November 2019 | Newsletter

November is here and we’re finding all the random odds and ends we left in our coat pockets at the end of last winter. If you didn’t happen to find a beautifully completed funding bid to your dream funder in there with the used train tickets and Strepsils, don’t worry – we’ve got some great opportunities here which might help!
Allen Lane Foundation Grants
The Allen Lane Foundation supports running and core costs. They fund organisations which work with adults (not children or young people), with a focus on causes which are unpopular, both in society and with other funders. The Foundation’s areas of interest are: Asylum seekers and refugeesGypsies and TravellersMigrant communitiesOffenders and ex-offendersOlder peoplePeople experiencing mental health problemsPeople experiencing violence or abuseSocial cohesionAllen Lane makes grants across the United Kingdom, with the exception that they do not fund work within Greater London. Organisations which have their offices in London are eligible provided the people who benefit from their work are not only in London.Unsure if your organisation fits the bill? Take the eligibility quiz here.Please apply on the Allen Lane Foundation website through their online application system. All applications received now, and until early December, will be considered in the February 2020 Trustee meeting. Please apply as soon as you are ready.  
BBC Children in Need Small Grants Children in Need small  grants programmes are open to charities and not-for-profit organisations of any size working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:Illness, distress, abuse or neglectAny kind of disabilityBehavioural or psychological difficultiesLiving in poverty or situations of deprivation.The Small Grants programme is for applications for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years – a total maximum request of£30,000. For this programme, the next deadline is 11:59pm on 2 December 2019 for deicisons in March 2020. 

To find out more and apply online, click here.
Tackling Loneliness Grants
The government has just announced £2 million of new funds as part of the governmental loneliness strategy, for organisations working to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the UK. Detailed guidance is not yet available, but eligible organisations will be frontline, grassroots initiatives that bring people together and help them to build social connections – examples would include:community cafés,street parties,coffee mornings,local walking groups. It will be worth keeping an eye on this funding stream. Have a think about what you might request funding for, and read the full announcement here on the website. 
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
This funder makes grants to registered charities for projects which work with people who have a learning disability and/or autism. They list the following as projects for which they would generally give grants (provided that the beneficiaries in each case are people with learning disabilities):Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools;Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture;Play schemes and play therapy schemes;Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs;Support for families, including respite schemes;Independent living schemes;Support in the community schemes;Snoezelen rooms.They make grants for amounts of £250 upwards – applications for amounts under £10,000 fall into their Small Grants programme and are assessed on a regular basis, with no deadlines. Applications for amounts over £10,000 fall under their Large Grants programme and the next deadline for applications will be 1 December for appeals to be considered at the next meeting, which is likely to be held in March 2020. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as you are able, rather than waiting for the deadline. Most grants are for one year only, but occasionally multi-year grants are awarded. For more information, and to apply, visit the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund website.
Free Holidays in Historic Buildings For Charities and Non-Profits 
The Landmark Trust ‘50 for Free’ scheme is back! It offers 50 self-catering breaks in historic buildings to the nominees of charities and non-profit organisations. 50 short breaks in landmarks across England, Scotland and Wales going directly to those who most need a break. 

Applications opened Friday 11 October 2019 and deadline is 9am on 2 December.
See more here
Woodroffe Benton Foundation
The Woodroffe Benton Foundation’s quarterly Small Grants programme is open for applications from UK based registered charities for one off grants of between £500 and £2,500.

Eligibile organisations should have an annual turnover of under £1 million, and be working in the areas of:Relief of persons in need, hardship or distress by reason of disaster or as a consequence of social or economic circumstance.Provision/maintenance of care and accommodation for the sick and elderlyEnvironmental conservation/preservation/protection/improvement – in particular where this would encourage the provision of access by members of the general publicApplications are considered at the Trustees’ quarterly meetings in January, April, July and October. The deadline for applications is normally six weeks prior to the meeting and applications that are received after the deadline are held over for consideration at the nex one. So if you have your application in by the end of November it will be considered at the January meeting.

Applications should be made online via the application form available on the trust’s website.
Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants
The Rank Foundation offer capital funding support with their ‘Pebble Grants’ scheme. Grants are for amounts between £250 and £4,000, with an  average grant size of £1,000. Eligible organisations should: Be a UK registered charityHave an annual income of less than £500,000Have already raised 1/3 of the total cost of your projectBe based in the UK and the project be taking place in the UKDemonstrate inclusive use by the wider communityThere are no deadlines or maximum grant amounts. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for their January 2020 trustees meeting. Please submit your application at least 6 weeks prior for consideration at this meeting.  For more information, please visit The Rank Foundation’s website
Boshier-Hinton Foundation
This charitable foundation makes small grants to charities working with children and/or adults who have disabilities (including sensory impairments) or learning difficulties. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of these groups.

Registered charities from anywhere in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant. Grants made by the Foundation are generally for £2,000 or under. For more information, and to apply, visit the Boshier-Hinton Foundation website.
Joined up York
There are two events coming up with Joined up York to put in the diary. We will be meeting as usual in November, and in December we will be getting our festive cheer on with an evening of celebration at Spark York.

Our monthly meeting for November will take place at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe. If you’d like to attend, please let us know by signing up FREE here.

Thursday 14th Nov
Rowntree Park Cafe
14:00 – 16:00 End of year networking event and celebration:
Thursday 12th Dec 
Spark York 
Sign up FREE here.

Our big, end of year event! An evening of festivities and a great opportunity to network with all the social enterprises operating out of Spark, as well as their wider circles of movers and shakers.
Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust York Grants
Small grants – generally up to £5,000 – are available in York for not-for-profit organisations for work that can:help to build and develop strong empowered communities without poverty or isolation in Yorkincrease 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 povertyprevent and reduce isolation where poverty is a contributing factor or barrierTo discuss your idea before applying, contact Helen Robinson on 01904 615939 or at Further details on how to apply are on the  website. The next deadline is 2.00pm on Wednesday 4 December.
Looking for something a little more specific?
Don’t forget that one of the services we offer at Beware of the Bull is a targeted funding search. Funding which matches your project or organisation can be hard to find, and we understand that there’s no use in helping our clients in writing their funding bids if they don’t know what’s out there to apply for. While with many organisations this is a costly service, we offer a targeted funding search for £75, tailored to your specific project. To find out more visit the Beware of The Bull website or email: