February 2022 | Newsletter

Here we are in the shortest month of the year; what better time to write a few funding bids and painlessly increase your organisation’s income in the coming year?

The Green Match Fund
This match funding initiative from the Big Give will support charities that are working on environmental issues as part of their core mission. All public donations made to participating charities via theBigGive.org.uk during the week of the campaign (22-29 April 2022) will be matched up to a specific amount. 

Charities applying via the open application will be awarded a ring-fenced amount of match funding which will be used to match public donations – either £2,500, £5,000 or £10,000 (so the total raised including match funding will be £5,000, £10,000 or £20,000).

To be eligible, you must: Be a UK registered charity with at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of at least £25,000 Be working on environmental issues as part of your core mission (i.e. it must be mentioned in your charitable objects) The deadline for applications is 25th February – for more information, and to apply, visit the Big Give website.

Funding For York-Based Groups
The healthcare services provider Nimbuscare has set up a funding pot (administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation) that will make grants to not-for-profit organisations that: are based in the area Nimbuscare covers – which includes York and part of the East Riding (out to Pocklington) are looking for funding of up to £5,000 have an annual income of under £500,000 are formally constituted, with at least three unrelated trustees, directors or management committee members For this year, the fund’s priorities are for charitable activities that: Enhance and promote the wellbeing of local people Connect people with the place they live and community life The first deadline date for applications is 21st March. For more information, and to apply, visit the Two Ridings Community Foundation website.

Food For Life Get Togethers
Grants of £150 are available for food-based community events that:   are focused on a Plant and Share activity and happen within Plant and Share Month (20th April – 20th May) have potential to be long term   are community led  include people from disadvantaged and diverse communities  bring people together  reduce experience of loneliness or social isolation  encourage a positive attitude to ageing and diversity  To be eligible, your community group must have its own bank account and have not received a grant from Food For Life before. The deadline for applications is 22nd February – for more information, and to apply, visit the Food For Life website.

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants to UK registered charities working in 3 areas: The Arts: with a focus on supporting disadvantaged young people to participate in the performing arts Medical Welfare: particularly respite for carers and the provision of music and art therapy The Environment: focusing on countryside conservation, rural heritage crafts & skills, and social and therapeutic horticulture Grants are usually in the range of £500 – £6,000 and can be for core costs or projects. The majority of grants are made for a single year. The next deadline for applications is 9th February – for more information, and to apply, visit the D’Oyly Carte Trust website.

Charles & Elsie Sykes Trust
This charitable trust makes grants to charitable organisations based in, or directly benefiting the communities of, Yorkshire. There are no restrictions regarding what type of project is eligible, but recent grants show a preferences for activities supporting: medical projects people with learning disabilities older people young people facing homelessness or other crisis Applications are assessed quarterly – the next deadline for applications is 29th April. For more information, and to apply, visit the Charles & Elsie Sykes Trust website.

Changes at Children in Need
Children in Need have paused their grantmaking programme to enable them to implement some changes – their new strategy will be launched this Spring, with the aim of helping them to: Improve accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion. Make it easier for projects to apply for funding. Help them put Children and Young people at the heart of everything they do Remain UK wide but work locally in communities across the country. The pause to their Main and Small Grants programmes means that if you’re planning to apply, you’ll have to hold off until September when they plan to open again. You can find more details here.

Never Miss a Fundraising Opportunity in 2022!
Take some of the effort out of planning your charity’s fundraising calendar and social media campaigns with this handy resource from Blackbaud – including the dates of major marathons (great sponsorship opportunity), giving days and key cultural milestones.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
This new fund from Sport England makes grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities. With this fund, Sport England are prioritising work in the most deprived communities (ie. those in areas that fall into the 30% most deprived as defined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation) and with people who are less likely to be physically active.

Projects should consider how they add value to their community, and should work collaboratively with other groups to maximise the impact of the project. You don’t have to be a sports organisation to apply but you should show how you have the skills and experience to deliver the project. To be eligible, your project must be ready to start within 6 weeks of application, must be a new project and must work with people over the age of 5.

More information on eligibility, the application process and the online application form are available on the Sport England website.

We Have Moved!
Please note Beware of the Bull’s new registered address: 38 Main Street, Heslington, York YO10 5EB. All other contact details remain the same.