Clarion Futures Community Grants Programme

Grants are available to charities and community organisations working for the benefit of people who live in and around the areas in which the Clarion Housing Group operates. Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available.

The programme offers grants to charities and community organisations to fund projects that will benefit Clarion Housing Group’s residents and wider local communities in areas such as the:

  • Encouragement of community engagement and cohesion.
  • Promotion of health and well-being.
  • Engagement of young people in positive activities.
  • Improvement of spaces, places and estate regeneration.
  • Reduction of social isolation.
  • Engagement of older people in positive activities.
  • Improvement of access to training and education-based activities.
  • Support of work and activities in Clarion Community centres.
  • Finding of new ways of reaching and benefiting Clarion Housing Group’s residents and the wider community.

The next deadline for applications is 13 September 2019 (12 noon).

Applications should demonstrate an understanding of what is already going on in the community, and how the proposed project/activity will deliver.

Applications must be submitted via the Clarion Futures online grants portal (Flexi-Grant) (https://clarionfutures.flexigrant.com/default.aspx), which can be accessed through the Clarion Housing Group website.

Contact the Clarion Futures Grants Team or the Clarion Futures Communities Team for further information at FuturesCommunities@myclarionhousing.com or on 0300 1000303 or see their website at https://www.myclarionhousing.com/advice-and-support/clarion-futures-communities/grants/community-grants/.

Cash4 Clubs

Awards are available for sports clubs throughout the UK to improve facilities, buy new kit and equipment, and increase sporting opportunities. Grants of £500 and £1,000 are awarded at the discretion of Paddy Power Betfair and the judging panel.

Cash for clubs logo.

The deadline for applications is 27 September 2019 with notification to winners in October 2019. Match funding is not a specified requirement.

Funding can be requested for anything that will add to the sustainability and effectiveness of the sports club, including buying new equipment, improving facilities or helping members to gain coaching qualifications.

Examples of previously supported projects include the following:

  • Training for Coaches to ensure they are all level 1 standard.
  • Junior paddles and safety equipment.
  • Underwater camera for monitoring swimmers’ technique.
  • Equipment for a golf club team.
  • Racing wheelchair and other athletics equipment.
  • New rugby kit, tackle bags, balls and corner flags.
  • Kit for a junior netball team.
  • Tennis court resurfacing.
  • Floor mats and low balance beams.
  • First aid training for coaches and new first aid equipment.
  • Lifejackets, radios and paddles.
  • Developing links with local disability schools to get more disabled children to play cricket.
  • Funds for a new floor.
  • Purchase of Dojang matting.
  • Tennis ball machine and new balls and nets.

Applications should be made using the online application form at the dedicated Cash4 Clubs website (https://cash-4-clubs.com/). Contact Betfair for further information at cash4clubs@paddypowerbetfair.com.

Twitter Is Mastered

A shout of accomplishment would be heard across the land were my voice loud enough. I have published my very first tweet. As this is it, it is not very exciting but a victory for me embracing one more facet of the 21st century.

Being worth of the description of mature I understand the frustration of having something new to learn when I am quite busy doing more things than I have time for.

Working within the not-for-profit sector I am aware that we do lag behind somewhat. I am not referring to those extremely large organizations that employ hundreds, have incomes of millions and have chief executives on salaries that are quite hard to justify but rather the backbone of the not-for-profit sector who do so much good in our communities. It is quite often a matter of resources I believe – whether those resources are money (can we afford that equipment?) or time (we need to do our work not spend hours in front a computer shouting about what we do).

Slowly, but surely though, I have come to believe that keeping abreast of the different ways we communicate is vital. Organizations now have dedicated communications officers, something unheard of only a few years ago. These publish tweets, posts, emails and more to the world. And with care the information we send out is invaluable: news (good and bad), advice, encouragement.

So before we start to complain that it’s just too difficult remember that these things are designed to be simple and with a little practice, they are. It can be well worth the effort so take keyboard in hand and shout out to the universe.

Disasters Do Happen

Larger organizations will have spent time and money to create plans which will ensure that their firm can withstand acts of fate or malice that harm an organization. This could be burst pipes, earthquake or hurricane – anything that can stop or hinder an organizations from operating. We all need resources to do the work we do: people, equipment, vehicles or buildings. Disaster planning is just taking the time to think about what could go wrong and then what can we do to mitigate these circumstances.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

An extremely common and vital resource that we use are computers, or more specifically the information that we hold on them. At the very least we may have a list of our clients and their contact details. More information may be held, for example what actions we have undertaken with them. What would happen if this data is lost? This is a simple thing to happen: a hard drive having worked well for 7 years (we don’t often get up to date kit in the not-for-profit sector) has come to the end of its life and dies; a flood destroys our equipment; a computer is stolen. How many of us back-up our data. Unfortunately there are some organizations, especially the smaller ones who do not think of this as a priority.

Nowadays mobile memory devices are cheap and the regular copying of our information is not an onerous process. It does not require specialist software for most small organizations and there are ways of protecting this data from prying eyes. It is a small effort that can save a great deal of pain in trying to replace lost information. At least you will have one disaster covered.

Adint Charitable Trust

Grants are available to UK registered charities for general charitable work. The Trust awards around £300,000 in grants each year. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Grants tend to be in the range of £5,000 to £10,000. Applications may be submitted at any time.Only UK registered charities may apply.

The grants are to be used for general charitable work. The Trust does not maintain a website or a standard application form. The Trust requests that applicants ‘make their case in hard copy by post or by e-mail (see below) in the manner that they think is best. Their request should show their registered charity number, the name and sort code of their bank and their account number. It will be considered by the Trustees at their next meeting. No acknowledgements will be sent out to unsuccessful applicants. The Trustees are unable to enter into correspondence or arrange meetings and will only contact an applicant if their application is successful.

Trust Administrator
The Adint Charitable Trust
Suite 512
571 Finchley Road
London
NW3 7BN

E-Mail: adintct@btinternet.com

Co-op Local Community Fund

Grants are available for small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man.

No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified.

Most communities get £4,000 to £6,000 to share between three causes.

The funding will be made in two payments: April 2020 and November 2020.

The Co-op Local Community Fund is provided by the Co-op as part of a new membership scheme which gives a 5% reward to shoppers on their purchases of Co-op own-brand products and services, together with an additional 1% given to local causes of their choice.

The Co-op is offering the funding as a way to support local groups that are working to benefit the lives of Co-op members and their communities. The deadline for applications is 16 June 2019.

Funding is available for projects which benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes.

To be eligible, projects must address at least one of the following:

  • Help a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces.
  • Support the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities.
  • Help people reach their full potential by developing their skills.
  • Projects or events must also:
  • Take place in the UK or Isle of Man.
  • Not have religious or political aims; however, religious organisations can apply.
  • Benefit the local community.
  • Take place or will still be running after November 2020.
  • Meet the Co-operatives values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. (In the tradition of their founders, Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.)

Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Co-op’s website (https://www.coop.co.uk/local-causes). Contact the Co-op for further informationcommunityteam@co-operative.coop.

Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund

Grants are available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities for projects that will increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport. Typically, grants will range from £2,500 to £5,000. Larger grants may be possible in some circumstances. The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

Key Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from local community groups, sports clubs and charities. Applications can be made for grants towards some or all of the following types of projects with the intention of growing outdoor sports capacity to reach more young people:

  • The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities.
  • The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications.
  • The purchase of specialist disability equipment.
  • The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise.

An application form can be found on the Access Sport website (https://www.accesssport.org.uk/angus-irvine-playing-fields-fund). Applications should be submitted by email. Contact Access Sport for further information on 020 7933 9883 or aipff@accesssport.co.uk.

A B Charitable Trust

Grants are available for small to medium-sized charities registered and working in the UK that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK. The grants range in size, with most grants being in the range of £10,000 to £20,000.

The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT), an independent, UK based grant-making organisation, is concerned with promoting and defending human dignity and human rights. The Trust’s focus is on unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society.

The next deadline is 10 May 2019. Charities should have an annual income of between £150,000 and £1.5 million and no substantial investments or surpluses. Capital appeals are not normally supported.

An online application form must be submitted with a funding proposal, no longer than 1,200 words in Microsoft Word format, including background, aims and objectives, activities and achievements.

Applications and funding proposals should be uploaded along with following supporting documents:

  • Signed copy of the charity’s latest accounts/statements, with a reporting date that is no more than 12 months prior to the application deadline.
  • The organisation’s latest management accounts and the projected surplus/deficit for the current financial year.
  • Up to two items of publicity material that illustrate the work of the charity, such as annual reviews or leaflets.

Contact the A B Charitable Trust (http://abcharitabletrust.org.uk/index.htm) for further information by telephone 020 7313 8070 or email mail@abcharitabletrust.org.uk.

Strasser Foundation

The Strasser Foundation, a very small registered charity, offers funding to voluntary and community organisations in the geographical area of Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and environs for local good causes. Applications are accepted at any time.

The funding is intended to support projects that are charitable in nature and benefit, children and young people, older people, or people with disabilities.

Applicants are advised to contact the Foundation to confirm that exclusions do not apply.

The Foundation does not maintain a website or have a formal application form. Applications should be made in writing to The Strasser Foundation.


The Strasser Foundation
c/o Knights Solicitors
The Brampton
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 OQW

Tel: 01782 627089
E-Mail: afhjb@fsmail.net

Feminist Review Trust

Grants are available for projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women. Grants of up to £15,000 are available. However, the Trustees rarely give out awards of this amount. The Trust receives a very large number of applications; far more than it can fund. The current success rate for applications is 1–2%. [This may seem low but a good application will no doubt stand a better chance.]

In 2018 and 2019, the Trust particularly welcome applications from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:

  • Lesbian and transgender rights
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Disabled women and girls
  • Refugee women and girls

The 2019 application deadlines are:

  • 31 January 2019 (for 30 May decision)
  • 30 April 2019 (for 5 September decision)
  • 10 September 2019 (for 15 December decision)

An application form and more detailed information can be found on the Trust’s website (http://www.feminist-review-trust.com/). The completed form should be returned by email to the Trust. The Trust only accepts electronic applications.

Contact the Feminist Review Trust for further information by email on administrator@feminist-review-trust.com.