November 2017 | Newsletter

Remember, remember, the… 1st of November? Yes, that’s right, we decided not to make you wait until the 5th: here’s your Bonfire Night edition of the Beware of the Bull newsletter!


Swire Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants in 3 main areas:

  • Community & social welfare: in particular, charities that help to foster long-term positive change in the lives of disadvantaged people and their communities, with a focus on care leavers, people with disabilities, homeless people, ex-services people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking
  • Education & training: charities that help children and adults from all backgrounds to fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents, with a focus on narrowing the attainment gap, improving essential literacy and numeracy skills, and empowering people (young and older) who are NEET to engage with education and training
  • Heritage: charities working to restore neglected buildings and monuments which can contribute to community regeneration, particularly in areas of deprivation and especially smaller charities which offer employment or volunteering opportunities for local residents

Applications are currently open across all 3 areas. The Trust is open to making both restricted and unrestricted grants – so if you’re seeking core funding, this may be a good one to apply for. There is no minimum or maximum size of grant, and the Trust may decide to award more or less than you apply for.

To be eligible, you must be a registered charity and the work must be taking place in the UK. The application process is simple – just apply using the online form. Applications for amounts up to £25,000 will usually receive a decision in one month, and applications for larger amounts can expect to receive a decision within 4 months. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.


Based in York or North Yorkshire?
People’s Health Trust funding is now open in York and North Yorkshire. This funder opens geographically-based ‘Active Communities’ funding rounds periodically across Great Britain. To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

  • Support people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better
  • Be non-profit
  • Have an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the  last  two years
  • Have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) after you have deducted the grant you wish to request
  • Be constituted and more than three months old

Projects need to:

  • 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
  • Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country
  • Be either:
  • – small and local, for example, involving residents living in a few streets, an estate, a small village and working in one or more of our ‘fundable neighbourhoods’ or
  • – a community of interest – a group of people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area.

The minimum grant that you can apply for is £5,000 over one year, £7,500 over 18 months, or £10,000 over two years. The maximum grant made by the People’s Health Trust is £50,000 – grants of this level will almost always be over 2 years.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications to this round is 1pm on Wednesday 15th November. Once your application is submitted, you will be informed within 5 days whether your application will progress to Stage 2. The closing date for Stage 2 applications will be 6th December. For more information and to apply, visit the People’s Health Trust website.


The Tudor Trust
This charitable trust makes grants towards work which “addresses the needs of people at the margins of society”.Grants are made in four categories:

  • Core funding
  • Project grants
  • Capital grants
  • Grants to help strengthen an organisation

There are no maximum or minimum grant levels and they can initially be made for up to 3 years. The trustees may fund over a longer period which usually involves a re-application. In order to tackle deep-rooted problems which can take time, their aim is to commit funding over a sustained period.

There are no deadlines – for more information and to find out how to apply, visit the Tudor Trust website.


Grants in York
The next round of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s York Committee grants is now open. These grants are available to organisations in York for work that aims to tackle poverty – in particular, they have identified two priority areas of need:

  • to increase and better co-ordinate access to benefits advice, debt advice, support with developing financial capability, and information and advocacy for those in or at risk of poverty;
  • to increase local community-based activity to prevent and reduce isolation where poverty is a contributing factor or barrier

If your project will work to combat poverty through either of these means, it’s well worth applying. To be eligible, your organisation must be a charity or voluntary/not-for-profit organisation, and be working in the area covered by City of York Council.

The maximum grant awarded is £10,000, although most are £5,000 or under. Grants are almost always for one year only. The next deadline date is 2pm on Wednesday 13th December. For more information, and to download the application form, visit the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.


North East And Seeking Core Funding?
If you’re a small charity or community organisation based in the North East of England (the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside), you could be eligible to apply for core funding from the Greggs Foundation. Through their North East Core Funding stream, they are interested in supporting projects working with:

  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless people
  • Voluntary carers
  • Older and isolated people

They are interested in providing funding for:

  • Contributions towards bills, i.e, electricity, gas, rent, rates
  • Contributions towards core salaries (managers or administrators rather than project workers or sessional staff)
  • HMRC costs relating to the core salaries only

The maximum grant is £15,000 per year – grants may be made for up to 3 years. The next deadline for applications is 18th November. For more information on how to apply, visit the Greggs Foundation website.


Cut Price Training In York!
The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is offering a great deal on their upcoming training in York, which is part of the Small Local Charities and Community Groups Training Programme. Organisations must be registered as FSI members in order to access the training, but membership is free for charities, CICs and community organisations with an annual turnover of less than £1.5 million.

The training will take place in York on Tuesday 5th December, with the following options:

  • Developing & Delivering an Online Fundraising Campaign (half day – morning session)
  • An Introduction to Online Fundraising & Crowdfunding (half day – afternoon session)
  • Managing Event Fundraising Successfully (full day)
  • Major Donor Fundraising (full day)

A full day’s training will cost you just £15 (although you will need to pay a £50 deposit). For more information on each of the courses and the FSI itself, visit their website.

*If York isn’t convenient for you, the FSI are providing training in several other locations during November and December – details of dates and locations can be found here.*


The Weinstock Fund
This charitable trust makes grants to UK registered charities working in the following areas:

  • Medical care and treatment, including respite care and hospices
  • Care for physically and mentally disabled adults and children
  • Education and training for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities
  • Care and support of the elderly
  • Care and support for children
  • Welfare
  • Music and the Arts

The majority of funding tends to go towards the arts. There are no deadlines – trustees meet to review applications on a regular basis. For more information, and to download the application form, visit the Weinstock Fund website.


The Ernest Cook Trust
This charitable trust makes educational grants for projects that benefit children and young people, with a focus on outdoor learning, conservation and the management of the countryside. There are two grant programmes:

  • Small grants – between £100 to £4,000 – usually pump priming or educational resources for small groups, state schools and registered charities. Applications can be made throughout the year and are considered bi-monthly, however the trust advises that applications be submitted six months in advance of the project’s expected start date.
  • Large grants – between £5,000 to £12,000 – usually for comprehensive education programmes, environmental projects or arts, crafts and architecture projects. Applications are reviewed twice a year: in April the trustees consider projects related to the arts, crafts and architecture; in September the trustees consider projects covering the environment and countryside. Projects related to literacy, numeracy and science are considered at both meetings.

Large grant applications must be received by 31st January to be considered at the Spring meeting. There are no deadlines for small grant applications. There is no application form – applications should be made in writing. For more information on how to apply, visit the Ernest Cook Trust website.


The John Armitage Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants to organisations in England and Wales, with a focus on their current priority areas:

  • social welfare
  • older people
  • education
  • medical care and research
  • youth support
  • religion

Their grants tend to be in the region of £15,000 – £25,000. In previous years, applications in the category of youth support have received the most grants. There is no application form and no deadlines – applications should be made in writing to the Trust’s registered address at:

The John Armitage Charitable Trust
c/o Sampson West
12-14 Mitre House


Aviva Community Fund – Additional Funds Available
With the Aviva Community Fund now open for voting, many projects are well underway in the process of gathering votes. But if your project is lagging behind, now may be the perfect moment to get your supporters involved!

Due to technical issues, many people were unable to vote on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th. To make up for this disappointment, Aviva have put an additional £200,000 into the prize money pot, meaning that there will be additional awards made across all the award levels.

Voting is open now until 12 noon on Tuesday 21st November. More details on the Aviva Community Fund website.