Funding

Funding Opportunities from the Postcode Lottery

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A number of different grant opportunities have been made available from the Postcode Lottery.

People’s Postcode Trust’s Community Project Small Grants – Round 2
Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.
The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.
The Trust will consider projects which focus on:
• Employability and skills development programmes.
• Promotion of human rights through combatting discrimination.
• Poverty prevention.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.
There is a two-stage application process.
Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 August to 15 August 2018.
http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

The Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces
The Trust aims to provide financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.
In 2018 Postcode Local Trust will provide short-term, designated funding for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:
• Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials
• Outdoor education and heritage
• Green energy projects and flood prevention.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000.
The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.
Applicants that are registered with OSCR/Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.
http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/

Postcode Community Trust Opens for Round 2 of Community Grants
Funding for projects which improve health and wellbeing in Great Britain.
Charities and other not-for-profit organisations with projects in Great Britain that improve health and wellbeing have two weeks to submit their initial application.
The People’s Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to effect change in their own communities. The Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The Trust provides short-term, designated funding for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain.
The Trust will consider projects which improve health and wellbeing through:
• Grassroots sports, arts and recreation projects that improve health and wellbeing.
• Projects that improve the health of communities, through, for example, first aid courses, befriending, counselling or reducing isolation.
The projects can be up to 12 months in length.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.
There is a two-stage application process.
Stage one applications for Round 2 will be accepted from 1 August to 15 August 2018.
http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

Get your application in now – Calderdale Community grants scheme, up to £1000 available…

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Calderdale Community Grants Schemes
The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.Calderdale Council CMBC
The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.
The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.
There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale
To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:
• Be a voluntary, community or faith group
• Be properly constituted
• Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
• Be open and accessible to the community you serve
• Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Tuesday 1st August 2017.  For further details visit the Grants pages on Festivals and Events and the Small Grants Scheme or emailgrants@calderdale.gov.uk.

Funding from Rosa’s Voices from the Front Line

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Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, has announced the second round of Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline grants programme.

Established in June 2008, Rosa is the first UK-wide charitable fund specifically aimed at supporting projects that promote justice and equality for women and girls.

Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline Grants Programme is designed to support women’s organisations to promote their fight for gender equality in the UK through charitable advocacy work.

The programme offers one-off grants of between £500 and £2,000 and expects that up to 25 projects will be supported in 2017/18. The funding is for charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars of leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice.

Rosa is looking to support a range of women’s voluntary and community organisations, from those who are just beginning to make their voices heard, to those looking to begin to catalyse change at a higher level.

Given that the fund aims to address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out most, proposals from organisations that support disadvantaged women and girls, such as the following, are particularly welcomed:

  • Homeless
  • Refugees and seeking asylum
  • LGBT
  • BME
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Survivors of gender violence
  • From low income backgrounds

The funding can be used to cover costs relating to increasing the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

Grants will be awarded for projects that:

  • Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.
  • Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars.
  • Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.
  • Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.

Creative approaches are encouraged. Examples of work that will be supported include:

  • Coaching or travel costs for a service user to speak at an event or national conference.
  • Presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies.
  • Costs of creating campaign materials, such as posters, infographics or videos.
  • Articulating the story of one woman to champion an organisation’s work.
  • Making a case to local commissioners for the value of the group’s service.
  • Meeting costs with local/national government representatives or for planning a campaign.

Women’s sector voluntary and community organisations in the UK can apply as long as they have a written governing document, have been active for at least one year and can produce annual accounts for an entire year, a governing body or management committee with at least three unrelated members, and a UK-based bank or building society account in the organisation’s name with at least two unrelated signatories.

Although it is not required to be a registered charity, the applicant’s activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2017 (5pm).

Full details can be found on Rosa’s website.

Funding for Community Groups from Skipton Building Society

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Skipton Building Society is providing its Grassroots Giving programme for a fifth year in a row to small, local community groups in the UK.

The Skipton Building Society established the Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. It offered 160 donations of £500 to local grassroots groups and organisations that are “passionate about making life better for others” but which get very little support elsewhere. The winners were chosen by a public vote.

This year, there are 164 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK.

The funding will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities. Priority will be given to projects which get very little support elsewhere.

Local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people, from across the UK may apply. Groups should have an annual net profit of less than £10,000.

The online application runs from 2 May 2016 to the end of July 2017.

Following the application closing date, a shortlist of organisations will be compiled and listed on the Grassroots Giving website. The public will then be free to vote for their favourite organisation, and the winning groups will be announced in early November 2017.

Please note that registered charities may not apply.

Full details can be found on Skipton Building Society website.

Big Lottery Workshop at VAC

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vac-logoVAC have organised an event with the Big Lottery staff to talk to groups about People in the Lead… Find out more…

Wednesday 26 January 2017 – 1pm to 3pm
At VAC, Hall Street Halifax, HX1 5AY

Click here to view the agenda

There will be an opportunity to talk to Big Lottery staff and VAC staff will be available at the end of the session so do please bring your idea/project with you to discuss.

Please note: The session is only open for groups that have never applied for funding from the lottery or have applied but been unsuccessful.

Call 01422 348777 ext 210 or email training@cvac.org.uk to book a place

Opportunities for better flood protection at home

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Calderdale Council is looking for people whose homes flooded in December 2015 to come forward to apply for extra grants for flood protection work, and to be involved in promoting this work to other residents… read more…

Four homeowners from across Calderdale will be able to benefit from the £5000 Repair and Renewal grant, the £1000 Community Foundation grant and a further £10,000 grant per home from the Council’s £3 million programme for flood prevention and resilience work.

People who own and live in their own homes are invited to apply for the additional grant funding to make their properties as resilient as possible against future flood risk.

Bags of Help Programme Offers Monthly Grants to Community Groups

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The Tesco’s Bags of Help grants programme invites customers to vote for their favourite community project every month.

Until now the awards programme has been run every nine months. The new monthly format is expected to result in more than 7,000 community projects across England, Scotland and Wales receiving funding each year.

Tesco offers grants through its Bags of Help Programme which is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.

Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded and three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. In each region, the project that receives the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000.

The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces.

A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply. This includes voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, community interest companies, friends of groups with a constitution, schools, health bodies, parish, town and community councils.

Click here for further information or to apply for a grant

Calderdale Community Grants Schemes

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The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.

Community Small Grants Scheme

The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.

Community Festivals and Events

The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.

There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale

To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:

  • Be a voluntary, community or faith group
  • Be properly constituted
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
  • Be open and accessible to the community you serve
  • Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Wednesday 1 February 2017. The Small Grants Panel will meet to consider eligible applications on Thursday 16 February 2017.

For further details visit the Grants pages here or email grants@calderdale.gov.uk.

Lifeline launching new project to support military veterans

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Lifeline Project, with funding from the Armed Forces Covenant, are launching an exciting new project to support military veterans affected by alcohol use, and their families.

As part of the launch there will be an event held on Tuesday 8 November – 3pm to 6pm
At Orange Box, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1AF,

The money awarded by The Armed Forces Covenant has enabled MARCH (Military Achieving Recovery and Choosing Health) to be launched. MARCH is a specialist service working across Calderdale, Bradford and Rotherham aiming to reduce alcohol related harm and improve the employability, health and well-being and family relationships of veterans affected by alcohol and offending.

Part of this funding will provide specialist training to services working within the criminal justice system ensuring veterans with alcohol issues and involved in offending behaviour are identified and offered support at the earliest opportunity.

Working in partnership with other agencies, MARCH will offer Veterans a wide range of support including access to diversionary activities, one to one support and group programmes.

£50,000 fund launched for events and festivals

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Local community groups can apply for a share of a new £50,000 fund set up by Calderdale Council to help put on events and festivals in the area.

The Council has launched the second round of grants under a scheme set up in March 2016 to help boost tourism, trade and morale after the Boxing Day… read more …

The first round of grants helped to kick-start popular events across Calderdale – the Brighouse 1960s weekend, ‘A Reet Royd Waater Do’ in Mytholmroyd, the Handmade Parade in Hebden Bridge, Elland Carnival and Mytholmroyd Arts Festival.

The Council also awarded £4000 for Hebden Bridge Community Association’s Hebden Royd Alternative Christmas.

Community groups have until Thursday 1 September to apply for funding. Find out more and apply on the Council’s website: Community festival and event fund.