August 2019 | Newsletter

The Roman Emperor Augustus renamed the month of Sextilis after himself because of his many great triumphs occurring during this month. We’ve got you covered in this month’s newsletter with plenty of opportunities for great funding triumphs. Give Augustus a run for his money.

Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives Grants
Improving Lives grants of £20,000 – £60,000 for 1 – 3 years are for established not for profit organisations (with an annual income between £50,000 and £2 million)  that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.The grants are designed to assist with the delivery of services directly to beneficiaries. The funder is looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and can evidence the effectiveness of their work.

There are six priority areas: Help at a critical moment: helping people rebuild their lives following a crisis, trauma or abuse. Positive choices: helping people, whose actions or behviours have led to negative consequences for themselves or others, to make positive choices.Accommodation/housing support: enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation. Employment and training: supporting people to move towards employment. Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements: supporting people to address their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements. Support networks and family: working with people to develop and improve support networks and family relationships. For more information and an application form, visit the Henry Smith Charity website.

Near Neighbours 
The Church Urban Fund is offering grants of between £250 and £5,000 through its Near Neighbours programme as seed funding for local projects who are working to bring neighbours together in any of the Near Neighbours local hub areas:Birmingham Black Country East London East MidlandsGreater Manchester Lancashire Luton Peterborough West London West Yorkshire Groups must be working to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities with the aim of improving their communities. All kinds of projects will be considered: wildlife spotting, litter picking, arts festivals, talent contests, community arts sessions, sports clubs, tea dances…The deadline for applications is 11 October 2019. Find out more and apply online.

Funding Bid Forensics
Beware of the Bull is running an interactive workshop on key skills for writing an effective bid for funding.How can you gather the vital evidence?Who are the key suspects you will need to interview? What questions you will need to ask witnesses?Creating a convincing case requires top investigation skills. Just like Hercule Poirot, if you are writing a funding bid (or evaluating your project) you have to gather the facts, interrogate them to find the most important ones, then present your evidence in a clear and persuasive way.In this practical and interactive workshop, we work through the most common tools for managing this process.Content includes:scoping it outquestionnaires and surveysinterviewingfocus groupscase studiesThe course is aimed at staff, volunteers and trustees whose roles include responsibility for fundraising, monitoring or evaluation.Date:  Fri, 6 September 2019
Time: 09:30 – 12:30 BST
Location: Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9RLTickets are just £47.50, which includes refreshments and all materials. A limited number of places are available at £12.50 for groups and projects based in York.

Reserve your space now while tickets last – tickets available here.

Asda Foundation
Not for profit organisations from anywhere in England and Wales can apply at any time for grants of up to around £10,000 for capital projects (refurbishing a building or part of a building, or for equipment).

There are additional funding strands for smaller grants, with priorities including community events, tackling loneliness and isolation amongst older people, and sports kit and equipment for U16s.

For full information see the Foundation’s ‘What we Fund’ page.

The Street Foundation
This funder gives grants under the categories:educationpovertycommunitysportsdisabilityGrants can be made to charities and other not for profit organisations. There is a preference for supporting organisations working with children and young people who are disabled.

To apply, write to:

The Street Foundation
Kingsland House

Dulverton Trust 
Charities, including exempt charities, with an annual income between £200,000 to £5 million can apply for grants from this established funder. For charities that have not previously received a grant from the Trust, applications should be for project costs of up to £35,000, and for a single year. Previous grant recipients may apply for a 2 or 3 year grant in discussion with the Trust. Unusually, this funder will also consider applications from newly registered charities as long as they can show ” a novel but credible approach to addressing a charitable need, and have a realistic business plan”.

Projects must fall within one of the Dulverton Trust’s priority areas:Youth opportunitiesGeneral welfareConservationPreservationPeace and humanitarian supportAfricaApplications should be made via the Dulverton Trust website.

Joined up York 
It’s been fantastic meeting so many of York’s ‘movers and shakers’ at Joined up York networking events so far this year. The next session will be an informal meeting in the sunshine (fingers crossed!) at Rowntree Park, Terry Ave, York. We will be meeting by the Reading Cafe, but don’t worry, we will post updates of where to find us nearer the time, on the Joined up York Facebook page, and on Twitter

Date: Friday 23 August 2019
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm (informal drop-in)

Whether you are representing an established local charity or are trying to get your idea up and running, everybody in our sector can benefit from some mutual support, guidance and knowledge sharing – with biscuits! So drop by, enjoy a break in the sunshine, and say hello to some like-minded, local people.

The Davis Foundation
This funder, whose area of benefit includes England, lists its focus as: personal development of young people; care of older people; education in music and opera; horticulture; environment conservation; religious education; religious harmony; and research into racism.

To apply for a grant, organisations should write to:

The Davis Foundation
3 Beechworth Close

John Ellerman Foundation
This major funder awards grants of £10,000 to around £150,000, with a preference for core funding, to UK-registered charities with an income between £100,000 and £10 million. With these grants, the aim is to prioritise small, niche, national charities whose work highlights a particular concern or area of interest. Work should fall under one of their three headings:artsenvironmentsocial actionThe funded work should have national significance. For full details, read the fund’s Guidelines.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Registered/exempt/accepted charities can apply for a grant for capital costs under one of the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation’s four funding priorities:communityeducationhealthsocial welfare
Grants awarded range from £200 up to over £100,000. The foundation rarely funds more than 20% of the total cost of a project. Grants are usually one-off, but may be extended over 3 years where necessary.

For full information, visit Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.

The Pilgrim Trust

The Pilgrim Trust is divided into two main streams of funding – sixty percent going towards historical preservation, and forty percent towards social welfare needs. The Social Welfare Needs stream is currently focused on women and girls, and offers up to £15,000 a year for up to 3 years.

The aim of the Social Welfare Needs funding stream is to improve the life chances of vulnerable women and girls.
Trustees favour organisations seeking early intervention as a means of combating socially ingrained disadvantage. Focus should be on the provision of increased opportunities for women and girls to take control of their own lives. 
Preference will be given to organisations with experience of working with women and/or girls who face two or more disadvantages.

Find out more and apply online of the Pilgrim Trust website

P F Charitable Trust 

Registered charities in England, Wales and Scotland can apply for funding through the P F Trust in support of general charitable purposes. Trustees have a preference for organisations promoting one of the following:  health,the arts,culture,heritage or science,educationcommunity development. Trustees meet monthly consider applications. 

Apply in writing to: 
c/o RF Trustee Co. Limited
15 Suffolk Street