Elephant Trust

Grants are available to artists in the visual arts, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. Grants are usually limited to £2,000, but larger grants up to £5,000 may be considered. The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work.

The Trust aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and art institutions and galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

The next deadlines for applications are 17 June 2019 and 14 October 2019. There are normally four deadlines each year.

All applications should be submitted by post (email applications are not accepted). There is no application form but a set of guidelines and a downloadable cover sheet can be found on the Trust’s website (http://www.elephanttrust.org.uk/).

Groups that have not heard within six weeks of the application deadline can assume that their application has not been successful.

Contact The Elephant Trust for further information by telephone 020 7922 1160 or email ruth@elephanttrust.org.uk.

Comic Relief – Ahead of the Game, Sport and Mental Health

Grants are available for new or existing work in the UK, Ghana, Uganda or Rwanda that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental well-being.

Grants of between £150,000 and £450,000 are available for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.

The requested amount must be proportionate to the annual income of the organisation, and this will be looked at as part of the assessment process. Comic Relief aim to fund no more than 40% of the applicant organisation’s total income in any one year. Capital costs must make up less than 25% of the funding amount being requested.

The funding has two aims:

To support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental well-being.

To contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.

There is a two-stage application process:

The deadline for the first stage applications is 1200 GMT on 31 May 2019.

Shortlisted applications will have a further four weeks to submit a full proposal. The deadline for second stage applications is 1200 GMT on 9 August 2019.

Stage two proposals will then be shortlisted for a full assessment

Once assessments are completed, the funding decisions will be made by the Comic Relief Trustees by the end of January 2020.

The eligibility quiz and GEM, the online application and grant management system can be found on the Comic Relief website (https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/current-opportunities/ahead-game-sport-and-mental-health).

Contact Comic Relief for further information on; tel 020 7820 2000 or email grantsinfo@comicrelief.com.

Sir John Middlemore Charitable Trust

Grants are available to support not-for-profit organisations working to directly benefit children and young people under the age of 18 and for those with a disability, 25, in the West Midlands. Grants of up to £3,000 is available through the scheme.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered four times a year. The majority of support is focussed on Birmingham, however, applications are accepted from organisations across the West Midlands.

The Trustees are particularly keen to support smaller organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Trust’s website (http://www.middlemore.org.uk/) or requested by email (office@middlemore.org.uk). The completed application forms should be returned by email. Postal applications will also be accepted if applicants cannot access email.

In an effort to reduce administration costs, no correspondence or telephone conversations will be entered into with regard to applications.

Geoff Hill Charitable Trust

Grants are available to support local charitable causes in parts of the West Midlands. A small amount of funding is awarded each year. Last year around £53,000 was granted to local good causes.

The Geoff Hill Charitable Trust offers grants to local voluntary and community groups and charities active in Birmingham City, Coventry City, Dudley, Gwynedd, Sandwell, Solihull, and Staffordshire.

The scheme aims to fund local projects with general charitable purposes.Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications should be made in writing to the Trust.

Contact the Geoff Hill Charitable Trust for further information by phone 01384 395852, email geoffhillltd@btconnect.com or see their website https://www.geoffhillltd.co.uk/charitabletrust.

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.

Happy Days Children’s Charity

Funding for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused in the UK.

Eligible applicants can apply for the costs of the following activities:

  • Day trips and Visiting Theatre: funding for a day trip to a wide variety of destinations or for a theatre performance or experience.
  • Items that can be funded are tickets/passes and transport costs.
  • Family Respite Breaks: support to meet the costs of a two to four nights UK respite break. However, under special circumstances, the choice of destination may be extended.
  • Group Activity Holidays: group activity holiday to a wide variety of destinations.

The Charity will accept an application for a family holiday from parents, guardians, grandparents or siblings. The Charity will also accept applications from GPs, consultants, nurses or social workers.

The Charity will consider applications for partial funding, joint projects with other agencies, and applications for group residential holidays.

Funding is not available for accompanying adults who are not key carers. Interested applicants must complete an application form which can be found on the Charity’s website, https://www.happydayscharity.org/.

Contact The Happy Days Children’s Charity for further information on 01582 755999, caroline@happydayscharity.org or 01582 755804, ann@happydayscharity.org.

Magic Little Grants Fund 2019

Small one-off grants are available to small local charities and community groups in Great Britain that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in physical activity to help improve their physical health. The Magic Little Grants Fund is funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

A total of £550,000 is available in 2019 with grants of up to £500.

In addition, first-time grant recipients will receive a free annual membership to Localgiving which is valued at £96.

Open for 2019 applications which can be made at any time until midnight on 30 November 2019.

Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. For example, this could include: facilities hire, kit & equipment, coaching qualifications, other volunteer expenses etc.

Applications which will predominantly cover the costs of one-off events or trips must provide details of how they intend to deliver a longer-term impact.

Applications can be made at any time and are reviewed on a monthly basis. However, groups should note that they could wait up to two months to receive an update on the status of their application.

The guidance notes can be found on the Localgiving website.

Localgiving members can log in to their account to access the online application.

Contact the Localgiving Help Desk for further information on 0300 111 2340 or help@localgiving.org or see their website at https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/magic-little-grants/.

Henry Smith Charity – Holiday Grants for Children

Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation.

One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available.

Funding is available for a maximum of two consecutive years.

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. This means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.

Applications can be made for grants towards a single trip, which could be a day trip or a longer residential of up to seven days in length. This could be to a countryside or city location but must be outside of the children’s immediate locality. Examples include camping, trips to adventure activity centres or the seaside. There is particular interest in funding trips for children located in the bottom 20% of the National Indices of Deprivation.

Guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Charity’s website at https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/holiday-grants-for-children/holiday-grants-for-children-overview/.

Applications will be accepted between 1 March and 30 April 2019 for holidays taken between 1 May and 30 June 2019.

Applications will be accepted between 1 May and 2 July 2019 for holidays taken between 1 July and 31 August 2019.

Applications will be accepted between 3 July and 16 November 2019 for holidays taken between 1 September and 31 December 2019.

Contact the Henry Smith Charity for further information on 020 7264 4970.

Jargon, Jargon & More Jargon

Every area of life has its own jargon and the third sector (who?) is no different. Sometimes this is useful as it acts as a shorthand for everybody. But, if you don’t know then it can be confusing and this can put us off from becoming involved. So, in an attempt to bring a little light to the topic we have put together a few explanations and definitions.

Capital – used in funding it means items like goods, equipment or buildings.

Community Groups – usually smaller not-for-profit groups run by volunteers and small numbers of staff, if any.

Consortium – this is where a group of organizations come together to work in partnership on a project. It could be informal or have a written agreement.

Core Costs – used in funding it means the costs that your organization has to keep it going, for example rent, utilities, some salaries.

Evaluation – how you are going to look at what you do and see if it is working as well as it can.

Full Cost Recovery – used in funding it means including everything that goes into delivering your project. So this means including a portion of the rent, rates, utilities or manager’s time in the budget as well as a direct cost (volunteer expenses, equipment, food, sessional worker and so on. Not all funders will consider FCR.

GDPR – this stands for General Data Protection Regulations and is the latest law around how organizations collect, store and use information about people. It can appear complicated but for most organizations the rules and how to use them are simple.

Governing Documents – this is your rule book, your bible, the document which tells you how you operate. There are different words and types but they all do the same thing: constitution – usually for small groups, charities and charitable incorporated organizations, community interest companies; memorandum and articles of association – for companies limited by guarantee.

Holistic – all around, wrap around, looking at the whole person or problem rather than a particular aspect.

In-kind – used in funding it means non-money contributions, for example volunteer time, materials donated.

Inputs – this is the what you need to do what you do. The ingredients for your service or project. These could be; salaries; volunteer expenses; equipment; vehicle rental; venue rental; gas and electric for your premises; sessional workers.

Joined-up – acting together, different departments or organizations talking together and exchanging information.

Monitoring – this is the process where you keep track of what you are doing (how much – quantitative): how many sessions do you run? how many people do you help? What are the ages of the people you help? Where do they live? Monitoring also keeps track of the quality of your work: how many people were satisfied with what you did? How did it make them feel? Did it make life better for them?

Not-for-profit – an organization whose purpose is to help people and not to get money. This will includes social enterprises where the money they make in profit will go back into the community rather than to a manager or shareholder.

Outcomes – this is the change that you make when you do what you do. It means more of the good things and less of the bad things. Examples could be; an increase in physical activity; a reduction in people feeling lonely; fewer teenage pregnancies; a community is feeling more connected. Outcomes are important as funders want to know what changes your project will do, they need to have an idea of how what you do will make things better.

Outputs – this is what you do – your services, your delivery. This could be; advice sessions; lunch clubs; litter picking sessions; music lessons for people.

Revenue – used in funding it means the costs for items such as salaries, rent, insurance and so on rather than actual goods.

Service users – this is another term for your clients or customers – the people you help.

Third Sector – this is one of the many ways that we describe ourselves. It changes from time to time (who knows why?) and we have been the VS (voluntary and community sector and are nowadays VCSE (voluntary, community & social enterprise) Sector is used. It probably change again.

Voluntary Groups – usually larger not-for-profit groups that will employ staff but will usually have volunteers as well.

As you can see when these terms are explained they are quite simple and you will soon be throwing them into your everyday conversation. If you want to talk about any of the above then drop a line to me on 07910 360624 or colin@bluekeycic.org.uk.

Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups with environmental and community projects that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available under the following conditions:

The maximum project cost should be less than £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs).

Projects are required to secure at least 10% of the total project costs.

Successful applicants will need to pay 10% of the awarded amount to the landfill operator from a third party contributor.

The funding is for capital improvement projects at a single site that fall in one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms.
  • Outdoor spaces.
  • Play and recreation.
  • Biodiversity projects.

The next window for Stage 1 applications is between 1 March 2019 and 30 May 2019 for projects taking place between 18 September 2019 and 6 January 2020.

There are four funding rounds each year. Stage 1 applications will be accepted between:

  • 1 March 2019 and 30 May 2019 for projects taking place between 18 September 2019 and 6 January 2020.
  • 31 May 2019 and 29 August 2019 for projects taking place between 7 January 2020 and 16 March 2020.

The Trust reports that it is oversubscribed with applications for funding, and therefore it is a very competitive process. The chances of success are improved however, if the application clearly explains why the general public need the project to go ahead, includes letters of support from a wide range of potential project beneficiaries, and the project clearly meets the funding criteria.

Contact Veolia Environmental Trust for further information on 0203 567 6820 or UK.EnvironmentalTrustInfo@veolia.com. View their website for more information at https://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/.