September 2018 | Newsletter

September’s here, summer tans are fading and there’s a hint of Autumn in the air… we know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re loving the back-to-school feeling! Here’s a round up of some fab funding opportunities coming up this month.

Aviva Community Fund
This year’s round of the Aviva Community Fund opens for applications on 11th September. This fund has proved very popular in previous years, so if you’ve got a project that needs a bit of a boost, it’s time to get your thinking cap on!

The Fund uses an X-Factor style public vote system to shortlist the entries, with the highest voted entries going on to judging. Projects can apply for 4 different levels of funding, (up to £1,000, up to £5,000, up to £10,000 and up to £25,000), and must be entered in one of the following categories:
Health & Wellbeing
Skills for Life

The deadline for submitting entries is 9th October. After that, voting opens on 23rd October – so make sure you’ve got that date in your diary to remind your supporters to vote for you! For more information, and to apply once submissions open, visit the Aviva Community Fund website.

Building Connections Youth Fund
The youth strand of this one-off fund is now open for applications. The Fund will make grants of up to £80,000 for projects working with children and young people who are either based in the most deprived 30% of areas in the UK (as defined by the 2015 Indices of Multiple Deprivation), or who fall into one of their priority groups:
Being a carer
Being unemployed or precariously employed
Experiencing bereavement
Having a disability or long-term health condition
Having been in the care system

Projects must be able to evidence how they will tackle youth loneliness. If your organisation has applied to the main Building Connections Fund strand, you can also apply to the Youth strand – but the applications must be for different projects. Organisations can apply for up to £80,000, as follows:
Up to £10,000 (to be spent between December 2018 and March 2019) to engage young people in co-designing innovations to improve the impact of existing provision on tackling loneliness
Up to £70,000 (to be spent between April 2019 and March 2021) to implement and evaluate these innovations

The deadline for applications is 26th September, with results announced by December. For more information, and to apply, visit the Fund’s website.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
This foundation recently changed its grants programme – why not check if it’s the right one for you? Their two new levels of grant are as follows:

Major Grants
Open to any charitable, not-for-profit and voluntary organisation in the UK with a total annual income under £500,000
Grants of up to £20,000 a year for up to three years for core costs, salaries, project costs
Grants of up to £60,000 for one-off capital costs for projects with a total cost of up to £2 million

Small Grants
Open to any charitable, not-for-profit and voluntary organisation in the UK with a total annual income under £250,000
One-off grants between £2,000 and £7,500 for core costs, salaries, project costs or capital costs

Across both these programmes, the Foundation’s grantmaking themes are Community Support and Arts, Education & Heritage. To be eligible, your project must be working in either:
Rural: a rural area (defined as cities, towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants) which is in the 50% most deprived according to the 2015 Indices of Multiple Deprivation
Urban: an urban area (10,000 inhabitants or more) which is in the 20% most deprived according to the IMD

There are no deadlines – Small Grants applicants can expect to hear back within 4-6 weeks, while Main Grants applicants will be informed within 6 weeks whether their application will be seen at the next grant meeting – so best to apply at least 4 months in advance of your anticipated project start date. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trusthouse website.

Working With Children?
The Les Mills Fund for Children makes grants towards projects that aim to improve education and physical & emotional wellbeing for children aged 0-16. They are keen to fund projects working with children that are part of one of their priority groups:
Living in poverty
Physical and mental health problems
Health and wellbeing
Living with disability

Projects should help to get children active in one way or another. Grants are for amounts up to £1,000. The next deadline for applications is 9th October – for more information, and to apply, visit the Les Mills Fund website.

The Thomas Wall Trust
This charitable trust makes small grants to UK registered charities for projects that “aim to serve the educational and social needs of the community”. To be eligible, your charity must have an annual income of under £100,000 and have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 2 years.

Grants made by the Thomas Wall Trust are generally for amounts of £1,000 and under, and applicants must evidence how a grant of that size would make a significant impact to the project.

The next deadline for applications is 30th September, to be considered at the November trustees’ meeting. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Supporting People With Cancer?
The Caron Keating Foundation was set up with the aim of supporting smaller charities around the country which work with cancer patients and/or their friends & family. Local and national charities are supported, but grants for local charities tend to be for amounts under £5,000.

Applying to the Foundation is quick and easy – just send a letter outlining your request for support to the charity’s registered office. You can find their address and details of other charities they’ve supported on their website.

Maximise Your Support Network
Charity Digital News has come up with a great list of ways to get your charity’s supporters involved with fundraising – suggestions include promoting Twitter’s #GivingTuesday, making use of Instagram stories, and enabling supporters to start their own fundraising campaigns with Facebook charitable giving. You can read the full article here.

That’s Capital!
The Lady Neville Charity makes small grants (up to £1,000) to UK charities or other non-profits whose annual income is under £100,000, for capital purchases towards projects in the following areas:
Local Heritage projects which help local groups to conserve and restore their landmarks, landscape, traditions and culture
Performing and Visual Arts Groups involved in undertaking a particular activity in any field in this area
Any charitable activity taking place in communities where the Skinners’ Company has existing work or historical links (this includes The City of London, ‘The Square Mile’; London Boroughs of Camden, particularly Kings Cross, Enfield, Hackney, and Hounslow; West Kent, particularly Tonbridge & Malling, and Tunbridge Wells; Romney Marsh (excluding East Sussex))

The total cost of the project applied for must be no more than £10,000 – so it’s more suited to contributing towards a large piece of equipment rather than a building project. The next deadline for applications is 14th September. For more information, and to apply, visit the charity’s website.

Thank You!
A huge thank you to everyone who answered our survey from last month’s newsletter – we had a great response and it was fantastic to read about your views. The survey is now closed and the prize draw will be taking place next week – so if your name’s in the hat, keep an eye on your emails!