Funding Alert: 6th July

Comic Relief – International Grants Programme

Grants are available to UK-registered organisations working in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for projects in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Grants are available for work under the following themes: better futures; healthier finances; safer lives; stronger communities; and fairer society.

Deadline: 22nd July


Youth Music Programme

Financial assistance is available to increase the number of children and young people across England that have the opportunity to take part in high quality musical activities.

Amount: £ 200,000

Deadline: 23rd July


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

The Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health.

Amount: up to £ 30,000

Deadline: 28th July


Ambition Giving

One-off grants programme for the clubs, projects and young people working with Ambition members to deliver activities to young people (aged under 24 years) within their community in England and Northern Ireland.

Amount: £ 2,000

Deadline: 31st July


Freemasons’ Grand Charity

The charity makes grants to Masonic and non-Masonic charities in England and Wales. Grants are broadly aimed at charitable work in the following fields: Youth Opportunities; Vulnerable People; Medical Research; and Hospices.

Amount: £ 50,000

Deadline: 31st July


Radcliffe Trust

Funding is available for UK registered charities working in music, and heritage and crafts.

Deadline: 31st July


Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving

Financial awards are available for local community groups in the UK who are passionate about making life better for others and who need a bit of help in getting their projects off the ground.

Amount: £ 500

Deadline: 31st July


The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

The JRRT funds progressive campaigns which are too political for most other funders. They do not run formal grants programmes but have a long-standing interest in backing activists defending civil liberties and striving for positive political change and democratic reform.Their priority is to support overtly political causes that confront corrosive powers in our democracy and seek changes that rebalance power for the well-being of society.

Amount: Small grants – £7,500 or less

Larger grants – over £7,500

Deadline: 27th August


The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust

The objectives of the Trust are to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices. The Trust will prioritise groups or individuals that are ineligible for charitable funding because they are considered too political or radical to come within the Charity Commission’s guidelines. The Trust provides either specific project funding or start-up grants for a limited period to enable campaigns to get off the ground and attract alternative sources of finance.

Amount: £1,500 to £10,000.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts-based Learning Fund

Grants are available to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education in order to have a positive effect on children’s lives and learning.

Amount: up to £ 400,000


Community Action MK: Funding Advice

Have we helped your group get funding in the past year? We regularly provide reviews and feedback on funding application and help with getting ‘fit for funding’ to charities and community groups in Milton Keynes. If your group has received funding partly as a result of our help, we’d love to hear from you so we can celebrate your success!

Please email us or call 01908 661623.

Social Enterprise Awards

UK-wide competition to recognise and reward the performance and achievement of social enterprises.The Social Enterprise Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector. The awards are open to social enterprises and include specific awards that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for. Click here for more information

Deadline: 10th July

Funds for the sector

The Local Sustainability Fund,  delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will help front line organisations change how they work to become more sustainable.It will give grants of around £70,000, and help groups access to a wider range of skills and support, with all grant recipients establishing a strong volunteering relationship with a local business. First stage is to complete an eligibility checker by 26th July. Click here for more information.

Advice on bidding

Big Lottery Fund have started a series of blogs to give people advice on various aspects of bidding to them.

Training and events
Budgeting Skills For Effective Fundraising

9th July 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Funders require all applicants to provide clear details of budgetary implications of a project proposal. It is therefore important for you to understand the purpose of this requirement. Funders need to ensure that their investment of grant funding yields value for money, and also that the targeted beneficiaries obtain the agreed services and expected outcomes in the most cost efficient manner possible. This webinar course will help you learn the tools and techniques used to quickly produce project budgets and manage budgets for effective financial management of funders’ grant resources. Click here for more details

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Funding Alert: 25th June


PRS for Music Foundation – Funding for Organisations and Groups

Grants are available to organisations and groups in the UK working in any genre of new music.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 20 July


John Ellerman Foundation – Regional Museums and Galleries Fund

Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.


Money Advice Trust – Innovation Grants Programme

Grants are available for innovative projects helping individuals and micro businesses across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money wisely.

Amount: £30,000


The Alec Dickson

The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants to help young people of up to 30, or small groups of young people, run a volunteering project in their local area.The fund seeks to support projects that enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society, such as people with disabilities and the homeless.

Amount: up to £500.00

Telephone: 020 7278 6601



Ambition for Excellence

Funding to support organisations and partnerships, including private sector arts companies, community and charitable arts organisations, museums with production, commissioning or creative projects that have potential for significant impact on the development of talent and leadership, and the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure in England

Amount:  £ 750,000


Ernest Cook Trust

Grant for UK-based educational projects in the fields of the countryside and environment, environmental research and the arts, crafts and architecture.The Trust operates the following grants programmes:

  • Small grants programme: £1,000 to £1,500.
  • Large grants programme: £4,000 to £10,000.

Telephone: 01285 712492



Persimmon Community Champions

One-off grants are available for local community organisations and charities that have already secured matched funding for local community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales.

Amount:  up to £1,000

Social Business Trust

Grants are available to social enterprises across all sectors in the UK to help them grow and to achieve greater social impact.Registered charities or organisations which demonstrate a clear charitable purpose and that are based  in the UK are eligible to apply. Organisations should exhibit the following:

  • A robust business model.
  • A proven track record.
  • Ambitious growth plans.
  • A willingness to change.
  • A well-defined need for the support offered.

Telephone: 0203 011 0770




Big Lottery Fund’s New £48.5m Initiative to Benefit Women and Girls

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £45 million grants programme for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations in England whose primary purpose is to support women and girls. The Big Lottery Fund is offering the Women and Girls initiative because it is aware that the women’s sector has been disproportionately affected by recent cuts in public sector spending, at a time when the issues the sector deals with have never been so prominent. Click here for more information

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Opens with New UK Grants Strategy

One of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations has launched its new strategic plan which will run from 2015 to 2021 and increased its funding by £5 million per year.The Foundation’s work in the UK (it also works in India) will focus on achieving the following six strategic priorities:

  • Supporting imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas.
  • Widening access and participation in the arts.
  • Improving people’s education and learning through the arts.
  • Showing that the arts make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Supporting the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change.
  • Improving support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.

Click here for more information


Writing winning bids training

2nd July 9.00am-4.30pm


This practical workshop will show you how to write focused bids, increase success rates and win new contracts for your organisation, helping you to get ahead of the competition in these challenging times.Topics including:

  • How procurement works
  • When to bid, and when not to bid
  • Writing strong, high quality responses
  • Engaging providers to secure your place in supply chains
  • Anticipating and preparing for changes in the marketplace

Click here to book your place

Social Investment Webinar

6 July 15.00 -15.45

This webinar is for senior managers, trustees or leaders of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that want to use repayable finance to help them increase their impact on society. This free webinar will provide voluntary organisations with information and advice on social investment, as one of the ways to develop new or existing activities that generate income. As lots of charities and social enterprises continue to work hard to deliver their mission and reach their beneficiaries, while facing the challenge of reduced resources, an increasing number of them are looking for alternative sources of finance.This will be an interactive webinar, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. It will include practical examples of where social investment has already been used to increase organisations’ impact and sustainability.

Register  for the webinar

How To Get Grant Funding For Your Campaign

Tuesday 17th November 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Venue: Raindance Film Centre

Whether you are a grassroots campaign or a large charity, getting grant funding for your campaign has a different set of challenges to getting other kinds of funding. It can involve providing a theory of change and monitoring and evaluation metrics, to assure funders that your campaign is highly focused. This half day workshop will take you through what you need to do to make a compelling case for a grantmaking trust to fund your campaign.It will also look at who the main grantmaking trusts and foundations for funding campaigns in the UK are.

Visit their website for details of fees and bursaries of  Fees & Bursaries

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Ramadan: Safer Giving

Ramadan is a time of very generous charitable giving. People have a right to feel confident that their generosity is not abused and that their donations are being used for legitimate charitable purposes.

As part of its campaign #changethepicture the Charity Commission has produced a video for Ramadan encouraging people to check before they give. It illustrates how people can help make sure their generosity makes a real difference to those in need by giving to legitimate, registered charities.

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission said:

Ramadan is very much a time for giving, but unfortunately there are individuals prepared to exploit this. We want to ensure that the generous donations made by people from Muslim communities end up supporting the deserving causes for which they were intended. The commission is committed to ensuring that trust and confidence in charities remains high, so we would encourage the public to follow our simple tips before making donations.

Dr Hany El-Banna, Chairman of the Muslim Charities Forum said:

Every Ramadan, Muslims give generously to many causes in the UK and abroad. It is important that these donations do go to registered and accountable charities. I would encourage people to share the commission’s video and follow their safer giving advice to ensure that donations go to the right place.

Top ten tips from the commission to make sure you give safely this Ramadan:
  1. Before giving, check the charity’s name and registration number against the online charity search tool: Find a charity – register of charities
  2. Fundraisers require a licence from the local authority (or the Police in London) to collect in a public place. Check that they have this. If the collection is in a privately owned place, check that they have the owner’s permission.
  3. When approached by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed.
  4. If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.
  5. Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number. Be wary of those that list only a mobile number.
  6. Make sure when you give to radio and television appeals that the process is secure. Ofcom lists the rules for radio and television charity appeals on its website: Licensing – Ofcom website.
  7. Take care when responding to emails or clicking links to a charity’s website to ensure that they are genuine. Instead, search online for your chosen charity to check you have the right web address. For further guidance see: Guidance for donors – Get Safe Online.
  8. Carefully review collection bags for clothing and household goods to ascertain whether they are from a genuine charity.
  9. After making these checks, if you think that a collection or appeal is not legitimate, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and inform the Charity Commission: Action Fraud – Police.
  10. Don’t be pressurised to give to a collection immediately. If in any doubt, donate directly to charity.

Story via The Charity Commision

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Funding Alert: 17th June


Big Lottery Fund Launches First Ever UK Homeshare Scheme

The BIG Lottery Fund, in collaboration with The Lloyds Bank Foundation, has established the UK’s first ever Homeshare Programme. The three-year, £2 million investment initiative aims to tackle two of society’s most prevalent issues – the lack of affordable housing for young people and the growing number of older people who are lonely or isolated – by matching young people seeking affordable accommodation with older people who have a spare room. Typically, the younger party would pledge approximately 10 hours of companionship and light domestic help (not including personal care) to their host in return, and both parties would contribute an affordable monthly fee to cover the cost of the scheme and to ensure that the service remains sustainable.  The BIG Lottery Fund is keen to support a number of additional Homeshare pilot developments throughout the UK, and is currently inviting applications.Further information on the scheme is available from the BIG Lottery Fund’s website. Initial Expressions of Interest are due by 2 July 2015 (midday).

Kaleidoscope Investments Offers Funding and Mentoring for Disabled Entrepreneurs (UK)

Kaleidoscope Investments was formed by a group of venture capitalists and is aimed at giving financial backing to help disabled entrepreneurs in the UK start their own business. Kaleidoscope mentors will offer advice and guidance specifically tailored to an applicant’s health problems and their business in order to ensure they achieve success. Anyone who has a disability or special need who wishes to start up in business, and those who have a business directly linked to the disability or special need sector in the UK may apply. Applications for assistance may be submitted at any time. Click here for more information

Digital Heroes Awards 2015 Open for Applications

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in association with Citizens Online and The Mirror and backed by Go ON UK, are inviting applications for their 2015 awards. The Awards reward 10 individuals based and working in the UK who are doing outstanding work using digital technology to bring about positive social change and improve the lives of people in their local communities.  The winner of each Digital Hero category will be awarded £5,000 while the overall Digital Hero – as selected by a panel of judges – will receive £10,000. The prize money will be used to fund both new and existing digital projects. Additionally, the Next Generation Digital Hero Award congratulates a young person that has the potential to be a technology star of the future. Not only will they win £4,000 for their chosen charity, they will also receive a MacBook Air.

The deadline for entries is 24 July, click here for more information


Morrisons Foundation

The funding is for new projects that groups would like to get off the ground but for which they have no funding.The projects should benefit the local community and can cover a wide range of areas including young people, older people, health and wellbeing and improving the local environment.

Amount: £5,000 to £20,000.

Telephone: 0845 611 4449


Creative People and Places Fund

Funding is available to projects that encourage collaboration between local communities, arts organisations, museums, libraries and local authorities.

Amount: £ 1,000,000

Deadline: 30th June


Spirit of 2012 – Get Out Get Active (GOGA)

Funding is available for a UK wide physical activity initiative designed to increase participation. It will especially highlight fun and inclusive physical activity in which disabled and non-disabled people, their families and friends can take part together on equal terms.

Amount: up to £ 4,500,000

Deadline: 30th June


Philip Bates Trust Arts Grant

Grant for individuals and voluntary and community organisations undertaking projects that encourage and develop artistic interests in young people in the UK

Amount: £ 500

Deadline: 30th June


Wolfson Foundation

The Foundation aims to support excellence in the UK, generally through the funding of capital infrastructure in the fields of science and technology, arts and humanities, education, and health and disability

Deadline: 1st July


Nuffield Foundation – Open Door Grant Programme

Financial assistance to UK projects of exceptional merit which do not fall under one of the areas of special interest funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but which are based on the idea of the advancement of social well-being, or which span more than one area of interest. Grants are mainly for research but are also made for practical developments or innovation.

Amount:  £ 150,000

Deadline: 2nd July


Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) – Community Fund

Support for environmental and community-based projects in areas of England and Wales close to Waste Recycling Group landfill sites.  Projects must provide, maintain or improve a public park or other public amenity.

Amount: £ 50,000

Deadline: 8th July


Social Enterprise Awards

UK-wide competition to recognise and reward the performance and achievement of social enterprises.

Deadline: 10th July


SITA Trust Enhancing Communities Programme – Primary Fund

Grants are available to non-profit making organisations in qualifying areas of England, Scotland and Wales for improvements to local community facilities, historic buildings and structures, sport and recreation facilities.

Amount: up to £50,000

Deadline: 27th July

Telephone: 01454 262910



Comic Relief – International Grants Programme

Grants are available to UK-registered organisations working in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for projects in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Grants are available for work under the following themes: better futures; healthier finances; safer lives; stronger communities; and fairer society.

Deadline: 22 July 2015

Telephone: 020 7820 2000



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Recycle & Reward – raise money for your Charity

Milton Keynes Council is looking for enthusiastic local charities to take part in a recycling project that could help raise over £100,000 for local good causes.

Local charities selected will be asked to use their existing base of members / supporters to encourage residents of MK to go online and show the Council how they sort their waste by playing a simple online game. The waste sorting game, which will take only a few minutes, will then allow residents to choose a local charity to be the recipient of a £1 donation. One entry will be accepted per property in Milton Keynes. You can also encourage residents to play the game at fundraising events if you take a tablet or smartphone with you.

After a year there will also be a £1 bonus for the resident’s chosen charity for each of the following if they happen:

  •        The amount of quality recycling increases
  •        The amount of food and garden waste in green bins increases
  •        The amount of black sack waste decreases

In total, the selected charities can raise up to £4 per household that selects them, following completion of the waste sorting game. It’s as simple as that.

If your charity is registered with the Charity Commission, and serves the people or the place of Milton Keynes, then please fill in the simple online application form available at to register before 26 June 2015.

Milton Keynes Council is looking for a broad range of local charities to benefit from the funds granted by the Department for Communities and Local Government. So whatever your cause, please consider getting involved.

If you would like to make enquiries before you start, please call 01908 252109 or email

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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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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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