Comic Relief and Community Foundation

Comic Relief’s Core Strength – Local Communities Grants Programme Opens

Comic Relief – Core Strength Local Communities

Working in partnership, Comic Relief and UK Community Foundations have launched this 12-month programme which will fund the organisation costs of small locally led groups working in their local communities across the UK.

This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups that are doing ‘much needed’ work in their local communities.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 or between £1,000 and £10,000 (depending on the local community foundation) are to be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.

The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of Comic Relief’s priorities, which are:

  • Connected communities – seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities.
  • Productive communities – investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources.
  • Empowered communities – working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual income of £100,000 or under for the last full financial year.
  • Have been running activities for at least 12 months.
  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area.
  • Have limited access to other sources of income.
  • Clearly define the need they are addressing.
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to local people.
  • Illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes.
  • Provide clear evidence that the services they provide are inclusive to all.

It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme.

This programme is being managed by UK Community Foundations and each area has a local Community Foundation that will administer and manage these grants.

Groups should visit their local Community Foundation website to find out how to apply and the application deadlines.

Community Foundation Wales information can be found here

Each local Community Foundation will have different deadlines throughout the year.

The Community Foundation for Wales

Fund for Wales Opens for Applications (Wales)

community foundation in WalesThe Community Foundation for Wales has announced that grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:

 

  • Improving people’s chances in life
  • Building stronger communities
  • Improving rural and urban environments
  • Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities
  • Preserving heritage and culture.

Grants can support full or partial costs of, for example:

  • Projects costs
  • Small capital items & equipment
  • Core costs
  • Activities and programmes (e.g. room hire, transport costs, volunteer expenses, insurance, tutor fees, community events).

This Fund is open to constituted community-based charities and organisations (e.g. associations, social enterprises and clubs) whose beneficiaries are all in Wales; with an income of less than £100,000 in the latest reported financial year; and which are volunteer-driven and have no more than one full-time equivalent member of staff throughout the year.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 31st July 2016. Read more at: http://cfiw.org.uk/eng/grants/33-fund-for-wales-?dm_i=1X27,4AKTQ,J4CEJA,FPGUM,1

BBC Children in Need

Small Grants Programme (UK)

bbc-blocks-darkNot for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties’ and / or living in situations of deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:
The Midlothian Association of Play which received a grant of £9,996 to run holiday playschemes with trips and activities for young people living in low income areas.
Trewirgie Junior School which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantage children aged 7-11.
The closing date for applications is the 1st September 2016. Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fJVTzz5QmQx5rx0S4NVg0Q/small-grants

People’s Postcode Trust

2016 Grants

Postcode TrustDeadline: 30 Sept
People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area. Registered charities in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500-£20,000 (£10,000 in Wales), whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.

Read more at: http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

Community Foundation Wales

Local Communities Programme

community foundation in WalesCommunity Foundation in Wales will re-open the Local Communities programme for applications on the 1st October 2016. Run in partnership with Comic Relief, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available to support projects that will empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. Organisations can apply for funding to:

  • Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
  • Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
  • Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.

Read more at: http://www.cfiw.org.uk/eng/grants/37-comic-relief-local-communities