November's funding news

November's funding news

Albert Hunt Trust: Apply any time, applications considered monthly

Size of grant available: 2017/18 grant range £1,000-£50,000 averaging £3,850

Aims and outcomes of funder: Promote/enhance physical and mental welfare addressing health/well-being and homelessness

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Telephone 03301 137383

Address: Coutts & Co, Wealth Advisory Services, 440 The Strand, London WC2R 0QS

Friends Provident Foundation: Two-stage application process, 2020 deadlines for outline proposals are 20th January, 20th April and 5th October (2nd stage applications are by invite only)

Size of grant available: Building Resilient Economies up to £200,000 for maximum 5 years (on average most projects are funded for 1-2 years)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support the development of local economic resilience by backing community solutions that contribute to a more resilient, sustainable and fairer economic system for the most vulnerable people affected by poverty and inequality

Additional information: Applications must address outcomes around either systems change or local economic resilience

Contact details: Abigail Gibson (Grants Manager) or Jo Hall (Grants Officer), telephone 01904 629675



Garfield Weston Foundation: Weston Charity Awards, apply 2nd December 2019-10th January 2020

Size of grant available: 20 award winners will receive £6,500 plus a year of support from Pilotlight

Aims and outcomes of funder: The three priorities are to alleviate disadvantage in communities benefitting vulnerable people in need; provide welfare support for homeless, disabled and elderly people; deliver services for children/young people aged up to 25

Additional information: Only registered charities with income below £5M per annum can apply

Contact details: Telephone Pilotlight on 020 7283 7022



Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet four times a year in March, June, September and December

Size of grant available: £1,000-£3,000 (in multiples of £1,000)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Amongst their areas of interest are children/young people, disability/health, arts, work in communities and social support

Additional information: Support local registered charities in Birmingham, the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) and Worcestershire

Contact details: Jenny Harris (Grants Manager), telephone 01299 861368/848252



National Garden Scheme: Community Gardens Award, apply annually from early September to 31st December for consideration in the following February and announcement of decisions in March

Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 (average grant to date £1,900)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support community groups to create a garden or similar project (e.g. allotments) with a horticultural focus benefitting the local community aiming to bring communities together/sharing gardening knowledge and skills inspiring a love of gardening

Additional information: Grants can be used to fund an amateur gardener post, site preparation, hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators/hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating

Contact details: Doug Copeland (award scheme supervisor), telephone 01799 550553 Email:


Sport England: Toyota Parasport Fund, apply by 20th December 2019

Size of grant available: £200,000 fund per annum providing grants £1,000-£5,000 for the purchase of specialist quality equipment

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations/clubs that help disabled people (adults and children/young people aged above 5) get involved in sport/physical activity by improving the quality and quantity of sport/activities available to people with impairments

Additional information: All successful applicants must register their projects/activities at

Contact details: Telephone 0345 850 8508



Steel Charitable Trust: Apply any time for meetings in March, June, September and December with outcome given the following months (next deadline 31st January 2020)

Size of grant available: £2,500-£25,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: The current funding priority categories are arts/heritage, economic/social disadvantage, education, environment and health

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply and approximately one in eight applications are successful

Contact details: Telephone 01582 240601



Bromley Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet twice a year

Size of grant available: £5,000-£20,000 per annum for up to 3 years

Aims and outcomes of funder: The current funding priorities are human rights with focus on trafficking/slavery, torture/abuse and persecution as well as promotion of prison reform with particular emphasis on the reduction of reoffending/rehabilitation of offenders

Additional information: Only registered charities with income £100,000-£1.5M per annum can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 7481 4899



A Smile for a Child: Apply any time

Size of grant available: In 2017/18 average grants £1,860 for organisations and £1,530 to individuals/families

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support disabled/disadvantaged children allowing them to participate and progress in sport and recreation

Additional information: Grants can be used for sports equipment for a club/organisation or a sports wheelchair for a disabled child

Contact details: Chris Read (Chief Officer), telephone 07904 448296



Football Foundation: Premier League & FA Facilities Fund Small Grants, apply any time with applications limited to one every two football seasons (1st June-31st May)

Size of grant available: £1,000-£10,000 for maximum 50% of total cost of capital items

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support refurbishment/improvement of existing facilities helping the growth of grassroots football clubs, preventing a decline in football participation and/or making improvements to address health and safety issues

Additional information: Applications for projects with a maximum cost of £50,000 will only be considered

Contact details: Telephone 0345 345 4555



Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation operate a Community Centres and Village Halls grant programme providing funding for buildings that are either new builds or need upgrading, renovating or extending. They also provide capital grants for¬ improving or creating outside spaces.

The programme supports community centres/village halls in small/deprived communities where the centre promotes community cohesion/addresses local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities and transport.

Only organisations with income below £500,000 per annum and located in the top 20% deprived areas as measured in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation can apply. Applications can be made at any time, see website for more information.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG):

The MHCLG has recently relaunched two funding programmes with imminent deadlines:

1. 2020 Windrush Day Grant Scheme providing £500,000 (grants £2,500-£25,000) for community projects taking place on 22nd June 2020 (Windrush Day) or any other time throughout the year up until 31st December 2020. Events/activities must celebrate, commemorate and educate people about the history of the MV Empire Windrush Generation and their contribution to British economic, social and cultural life. Applications are invited by 8th December 2019 and, as the scheme will be administered by the Church Urban Fund, contact can be made direct to them by phone 020 7898 1647 or e-mail and see website for fund details.

2. Pocket Parks £1.35M fund (2019-20) providing grants up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 for renovation of existing parks (match funding of minimum 30% required). They are interested in community projects supporting parks/public spaces where people can relax, exercise, socialise and play through either the development of new pocket parks (creating safe/usable green spaces) or restoration/renovation of existing parks that are in disrepair. Apply by 31st December 2019 with decision by February 2020. Only community groups working in partnership with their local authority can apply. Contact Alastair Sayles (Parks and Green Spaces Team) by e-mail and see website for details.

B&Q in the Community

In order to reduce waste and help local communities B&Q donate unsellable materials and products to community groups located near their stores. The only store in Dudley borough is at Halesowen and, to register an interest in this scheme, send an e-mail to B&Q and they will add the organisation’s details to their database and, when a store has something to donate, they will contact those registered groups in their area.

For more information contact the local store in Halesowen:

Tel: 0121 504 9100



Black Country ESF Community Grants

The Black Country Community Grants programme 2019-2021 is now open to applications and grants £5,000-£20,000 are available to small organisations with annual turnover below £300,000 delivering a range of skills and employment support activities. Applications can be made at any time for projects lasting up to 6 months.

The focus of the programme is to support hard to reach or multiply disadvantaged unemployed and economically inactive people aged over 16 helping them progress towards or obtain employment with priority for over 50s, females, disabled, ethnic minorities, homelessness and lone parents.

For more information contact Ruth Burgess (External Funding and Community Grants Manager):

Tel: 01922 654351 or 658042

E-mail: or


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


Website addresses for various funding programmes:

Reaching Communities –

Partnerships –

Awards for All -

DCVS address - 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 3EE

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