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Big Lottery Fund launch Building Connection funds





Funding of between £30,000 and £100,000 is available to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness and help people, communities and local services connect in a variety of different ways.

The fund is split into two strands

All grants will be made by December 2018 and can run until March 2021, by which time all money must be spent. You can apply to both strands, however you cannot receive funding for the same project.

Main Fund Strand

The main fund is made up of close to £9 million, which will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, making grants of between £30,000 and £100,000. It is open for applications now.

Big are offering funding to organisations with existing projects that are already helping to build connections to prevent or reduce loneliness and want to do more to build on this work. We are interested in funding projects that could reach more people and join up with others and include ways of utilising existing expertise in the sector, increasing geographical reach and improving impact.

Funding must be spent on activities that will directly prevent or reduce loneliness and help to build connections between individuals and communities. This includes revenue costs such as staff salaries, marketing, training, equipment, project activities, and venue hire. You can also apply for up to 30% of your funding for capital costs to buy, maintain or improve fixed assets that are linked to travel and transport.

Youth Strand

The Youth Strand is made up of £2 million, which will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, making grants of up to £80,000. It will open for applications in August 2018 – find out more on the Co-op Foundation blog.

The Youth Strand will be open to organisations with existing youth-focussed activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network. You will be supported to evaluate your activities and capture your impact, which will add to the evidence base.

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LA7 ESF Community Grants

Grants of up to £15k are now available to support inactive and unemployed people to help their progression towards further learning and employment.

Gateshead Council learningSkills, on behalf of the 7 Local Authorities (LA7) from the North East LEP area, is seeking bids from third sector organisations for the provision of community projects. This is the fourth round of procurement and grants of up to £15,000 are offered to support a range of activities aimed at assisting inactive and unemployed people to move closer to the labour market.

This project is funded through the Education Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund financing organisation and procured, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

You will find below the following documents:

To assist you in your application, you are invited to attend a seminar or watch an online pre-recorded webinar:

It is recommended that applicants sign up to a seminar or webinar prior to completing the application form.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on 13 August 2018

Any queries or questions relating to the application process should be sent to LA7Round4Applications@gateshead.gov.uk all questions will be answered within 2 working days.

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Tesco Bags of Help





Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Bags of Help is administered by Groundworks.

Applications from charities and community organisations are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Read more and apply here

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The Catherine Cookson Trust






The Catherine Cookson Trust supports a wide range of activities including education and training, environment and conservation, arts and culture as well as general charitable purposes. The Trust’s principal aim is to identify and meet the local needs of the area in which Dame Catherine was brought up and resided. In particular the Trust supports work with young or disadvantaged people.

The Trustees funds registered charities and prefer projects and schemes which involve or are directed towards capital expenditure.

They do not generally consider applications for core funding or on-going financing, applications with a foreign element, individuals or applications for Sports Clubs/Associations.

There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Although grants awarded range from between £250 and £10,000, the majority of grants are not above £1,000.

Application process: Catherine Cookson Trust website

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Opportunity to take part in fundraising bungee jump at Tesco Family Fun Day




The North Shields branch of Tesco, on Norham Road, is holding a Family Fun Day in the car park on 5 August 2018.  All proceeds will go to British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and Cancer Research.

In addition to a rodeo bull, bouncy castle, birds of prey, face painting and more, there will be a Bungee Jump, which will provide local voluntary and community groups with the opportunity to raise funds for their own causes.  The cost to jump is £50 per person, but you can then generate your own sponsorship.

Booking in advance of the day is essential.  To book, or find out more about the day, contact Caroline Anderson on by emailing 2969@uk.tesco.com or telephone  0191 693 7445.

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Bright Ideas Fund





The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000, plus business development support and learning and peer networking.

A community business is defined as one set up by a community to address challenges they face together. There are many types of community business. They can be shops, farms, pubs or call centres. What they all have in common is that they are accountable to their community and that the profits they generate deliver positive local impact.

To be eligible to apply for the Bright Ideas Fund, you must:

  • Be setting up a community business
  • Be based in England
  • Be an incorporated or unincorporated organisation, but not an individual
  • Have been established for five years or less
  • Have a charitable purpose
  • Ensure your idea is for community benefit
  • Share Power to Change’s impact goals

Deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 31 July

Application process: Complete the eligibility checker and apply online at the Locality website

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Community Foundation: P&G Fund




The Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is inviting applications for the P&G Community Fund under the following themes:

Help Create the Experience of Home: Helping to provide homes with a level of basic comfort to people who cannot afford them or who have been displaced.

Improve Everyday Health and Confidence: Enabling healthy lives through everyday healthy behaviours and hygiene education that builds confidence and self-esteem.

Applications are invited from relevant community groups and charities and preference is given to grants for equipment and resources.

The average grant is currently £3,000 although larger amounts can be applied for.

Application process: Community Foundation website

Deadline: 5pm on 3 August 2018


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Community Foundation: Enviresearch




The Enviresearch Fund supports activities that inspire children aged 10 to 13 to learn about science by adding that extra ‘wow factor’ to the school curriculum through visits to museums, field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside school.

This is a rolling programme, there are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Between £250 and £1,000, with one or two larger grants of up to £4,000 made


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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: Village Hall






The Foundation is offering community centres in deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.

Grants can be used to fund new buildings (upgrading, renovating) or extending buildings (improving or creating outside space – but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.

Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional village halls are also supported. There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: £10,000 to £45,000

Application process: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

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National Churches Trust – Maintenance Grant Scheme: Deadline 26 September





The National Churches Trust supports the repair and revitalisation of church buildings for the benefit of all the community.

This is a pilot programme, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, offering maintenance grants of between £500 and £3,000 towards small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs which reduce the need for – and long term costs of – building repairs.

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.

Please note, the Trust’s grant programmes are changing. Details of deadlines beyond 26 September 2018, and the programmes and funding for 2019, will be announced later in the year. Do not start an application if you will not meet the 26 September deadline.

Deadline: 26 September 2018

Application process: National Churches Trust website


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