April 2017 | Newsletter

With the start of the new financial year, money is definitely on many people’s minds. Make sure your charity cashes in on some of the exciting opportunities we’ve found for you!


How Would You Improve Your Neighbourhood? My Community offers a range of funding for community initiatives:

  • Community businesses
  • Community-led affordable housing
  • Neighbourhood planning
  • Community buildings (e.g. a swimming pool or community centre)
  • Community assets (e.g. a local pub)

Alongside financial assistance, My Community can offer practical help: for example, expert technical and legal advice if you are writing a neighbourhood plan. If you feel inspired, check out the My Community website: you could be the start of something great for your neighbourhood!


Sport England Launches New Funding Stream! Sport England recently announced a new pot of funding which will be used to support people to stay active. Helping the Active Stay Active When Life Changes will make grants to organisations for projects that enable people who are currently active to stay active during and after a big life change – like having a baby, becoming ill or injured, or starting a new job. Organisations don’t have to be sport-related to apply for funding – any organisation that comes into contact with people at a transitional stage in their lives can apply. The fund will consider grants for up to 4 years, and Sport England envisages grants to be in the range of £50,000 – £500,000. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Monday 22nd May. For more information, see the Sport England website.


What Would You Do With £10,000? Beware of the Bull will be running our highly acclaimed Write A Successful Awards For All Bid course in two new locations during June. The course will take place at Voluntary Action Islington (London) on Friday 9th June from 1.30pm – 4.30pm, then one week later at The Street, Scarborough. Designed for those who have either never applied to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All fund, or those who have applied and been rejected, this course will teach you everything you need to know to write a winning application. Beware of the Bull has a 100% success rate with grant applications to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. During 2015 we applied for 9 grants, all of which were successful, netting a total of £88,620 for charities and voluntary groups. We share our way to success with this half-day course – for more information, and to book, visit our website. Previous participants’ comments include: “I couldn’t believe how easy it was. We sent our form in a week after the course in York and have just received our grant for nearly £10,000!” “Thank you for explaining it so clearly – I feel completely confident to get this grant now.”


BBC Children in Need If your charity works with disadvantaged children and young people, Children in Need could be the funder for you. The charity has identified seven ‘building blocks’ that it sees as essential for young people to achieve their potential:

  • Being physically safe
  • Being physically well
  • Being emotionally well
  • Having strong self-belief
  • Having positive relationships
  • Having essential skills
  • Being positively empowered

Projects should help children and young people to move past disadvantage, and in turn, strengthen these ‘building blocks’ in their lives. Children in Need provides two levels of grants:

  • Small Grants – grants of up to £10,000 per year, for up to 3 years
  • Main Grants – grants of over £10,000 per year, for up to 3 years

There is no formal upper limit on the size of Main Grants, but the charity advise that it is unusual for them to fund more than £40,000 per year – and most grants are for much less. The next deadline for applications for both the Main Grants and Small Grants is midnight on 1st June. Applications should be made via the online forms on the Children in Need website.


Bag Your Grant The high street bookshop WH Smith offers small grants through its associated trust. Funding for the WH Smith Trust is generated through the 5p plastic bag charge now in operation throughout the UK. The aims of the trust are to support good causes in the local communities where WH Smith operates, and to promote literacy and a love of reading. Schools, registered charities and voluntary/community organisations are eligible to apply for grants of up to £500 from the Trust. There are two annual application rounds – 1st October to 31st March, and 1st April to 30th September – and at the end of each six month period grant applications will be reviewed and grants issued.  Applying is quick and easy – just an online form which can be found here.


Foyle Foundation This charitable foundation makes grants in two areas: arts and learning. Under the theme of the arts, they seek to make grants for:

  • helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects
  • encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists
  • building projects that improve or re-equip existing arts venues (rather than construction of new facilities, although this will not be excluded)
  • projects that reduce overheads or which help generate additional revenue

Grants made under the theme of learning will usually be for:

  • libraries, museums and archives
  • special educational needs and learning difficulties
  • projects that reduce overheads or which help generate additional revenue will also be considered

Grants made through these main schemes will generally be in the range of £10,000 – £50,000. The Foundation also makes smaller grants towards school libraries, and for projects in almost any charitable field that are run by charities with an income of less than £100,000. There are no deadlines – for more information and to access the application form, visit the Foundation’s website.


Are You A Local Charity? If your charity or voluntary/community organisation is small and locally-based, make sure you don’t forget about your local Community Foundation! The Community Foundation network covers all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England. Each Community Foundation collates and administers a selection of funds which make grants to organisations in the local area. You can find your local Community Foundation via the UK Community Foundations website.


The Dulverton Trust – Increased Grantmaking This charitable trust makes grants to registered charities that:

  • As a minimum operate at city or county level
  • Have an annual income greater than £200,000 and less than £10 million, though the Trustees give preference to charities with an annual income below £5 million
  • Meet one of their priority areas

The Trust’s priority areas for grantmaking are:

  • Youth opportunities
  • General welfare
  • Conservation
  • Preservation
  • Peace and humanitarian support
  • Africa

They have recently received an extra £400,000 which will enable more grants to be made under the Youth Opportunities and General Welfare categories during this financial year.  The Trust usually makes one-off grants, which are generally for £10,000 – £30,000. In addition to financial support, the Trust has a ‘Grants Plus’ policy whereby eligible organisations may be offered practical support such as the use of the Trust’s boardroom or pro bono consultancy support.  There are no deadlines – Trustees meet in February, June and October. Applications should be made online, via the Trust’s website.


Working With Young People In York? The Ed de Nunzio Charitable Trust makes grants for organisations in York that work with children and young people, with the aim of helping them to reach their full potential. The Trust primarily supports children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds offering them opportunities to expand their physical, educational, social and emotional horizons. Applications for grants must be for the benefit of 5-21 year olds who live in York and the York area. Grants ranging from £100 to £10,000 will be considered. Applications should be made on the Trust’s application form, which can be obtained by completing the eligibility contact form on the bottom page of the Trust’s website.


Cash In On The New Pound! Last week with the introduction of the new pound coin, many charities launched fundraising campaigns asking the public to consider donating their old-style coins. Could your charity do the same? Charity Digital News unpacks the existing campaigns here.


The Swire Charitable Trust This charitable trust makes grants in 3 main areas:

  • Community and social welfare
  • Education and training
  • Heritage

The Community strand makes grants towards projects that will enable long-term positive change for disadvantaged people, with a particular focus on:

  • Young people leaving care
  • People with physical and learning disabilities
  • Homeless people
  • Ex-servicemen and women
  • Victims of slavery and human trafficking

The Education strand makes grants towards projects that are:

  • Working to narrow the attainment gap for disadvantaged and marginalised children
  • Targeting improvements in essential skills such as literacy and numeracy
  • Empowering young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), or marginalised adults, to engage with education or training

The Heritage strand funds charities working to restore neglected buildings and monuments which can contribute to community regeneration, particularly in areas of deprivation – prioritising projects that create employment and volunteering opportunities for the local community. There is no minimum or maximum amount of grant request, although the Trust states that “we base our grants on the amount requested and the size of organisation, we may award more or less than you applied for… the amount requested will only be used for guidance and the size of the grant will be entirely at the discretion of the trustees”. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.