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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

May

May

PARTNERS FOR HEALTH 2017

 

Registered charities in London with an annual income of under £250,000 can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to carry out work in the field of ill-health or disability via a partnership with an expert health agency or provider. Grants are awarded for one year and projects must begin in 2017.

Deadline for applications: 25th May 2017.

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LIVING COMMUNITIES FUND

The Living Communities Fund, founded by Grosvenor, aims to see the lives of people living and working in the South Westminster area (primarily covering Mayfair, the West End, Victoria, Pimlico and Belgravia) improved through community-building activities.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to support work in the following areas:

1)  Health and Wellbeing - especially initiatives which reduce isolation, and enhance the mental health of local people, particularly for those most in need.

2)  Better Together - particularly activities to promote grassroots community building activities for all ages to support enhanced neighbourhood cohesion.

3)  Creating Positive Futures for Young People - through crime and drug prevention; educational support; mentoring and creative arts and sports activities.

Funding can be requested towards project, capital or core* costs. *N.B. Groups can ask for up to 50% of their application request to contribute towards their core costs.

The deadline for applications is Friday 26th May 2017 @ 5pm (for projects from or after 31st July 2017).

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BRIGHT IDEAS FUND

 

The Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups the support and tools needed to set up a community business by providing tailored community business development support and early stage finance of up to £20,000.

Round two applications will be accepted until the 31 May (10am).

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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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June

June

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 June, 1 September, 1 December

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Rosa’s Voices from the Front Line

Rosa’s Voices from the Front Line

Funding is available to support women’s organisations to shine a light on their fight for gender equality in the UK. Grants between £500-£2,000 to support charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars: leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice.

  • Support advocacy and influencing work across any one of Rosa’s four pillars
  • Amplify the voices of individual women at the front line of grassroots work in the UK
  • Support work which can, long-term, tackle the underlying causes of a problem and create change
  • Nurture talent. Advocacy driven by inspiring, committed leaders can achieve remarkable results

Deadline: Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 5:00pm

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Greggs Foundation Environmental Grant

Greggs Foundation Environmental Grant

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects that improve people’s lives by improving the environment. Only applicants with an annual turnover of £300,000 or less can apply and organisations that are based near a Greggs shop will be given priority.

Priority will be given to projects that also include one or more of the following:

  • Improves the local environment
  • Ensures involvement of local communities
  • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference
  • Supports people in need

Deadline: Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 12:00pm

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July

July

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: 25 July, 10 October by 5.30pm

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Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving

Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving

Up to £500 is available to community organisations or groups who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere. Registered charities will not be able to apply.

Deadline: Monday, 31 July 2017 - 12:00pm

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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 July 31st; October 31st

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Anytime

Anytime

JOHN LYON'S CHARITY SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY FUND 

 

The School Holiday Activity Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.  This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holiday. You may apply to the School Holiday Activity Fund once a year for a maximum of three consecutive years.

The Fund will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes that provide young people with activities in supportive and accessible environments.  Up to £5,000 is available.

Organisations that are currently in receipt of a grant from John Lyon’s Charity for core services are also eligible to apply to this Fund as long as funds from the Charity are not already being used for holiday activities.  

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ERNEST HECHT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

 

The Foundation provides funding to a broad range of UK charities working to support or improve the lives of UK nationals through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. The Trustees give priority to projects where their donation can make a difference and can progress the Charity’s initiative. There is a broad remit and all applications will be considered on their own merits.

There is no maximum or minimum limit to funding requests.

There are no deadlines for applications, which are reviewed at regular intervals.

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 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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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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