September 2019 | Newsletter

August has flown by and we’re back to school already. We hope you’ve all had some well earned rest. Put those brand new pencil cases to use this September and get scribbling on some funding applications!

Changes coming for Awards for All applicants 
The application system and operation of the National Lottery’s Awards for All funding across England is due to change on 1 October 2019. Our experts will be analysing these changes thoroughly and running a workshop on 3 October to ensure you are among the very first to get to grips with the new system. 3 October 2019 – 10:00-12:00 – St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York

£47 – limited Early Bird tickets at £35 available until 12 September.

All course resources and refreshments included.

Dream Big for Your Project 
The Postcode Dream Trust is open for applications: Mon 2 Sept 
Application deadline: 15 Oct 5pm 

Funds of between £500,000 – £1.5 Million 

Applications are invited from partnerships of charities for projects that seek to implement systemic change in order to address an important social or environmental problem. 

Eligible ‘Systems Change’ projects should address an issue from the bottom up (such as change at the community level) as well as from the top down (such as influencing the decisions and behaviour of key stakeholders and institutions). You will need to map out the relevant stakeholders, the institutions and the economic, social, cultural, and political factors which underlie these large stuctural problems – demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of why the problem persists and how you propose to tackle it. 

The Dream Fund hopes to give organisations the chance to deliver a project they have always dreamed of but never had the opportunity to bring to life. 

Projects are eligible for financial support if they: Take place in Great BritainAre innovative, unique and attempt to break new groundLeave a significant and tangible legacy beyond the duration of fundingMeet any one of our funding prioritiesDo not meet our funding priorities but still meet the main Dream Fund criteriaCome from a partnership of charitiesRequest between £500,000 and £1.5 million.Got a query? Click here for the Dream Fund FAQs page. 
To apply online, visit the Dream Fund Website.

Joined up York 
The Nook, Castlegate
15:00- 17:00 

Join us for a cuppa and meet with other local movers and shakers. Everybody is welcome, and we encourage you to drop by even if it’s just for a quick hello and an exchange of details with some useful local contacts!

September’s session is scheduled on the same day as this month’s funding training, ‘Funding bid Forensics’. This way we hope to give the our attendees a chance to network with one another and exchange expertise after the morning’s training (and a change to have a breather and grab a bite of lunch between).  If you’re attending the training session we’d love to see you in the afternoon for a bit of networking, but there’s no obligation to have attended the morning in order to come along to Joined up York in the afternoon!

What really goes into a successful funding bid?
Last chance to reserve your space on September’s funding bid training morning – just a few spaces left!Creating a convincing case requires top investigation skills. Just like Hercule Poirot, if you are writing a funding bid (or evaluating your project) you have togather the facts, sift through to find the most important ones, then presentyour evidence in a clear and persuasive way.Content includes:scoping it outquestionnaires and surveysinterviewingfocus groupscase studiesThe course is aimed at staff, volunteers and trustees whose roles include responsibility for fundraising, monitoring or evaluation.Funding Bid Forensics is available for £47.50, and just £12.50 for York-based groups.

Fri, 6 September 2019 – 09:30 – 12:00 – Friargate Quaker Meeting House, York

The FA Facilities Fund
The Premier League’s FA Facilities Fund offers funding between £10,000 – £500,000. Priority will be given to applications focused on community programmes located in areas of high deprivation. For projects outside of these areas, priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that their organisation draws a significant proportion of its participants from neighbouring deprived areas. Trustees welcome applications from: football clubs, professional clubs’ community trusts, multi-sport clubs, local authorities, all educational establishments, and registered charitable organisations, Find out more on the Premier League Website, and apply online here.

Virgin Money Community Anchor Grants
Funding is offered under the Community Anchors scheme to vital, neighbourhood based, locally-led organisations, committed to providing long-term stability, driving positive economic, social and environmental change within their community. 

The Community Anchors Fund will provide organisations working in the North East of England with grants between £10,000 and £50,000. The funds can be used to cover core costs, they can also be spent on designing and launching new activity. The award can be spread over one, two or three years.

Read more here. Send off an initial application by filling in the online form

The foundation expect to make between 10 and 15 awards. When all of the available funding has been allocated the programme will close – so they suggest you apply as soon as possible.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
The DM Thomas Foundation’s Central Grants Fund offers funding to organisations working within education and health. Trustees tend to offer funding of between £5,000 – £10,000 per year for up to two years. The fund has a particular focus on the following target groups: Children and young people with disabilities Children and young people who are sick in hospital Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)Application Deadline: 8 Oct 2019Apply online here, using a form available to download from the foundation’s website, where guidelines are also provided.

Looking for something a little more specific?
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:

Strengthening Communities Grants
The Henry Smith Charity’s ’Strengthening Communities’ grants offer grants of between £20,000 – £60,000 per year for 1-3 years for projects working in local communities. The funding is designed to cover running costs and is limited to UK organisations only. Your organisation should be based and working within the 10% most deprived areas for England and Scotland, and within the 15% most deprived areas for Northern Ireland and Wales. Apply online here

Looking For A Free Meeting Space? 
Morrisons is opening up all of its cafes to residents and community groups in need of a free meeting space. The supermarket said it wants to provide new parents, charities, book clubs, craft groups, and gaming communities somewhere to go, as council resources wane.

Organisers will be able to book a space for up to 20 people between 9-11am and 2pm – closing time on weekdays. 

Morrisons said its cafes were already being used on an informal basis and so wanted to launch a nationwide scheme so more groups could benefit. Read more here.

Inquire in store for details or visit the Morrisons Website

Church & Communities Grants
The Mercers Company will consider applications for funding in:LondonThe North EastNorfolkLincolnshireGrants are for projects/organisations that provide support for:1. Families Facing Poverty or Other ChallengesDisadvantaged areas and communities that are coming together to address what is important to them; orCommunity responses to supporting people who are refugees or homeless2. Better Outcomes for FamiliesFamilies facing poverty or other challenges; orCarers and their families.Trustees expect that most awards will be between £10,000 and £100,000 in total.

Funding is available for up to three years, and may cover running, core and development costs. Funding may also include capital costs but only where there is a clear link with the funding programme aims and an obvious lack of alternative local facilities.Initially you are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form – To complete the form click here. If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to complete a full application. Trustees aim to respond to expressions of interest within six weeks.

Find out more on the Mercers’ Company Website.

Closure For The Climate 
We would like to let you know that Beware of the Bull will be closed all day on Friday 20 September as part of the Global Strike for Climate. We will be open as usual from Monday 23 September.