Arts & Older People Funding Programme (England)

The Baring Foundation has teamed up with the Arts Council England to launch a new £1 million Arts and Older People funding programme.  The programme aims to support partnerships between arts oganisations and artists with those helping the elderly in care homes to deliver interesting enjoyable and interactive arts experiences for their residents. The learning from this will be made available to the wider arts and residential care communities to understand how best to engage with older people.  The Arts Council are seeking proposals from partnerships or consortia led by either residential care providers or arts organisations to deliver a three year-programme providing access to high quality arts experiences for older people in residential care.  Applications must be submitted no later than 11am on the 14 August 2013….


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Peoples Postcode Trust – Small Grants Programme – currently open in Bucks

The People’s Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme has re-opened for applications.  Through its small grants programme, the People’s Postcode Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and  Environmental Protection. Previous projects supported include the Greater Manchester Youth Network which received a grant of £1,862 to run their Young Community Entrepreneurs Programme for disabled people; and the Moray Art Centre which received a grant of £2,000 to run a play therapy group for children with autism.  The closing date for applications is the 24th May 2013….

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The People’s Millions (UK)

Big in partnership with ITV has announced that The People’s Millions programme has re-opened for applications.  The People’s Millions is seeking applications from voluntary and community groups; local authorities; schools; statutory health bodies; and social enterprises for projects that help people to transform or enjoy their environment or communities. A total of £3.8 million is available through the programme and 4 awards of up to £50,000 will be made in each ITV region.  Examples of previously funded projects include; Ahoy Sailing centre in Deptford, a charity committed to giving young, old and disable people the chance to take part in a wide range of water-based sports; and Grey Court School to enable the school to undertake the first phase of a larger project which is to set up a small animal farm to encourage students and local people to get involved in producing locally grown fresh food. The closing date for applications is the 13th May 2013….

Who can enter?

  • You can enter if you’re a voluntary or community organisation, school, local authority or health body.
  • We’ll also consider entries from branches of organisations or partnerships.
  • But we won’t accept entries from other organisations or individuals.

How much is available?

  • You can ask for between £20,000 and £50,000 (including VAT).

What will we pay for?

  • We can pay for all your project costs.
  • Or you can ask us to pay for part of a larger project.
  • If you’re a voluntary or community organisation, we’ll also contribute towards your organisation’s overheads.
  • But the amount you ask us for must be at least half the total cost of your project.
  • And we won’t pay for your existing work, anything you spend or agree to before the phone vote, or new buildings.

What else do I need to know?

  • We’ll only consider one application per organisation.
  • If you want to work on land or a building and you don’t own the freehold, you must get a lease or written permission for five years


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Esmee Fairbairn food strand

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new food strand of its grant making. £5m is available over a period of three years for projects focused on understanding and investigating the critical role that food plays in wellbeing and the interplay between food, sustainability and poverty.

Further information and application formas are available from the Foundation website:

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BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need have announced their new deadlines after a review of their funding schemes.

They give grants for children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

They fund organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Next deadline for small grants (up to £10,000) – 1 April 2013. For large grants above £10,000 – 15 May 2013

Plenty of information on the website:

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Awards for All

Here’s some good news from Awards for All, the small grants scheme from Big Lottery Fund.

In November, we let you know that the pilot scheme they had been running to fund repeat activities had been a success and would continue until April 2013.

Awards for All  have now let us know that they will keep funding repeat activities throughout England beyond April, until further notice.

Groups with an income of £30,000 or less can apply for up to £10,000 for new, repeat and ongoing activities. Go to the website for more information.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Awards for All



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European youth funding

The European Commission is calling for proposals under Action 3.2 — ‘Youth in the world’: Cooperation with countries other than the neighbouring countries of the European Union. The aim of the programme is to promote co-operation between youth and youth organisations in EU partner countries and partner countries which are not neighbouring the EU. The types of activities which may be funded include:

  • Large-scale youth events, seminars, conferences
  • Activities encouraging the development of partnerships and networks
  • Activities encouraging policy dialogue in the field of youth
  • Information and awareness campaigns for and by young people
  • Training and capacity-building for youth workers, youth organisations and multipliers
  • Job-shadowing and long-term mobility for youth workers.

As with many European funds, there must be a transnational element to projects.

Deadline: 14 May 2013



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Neighbourhood planning fund and support programme

Grants of up to £7,000 will be available to help community groups produce neighbourhood plans. Producing neighbourhood plans is a right given to communities under the Localism Act 2011 – communities can produce a plan  about development in their neighbourhood, where they would like development and how they would like it to look. You can find out more about neighbourhood plans here.

The grants are available through Locality and you can apply for them from 1 May 2013. More information on the fund will be available from 15 April 2013.


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Tesco Charity Trust – Large Grants Programme (UK)

The Tesco Charity Trust has announced that its Large grants programme is open for applications.  The Trust gives grants ranging between £4,000 and £25,000 to charities working in the areas of children’s welfare and education; elderly people’s welfare; and adults and children with disabilities.  The funding is available to charities working on an international, national or regional basis in areas where Tesco have a presence.  Applications for funding are considered three times a year and the next closing date for applications is the 24th May 2013….


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UK Charities Set to Benefit from Donate Mobile

Donate Mobile, a new mobile phone service, is keen to reverse the decline in charitable giving in the UK, and it has come up with a new strategy.

Launched to the public last week, and to charities last summer, the new mobile phone service will give 10%, including Gift Aid, of its customers’ monthly mobile bills or top-up charges to their chosen charities. The new service aims to raise up to £15 million for charities over the next five years.

Both users and charities can benefit from Donate Mobile. Users can choose to support any charity registered in the UK. Charities can sign up to become partners of the scheme for free and benefit from promoting the service to their supporters and feature as partners on Donate Mobile’s website.

Donate Mobile’s Managing Director Mark Brunwin said:

“We have spent many years working with the charity sector, learning about its needs and tailoring our offering to ensure that Donate Mobile will have a clear impact on committed giving by helping customers do something great with their SIMs.”

Charities wishing to join Donate Mobile do not need to worry about upfront costs or ongoing fees as there are none. As charity partners, they simply must agree to commit to 12 months of staying involved with Donate Mobile and to actively promote the Donate Mobile service to its audience.

In return, Donate Mobile says it will deliver the following on behalf of the charity partner:

  • A complete mobile phone service for supporters.
  • A co-branded experience – with the charity logo on web pages and printed materials.
  • Collection of supporter donations, passed to the charity each month.
  • Maximised Gift Aid collection potential on all donations.
  • Ability to communicate directly (via mobile) to signed-up supporters.
  • Hands-on support with marketing of the Donate Mobile service.

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

Source: Donate Mobile, 04/03/2013

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