December's funding news

December's funding news

Inman Charity: Apply by the end of February/August annually for Directors' meetings in the spring (April)/autumn (October)

Size of grant available: Most grants (92%) up to £5,000 and in 2018 they averaged just below £4,500

Aims and outcomes of funder: Medical research; hospices; deaf/blind people; care of older and disabled people (physically and mentally); general welfare; armed forces

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Neil Wingerath (Trustee), telephone 020 7465 4300


Ashworth Charitable Trust: Apply by the end of February/August annually for meetings in May and November

Size of grant available: Up to £3,000 mainly for projects (not core funding)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Social/physical/educational rehabilitation; illness and disability; isolated, vulnerable, at risk, disadvantaged people; human rights abuse victims; carers; holidays for disadvantaged children; women's refuges; homeless shelters; youth clubs in disadvantaged areas

Additional information: Only small registered charities with annual turnover below £1M can apply

Contact details: Mrs. Mandy Walsom, telephone 01392 411221



Field Family Charitable Trust: Trustees meet in the spring/autumn (April/October) and applications required at least 6 weeks before meetings

Size of grant available: £1,000-£10,000, in 2017/18 average grant £2,450 for outreach and engagement work, equipment, furnishings, running costs, helplines and alterations to existing buildings to comply with health and safety regulations

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with vulnerable young people (aged 13-25) prioritising those not in education, employment or training (NEETs) preventing them from offending and the elderly. Also interested in the integration/rehabilitation of ex-offenders

Additional information: Only local registered charities with annual income below £1M can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 7821 8211



Screwfix Foundation: Apply any time, quarterly meetings in February, May, August and November

Size of grant available: Up to £5,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support building refurbishment projects for people in need due to financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage

Additional information: Grants available to fix, maintain, improve and repair properties and community buildings/facilities in deprived areas

Contact details: Telephone 01935 414100



Foyle Foundation: Apply any time

Size of grant available: Small Grants Scheme £1,000-£10,000 for one year to cover core costs, equipment, capital or project funding

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support various activities/projects at grass roots/local community level

Additional information: Only small registered charities with annual turnover below £150,000 can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 7430 9119



Nineveh Charitable Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet quarterly

Size of grant available: Maximum funding available £500,000 per annum (£125,000 per quarter) providing grants averaging £3,900 in 2017/18

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support health, welfare and education of the general public as well as work promoting a better understanding of the countryside

Additional information: Preference for registered charities or Community Interest Companies and will also support individual applications

Contact details: S Hutchinson (send grant applications to 8 Mill Lane, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2AS), telephone 07710 998829



West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner: Apply by 17th January 2020 with outcome notified week commencing 17th February

Size of grant available: Up to £20,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Improve outcomes for victims of crime affected by volume crime, domestic/sexual abuse, hate crime, child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, forced marriage/honour based violence, fatal road traffic collisions and modern slavery

Additional information: Will also provide funding to support services for children and young people

Contact details: Harjeet Chakira (Policy Assistant Victim Services), telephone 0121 626 5534



Grantham Yorke Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet quarterly

Size of grant available: In 2018/19 average grants £2,750 for registered charities/£375 for individuals (maximum amount usually £500 for essential items such as white good/beds etc. where need of the child/young person is established)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support registered charities working with children/young people aged under 25 in need in the following areas:

• advance education and physical/social training;

• assist with apprenticeships/employment;

• rehabilitation/prevention of juvenile delinquency, abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and neglect/ill-treatment

Additional information: Applications on behalf of individuals must be processed by social workers known to the child, young person or family

Contact details: Christine Norgrove (Clerk to the Trustees), telephone 07799 784019


Address: The Estate Office, Wharf Cottage, Broombank, Newnham Bridge, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8NY

Social Investment Business: Apply any time provided registered with an approved social investor (Access Point). See Reach Fund website where the Access Point Directory can be found

Size of grant available: £5,000-£15,000 (total fund £3/4M)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support charities and social enterprises to raise social investment providing them with extra support following a referral from a social investor

Additional information: In order to apply for a grant, once contact has been made with a designated Access Point, registration will be approved so that completion of the diagnostic tool as the first step in the process can be done

Contact details: Investment team, telephone 020 3096 7900



Westhill Endowment: Apply any time, Grants & Projects Committee meet termly

Size of grant available: £1,000-£20,000 for projects only (no salaries or capital costs) and most grants are £2,500-£10,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support formal/informal religious education projects and faith-motivated activities enabling people to transform their lives and communities through work that is creative/inclusive involving people of different Christian traditions/other faiths and none

Additional information: As well as supporting projects will also consider grants that develop capacity of organisations to better serve needs of their beneficiaries or service users in religious education/faith-motivated community transformation

Contact details: Mrs. Diane Webb (Trust Office Manager), telephone 0121 472 8000



BBC Children in Need: Main Grants, forthcoming application deadlines 13th January and 4th May 2020 with decisions by mid-April and August

Size of grant available: Above £10,000 per annum for up to 3 years

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with disadvantaged children/young people aged 18 and under affected by illness, distress, abuse, neglect, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties and/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Additional information: All applicants to the Main Grants programme must now register their organisation with BBC Children in Need

Contact details: Telephone 0345 609 0015



Childs Charitable Trust: Trustees meet every two months, next deadline 29th February 2020 for meeting in April

Size of grant available: 2018 average grant £5,600 for specific project costs, develop policy, advocacy and research

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support Christian based organisations delivering projects that demonstrate a Christian approach to their work

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Aldila Dsouza (Trust Administrator), telephone 01323 417944



Postcode Community Trust: Next funding round 21st January-4th February (stage 1 expression of interest) and 10th-24th March 2020 (stage 2 full application)

Size of grant available: £500-£20,000 for maximum 12 months

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work that improves community health/wellbeing, delivers arts/physical recreation activities and reduces isolation

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply for grants above £2,000

Contact details: Telephone 0131 322 9399



Sobell Foundation

The Sobell Foundation provide grants for projects/activities in the following areas:

• medical care/treatment including respite care and hospices;

• care, education and training for adults and children with special needs;

• care/support of the elderly, vulnerable children and adults;

• support for carers.

Applications can be made at any time and only small registered charities with annual income below £3M can apply.

For more information contact Penny Newton (Administrator):

Tel: 01749 813135

E-mail: or


How Social Media can enhance fundraising in 2020 and beyond?

Social media can be a powerful tool to build relationships with supporters and donors. Facebook has recently announced that charities have raised £1.6bn through the platform and the 2019 Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) giving report describes how one in seven people who donate use a website or app to do so through social media.

A charity’s social media platform represent a low cost (or free) opportunity to build valuable relationships, raise awareness, get people involved and build an engaged community of fans. This high profile helps when charities are looking at their fundraising options and statistics show that social media can be a powerful tool for those organisations that get it right.

See website for more information and tips on leveraging social media for fundraising campaigns.

MacRobert Trust

The MacRobert Trust is a Scottish charity and provides the following grants to registered charities throughout the UK:

1. Cromar Award up to £1,000. Applications can be made at any time and are reviewed monthly.

2. Alastrean Award £1,000-£10,000. Again applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed every two months.

3. Douneside Award £10,000-£50,000. Applications for the May trustee board meeting are required by 31st December and for the November meeting by 31st May each year.

4. Lady MacRobert over £50,000. Apply annually by 31st May for trustee board meeting in November.

There are a number of themes/sub-themes detailing the areas they are interested in supporting and these include education/training and children/young people aged up to 25. See website for a link to further details.

For more information contact Alison Donaldson (EA to Chief Executive Officer):

Tel: 013398 81444



Black Country ESF Community Grants 2019-2021

The Black Country Community Grants programme offers grants £5,000-£20,000 to small organisations with annual turnover below £300,000 delivering a range of skills/employment support activities. Applications can be made at any time for projects lasting up to 6 months with forthcoming deadlines for the 5th, 6th and 7th rounds 2nd March, 1st May and 3rd July 2020. 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 people and ethnic minorities.

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


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

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