November 2021 | Newsletter

We’ve got funding galore for you as we head into November – enjoy this month’s newsletter and don’t forget to let us know if you have any funding successes from our tips! We love to celebrate with you.

Comic Relief Community Fund
This charitable fund makes grants of up to £10,000 to UK registered charities and community groups, for projects that support one of their 4 themes: A Safe Place To Be: Supporting people to rebuild their lives because of homelessness or forced migration Children Survive & Thrive:  Supporting children up to the age of 11 to grow, play and learn Gender Justice: Championing those who identify as women and girls, including initiatives tackling domestic violence, abuse or exploitation Mental Health Matters: Supporting good mental health in communities and tackling stigma and discrimination All grant applications under the scheme must include a request of up to £1,000 towards capacity building – this could include:  Developing better organisational governance through training for staff or trustees Gaining a better understanding of the needs of your beneficiaries Support to develop policies and procedures and strengthen working practices Improvement in the marketing and promotion of your services Gaining a better understanding of how to measure the impact of your work The fund is open for applications now until 12th November. For more information, and to apply, visit their website.

Arnold Clark Community Fund
This charitable fund is back open for applications, making grants of up to £1,000 to UK registered charities and community groups. For this winter round of funding, the Fund will only accept applications from projects delivering: Food banks Toy banks Poverty relief Housing and accommodation Application is via a quick and easy online form – for more information, and to apply, visit the Arnold Clark Community Fund website.

North Yorkshire PFCC Community Fund
This fund makes grants for new community safety projects within North Yorkshire and the City of York. The fund makes grants from £500 up to £20,000, for specific projects that support communities within North Yorkshire to “Be Safe and Feel Safe”, including: Diversionary activities for children and young people Promoting safety and reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour Support for victims Improving community cohesion Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour Supporting the purchase of specific pieces of equipment in key community locations Community organisations, groups and individuals are eligible to apply for the funding, as long as the project benefits communities in York and/or North Yorkshire. The fund is open for applications now until 4pm on 27th January 2022 – for more information, and to apply, visit the PFCC website.

Grants for Planting Trees
The UK’s Tre Council has made available some funding towards tree planting initiatives that involve young people under the age of 21. The Branching Out Fund will make grants of between £300 and £1,500 for trees, hedge plants and any necessary supplies to support their establishment (e.g. supports, peat-free compost and soil improvers). The deadline for applications is 17th December – for more information, and to apply, visit the Tree Council website.

Friends Provident Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants towards projects that seek to get to the root causes of inequality, poverty and climate breakdown and work on changing the economic systems and structures that cause these problems. The Foundation makes two types of grants: Systems Change: supporting projects that work to inform change to economic systems, policy and regulation, demonstrating an ability to effectively change statutory and corporate behaviour Local Economies: supporting projects that work to test different approaches to economic systems at a local level, involving genuine local engagement and leadership and demonstrating scalability The Foundation makes grants of up to £200,000 (although most are for smaller amounts) which can be spread over up to 5 years – most grants are for periods of 1-2 years. There is a 2-stage application process, and the next deadline for stage 1 applications is 12th January 2022. For more information, and to apply, visit the Foundation’s website.

The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants
This funder makes grants of up to £4,000 to UK registered charities and churches with an annual income of under £500,000. To be eligible, your total project costs must be under £150,000, with at least one-third of the funding already in place, and the project must be for: capital costs – refurbishment or minor building work equipment costs – e.g. white goods short breaks for those in need There are no deadlines – applications are assessed on a rolling basis and you should receive a decision within 3 months. For more information, and to apply, visit the Rank Foundation website.

Online Fundraising Platforms
Virgin Money Giving was the platform of choice for many, but with its imminent closure, have you considered your options for online fundraising? UK Fundraising has a handy guide to help you decide what might be best for your organisation here.

UnLtd Social Enterprise Funding
UnLtd makes grants to support the start-up and growth of social enterprises. They offer two levels of grant: Up to £5,000: for starting a social business, from the early stages of forming an idea, to those who have been trading for under a year, whether or not you have already established your organisation Up to £15,000: for growing an existing social business, supporting you to realise your potential to grow your impact and expand The programme has two focus areas: Healthy Ageing: for businesses which will help the UK become a better place to grow old – e.g. helping older people to enjoy physical exercise, creating better quality dementia care or working to allow older people to remain independently in their own homes for longer Access to Employment: for businesses which are aimed at helping people into good jobs and meaningful employment, particularly those who are currently denied those opportunities – such as ex-offenders, people with learning differences, and/or disabled people Applications are open now until 31st December. For more information, and to apply, visit the UnLtd website.

Charity Fraud – Are You Doing Your Bit?
The recent Charity Fraud Awareness Week highlighted the risk of fraud to charities – almost £8.6million was lost by charities to fraud in the previous financial year, yet only 9% of charities have any fraud awareness training. Together with the Fraud Advisory Panel, the Charity Commission is urging all trustees to sign up to a new Stop Fraud Pledge, which commits charities to taking six practical actions to reduce the chances of falling victim to fraud. You can find out more, along with some useful anti-fraud information, on the Prevent Charity Fraud website.