News from our Community Development and Funding team…
We welcome the new vSpa workers Nayyer Bhatti, Karen Chesters and Janet Wignall who have taken up their new posts and currently learning the ropes. They have varied and extensive knowledge of the Voluntary Sector and Adult Social Care and we look forward to implementing the single point of access scheme with them.
The next Communities and Equalities meeting will be 10th December at 9.30am at SDDC, more details from Pam Wood to follow.
Please watch this space for news on Funding Seminars and Information. Working with the District Council we will be providing some sessions around fundraising and Social Media in the new year following from Kevin Curley’s speech at our recent AGM. (Transcript and useful handouts with loads of funding pointers can be found on our website http://sdcvs.org.uk.)
We have two Small Local Grants Managed here at the CVS:-
1) Self- Help Group Support- Apply at any time
South Derbyshire CVS administers the voluntary sector Community Care self help fund. If you are thinking of setting up a health or social care related peer support group , and live in South Derbyshire you can apply for up to £500- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org an application form.
2) South Derbyshire Partnership- Health and Wellbeing Small Grants Fund – Apply at any time
The aim of the Health and Wellbeing Small Grants Fund is to support voluntary and community groups whose activities contribute to the good health and wellbeing of people in South Derbyshire.
The fund is administered by South Derbyshire CVS on behalf of the South Derbyshire Partnership.
● Who can apply?
Any voluntary or community group which has a constitution or set of rules and which supports people living or working in the district of South Derbyshire can apply. The group must also have a bank account with at least two signatories although South Derbyshire CVS will be able to hold grants for newly formed groups.
● How much can we apply for?
Grants are between £200 and £1000 and can be used to match fund.
● What kind of activities may be funded?
Activities must have a positive effect on people’s general health and wellbeing but can address physical, mental or social issues.
● Who do we want to reach?
Activities aimed at the following communities will be given priority:
- People living with long term conditions
- People with poor mental health
- Older and vulnerable people
● What can we apply for?
Groups can apply for both capital, e.g. equipment, and revenue, e.g. additional staff costs, volunteers’ expenses. For example a group wishing to start a dance class could apply for the cost of paying a sessional class leader, room hire costs and the cost of buying a CD player.
For more information and to request an application form, please contact: Cathy Miles Cathym@sdcvs.org.uk
National Funding Opportunities
The last funding ebulletin detailed some local grant schemes, here are some national ones that may be applicable to your group or organisation:
The Grow your Tenner 2014 campaign has launched with donations of up to £10 will be matched by Localgiving.com. This means that taking Gift Aid and fees into account, every £10 donation will be worth £21.55. Monthly donations of up to £10 per month for six months will also be matched. All charities with active memberships are eligible to receive match funding, with up to £12,000 available for each group depending how long the money lasts. Localgiving is an online donation site, which unusually allows groups which are not charities, but have charitable objects, to claim Gift Aid, the refund of income tax on donations. This can particularly benefits smaller community groups. There is a cost to join, and a fee taken from donations, but if you regularly receive online donations it could be very useful. For further information visit http://localgiving.com/gyt/about.
Applicants to the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme will be offered additional funds to develop their organisation’s knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver more effective and sustainable services. Funding of up to 10 percent of a project, to a maximum of £15,000, will be available. The money will need to be spent by the end of the first year of the funded project. To be eligible, applicants must have been successful at the first stage of the Reaching Communities application process.
For further information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/press-releases/england/151014_eng_rc_develop-skills-and-knowledge.
The Government's International Development Department has launched the UK Aid Direct fund to help small and medium-sized organisations make an even bigger difference in the developing world. The fund will run over five years, with a total of £30million in new grants available in the first round. It offers community partnerships grants of up to £250,000 for small UK-based non-profit organisations with an annual income below £1,000,000, and impact grants of between £250,000 and £4,000,000 to medium-sized non-profit organisations based in the UK or in one of the department’s priority countries with 25 percent match funding needed. The first funding round will focus on health, and welcomes applications with a specific focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The deadline is Friday 21 November. For further information visit www.gov.uk/international-development-funding/uk-aid-direct.
The Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying Grant will make grants of £100,000 to £750,000 to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with creative ideas to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in England’s schools and playgrounds. The Government has made it clear that it does not want any young person to go to school dreading the treatment that he or she will receive and that it is unacceptable for a child to be bullied, victimised or harmed in any way. This fund is a way of working towards that. They are particularly interested in bids that engage in partnership with at least one high performing school so that good practice can be shared. The deadline for Stage One applications is 12noon on Thursday 3 December 2014. For further information visit https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/Common/View%20Notice.aspx?site=1000&lang=en¬iceid=1617209&fs=true.
Registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, churches and community interest groups can apply for a small grant of up to £10,000 or a larger main grant for projects of up to three years from Children in Need. Projects must benefit children and young people aged 18 years and younger who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. The next deadline for small grant applications is Monday 1 December 2014 and for main grant applications Thursday 15 January 2015. For further information visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1N4ddmFHns8VPKjyp3PMYwn/apply-for-a-grant.
The Education Endowment Fund gives grants above £50,000 for projects that improve the educational attainment of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. Their focus is on supporting projects that are likely to show a measurable impact. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 1 April 2015. For further information visit http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funding.
When starting school, children from the poorest backgrounds are up to 19 months behind others of the same age in development of vocabulary, and the difference persists throughout their schooling. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Sutton Trust have launched a £1million Parental Engagement Fund to support organisations to develop methods of working with parents to bridge the gap in the early and primary school years. Funding for the projects will range from £50,000 to £200,000 over two to three years. Applications are open until Friday 5 December. For further information visit www.suttontrust.com/programmes/parental-engagement-fund.
First World War heritage grantsof £3,000 to £10,000 are available from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help people discover more about the war, and mark the centenary. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants. The Heritage Lottery Fund also provide grants of more than £10,000 for First World War projects through other current funding schemes. For further information visit www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/first-world-war-then-and-now.
The Neighbourhood Planning programme funds the production of neighbourhood plans has proven extremely popular and funds for the £7,000 grants have been spent. Further money has now been allocated by the Government to cover expenditure from November 2014 to March 2015, until the next budget starts in April. For further information about applying for a bridging grant or for direct support visit http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is offering grants up to £2,000 for local groups to host an event which encourages new communities to formally embark on neighbourhood planning. The workshop must be run by knowledgeable and enthusiastic advocate of neighbourhood planning, with the aim of giving a community the information they need to begin the neighbourhood planning process. The funding is aimed especially at areas that have a low take up of neighbourhood planning, and meetings should be able to attract at least 10 communities. For further information visit http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/apply.
British Science Week community grantsis a new scheme offering £500 for community groups to promote science to people who may not traditionally be engaged with science. These might be people from BME communities, people with low socio-economic status, those not in education employment or training, or who live in a remote and rural location. The deadline is Tuesday 2 December. For further information visit http://britishscienceweek.org/plan/grants.