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TENDER OPPORTUNITY: Courses to Improve Mental Health & Wellbeing

Fri 14 Feb 2020

This brief outlines the requirements of the Stafford and South Staffordshire Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme for a programme of courses to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our participants. The brief begins with an outline of the project followed by a description of the scope of the courses/services needed.  Finally, the brief includes the quotation submission form which needs to be completed and returned by the submission deadline.

The Big Lottery is using its own resources to match against European Union (EU) funding to create a fund aimed at delivering against the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty’ part of the current European Social Fund (ESF) programme, launched in 2015.  The funding will be delivered in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area according to local priorities through three relatively small but highly targeted, projects. BES was awarded £2.3m in January 2017 to work with its delivery partners to deliver the programme in the South Staffordshire District Council and Stafford Borough Council areas.  We have just entered the fourth year of delivery having been awarded a further £2.2m to continue delivery to September 2022.

Delivery of the programme involves 7 delivery partners in direct service delivery roles with BES being the lead partner with contract management responsibilities. 

Download the full brief below

The Hilden Charitable Trust

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).

Although there are no set funding limits, the average grant is £5,000, and Hilden will consider funding projects for more than one year.

Please note that this foundation receives a large volume of applications each year and around one in nine applicants receive funding.

The Hilden Charitable Fund is a grant-making foundation that provides grants to small charities throughout the UK and in developing countries.

The grants programme aims to address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are unlikely to raise funds from public sources, known sometimes as 'unpopular causes.’ The Fund’s policy is directed largely at supporting work at a community level.

Applications are accepted at any time but the closing date for applications to the next meeting is 18 March 2020.

VISIT: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/

Hilden Charitable Fund - Summer Play Schemes Grant

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to voluntary and community groups in the UK to help run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children.

The Hilden Charitable Fund Summer Play Schemes Grant is provided and administered by the Hilden Charitable Fund and is available to voluntary and community organisations throughout the UK.

The scheme aims to fund summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years living in disadvantaged communities. Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups.

Open for applications with a deadline of 29 May 2020

Visit the website for further details and application guidelines: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/summer%20playcheme%20guidelines.htm

Resource Action Fund

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Grants are available for businesses and not-for-profit organisations in England to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing and better managing waste, in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter.

Value from Food Waste

These grants will fund both revenue and capital expenditure costs with project values between £20,000 and £100,000.  

Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change Grant

This scheme will award grants between £25,000 and £100,000 for both capital and revenue project expenditure.

For full details visit https://www.wrap.org.uk/content/resource-action-fund


One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Grants up to £500 are available to local non-profit organisations and groups for projects within two miles of a One Stop store in Great Britain that benefit local communities by helping to improve lives and local places.

The grants will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project which must meet at least one of the programme's outcomes:

  • Improving the lives of young people.
  • Improving the lives of the elderly.
  • Promoting physical activity.
  • Improving health or well being.
  • Increasing community safety.
  • Protecting or improving the local environment.

This is a rolling programme

Visit: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/national-grants/carriers-for-causes/

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that relate to the delivery of financial skills to different defined groups.

The MSE Charity, the charitable fund of financial advice website MoneySavingExpert.com, is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.

The charity operates a themed approach for each funding round.

Applications are now open for projects targeting financial education projects for people who live with long term challenges.

Applications will close once the number of accepted applications reaches 40 or the deadline of 28 February 2020, whichever is soonest.

For further details visit https://www.msecharity.com/

Swimathon Foundation Community Grants scheme

Wed 12 Feb 2020

The Swimathon Foundation's annual Community Grants Scheme offers up to £2500 of funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. The scheme is operated in partnership with Swim England and the Swimming Trust.

The funding aims to encourage and support organisations which increase access to swimming and provide activities aimed at helping individuals and communities enjoy the benefits of swimming throughout their lives.

There is one application round each year. The deadline for 2020 applications is 13 March with notification of decisions by 1 May 2020.

Key Criteria

Organisations including community groups, swimming clubs, senior groups, youth groups, sports clubs, disability charities, scout groups and healthy living groups in the UK are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, organisations must:

Be a representative of, or have the support of a pool participating in Swimathon 2020.

Be working on a project that takes place at a Swimathon pool and have sign off from the Pool Manager or their delegated main contact for this project to take place.

For further information visit https://swimathonfoundation.org/swimathon-grants/grants-scheme-information

Coalfields Community Investment Programme for England

Mon 10 Feb 2020

Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations for projects taking place in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities in England and will make a positive difference in addressing the areas of skills, employment, health and wellbeing.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available.

The Trust will now fund Core Costs up to 50% of the total costs requested from the Trust. This can include Operational Costs and Administration and Management.

January 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 28 February 2020 and closes on at 5pm. The deadline for applications is 13 March 2020 at 5pm.

For further information visit: https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england_support/funding-support/

Spring for an Arts Grant and get involved in local arts activities

Mon 10 Feb 2020

A small grants scheme is again offering grants of up to £500 for arts activities that involve Staffordshire Moorlands residents.

The aim of the grants scheme is to encourage more people in the Staffordshire Moorlands to get involved in arts and cultural activities, as well as increase the diversity of activities on offer in the district.

A full range of arts and cultural activities can be funded, including visual, performing and literary arts, and projects run by community-managed libraries and local history groups.

The grants can be used for example for putting on events, running or participating in training and workshops, paying sessional artists’ fees, publicity and marketing costs, purchasing equipment, volunteer expenses and transport.

Individuals, community groups, charities, not-for-profit companies and other social enterprise organisations are all eligible to apply. Individuals may be awarded up to £300 and organisations up to £500.

Esther Jones from Support Staffordshire said, “These small grants are intended as seed funding for local grassroots activities. They are aimed at individuals and community groups who wish to try something new and different, develop an existing activity, get different people involved or attract a new audience.

We were very excited to see the range of proposals in the last grants round in the Autumn. Projects included a series of arts workshops organised by a village hall committee, exciting training for two local artists, activities with disadvantaged young people, publication of a local history book, community history days, and arts activities within an environmental community project, as well as equipment and start-up funding for a new group.”

The grants scheme is funded by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and administered by local charity Support Staffordshire in conjunction with the Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek Arts Forums.

Application packs can be obtained from Support Staffordshire’s Leek office by phoning 01538 381356 or emailing staffordshiremoorlands@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd March.

To find out more about the grants scheme and how to apply please contact Esther Jones at Support Staffordshire on 01538 381356, or email esther.jones@supportstaffordshire.org.uk.

European Social Funding

Mon 3 Feb 2020

European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants are financed through the European Union and are designed to develop the capacity of the community and to meet local needs. Part of this strategy is to help people increase their chances of finding work. Applications are open to organisations based or working within the county of Staffordshire. A full criteria can be found below along with a breakdown of the grants application process, which must be read and fully understood before making your application.

You can apply for a grant of up to £20,000!

These grants will be awarded to voluntary or community groups, registered charities, Social Enterprises, not for profit company's or a company limited by guarantee

The next cut off date for our ESF funding is 20 February 2020, with a panel set for mid-March.

For more information and to apply please click here.