Second workshop for MK:Smart Citizen Ideas Competition

The second project advice workshop for MK: Smart and OurMK

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The Citizen Innovation team at MK:Smart held it’s second project advice workshop on Wednesday 29th of July at Community Action: MK office in Acorn House. The workshop was designed for MK Citizens who have submitted their ideas and projects on our citizen collaboration platform, www.ourmk.org.

Once again, we met with citizens who have great ideas for the city and talked through their projects ranging from those related to health & wellbeing, time-banking and energy efficiency. The workshop followed the format from the previous week (see our blog here), where attendees had a chance to stop by at various ‘advice stations’ to chat to our team about their projects and get useful information to help them apply for funding through our Citizens Ideas Competition.

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We really enjoyed talking to some very passionate people at the workshop, who have a clear vision for MK being a smart and sustainable city, where citizens can thrive. The projects we explored at the workshop included:

  • MK Women & Wellbeing – see more information here
  • TimeBanking – see more information here
  • Walnut Tree Urban Farm – see more information here

You can find out more about these and other interesting projects & ideas by visiting the OurMK website.

We are now excited at the prospect of the next stage of the Citizens Ideas Competition. The deadline to submit a project and apply for funding through the MK:Smart Citizen Innovation Fund is Monday 16th of August. Following this date, the competition judging panel will choose the projects that, they believe, are ready to receive funding and can bring the most benefits to MK and its communities.

We hope to be updating everyone about the results of this first phase of the competition at the end of August.

You can follow us via #MKSmart to get regular updates about the project’s developments or via #ChallengeMK to get updates about the Citizens Competition in particular.

You can also sign up to our monthly MK:Smart newsletter here.

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Funding Roundup

Our MK

Our MK is bringing together communities, data and enterprise to transform Milton Keynes. We want your innovative ideas for transport, energy, water, health and environment in our city, and to support you to develop these ideas into citizen-led projects.

Our MK is powered by MK:Smart, working to bring MK to the forefront of innovation, technology and data. Our MK now has funding available for your projects that could help MK achieve this. Could you use up to £5k to get your project off the ground?

The deadline for the first round of this competition funding is 16th August, and support to develop your project will be given at a series of workshops before this date. For further information about how you can apply, visit www.ourmk.org/competition.


Grants
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: £ 30,000

Deadline: 28th July

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Anchor Foundation

Grants are available to UK-registered Christian charities for projects that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 31st July

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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

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Golsoncott Foundation

Grants are available to voluntary sector organisations in the UK for projects that promote fine arts and music.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 31st July

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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 July

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Radcliffe Trust

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

Deadline: Heritage and Crafts Scheme 31st July

               Music Scheme 31st August

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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

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Marc Fitch Fund

Grant for individuals and organisations in the UK for research and publications whose primary focus is on regional and local history within the British Isles.

Deadline: 1st  August

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Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund Grant

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

Amount: £ 15,000

Deadline: 3rd August

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Starbucks Youth Action Grants

Funding to empower young people in England, Scotland and Wales to make a difference in their communities and to enable them to bring their ideas to life.

Deadline:  3rd August

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Wellcome Trust – Engaging Science Programme

Funding for projects in the field of biomedical science which aim to make a significant impact on public engagement with science and its related issues. Funding is provided through the People/Society Award, Arts Award, Broadcast Development Award, International Engagement Award, Science Media Studentships, Engagement Fellowships and Capital Funding schemes.

Deadline: 7th August

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Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys – Stepping Stones Grants

Grants are available to charities registered in England and/or Wales working to significantly improve life outcomes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Amount: £ 20,000

Deadine: 14th August

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Help Through Crisis Fund

Grants are available for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in England for projects that provide immediate support to individuals currently living in crisis or at risk of crisis as a result of hardship.

Amount: up to £ 500,000

Deadline: 26th August

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Awards
Renewable energy awards

The M&S Energy Community Fund is an awards scheme for not for profit organisations that want to use renewable energy to provide community benefits.They have available national awards of £40,000 and £20,000, and a regional award of £12,500.There is also a minimum funding of £15,000 which will be split between the most inspiring and innovative projects.To take part, complete the online application form. Projects will be subject to popular vote, so it will help if your beneficiaries are cute. Click here for details.

Deadline: 29th July


Guardian Charity Awards

The Guardian Charity Awards seek to recognise and encourage UK charities that make an outstanding and valuable contribution to social welfare in the community.

Deadline: 5th August


News
What corporate sponsors look for in a charity partnership

This article from the Guardian is worth a read if you are interested in making connections with businesses to support your work.


Sunday Soup

The Soup Grant is a grassroots model for funding small to medium sized creative projects through community meals. The basic formula is that a group of people come together to share a meal and that meal is sold for an affordable price. All the income from that meal is given as a grant to support a creative project. Grant applications are accepted up until the meal, everyone who purchases the meal gets one vote to determine who receives the grant. The grants are completely unrestricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the customers.


Growing Together

Growing Together, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is a new partnership of community and environmental sector organisations created to support local community growing groups to generate their own income. Support will be given through advice and training, with particular priorities being: crowdfunding; community shares; e-commerce;  generating income through trading: procurement; business planning; financial governance; finding and securing land.The Growing Together website is due to be launched this summer; to keep informed of the developments visit the temporary webpage , there is also a Facebook page.


What is the National Funding Scheme (NFS)?

The National Funding Scheme is a registered charity set up to enable any organisation with a charitable purpose to fundraise using digital technology. The NFS has developed a national tool of mobile giving – DONATE – which any organisation can adopt, they are not a crowdfunding platform but a risk free alternative where donations are donations and not just pledges. They pass on donor data subject to opt-in so you can build long-term relationships with donors. If you’re a charity or an organisation with a charitable purpose, you can join the DONATE by registering here today.


Evidence on benefits of physical activity

If you are wanting to show a funder that your project involving children running about will benefit their health, the evidence is in a new study published by the Government.


Training and events
Fit4Funding

Click here to download Fit4Fundings learning prospectus


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.

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MK:Smart holds its first project advice workshop!

Exploring great ideas for MK

The MK:Smart Citizen Innovation team hosted the first in a series of advice workshops this week, organised to support MK Citizens with great project ideas to apply for funding through the Citizens Ideas Competition. The Competition is open to projects aimed at improving transport, energy, water, health or environment in MK. The successful entries will be granted funding to help them start or develop their projects in the coming months.

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The workshop featured an opening presentation from Gerd Kortuem and Daniel Gooch at the Open University, and Rebecca Brown from Community Action: MK, who deliver the Citizen Innovation work-package within the MK:Smart project. The session covered the key facts about MK:Smart project and its objectives, and explained the process behind the MK:Smart Citizen Innovation Fund.

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This introductory part was followed by interactive sessions with a number of advice stations for the attendees, offering information and advice in the areas such as:

  • Community Enterprise
  • Starting up a new group
  • Involving Citizens
  • Bid writing tips
  • Our MK: technical support

The attendees had a chance to ask questions, browse the materials showcased at each of the advice stations, and take some resources with them. The session was also a great opportunity for them to network and chat about their ideas to fellow citizens, identifying areas of synergy and potential for collaboration. Rebecca, from Community Action: MK said “We heard a range of different project ideas from the citizens and we were able to offer them guidance on how to make their ideas a reality using this opportunity”. Ten Citizens attended this workshop from groups such as Wolverton Community Energy and Transition MK, as well as individuals across the city. We expect a similar number and range of people again next week.

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We were delighted to see a wide range of interesting projects being represented at the workshop: from the Urban Farm concepts to community energy and white-coated rooftops generating renewable energy. We are now looking forward to seeing some of these ideas developed into projects and entered into the competition officially. You can see all the project ideas on our new interactive website, OurMK.

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The feedback from the attendees has been very positive and we are already aware of some of the project owners talking to one another to connect their ideas and find areas of synergy.

The next advice workshop is taking place on Wednesday 29th of July and we are encouraging all citizens who have ideas for projects to submit them on OurMK and come along to the workshop to find out more about the competition and the MK:Smart project in general. Sign-up via Eventbrite here.

You can follow our MK:Smart updates through #MKSmart #ChallengeMK or sign up here to receive our monthly newsletter.

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Update on the Local Sustainability Fund

The Local Sustainability Fund is available to help Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises who are delivering important services, but currently facing challenges, to plan for the future.

Delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, the Local Sustainability Fund aims to help organisations become stronger, more sustainable and more resilient.

There are two aspects to the programme – a diagnostic tool and the funding.

This funding is aimed at medium sized organisations with a turnover of at least £100,000 a year.

To check if you are eligible, click here.

Once you have confirmed eligibility, you will be encouraged to complete the diagnostic tool. This looks at things like your business plan, management accounts, your staffing, your strategy and how you involve volunteers and local business.

When you have submitted the diagnostic tool, Big Lottery will consider inviting you to apply for the fund. They hope to be able to fund about 260 projects across England at an average grant size of around £70,000.

If you are invited to apply, you will need to work with an advisor, someone with the experience and expertise to advise and help you evaluate, plan and deliver the change that is best for your organisation. This is where Community Action: MK can help.

As part of our free support for charities and community groups in Milton Keynes, we can help you with the first stage – to navigate the diagnostic, develop your application and business change plan.

Big Lottery would then expect your application to contain an element of payment for an advisor to help with key project delivery costs if you were to be successful in your funding application.

The deadline to complete the diagnostic tool is 26th July, so there’s not much time – head to http://vcsediagnostic.org.uk/ to get started.

If you have any questions or would like to talk through the process further please contact alissa@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

Funding News from and for the VCS

Funding Opportunity – Local Sustainability Fund – deadline 26th July

Funding Opportunity – Local Sustainability Fund – initial deadline 26th July

Delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, the Local Sustainability Fund aims to help medium sized Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) organisations to secure a more sustainable way of working by providing funding and support to help them review and transform their operating models. The Office for Civil Society has made £20 million in funding available. Find out more here.

The first step in applying is to complete a diagnostic tool on the VCSE Diagnostics site, where a copy of the Guidance Notes can be found. The deadline for completion is 26 July 2015.

We’d be grateful to hear from you if you decide to complete the diagnostic as we may be able to help you progress your plans and support you if you’re invited to make a second stage application in early September.

Email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

Funding

Funding Alert: 6th July

Grants
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

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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

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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

Website


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

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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

Website


Radcliffe Trust

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

Deadline: 31st July

Website


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

Website


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

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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.

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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

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News
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 for Big Ideas in MK

Have you got a great idea for an innovative project in MK?
Enter Our MK Citizen Ideas Competition for a chance to win funding to run your project!

Our MK* is bringing together communities, data and enterprise to transform Milton Keynes. We want your innovative ideas for transport, energy, water, health and environment in our city, and to support you to develop these ideas into citizen-led projects.

Our MK is powered by MK:Smart**, working to bring MK to the forefront of innovation, technology and data. Our MK now has funding available for your projects that could help MK achieve this. Could you use up to £5k to get your project off the ground?

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The deadline for the first round of this competition funding is 16th August, and support to develop your project will be given at a series of workshops before this date. For further information about how you can apply, visit www.ourmk.org/competition.

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*Our MK (ourmk.org) is a website, created as part of the MK:Smart programme, to gather citizens’ ideas and develop them into projects.  MK:Smart will be providing funding and support to turn some of these projects into citizen-led action.   Our MK is led by The Open University and has been created in partnership with Community Action: MK and GrayMatter.

**MK:Smart (mksmart.org) is an Open University-led consortium of local and national partners in a significant Big Data initiative that will see Milton Keynes benefit from a £16m Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst grant funded project. MK:Smart will develop innovative ways of supporting the significant forecast growth in Milton Keynes through curation of the data that drives the city’s key transport, water and energy infrastructure.  Our aim is to help Milton Keynes face the sustainability issues that are a result of our growth as a city.

For more information please contact Community Action: MK’s MK:Smart Contract Lead, rebecca@communityactionmk.org.

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