May 2022 | Newsletter

May is one of our favourite months, with a bank holiday at either end (plus BOTB Natalie’s birthday!) – but did you know May is also home to National Doughnut Week and British Sandwich Week? Take advantage of some of the opportunities in our newsletter this month and maybe you could celebrate with a doughnut or two!

Reminder – We Are Hiring!
Beware of the Bull is seeking to fill the new role of part-time Funding & Research Worker at our fundraising consultancy in York. We work as a small team, providing services including grants fundraising, evaluation, research and training for a portfolio of charities and not-for-profits from across the UK. 

The purpose of this new role is to support delivery of our core development work tasks for clients, with a focus on preparing grant funding applications and conducting evaluation studies. The ideal candidate will have a keen eye for detail, with great verbal and written communication skills. Beware of the Bull operates a flexible working system, and we are happy to accommodate home working but the expectation is that the postholder will work at least one full day per week in our office (central York).

Applications will be accepted up to 5pm, Thursday 12 May, with interviews taking place week commencing 23rd May 2022. The application pack for the role can be downloaded here.

People’s Health Trust Opening – Yorkshire
The People’s Health Trust (funded by the Health Lottery) has periodic funding rounds in different areas across the country. The fund is currently scheduled to open in parts of North and West Yorkshire on 18th May: West Yorkshire: Bradford North Yorkshire: Craven, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Selby, Harrogate, Scarborough, York The deadline for applications for these areas will be Wednesday 15th June at 1pm. The People’s Health Trust focuses its funding on the neighbourhoods which are the most affected by health inequalities – ie. those in the 30% most disadvantaged areas across Great Britain, according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). To be eligible for funding, your project must: Be designed and led by local people Support their neighbourhood or community to come together to address an issue that is important to them Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year) Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country (ie. must be based in an area in the 30% most deprived as outlined by the relevant IMD) It should also be targeted to either: somewhere small and local, for example, involving residents living in a few streets, an estate, a small village a community of interest – a group of people who have a shared identity or experiences, and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly Projects should be for 1-2 years, with a minimum grant of £5,000 per year, and a maximum grant of £40,000 overall. For more information, and to apply, visit the People’s Health Trust website.

Quick And Easy!
Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions Fund makes 64 grants of up to £1,000 every month. The foundation makes grants to charities, particularly small local charities, and community groups to promote urban regeneration in areas of economic and social deprivation. The trustees’ aim is to improve local communities in the UK by improving health, relieving poverty, advancing amateur sport, improving the local environment and supporting the arts and culture. The foundation will support a range of organisations, including charities, sports groups, scouts and brownies, hospices, foodbanks, theatres and art projects.

Applying for funding is super quick and easy – use the Foundation’s online form to supply your details and give a short description of what you’re seeking funding for. For more information, and to apply, visit the Persimmon Homes website.

National Lottery Awards
The National Lottery Awards 2022 are open for nominations – designed to help celebrate the people and projects who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding. The nomination categories are: Arts, Culture & Film Community/Charity Environment Heritage Sport Young Hero (under 25s) National Lottery Project of the Year All winners will receive a National Lottery Awards trophy and a £5,000 cash prize for their project. The deadline for nominations is midnight on 1st June – make your nominations here.

DWF Charitable Foundation
This charitable foundation makes single-year grants of up to £5,000 for project costs only (i.e. they will not fund core salaries and everyday running costs) for registered charities working in the following areas: Homelessness Health and wellbeing Employability Education Environment and Sustainability Grants are given to initiatives that develop and improve local communities by: Tackling a specific community issue. Helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient. Encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded. Enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community. The next deadline for applications is 31st July – for more information, and to apply, visit the DWF Foundation website.

Awards for All
This funding pot from the National Lottery Community Fund is open year-round, making grants of up to £10,000 for projects that: build strong relationships in and across communities improve the places and spaces that matter to communities help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage To be eligible for funding through this scheme, your project should: involve people and communities from the start  build on people’s strengths     be connected in your community All not-for-profit organisations (including voluntary/community groups, registered charities, CIOs and CICs) can apply for funding, but groups with smaller incomes will be prioritised. For more information, and to apply, visit the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Funding For York-Based Groups
This year’s Cultural Wellbeing Grants is open for applications. York-based charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000, with an overall fund of £30,000 available. Fundable projects will benefit communities in York, helping isolated people connect with their communities through cultural engagement and: combating mental ill-health improving physical health, or accessing employment and learning opportunities The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 20th May. For more information, and to apply, visit the Make It York website.

The Allen Lane Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants to organisations outside Greater London whose work focuses on ‘unpopular causes’ – defined by the Foundation as: Asylum-seekers and refugees The travelling community Migrant communities Offenders and ex-offenders Older people People experiencing mental health problems People experiencing violence or abuse To be eligible, organisations working locally (ie. up to citywide) should have an annual income of no more than £100,000, while organisations working nationally should have an annual income of no more than £250,000. The average grant size is around £5,000-£6,000. You can apply for funding to a maximum of £15,000, but this is generally only offered to larger organisations. Grants can be for a single year or split over up to 3 years. There are no defined deadlines, but any applications received up until early August will be considered at the October committee meeting. For more information, and to apply, visit the Allen Lane Foundation website.

Cost Pressures Affect Charity Donations
New research from Charities Aid Foundation has shown how the cost of living crisis is already affecting donations: six in 10 (58%) people plan to cut back on discretionary spending over the next six months in order to manage their bills, and last month, only 25% of people donated to charity in the past four weeks.This figure is significantly lower than the usual average for the month (29%), meaning that around 2m fewer people donated to charity than usual.

Alongside this reduction in donations, many charities are anticipating an increase in demand over the coming months. If this sounds like you, Charity Today has put together a handy checklist to help you make sure every donation counts.

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