Opportunities to get funding

If you are looking for funding for a local projects, these organisations may be able help. Let me know how you get on!

Funding for LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships)
The government has announced an additional £24 million funding package for LEPs.
An interim £5 million funding package will be made available immediately for all LEPs to draw upon for the remainder of this financial year. This will be followed by up to £250,000 per LEP per year for the following two years.
LEPs will be invited to bid for matched funding for 2013/14 and 2014/15, setting out how they would be able to offer a cash match from public or private resources. Details on the scope of the match is due to be discussed directly with LEPs.

Supporting Libraries – Arts Council
An extra £6 million in grants for the arts funding of libraries Grants is now open to applications and will be available until March 2015. The funding will support projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and/or arts organisations, encouraging communities to participate in cultural activities.
Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. Applications can be made at any time.

Creative People and Places Fund – Arts Council
The Arts Council wants more people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they live or their social, educational or financial circumstances.
This fund will focus in parts of the country where people’s involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average, with the aim of increasing the likelihood of participation.
This investment is intended to encourage long-term collaborations between local communities and arts organisations, museums, libraries and other partners such as local authorities and the private sector. It aims to empower them to experiment with new and radically different approaches and to develop inspiring, sustainable arts programmes that will engage audiences in those communities.
A total of £37 million will be available over two funding rounds to establish around 15 projects between 2012 and 2016. Proposals will be for between £500,000 and £3 million over three years. In round two the amount available is around £20 million.
The Arts Council is currently seeking applications for the second round to deliver against this ambition. This round closes on 12 December 2012.

Nominet Trust – The Digital Edge
The Digital Edge is a £2 million investment programme to fund new ideas for using digital technology to improve young people’s economic and social participation.
Nominet Trust have identified four key areas where they believe young people face the greatest challenge and digital technology can be used to greatest effect.
• Digging deeper into the problems and addressing the root causes
• Exploring the changing landscape and the nature of engagement
• Renegotiating professional practice
• New forms of employment and reward
Nominet are specifically looking for ideas and projects that demonstrate an ambition to create substantial social value for young people and the communities in which they live.
The deadline for stage 1 applications is 12 December 2012.

Small Grants Programme – Sport England
The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more young people (aged 14+) and adults take and keep a sporting habit for life.
Eligible sports must be formally recognised by Sport England and projects completed within 12 months.

Protecting Playing Fields – Sport England
The fourth round of this programme opens on 12 November 2012 with a submission deadline of 7 January 2013. Local authorities, voluntary & community sector organisations, sports clubs and a range of other organisations can apply for between £10,000 and £50,000 and priority will be given to projects that:
• Involve playing field sites where there is a known and established threat to the land. For example, where playing fields have been mothballed, fenced off and/or pitches ceased to be marked out for over two years; planning application submitted or land offered for sale.
• Form part of an asset transfer of the playing field from the public sector to the community and voluntary sector.
• Indicate that they wish to have the playing field protected in perpetuity, and
• Are multi-sport (two or more sports pitches such as a winter and summer sport) or have multiple pitches for the same sport.

Strategic Touring Programme – Arts Council
Organisations and individuals can apply to two further rounds of the £45 million Strategic Touring Programme. This is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. Grants will exceed £10,000 and the last deadline for applications this year is 14 December 2012.

Enhancing Communities Programme – SITA Trust
This fund supports projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings / structures. Not-for-profit organisations including community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities can apply as long as the project is located in one of 115 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SITA UK. Grants of up to £60,000 are available through the Core Fund and grants of up to £20,000 for smaller projects through a Fast Track Fund. Applications are accepted in a number of rounds with the next deadlines on 26 November 2012 for the Core Fund.

Future High Street X-Fund
As part of the Government’s response to the Portas Review, a £1million Future High Street X- Fund was announced to reward those areas delivering the most effective and innovative plans to bring their town centres back to life. Nominated towns will be judged by an independent panel of industry and community development experts, for the inventiveness of their schemes and the impacts they can show, such as increased footfall or turnover, or improved skills and employment levels.
One or more winning locations will be picked from schemes implemented since May 2011. The deadline for nominations is 6 December 2012.

Parks for People – Heritage Lottery Fund
This is a UK-wide programme, delivered in partnership with the BIG Lottery Fund in England until 2015. The Parks for People programme is for projects related to public parks and cemeteries in the UK. Applications can be made for grant from £100,000 to £5million. The next deadline is 28 February 2013.

Skills for the Future – Heritage Lottery Fund
Skills for the Future is a targeted grant programme to support organisations across the UK to create new opportunities for work-based training in the heritage sector. The programme is intended to:
• fund high quality work based training opportunities to equip people with the skills to pursue a career in heritage;
• meet indentified skills gaps or shortages in the heritage sector;
• enhance the capacity of the heritage sector to deliver sustainable training and share good practice;
• increase the diversity of the heritage workforce.
Applications can be made for between £100,000 and £1 million and the deadline for first round applications is 31 January 2013.

Sharing Heritage – Heritage Lottery Fund
This fund is available to not-for-profit groups wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage. Activities supported can include events, exhibitions, festivals and celebrations, or producing local history publications, conservation of individual heritage items, volunteer training and support.
Start-up grants will also be available to community groups taking responsibility for heritage, to create the right constitutional framework (including the costs of professional advice on legal forms and governance structures) and to assess options in arriving at a strategy for managing the heritage. They may then make a further application for a grant for a project focused on their heritage.
Grants will be between £3000 and £10,000 and applications can be made in February 2013.

Our Heritage – Heritage Lottery Fund
This fund supports a range of heritage projects. For example, smaller parks and green spaces, community buildings, museum collections and archives as well as activity projects exploring languages, cultures and memories.
Transition funding will be available to organisations who have previously received HLF investment, to review their strategies and business plans and, where necessary with mentor support, identify ways of achieving greater sustainability.
Applications will be accepted from private individuals or commercial; ‘for profit’ organisations for physical work to heritage under this programme.
Grants will be between £10,000 and £100,000 and applications can be made in February 2013.

Landscape Partnerships – Heritage Lottery Fund
This programme is currently closed to new applications and will re-open in February 2013. This programme is normally delivered by a partnership made up of regional, national and local organisations with an interest in the area, community groups and members of the community. The programme is based round a portfolio of smaller projects, which together provide long-term social, economic and environmental benefits for a rural area.
To apply for a grant, you must identify an area of countryside that has a distinctive landscape character and is recognised and valued by local people. The area of countryside should be no smaller than 20 km² and no larger than 200 km².

Neighbourhood Planning – Grants for Local Authorities
On 29 August 2012, Planning Minister Greg Clark announced a £10 million fund “to help councils ensure their communities are able to finalise people’s plans for homes, businesses and facilities in their neighbourhood.”
Councils are invited to apply for grants of up to £30,000 for each neighbourhood planning scheme to help pay for the costs of getting plans in place. Payments will be paid to councils to help them support and advise groups taking forward neighbourhood plans and to pay towards the examination of plans and a local referendum.

Talent Match – Big Lottery Fund
A total of £100 million is available for partnership approaches which target 21 hotspots across England where those aged 18-24 are finding it hardest to secure jobs or training opportunities. Talent Match aims to put charities at the heart of local partnerships established between local councils, charities, employers, and colleges to work up proposals on how they will best use lottery funding to help match the talents of young people in their hotspot with skills and opportunity of the future. Between £1million and £10million is available for one bid in each identified LEP area. Initial partnership development funding of £10,000 is also available and a named local contact for each area is posted on the website. The deadline for submitting a prospectus which sets out the vision for change and the intended target areas is November 2012.

Iconic Facilities Fund – Sport England
Sport England’s Iconic Facilities fund is investing £30m over the next three years into innovative, large-scale, multi-sport facilities’ projects. They will deliver against local authority and National Governing Body (NGB) facility priorities, whilst also demonstrating long-term financial viability. The Iconic Facilities fund is part of the £135m Places People Play initative which will deliver an Olympic and Paralympic legacy of increased sports participation by bringing the magic of a home Games into the heart of local communities.
The Iconic Facilities fund will direct capital investment into a small number of strategic facility projects that will significantly contribute to an increase in mass participation in sport across England. These facilities will be promoted as best practice and will provide a network of regional and local sports facilities delivering mass participation across a number of sports.
Key features which applications must demonstrate are a robust needs and evidence base which supports the need for the project and the proposed facility mix; strong partnerships which will last beyond the initial development of the project and underpin the long-term sustainability of the facility; multi-sport provision and activity that demonstrates delivery against two or more NGB strategic priorities and a capital development completion programme with achievable milestones and timescales.
Online applications can be submitted up until 17 December 2012.

Community Right to Build – Homes & Communities Agency
Community groups in England (outside Greater London) are invited to apply for a share of the £17.5m fund which is being made available to provide seed corn funding to help groups to formally establish, build up their development proposals and submit a Community Right to Build Order. The funding is available until the end of March 2015 or until funding is fully committed. It is unlikely that applications made after October 2014 will be successful. Any community group or parish council can seek to access the funding provided that they have constituted a formal organisation that meets certain basic standards. Community groups are encouraged to contact Locality in the first instance to discuss their application and development proposals.

Community Rights Grants Programme – The Social Investment Business Group
From 16 July 2012, community groups can apply for funding to help them use the new Community Right to Challenge in the Localism Act. The Right came into force on 27 June and will empower local community organisations to take over a local service that they can run more effectively.
Pre-Feasibility grants between £5,000 and £10,000 are on offer to help organisations build internal capacity. Organisations that can demonstrate a strong potential to compete for public service delivery contracts can apply for feasibility grants of up to £100,000 to help prepare an Expression of Interest or compete in a procurement process.
The Grant Programme is an integral part of the Community Right to Challenge Support Programme and will offer advice and funding to support organisations through the process of competing for local services and is particularly keen to help small local organisations build capacity to deliver public service contracts. Applications for pre-feasibility and feasibility grants from interested organisations will be accepted on a rolling basis.
A parallel Community Ownership and Management of Assets Grant Programme (including Right to Bid) opened on 30 July 2012 and also accepts applications for pre-feasibility and feasibility grants on a rolling basis.

Paths for Communities (P4C) – Natural England
Paths for Communities is a funding scheme set up to develop and enhance the network of Public Rights of Way (PROW) in England in order to deliver benefits to rural areas. Local community partnerships are eligible to bid to Natural England for funds.
The aim of P4C is to encourage and support local communities to work with land owners to make improvements to the network of Public Rights of Way. In all cases P4C projects must include some element of new Public Right of Way creation. In most cases projects will include an element of new Bridleway creation but projects that include Footpath creation alone will also be considered where community and economic benefit can be demonstrated. P4C will operate over the 2 year period from May 2012 to March 2014, with a total fund of £2m. All agreements will have to be made by December 2013.

Improving Local Government Transparency – Consultation
Following the publication of the “Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency” in September 2011, Ministers are now minded to make the Code a legal requirement via regulations, subject to consultation.
The Secretary of State has the power to enforce the Code through regulations via the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980, Section 3. Ministers wish to hear from all those local authorities listed in paragraph 4 of the Code. They would also like to hear from relevant bodies, open data experts, developers, citizen activists and other interested parties.
The consultation closes on 20 December 2012.

Onshore Wind Call for Evidence – Community Engagement and Benefits
This call for evidence from DECC seeks information on the different types of engagement activities being carried out between onshore wind developers and communities and the various community benefit packages offered across the UK and internationally. This will be used to examine how communities can have more of a say over, and receive greater economic and wider social benefits from hosting onshore wind farms. The call closes on 15 November 2012.

Fuel Poverty: Changing the Framework for Measurement – Consultation
This consultation seeks views on the Government’s proposed changes to the way fuel poverty in England is measured, setting out a proposal for a new definition of fuel poverty and the implications of any change in definition for the fuel poverty target. The consultation closes on 30 November 2012.