COVID-19 £1 million Foodbank Support

B&M appreciates that many households will be facing extreme hardship due to the current crisis. As a community retailer with over 670 stores across the country, they would like to do their little bit to help people get through this.

Each of the stores are authorised to provide a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation, so they can buy essential groceries, cleaning goods and toiletries. The foodbank needs to be a registered charity and one foodbank per store is eligible.

Please email with details of your foodbank, stating the registered charity number, the registered address and the full name of the representative authorised to collect the donation. Please also state your preferred nearby B&M branch that you wish to visit. They will then reply on how to access the donation.

They ask that the purchases be spread out across 3 or 4 visits, so that stores can keep stocks flowing. Stores typically get a new delivery every single day and, if the purchases are sensibly spread out, this should not affect availability for our other shoppers, including the elderly and vulnerable.

Finally, B&M applaud everyone who works or volunteers at a foodbank.

Martin Lewis – MoneySavingExpert Funding

Martin Lewis aka the MoneySavingExpert, has made £1m available to fund urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief.

Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 are available to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.

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Arts Council England Update during COVID-19

Arts Council England has announced that its regularly funded organisations will continue to receive funding and that funding conditions will not apply for at least three months.

They are also planning to refocus grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers.

They have published a COVID-19 information page, which will be updated with the latest guidance as the situation develops.

The Healthy Communities Together programme

Deadline: 27th March

The National Lottery Community Fund and the King’s Fund have launched a new £3 million fund to empower voluntary and community organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.

The Healthy Communities Together fund aims to support six different locations in England.

Up to £3 million of grant funding and £850,000 of leadership development support is being made available to develop effective and sustainable partnerships to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities and empower communities.

The programme will enable partners to develop their relationships, to identify and agree what they need to work together more effectively to ensure the involvement of organisations working across communities, and to collaboratively create a plan to deliver meaningful change.

Partnerships must include a voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisation, a local authority, and an NHS organisation (including Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts and primary care bodies). Partnerships must cover a defined ‘place’ in England.

There are two phases. In the first phase, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and a package of learning and development support from the King’s Fund for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans.

At the end of this phase, each site will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support. Successful partnerships will receive up to £450,000, as well as ongoing learning and development support from The King’s Fund, over a further three years.

Further information can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Grow Wild Creative Idea Grants

Deadline: 30th March

Grow Wild is looking for young people aged 14 to 25 years with creative ideas to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.

Fifty grants of £500 are on offer for creative projects anywhere in the UK where people study, work and relax.

Projects need to be creative and could be anything from creating visual art through painting or photography, or through music, poetry and dance or transforming a community space or designing a fashion collection. Previous projects have involved around 100 people each, through events, performances and gatherings.

Applicants will need a supporting organisation, such as a school or college, youth club or a local community group, to help them deliver the project and to receive the grant on their behalf.

Projects need to be completed by October 2020.

Further information can be found on the Grow Wild website.

Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust

Deadline: 31st March

Grants are available to small UK registered charities working to support people with a learning disability to learn skills to help them live more independent lives after they leave formal education.

The Trust offers funding to support young people who have learning disabilities, with a focus on those who have left formal education. Grants are available for small UK registered charities that promote education, learning, training, recreation and rehabilitation for these young adults, providing practical skills to support them to lead independent lives.

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AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme – Transformational Project Grants

Deadline: 4th April

Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England towards the capital costs of work to restore redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres and bring them back into use.

Transformational Project grants of up to £350,000 are available, for up to 80% of the cost of work involved.

A total of 10-15 Transformational Project Grants will be awarded for project delivery (capital work including repair and conversion of buildings) over the four-year life of the programme. Ideally, projects will be completed within three years.

The overall maximum funding available for projects is £500,000 (made up of £150,000 in development funding and £350,000 capital funding).

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