September 2017 | Newsletter

Enjoying the autumnal weather this week? We’re taking the opportunity to work on our tea-drinking skills – and of course researching funding opportunities for you! Take a look at some of the exciting finds this month…


Last Chance – Early Bird Offer!
Beware of the Bull has updated its acclaimed ‘Write A Successful Awards for All Bid’ training in line with the new form and guidelines. This workshop explains the new guidance, and takes you through the application form step by step, ensuring you have everything you need to prepare a strong Awards for All bid. Whether you’ve applied before, and are looking for guidance on the new process, or have never considered Awards for All for your organisation before, our experts will help you on the way to success.

You can take advantage of our fantastic early bird offer if you’re quick – get your place on this half-day course for just £60 (usual price £95) if you book by 14th September.

The course will take place in York on Friday 6th October, 9:30am – 12:30pm. For more information about the course, and to book your place, visit our website.


Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund
This charitable trust makes grants towards projects which:

  • Support offenders and ex-offenders, or
  • Help disadvantaged young people

Grants of up to £15,000 will be made, although the Trustees state that they welcome smaller applications. Funding for multiple years is usually not considered. The trust operates a full cost recovery policy, so a proportion of your project overheads can be included in the application.

The next deadline for applications is 30th November. For more information, and to apply, visit the Weavers’ Company website.


On The Road To Success
If your charity or school is based within 25 miles of a Moto service station, you are eligible to become their local charity partner. It’s simple to apply – you can just email details of your organisation to the Moto in the Community Fund to be considered. More information on how to apply is on the Moto in the Community website.


The Thomas Wall Trust
This charitable trust makes grants of up to £1,000 to registered charities that are concerned with education or social service. To be eligible, your charity must have an income of under £200,000.

Applications should be made on an application form, which can be downloaded from the Trust’s website. The next deadline for applications is 30th September.


Your Community Rights
If you’re involved in any community building projects, you’ll know that there are a lot of rules & regulations surrounding them. The government has recently published a guide to your rights in these situations, including advice on:

  • Neighbourhood planning
  • Assets of Community Value
  • Community Right to Bid
  • Community Asset Transfer
  • Community ownership or management
  • Community shares; and
  • Crowdfunding.

The guide can also point you in the right direction for advice, support and funding – take a look here.


Theatres Trust
The Theatres Trust has extended its Small Grants scheme – previously scheduled to close this year, the scheme will now continue making grants for the next 3 years.

The scheme makes grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK that are run by charities or not-for-profit groups. Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

The scheme is currently open for applications, with a deadline of 7th January 2018. For more information, visit the Theatres Trust website.


The Mackintosh Foundation
This charitable foundation funds a range of projects, although their focus is on theatre and performing arts. They are interested in:

  • Education
  • Relief of poverty, distress and hardship
  • Promoting and developing theatrical, musical and dramatic arts
  • Medical research and relief of sickness
  • The conservation, protection and enhancement of nature
  • Community-based projects where a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation could make a big impact
  • Relief of need for the homeless and refugees

There is no application form and no deadlines – the Foundation aims to make a decision within 4-6 weeks. Applications should be made in writing outlining details of the organisation, details of the project for which funding is required and a breakdown of the costs involved, and posted to the Foundation’s registered address at:

The Mackintosh Foundation
1 Bedford Square


Reminder: FREE Funding Fair
The Yorkshire & Humber Funder’s Forum is holding a funding fair next month – and with 30+ funders promising to attend, it sounds like an opportunity too good to miss!

The fair takes place in Wakefield on Wednesday 4th October – for more information, and to book your place, visit the event page.


Coastal Communities Fund
The Department for Communities and Local Government recently announced the next round of the Coastal Communities Fund – now due to open for applications early next year, rather than this autumn as anticipated.

The Coastal Communities Fund makes grants for projects in towns & cities along the British coast. The fifth round of funding, which will make grants to be spent during 2019-2021, will provide at least £40 million to help coastal areas in England transform their economies and boost jobs in their local area.

The Big Lottery Fund is administering the Coastal Communities Fund on behalf of the government – so keep and eye on their website for details of opening dates (but don’t worry – we’ll remind you too!)


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