Rural Opportunities Bulletin - January 2018

A monthly bulletin facilitated by your membership of the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding, consultation and other opportunities

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,
  • Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,
  • Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,
  • Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

Please note: In England, Big Lottery are changing the application process for Reaching Communities. In order to deliver this, they are implementing a temporary pause on the submission of Reaching Communities applications between Monday 15 January and Monday 2 April. This is to enable them to train-up new team members and embed new ways of working before reopening the offer. All applications received before 15 January will be processed in the existing manner.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/reaching-communities-england

 

Rethinking Parks Replication Awards – Nesta

Whether you are from a local authority, social enterprise, business improvement district, ‘Friends of’ group, or beyond, Nesta to hear your plans and ideas on how we can rethink parks across the UK.

There are two award streams within the programme:

  • Replication award.Grants of up to £200k over 2 years aimed at supporting organisations to set up, run and learn from innovative, tested, operating models for parks.
  • Prototyping award. Grants of up to £100k over 9-15 months to support  testing and learning from digital innovations with the potential to address challenges that parks face.

About the replication awards

For the Replication Awards, Nesta are seeking organisations and partnerships who are well placed to replicate and run some of the most promising and innovative operating models for parks - particularly drawing from what was learned in the Rethinking Parks programme in 2014. They are particularly interested in hearing from those who are interested in setting up Parks Foundations or including a focus on parks within a Business Improvement District. However they will also consider other innovative models that have been shown to contribute to sustainable parks management.

The deadline for initial applications is 27 February 2018.

https://www.nesta.org.uk/rethinking-parks-replication-awards

 

Flexible Learning Fund – Department for Education

At the Spring 2017 Budget, the Government committed to exploring ambitious new approaches to encouraging lifelong learning. £40 was allocated at the Spring 2017 Budget for pilots aimed at helping adults progress in employment or enter new occupations through re-skilling or up-skilling. The pilots will provide important evidence about what works, and what does not, in engaging adults about the opportunities and benefits of learning.

The Flexible Learning Fund has now been launched as part of this pilot programme.  The Fund will provide grant support to projects that develop methods of delivering learning that are flexible and easy to access for adults who are in work, or returning to work, with either low or intermediate level skills. The funding is available to:

  • Further Education Colleges
  • Independent Training Providers
  • Adult and Community Learning Providers
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Employers
  • Provider and employer representative bodies
  • Third sector education organisations

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-flexible-learning-fund

 

Community Shares Booster Programme – Power to Change

The Community Shares Booster Programme is a funding scheme to support community share offers. It will invest equity up to £100,000 to match community shares in societies that can demonstrate higher than average levels of community impact, innovation and engagement. The programme will also provide development grants of up to £10,000 to help societies get investment ready and meet standards of good practice. Match funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.

Power to Change has provided £3m funding for the Booster Programme over a five-year period from 2017-22. The programme is expected to match fund around 60 share offers in the first three years of the programme (to 2020) and then provide active investor support to societies on a continuing basis. The programme is run by the Community Shares Unit, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality.

The Community Shares Unit was established in 2012, since when there have been over 350 community share offers in the UK, raising more than £120m in share capital from over 100,000 people. Community shares are defined as non-transferable, withdrawable shares in an asset locked society that has at least 20 member-shareholders and £10,000 in share capital.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

https://www.communitysharesbooster.org.uk/how-it-works

 

Transforming British Tennis Together Initiative – Lawn Tennis Association

The LTA are operating two funds, with the preference being to invest in projects that bring together multiple partners to deliver the right mix of tennis facilities for their local community.

The first fund is named after the programme - the Transforming British Tennis Together Fund. They are allocating £100m and will provide significant support to applicants throughout the lifecycle of their project. With this fund they want to see multiple organisations coming together to create hundreds of thriving ‘Community Tennis Networks’.

The second fund - the Growing the Game Fund – is designed to support smaller venues who, primarily for geographical reasons, cannot be part of a broader Community Tennis Network. They are allocating £25m and we will provide a more streamlined service to applicants.

The following elements are likely to feature in many successful bids:

  • Floodlights
  • Covered courts (primarily framed fabric, bubbles or other low cost structures)
  • Social facilities (including cafes and clubhouses)
  • Multi-sports surfaces suitable for tennis
  • Accessible facilities that cater for disabled players
  • Tennis facilities at multi-sport venues, whether indoor or outdoor
  • Creative ideas on how existing facilities can be altered to support Community Tennis Network

Up to 50% funding is available to projects and the initiative is due to run for 10 years with 2 funding rounds each year. The next deadline is 28 February 2018.

https://www.lta.org.uk/venue-management/facilities-advice/#

 

Charity Grants – Masonic Charitable Foundation

Charities can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000) with funding available for projects that:

  • Tackle financial hardship
  • Improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and well-being
  • Provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Tackle social exclusion and disadvantage.

The next closing date for applications to the large grants programme is 2 February 2018. Applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form at least two weeks prior to the large grant application deadline.

https://mcf.org.uk/charities/

 

BlueSpark Foundation grants

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of project that the Foundation support.

http://bluesparkfoundation.org.uk/

 

Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Last year, the Chancellor announced more than £1bn of funding to stimulate further and faster roll-out of full fibre networks, alongside investment to take forward the next generation of mobile connectivity in all areas of the UK. As part of this, Government has now launched a £190m Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund to stimulate commercial investment in full fibre networks across the whole of the UK, including rural and urban locations, by demonstrating approaches that encourage additional private investment and by making sustainable commercial deployments viable.

The projects will enable gigabit capable connections to key public buildings and businesses, with the expectation that this leads to broadband providers creating additional connections to local homes and businesses.

Government is now encouraging a broad range of local bodies - Local Authorities, Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships as well other local public / government bodies such as health, education or transport bodies, to apply to the fund.

The deadline for the current wave of funding is 26 January 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-full-fibre-networks-challenge-fund

 

Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants – Defra

Details of this grant were announced on 3 October 2017. Local Authorities leading on the role out of Superfast Broadband can apply for Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants.

Up to £30,000,000 is available through this call. Minimum grant is £500,000. Grants are expected to be between £1m and £4m.

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).

You need to contact the rural Payments Agency at BroadbandApps@rpa.gsi.gov.uk to get a copy of the grant handbook, an application form, application appendix and guidance on how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/rural-broadband-infrastructure-00rd17rb0001

 

Archives Revealed programme – The National Archives

'Archives Revealed' is a partnership programme between The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust. It is described as the only funding stream available in the UK dedicated to cataloguing and unlocking archives. The fund is comprised of two funding strands:

  • Cataloguing grants – up to £40,000 for archives to create catalogues of important archival collections. The grants will open up access to collections that matter to both researchers and communities and increase public engagement with history. The application deadline for phase 1 of Cataloguing Grants is 12 January 2018.
  • Scoping Grants up to £3,000 helping archives conduct collection analysis to support development of plans for future cataloguing priorities and projects. The scoping grant fund will open in February 2018.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/finding-funding/archives-revealed/

 

Beyond Places of Safety scheme – Department of Health

The Department of Health has launched a £15 million fund to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will improve support services for those needing urgent and emergency mental healthcare. This includes conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders that could cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.

The scheme will focus on:

  • preventing people from reaching crisis point in the first place
  • helping to develop new approaches to support people who experience a mental health crisis

The scheme is now open to receive bids from Crisis Care Concordat leads. Final bids must be submitted by 21 January 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-15-million-grant-scheme-to-improve-mental-healthcare

 

Community-led Housing fund – Department for Communities & Local Government

On 27 November, Housing Minister Alok Sharma MP announced the launch of a new programme of funding to help build thousands more community-led homes.

He said: “Worth £60 million in the first year alone, it will provide both capital and revenue funding, with flexibility to meet demand.

“A significant element of the funding will also go towards developing an advisory network that supports community groups to bring forward projects. “We will shortly publish a prospectus setting out criteria for bids and, from January, we will invite applications from community groups, registered providers and any other appropriate organisations.”

Bids will be assessed by Homes England with the first allocations announced by Easter.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/community-led-housing

 

Website Grants – Transform Foundation

Transform Foundation provide funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs with the Foundation’s current grant partner. Applicant organisations will need to cover ongoing costs for a minimum of a 12 month commitment

They are specifically targeting small and midsize charities – generally with an income between £350k and £30M a year.

https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk/website-grants

 

Core Strength Local Communities Grants – Comic Relief

UK Community Foundations is supporting Comic Relief to deliver a £2 million investment into supporting small community led organisations across the UK.

The Core Strength Local Communities Grants programme provides funding for essential core running costs for grassroots organisations that are often the first and sometimes only point of support for individuals and communities trying to make a difference in their lives. The initiative will sit under the Comic Relief programme of Building Stronger Communities – supporting groups who work to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.

Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 for up to 12 months are available to small local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000.

Application windows will open at different times across the UK between August 2017 until July 2018.

http://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-programmes/comic-relief

 

Main Grants programme – BBC Children in Need

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. If you are looking for any amount up to £10,000 for one year, see Small Grants.

Under the Main Grants programme, funding is available for projects addressing the needs of children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects funded aim to make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

The next deadline for applications is 16 January 2018.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3XW7FvN20PD3xr2c1T62Xly/main-grants

 

External grants programme – Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion's External Grants programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.

The External Grants programme has multiple funding streams available targeted at projects/services delivering welfare support directly to the Armed Forces community. Applications for projects/services supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged. The next deadline for stage one applications is 26 January 2018.

https://britishlegion.flexigrant.com/

 

Community, Maintenance and Repair Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust currently has a number of grant programmes open including:

  • Community Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £25,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects that include toilets and catering facilities are prioritised. The closing date for applications is 5 March 2018.
  • Maintenance grant programme. This is a pilot programme, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, offering awards of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £2,000 and £10,000. Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works. The closing date for applications is 24 January 2018.
  • Repair Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. The closing date for applications is 5 March 2018.
  • Project Development grant programme. This is a pilot grant programme offering awards up to £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability, and through development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders. The closing date for applications is 10 January 2018.

http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants

 

Community Branch Fund – Post Office

The £20m Community Branch Fund – for Post Offices with no other suitable retailer within half a mile – is now open for applications. These Post Office branches or Outreach and Satellite services play a particularly vital role in the local community. The Community Branch Fund offers investment for sub-postmasters to support the growth of their Post Office business and help to underpin the long term viability of their business.

The fund can be used for a wide range of improvements such as changing the branch format to open plan, new signage, or gearing up for new services such as Click & Collect. Funding is also available for Outreach and Satellite services.

Most applications are expected to be below £10,000(or below £2,000 for Outreach or Satellite Services). The fund will only be open whilst there is still money available. It is anticipated that the fund will not run beyond March 2018.

http://postofficecommunityfund.co.uk/

 

RDPE Growth Programme – Rural Payments Agency & Defra

You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.

There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF). The whole aim of the RDPE Growth Programme is to create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Applications will need to show how projects will help do this. The expression of interest (EOI) deadline has been extended to 31 May 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme

 

WiFi4EU – European Commission

The European Commission is seeking to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU. The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017 and 2019. It will support the installation of “state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life.” The WiFi4EU scheme will be disbursed in a geographically balanced manner, so that high-speed connections can benefit both residents and visitors of thousands of local communities across the EU - at least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities by 2020.

The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to public sector bodies – typically local authorities. It will fund the equipment and installation costs (internet access points), while the beneficiary will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance in good order of the equipment for 3 years.

Local authorities will be encouraged to develop and promote their own digital services in areas such as e-government, e-health and e-tourism through a dedicated app.

Projects will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first call for projects is expected to be launched “towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.”

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/wifi4eu-free-wi-fi-europeans

 

Project Viability Grant and Project Development Grant – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and re-generation of historic buildings, has two further grants available:

  • Project Viability Grants – grants up to £5000 are available to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition, and produce a Viability Report to a standard template.
  • Project Development Grants – grants up to £25,000 are available to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

Applications for grants of less than £5,000 can be made at any time and AHF aim to give you a decision within 6 weeks. Decisions on grants requesting £5,000 and over are made by Trustees at quarterly Council meetings. The deadline for the next meeting is 16 February 2018.

http://ahfund.org.uk/grant/

 

Heritage Mortgage – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund is now able to offer bespoke mortgage-style loan facilities. The Heritage Mortgage programme allows borrowers to plan ahead across a number of years and at an earlier stage than is usual, potentially reducing the annual costs by stretching the payments over a longer period. The Heritage Mortgage is available either pre- or post-completion of a capital project. Investments of between £150,000 and £500,000 are available, typically over 10 to 20 years.

http://ahfund.org.uk/the/

 

Social Investment Fund – Homeless Link

Homeless Link has £4.5m to invest over the next 3 years for charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness. The programme is said to be the first of its kind exclusively for the homelessness sector and one of very few sector-specific funds in existence.

The aim of the fund is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. It is looking to support organisations to:

  • increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment
  • develop new models for income generation and funding
  • improve their long-term sustainability

This fund will focus on the potential that smaller unsecured loans can have on creating change. The fund is offering unsecured loans of £25,000 to £150,000, repayable over a maximum term of 48 months.

http://www.homeless.org.uk/social-investment

 

Family Fund – The Family Fund Trust for families with severely disabled children.

The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

See the website for more details.

https://www.familyfund.org.uk/

 

Capital grants programme – Wooden Spoon Society

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish rugby charity and supports disabled and disadvantaged young people. Targets for grants cover: health and wellbeing; sensory rooms and gardens; specialist equipment and facilities; playgrounds and outdoor activities; and education projects.

Physical assets must have a life span of at least 5 years. There must be a key rugby element to any sports-focussed project and projects must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

https://woodenspoon.org.uk/our-grants/how-to-apply/

 

Childcare Business Grants Scheme – Department for Education

This scheme is intended to reimburse people for the costs of setting up their childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months. There are three types of grants available.

  1. A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises
  2. A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
  3. A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is funded by the Department for Education. There is a fixed amount of funding available. The scheme is due to end by 31 March 2018, or sooner if all funds have been exhausted.

https://www.childcarebusinessgrants.com/

 

Landfill Communities Fund – SUEZ Communities Trust

SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA) provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include:

  • Public Amenities
  • Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites
  • Biodiversity

Projects can be supported that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. A ‘Smaller Projects Fund’ is available for grants up to £20,000 and a ‘Primary Fund’ for projects up to £50,000.

http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/england

 

Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.

Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.

This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.

https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/

 

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

  • The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
  • The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
  • The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles

 

European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government

A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds

 

Community Fibre Partnerships – BT

£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships delivered by Openreach. Grants are for communities in the so called ‘final 5%’ of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Grants of up to £30,000 toward the cost of new fibre infrastructure are available, so long as that new infrastructure serves the local Ofsted registered (or equivalent) school or learning establishment.

50% of the required funds could be available from the scheme with the community raising the additional 50%. BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website "Spacehive" to assist with  community fundraising.

Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.

http://www.communityfibre.bt.com/schools

 

Changemaker - Santander

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.

The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.

If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/changemaker

 

Tesco Bags of Help – Tesco and Groundwork

The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity Groundwork.

Bags of Help is always open to applications from community projects. Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

 

Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.

The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/homebuildingfund

 

Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:

  • Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
  • Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
  • Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.

http://www.fsif.co.uk/funding/fans-fund-small-grants-scheme/

 

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage.  HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.  HLF programmes include:

  • Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.
  • Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.
  • Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.
  • Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000. HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
  • Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.
  • Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

 

Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England

Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/applying-grants-arts

 

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

  • A flexible package of support including:
    • an advice line
    • Events
    • Workshops
    • peer-to-peer study visits
    • business development advice.
  • Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.
  • Combined loan and grant funding up to £100,000

https://www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub

 

Discovery grants – Santander Foundation

The aim of The Discovery Project is to help disadvantaged people have the confidence to make the most of their future.

The Santander Foundation provides grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund small, local projects helping disadvantaged people.

http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

 

Help the Homeless grants

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk/

 

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council

The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts-libraries-fund

 

Community-led Buildings Grants – Locality

Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community-led building or community-led housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/community-led-buildings/

 

Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality

All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for between £1000 and £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.

This support can come in two forms:

  1. Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.
  2. Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).

The Neighbourhood Planning Grants will close on 31 January 2018, with the expenditure deadline being 31 March 2018.

The Department for Communities and Local Government have announced they are expecting to continue the Neighbourhood Planning programme past March 2018. Confirmation of the details of the new programme of support will be revealed in due course.

The Department for Communities and Local Government announced their continued commitment to neighbourhood planning on 22 September 2017, with around £5.5m allocated per year from 2018-2022 to provide expert support and advice through information services, grants and technical support packages.

http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/neighbourhood-planning/

 

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.

War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects. 

Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/

 

Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

  • Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
  • Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund

 

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund/

 

Provisional local government finance settlement 2018 to 2019 – Department for Communities & Local Government consultation

This consultation seeks views on proposals for the local government finance settlement for 2018 to 2019 and for the approach to future local government finance settlements.

This consultation closes on 16 January 208.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/provisional-local-government-finance-settlement-2018-to-2019-consultation

 

Fair funding review: a review of relative needs and resources – Department for Communities & Local Government consultation

The fair funding review is intended to set new baseline funding allocations for local authorities by delivering an up-to-date assessment of their relative needs and resources, using the best available evidence.

The government are considering a wide range of options for developing an updated funding formula by looking again at the factors that drive costs for local authorities.

This consultation focuses specifically on potential approaches that have been identified to measure the relative needs of local authorities.

This consultation closes on 12 March 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/fair-funding-review-a-review-of-relative-needs-and-resources

 

5G Network Deployment Pilots: Call for Views – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport consultation

Through its 5G Strategy, the government aims to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks and to ensure that the UK can take early advantage of the applications those networks can enable. As part of the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, DCMS has launched a Call for Views on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots that will help to establish the conditions under which 5G can be deployed in a timely way and help foster the development of the UK’s 5G ecosystem.

An update to the government’s 5G Strategy has been published today alongside this Call for Views.

This consultation closes on 24 January 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/5g-network-deployment-pilots-call-for-views

 

Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review: Call for Evidence – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport consultation

DCMS has launched a Call for Evidence for the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review, announced last month in the government’s Industrial Strategy. The cross-government Review, led by DCMS, will assess whether any additional policy interventions are needed to create the conditions for long term investment in world-class digital connectivity that is seamless, reliable, long-lasting and widely available.

This consultation closes on 30 January 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-telecoms-infrastructure-review-call-for-evidence

 

Proposals for the creation of a Major Road Network – Department for Transport consultation

As part of the Transport Investment Strategy, the government committed to creating a Major Road Network (MRN).

This consultation asks for views on:

  • how to define the MRN
  • the role that local, regional and national bodies will play in the MRN investment programme
  • which schemes will be eligible for MRN funding

A new MRN would help deliver the following objectives:

  • reduce congestion
  • support economic growth and rebalancing
  • support housing delivery
  • support all road users
  • support the Strategic Road Network

The creation of an MRN will allow for dedicated funding from the National Roads Fund to be used to improve this middle tier of our busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads.

This consultation closes on 19 March 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposals-for-the-creation-of-a-major-road-network

 

Domestic Private Rented Sector minimum level of energy efficiency – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy consutation

We’re seeking views on the government’s proposal to amend the domestic Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency Regulations to introduce a capped landlord financial contribution element.

This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap, domestic landlords would only need to see investment in improvements to an EPC F or G rated property up to the value of that cap. The government’s preferred cap level is £2,500 per property. A range of additional, alternative, cap options are set out in the consultation and the associated consultation impact assessment.

The consultation is intended for all interested parties including landlords and tenants, local government, energy suppliers, energy assessors, small and large businesses, consumers, and the general public.

This consultation closes on 13 March 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/domestic-private-rented-sector-minimum-level-of-energy-efficiency

 

Review of park homes legislation: call for evidence part 2 – Department for Communities & Local Government consultation

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 made significant changes to the law on park homes. The government gave a commitment to review this in 2017. The review is in the form of a 2 part call for evidence.

Part 1 was published on 12 April 2017 and called for evidence on fairness of charges, the transparency of site ownership and on experience of harassment. A summary of responses to Part 1 has been published.

Part 2 is a call for evidence on:

  • how effective local authority licensing has been
  • how well the procedures for selling mobile homes, making site rules and pitch fee reviews are working
  • whether “fit and proper” controls need to be applied in the sector
  • the appropriate index (CPI or RPI) to be used when carrying out a pitch fee review

The government is also seeking views on the Park Homes Working Group’s recommendations on how local authorities can be assisted further in their licensing functions.

This consultation closes on 16 February 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-park-homes-legislation-call-for-evidence-part-2

 

Rent a Room Relief – HM Treasury consultation

Rent a room relief was first introduced in 1992 to incentivise individuals to make spare capacity in their homes available for rent. The government intended this to increase the quantity and variety of low-cost rented housing.

In the last 25 years the housing market has changed significantly: there has been an overall growth in the number of people living in the private rented sector (PRS), whilst the emergence and growth of peer to peer online marketplaces and digital platforms has made it easier to advertise rooms, putting those with spare accommodation in touch with a global network of potential lodgers.

Given the pace and scale of change in the sector, the government wants to explore whether the design of rent a room relief provides the right incentives for the rental market as it exists today.

This consultation closes on 23 February 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/rent-a-room-relief


Prepared by Andy Dean, Assistant Director at the Rural Services Network

Email: andy.dean@sparse.gov.uk

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