Here is the latest in grants you, or your group, might be eligible for:
Community Led Project Support Funding – HCA
This is a £14 million revenue funding programme which helps communities to achieve their development ambitions for their local area. The fund will provide revenue funding to help community groups to build their capacity to either submit a Community Right to Build order, which is an alternative way for communities to deliver the development they want – be it homes, shops, businesses or facilities – where the benefits of the development will be retained by the community for the community, or to apply for planning permission.
Communities interested in applying for support have the choice of applying for funding through two different routes:
• Community Right to Build – provides support for community groups who want to submit an application for a Community Right to Build Order as an alternative to achieving planning permission by submitting an application for planning permission.
• Planning Application Route – provides support for community groups seeking to achieve planning permission through a planning application.
The programme will remain open to receive new applications until funding is fully committed (or until end of March 2015, whichever occurs first). It is unlikely that new applications received after October 2014 will be able to be funded. Total
National Empty Homes Loan Fund
The NEHLF is a new loans fund that enables people to borrow the funds necessary to get empty homes back into use. It will provide loans of up to £15,000 to owners of empty properties to help bring them back into affordable use.
The £3 million NEHLF fund will provide secured loans at a fixed 5% interest rate, and will enable owners to renovate the property to the Decent Homes standard. The fund should provide funding to get over 2000 properties back into use.
This is a joint initiative between the charity Empty Homes, Ecology Building Society, central government and 39 participating local authorities.
Transition Funding – Heritage Lottery Fund
Transition funding is available to organisations in the UK who want to achieve significant strategic change – through acquiring new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership, business and income – in order to become more resilient and sustain improved management of heritage for the long term.
You may be in transition legally or structurally – for example, local authority heritage services transferring to trust status – or facing strategic or financial challenges due to loss of regular or anticipated income streams.
To apply you must be a previous recipient of an HLF grant. You can apply for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.
Our Place! programme
On July 9 2013, Don Foster, Minister for Communities, announced a £4.3m package of support for neighbourhoods to take their future into their own hands. This follows a successful year-long pilot programme, which saw neighbourhoods across the country working out how to improve the lives of local residents.
Expansion of the ‘Our Place’ programme builds on the Neighbourhood Community Budget Pilots that have helped change local service provision in 12 areas over the past four years. The 12 pilots range from inner cities and suburbs, to housing estates and small towns. They have seen the public, private and voluntary sectors working together to tackle issues of concern to local residents.
The extra funding could see at least 100 communities deliver local services that focus on local priorities and reduce costs. To find out more, visit the website.
Commissioning Better Outcomes and the Social Outcomes Fund – BIG Lottery Fund and the Cabinet Office
BIG are focusing on approaches that use payment by results (PbR) mechanisms, particularly those which involve social investment such as Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). To achieve this two funds have been set up – the Cabinet Office’s Social Outcomes Fund and the Big Lottery Fund’s Commissioning Better Outcomes – with a joint mission to support the development of more SIBs. Between them these funds are making up to £60m available to pay for a proportion of outcomes payments for these types of models in complex policy areas, as well as support to develop robust proposals.
The shared overarching aim is to grow the market in SIBs, while each fund has a specific focus that reflects the missions of the Big Lottery Fund and Cabinet Office. For the Big Lottery Fund, this is to enable more people, particularly those most in need, to lead fulfilling lives, in enriching places and as part of successful communities. For the Cabinet Office, this is to catalyse and test innovative approaches to tackling complex issues using outcomes based commissioning. For more information see the website. The deadline is 31 July 2016.
Green Deal Communities scheme
A new £20 million Green Deal Communities scheme to help local authorities drive street-by-street delivery of the Green Deal has been announced today. Under new proposals from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), local authorities in England will be able to bid for funding from a £20 million pot to help households benefit from the Green Deal on a street-by-street or area basis.
Local authorities will identify target streets and areas in their regions that could most benefit from the Green Deal, and then offer incentives to households in these areas to encourage them to install energy efficiency home improvements under the Green Deal. Local authorities will propose incentives as part of their bids for funding, which will be assessed by DECC.
Applications can be submitted at any time from September to 31 December 2013.
Cultural Destinations programme – Arts Council
The Arts Council is investing £3 million into a new Cultural destinations programme. This is an initiative which forms part of a 3 year partnership between Arts Council England and Visit England, the national tourist board. The aim of Cultural destinations is to enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with Destination Organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector. It is intended that this programme will support the positioning of culture as a prominent part of the local visitor offer, helping to drive growth of the visitor economy.
The funding is available for projects that will run from March 2014 for a maximum of three years, ending no later than March 2017. Consortia must contribute a minimum of 10 per cent match funding as either cash or in-kind contributions and can apply for grants of between £250,000 and £350,000. The deadline for applications is 26 September 2013.
Local Communities programme – Comic Relief
UK Community Foundations are the managing agent for Comic Relief, managing almost £8 million in grants across the UK during the last two years. Two programmes are managed which during their two-year cycle represent an investment of almost £8 million in community projects identified by Community Foundations which are supporting some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK. The Local Communities programme is currently open for applications for grants of £1000 to £10,000 a year. Please check with your relevant community foundation to find out when their deadline is – there will be periods when the grant round temporarily closes. Details are available on the website.
Community Assets and Services Grants: pre-feasibility and feasibility
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 currently being welcomed.
Pre-feasibility and feasibility grants are also available to community groups looking to buy buildings and assets valuable to the local community.
Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
Run by the Museums Association, this fund focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. Begun as a three year programme in 2011 awarding £800,000 per year, the fund will now continue from 2014-16 with £1m per year to award. Grants are awarded in two rounds each year to museums, galleries and heritage organisations. This fund has been developed from the Esmée Fairbairn Museum and Heritage Collections strand and the MA’s Effective Collections programme. So far 33 projects have received grants in the first five rounds of the fund, with grants from £20,000 to £100,000 being awarded to a range of types and sizes of museums from across the UK.
Projects that are eligible to apply to the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund include research into collections, conservation, collections review and initiatives to develop the use of collections. The next deadline for initial applications is 13 September 2013.
Rural Community Energy Fund
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:
• Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
• Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.
The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids
Enhancing Communities Programme – SITA Trust
Enhancing Communities is the name of SITA Trust’s funding programme for community improvement projects. The programme 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. Projects can be supported in any of 115 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SITA UK (to see if your project site is in a SITA Trust funding zone visit the website). The next application deadline for ‘Core Grants’ of up to £60,000 for projects costing no more than £250,000 is 25 November 2013. ‘Fast Track’ grants of up to £20,000 for projects costing no more than £40,000 can also be applied for with the next application deadline on 15 October 2013.
Investment and Contract Readiness Fund
This new £10 million fund, managed by The Social Investment Business on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, aims to ensure social ventures are better equipped to secure new forms of investment and compete for public service contracts.
The Fund will provide grants to social ventures that have the potential for high growth and delivering positive social impact for the purchase of specific capacity building support to help facilitate that growth
A group of the leading social investors in the country have been brought together to help shape the programme and they will decide who can provide sufficiently high quality business support and also which social ventures should receive grants. The aim is to maximise the likelihood of organisations successfully attracting investment after they have had support.
The Fund is now accepting applications from providers and ventures. In September 2013 the Fund is only accepting applications from mutuals and organisations working in healthcare.
Heritage Enterprise – Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Enterprise supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.
You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.
Historic buildings are known to attract thriving businesses, and yet many of them lie vacant and derelict. With a Heritage Enterprise grant you can breathe new life into historic sites by repairing, adapting and giving them a productive new use. By funding much of the repair costs HLF hope to encourage private developers to work with community organisations to deliver commercially viable schemes.
Decisions are made either by the relevant HLF Committee of the Board of Trustees, depending on the scale of application. These are held at various times during the year.
First World War: then and now – Heritage Lottery Fund
This programme provides grants of £3,000 to £10,000 for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War. HLF also provide grants of more than £10,000 for First World War projects.
Grants for the arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council
The Grants for the arts Libraries fund will invest £6 million of the Arts Council’s Grants for the arts National Lottery money in projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with cultural organisations across all art forms.
It is hoped that the Grants for the arts Libraries fund will inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 27 September 2012 and will run until March 2015
From 1 July 2013 the application and assessment process for Grants for the arts changed in order to help streamline the investment process.
Childcare Business Grants Scheme – Government Equalities Office
The new Childcare Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It will encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant of:
• £250 for new childminding businesses setting up in England (those who are looking after one or more children under the age of 8 years, to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than 2 hours in any day);
• £500 for new childminding businesses, as above, that will provide care for disabled children (applicants will need to demonstrate that they have incurred additional expenditure in setting up their business as a result of this);
• £500 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.
The scheme has been funded for one year with a fixed budget of £2 million. Should the funding be over-subscribed before March 2014 the scheme will terminate at the point where the scheme funds have been exhausted.
Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund
This £14m fund is run by Nesta, the UK’s Innovation Foundation, working in partnership with the Cabinet Office. The fund will provide financial and non-financial support to help grow the impact and reach of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.
Over the next two years the ambition is to:
• Find innovations that harness different types of social action to make a positive difference across a range of outcomes
• Support the most promising innovations to have more impact, including building evidence of what works
• Enable a small number of proven innovations to achieve impact at significant scale, by reaching and benefiting many more people
The Innovation Fund will focus on a small number of big social challenges, like helping older people to age well or supporting young people to get into work, where there is a plausible account of how social action can make a difference and is under-exploited by the existing approach of public services.
Financial support of between £50,000 and £500,000 is available. Expression of interest forms need to be submitted by 31 October 2013.
Renewable Heat Premium Payment Social Landlords Competition – Energy Saving Trust
Registered social landlords are invited to bid for money to support the installation of cost-effective renewable heating systems in social housing stock, particularly focusing in off-gas grid areas.
Building on the success of the past RHPP social landlord competitions, the scheme was relaunched from 2 May 2013 with two new competitions each with an initial budget of £3m as follows:
• The “Fast Track” competition. This competition has a standard timeline in line with past competitions and is intended for landlords who have pipeline projects ready to go. Unlike in previous years, there will be no limit to the amount of funding a bidder may request, subject to landlords’ bids complying with State Aid regulations.
• The “Reach-Out” competition will run on a slower timeline and is combined with a programme of events for interested landlords during Spring 2013. This competition is intended for those landlords who had previously thought the RHPP competition was not for them, who needed to find out more before committing and/or are in need of application advice/support. A funding cap of €200,000 (approximately £175,000) on the size of individual bids will be maintained for this competition to ensure a diversity of projects are funded.
Applications closed on 28 June 2013 for the Fast Track competition and close on 27 September 2013 for the Reach Out competition.
Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning – Locality
Locality is providing support and grants to help hundreds of areas across the country create neighbourhood plans, with a £9.5m fund available.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England. It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area (within certain limits and parameters).
The Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme will support groups developing neighbourhood plans in two ways:
• Direct support – advice and support, tailored to meet the needs of supported neighbourhoods
• Grant payments – up to £7,000 per neighbourhood area, to contribute to costs incurred by the group preparing a neighbourhood plan or order.
National Churches Trust – Community Grants
This programme is for grants of £5000 and above for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased use of places of worship. Projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 to qualify.
The amount of funding available is limited, meaning that only a small proportion of applications can be supported. The deadline for applications is 1 October 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.
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 17 October 2013. For grant requests of £5 million or more all application forms and supporting materials must be submitted by 30 November.