Funding Alert 07/04/14

This week's funding alert, courtesy of Equality Updates. Click to find out information about a range of funding available locally.

Scottish Funding

1m Scottish Sports Fund Opens for Applications

The new £1 million Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is now open for applications. The fund will be distributed over a two year period to established and aspiring social enterprises looking to acquire new or upgrade existing community sport facilities across Scotland. The fund aims to increase sustainable community ownership of sports facilities and will be directed at applicants who want to make a difference in their community through sport and physical activity in areas such as health and well-being, employment and education. Grants of up to £25,000 are available for business planning and development support and a second strand of funding will be rolled out later this year to provide revenue funding and direct support to clubs and organisations in the early stages of their journey to become a self-sustaining social enterprise.
The closing date for expressions of interest is 23rd May 2014.

UK Funding

Funding for Summer Playschemes

The Hilden Charitable Fund has announced that its Summer Playscheme Grants Programme is now open for applications.
The aim of the scheme is to help community groups run Summer Playschemes for the benefit of children from refugee and ethnic minority families. Funding of between £500 and £1,500 is available for Summer Playschemes for children aged 5 - 18 years lasting for 2 - 6 weeks with strong volunteer support. The funding is available to voluntary agencies with an income of less than £120,000. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.
The closing date for applications is the 18th May 2014.

Community Radio Fund

Telecom's Regulator Ofcom, has announced that the Community Radio Fund will open for applications on the 9th April 2014.
Under the fund, Community Radio Stations can apply for funding to support their core running costs. These can include:

  • Management costs
  • Administration, financial management & reporting costs
  • Fundraising to support the station
  • Community outreach work
  • Costs involved in using volunteers; etc.

There is no upper limit of grant that can be applied for, however applicants are asked to take note of previous grants awarded for an indication of realistic award figures. Grants can only be made to community radio licensees which are broadcasting under a community radio license (and not an RSL, for example). The average grant awarded over the last few years has been in the region if £15,000.
The closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 7th May 2014.

New Science and Society Community Challenge Grant Scheme

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced a new £500,000 grants scheme to support to create and run pilot projects that take science to diverse audiences. There will be 3 levels of project funding: up to £10,000, up to £20,000 and up to £40,000, depending on the size and difficulty of the project. The scheme is open to a wide range of people, including:

  • Scientists and researchers
  • Science centre or museum staff
  • Educators, schools, colleges and universities
  • Film makers
  • Theatre producers
  • Games developers
  • Community groups, guides or Scouts, youth clubs and churches; etc.

It is expecting to fund between 20 and 25 projects in the 2014/15 financial year.
The deadline for applications is 16th May 2014.

New Environmental Funding Programme

Following the adoption by the European Commission of LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017, it has been announced that the first calls are scheduled for May/June 2014.

LIFE is the EU's funding programme for environmental projects. The LIFE multiannual sets the framework for the management of the new LIFE Programme 2014-2020. It contains an indicative budget, explains the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes - for Environment and for Climate Action. The total budget for funding projects during the period covered amounts to €1.1 billion under the sub-programme for Environment and €0.36 billion under the sub-programme for Climate Action. For the first time LIFE project funding also will be provided through innovative financial instruments. The LIFE Environment sub-programme contributes to one such instrument, the pilot Natural Capital Financing (NCFF) financial instrument, which falls under the Nature and Biodiversity project area and will help finance biodiversity projects, amongst other things.

£1Million BFI Film Festival Fund Opens for Applications

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced that funding is available to support Film Festivals. A total of £1 million per year will be available until 2017.

The fund will support festivals that provide UK audiences with greater film choices and increase audiences for specialist and independent British films. It is separated into 2 strands. Strand 1 is focused on film festivals that have a strong cultural programme and serve regional audiences. New and existing festivals can apply under this strand. Strand 2 is focused on film festivals that have an international or UK-wide reach and profile. Only existing festivals can apply under this strand.
The closing date for applications for 2014 is the 22nd April.

Pitches for Green Dragons Wanted

At the 2014 Hay Festival, social entrepreneurs are being invited to enter the den and pitch ideas that solve social issues to Green Dragons, in order to win two prizes of cash support and one-to-one business advice.
The £5,000 Do It Award is aimed at people who would like support to develop their ideas and learn what works; while the £15,000 Build It Award is for those who have been up and running for at least a year and are ready to grow. Pitches to the four Green Dragons should be five minutes long and will be followed by a five minute Q&A session. Pitching for the Do it Award will take place on Wednesday 28 May and for the Build it Award on Thursday 29 May.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Wednesday 30 April, 2014.

Call for Proposals to Support Social Dialogue

The European Commission has issued a call for proposals for measures and initiatives that support social dialogue at cross-industry and sectoral level. Initiatives should be related to the adaptation of social dialogue to changes in employment. This can include addressing modernisation of the labour market, quality of work, management of change and restructuring, the greening of the economy, etc. Projects proposed jointly by employers' and workers' organisations are a high priority.
There is €8.5m funding available and the deadlines for proposals are the 2nd May and the 25th August 2014.

British Film Institute - Programming Development Fund

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced that the next application deadline for strand 3 of its Programming Development Fund is 1pm on the 2nd June 2014.

The fund which is worth up to £1.4m per year to 2017 is designed to empower programmers and exhibitors to bring specialised and independent British films to audiences across the UK in fresh and original ways. There are three funding strands:

Strand 1 is designed to support the development costs of a project which requires feasibility, testing or piloting in advance of a full project proposal. Awards will be within the range of £5,000-£20,000
Strand 2 is designed to support projects which have been fully developed and are ready for implementation. Awards will be within the range £15,000-£150,000
Strand 3 is designed to support very large-scale projects only. Awards in this Strand will be in the range £150,000 - £500,000.
Applications to strand 1 and 2 can be made at any time.

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