Funding Alert 23/04/14

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

Welfare Mitigation Funds Available for Scotland's Local Authorities (Scotland)

A new £600,000 fund is available to Local Authorities in Scotland to help mitigate the adverse effects of welfare reforms. The Welfare Reform Resilence Fund has been established to help make local services stronger and more resilient to the impacts of welfare reform and the broader challenges faced by councils, such as the digitalisation of welfare services and changes to the labour market. The funding will be used to support innovative projects. An example of a project previously funded is Dundee City Council's pilot that helps people who are claiming benefits access work opportunities through a personalised Welfare Reform Action Plan. Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising of the Scottish Government, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, and the Improvement Service. The deadline for applications is 24th April 2014


Stand Up To Sectarianism Small Grants Scheme

The Stand Up To Sectarianism Small Grants Scheme aims to help combat sectarianism and increase understanding within communities by supporting existing local youth groups to meet the costs (or part of the costs) of a particular project or programme of anti-sectarian activity (up to £1,000).

Local units or youth groups which meet all the following criteria can apply:
• Have members which include young people aged 10 or over,
• Based in Scotland, and
• A member of one of the six partnership organisations.

Closing date: 1 June 2014. Get more information and apply:


Cashback For Communities Small Grants Scheme

Youth organisations from around Scotland are invited to apply for start-up grants of up to £1,000 and programme grants of up to £2,000. Local units or youth groups that meet the following criteria can apply:
• led by volunteers
• have members which include young people aged 10 or over
• based in Scotland
• member of one of the six partner organisations.
Group or clubs should apply directly to the organisation of which they are a member. If you are a non-uniformed, independent youth organisation that is not a partner member but would still like to apply, contact Youth Scotland or Clubs for Young People Scotland.

Closing date: 1 June 2014. Get more information and apply:


Bank of Scotland Foundation - Medium Grants Programme

Our Medium Grants Programme accepts applications between £10,001 and £25,000 from charities registered in Scotland. We particularly wish to help with:

  • Developing and improving local communities
  • Financial literacy and financial inclusion


People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme (Scotland, Wales and South of England excl. London & Greater London)

The People's Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme has re-opened for applications. Through its small grants programme, the Trust offers grants of between £500 and £20,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 1 year (for organisations in Wales 6 months) in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection. Previous projects supported include the Centre for Alternative Technology which is an environmentally based education and visitor centre received a grant of £1,996 for new roof garden display; and Tree for Cities which aims to plant trees in Cities around the world and received a grant of £10,000 to work with 300 school children to plant 2,500 trees at 5 schools in Birmingham. The closing date for applications for this funding round is the 23rd May 2014.


Research into Tackling Poverty

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with the Public Policy Institute for Wales, is seeking proposals from research organisations across the UK for research into what works in tackling poverty. The maximum grant available is £250,000, for up to 100% of the project's full cost, and the ESRC expects to fund between three and five projects for 24 months. A meeting for prospective applicants and other stakeholders will take place at Cardiff University from 9.30-12.00 on 8th April 2014 to provide further information and networking opportunities for interested parties from the research, policy and practice communities. Participation in the meeting is not mandatory for the submission of proposals. The closing date for applications is 4pm on 24th April 2014. Decisions will be announced in July 2014 and projects are expected to commence by 1st October 2014.


Daiwa Foundation: Funding for Links with Japan

The Daiwa Foundation which supports closer links between Britain and Japan is seeking applications under its small grants programme. Grants of £3,000 - £7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfill this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged. Projects that have received funding in the past include Beckfoot School (Bingley) which received a grant of £3,000 to support a two-week curriculum-based school exchange visit by ten students and two teachers to Hiroshima Kokusai High School; and Dene Magna School which received a grant of £4,000 to support a school exchange visit by three teachers and nine pupils to enhance links established in 2002 with two partner schools in Okinawa and to consolidate Japanese as part of its curriculum. The next closing date for applications is the 30th September 2014.


Funding to Support Film Making by Young People

Into Film, a new charity that supports film making by young people, has announced that its Outreach Grants programme is open for applications. The grant programme offers funding for organisations to work involve a minimum of 20 young people aged 14-19 who are not in mainstream education in a project that combine watching, making and understanding of film. Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to create two short films as part of the project. These should also include extensive film watching and understanding activity such as staging mini festivals, screenings and masterclasses. Applicants will be required to set up a Film Club at the beginning of their project which will help to source film content and resources to support the watching and learning elements of the project. The total number of grant applications that will be accepted for this round of funding is 70. Once we have received 70 applications the round will close automatically and no further applications will be accepted. If the cap of 70 applications is not met then the round will close at 2pm on 7 May 2014.


EU Call for Proposals - Collaborative Partnerships in the Field of Sport

The European Commission has issued a call for proposals to support Collaborative projects in the field of Sport. Collaborative Partnerships support projects which combat doping at grassroots level, notably in recreational environments such as amateur sport and fitness; support prevention and raise awareness among stakeholders involved in the fight against match fixing; and support prevention, educational and innovative approaches to tackle violence, racism and intolerance in sport; etc. It is anticipated that some 500 Collaborative Partnership projects involving around 2,500 partners are expected to be funded between 2014 and 2020. Applications can be accepted from sporting federations and national sports associations; amateur and grassroots sporting organisations; local and regional institutions responsible for sport policy, support and development; institutions and individuals involved in education and (sport) training, including universities, colleges and schools; and research organisations, foundations and think-tanks engaged in researching sports policy and practice. The level of grants awarded as well as the duration of projects vary depending on factors such as the type of project and the number of partners involved. The closing date for applications is the 26th June 2014.


Marc Fictch Fund for Publication Grants Open for Applications

Applicants have until 1st August 2014 to request funds from The Marc Fitch Fund, which makes small grants towards the costs of publishing scholarly work in the fields of British and Irish national, regional and local history, archaeology, antiquarian studies, historical geography, the history of art and architecture, heraldry, genealogy and surname studies, archival research, artefact conservation and the broad fields of the heritage, conservation and the historic environment. Four types of grants are available. These are Publication grants; Research grants; Special Project grants; and Journal digitisation. Applicants must explain why a grant is necessary, demonstrate that they have made an effort to secure funding from other sources and show that the work being funded will make a new and significant contribution to knowledge. Funding will not be provided for new/revised editions of already published works. Applications should submit a brief outline of the project by e-mail in the first instance. If it meets the Fund's criteria, then application forms will be provided.


Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards

SEDA supports social enterprises and charities working for the direct benefit of their community via one or more of the following critical social outcomes:

Improving Social Inclusion - For example:

  • Working with rurally isolated areas to make services and goods more readily available
  • Combating loneliness amongst our elderly population
  • Helping to integrate marginalised groups into the community
  • Working with deprived neighbourhoods to regenerate their community

Supporting Disadvantaged People through Skills, Training or Employment - For example:

  • Activity which provides people with formal or informal training, skills development, work experience and/or direct employment
  • Creating employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties

Creating a Greener Environment - For example:

  • Provision of green education to schools and colleges
  • Neighbourhood recycling programmes
  • Carbon footprint reduction initiatives


The People's Millions

The People's Millions 2014 is now open for applications. Up to £50,000 is available for local community based projects. Deadline for applications: Friday 16 May.

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