Sported’s August Funding Bullitin

Welcome to Sported’s August Funding Bulletin. This month’s newsletter focuses on the purchase and hire of equipment, and will signpost you to funding streams to help you equip yourselves and provide enhanced facilities.

If you don’t see any funding opportunities relevant to you below, we also offer a bespoke funding advice service to help match you with funders who are more appropriate for your needs. To access this, visit Your Sported Network where you can also find our top tips for writing funding applications and other helpful hints.

The funding information contained within this bulletin is provided courtesy of Grant Advisor.  To find out more about a particular funding source please go directly to the funder’s website. The information contained with this bulletin was correct at the time of publishing.


News from Comic Relief

“We have made the decision that the time is right to evolve our grants strategy and are taking a short break from accepting applications whilst we review our approach to ensure we remain effective and efficient. The changes being made will ensure we are in the best possible shape to continue making effective grants for those who need it most, both here in the UK and across some of the poorest communities in the world.

Organisations can still apply for funding to the UK Main Fund until midday 1 October 2015. Funding for small grants in the UK up to £10,000 remains available through UK Community Foundations.
We are sure you will understand that like many funders, Comic Relief needs to ensure its grant making strategy remains robust and relevant to the changing environment facing both the UK and international sector. Please bear with us as we evolve our strategy.

Thank you for your support.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries via grantsinfo@comicrelief.com.”


National

Sport England – Small Grants Programme

Funding Body: Sport England
Description:
Grants are available to help not-for-profit sports clubs, local authorities and schools in England to carry out local community sports projects and encourage more people to be involved in sport.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 10,000 Minimum Value: £ 300

Grants of between £300 to £10,000 are available, and the total project cost should not exceed £50,000.
The Sport England Small Grants Programme was introduced on 01 April 2009 as the lottery-funded agency’s new method of supporting community sport across England.

Grants ranging between £300 and £10,000 are available for local sports clubs, not-for-profit groups, statutory organisations and educational institutions to carry out projects that:

  • Increase or sustain local participation in sporting activities.
  • Develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

Useful Contacts:
Funding Enquiries
Sport England
Tel: 08458 508 508
E-Mail: funding@sportengland.org

England – Reaching Communities Buildings

Funding Body: BIG Lottery Fund
Description:
Funding is available to replace or improve existing community buildings that will help people and communities most in need in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ in England.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: £ 100,000

Funding is available for land and buildings projects costing more than £100,000. Applicants seeking less than £100,000 can apply for funding under the Reaching Communities Programme.

The project can receive funding for a total of five years, and the building element of the project should take a maximum of two years to complete.

Funding is being targeted at buildings or sites based in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ in England, while also taking account of rural needs. Organisations must check whether or not they are eligible by using the online eligibility checker. Exceptions may be considered for projects that are close to an eligible area or that serve a deprived community.

Useful Contacts:
Enquiries
BIG Lottery Fund
Tel: 0845 4 10 20 30
E-Mail: general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk

Charles Hayward Foundation

Funding Body: Charles Hayward Foundation
Description:
Grants of up to £7,000 are available through the Small Grants scheme, with grants of £15,000-£25,000 available to larger UK registered charities (with an income of over £350,000). The main priority is for projects working on Social and Criminal Justice.

The Foundation places emphasis on funding projects that are developmental or innovative, and it is keen to support activities that would not otherwise happen. The Foundation prefers to fund projects in early stages that provide early intervention to society’s problems. Small grants are only available to organisations with a turnover of less than £350,000.

Latest Information:-
Applications may be submitted at any time.

Useful Contacts:
Dorothy Napierala
Charles Hayward Foundation
http://www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk/
Tel: 020 7370 7063

Regional

Black Country – Sportivate

Sportivate Round 9 Now Open

We welcome applications from all community partners who are seeking to engage with young people 11-25 using sport and physical activity.

Click here to download the Application Form

Click here to download the Guidance Document

If you have any queries please email Ian Carey or contact a member of the BeActive team or visit our website.

Newcastle-under-Lyme – Small Grants

Funding Body: Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Description:
Grants are available for community groups, residents’ groups, voluntary organisations and Social Enterprises that are providing services for residents of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline 31/08/2015
Maximum Value: £ 2,000 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

The Small Grants scheme has a total budget of £16,000 for 2015/16.

The maximum amount of grant funding available to any one organisation is £2,000 in any one year.

The Small Grants Scheme is provided by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

Funding is intended to support small-scale projects that will improve the quality of life in local communities across the Borough. All projects must coincide with the Council’s four main priorities, which are:

  • A clean, safe and sustainable borough.
  • A borough of opportunity.
  • A healthy and active community.
  • A co-operative Council delivering high quality, community-driven services.

The Small Grants Scheme is now open for 2015/16. The deadlines for applications are by 5pm on 18 May 2015, 31 August 2015, 23 November 2015 and 11 February 2016.
Useful Contacts:
Robin Wiles
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Tel: 01782 742493
E-Mail: robin.wiles@newcastle-staffspartnership.org.uk

South Staffordshire – Large Grants

Funding Body: South Staffordshire District Council
Description:
Grants are available for community groups or parish councils based in South Staffordshire for larger scale projects which have a sustainable project plan in place.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline 22/10/2015
Maximum Value: £ 3,600 Minimum Value: £ 500

Grants of between £501 and £3,600 are available.

South Staffordshire Council provides this funding for community groups or parish councils based in the district wishing to deliver large scale projects, activities, and events that have a sustainable project plan in place and are important to the local community.

Round 14 deadline: 22 October 2015.

Useful Contacts:
Policy and Partnership Services
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696410
E-Mail: localities@sstaffs.gov.uk

Staffordshire Charitable Trust

Description:
Grants for registered charities and voluntary organisations undertaking projects to reduce disadvantage and improve local communities in Staffordshire.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 500 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Grants of up to £500 are available. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.

Managed by the Staffordshire Community Foundation, the Staffordshire Charitable Trust offers grants to charitable organisations working within the county boundary of Staffordshire.

The mission of the Trust is to reduce disadvantage and improve local communities in Staffordshire. It is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity as a grant maker by:

  • Promoting accessibility.
  • Valuing cultural diversity.
  • Promoting participation.
  • Promoting equality of opportunity.
  • Promoting inclusive communities.
  • Reducing disadvantage and exclusion.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered twice a year. The last meeting was September 2014.
Useful Contacts:
Enquiries
Staffordshire Community Foundation
Tel: 01782 683000
E-Mail: info@staffsfoundation.org.uk

Stoke City Football Club Community Fund

Funding Body: Stoke City Football Club
Description:
Grants are available to local community, self-help and voluntary groups for charitable projects which benefit local communities in Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 1,000 Minimum Value: £ 100

Grants of between £100 and £1,000 are available. The maximum grant for newly formed groups is £500.
At least two grants will be awarded each month.

The Stoke City Football Club provides the Stoke City Community Fund for small, local community-based projects in Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Funding is intended to assist local voluntary and community groups provide projects that benefit their local community. Projects should be original and innovative and provide long-term benefit.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered each month.

Useful Contacts:
Community Fund Enquiries
Stoke City Football Club
Tel: 01782 592273
E-Mail: communityfund@stokecityfc.com

Stratford Town Trust

Funding Body: Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust
Description:
Grants are available to local community and voluntary groups and organisations to support and enhance the quality of life of the people of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 30,000 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

There are two levels of funding:

  • Grants of up to £30,000.
  • Fast Track grants of £1,000 or less.

The Stratford Town Trust’s mission is to support and enhance the quality of life of the people of Stratford-upon-Avon. To that end, its grants programme has given out £1 million a year since 2001 to a range of local good causes, community projects and things that make Stratford a better place to live, work and study.
The Trust’s key priorities are:

  • Welfare and wellbeing – projects addressing need and suffering caused by poverty, sickness, disability, inequality, isolation, or being left out. This includes groups and projects promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, healthy living and improving opportunities for local people to live a full and active life.
  • Strengthening communities – projects that help to bring and bind people together to have a voice, help one another, get involved and make their community stronger.
  • Young people – projects that are led by young people for young people; helping them to access opportunities; grow into responsible citizens, fulfil their potential and deal with the challenges of life.
  • Poverty – projects that are tackling fuel poverty, debt and unemployment.
  • The Elderly -projects which, for example, address social isolation, dementia, barriers to accessing services and digital exclusion.

Fast Track applications of £1,000 or less can be submitted at any time.

Larger grants applications will be considered three times a year. The deadlines for 2015 are 5pm on 16 January 2015, 15 May 2015 and 4 September 2015.

Useful Contacts:
Claire Bowry
Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust
Tel: 01789 207108
E-Mail: claire.bowry@stratfordtowntrust.co.uk

Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust

Description:
Small grants for organisations working in the City of Lichfield to provide or maintain public halls, meeting places, playing fields, sports facilities, public gardens and public open spaces.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. This is a small trust and a small amount of funding is awarded in grants each year.

The Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust is a charity dedicated to assisting organisations within Lichfield City who qualify for help under the terms of its 1973 Trust Deed.

The Trust has a limited amount of funding which it offers in support of the aims of the Trust Deed.

The aims of the Trust Fund as taken from the Trust Deed are to:

  • Provide or maintain or assist in the provision or maintenance of public halls, meeting places, playing fields, sports facilities for the public at large in the interests of social welfare, with the object of improving their condition of life, places for housing the arts, libraries, museums or other educational institutions to which the public have access.
  • Provide or maintain or assist in the provision or maintenance of public gardens or public open spaces.
  • Provide or maintain or assist in the provision or maintenance of equipment or items for use in or with any of the objects mentioned in the above.

Applications are accepted throughout the year for consideration at one of the Trustees’ meetings.

Useful Contacts:
Clerk
Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust
St Mary’s Chambers
5-7 Breadmarket Street
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS13 6lQ
Tel: 01543 263456
E-Mail: clerk@swinfenbroun.org.uk

Warwick – Rural and Urban Capital Improvements Grant Scheme

Funding Body: Warwick District Council
Description:
Grants are available for local non-profit-making organisations to help with the costs of providing or improving local facilities in rural and urban communities throughout Warwick. Suitable projects include improving hall facilities, play areas and youth and sports clubs.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 30,000 Minimum Value: £ 1,000

Grants of between £1,000 and £30,000 are available.

Grants are awarded only once in a two-year period.

The Rural and Urban Capital Improvements Grant Scheme is provided and administered by Warwick District Council. Funding is intended to assist local not-profit-making organisations with the capital costs of improving or enhancing facilities within Warwick District.

This scheme has replaced the Council’s Rural Initiatives Scheme which provided grants for capital projects in the parish areas of Warwick District.
This scheme is now open for 2015/16.

Useful Contacts:
Jon Dawson
Warwick District Council
Tel: 01926 456204
E-Mail: fsteam@warwickdc.gov.uk

27 July 2015 – West Mercia Commissioner’s Grant Scheme Opens for Tier 2 Applications

West Mercia’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Bill Longmore, set up the Commissioner’s Grant Scheme in 2013 to help deliver the objectives in the West Mercia Police and Crime Plan. For 2015-16, PCC Longmore has created a new grant scheme to build on the successes of the previous two years of funding. To gain the most value for money, the Commissioner has identified key outcomes to be targeted to reduce crime levels further and enhance support to vulnerable communities to reduce their risk of becoming victims in the future.

The first of the Tier 2 Grant funding rounds for 2015 is now open for applications. It is expected that one single grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 per annum for up to three years will be awarded to a non-profit making group working across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.

Applications are sought to:

  • Develop, coordinate and facilitate a network of diversionary opportunities across West Mercia (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Worcestershire).
  • Establish and manage a referral mechanism for people who may be at risk of offending by feeding into the above network.
  • Provide an appropriate mentoring support programme for referrals.
  • Create volunteering and job opportunities for referrals.

Projects should meet the following objectives:

  • Provide an effective neighbourhood policing model, with a focus on areas of greatest need.
  • Reduce the volume of violent crime with an emphasis on addressing the harm caused by alcohol through partnership working.
  • Reduce the harm caused by drugs with a focus on treatment, and targeting those that cause the most harm.
  • Reduce the volume of anti-social behaviour incidents.
  • Reduce reoffending and bring offenders to account.
  • Develop and implement a business crime strategy.
  • Work in partnership to protect the most vulnerable people in society.
  • Deliver a supportive and effective response to victims and witnesses.
  • Work with the Safer Roads Partnership to reduce the number of casualties on the roads.
  • Meet the requirements of the Strategic Policing Requirement.
  • Develop and implement a community engagement strategy.

While projects should support a range of ages, the primary focus should be on 17-24 year olds.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2015 (5pm).

Further information is available from West Mercia PCC’s website.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation announces new £2m fund to tackle social issues

Third Sector Online has just announced that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation is to launch a new £2m fund aimed at enabling people with “big ideas” to develop activities and ideas that can help tackle major social issues.

The Ideas and Pioneers Fund will support “people who have an idea with unusual promise to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK”.

The foundation is looking for ideas which relate closely to its own charitable mission – helping people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

The new fund is expected to go live in August 2015, offering grants of up to £30,000 to around 30 individuals or organisations in 2015 and again in 2016.

Heart of England Community Foundation – Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, Birmingham

The Heart of England Community Foundation makes applying for project funding simple and easy.
The grants team would love to talk to you about your project idea before you start to complete an online application.
Contact the Grants Team on 02476 883262 / 02476 883262 for an informal chat .
http://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/index.php/grant/applying-for-grants/

Starbucks Youth Action Invites Applications for 2015 Funding

UK Youth and Starbucks are inviting groups working with young people not in education or employment in England, Scotland and Wales to apply for grants of up to £1,000.

Applications can be made at any time from July 2015 until February 2016. Applications will be entered into the next round of funding.

An online application form and full details can be found on the Starbucks Youth Action website

Click here to find out more information.


Thank you for reading. I hope you find the information useful.

Terry from the Sported team.