Small Grants Scheme for War Memorials.

The attached link gives information on how communities can apply for a grant to maintain their war memorials. small grants war memorials

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Big Society Capital looks back and ahead.

The Big Society Capital has published its first annual report.

Last year the Government set up Big Society Capital as a social investment bank with the aim of radically changing the way Britain’s social sector is funded. With £400 million from dormant bank accounts and £200 million from High Street banks, the new institution aimed to kick-start what’s called the social investment market.

So how has it done in the last year? According to its first annual report, Big Society Capital has committed £56 million to 20 social investment intermediaries over the past year. And it plans to commit another £75 to £100 million in up to 20 new investments in the next financial year. It also made a loss of £1 million during the period April to December 2012.

Looking ahead, the Big Society Capital hopes to have a number of regional social investment funds across the UK. To that end, it has announced a partnership with the Northern Rock Foundation to capitalise social investment intermediaries in the North East of England. It hopes to announce that other regional funds will follow in due course.

Big Society Capital also plans to launch a second outcomes finance fund alongside the recently launched Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund. And in the next three to four months it hopes to launch a new fund focused on unsecured credit for the social sector.

Separately, in a recent interview with, Nick O’Donohoe, chief executive of Big Society Capital, said £39 million of capital had been delivered to 15 social investment finance intermediaries, which have so far benefited 23 frontline organisations. The investments to frontline organisations ranged from charities to community projects, with the finance ranging from £10,000 to £300,000. He went on to say that Big Society Capital would be working with large grantmakers to help communities take ownership of their assets.

Nick O’Donohoe explained:

“We want to develop a one-stop-shopping place for grants, loans and advice. The problem for small community organisations is that it is very difficult to navigate the cocktail of grants, investment and advice they need to help them.”

Further information about the Big Society Capital, including its annual report, can be found on its website (opens new window).

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BIFFA Flagship Scheme Opens for 2013

BIFFA is inviting organisations that are registered, or are able to register, with ENTRUST to apply to its annual Flagship Scheme.

The scheme offers grants of between £150,000 and £500,000 to projects of regional significance that focus either on the theme of Rebuilding Biodiversity or Cultural Facilities.

Projects must be site-based, within 25 miles of a Biffa operation within the UK and 10 miles of a licenced landfill.

Biffa Award Programme Manager Gillian French said:

“The Biffa Award Flagship Scheme presents a unique opportunity for regionally significant projects to really boost their capacity and reach. We’re looking for inspired projects which aim to have a real and lasting impact on the wider communities they serve. They must be either culturally pioneering or aiming to make significant progress for biodiversity. Given the outstanding initiatives of previous years, we are excited to see what this year’s competition will bring.”

Previous winners include the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire which received nearly £500,000 over two years to enhance the cultural heritage of the arboretum with a new interpretation zone and information plaza. The arboretum houses a living exhibition of 16,000 trees and plants.

Pori Natur a Threftadaeth (PONT) received £457,889 to restore and reconnect 1063 hectares of priority habitats with particular emphasis on benefits for the Marsh Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary and Shrill Carder Bee. The project is a landscape level habitat and species restoration project which includes locally, nationally and internationally important BAP habitats and species. The project is contributing to creating a regionally connected landscape that is resilient to climate change.

Some £500,000 was awarded over a three year period to the Devon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Working Wetlands’ project. The funding helped the Trust to continue work begun in 2008 to restore and recreate culm grassland habitats that occupied the area before the agricultural developments and neglect of the 20th century caused 95% to disappear.

Organisations that are interested in applying need to fill out an Expression of Interest form. Those who are successful at this stage will be shortlisted at two other stages during the year, which will include a presentation and then final application, before the winners are unveiled at the annual Biffa Awards ceremony in 2014.

The deadline for Expression of Interest forms is 20 August 2013 (12 noon).

Full details can be found on the BIFFA website (opens new window).

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£10m homeless hospital discharge Fund launches

The Department of Health has launched a new £10 million fund to ensure that homeless people receive better help once they leave hospital.

The funding has been made available following a report commissioned by the Department of Health from Homeless Link and St Mungo’s that showed more than 70% of homeless people discharged from hospital went back onto the streets without housing or underlying health problems being addressed.

The money will go to charities and voluntary organisations who work with the NHS and local authorities to create services to ensure that homeless people get the support they need when they leave hospital.

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry who launched the fund on Monday said:

“Homeless people are too often discharged back onto the street without their problems being properly addressed. This is damaging to their health and increases NHS costs through ‘revolving door’ admissions.”

Homeless people attend A&E six times more than people with a home and are admitted to hospital four times as often. The cost of treating them in hospital is eight times higher than average at £85 million.

Funding will run for the 2013-14 financial year with grant payments to be made in August 2013. The fund aims to improve hospital discharge for the homeless after treatment and to secure appropriate facilities for those requiring ongoing medical support after discharge.

Applications from consortiums of organisations are strongly encouraged with a voluntary sector agency as the lead organisation on the application.

Voluntary sector agencies including registered charities, voluntary and community unincorporated charitable associations, industrial and provident societies, community interest companies, and social enterprises may apply as long as they:

  • Provide services to homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Spend more than 50% of their income on homeless people.
  • Have approved annual accounts no more than 12 months old.

Homeless Link Chief Executive Rick Henderson said:

“This investment is fantastic news and will go a long way in addressing a real issue around the way the NHS deals with homeless people leaving hospital. Patching people up and sending them back out to the streets where their problems will recur only leads to readmission and continued problems.

“This issue has existed for too long. We hope this investment will be the catalyst for hospitals, councils and charities to work together to stop this cycle of homelessness, poor health and readmission once and for all.”

Application can be made for revenue funding, capital funding or both.

The deadline for applications is 8 July 2013 (12 noon).

An application pack can be found on the Department of Health website (opens new link).

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Heritage Lottery Fund First World War Grants

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched ‘First World War: Then & Now’, a new £6 million funding programme to help communities across the UK mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Over the next six years, not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to support community projects that explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Heritage Lottery Fund Chair, Dame Jenny Abramsky said:

“The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s new programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.

“At HLF, we are laying down the challenge to local communities across the UK to seek out these fascinating and important stories, many of which may now be hidden away, lost from living memory. Our funding is ready and waiting to help create a Centenary legacy that will ensure they are remembered and live on for at least another hundred years.”

The First World War: Then & Now small grants programme will support the following types of projects:

  • Researching, identifying and recording local heritage.
  • Creating a community archive or collection.
  • Developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, Smartphone apps, etc.
  • Researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources.

Applications can be made between now and 2018. Groups can apply more than once during this time. If Heritage Lottery Fund receives more applications than it can fund, it will give priority to projects which involve young people aged 11 to 25.

Full details along with an online Expressions of Interest form can be found on the HLF website (opens in new window).

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Chiltern Community Grants Scheme 2013-14

Chiltern Community Awards 2013/14

Chiltern District Council’s Community Grants  scheme is now open to receive applications. The scheme offers funding of up to £2,000 to help support local voluntary groups deliver a range of services that add value and also enhance the quality of life for Chiltern residents. Submitted applications are required to support one or a combination of the key aims detailed below.

  • Develop and improve local services and facilities
  • Facilitate a thriving economy
  • Improve community engagement particularly with disadvantaged and hard to reach groups
  • Improve health and well-being
  • Improve community safety and reduce the fear of crime
  • Help create a greener and more sustainable environment

Full information about how to apply for the 2013/14 Chiltern District Council Community Grants Scheme can be found at  

or contact the Community Team on (01494) 732197 or email


Closing date for applications is 7th June 2013.


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Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund (UK)

As part of the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), will run a £14 million Innovation Fund to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.   The programme will run over the next two years and the aim is to find innovations that harness different types of social action to make a positive difference; support the most promising innovations; and enable a small number of proven innovations to achieve impact at significant scale, by reaching and benefiting many more people.  The Innovation Fund will focus on a small number of big social challenges, like helping older people to age well or supporting young people to get into work, where there is a plausible account of how social action can make a difference and is under-exploited by the existing approach of public services.  Through the programme, charities, social enterprises, public services and for-profit businesses can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £500,000.  While applicants can be established in any part of the UK, the benefits of their proposals should focus primarily or significantly on England.  To apply organisations need to submit an Expression of Interest form….


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Scottish Power Green Energy Trust

Local community groups and not for profit organisations and charities within the UK can apply for grants for the installation of renewable technologies. The funding which is available through the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust will provide grants of up to 25,000 (but most projects receive around £10,000) for up to half the cost of the chosen renewable technology. The maximum amount would only be awarded to exceptional projects that tick all the boxes and demonstrate real value for money. Projects also need to have a really strong community benefit and wider educational element. The Trust considers all kinds of renewable technologies, including small-scale hydro, wind power, biomass, landfill gas, solar energy and ground source heat pumps. Applications involving other technologies may also qualify for support. Grant requests must be to support the capital and installation costs of a renewable energy project.  The next closing date for applications is the 13th August 2013….

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Our Big Gig ( England)

Superact has announced that “Our Big Gig” will be taking place throughout parks and town centres in the UK from the 11th – 14th July 2013.  This annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and encourage people who are new to music making to have a go.   Superact is looking for over 275 local Community Event Organisers across the UK to be part of the Our Big Gig in 2013. Community Event Organisers will receive a grant of £400 towards their event, marketing materials (posters, banner and t-shirt); PR support; training opportunities; and ability to promote and list their events on Our Big Gig website.  Any organisation can apply to host an Our Big Gig event, it can be a ‘friends of the park’ group, school, voluntary music group, Local Authority, anyone who is part of a group organisation with its own bank account.  The closing date for applications is the 12th May 2013….


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