Help The Homeless (UK)
Help the Homeless, a national Charity which aims to help homeless people throughout the
United Kingdom to resume a normal life, is currently accepting applications from small and
medium sized charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £3,000 are available
towards capital costs to support projects that assist disadvantaged individuals in their return to
mainstream society, through residential or training facilities. Grants to larger charities may be
considered if the project is suitable innovative and only possible for a larger organisation to
Previous projects supported include:
A grant of £2,845 to Lamp Community towards the cost of computers for reintegration work at
their drop-in centre, and a grant of £2000 to Spires, a South London Homeless charity
towards the cost of providing their daily services to clients, including food and clothing.
The next application deadline is the 31st March 2011.
Church and Community Fund (England)
Under the Church and Community Fund grants of up to £15,000 are available to community
projects run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connected to or
working in partnership with the Church of England. Projects supported must promote aid and
further the work of the Church of England. This does not exclude Anglican projects in
partnership with ecumenical or other-faith partners, which are warmly welcomed, but it does
exclude projects run by secular bodies which have little or no connection to the Church of
England, overseas projects and projects in which an Anglican body is not a key player at a
Typical projects supported by the CCF might include employing a youth worker, renovating an
old church hall for use as a community centre or providing hot meals for the homeless in a
The next application deadline is the 31st March 2011.
PRS Foundation Grants 2011 (UK)
The PRS Foundation for New Music (PRSF), which is the UK's largest independent funder for
new music of any genre, provides a range of grants to stimulate and support the creation and
performance of new music in the UK has announced the application timetables for 2011.
Funding includes grants to support music festivals, new music, unsigned bands and
promoters, etc. The Foundation also provides a range of bursaries to individuals. Since March
2000 the Foundation has made more than 2000 grants totalling some £8.5 million.
The closing dates for 2011 are 6pm, Thursday 10 February, 6pm, Friday 15 April, 6pm,
Monday 8 August, 6pm, Friday 14 October.
Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK)
The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and institutions (priority is given to small
organisations and galleries) for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The
Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and
complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop
and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now
being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued,
imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not
supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be
The next deadline is the 4th April 2011.
Partnership Grants Opens To Applications (UK)
The Royal Society has announced that the latest round of Partnership Grants is now open for
applications. Through the scheme grants of between £250 and £3,000 will be available to
support teachers, scientists and engineers help develop science projects. The aim is to make
the teaching of science more interesting within primary and secondary schools. The
Partnership grants scheme forms partnerships to allow teachers to increase their scientific
knowledge and to give scientists and engineers the chance to develop their communication
skills and engage with enquiring young minds. Any UK primary or secondary school teacher
or practising scientist/engineer can apply as long as the students involved in the project are
between 5 and 18. Applications must be made together with the partner, and need to be
signed by the teacher, partner and schools‟ headteacher.
Examples of previously funded projects include:
St Michael on the Mount Primary School received a grant of £2,050 to help pupils to learn
about the human body by constructing a 15 foot skeleton. Working with engineers from Airbus
UK, every class constructed a working model of their particular body part, giving the pupils the
opportunity to apply some of the scientific principles they had discovered and Netheard High
School, Dereham (Norfolk) received £2,488 for „Our Star‟. The project gave the whole school
the opportunity to explore the solar system at first hand.
The deadline for applications is the 25th February 2011.
Comic Relief UK Grants Programme (UK)
Comic Relief have informed us that their UK Grants Programme will reopen for applications
on the 8th April 2011 and will close for applications on the 1st July 2011 (except for their Older
People Programme which has a closing date of the 10th June 2011).
The Comic Relief UK Grants Making programme makes grants of between £25,000 and
£40,000 per year for up to three years for projects relating to:
Young People with Mental Health Problems
Sexually exploited and trafficked young people
Domestic and sexual abuse: young people
Young people and alcohol
Refugee and asylum-seeking women
Sport for change (maximum grant £100,000).
Previous projects supported include a £90,000 grant over three years to help fund a help line
for young Muslims with mental health problems who are often stigmatised; and Step Forward
(Tower Hamlets) which received a grant of £60,000 over three years to provide help to young
people who self harm or have eating disorders.
BIG International Programme Opens for Applications (UK)
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that its £25 million International Communities
programme, which will run from 2010-2015 is now open for applications. The programme
aims to help disadvantaged communities overseas by supporting work that tackles the causes
of poverty and deprivation and brings about long-term differences to the lives of some of the
most disadvantaged people in the world. These will result in:
Improved primary education for the most disadvantaged girls and boys
Improved health for the most disadvantaged people
Improved access to and use of natural resources to benefit the most disadvantaged
Improved ability for the most disadvantaged people to exercise their human rights
Improved livelihoods for the most disadvantaged people by enabling communities in
need, both rural and urban, to reduce poverty in a sustainable way.
The International Communities programme is open to UK based non-governmental
organisations working with overseas partners in Africa, Asia (including the Pacific and Central
Asian countries), the Middle East, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of
BIG will provide grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 to fund projects in all parts of the
developing world, which will improve education, health, allocation of natural resources, human
rights, and/or livelihoods.
Applications can be made at any time until the 31st March 2014.
Funding for Projects that Support Disabled Children and their
Local organisations and projects that support disabled children and their families have the
opportunity to apply for funding through the True Colours Trust. Grants of up to £10,000 are
usually available for one-off purposes, to help smaller organisations develop and deliver
programmes for children, their siblings and families.
The Trustees are particularly keen to award grants for:
Multi sensory rooms
Young carers projects
The True Colour Trust also makes grants for improving access to affordable palliative care in
sub-Saharan Africa. The Trust's strategic programme is focussed on increasing access to
opioids in Zambia. It has also launched a small grants programme which is administered by
the African Palliative Care Association. This programme provides grants, of between £1,000 -
£2,500, to organisations offering palliative services.
Playground Partnerships Awards Opens for Applications (UK)
The Kids First Trust has announced that schools within the UK that wish to improve their play
spaces have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Playground Partnerships
Awards. Schools wishing to apply will initially have to register with the Award Scheme to
access further information and the application pack.
To be considered for an award, schools need to submit a folder of work (Design Portfolios)
and completed application form. Applicants are encouraged to develop a pupil-led approach
in developing their portfolios; involve the whole school; encourage input from the wider school
community; and include pupils with special educational needs.
Schools need to submit their completed portfolio by 5pm on March 18th 2011.
Community Greenspace Challenge (England)
GrantScape one of the UK‟s largest grant-makers which supports the twin goals of
strengthening communities and enhancing the environment, has announced the launch of its
Community Greenspace Challenge. This is a £500,000 grant programme designed to
support local communities in creating enjoyable new outdoor greenspaces, including by
transforming existing unloved areas. It is specifically designed to benefit the environment
both for people and for wildlife, supporting people‟s health, well-being and access to nature.
Eligible applicants include:
Properly constituted local community or voluntary groups (including village hall
management committees, playing field associations and “friends of” groups)
Parish or town councils.
The grants available range from £20,000 to £75,000. GrantScape will prioritise applications
received from groups where:
The initial idea has come from their local community
The project's design has been developed within their local community.
The funding is only available within certain local authority areas. For more information,
including which areas are eligible please click on the link below.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 9th May 2011.
BBC Children in Need Grants Scheme (UK)
BBC Children in Need are inviting not-for-profit organisations (including registered charities,
voluntary organisations, schools, local authorities, churches, social enterprises, community
interest groups, universities etc) working with disadvantaged children and young people 18
years and under to apply for grants of up to £10,000 through their grants schemes.
BBC Children in Need run two grant schemes:
Small Grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years
Main Grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.
BBC Children in Need can only fund projects that focus on the differences made (outcomes)
to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.
Previous projects supported include:
Women's Aid West Cornwall which received a grant of £83,250 to provide support for young
people and parents who have experienced domestic abuse.
Beechwood Special School in Aberdeen which received a grant of £2,621 to enhance the life
skills of children from Aberdeen with additional support needs by providing a residential trip to
an Outdoor Activity centre.. Grants can be used to cover both, capital and revenue costs.
The deadline for applications is the 15th April 2011.
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.
Previous grant recipients include Devizes School, a secondary school and specialist sports
college in Wiltshire . They obtained a three year sponsorship from a local construction firm,
Gaiger Brothers, which amounted to £10,000 per year. The school matched this with a further
£10,000 from Sportsmatch and were able to run an annual multi-sports coaching camp during
the school summer holidays.
Application can be submitted at any time up to the 19th September 2011.
Grants and Contracts to Support the European Year Of
The Cabinet Office has announced the availability of small scale contracts and grants for
organisations to develop and implement activity within England, as part of the national work
programme for European Year of Volunteering. The Office for Civil Society has identified
national priorities which support the Big Society Vision, and is seeking partner organisations
to support the development and implementation of activities within England which relate to
these priorities. There are three contracts available, these are:
Employer Supported volunteering lead
Volunteer management lead
Opening the door to volunteering lead.
Those organisations interested in bidding to run one or more of these contracts should go to
www.supply2.gov.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Funding is also available to five civil society organisations or consortia organisations to
develop and deliver a programme of activities under five identified themes:
Young people and children
Culture and the arts
Health and social care.
And a grant is available for an organisation to lead on sharing learning. For further details on
how to apply for one of these grants email email@example.com.
Barclays Community Finance Fund (UK)
As part of Barclays‟ financial inclusion strategy to improve the capacity of community finance
providers such as Credit Unions and Community Development Finance Initiatives (CDFIs)
funding is available to support the delivery of affordable credit to those individuals who may
otherwise access high cost credit or resort to taking out illegal loans. The objectives of the
Barclays Community Finance Fund are to increase the existing community finance providers‟
capacity to deliver affordable credit to the low income consumers by providing them with
short-term direct financial support; and to provide financial support to credit unions and CDFIs
that are starting up in areas where public access to affordable credit is restricted. Credit
Unions and CDFIs are able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 for a variety of purposes
including (but not limited to) marketing, infrastructure, product development, mergers between
businesses and the delivery of financial capability or money advice services. The total value
of the Community Finance Fund is £250,000.
The deadline for applications is the 25th March 2011.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Programme
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is currently accepting applications under its Education and
Learning Open Grants Programme. In particular, the Foundation is looking to fund projects
that address the themes of; supplementary education; developing speaking and listening
skills for 11-19 year olds; and adding to the learning - preventing school truancy and
exclusion. Eligible organisations that can apply for funding include charities, local authorities
individual pre-schools, schools, out-of-school clubs, supplementary schools, colleges and
youth clubs if they demonstrate benefits to the wider community and include partnership
working that will result in increasing access to education and learning to all communities and
age groups. The costs that can be covered by the Foundation's grants include running costs
such as staff salaries and overheads such as stationery, rent, rates and utilities.
Recent grants awarded include:
Northamptonshire Association of Supplementary Schools received £24,103 over one year for
establishing creative, mutually beneficial and developmental partnerships between
supplementary and mainstream schools, incorporating joint study support accreditation and
There is a two stage application process. First stage applications can be made at any time.
Those that are successful will be invited to make a second stage application.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Programme (UK)
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is currently accepting applications under its Arts Open Grants
Programme from formally constituted organisations. The programme seeks to support the
development and dissemination of new ideas to increase people's experience, enjoyment and
involvement in the arts, and will support projects that have a valuable impact for individuals
and communities, organisations, and policy practice.
Previous organisations supported include:
Space which received a grant of £25,000 to support new collaborative approaches to creative
learning through a three-year programme of project based co-learning and professional
development for teachers, artists and young people; and the Anjali Dance Company which
received a grant of £40,500 over two years to demonstrate how people with learning
disabilities can develop careers in dance through the employment of a learning disabled
leader/ambassador and through the refinement of a traineeship model that can be used for
future trainees and by other organisations.
There is a two stage application process. First stage applications can be made at any time.
Those that are successful will be invited to make a second stage application.
The Ernest Cook Trust (UK)
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:
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
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.
Schools Encouraged to Make it Happy (UK)
Primary and junior schools are invited to enter the “Make it Happy” competition with this
year's theme being 'Pass IT On!'. The competition which is a partnership between the
Parliamentary Information Technology Committee and the e-skills UK (the sector skills council
for Business and Information Technology) aims to reward innovative and creative use of IT to
link schools with other members of their community - within the school, locally, nationally or
even internationally. Winners of the 2011 competition will be invited to a special day in London
on June 2011. 12 schools across the UK will be awarded £1,200 each. From these, 3 overall
winners will be chosen. The first place winner will receive £4,000, the second place will
receive £2,500 and the third place will receive £1,500.
The closing date for the competition is the 10th April 2011.
Hilden Charitable Fund (UK)
The Hilden Charitable Fund has announced that the next deadline for submitting applications
is the 25th February 2011.
Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address
disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public
subscriptions. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that:
Asylum seekers and refugees
Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25
Preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than
£200,000 per year. During 2009 the average grant given was £5,000.
UK Mammals Grants (UK)
The People's Trust for endangered species is inviting applications from voluntary
conservation organisations, scientific researchers, individuals and consortia, needing financial
support for work that relates to the conservation of mammals in the British Isles and Eire, to
apply for funding of up to £30,000 through their UK mammals grant programme. The trust
aims to fund scientific research, practical habitat management work, reintroduction and
monitoring programmes and educational projects. Priority will be given to those projects
aimed at furthering the aims of Biodiversity Action Plans and similar initiatives. The average
grant given per project has been £9,000.
Projects supported in the past include:
Bats in the Lake District; monitoring of UK bat species in underground sites; and monitoring
Irish pine martens.
The deadline for applications is the 1st November 2011.
EAGA Charitable Trust Grant Programme (UK)
The EAGA Charitable Trust is a grant–giving trust that supports projects and research into the
causes of fuel poverty and the promotion of energy efficiency the needs and preferences of
vulnerable consumers. There is no minimum or maximum grant level that organisations can
apply for and most grants last between two and three years.
Previous projects funded include the development of a a simple easy to use tool to help social
housing providers in England and Wales identify homes that are energy inefficient and set
targets for their improvement to ensure all homes are capable of delivering affordable energy;
and the development of a methodology for predicting the level of fuel poverty in small areas.
The Trustees meet three times a year to consider applications. The next application deadline
is the 29th April 2011.
Arts Awards (UK)
The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its
Arts Awards. The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science
through the arts including dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft,
photography, creative writing or digital media. Applications are invited for projects of up to
£30,000 through their small & medium-sized grant programme, and for projects above
£30,000 through their large grant programme. The aim of the awards is to support arts
projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and
provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around
contemporary science. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among
others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics,
science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.
The application deadline for small & medium sized projects is the 28 April 2011. The
deadline for large projects is the 25th March 2011.
Music Grants for Older People (England & Wales)
The registered charity, Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical
entertainment and related activities for the elderly. The charity is particular keen to support
smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception
in 2004, it has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England
and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical
entertainment for their residents.
Some of the charities that have received grants from the charity include:
Age Concern, Exmouth which received a grant for entertainments for the elderly in Exmouth
and surrounding areas and Sue Ryder Care, Lancashire to fund access to music therapy
workshops at Birchley Hall near Wigan and St Helen's.
The next application deadline is the 30th April 2011.
Parks for People (UK)
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that the next closing date for applications to
the Parks for People programme is the 28th February 2011.
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; and
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.
Barclays Community Sports Award (UK)
Barclays Spaces for Sports has announced the launch of its new Community Sports Award.
The Award is a new award to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and
groups that use sport to benefit communities across the UK. Each month, the winner of the
award will receive £1,000 for their group or organisation, a limited edition trophy and will be
entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000. Nominations can be made for
any individual, group of individuals or not-for-profit organisation.
All entries must be made via www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com on or before 5.00 p.m.
on the 20th of each month.
Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced
The Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances has announced that it will
be launching a new funding round in 2011.
The Society, which was founded in 1886 and provides support to women resident in the
United Kingdom who are living alone in their own home (either owned or rented) and in
genuine need, irrespective of age or social status, will make £50,000 available for grants to
support the work of other organisations that meet the objectives of the Society. Priority will be
given to smaller projects where it can be demonstrated that the Society‟s grant will make a
The Society cannot consider projects which also benefit men; children; and women who are
not in financial need The Trustees intend short listing applications at their meeting in April
The closing date for applications is 25 March 2011.
All applicants must complete the online application form.
Funding To Support Independent Domestic Violence Advisers
(England and Wales)
The Home Office has announced £3.3 million funding a year, for the next four years, to
support frontline services for victims of domestic violence. Applications are now being invited
for funding for independent violence adviser (IDVA) and MARAV coordinator/administrator
services for the four year period, from existing voluntary and community sector organisations
and other organisations which employ IDVAS or MARAC coordinator/administrators with
England and Wales. All bidding organisations should have expertise in working with victims of
domestic violence which will include victims of forced marriage, honour-based violence and
female genital mutilation; female and/or male victims. Grants of up to £20,000 are available
for IDVA posts, and a maximum of £15,000 for MARAC coordinator post. Funding is available
towards running costs such as; salary, training and expenses costs. The deadline for
applications is the 11th February 2011.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK)
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced that its grant making programme is
open for applications. Within the UK, the Trust makes grants to both organisations and
individuals for activities that relate to: peace and conflict resolution; promoting racial justice;
power and responsibility; and quaker concerns. The Trust tends to fund work that is on a
national level and there are no maximum grant limits although the Trust does stress that
costings need to be realistic. Previously supported projects include: Asylum Aid, which
assists people seeking refuge in the UK Asylum Aid received a grant of £203,170 from the
Trust to support a project that enables women fleeing serious human rights violations to gain
protection in the UK.; and the University of Liverpool received a grant of £75,000 from the
Trust to undertake an audit of local democracy in Burnley and Harrogate . The next deadline
for applications is 9 pm on the 4th April for the Ireland programme and the 18th April 2011 for
the UK programmes. http://www.jrct.org.uk/
National Lottery Awards (UK)
The search has begun, to find the UK‟s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Now in their eighth
year, the National Lottery Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects, both
big and small, make to people, places and communities across the UK. The awards celebrate
the talent, hard work and dedication of the people involved in running them. There are seven
categories in total, all of which reflect the different areas of Lottery funding. These categories
are the Best Arts Project; Best Education Project; Best Environment Project; Best Health
Project; Best Heritage Project; Best Sport Project; and Best Voluntary/Charity Project.
Category winners will be presented with £2,000 in prize money to spend on their project.
Entry into the Awards closes at 5pm on February 18th 2011.
Beyond Borders Grants Programme (UK)
The PRS for Music Foundation has announced that its Beyond Borders grants programme is
currently seeking applications. Beyond Borders provides grants of between £5,000 and
£15,000 to stimulate collaboration between, and co-commissioning by, organisations
programming and promoting new music in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.
The aims of Beyond Borders are to support imaginative, high quality co-commissions of new
musical works by UK-based music creators in a framework which guarantees more than one
performance in different UK countries; encourage partnerships and sharing of expertise
between organisations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England which are
committed to the commissioning of new music and the development of local and regional
audiences; support projects which are genuinely collaborative and have been developed
jointly by the partners involved; and enable the funding partners to contribute more
significantly to UK-wide new music sector development. The closing date for applications is
5pm on the 28th February 2011.
Rugby Football Foundation (England)
The Rugby Football Foundation welcomes applications from all clubs at levels 5 and below in
the English Clubs Rugby Championship. The foundations seeks to invest in community rugby
facilities, enabling them to finance capital projects which will improve facilities that contribute
to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players. There are two different funding
streams. These are the “ Ground Match grant scheme” which provides grants of between
£1,500 and £5,000 and the “Interest Free Loan Schemes”, with provides loans up to
£100,000. For further information on the schemes and how to apply please click on the link
The Percy Bilton Charity (UK)
The Percy Bilton Charity seeks to support organisations assisting disadvantaged youth (under
25), people with disabilities and older people (aged 60 and over). The Charity offers grants of
up to £500 through their small grants scheme towards furnishings and equipment for small
projects, and £2,000 and over through their large grant scheme towards capital expenditure
such as furniture and equipment; building/refurbishment projects. The charity will also provide
urgent one off financial assistance with grants of up to £200 to individuals over 65 on low
income; children or adults with a physical/learning disability or serious illness on low income
or adults with severe and enduring mental health problem which prevents them from working.
These grants can be used towards; laundry equipment; cooking appliances; heating
appliances; essential furniture, beds & bedding or floor coverings; essential clothing and
footwear. Applications can be made at any time.
First Round of Bidding for Regional Growth Fund Comes to a
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that it has received nearly
450 bids in the first round of the Regional Growth Fund. The fund is designed to encourage
enterprise, growth and jobs in the private sector and support regions that are dependent on
the public sector and private sector organisations and public-private sector partnerships were
invited to bid for a share of the £1.4bn fund. They were asked to submit bids that are match-
funded. Successful bids will be those that create sustainable jobs in areas of deprivation and
areas that are dependent on jobs in the public sector. The Regional Growth Fund will run for
three years and there will be a second round this year. The Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills will announce the dates for the second round shortly.
Bosch Technology Horizons Award 2011 (UK)
The Bosch Technology Horizons Award 2011 is now open to entries.
The Awards is an essay-writing competition open to 14 to 24 year olds in the UK. The are two
entry categories for the awards, these are:
The 14 to 18 age group category. Entrants will need to write an essay on 'how will
engineering and technology change the way we live in the next 125 years?. There will
be a £700 prize, an opportunity to undertake two weeks work experience, an
invitation for two to attend the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards dinner in June
2011, and featuring in publicity surrounding the award for the winner. The second
prize will be £300 and £150 for five entrants that are highly commended.
The 19 to 24 age group category. Entrants will need to write an essay on 'what role
can engineers play to ensure a greener world in the next 125 years?. The first prize
for this category will be £1,000 and the opportunity to undertake six months work
experience, an invitation for two to attend the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards
dinner, and featuring in publicity surrounding the award. The second prize will be
£500, and five highly commended entrants will receive £250.
Everyone who enters the competition will receive a personalised certificate. Every teacher
submitting 15 or more of their students essays in the 14 to 18 age group will receive a handy
Bosch Xeo cordless universal cutter. The two schools that submit the highest number of
essays will each receive a hamper of Bosch products worth £500 and the winning school will
feature in the publicity surrounding the event. The deadline for submitting entries is the 18th
Grants To Support Young Musicians (UK)
The Awards for Young Musicians is a programme that supports young people aged between 5
and 17 that are in financial need or have exceptional musical talent and potential. Grants of
between £200 and £2,000 are available to support major costs of the musician's training such
Grants will be made directly to institutions, music organisations music teachers and other
suppliers, not to students or their families. The deadline for applications is the 25th March
Healthy Hearts Grants (UK)
Heart Research UK is now inviting applications under its Healthy Heart Grants Scheme. Heart
Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart
health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and
researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.
The types of projects supported in the past have included; the Foresight Project in Grimsby
which encourages visually impaired people to take regular exercise using tandem bicycles;
the Ross-shire Bravehearts project in Inverness which educates adults with learning
difficulties about heart health so they can take part in physical activities; and Superleague
team, Wakefield Wildcats, which uses star rugby players to educate children about heart
health. The next closing date is the 28th February 2011.
Heroes Return Scheme Extended For A Further 12 Months
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced the Heroes Return 2 Scheme has been extended
by a further 12 months. The Heroes Return 2 Scheme provides funding to help World War II
veterans that saw active service overseas with or alongside the British Allied Armed Forces in
the Second World War, and are resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland to take part in
commemorative visits (within the UK and overseas) to mark the anniversary of events that led
to the end of WWII. The Heroes Return Scheme offers fixed amount grants of between £150
and £5,500 for each veteran and their spouse and/or carer towards the cost of their visit.
There are five levels of funding according to the destination. For further information on this
scheme please call the application helpline on 0845 0000 121.
Applications can now be submitted at anytime up to the 31st January 2012.
Funding for Music Making Activities (England)
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.
The next closing date for applications is the 10 March 2011.
The William and Jane Morris Fund (UK)
The William and Jane Morris Fund is open to applications from churches, chapels and other
places of worship built before 1896. The Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 towards work
concerned with the conservation of decorative features such as, stained glass windows,
sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs, and wall paintings. Grants towards major
structural repairs and fabric maintenance may be considered under exceptional
circumstances. The next deadline for applications is the 31 March 2011.