Monthly Funding Update by goodbaby


									Monthly Funding Update April 2005
The Funding Advice Service The Funding Advice Service is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and helps a wide variety of voluntary and community groups throughout rural Cumbria access funding in order to successfully run projects. There is one full time Funding Adviser post which is shared between Caroline Addison and Mary Christian. Angela Walton is the Project Support Officer and works part time. If you require any further information or advice on funding please do not hesitate to contact the Funding Advice Service at VAC on (01768) 869526. The office is normally open Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 1.00pm. Please note that during school holiday periods the office is closed on Mondays and we operate a reduced service. If there is no one available to take your call, or the line is engaged, you will be connected to an answering service. Our services are provided free of charge.  We research sources of funding for projects and running costs  We offer support in completing application forms  We provide guidance on funding application forms and letters  We can help you develop a fundraising strategy for your organisation  We can deliver or direct you to training courses to develop your fundraising skills  We produce this monthly newsletter which provides an update on funding news (MFU)


Changemakers - Y SPEAK funding rounds announced The Y SPEAK Consultation Fund is a government funded scheme which supports the involvement of young people in decision-making at national, regional and local levels and helps to ensure that they have a say in the policies and services that affect them. Organisational Y SPEAK grants give organisations working with young people the opportunity to facilitate a dialogue between young people and decision-makers. Grants of up to £7,500 for national projects and £10,000 for international projects are available. Applicants must be not for profit, voluntary or community sector organisations or national/local charitable trusts. Individual Y SPEAK grants enable young people themselves or groups of young people to deliver their own consultation activities. Applicants must be aged between 16 and 19. Grants of up to £3,000 for national projects and £4,000 for international projects are available. Please note the Y SPEAK Individual Strand as now been renamed Youth Led. New application packs and guidelines are available to download from the website. For further queries or for a postal application pack contact the Y SPEAK team: E-mail: Tel: 0845 226 0583 Website: Healthy Heart Grants Community Organisations and Community Researchers (working with community groups) can apply for grants of between £1,000 to £10,000. Grants are one-off or for first year and part funding is acceptable. Projects must be lifestyle interventions aimed at reducing heart disease such as physical activity, healthy eating and smoking cessation programmes that will help to prevent or reduce the risk factors of heart disease. Applications that support people to take up and maintain healthier lifestyles are more likely to succeed than those that simply intend to provide services. There is no closing date although grants are awarded twice a year in May and November. Contact: Heart Research UK, Suite 12D, Joseph's Well, Leeds LS3 1AB Tel: 0113 234 7474 E-mail: Website: Active Communities For information on grants available from Central Government to the voluntary and community sector please visit the Government Funding web site. The site offers information on grants from 4 government departments (Department of Health, Department for Education and Skills, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Home Office).


Powergen's GreenPlan Powergen’s GreenPlan Fund is used to support renewable energy generation projects in the community. Local community groups and not for profit organisations can apply. Criteria for eligible projects:  Projects must result in the creation of renewable energy  Projects must show new or an expansion of capacity in renewable energy  Projects must have a positive impact on the local community  Projects must have a measurable positive impact on the environment  Funding must be used for the purchase and implementation of capital equipment and associated costs, such as site acquisition, feasibility studies, design studies and project management  Funding will not be granted for promotions, education or general awareness raising. Applications are invited for funding up to £25,000. Deadlines for the GreenPlan Fund are six-monthly with the next being 25 July 2005. Application forms are available online at or call Michelle Meldrum at Powergen on 0870 419 1544 or e-mail: Applications must be submitted to: The GreenPlan Fund Committee, Powergen, Wyvern House, Phoenix Park, Colliers Way, Nottingham NG8 6AT Community Recycling and Economic Development The CRED Programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through its Transforming Waste initiative. The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts manages the Programme and awards grants to disadvantaged communities. Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available to community based projects over a maximum three-year period for recycling, reuse and composting initiatives. The fund is due to close at the end of 2005. Projects must meet all three fund priorities:  Increase the amount and range of materials diverted away from final landfill disposal  Increase the numbers of households participating in waste recycling, reuse and composting projects  Develop sustainable communities Projects will be expected to provide match funding in order to maximise Lottery funding. For further information, contact the grants team on 0870 0361000 or e-mail: Further details on Programme criteria, how to apply and the Business Support Team are available on the website:


Youth Music for England Youth Music has four funding programmes open for application. Grants of between £1,000 and £20,000 are available to non-profit making organisations to work with children and young people over a period of three to eighteen months. Currently the four Open Programmes are:  First Steps - Developing 0-5 year olds through music, with training for parents and carers  Music Maker - Music-making in any style or genre for 5-18 year olds, or up to 25 year olds with special needs  Plug into Music - Developing music technology skills for 5-18 year olds  Singing Challenge - Encouraging new and exciting ways of singing for 518 year olds Due to the increasing number of requests for funding, the closing dates for applications in 2005 have been revised. Full Open Programmes Schedule: 31 March 2005 - Closing date for current Open Programmes and announcement of broad structure of new Open Programmes. 29April 2005 - Announcement of detailed information on new Open Programmes. 30 June 2005 - Last set of old Programme proposals assessed. 1 July 2005 - New Open Programmes open for business. 1 October 2005 - First new Open Programme proposals assessed. Contact: Youth Music, One America Street London SE1 0NE Tel: 020 7902 1060 Fax: 020 7902 1061 E-mail: Website: Challenge Grants - Road Safety Small Grants The Department for Transport has Challenge Fund to assist with the cost of projects promoting road safety proposed by organisations other than local authorities. Grants made from the fund may finance the reasonable costs of staff and overheads, which are directly and transparently associated with the delivery of that project only. Grants are expected to be for sums of up to £20,000. Grant applications should be submitted on the prescribed application form which can be obtained from John Doyle, Department for Transport, Zone 2/13, Great Minster House, London SW1P 4DR Tel: 0207 944 2026 E-mail: Applications for grants under £5,000 can be submitted at any time. Grants for £5,000 upwards will be considered in April and October each year for applications received by 1 April and 1 October respectively. For more information see the website:


First Light Funding for Film Making by Young People First Light Pilot Awards are open to any constituted youth focused organisation for one film of between 1 and 5 minutes long. The maximum grant is £5,000. First Light Studio Awards are open to organisations with track record of filmmaking with young people and proven outreach ability or strong partners with all relevant skills for between 2 and 6 films of 5 to 10 minutes long. The maximum grant is £6,000 per film with a maximum grant of £36,000 for the whole proposal. The next deadline for applications to First Light is 26 April 2005. Funding packs are available from 13 August2005 online or call 0870 7703245. Application details and forms can be downloaded from the website: E-mail: Contact: Hi8us First Light Ltd, Unit 419, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA Tel: 0121 693 2091 Fax: 0121 693 2096 The Co-operative Charitable Foundation The Co-operative Charitable Foundation runs three programmes:  Community Support Programme - Supporting community groups to find co-operative solutions to community challenges  Opportunity Support Programme - Supporting individuals to fulfil their potential  Lifelong Learning Programme - Supports employees, active members, and members to develop new skills Each programme has guidelines that will tell you about the grant-making criteria and the types of work or projects that could be funded. The remaining closing dates for completed applications are:  Summer 2005 - 1st week of May 2005  Autumn 2005 - 1st week of August 2005  Winter 2005 - 1st week of November 2005 For further information contact: The Co-Operative Charitable Foundation, United Co-operatives, Sandbrook Park, Sandbrook Way, Rochdale OL11 1RY Tel: 01706 202032 Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from the website: under Co-op Foundation. Cumbria Youth Alliance – Outdoor Bursaries The Outdoor Bursary Scheme is now administered solely from the Cockermouth Office. To request application forms call Livinia or Elspeth on 01900 822 110 or e-mail To discuss applications call Cath, to find out what is happening with applications call Livinia. All details will be available on the website: in due course.


Community Trees Fund 2005 TheTree Council has funds available to assist community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree planting projects starting in 2005 in National Tree Week, 23 November to 4 December. The Tree Council is particularly concerned that the projects should actively engage children in the planting of the trees. This could be through formal groups, such as cubs, guides or youth clubs; alternatively it could be a community team assembled for the purpose of the project. The Community Trees Fund is open to projects where tree-planting costs are between £100 and £700. The closing date is 31 May 2005. The Tree Council offers a similar scheme to plant trees in school grounds with similar grant conditions and limits. Full details and application forms are available from the website: Contact: The Tree Council, 71 Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1YT Tel: 020 7828 9928 Fax: 020 7828 9060 E-mail: Futurebuilders - new application window Futurebuilders aims to improve public service delivery through long-term investment in the voluntary and community sector. Voluntary and community organisations are well placed to deliver certain types of public service, because of their flexibility, community links, specialist knowledge, closeness to users and involvement of volunteers. Futurebuilders aims to invest in the five public service delivery areas of:  Community cohesion  Crime  Education and learning  Health and social care  Support for children and young people Loan funding is a substantial part of every Futurebuilders investment, often complemented by grants and always backed up by support to help voluntary organisations manage loan funding and move towards long-term sustainability. The next Futurebuilders application window will open on 1 June 2005 and will close on 30 September 2005. The new application form will be available on the website from 5 April 2005. For all general enquiries e-mail: or call 0191 261 5200. The telephone line is open on weekdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm (10:00 am to 12 noon only on Thursdays). Website: Ladbrokes in the Community Charitable Trust The Trust aims to work with a wide range of charities and good causes. Contact: Ms Ros Barker, Ladbroke Racing Ltd., Imperial House, Imperial Drive, Harrow HA2 7JW Tel: 020 851 55586


Tesco Charity Trust - Community Award Scheme Tesco helps local and national charities as well as voluntary organisations provide practical support for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Community Awards benefit charities that deliver practical benefits to children's welfare, children's education, the welfare of elderly people and people with disabilities. Donations generally range between £1,500 and £5,000. Applications are considered in two rounds:  Organisations supporting children’s welfare and children’s educational projects, including special needs schools – the deadline is 31 January each year  Organisations supporting elderly people and people with disabilities – the deadline is 30 June each year For more information and guidelines contact: Tesco Charity Trust, Tesco Stores Ltd, Delamare Road, Cheshunt EN8 9SL Website: The Youth Movers Programme The Youth Movers Programme at Trafford Hall is offering training to community groups who have genuine volunteer support. Courses are for groups of six young people and two adults who are interested in setting up a local community project. Courses are 4-day residential during school holiday periods. They include sports, visual and performing arts, and outdoor group activities. After the courses, groups can apply for a small grant of around £300 to help the project happen, and will also be provided with a range of materials to help them organise their project. For a discussion on course availability call Kate Spratley on 01224 300 246. Application forms and course programmes are available on the website: Cumbria Rural Infrastructure Programme Cumbria Rural Infrastructure Programme is a new scheme providing grants of up to £25,000 for community led initiatives working in partnership with a social enterprise, business and parish council, or in collaboration with the public sector. CRISP will support a wide range of activity with funding and under normal circumstances will consider applications for up to 50% of the total project costs. For more information call 01228 606753 or see the website:


Action Earth Volunteers will be supported by the Environment Agency in the run-up to World Environment Day on 5 June 2005, with £50 available for groups to improve the environment they live and work in. The money could be used for recycling or wildlife projects or perhaps for repair of damaged paths or trees, for example. See the website: Family Holiday Association The Family Holiday Association provides financial support to help provide holidays for families in need. Application forms for grants for 2005 are now available. Applications are not accepted from individuals though applications from welfare agents such as GPs, social workers, health visitors and voluntary and statutory agencies, etc are accepted. See the website: The Barrow Cadbury Trust The Barrow Cadbury Trust makes grants to registered charities working in the area of community based solutions to reducing offending and reoffending. Grants usually range from £10,000 to £15,000. Applications can be made at any time but initially involves submitting an expression of interest. For more information see the website: Neighbourhood Forums Don’t forget that your local Neighbourhood Forum is a good source of grants for any community group. Contact your local office to find out when their next grant panel is and if your project is eligible. Website: Carlisle (01228) 606315, Eden (01434) 382128, Barrow (01229) 894312, Allerdale (01900) 325011, South Lakeland (01539) 773180 or (01229) 894103, and Copeland (01946) 855020 Monthly Funding Update The MFU provides funding news relevant to voluntary and community groups in rural Cumbria. The MFU does not include full details of the funding schemes mentioned. We always advise you to read full guidelines provided by funders and contact them direct to discuss what can and cannot be funded in relation to your project, before making any application. FREE advice and support for your project is available from the Funding Advice Service at Voluntary Action Cumbria for Management Committees, Trustees and staff of local community groups.


Have any of the items in this update helped you to raise funds for your projects? If so please let us know so that we can help other groups and assess the most useful information for future Updates. Please let us know if you experience difficulties with any of the items listed. Do you pass this information to other groups? If so, great! This information is intended to be available to as many groups that may benefit as possible. Please let us know if you circulate information from the MFU, along with the approximate number of groups. Credits The main source of information for the MFU is the Charities Information Bureau. Regular sources of information include, the Internet, National Association of Councils for Voluntary Service, Cumbria CVS’s, County Training Unit, various newsletters and information sent direct from funders. Other information is available via publications and directories, Grantfinder and Funderfinder. If you use information from this Update for circulation in your own newsletters please credit the Funding Advice Service, Voluntary Action Cumbria, where appropriate. If you would like to receive a regular copy of this Monthly Update, please contact the Funding Advice Service at VAC on 01768 869526 or e-mail, and you will be added to the mailing list. You may download previous updates and further information about funding and the Funding Advice Service from the Voluntary Action Cumbria website: If you change your e-mail or postal address, or no longer wish to receive the update, please let us know and our records will be updated. Registered Office: Voluntary Action Cumbria The Old Stables, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DT Tel: 01768 242130 Fax: 01768 242134 E-mail: Reg. Charity No: 1080875 Company No: 3947858



West Cumbria Funding Fair 9 June 2005 – The Oval, Salterbeck, Workington

County Training Unit – Foundation Programme 2005 Funding Applications 15 April 2005 - Age Concern, Barrow 24 June 2005 – St. Michael’s, Workington Fundraising Strategy 7 June 2005 – Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston 5 October – Botcherby Community Centre, Carlisle Contact: Programme Co-ordinator on 01768 242128


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