Funding Alert 14/05/14

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


The overarching goal of this targeted call is to counter structural discrimination affecting Muslims and the trickle-down effects this has on wider society.

The call aims to support innovative approaches addressing the problems arising in one of the following areas:

  • Access to meaningful employment. Special attention is given to gender dimensions, for example in case of indirect discrimination due to the prescription of a certain dress-code (e.g., headscarf).
  • Discrimination in the field of education, including barriers to education due to visible manifestations of religion, barriers to higher education, and lack of institutional mechanisms to recognize and address prejudice.
  • Monitoring, reporting, and advocacy on hate speech and hate crimes designed to raise awareness on the reality of Islamophobia (including its gender dimension).
  • The spread of hostility towards Muslims through traditional and new forms of media.
  • Multiple discriminations: efforts to promote joint projects, synergies, and solidarity in common anti-racism and discrimination agendas across the various equality grounds (not only in terms of origin or religion but also across other grounds such as gender or sexual orientation) will be positively regarded. Similarly, initiatives supporting active participation of youth are welcomed. This can contribute to provide different images of Muslims recognizing their diversity.

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Community Grants
As part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations, BEMIS is also setting up a small grants programme that will provide community groups with up to £1,000 to put on local events. Since "home" means very different things to different people, some of these events may have a very local focus, perhaps just on a single street or the local neighbourhood, while others may look at the way people feel about the city they live in, or about another country that has special significance for them.

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Heart Research UK (HRUK) is inviting applications from community groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities through their new SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants. Grants of up to £10,000 are available in different SUBWAY regions to support projects that strongly promote heart health, not just healthy lifestyles. Previous projects supported include a grant of £8,900 to the Swindon Tamil Association to run activities, including 'Bharathanatyam', a popular South Asian dance, and healthy heart cooking workshops, to get the community exercising and eating more healthily. Each region within the UK has its own application deadlines. For details of the application periods for each region go to:



The next deadline for applications to the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme is the 1st June 2014. Through the Small Grants programme, funding up to £10,000 is available for projects that combat disadvantage and improve children and young people's lives. In particular, grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in situations of deprivation. Applications for funding are accepted from not for profit organisations such as registered charities; voluntary organisations; schools; churches; and community interest groups. Projects supported in the past include the Bangladesh Community Development project which received a grant of £9,935 to run a weekly supplementary school working with children; and young people experiencing poverty in the Nechells area ofBirmingham; and Corley Special School in Coventry which received a grant of £6,000 to provide lunchtime horse riding sessions for children with disabilities.



The Wingate Foundation has announced that its Performing Arts (excluding music) grants programme is open for applications. Particular emphasis is given on providing financial support for not-for-profit companies with a record of artistic excellence that require additional funding, not available from public sources or commercial sponsorship, to broaden their repertoire or develop work of potentially outstanding interest which cannot be funded from usual sources. Assistance will also be considered for training and professional development for creative talent or the technical professions. Previous grants include the West Yorkshire Playhouse which received £6,500 pa for two years to develop the creative talent of three new writers leading to the creation of new work; and the Unicorn Theatre which received £10,000 pa to help build the first purpose designed theatre and education centre for children in the heart of London. The next deadline for applications is the 23rd June 2014.



Scotland's Rural College has announced that the next round of the Community Food Fund is open for applications. The Fund aims to promote local food and drink through supporting activities that focus on two main outcomes. These are supporting development of food trails and networks; and establishing local food and drink events, including farmers' markets, that celebrate and promote food and drink throughout the year. The scheme is open to food and drink producer groups, networks and community organisations. It is not open to individual businesses. Applicants can apply for up to £25,000. The deadline applications for this round of the Fund is 5pm on the 12th June 2014.



Groups led by young people have until the 25th July 2014 to apply for development funding of up to £750 through the Junior Climate Challenge Fund. Administered by the charity "Keep Scotland Beautiful", the fund supports initiatives, led by young people, that reduces the carbon footprint . The grant of up to £750 can be used to help put together a full Climate Change Challenge application. The type of projects supported can include encouraging others to use more carbon friendly forms of transport; events to raise awareness about using less energy; and encouraging your community to use more locally grown food, etc. Funding for 2014/15 has now been fully allocated and applications submitted will be for implementation during 2015/16.



The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world. The Council works through a network of 17 residential and day Centres in the UK providing courses for schools and colleges at all levels in addition to adult Individuals & Families courses, outreach education, training and consultancy. The Kids Fund aims to bring environmental understanding to disadvantaged young people by attending a course at a Field Studies Council centre. It helps disadvantaged young people to attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage - health, mobility, deprivation or financial. Funding will normally be up to 80% of the cost of the course to a maximum of £3000. The next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2014.



The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 23rd May 2014. The Trust aims to support charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. ABCT is particularly interested in supporting charities within the UK working to support refugees and asylum seekers; prisoners and penal reform; and human rights. ABCT tends to support charities with annual income between £150,000 and £1.5million which do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants awarded range from £7,500 to £10,000.



IdeasTap, a non-for-profit initiative supports young creative people between 16 and 30 years of age, has announced that its Ideas Fund Innovators is open to applications. During this funding round the Ideas Fund Innovators aims to offer 20 projects £500 each (10 for those aged 16 - 22 and 10 for those aged 23 - 30) to help get them off the ground. In the past, Ideas Tap have funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives. Applications from any creative field will be considered. Ideas Tap are looking for projects that are inspiring, original, innovative and that Ideas Tap think you can deliver. This brief closes on the 28th May 2014 at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 to 30 on the closing date.



Heritage Grants is our open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000.



The Trust was set up in 1975 to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

The Trustees' main objective is to support new work. Given The Elephant Trust's modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but with the recent addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.



Are you a community-based organisation working to tackle the root causes of poverty?

The annual CSJ Awards programme recognises effective poverty fighting groups from across the UK. Cash prizes of £10,000 are awarded to charities, small voluntary groups and other local projects that display innovation and effectiveness in addressing the root causes of poverty, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown.



The MSE Charity addresses the UK's massive problem of financial illiteracy by funding relevant guidance and education for individuals and groups.

The MSE Charity provides grants to constituted groups and charities to promote financial literacy through education or other activities. So if you've an innovative idea to help lots of people, or you're an established charity wanting funding for such a project grants may be available as long as it helps educate and inform people about financial literacy, consumer or debt issues.

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