Funding Alert – May 2015

Welcome to our round-up of funding opportunities for charities and community groups in Milton Keynes. If you would like some free help to develop or find funding for your project, email us or call 01908 661623 to arrange an appointment.


Local News

Voting has opened for the Aviva Community Fund and several projects in Milton Keynes are seeking votes. The Community Fund offers support and funding to inspirational local projects and voting opened on May 1 and closes on May 30.

Among the organisations in Milton Keynes seeking funding are the Joint Civil Aid Corps, which helps build skills in young people, Age UK Milton Keynes for its Keeping Me Connected programme and The Harry’s Rainbow Charitable Trust, to pay for maintenance on a static caravan used for short breaks for bereaved children and their families

Also nominated are Kingdom Power, The East of England Peer Support Service for the Spinal Injuries Association, Dwarf Sports Association south east region, Young Photographers at Slated Row School, Secklow Sounds CIC, Inter-Action MK, Shenley Christian Fellowship Oak Tree Centre and Salford School of Gymnastics trip to Canada.

Organisations securing enough votes will go through to the finals on June 29.

For more information or to vote, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms/


AB Charitable Trust

The trust supports charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. The Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalised and excluded people in society, with a focus on:

  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • prisoners and penal reform
  • human rights

Amount:  £7,500 – £10,000

Deadline: 22nd May 2015

Website


Royal British Legion External Grants

The Legion’s External Grants programme is open to applications. It is for groups supporting serving and ex-service people and their dependants who are suffering financially.

Applications for the following three themes will be prioritised:

  • employment and training
  • family support
  • homelessness and outreach

The typical award is below £20,000 – smaller applications are encouraged. It is a two stage application process.

Amount: up to £20,000 or up to £35,000  for salary for ‘homelessness and outreach’ projects.

Deadline: 25th May 2015.

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Vocational Learning Technology Fund

This is run by Ufi Trust for projects that demonstrate the potential for using digital technology imaginative ways to develop new services or improve access or delivery of adult vocational learning.

Amount: Grants up to £50,000 are available.

Deadline: 9am on 15th May 2015

Website


Feminist Review Trust

Supports projects that transform the lives of women. The Trust gives grants to projects in the UK and internationally that support women. In 2015 international applications will be particularly welcome in the following areas:

  • violence against women
  • disabled women and girls
  • women, sustainability and climate change

Amount: up to £15,000

Deadline: 31st May

Website


Funds for Square Dancing

There’s a fund out there for everyone,  if you are interested in square dancing.They are American, but will fund organisations world wide. The Callerlab Foundation supports and trains callers and the All Join Hands Foundation supports square dancing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.


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Milton Keynes Referendum – What’s It About?

When you go to your polling station this week you will see that, aside from the elections, residents of Milton Keynes are also being asked to decide whether or not to adopt the CMK Business Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan, in case you havn’t heard about it, is a new document that will, if adopted, act as a guide for how developments in Central Milton Keynes and Campbell Park should be designed over the next decade.

This Plan has not been prepared by MK Council but by a voluntary alliance of local businesses and community groups over a two-year period, with public involvement throughout. If passed, it will act as a blue-print for developing CMK over the next 10 – 15 years. A core policy is to retain the original, successful layout of CMK with its tree-lined boulevards, open spaces and safe pedestrian routes. Other policies support a major university, new community and sports facilities, new public transport shuttle service, Market Hall and civic square

You can view a summary document here or see the full plan here. We really encourage you to take some time reading about this plan and deciding if it’s something you want to vote for or against.

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New Homes on Dansteed Way

The housing developer Taylor Wimpey are holding a public exhibition to show their plans for 85 new homes on land to the west of Dansteed Way – a site which forms part of the Western Expansion Area.

The exhibition will be held at the Shenley Church End Parish Hall, Shenley Church End, on Tuesday, May 12 between 3pm and 7pm. The public exhibition is open to residents, business, community groups and other interested parties, and will provide the chance to find out more about the scheme and discuss plans with the Taylor Wimpey Project team.

If you would like to know more about the Growth of MK, please contact Hannah, Growth Officer at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or hannah@communityactionmk.org.

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Does Your Charity Website Pass the Mobile-Friendly Test?

One in three charity websites will fall down the search rankings after failing Google’s new mobile friendly test. As more people use mobile devices to browse the internet, Google has changed its search functionality meaning websites which pass its new test will be moved up the ranking and those that fail will move down. Google has also produced a tool to test how mobile friendly your website is. If you’d like some advice on how to make your website more mobile friendly, click here.

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Beanhill Residents Team up for Community Clean Up Day in May

A group of Beanhill residents, with support from their Community Mobiliser, are organising a community-led clean up day on the estate on Wednesday 13th of May.

A number of local residents are volunteering their time to organise the event, hoping to get as many of their neighbours involved on the day as possible.

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Beanhill Action Group and Community & Events Group are also getting behind the initiative to help make it a success.

Both Woughton Community Council and Serco, the cleaning contractor on the estate, have offered their support and will be providing the necessary tools, including litter-pickers.

The Community Life Champion at the local Asda store has also committed to supporting the initiative, donating a £20 food shopping voucher, which will be drawn by the volunteers on the day.

Moorlands Children’s and Community Centre is also supporting the event. The volunteers will meet at the centre after cleaning the streets to have a well-deserved cup of tea and a snack!

The aim of this initiative is to get the local residents together in a joint action that will help to tidy up the badly affected spots on the estate as well as highlight the ongoing environmental issues in Beanhill, including fly-tipping and dumped rubbish. The residents want to take action to send a clear message to the whole of the estate: that a joint effort can help towards making and maintaining Beanhill as a tidy, friendly and desirable place to live.

Local residents in Beanhill have already been initiating some great ‘green’ projects on the estate, like this flower & plant bed and bug-box:

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This community-driven clean event is a sign of a strong community spirit in Beanhill and the fact that the local residents do care about the cleanliness of their estate.

“I hope this initiative will bring the community together and let people know we want a nice clean area. I also hope it will encourage people not to fly tip, but to ask for help with rubbish removal, and encourage residents to help one another”, said Laura Nash, the event’s coordinator, who has also volunteered as a Community Champion in Beanhill.

Any residents wishing to get involved, including those living in the neighbouring estates, can join in on Wednesday 13th of May  – the volunteers will be meeting at 9.30am outside Moorlands Centre.
For more information on how to get involved, please e-mail Anna, Community Mobiliser in Beanhill, at anna@communityactionmk.org.
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Key Findings of the Largest Voluntary Sector Survey Ever Published

NAVCA has published the findings of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Survey, the largest charity survey of 2014. The findings show that local health bodies need to do more to engage with charities.

The survey was conducted by NAVCA and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership, involving more than 50 charities spanning the breadth and depth of the voluntary sector.

The 720 charities that took part in the survey collectively work with over 11 million people. They ranged from very small to large – 20% had incomes less than £10k and nearly 4% said they had an income over £10 million. Overall, a third of respondents were from charities with an income of less than £50k.

You can download the report here or click ‘READ MORE’ below to see the key findings.

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