Funding Alert 23/05/14

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


Open for applications until noon on 30 May 2014.

Celebrate will support new and existing events and activities that mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games through arts, heritage, sports and local community celebrations. It will fund local celebration events and activities which stimulate greater involvement in community activity and develop our understanding as citizens of the Commonwealth.

Celebrations can be a single one-off event or activities which end with a celebration event.

To achieve our aim we want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:
Communities come together through arts, heritage, sports and local celebrations of the Commonwealth Games.
Communities celebrate the people, places and culture of the commonwealth.

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BEMIS: 3rd June: Meet the Funder Workshop - Heritage Lottery Fund

Tuesday 3rd June: 11am – 1pm at Scottish Youth Theatre (The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF)

It's not very often you get the chance to meet with a funder, to get real guidance and support with your ideas for funded projects. This is a great opportunity to meet with a big funder – learn more about the funding process and get guidance on getting funding for your project.

Heritage Lottery Fund are keen to fund projects with the diverse ethnic and cultural minority communities of Scotland. Heritage can be about your culture and traditions, your community's memories and stories, and your environment – whether it's the buildings around you or the natural spaces you visit. It's about you and what's important to your communities.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gives grants to projects that provide lasting benefits to heritage, people and communities. If you are interested in finding out more about heritage projects, and how to apply for HLF grants to run your own heritage projects, then please come along to this event.

In this two hour session, we will explore what heritage means, ways to explore and engage other people in this heritage, and how we can begin to pull that together into a funding application.

There are a limited number of spaces so please email us to confirm that you will be attending this event ASAP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Forest Education Initiative Project Grants (Scotland)

The Forest Education Initiative Project Grants specifically to support the work of local groups known as Forest Education Initiative (FEI) clusters. Through the scheme, grants of up to £5,000 are available . The aim of the scheme is to support the work of FEI Cluster Groups working in local communities to promote the overall objectives of FEI. These are to increase the understanding and appreciation, particularly among young people, of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between the tree and everyday wood products. These aim to help develop among young people a greater understanding of trees, woodlands, forest management, forest products and wood as a sustainable resource. There will be two or three bidding rounds each year depending on availability of funding. Only FEI Cluster Groups that are accredited can apply to the fund. The next deadline for applications is the 1st October 2014.


Bank of Scotland Foundation Medium Grants Programme

The Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced that its Medium Grants Programme is open for applications. The Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity supporting people and their local communities across Scotland. It receives an annual donation of £1m from Lloyds Banking Group to fund its Grants Programmes and Matched Giving Programme. Through the Medium Grants Programme grants of between £10,001 and £25,000 are available to charities for projects that develop and improve local communities and those that develop financial literacy and financial inclusion. Applications can only be accepted from charities registered in Scotland. The next closing date for applications is the 14th July 2014.


Women Make Music Grant Scheme

The Performing Right Society (PRS) has announced that its Women Make Music grant scheme is now open for applications. Through the programme, financial support of up to £5000 is available to women musicians; and new music in any genre is welcome, from classical, jazz and experimental, to urban, electronica and pop. Through the scheme support is available to individuals and organizations / groups; including solo performers; solo songwriters or composers; promoters or event producers; bands/ensembles/orchestras; local authorities and schools; etc. The next application deadline is the 29th September 2014.


Wingate Foundation - Jewish Life and Learning Grant

The Wingate Foundation has announced that its Jewish Life and Learning Grants Programme is open for applications. Through this grants programme, the Foundation aims to encourage Jewish cultural, academic and educational life in a manner that enhances the Jewish contribution to the life of the wider community. In particular, applications are invited from academic institutions specialising in Jewish subjects and from bodies promoting Jewish culture, including museums, libraries and literary publications. Applications are also welcomed from organisations able to demonstrate a record in inter-faith dialogue, in the promotion of reconciliation between Jews in Israel and their Arab neighbours and the encouragement of liberal values in both communities. The next deadline for applications is the 23rd June 2014.


Macmillan Cancer Support - Grants for Groups

Macmillan Cancer Support has announced that the next closing date for its Cancer Support - Grants for Groups scheme is the 28th June 2014. The grants programme aims to fund groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. The grant can be used towards start up costs or for existing groups to expand and extend their reach. Applications will be accepted from people affected by cancer in groups or individually; voluntary organisations, community interest companies, community groups, social enterprises; and health and social care staff, information and support staff in partnership with people affected by cancer.


CSV Action Earth Grants 2014

CSV Action Earth which aims to empower people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives has announced that it is running two grant schemes in 2013 which are looking to increase numbers of volunteers on locally based environmental projects. These are the CSV Action Earth Awards which offer grants of £250 for projects who are providing or improving habitats for wildlife, enhancing local nature spots and getting communities volunteering together; and the CSV Local Nature Reserve Awards which offers grants of up to £500 exclusively for projects taking place on Local Nature Reserves (LNR). Grants will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) new programmes announced

Peace and Security, Power and Accountability, Rights and Justice and Sustainable Future.

The first deadlines for applications under the new policies will be 18th August (for Northern Ireland, Rights & Justice and Sustainable Future) and 1st September (Peace & Security and Power & Accountability). The Trust will continue its pattern of three grant rounds per year.

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