Friday, May 25, 2012

Grant funding for schools and other organisations

There are a fair few outdoor play funding schemes available, which could help your dream playground become a reality. Here are some to get you started:

GRANTnet is a user-friendly free to use service which has been devised to assist community and voluntary groups, sports and other clubs, schools, social enterprises and small businesses in identifying funding opportunities for specific projects.  Having identified the grants, it is then important to receive help and advice from people who are experienced in the grant application process. The database contains over 4,000 funding opportunities from United Kingdom and European Commission sources.
fit4funding is nationally recognised as a quality provider of training on all aspects of fundraising and commissioning involving Third Sector organisations. It is the link between national and local in funding advice and works across the UK, although its main focus is in West Yorkshire.
The Grants4Schools website is aimed at providing information on grant funding and sponsorship sources relevant to primary, secondary and special schools within both the state and independent sectors.
NCPTA provides you with lots of hints and tips on how to boost your fundraising success including what to consider before you get started.
Woodenspoon aims to improve the quality and prospect of life for children and young people living in the UK and Ireland who are physically, socially or mentally disadvantaged. Grants are available to special needs schools, in the region of £20,000 to £100,000, representing 25-100% of total project costs.
Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards assist organisations supporting children’s welfare and children’s educational projects. Grants are in the form of one-off payments in the region of £1,500K to £5,000.
Get your little treasures to help you make money for your school. All you need to do is nominate a member of your Parent Teacher’s Association to register with eBay for charity and be in charge of collecting donations.  Then your school can start selling. Turn old tennis rackets into a new gym – it couldn’t be simpler.
Awards for All is a Lottery grant scheme for small, community-based projects in the UK, which promote education, the environment and health. Grants are awarded between £300 and £10,000.
The landfill community fund allows landfill operators to donate funds towards local community and environmental projects. The scheme is regulated by EnTrust.
Set-up by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Superground’s project enables RBS group employees to nominate their local primary or secondary school for an award of £4,000.
The John Laing School Awards are open to school projects in Greater London, which promote education, the environment and health or encourage play and social development. Grants are available up to £3,000. Please contact your Local Authority for further information.
School travel plans are an ideal way to fund waiting and bike shelters .
The Teachernet  and Fundraising for schools websites contain valuable information about funding playground projects, or visit the Grantfinder website to find out which grants your project is eligible for.
Schools wishing to take a broader view, who want to maximise the social and educational value of their grounds, should consider becoming members of Learning through Landscapes, an educational charity dedicated to school grounds improvement.
Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises - providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau has a handy guide to Funding Information Services.

BIG Fund to deliver £100million government support to charities.

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust gives grants of between £1,000 to £250,000.

The Woodward Charitable Trust is open for applications of up to £5,000 from UK charities.

The Hedley Foundation gives grants of up to £5,000.

The Greggs Foundation offers grants of up to £2,000 for small projects.
The Dulverton Trust is open to applications for funding.

The Garfield Weston Foundation gives a number of grants for a variety of projects.
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000 to local projects that support children and their education and welfare, elderly people and adults and children with disabilities.
Previous projects supported have included part funding to purchase minibuses; befriending schemes; luncheon clubs; and day trips / social trips for elderly / disabled people; sensory garden or room projects; and outdoor classrooms.
Applications for grants for elderly people and adults and children with disabilities should be made between the 1st February and the 31st March or the 1st August and the 30th September.
Biffaward, which is one of the largest Landfill Communities Fund schemes, has announced that its Flagship programme is now open to applications.
Biffawards provides grants to support a range of community and biodiversity project.
Through the Flagship programme grants of between £150,000 and £500,000 are available to support projects that have a regional or national impact. The Flagship Scheme supports two themes:
  • Rebuilding biodiversity
  • Cultural facilities
Projects must be site-based, within 25 miles of a Biffa operation and ten miles of an active landfill.
The organisation making the application must be eligible to enrol with ENTRUST as an Environmental Body.
Previously supported projects include:
A grant of £257,529 to Groundwork London to develop a Flagship Playscape project at King Georges Fields, Ealing, which aims to break the mould of the risk-averse traditional children's play areas.
The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire & Peterborough who won a Flagship grant of £389,930 towards the Great Fen Project.  This project, which demonstrates regional and national significance, with long term benefits for biodiversity and communities, will restore more than 3,000 hectares of wildlife habitat to the Cambridgeshire Fens.
Biffawards usually support 2 to 3 Flagship projects per year.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a new campaign supported by the SITA Trust, HRC Prince William and the Fields Trust.  The Challenge aims to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities such as pitches, woodlands, children's play areas, gardens, bicycle trails, parks etc, all across the country as a permanent living legacy of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee which will be in 2012.
Local Authorities, Parish and Town Councils, sports clubs and other private landowners can apply to obtain Queen Elizabeth II Field status.  All those areas that are designated a Queen Elizabeth II Field will then be able to apply through SITA's £1 million Queen Elizabeth II Fields Fund, for grants to make improvements to the recreation area.
Through this fund there will be two different strands:
The QEII Fields Volunteer Support Fund, which will make grants of up to £5,000 to fund those projects where volunteers are extensively involved in the delivery of the project; and the QEII Major Works Fund, which will make grants of up to £25,000 to support those projects that also focus on delivery by volunteers, but will allow major works to be carried out by contractors.
For further information including how to apply to become a Queen Elizabeth II Field click on the link above.
Check website’s postcode checker for eligibility from Sita.
Comic Relief:  Grants Sport for change
The aim of this programme is to understand more about how sport can play a part in delivering positive change within the lives of individuals and communities.
We also want to understand how sport can be used to tackle identified social issues as part of a broader programme to achieve a measurable social change.
This is a two stage application process.
Our grants usually vary between £25,000 and £40,000 per year for a maximum of three years and rarely exceed this upper limit. The maximum grant size in this programme is £100,000 in total
Visit the website to find out more.
Youth Music, the UK's largest children's music charity has announced its grant making programme is open for applications. Through its "Open Programme", grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 are available to support projects that provide music-making activities for children and young people in support of Youth Music's goals.
Youth Music will fund any non profit-making organisation more than one year old, that is committed to music-making activities for children and young people up to 18 (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs, disabilities or are in detention).
Youth Music aims to support music making activities principally in out of school hours such as during weekends, holidays as well as in breakfast and after schools clubs. Youth Music understands that programmes may need to begin in school hours especially if the proposal involves encouraging first time participation in music. To help with this, Youth Music will consider applications for programmes where up to 25% of the time is spent in school hours. The proposed programme should aim to encourage children and young people to eventually make music outside of school hours.
Sportsmatch, which is funded by Sport England to support the development of grassroots sport has announced that it is now seeking applications for funding for 2011/12. Through the scheme, Sportsmatch offers pound for pound matched funding to investments made by businesses, trusts and individuals into projects that encourage sports participation at grass roots level.
The funding available is primarily for running costs (maximum grant £100,000) although capital awards of up to £25,000 can be made through the scheme. This can include non personal sports equipment such as outdoor basketball nets, kwik cricket surfaces, boats, sports wheelchairs etc. The scheme is open to community based sports projects, in particular those that benefit young people, disability groups, black and minority ethnic groups and/or women and girls. Since its original launch in November 1992, Sportsmatch, together with commercial sponsorship, has invested more than £102 million into 5784 community sports projects across England.
If you need any further advice please phone the Funding Helpline on 08458 508 508.
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, which is a registered charity established to support projects in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.
Grants are available to voluntary organisations within the UK and the Republic of Ireland working in this field.  The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults. Application for funding is normally considered for capital and revenue costs and for both specific projects and for general running/core costs.  They will not offer grants for research into or care of those with mental illness or dyslexia. The Fund offers grants from £250 upwards.
The British Ecological Society is offering grants to enable teachers to make the teaching of ecology more innovative, interesting and exciting in primary, secondary and tertiary schools.
The aim of this grant is to promote good practice in teaching ecology and to support ecology teaching that is innovative, inspiring and intellectually stimulating. Grants are available to enable teachers to develop and resource innovative teaching and learning activities and/or to undertake research to evaluate methods of teaching ecology.
This can be achieved in many different ways and can include projects based in or outside of the classroom. Grants of up to £1,500 are available and there are two application deadlines per year.
Charities, schools and community groups have the opportunity to apply for funding for local projects that require financial assistance to the ASDA Foundation.  The ASDA Foundation trust was set up in 1988 to support local good causes chosen by employees and is funded by profits from the mid-week national lottery. Organisations can apply for funding for a wide range of projects as long as they have the support of local ASDA colleagues.
Some of the projects that the ASDA Foundation has supported in the past include:
Transforming a large tarmac playing ground at Haslingden Primary School, Lancashire, into a place where children can play, learn, enjoy, plant and grow, and most of all have fun.
The Foundation also provided funding for the Southglade Park community allotment, a non profitable initiative where the produce grown is used to educate young children and adults on healthy eating.
Potential applicants should contact their local Store or Depot in the first instance.
The Garfield Weston Foundation offers support to organisations that are registered charities and excepted or exempt charities such as churches, hospitals, educational establishments, museums and housing corporations. Founded in 1958 the Garfield Weston Foundation is a UK based, general grant- giving charity that makes grants in the areas of the Arts, Community Education, Medical, Environment, Health, Religion, Welfare and Youth.
  • Applications are considered individually by the Foundation and the following issues are taken into consideration:
  • The financial viability of the organisation;
  • The degree of need for the project requiring funding;
  • The amount spent on administration and fundraising as compared to the charitable activities;
The ability to raise sufficient funding to meet the appeal target;
Whether the organisation has appropriate priorities and plans in place to manage its activities.
There is no limit on the size of grant.
There are no application deadlines.
The John Lewis Partnership is interested in giving donations to small, local groups. Areas it particularly supports include care for the sick and the disabled; youth and children; care and housing for the elderly; medical research; and welfare and counselling services. The website also says that “The Partnership favours charities in which Partners are personally involved.” If you want to approach them for a grant contact the local John Lewis Community Liaison Coordinator. Details of the Partnership’s charitable giving can be found on the website.
Charitable organisations (and schools specifically for children and young people with disabilities or Special Educational Needs) working towards educating young people, especially young people with disabilities and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds can apply for funding of up to £30,000 through the Equitable Charitable Trust.
The Trustees award approximately £1 million a year and seeks to identify and support good projects that address needs not adequately met at present, including those with potential to be introduced to large numbers of schools. Grants made by the Trust fall into three broad categories.
Education projects or services that support the learning and development of disabled children and young people in the UK;
Education projects for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK, particularly those that support delivery of the National Curriculum or vocational learning opportunities; and
Education projects that will help increase participation in, or improve the quality of, education for disadvantaged or disabled children and young people in developing countries.
The length of funding can range from one to three years. Previously supported projects include supplementary Maths, English and Science classes for disadvantaged 5-18 year olds; education projects to reduce teenage pregnancies; capital grants for the renovation and refurbishment of facilities for children with complex needs and disabilities; and music education projects for children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
For example, ‘Art room’ received £5,000 towards ear one of a three year project to pay for salary costs of an education project at a school in a deprived area of Oxford; and ‘Math’a’Magic’ tour received £17,745 to tour schools in disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland. Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered on a rolling basis by the Trustees.
This level of funding will be sustained throughout 2012 and 2013.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales supports charities that help disadvantaged people engage with their local community.  Since the foundation’s establishment 25 years ago, £297m has been invested in 42,000 charities, and over the last three years £56.8m has been invested in the flagship community programme which most charities report has helped them offer better support to their users.
The foundation has supported the maintenance and creation of over 2,500 jobs and 12,000 volunteering opportunities with the work of the charities including:
  • Helping to reduce isolation of individuals.
  • Increase access to social interaction in both rural and urban settings.
  • Improve access to local, and often specific, support networks.
  • Improve the confidence and self-esteem of beneficiaries and provide an overall improvement in basic skills, including literacy and numeracy.
Linda Kelly, Chief Executive said:
“We are particularly pleased to be able to provide a continued and high level of sustained support to charities that deliver lasting changes within our communities.  Charities are finding securing funding very difficult with significantly less statutory funding available, matched funding problems and a fall in infrastructure support.
“We hope our continued approach, as a leading community funder, will help provide the much needed support and core funding charities need to continue their vital work with our society’s most disadvantaged people and communities.” 
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales
Pentagon House
52-54 Southwark Street
London SE1 1UN
Phone:0870 411 1223
Tel (via TypeTalk):18001 0870 411 1223
Fax:0870 411 1224
The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (AFMT ) supports projects that allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors.
The Trust usually supports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applications from individuals, but these must have a referee.
The AFMT support a wide range of projects, but are unlikely to support foreign trips.
Projects the fund has supported in the past include:
A £300 grant of a Youth Forum in Lancashire to support a programme of outdoor activities; £500 grant for a group of young people from Bradford to go on a residential outdoor activities course in Scotland.
Applications can be made at any time.
The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (AFMT) supports projects that allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. The Trust usually supports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applications from individuals, but these must have a referee. The AFMT support a wide range of projects, but are unlikely to support foreign trips. Projects the fund has supported in the past include:
A £300 grant of a Youth Forum in Lancashire to support a programme of outdoor activities. A £500 grant for a group of young people from Bradford to go on a residential outdoor activities course in Scotland.
Applications can be made at any time.
The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes.
Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are made to registered charities in the UK within the areas of:
  • arts and culture
  • environment
  • health
  • education
  • disadvantaged.
Grants are made at regular intervals during the year and the total level of grants is approximately £1,000,000, 30% of these grants will be made to organisations in the Luton and Bedfordshire area.
Applications can be made at any time as there are no application deadlines.
Percy Bilton Charity provides grants to registered charities who are focusing their activities at the following target groups:
  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people - Aged under 25
  • People with disabilities
  • People over the age of 60
There are two main types of funding: Large grants (One off payments for capital expenditure of £2,000 and over) and Small grants (Providing funding of up to £500 towards furnishings and equipment for small projects). Favours bids from small charities.
There is no set deadline and bids can be submitted at anytime but Board meetings are
held quarterly in March, June, September and December to consider large grants.
Wooden Spoon is a children’s charity dedicated to helping underprivileged children (disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially) and young people to live happier, richer lives. Previous support has been capital toward medical treatment and recovery centres, sports and activity areas, sensory rooms and gardens, playgrounds (includes schools).
Outreach programmes for children and young people in their communities can also receive funding through Wooden Spoon.
Local Not for Profit Organisations such as charities, charitable companies, churches and schools can apply for grants of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation regional grants programme.
The Greggs Foundation was established in 1987 by Ian Gregg, founder of the Greggs bakery retailer.  The regional grants programme is administered by committees of volunteers from Gregg shops, bakeries and offices who are based in England, Scotland and Wales. They use their knowledge of the local area to make small grants to local organisations, in particular those that make a difference to people in need in the heart of Greggs' local communities.
The Greggs Foundation prioritises local organisations that help people in need in their local area. Many charitable causes can be supported through the programme. Most of the grants are to support an identifiable cause such as trips, activities and equipment.
Additionally the Foundation prioritises the following people:
  • People with caring responsibilities;
  • People with disabilities;
  • Homeless people; and
  • Older people. 
Past recipients include:
  • £2,000 to the Grange Day Centre in Newcastle – the grant was used to provide outdoor activity sessions for older people; and
  • £2,000 to the Sunbeams Music Trust in Cumbria. This charity uses music as therapy for people with disabilities.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
The Marsh Christian trust supports a wide range of projects/general charitable purposes. Areas which have been funded include: social welfare; literature, arts and heritage; environmental causes; conservation and animal welfare; healthcare and medical research; education and training; and overseas appeals.
Grants are only made to registered charities that are experienced in their chosen field of work with particular consideration given towards charities displaying a Christian emphasis.
There is no deadline for receipt of applications. The Trustees meet monthly, but due to the volume of appeals received responses to new appeals may take up to three months to arrive. However, a response is made to every appeal. Grants are given towards core-funding and range between £250-£4,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.
Clore Duffield Foundation’s Main Grants Programme does not fund individuals, but it can match lottery funding, support capital redevelopments and learning space initiatives, and provide project, programme and revenue funding.
Application procedures are straightforward, and the Foundation continues to maintain a balance between supporting large-scale projects, with far-reaching effects, and small-scale community endeavours. Grants range from below £5,000 to in excess of £1m.
All grants are awarded at the Trustees meeting, held twice a year. As there is no fixed schedule for these meetings, applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
The Foundation welcomes submissions to the Main Grants Programme for projects from the following sectors:
  • Museums, galleries and heritage sites (particularly for learning spaces)
  • The arts
  • Education
  • Health, social care and disability
  • Jewish charities with interests in any of the above areas
Learning Spaces
The Clore Duffield Foundation has funded museum, gallery and heritage learning spaces across the UK for over 15 years, from £2.5m Clore learning centres in national museums, to donations of less than £5,000 for single rooms in local history heritage buildings. 
In light of this experience, the Foundation provides learning space applicants with basic guidance on cost; lighting levels; location, use and nature of space; dimensions; programming; display; architect's plans; and best practice examples (small- and large-scale).
Applicants should also read Space for Learning: A Handbook for Education Spaces in Museums, Heritage Sites and Discovery Centres (2004), which can be downloaded on the website before applying for funding.
For more information or to apply to this fund, please see their site.
The Football Foundation has announced that its Facilities Grant Scheme is now open for applications for projects that improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities. 
Organisations that are eligible to apply for funding include football clubs, multi-sports, local authorities, all educational establishments, registered charity organisations & not for profit organisations.
Grants of up to £500,000 are available to support projects that:
  • sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability; and
  • help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.
The types of facilities the fund provides grants for include:
  • grass pitches drainage/improvements;
  • pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms;
  • artificial turf pitches and multi-use games areas;
  • fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.
Before submitting applications, the foundation strongly recommends submitting an expression of interest form. For example, St Augustine’s RC High School received a £117,446 grant from the Football Foundation towards seven grass pitches. The new pitches allow St Augustine’s, a school with a strong tradition of sporting achievements, to continue to produce successful sports teams. The vastly improved site now contains two 11-a-side pitches, one full-size dual rugby/football pitch, two junior 11-a-side pitches, two Mini Soccer pitches and training grid areas.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
The BRIT Trust seeks applications which encourage young people in the exploration and pursuit of educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits emanating from music.
Organisations with a charitable status are eligible to apply. Applications should be received by The Trust no later than August for consideration at their Trust meeting in September for projects planned for the following year.
Local grassroots community sports clubs in the UK that require funding for equipment, facilities or coaching can apply for grants of between £250 and £1,000 through Cash-4-Clubs.  The Cash 4 Clubs scheme is funded by Betfair and is supported by SportsAid, the charity for sports people. No preference is given as to the types of sport or the age range accessing the activity; however clubs should play an active role in the community, encourage social interaction and fitness, and be registered with their sports’ National Governing body. 
Previous projects supported include:
Strictly Wheelchair Dancing which received a grant of £750 to purchase new wheelchairs and Solihull Cycling Club which received a grant of £600 to provide coaching staff undertake additional training. 
The fund is open to any sports club that is registered with its sports' National Governing body or local authority. 
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Funding for Cricket festivals, schemes and competitions
The Lord's Taverners Grants for Other Cricket Projects are provided and administered by the Lord's Taverners Charity and are available for TSOs active in the UK. The scheme is intended to support organisations which seek to encourage youth participation in cricket and other sporting and leisure activities.
In particular, the scheme wishes to fund organisations involved with young people who have social, environmental, physical or learning disadvantages.
The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.
Eligible Expenditure:
Eligible expenditure includes:
  • Youth cricket festivals.
  • Tournaments.
  • Regional competitions.
  • Youth special coaching schemes.
Funding will not be provided for:
  • Refreshments.
  • Trophies.
  • Overseas tours.
  • Clothing.
Individual or team sponsorship.
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Richard Anstey The Lord's Taverners
10 Buckingham Place
Tel: 020 7821 2828
Old Possum’s Practical Trust supports charitable organisations that work to increase the knowledge and appreciation of aesthetic interests.
Its main areas of interest are:
  • History
  • Arts
  • Architecture
  • Literature
  • Music and
  • Theatre
Further information can be sought through e-mailing or looking online.
Funding for sport and other areas from high street bookmakers
Funds are directed towards a wide range of causes, including: schools, hospices and hospitals, youth support, medical, social sciences, arts, environment and animals, sports.

How To Apply:
In the first instance, the support of a local shop should be secured in raising funds on behalf of a cause. Any monies raised are then banked with the trust, with consideration of additional funds being added by Ladbrokes taken by the trust's grants committee.

When To Apply:
The grants committee meets monthly to consider applications.

Catchment Areas:
UK (communities in which the shops and businesses of Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd or Ladbrokes eGaming Limited operate). Shops in Corsham and Chippenham, Swindon, Bristol, Exeter, Exmouth, Falmouth, Newquay., Penzance, Tiverton, Gloucester, Stroud, Cheltenham, Bridgewater, Yeovil, Taunton, Crewkerne, Bridport. See website for full listing.

General Notes:
Funding comes not from the Ladbrokes company, but via the fundraising efforts of head office and shop staff, customers and 'Event Days'.
Ladbroke Betting and Gaming Ltd
Imperial House
Imperial Drive

Bursaries available for youth sport and disability

The Torch Trophy Trust offers bursaries to help volunteers improve their skills as coaches or officials in youth sport and sport for the disabled.
A bursary will cover 50% of costs up to £1,000. Awards can be used for: Providing funding for volunteers; or encouraging and helping club workers at voluntary level.
The trust doesn’t have deadlines – all applications are looked at as they are sent in.
Individuals in need and charities that work to enhance the quality of life for people in need (specifically the mentally and physically disabled) can apply for funding the ACT Foundation's grant programme. 
The Foundation makes grants to support:
  • the modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc; 
  • the provision of specialist equipment such as specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living; and
  • financial assistance towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre. 
  • Grants can range from £100 to several millions.
Examples of grants that the ACT Foundation has made are:
  • Woodlands School – Hydrotherapy pool for disabled children; and
  • Whizz Kids – Mobility aids for children.
Applications can be made at any time.
The Government has awarded £125 million to the Sutton Trust as the lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust to establish a new major programme to boost the attainment of some of the country's most disadvantaged children. A new charity will be established by the Sutton Trust to deliver the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) which will be used to both initiate grants and seek innovative and bold proposals from schools, teachers, local authorities and charities, to help them improve the performance of poor pupils in the country's lowest performing schools and narrow attainment gaps in the classrooms. For the first two years of the Fund, applications will only be accepted from, or in partnership with, underperforming primary and secondary schools in England. Information on eligibility and criteria is expected to be available from early summer when the new charity will officially be launched, and the first round of grants will be made in the Autumn. The programme is expected to run for the next 15 years, delivering as much as £200 million.
Not for profit organisations and organisation with a charitable purpose can apply for funding through the Mark Leonard Trust. The Mark Leonard Trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and focuses on environmental education in the UK.
In particular the Trust seeks to support projects that focus on:
  • finding practical ways of involving children and young adults;
  • sustainable agriculture and bio-diversity;
  • sustainable transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy; and
  • youth work that supports the rehabilitation of young people involved in anti-social or criminal activities.
Projects supported in the past have included:
a grant of £10,000 to the Federation of City Farms and Community gardens towards a pilot project in Coventry to develop food growing activities in schools; a grant of £10,000 for ‘Web of Hope’, towards the Youth Prints environmental learning project with disadvantaged young people in Worcester; and a grant of £10,000 to Plumpton College to complete the construction of an environmentally friendly classroom.
Applications to the Trust can be submitted at any time.

Funding offered for numeracy and literacy projects

The Britannia Foundation offers grants and donations between £1,000 and £25,000 to registered charities and schools working within education, particularly numeracy and/or financial literacy.
Their focus is to support local communities where there are higher densities of Britannia employees and customers.
The Foundation prefers buying specific items of equipment but in some circumstances will consider capital expenditure and salary costs.
It makes grants totaling up to £1 million each year towards projects for children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled.
The Priorities of the Equitable Charitable Trust are:
  • Education projects or services that support the learning and development of disabled children and young people;
  • Formal education projects for disadvantaged children and young people that support delivery of the National Curriculum (i.e. curriculum enrichment projects) or that deliver accredited vocational learning that will increase employability;
  • Education projects that will help increase participation in, or improve the quality of, education for disadvantaged or disabled children and young people in developing countries.
For overseas projects, Trustees particularly wish to support projects with potential to deliver benefits over the medium to long term.
Grants can be made for project costs, capital expenditure, equipment and/or the salary costs of a post.
The majority of projects funded by the Trust take place at local or regional level, though national projects and those benefiting children or young people overseas (in developing countries only) are also supported. Grants for overseas projects are only made through UK registered charities.
The length of funding can range from one to three years with grants of more than one year paid in annual installments, with installments beyond the first year dependent on receipt of progress reports that are satisfactory to the Trustees.
The size of grants ranges from £2,500 to £30,000. Most are for sums between £5,000 and £20,000. It is rare for a multi-year grant to exceed £10,000 p.a. and most multi-year grants will be for sums between £5,000 and £7,500 p.a.
Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered monthly by the Trustees. The Trust does not have an application form, but recommends that organisations follow the guidelines on our website.
Registered charities, schools and not-for-profit wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). 
The Trust operates two grant making programmes:
  1. The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place.
  2. The large grants programme (Grants over £4,000) is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes.
In 2008/09, the ECT Trustees gave £1.7m to support over 450 educational projects. Grants awarded range from supporting children’s literacy and numeracy, to teaching young people how to manage money in London schools, to helping to keep the ancient craft of coppicing alive by supporting apprenticeships in the North West.
Grants are normally awarded for one year only.  Trustees meet several times a year to consider applications.
Launched originally as a joint initiative with the Big Lottery Fund full responsibility for the programme has now passed to the Heritage Lottery Fund Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £250,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades). To be considered for funding, applicants need to show that.
  • The community values the park as part of their heritage
  • The parks meets local social, economic and environmental needs
The park management actively involves local people Recent awards include a £1.84 million grant to restore Castle Park in Cheshire back to its original historic landscape and to improve sports facilities, the play area, and cafe and kiosk facilities and a £3.5million grant to restore the historic landscaping and buildings, upgrading footpaths, entrances, furniture and signage of Brockwell Park which is located between Brixton, Norwood and Dulwich.
There are two stands :-
  1. Reaching Communities – funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects and/or smaller capital projects up to £50,000
  2. Reaching Communities buildings – funding from £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects.
The Reaching Communities buildings strand is offering grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 for capital projects to improve buildings with multiple community purposes.
The strand is expected to be oversubscribed so applicants are advised to use the online eligibility checker to ensure their postcode falls within the prescribed programme areas.
Applications will be received from voluntary organisations, schools, local authorities and social enterprises.
The Reaching Communities programme is intended to help people and communities in need. Applications should satisfy the programme’s desired outcomes:
People have better chances in life and improved access to training and development.
Stronger communities with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems. Improved rural and urban environments which communities can access and enjoy. Healthier and more active people and communities.
Helping hand scheme supports local groups
Each year Wilkinson Hardware Stores make contributions from company profits to community initiatives within the company’s trading areas through the Helping Hand Scheme. The scheme offers vouchers and financial support to local groups, charities and organisations within the store’s catchment area and is particularly interested in supporting education, family, sports and arts projects.
Please note, as of June 2009, funds have all but dried up / very limited funds are available.
To apply for funding, write to:
Lesley Banks
Sponsorship Administrator
Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd
J K House
Roebuck Way
Manton Wood
S80 3YY.
Tel: 01909 505505.
Funding is available to a wide range of voluntary organisations in East Dorset that work with, and for, the community.   The council’s Grant Aid Schemes are designed to assist voluntary organisations and individuals who would not otherwise be supported. Groups working on lifelong learning projects, supporting young people and the elderly, the disabled and those disadvantaged by social exclusions will be given greater priority. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to cover both capital and revenue costs, other funding will need to be secured.
Windsor Family Trust – Gloucestershire based
This is a new donor-led named fund being offered through the Gloucestershire Community Foundation with effect from October 2010. The programme will support youth development work with young people up to the age of 18 years. Grants of between £250 and £5000 are available
The trust will accept applications from any group working in Gloucestershire but are particularly keen to receive applications from the Dursley and Stroud areas of the county. Applications may be submitted at any time and a decision made within 4 to 6 weeks.
The Windsor Family Trust’s focus is on informal education, youth development and measures to overcome disadvantage. All applications must demonstrate this key element to their work.
You will also need to show that:-
  • You are a registered Charity, Social Enterprise* or a voluntary or community group with a constitution, whose aims contribute to the alleviation of disadvantage in Gloucestershire.
  • Your organisation/group is well managed and has recent, approved, accounts that can be made available to the Foundation.
  • The activity for which you are making the bid is well planned and achievable within your stated timescale.
  • Your grant is primarily for the benefit of Gloucestershire people.
  • Beneficial outcomes that address local disadvantage and/or identified need, and a lasting impact for your group members or community.
  • Outcomes that enhance the personal, social or learning development of young people aged up to18 years.
The Trustees will consider bids for:
  • New activities, facilities or ways of working that meet needs identified by your group members/ beneficiaries.
  • Core funding to maintain existing service provision of well managed and effective groups.
  • Projects that improve relationships in our communities.
  • Services that improve equality of opportunity for minority groups and those disadvantaged geographically.
  • Training and equipment, where it can be clearly shown that this is essential for the better running of your organisation.
  • Small pieces of renovation work or fitting out with equipment following building improvement.
  • Applications from religious organisations, providing the project work does not seek to promote religious beliefs.  Applications from ‘Churches Together’ organisations are accepted.
  • Applications will be considered for sole funding or for match funding, provided there is clear evidence that the full funding package has been identified & applied for.
If your application is approved, you would have 12 months in which to spend the grant – starting from the date on which you receive your cheque payment.
We would expect that you would start your funded activity within six months of the approval – and indeed would be looking for evidence in your application that such a start date is realistic.
For more details and application form please contact The Gloucestershire Community Foundation
Jane Jarman, Grants Development Manager , on 01452 656386 or e-mail
Funding for good causes – with a preference for Gloucestershire
D G Albright Charitable Trust provides funding for various causes including medical and children's charities.
Funding NOT For: Individuals
Apply in writing
Catchment Areas:
UK with a preference for Gloucestershire
General Notes:
Donations included those to: St Mary's School - Bromesberrow (£6,000); Maggie's Centres (£5,000); Bromesberrow Parochial Church Council (£2,500); British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, the Countryside Foundation for Education, the Family Haven – Gloucester, Game Conservancy Trust, Gloucester Family Support, Gloucestershire Macmillan Cancer Service, SSAFA Gloucester Branch and St. Luke's Hospital for the Clergy (£2,000 each); Butterfly Conservation, Dean and Chapter - Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire Association for the Blind, Gloucestershire Life Education Centre, Swaziland Charitable Trust, Taste for Adventure Centre and the Three Choirs Festival 2008 (£1,000 each); Castle Gate Family Trust and Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (£500 each); Bibles for Children (£300); and Breakthrough Breast Cancer (£250).
Old Church School
Hollow Street
Great Sommerford
Wiltshire SN15 5JD
Contact: Richard G Wood, Trustee
Tel: 01249 720760
Small grants for communities
The Somerset Community Foundation is a local independent charity that raises funds and distributes grants to a wide range of community projects and voluntary groups that benefit local people. 
We support children, youth groups and older people, those with special needs or disabilities, sports groups, and art and drama projects; aiming to build stronger communities for the benefit of everyone in Somerset
The Foundation administers a variety of funds for grant making and will be able to advise on which grants programme fits your needs or recommend an alternative funder if the project falls outside the Community Foundation's criteria.  Please call 01458 833133 to talk to a member of the grants team.
Jocelyn Blacker
Grants and Finance Manager
T: 01458 833133
The Wellbeing of Yeovil Association
The Wellbeing of Yeovil Community Association was founded in 1980 by local businessmen to support worthy causes which benefit those living in Yeovil and surrounding communities.  Over £400,000 of grants have been awarded towards projects large and small in recent years. Grants are contributed towards the capital element of projects such as building costs or equipment.
As a matter of policy the Association does not normally contribute to the running costs (revenue) of projects.
A committee chaired by Tim Chappell MBE meets in January, March, June and September each year to consider applications for grants.  In the last couple of years the Wellbeing has made over 30 grants including contributions to projects at West Coker School, East Coker Pavilion, Sutton Bingham Canoe Club, Nether Compton village hall, Yeovil Amateur Boxing Club, Time Out Together playgroup, Yeovil Shopmoblity, St Peters Church hall, Urban Warriors Yeovil and Yeovil Hospital’s Flying Colours appeal.
If you have a worthy cause or project from which the local community will benefit then consider applying to Tim Chappell 01935 812922 or email for help from the Yeovil Association.  Alternatively if you or your firm would like to make a donation or join the Association then they would be very pleased to hear from you.
Wiltshire Community Facility & Biodiversity Grants £1,000 - £45,000
Most of the county falls in an area eligible for Landfill Communities Fund grants for capital spending on community facilities or biodiversity projects.
Eligible projects include:
  • Community centre / Village hall improvements
  • Play areas, skateboard parks, BMX tracks
  • Conservation & Biodiversity projects including village pond restoration and community gardens
And applicants can be:
  • Community organisations
  • Parish or town councils
Applications are considered for:
  • normally no more than 40% of the total project cost
  • average £10,000-£25,000
  • projects where the remaining funds needed have been mostly identified.
Call or email the Grants Office at Community First to find out if your project may be eligible & for details of the application process.
Community First on 01380 722475 or
Funding Type:
Up to £5,000 available
*Up to and including £1,000 may be available for small projects, where there will be no need for you to find matched funding and applications for the whole project can be considered.
*For funding requests over £1,000 financial support from other sources must be identified (matched funding), which can be made up or in part by contributions in kind. No more than 50% of the total cost of a project will be awarded.
Funding For:
To help provide facilities, equipment and activities that are important to the local community. Projects should demonstrate a link to local priorities/community plan and evidence of an identified community need. Involvement of your local Councillor is desirable. To find out the name of your Councillor please see or contact the Council on 0300 4560 100
Funding is not for:
Political or Religious activities; Statutory bodies to fund their core services (includes direct funding for schools/PTAs); Sole benefit of individuals; private - profit making/commercial organisation; Running costs - e.g. rent, rates, electricity etc; Work which has already started.
This includes projects where orders/instructions have been agreed and resources committed; Projects which could reasonably be expected to secure finance by other means.
How To Apply:
Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Community Area Manager in advance of submitting an application. A list of Area Managers is given in the Guide to Funding Community Awards at the above webpage.
Applicants are encouraged to make electronic applications which may be found on the Council's website.
Otherwise paper applications remain acceptable. Submit your application to the relevant Community Area Locality Team. A full list of the Teams and maps of the area covered are given in the Guide to Funding Community Awards at the above webpage.
When To Apply:
Applications will be considered at each Area Board meeting, applications must be received a minimum of 6 weeks before the relevant
General Notes:
*Where the total cost of a project is over £50,000 a business plan should be provided.
*Where the total cost of the project is over £10,000, three quotes must be provided (with your preferred supplier identified in Section 3 of the application form). Where the total cost of the project is under £10,000, some financial evidence e.g. a quote which you intend to use must be provided.
*Contributions In kind either as volunteer time or materials may be costed into your project calculations, based on a maximum of £50 per day for general volunteers and £100 per day where professional/technical advice is provided e.g. architect drawing up plans. Please include this information in section 3 and 6 of the application form.
*Applications from Town and Parish Councils will not normally receive more funding than that contributed by that Town or Parish Council, since they are able to raise funds through the precept.
*If your project requires planning permission, building regulations or any other form of licence or approval, this must be obtained before submitting your application.
General enquiries: Tel: 0300 456 0100
Northern Locality Area Board: Tel: 01249 706448
Locality Area Board Team: Tel: 01225 18441
Southern Locality Area Board Team Tel: 01722 434236
Funding Bristol’s youth community groups

Bristol Children & Young People's Partnership Fund is a new fund set up by the Council providing grants for small voluntary and community sector organisations working in Bristol with 8-12 year olds, for the purposes of improving the transition from primary to secondary school.
The aims of the fund are as follows: To increase confidence and self-esteem in children; to increase positive social and communication skills and ability to make and maintain friendships and narrow the gap in achieving positive outcomes between those children who are disadvantaged and children overall.
The maximum grant is £5,000.
Applications can be made at any time.