April 2019 | Newsletter

Springing forward into April, we thought we’d bring you this month’s too-good-to-be-true funding opportunities on the 2nd – so you’d better believe it folks, not an April fool in sight! 
Bargain Training Session on Grant Funding 
New 2 hour training session for just £40: ‘Grant Funding: All You Need to Know’. 

Coffee, cake and fantastic funding expertise for your organisation! 
Time: 15:00 – 17:00 
Location: Priory Street Centre, York

You will learn:what funders mean by ‘need’
how to describe what your project’s outcomes will be
where you can find out about grants.
The answers to these and many more pressing questions about grant funding will be revealed at this lively and informative training session. Suitable for staff, volunteers or trustees of groups and projects looking for grants to help them achieve their aims. Learning is through a mixture of fun, interactive exercises and classroom teaching. All course resources are provided, together with refreshments and an information pack to take away.

Thanks to National Lottery funding, this course is available at a big discount rate of just £6 to groups and projects based in the City of York Council area.

Spaces are limited and going quickly so reserve yours now!

Book here

April Deadline for Organisations Working with Vulnerable Young People The Magdalen Hospital Trust offers one-off grants of between £500 and £2,000 fororganisations working with vulnerable children and young adults, especially those at risk of sexual and other forms of exploitation.

The Trust prefers to fund project costs rather than core costs. Projects can include those that provide training for work and personal development, clubs, crime prevention, emergency care, play schemes, mental health support and counselling.
Applications are accepted between 1st – 30th April – apply online here

AB Charitable Trust – Funding for Humanitarian Organisations

Grants towards project or core costs, of between £7,000 & £15,000 are available for charities registered and working in the UK, supporting any of thefollowing:

  • migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • prisoners and penal reform
  • human rights, particularly access to justice. 

The next application deadline is 10th May 2019, for consideration in July. 

To find out more, please visit their website here. See the ‘applying for a grant’ section of the website, which details a helpful list of questions which are included in the application form. 

Looking to Fund Community Building Works? 
The Screwfix Foundation support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for people in need throughout theUK. Funding of up to £5,000 is available. 

To be eligible you should: 

  • be a registered charity or not for profit organisation
  • be helping those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK
  • be running a project that relates to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings. 

The next quarterly application review is in May, so you need to complete your application in April to be considered in this round.

Click here to visit the Screwfix Foundation website.

Masonic Charitable Foundation
The Foundation makes grants to registered charities in England and Wales working with people affected by poverty and disadvantage, sickness or disability, or barriers to education and employment. Current funding categories are:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Reducing isolation in later life
  • Medical research into degenerative disease
  • Care services in the hospice sector

The next grants application deadline is 31 May 2019, 4pm, although applications are reviewed on a first come first served basis, so you are adv9sed to submit your application form as soon as possible during the time frame.

To find out more – visit the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s website.

Swire Charitable Trust
Funding for registered charities, with a focus on community and social welfare, education and training, and heritage. The Trust gives the following useful guidance:

  • Welfare – charities that help to foster long-term positive change in thelives of disadvantaged people and their communities, with a particular focus on those working with young people leaving care, ex-Services, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
  • Opportunity – charities that help children and adults from all backgrounds to fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents, with a preference for charities aiming to narrow the attainment gap for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, or  equip young people with theessential skills they need to re-engage them with education and employment.
  • Heritage – charities working to restore neglected buildings and monuments which can contribute to community regeneration, particularly in areas of deprivation. The trustees would especially like to hear from smaller heritage charities that focus on providing employment, training or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged members of their local communities. 

There are no set limits to grant amounts – you are advised to ask for the sum you require. Every appeal is considered on its own merits – so be aware that the awards made may differ from the amount requested.

Applications are welcomed all year around. Requests are allocated to the next appropriate meeting, depending on the size of the request.

To find out more, please visit the website here.

Sport England Small Grants 

Sport England is a distrubutor of National Lottery funding. Small Grants awards can be any amount from from £300 to £10,000. The programme offers funding to projects involving adults and young people aged 14 or over which meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Get inactive people to become more active
  • Develop lasting sporting habits
  • Engender more positive attitudes among young people
  • Develop more diverse volunteers
  • Improve progression and inclusion among the most talented
  • Projects working with mixed age groups may still be considered if there is a focus on people aged 14 and over.

You can apply if you organisation is a non-for-profit, voluntary or community club or organisation, registered charity, not-for-profit company or community interest group. social enterprises, schools or statutory bodies are also eligible.

To find out more, visit the Sport England website here.

JustGiving Removes Platform Fees for UK Charities 
The online fundraising platform JustGiving is waiving all platform fees for UK charities.

Previously, a 5% platform fee was charged to charities using the website. Instead, donors are now able to make a voluntary contribution to support JustGiving’s operation.

 Find out more here

Attention Small Groups in York
Starting this month, Beware of The Bull is hosting a series of York-specific, local networking events for voluntary groups and projects. The aim is to learn, share, make links and grow social action across the city. 

  • Informal drop-in session
  • Speak directly to funding experts
  • Connect with other local organisations
  • Have your questions answered
  • Refreshments provided

Why not drop in to the first session, Tuesday 16 April at Priory Street Centre (York CVS), from 3pm – 5pm?

Are You a Community Organisation in Yorkshire & The Humber? 
Applications open in May for the next round of People’s Health Trust Active Communities grants – a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years.

Trustees say they are looking for small and local projects –  great ideas from local people coming together with a common interest to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly. 

The two stage application process begins with an online form. There’s step by step guidance online to help you along the way but if you need any support, contact the People’s Health Trust on 020 7749 9100 or email at: enquiries@peopleshealthtrust.org.uk 

To find out more, click here.

The Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust 
This small trust gives grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities based in Yorkshire or benefiting Yorkshire directly, delivering work that supports:

  • relief of hardship amongst children
  • older people and people with disabilities, or
  • medical research projects.

The next deadline is Friday 26 April. To request funding you should download and fill in the application form available here. Send your completed form by post to the Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust along with any other relevant information, particularly enclosing a copy of your latest audited or examined accounts to the present year, together with the Annual Report.  

For more information, click here to visit the website. 

Sir George Martin Trust 
This funder gives small grants to projects and organisations which improve thelives of people in West or North Yorkshire. They prefer to give grants that will cover a specific item rather than ‘chip in’ towards a wider project. The Trust has a wide range of interests:

  • children and young people
  • environment
  • health, including mental health
  • heritage
  • music and the arts
  • older people
  • disability
  • sports
  • social welfare
  • education.

Registration opens 1 April 2019, 10am, and the application deadline is 29th April, with funding decisions announced by 19th July. 

Please email info@sirgeorgemartintrust.org.uk or telephone 01423 810222 to request the application form.
For information on the application process, click here to view their website.