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Lloyds Bank Foundation

Small and local charities (income £25k – £1m) with a proven track record of helping people experiencing complex social issues on a journey of positive change, can now apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of up to £50K. Alongside this, successful charities will be supported by one of the foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access organisational development support.

The complex social issues are:

  • Addiction and dependency
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents

The foundation has now introduced regional priorities, which consider local need, the prevalence of eligible charities, the nature of the region and the level of investment the foundation has given to each complex social issue in that area. This means that, when you apply, you first select the complex social issue you are working to address (must be at least half of your work), and then the local authority you do the majority of your work in. Based on that information, you will be able to see whether the foundation is currently able to accept an application.

No deadline.

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Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

The Trust will consider grant applications relating to the provision of leisure activities for people with physical disabilities. The Trustees particularly favour applications where the potential beneficiaries meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users.
  • Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed.
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed.

No deadline specified, Trustees meet quarterly to consider grant applications.

Grants typically up to £5K.

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Curtin PARP Fund

The Curtin PARP Fund supports individuals in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to realise their potential. The fund particularly prioritises support for carers of all ages, Black and Minority Ethnic people including those with asylum seeker/refugee status, disabled people, homeless people and people who are experiencing disadvantage that prevents them from realising their potential.

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 per year for up to three years, with the condition that evidence of attendance and progress/completion is provided for each year of study or one-off grants of between £500 and £1,000.

  • Individuals undertaking courses which develop skills and talents.
  • Activities which develop skills and promote confidence and personal development.
  • Help to overcome barriers to employment/education

All applications must demonstrate clear aims, opportunity for progression, and measurable outcomes, showing how the planned activity or items will help the individual to realise their potential.

Examples of what may be supported:

  • Capital items towards further education, training or developing new skills
  • Course/activity costs where no other support is available
  • Travel costs to attend courses
  • Costs associated with CV/interview preparation

Activities which are not a priority for the Curtin PARP Fund

  • Sports groups/sporting activities for the general public
  • Uniformed groups
  • General Arts projects
  • General community activities

Deadline: none – rolling grant scheme

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Community Foundation: REEDS Grassroots Fund

The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities. Grants of up to £3,000 will be made to support the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty and in order to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Preventing or alleviating poverty through increased income
  • Improved living standards of the most disadvantaged through increased household income
  • Increasing individuals’ ability to manage their benefits claims to reduce the likelihood of future sanctions/problems

SMART objectives could include:

  • Increased take up of benefits entitlement
  • Number of successful appeals against sanctions
  • Referrals to other support services as relevant/required such as food banks
  • Numbers of service users successfully making new online claims
  • Number of service users supported to manage debt

Applicants will need to be located in areas of high deprivation, and to demonstrate that they have experience in delivering this support, and to provide examples of successful outcomes already achieved. Please also indicate if support is required to maintain existing services or for additional resources to meet increased demand.

Applications are invited from mainly smaller (income of no more than £70,000 per annum) organisations but those with a larger income will be considered.

Examples of disadvantaged communities include those affected by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, asylum seeker/refugee status, disability and people with learning disabilities. Activities which are not a priority for the REEDS Grassroots Fund:

  • Sports groups/sporting activities for the general public
  • Uniformed groups
  • Environmental projects
  • General Arts projects
  • General community activities

Deadline: None – rolling grant programme

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Community Foundation: Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)

The LEAF Endowment Fund exists to help people to deliver projects that address and/or raise awareness of environmental issues in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

The primary focus of your application must clearly be on the environment, but it should also show how the proposed activity will have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities, particularly in areas of severe environmental and economic hardship. Applications must demonstrate one of more of the following outcomes:

  • Encouraging communities to get involved in environmental activities
  • Changing behaviours leading to more local environmental action
  • Having a positive impact on the environment
  • Sharing learning about the environment with others

The fund is most interested in projects that can show that they will make a demonstrable change and immediate impact on the environment, but will still consider applications where they are also working to raise awareness, education and change behaviour. Applications are assessed and monitored against key impact themes; these are outlined in the Environmental Benefits table. To be eligible, your application should demonstrate how the proposed project will deliver against one or more of the six impact themes. The Fund will consider applications for projects focused on any environmental theme, except those outlined in the exclusions below. From time to time, there may be specific environmental themes highlighted as a priority; please check the Community Foundation website for more information.

The Fund is particularly keen to receive applications from small local voluntary and community organisations. Larger environmental charities are eligible to apply but must demonstrate significant need and involvement from the local community in the development of the proposal and its delivery.

Applications are invited for grants from £750 to a maximum of £2,000.

Deadline:  You can apply any time.

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Virgin Money Foundation Community Anchors’ Fund (Grant – North East)

The Virgin Money Foundation has reopened its Community Anchors’ Fund. Community Anchors are those vital, go-to community organisations working within a local neighbourhood. During this crisis, these organisations have been at the heart of the local response, leading the way in ensuring that vulnerable people received essential supplies of food, fuel and data, and human contact.

The relaunched Community Anchors’ Fund will provide flexible grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to organisations in the North East. Any VCSE organisation will be considered. The funds can be used to cover core costs, to continue to pay for existing work or to design and launch a new activity. The award can be spread over one, two or three years.

The foundation wants to encourage applications from organisations working in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington.

Applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme until all the funding has been allocated.

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Morrison’s Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities. The Foundation is calling for applications to its grant funding programme, which supports charities delivering projects that help to improve people’s lives, from support groups to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices, with grants of up to £25k.

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The Tudor Trust

Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. The trustees particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. Their ability to be flexible can mean that they are well-placed to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances.

Tudor wants to support organisations which:

  • Display positive organisational characteristics
  • Address marginalisation
  • Make a difference

Grants are usually made over 1, 2 or 3 years and there is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for grants of less than £10,000 to be made.  Grants may be for:

  • Core funding, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs.
  • Projects
  • Capital for buildings or equipment
  • Help to strengthen your organisation

Sometimes trustees may decide to offer unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives.

The Trust remains open for non-emergency applications from organisations that they do not currently support. The trustees want to provide support to voluntary and community groups to continue their core work in the medium and long term, and don’t have funding allocated specifically for ’emergency’ or ‘recovery’.

Application deadline: rolling

Read here to find out more on the Trust’s priorities and how to make an application.

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Yapp Charitable Trust

 

 

 

The Trust make grants to small registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 to sustain their existing work within the following areas:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 25
  • People with disabilities or mental health problems
  • Moral welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

Grants are for core funding and are only awarded to registered charities that have been formally established for at least three years.

The Trust prioritises:

  • Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders
  • Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people
  • Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers
  • Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning
  • Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self-sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users

There are no deadlines specified.

Grant size: Up to £3,000 per year for up to three years

Application process: Yapp Charitable Trust website

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Percy Bilton Charity: Grants for organisations

Capital grants are available for whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (under 25 years of age)
  • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities) or mental health problems
  • Older people (aged over 60)

There are two programmes – large grants (£500+) and small grants (up to £500).

No deadline

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