Veg Cities Grants

Veg Cities is a feature campaign of Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) led by Sustain, in partnership with the wider Peas Please initiative led by the Food Foundation. It will support cities, counties and boroughs to take local action to increase availability of veg and increase consumption.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to local or regional food partnerships based in the UK that are members of the Sustainable Food Cities Network. Sugar Smart Campaign grantees may also apply as can previous/current recipients of an SFC Coordinator grant, as long as they can demonstrate the new Veg Cities campaigns work will be well resourced and managed.

The SFC Veg Cities Campaign Grants opened for applications on 3rd May and will close on 4th June, with successful applicants able to begin work between 25th June and 14th September 2018.

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Retain the Game fund

Funded by the FA and delivered by the Football Foundation, the new £1 million Retain the Game fund will support adult male teams within grassroots football clubs.

Grants of £750 are being made available to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.

Priority will be given to:

  • Clubs with three or more adult male teams
  • Clubs that have been in existence for 5-9 seasons
  • Clubs that have been in existence for 10 of more seasons
  • Clubs who operate in leagues employing Full Time

The grant will be awarded split across two years, and the grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club.

Retain the Game is inclusive of players from different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and sexual orientations.

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Rosa Voices from the Frontline grants

The Voices from the Frontline grants programme offers one-off grants of between £500 and £3,000 to voluntary and community organisations in the UK to pay for increasing the skills, capacity, credibility and effectiveness of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

Grants will be awarded for projects that:

  • Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.
  • Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars (leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice)
  • Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.
  • Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.

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Jewson Building Better Communities

Nominate a community project in the UK and/or “trade hero” to win a share of £250,000 in building materials from Jewson’s Building Better Communities programme.

The top community prize is £50,000 to be split with £25,000 being provided in building materials from Jewson and the remaining £25,000 to be provided as a contribution towards labour and other project costs.

There is a further community prize fund of £100,000 which will be split into prizes of £500 to £10,000 worth of building materials from Jewson.

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Calor Gas Rural Community Fund

The rural energy provider set up the Rural Community Fund in 2017 as a way to give something back to the community, and once again it is offering rural off-grid communities in England, Scotland and Wales the chance to win funding for projects that will improve local life.

Calor is offering three levels of funding available to suit projects of different sizes:

  • £5,000 grants will go to five projects.
  • £2,500 grants will go to six projects.
  • £1,000 grants will go to 10 projects.

The funding applied for must equate to 50% or more of the total project cost.

A wide range of projects will be considered including but not limited to community centres, village halls, sporting venues, youth clubs, scout groups, initiatives to support the elderly.

To be eligible, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • It exists for the benefit of the wider community and not of the individual
  • It has been in existence for a minimum of six months; and is a charity or a not-for-profit organisation
  • The funding applied for is equal to 50% or more of the total project cost
  • The funding is being used for renovations, redecorating, equipment, or new LPG heating systems
  • It is capable of completion within 12 months of the date of the grant if successful
  • It is in a rural off mains gas location in the UK and is for the benefit of an off-grid rural community
  • It has a clear deliverable objective
  • The systems are in place to ensure finances are well managed
  • It operates on a non-discriminatory basis and is non-political

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Yorkshire Bank Bike Library Enterprise Scheme

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for community organisations in Yorkshire who want to set up a Bike Library in their community.

For the first time in the 114-year history of the Tour de France, a Grand Départ host destination has committed to the ambitious aim of giving every child in its locality access to a bike for free. Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries are seeking to deliver a county wide cycling legacy for all generations and all abilities.

The concept of a Bike Library is simple – a site (e.g. leisure centre, community centre, library etc.) with a fleet of bikes which are available to borrow for free. These bikes can be used to partake in a range of activities to promote healthy living, social inclusion and to have fun! Activities might involve guided rides in the local community, a basic bike skills course or maintenance workshop, or simply the freedom to ride on a safe route with family and friends.

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Big Give Announces Dates for Christmas Challenge 2018

The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, will open for applications from UK registered charities on 21 May 2018.

Since the Big Give Christmas Challenge opened in December 2008, it has raised more than £97 million for more than 3,000 charities. Last year was a record breaking year with the highest number of participating charities and the highest number of donations received (nearly 30,000) in the campaign’s history. In a matter of days, more than £11.3 million was raised to benefit 528 charities.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge takes place for a short period, usually in early December. This year it will run from 27 November to 4 December. During this time, the supporters of the participating charities can have their donation doubled. For example, a £100 online donation made to a participating charity during the Christmas Challenge can be doubled to become £200.

To be eligible to apply, charities must:

  • Be registered in the UK or have exempt status from HMRC.
  • Be registered on the (Registration is free.)
  • Have an annual income of £25,000 or more (as per last filed accounts).
  • Have at least one year of filed accounts.

Charities can register their interest now for the Christmas Challenge which will run from 27 November to 4 December 2018.

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National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England is now accepting applications to its new £97.3 million a year open access programme for arts and museum projects, and for arts projects in and with libraries.

The Project Grants programme is replacing Grants for the Arts as well as absorbing some elements of other Arts Council England funds, which have now closed to applications. The new Project Grants has been designed to be more open to supporting those working in creative and digital media than the previous Grants for the Arts.

Community and cultural organisations, museums and libraries and individual artists can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 to support a wide range of arts projects as well as creative and digital media projects. The funding can support projects lasting up to a maximum of three years.

Applications must meet the programme’s four criteria of quality, public engagement, finance and management as well as focus on at least one of these areas: music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, museum practice (accredited museums only), or libraries (arts-focused projects only).

Applications for £15,000 or under will receive a decision in six weeks, applications for more than £15,000 will receive a decision in 12 weeks.

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Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity

The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the National Health Service. In the last 15 years, the charity has given more than £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 different hospitals and hospices across the UK.

Registered charities with charitable projects which enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals or hospices in any area in the UK can apply. Preference is given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals and hospices.

Any project which seeks to improve the quality of life of sick children will be considered, for example:

  • Arts, music, play and leisure programmes
  • Facilities to support families of children treated in hospitals or hospices
  • Welcoming and accessible environments
  • Care and facilities in hospices
  • Promoting education and information programmes
  • Supporting children with physical and emotional difficulties
  • Medical equipment (when it can be shown that funding is not available from statutory sources)

Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres around the UK which:

  • Provide a regional geographic healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital/hospice
  • Will not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion or disability
  • Agree to promote the work of the Foundation in their area

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.

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