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Funding & Training Focus - 25 October

Welcome to the new look Funding Newsletter.

We hope to make this newsletter more assessable and user friendly. Each week we will highlight the areas of activity that may be relevant to your organisation, to make it easier for you to identify potential funds.


Criminal & Social Justice

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund - Young Offenders Grants
The Trust funds work with young people with criminal convictions or those who are at high risk of committing a first offence. In 2023 they will be funding work that uses a Sport for Development approach to reduce reoffending and first offence rates. They run two grant rounds each year; one for work supporting young people who have a criminal conviction on their record and one for young people who are considered high risk and on the edge of the criminal justice system.
Young Offenders (triangletrust.org.uk) The closing date for applications is Sunday 29 October 2023.
Social & Criminal Justice - Main - Charles Hayward Foundation
The overall aims of our funding in the social and criminal justice area are to prevent people entering the criminal justice system and to support those already in the system to move on and rebuild their lives.  We fund early intervention programmes with young children and their families, tailored preventative work with young people at risk, and holistic support services aimed at reducing re-offending and aiding re-settlement.
The Foundation also looks to alleviate the consequences of domestic abuse and criminal exploitation of vulnerable persons.
If you are a UK registered charity and have an annual income of between £350,000 and £4,000,000 you may submit an application under our main grant programme.

  • Targeted early intervention programmes aimed at reaching the most troubled and vulnerable families in a community.
  • Preventative and diversionary projects for young people at risk of offending including tailored interventions identifying and addressing the particular needs of girls and young women.
  • Programmes, particularly those with a focus on young offenders, combining prison based and community interventions dealing with rehabilitation of offenders, accommodation and support on release, helping with maintaining family relationships, mentoring, and mapping and creating pathways to employment.
  • Schemes offering viable alternatives to custody, in particular for women and young people.
  • Programmes of support directed towards rehabilitating the victims of domestic abuse and criminal exploitation.

Find out more

Creative Arts and Music

Grants for Musicians and Bands
Artists and bands that are at a crucial point in their careers can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for funding include recording, touring and marketing. 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. The funding is being made available through the PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund. The next closing date for applications is 03 November 2023. Find out more

Funding to Support Arts and Music Projects
The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2024. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including Opera; Lieder; Composition and Dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges; Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support. Find out more

Grants of up to £70,000 Available for Film Festivals
Organisations based in Scotland can apply for a grant of between £10,000 and £70,000 to support the development and delivery of film festivals, screening programmes and/or exhibition activity in Scotland. The grant aims to support a diverse range of festivals and programmes that reflect the diversity of Scottish audiences. The grant is provided by Screen Scotland’s The National Lottery Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund. The application deadline for the next round of funding is 11 January 2024 or until the fund’s budget is allocated (whichever is sooner). Organisations looking for less than £10,000, please consider the funding opportunities offered by Film Hub Scotland. Find out more

Grants for Talented Musicians and Groups
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support the careers of talented artists and groups working in music of black origin. The funding is available for recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world. The funding is being made available through the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. As well as the funding the scheme also offers one-to-one business advice and one-to-one health consultation covering all aspects of a musician’s health, including physical and mental health needs and specialist referrals where required. Any solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genre can apply but preference may be given to; R&B, Afrobeat, Soul, Hip Hop, Grime, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae and African music. No application deadline has been indicated. Find out more

Funding for Activities to Improve People’s Lives
Grants are available for UK registered charities seeking to enhance and improve people’s lives through the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare, and the environment. The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust typically awards grants of between £500 and £6,000 for projects and core costs, with a preference for small-scale, locally based initiatives. The types of services provided to communities could include promoting access to the arts, conservation activities, music and art therapy to improve mental health and wellbeing, and providing breaks for carers. There are three grant-making meetings held annually. Projects should have a start date of at least three months after the meeting date. The next deadline for applications the 06 February 2024. Find out more


Children and Families

Support for Children Living in Severe Poverty
Grants are available to support children and young people living with severe poverty across the UK. The grants which are made available through the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme supports families with children up to the age of 17 who are living with financial, health and social difficulties, by providing items that meet children’s most basic needs such as kitchen appliances, furniture, baby equipment, beds, clothing, and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing. Applications must come through a registered referral agency that is supporting the family or young person. The programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services and applications can be made at any time. Find out more

Essentia Foundation
The Essentia Foundation provides financial support to charities and community groups that improve the health and wellbeing of young people and increase opportunities for training, enhancing learning, upskilling, and developing career opportunities. Next deadline - 30 November 2023. Find out more.

Funding to Support Education in Disadvantaged Areas
Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational projects with children and young people under the age of 25 in marginalised communities within the UK and internationally. The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants totalling about £900,000 in any one year. For UK projects, the focus is on improving the educational outcomes and life chances of young carers and children looked after. For international projects, the focus is on improving the quality, sustainability, and access to education for young people in marginalised and deprived communities. Grants for UK projects range between £30,000 and £90,000 and for international projects up to £60,000. There is a two stage application process and applications can be submitted at any time. Application shortlisted at this stage will be invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal. Find out more


Net Zero and Environmental

Scottish Government Opens £65 Million Nature Restoration Fund
The Scottish Government has opened the £65 million Nature Restoration Fund for Expressions of Interest. The fund is available to organisations that are working to restore wildlife and habitats on land and sea. The Nature Restoration Fund is part of the Scottish Government's commitment to addressing the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. The fund is designed to support projects that will help to reverse the decline of Scotland's natural environment. The Fund has two streams, Helping Nature, for grants of £25,000 to £250,000 and Transforming Nature grants of £250,000 upwards, including development phase funding. All applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest. Applicants that meet the NRF priorities will be sent an application form. Find out more.


Housing and Community Safety

Grants to Provide Solutions for People in Housing Need 
The Lintel Trust is offering financial support to community and voluntary organisations in Scotland that are working to address housing needs. These organisations can receive grants of either £500 or £1,000 for community-led initiatives aimed at helping individuals maintain their tenancies, enhance their quality of life, and actively participate in their communities. This funding round is specifically targeting projects that address social isolation in housing communities, promote digital inclusion, and support older individuals in maintaining their independence and staying in their homes. Eligible organisations must have a close connection with a housing association, housing cooperative, or another social housing provider, such as a local authority. The deadline to apply for this funding is 20 December 2023. Find out more.

Funding for Local Road Safety Projects
Local Authorities, Police Forces, Fire and Rescue Services, UK-based registered charities, universities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies can apply for funding for local road safety projects. The Road Safety Trust is the funding available for projects which have the potential for being brought to scale - with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK. Through the Trust’s Small Grants Programme grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 over a maximum of two years are available for projects which are either a pilot, trial or evaluation of a practical road safety intervention. All projects should have other sources of funding, either cash or in-kind. The deadline for applications is 07 November 2023. Find out more

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