September's Funding News

September's Funding News

Geoff and Fiona Squire Foundation: Apply any time

Size of grant available: 2017/18 average grant £16,950 however this reduces to £8,400 when six larger grants (above £50,000) removed

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support the welfare and healthcare of children, education and work with disabled people

Additional information: Only registered charities with income below £10M per annum can apply

Contact details: Fiona Squire (trustee), telephone 07759 636799

Address: The Walton Canonry, 69 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EN

Gisela Graham Foundation: Apply any time, trustees meet twice a year

Size of grant available: Up to £10,000 (most grants are below £5,000 averaging £4,200 in 2016/17)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Amongst their areas of interest are support for adults with learning disabilities and homelessness affecting young people helping them become self-sufficient

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Jinni Featherstone-Witty



Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Youth Fund, apply any time (two stages)

Size of grant available: £30,000-£60,000 (up to two years) for core operating organisational costs (anticipate making 30 grants per annum)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with disadvantaged young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions addressing transition to adult independence recognising and building their strengths and potential

Additional information: Priority will be given to organisations working in areas of social/economic deprivation with youth voice/participation at their core

Contact details: Telephone 020 7812 3300



Charities Aid Foundation: Tourle Foundation Fund, re-opening 1st October 2019

Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 with project to be complete within one year

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations providing services to local people in the heart of their community

Additional information: Only small organisations with income below £100,000 per annum and project costs not exceeding £25,000 can apply

Contact details: Telephone 03000 123000



Henry Smith Charity: Housing First Programme, submit Expression of Interest by 4th November 2019 with final decisions (following invite to complete detailed application) by March 2020

Size of grant available: £200,000-£400,000 (£1.4M fund) for up to 4 years

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support delivery of high quality Housing First services in high need areas providing people with multiple and complex needs with affordable housing helping them to stay in/return to accommodation reducing homelessness

Additional information: Only small/medium sized organisations with annual income £100,000-£5M can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 7264 4970



Postcode Dream Trust: Stage one apply by 15th October 2019/stage two application period 11th November-6th December 2019

Size of grant available: £3M fund offering awards £500,000-£1.5M for projects delivered over 24-36 months (2020-2023)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support innovative, creative and original solutions to society’s most challenging problems implementing systemic change addressing important social or environmental issues through environmental, sustainability or health/wellbeing system changes

Additional information: There must be at least 2 organisations involved in a collaborative project and the lead organisation has to be a registered charity

Contact details: Telephone 0131 603 8611



National Express Foundation: Community Grants 2nd round 1st stage deadline 6th October 2019 followed by 2nd stage application period 11th October-1st November

Size of grant available: £250,000 fund offering grants £2,500, £5,000, £10,000 or £20,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Promotion of cross community cohesion/understanding for disadvantaged young people aged 15-24 living in deprived areas through positive, developmental and engaging activities

Additional information: Dudley borough is one of the seven named council areas in the West Midlands served by National Express buses

Contact details: Matt Trollope (Communications/Community Executive), telephone 07880 080995, e-mail

Phone: 0121 460 8423



Warburtons: Apply quarterly, next application deadline 11th November 2019

Size of grant available: Community Grants up to £250

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects/activities focusing on solving significant social issues that will be of real direct benefit to families with a direct and tangible impact

Additional information: Community investment funds are allocated to local bakeries and depots and, in order to make decisions on grant applications, they will identify which site is best able to support by using postcode of applicant

Contact details: Telephone 0800 243684


Wakeham Trust: Apply any time

Size of grant available: £125-£2,500

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support small scale education projects and activities encouraging community service by young people in their own neighbourhoods/communities

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply however they will accept applications from non-registered charities provided the applicant can process their application via a registered charity locally

Contact details: Telephone 01730 821274



Power to Change Trust: Community Business Trade Up Programme, apply by 27th November 2019 with a webinar available on 7th October (12-1pm)

Size of grant available: Up to £10,000 for "match trading" funding increases in income from trading/sales. £2,000 provided immediately and then up to £2,000 per quarter matching increased trading pound for pound

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support community businesses become stronger and more sustainable by increasing income from trading and sales

Additional information: As well as funding there is also a free learning programme available to help develop income/impact

Contact details: Telephone 020 7089 9120



West Midlands Railway

West Midlands Railway has recently launched a new £1.7M Customer and Communities Improvement Fund to support the delivery of community projects over a 12 month period April 2020-March 2021. Grants can be used for projects that bring tangible benefits to railway stations and the local communities/neighbourhoods nearby addressing regeneration challenges/tackling social needs.

Apply by 7th October 2019 (applications assessed 8th-30th October).

For more information contact Fay Easton:

E-mail: fay.easton@wmtrains


Groundwork/Comic Relief Community Fund

Groundwork has partnered with Comic Relief to offer small grassroots community organisations with income below £250,000 per annum two types of grants as follows:

1. Capacity Building Grants up to £500, website

2. Project Delivery Grants up to £4,000, website

The purpose of these grants are to support organisations become more robust and better able to deliver projects addressing Comic Relief's 4 strategic themes i.e. Children Survive & Thrive, Fighting for Gender Justice, A Safe Place to Be and Mental Health Matters. Grants must be spent within 12 months and applications can be made at any time.

For more information contact:

Tel: 0121 237 5800



National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

John Goodman, Funding Officer at the Lottery with responsibility for Dudley borough, is available to meet voluntary and community sector organisations at our office on Wednesdays weekly. He will discuss projects with potential applicants and advise whether the Lottery may be interested in supporting these projects through one of their grant programmes.

If you would like to meet John his contact details are as follows so appointments at Albion Street can be arranged directly with him:

Telephone number (office): 0121 345 7617

Mobile number: 07837 248200


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