January 2019 | Newsletter

We hope you’ve had time to relax over the festive season – maybe you’ve even had time to work on your fundraising strategy? To ease you back in to the office in 2019, here’s a selection of exciting opportunities – Happy New Year!

Weston Charity Awards
The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Charity Awards are open for applications again. To be eligible to apply, your charity must work in the fields of Community, Welfare or Youth and must be based in the North of England, the Midlands, or Wales (a full list of eligible areas is available here).

Award winners receive a fantastic package of support for the year, which is designed to improve your charity’s sustainability and enable you to plan & implement strategies for development and growth. In 2019, there will be 20 winners selected, all of which will receive:
A year of support from Pilotlight (an organisation dedicated to providing development support for smaller charities)
An unrestricted cash contribution of £6,500 to support the work with Pilotlight (which includes travel expenses to meetings) 
Access to a network of local charities working with Pilotlight
3 ‘connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year

You must be a registered charity with an income of under £5 million, and be providing services directly to beneficiaries in one of the regions mentioned above.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 Awards is 5pm on 11th January. For more information, and to apply, visit the Weston Charity Awards website.

Woodward Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants in a range of areas:

Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour.
Prisoners and ex-offenders.
Projects 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 parenting.
Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled.
Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.

If your project falls into one of the above categories, and your charity’s annual income is under £300,000, you may be eligible to apply for a grant. Woodward Charitable Trust makes grants of amounts between £100 and £5,000, for one year only. The next deadline for applications is 31st January. Applications should be made on the application form which is available from the Trust’swebsite.

Postcode Community Trust
The Postcode Community Trust has announced their application rounds for 2019. Stage 1 applications for the first round of funding this year are open from 6th – 20th February – so if you’re thinking of applying, get those dates in your diary now!

The Postcode Community Trust makes grants for grassroots projects which use sports, arts, recreation and wellbeing programmes to improve a community’s physical and mental health. You don’t have to be a registered charity to apply (most voluntary and community groups are eligible – check the website for details), but if you want to apply for the higher level of grant you must be a registered charity. Unregistered groups can apply for up to £2,000, while registered charities can apply for a maximum of £20,000.

The application process is quick and easy – stage 1 applications just require a few basic details about your organisation, plus a short summary of your proposed project. For more information, and to access the application form during the application window, visit the Postcode Community Trust website.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
This funder makes grants to registered charities for projects which work with people who have a learning disability and/or autism. They list the following as projects for which they would generally give grants (provided that the beneficiaries in each case are people with learning disabilities:
Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools;
Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture;
Play schemes and play therapy schemes;
Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs;
Support for families, including respite schemes;
Independent living schemes;
Support in the community schemes;
Snoezelen rooms.

They make grants for amounts of £250 upwards – applications for amounts under £10,000 fall into their Small Grants programme and are assessed on a regular basis, with no deadlines. Applications for amounts over £10,000 fall under their Large Grants programme and the next deadline for applications will be 1st March. Most grants are for one year only, but occasionally multi-year grants are awarded. For more information, and to apply, visit the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund website.

Brian Mercer Trust – Short Deadline!
The Brian Mercer Charitable Trust makes grants in 3 priority areas:
Prevention and relief of human suffering – work directed towards reducing suffering caused by poverty and ill health, both in the UK or overseas. In practice this is focused on medical treatment, and scientific/technological research.
Art – to encourage and support the development of promising young artists (working broadly in the field of visual arts), especially within the North West of the UK.
Causes local to Blackburn, Lancashire – to provide funding for well-designed, evidence-based interventions benefiting those living in the area of Blackburn, Lancashire.

75% of funding goes towards prevention and relief of human suffering, 15% towards art and 10% towards local causes in Blackburn. The Trust awards around £800,000 of funding annually.

The Trust is keen to fund projects that are proven effective (i.e. those that have been evaluated & shown to have positive impact), and in keeping with this they welcome applications for evaluation costs for previously unevaluated projects.

The next deadline for applications is 15th January. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Charity Awards 2019 – Your Chance to Win!
The Charity Awards is a national scheme that aims to celebrate the achievements and characteristics of charities of all sizes. They assess entrants on 6 ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’:
Outcomes and effectiveness
Value for money
Replicability and scalability
Best practice

All UK registered charities are eligible to enter – although they recommend that newer charities should make sure they have a clear track record of the Hallmarks of Excellence before they apply. Partnership projects are also eligible to apply. There are 10 categories of award:
Arts, culture & heritage
Campaigning & advocacy
Children & youth
Education & training
Environment & conservation
Grantmaking & funding
Healthcare & medical research
International Aid & development
Social care, advice & support

The application deadline is Friday 22nd February. For more information, and to apply, visit the Charity Awards website.

Fix It Up!
The Screwfix Foundation makes grants to registered charities and voluntary groups for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK. They define people in need as those who are:
suffering financial hardship,
have a disability,
are in distress, or
are suffering some other form of disadvantage.

To be eligible, your project must be fixing, repairing, maintaining or improving a building/buildings for the benefit of people in the groups above. You can apply for up to £5,000, and the application process is fairly quick and easy – it’s just an online form. Applications are reviewed quarterly, and the next review will take place in February – so get your application in by the end of January to be in with a chance. For more information, and to apply, visit the Screwfix Foundation website.

Making the Most of Tech
Does your charity have staff and volunteers with the digital capabilities it needs? Do you know what digital skills you need and why? Following the launch of the Charity Digital Code of Practice, Charity Digital Jobs has pulled together a handy infographic that will give you the lowdown on digital skills in the charity sector in just a couple of minutes – you can access it here.

Boshier-Hinton Foundation
This charitable foundation makes small grants to charities working with children and/or adults who have disabilities (including sensory impairments) or learning difficulties. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of these groups.

Registered charities from anywhere in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant. Grants made by the Foundation are generally for £2,000 or under. For more information, and to apply, visit the Boshier-Hinton Foundation website.

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