK)

The National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) has announced that it is seeking applications through the Social Action Innovation Fund.

This is a £14 million Fund to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.  Through the programme, charities, social enterprises, public services and for-profit businesses can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £500,000.  While applicants can be established in any part of the UK, the benefits of their proposals should focus primarily or significantly on England.   The Innovation Fund will focus on a small number of big social challenges.  The current priority is helping unemployed people improve their skills and get back to work, including through supporting enterprise and self-employment.

To apply organisations need to submit an Expression of Interest form by the 31st March 2014.

McDonald’s KickStart Grants (UK)

McDonalds has announced that the next deadline for applications to its Kick Start Grants Programme is the 31st March 2014.

The aim of the programme is to support community football throughout the UK. A total of £75,000 is available this year through the McDonalds Kick Start scheme and local community football teams can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500 for activities such as:

  • Improving club facilities; grounds-keeping tools
  • Training courses
  • Pitch hire
  • Van hire
  • Washing machines for kit; etc.

Individuals can apply for a grant on behalf of their club, as long as they are recognised by their national FA, and have at least one team at or below junior (U18) level. Applicants must be over 18 and involved with the club at some level, such as a coach, volunteer or parent.

For example:

Coplestonians FC received a helping hand to carry out vital clubhouse development – the roof and floor were repaired and they introduced running water and electricity to the facility. The club can now offer refreshments to all teams and parents, as well as provide lighting for the changing areas during evening training sessions.

RBS Inspiring Enterprise Funding Rounds 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced the funding rounds for its “Inspiring Enterprise” programme in 2014.

A total of £1million of grants will be made available to support organisations which help young people and women to start up and succeed in business.  £500,000 of funding is set aside for youth enterprise and a further £500,000 available for women in enterprise.  There will be two funding rounds across the year for both target groups, with £250,000 of funding available in each round.  Application rounds are open for two weeks – they open on a Monday and close two weeks later on the Monday at noon.  The first round of Inspiring Youth Enterprise funding in 2014 opens on Monday 20 January.

The first round of Inspiring Women in Enterprise in 2014 funding opens on Monday 7 April.  For both funding streams grants will be available for projects that “raise enterprise awareness and support women and young people in being more enterprising, exploring the option of self employment and, ultimately, setting up in business.

Erasmus+ Programme 2014 – 2020 Opens for Applications (UK)

The European Commission has announced its first call for proposals under its new Erasmus+ funding programme.   Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020 and will officially start in January 2014.   In total, €1.8 billion in funding will be available from Erasmus+ in 2014 to:

  • Promote mobility opportunities for students, trainees, teachers and other educational staff, young people on youth exchanges, youth leaders and volunteers (the deadline for applications for learning mobility projects is 17 March 2014
  • Create or improve partnerships between education, training and youth institutions and organisations with the world of work (the deadline for applications is in April 2014)
  • Support dialogue and evidence-building needed to deliver reform in education, training and youth systems.

Any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport may apply for funding within the Erasmus+ programme. In addition, groups of young people who are active in youth work, but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation, may apply for funding for learning mobility of young people and youth workers as well as for strategic partnerships in the field of youth.

For further information and details of the call for proposals please click on the link below.

Woodward Charitable Trust – Summer Playscheme Grants Programme (UK)

The Woodward Charitable Trust has announced that its Summer Playscheme Grants Programme will open for applications in February 2014.

Through the programme grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to registered charities for the provision of children’s summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 years.  The charities annual income should be under £100,000. Approximatel 35 grants are awarded each year. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the Trustees are willing to consider funding running costs (including core cost and salaries).

The deadline for receipt of applications for the Summer Playschemes is the 1st April 2014

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK)

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 14th April 2014.

The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust’s aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered.

ICI Education Cooperation Programme Opens for Applications (UK)

The European Commission has announced a new call for proposals under its ICI Education Cooperation Programme.

The general objective of the programme is to enhance mutual understanding between people of the EU and the Partner Countries by stimulating partnerships between higher education and training institutions in the EU and in Partner Countries. This call covers co-operation projects with Australia, Japan, and Republic of Korea. A total of €2.2 million is available to promote Joint Mobility Projects (JMP) and Joint Degree Projects (JDP). The maximum amount of funding on the EU side will be €350 000 for a four-year JDP project with two or more EU institutions and  €190 000 for a three-year JMP project with two EU institutions or €197 500 for a three-year JMP project with three or more EU institution. This call is open to a consortium of higher education institutions and/or post-secondary vocational and training institutions. Applicants must be from one of the Partner Countries and from one of the EU Member States.

The closing date for applications is the 15th May 2014.

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (UK)

BBC Children in Need has announced that the next applications deadline for its Main Grants Programme is the 15th May 2014.

Funding is available to organisations that: work with young people who are suffering from:

  • Illness
  • Dstress; abuse or neglect
  • Are disabled
  • Have behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The Main grants programme is open to applications for grants of over £10,000.

Examples of projects that recently received funding include:

Busy Bodies After School Club in Denbigh which received a grant of £23,700 to provide a range of fun and stimulating activities in a warm and safe environment. Many of the children that attend live in situations of extreme poverty which are not conducive to helping them achieve their potential.

Broxburn United Sports Club, Broxburn, which received a grant of £88,175 to run a variety of sports and healthy activities for children and young people living in an area of deprivation.

BBC Children in Need also work with the Frank Buttle Trust to provide support through the Emergency Essentials programme. This programme supports individual children and young people living with severe poverty, that suffer from a lack of the basic facilities which most of us take for granted and face additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. In particular the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support:

  • Special educational needs
  • Address behavioral problems or promote citizenship
  • Parenting or life skills.

Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2014.


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