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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Posted: 2-Sep-2014

The Foundation aims to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit. As well as providing Musical Theatre scholarships and supporting projects through the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Trustees welcome applications to support projects that make a real and on-going differences to people's lives.

Priority is given to the area of performing arts (music, dance and drama) but other areas will be considered. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Contact: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, [ e-mail | website ]


Arts Trust Scotland

Posted: 29-Jul-2010

Arts Trust Scotland's funds are used to support a small number of emerging artists with significant potential by awarding grants to applicants who meet the Trusts' aims.

The Trust's aim is to support artists of considerable talent to develop their skills, ideas and potential, and the development of emerging artists who live and work in Scotland.

The Trust allocates about £25,000 each year and decisions will be taken at Trustee meetings twice a year. Awards are likely to be between £500 and £2,000, with a maximum of about 10 successful applications.

Applications to the Arts Trust should be submitted by 12 noon on Thursday 28 August 2014 and will be considered by the Trustees on Friday 3 October 2014.

Contact: Arts Trust Scotland, [ e-mail | website ]


ASDA Foundation

Posted: 4-Apr-2011

The ASDA Foundation supports a range of good causes around the UK. It exists primarily to give support to existing projects being run by ASDA colleagues, although applications are open to all registered charities, community groups and individuals in the UK, as long as they have the support and involvement of local ASDA colleagues.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be assessed at the quarterly trustee meeting. Eligible individuals/organisations must:

  • operate in the UK
  • be providing a clear benefit to their local community
  • be non-profit making
  • have direct support and involvement from one of the ASDA colleagues.

To apply visit your local ASDA branch and speak with a member of staff.

Contact: The ASDA Foundation, [ website ]


Association of Charitable Foundations

Association of Charitable Foundations

Posted: 8-Jul-2009

Association of Charitable Foundations is the UK's premier support organisation for grant-making trusts and foundations of all types.

ACF does not provide funding however guidance for applying to trusts and foundations can be found on their website.

Tel: 020 7255 4499 [ e-mail | website ]


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Posted: 8-Dec-2010

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to UK registered charities for projects undertaken in the UK.

Grants are awarded on a three year cycle. Applications are normally awarded in June and November each year.

The category for 2014 will be: Music and the Arts; and the Elderly.

Only postal applications are accepted. Applications by email will not be accepted.

Please note that this fund does not support individuals under any circumstances.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2014.

Contact: Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, [ e-mail | website ]


Awards for All Scotland

Posted: 1-Sep-2014

Awards for All Scotland is an easy way for smaller organisations to get small amounts of funding.

It is focussed on organisations who have not received a grant from the programme in the last three years.

Awards for All Scotland gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help local communities and the lives of people in most need.

You can apply to Awards for All Scotland if you are a not for profit/voluntary or community groups. social enterprise, community council, school or statutory body.

Funding is available for a range of projects which involve bringing local people together, helping people learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active.

The programme is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund Scotland and sportscotland.

Please note that this fund is unable to fund or support individuals.

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Contact: Awards for All, Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]


Awards for Young Musicians

Posted: 15-Sep-2014

Awards for Young Musicians supports outstanding young instrumentalists making music in any genre. If you can clearly show that you are talented and committed and that you need financial help with your music costs then you can apply for an Award of between £200 and £2000.

The deadline for applications for the 2015 Awards is 13 March 2015.

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Contact: Awards for Young Musicians, Tel: 0117 904 9906 [ e-mail | website ]


BAA Communities Trust

Posted: 17-Nov-2010

The BAA Communities Trust funds a wide range of community organisations and charitable groups and charities. These include:

  • National/international charities, delivering projects in or involving people from the communities local to Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports;
  • Locally-based charitable organisations;
  • Schools and local authorities delivering community projects;
  • Grassroots and community groups and organisations;
  • Local grant makers;
  • National/international charities in support of staff fundraising activity.

The Trust place a priority on funding projects linked to education, the environment and economic regeneration. Through their grant they aim to:

  • Create learning opportunities for young people and so raise their aspirations;
  • Break down barriers to employment through skills development;
  • Help protect the environment;
  • Support airport staff active in the community.

The Trust has set up new community funds for each of the airports, with locally based people helping Trustees with grant-making decisions. The panels each meet at least four times a year to consider applications.

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Bank of Scotland Foundation

Posted: 14-Oct-2014

With any community, there will be a diverse collection of individuals and charities tackling local issues. Some issues will be unique to the local area, others will be replicated across the country or parts of it. This programme feels it is important to help individuals and groups work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community.

Small Grants Programme

The Bank of Scotland Foundation Small Grants Programme accepts applications between £1,000 and £10,000 from charities registered in Scotland. They particularly wish to help with developing and improving communities. Practical ways of making this happen include:

  • Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded
  • Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation
  • Improving the standard of local facilities.

Medium Grants Programme

The Bank of Scotland Foundation Medium Grants Programme accepts applications between £10,001 and £25,000 from charities registered in Scotland. They particularly wish to help with:

Developing and improving local communities

  • Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded
  • Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation
  • Improving the standard of local facilities

Financial literacy and financial inclusion

  • Promoting financial awareness and money advice
  • Enhancing debt counselling services within the community
  • Supporting life-skills in all age group and sections of the community

The deadline for both programmes is 12 January 2015.

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Barcapel Foundation

Posted: 17-Feb-2010

The Barcapel Foundation has been supporting charitable work and endeavours in Scotland for over 40 years. The three priority areas of interest for funding are health, heritage and youth. The Board meets in June and November each year to review applications.

Contact: Barcapel Foundation, Tel: 01475 521616 [ e-mail | website ]


BBC Children in Need

Posted: 13-May-2013

BBC Children in Need's focus is firmly on those children and young people who are experiencing disadvantage. They seek to fund organisations working to combat or alleviate this disadvantage and to make a real difference to the quality of children and young people's lives. Applicants should be very specific in helping BBC Children in Need to understand the nature of the disadvantage they are seeking to address: Such disadvantages includes:

  • living in poverty or situations of deprivation
  • disability
  • behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • illness, distress, abuse or neglect

The work they fund will take place within the UK and will be for the benefit of children and young people provided they are aged 18 years or younger. Applicants should be constituted, not-for-profit organisations from any part of the UK. Their grants reach local communities throughout the UK - from Shetland to the Scillies; from Belfast to Barry Island.

Grants range widely in size and there are two grant programmes, depending on how much you are requesting. The small grants programme is for applications of up to £10,000 for one year. Small Grant application deadline are as follows:

  • 1 February - Decision due early April
  • 1 April - Decision due early June
  • 1 June - Decision due early August
  • 1 September - Decision due early November
  • 1 December - Decision due early February

If the application is eligible you will need to be available in the month after the deadline for a telephone assessment. Your referee will also need to be available to provide a reference.

Applications for more than this are eligible to apply into the Main Grants Programme. This is for applications of over £10,000 a year for up to three years. Main Grant application deadlines are as follows:

  • 15 May - Decision due mid October
  • 15 September - Decision by mid February
  • 15 January - Decision by mid June

If your initial application is invited to the next stage you will need to complete a full application form. You will hear whether you have been invited to do this a couple of weeks after you have submitted your initial application and you will have a month to complete a full application to be considered in the next round. You will need to be available in the month after you submit your full application for a telephone assessment. Your referee will also need to be available during this time to provide a reference.

All application forms, guidance and further information is available on the BBC Children in Need website.

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Contact: BBC Children in Need, Tel: 0345 609 0015 [ e-mail | website ]


BBC Performing Arts Fund

Posted: 16-Apr-2012

Now in its tenth year of operation, the BBC Performing Arts Fund is a charity which supports performing arts individuals, community groups and organisations through grants, mentoring and advice. They are happy to announce the launch of their second scheme for 2013 - Community Theatre.

The Community Theatre scheme aims to support groups of non-professional performers that have been active since 2011. With no other restrictions on performer background or genre of theatre, they are looking for groups that have ambition and wish to raise their profile locally.

Eligible groups can apply for grants between £500 and £5,000 to be used on one-off projects. They want to encourage groups to take on more challenging projects through commissions and encouraging collaboration with professional theatre makers and other local organisations, with an eye towards raising their profile in the local community.

The grant for the Community Theatre scheme is currently closed.

Check the BBC Performing Arts Fund website, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with announcements, an in-depth FAQ as well as terms and conditions.

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Better Breaks

Posted: 1-Oct-2014

Better Breaks supports the development of short break opportunities for families with disabled children and young people, by providing grants to voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

This year, Better Breaks wants to build capacity in mainstream services (i.e. youth clubs) to allow more disabled children and young people an opportunity to participate.

Youth work groups may be eligible to apply for grants to enable the inclusion of disabled young people in their activities. For example, funding could pay for support workers, staff training, or specialist equipment.

Guidance notes are available here.

Applications for funding for the Better Breaks 2015 - 2016 programme are now open.  The deadline for applications is 28 November 2014.

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Contact: Shared Care Scotland, Tel: 01383 622462 [ website ]


Big Lottery Fund

International Communities Programme

Posted: 24-Nov-2010

Building on the success of its previous international funding, this programme is open to UK-based voluntary sector organisations who are working with partners in the developing world. Funding will be awarded for projects which will improve access to primary education, health care and natural resources, build sustainable livelihoods and support people to exercise their human rights.

Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 will be available for projects lasting between two and five years.

The programme is now closed to new second stage applications.  A new international programme is unlikely to open until at least mid-2015 and will not follow the same format as the current programme.  Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Contact: Big Lottery Fund, Tel: 0121 345 7777 [ e-mail | website ]


Big Lottery Fund

Investing in Ideas (Scotland)

Posted: 29-Jun-2009

This programme can provide grants of between £500 and £10,000 to help develop their ideas. Grants can cover costs such as business plans, research, consultation and feasibility studies.

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Contact: Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]


Big Lottery Fund

2014 Communities

Posted: 12-Sep-2014

Schools, sports clubs, voluntary and community organisation, and community councils can apply for grants of between £300 and £2,000 through the 2014 Communities programme, which aims to build a positive legacy relating to the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014.

Through the programme, the Big Lottery hopes to encourage more people to take part in sport or physical activity, to increase the numbers of those volunteering in sport or physical activity, and to bring communities together through sport and volunteering.

Priority will be given to projects that target low participation groups such as women and girls, people who are disabled, people over 50 years of age, people under 25 years of age and people from black and minority ethnic communities.

2014 Communities will close as planned following the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  The programme closed to new applications at noon on 29 August 2014.

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Contact: Big Lottery Fund, Tel: 0870 240 2391 [ e-mail | website | Information pack ]


Big Lottery Fund

Investing in Communities

Posted: 30-Jun-2010

Applications to the Investing in Communities programme opened on 30 June 2010 and will stay open until 30 June 2015.

This programme aims to bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need across Scotland. There are three investment areas which make up Investing in Communities:

  • Growing Community Assets aims to help communities have more control and influence over their own future through ownership of assets.
  • Life Transitions aims to support projects that help people at key times of change, helping them to make their lives better for the future.
  • Supporting 21st Century Life aims to support projects that build stronger families and stronger communities.

You can apply for grants between £10,000 and £1 million. The programme can fund projects for up to five years. It cannot meet up to 100 per cent of project costs.

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Contact: Big Lottery Fund, Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]


British Council

The Lefevre Trust

Posted: 30-Jan-2014

The Lefevre Trust provides funding to support innovative projects between young people in France and the UK. It aims to improve understanding between the UK and France by enabling young people aged 11-19 to visit partner groups and further develop a joint venture. Funding grants up to £10,000 are available for groups of young people from the formal and non-formal education sector across the UK and France. Projects funded may include language learning, culture and the arts, energy and the environment, citizenship, science and technology, business and enterprise, multimedia and ICT, sports, vocational skills and cross-curricular themes. Successful projects will receive grants to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence.

The deadline for applications is 11 November 2014.

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Contact: British Council, Tel: 0161 957 7755 [ e-mail | website ]


British Council - Erasmus+

Posted: 14-Oct-2014

There are a number of different education, training, youth and sport funding opportunities for UK organisations under Erasmus+:

Key application deadlines:

  • Key Action 1 (All fields) - 4 March 2015
  • Key Action 2 (All fields) - 30 April 2015
  • Key Action 3 (Youth) - 4 February 2015, 30 April 2015 & 1 October 2015
  • Key Action 1 (Youth) - 4 February 2015, 30 April 2015 & 1 October 2015
  • Key Action 2 (Youth) - 4 February 2015, 30 April 2015 & 1 October 2015

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Posted: 21-Aug-2014

The UK branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has announced its strategic priorities for 2014-2019. The Foundation is based in Portugal and the UK, with a special interest in supporting those who are most disadvantaged. Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations to support a small number of innovative projects that:

  • Help improve people's perception of each other by providing opportunities for interaction through culture and between cultures
  • Assist the most disadvantaged in society to fulfil their potential by building connections and developing opportunities
  • Help in the development of a society which benefits from a more sustainable relationship with the natural world and understands the value of its resources.

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Tel: 020 7012 1400 [ e-mail | website ]


CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £2,000 to support local youth groups to provide big opportunities for Scotland's young people

Posted: 2-Sep-2014

Established to support local volunteer led groups, who may not previously had access to external funding, to enhance their programmes for young people and get positive projects off the ground.

This pilot scheme is being managed by a partnership of six national, volunteer-led youth organisations:

 

The scheme will fund:

  • The start up costs of a unit or youth group (up to £1,000)
  • The costs (or part of the costs) of a particular programme of activity (up to £2,000).This can include equipment.

Who can apply? Local units or youth groups which meet the following criteria:

  • Led by volunteers Have members which include young people aged 10 or over,
  • Based in Scotland, and
  • A member of one of the six partnership organisations.

Each group or project should apply directly to the organisation of which they are a member.

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014.


Challenge Fund

Posted: 16-Oct-2014

The Challenge Fund has a pot of £200,000 each year targeting groups and organisations working closely with local communities such as social clubs, sports clubs and arts or cultural organisations.

The Fund aims to enable them to digitise content, build digital networks and improve the digital skills of their members so that they can thrive in a digital environment. 

Smaller scale awards range from £200 to £10,000 and focus on supporting activity that generates valuable learning for future activity. 

Awards over £10,000 are only awarded to applicants proposing an exceptional project. 

Support offered can take the form of financial grants and / or provision of IT equipment, infrastructure support, provision of volunteers etc.  

The deadline for applications for phase one is 14 November 2014 and for phase two 13 February 2015.

Contact: The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Tel: 0131 474 8000 [ e-mail | website ]


City Charitable Trust

Posted: 7-Dec-2011

The City Charitable Trust distributed over 100 grants totalling £1,139,955 in 2010. Its main objectives are to support cultural, education, religious and welfare funds, societies and organisations and to support in the relief of poverty, primarily in Scotland and other parts of the UK.

Apply in writing at any time to: The Trustees, City Charitable Trust, c/o Caledonia House, Lawmoor Street, Glasgow G5 0US. Applications are reviewed at least monthly.


Clore Duffield Foundation

Poetry and Literature Awards

Posted: 24-Sep-2014

This Award funds poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people under the age of 19, across the UK. Individual Awards range from £1,000 to £10,000. The Clore Duffield Foundation has created these Awards with the aim of providing children and young people with opportunities to experience poetry and literature in exciting and compelling ways, in and out of school.

Applications are welcome from:

  • Primary and secondary schools.
  • Further education colleges,
  • Professional literature, poetry and creative writing organisations and libraries.
  • Other arts/cultural organisations (museums, galleries etc).
  • Established community groups.
  • Not for profit organisations

The closing date for applications is Friday 6 March 2015

Contact: Clore Duffield Foundation, Tel: 0207 351 6061 [ e-mail | website ]


Comic Relief UK

Posted: 5-Sep-2014

Open to the voluntary and community sector throughout the UK including constituted voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations, and community interest companies.

Applications should address one of Comic Relief's five themes:

Charities registered in the UK and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants starting from £10,000 a year for three years if their work benefits people. It is expected that most grants will vary between £20,000 and £40,000 a year.

Contact: Comic Relief, Tel: 0207 820 2000 [ e-mail | website ]


Community Food and Health (Scotland) Development Funding Programme

Posted: 14-May-2013

The Community Food and Health (Scotland) development funding programme is open to groups who would like to develop new or existing activities that will improve access to, or take up of, a healthy balanced diet in low-income communities in Scotland.

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Contact: Community Food and Health (Scotland, Tel: 0141 414 2890 [ e-mail | website ]


Community Grant Programme 2014/15

Posted: 2-Sep-2014

The Community Grant is aimed at Scotland' small and often volunteer-led groups that make a vital difference to their communities. Their activities keep communities vibrant and encourage community empowerment and participation, providing essential local services whilst contributing to social capital, resilience and wellbeing.

Groups with less than £25,000 income per annum can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for a wide range of activities or operational costs. It is expected that there will around 40 grant awards. The grant must be spent within 12 months.

Priority will be given to groups that work:

  • With health or disability issues.
  • For the benefit of people protected under the 2010 Equality Act (age; Disability; Race; Faith; Sex or Sexual Orientation etc).
  • With families and young people
  • With older people.

VAF is also particularly interested in funding activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, for example; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy.

Applications for the programme should be received by email by 14 November 2014.

Contact: VAF, Tel: 01383 620780 [ e-mail | website ]


Community RePaint

Posted: 1-May-2014

Community RePaint, the UK-wide paint reuse network, helps make Britain a brighter place by supporting over 12,000 groups and people to transform their local environment. The network re-distributed more than 245,000 litres of leftover, reusable paint across the country in 2013 to community groups, charities, voluntary organisations and those in social need.

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Contact: Community RePaint , Tel: 0845 180 0501 [ e-mail | website ]


Co-operative Membership Community Fund

Posted: 16-May-2014

This grants scheme helps local communities throughout the UK. Since the initiative started in 1997, thousands of clubs, community groups and local charities have benefited. The scheme is unique in that it is funded by generous Co-operative members donating some or all of their share of profits, which is then given away in the form of small grants in their local communities.

Grants of between £100 and £2,000 are available to help fund anything from equipment to event costs, rent or fixtures, sport or computer equipment.

Aimed at community groups, voluntary groups, self-help groups, charities or local branches of national charities are eligible to apply.

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Contact: Co-operative Membership Community Fund, Tel: 0161 827 5879 [ e-mail | website ]


Cray Trust

Posted: 2-Dec-2010

This trust mainly supports charities and community groups benefiting young people in the east of Scotland and can award grants of up to £5000.

Apply in writing to Cray Trust, c/o Springfords, Dundas House, Westfield Park, Eskbank EH22 3FB.


Creative Scotland

Open Project Funding

Posted: 6-Oct-2014

This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries with projects that help people explore, realise and develop their creative potential.

Open Project Funding will support:

  • Projects that develop skills or artistic practice.
  • Projects that create something new and of high quality.
  • Projects which either present work to audiences, or which try to develop and reach new audiences (including hard to reach).
  • Projects which encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity.

The funding is open to both individuals and organisations, including registered charities and non-profit organisations, and you can apply for funding from £1,000 to £100,000.

Creative Scotland will accept applications from 31 October 2014 onwards.

Contact: Creative Scotland, Tel: 0845 603 6000 [ e-mail | website ]


CSV Action Earth

Posted: 20-Apr-2010

CSV's Action Earth campaign is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors. We have grants up to £500 to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland.

Grants of up to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.

If your group is volunteering on a Local Nature Reserve there is up to £500 for practical work, wildlife recording or educational activities that encourage more people onto the reserve.

Projects should take place from April 2014 to February 2015.

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Contact: CSV Action Earth , Tel: 0131 222 9083/0131 622 7766 [ e-mail | website ]


Dewar Arts Awards

Posted: 1-Sep-2014

The Dewar Arts Awards were set up in 2002 as a fitting memorial to Scotland's first First Minister, Donald Dewar.

They disperse the income from a trust fund to support talented young artists in Scotland, who do not have the financial means to pursue their ambitions.

To be considered for a Dewar Arts Award, an applicant must:

  • Be under the age of 30.
  • Live or work in Scotland.
  • Demonstrate outstanding talent in any art form.
  • Be without the financial means to achieve their full potential.

The Trustees look for candidates who have strong ambition and a real passion for their chosen art form. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear view of their future development (or that of a particular project), and how receiving a Dewar Award would help them to achieve their goals.

Nominations for the Award are accepted year-round.

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Contact: Dewar Arts Fund, [ e-mail | website ]


Directory of Social Change

Directory of Social Change

Posted: 27-Jan-2014

This organisation supports voluntary and community organisations by providing advice and information on fundraising, resource management, campaigning and influencing skills, planning and development and rights and responsibilities. DSC provides specialist funding databases on trust funding, grants for individuals, government funding and company giving.

Tel: 020 7391 4800 [ e-mail | website ]


Engage – Equalities Go & See Funding

Posted: 11-Sep-2014

Applications are invited from individuals working in creative organisations from all art-form sectors in Scotland for Equalities Go & See Funding to support good practice in equality and diversity in the arts.

This final round of funding will support research trips with the specific aim of developing better creative practice in equalities and influencing organisational equality plans.

Applications should relate to the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.

Applications should:

  • Be well researched and address an identified need within your organisation
  • Indicate how the research trip could inform an inclusive approach to creative practice and engagement within your organisation
  • Explain how the research trip has the potential to influence your organisation's equality plan
  • Demonstrate why the people you have chosen to undertake the trip are the most appropriate to carry this out
  • Tell how you intend to share the learning from the research trip.

Awards are likely to be in the range of £500 to £1,500.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 23 June 2014.

Tel: 01738 787 137 [ e-mail | website ]


Ernest Cook Trust

Posted: 7-Feb-2011

Aimed at assisting registered charities which work with children and young people. All applicant organisations must be based and working in the UK and should be either schools, registered charities or other recognised not-for-profit organisations.

The small grants programme is for awards under £4,000. The average award is in the region of £2,000-£2,500 and grants are usually awarded for one year only. The small grant programme supports schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trusts' objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place.

Applications can be at any time throughout the year. Trustees meetings take place bi-monthly to consider applications.

Contact: Ernest Cook Trust, Tel: 01285 712492 [ e-mail | website ]


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Posted: 1-Dec-2010

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. The primary interests of the Foundation are the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change.

The Foundation aims to commit £30 million annually towards a wide range of work and takes pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund. Applications are accepted all year round.

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Contact: Esm�e Fairbairn Foundation, Tel: 0207 812 3700 [ e-mail | website ]


Eurodesk

Eurodesk

Posted: 30-Jun-2009

Search for European funding for young people, people who work with young people and youth organisations. You can search by theme or by promoter, or use the alphabetical index.

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European Cultural Foundation - Collaborative Grants

Posted: 24-Jan-2011

The European Cultural Foundation has long facilitated people working collaboratively across Europe, and their grants are designed to support projects that bring a renewed understanding of Europe to people of all backgrounds. Collaborative Grants are for transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with organisations from other sectors.

Contact: European Cultural Foundation, [ website ]


Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund

Posted: 28-Jul-2014

Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund is delighted to announce the next rounds of funding in partnership with the STV Appeal, which will result in more funding being awarded to develop the work of faith groups tackling poverty amongst children, young people and families.

There are two upcoming deadlines, and faith groups can apply by 5pm on Friday 22 August, or by 5pm on Tuesday 30 September, with decisions by the beginning of October and beginning of December, respectively. Eligible projects must meet the normal FiSCAF criteria here; identify a particular need of children and/or young people up to the age of 18 and/or their families; encourage the widest possible participation; and build real and meaningful relationships with the wider community.

To register interest in this new round of grants focusing on children, young people and families, please email FiSCAF with the name of your organisation, contact details and a description in no more than 100 words of what you want to apply for, how much you think you will need, and what a difference it will make in your community. They will be in touch thereafter with details of how to make a formal application.

Contact: Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund, [ e-mail | website ]


Gannett Foundation

Posted: 12-Aug-2009

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable am of Gannett Co Inc, owner of the Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers. The Foundation provides funding to support local organisations in the area where Newsquest operate in the UK.

The Gannett Foundation supports projects which take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, local problem solving, assistance to disadvantaged or disabled people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

Typically, grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000.

Contact: Gannett Foundation, Tel: 0141 302 7005 [ e-mail | website ]


Garfield Weston Foundation

Posted: 12-Sep-2012

Over the past fifty years the Garfield Weston Foundation has supported a wide range of organisations with grants of varying sizes.

Recent funding has supported projects in the following categories: arts, community, education, welfare, medical, religion, youth and environment.

There are no formal deadlines for submitting applications and organisations should allow approximately four months for a final outcome. All applications should be sent by post.

Contact: Garfield Weston Foundation, Tel: 0207 399 6565 [ website ]


Give Us A Break: A Funded Youth Development Programme

Posted: 29-Sep-2014

The aim of the Give Us A Break programme is to tackle social exclusion by offering funding assistance to groups of vulnerable or disadvantaged young people to take part in activity holidays at youth hostels across Scotland. The programme is specifically aimed at groups of young people who would not otherwise have this opportunity due to their particular circumstances, which result in social exclusion, deprivation or other disadvantage.

All of the SYHA breaks are designed to help young people realise their full potential and to build confidence and self esteem. For many it is also the first time they have had the opportunity to explore all that the Scottish countryside has to offer. It provides a much needed break from their everyday lives and as a result they often flourish. All the programme are tailored to meet the age and ability of participants.

SYHA are currently seeking applications for the Spring 2015 programme. The successful application will receive up to 20 participant places and up to three teacher/leader places including accommodation, catering and activities for a two night residential.

If you are a youth worker, teacher or other who works with young people who would benefit directly of one of the programme, and wish to apply for a trip for young people who would normally not have the opportunity to participate in the programme, see here.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2014.

Contact: SYHA Hostelling Scotland, Tel: 0845 293 7373 [ e-mail | website ]


Glenmore Lodge - Grangers Volunteer Fund

Posted: 30-May-2011

Provides financial assistance (up to 50% of course costs) for community group/youth leaders to take part in outdoor activity courses run by Glenmore Lodge. Aimed at volunteers and those who work with volunteers who would benefit from gaining an instructor/leader qualification.

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Contact: Grangers Volunteer Fund, Tel: 01479 861256 [ e-mail | website ]


Go For It

Posted: 8-Sep-2014

The Go For It Fund was established in May 2012, and is about funding change in church and community. Whilst the majority of applications will come from Church of Scotland congregations, Go For It welcomes applications from voluntary sector projects, providing they are working in partnership with a local Church of Scotland.

The Fund aims to encourage creative ways of working which develop the life and mission of the local church and are transformative for both communities and congregations. Part of a successful application will be the demonstration of a commitment to good partnership working.

There are five criteria for funding and successful applicants will meet at least two of these:

  • meeting identified needs in the community;
  • nurturing Christian faith within and beyond the church;
  • tackling poverty and/or social injustice;
  • developing new ecclesial/Christian communities;
  • creating work which is genuinely innovative and shares good practice with others.

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Tel: 0131 225 5722 [ e-mail | website ]


Go2Play Play Strategy Fund

Posted: 8-Sep-2014

This small focused fund, delivered by Inspiring Scotland, is offering up to £15,000 for 12 months of ongoing development support for turning great ideas into a reality, positively impacting upon the lives of children and supporting the development of play in Scotland.

Applications should demonstrate how they support at least one of the outcomes listed in the Play Strategy Action Plan which include:

  • Play in the community;
  • Play at home;
  • Pay at nursery and school.

Supporting a positive environment for play through its workforce.

If you've got an idea and would like support to turn it from a concept into a reality, download the criteria document and application forms from Inspiring Scotland's website. Applicants are encouraged to phone Inspiring Scotland to discuss ideas with a member of staff.

The next deadline for applications is 10 October 2014.

Contact: Inspiring Scotland, Tel: 0131 442 8760 [ website ]


Google Grants

Google Grants

Posted: 13-Aug-2009

The Google Grants programme supports organisations sharing Google's philosophy of community service to help the word in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy and the arts. Designed for registered charities, the grants provide free advertising on Google AdWords to charities seeking to inform and engage people online. Grants have been given to hundreds of charitable groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. As a result of this free advertising, many charities have experienced an increase in the recruitment of volunteers and sponsorship. Applications can be made at any time.

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Greggs Foundation

Posted: 20-Oct-2014

Local not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation regional grants programme.

The programme is administered by committees of volunteers from Greggs shops, bakeries and offices who are based in England, Scotland and Wales. They use their knowledge of the local area to make small grants to local organisations, in particular those that make a difference to people in need in the heart of Gregg's local communities.

The Greggs Foundation prioritises local organisations that help people in their local area, with previous funding helping towards trips, activities and equipment.

The deadline for applications is 10 November 2014 for Round 1 Major Grants in 2015.

Contact: Greggs Foundation, Tel: 0191 212 7626 [ e-mail | website ]


Grow Wild

Posted: 16-Sep-2014

Grow Wild is awarding the second round of funding of levels from £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, then apply before 2 December 2014 for your chance to join the lively network.

First, please read the community project application guidelines for 2015 funding here. If you have any questions about your project idea and application or to request an application pack please get in touch.

In the meantime, register free for Grow Wild seed kits to share with people in your group. Register online here from October 2014 to mid February 2015.

Contact: Grow Wild Scotland, Tel: 0131 554 2561 or 07917 264891 [ e-mail | website ]


GSK Impact Awards 2015

Posted: 25-Sep-2014

Running since 1997, this annual competition offers cash prizes to registered charities that work in the fields of health and social care. The awards are designed to recognise and reward small to medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health in the UK.

Charities that are registered and located in the UK, that have been in existence for at least three years, have a total annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million, and target community health needs in the UK may enter this competition which is run in partnership with the King's Fund.

Applications for the 2015 awards are now closed.

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Healthy Hearts Grants

Posted: 11-Apr-2011

Medical charity Heart Research UK provides the Healthy Heart Grants scheme to enable community organisations to carry out new, original and innovative projects that actively promote heart health and help to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Applications are accepted twice a year (January through February and July through August) for projects that run for about a year and which focus on an actively promote heart health. Funding will not be awarded to general healthy lifestyle projects.

Community and voluntary organisations, registered charities, and other not-for-profit organisations based and working in the UK may apply for grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000.

The next deadline for Scotland is 31 October 2014.

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Contact: Heart Research UK, Tel: 0113 234 7474 [ e-mail | website ]


Hedley Foundation

Posted: 1-Mar-2011

The Hedley Foundation's main objective is young people - their education, recreation, support, training, health and welfare. There are also two subsidiary objectives - disabled people and the terminally ill. Grants are for specific projects only and are usually up to a maximum of £5,000.

Trustees meet six times a year and the closing date for applications is three weeks beforehand.  You must be a registered charity to apply.

In 2014, the Trustees will meet on the following dates: 17 September and 26 November.

Please note that this fund does not support individuals under any circumstances.

Contact: Hedley Foundation, [ e-mail | website ]


Heritage Lottery Fund

First World War: Then and Now

Posted: 20-May-2013

First World War: Then and Now provides grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War. With a grant you could make a real difference to a wide range of people by helping them understand the war and its impact better.

In particular, the Heritage Lottery Fund believe that involving young people in marking the Centenary is important. See examples of the heritage your project might explore here.

This is a rolling programme, meaning you can apply anytime.

If you are thinking of applying under this programme, you can express your interest online. You will be informed if your application is suitable to this programme and you can then decide whether to go ahead.

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Posted: 20-Apr-2010

The Heritage Lottery Fund supports all aspects of heritage in the UK, from historic buildings and museums to archives, nature conservation and oral history. It provides both capital grants for buildings and equipment and time-limited activity grants.

The Young Roots programme aims to engage 11-25 year olds in projects that help them learn about their heritage, while at the same time developing new skills and making a contribution to their communities. Young Roots is a rolling programme with no deadlines and grants are available from £3,000 to £50,000.

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Contact: Heritage Lottery Fund, Tel: 0131 225 9450 (Scotland Office) [ e-mail | website ]


Heritage Lottery Fund - Parks for People

Posted: 4-Sep-2014

Local Authorities as well as not-for-profit organisations that own public parks and cemeteries can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £5 million.

The programme supports the regeneration of cemeteries and public parks, defined as 'existing designed urban or rural parks, burial grounds or cemeteries, the main purpose of which is to provide free access to informal recreation and enjoyment'.

To be considered for funding, applicants need to demonstrate the lasting difference funding will make to heritage, people and communities. Applicants will also need to show that the local community values the park or cemetery as part of their heritage, and that local people already have an active role in the site's management through a user group, 'friends of' group or other community group.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2015 for a decision in June.

Contact: Heritage Lottery Fund, Tel: 0131 225 9450 [ e-mail | website ]


Hilden Charitable Fund

Posted: 27-Jun-2014

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries. The aim of the Fund is to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Both the UK and overseas fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at community level.

In the UK grant making priorities are:

  • Homelessness
  • Penal Affairs
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Community-based Initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16-25.

Applications to the summer play schemes are now closed.

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Hilton in the Community Foundation

Posted: 31-Oct-2014

This is the charity and grant-making organisation of the Hilton Worldwide chain of hotels in Europe. Hilton funds the central administration costs of the foundation so that every £1 and Euro raised goes directly to help young people. Generally the foundation does not make awards of more than £30,000 a year.

The foundation funds projects that help disadvantaged children and young people under 25 with the overall aim of enhancing access to formal and informal education and ensuring they receive appropriate health interventions. This includes young people with physical and learning disabilities, those who have suffered abuse and neglect or are homeless and at risk. For full guidelines and eligibility criteria please refer to the website.

Quarterly deadline rounds have now been introduced due to high demand for limited grants. 

The next deadline for applications for 2015 is 10 February 2015.

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Contact: Hilton in the Community Foundation, Tel: 020 7605 7733 [ e-mail | website ]


IdeasTap

Posted: 22-Jul-2014

IdeasTap supports young creative people between 16 and 30 years of age.

Through Ideas Fund Innovators, it aims to offer 20 projects £500 each (10 for those aged 16-22 and 10 for those aged 23-30) to help them get off the ground.

In the past, IdeasTap has funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives.

Applications from any creative field will be considered. IdeasTap are looking for projects that are inspiring, original, innovative and that IdeasTap think you can deliver.

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2014.

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Inspiring Youth Enterprise

Posted: 6-Oct-2014

Inspiring Youth Enterprise was set up by the Royal Bank of Scotland to fund organisations that help support young people to become successful in business. It invests in new and exciting programmes led by not-for-profit organisations, supporting young people aged 13-30.

The fund is for organisations that either help young people set up in business, deliver enterprise education, run innovative networking events or help develop entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.

The fund is open to application twice a year. The annual funding available is £500.000. Organisations can apply for any amount up to £50,000.

Projects must focus on helping 13-30 year olds to explore enterprise and business, with most of the funding to be used on "delivery of the project" rather than staff and overhead costs.

Anyone interested in applying can register on the fund's website for updates.

The application process for 2014 is now closed and information on the 2015 fund will be posted on the website at a later date.

Contact: RBS Inspiring Enterprise, [ website ]


Inter Faith Youth Trust

Small Grants Programme

Posted: 2-Sep-2014

Grants of between £200 and £500 are awarded for proposals for inter faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith un understanding in co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years. Projects should take place during Inter Faith Week (16-22 November 2014).

Funding is available for the following:

  • Learning by children and young people from different faiths about different faiths, through social action.
  • Co-operation and understanding between faiths which preferably involve young people in planning, running and evaluating; and which promote equal opportunities.
  • Increasing understanding between people of faith and of no faith.

UK based organisations are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to non-statutory organisations.

The Inter Faith Week 2014 Grant Programme has now closed to applications.

Contact: Inter Faith Youth Trust, [ website ]


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Posted: 15-Sep-2014

A Quaker Trust which seeks to transform the world by supporting people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice.

JRCT makes grants to individuals and organisations, and primarily supports work undertaken in the UK and Ireland.

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Junior Climate Challenge Fund

Posted: 16-Oct-2014

The Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF), which is part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, gives young people the funds and support they need to take action on climate change in their community.

£750 Development Grants are available to support young people putting a full JCCF application together. You can apply for these via the Junior Climate Challenge Fund webpage.

There will also be JCCF workshops to attend. Keep an eye on the JCCF webpage and facebook page for details.

The next deadline for draft applications is 1 December 2014.

The deadline for final applications is 12 January 2015.

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Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Posted: 2-Sep-2014

Interested in funding charities whose activities involve the whole family, in initiatives that seek to tackle issues that face one or more of its members, and whose aims include the strengthening of family bonds by helping all elements of the family unit to grow together and support each other. Applications are also welcomed from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with this criteria.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. Grants will generally be in the range of £1,000 to £5,000, but Trustees will consider requests for higher amounts.

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2015.

Contact: Kelly Family Charitable Trust, [ e-mail | website ]


LandAid

Posted: 16-Sep-2014

Are you a UK charity providing support to young people under 25 years old looking to improve your premises within the next three years?

LandAid's open application round autumn 2014 is now live on their website.

They are inviting applications from charities for building work involving refurbishment and/or new build to support their services to children and/or young people. They would also like to hear from charities looking for free professional property advice on a building project.

The deadline for submissions is 10am on Monday 20 October 2014.

Contact: LandAid, [ website ]


Lawrence Atwell's Charity

Posted: 10-May-2010

Aims to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want. Through tailored grant-making to those people who are most in need, the charity will invest in their talents and aspirations to help them find their way - either straight away or through a series of steps - into satisfying work.

Grants are available towards:

  • Vocational training up to and including Level 3 accredited courses
  • First step qualifications that help people to become qualified for work

The charity will consider courses that take place over a number of years as well as shorter training courses.

Applications welcome from individuals aged between 16 and 26 who come from low-waged families (total gross income less than £26,000 per year), refugees and asylum seekers. Further information and access to the online eligibility quiz and application form can be found on the website.

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Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund

Posted: 23-Oct-2012

The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund supports the Scottish Government's legacy ambitions to encourage more people to be active and take part in sport.

The Fund will do this by providing funding for capital projects which create or improve places in local communities where people can go to get active. Grants of up to 50% of the project cost, and between £10,000 and £100,000 are available for a very wide range of community-led projects such as new bike or skate parks, outdoor adventure facilities, walking routes, or new projects within school estates. (For projects of less than £10,000 please apply to Awards for All). In total, £10 million is available until 2015.

You will need to demonstrate that your project will make a difference in terms of impact on physical activity or sports participation. This might be through creating new facilities, upgrading or improving the accessibility of existing ones, or reducing barriers to activity.

The guidelines will help you put together an application for funding. They set out the process of applying and the principles for making awards and are subject to on-going review. It is advisable to discuss your project with sportscotland prior to submission.

Round five of applications should be submitted by 1 February 2015.

Contact: sportscotland, Tel: 0141 534 6500 [ e-mail | website ]


Live UnLtd

Posted: 6-Jan-2012

Live UnLtd provides young people aged 11-21 with the opportunity to create positive change in their communities. This is achieved by offering awards of up to £5,000 to allow individuals to develop their enterprising idea and offering non-financial support from a Live UnLtd team member. Non-financial support can include budgeting advice, networking opportunities and working with volunteers.

For 16-21 year olds, the average award size is £1,500 – with a maximum award size of £5,000. Applications above the average award size are rare and very competitive so please encourage applicants to think carefully about what they really need when applying for an award. If youngsters are aged 11-15, they can apply for awards of up to £500 in addition to support from a Live UnLtd team member. All applicants under 18 years of age will need parental consent to undertake their project and a designated advisor to support them with the development and running of their project should their application be successful.

Key things to remember with regards to the Live UnLtd programme:

  • Ideas have to be youth led;
  • Applicants have to be individuals or small informal groups not youth clubs, schools etc – although young people supported by a teacher or youth worker may apply;
  • Enterprises or projects must address a social problem in their community and applicants should be able to say how they will do this.

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Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

Posted: 1-Sep-2010

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland distributes funds to recognised charities in Scotland which are focused on improving the quality of life for people in Scotland who are disadvantaged

Henry Duncan Awards - Mainly fund small grassroots charities working in their own local communities. Registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000 can apply for funding through this programme. There are deadline dates for applications every two months.

Partnership Drugs Initiative - Promotes voluntary sector work with vulnerable children and young people affected by substance misuse. Groups targeted are:

  • Children and young people in families in which parents misuse drugs or alcohol;
  • Pre-teen children who are at risk of developing problems with substance misuse;
  • Young people who are developing or who have established problems with substance misuse.

Capacity Building Grants - Charities will be considered for capacity building support as a result of successfully applying for funding through the Foundation’s other award programmes – the Henry Duncan Awards and the Partnership Drugs Initiative. A limited number of charities will be put forward to receive this support as a result of needs being identified during the assessment process for whichever award programme they have applied to. It is entirely up to the charities selected whether they want to proceed with this, and if they decide not to it will have no impact on any other award they may receive.

Time of Your Life Programme - This one year pilot programme is being run in West Lothian to support charities deliver innovative preventative work with 50 to 70 year olds to help them get as much out of life for as long as possible.

Funding Surgeries - Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland holds a series of surgeries for local recognised charities. Surgeries are an opportunity for you to have a one-to-one session with one of their assessors, and to discuss how to go about putting an application to the Foundation.

Contact: Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, Tel: 0131 444 40020 [ e-mail | website ]


Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

Posted: 16-Sep-2014

Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available for the development of group music making, especially involving young people.

Trustees wish to see composition as central to projects put forward for support. Projects in and out of schools or in community situations will be considered.

The Trustees will consider applications for first-time initiatives as well as the development of existing projects.

Trustees generally hold one meeting a year, in the autumn, and the closing date for application is 30 September 2014.

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Moto in the Community Trust

Posted: 15-Nov-2010

Looks to support a wide variety of local charity and community projects. They will consider grants for projects that benefit communities within a 25 mile radius of a Moto site. Trustees meet every 12 weeks to discuss applications.

Trustees meet every 3 months. You should expect to wait a maximum of 12 weeks for a response.

Contact: Moto in the Community Trust, Tel: 01525 714467 [ e-mail | website ]


MSE Funding for Financial Projects

Posted: 30-Sep-2014

The MSE Charity provides grants to constituted community based groups (including schools) to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues.

Under the programme, grants of up to £5,000 are available for group projects such as self-help groups, schools, workshops and other innovative schemes that seek to educate people about money, debt and consumer issues. The grant can be used to pay for financial education course fees and other associated expenses. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £300,000.

Applications will be accepted between 1 and 31 January 2015 or when 40 applications have been received.

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Museums Galleries Scotland Small Grants

Posted: 29-Jul-2014

All full members of Museums Galleries Scotland are eligible to apply for the Small Grant scheme which aims to develop museums service provision. The applicant can be a manager, curator, educator, Cultural Co-ordinator or volunteer - as long as the application has authorised member support.

Applicants can apply for between £500 and £5,000 with a minimum of 25% match funding. Applications for more than 50% of the overall cost will be subject to additional criteria.   The scheme has three rounds of funding a year with a decision notified to applicants within six weeks of the closing date.   The next deadline for applications is 19 September 2014.

Contact: Investment Manager, Tel: 0131 550 4115 [ e-mail | website ]


Nancy Ovens Trust

Posted: 15-Apr-2014

Applications are now open for the 2014 Nancy Ovens Award for Play.

Now in their 11th year, Trustees are looking for community led play projects which showcase the best Scottish play examples which others can in the future learn from.

The criteria for the Awards requires children's play provision that they:

  • Actively involve children and young people in the design of their play areas;
  • Provide flexible and varied physical environment;
  • Provide for creative, social, active and quiet play;
  • Ensure play areas are physically and culturally accessible.

In seeking and being granted this prestigious award, community groups and local authorities are provided with a national standard for play areas that is widely welcomed by children and play organisations from across Scotland.

The deadline for applications is 13 June 2014.

Contact: Nancy Ovens Trust, Tel: 0131 247 1000 [ e-mail | website ]


National Lottery Good Causes Portal

National Lottery Good Causes Portal

Posted: 2-Jul-2009

Search for funding with the help of this portal.

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Contact: National Lottery, Tel: 0207 211 3990 [ e-mail | website ]


NESTA

NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts)

Posted: 23-Jul-2009

NESTA is the largest single endowment devoted exclusively to supporting talent, innovation and creativity in the UK. Their mission is to transform the UK's capacity for innovation and invest in early stage companies, inform innovation policy and encourage a culture that helps innovation to flourish. NESTA uses its resources to build and test new models of innovation, often working in partnership with other organisations. 

It focuses on four main areas of interest:

Collaborative innovation; The creative economy; The Lab - innovating public services; Young people and innovation.

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New Arts Sponsorship Grants

Posted: 24-Feb-2014

The Scottish Government Department of Culture has made funding available to Arts and Business Scotland to encourage new business sponsorship of the arts within Scotland.

This award scheme aims to promote private sector sponsorship of the arts in Scotland. The awards are intended to increase the number of businesses supporting the arts, and to encourage cultural organisations to approach businesses or sectors that have not previously supported the arts.

The scheme is simple. The arts organisation receiving an eligible business sponsorship gets £1 of funding for every £1 of sponsorship. This funding goes towards additional activity, for which the sponsor receives equivalent benefits. The maximum grant is £40,000 and the minimum grant is £1,000. Both in-kind and cash sponsorship are eligible.

There are no closing dates. Applications will be assessed as they are received and a decision will be given in six weeks.

Contact: Arts and Business Scotland, Tel: 0131 556 3353 [ e-mail | website ]


Nominet Trust - Funding for IT Projects

Posted: 24-Jan-2011

Nominet Trust is a UK registered charity, which advocates the imaginative use of digital technologies to improve lives and communities. Since its inception in September 2008, Nominet Trust has invested in hundreds of projects, providing business support as well as financial investment, seeking to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Their current areas of focus are:

  • Supporting young people to address the social challenges they face;
  • Improving the quality of life for older people and their communities;
  • Encouraging open innovation through imaginative and sustainable projects.

The next deadline for applications is 26 September 2014.

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Contact: Nominet Trust, Tel: 01865 334000 [ e-mail | website ]


Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund

Posted: 3-Oct-2014

Creative Scotland's Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund provides financial support to young people in Scotland aged 14 to 20 to develop their talent within the creative industry in one or more of the following areas:

  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Digital Arts

Individuals can apply for funding up to £200 and groups of two people or more for up to £750. The funding will be administered by Young Scot over the next two years and will be provided to individuals and groups to help nurture talent through:

  • Artistic Development (such as auditioning, training, taking part in a workshop, work shadowing, mentoring)
  • Promotion and showcasing (such as staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance, publishing written work)
  • Peer-to-peer delivery (hosting a workshop, setting up a local group)

The next deadlines for applications are:

  • 7 December 2014
  • 8 February 2015
  • 12 April 2015

An online application form and guidance notes are available on the website.

Contact: Young Scot, Tel: 0808 801 0338 [ e-mail | website ]


Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Arts Open Grants Scheme

Posted: 7-Feb-2011

Support work that increases people's enjoyment, experience and involvement in the arts. The Foundation want their grants to enable organisations to experiment with and develop new ways of engaging with audiences and participants. This might mean introducing more people to traditional cultural activities or ensuring that the widest range of people have a greater opportunity to shape their own experience of the arts and culture.

The Foundation will support work for people of all ages, with an emphasis on inter-generational initiatives where young people (up to 25 years old) are one of the groups involved. The Foundation will only accept applications from formally constituted organisations. Local authorities and public bodies are eligible to apply. There is no minimum or maximum grant size - grants made last year ranged from £5,000 to £200,000.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Posted: 22-Jul-2009

A grant-giving charity that seeks to fund projects in the UK that help individuals realise their potential. It has a particular focus on work with children, young people and the disadvantaged, The foundation has no minimum or maximum amount for the grants, but it prefers applications where another funding source is also involved. The projects it funds can last up to six years, although up to three years is more usual. There are three funding programmes for work in the UK run by the foundation. The Arts Programme supports work to increase people's involvement in and enjoyment of the arts; The Education and Learning Programme bankrolls educational projects and research while the Social Justice Programme supports efforts to help marginalised groups of people integrate with wider society.

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Contact: Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Tel: 020 7227 3500 [ e-mail | website ]


People and Communities Fund

Posted: 8-May-2012

The £9.4 million People and Communities Fund, which promotes and supports community-led regeneration initiatives across Scotland, will be accepting new applications for 2015/16 at the end of August 2014.

The budget for the overarching fund has been increased by £1.5 million, with a refreshed focus on the promotion of social inclusion and tackling poverty, including the mitigation of welfare reform.

The Fund will continue to invest in community anchor organisations that deliver local regeneration activity and promote change in our most disadvantaged communities.

The Fund will also support a wide range of initiatives including improving financial capability, reducing the number of workless households, increasing the range of services delivered from local facilities, increasing the number of people taking up volunteering opportunities and healthy eating initiatives.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 31 October 2014.

Contact: People and Communities Fund, [ e-mail | website ]


People's Health Trust

Active Communities Fund

Posted: 8-Apr-2014

The People's Health Trust is looking for great ideas to make local neighbourhood in the following areas even better:

  • Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney Islands (all with a deadline of 30 April 2014)
  • Perth and Kinross, City of Dundee, Angus, Stirling, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Argyll and Bute (all with a deadline of 23 April 2014).

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to non-profit organisations which have been running for more than three months, to fund projects which:

  • Last between nine months and two years
  • Are small and local (e.g. a few streets or a small village)
  • Are designed and led by local people
  • Create  stronger connections between people
  • Enable people to feel they are doing something positive in their area, making a difference and feeling good about it.

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Tel: 020 7697 4021 [ e-mail | website ]


People's Millions 2014

Posted: 11-Sep-2014

The People's Millions is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV, where the public help decide which local community projects in the UK get up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding.

They are looking to fund new community projects which will improve the lives of people in your community, such as increasing community spirit or helping a particular group of people.

Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available.

Applications to the People's Millions have now closed.

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Contact: People's Millions, Tel: 0845 0 10 11 12 [ e-mail | website ]


People's Postcode Lottery

Posted: 12-Nov-2010

The People's Postcode Trust aims to make the UK a better place for both people and the planet. They want to make a real difference to small organisations and community groups through grants ranging from £2,000 to £10,000.

The Trust acts within six fields of operation:

  • Poverty prevention
  • Advancement of health
  • Community development
  • Public sports
  • Human rights
  • Environmental protection

Applications for grants of under £2,000 are considered on a rolling monthly basis in Scotland and on a quarterly basis in England and Wales.

Opening Date Closing Date Eligible Regions
6 January 21 February Scotland, Wales, North of England
7 April 20 May Scotland, Wales, South of England
7 July 22 August Scotland, Wales, East & West Midlands
6 October 7 November Scotland, Wales, London, Greater London

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People's Postcode Lottery - Dream Fund

Posted: 3-Oct-2014

The Dream Fund has already helped to transform communities across the country.  The £1 million funding pot offers charities and community organisations the chance to work together and apply for up to £750,000 to deliver a new and innovative 24 month project that will enhance the local community.

Registered charities and communities in Scotland, England or Wales can apply. This year, they are encouraging applications from projects seeking to:

  • Promote participation in sports
  • Promote community development
  • Promote environmental protection
  • Promote health
  • Promote human rights
  • Prevent poverty, distress and sickness

Please note that applications for stage 1 of the Dream Fund are now closed.  After a shortlisting of stage one projects, the deadline for submitting stage two applications is 30 September 2014.

Contact: People's Postcode Lottery, Tel: 0131 555 7287 [ e-mail | website ]


Peter De Haan Charitable Trust

Posted: 13-Aug-2009

The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust was constituted in 1999 and will operate as a generalist grant-making charity across the UK for the next 20 years. Their current grant-making policy focuses on social welfare, the environment and the arts. The Trust's Arts Programme focuses on projects and organisations which:

  • Are partnership-based with young people as the protagonists of the creative process
  • Have an emphasis on community cohesion and under-represented groups
  • Support confidence-building, collaboration and the incubation of ideas amongst young people
  • Are innovative, wide-reaching and based on tangible outcomes.

Applications are considered on a continuing basis throughout the year, with major grants being awarded at the trustee meeting held quarterly in March, June, September and December.

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Porticus UK

Posted: 7-Jul-2009

Funds charities that are working to strengthen family relationships, enrich education and support transformation through faith. The trust also has its own programme to promote ethics among professionals. While the Catholic faith is central to its work, funding is also available to non-faith-based organisations. The trust puts a particular emphasis on organisations that have a proven model and want to expand. Funds may be sought not only for service delivery but also for the development of policy, advocacy and research. Applicants are asked to carefully review the funding guidelines which are set out on the website (http://porticusuk.com/). If the project falls within the guidelines, an application form can be downloaded from the website and should be sent to Porticus UK, together with the other information requested, including a break down of project costs and a signed set of their most recent audited accounts.

There is no deadline for funding decisions which are made throughout the year. Grants are usually between £10,000 and £25,000.

Grants are awarded at a variety of levels, proportionate to the organisation, project budget and other salient factors.

Tel: 020 7024 3503 [ e-mail | website ]


Rank Foundation

Rank Foundation

Posted: 27-Apr-2010

The Foundation invests in organisations that work with young people, broadly in the 10 to 25 age group, and have a longer term vision for the development of their youth work that involves the education and training of a person via Distance Learning at the YMCA George Williams College as the educator/leader to pioneer the initiative. This will be for a three year period (combining practical skills and qualifications with a level 3 Diploma in Youth Work) but can be extended for up to a further 3 years in order to qualify the worker to Honours Degree level in Informal and Community Education. This Scheme is called the Youth-worker Apprenticeship Programme (YAP).

There is a small grants programme open to any charity in the UK and details of how to apply are listed on their website.

There are two other areas of consideration, Community Care (Caroline Broadhurst) and Community Development (David Sanderson), either of who can be accessed through their website and conservations with the respective director.

Contact: Rank Foundation, Director of Youth Projects - Scotland, Tel: 01768 210722 [ e-mail | website ]


Ross & Liddell Community Bursary

Posted: 7-Jul-2011

This fund has been developed to provide financial backing and support to vital and valuable community initiatives. Community groups, clubs and charities can apply for up to £500 of funding in order to buy equipment and kit or to fulfil projects. To qualify for funding support, you must be based in Scotland and be a community group, charity or not-for-profit organisation. Sports teams and voluntary groups are also eligible.

The closing date for applications for the fourth community bursary scheme is 22 August 2014.

Contact: Ross & Liddell Community Bursary, Tel: 0141 204 7350 [ website ]


Rozelle Trust

Posted: 7-Feb-2011

The Rozelle Trust aims to help charities who activities are primarily based in Scotland, or overseas in developing countries. Priority is given to projects that support the very poorest in their community. Please note that only registered charities can be funded.

Their main priorities are:

  • Children and young people
  • People living in poverty (particularly self-sustaining work)
  • People with disabilities

There are no deadlines for submission and no minimum or maximum grant. Applications may be sent at any time, but please note that it may take up to two months to obtain a decision.

Contact: The Rozelle Trust, [ website ]


Santander Foundation UK

Posted: 27-May-2014

Formerly, the Abbey Charitable Trust which was set up in 1990, the Santander Foundation to date has donated over £36 million to charities in the UK.  The Trust is committed to supporting local communities and disadvantaged people and funds, local, regional and national charities within the UK.

The Santander Foundation funds projects to directly help disadvantaged people based on the following priorities:

  • Central - for projects related to education, training and financial capability, grants up to £10,000.
  • Community Plus - for small, local projects helping local disadvantaged people, grants up to £5,000.

Funding is in the form of one off donations and are available for buying equipment, training materials as well as for funding project costs such as salaries and room hire.

Only registered charities or organisations with charitable status within the UK can receive donations.  It operates a rolling programme so there are no deadlines for applications.

Contact: Santander Foundation, Tel: 01908 343224 [ e-mail | website ]


Scotch Whisky Action Fund

Posted: 30-Sep-2014

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced the launch of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, which invests in groups and organisations that wish to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities. The Association is looking to support and develop projects which deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms across three themes:

  • Young people (aged under 18)
  • Families
  • Communities

The fund would particularly welcome applications from new/innovative or pilot initiatives which aim to test new approaches within these themes and which will offer learning that others can use. Applications from existing projects which can demonstrate success in reducing harm are also welcome.

The fund is currently closed but will reopen for another round of applications in December 2014.

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Scotland Funders' Forum

Posted: 12-Sep-2014

The Scotland Funders' Forum (SFF) is a gathering of funders in Scotland, including statutory bodies and independent grant making trusts, who are committed to best practice in funding the voluntary and community sector and to maximising the impact of funding for the benefit of Scotland. They come together to share information, to identify and address common interest and to share best practice and learning.

The new SSF website went live on October 25 October. The site will provide information on the ongoing work of the Scottish Funders' Forum and Funders' Forum Frontline, as well as links to helpful resources for funders, funded organisations and the voluntary sector more broadly.

Tel: 0141 242 1400 [ e-mail | website ]


Scotmid Community Grants

Posted: 8-Sep-2014

Scotmid's Community Grant Scheme helps deserving causes across Scotland. In the last four years, they have supported hundreds of projects which have touched the lives of people living in the communities they serve.

Applications are welcomed from local community, self-help or voluntary groups and charities (including local branches of national charities) or individuals acting for the benefit of the local community, whose primary focus falls easily into one of the following categories:

Children/Education

  • Health
  • Fairtrade
  • Homelessness/Poverty
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment
  • Elderly
  • Active Lifestyles

The group or project must be based in or benefit a community served by one of their stores and within the geographic boundaries of one of Scotmid's Regional Committees.

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ScotRail Foundation

Posted: 29-May-2013

A national programme available to groups and organisations across Scotland. The fund is provided by ScotRail directly as part of their commitment to their social and corporate responsibilities.

Groups and organisations are encouraged to apply (individuals are excluded). Recommendations for grants and how the money will be distributed will be made by an advisory panel drawn from Scotrail staff.

Scotrail is looking to support and develop a wide range of projects which bring communities together, specifically:

  • Support for children and young people.
  • Improvement of the local environment.
  • Improvements to local communities' general health and wellbeing.

Scotrail would refer if you could link your project to some of their own corporate themes (below) or a local train station but this is not essential.

  • Addressing vandalism, particularly at train stations.
  • Respecting the railway and preventing accidents.
  • Improving the local community's connections with/or awareness of a local train station.
  • Helping to build a community identity and pride for a local station area.
  • Helping to promote alternatives to car journeys and/or park and ride.
  • Recycling.
  • Increased use of cycling and public transport.
  • Keeping your local area litter free.

Having even a limited connection to Scotrail's themes or a local train station may improve your success rate.

Scotrail has two categories of award:

  • £250 - £1,000
  • £1,001 - £5,000

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014.

Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0141 341 4960 OR 0131 524 0300 [ e-mail | website ]


Scottish and Southern Energy Community Funds

Posted: 27-May-2013

SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) provides local community funds for each new onshore wind farm it builds.

Panels made up of members of the local community review funding applications and decide which projects to support. The fund generally supports projects which:

enhance quality of life for local residents;

contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities;

promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

There are funds in the Highlands, Argyll & Bute, Perth & Kinross, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire and Stirling.

Grant amounts and deadlines vary, but fall mainly between £250 and £10,000.

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Scottish Community Foundation Express Grants

Posted: 3-Sep-2014

Express Grants are for community groups based in Scotland looking for funding of up to £2,000. As the name suggests, Express Grants have a straightforward application process, and a short turnaround time, meaning that within six weeks, applicants will know if they've been successful. For those familiar with the Foundation's grants programme, Express Grants replace the Small Grants programme. Small Grants were introduced in 1998 to support small community groups who only needed small amounts to make differences in their communities. In order to maintain this support, the Foundation has increased the value of grants to £2,000 to reflect the increased cost of living.

Contact: Express Grants Team, Tel: 0141 341 4960 [ e-mail | website ]


Scottish Natural Heritage

Community Action Grants

Posted: 14-May-2012

SNH's grants focus on projects that get more people and communities actively involved in and caring for Scotland's nature and landscapes. They are looking to fund a variety of projects that help them deliver key outcomes for people and nature. The funding priorities for each outcome are:

More people engaging with nature and landscapes:

  • Outdoor recreation, volunteering and outdoor learning;
  • Action to improve, protect and manage habitats, species and landscapes;
  • Citizen science and biological recording.

Improved management of nature and landscapes:

  • Improve the planning and management of landscapes;
  • Improve wildlife management;
  • Improve the management and use of natural resources.

Better places created in the Central Scotland Green Network area:

  • Improve green spaces and strategic paths and places in central Scotland.

Please note grants are currently closed.

Contact: SNH, Tel: 01738 458677 [ e-mail | website ]


SCVO

SCVO

Posted: 2-Jul-2009

Funding information and advice for voluntary sector organisations is available from SCVO.

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'see me'

Posted: 1-Sep-2014

The 'see me' Local Fund and the 'see me' Community Innovation Fund provide two new opportunities for those who are committed to challenging mental health stigma and discrimination in their local area. 'see me' is committed to supporting the full engagement and leadership of people with lived experience of mental health problems and both funds reflect that priority.

The 'see me' Local Fund is an opportunity for community and voluntary sector groups and organisations to fund specific short term project ideas and initiatives, up to a total project value of £4,000. The Local Fund will be focused on changing behaviour in relation to mental health stigma and discrimination and will support activities by local groups and organisations across Scotland who have innovative and effective ideas to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in their community.

The deadline for applications to the Local Fund was 1 August 2014.

The 'see me' Community Innovation Fund will support longer-term pieces of work up to a total project value of £20,000. The Community Innovation Fund has a two-stage application process to support group and organisations develop local change networks, take part in innovation labs and develop innovative ideas and activities that will change behaviour on mental health stigma and discrimination.

The next round of funding will be in early 2015.

A total of £120,000 is available in this fund this year.

Contact: Joan Bree, Tel: 0776 483 2544 [ e-mail | website ]


Shell UK Funds for Aberdeen

Posted: 9-Sep-2014

Shell UK currently administers two funds:

Shell Community Awards Fund

A small grants programme for community groups and small charities that are working in the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Fife and Angus area. The focus of this fund is projects that work in the areas of education, environment, safety and social inclusion.

Applications to this programme are through the Scottish Community Foundation Express Grants programme. Please note that only groups with an income of less than £250,000 can apply. See here for more information.

Shell Community IT Support Fund

A small grants programme for community groups and charities specifically to help them purchase IT equipment. There is currently £25,000 available in the fund. Applications are up to £2,000 and applications are through the Express Grants programme.

There is no set deadline for applications as the express grants fund is a rolling programme with an approximate six weeks turnaround for decisions.

Contact: Scottish Community Foundation, Tel: 0141 341 4960 [ e-mail | website ]


Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust

Grants for Recruitment and Training of Leaders

Posted: 13-Oct-2009

The Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust awards grants to voluntary youth organisations in Glasgow which have charitable recognition and are formed for the purposes of promoting the spiritual, mental and physical welfare of young people without attachment to any political party.

Priority consideration is given to applications relating to the recruitment and training of leaders, but applications for funding the general development of the applicant organisation can also be considered.

Organisations can view the criteria for applications, and if met, guidance notes for grants along with applications forms here.

More information from James McVean, Secretary, The Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust, c/o Glasgow Battalion, The Boys' Brigade, Clifford Street,. Glasgow G51 1QL.

Contact: Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust, [ e-mail | website ]


SITA Trust

Enhancing Communities Programme Core Fund

Posted: 14-Oct-2014

Under the SITA Trusts' Enhancing Programme Core Fund, grants of up to £60,000 are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities for projects that make physical improvements to community facilities and historic buildings/structures. SITA will accept applications from projects which are within three miles of qualifying SITA UK waste processing sites. (SITA has two sites in Scotland - based in Inverness and Aberdeenshire).

Grants of up to £20,000 are also available through their Fast Track for projects with an overall cost of no more than £40,000.

Deadlines for the Core Fund -  24 November 2014.

Deadline for the Fast Track Fund - 15 December 2014.

Contact: SITA Trust, [ website ]


Skills Development Scotland

Employer Recruitment Initiative

Posted: 21-Jun-2011

Launched July 2012, the ERI for Targeted Young People offers funding to employers to support young people who are care leavers, young carers or ex-offenders to sustain employment including undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship. For young people aged 16-24. Employers receive £1,500 incentive.

Legacy 2014: Employer Recruitment Initiative

In support of the 2014 Commonwealth Games there are a limited number of Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) payments available to employers, who have less than 150 employees and want to recruit Modern Apprentices.

Over the next two years, a £1,500 incentive for 16-19 years undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in selected frameworks, where possible linked to a sporting or cultural event will be available. This ERI will provide employment opportunities for young people across Scotland to ensure a lasting legacy from the 2014 Games.

Eligible MA frameworks will attract a payment of £1,500 staged over two payments. The eligible frameworks are:

  • Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance Level 3
  • Active Leisure and Learning and Wellbeing Level 3
  • Creative Levels 2 and 3
  • Customer Service Level 3
  • Facilities/Services Management Level 2
  • Food and Drink Operations Levels 2 and 3
  • Horticulture Levels 2 and 3
  • Hospitality Levels 2 and 3
  • Retail Levels 2
  • Travel Services Level 2 and 3

Adopt an Apprentice

Employers recruiting a Modern Apprentice who was made redundant before completing the MA and who agrees the young person can continue the MA and agrees to employ the young person for one year will receive a grant of £2,000.

Contact: Skills Development Scotland, Tel: 0141 285 6000 [ e-mail | website ]


Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving

Posted: 16-Jul-2014

Skipton Building Society is providing its Grassroots Giving programme for a second year in a row to local community groups in the UK.

The programme offers grants of £500 to grassroots groups to help make life better for their local community. Priority is given to projects which get very little support elsewhere. Some 160 groups received funding in 2013, but they also received something else.

Statistics recently released by Skipton Building Society show the support offered to groups around the UK was greatly valued in many more ways than just the cash donations. The Building Society attributes this to its multi-faceted approach to provide greater support for local groups.

Free resources were also created on the Skipton Building Society website aimed at helping groups become more efficient. Shortlisted groups received their own profiles on the website, as well as free promotion on twitter and press exposure carried out by the Society.

Applications for the Grassroots Giving Programme 2014 are now closed.

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sportscotland Celebrate Fund

Posted: 12-Feb-2014

sportscotland has announced a new £4 million fund to support people to celebrate their part in the Commonwealth before, during and after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Celebrate offers funding for events and projects which celebrate Glasgow 2014 or that are inspired by Scottish links to the 71 nations and territories which make up the Commonwealth. Applications must be submitted at least three months before the start date of the planned activity.

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St James Place Foundation

Posted: 12-Oct-2009

The St James Place Foundation is the charitable arm of the St James's Place Wealth Management Group which aims to improve the quality of life for those people in need as a result of disability or disadvantage.

A maximum of £10,000 is available to organisations with an annual income of less than £600,000. A major grants programme offers a maximum of £25,000 per annum for a maximum of two years and is only available to organisation with an annual income of less than £2m.

The foundation will support projects that provide directly for under-25s in the UK who suffer from physical or mental health difficulties or conditions, or a life-threatening or degenerative illness. This includes young people under 25 caring for others.

Contact: St James Place Foundation, [ website ]


Stafford Trust

Posted: 29-Nov-2011

A Scottish charitable trust which provides financial support to charities registered in the UK, with a preference towards charitable organisations in Scotland.

Their areas of interest are: local community projects; child welfare; adult welfare; sea rescue; overseas appeals; and HM services personnel. Grants vary, but most lie between £500 and £5,000.

The deadline for applications for the spring 2015 meeting will close in 31 December 2014.

Contact: Stafford Trust, Tel: 01786 474718 [ e-mail | website ]


Stand Up to Sectarianism Small Grants Scheme

Posted: 14-Aug-2014

The fund aims to help combat sectarianism and increase understanding within communities by supporting existing local youth groups to meet the costs (or part of the costs) of a particular project or programme of anti-sectarian activity (up to £1,000). Funds a range of projects from one-off awareness raising events to a longer-term programme of activities.

The small grants scheme is being managed by a partnership of six national, volunteer-led youth organisations; The Scout Association, Girlguiding Scotland, The Boys' Brigade, The Girls' Brigade in Scotland, Clubs for Young People (Scotland) and Youth Scotland.

Local units or youth groups which meet the following criteria can apply:

  • Have members which include young people 10 or over.
  • Based in Scotland.
  • A member of one of the six partnership organisations listed above.

The deadline for applications in 2014 are 1 September and 1 December.

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Stations Community Regeneration Fund

Posted: 16-Dec-2009

Transport Scotland and Scotrail have announced a second wave of funding through the Stations Community Regeneration Fund (SCRF).

The aim of this fund is to make use of disused railway station buildings by turning them into either a business meeting passenger or community needs, or a project which contributes to the local community.

The Fund can be used to carry out structural repairs to buildings over and above normal railway works or to meet up to 50% of fit-out costs of the building for its intended use. No funding limit exists, however, any application seeking funding of £75,000 or more must be supported by a feasibility study.

Contact: SCRF, Tel: 0845 601 5929 [ e-mail | website ]


Tackling Sectarianism - Small Grant Programme

Posted: 8-Jul-2013

The Tackling Sectarianism Small Grant Programme is a Scottish Government initiative aimed at supporting communities to stimulate local level activity that contributes to tackling Intra-Christian Sectarianism in Scotland. This could be realised through a range of community-led activities that improve Scottish Government understanding of the sectarian issues faced by communities.

The main aim of the programme is to stimulate community-based activity that will increase understanding of how sectarianism impacts on the lives of people in different communities. In addition, the programme will support the communities to take action to tackle the sectarianism experienced.

Two funding strands are available:

  • Grants of up to £10,000 for an individual group applying to carry out activities;
  • Grants of up to £20,000 for group applications (including two or more organisations) to carry out partnership working.

There are no application deadlines, applications can be submitted any time until 1 December 2014, with all projects to be completed by 13 February 2015.

Full details, eligibility checklist, guidance notes and application form can be found here.

Contact: VAF, Tel: 01383 620780 [ e-mail | website ]


Tesco Charity Trust

Community Awards Scheme

Posted: 3-Sep-2014

The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The funding provided goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities around Tesco stores in the UK.

The current Community Awards programme is open for applications between 26 August and 21 September 2014.

Contact: Tesco Charity Trust Awards Scheme, Tel: 0845 612 3575 [ e-mail | website ]


Tesco Charity Trust

Large Grants Programme

Posted: 25-May-2010

The Tesco Charity Trust offers grants of up to £25,000 to charities working around their stores, and in the countries they source from. Applications are prioritised in the areas if children's education and welfare, those with disabilities and the elderly. If you would like to apply for a grant please download a copy of the grant criteria.

After reading the Larger Grant Criteria, if you feel your project meets with this, please email a brief outline, including a breakdown on costs. The deadline for this is Friday 24 May 2013.

Applications for the January 2014 round of Larger Grants closed at midday on Thursday 9 January.

New applications are no longer being accepted at this time.

Contact: Tesco Charity Trust , [ e-mail | website ]


The ACT Foundation

Posted: 30-Jun-2010

ACT provides grants to individuals and charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. The grants generally fall into the following areas:

  • Building
  • Equipment
  • Financial assistance

You can apply for a grant at any time. Trustees meet four times a year, but you do not need to time your application to coincide with these meetings. Procedures exist to give proposals between meeting dates, where necessary. The Foundation aim to make decisions on grants of up to £50,000 within one month of receiving the application. Decisions on grants over £50,000 can take up to three months. There is no maximum grant size. The smallest grant has been just £100 and the largest £4 million.

Contact: ACT, Tel: 01753 7539000 [ e-mail | website ]


The Alec Dickson Trust

Posted: 16-Dec-2010

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people who are able to demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society. They especially welcome the opportunity to support innovative projects.

Applications for grants, not normally in excess of £500, are invited from individuals aged 30 or under or from small groups of young people who believe their actions to be in pursuit of the aims of the Trust.

Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications.

Contact: The Alec Dickson Trust, Tel: 0207 278 6601 [ e-mail | website ]


The Archer Trust

Posted: 29-Jul-2010

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust which supports small UK charities for whom a grant of between £250 and £3,000 will make a big difference. To meet their criteria, you should provide aid or support to a defined group of 'needy and deserving people', for example those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.

The Trust prefers to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation and favour charities which make good use of volunteers. They support projects both in the UK and overseas (overseas projects via UK charities only).

Trustees meet twice a year, normally in March and September. Applications by post to: The Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts SG12 0TT.

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The Ashden Trust

The Ashden Trust

Posted: 21-Jul-2009

This trust awards grants to organisations working with disadvantaged communities and with groups of people who are considered to be at risk, including young people. Funding is also available for environmental projects, community arts and sustainable regeneration.

Tel: 020 7410 0330 [ e-mail | website ]


The Cattanach Charitable Trust

Posted: 3-Jun-2014

The Cattanach Trust seeks applications for projects which support children from pre-birth to three years old, who are affected by levels of relative deprivation. There is good evidence that supporting children during the first years of a child’s life has the greatest positive impact on their developmental progress. Good quality services improve not only a child’s life during these years, but also have substantial benefits into adolescence and adulthood. Projects should be working from a strengths based model; the existing and potential strengths of the child, the family and the community should be recognised and should form the basis of the work. Projects must actively involve the parent(s)/main carers of the children. The Trust’s view is that prioritising this age group values children in Scotland appropriately, and will make a significant contribution to Scotland's National Outcome - ‘Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.’

If you wish to make an application you must first register on the website, with the charity number of your organisation. The work you want to do must be in Scotland. You must be working with young children (under 3) and their families, or with families expecting a baby, either in an urban or rural setting. Families experiencing deprivation or in crisis will be given priority. “Deprivation” can mean low income, poor housing, unemployment, isolation, disability or health problems, lack of family support, young parenthood, contact with the justice system etc. The Trust is particularly interested in parenting, attachment, family support, and the healthy emotional and physical development of young children. The Trust wishes to encourage training for staff and volunteers, and may recommend training or evaluation help.

All details are on the website and should be read carefully. In particular, please read "Frequently asked quesion" for guidance on applying.

Contact: The Cattanach Charitable Trust, Tel: 0131 629 2260 [ e-mail | website ]


The Drapers Fund

Posted: 19-Nov-2013

Who can apply?
Individuals and organisations supporting young people in Glasgow

What is available? The total annual fund is £50,000

The Fund can offer direct and essential help to families of children up to 17 years which find themselves in financial hardship and difficulty.

Contact: Emma McFadyen, Tel: 0141 553 1605 [ e-mail | website ]


The Endrick Trust

Posted: 8-Sep-2014

This Trust considers applications from charities based and working in the Greater Glasgow postcode area with an income of less than £2 million per annum. The Trust supports a range of charitable causes under the general themes of:

  • Prevention or relief of poverty;
  • Advancement of citizenship or community development;
  • Any other purpose which may reasonably be considered analogous to any other preceding purposes.

It is anticipated that further large grant criteria will be set by Trustees in late 2014/early 2015 and no further large grant applications will be considered until that time.  Applications for small grants for consideration at the Trustees meeting for 22 October 2014 should be submitted by 30 September 2014.

 

Contact: The Endrick Trust, Tel: 0141 225 2563 [ e-mail | website ]


The Eridge Trust

Posted: 29-Sep-2014

The Eridge Trust is a charitable trust whose purpose is to encourage young people to enjoy and appreciate visual art, especially painting. The Trust has announced that the next deadline for its grant making programme is 31 May 2015 for educational trips due to take place in the school year 2015-16.  The Trust makes grants of up to £2,000 to schools, colleges and others for school trips to museums, galleries and centres of art at home and abroad.

Grants are also made to UK museums and galleries for projects aimed at young people. Trips must be for students in schools or colleges in the maintained sector.

In the past, the Trust has supported many different kinds of trips, mainly organised by individual schools, but also by groups of schools, education authorities and others. They have included day trips to local galleries, trips of a few days to major UK cities and trips of up to a week or more to European cities and regions. In addition, the Trust have given grants to museums to support school visits and to encourage university students to enjoy and make use of their local museum.

Tel: 01223 207549 [ e-mail | website ]


The Henry Smith Charity

Henry Smith Charity

Posted: 22-Jul-2009

A large grant making charity, which make grants totalling approximately £25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities, for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

The Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 per year or over:

  • Capital Grants - one off grants for purchase or refurbishment of a building or purchase of specialist equipment.
  • Revenue Grants - Grants of up to three years for things like core costs (including salaries and overheads), or the running costs of a specific project (including staffing costs).

The Small Grants Programme offers grants of £5,000 and £20,000 for small UK registered charities working anywhere in the UK. To be eligible to apply your annual income must be below £150,000.

Holidays Grants for Children are one-off grants of up to £3,000 for organisations, youth groups, schools etc specifically for holidays or outings for children under the age of 13 who are disabled or who live in areas of high deprivation.

There are no deadlines. Trustees meet four times a year.

Contact: The Henry Smith Charity, Tel: 020 7264 4970 [ website ]


The Idlewild Trust

Posted: 25-Sep-2014

A grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of excellence in the performing arts, and the preservation of buildings and sites of historical interest for the benefits of the public or national importance.

Occasionally it also supports projects that conserve the natural environment. The total funding available each year is approximately £120,000 and registered charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Applications are considered twice a year.

The next deadline for applications is 25 February 2015.

Contact: The Idlewild Trust, Tel: 020 8772 3155 [ e-mail | website ]


The John Watson Trust

Posted: 11-Apr-2014

The Trust awards educational grants to under 21 year olds who are in a situation of disadvantage and/or have additional support needs. Grants have previously been awarded for dyslexia tuition; school trips; Bus passes; books and equipment; equipment for a special education need; and a wide range of other activities.

Grants are also available for organisations and groups working with eligible young people. Grants can also be awarded for relevant research projects. Preference for Edinburgh and the Lothians but grants are awarded Scotland wide.

The next deadline for applications to be considered at the next grants meeting is 31 October 2014.

Contact: Laura Campbell, Tel: 0131 225 0658 [ e-mail | website ]


The LankellyChase Foundation

Promoting Change Network

Posted: 11-Sep-2014

The LankellyChase Foundation is focused exclusively on bringing about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. By severe and multiple deprivation the Foundation particularly means the persistent interlocking of homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, violence and abuse and extreme poverty.

The Foundation wants to form a funded network of 15-20 organisations who are working to transform the lives of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. The network will promote the exchange of ideas and learning and the creation of a strong evidence base to show how positive interventions can be both transformational and cost effective. Applicant organisations should therefore be prepared to work in an open, problem solving way and to share their work with others.

Tel: 020 3747 9930 [ e-mail | website ]


The Lintel Trust

Posted: 30-May-2011

The Lintel Trust's revised Grants Programme comprises small funds for older people and equalities, in addition to donor-advised grants for specific geographical areas/groups. Grants will be capped at a maximum of £2,000 per project, with match funding being a requirement, and will be granted on a one-off basis, Eligible projects will have a housing, support or community theme, which:

  • support or develop communities throughout Scotland
  • encourage or enable individuals to live a full life in their own homes or community
  • encourage the development of new housing options or services to respond to homeless, people with physical disabilities or learning difficulties
  • identify or enhance good practice in the delivery of services
  • encourage the development of partnerships to address needs
  • prevent or address homelessness
  • provide advice, information or advocacy services.

Application deadlines are the second Friday of February, May, August and November.

Contact: The Lintel Trust, Tel: 0141 332 8113 [ e-mail | website ]


The Lloyds Register Educational Trust Fund

Posted: 21-Jun-2011

The LRET funds education, training and research programmes in transportation, science, engineering, technology and the safety of life, worldwide for the benefit of all. We fund organisations delivering nationally and internationally, not individuals. There are four categories for support:

  • pre-university education – inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists;
  • university education – nurturing exceptional scholars through degrees in engineering, science and technology;
  • vocational training and professional development – ensuring people working in industry have the knowledge and training they need to deliver results effectively;
  • research – adding value to society through fundamental research programmes that will benefit us all.

Grants variable.

Contact: The Lloyds Register Educational Trust, Tel: +44 (0)20 7709 9166 [ e-mail | website ]


The MacRobert Trust

Posted: 9-Jun-2014

The Trust's annual monetary donations are only awarded to registered charities and are always dependent upon funding availability. Donations are given to activities defined by a set of themes and sub-themes - see the Trust's website.

  • Services and Sea
  • Education and Training
  • Children and Youth
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Tarland and Local Area

Grants vary but most lie between £5,000 and £25,000.

The deadline for applications is 31 May and 31 October each year.

Contact: The MacRobert Trust, Tel: 01339 881444 [ e-mail | website ]


The Percy Bilton Charity

Posted: 12-Sep-2014

The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust open to registered charities in the UK, whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • disadvantaged/underprivileged young people
  • people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems)
  • older people

The Charity has two types of fund: Large grants (one-off payments for capital expenditure of approximately £2,000 and over, but rarely more than £5,000) and Small grants (donations of up to £500 towards furnishing and equipment for small projects),

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next appropriate Board meeting. Applications for Small Grants are considered monthly.

Contact: The Percy Bilton Charity, Tel: 020 8579 2829 [ e-mail | website ]


The Peter Vardy Charitable Fund

Posted: 11-Sep-2014

The Peter Vardy Charitable Fund was launched operating as a means of distributing 10% of their annual profits to worthwhile causes in the communities where they operate across Scotland (Aberdeen, Motherwell, Perth, Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh). The grants are aimed at supporting youth-focused charities that could use some additional help.

There is no set limit on the amount of funding you can apply for. The fund aims to get back to any application within a maximum of one month.

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The Prince's Trust

Development Awards

Posted: 17-Jun-2010

Development Awards are grants to help young people get into education, training or employment. Among other things, a Development Award can be used to:

  • Buy clothes for a job interview or new job
  • Cover fees for a training course
  • Fund childcare costs to help young people attend a college course
  • Buy equipment, materials or tools
  • Pay for travel costs to a work placement, training course or job.

Available:

  • A grant of up to £500
  • Support to help set goals, make decisions and find other programmes or support.

Eligibility:

  • Aged 14-16 in education, at risk of achieving of achieving fewer than five GCSEs (grades A-C); or
  • Aged 16-25 and not in education, training or work (or working less than 16 hours a week).

What it's not for:

  • University course fees
  • Gap year
  • Organisations.

Contact: The Prince's Trust, Tel: 0800 842 842 [ website ]


The Robertson Trust

Posted: 4-Sep-2014

An independent Scottish grant-making trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on Scotland.

The seven main priorities are:

  • Care;
  • Health;
  • Education and Training;
  • Community Arts;
  • Community Sport;
  • Alcohol Misuse;
  • Criminal Justice.

Trustees meet every two months. The Trust does not publish deadlines for each meeting and you are advised to submit your applications when it is ready.

Contact: The Robertson Trust, Tel: 0141 353 7300 [ e-mail | website ]


The Russell Investments Fund

Posted: 23-Jul-2013

The Russell Investments Fund is keen to support charities and community groups in the areas that their staff live and work.

The aim of the fund is to support registered charities and constituted community projects with a focus on:

  • Financial literacy - for adults as well as children and young people;
  • Children and young people;
  • Further education - working with people (all age groups) on 'soft skills'/confidence building to help individuals move into further education.

Priorities: Groups based and operating in Edinburgh and within 30 miles of the city; Projects that are responsive to local issues.

The Fund is part of Foundation Scotland's Express Grants programme: applicants can apply for up to £2,000 and will know within eight weeks if they are successful.

Contact: Foundation Scotland, [ website ]


The Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Programme

Posted: 29-Sep-2014

The Phase II 'Home' element focuses on funding projects in Scotland which use the power and inspiration of sport to help young people 911-24) who have limited opportunities and face significant challenges. This could be because of the areas where they live, family experience (including domestic abuse), disability (including poor mental health), sexual orientation/gender identity, teenage pregnancy, homelessness, hang involvement, drug and alcohol abuse or because they are ex-offenders.

Grant recipients must have a Scottish presence. This is defined as:

  • An organisation registered in the Scottish Charity Register; or
  • Occupies land or premises in Scotland; or
  • Registered outside of Scotland but carries out similar activities in an office, shop or similar premises.

New or emerging or small not-for-profit groups who are not registered are eligible to apply as long as they have a constitution.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of £50,000 irrespective of the grant's duration.

Grants will run from one to three years. Funds from the programme need to be used by 31 March 2019.

This is a two stage application process. First stage applications must be received by Midday on 31 October 2014.

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The ScottishPower Energy People Trust

Posted: 11-Oct-2011

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust funds registered charitable organisations across Britain that help people whose lives are affected by fuel poverty. Priority will be given to projects aimed at helping families with young children and young people.

The Trust will award grant funding at levels appropriate to the type of project and the number of people to be helped, from small sums up to a maximum of £50,000. Projects may be funded for a maximum of one year, but the maximum grant of £50,000 applies, regardless of the timescale of the project.

Contact: The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, Tel: 0141 568 3492 [ e-mail | website ]


The Screwfix Foundation

Posted: 1-Aug-2013

The Screwfix Foundation has the clear purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities. The Foundation raises funds throughout the year to support good causes that will change people's lives. They work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funding to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating homes of people living with sickness or disability.

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The Steel Charitable Trust

Posted: 10-Jun-2014

The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes. Grants are made primarily to registered charities in the UK within the following funding areas:

  • Arts and culture
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Disadvantaged

The total level of grants is expected to be £1,100,000 per annum of which approximately 30% will be made to organisations in the Luton and Bedfordshire area. Grants are generally made as single payments between £1,000 and £25,000.

There is no deadline for applications and all will be acknowledged. The Trustees generally meet in March, June, September and November.

Contact: The Steel Charitable Trust, [ e-mail | website ]


The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK

Posted: 11-Nov-2010

Provides grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to charitable organisations for new projects relating to:

  • Education
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Medical research
  • Relief of disability and severe illness
  • Preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance
  • Accommodation of those in need
  • The skills based training of young people

Grants are only given to organisations with a turnover less than £500,000 and who fulfil the criteria of the Trustees.

The Trustees aim to meet in January, April, July and October each year.

The Trustees receive a large number of applications and can only open the application dates for a short time. They aim to give notice of at least 48 hours before closing applications.

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The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

Posted: 1-Sep-2014

Who can apply?
Registered charities and community groups with an annual income of less than £250,000.

What is available?
Up to £15,000

The Benevolent Fund helps young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. The Fund prefers to help new projects in the early stages and, in particular, innovatory projects which could act as a model for similar work elsewhere. The priorities of the fund are to help 1. Helping disadvantaged young people and 2. Offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age. Small organisations and charities that offer direct services are preferred.

The next deadline for applications is 2 December 2014.

Tel: 020 7606 1155 [ e-mail | website ]


The Weir Charitable Trust

Posted: 1-Sep-2014

The Weir Charitable Trust was set up in 201 by Chris and Colin Weir following their £161m win on the EuroMillions' draw in 2011.

The Trust, which has been endowed with an initial £5m, aims to support small charities, individuals or community groups, new or established, based in Scotland and providing services across Scotland.

Up to a maximum award of £25,000, it will consider funding specific activities and services in sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and cultural projects to improve the quality of life for people, either through a particular field of expertise or via a local community.

The next deadline date is 27 February 2015.

Contact: The Weir Charitable Trust, Tel: 0131 554 7806 [ website ]


The Wood Foundation (TWF)

The Wood Foundation (TWF)

Posted: 4-Sep-2014

A charitable trust launched by Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of the Wood Group plc on the 14th September 2007. It operates as a Scottish based Trust with a Global Outlook investing over £50m into economic, community and enterprise activities in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa over the next 5-10 years. The trust focuses on these investment areas:

  • Developing Young People in Scotland;
  • Youth and Philanthropy Initiative;
  • Making Markets Work for the Poor Sub Saharan Africa.

Tel: 01224 619831 [ e-mail | website ]


The Youth Challenge Fund

Posted: 1-Oct-2014

The Youth Challenge Fund is designed to give young people the opportunity to:

  • Enhance their international experience and intercultural awareness in a creative, practical and enjoyable way;
  • Pick an area of activity and develop skills in a UK-German context;
  • Take an active role in a creative, hands-on team venture, with or without a language element.

The possibilities for activities and themes you choose to undertake as part of the project are almost endless.

Grants provided through the Youth Challenge Fund go towards project resources, joint activities and costs for the visit to Germany, as a contribution to the overall costs. There are three deadlines each year for the Youth Challenge Fund, which are 31 January, 31 May, and 31 October.

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Think Big

Posted: 30-Mar-2010

Think Big is an innovative £5m programme designed to back young people aged 13 to 25 across the UK and help them harness their ideas to run projects and campaigns in their local communities.

Grants of £300 are available to get first projects running. If the project is completed and has gone well applicants may be invited to Think Bigger - which can provide up to £2,500 in funding.

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Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Posted: 16-Sep-2014

This trust offers funding for specialist community and voluntary organisations working with carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders within the UK.

The Triangle Trust recognises in the current economic climate, building a solid foundation for long-term sustainability for your organisation can be of higher importance than starting a new project. They therefore offer Development Grants to provide funds towards your organisation's core costs.

The trust would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when your grant comes to an end your organisation's income will not be reduced.

Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% of the organisation's current income, whichever is lowest, per year for three years.

The deadline for applications is 6 November 2014.

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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Posted: 20-Dec-2010

This grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in rural communities and/or areas of urban deprivation. Within these two main headings the Foundation are interested in helping established projects which work in the field of:

  • Community support
  • Arts
  • Education and heritage
  • Disability and health care

The Foundation also have a small budget for UK charities working on projects in developing countries.

The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications.

Contact: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Tel: 0207 264 4990 [ website ]


tt-exchange Programme

Posted: 25-May-2010

The tt-exchange Programme offers donated technology products from partners such as Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco to eligible UK Registered Charities.

Through the programme eligible charities are able to request donated technology products. These products include operating system software and server software, security software and hardware such as switches, routers, wireless equipment and firewalls.

Charities are required to pay a small administration fee to cover the costs of the programme. Whilst the fees vary, charities will still make savings of between 92-96% on typical retail prices.

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Tudor Trust

Posted: 2-Dec-2010

Tudor makes grants, and provides other type of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society; organisations which support positive changes in people's lives and in their communities.

As an independent grant maker an important part of their role is to support work which has uncertain outcomes. However, innovation is not the be all and end all: they also recognise the need for sound, practical work which seeks to bring stability and wellbeing into difficult places and situations. They seek to give you the opportunity and practical tools to do the work that you know is needed and they try to offer high levels of support and engagement when this is helpful and appropriate.

Their two-stage application process provides more time to work creatively with applicants who reach the second stage. Through careful listening and constructive dialogue they hope to give you the opportunity to think about your options and develop a proposal which focuses on the real needs of your organisation and the people you are working with.

Tudor doesn't have specific funding programmes. Their focus is on smaller forward-looking groups, led by capable and committed people.

Groups with an annual turnover of less than £1 million are more likely to be funded. However, they sometimes make grants to larger groups, particularly for work which could be influential or which a smaller organisation would not have the capacity to deliver.

You can apply at any time - Tudor makes grants on a rolling programme and there are no deadlines.

Contact: Tudor Trust, Tel: 0207 727 8522 [ website ]


vInspired Cashpoint

Posted: 22-Sep-2014

Aimed at young people aged 14-25 who have a great idea for solving a problem in their community, vInspired cashpoint provides the opportunity to being social action ideas to life.

Grants of up to £500 are on offer to give young people the chance to change their community for the better. Due to the popularity of the programme, which has been running for five years, the age range has been extended to enable the youngest social entrepreneurs to get involved and make their on the issues they care about.

Over the past five years, in excess of 800 grants have been awarded to young people who have used their creativity and passions to develop projects including stand-up comedy sessions to help young people build their confidence, cycling lessons to give young women from Bangladeshi communities independence, and a community 'earth ship' to educate local people about eco-friendly living.

The grants won't just benefit the community. Through applying for and running their projects young people learn vital skills and confidence, which will help them in their future careers, and perhaps even inspire them to set up their own full-scale social enterprises. Grant recipients will also be able to work towards their vInspired Awards, which officially record hours of volunteering and social action to be added to CVs or job applications. All of which will help young people build experience, develop relationship and stand out in an increasingly competitive world.

Applications will be accepted until March 2014. Grants will be awarded for not-for-profit projects that show a clear positive benefit to a community, group or the planet.

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Contact: vInspired, Tel: 0207 960 7000 [ e-mail | website ]


Volant Charitable Trust

Posted: 30-Jan-2014

This trust was set up by the author J K Rowling to support charitable causes. Foundation Scotland works with the Volant charitable Trust to make awards of up to £10,000 per annum on its behalf to charities and community groups in Scotland. The fund's primary focus is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation.

Projects must tackle serious issues and help people to turn their lives around are given priority. Trustees meet twice a year, in March and September.

The current funding round opened on 1 August 2014 and will close on 15 December 2014.  Applicants will know the outcome of their application by mid-late March 2015.

Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0301 [ e-mail | website ]


Volunteering Support Cluster

Posted: 20-Jun-2013

The Volunteering Support Cluster (VSC) offers funding to groups of four to five third sector organisations to create new or enhanced volunteering projects, increasing the diversity of volunteers, especially those from disadvantaged groups, and improving opportunities, skills and personal development through volunteering. This grant also supports third sector organisations to enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers.

Funding of up to £30,000 is available for up to 12 months of activity.

To be eligible to apply applicants must be:

  • a third sector organisation (voluntary organisation or community group) whose Board of Trustees or Management Committee are predominantly volunteers;
  • working in Scotland with an annual income of below £250,000 in their last financial year, and
  • organisations that can start the project within 10 days of receiving funding.

There deadline for submitting an application form is 5pm on 31 January 2014.

Contact: VAF, Tel: 01383 620780 [ e-mail | website ]


Wakeham Trust

Wakeham Trust

Posted: 21-Jul-2009

The Wakeham Trust provides small grants to help people rebuild local communities. The trust looks particularly favourably upon neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people and projects set up by people who are socially excluded. Grants are available for anything between £75 and £750. The trust can only make grants to registered UK charities. If your organisation is not a registered charity, the trust will make a grant to a charity in your local area, which can then pass the money on to your project.

Tel: 01730 821748 [ e-mail | website ]


William Grant Youth Opportunities Fund

Posted: 12-Sep-2014

Works to support young people living in the areas of Dufftown, Girvan or Bellshill by offering grants to projects which offer opportunities to young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in these areas.

Voluntary organisations and charities which provide services whicht re-engage young people can apply for grants over and less than  £5,000. currently actively looking for applications for grants over £5,000, especially from the North and South Lanarkshire areas in and around, Bellshill and Hamilton.

Contact: William Grant Youth Opportunities Fund, Tel: 0141 341 4967 [ e-mail | website ]


Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships

Posted: 24-Sep-2014

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust opens its applications for its Travelling Fellowships in the summer. Fellowships provide British citizens, of all ages and all backgrounds to travel overseas and bring back inspiration, for the benefit of others in their communities and professions in the UK. No qualifications are required as every application is judged on the individual themselves and the merit of the project, although please check eligibility before applying.

Applications open in the summer for travelling the following year.

The application to completion timeline is approximately one year long and applicants must be 18 years of age to be eligible for a fellowship through the WCMT.

Applications for travel in 2016 will reopen in May 2015.

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Contact: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Tel: 0207 799 1660 [ e-mail | website ]


Work With Us

Work With Us

Posted: 7-Jul-2009

Search the Online Funders Database for grants and other sources of funding in your geographical area and/or by your field of work.

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WREN Small and Large Grants Scheme

Posted: 10-Jun-2014

WREN provides funding for community, heritage and environmental projects in areas close to Greengairs landfill sites by awarding grants for environmental, heritage and community projects.

The small grants programme provides grants between £2,000 and £15,000, the WREN Main Grant Scheme offers funding of between £15,001 and £50,000. Eligible organisations that can apply for funding include environmental organisations, voluntary groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.

Areas: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

The deadline date for Glasgow and Lanarkshire is 29 October 2014.

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Contact: WREN, Tel: 01953 717 165 [ e-mail | website ]


Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation

Posted: 8-Dec-2009

The Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation is a grant-making charity set up by the Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks in 2008.

The fund looks to support projects across a number of areas. These are environmental protection, promotion of volunteering and citizenship, financial education and community development schemes. Applications are regionally specific and must benefit communities in areas covered by bank branches. Applications looking for project costs rather than salary expenses will take priority.

The foundation does not specify a maximum amount it will hand out. Typical previous awards to youth groups have included £300 to a project to help run its refugee group.

Contact: Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, [ website ]


Yorkshire Building Society

Community Investment Fund

Posted: 30-Aug-2010

Created to have a positive impact on local communities in which the Society operates.

Support is focused on local communities through a combination of financial giving, voluntary activities, linking/working with community groups and enterprises (e.g. schools, sports clubs and local authorities).

Contact your local branch of the Yorkshire Building Society if you think the Fund could make a different to a community group or project in your local area.

In seeking to ensure they cover as wide an area as possible, the grants are limited to small amounts - usually no more than £300.

Contact: Yorkshire Building Society, [ website ]


Yorkshire Building Society

Charitable Foundation

Posted: 30-Aug-2010

Established as the focal point for all Yorkshire Building Society's charitable giving. The Foundation supports charities and good causes throughout the UK.

The priority is to support registered charities involving anyone who is vulnerable, people suffering hardship and the provision of support for services used by sectors of the community (e.g. community centres).

The maximum grant is £2,000 although the emphasis is on smaller donations.

Contact: Yorkshire Building Society, [ website ]


Young Start Fund

Posted: 13-Mar-2012

A new fund aimed at unlocking the potential of Scotland’s children and young people has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund. Young Start will invest dormant accounts money in projects that encourage young Scots aged 8 to 24 to be:

  •  CONFIDENT - Children and young people have more confidence and skills;
  • HEALTHY - Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health;
  • CONNECTED - Younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other;
  • ENTERPRISING - Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.

Young Start, which is forecast to invest £8.9 million by March 2013, will award grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for up to two years. The fund is aimed at third sector organisations including voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, cooperatives and charities.

Projects will have a better chance of success if they can show young people have been meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of the project. Young Start can fund a range of projects including the following examples:

  • Using local artists in a creative arts project to improve young people’s confidence;
  • Getting young people involved in sport through the use of local sports facilities;
  • Young people teaching older people how to use technology and try new activities such as using the internet, social networking and gaming;
  • Work experience tasters with local employers.

Application form and guidance materials are available online here. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. Applicants will hear if they have been successful within 8 weeks of submitting an application form.

Groups can keep in touch with the latest Young Start news at www.facebook.org.uk/youngstartfund  or following Young Start at www.twitter.com/youngstartfund


Youth Music Initiative

Posted: 3-Sep-2014

The Scottish Government's Youth Music Initiative programme intends to:

  • Create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0-25, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate;
  • Enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music making;
  • Support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of young people.

There are three routes to apply for investment from this programme:

1. School Based Music Making - To ensure that all children have access to one year's free music tuition by the time they reach Primary 6.

2. Access to Music Making - To create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 outwith school time. Activities within school time will be considered if they are specifically for: early years (0-5 years); young people with additional support needs or disabilities; young people who are disengaged from mainstream education.

3. Strengthening Youth Music - To support individuals, organisations and networks to undertake strategic action or training that will strengthen the youth music sector in Scotland for the benefit of young people.

The next deadline for applications is 26 November 2014.

Tel: 0845 603 6000 [ e-mail | website ]


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