Calderdale Voluntary & Community Sector Grants Scheme

The Council runs a grants scheme for community organisations based in Calderdale.

The Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.

To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:

  • Be a voluntary, community or faith group
  • Be properly constituted
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
  • Be open and accessible to the community you serve
  • Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

The closing date for complete applications is the 1st February with the Panel sitting on the 21st February. For further details visit the Grants page on the Small Grants Scheme or email grants@calderdale.gov.uk

There will soon be an opportunity for voluntary groups to nominate and elect representatives to sit on the Small Grants Panel for next 3 years. Further details from grants@calderdale.gov.uk

Idlewild Trust

Grants are available to registered charities for arts and conservation projects in the UK. The maximum grant available is £5,000.

The Idlewild Trust is an independent grant-making trust that provides grants to registered charities in the UK to support conservation and the arts.

Funding is available for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Grants: Nurturing Young Professionals – Supporting programmes that improve opportunities for young professionals working creatively within the arts, particularly at an early stage in their career.
  • Conservation Grants: Objects and Works of Art – Supporting the conservation of historic or artistically important objects and works of art in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds.

More information: http://www.idlewildtrust.org.uk/

Pocket Park Grants to Create New Parks and Renovate Old Ones

One-off grants of up to £25,000 are available for community groups working with local authorities to establish new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use. 

The funding is intended to help put communities and their partners in a position to take on the management of green spaces of value to them, and contribute resource towards upgrading spaces so that they are in good condition and communities can focus on managing them for the future. Communities are required to obtain match-funding towards the grant awarded and they need to provide evidence that a minimum of 30% of the grant applied for has been secured. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a community group with a constitution, e.g. a friends’ group, a tenants’ group, community gardeners’ association etc.
  • Show they have engaged their local authority to secure their support.
  • Show evidence that it is a community-led proposal with a need for green space to address a specific local need.
  • Be able to produce a sustainability plan for the future of the park by 31 March 2019

The funding support will enable, for example, (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Capital – support to prepare a site, earth-works, landscaping, tree planting, structural works etc. and put it into a good condition for further development.
  • Resource – to secure support from relevant experts (i.e. landscape architects, lawyers, horticulturalists or wider green sector experts) and/or to connect with existing green space support networks.

Link to application pack is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pocket-parks-plus-supporting-parks-and-public-spaces

EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding Competition

EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to obtain their new UK immigration status as the UK exits the EU.

The Home Office has up to £9million of grant funding to be awarded to successful organisations in the FY19/20 through open and fair competition. The funding is available to bidders from the voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations willing to support vulnerable EU citizens and their family members with making their EUSS applications. Bidders should note they may bid only once, and their submission must fall into the Funding category of;

• Projects between £5,000 up to £39,999
• Projects between £40,000 up to £750,000

Click here for more information.

Pocket parks plus: supporting parks and public spaces

One-off grants of up to £25,000 are available for community groups working with local authorities to establish new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use.

The funding is intended to help put communities and their partners in a position to take on the management of green spaces of value to them, and contribute resource towards upgrading spaces so that they are in good condition and communities can focus on managing them for the future. Communities are required to obtain match-funding towards the grant awarded and they need to provide evidence that a minimum of 30% of the grant applied for has been secured. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a community group with a constitution, e.g. a friends group, a tenants group, community gardeners association etc.
  • Show they have engaged their local authority to secure their support.
  • Show evidence that it is a community-led proposal with a need for green space to address a specific local need.
  • Be able to produce a sustainability plan for the future of the park by 31 March 2019

The funding support will enable, for example, (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Capital – support to prepare a site, earth-works, landscaping, tree planting, structural works etc. and put it into a good condition for further development.
  • Resource – to secure support from relevant experts (i.e. landscape architects, lawyers, horticulturalists or wider green sector experts) and/or to connect with existing green space support networks.

Link to application pack is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pocket-parks-plus-supporting-parks-and-public-spaces

Small Charities encouraged to apply for Weston Charity Awards

Do you want to increase the impact of your small charity and safeguard its future? The Weston Charity Awards offer a year’s strategic planning support and a core grant of £6,500 to help you do this.

The Awards celebrate and support great front-line charities in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales working in the fields of youth, welfare and community. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation in partnership with Pilotlight, charities with incomes under £5 million can apply.

Last year’s 20 winning charities have all been matched with volunteer business coaches called Pilotlighters and are currently participating in a programme of strategic planning and mentoring. In 2019, this could be you.

The application process has been designed to make it easy for busy charity leaders to apply.

Visit www.westoncharityawards.org to find out more.

Bettys Trees for Life Fund

The Bettys Trees for Life fund will be distributing £100k in 2019 in grants between £500 and £4,000 for tree planting and other environmental projects, including education and access projects.

Grants are available across Yorkshire but priority will be given to the areas around Bettys tea shops i.e York, Harrogate, Northallerton and Ilkley.

More infomation: https://www.trcf.org.uk/grants-bettys-trees-for-life

UK Theatres Grants Scheme

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

Funds are generally awarded where they are considered to have the most impact in realising an applicant’s capital project.

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme was launched with funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE.

With continued support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Charles Michael Holloway Trust the scheme has been extended to 2020.

Applications for awards up to £5,000 can be made from theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

More information: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/uk-theatres-small-grants-scheme

Small Grant Funding For Luncheon Clubs

The Council has made a limited amount of funding available to help maintain the sustainability of community luncheon clubs in the Borough. The fund is £11,500, and priority will be given to start-up costs or sustainability costs where the future of a club may be in jeopardy.

Further information and application details can be found here: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/grants/grants-voluntary-organisations/small-grant-funding-luncheon

VCSE Health & Wellbeing Fund

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply for funding to run projects focused on improving children and young people’s mental health.

Applications are invited from existing schemes to trial a new approach to helping children and young people with their mental health. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 15 February 2019.

Projects should:

  • Adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
  • Particularly support children and young people through life-changing events
  • Have strong local connections already in place
  • Be delivered by the VCSE sector
  • Be co-produced with service users and stakeholders

Through this programme, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England are working with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities.

More information and to apply: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vcse-health-and-wellbeing-fund-2019-to-2020-how-to-apply