October 2018 | Newsletter

We think there are some real crackers in this month’s newsletter – and as always, we’d love to hear your feedback. If you’ve received a grant thanks to a recommendation in our newsletter, please do let us know – it’s guaranteed to make us smile!

A Capital Idea
If your charity is looking for funding for equipment, why not check out Leeds Building Society Foundation? The Foundation makes grants to UK registered charities for capital purchases (i.e. equipment), and their average grant is around £1,000. They are unlikely to make donations for:
The restoration or upgrading of buildings, including churches;
Environmental charities (unless there is a benefit to a disadvantaged community); and
Administration equipment such as IT equipment for a charity’s own use.

The foundation is unable to support:
Projects with religious, political or military purposes
Overseas charities or projects
Individuals, including sponsorship of individuals
Animal welfare projects
Medical research
General running costs, such as salaries, rent or utility bills
General fundraising appeals

The next deadline for applications is Monday 15th October, so if you’d like to apply, you’ll need to be quick. Applications are online – you can find out more and apply through their webpage.

Awards for All
This funding stream from the Big Lottery Fund makes grants of up to £10,000 for projects that support at least one of the following priorities:
bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

As of last year, their new guidelines mean that you ARE allowed to apply for staff wages, which you weren’t previously. More recent changes have been made to their application process – you now have to apply online, although the information they ask for is largely the same as for the previous application forms. There are no deadlines – for more information, and to apply, visit the Awards for All website.

Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity
This charitable trust makes grants to a wide range of causes in the UK and abroad. In the UK, the trust funds:
Medical research and care
Social welfare
Mental health/counselling
Drug and alcohol therapeutic support
Offender support
Community regeneration
Vulnerable families, women and children.

In low and middle income countries, the trust funds:
Basic skills and tools
Sanitation, irrigation, hygiene, access to clean water
Women’s education, economics, reproduction
Help for marginalised communities

The charity prefers to make grants to charities with an income of under £5 million. The majority of UK grants are made to charities operating in London, but charities from across the country are welcome to apply. The average grant is around £10,000.

The next deadline for applications is 30th November. Applications should be made via the application form which can be downloaded from the charity’swebsite.

Women’s Peer Support
Mind and Agenda have recently teamed up to launch a new funding stream aimed at funding peer support for women facing multiple disadvantage. Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:
Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives delivered for and by women experiencing multiple disadvantage (i.e. women who experience several issues such as mental health problems, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, abuse and violence, offending, and family breakdown)
‘Women’s Peer Support Hubs’ – women’s organisations working to improve the capacity of individuals and community based organisations to lead effective peer support activity delivered for and by women.

Around 80 grants will be made in the first category – 30 of up to £25,000 and 50 of up to £10,000 – and around 5 in the second category, of up to £50,000. Funding will be for one year only. The deadline for applications is 15th October- for more information, and to apply, visit the Mind website.

Fix It Up!
If your charity is looking for funding towards repairs, maintenance or improvements of your community building, why not check out the Screwfix Foundation? They make grants of up to £5,000, and you can apply if you meet the following eligibility criteria:
You’re a registered charity or not for profit organisation
Your organisation helps those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK
You’re looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

There are no deadlines, but grant applications are reviewed quarterly – the next grant meeting is in November, so get your application in soon. For more information, and to apply, visit the Screwfix Foundation webpage.

Free Fundraising Guide
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has recently published a fundraising guide for small charities. The 4-part guide covers topics including devising a fundraising strategy, widening your possible fundraising channels and how to identify and retain your donors. You can access the guide via the CAF website.

Charles Hayward Foundation
This charitable foundation has a wide grantmaking remit, which is divided into two funding streams:

The Main Grants programme has 3 strands:
Social & Criminal Justice: for charities working in the UK with an income over £350,000. Grants can be for 1-3 years and should be for £10,000 – £25,000 per year.
Heritage & Conservation: for charities working in the UK with an income over £350,000. Grants will be for one-off projects, for between £20,000 and £50,000.
Overseas: for charities working in Commonwealth countries of Africa, with an income of between £150,000 and £5 million. Grants will be for one-off projects and for amounts up to £15,000.

The Small Grants programme has 2 strands, both of which are for charities working in the UK with an income of less than £350,000:
Social & Criminal Justice (grants of up to £7,000)
Older People (grants of up to £7,000)

There are no deadlines for either funding stream – Main Grants applications are assessed quarterly (next meeting in November), and Small Grants applications are assessed on a rolling basis. For more information, and to apply, visit the Foundation’s website.

Reminder: Aviva Community Fund
If you’re planning on applying to the Aviva Community Fund this year, make sure you’ve got your application going soon – submissions close on 9th October. As a reminder, you can apply for up to £25,000 of funding as long as your project fits into one of the following categories:
Health & Wellbeing
Skills for Life

The Aviva Community Fund is shortlisted on the basis of online votes from the community, so if you’ve got a strong support base to tap into, this might be the one for you. You can find out more and apply at the Aviva Communit Fundwebsite.

Have Your Say: New Code of Fundraising
The Fundraising Regulator has released a new draft of the Code of Fundraising. This is the first time the Code has been reviewed since 2005, and their aim is to make it clearer and more accessible. You can read about the changes and access a copy of the draft here.

To ensure that the changes are what the sector wants, the Fundraising Regulator has also opened up a consultation which you are welcome to contribute to – you can access the survey here. The deadline for responses is 16th November.

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