December 2019 | Newsletter

Dust off those Christmas jumpers folks, December is here! Tis the season to get funding, fa la la la la.

Donald Forrester Trust
Grants are made to a wide range of charities registered charities in England and Wales. Grants can vary in amount but are usually in the sum of £5,000.  Trustees look favourably on smaller organisations where their funding will provide vital support to the work of volunteers. They also look positively on organisations where both overheads and fund raising costs are kept to a minimum. Grants are made twice yearly in March and October – for ful information, and to apply, see on the Donald Forrester Website .
Next application deadline: 31st December 2019

The Big Share
Joined up York and Spark York CIC are hosting an end of year celebration that is not to be missed! An evening of festivities, knowledge sharing and networking. Hear guest talks from charity funding experts, funding organisations including the Jospeh Rowntree Foundation, and third sector organisations offering guidance and support tailored to your organisation’s needs.

Dec 12 2019 | 19:00 – 21:30 | Spark York CIC

Refreshments – including some highly recommended street food – provided! Sign up free here to reserve your ticket. This event is hosted by Joined up York and Spark York CIC. Joined up York is a network of York’s movers and shakers – from established charities to local activists – holding monthly meetings, sharing knowledge, skills and support. Spark York CIC is York’s premier central hub for social action and interaction.

Persimmon Community Champions
The Persimmon Community Champions scheme offers funding to good causes across the UK. Persimmon offer donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities which have already raised some vital funds themselves.

To apply, you simply need to complete the online form, explaining why your group or charity deserves a donation. It is important that your application details how much you’ve already raised and how much you want Persimmon to donate. Remember, we need the name and location of the charity initiative so that we can ensure the right business receives your request.

There are no deadlines, and the application form is quick and simple to fill in! You can apply online here

Expert Funding Training Throughout 2020
Beware of The Bull has just revealed its new specialist funding training programme for Spring/Summer 2020, tailored to the specific needs of third sector organisations.
Upcoming Dates & Topics: 
Awkward Conversations: Communication Skills for ‘In Memory’ Fundraising | 6 February 2020 at 10:00 | Friargate Quaker Meeting House
Creative Writing Techniques for Funding Bids | 12 March 2020 at 09:30 | Priory Street Centre
Gift Aid for Small Charities | 23 April 2020 at 10:00 | St Bede’s Pastoral Centre
Applying for Grants from The National Lottery Community Fund | 13 May 2020 at 09:30 | Priory Street Centre
The Essentials of Grant Fundraising – 3 HALF DAY COURSES | 2 June 2020 at 14:00 | Priory Street Centre.

Woodward Charitable Trust 
This Trust offer grants for projects supporting a range of causes: Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour. Prisoners and ex-offendersProjects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported as well as requests to help prisoners’ families Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parentingDisability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabledArts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged peopleProjects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.  
To be eligible for funding, your project should fall into one of the above categories, and your charity’s annual income should be under £300,000. Grants tend to be between £100 and £5,000, for one year only.

The Trustees will meet in February/March 2020. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 December 2019. 

Applications should be made on the application form which is available from the Trust’s website

Build to Give with LEGO
Play has a powerful effect on children and families, especially for those who find themselves in difficult circumstances during the holidays. LEGO’s Build to Give initiative is seeking to make the season brighter for 1,000,000 children around the world.

You can participate by visiting a participating store or using your LEGO bricks at home to build a fun holiday ornament. Display it in-store or share it online tagged with #BuildtoGive. For every ornament built and shared, LEGO will donate a LEGO set to a child in need of play. 
Find out more of the LEGO website.

The National Lottery Turns 25 
The National Lottery Community Fund has revealed that it will be making a special £7.5 million pot of funding available to mark The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.The fund, #CelebrateNationalLottery25, aims to celebrate the will help communities celebrate the £40 billion  raised by National Lottery players since its launch, and the over half a million projects which this has funded across the UK. The #CelebrateNationalLottery25 funding will support activity designed to bring people and communities together all over the UK.

Up to £2 million will be made available this year in small grants of up to £1,000. The remainder will be released to the sector through the Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All programme. 
Find out more here

12 Days of Giving
Specialist charity insurer Ecclesiastical has launched its annual festive campaign to donate £1,000 to 120 charities over the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Winners of the 12 Days of Giving campaign are drawn at random. The more times a charity is nominated online the better chance they have of being selected for one of the daily awards!You can nominate a UK or Ireland charity though an online form via the insurer’s website, which asks people to give the charities name, registration details as well as why they should receive the money.
Read more here!

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, though grants tend to be up to around £10,000. 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.

HDH Wills General Funding
The HDH Wills Charitable Trust offer funding to UK registered charities under their General Funding scheme. Grants for general charitable purposes tend to range between  £250 and £500, and grants to wildlife conservation and environmental groups typically fall between £1000 – £2000. 

Applications for grants can be made towards revenue, capital or project expenditure.

To be eligible for funding, your organisation should fulfill the following criteria: Be small enough in size, or be applying for support for a modest project, such that the charity will benefit substantially from the above donation sizes.Not been supported by HDH Wills within the previous 24 months.Grants are made on a periodic basis and there is no deadline for applications. The grants committee makes Grant decisions monthly.

For more information please visit the HDH Wells Trust 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 peopleReducing isolation in later lifeMedical research into degenerative diseaseCare services in the hospice sectorThe first stage for the upcoming large grants applications round is open between 2 December 2019 and 17 February 2020 (5pm) , although applications are reviewed on a first come first served basis, so you are advised to submit your application form as soon as possible during the time frame.To find out more – visit the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s website.