Weekly Funding Alert
This week's funding alert, courtesy of Equality Updates. Click to find out information about a range of funding available locally.
Support for Cultural Entrepreneurs
The Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland's specialist business support and development service for creative businesses and practitioners, has announced that the Starter for 6 Programme will re-open for applications on the 5th November 2013.
Starter for 6 is an enterprise training programme that supports up and coming creative entrepreneurs across Scotland. In addition to funding, the programme offers enterprise training sessions designed to provide participants with the business skills to turn their idea into a reality; peer mentoring by previous Starter for 6 participants who not only share the same experience but are also only a few years ahead in terms of establishing their business; telephone coaching support; the opportunity to network and share ideas with likeminded entrepreneurs in training sessions and events. In previous years funding of up to £10,000 was available.
CVS Action Earth Grants 2013
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.
Funding Boost for BME Communities in Scotland's Year of Homecoming
The Scottish Government is encouraging BME communities to get involved with the Year of Homecoming 2014. Homecoming Scotland 2014 aims to capitalise on the opportunities presented by both the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup taking place in Scotland by presenting a year-long, co-ordinated programme of events designed to welcome visitors around the world in a celebration of some of Scotland's greatest assets in food and drink; natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
The Scottish Government has announced that almost £40,000 will be provided to BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure Scotland) to help the organisation run a number of inclusive events during the Year of Homecoming, including free film screenings and a national showcase of Scotland's cultural diversity in areas including music, poetry, photography and art.
Forest Education Initiative - Partnership Fund
The Forest Education Initiative Partnership Fund is specifically to support the work of local groups known as Forest Education Initiative (FEI) clusters. There are 3 types of grants:
• Project Grants - up to £5000
• Small Grants
• Special Grants.
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.
The next deadline for applications is the 1st February 2014.
Henry Smith's Charity - Holiday Grants for Children
The Henry Smith's Charity has announced that it will start accepting applications through its Holiday Grant for Children Programme from the 1st November 2013 onwards.
Applications can be made by schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability. Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The maximum grant available is £2,500 for any one trip. Grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as we would expect some local partnership funding to be in place.
The closing date for applications will be the 31st March 2014.
Wellcome Trust – Arts Awards
The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards.
The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts including dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. Applications are invited for projects of up to £30,000 through their small grants programme, and for projects above £30,000 through their large grant programme. The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.
The next application deadline for small projects is the 28th February 2014, and the 24th January 2014 for large projects.
Wellcome Trust - Peoples Awards
Awards of up to £30,000 are available under the Wellcome Trust's "Peoples" Awards for projects that encourage public debate and understanding of biomedical science.
Projects can include:
• Workshops and seminars; arts projects for a variety of different audiences and age groups
• Teaching materials or techniques to encourage wider discussions
• Projects that utilise the collections of the Wellcome Library and the Wellcome Collection at the Science Museum.
Funding can be for up to three years. Applications can be made by a wide variety of individuals, organisations and partnerships. The next applications deadline is the 31st January 2014.
The Trust also makes "Society" Awards. These are grants in excess of £30,000. The next preliminary application deadline for "Society" Awards is 5pm on the 28 March 2014.
Erach & Roshan Sadri Foundation
Charities and organisations have the opportunity to apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 through the Erach & Roshan Sadri Foundation. Applications from individuals may also be considered. The Foundation seeks to support educational and welfare projects, projects that relieve poverty by alleviating homelessness and assisting members of the Zoroastrian religious faith.
For further information on previous grants given please click here. The trustees meet four times a year March 1st, June 1st, September 1st and December 1st.
The next deadline for applications is the 1st December 2013.
Towergate Small Grants Programme
Help the Hospices has announced that the Towergate Small Grants Programme is open for applications. The programme aims to improve the treatment or care of patients in hospices through the use of communication and information technology. Any IT/communication capital project that is designed around improving patient care and patient or family experience would be eligible. For example this could include:
• Equipment to support Real Time Reporting projects
• Communication equipment for use by patients with communication difficultiesTele-health and Tele-care (remote/virtual ward) projects; etc.
Applications are being accepted from hospices that are full members of Help the Hospices and that are based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Total available funding in this round is approximately £250,000 and Help the Hospices are looking to make grants of up to £20,000 each. The deadline for applications is the 6th January 2014.
Help The Homeless
Help the Homeless, a national Charity which aims to help homeless people throughout the United Kingdom to resume a normal life, is currently accepting applications from small and medium sized charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £3,000 are available towards capital costs to support projects that assist disadvantaged individuals in their return to mainstream society, through residential or training facilities. Grants to larger charities may be considered if the project is suitable innovative and only possible for a larger organisation to develop it.
The next application deadline is the 15th December 2013.
McDonald's KickStart Grants
McDonalds has announced that the next deadline for applications to its Kick Start Grants Programme is the 31st December 2013.
The aim of the programme is to support community football throughout the UK. A total of £75,000 is available this year through the McDonalds Kick Start scheme and local community football teams can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500 for activities such as:
• Improving club facilities
• Grounds-keeping tools; training courses
• Pitch hire
• Van hire
• Washing machines for kit; etc.
Individuals can apply for a grant on behalf of their club, as long as they are recognised by their national FA, and have at least one team at or below junior (U18) level. Applicants must be over 18 and involved with the club at some level, such as a coach, volunteer or parent.
Money for Life Challenge
The Lloyds Banking Group has announced that for a second year, it will be running the Money for Life Challenge. The programme offers grants of £200 to teams of young people aged 16-24 in work-based learning, adult community learning, training organisations, and further education to run innovative money management projects that benefit their communities. In collaboration with a project sponsor, teams of young people design their own project around issues that affect them. Last year's teams addressed a wide range of topics, from camping on a budget to raising awareness of the hazards of payday lenders. The best projects from each nation have an opportunity to compete for a place at the national final event and the UK Grand Final event in London.
Applications close on 22nd November 2013.
The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 26th February 2014. The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom.
The Fidelio Trust Grants Programme
The Fidelio Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support. Funding is available:
• For tuition or coaching
• To participate in external competitions
• To be supported for a specially arranged performance
• To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2014.
The Leche Trust
The Leche Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications to its grant making programme is the 20th December 2013.
The Trust makes grants for charitable purposes, in particular for the furtherance of education or academic research and the support of the National Trust and the preservation of rural England, and financing the visits of teachers and students abroad. The main focuses of the Trusts grant making activities are:
• The promotion of good relations between Britain and third world countries
• Assistance to academic, educational or other organisations concerned with music, drama, dance and the arts
• The preservation of buildings and their contents and the repair and conservation of church furniture
• The preservation of the nation's countryside, towns, villages and historic landscapes.