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Chances is the grant fund available from Lifetimes Charity. Small grants of up to £5000 are available to Voluntary and some Public Sector Organisations whose work involves relieving hardship for parents with children under 13 years of age.
Organisations must be based in the London Borough of Wandsworth and must meet the Funding Criteria. Please download an Application Form and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Tina Champion or call her on 020 8875 2845 if you have any questions. For more information please see the website: http://www.chances-charity.org.uk/
2,500 local people benefit from a Lifetimes “Chance”
Using our in-depth knowledge of grant funding, Lifetimes set up their own scheme in 2008 to assist necessitous parents with children under 13 years of age living in the Borough of Wandsworth. Chances ( the grant giving arm of Lifetimes Charity) has donated over £120,000 of their own money to projects benefitting necessitous parents since 2008.
Putting OUR money into needed services in the Borough of Wandsworth.
The funds distributed by Lifetimes/Chances is money generated by Lifetimes’ trading activities and is NOT provided by any other statutory body.
We do not merely act as an administrator for these funds but work hard to secure these funds for distribution.
In many instances the funding has been given to small voluntary sector groups based in the borough, who although they provide much needed grassroots services are turned away by the main funding trusts.
In total, over 2,500 residents have received education, training, help and support via charities and community groups funded by Chances.
Here is an outline of some of the people helped:
Activity breaks for 32 children from some of the most needy families have been paid for by Chances with another 16 being funded for later on in 2015. These children have been referred to outside agencies by Social services etc.
We supported 120 parents with severely disabled children by providing payment for specialist teachers
We funded advice and support work to 883 individuals through local charities working in areas of domestic violence, refugee and disability and “at risk” families.
We supported and taught 818 children and parents with the provision of funding for after school education, parenting classes, Esol lessons and crèche facilities, as well as funding equipment for specialised education areas
We encouraged volunteering which would benefit 305 families by funding the employment of volunteer co-ordinators to train more volunteers
We have funded equipment to reach out to 230 people equipping rooms with specialist furniture, ICT equipment for newsletters and also paid for meeting spacse for charities and voluntary sector groups so that they can inform their members and beneficiaries;.
Direct aid given to charitable organisations which helped 200 residents.
Big Lottery £4.5 million social action fund launched
The Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced a £4.5 million fund to support the Place Based Social Action programme (PBSA). PBSA aims to create positive change by enabling people, communities, local non-statutory organisations and the statutory sector to work collaboratively to create a shared vision for the future of their area, and address local priorities through social action.
Funding is available to existing partnerships including infrastructure organisations, charities, local authority representatives and NHS CCGs. Partnerships can apply for up to £240,000 and then a further £255,000 over the course of the three-phase plan. Phase one is open to expressions of interest until 28 November 2017. For more information and to apply click here.
Henry Smith Charity revised funding programme now open
Their grants programme is now open after a review. Their new strategy is funding for groups aiming to work directly with people for whom other sources of support have failed, been inappropriate or are simply not available. There are several programmes and no deadlines. They have six funding priorities that describe the work they support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need.
Further guidance and applications: click here
Grants to improve the education and development of children and young people
BlueSpark Foundation is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. Available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England, grants are relatively small, ranging from under £2,000, to, in just a few cases over £10,000. Applications can be made any time.
To read more please click here
The Ragdoll Foundation
The Ragdoll Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content that reflects the world from a child’s point of view.
Ragdoll direct their resources and funding through three strands:
Open Grants – supporting organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.
Legacy – supporting projects that continue the work and vision of Anne Wood, founder of the Foundation.
Advocacy – supporting initiatives that support the voice of and rights of children and young people.
For more information, click here.
Awards for All England
Funding size: £300 - £10,000
Application deadline: Ongoing
A quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000
Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. It doesn’t have a deadline and you can apply at any time.
It is our most popular grants programme so we will prioritise groups with smaller incomes. Due to high demand on the programme, organisations that have a large annual income may not be able to get funding through Awards for All.
We recommend you send us your application at least four months before you want your project to start.
For more information, click here
Small project grants
Small project grants are for initiatives (including research) that would not otherwise be funded by the NHS. We use them to fund projects that:
- Will provide a better service for patients
- Can help you do your job more effectively
- Are new initiatives and not top-ups for existing projects
If you are an employee of Barts Health NHS Trust, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL or the School of Health Sciences at City University, you can apply for a small project grant of up to £50,000.
The first step is to contact us with a short summary of your proposal. If we agree it is viable, then you will need to discuss your intention to submit an application with your endorsers, to ensure they’re on board. Then you can apply online.
To read more please click here.
BBC Children in Need's Small Grants programme
The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through: Illness, distress, abuse or neglect. Any kind of disability. Behavioural or psychological difficulties. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
For more information, click here
National Lottery Awards for All
A quick and simple way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. You can apply if your organisation is:
• a voluntary or community organisation (registered charities, constituted groups or clubs, not-for-profit companies, community interest companies and social enterprises);
• a school;
• a statutory body (including town, parish and community councils).
You can apply at any time and will hear a decision within about 10 weeks.
Find out about the three funding priorities, what you can spend the money on and how to apply: click here
Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 89,423 grants or services worth over £36 million to families across the UK. They believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others.
For more information, click here.
The Transform Foundation is a registered charity, that has been set up to provide grants to other charities to support investment in digital technologies that help increase their ability to raise funds.
This year, Transform Foundation have launched their first grant programme, which is providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits to fund the design and build of a new website for them.
• 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. Your organisation will need to cover ongoing costs.
For more information on Transform Foundation and to apply for a grant, click here
Youth Social Action
A definition of youth social action:
‘Young people taking practical action in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community as well as to the young person themselves.’ Young Foundation
Youth Social Action includes volunteering, fundraising and campaigning.
Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.
The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their
Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.
The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Step Up To Serve, Big Lottery Fund and the government Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.
The London Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners and will be delivering the programme across 29 London boroughs. We cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
To read more and to apply, please click here.
The #iwill Fund
New fund launched to support youth social action
The #iwill Fund aims to transform the culture of community engagement and social action among 10-20 year olds. Funding is available for regional and national organisations that develop opportunities for young people to participate in social action.
The first three match-funders have been announced that will distribute the funds from a central investment pot created by the Government and Big Lottery Fund. To find out more about applying check out the organisations below.
• Pears Foundation will be supporting activity within education, health and social care as well as scaling and supporting successful models to grow or sustain.
• UK Community Foundations will create small grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations across England.
• Comic Relief will develop opportunities for young people from areas and backgrounds currently least likely to participate; working in co-production with young people over the next few months to design the initiative to launch in Spring 2017.
To find more please click here.
£18,000 Grants To Fund New Websites For Charities
The Transform Foundation has recently launched a new grant programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits, to fund the design and build of a new website for them. The grant will include a range of cutting edge tools for engaging with supporters and service users as well as the costs of the strategy, design and training required to get the website up and running. The grant programme is mostly focused on non-profits with between £0.5m - £20m annual income, although organisations outside of this range are welcome to apply.
You can apply for the grant here.
Or discover more information about it on the Transform Foundation website here.
First Give London grants awarded
The London Community Foundation is delighted to announce that the first grants of Give London have been awarded.
Launched in February, the initiative has awarded nearly £24,000 in core grant funding to six charities: North & South London Cares, Baobab, Belong London, London Football Journeys, Mazi Mas and the Drop in Bereavement Centre.
Each group received £3,972 in early August, with grants going towards a range of activities, from holding social clubs for elderly individuals to increasing staff levels and delivery of services.
Give London is an initiative that enables all Londoners to support others in their city by contributing to grassroots charities in London, where small gifts really make a difference.
To read more about what the six featured charities have done with their first Give London grant and the impact it has made, please follow this link to the Give London website and visit the 'News and Community' section. Or click here to donate today.
Restructuring At Big Lottery
A major restructuring has been undertaken by Big Lottery. There will be a lot of change at BIG in the coming months to their funding programmes and processes. Look out for further information on their website
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales 2015 Impact Report
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales have published their Impact Report for 2015 demonstrating the life-changing difference the charities which the Foundation supports make to people experiencing multiple disadvantages. Their Impact report also explores some of the work the Foundation is doing to champion small and medium sized charities and to ensure that their voice is heard.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales seeks to support small and medium sized charities helping people experiencing multiple disadvantages through critical periods of life change or transition. Their Invest programme provides multiyear funding towards charities’ project and core costs while its Enable programme provides grants to support the organisational development and strengthening of charities carrying out this work.
For details of all the Foundation’s grants awarded last year across England and Wales including that in South West London, please click here.
For more information on Lloyds Bank Foundation current funding programmes and wider work, please click here.