February 2018 | Newsletter

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Evaluation Training Course: Last Chance To Book!
With our new evaluation training course coming up later this month, now’s your last chance to book your place. Early bird sales have ended, but you can still bag a place on the course for the bargain price of just £50. Your ticket price includes refreshments and all training materials. Grantseeker’s Guide to Evaluation takes place on Thursday 15th February in York.

If that’s not your cup of tea, we’re also running our acclaimed Write a Successful Awards for All Bid training course on 27th March – giving you all the essential skills to write a winning Awards for All application.

For more information, and to book your place on either of these courses, visit our website.


That’s Capital!
The Garfield Weston Foundation recently launched a new funding programme as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations. This new grantmaking scheme is a one-off and will make grants to capital projects that have a total project cost of up to £300,000. Unlike Garfield Weston Foundation’s standard grants scheme, through this programme they are willing to fund up to 100% of the cost – the minimum grant is £30,000 and the maximum £150,000.

Your organisation can apply even if you are currently funded by Garfield Weston, or have been rejected from their standard grants scheme in the past year.

The programme is open for applications until 30th June, with decisions being made in October. For more information, and to apply, visit the Garfield Weston Foundation’s website.


Inman Charity
This charitable trust makes grants towards a range of selected priority areas:

  • Medical research
  • Care of older people
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • Deaf and blind individuals
  • Care of people with physical and mental disabilities
  • Armed forces

Grants tend to be in the range of £2,000 – £10,000 and can be for project or core costs. The charity will not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Young children and infants
  • Maintenance of buildings at a local level (e.g. churches and village halls)
  • Animal Welfare
  • Wildlife and environmental conservation
  • Religious Charities

The next deadline for applications is 28th February – applications received by this date will be considered at the Spring grant meeting. There is no application form – details of what Inman Charity expects to see in a grant request letter can be found on their website.


Changes to Heritage Lottery Foundation Grants
The Heritage Lottery Foundation is making changes this year in preparation for its new Strategic Funding Framework, due to come in in 2019. The HLF have designated 2018 as a ‘transition year’, with several changes:

  • There will be no new rounds of targeted programmes (ie Landscape Partnerships, Parks for People or Townscape Heritage) in 2018
  • They will still be funding landscapes, parks and historic town centres in 2018, accepting grant applications via open programmes, including Our Heritage and Heritage Grants
  • They will fund Heritage Grants over £5m (major grants) in 2018, with decisions planned in April 2018 as usual (based on applications already submitted)
  • They will not fund new ‘major grants’ (Heritage Grants over £5m) in 2019, so there will be no application deadline in 2018
  • During the final quarter of the financial year – January to March 2019 – they will only be making Round Two awards; and Round One grants of up to £100,000

HLF plan to spend around £190 million in 2018, and have decided to allocate a larger proportion of their budget to small grants – they envisage that around 80% of their grants this year will be smaller grants.

HLF are also planning to consult on how they should use National Lottery Good Causes income for the period from 2019 to 2024 and what its priorities should be across the UK – the consultation will be hosted on their website and should be open this month.

For more information on the upcoming changes, and to access the consultation when open, visit the HLF website.


Funding For Young Volunteers
The #iwill Fund was set up in 2016, with the aim of increasing youth volunteering by 50% – taking the percentage of young people who volunteer from 40% to 60% by 2020. It’s a national scheme, but grants are administered locally by your local Community Foundation.

To be eligible for funding, your project must involve young people aged 10-20 (up to 25 for young people with disabilities) with some form of social action which will develop their skills and make a difference to their community.

If you’re based in York, North or East Yorkshire or Hull, you can apply for an #iwill grant through Two Ridings Community Foundation. Grants of £1,000 – £5,000 are available for projects lasting up to a year. The next deadline for applications is 12th February. For more information, and to apply, visit the Two Ridings Community Foundation website.


The Allen Lane Foundation
This charitable foundation focuses its grantmaking on projects that work with adults in the following groups:

  • Asylum-seekers and refugees
  • LGBTQ communities
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

They are interested in funding work which:

  • will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems;
  • is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination, and;
  • encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.

Their average grant is around £5,000 – the maximum is £15,000, but they state that only larger charities are likely to receive a grant of that size.

To be eligible for a grant, your organisation should be based in the UK, with work that takes place outside of London, and have an income of under £100,000 (for organisations working within a town or smaller area) or under £250,000 (for organisations working at a county-, region- or nation-wide level). You don’t have to be a registered charity to apply – CICs and constituted voluntary groups are also eligible.

Applications should be submitted by the beginning of April to be considered at the June meeting. For more information on how to apply, visit the Allen Lane Foundation website.


Postcode Community Trust: 2018 Round One
The first round of funding from the Postcode Community Trust this year will be open for applications later this month. Stage one applications for this round will be accepted from 14th – 28th February.

The Postcode Community Trust makes grants towards grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and wellbeing programmes that aim to improve a community’s physical and mental health. Registered charities can apply for grants of £500 – £20,000, while unregistered groups can apply for up to £2,000.

To be eligible, funding should be for a new project, with Postcode Community Trust funding making up more than 10% of the total project cost. All projects should result in clear outcomes for service users that line up with the Postcode Community Trust’s aims.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Postcode Community Trust website.


WREN Community Action Fund
Applications are currently open to the WREN Community Action Fund, which makes grants towards the provision, maintenance or improvement of:

  • Village Halls and Community Centres
  • Public Play Areas
  • Publicly available multi-use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
  • Churches – community spaces only
  • Nature reserves
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
  • Museums

To be eligible for funding, your project must be based within 10 miles of an FCC landfill site in England. You can apply for a grant of £2,000 – £100,000, with a maximum total project cost of £500,000. Any grant from the WREN Community Action Fund must be spent within 12 months.

The deadline for applications to this round is 5pm on 14th March. For more information, to find our if your project is in an eligible area, and to apply, visit their website.


Home Office Relaunches Building a Stronger Britain Together Fund
The 3rd round of this funding stream is now open. Organisations in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that could counter extremism by working towards at least one of the BSBT outcomes:

  • Fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values (democracy, free speech, mutual respect and opportunity for all)
  • An increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level
  • More resilient communities

Small grants (£1,000 – £14,999) are available to organisations with an annual income of up to £200,000, while large grants (£15,000 – £50,000) have no upper income limit, although organisations with an income of under £250,000 will be prioritised. All organisations should apply for no more than 25% of their annual income.

The grant funding process is open now until 5pm on 15th February. For more information, and to apply, visit the BSBT page.


Changes to Annual Return 2018
The Charity Commission has announced its amendments to the Annual Return for 2018, following consultation with charities at the end of last year. The amendments are designed to make the process easier for charities. Many charities will have fewer questions to answer, in an effort to make the process more proportionate: only charities with large or complex operations will need to provide more information. The Charity Commission anticipates that most charities will answer an average of 15 fewer questions under the new system.

Charities will now no longer be required to declare the amount of Gift Aid claimed, or whether they are claiming rate relief for their premises, as the Charity Commission is aiming to reduce the reporting burden on charities by gathering this information from HMRC.

For more information on the changes, you can access the full report here.


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