Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.

The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

In 2019, the Trust will consider projects which focus on:

  • Promoting human rights.
  • Combatting discrimination.
  • Poverty prevention.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

There is a two-stage application process.

 

Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 6 February to 20 February 2019.

Further information here

Established in 2015, Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. This money enables the Postcode Local Trust to provide grants to projects that are beneficial to local areas across England, Scotland and Wales.

In 2019, Postcode Local Trust will provide short-term, designated funding for local projects which relate to the following themes:

  • Green space improvements.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Renewable energy and flood prevention.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

There is a two-step application process.

Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 6 February to 20 February 2019.

 Further information here

Following a review of its funding policy in 2018, the Agnes Hunter Trust currently invites projects that fall within one of two key areas of interest:

  • Helping disabled people
  • This might include (but is not restricted to) charities assisting specific groups of people, for example those living with learning disabilities, mental ill health, specific types of cancer, cerebral palsy, autism, visual or physical impairments.
  • Assisting with the education and training of disadvantaged people aged 16 years or over who have left school
  • Disadvantaged people include those whose life experiences or environment have so far denied them opportunities to develop the skills to support themselves and contribute positively to society.

Priorities for the Trust include services or projects that focus on:

  • Self-management and awareness.
  • Advice, support and information.
  • Life-skills training.
  • Employability, particularly in relation to IT, literacy and numeracy.
  • Helping people participate and contribute to their community.

Applications are accepted from registered charities operating in Scotland with an income of less than £2.5 million per year.

Funding can be used towards an organisation's core costs or direct project costs, including staff salaries and overheads.

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2019 (5pm).

 Further information here

The Learning Link is recruiting for a specific temporary post that has been created for up to 6 months and for 160 hours which can be worked flexibly. The closing date is the end of the month.

More information from here.

 

Small Grants Scheme Supported by Repsol Sinopec and Liam McArthur MSP

Grants are offered to voluntary and community groups through the Small Grants Scheme, administered by the VAO Board of Directors. Groups with charitable objectives (excepting party political groups), are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £500 maximum for a project to help their community.

The VAO Board of Directors will consider all applications and decide which projects will benefit. Their decision will be final.

Recipients of grants must claim the total sum awarded within twelve months of allocation. To claim the grant, VAO will require proof of expenditure, either a receipted invoice or an invoice to be paid. Grants will not be paid retrospectively.

Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is grateful to Repsol Sinopec for their donation which the VAO Board has decided to disburse as grants to support the work of small, community groups. VAO is also grateful to Liam McArthur, MSP, for his continuing donations which have been added to the Small Grants fund to increase the amount available.

Application forms are available by contacting:

Voluntary Action Orkney,
Anchor Buildings
6 Bridge Street,
Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HR
Tel: (01856) 872897
Email: enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk  

Application form here

Criteria leaflet here 

Deadline: Completed forms must be returned by 1st March 2019.

 

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