April 2022 | Newsletter

April is well and truly underway – with the bank holiday weekend coming up, why not take 5 minutes to scroll through the list of fab funding opportunities we’ve rounded up for you this month – plus some exciting news from Beware of the Bull!

We Are Hiring!
Beware of the Bull is seeking to fill the new role of part-time Funding & Research Worker at our fundraising consultancy in York. We work as a small team, providing services including grants fundraising, evaluation, research and training for a portfolio of charities and not-for-profits from across the UK. 

The purpose of this new role is to support delivery of our core development work tasks for clients, with a focus on preparing grant funding applications and conducting evaluation studies. The ideal candidate will have a keen eye for detail, with great verbal and written communication skills. Beware of the Bull operates a flexible working system, and we are happy to accommodate home working but the expectation is that the postholder will work at least one full day per week in our office (central York).

Applications will be accepted up to 5pm, Thursday 12 May, with interviews taking place week commencing 23rd May 2022. The application pack for the role can be downloaded here.

Steel Charitable Trust
This charitable trust has now launched its new grantmaking policy – so may be worth checking out even if your organisation was previously ineligible. The trust makes grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to registered or exempt charities (including CIOs) in the UK. To be eligible for a grant, your organisation must have an annual income of over £50,000 and have at least 1 year of accounts.

Applications can be made under the following categories:
Arts and Heritage
Health (with a focus on either mental health or healthcare for older people)
Social or Economic Disadvantage (with a focus on either disadvantaged children or housing & homeless people)

Applications can be for core, capital or project funding. The next deadline for applications is 20th April – for more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Asda Foundation
The Asda Foundation has deadlines coming up for 2 of its open funding schemes:

U18 Better Starts Grant
Grants for projects working with young people aged under 18, which support at least one of the fund’s objectives:
Supporting Essentials: activities that focus on the provision of healthy, nutritious food for under-18s, and hygiene and health related supplies for children
Being Active: ensuring every child has the opportunity to be active, be part of a team, exercise and feel like they belong
Improving Wellbeing: activities that support children’s mental health, enabling them to be creative, attend a group and feel like they belong
Celebrating and Bringing Children Together: funding to bring together groups of under-18s within communities to celebrate what matters to them

Empowering Local Communities Grant
Grants for projects working with over-18s, which support at least one of the fund’s objectives:
Building Resilient Communities: supporting community groups with the equipment, essentials and facilities to enable activity to take place
Active Lives: supporting participation in group physical activities, encouraging people to lead more active lifestyles and for everyone to feel able to participate
Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals: helping to bring communities together to share experiences and celebrate what matters to them
Leading Healthier Lives: supporting activities that improve health in body, mind and soul

Grants under both strands can be for amounts between £500 and £1,500, and project activities must start or take place before 5th June. The deadline for applications for both strands is 15th April – for more information, and to apply, visit the Asda Foundation website.

Seeking Heritage Funding?
Don’t forget about the Heritage Funding Directory – a fantastic free resource provided by the Heritage Alliance in partnership with the Architectural Heritage Fund. The Directory has a list of over 400 sources of grants for heritage projects in the UK – check it out here.

Youth Music – New Grants Structure
Youth Music has restructured its grantmaking – replacing the previous Funds A, B, and C are two new funding streams:

Trailblazer Fund – Grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 for organisations that want to support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn and earn in music, through innovative projects that test, trial, or break the status quo

Catalyser Fund – Grants of between £30,001 and £300,000 for established organisations that want to support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn and earn in music through sustaining or scaling up their work or changing sector practice

Round 1 of the Trailblazer Fund is currently open for applications, with a deadline date of 13th May. The Catalyser Fund is due to open for applications at the end of April. More information on both of these, plus any other Youth Music funding streams, is available on the Youth Music website.

Little Lives UK
This funder makes grants of up to £1,500 through its Children’s Community Support Programme, to grassroots projects supporting children that are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. The funding programme specifically seeks to support children’s organisations and services that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open now, until 30th April – for more information, and to apply, visit the Little Lives UK website.

Small Grants in North and East Yorkshire
The Two Ridings Community Foundation Small Grants Fund makes grants of between £200 and £2,000 to charities and community groups in North and East Yorkshire (including York and Hull) which have an annual income of under £100,000. Grants can be towards direct project costs (from 20% to 100% of total project costs) or costs relating to the ongoing development needs of your organisation which will allow you to better meet the needs of your beneficiaries. There are no deadlines for applications – you should receive a decision within 4 weeks of applying. For more information, and to apply, visit the TRCF website.

Grow Wild Youth Grants
This fund provides grants of £500 to support youth-led projects that ‘celebrate and share why UK native plants and/or fungi are so special’. Applications need to be made directly by the young people involved, and projects can range from gardening & growing to creative workshops with native plants. To be eligible, the projects need to work with young people aged 14-25 and will take place this summer. The deadline for applications is 25th April – for more information, and to apply, visit the Grow Wild website.

BlueSpark Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. To be eligible, projects must take place in England and support the following aims:

Encouraging independence
Developing team working skills
Developing self confidence
Promoting creativity & individuality
Encouraging aspiration
Enhancing educational achievement
Widening educational horizons

Grants are generally for amounts under £2,000, although grants of up to £5,000 are occasionally made. There are no deadlines – applications are assessed on a rolling basis, at approximately 8-week intervals. For more information, and to apply, visit the BlueSpark Foundation website.

Have Your Say!
The National Lottery Community Fund has launched an 18-month strategy renewal process, and is inviting people to take part in a survey. Details of the process, and access to the survey, can be found on their Putting Communities First microsite.