August 2018 | Newsletter

Happy holidays! School’s out, and for those of us who are further removed from that joy, we’re hoping you’ve booked yourself some time off to enjoy the sun. If you’re at work this month, though, there are some great funding and training opportunities in our newsletter to keep you busy – check them out!

WIN £25 For Yourself!
As we head towards our 7-year anniversary, we’re working on improving the services we deliver to make sure they’re what you really need. To help us do this, we’ve created a short survey for our readers – we’d be incredibly grateful if you would complete it!

The survey should take less than 5 minutes, and as a thank-you for your time, you’ll have the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win £25 of shopping vouchers. You can access the survey here.

NEW Fantastic Price
Our acclaimed Essentials of Grant Fundraising course is now available for less than half price – we are offering you £220 worth of training for just £100. This fantastic price includes 3 half-day training sessions which cover everything you need to know about writing funding bids, plus all your course materials and refreshments.

Suitable for everyone from beginners to those wanting to brush up on their skills or get a final polish on their work, this 3 part training course is just what you need to write a winning funding bid. We’ll cover topics including the key ‘buzz’ words funders use, how to find the most appropriate funding streams for your project, the common ‘fail’ and ‘reject’ reasons, and the key steps to persuasive writing.

The course will run on Thursday afternoons in October – 4th, 11th and 18th. There is limited availability of tickets at this price – once they’re gone, they’re gone! For more information, and to book your place, visit our website.

New Transform Foundation Funding
The Transform Foundation has announced the launch of a new funding programme designed to fund the development of new websites for smaller charities. They class ‘smaller’ charities in this instance as charities with an annual income of between £100k and £350k.

With the success of its website grant for charities with incomes above £350k, the Foundation is now opening up the programme for smaller charities who are not eligible for the main grant. They say there has been consistent demand from smaller charities for a programme tailored to their needs – so they have created the new programme, currently in its pilot phase, designed to meet this demand. Successful applicants to this programme will receive a more streamlined website design and build process, which requires less time and resource from the charity and is therefore more suited to smaller charities.

In the first instance, you will have to fill out an online expression of interest form – if Transform feel you’re suitable for the programme, they will then invite you to complete a full application. For more information, and to apply, visit the Transform Foundation website.

Building Communities Fund Now Open
Following our heads-up in last month’s newsletter, the new Building Communities Fund (a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and the Co-Op Foundation) is now open for applications. 

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £100,000. To be eligible, your organisation must be based in England and be one of the following:
community and voluntary sector organisations
social enterprises
not-for-profit companies (including community interest companies)
groups or organisations working in partnership (as long as they are led by a voluntary and community sector organisation).

The Fund is looking for new projects which will prevent or reduce loneliness, by:
reaching out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated
encouraging them to take part in activities
helping them to feel more connected

The Main Fund deadline is 12 noon on Friday 24th August – so if you’d like to apply, you’ll need to start soon. The separate Youth Fund strand is not yet open for applications, but will be opened this month.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Big Lottery Fund website.

Children in Need
The BBC’s Children in Need fund currently has deadlines coming up for both its Small Grants and Main Grants programmes. Children in Need seeks to fund projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:
Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
Any kind of disability
Behavioural or psychological difficulties
Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The Main Grants programme makes grants of over £10,000 per year for up to 3 years – there is no official upper limit on Main Grants, but very few are for amounts over £40,000 per year, and most are for less. The Main Grants programme is a two-step process, so you will hear within a couple of weeks of the deadline whether your application has gone through to round 2. An overall decision will be made within 5 months of the deadline date. 

The Small Grants programme makes grants of up to £10,000 per year for 3 years (if you’ve applied before, you may notice that this was changed last year from the old system of up to 1 year’s funding).

The next deadline for Main Grant applications is 13th September, and the next deadline for Small Grant applications is 2nd September. For more information, and to apply, visit the Children in Need website.

Ashworth Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants to primarily grassroots projects which support humanitarian aims. Projects can have local, national or international benefit, but must be delivered by an organisation which is registered as charitable in the UK.

The Trust is keen to fund projects which have any of the following characteristics:
The project or activity has been initiated by people living at the grassroots who are empowered to find the solutions to their own problems
The project has a relatively simple, clear set of objectives and actions that further the vision of the Trust
The project develops the capacity of individuals, their communities or their institutions helping them to help themselves
The project enhances the learning of individuals, their communities or their institutions
The project’s beneficiaries participate in the management and running of the project or activity
The project’s beneficiaries have suffered, or are suffering, from injustice, poverty or personal circumstances that are difficult for the individual to overcome without assistance

Grants are generally for amounts under £3,000, and the Trust prefers to fund smaller organisations, where a grant of that size will make a measurable difference.

The next deadline for applications is 31st August. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Reminder: Theatres Trust
The Theatres Trust’s Theatre Improvement Scheme is currently open for applications. The scheme, which is run in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, makes capital grants of up to £20,000 for improvements to theatres.

The theme for 2018 is ‘Improving Accessibility’. Grants will be made for projects which make their theatre more accessible through changes to the building or its systems. To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must demonstrate that they:
own or manage a theatre(s) with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 
run a year-round programme of live performance, of no less than 30 performances a year 
have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years
operate a theatre(s) that achieve excellence through their producing and programming or architectural significance

The deadline for applications is Thursday 13th September. For more information, and to apply, visit the Theatres Trust website.

The Archer Trust
This charitable trust makes grants of £250 – £3,000 towards social welfare projects, particularly those which involve a Christian element. Projects can be in the UK or overseas, but to be eligible, the charity requesting funds must be a UK registered charity.

In your application, you should be able to demonstrate a defined group of people which your project is going to help, and the reason why those people need your help. Charities which are based in areas with high levels of unemployment and deprivation are preferred, especially those which make good use of volunteers.

For more information on how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.