Funding Update for 4th of December

Welcome to this weeks Funding Updates, today we have a look at grants from the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity, Joseph Rowntree, Help the Homeless, Gerald Miklam CHaritable Trust, Heros Return, Ironmongers Company, Wolfson, Quaker Housing Trust, Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust and Rosa, as well as a round up of funding related news and training…


Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity

Grants for registered charities supporting children’s hospitals and hospices in the UK. The Foundation aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the NHS, ie arts, music, entertainment, education and information programmes, medical facilities, and sustaining family relationships.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 11th December


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Peace and Security Programme

Grants are available to support projects in the UK aimed at working towards the creation of a peaceful and just world.

Deadline: 14th December



Help the Homeless Grant Scheme

Grants are available to small and medium-sized charities in the UK working to assist homeless people to rebuild their lives and return to the community.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 15th December

Gerald Micklem Charitable Trust

UK-wide, this funding programme supports a wide range of activities under the ‘umbrella’ of general charitable purposes.

Deadline: 31st December


Heroes Return 2

Funding to help World War II veterans who saw active service overseas to take part in commemorative visits within the UK and overseas. Veterans must be resident in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Amount: £ 8,100

Deadline: 31st  December


Ironmongers’ Company

Grant for projects in the UK that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 years to fulfil their potential.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 31st December


Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust

Grant for registered charities undertaking general charitable projects in the UK.

Deadline: 1st January


Quaker Housing Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations carrying out housing projects for those in need in the UK.

Deadline: 4th January


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: 5th January


Rosa – Voices from the Frontline

Grants are available to support charitable advocacy work to help amplify the voices of individual women at the frontline of grassroots work for gender equality in the UK.

Amount: £ 2,000



Pledgit – new online giving site

 Pledgit is similar to other fundraising websites, but with a key difference: on Pledgit, the person who creates a campaign has to match donations made by other people to the campaign.  You can claim gift aid back for charities, and there is a cost to using the site. Click here for details

Changes to Gift Aid

The Government has made changes to the required wording of gift aid declarations. This allows charities to claim money from the Government (the income tax paid on the amount of their donation).

If you rely on donations from individuals, make sure your materials are up to date.

Click here for details

Changes to Tesco Local Community Fund

There have been some important changes to the Tesco Local Community Fund run by Groundwork. Changes have been made to the criteria and the deadline for round one has been extended Friday 11 December.

Open access – Projects will still need to benefit the community and be free to access (ie not subject to an entry fee). However, this may now include project sites such as:

  • projects on school grounds
  • community spaces which are for the specific use of housing estate residents or community centres, including gated areas
  • spaces in the grounds of ‘closed community venues’ such as hospices and day centresallotments (although works to individual plots cannot be funded).

Landowner permission – Applicants will still need to demonstrate that they have can get the permission of the landowner but don’t need to have a signed form at the first stage.

Project completion – this has now been extended from 6 to 12 months.

If you need any help or advice you can call their hotline 0121 237 5780 or email Groundwork 


Fundraising Responsibilities for Trustees

25th January , 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

NCVO Conference Suite, London

Trustees have a clear role to play in the oversight of funding and income generation of an organisation. This session will help to clarify these roles and responsibilities.By the end of the day you will:
* have a clearer understanding of what trustees’ responsibilities are in terms of fundraising
* understand the new funding environment
* be able to identify and manage the risks and impacts of fundraising

Click here for more information

Making the Ask, Making the Move

26th January,  9.30am-3.30pm

Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle.

Interested in finding out how to make the dreaded ‘ask’ a little bit easier and a lot more appealing to the potential donor? This session will help you:

1) Raise money from businesses and individuals and give you the necessary knowledge of the principles and techniques behind approaching a donor

2) It will help you devise a research and development plan for approaching a potential donor

3) Will allow you to brush up on your networking skills

Click here to find out more

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Funding Update 27th November 2015

Lots of interesting funding opportunities in this week’s update including lots for projects working with children and young people, some interesting arts-based outcomes as well as environmental issues, community projects and some good ol’ general purpose funds! If you would like help with finding funds, or support through the application process, please do get in touch!


Woodward Charitable Trust – Main Grants

The Trust awards grant funding to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: children and young people; minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers; prisoners and ex-offenders; disability; homelessness; arts outreach; and environmental projects

Deadline: 30th November


Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund

Grants for organisations undertaking projects involving young people who are vulnerable or may become involved in crime in the UK.

Amount: £ 15,000
Deadline: 1st December

The Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund provides grants to small organisations to support community based activities for young people aged 16 to 25.

Amount: £5,000

Deadline: 16th December


The Finnis Scott Foundation

Funding is provided for UK charities working in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as art and art history.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 23rd December


Gerald Micklem Charitable Trust

UK-wide, this funding programme supports a wide range of activities under the ‘umbrella’ of general charitable purposes.

Deadline: 31st December


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: 31st December


Volant Trust: Various causes

The Trust, set up by the author J K Rowling, has two broad areas of funding, one being Charities and projects, whether national or community-based at home or abroad that alleviate social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on women’s and children’s issues.

Deadline:8th January


 The Oak Foundation: issues of global social and environmental concern

The Oak Foundation is a global grant maker that funds programmes addressing social and environmental concerns.  Some grants are available to organisations based in the UK and addressing UK issues such as housing and homelessness, and issues affecting women.


First World War Community Projects

Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of for youth groups.  Young people have the chance to discover more about the war and mark the Centenary through this special grant programme for community projects.

Amount: £3,000–£10,000



Measuring Social Impact

 There’s interest in this area, as more funders what to know what effect their money had rather than what activities it provided. Several useful links in this Guardian article.

Lessons learned from Building Better Opportunities

The Big Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities programme, which is supporting the next round of European Social Fund, has published some useful information about the first round of applications.

It gives an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of applications. For example, they were looking for intense support for clients, so felt that bids aiming to support a large number of people weren’t realistic. You can read it here.

Community Covenant Small Grants – Update

The Community Covenant small grants scheme gives grants up to £20,000 supporting links between armed forces personnel and the community.The priorities are:
  1. Community integration
  2. The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community
  3. Former service personnel in the criminal justice system
The current deadline is 17 December 2015.Click here and follow the links in the text to guidance and the application form.

Acknowledgement: SYFAB and Funding Central

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Engage MK explores Fundraising

Engage MK is a project run by Community Action: MK and funded via the Safer MK partnership. The aim of the project is to connect and support frontline community workers and local Action Groups to build their skills and confidence in community work.

We recently ran a workshop for community groups on Fundraising, which was run by fundraising professional Sam Davies. This session explored different fundraising techniques including online fundraising, lotteries and events; how we can tell more effective stories to encourage support; and how to retain and thank supporters.

Our attendees represented 14 different organisations including residents associations, neighbourhood watch schemes, a housing group, a local faith organisation and community groups. Feedback from the session was great, and there were lots of useful tips to help groups to think about their fundraising techniques.

Our next event, ‘Community Conversations: Exploring ways to engage communities‘ is on 1st December. This informal networking event will give attendees the chance to share their engagement techniques, learn from others, and network with colleagues from the voluntary and public sectors. Click on the link to book your space!

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Funding Update – 18th of Nov

Grow Wild Community Project Funding

Funding is available for local organisations across the UK to develop places where local people use UK native plants to create a space for everyone to enjoy by giving neglected and uncared-for sites and spaces a new lease of life.

Amount: £ 4,000

Deadline: 1st December


A B Charitable Trust

Funding is available for charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 4th December


Epic Awards

The Epic Awards are designed to draw attention to the work taking place within the voluntary and amateur arts and crafts sector in the UK and Ireland. There are four categories: Engagement, Partnerships, Innovation and Creativity.

Amount: £ 250

Deadline: 7th December


Home Office ‘Project Innovation Fund for Prevent’ launched

The Office for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office has launched the Prevent Innovation Fund, inviting funding proposals costing up to £100,000.The aim of the Prevent strategy is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. On 2 November, the Project Innovation Fund for Prevent opened with the aim of supporting the following types of activities:

  • particularly innovative projects developing new methods and/or developing new technologies with a potential for replication nationally

  • projects promoting understanding and learning, identification and dissemination of best practices

  • pilot projects, including in sectors covered by the Prevent duty

The fund will be available to all specified authorities under the Prevent duty, businesses, registered charities, civil society groups and third sector organisations. The fund competition and all associated documents are now on the Innovate UK website.

Closing date: Wednesday 2 December

Community Shares

Are you trying to get a community project off the ground?

Do you have a network of supporters who might put their own money in?

Hundreds of community enterprises, from football clubs to heritage buildings, have already raised millions of pounds of investment from community shares.Hastings Pier changed history when they became the first pier in the UK to be owned by their community. After the pier was devastated by fire in 2010 the team raised £590,000 of capital, through community shares, to make it thrive and become a bustling community space once again.

Find out all you need to know about how to run a community share issue for your community project and how to engage your community with crowdfunding.

In this online webinar you will discover, what projects are using community shares (from pubs, to community newspapers to local swimming pools),crucial steps you need to undertake to get your project live, how to create an offer, how to engage your community and how to get funded.

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Funding available to support MK’s growing communities

The New Communities Fund is available to new and existing voluntary groups and charities who would like to run activities which benefit MK’s newest residents living in the expansion areas across MK.

This includes the areas of:

  • Broughton Gate and Brooklands (Eastern Expansion Area)
  • Western Expansion Area (which runs along the V4)
  • Strategic Land Allocation (land to the south east of the city)
  • Tattenhoe Park

Projects funded so far include a start up costs for a community choir, street party running costs, equipment costs for local sports and scouting groups, and expenses for a community arts project.

To apply, visit the MK Community Foundation website or contact Hannah, Community Action: MK Growth Officer for more information

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Fundraising Workshop for Community Safety Groups – last few spaces going quickly!

Monday 23rd November – 10am – 12.30pm at Acorn House, MK9 3HP

We are delighted to invite you to a workshop, which looks at why it is vital to fundraise to support your groups and projects.

The workshop will be facilitated by Sam Davies, a fundraising professional, who has a comprehensive experience of working in successful fundraising teams at a number of charities including the Gorilla Organization, Shelter, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Ceoliac UK.

The workshop will cover:

Introduction (overview of the charity sector & voluntary income)
Telling your fundraising story
Using online fundraising
Retaining and thanking your supporters
Key tips and rules for events, public collections, and raffles
There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

Come along to the workshop to find out more about fundraising, meet other local groups from across Milton Keynes and enjoy yummy refreshments.

Please sign up via the CAMK eventbrite page to book your space, or call Hannah on 01908 661623.

This workshop is funded by Safer MK as part of a series of networking events and skills development sessions for community facing workers and Neighbourhood Action Groups.


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Funding Updates

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.

Cancer support

Macmillan cancer support offers a range of grants to support groups or individuals dealing with cancer:

  • Start up funds for new self-help and support projects
  • Development funds to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects
  • User Involvement Grants to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.
  • Individual Development Grants for people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

They are open to individuals or groups of people affected by cancer, as well as professionals working in partnership with people affected.

Deadline: is 30th October


Support for refugees

UnLtd are offering grants  for social enterprises with ideas to tackle the emerging challenges faced by local authorities, churches, mosques and charities, in integrating people fleeing conflict, including:

  • organising & managing accommodation for those who need it; whether in private homes or unused spaces
  • collecting, restore and distribute clothing and furniture;
  • interpretation and English language learning opportunities;
  • organising meaningful voluntary experiences that can help integrate people

Amount: up to £5,000


Arts-based Learning Fund

The Arts-based Learning ‘explore and test’ grants from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation are to help test new approaches or gather evidence for the first time about approaches that have been used before.Grants  will support arts organisations working with schools to improve the evidence base for their work, so that they can do more to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people.

Amount: up to £60,000

Deadline: 2nd November


The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Grants are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.

Amount: £ 1,500

Deadline: 3rd November


Nominet Trust

Grants are available for organisations to carry out UK-based or international projects that use digital technology to improve the lives of the disadvantaged and vulnerable and to strengthen communities.

Deadline: 4th November


Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Funding for charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies in the UK that are working to support unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.

Amount: up to  £ 120,000

Deadline: 5th November



The Rowing Foundation (boats, not shouting at each other) gives grants to help organisations and clubs promote the participation in rowing of young people (those under 18 or still in full time education) and the disabled of all ages.

Amount:  £500-£3,000

Deadline: 9th November


The Community Radio Fund

The Community Radio Fund helps fund the core costs of running community radio stations. These are not-for-profit radio stations who involve their community in running the service.

The fund will cover functions such as: fundraising to support the station (e.g. grants, commercial funding); management; administration; financial management & reporting; community outreach; volunteer organisation and support

Amount: up to £14,000.

Deadline: Wednesday 11th November


 Public Engagement Large Awards Scheme

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offers grants for projects publicising engagement or teaching about science and technology.

Amount: £10,000 to £100,000

Deadline: Wednesday 11th November.


Quaker Housing Trust
 The Quaker Housing Trust give grants and interest-free loans as one-off funding for capital cost items of expenditure to housing organisations. These include:
  • buying, building, converting, renovating or refurbishing property.
  • expanding an existing housing project.
  • making a housing project ‘greener’.
  • smaller practical things which turn a house into a home.

Amount: up to £30,000.

Deadline: 13th November


 Heritage Lottery Fund: Places of worship

A  fund for urgent structural repairs to Grade I, II* and II listed places of worship in England. As part of the repair project, it can also fund improvements to facilities and work that helps more people get involved with the buildings.

Amount: £10,000 to £250,000

Deadline: 17th November


 The Peter de Haan Charitable Trust

Grants for environmental projects. They expect to make a few substantial grants to three-year projects, covering the following themes:

  • peatland restoration
  • skills development and training
  • advocacy
  • technical support

Amount: up to £50,000

Deadline: 30th November


Improving the environment

Grow Wild is awarding funding to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants. They are looking to fund at least 60 groups across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Amount: £1,000 to £4,000

Deadline: 1 December 2015



Funds projects which empower and support women attempting to redress social inequality. Aim is to fund projects that will work towards creating self reliance, safety and well-being for women.


AB Charitable Trust

ABCT supports registered charities working where human dignity is imperilled and where there are opportunities for human dignity to be affirmed. Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support: refugees and asylum seekers, prisoners, older people and people with mental health problems.


Lankelly Chase Foundation

Exists to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage, such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse. Focusing on work that promotes people’s voice, power and rights and systemic change.


Pilgrim Trust: Social Welfare programme

Aims to break cycles of dependency and to help develop a sense of social inclusion in disadvantaged or marginalised groups. Grants concentrate on projects that support people who misuse drugs and alcohol (including substance misusers with complex social needs, eg domestic violence, care for children, prostitution, or homelessness) and projects that seek to reduce the use of custody for women (including work with women with extreme vulnerabilities which are likely to lead to offending and projects that seek to support women who are leaving custody and that assist them to reintegrate with society and their families).


Breakfast Clubs – training and grants package

Free online training to help you run a successful breakfast club.  Your breakfast club must already be set up and based in a school or community organisation and help disadvantaged children. Breakfast clubs who have successfully completed the training will be eligible to be assessed for further support from Kellogg’s, in the form of a sustainability grant

Amount: £400.


Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund: Disadvantaged young people

The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund’s priorities are helping disadvantaged young people (5-30 year-olds) and offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age.

Amount: up to £15,000


Bromley Trust

Aims to; Combat violations of human rights and help victims of torture, refugees from oppression and those who have been falsely imprisoned; to help those who have suffered severe bodily or mental hurt through no fault of their own and if need be help their dependents; to try in some small way to offset man’s inhumanity to man; promote Prison Reform within the United Kingdom with particular emphasis on the reduction of re-offending


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Fund to help improve people’s perceptions of each other by providing opportunities through culture and between cultures, to assist the most disadvantaged in society to fulfil their potential by building connections and developing opportunities and the development of a society which benefits from a more sustainable relationship with the natural world and understands the value of its resources.


Co-operative Membership Community Fund

Awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups. To be successful, a group must carry out positive work in the community and a project must: address a community issue; provide a good long-term benefit to the community; support co-operative values and principles ideally be innovative in its approach.

Amount:  £100 to  £2,000


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Ideas and Pioneers Fund

to support people who have an idea with unusual promise to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK.Grants are available to help people develop an initial idea through to making it happen.



Grow Your Tenner 2014

Grow Your Tenner 2015 is now live!

MK Community Foundation are matching one-time donations pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months*. All charities with active Localgiving memberships are eligible to receive up to a maximum of £10,000 of match funding and the campaign will run across the whole of the UK.

With Gift Aid, a one-time donation of £10 made through during Grow Your Tenner will generate £21.67** , so make sure you spread the word and start growing those tenners.

End date: When the fund runs out or Wednesday the 18th November at 5pm.

Click here for more information.

MK Community Foundation Car Raffle

MK Community Foundation invites local community groups to join this year’s Charity Car Raffle, between 26 October and 8 January.  Last year local groups and charities raised over £30,000 for their causes. 

Groups can sell tickets to friends, family, colleagues and the wider community and also sell tickets with the VW car in the centre:mk (within a pre-booked time slot).  Businesses can also sell tickets.  To find out more please email Julia Shepherd, or call 01908 690276.

Carrier bags

The new rules coming in about carrier bags from supermarkets costing 5p mean that the more public spirited companies will be looking for good causes to donate their windfalls to.Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for projects in their own local areas. The company expects to support around 2,500 different projects after just one year with grants ranging from £8,000 to £12,000.It will fund things like building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens. Customers can nominate local good causes; nominations will be whittled down to three good causes that customers can choose from to vote for in each area. Administration of the local funding will be handled by environmental improvement charity Groundwork. For more information click here.

First Steps Enterprise Fund

First Steps Enterprise Fund is a scheme run by Social Investment Business and the Asda Foundation. £300,000 is initially available for loan/grant packages up to £30,000. No more than 10% will be a grant.Charities and social enterprises working in communities in England can apply for investment to help them grow their services and become more sustainable.Deadline for applications is noon Friday 11 December 2015. Click here for details.

Facebook can help

It is now possible to add a ‘Donate now’ button to your Facebook page.  Click here to find out more.

O2 Think Big

A scheme for individual young people, Think Big aims to inspire, support and enable young people (13-25 year olds) with great ideas; so they can have an impact on society while getting the hands on experience and skills they need to thrive in today’s digital world. Young people can access funding, up to £300 initially, as well as training and support. Projects have to help the community or tackle a problem with society.The deadline:11th November. Click here for more information.

 More veterans funding

HM Treasury has allocated £5 million a year, for five years to the Aged Veterans Fund. It is to fund projects aimed specifically at supporting older veterans who may require additional support in health and social care.

They will make grants up to £1 million, and are particularly keen to see partnership applications. The lead body must be a charity or community interest company (CIC) able to deliver work nationally or regionally. Partners in the bid must be constituted bodies at least three years old.Deadline this year is 21st September 2015 for expressions of interest. For full details click here.

 Could community shares help get your project off the ground?

Community shares can raise significant funds to get community projects off the ground by offering your community a chance to own shares in your organisation.

But community shares are about more than financial investment; every person who buys shares gets a vote in how your organisation is run. Community ownership means you gain dedicated investors and advocates who want the project to succeed. Click here for more information

Training and events

 Do you use social media in your fundraising?

Wednesday 4th November 9.30 – 12.30

South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Unit 3 – G1 Building, 6 Leeds Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 3TY


£40.00 per person

This training session explores how social media can be used in your fundraising and to engage with potential donors.This session will give you some you tips on how social media could work for your organisation. Click here for full event details

 Individual donations

Thursday 12th November 9.30 – 3.00

Clifton Court, Clifton Street, Sheffield, S9 2DQ

£80.00 per person (includes lunch and refreshments)

According to the Charities Aid Foundation ‘Why we give’ report, the average Briton gives away £10 a month to good causes – but many people give far more than that amount!

This session provides participants with a chance to consider different methods of raising money from individualsfor their projects, includes considering online giving platforms, Gift Aid and running lotteries and quiz type activities at events.Participants will explore how to collect money from individuals that are appropriate to the work of their group,organisational capacity, and to help widen their funding base. Click here for full event details

Diversify your income explores different potential sources of income.

Wednesday 2nd December, 9.30 – 12.30
South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Unit 3 – G1 Building, 6 Leeds Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 3TY

Cost: £40.00 per person

This interactive session helps you outline a plan for how to get funding from each of the sources appropriate for your project and capacity.This session will help you:

• Identify funding sources appropriate for your organisation
• Outline a plan to get funding from each of the sources appropriate for your project and capacity
• Discuss the purpose of a fundraising strategy
• Begin drawing up a fundraising strategy for your project.

This session is aimed at those new to creating and using a fundraising strategy, or those who have some experience but would like the space to reflect on their understanding.

Click here for more information

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