May 2018 | Newsletter

We’ve rounded up the best in funding, training and third sector news, just for you. If you enjoy our monthly newsletter, why not pass it along to your friends and colleagues? They can sign up for our mailing list here.


Essentials of Grant Fundraising
We’re running our acclaimed Essentials of Grant Fundraising training course in York again this year. The course takes place over three half-day sessions (28th June, 5th & 12th July):

  • Foundation in Fundraising: learning the basic elements that must go in any funding bid, recognising funders’ buzzwords and what they mean, and unpacking funding options you need to be aware of
  • Core Knowledge: learning how to find the most appropriate funding for your project, understanding ‘need’ and how to evidence it, how to write, measure and explain outcomes, and know how to avoid common mistakes
  • Advanced Skills: learning to persuasively evidence your unique selling point, how to ensure your core costs are covered, and how to create your own funding strategy

Suitable for everyone from beginners to those wanting to brush up on their skills or get a final polish on their work, this training course is just what you need to write a winning funding bid.

You can secure your place on this fantastic course for just £220 – price includes refreshments plus a wealth of course materials to take away with you. For more information, and to book your place, visit our website.


New Lottery Funding
The Big Lottery Fund recently announced the launch of a new funding stream – their Partnerships Fund. This new fund will make up to £40 million of grants in the 2018/19 financial year. Grant applications can be for project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs, and funding for up to 5 years. BLF say that the Partnerships Fund “is specifically designed to support generous leadership and increased collaborative working, which starts with shared goals and values between different organisations and an understanding of the bigger picture”.

To be eligible for support, your application must be for over £10,000 and be either developing an existing partnership or setting up a new partnership. The application must also meet at least one of the overall BLF funding priorities:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme has also recently relaunched, after a 3-month hiatus. Both Reaching Communities and the new Partnerships Fund are using BLF’s new streamlined online application process. This means you’ll fill in a short online form instead of a PDF – although it’s still a good idea to write up a project proposal to paste into the form.

For more information on both funding streams, and to apply, visit the Big Lottery Fund’s website.


Changes to Arts Council Funding
The Arts Council has closed its Grants for the Arts fund and opened a new fund in its place called Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants. The funds are very similar – the main difference is that they have expanded the eligibility criteria, so Project Grants supports a larger range of projects, with an increased overall budget. The Arts Council also say that Project Grants will be more open to supporting those working in creative and digital media than Grants for the Arts was.

Applications are via the online Grantium system, just as Grants for the Arts were. If you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks. If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks. Everything that was eligible for funding under Grants for the Arts will still be eligible under Project Grants.

Across 2018-22 The Arts Council is also launching number of new development funds. The first is Developing your Creative Practice, aimed at supporting independent creative practitioners – this opened on 12th April.

For more information on Project Grants and other Arts Council funding, and to apply, visit their website.


Foyle Foundation Keen To Fund Charities Outside Of London
The Foyle Foundation has stated that they especially want to encourage charities outside of London and the South East to apply for their funding. The charitable grants made by the Foundation fall into 2 schemes:

  • Main Grants: supporting charities whose core work covers Arts or Learning
  • Small Grants: supporting charities in all fields whose annual turnover is under £150,000

Grants made through the Main Grants scheme will generally be for amounts between £10,000 and £50,000 – applications through this scheme for grants of less than £10,000 per year will not be accepted. Main Grants will usually be for project costs.

Grants made through the Small Grants scheme will be one-year grants for amounts between £1,000 and £10,000. These grants can be for core costs, equipment or project funding. In addition to their maximum income requirements for these grants, you should be able to demonstrate that the requested grant will make a significant difference to your work.

There are no deadlines, but the Foundation advises applying well in advance of when you need funding, as it may take four months or more to receive a decision. For more information, and to download the relevant application forms, visit the Foyle Foundation’s website.


Reminder: Are You GDPR Compliant?
New national data protection laws, GDPR, come into effect on 25th May. Most organisations will have to update at least some of their policies and procedures to ensure that they are compliant with the new guidelines. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to check that your organisation is up to date and in line with GDPR – luckily, the Information Commissioner’s Office has come up with a self-assessment toolkit that will help you do just that. You can find it here.


Comic Relief Funding Initiatives
Comic Relief currently has several funding streams open. The most recently launched is their Tackling Violence against Women and Girls initiative. This funding stream will make grants of £60,000 – £120,000 over 1-3 years towards projects that tackle violence against women with multiple and complex needs.

Applications should be able to demonstrate how they will address at least one (but preferably more than one) of the fund’s aims:

  • Enable organisations to better support women and girls within the target groups.
  • Showcase how women and girls’ lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy.
  • Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches.
  • Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support.
  • Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector.
  • Improve access to support for women and girls with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women

Comic Relief plans to make around 40 grants through this scheme, which has a deadline of midday on 2nd July.

Other open funding initiatives include the London Together Fund, seeking projects within London which will use sport to effect social change; Safe, Secure, Settled, which will fund projects in the UK, India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya to support young people into independent living; and their Local Communities Core Strength programme, run in partnership with local Community Foundations.

For more information on Comic Relief’s funding options, and to apply, visit their website.


Groundworks Grant Schemes
Groundwork UK administers several grants schemes across the country. Some are geographically restricted – e.g. London family Fund – but others are available nationwide, including:

  • Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme: making grants of up to £4,000 to support a variety of community projects
  • One Stop’s Carriers for Causes scheme: making grants of up to £2,000 towards community projects within 2 miles of a One Stop shop that ‘benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places’
  • The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s Neighbourhood Planning fund: making grants to community groups in England who are developing a Neighbourhood Plan – the level of funding is dependent on the needs of your area

More details of the funding streams available via Groundworks are available on their website.


Your Input Needed – And There’s A Reward!
Tech for good organisation CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) is looking for smaller charities’ input for its new digital accelerator programme launching in July.

CAST is asking charities with annual income of £1 million or less to share their ambitions and challenges around digital technology, and what would help them achieve their vision. They will use this feedback to help shape the Fuse accelerator programme – a 12 week workshop where charities are paired up with a team of digital experts from CAST, to plan and build a new digital service or product for them to take to pilot – along with new programmes, resources and events aimed at smaller charities. In return, your charity will be able to access advice and support from CAST.

If you fit the bill, and you’d like to benefit from CAST’s support, expertise and connections, all you need to do is book a 30-minute phone call with them, in which you’ll share your feedback about the new programme. You can book your phone call here. For more information about the new Fuse programme, visit the CAST website.


Why Do People Donate To Charity?
The ethical mobile network TPO has recently done some research on the reasons why people do (or don’t) give to charity. They found that although 90% of respondents do give to charity, 25% of those who don’t are influenced in that decision by a lack of trust in charities. Those who do give to charity are often motivated by personal experience of a cause – 62% of respondents opted to support a cause that had affected them personally.

You can find out more about this research in Charity Digital News’s breakdown, which includes a handy infographic.