Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Dorset County Council has re-opened its Community Innovation fund

Dorset County Council has re-opened its Community Innovation fund to back inventive community projects that can help improve local people’s lives.

There is a total of £75,000 available to Dorset-based community organisations that can show how their project would help achieve the outcomes for local people set out in the county council’s corporate plan.

These are grouped into four key outcomes: making sure people in Dorset are safe, healthy, independent and have a prosperous economy.

The fund aims to support community groups to deliver services that meet local people’s needs.  Successful projects will be those that target people with the greatest needs and reduce demand for the council’s services by giving people the support they need early on.
Groups are invited to bid for grants of up to £8,000. There is also a ‘Micro’ grants fund for smaller amounts of up to £2,000 as the council wants the fund to be able to reach all parts of Dorset’s communities.

Cllr Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council leader, said
“We want to support community projects that can demonstrate how they support the council’s top priorities for local people.

“For example, as part of our aim to ensure people in Dorset are healthy we want to make sure people adopt healthy lifestyles and lead active lives.

“The important element is that the projects must be resident-driven with evidence of the benefits for people and the contribution they will make to helping improve the lives of people in Dorset.”

Apply for a grant through the Community Innovation Fund, view the application guidance and support materials.
This round of the grant will close on Friday 21 September.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Remembrance Day grants for Silhouettes, Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Communities can apply for fully funded grants to purchase Silhouettes to hold their own remembrance event, thanks to a new programme from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. With the centenary of the end of World War One approaching, communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about how they can commemorate and bring people together to remember. This programme will allow communities to access our silhouettes for benches and chairs free of charge. These silhouettes can be placed within community halls, places of worship and places of education, bringing to mind those who went to war and did not return.

You can apply for an award to purchase up to 10 silhouettes. As part of the award, your organisation will need to hold a self-funded event to bring your local community together.

Applications are open between 1st and 30th June 2018.

More information on the Trust website  http://www.covenantfund.org.uk under  Our Grants Programme.

Weston Anniversary Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation

In 2018 the Weston Garfield Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary. As part of these celebrations Foundation have launched the Weston Anniversary Fund. This one-off grants scheme will fund Capital projects that provide new, or improve existing community facilities for people across the UK. The fund is open to UK registered charities, CIOs, state maintained schools and places of worship, where the project has a clear benefit to the local community and will provide grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 per project. The type of projects funded could include:

 *   New building or extension to an existing building for community use e.g. a new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility
 *   Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use
 *   Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial in supporting local people e.g. minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community cafĂ© fit out etc.
 *   Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25-year lease with a clear community benefit.

The closing date for applications is the 30th June 2018.

If this fund doesn’t fit your particular charity or project, then you may want to consider applying to our ongoing, regular grants scheme at garfieldweston.org - https://garfieldweston.org/apply-to-us/

Monday, 9 January 2017

WHSmith Community Grant (UK)

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates.

There are two application rounds each year. The deadline for the current funding round is the 31st March 2017. The next deadline will be the 30th September 2017. Read more at: https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/community-grants-application/

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

The Weavers' Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 30 November 2016.

Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society.

The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.

Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000.

Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. http://www.weavers.org.uk/content/grant-application-guidelines