The Community Grants programme has opened with new guidelines and is accepting expressions of interest from not-for-profit groups across Great Britain.
Round two funding is focused on projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity as well as projects that improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities through exercise, counselling and training.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities can apply for grants of more than £2,000.
Projects should help people gain better access to community facilities, community activities and strengthen communities in ways that are different, sustainable and reach a wide number of people.
The funding is for activities that:
• Promote team/group sports and activities at a grass-roots level.
• Provide or enhance places for sports and recreation.
• Promote community arts projects.
• Work in innovative ways to relieve older or disabled people’s isolation within their communities.
• Improve the health statistics of a community through, for example: 
o First aid courses.
o Exercise.
o Mental health awareness or counselling.
o First responders.
Examples of projects that would fit within these guidelines include the following:
• Sporting projects that involve disabled people, the elderly, and girls/women.
• Projects that train members of the community to become sport coaches.
• Purchases of minibuses to enable disabled or elderly to take part more fully in their community.
• Establishment of community choirs, drama groups, art groups, history societies.
• Community First Responder courses.
• Exercise programmes that benefit elderly or disabled people, helping to prevent falls and limit obesity.
• Programmes that provide mental health provision for those experiencing various addictions or life-limiting problems.
There is a two-step application process.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017.

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands have until 22 September 2017 to apply for funding to projects which engage children and young people in science based activities

The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust in order to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.
To be eligible for grants of up to £10,000 projects should use exciting and engaging science activities to encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.
For the purpose of this grant beneficiaries are deemed to be disadvantage if they have:
• An illness, experience distress, abuse or neglect.
• Any kind of disability.
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
• Lived or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Eligible projects should not focus upon ‘teaching’ science in a more fun and hands-on way than children and young people might experience at school. Children and young people should have their curiosity stimulated and be empowered to ask questions that are relevant to them, by encouraging them to use their own expertise and experiences.
Grant activities should take place between January 2018 and September 2018. It is anticipated that up to 20 organisations will receive a grant in the first funding round. Organisations that miss this round may be able to apply again in September 2018 when the second round is expected to open for applications

To be eligible for funding applicants should have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18. Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate.

Organisations that already hold grant funding from Children in Need or the Wellcome Trust are eligible for funding.

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.

 BBC Children in Need - Curiosity Fund

The Life Changes Trust welcomes applications from organisations and individuals in Scotland with experience of dementia who are seeking funding to produce resources that equip and encourage people suffering with dementia and their carers.

Organisations and individuals who have experience of dementia and live in Scotland including people living with dementia; organisations that work with those living with dementia; current carers; and former carers can apply for grants of between £500 and £7,000.

The awards will support people living with dementia and their carers in Scotland to share knowledge and helpful information with each other by creating peer to peer support resources, such as leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc. Eligible projects/resources must have long term value/relevance (at least three years). Resources must be practical and truly reflect the experiences and needs of people living with dementia and/or carers.

The resources created through the fund will also provide a valuable source of education and information for people who want to know more about dementia, such as hospital or care home staff, relatives or friends.

The deadlines for applications are 1 September 2017 and 2 February 2018.

Further information is available from the Life Changes Trust’s website.


A unique and Exciting funding opportunity for projects across the non-linked islands.

VAO has been awarded funding from the Community Choices Fund, with contributions from community planning partners, to deliver the Your Island Your Choice small grants participatory budgeting programme where island residents decide for themselves which project should receive funding.
Who can apply?
• Any community/voluntary group, even informal groups, can apply for funding from £200 to £6,000
• You don’t have to come from an existing group or constituted organisation to apply for funds but all the activities have to happen in more than one non-linked island to benefit their communities
• Your ideas need to meet one of the identified key themes:

  • Positive Ageing
  • Health and Sustainable Communities
  • Vibrant Economic Environment

• Your project must benefit as many people as possible
• Your project must help make the isles a better place for everyone (excludes Orkney mainland and the linked islands)
• Large or small, single or collaborative projects welcome

How to Apply?

If your idea fits in with one of the identified themes please complete and submit the application form to Voluntary Action Orkney, who may contact you for additional information.

If the application meets the criteria then island representatives will vote for their favourite projects at an event to be held in Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall on 25th March 2017. At that event you will be required to do a short 2 to 3 minute presentation about your project/activity and the difference it will make to island communities.

You can download the application form here 

Or if you prefer please contact Meghan or the Admin team to request an application pack.

The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity has relaunched for 2017. After a strategic review, the charity has now adopted a themed approach for each funding round.

There will now be two funding rounds per year with applications invited in February and September.

To be eligible, projects must address the theme set out by the charity:

  • Raising the Next Generation projects should focus on children, youth, and families. Applications will be accepted from 1 February 2017 to 3 March 2017.
  • Life Changing Transitions projects should focus on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders and resettlement. Applications will be accepted from 1 September 2017 to 29 September 2017.

Most grants will be for less than £5,000.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions.

To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation's core funding.

The Raising the Next Generation grant round is open from 1 February until 3 March 2017 but will close as soon as 40 applications are accepted.

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