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Funding & Training Focus - 17 January

Funding and Training Focus

Hello all,
This week’s funding round up has five great opportunities for those of you working in the Arts, just keep an eye on the closing dates if you are looking to apply. We also have some opportunities that don’t come up often, the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust offers grants of up to £35,000 for organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, and rehabilitation of animals. There is also an opportunity in partnership with Nisa for those of you delivering food pantries.
Remember most funders take a minimum of 8 – 12 weeks to return a decision, so if you have plans for Easter 2024 or Summer 2024, now would be a good time to get in touch if you would like support to develop a plan and identify potential funders.
Contact Jane – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com

Animal Welfare

Grants to Support Animal Welfare Charities 
Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply for grants of up to £35,000. Organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding supports general running costs or capital purchases. The Trust encourages repeat applications from charities when further financial support might be given if funds allow.  

The funding is being made available through the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust and the next closing date for applications is 01 May 2024.   Find out more


Children and Young People

Grants of up to £2,200 Available to Support Disadvantaged and Disabled Children
Organisations within the UK that provide free activities to children who are disadvantaged or disabled can apply for grants of up to £2,200.  The funding is being made available through the Little Lives UK Children’s Community Support Programme and aims to ensure that every child regardless of their financial circumstances can have access to activities they need to live a happy, healthy and fun childhood. The programme is open to applications from children’s groups and organisations such as play groups, after-school clubs or sports classes, etc.   The Children’s Community Support Programme is also open to applications from other projects, as long as their primary objective focuses on providing services to disadvantaged and disabled children. There is no monetary minimum that groups can apply for, and Little Lives UK will additionally support the work of successful applicants through their social media channels and on their website.  Four or five grants are awarded every month, and the next application deadline is the 31 January 2024.  Find out more

Funding for Rural Community and Education Projects
Charities supporting rural development, in particular, the education of young people and the relief of poverty within rural areas can apply for funding through the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust. The focuses of the funding is on providing financial support to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on rural communities. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas. Projects supported in the past have ranged from City farms, Federations of Young Farmers Clubs and farming Community Networks.  The next closing date for applications is the 24 May 2024. Find out more



Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Increase Employment Opportunities for Disadvantaged Adults 
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to support projects that equip people (18 or older in order) from disadvantaged groups with the critical life skills necessary to gain employment. Priority will be given to projects that target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups facing major hurdles to employment, especially; women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers. The funding is being made available through the Thomas Wall Trust.  
The deadline for stage 1 applications is 29 April 2024.  Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.  Find out more


Food Pantries

Heart of the Community Awards 2024 
Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity has launched a new round of their Heart of the Community Awards. The awards will be supporting food pantries across the UK, with a total of £50,000 in funding available for Nisa retailers to nominate a local group, charity or good cause. The donations of up to £1,000 per store will help food pantries provide essential food and other supplies to people in need. 50 winning causes will be selected by a panel of judges. To apply for a donation, interested food pantries should visit their nearest Nisa affiliated retailer to discuss a nomination.  Find out more


Art and Music

Grants to Support Music Making 
Community groups and individuals in the UK can apply for grants of up to £2,000 or musical instruments to develop sustainable community-based music programmes. The Music for All - Community Project Funding programme is looking to support different types of projects based on electric guitars and amplifiers; acoustic guitars; community projects supporting those with learning and cognitive challenges; community projects supporting those with degenerative conditions; and projects supporting underprivileged secondary-school aged children. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 01 April 2024.  Find out more

The Foyle Foundation to End its Grants Giving Programme
The Foyle Foundation has announced that after 25 years, it will end its Grants Giving Programme in 2025. The Foundation currently awards funding in the areas of the Arts, Learning, Community, School Libraries and Health. Arts and learning charities can apply for grants through the Main Grants Scheme. This can include major building projects. Small charities can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 via the Small Grants Scheme; and state funded schools can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 through the Foyle School Library Scheme. For details about the final closing dates for applications please refer to the Foundation’s website. Find out more


Continuo Foundation 
Period music charity Continuo Foundation has today opened applications for its seventh round of grants. The organisation, which celebrated three years since its founding in September 2023, has to date provided UK period-instrument ensembles with funding support totalling £750,000. In this latest round, £100,000 in grants will be available for artistic projects taking place across the UK between April and October 2024. Grants will range from £2,000 to £8,000, and project proposals will be judged against the foundation’s criteria: ‘artistic quality’, ‘reaching new audiences’, and ‘building for the future’. Applicants will have a month to submit their proposals, which must be received by 9 February. Find out more

Scops Arts Trust 
We are currently inviting Stage 1 applications for consideration at our Spring meeting in March. We are specifically seeking applications for music performances at local arts festivals and applications for children’s music education projects. Visit the ‘What we support’ webpage for more information and if you believe that your project and organisation fits with what the Trustees want to support in this grants round, then go to the ‘How to apply’ webpage to check your eligibility. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 23 January 2024. Find out more

Grants for Musicians and Bands
Artists or bands are able to apply for a grant of £5,000-£15,000 to significantly develop their careers over the next two years. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, for example, a manager, an independent label or a publisher. Priority will be given to those who have not been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. 

Grants of £5,000 - £15,000 are available with the average in the region of £10,000. 

Applications can be made by UK based artists/bands directly or representatives of the artist who may be a Manager; Label; Publisher; Booking agent; PR/Plugger; Lawyer or Trusted advisor to the artist. 

The next deadline to apply to the PPL Momentum Music Fund is 31 January 2024. Find out more


Net Zero/Environmental 

Rewilding Innovation Fund Re-opens for Applications
Rewilding Britain, a charity that works to restore nature, has announced that the next funding round of the Rewilding Innovation Fund is now open for applications. The fund provides up to £15,000 to support innovative rewilding projects across Britain. 

The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support projects that are part of Rewilding Britain's Rewilding Network and that are working to apply the principles of rewilding to benefit nature, climate and people. Applicants are encouraged to take an innovative approach to land and marine rewilding, which will help develop learning and evidence for others within the Rewilding Network. 

Projects must be at least 40 hectares in size, and can be either land-based or marine. Marine based projects can be any size. 

So far, the Fund has supported 35 rewilding initiatives. Successful applications have included a carbon capture project, a seagrass restoration study, a tree seeding experiment, the development of a rewilding strategy, a feasibility study and a community consultation. 

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2024. Find out more


Vulnerable People

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Charities Supporting Vulnerable & Disadvantaged People 
The Leathersellers Company is currently seeking applications from small Charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations that are providing vital services for vulnerable people in deprived communities across the UK. The Small Grants Programme will award grants of up to £5,000 to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000. Partnerships are encouraged. The number of applications will be capped and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Committee will meet regularly to ensure charities receive a decision within a month of submitting their application. There are 10 application windows throughout the year and each window will close when 45 applications have been received. Find out more


Opening Soon

King Charles III Charitable Fund Launches New Small Grants Programme 
The King Charles III Charitable Fund has launched a new Small Grants Programme to support projects that will improve people’s lives and build sustainable communities across the UK. 

Each year, the fund will allocate grants of up to £5,000 to around 100 community-based organisations, including charities, community interest companies, and parish councils. 

The fund aims to support small-scale projects that have the potential to create substantial impacts within their communities, especially those that typically face challenges in accessing larger funding sources. 

The fund opens to applications on 08 February 2024 and closes on 22 February 2024. Find out more


Boots Charitable Trust Extends Grants Programme to Support Local Communities Across the UK 
Registered charities working in the areas of health, lifelong learning, community development and social care can apply four times a year for grants of between £100 and £10,000. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for smaller voluntary organisations whose income and expenditure is less than £5,000 per year and who are not yet required to register with the Charity Commission. 

To be eligible, projects must meet at least one of Trust’s four funding priorities: 

  • Health: Community healthcare, such as homecare or support for sufferers of medical conditions, and health education and prevention 
  • Lifelong learning: Local literacy and numeracy projects 
  • Community development: For example, supporting councils in providing voluntary services 
  • Social care: Personal, social or community activities or schemes. 

Additionally, a particular focus within each of these priorities is how the projects demonstrate a commitment to improving diversity, equality and inclusion within the community. 

There are four application windows per year and applications will only be accepted during the quarterly windows. 

Applications will next be accepted from 1 to 28 February 2024. Find out more



Facing Scotland's Substance Struggles
Tackling Stigma Together

Thursday 25 January, 9.30 – 11.30am
The FYF Charity Hub, St James House, 25 St James' Street, Paisley, PA3 2HQ
It's good to talk. Explore stigma and problematic use of alcohol or drugs.
A workshop with the Alcohol and Drug Partnership about the causes and consequences of stigma and what we can collectively do about it.
If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk


Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice 
Tuesday 6 February, 9.30am – 12noon 

Engage Renfrewshire, 10 Falcon Crescent, Paisley, PA3 1NS 

The Scottish Government’s vision is, ‘to achieve a trauma-informed and responsive nation and workforce, one that is capable of recognising where people are affected by trauma and adversity, that is able to respond in ways that prevent further harm and support recovery, and that can address inequalities and improve life chances.’  

This 2.5 hour introductory learning session provides an opportunity to learn about trauma, the impacts of trauma and the importance of trauma-informed and responsive ways of working. 

If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk 


Invest in Renfrewshire External Funding Support Webinar February 2024 
The Invest in Renfrewshire Communities Team host monthly webinars on External Funding Support available for Renfrewshire third sector groups.  The focus will be on the current grant programmes that are open to third sector groups and the type of support available to groups when completing draft funding applications.  The webinar will help assist constituted third sector groups to clearly demonstrate their economic and social benefit, evidence longer term sustainability as well as articulate the impact their proposed projects will have. In addition to this, the monthly webinars also cover wider support available from the Invest in Renfrewshire team including further information on the Invest in Employability programme updates and Business Gateway support. 

Monday 19 February 2024 at 14:00 – 16:00 

To book a space please contact our Funding & Development Officer via Email:  Econdev.community@renfrewshire.gov.uk or Tel: 07974071320

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