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Places to Ride

British Cycling is working closely with Sport England to develop a national network of new cycling facilities that meets local demand. Funding is available to any organisation developing cycling activity in their community, and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate a local space, through to a new cycling facility.

Support available:

  • Large scale grants (£50,000  £500,000): typically for new facilities or significant improvements to existing venues. Organisations will need to provide partnership funding (ideally 50 per cent). Applicants are likely to be local authorities, charitable organisations or community organisations.
  • Small-scale grants (£1,000  £50,000): for equipment, cycle storage, small-scale facilities or venue improvements. Most grants are expected to be towards the lower end of the amount available. Organisations will need to provide partnership funding (ideally 50 per cent and no lower than 25 per cent). Applicants are likely to be clubs (existing or new), community organisations, educational establishments or charitable organisations.
  • Equipment packages: for equipment packages to activate a local space. Places to Ride will cover 80 per cent of the cost in return for a commitment to deliver and report over three years. Applicants are likely to be local organisations such as clubs, community groups and schools.

No deadline (open until January 2021)

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Naturesave Limited

Naturesave Limited, an ethical insurance company, provides funding of £500 to £5,000 to support environmental and conservation projects. Grants cover a wide scope but may be focused on:

  • science and education
  • renewable energy
  • sustainable communities
  • nature conservation.

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Wakeham Trust (Grant – UK)

In general, the trust likes to help projects that are small scale (with grants of typically £125 to £2,500) , that would find it hard to get funding from big trusts and where the grant can make a real difference. It is becoming increasingly focused on education, in the broadest sense of the term.

Things the trustees ask when looking at applications include:

  • Is it something new for this particular area?
  • Is it small?
  • Is it run by ordinary people, not professionals?
  • Will it find it hard to get support elsewhere?
  • Does it have the potential to become self-supporting?
  • Is it outward looking, rather than being focused on its own members?

Recent grants have included:

  • Helping teach English to refugees and immigrants who want to work in the social care sector.
  • Young volunteers offering beach lifeguarding.
  • A patchwork quilting group for vulnerable adults and OAPs.
  • The creation of a Wildlife Pond and and wildflower beds/banks on the expanse of landscaped grass at the rear of an ‘extra care establishment’.
  • A drop in cafe for 11-18 year olds.

No deadline

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Allchurches Trust

Grants  of £1,000 to £15,000 are available for projects (with a total cost of up to £1m – larger grants may be available) working to promote the Christian faith or any other charitable purpose; grants normally support projects that have a Christian foundation or links and reflect these areas of focus:

  • Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken
  • Helping people, especially those in particular need, to flourish
  • Growing churches – spiritually and numerically.

While the trust’s roots are Christian, many of the projects it funds support people of all faiths and none. It particularly likes to support organisations working in some of the most deprived areas, right at the grass-roots, unafraid to tackle difficult social issues and working in partnership with other charities and churches to produce something greater than the sum of its parts.

Grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs. Most grants go towards making improvements to buildings, although the trust will occasionally look at pump priming new, strategic initiatives that are likely to have a major impact on people and communities, such as by funding new posts to build capacity or extend project reach.

No deadline.

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Wooden Spoon Society – Capital Grants

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports projects that enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged – physically, mentally or socially. Each year the charity supports around 70 projects.

If a project is a physical, tangible asset of a permanent nature, it must have a minimum predicted life span of five years (preferably 10), be non-transferable and of a permanent nature. Special consideration may be given to funding life-enhancing/medical equipment if it can be shown that the useable life of such equipment is likely to be at least five years. While there is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level, it is unlikely projects of a physical nature under £5,000 in value will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify under the “projected life span” criteria.  If a project is educational or disability sports-focused, there must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people.

No min/max. Schools / non-profit. No deadline.

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Barchester Healthcare Foundation

The foundation helps older people (aged 65+) and other adults with a physical or learning disability or mental health problems and favour applications that help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. This year the focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community – applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive highest priority.

As well as funding individuals, small community groups and small local charities are also supported (there is no formal definition for a small charity, but if a charity has financial reserves in the hundreds of thousands or millions, it is unlikely that they would receive funding).

Activities such as social activities, outings or events, small equipment purchases and specific projects are funded, but there is no support available forgeneral running costs, salaries and indirect services (such as helplines, websites or research).

Grants of £100 to £5,000 available to small charities.

No deadline

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Old Possums Practical Trust

Old Possum’s Practical Trust makes a number of grants typically of £500 to £5,000 each year for literary, artistic, musical and theatrical projects. Grants are more likely to be given for projects which fall within artistic, aesthetic, literary, musical and theatrical criteria.

All applications must demonstrate a high level of sustainability and contextual impact. Priority will be given to those which have an impact on future literary work and display enterprise in their artistic endeavour.

No deadline

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The Joicey Trust

Grants are made across a wide spectrum for either revenue (including ‘core funding’) or capital expenditure. Applications for research (and research costs within core funding applications) will not normally be supported. The Trustees also generally exclude applications from charities that are not registered within the beneficiary area and where gross incoming resources exceed £1 million as any award would be a very small addition to these resources.

Trustees’ meetings take place twice a year: usually late January/early February and late June/ July

Deadline: Applications should be submitted to the appeals secretary in time to allow for any queries to be resolved by 30 November or 31 May in each year for consideration at the next Trustees’ meeting: early applications are therefore encouraged.

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Toy Trust

Toy Trust funds help disadvantaged children (13 and under) and their families in the following ways:

  • Alleviate suffering.
  • Support children through awful experiences.
  • Encourage achievement through adversity.
  • Purchase vital equipment.
  • Provide care.
  • Bolster existing initiatives.
  • Initiate brand new projects.
  • Satisfy basic needs.

Money raised through fundraising events and other initiatives is distributed by the Toy Trust committee that meets five or six times each year to allocate grants of up to £5,000 to children’s causes in need of support. All projects and charities, whether local, national or international, will receive consideration from the committee.

Applications should show real benefit for relieving hardship and suffering to beneficiaries and be able to demonstrate effective fundraising. They must also be in support of children and projects regardless of faith, sex or disability.

Charities should be at least a year old, show a ratio of administration / overhead costs to income of less than 30% and have unrestricted net assets of not more than £200,000 or of less than one year’s income. 

No deadline specified.

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Football Foundation: Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations. Grants of £10,000 to £500,000 are awarded to projects that:

  • improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Funding can be used for the development or refurbishment of local football facilities, such as

  • funding for pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms.
  • grass pitches drainage/improvements.
  • 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) and multi-use games areas.
  • fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.

All applications must have security of tenure either by freehold or leasehold. A minimum of 25 years security of tenure is required by leasehold.

Priority for applications involving professional club community programmes will be given to projects that are located within areas of high deprivation (as defined by the Governments Indices of Deprivation). For projects outside of these areas, priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that it draws a significant proportion of its participants from neighbouring deprived areas.

Schemes that are a joint application between professional club community schemes and grassroots football will be prioritised, as will those supporting 3G FTPs.

Deadline: no deadline specified

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