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New Identities for Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund



The two largest organisations that distribute money raised for ‘good causes’ through the sale of National Lottery tickets have unveiled refreshed brands that make a clearer link between playing the National Lottery and the good causes that benefit.

The Big Lottery Fund, the UK’s largest community funder, changes its name to The National Lottery Community Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is now known as The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Both organisations have also unveiled refreshed brand identities that incorporate The National Lottery’s highly recognisable crossed-fingers.

Each year, the organisations invest hundreds of millions of pounds, raised through the sale of National Lottery tickets, in a range of community and heritage projects. By aligning their brands more closely with The National Lottery, both organisations hope it will help players to better understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket. This move underlines ambitions to see returns to good causes grow.

The brand refresh of the two funds kicks-off The National Lottery’s 25th anniversary year. The first draw took place in November 1994 and since then, more than £30million has been raised each week for a variety of good causes.

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Venator’s Bright Ideas Fund


Teesside based global manufacturing company Venator has launched a £10,000 Bright Ideas Fund to inspire innovation and stimulate learning in STEM subjects across the North East region.

The Bright Ideas Fund will give 40 grants of £250 to groups and organisations that encourage innovative ideas within science, engineering, technology and maths. The fund is now open for applications from schools, colleges, clubs, charities and other groups that could benefit from a financial boost to pay for resources such as safety equipment, outreach services or an educational day out.

Proposed projects could use the grant to plan an eye-opening trip to the Centre for Life, buy new learning resources and equipment for your classroom or even attend a course at Science Central.

All proposed projects must benefit communities in the North East of England within the local authority boroughs of Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hambleton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton and Sunderland.

All successful projects will go head-to-head in a month long online public vote opening on 5 April 2019, with the 40 most voted for applicants each receiving £250.

Deadline: 31 March 2019

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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Main Fund Grants (UK)

The Foundation funds across five main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. Across all funding they aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.

Grants last 1-5 years and support organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. They do not fund building or equipment costs, or individuals. They make small grants of up to £60,000 for one-off projects, or for testing out new ideas and collaborations – they do not support general running costs at this scale.

The sectors:

  • Arts
  • Art with a social impact
  • Supporting emerging talent
  • Organisations at a pivotal point
  • Children and Young People
  • Improving support for disadvantaged children and young people
  • The rights of vulnerable children and young people
  • Addressing the root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour
  • Empowering young leaders
  • Young people leaving care
  • Environment
  • Connecting people with nature and environment issues
  • Nature conservation on land and at sea
  • Countering the effects of damaging activity
  • Lesser known plants, animals and organisms
  • Social Change
  • Participation – marginalised and excluded individuals and groups
  • Place – revitalising community life
  • Injustice – systemic change around injustice and inequality
  • Food
  • Innovation in alternative approaches
  • Food and wellbeing
  • Working towards a more coherent food sector

No deadline.

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Shears Foundation (Grant – North East)

The Foundation welcomes applications from charities working in one of the following priority areas:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education.

The Trustees look more favourably on applications where there is evidence that the organisation has gone out to a wide range of funders. Those who haven’t had a grant from the Shears Foundation before are more likely to be successful if they apply for less than £15,000.

Tyne & Wear and Northumberland will be given priority.

No minimum or maximum specified. Registered charities only.

Next deadline: 24 March

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National Vegetarian Week – Event Grants

Grants are available for local groups and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to hold community events and activities that take place during National Vegetarian Week 2019 (13-19 May) – or at any time in May 2019 – and will attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

There are two levels of funding in 2019:

  • Small grants of up to £200.
  • Large grants of up to £2,000.

Applications for large grants will need to demonstrate how their activity will have a bigger impact.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Not for profit organisations in the UK.
  • Informal groups of friends, parents or students.
  • Student vegetarian and vegan societies and other vegetarian and vegan groups.

Deadlines: 3 March (large), 17 March & 14 April (small)

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Bill Brown 1989 Charitable Trust

The trust is particularly interested in supporting the following areas:-

  • Research into blindness
  • Other medical research
  • The deaf and blind
  • Care of the elderly
  • Care of the disabled
  • General welfare
  • Hospices

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ACT Foundation

Grants are available for work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.

The Foundation’s grants are awarded to projects that have a significant impact across one or more of four life themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing – providing access to community facilities offering support services that maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
  • Independent Living at Home – funding to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.
  • Respite – providing facilities in the UK where either the person living with a disability and/or long-term illnesses or the individual caring for them can go to access sports and leisure activities or simply the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
  • Transition – providing the fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

Grants are awarded to Registered charities through two programmes a fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications under £10,000 and a Large Grants Programme for applications of £10,000 or over.

No deadline (Trustees meet six times a year)

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Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – Round 1 (Grant – UK)

Grants of £1000 will be available for projects relating to children and young people. For Round 1, projects must relate to children aged between 0 and 11.

In 2019, priority is given to projects focusing on

  • child exploitation.
  • mentoring and support.
  • clubs and activities.

They will further prioritise awarding grants to projects that address mental health.

Registered charities (income £100k – £1m).

Deadline: 28 February (opens 1 February)

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Youth Music – Small Grants

Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances. Their vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music. Funding is focused on supporting projects for children and young people who face barriers to music-making as a result of who they are, where they live, or the circumstances they’re facing. They support around 350 projects across England each year, with grants ranging from £2,000 – £30,000.

Projects should be centred on either or both of the following:

Music-making for children and young people in challenging circumstances.
Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations, and/or the wider sector.

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach. Projects support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, and also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce. Every Youth Music project measures its impact, helping them build a unique national overview.

Deadline: 5pm 5 April 2019

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The Lady Neville Charity

Provides grants that will make a clear and significant contribution to grass-roots charitable organisations working in designated priority areas.  If you are a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, you may be able to apply for a one-off capital grant of up to £1,000.

Organisations applying must be working in at least one of the following three priority areas:

  • Local Heritage projects which help local groups to conserve and restore their landmarks, landscape, traditions and culture.
  • Performing and Visual Arts Groups involved in undertaking a particular activity in any field in this area.
  • Any charitable activity taking place in communities where the Skinners’ Company has existing work or historical links (London area).

The applicant success rate is currently standing at 75% of all eligible applications received.

Deadline: 5pm Friday 22 March 2019

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