Geovation Launches Challenge to Create Greener, Smarter Communities

Geovation is seeking applications from UK based organisations with innovative ideas to make greener, smarter communities in Britain.

Geovation, an Ordnance Survey initiative in association with HM Land Registry, aims to support innovation and collaboration using location and property data. Each Geovation challenge focuses on a different issue, from water scarcity and food security to transport and energy poverty.

The current challenge is seeking ideas for a business that could:

  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Support local economy
  • Enable sustainable living
  • Enhance the natural environment

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Sport England – Tackling inactivity and economic disadvantage funding

Sport England’s Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage fund is part of Sport England’s wider delivery framework and investment programme to build an active nation and achieve the outcomes of the UK Government’s sports strategy ‘Sporting Future’.

The aim is to enable inactive people in lower socio-economic groups to become active and build physical activity into their lives in such a way that the activity is realistic and positive and not regarded as a chore.

The investment fits with Sport England’s broader agenda to raise overall levels of activity by focusing on positive behaviour change, and harnessing the wider benefits and outcomes of sport and exercise, such as reducing stress and social isolation, improving mental health and reduce the likelihood of offending.

The sports body wants to work with organisations that have a track record of working with its target groups in order to achieve these outcomes. Potential partner organisations do not necessarily need a background in sport; the key criteria is a good understanding of the lower socio-economic communities that the fund is targeting.

  • £2 million will support larger projects from £25,000 up to a maximum of £500,000. This will be to fund projects aimed at inactive people who are in employment. They will be ordinary people and families who sometimes, or often, struggle to make ends meet. They can find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or feel being active isn’t for them.
  • £1 million will support projects between £25,000 and £100,000. This will focus on projects aimed at inactive people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, and face more extreme disadvantage. They may also be facing other challenges, such as being at risk of offending or dealing with substance misuse.

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Voting for the Aviva Community Fund is open

The Aviva Community Fund was launched in 2015 to offer support and funding to inspirational local projects in communities across the UK.

Voting for the 2017 Aviva Community Fund is now open! The power to make a difference is in your hands. Learn more and vote here!

Your favourite project will need as many votes as possible to get through to the finals and the sooner you start drumming up support in your community, the better!

Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund – Community Benefit Grants Programme

The Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund is being managed by Community Foundation on behalf of Yorkshire Wind Power Ltd (YWPL), a joint venture between Energy Power Resources Ltd (EPRL) and E.ON Climate and Renewables (E.ON).

Grants are available for general charitable purposes to group operating or delivering within a 5km radius of the Wind Farm.

The grants panel to review applications week commencing 18.12.17. Applicants will be informed of the decision from 8.1.18.

Grants will support the community and voluntary sector and not-for-profit groups in work that is of benefit to the community in the fund area, within a 5km radius of the wind farm site.

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Big Lottery Fund – Place Based Social Action

Grants are available for existing partnerships across England who have identified or are already working together to address a social challenge or local priority in their area.

The Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched the new £4.5 million Place Based Social Action programme with £2.5 million coming from National Lottery funding and £2 million from the Government.

The funding is intended to increase the capacity of communities, civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses to work together to address priorities which matter to people locally. It also aims to encourage new ways of working so communities can contribute meaningfully to the design and delivery of services.

Local partnerships could use the funding to address some of the following:

  • A local priority as defined by local people.
  • The ability of local people and organisations to take action on the issues that matter to them.
  • Encourage new ways of working so that people who live and work in areas have more meaningful influence and ownership over local services.

This is a three-phase programme which will run until 2025.

20 EOIs will be selected to take part in phase 1.

In phase 1, partnerships will receive support and up to £5,000. Ten of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 2, with a grant of up to £240,000 on offer. And only 5 of these partnerships will be selected to apply for phase 3, with a further grant of up to £255,000 on offer.

  • Phase 1 – for up to 20 areas, support and development, up to £5,000 towards expenses.
  • Phase 2 – For up to 10 areas, support and development, up to £240,000 grant award.
  • Phase 3 – For up to 5 areas, up to £255,000 grant award.

More information is available here.

Government Invites Bids for Knife Crime Community Fund

The Home Office is making £500,000 available in 2017/18 to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.

Voluntary and community sector groups can apply for grants of up to £200,000, or more if they are working with partners, as long as they can spend the funds by 31 March 2018.

The funding is for projects that demonstrate the following:

  • Delivery of outcomes to stop knife crimes.
  • A proven track record of delivering local interventions.
  • Their ability to work with children and young people.
  • Value for money.
  • How they will work in partnership with other projects and services already being delivered in the local area.

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High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

The current High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Dr Terry Bramall CBE, is honoured to open the latest round of The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund and welcomes applicants from across West Yorkshire to apply for grants to prevent and combat crime to create safer communities. As part of this year’s Fund the High Sheriff will look to nominate suitable applicants to put forward for the National Crimebeat Awards 2018.

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available.

They aim to distribute funds to successful applicants by the end of December and any funding allocated should be spent by December 2018.

Focus of the Fund: The Fund wants to encourage young people aged 5-25 years to work together to prevent and combat crime to create safer communities.

Applications are requested from existing projects or community groups looking for continuation funding, or projects wanting to expand and develop their current activities and remit. The idea for the project should either come from a young person (youth led), or where the project was developed by others (adult led) young people should have a significant role in its management and delivery.

Applying projects may also be considered for the National Crimebeat Awards in London in 2018 which has the same focus as The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund and offers 3 cash prizes of up to £1,000.

Fund Criteria: Please read the Fund Criteria before applying. This can be found here.

To Apply: Please make sure you have read the Fund Criteria before applying. The online application form can be found here.

Northpoint Wellbeing funded project opportunity

Northpoint Wellbeing are looking to commission a project which will explore options for group work facilitation.

The successful bidder will research and write a report on the outcomes of different models of group support & therapeutic intervention; outline criteria, pros and cons, opportunities and limitations for different models of group facilitation for future use. This includes three styles of groups:

  • Self-supporting groups
  • Groups with a paid facilitator or coordinator
  • Groups with therapeutic input

This is a joint project with Barca-Leeds and has a budget of up to £6,000. The submission deadline is 7 November 2017.

Further details can be found in the Project Request for Quote

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

This trust makes grants to voluntary organisations and charities for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability in the UK.

Small grants are available up to £5,000 and are considered monthly.

They do not fund physical disability unless associated with learning disabilities. They also do not support advocacy projects.

There is no deadline to apply for smaller grants, but there are deadlines for submitting an appeal for funding over £10,000.

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The Society Foundation

The Society Foundation is an independent grant giving trust. They provide financial support for organisations that help potentially disadvantaged people move towards paid work.

The groups they prioritise are the recently homeless or vulnerably housed, ex-offenders, and 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training.

They typically offer micro-grants of up to £2,000 to small or growing organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000. They are particularly interested in providing funding for capacity building activities, including IT infrastructure and equipment, staff training and development, and external consultancy/support.

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