New: Apply for grants

Rural Communities Broadband Fund – Defra
The third expression of interest round for the RCBF is now open.  This £20m fund is delivered as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is jointly funded by Defra and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).  The fund provides grants to communities to establish superfast broadband in hard-to-reach areas.
The RCBF will provide up to 50% of total eligible costs to communities located in hard-to-reach locations who can demonstrate a local need and a demand for superfast broadband, and the ability to make it happen at a reasonable cost. The remaining costs must be met through private sources. However, where a clear need can be demonstrated through the application process, DEFRA will consider requests in applications for a higher level of intervention above 50% grant.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 24 May 2013.

Fulfilling Lives: Ageing better – Big Lottery
Big Lottery have launched an investment of £70 million in England to improve the lives of older people and reduce social isolation.  Successful projects will involve older people in the design and delivery of services
100 local authorities (listed on the website) are invited to submit an expression of interest to be considered for funding.  A shortlist of 30 areas will then be selected to submit a full ‘vision and strategy’ for their area. At this stage each area will form a partnership led by a voluntary and community sector organisation.  Big Lottery expect to make awards to 15 to 20 areas of between £2 and £6 million over three to six years.  Development funding of up to £20,000 will be available to those areas shortlisted.
The invited local authorities must submit expressions of interest by 17 May 2013.

People’s Millions
The People’s Millions is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV where the public helps to decide which local community projects receive lottery money.  You can enter if you are a voluntary or community organisation, school, local authority or health body.  Applications can be made for project costs, part of a larger project, organisation overheads (for voluntary and community organisations) and must be for at least half the total cost of a project.  People’s Million will not pay for existing work, anything spent or agreed to before the phone vote, or new buildings.
The deadline for submitting application forms is 13 May 2013.

BBC Children in Need – Main Grants
This programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.  Grants are given for children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The next deadline for applications is 15 May 2013.

Landscape Partnerships – Heritage Lottery Fund
The Landscape Partnerships programme is for schemes led by partnerships of local, regional and national interests which aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character throughout the UK. Grants can be applied for from £100,000 to £3million.  A partnership approach is central to developing a successful scheme with partnerships expected to be made up of regional, national and local organisations with an interest in the area, community groups and members of the community.
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.
The deadline for first round applications is 31 May 2013.

National RDPE Skills Framework – Defra
The aim of this Framework is to provide training provision until the end of the RDPE Programme in March 2014 which will result in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for individuals working within the agricultural, horticulture and forestry sectors. This will be delivered by a wide range of training providers operating across England.  Defra also aim to put in place some training provision for small business and individuals in rural areas within the traditional rural skills and rural tourism sectors.
There are six themes to the Framework:

  1. Business Management, Leadership and ICT Skills for Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry
  2. Knowledge Transfer, Innovation and Technical Skills for Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry
  3. Agricultural Animal Health and Welfare
  4. Marketing and Supply Chain Efficiency for Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry
  5. Resource Use Efficiency in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry
  6. Traditional Rural Skills and Rural Tourism

Information for potential applicants is available on the Defra website.

Inspired Facilities Fund – Sport England
The Inspired Facilities fund could help refurbish or upgrade a sports facility; or convert an existing building into a venue suitable for sport and accessible to the whole community.
Sport England will invest in most types of improvement or refurbishment work that will help develop sport in a local area. To qualify for a grant applicants will need to:

  • Show how the project will keep and, ideally, attract more people to sport
  • Demonstrate that it is needed and wanted by the local community
  • Explain how it will cover its running costs and remain open for sporting use for years to come

In particular, Sport England are looking for projects or organisations across the country that:

  • Have not previously received an individual sports Lottery grant worth £10,000 or more
  • Offer local opportunities to people who do not currently play sport, or
  • Are the only public sports facility in the local community

Community and voluntary organisations and parish and town councils can apply for between £20,000 and £50,000.  Local authorities, statutory organisations and education establishments such as schools can apply for between £20,000 and £150,000.  The next round for applications to this fund opens on 11 March and closes on 29 April 2013.

Sharing Heritage – Heritage Lottery Fund
The Sharing Heritage programme is for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage.
This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.

Our Heritage – Heritage Lottery Fund
The Our Heritage programme is for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.
Under this programme, HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships.
This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

Young Roots – Heritage Lottery Fund
The Young Roots programme is for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.
This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

Community Assets and Services Grants
Over £10 million is available to community groups looking to take over local services.  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 compete in a procurement process.  A second tranche of applications are now welcomed and will be assessed from April 2013.
Pre-feasibility and feasibility grants are also available to community groups looking to buy buildings and assets valuable to the local community

Community Sport Activation Fund – Sport England
The Community Sport Activation Fund is a £40 million Lottery revenue fund developed to support grassroots activity at a very local level.  The kinds of projects which Sport England expect to fund include:

  •  Activities reflecting a broad range of sports
  • Informal opportunities which could lead to regular participation
  • Multi-sport activities which provide people with a range of choices and opportunities to suit them
  • Family orientated activities with a focus on 14 plus age group
  • Local activator roles that focus on directly organising and delivering new opportunities for participation.

Projects could be for up to three years and the grants will range from £50,000 – £250,000 with partnership funding required.  The next funding round opens on 7 May and closes on 1 July 2013.

Future Ready Fund – Homeless Transition Fund
The aim of the Future Ready Fund is ‘To protect and enhance essential and strategically critical services for single homeless people and support them in the transition to becoming sustainable’.  Grants of between £5000 and £25,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations which spend more than 50% of their income on single homeless people.

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.

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 31 August 2013.

Heritage Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Grants is HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for grants of over £100,000 via a two round process with the project development phase taking up to 24 months, depending on the complexity of the project.
Deadline dates for submitting applications varies depending on the level of funding requested.  For projects requesting between £2 million and £5 million the next deadline is 13 June for the Board meeting on 24 September 2013.  For grant requests of £5 million or more all application forms and supporting materials must be submitted by 30 November.

Community Right to Build – HCA
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.

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.

Future of Apprenticeships in England: Richard Review Next Steps – Consultation
The government has published this consultation in response to Doug Richard’s independent Review of Apprenticeships. It sets out the long term vision for apprenticeships, together with the government’s proposals for achieving this. The government’s response also launches a consultation on the practical steps needed to turn the vision into reality. Contributions are invited from anyone who is interested in the future of apprenticeships by 22 May 2013.