May 2017 | Newsletter

May is Local and Community History Month, with lots of activities and events taking place nationwide. If you’re a local charity, why not tie that in to a marketing drive – or even host your own fundraising event?


£250k For Building Projects – Last Chance to Nominate! Jewson’s Building Better Communities scheme is back for another year, with a total of £250,000 to be awarded towards community building projects. There are two categories of nominations:

  • Regional Projects, and
  • Trade Heroes

In the Regional Projects category, one top prize of £50,000 will be awarded, with multiple smaller prizes of between £500 – £10,000. The top prize will be split evenly between labour costs and building materials, with the smaller prizes going towards building materials only. In the Trade Hero category, Jewson’s are asking for nominations of construction workers who play a big role in their community, and who have a community project that they would like to help complete. The prize of £50,000 will go towards building materials, to enable the person nominated to complete the project. Nominations close on 5th May – this Friday – so if you’ve got a project or person in mind, now is the time to nominate them! Just visit the Building Better Communities website.


Book Your Place Now Beware of the Bull will be running our highly acclaimed Write A Successful Awards For All Bid course in two new locations next month. The course will take place at Voluntary Action Islington (London) on Friday 9th June from 1.30pm – 4.30pm, then one week later (Friday 16th June) at The Street, Scarborough. 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. Previous participants’ comments include: “I couldn’t believe how easy it was. We sent our form in a week after the course in York and have just received our grant for nearly £10,000!” “Thank you for explaining it so clearly – I feel completely confident to get this grant now.”


Remember This One? Lloyds Bank Foundation changed the timing of their Invest funding stream last year. The programme will now be open for applications from 22nd May – 16th June this year. The Invest funding stream makes longer term grants for core or direct delivery costs to charities that fit with Lloyds Bank Foundation’s priorities. Invest grants are for amounts between £10,000 – £25,000 per year for 2-3 years (although there is an option for continuation funding for some charities, increasing the period to up to 6 years). To be eligible, projects must work with people aged 17+ who are experiencing multiple disadvantage at key transition points, including:

  • Being released from prison
  • Leaving care
  • From a period of unemployment of at least six months for those furthest away from the labour market
  • When an individual decides to remove themselves from or assert themselves within an abusive/exploitative relationship

A full list of eligibility criteria and potential beneficiaries, and details of how to apply, can be found on the Lloyds Bank Foundation website.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation This charitable foundation makes grants to projects working in either:

  • Rural areas (cities, towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants) that are classified in the most recent Index of Multiple Deprivation as being in the 50% most deprived
  • Urban areas (those with more than 10,000 inhabitants) that are classified as being in the 20% most deprived

Within those areas, projects should focus on one of the following themes:

  • Community Support – For example: work with young people; community centres; support for carers; older people’s projects; help for refugees; family support; community transport; sports projects; rehabilitation of ex-offenders; alcohol and drug misuse projects; domestic violence prevention and aftermath
  • Disability and Healthcare – For example: projects in deprived areas for people of all ages with physical and/or sensory disabilities; support for people with mental health issues; hospices
  • Arts, Education and Heritage – For example: arts projects for people with disabilities; performance or visual arts with a clear and strong community impact; alternative education projects; supplementary teaching; heritage projects in marine or industrial areas which involve local people and have a demonstrable community benefit

The Foundation makes grants in several categories:

  • Small capital grants (up to £5,000)
  • Small revenue grants (up to £5,000)
  • Standard grants (up to £10,000)
  • Large grants (£10,000 – £40,000)
  • Village halls/community centres (£5,000 – £40,000)
  • Hospices (£5,000 – £40,000)

More information on how to apply can be found on the Trusthouse website.


Try This Little Known Trust The W G Edwards Trust makes grants towards projects in the UK that will benefit people aged 65 or over. The Foundation assists with capital projects, refurbishment and equipment in addition to innovative schemes for ongoing care. Grantmaking is divided into two 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, plus technology projects aimed at benefiting the over-65s

The next deadline for application is 10th June. For more information, visit the Trust’s website.


Funding for Rural Projects The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust makes grants towards projects that benefit rural communities. The Trust’s objectives are:

  • To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture
  • To advance the education of young people within rural areas
  • To relieve poverty within rural areas
  • To promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure
  • To promote research into agriculture associated activities
  • To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to insurance

The Trust recently updated its guidance to state that they will currently “focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community”.  Applications should be made in writing, including details of:

  • The project, initiative or organisation for which funding is sought
  • An indication of the amount of the donation requested
  • Any business plans
  • Details of any other funding sought and or obtained
  • Any recognition which would be given to the Trust in recognition of its support
  • Confirmation of whether or not the applicant is a registered charity

The next deadline for applications is 26th May. For more information on how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.


Help the Homeless This charity makes grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities working in the field of homelessness. To be eligible, your organisation should have a turnover of less than £1 million, and your project should “assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance”. Applications should be made on the charity’s official application form, which can be downloaded from their website. The next deadline for applications is 15th June.


Could Your Charity Use £1,500 – Fast? If your charity is seeking a small amount of funding, why not apply to the Sir Jules Thorn Trust’s Ann Rylands Small Grants Scheme? This programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to small and medium sized charities for a range of causes. The Trust focuses on supporting four areas through its small appeals scheme:

  • serious illness
  • disability
  • disadvantage
  • overcoming adversity

The Trustees meet twice a month to consider appeals through this scheme – so you could have a grant confirmed within two weeks. If your charity fits the bill, why not apply? Just visit the Trust’s website.


The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund This charitable trust makes grants to organisations working with 2 beneficiary groups:

  • Disadvantaged young people – defined as people aged 5-30. For this group, the trust looks to fund work that “ensure[s] that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society”
  • Offenders and ex-offenders – particularly those under 30. The trust funds work that “addresses the social and economic problems faced by this group and their families, and provide them with support, life skills training and a way back into education, training and/or employment, so that they may reintegrate and make a positive contribution to society”

Grants are generally for less than £15,000 per annum, for a maximum of 3 years. Applications should be entered on the online form and then printed out and posted – applications cannot be submitted electronically or emailed. The next deadline for applications is 31st July. For more information, visit their website.


Check Out This Great Guidance on Social Investment Good Finance is a new website which has been developed in collaboration with Social Enterprise UK, Big Society Capital, Access, Government and a number of other key sector partners, to help social enterprises and charities navigate the often complex world of social investment. Findings from the State of Social Enterprise, the most comprehensive research into the social enterprise sector, consistently show that a large number of social enterprises report that lack of access to funding or finance is a barrier to their sustainability. This new website aims to tackle that problem by providing clear facts and education about social investment – helping you to understand social investment and decide whether it’s the right option for your organisation. Visit the Good Finance website to find out more.


Wyfold Charitable Trust The Wyfold Charitable Trust makes grants – mostly for amounts of up to £3,000 – for a range of charitable causes, including:

  • Relief in need
  • Arts, culture, heritage & science
  • Education
  • Environment

Applications should be made in writing, referencing the Wyfold Charitable Trust, on no more than two sides of A4 and sent (along with any supporting documentation) to the Trust’s registered address: RF Trustee Co. Limited  15 Suffolk Street  London  SW1Y 4HG