March 2017 | Newsletter

Spring is springing! The month of March is named for Mars, the Roman god of war – so this the month to get your funding strategy fighting fit and ready for battle! On the other hand, March has also been designated National Bed Month – so perhaps your strategy could be to hit the snooze button one more time… it’s your call!


Sport England Strategic Funding Priorities In December, Sport England announced their new funding strategy. They now have 5 key areas of investment:

  • Volunteering – currently focusing on diversifying the volunteer population by encouraging people from lower socioeconomic groups to volunteer. 2 open funds at this time: Opportunity Fund and Potentials Fund. These funds opened to applications in February and awards will be made by June
  • Local delivery – currently looking for expressions of interest: deadline 31st March
  • Tackling inactivity – deadline for the first phase of the Inactivity Fund (focusing on getting older adults active) has passed – look out for details of future phases
  • Facilities – the first phase of the Community Asset Fund is now open to applications: making grants of £5,000 – £150,000 to upgrade, expand and improve sporting facilities
  • Major events – a £2 million fund to help engage a much broader range of people in and around major sporting events

For more information, and to apply, visit the Sport England website.


Get £10,000 for Your Charity! For those of you who missed our recent Awards for All training course, never fear – we will be running this highly acclaimed course for a second time this year! The course will take place at Voluntary Action Islington (London) on Friday 9th June from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Designed for those who have either never applied to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All fund, or those who have applied and been rejected, this course will teach you everything you need to know to write a winning application. Beware of the Bull has a 100% success rate with grant applications to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. During 2015 we applied for 9 grants, all of which were successful, netting a total of £88,620 for charities and voluntary groups. We share our way to success with this half-day course – for more information, and to book, visit our website (scroll halfway down the page).


Working With Older People? The W G Edwards Charitable Trust makes grants to registered charities for capital or project costs that relate to projects for the over-65s. Grants are roughly divided into 2 categories:

  • Health & welfare: grants for refurbishment of residential care housing for the elderly and for building projects which are nearing completion. Trustees also consider the provision of equipment to enhance care and improve quality of life
  • Community & innovation: community initiatives such as exercise classes for the over-65s, lunch clubs, horticultural therapy and day trips. They also consider grants for technology projects aimed at benefiting the over-65s

The Trust meets quarterly to consider applications. The next deadline for applications is 10th March – applications received after this date will be considered at the June meeting. There is no application form, but the Trust’s website has useful guidance on how to structure your application.


£3,000 for Lottery Funded Projects Has your project received Lottery funding recently – for example, a Reaching Communities grant, Awards for All or Heritage Lottery grant? If so, you’re eligible to be nominated for a National Lottery Award – meaning your project could win £3,000 and be featured on a BBC One TV show. Nominating a project is really quick and easy – it’s just a simple online form. You’ll need to think about what you would spend your £3,000 prize on if you won. Anyone can nominate a project, so even if you’re not directly involved with a Lottery funded project, you can nominate them for a prize! There are 7 categories of award:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Heritage
  • Sport
  • Voluntary

The deadline for nominations is 7th April. You can nominate a project here.


What Could Your Charity Do With A New Website? The digital media firm White Fuse is offering small charities the chance to win in-kind support in setting up a website, to the value of £5,000. If your website is badly-designed, expensive to maintain, or you simply don’t have one, you could apply for help with updating or implementing one. To be eligible to apply for their charity website grants scheme, your charity or non-profit organisation must have an annual turnover of less than £1 million and be based in the UK, USA or Canada. One grant is awarded per month, with applications being considered for the 3 months after applying. Application is via a quick and easy online form: just visit the White Fuse website.


Free Heritage Lottery Fund Training Thinking of applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund? HLF applications can be tricky, time consuming and frustrating – especially if you’ve never done one before. Gifted Philanthropy are running some free workshops this month which aim to make the process easier. The workshops will provide key feedback from specialists with insights on developing a successful HLF application. There are 3 workshops available:

  • Monday 27 March, 10am – 2pm  BRISTOL  Arnolfini Arts Centre
  • Wednesday 29 March, 10am – 2pm  MANCHESTER  Museum of Manchester
  • Tuesday 4 April, 10am – 2pm CAMBRIDGE  St.Paul’s Centre, Cambridge

Workshops are free of charge, but it’s important to book: to do so, please contact Julie Day on or 07808 157487.


How New is Your Organisation? The Imagine Foundation is a small trust that currently focuses its grantmaking on smaller-scale, newer organisations and projects – those that have been set up for less than 4 years and who have an annual income of less than £200,000. The Foundation seeks to develop ongoing partnerships with appropriate projects – they are interested in projects that focus on building community and on empowering participants to reach their potential. Grants from the Foundation usually range from £1,000 – £10,000. There is no application form – the Foundation asks for a broad description of your project, who it benefits and how, where you heard about them and why you think your project would be a good fit for them. Applications will be accepted via email throughout March – applications sent outside the application window will not be considered. For more information, visit the Imagine Foundation website.


o2 Think Big: The Environment Now This grants programme is focused on using digital technologies to solve environmental problems. As it’s part of the o2 Think Big programme, projects must be youth-led to be eligible (the team leader and majority of team members must be aged 17-24). The programme makes grants of up to £10,000 towards projects that use digital skills & technologies to make a positive impact on the environment. The project must not be part of an existing charity or project, and must not need any funding from external sources – so the total project budget must come in at £10,000 or under. For more eligibility information, and to apply, visit the Think Big website.


Free Advice – Big Lottery Fund The Big Lottery Fund are running a series of webinars for projects who are thinking of applying to either the Awards for All or Reaching Communities funding streams. The webinars will be live presentations from BLF staff, and users logged on will be able to ask questions through an interactive chat panel. BLF are currently running Awards for All webinars every Thursday and Reaching Communities webinars every Tuesday. For more information, visit the BLF website.


Youth Music This funder makes grants from large to small, supporting projects that encourage young people (aged up to 25) to make music. They currently offer grants through 2 funding streams:

  • Fund A – grants of between £2,000 – £30,000, lasting for 6-24 months
  • Fund B – grants of between £30,001 – £200,000, lasting for 12-36 months (maximum of £100,000 per year)

Applicants to either fund are expected to raise at least 10% of the total cost of the project they are applying for in match funding (although up to half of the match funding can be in-kind support). Applications to both funds are via an online application form – one-stage for Fund A and two-stage for Fund B. The next application deadline for Fund A is Friday 7th April, and for Fund B is Friday 12th May. For more information, and to apply, visit the Youth Music website.


The Charity Sector in 2017 The recently published Charity Today 2017 report might be just what you’re looking for. The report gives an overview of the sector in 2017, taking in sector challenges, the size, scope and place of the sector within British society, and much more. At only 12 pages, it’s a quick read – and an easy way to get yourself up to speed. You can read the report online here.


Music to Their Ears! The Concertina Charitable Trust makes grants to mostly smaller organisations to enable them to provide cultural activities – usually music-based – to elderly people throughout England and Wales. The Trust makes grants of up to £250, and are particularly keen to fund projects for which their funding may act as a match funding ‘catalyst’. The next deadline for applications is 30th April – applications should be made using a printed copy of the Trust’s application form. For more information on eligibility and the application process, and to download the application form, visit the Trust’s website.


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