Digital Inclusion Fund

The Digital Inclusion Fund aims to support initiatives designing, researching or delivering digital inclusion programmes with a focus on older and/or disabled people, in a new, creative and innovative way. It aims to improve essential digital skills and demonstrate how digital inclusion can improve the lives and well being, of older and/or disabled people.

The initiatives supported may also have scope to scale up and deliver a wider impact. Funding could be used to test and learn from the new approaches to tackling digital exclusion.

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Armistice and Armed Forces Communities: Final Round

The final round of the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme is now open. Hundreds of awards have already been made to schools, community organisations and places of worship across the UK.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is running a programme to fund the costs of up to 10 silhouettes for schools, community groups, places of worship and local charities.

To apply, your organisation will need to fill in a short form and will need to commit to holding a community event in November 2018. This event does not need to be complex. It could involve local veterans from your community, young people or perhaps a local military base. The event will need to provide an opportunity to reflect on the Armistice, but also to think about the Armed Forces today. If awarded; the evocative silhouettes will belong to your organisation and you can use them in future years.

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Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Programme to Close

In 2016, the Foundation launched the Environmental Grants Programme funded by the 5p levy on carrier bags donated to us by Greggs plc. Over the last two years, this has enabled it to fund hundreds of ‘fantastic’ projects which aim to improve the environment and also benefit the wider community.

In 2019, the Foundation says it plans to use the funds to deliver larger nationwide projects with some of its key partners to make a greater impact on both the environment and the communities in which Greggs operate.

This is the final round of the current programme, and applications are currently being accepted from not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less as well as schools in England, Scotland and Wales.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects that address one or more of the following:

  • Improves the local environment.
  • Ensures involvement of local communities.
  • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference.
  • Supports people in need.

The funding can be used to support the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities

The Foundation is more likely to make grants to local organisations who have a Greggs shop in their region.

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Applications sought for £50k TransPennine Express Transform Fund

TransPennine Express has this week opened its yearly Transform Fund for grants to be made available to community groups, charities, CICs and organisations to help fund local community projects aimed at tackling youth unemployment, promoting social inclusion and/or improving the environment.

There is a total of £50k available, with each applicant able to apply for funds of up to £5k to support their project. Since the TransPennine Express rail franchise began in 2016 they have already invested over £100k, helping 24 projects spread across the North of England and Scotland with woodland developments, employability sessions and music therapy groups being just some of the types we have supported.

Applications can be made online at where you can also find a scheme overview setting out the requirements for projects.  As well as addressing one or more of the criteria themes, consideration is given to the sustainability of the project, the proximity to the railway and the value for money this presents.

Youth strand of the Building Connections Fund

Eligible charities and community organisations from across England can apply from 15th August 2018 for up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness.

Funding, delivered by the Co-op Foundation, is available for projects that support any groups of young people within the most deprived 30% areas of England. (This includes parts of Calderdale)

Grants can also support projects from any location in England that mainly benefit young people with any one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Being a carer
  • Being unemployed or precariously employed
  • Experiencing bereavement
  • Having a disability or long-term health condition
  • Having been in the care system.

For more information and to apply go to the Foundation’s website

Comic Relief Safe Place To Be: Preventing Homelessness and Insecure Shelter

Funding Available: £150k to £300k for single applicants, or up to £750k for consortia

Country Focus: UK, India, South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria

Across the world communities are doing excellent work tackling homelessness and shelter insecurity through their own creativity.

Comic Relief believe that long-term change happens when communities take their place at the table, working alongside government, private sector and civil society.

They want to hear from organisations preventing long-term homelessness and shelter insecurity in the following countries: the UK, India, South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria. These countries have high levels of poverty, inequality and rising numbers of people who are homeless or living in insecure shelter. There is also some track record in each country of government support and infrastructure to tackle these issues.

They’re inviting locally-rooted organisations to tell them what solutions they believe will work, demonstrating their approach is built on working directly with people affected by these issues.

For full information go to the Comic Relief website

Tackling Serious Stress in Veterans, Families and Carers Programme

This programme is looking to fund a small number of projects that will enable charities and health professionals to work together to develop and try new ideas that they have developed with veterans and their carers and families. The programme will support projects where there is good evidence to suggest that the idea might produce outcomes for veterans and their carers and families that are better than current sources of support on offer.

There is an Information and Networking Event for this programme. The event will be in Central London, Friday 14th September 2018. This event will be an opportunity to find out more about the programme and meet other organisations that might be interested in working in partnership.

To register your interest please email . Places are limited to one person per organisation.

This programme will have an overarching research provider, which will be procured under an open tender. This will evaluate all the projects collectively rather than each project having to commission its own evaluation. This will ensure that all of the projects can be compared. We will also look at how well veteran and carers have done under these projects, and work out if this would make a saving to the public purse if they can be sustained.

The tender process will close on 20th August 2018. The tender is only to appoint the overarching research provider; and the programme itself will open for applications in autumn 2018. You can access the tender documents on their website.

New Social Investment Funding for Heritage Projects that Benefit Local Communities

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity established to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. The AHF provides advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by UK-based charities, community businesses and social enterprises with a built-heritage focus.

The AHF’s Heritage Projects Fund makes short-term loans of between £15,000 and £1million to support projects that involve a change of ownership and/or bring about the beneficial re-use of historically important buildings. The funding can be used for the acquisition of a historic building, or to provide working capital throughout a restoration project.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Have the potential to make a significant positive social impact, particularly (but not exclusively) in disadvantaged areas, such as urban communities experiencing structural economic decline or isolated rural areas with poor access to services.
  • Show evidence of active community engagement (e.g. the building may be listed as an Asset of Community Value or the applicant could be planning a Community Share issue).

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Community grants available to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector

NHS England’s ‘Celebrating Involvement in Healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the fourth year.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services.

To apply you must be a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way.

Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England website here:

Fund to Support Children Affected by Domestic Abuse

The Home Office has launched a new £8 million fund to organisations in England or Wales to support children who have been exposed to domestic abuse.

Charities, local authorities and other organisations from across England and Wales are invited to bid for a minimum amount of £500,000.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Grant applied for should represent no more than 25% of the applicant’s annual turnover from the previous financial year
  • Applicants must have been in operation for at least 24 months
  • Projects must be based in England or Wales
  • Bids must demonstrate how their support will link into wider support for victims of domestic abuse at a local level

Bids will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Will improve outcomes for children/young people
  • Demonstrate partnership working
  • Show value for money
  • Monitoring, evaluation and shared learning
  • Be deliverable and sustainable

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