Funding News – 24 April 2023

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Funding News

National Churches Trust  offers grants for urgent structural repair through 3 schemes:

  • Large Grants - Next Stage 1 deadline: 4 July (midnight). Grant size: Up to £50,000 for works costing over £80,000 for urgent repairs or over £30,000 for facilities
  • Medium Grants - Next Deadline: 4 May (midnight) with another deadline in 2023 to be confirmed. Grant Size: Up to £10,000 for works costing £20,000 - £80,000.
  • Small Grants - Next Deadline: 27 April (midnight). Grant Size: £500 to £5,000 for works costing up to £20,000.

Art Fund: Reimagine grants

Art Fund’s Reimagine grants aims to support creativity and stability in the arts sector by focusing funding on your workforce including salary costs with grants of up to £50k. They want to fund projects that will help organisations reimagine their support for the workforce (staff, volunteers and/or your professional networks). Deadline 26 May 2023.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Offers a number of schemes supporting the arts, arts based learning, and young people. The schemes have no deadlines and can provide grants to cover core costs (see funder’s website for all available schemes). Schemes include:

  • Arts Access and Participation Fund - The Fund addresses inequalities of opportunity to access and participate in the arts. You can apply for between £30,000 and £400,000 for activity lasting between 12 months and 4 years with an option to extend for a further period.
  • Youth Fund - supports organisations working with and for young people (aged 14-25) facing complex transitions to adulthood by providing core operating costs. You can request up to £150,000 spread over three years i.e. up to £50,000 per year as well as applying for additional support and a bursary of up to £500 to help you apply. You can attend their upcoming online information sessions on Thursday 27 April, 10:30am – 11:30am or Thursday 13 July, 10:30am – 11:30am

Veolia's Sustainability Fund now open

The Sustainability Fund will provide cash sponsorship, in-kind resources or volunteers to support not-for-profit organisations and community groups to transform their local community or environment. Two methods of application. Crowdfund through Spacehive’s website and have 50% match funding from Veolia or apply via Veolia’s website for cah, in-kind, or volunteering support.

Upcoming Deadlines

Charles Hayward Foundation

The Charles Hayward Foundation (registered charities only) provide both Main Grants (up to £25,000 a year for 1-3 years) and Small Grants (up to £7000).  Main grants cover Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation and Overseas work.  Small grants (apply at any time) cover Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation and Older People. Main Grants deadline 28 April 2023.

Music for All’s Community Project Funding

Music for All is dedicated to helping people of all ages and social backgrounds get involved in the amazing world of music making. Music for All provides grants for both individuals and groups to enable more people to access musical instruments and lessons and music programmes for the community. They only support applications within the UK and Ireland. Deadline 28 April 2023 (23:59).

Scops Arts Trust

The goal of Scops Arts Trust is to help people to understand, participate in and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts. They are keen to find projects which widen access and have a lasting cultural impact on the community. For their 2023, they are especially interested in supporting performing arts projects aimed at adults and projects which will benefit all ages across the generations, not only children. They are also interested in organisations planning smaller regional festivals in areas with little arts provision, due to socio-economic circumstances or geographically remote locations. Deadline 28 April 2023 (noon).

DWF Foundation

The Foundation supports registered charities with an impact in one or more of the following areas: Education, Employability, Homelessness, Health and wellbeing, and Environment and sustainability. Open to registered charities for grants up to £5,000. Next deadline 30 April 2023.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards: Access Without Limits – Community Funding for Organisations, Northern Ireland  

Access Without Limits community funding will enable more young people living in the most deprived areas of the UK to take part in the DofE for free. This new out-of-school approach working with local community organisations is being piloted over the next three years thanks to a £3 million grant fund from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.  Community funding comes in a package that includes  Licence fee support for community and voluntary organisations, Access to staff and volunteer training courses, Free participation places for young people, and Expedition kit start-up costs.  Next deadline 30 April 2023 (5pm).

Fundraising Training

Getting the most out of GrantTracker - Online

Six events throughout April; dates and times vary. 

This 45 minute session covers using the Home keys to keep in touch and get support, maximising your searches, tracking schemes, funders and email notifications, and using “My Tracker” and “My Notes” to make GrantTracker work for you and in managing your funding applications.

Preparing to tender - Online

26 April 2023 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

The session will include how the income from contracts fits into your wider funding strategy and how to find contract opportunities, how to prepare effectively for writing a proposal so you are able to respond to opportunities quickly and efficiently, what makes a successful application or tender, and how bids are assessed and scored.

Cost of Living Fundraising Series for May and June – FREE

NICVA's Fundraising Advice is delighted to be able to offer a wide range of FREE training sessions as part of our response to the Cost of Living Crisis throughout May and June. With a wide range of topics and a variety of trainers, you can sign up to any or all of the sessions and enhance your fundraising knowledge. One person per organisations (additional people will be added to the reserves list).

Fundraising Hub

NICVA Fundraising Advice has a range of articles from contributors supporting fundraising alongside a range of topics. See a few below:

Guest Blogs

Guest Blog: Fundraising Regulator - Volunteer fundraising: understanding the difference between ‘in aid of’ and ‘on behalf of’ | NICVA

Celia Currie, Stakeholder and Policy Manager for Northern Ireland, reflects on the importance of volunteers in fundraising and why it's important for charities to understand what type of fundraising is being carried out.

Guest Blog: The Chartered Institute of Fundraising in Northern Ireland | NICVA

Paul Montgomery, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland gives an overview of the work they do and how you can get involved. Plus, Paul details of their spring Fundraising Forum in Lisburn.

Guest Blog: The National Lottery Community Fund - remember to consider your environmental impact when applying for funding

Mark Creaney, from The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), talks about how the largest community funder across the UK is supporting communities who are seeking to minimise their impact on the environment.

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