Play England—East Midlands Funding guide by forrests


									Play England—East Midlands Funding guide
This guide is not an exhaustive list of national and regional funders, but it should be a useful starting point. There are thousands of charitable trusts at local, regional and national levels. Try to find trusts that support your specific cause or community. Your local council may be able to help with this. The Children’s Play Information Service also has a useful factsheet - 'How to raise funds for Children's Play' - available from the resources section of their website.

Awards for All Supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 for art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote local education, environment and health. B&Q One Planet Living Grants Donates between £50 and £500 of B&Q materials for projects supporting environment, energy saving, natural habitats, wildlife or local culture and heritage. BBC Children in Need Makes grants to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people. Their disadvantages will include: illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties or deprivation. The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) BIG is responsible for giving out half the money for good causes raised by the National Lottery, with a budget of about £630m per year. Programmes for 2008 include The People’s Millions, a £5.5m programme to transform the local environment. BIG are also delivering Myplace, a £160m project aiming to deliver world class youth facilities driven by the active participation of young people. This is not

Top tip
It is essential to include all your costs in the initial application; you won’t get the chance to add anything later. Ask someone, preferably outside your organisation, to read your completed application before you submit it. They should spot any errors and missing information.

Lottery funding, BIG is delivering this scheme on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). Biffaward Grants between £250 and £500,000 for small and medium projects to improve local amenities including recreation, sporting achievement, lifelong learning and community involvement. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Dedicated to improving the quality of life for coalfield communities. Co-op One per cent of trading profit is distributed to the communities in which they trade.

Groundwork Community Spaces is a £50m programme to provide grants to community groups to make their neighbourhoods cleaner and greener. This includes creation of play areas and community gardens. The Hilden Charitable Fund Small budget to help groups run summer playschemes for children from refugee and ethnic minority families. Priority is given to London groups, but it may be worth applying. In Kind Direct Re-distributes new goods donated by well known manufacturers and retailers. Includes books, toys, arts and crafts and educational materials. Voluntary organisations pay an annual registration fee and receive a monthly list of available goods. There is a handling charge, which includes delivery. The Lloyds TSB Foundation Focus is on smaller underfunded charities, both established and new, that help disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community. Regional presence, responds directly to local needs. One of the few grant makers who fund core costs, including salaries. Natural England—Access to nature A £25m grant scheme funded by BIG and Natural England. Priority given to projects that make a lasting change in areas of high social, economic or environmental deprivation. Particularly aimed at those who face social exclusion or currently have little or no contact with the natural environment. PLAYLINK Fundraising and Grant Application Service includes developing business plans, forecasts, cost estimates, work programmes, ,monitoring and evaluation techniques and funding applications. ProHelp ProHelp provides free professional advice and support to local community and voluntary groups. Operates through 33 ProHelp groups in city, urban and rural locations across the UK.

Top tip
You can increase your chance of success by including the following information in your application.
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Demonstrate why the project is needed. Explain exactly what the money would be spent on. Show that the organisation is well managed and capable of running the project. Include detailed plans for setting up and running the project.

Supergrounds A £6 million community investment programme, funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group and delivered through Learning through Landscapes. Schools cannot directly apply for this programme but must be nominated by an RBS group employee. Tesco Supports local community projects and initiatives at store level. Includes projects which give practical benefits to children, education, and people with disabilities. Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Considers applications from anywhere in the UK, especially those concerned with areas of deprivation. It is not necessary to be a registered charity in order to apply however applications will only be considered from notfor-profit organisations. Broad priorities are health and disability, community support and education and the arts. Wilkinson Donations made to community initiatives usually supporting education, the family, sports and arts. They invest in communities close to their stores in the form of money or gift vouchers also supporting initiatives, community groups, schools, charities and care organisations across the country.

Woolworths Kids First Playground Partnerships Fund for schools to improve their play spaces. Encourages a pupil-led approach with involvement of the whole school. The scheme is supported by a free resource pack, providing a complete guide to the application process and a range of activities to engage children. Awards of up to £10,000, with all short listed schools receiving at least £250. The Yapp Charitable Trust Makes grants to small charities to sustain existing work with various groups, including children and young people aged 5 to 25. YouthBank A UK-wide grantmaking initiative run by young people for young people. Local YouthBanks provide small grants to projects led by young people, of benefit to the community and the young people taking part. Young people themselves make decisions about how local YouthBanks are managed and run.

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Applications are often returned as incomplete. Answer every question and don’t forget your contact details. Funders may ask for;
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recent bank statements (usually originals) constitution or governing documents up to date financial accounts income and expenditure projection for the project.

If they ask for it, include it! Local Network Fund for Children and Young People (Nottinghamshire) Supports small voluntary and community groups with grants between £250 and £7000. The objective is to enable communities with limited opportunities for young people to develop projects and activities for children and young people aged 0-19 years.

Melton Mowbray Town Estate Any community project within Melton Mowbray can apply and the Trust will award grants to the projects they feel best fit the community. For small amounts of money, it’s usually best to Call 01664 564559 for more details. stay local.

Regional and local

Boots Charitable Trust Will fund small voluntary organisations whose income and expenditure are less than £1,000 per year, who are not yet required to register with the charity commission. Especially interested in projects with the capacity to deliver significant impact and which reach the greatest number of people. The Burton Breweries Charitable Trust Funds community projects in South Derbyshire that benefit young people up to the age of 25. East Midlands Airport Community Fund Funds initiatives which aim to bring lasting benefit to the communities around the airport.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation Offer grants for community projects and groups. Call 01604 230033 to discuss. Rural Community Councils (RCCs) County based charities funded by The Countryside Agency to improve the quality of life of local, particularly disadvantaged, rural communities. RCCs can offer sources of local funding and advice on how to put together funding bids. Derbyshire: Leicestershire and Rutland: Lincolnshire: Northamptonshire: Nottinghamshire:

Co-ordinating European Funding for the East Midlands Third Sector (CEFET) CEFET enables East Midlands voluntary organisations to understand, access and manage resources from European funds. East Midlands Funders Forum Excellent source of funding information and advice. Grantnet Free database devised to assist in identifying funding sources available for specific projects. Leicestershire Funding Toolkit Useful source of information developed by Leicestershire Together.

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Contact local companies, large and small, especially those related to children. Write to their chief executive or marketing / sales manager. If you can find a specific name so much the better, although this does require a bit of detective work. If they won't give you money, ask them to donate things that you can sell or raffle such as hotel nights or gym memberships. Don't be scared, if you don't ask you will never get. Many will say no but eventually someone will say yes. Local Infrastructure Organisation (LIO) Help and support for the voluntary and community sector. The level of service each LIO offers varies but they will be able to either help you themselves with local funding advice or direct you to services in your area that can help you. Local councils Your local council may have information about government grants relevant to your project. Try speak to the grants adviser or someone in the funding department. Local CVS’s Can be excellent sources of funding Information and advice.

Contact us
This guide was published in May 2008. This guide will be updated every few months. For the latest version please contact us. 0115 8524021 Play England, MWB, 15 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2NA

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