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Support for groups - latest funding opportunities

This page aims to keep you up-to-date with useful info about funding opportunities inside Westminster and more widely in London. Also make sure to check the training and events page for an updated list of training opportunites and events. 

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Funding

Funding

CREATE CHURCH STREET - ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING

 

As part of the Church Street Futures plan, Westminster City Council has created an Arts and Culture Funding Scheme for the local area with a sum of up to £200,000 to be spent on arts and creative projects over a two year period, from March 2016 – March 2018.

This funding scheme is designed to create a programme of creative activities that local people of all ages and backgrounds can take part in. Examples of creative activities are theatre, music, singing, dance, film, photography, visual art, creative writing, crafts. Applications might propose one of these types of activities or a combination of them, or a festival or outdoor event or performance or something completely new.

The local community, artists, individuals, groups and arts and cultural organisations are invited to submit applications for funding for arts and creative projects that will begin within three months of an award being made. It doesn’t matter if you are based outside the Church Street area as long as your project will benefit the area.

The maximum funding that can be applied for is £10,000 per project although the funder envisage a number of smaller awards in the region of £2,000. The minimum amount of funding you can apply for is £200.

There is no deadline, just submit your application when it is ready.

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Westminster Local Funders

Westminster Local Funders

For a list of the Westminster local funders please consult the Westminster Funding Directory on our Online Resources

February

February

NATIONAL CHURCHES cOMMUNITY TRUST 

 

The 2017 Community Grants Programme offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £20,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. It prioritises projects that include toilets and catering facilities.  

Are you eligible?

  • Is yours a Christian place of worship in the UK, and open for regular public worship?
  • Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally, and are the works proposed due to take place within or attached to the place of worship?
  • Is your total project cost estimated at over £25,000 (including VAT and fees)?
  • Have you already raised 50% of the total project cost?
  • Is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation if it is a listed building?
  • Have you got all necessary permissions approved and in place?

The next deadline for applications is 27 February 2017.

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THE MERCERS' COMPANY - GENERAL WELFARE GRANT

THE MERCERS' COMPANY - GENERAL WELFARE GRANT

The Mercers’ Company supports inclusive grassroots and front-line registered charities that work to improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people within the M25. Currently we support four areas of work. These are:

  • Family Welfare
  • Youth Support
  • Care for the Elderly
  • Learning and Physical disabilities

Average size of grant:

  • If organisations with a turnover under £75,000 p/a: between £2,000 and £5,000
  • For larger organisations: grants are typically between £12,000 and £25,000 per-annum

Deadline: Tuesday 28th February 2017

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March

March

PETER CRUDDAS FOUNDATION

PETER CRUDDAS FOUNDATION

The Foundation gives grants to registered charities for projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. However, the Peter Cruddas Foundation will be looking to the applicant to demonstrate that they can manage the amount they have applied for and how they intend to continue (if appropriate) after the funding has been spent.

Deadline: 1st March 2017

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BBC CHILDREN IN NEED

 

BBC Children in Need gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that work with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects we fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

  • Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to 3 years. Deadlines: 1 June, 13 September
  • Small Grants Programme is for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Deadlines: 1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 December

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YOUTH SOCIAL ACTION FUND

 

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aims to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people who volunteer from 40% to 60%.

The Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 for activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 6  March 2017.

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ARTS COUNCIL – SMALL CAPITAL GRANTS

 

The Arts Council is supporting organisations to be more resilient by having the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work. They want to support organisations to become more sustainable and innovative, including increasing their environmental performance and reducing their carbon emissions.

Applications must be for capital expenditure – money spent on the purchase, improvement, restoration, construction or creation of an asset, including expenses or costs that are directly attributable to delivering the capital project.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, 9  March.

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TECH VS ABUSE

 

The Tech vs Abuse grant initiative is based on a six-month research project commissioned by Comic Relief in order to understand the potential opportunities, gaps and risks for technology in the context of domestic violence and abuse.

In order to support the sector to innovate and start addressing these challenges, the Tech vs Abuse programme is investing funding through the Tampon Tax Fund, a partnership between HM Government and Comic Relief. They anticipate making up to seven grants for amounts between £20,000 and £50,000.

Deadline is 13 March

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COMIC RELIEF - LEVELLING THE FIELD

 

Comic Relief has announced a new initiative – 'Levelling the Field  – which aims to empower women and girls through sport. They are looking for creative solutions which influence, motivate, and inspire women and girls to break down the barriers that prevent them reaching their full potential.

Organisations may address the many challenges faced by women and girls in different ways. All proposals must use sport as a tool for change in their approach, and applicants must be working in partnership.

The deadline is midday 16 March 2017

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MOPAC VICTIMS FUND

MOPAC VICTIMS FUND

The aim of the Fund is to maximise the potential of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help ensure the continued and improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover. A portion of the fund will be ring-fenced for both hate crime victims and victims of violent crime.

Grants of between £10,000 and £35,000 are available. Partnerships of three or more organisations applying together can apply for up to £100,000.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 17  March.

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Peabody Community Fund

Peabody Community Fund

The London Community Foundation is delighted to again be managing the Peabody Community Grants funding programme in 2016-17.  The Community Grants programme awards grants from £500 up to £5,000 to charities, resident and community organisations working for the benefit of people who live in the areas in which Peabody operates. In particular, we want to support Peabody residents.
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for activities which improve the quality of life of Peabody residents by supporting local activities that:

  • Are responding to identified community need
  • Bring communities together
  • Promote wellbeing


Deadline: Friday, 24  March 2017 by 12 noon (you will hear the outcome by end of May 2017)

Application Form  |  Funding Guidlines | Application Form Guidelines 

April

April

INNOVATION FUND - TURNING POINT

 

The innovation fund rewards grants between £500 and £2500 for innovative ideas that enhance the lives of people in recovery and members of the local communities by:

  • Reducing social isolation both locally and for people who access our services
  • Encouraging personal growth within the 5 ways to wellbeing

The grant is open to charity, voluntary or community group with an income of less than £100,000 per annum located within the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

The grant is available to support new and innovation ideas, they are therefore unable to provide continuation for funding you are already receiving that is due to come to an end.

The deadlines are April 30th; July 31st; October 31st

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May

May

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

The Foundation offer grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities working in the areas of education or health with one of three chosen focus groups:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.

Deadlines: 9th May, 25th July, 10th October by 5.30pm

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TRUST FOR LONDON

 

Trust for London offers grants to support projects that aim to tackle poverty and its root causes, dealing with issues such as deprivation, unemployment, inequality, homelessness, poor health and pollution.
The Trust's current priorities are:
•    Employment.
•    Advice.
•    Social justice.
•    Violence.
It will also fund a limited number of exceptional projects to tackle poverty that falls outside these key priorities.
There is no minimum or maximum size of grant and the amount you request should be the amount you need. The amounts may be spread over one, two or three years however they will not normally offer grants that exceed £125,000.
Next deadline: 31 May by 1pm

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Anytime

Anytime

 YAPP CHARITABLE TRUST

 

The Yapp Charitable Trust offers grants only for core funding to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 and are undertaking work that focuses on one of these priority groups: 

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 - 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare - people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

The charity will fund running costs for up to three years.  Grants are for a maximum of £3,000 per year

Applications are accepted at any time.

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YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE

 

Esmée Fairbairn has launched a new £10m fund for charities working with young people leaving care. Its five-year programme, Young People Leaving Care, aims to invest £2m per year in projects that support young people leaving care to make the transition to adulthood.

Funding is limited to the charitable work of organisations, and could be for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. There are no limits on grant size or length, with the median average 2015 grant being £100,000 over 3 years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but they would consider making social investments.

Applications can be made from 31 October 2016, with the first Young People Leaving Care grants likely to be made early in 2017.

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Transform Foundation

Transform Foundation

The Transform Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 funding round of its Charity Website Grant Programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their website.  If you are a charity interested in receiving funding to redevelop your website then visit the Transform Foundation website for more information on the grant programme and how you can apply.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support community projects that involve the development and use of open spaces. Projects that involve volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities are welcomed.

Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time.

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Heritage Lottery Young Roots

Heritage Lottery Young Roots

Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime

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