The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense and those that cover social issues. Their focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:

  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people

The Rayne Foundation particularly welcomes applications addressing these issues but will consider applications in other subjects which meet their broader criteria.

Grants typically fall in the range of £10,000-£20,000 per annum for up to three years. They prefer to fund alongside others as they are unlikely to be able to fund your project in full.

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The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation is an independent grant-making charity. The aim of the trustees is to help raise the quality of life, particularly for those who are young, disadvantaged or elderly.

Grants are from £1,000 upwards and the majority of grants awarded are under £5,000. Grants of over £25,000 are exceptional and are typically awarded to major capital projects.

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The ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation provide grants with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, particularly those who have a physical or mental disability or the aged and who are living in poverty.

Their grants generally fall into the following areas:

  • Building: funding modifications to charities, special schools, hospices etc.
  • Equipment: provision of specialist wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment and technology to assist independent living
  • Respite: help towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at registered respite centres

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People’s Health Trust funding for community-led local projects

Deadline: 4th April

The People’s Health Trust are offering grants of £5,000 to £50,000 designed for small and local projects that make a difference to communities and bring people together. Projects need to involve and be managed by local communities.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

The projects and ideas looking for funding can be focused on a neighbourhood as well as a wider area.

The Good Help Award Extends Deadline

Nesta are seeking applications from organisations that demonstrate they are helping people transform their lives through ‘good help’ activities.

‘Good help’ is core to many organisations trying to help people take action and improve their lives. Yet too many people receive ‘bad help’ which can have acute consequences, such as homelessness or addiction, but also chronic and subtle effects which make activities, such as parenting and healthy eating, much harder, and sometimes impossible.

The Good Help Award will reward an organisation or team that demonstrates they are helping people to find their sense of purpose and develop their confidence to take action to transform their lives, rather than focusing on fixing a problem for them.

Nesta will use the award process to identify and celebrate all of the most promising ‘good help’ projects – not just the winners – and will be looking for opportunities to share best practice and learning in ways that can help them all increase their impact.

There are three awards available – one £15,000 winner, and two £5,000 runners up.

Any organisation or team from within the public, voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors in the UK are eligible to apply.

Commissioners and/or providers are also eligible to apply.

All applicants must be offering ‘good help’ through an established (ie operational for at least 12 months or more) project, programme or service in the UK.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 18 May 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be announced in June and invited to an exploration workshop in July. Winners will be announced at a celebration event on 13 September.

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Heritage Lottery Fund – Sharing Heritage Grants

Sharing Heritage provides grants of £3,000-£10,000 for small-scale heritage projects.

Heritage includes many different things from the past that are valued to pass on to future generations, for example:

  • Archaeological sites
  • Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes
  • Historic buildings
  • Histories of people and communities
  • Histories of places and events
  • The heritage of languages and dialects
  • Natural and designed landscapes and gardens
  • People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • Places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history
  • Natural heritage including habitats, species and geology

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Ulverscroft Foundation

The Ulverscroft Foundation supports projects that help visually impaired people. Within any group of people there will be an element of visual impairment; grants can only be considered if the VI element is significant.

In making a decision about whether to support an application, the Trustees will take the following factors into account:

  • Sustainability: Preference will be given to projects which will lead to longer-term benefits after the initial funding has ended. Applications which have a short lifespan will have little weighting. For example, a bid to fund an audio-described theatrical performance is unlikely to succeed, while a bid to purchase equipment to provide this service on a ongoing basis would be more attractive.
  • Value for Money: The Foundation has a duty to make best use of its resources. They will look at the overall project benefits, noting the number of people who will benefit, the costs and the timescale. You will need to show that you have eliminated unnecessary costs and that you have secured the best prices for any service, equipment or materials you propose to purchase.
  • Financial Viability: The Trustees will examine your audited accounts to determine whether your organisation, and the particular project for which you are bidding, is financially viable. They will take into account the overall financial health of your organisation, your income and expenditure, and any other sources of funding which you are able to access.
  • Matched Funding: If you have approached other potential donors the Ulverscroft Foundation may pledge a sum of money to be released only when other  funding is secured.
  • Scaleability: The Trustees will consider all bids however small. Some small scale pilot projects may be capable of application on a larger scale, or may offer a model that can be adopted by other organisations.
  • Accessibility: Organisations are expected to build in accessibility to their services and premises as a matter of equal opportunity. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation has an Equal Opportunities Policy which is regularly monitored and reviewed.
  • Safeguarding: The Ulverscroft Foundation has no direct contact with those who benefit from their funding. However, the organisations they help fund work with some of the most vulnerable adults and children. They have a responsibility to ensure that all those who benefit from their support are able to do so in an environment which protects them from bullying, abuse or other forms of harm. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation has implemented a Safeguarding Policy and has procedures in place to implement and monitor the policy.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: If you have received a large grant or pledge (over £10,000) from the Foundation, they will require you to provide periodic updates on progress. You will need to demonstrate that the grant has been spent on the purposes for which it was awarded. Any variation will need to be approved by our Foundation before you proceed.

Trustees meet quarterly to consider applications: in January (deadline 15 December), April (deadline 15 March), July (deadline 15 June) and October (deadline 15 September). Dates of meetings may be subject to change.

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Split Infinitive Trust

Split Infinitive is a small trust with limited funds to distribute annually, supporting live and performance arts, in general and in education.

Average grants fall between £250 and £750 and are at the trustees’ discretion – dates of trustee meetings are normally towards the end of March, June, September and December, but can vary.

Applications with a Yorkshire or regional focus are favoured.

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Nesta Invites Entries to its New ‘Good Help’ Awards

Deadline: 4th April

Organisations that can show they are helping people to transform their lives through ‘good help’ may be able to win one of three financial awards being offered by Nesta.

Nesta has created the ‘Good Help’ Awards which aims to identify and reward three organisations that offer support to people in a positive way. This could be through helping people to improve their health, find work or get the most out of their education, or in some other way that builds people’s confidence, sense of purpose and independence.

Nesta is offering three awards: the winner will receive £15,000 and the two runners up will each receive £5,000.

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Staying Well Development Fund

The Staying Well project is pleased to announce a £50k Staying Well fund to develop activities that improve social opportunity and prevent loneliness and isolation in adults in Calderdale.

The funding from Calderdale Foundation for Calderdale will enable communities to strengthen existing community groups and find local solutions to ‘fill’ gaps in provision with local people holding the budget.

Key Staying Well partners North Halifax Partnership, Hebden Bridge Community Association and Halifax Opportunities Trust are working directly with communities to set up and develop representative panels in local areas who will decide how the money is to be allocated at a local level, for example by commissioning services or through the allocation of small grants.

As these conversations go on at local levels, various events will be held; amidst the snow in February some of the Elland community came together to talk about how local groups may access the monies available and what they saw as priorities for them. Similar events may be happening in your area and Staying Well urge local groups and organisations to get thinking of ideas for projects to help reduce isolation on a local level and get in touch for more information.

Staying Well have a strong history of working alongside community groups in more areas than just funding, offering support to any group looking to set up new activities in an area or those just looking to expand the good work they already do.

If you have an interest in working with Staying Well to help represent your community and take part in a local steering group, then please get in touch and they may be able to link you to local opportunities and events. Call 01422 392767.