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Funding & Training Focus - 29 November

Welcome to this week’s Funding Newsletter

This week we would like to note that there are still opportunities to fund winter activity through the Winter Connections Fund, please see below for more details.

Additionally, The National Lottery have made some key changes to their Awards For All grants to support their 2023-2030 funding strategy. You can read more about the strategy here: The National Lottery Community Fund Strategy 2023 – 2030. The main point to note is you can now apply for up to £20,000 for up to 2 years, for community-led projects. Further information can be found below.

If you are thinking about your activity for 2024 and would like support to develop a Fundraising Strategy, please get in touch, we can support you to put a plan in place.

Please contact Jane – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com .



Awards for All Increases Maximum Grant Amount

Voluntary, community organisations and Schools, etc across the UK can now apply for grants of up to £20,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All programme. This represents a significant increase from the previous maximum grant size of £10,000. Projects can last for up to two years.
The funding boost is intended to support organisations in delivering new or existing community led activities. Eligible projects must achieve at least one of the following objectives: 

  • Bring people together to build strong relationships within and across communities
  • Improve places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Help individuals reach their potential by providing early support
  • Assist individuals, communities, and organisations facing difficulties due to the cost-of-living crisis

 Organisations eligible to apply include:

  • Constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • Constituted groups or clubs
  • Registered charities
  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs)
  • Not-for-profit companies
  • Community interest companies (CICs)
  • Schools (provided the project benefits and involves the surrounding communities)
  • Statutory bodies (including local authorities, town, parish, and community councils)
  • Community benefit societies

The funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  •  Organisational running costs
  • Equipment
  • One-off events
  • Staff costs
  • Training costs
  • Transport
  •  Utilities
  •  Volunteer expenses
  • Small land or refurbishment projects

 The application deadline is 16 weeks before the start of the project or activities.
For more information and to apply, please visit the National Lottery Community Fund website

Winter Activity

Renfrewshire Council’s Winter Connections programme encourages people to come together this winter to take part in activities that will improve health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and provide people with advice and support if they need it.  

There is £85,000 of funding available for the Winter Connections programme. The Fund opened on Friday 22 September 2023 and Local community and voluntary organisations based in Renfrewshire can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to run or expand a free activity. (This could be increased if you are co-ordinating several events in partnership with a range of local groups). 

Renfrewshire Council wants Winter Connections activities to be available in every neighbourhood in Renfrewshire, available at different times and for residents of all ages. Applications that will run activities during the festive period are also welcomed. 

You can apply online for the Winter Connections Fund and all details about the fund, the guidance on what types of activities are eligible, how decisions on funding will be made and much more is here https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/12902/Apply-for-the-Winter-Connections-Fund 


Movement For Good

We're giving away £120,000 in December 
12 Days of Giving is our festive final phase of Movement for Good 2023. In December, we’ll be giving 120 charities £1,000 each over 12 days. 
The first draw takes place on December 1st and the last on December 18th with 10 charities drawn every week day. Nominations are open until 23:59 on December 17th 2023. 
If you’ve already nominated your favourite charity this year, then you’re already in the draw. If you haven’t nominated yet, getting a cause close to your heart in the running is just a few clicks away. 

It’s one nomination per charity per person, so if you have more than one favourite cause, why not try putting them on our map with a nomination? 

Nominate here


Sustainability - Charities & Social Enterprises

The Fore’s Spring 2024 National Funding Round

An exciting new funding opportunity for small charities and social enterprises across the UK – The Fore’s Spring 2024 National Funding Round. 

Registration period opens from 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 06 December to 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 13 December.  

The programme is offering unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 in Spring 2024 to help small charities and social enterprises develop, grow or become more sustainable.   

Successful applicants will receive:  

  • A grant of up to £30,000 of unrestricted funding spread over 1 to 3 years.  
  • Access to free, highly skilled support provided by experienced professionals.  
  • Access to our programme of skills training workshops, covering areas such as fundraising, communications, finance, strategy and more.  
  • A fully funded place on an impact measurement course.   

Who is eligible to apply?  

All UK registered charities, CIOs, CICs and CBSs with an annual income of under £500,000 are welcome to apply. Please also take our eligibility quiz here.  

Our grants are intended to create a step change for your organisation. What do you need to get to the next stage of your development? Our grant might help your organisation to grow, increase your staff capacity, serve a new beneficiary group, become more sustainable or make your systems more efficient – we don’t mind, we just want you to be able to be better at what you do.  

How do we apply?  

  1. Watch our webinar here to understand how you can make the best possible application for funding.  
  1. You will need to register your interest. Registration will be open for one week from 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 06 December to 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 13 December. During this time, please register your interest on our Apply for Funding webpage (this will take 2 to 3 minutes). We ask that only one registration is completed per organisation. If multiple are completed, we will only consider one in the interest of fairness.  
  1. On Thursday 14th December, all who have registered for the funding round will receive an email confirming whether or not they have been allocated a place on the funding round. If you have been allocated a place on the funding round, this email will invite you to submit a full application and provide details of how to apply. If we receive more registrations than the number of places available on the funding round, then places will be allocated randomly.  
  2. Once you have received the confirmation email, please ensure that you write and submit your application using the link provided in your confirmation email before the application deadline on Monday 15 January 2024 at 5:00pm.  



Net Zero and Environmental

Grants for the Planting and Care of Trees, Hedges & Orchards 
Deadline 03 December 2023. Through the Fund, schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK will be able to apply for grants of between £250 and £2,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards. Find out more

Grants for Community Recycling, Biodiversity & Public Amenity Projects
Deadline 06 December 2023. Not-for-profit organisations such as registered charities, community councils, community groups and local authorities can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £40,000 to fund community recycling and biodiversity projects as well as improvements to public amenities, parks and historic buildings. Find out more

Environmental Charities can Apply for Matched Funding of up To £100,000
Charities can apply for match funding of up to £100,000 to help support a range of environmental projects. The funding is being made available through the Big Give Green Match Fund. The Big Give is the world's first and largest online match funding platform. It has raised over £100 million for over 1,000 projects since it was founded in 2007. The funding can be used for a variety of environmental projects such as planting trees, creating wildlife habitats, reducing pollution and promoting sustainable energy, etc. The application deadline for the Big Give Green Match Fund is 16 January 2024. Find out more


Community Projects and Facilities

Grants to Promote and Secure Better and Safer Roads
Grants and bursaries are available for research, education, and community projects to promote and secure better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering, and aesthetics, including enhancements of the experience of road users. Funded activity includes courses leading to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, such as roadside parks and open spaces. No maximum or minimum grant levels are indicated. However, most grants given in the past have been between 5,000 and £30,000. The funding is being made available through the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund and the next closing date for applications is19 January 2024.  Find out more

Funding Available for Innovative Community Projects 
Aviva has partnered with Crowdfunder to support small charities, schools, and community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their communities and are looking to raise up to £50,000. Aviva Community Fund is focused on supporting projects that enhance community resilience in the face of uncertainty, with a focus on two main areas: Climate Action and Financial Wellbeing. To take part, the project must also be raising funds to develop a new approach, product, or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services. Once applications have been submitted, applicants will create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder, which Aviva employees and the public can donate to. Find out more

Awards for All Increases Maximum Grant Amount
Voluntary, community organisations and schools, etc across the UK can now apply for grants of up to £20,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All programme. This represents a significant increase from the previous maximum grant size of £10,000. Projects can last for up to two years. The funding boost is intended to support organisations in delivering new or existing community led activities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following: help communities connect, improve their environment, provide early support for individuals and assist those facing financial difficulties. The application deadline is 16 weeks before you want to start your activities or spend any of the money.  Find out more

Grants to Support Individuals & Families in Need
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities, housing associations, schools and social services providing support for individuals and families across the UK who are in financial need.
The Cosaraf Charitable Foundation’s Hardship Grants will support individuals and families who have exhausted all other sources of funding and are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, work- or education-related expenses, or rent arrears.
Priority will be given to:

  • the most financially excluded people
  • families over individuals
  • those with caring responsibilities
  • items that will make the most difference to the individual/family’s long-term future

Other than in exceptional cases, Hardship Grants will only be made available for:

  • Household items (white goods and occasionally other items i.e. sofas, wardrobes etc.)
  • Basic Living Expenses (Utilities or food)
  • Work- or education-related expenses (interview clothes, school uniforms, laptops)
  • Rent arrears and Council tax arrears, but only where there is a clear and obvious risk of homelessness (for rent arrears involving a social landlord please outline what support has already been offered to your tenant)
  • Contribution to immigration-related costs, where the current immigration status directly causes financial hardship to the applicant

Applications can be made at any time and are assessed every six weeks. https://www.cosaraf.org/apply-for-funding/hardship-grants/

Henry Smith - Grants of up to £60,000 Available to Support Disadvantaged Communities 
Grants of between £20,000 and £70,000 per year for up to three years are available to community-led charities and not-for-profit organisations working to support communities in the most deprived areas of the UK.
The Henry Smith Charity's Strengthening Communities programme focuses on supporting the running costs of organisations working at grass-roots level, to ensure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas.
The Charity is looking to fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries and want to fund work that enables:

  • People from across the community to participate in activities that improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • A stronger, active, more engaged community

Funding could be used to increase existing service provision, take on a new staff member, improve sustainability or cover small capital costs.
Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.



Funding to Support the Sustainability of Small Museums
Grants of up to £8,000 are available to ensure the future viability of museums across the UK. The Association of Independent Museums’ (AIM) Arts Scholars Brighter Day Grant Scheme, funded by the Arts Scholars Charitable Trust, will provide support for museums that are at risk of closing, losing important skills and knowledge, or unable to care for their collections effectively. The funding can be used for educational, training, curatorial, and exhibition projects that help museums care for and sustain their historic and decorative arts collections. Priority will be given to small museums that have had difficulty finding support. The fund is open to applications from AIM members until 5pm on 08 December 2023. Find out more



Introduction to Mental Health Awareness - Friday 1 December
9.30am – 12.30pm
RAMH HQ, 41 Blackstoun Road, Paisley, PA3 1LU
The Let's Talk About Mental Health Awareness training raises awareness of ill-mental health. It will increase understanding of mental health conditions and of self-mental health. Delivered by RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health). If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Online Safety Event - Monday 04 December 
2pm - 3.30pm
"What does the Online Safety Act mean for Children?"
It will include a presentation on what the new legal landscape will look like, with an expert panel discussion on what we can be doing to translate the policy into practice and work to make the internet a safer space for our children and young people. More information and register for the event

Writing Successful Funding Applications - 18 January
This informal, in-person, training will provide guidance on getting started with writing funding applications. We will cover budgets, the why/what/how questions asked in applications, outcomes and gathering evidence, and best practice. You will also have to opportunity to network with other local organisations. Book here

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