Can You Help Vulnerable People?

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Burslem Jubilee Project has been working since 2014 to help asylum seekers & refugees. People who have fled war, persecution and torture and travelled in difficult and deadly circumstances to places where they are not welcome to find a refuge.

Refugees passing a child across barbed wire

BJP work in Burslem, are totally volunteer led and run and are a helping hand to those in need by providing: ESOL lessons; physical comforts in the form of food, clothing &c; a safe place to visit; activities to help them integrate into the community and, with partner organizations, advice on a range of topics. Please look at their website at for more information on what they do.

BJP are looking for volunteers to join their team and I am helping them to spread the word, so if you are interested in helping them then go to their website or use their contact details below (or contact me). If you are not interested, then please share this post to others.

In addition to ‘general’ volunteers they are looking for specific posts such as:

Click on the links for rôle descriptions.

Full training can be given for these posts. If you would like to know more then email Sheila Podmore on or telephone 07958 250281 for a chat.

Variety Club – Equipment Grants

Grants for specialist equipment for the direct use of children up to the age of 18 years who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged and are resident in the UK. There is no lower or upper limit on the level of grant which may be awarded, but typically grants will be between £100 and £6,000. Most grants will be for less than £5,000. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Funding is available for specialist equipment which will be of clear direct benefit to a child or children with a disability/disabilities and/or with special needs.

The Fund aims to provide whatever is needed:

  • It may be medical, such as monitoring equipment.
  • It may be basic care like feeding tubes or hoists.
  • It may be sensory play or mobility equipment for a nursery or playgroup.

Guidelines and an application form can be found on the Variety Club website ( Contact the Variety Club for further information by telephoning 0207 428 8120 or by email at

Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Grants are available to update and improve rural village and community halls in England so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities that benefit their local community.

The Fund is making a total of £3 million available. Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 can cover up to 20% of eligible costs, which means the overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000.

The funding is intended for the updating and refurbishment of village halls in order to enable them to provide activities that achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their community:

  • Improved health and well-being/reduction in loneliness.
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment.
  • Supports the local rural economy.

Applications can be submitted at any time until the Programme ends on 31 March 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed.

The following criteria apply:

  • Halls must be in towns or villages of under 10,000 people.
  • Applicants should have a freehold or leasehold interest in the hall in place. If there is a lease in place, there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease.

The funding is intended for village hall committees to support the refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, which can cover improvement works on existing facilities as well as new meeting rooms.

The funding can support a number of different things, including, but not limited to:


  • Internal reconfigurations
  • New roof and roof refurbishment which includes insulation
  • Improvements which help to increase energy efficiency
  • Refurbishment of toilets and kitchens
  • Damp proofing
  • Installation of Wi-Fi
  • Guttering, repointing and drainage
  • Replacement of external and/or internal doors.

Match funding of at least 80% is required. Groups that have secured most of the funding will be given ‘greater emphasis’.

Guidelines and the application forms can be found on ACRE’s website.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • The first stage is completion of an online application form and costings.
  • The second stage is the submission of a full application at any time before 31 March 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed. Please note that only groups that are successful at stage one will be invited to submit a full application.

See their website or contact ACRE for further information by email ( or telephone 01285 653477.

Canoe Foundation

Grants for clubs, community groups and regions across the UK with an active interest in wider canoeing participation. The funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.

Grants are typically between £2,500 and £5,000 although exceptional projects are considered and funding application for between £2,000 and £10,000 can be submitted. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is 28 February 2020.

The funding is intended for the following purposes:

  • New or improved launching points in urban or rural locations or as part of a water trail, such as steps or pontoons. Linked promotion of access points including signage or maps to increase participation and use.
  • Incorporating better accessibility or facilities at waterside locations which might improve the parking or changing aspects of a site.
  • Improving the quality of the waterways and oceans through support, for example practical kits, for a clean-up or an improved natural habitat.

The focus for the current funding round is on:

  • Increasing and protecting public access points, steps or platforms.
  • Improving the suitability of launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community.

An online application form can be found on the Canoe Foundation’s website ( Any questions about the Canoe Foundation should be made using the ‘Contact Us’ ( form on the Canoe Foundation’s website.

Please note that although the Foundation has no full-time staff at this time and relies mainly on volunteers, it ‘will endeavour to acknowledge applications and respond within a week of receipt.’

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available per year for up to three years (£30,000 total request). The next deadline for applications is 2 December 2019 (11:59pm).

From September 2019, the Small Grants programme will no longer consider applications for projects delivering Child Sexual Exploitation related work. Instead all applications, regardless of grant size, should be directed to the Main Grants programme, which is currently closed but expected to reopen for applications in December 2019.

Funding is available to organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Eligible projects will make these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Applicants must refer to the A-Z Guidance document before making an application.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Children in Need website.

Contact BBC Children in Need for further information at their website ( or telephone 0345 609 0015 or email

Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.

There will be approximately £3 million for Round 7. It is expected that around 17 community businesses will receive funding.

Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available for:

  • Building-related capital costs (purchasing, renovating or adapting), applicants can request up to a maximum of 75% of these costs.
  • Non-building related capital costs (purchasing other equipment and physical assets); applicants can request 100% of these costs.
  • Project specific revenue costs of running the business, applicants can request up to 75% of the revenue costs associated with the project.

The fund is is expected to re-open for applications on 11 September 2019. Existing Community Businesses that are incorporated and based in England can apply.

A community business is often set up to tackle a local issue that the community faces together. There are many types of community business but the four key features that they must have are:

  • Locally rooted – they are rooted in a particular geographical place and respond to its needs, for example high levels of urban deprivation or rural isolation.
  • Accountable to local community – they are accountable to local people. This can be demonstrated in many ways but the organisation must have evidence of regular community influence on the business.
  • Trading for benefit of local community – they are businesses and their income comes from activities like renting out space in their buildings, trading as cafés or selling the produce they grow.
  • Broad community impact – they benefit the community as a whole and can clearly evidence the positive social impact on the broader community.

Organisations must have at least one year of accounts; this could be management accounts or annual accounts. Organisations that have not been operating long enough to have one year of financial accounts are not eligible, unless it is a subsidiary of an established organisation that can provide at least a year of accounts.

Power to Change will not fund the full costs of the project.

Groups can apply for:

  • 75% of revenue costs for the project e.g. staff salaries, professional fees.
  • 75% of building-related capital costs e.g. purchasing, extending or renovating a building.
  • 100% of other capital costs e.g. the purchase of a vehicle

Applicants should have other sources of funding either confirmed or close to confirmation to show that the project is viable.

The current guidelines, FAQs, and online application form can be found on the Power to Change website –

Applicants can contact Power to Change’s grant partner, UMi, at any point during the application process for free advice and guidance on 0300 1240444 or

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that relate to the delivery of financial skills to different defined groups. The current theme is Life Changing Transitions.

Money Saving Expert Charity logo.

The maximum grant available is £7,500. The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation’s core funding.

The charity operates a themed approach for each funding round. Applications will be accepted from 2September 2019 and close once the number of accepted applications reaches 40 or 27 September 2019, whichever is soonest. If the grant round closes early, the application form will NOT be accessible to complete.

The next application rounds are scheduled 2 September 2019 to 30 September 2019

The September 2019 grant round is targeting and supporting groups who provide and deliver practical financial life skills to those particularly going through a life changing transition.

Projects must focus on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, and resettlement.

Groups should start the application process by taking the Eligibility Quiz, which can be found on the MSE Charity website (see along with the online application form, a set of guidance notes and FAQs.

Those that wish to discuss their project should first send an email to the Operations Manager. Contact MSE Charity for further information on

Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Collections Care Scheme

Grants available to enable small museums to develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections through improvements to collections care within their museum.

The maximum grant awarded will be £10,000. It is expected that the average grant awarded will be around £5,000.

If applicants are VAT Registered, recoverable VAT should be deducted from any invoices before claiming.

The grants may enable museums to receive tailored, specialist advice about care of collections, or equipment to implement that advice.

Funds may also support the training staff or volunteers to use new equipment, as well as its purchase, emphasising low cost solutions that can be easily understood. Better collections care supports museums’ long-term sustainability. AIM are looking for projects that enable a step-change in the quality of collections care that a museum can provide.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019. Applicants may apply to the scheme more than once for different projects.

Further information can be found along with application forms can be downloaded from AIM’s website –

Applications should be emailed to the AIM Grants & Finance Officer: Projects should, ideally, be discussed with the AIM Grants and Finance Officer prior to application (email or telephone 0333 305 8060.

Association of Independent Museums (AIM)/ Pilgrim Trust Remedial Conservation Scheme

Grants are available to support small museums with the conservation of objects in their collections. The maximum grant awarded will be £10,000 with the average grant around £5,000. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019.

If museums are VAT Registered, recoverable VAT should be deducted from any invoices before claiming.

To be eligible, museums must:

  • Be an AIM member
  • Be a registered or accredited museum, or be confident of achieving accreditation within two years (those in the latter category AIM reserves the right to discuss the accreditation application with the relevant authority)
  • Be a registered Charity, an associated charity can receive the grant on the museum’s behalf, if the museum itself is not a charity
  • Have fewer than 50,000 visitors p.a. OR a turnover of less than £300,000 p.a. (Please note in the case of branch museums, the total turnover of the parent organisation must be less than £300,000 p.a.)
  • Application to this scheme does not prevent museums applying to the Pilgrim Trust (who are the funding body) for other, unrelated projects

Applicants may apply to the scheme more than once for different projects.

Applicants do not need to offer partnership funding although it will be welcome if they do. Bids may be made to part-fund larger schemes but not if that scheme is already being funded by the Pilgrim Trust

Museums may find it helpful to talk to their local Museums Development Officer (MDO) before making an application. Contact AIM to find out who best to contact for your area.

The application form and guidance notes can be downloaded on AIM’s website (

For further information contact Justeen Stone, AIM Grants& Finance Officer at or telephone 0333 305 8060.

Completed Grant forms should be returned to the AIM Administrator via their postal address.

Justeen Stone
Association of Independent Museums (AIM)
AIM Postal
PO Box 181

Edge Fund

Grants are available for organisations taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world; work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Edge Fund logo.

This is a very small fund. Grants of up to £3,000 are available.

The closing date for Round 11 applications is 16 September 2019.

Key Criteria:

Communities and campaign groups based in the UK and Republic of Ireland that are working for social, economic and environmental justice are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, applicants should be:

A not-for-profit organisation.

Addressing issues facing a particular community (eg racism) to be led by that community (eg people of African and Asian heritage).

Small groups with a small annual income that struggle to get funding elsewhere. (To date, funding has not been awarded to any group with an annual income of more than £25,000; the average income of groups is around £2,500.)

Application forms are available to download from the Fund’s website – Contact the Edge Fund for further information using 0776 7126915, 0300123 1965 or