Community Action MK Funding Fair


Community Action MK Funding Fair – FREE EVENT!

Wednesday 30th March 10:00am 2:00pm at The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford

Come along and find out how to raise funds for your group, from a variety of sources.

There will be a marketplace where you can talk to stallholders about their funds and products and also a series of workshops throughout the day…

Stallholders confirmed so far are:

Big Lottery; Lloyds Charitable Foundation; MK Community Foundation; Everyclick
Heritage Lottery Fund; Macmillian; Swan Credit Union; Tesco Community Champion
The Crowdshed; Kents Hill and Monkston Town Council; Our MK; Galabid and Groundworks

Click here to book your place

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New Communities Fund – Grants available

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The New Communities Fund offers grants to new and existing community groups who wish to provide activities and support to the residents living in MK’s newest communities. These areas include:

  • Broughton Gate and Brooklands
  • Tattenhoe Park
  • Western Expansion Area

Projects receiving funding so far include equipment for the local Scouts group, running costs of Start the Art project, grants to local voluntary groups to run community events such as the Big Lunch, and start up funding for a community choir.

For more information please contact Hannah or visit the MK Community Foundation website



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Webinars on Crowdfunding and Online Fundraising

global givingGlobalGiving UK is running crowdfunding training for small charities across England February – June 2016. Supported by the Cabinet Office we want to help you to successfully crowdfund and raise important funds for your work.

What is crowdfunding? It is a great way for small charities to raise money online for specific projects and build their supporter base for the long term.

Webinars are an excellent way to gain knowledge and skills without having to leave your seat! For a quick and easy introduction to Crowdfunding & Online Fundraising sign up below. They give you the basics on what it is and how to start thinking about this type of fundraising for your charity. You can join a webinar from anywhere as long as you have a computer and internet access. All webinars start at 10am and last approximately 1.5 hours.

Webinar: 3rd March 2016 Sign up

Webinar: 24th March 2016 Sign up

Webinar: 6th April 2016 Sign up

Webinar: 13th April 2016 Sign up

Webinar: 28th April 2016 Sign up

Webinar: 11th May 2016 Sign up

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European Social Fund information events


Join us at one of our three information events, designed to support potential applicants interested in the European Social Fund (ESF). Upcoming calls for projects will include fully funded invitations to tender from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), as well as Open Calls where the applicant must provide 50% of the funding for the project.

The DWP ESF Calls will typically support activities that help the unemployed and the economically inactive to move into paid employment. The SFA ESF Calls will award funding to support young people not in education, employment and training (NEETs); skills development for the workforce at all levels, those at risk of redundancy, apprenticeships services, SME brokerage and community grants. The programme of Open Calls includes a range of activities from support for the unemployed and NEETs, skills and active inclusion.

These events will provide you with the very latest information around the development of the SEMLEP ESF Programme and give delegates the opportunity to network with potential partners.

Wednesday, 24th February: The Hat Factory, 65 – 67 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY. Book via

Friday, 26th February: Towcester Race Course, London Road, Towcester, NN12 6LB. Book via

Wednesday, 2nd March: Gateway Conference Centre, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF. Book via

Each event will start at 10am, with registration/refreshments and will finish at 1pm.

Please note, lunch will NOT be provided.

Please note that in order to support the attendance of small organisations to these events SEMLEP will offer a contribution towards reasonable travel costs and child or elder care costs. Eligible organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 and evidence of cost incurred must be provided with the claim. Private individuals and sole traders are not eligible to apply for ESF or for this support.

These events are part funded through ESF. Book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

Contact SEMLEP: Cranfield Innovation Centre, University Way, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0BT

Phone: 01234 436100

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What’s your ‘Smart City’?

MK:Smart project holds another successful networking event, bringing together people of Milton Keynes to think about what makes a ‘smart city’, plus revealing the photos that show this best.

EventThe bustling networking event last Friday.

On 5th February Community Action: MK and the Open University hosted a bustling networking event at the Gallery 200 at MK College. With 84 attendees, the event saw people from across MK coming together to understand how to be involved in making Milton Keynes a ‘Smart City’.

The Our MK team talked about £5,000 funding opportunities for community run projects, and Franzi Florack shared her experiences of running her own project with support from Our MK. To find out more MP Mark Lancaster also spoke at the event referring to our city motto “By knowledge, design and understanding”. He said ”When you look at this project you realise that they are principles which this project are continuing to follow”.

The event also announced the winners of the MK:Smart Photography Competition, where photographs entered represented the brief ‘What is your ‘Smart City’?’. The Judge’s Winner was Simon Beckett with his image named “The Future is Solar!” and the Online winner, judged by more than 1,300 votes was Paul Bond with his photo called “Take action, think smart, one future, our future….” that received 532 votes. And finally the event winner was James Rayner with the Photo “Cedar Barn Passivhaus”.


Photograph by Simon Beckett, courtesy of Wolverton Community Energy)_.The future is solar!jpgJudge’s Winner: Simon Beckett – “The Future is Solar!”
PaulBond_Take action, think smart, one future, our future...Online Winner: Paul Bond – “Take action, think smart, one future, our future….”
JamesRayner_Cedar Barn Passivhaus (1).JPGEvent Winner: James Rayner – “Cedar Barn Passivhaus”

You can see all the photos on display at the Gallery 200, MK College until 12th Feb, at UCMK between 15th-26th Feb and at Acorn House between 1st-11th March.

We’d like to thank all our prize sponsors, The Open University, The Royal Photographic Society, MK Dons SET, Calumet Photography MK and Venture Studios MK, and our Judges for their contributions, Lallie Davis, Jane Whild and Roger Kitchen.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation Grants


The Lloyds Bank Foundation invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promote practical approaches to lasting change. Support will be adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million) that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage. There are two grant stream available:

  • INVEST – A flexible, long term core funding programme for organisations delivering clear, targeted outcomes for disadvantaged people (Grants up to £25k per annum and up to six years);
  • ENABLE – A smaller and shorter grants programme for organisations that have identified clear development needs (Grants up to a total of £15k over two years);

For successful grant holders additional in kind support is available through the

  • ENHANCE programme providing  an option of tailored in-kind support to strengthen and develop charities.

The next round for applications is open 4th January 2016 to the end of February.

More information can be found at of for an informal discussion contact Gary Beharrell on 07734 973060 or


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Funding Update 11th December


Welcome to your weekly funding update, a mix of grant information and general funding news.

If you would like a 1:1 funding support visit and funding searches specifically for your organisation please drop me a line.


Wolfson Foundation

A major funder of capital infrastructure (new build, refurbishment and equipment) supporting excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health & disability, education and the arts & humanities.

Deadline: 5th January 2016.


Go chemistry!

The Royal Society for Chemistry Outreach Fund provides financial support to individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences.

Through the Outreach Fund, they want to support projects that:

  • raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or
  • develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.



Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, launches a new grants programme Voices from the Frontline. Grants  to increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change, moving us closer to social justice and equality for women in the UK.

The sort of work which might be supported includes coaching for a service user to speak at an event, lobbying for training to support organisational advocacy strategies, or the creation of campaign materials, such as posters and videos.

Amount: £500 – £2,000

Deadline: 11th January 2016

Geovation Challenge

Competition offering cash prizes for the most innovative ideas that can be turned into a commercial success. The 2016 Geovation Challenge question is ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’

Amount: £ 20,000

Deadline: 27th January 2016

Imagine Foundation

Funding is available for charities and projects in the UK that are particularly focused on building community and on empowering participants to reach their potential. The Foundation works by building ongoing partnerships with the projects that it supports. Contact the Imagine Foundation for further information.

Telephone: 01844 353409



Gannett Foundation – Community Action Grants

Grants are available for a range of community projects that take a creative approach to local issues. The Foundation supports projects which take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, community problem solving

Amount: £5,000 and £10,000.

Telephone: 01932 821212



Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

Grant assistance available to small UK charities for projects that will make a significant impact on their work.  Priority will be given to charities that are working at grass roots and local community level. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Amount: £1,000 to £10,000

Telephone: 020 7430 9119



 The Brian Peppiatt Trust

Grants for the Buckinghamshire area ranging for general purposes.

Amount: £50 to £5,000

Contact – B Peppiatt, Trustee, Aston Mullen Farm, Ford, Aylesbury, Bucks


Emphasising charity trustee responsibility in fundraising

The Charity Commission has revised its guidance on fundraising for charity trustees. The Commission is pushing a message that “Trustees must take responsibility for fundraising” …. “trustees have a key role to play in setting their charity’s approach to fundraising and ensuring it reflects their charity’s values.”

The guidance is in draft, and takes account of changes that charity legislation currently before Parliament would introduce. Comments invited by 11th February.

Power to Change

Community businesses give people the power to change their local spaces and places and improve the social and economic prospects of communities in the long-term.

They are currently developing a long-term grant funding programme which will be introduced from February 2016. Details future funding programmes will be announced before the end of 2015. For up to date information you can sign up for their newsletter

Telephone: 020 3096 7900


Social Impact Bonds

An article in the Guardian gives a very clear description of what social impact bonds are, and how they are gaining in popularity with some funders. They are not for everyone though. Click here to read more.


Acknowledgement: SYFAB

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