Party Time for MK Sailability and their volunteers!

MK Sailability are inviting children from local schools to take part in a fun sailing activity. They have secured 20 volunteers from Home Retail Group to help make the day go with a splash!

The day will consist of teams of children racing through the water helped by skilled members of the group and the volunteers assisting the activities. This has been made possible through our employee volunteering brokerage service.

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Funding News

Feminist Review Trust

Grants are available for projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women.

Amount: £ 15,000

Deadline: 31st May


Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Grants are awarded to organisations in the United Kingdom for projects that tackle financial and consumer illiteracy.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 31st May


RAISE Challenge Fund

Grants are available to support voluntary and community groups in the South East of England to develop innovation, leadership, creative thinking, resourcefulness and inventive activities.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 31st May


Thomas Wall Trust

Grants for registered charities undertaking educational and social welfare projects in the UK.

Amount: £ 1,000

Deadline: 31st May


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Grants are available to UK registered charities for a range of projects. The project area changes each year

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 1st June


Lloyds Bank Foundations 2015 Charity Achievement Awards

Grant awards are available to small and medium-sized charities that are in receipt of an active grant from the Foundations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and that have done outstanding work

Amount: £ 2,000

Deadline: 1st June


Fidelio Charitable Trust

The Trust provides grant funding to help individuals and organisations of exceptional ability in the UK who would not otherwise be able to carry out an artistic project or activity without financial support.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 1st June


Hilden Charitable Fund

Funding is available to charities in the UK and non-governmental organisations in the developing world.  In the UK, the Fund supports projects concerned with: homelessness; asylum seekers and refugees; community-based initiatives for young people aged 16-25 years and penal reform.  In the developing world, the Fund supports projects concerned with: community development; education; and health.

Deadline: 10th June


Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving Opens for Third Year

This year, there are 162 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK.Grants of £500 will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities. Priority will be given to projects which get very little support elsewhere.Local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people, from across the UK may apply. Following the application closing date of 31 July, a shortlist of organisations will be compiled and listed on the Grassroots Giving website. The public will then be free to vote for their favourite organisation Full details can be found on the Skipton Building Society website

Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust Funding Initiative

Provide small to medium sized charitable organisations with the chance to access funding without a complicated and time consuming application process. The funding is to enable charities to take a step forward in their development and do something they were not able to do before. The number of applications accepted for each round of funding is limited to 300 to ensure each one receives sufficient attention, so it is recommended that applications are sent in as close to the opening of the round as possible.

Amount:  £1,000 to £30,000

The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity will fund work with: domestic and sexual violence, disability, drug,alcohol and substance misuse, ex service men and women, homelessness, LGBT, Older People and prisoners and ex offenders. Applications can be made to the Henry Smith Charity for revenue funding (projects, running costs) and capital expenditure (buildings, equipment).



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Sew, Stick or Knit a Poppy for the Great War MK Project

The Arts and Heritage Alliance MK is looking for groups and individuals to create and donate poppies, to be added to a WW1 centenary banner.  Part of Westbury Arts Centre’s Banner Project, these banners will be included in an act of commemoration on 5th July at Campbell Park.  This event will explore themes of conflict, involving over 100 dancers and moving around Campbell Park – everyone is welcome.

To get involved: Find some fabric and cut out a poppy using the template provided on our website (or alternatively crochet or knit a poppy).  Embroidery or sparkle can be added, as well as the name of a relative or local person that was involved in WW1.  Photos of the poppies can be shared at or on Twitter using #GreatWarMK). Finally attach the slip from the Poppy Brief to the poppy and contact AHA-MK who will collect them.  The deadline is 12 June 2015.

AHA would also love to hear any stories about relatives or local people that served in WW1.

The Poppy Brief and Poppy Template can be found here:

Great War MK is a project exploring the impact of the First World War on the communities of Milton Keynes through research, commemorative events, activities and community workshops:

Please contact Lallie for more information:

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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

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


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.


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


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


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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Funding: RAISE Challenge Fund

RAISE, a regional charity working to support the voluntary and community sector in the South East of England, in conjunction with local Community Foundations have launched the RAISE Challenge Fund across the South East to support aspirational thinking and initiative in voluntary sector activity.

This challenge fund aims to help groups and organisations to;

  • Grow
  • Develop
  • Overcome barriers.
  • Achieve greater results for their local communities

The Fund aims to support groups to develop innovation, leadership, creative thinking, resourcefulness and piloting activity. Support is available for all types of ideas, activity and organisations. Applications will be assessed on their creativity, reach and predicted benefits. Grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 will be awarded, although other amounts will be considered based on merit. For more information, click here.

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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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