Charities in the UK that are seeking funding for their work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and younger can start the application process for funding in 2018.

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

• Any kind of disability.

• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.

• Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months.

Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

For further information please click here 

Museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions are invited to enter the Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence for the chance to win one of eleven awards.

The annual Museums and Heritage Awards are now open for entries to a total of eleven categories, covering all major aspects of the museums, galleries and heritage attractions sector in the UK.

The Awards are also open to operators and suppliers unless otherwise stated.

Projects can be considered for a maximum of three categories from the following list:

• The International Award

• Marketing Campaign

• Temporary/Touring Exhibition

• Restoration/Conservation

• Project on a Limited Budget

• Innovation

• Educational Initiative

• Permanent Exhibition

• Fundraising Initiative

• Volunteers of the Year Award

• Best Shop (turnover of under £500,000) / Best Shop (turnover of above £500,000)

The entry fee for the Awards is £95 for all categories except Project on a Limited Budget for which the entry fee is £55 and Volunteers of the Year Award for which all entries are free. The fee applies for each individual category entered into. Submissions should relate to the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 May 2018.

The deadline for entries is 1 February 2018.

For further information on how to apply please email Meghan McEwen at VAO 

The Awards for All programme in Scotland offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to a wide range of not-for-profit groups and organisations.

The funding is for projects that involve communities in the design, development and delivery of projects that address the following three priorities:

• Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.

• Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.

• Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

In addition, the programme has announced recently that it will give priority to: Arts projects that:

• Engage people from areas of high deprivation.

• Remove financial barriers to access creative activities.

• Address rural isolation and encourages activity in rural areas.

• Engage older people, people in care homes and carers.

• Engage care leavers.

• Support integration of refugees and asylum seekers.

Sports projects that:

• Engage young people from our most deprived areas.

• Engage girls and young women.

• Engage disabled young people.

The funding can be used for a wide range of items.

For further information please click here.


Groups providing diversionary youth work activities for young people aged 10 to 24 in Scotland are invited to apply for funding for projects taking place in the financial year 2018/19.

A total pot of £700,000 is being made available to groups as part of the Youth Work Fund strand of the Cashback for Communities Fund.

The Fund is administered by youth work agency YouthLink Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government who set it up with the aim of tackling inequalities by focusing more on young people from deprived areas. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects delivered between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Initiatives must support young people (aged between 10 and 24 years) that face one or more of the following disadvantages:

• Living in areas of deprivation. (Priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD.)

• Unemployed, not in education or training (NEET).

• Excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school.

• At risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or re-offending.

Local groups and partnerships in Scotland can apply if they are providing diversionary youth work activities for young people that raises their attainment, ambition and aspirations. Projects must be accessible, sustainable, and supportive of the contribution of young people to the development, management and running of the project

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017.

Please click here for further information 

The Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund supports young people aged 14-20 who require financial assistance in developing their talent within the creative industry. Funding will be awarded to those young people who demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and talent in their chosen field and who would benefit from financial assistance in order to develop this further.
Both individuals and groups may apply for funding ranging between £50 and £600.

Funding is available to young people aged between 14 and 20 who live in Scotland and wish to develop their talent in one or more of the following areas: Drama; Dance; Music; Film; Visual Arts; Literature; and Digital Arts.
Funding is particularly targeted at those who may not be able to develop their talent further due to the barriers of:
• Affordability – inability to afford costs related to arts activity.
• Geography – issues with accessing opportunity due to their location.
• Disability – issues with taking part due to cost or unsuitable infrastructure or support.
Applications are welcomed from individuals or groups.
Grants can be awarded to help support talent development through:
• Artistic development – eg auditioning, training, participating in workshops, work shadowing or mentoring.
• Promotion and showcasing – eg staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance or publishing written work.
• Peer-to-peer delivery – eg hosting a workshop or setting up a local group.

The next deadline for applications is 9 October 2017.




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