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Deadline: 10 January 2020
The types of work they support includes:
- Youth club activities
- Lunch clubs for older people
- Health and well-being initiatives
- Community transport
- Community gardens
- Projects addressing homelessness
- Community advice and support
- Food banks
- Projects addressing drug and alcohol misuse
Grants offered up to £5,000 with three main rounds per year
The new community lottery for Horsham District got off to a flying start last week with over 660 supporters signed up and over 1,200 tickets bought ahead of the first prize draw.
Cllr Tricia Youtan, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet member for Community and Wellbeing, said:
“I am delighted that our new community lottery has been supported so widely by our local community groups and residents, reflecting the real enthusiasm our residents have to help support those causes that are close to their hearts. To have sold over 1,200 tickets after just one month of ticket sales is a fantastic achievement for our community groups.”
Over 80 community groups have signed up so far to receive a share of the funds. It’s free to join, easy to sign up, and every group has the potential to raise vital funds for their work. All groups involved are also given marketing support to help them reach out to their supporters.
Tickets are priced at £1 each, with 60p in every pound going to support local good causes.
If you’re not already, get involved! Telephone: 01403 434010
Introduced in June 2019, the Micro Fund enables groups to apply directly to the County Council for a grant of no more than £750 towards their total project costs. Similar to the former Small Grants Fund, the process provides an alternative to the crowdfunding approach aimed at attracting community backing.
Groups are encouraged to first enquire before submitting an application in order to learn when their bid may be considered at the earliest available County Local Committee (CLC) meeting. Applications will be formally considered by CLCs three times per year.
Two grants are now available to organisations whose work is in support of one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:
- Children Survive & Thrive
- Fighting for Gender Justice
- A Safe Place to Be
- Mental Health Matters
Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant. This new and exciting programme aims to deliver long lasting community driven change and we will work closely with successful projects to gather learning from the programme to share widely.
Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.
Grants of up to £50,000 are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and co-operate.
There are two Space to Connect funding strands open for applications:
Enhance – grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future.
Explore – grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use.
West Sussex County Council's crowdfunding programme, the West Sussex Crowd, is open for community-led projects to come forward and be part of their upcoming funding round. Projects that make a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and support The West Sussex Plan are encouraged to come forward! There is a £140,000 pot in total with pledges of up to £5,000 available to any project that starts a crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive, the UK's dedicated platform for civic improvement.
In advance of the autumn crowdfunding deadline, West Sussex County Council are running an interactive workshop on Wednesday 24 July for people interested in becoming project creators. You will:
- Learn more about the West Sussex Crowd and the Community Initiative Fund
- Find out about other funds supporting projects locally
- Get advice on creating your campaign plan
- Explore how to promote your project successfully
Whether your project idea is big or small, this is your chance to make a real difference in your local area through The West Sussex Crowd.
For community groups seeking grants of up to £750
One year on from the launch of West Sussex Crowd, the Micro Fund has been introduced to support small-scale projects as an alternative to the crowdfunding approach following feedback.
Small groups with low project costs are able to apply directly to the county council for a grant of no more than £750 by completing a paper-based application form. The new initiative has replaced the former Small Grants Fund which maintained similar funding limitations.
County Local Committees (CLCs) have the authority to allocate up to 30% of their total Community Initiative Fund budget to projects applying to the Micro Fund.
Applications will be considered in the same way as those submitted through West Sussex Crowd at CLC meetings.
Groups can apply more than once during the financial year, yet the CLC will strictly consider awarding one grant per project only.
For more information and to request an application form email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 033 022 25075
NEW Horsham District Community Lottery - get involved!
Horsham District Council is currently in the process of setting up a new community lottery to raise additional funds to support local charities, community and voluntary groups across the Horsham District.
The lottery will be launched to the public in September 2019
Lottery ticket buyers can choose from an online list the community group they want their money to go to.
This is where you come in!
We are asking local charities and community groups to nominate themselves to benefit from local lottery ticket proceeds.
What’s the benefit to you?
Participating community groups will get:
- Your own promotional webpage on the dedicated community lottery website.
- You will receive at least 50% of all ticket sales from supporters that sign up on your page.
- There are no charges for this service. All you need to do is shout about the new lottery to your supporters and community.
What do you have to do?
First of all you need to decide whether you wish to be one of the District charities / community groups that are promoted on the lottery website to receive a share of the money raised.
We will then ask you to encourage your supporters to join in. They would be helping you and they could also win a weekly prize and/or the £25,000 jackpot!
If you are interested in finding out more about the Horsham District Community Lottery and how you can get involved please complete the short form below and return it to us by Friday 21 June. NB:Don’t worry if you miss this deadline - it just helps us to manage the roll out of this new and exciting process.
What happens next?
We are developing the new website and gathering expressions of interest over the coming weeks. We will then hold an information event for charities and voluntary groups in July when we open up the official sign up process. The Community Lottery will be launched to the public in September.
Once we have received your expression of interest we will contact you with further details.
So, over to you!
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefit to the community.
Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.
This fund is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation with a turnover under £300,000 can apply.
They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for activities, trips and residential breaks.
The Screwfix Foundation raises funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK. They work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.
The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000.All applications are reviewed individually on a quarterly basis – the review dates are in February, May, August and November.
Deadline: 22 March 2019
Comic Relief are excited to launch this funding opportunity focused on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals.
The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.
Comic Relief will make investments of up to £150,000 for three to five years. If you're considering making an application, ensure you read their updated guidance notes carefully.
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse
- People with Disabilities
- Disadvantaged Young People
- Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Disadvantaged Minority Communities
- Older People
- Prisoners and Ex-offenders
- Visual Impairment
- Building – For example purchase, construction, renovation and/or refurbishment.
- Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment – For example office equipment, sports or gym equipment, digital or audio visual equipment, security equipment, camping equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. Soft or hard furnishings, bathroom/kitchen fittings and fixtures.
- Vehicles: For example minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, 4X4.
Sport England has teamed up with Crowdfunder to set up a special pilot that will help more than 20 projects across the country raise vital funds.
Community sport and physical activity projects will be able to unlock partnership funding by crowdfunding part of their costs.
Crowdfunding Towards an Active Nation has seen 23 projects invited to take part and raise funds from the general public - and Sport England will match however much they raise up to £15,000.
All the selected projects are already in receipt of funding from the Community Asset Fund (CAF), which is dedicated to enhancing spaces such as canal towpaths and open spaces and has already received more than 3,000 applications.
To enable Sport England to help as many projects as possible, these 23 projects have received a portion of their requested funding via CAF before also being invited to crowdfund.
SE executive director of property, Charles Johnston, is excited by the opportunities crowdfunding can bring.
“We strive to ensure that any projects we invest in are financially sustainable so they can benefit their community for years to come, and often refer applicants to further sources of funding,” he said.
“The partnership with Crowdfunder is one of many ways we are learning how projects can ensure maximum success with fundraising, so we can better support them to raise investment."
Crowdfunder is the UK's number one rewards based crowdfunding platform and has helped raise more than £55 million for community, charity and enterprise projects across the UK.
Ten projects have already launched so far, with more than £40,000 being raised to date. To view all the projects and pledge support visit the site.
Deadline: Friday 7 December
The Sussex Community Foundation have a new fund, Nationwide Community Grants. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen the local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.
Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in the local area. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional community board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities.
And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.
- All young people who are to benefit must be under 21 years of age and belong to a club/organisation based in England. The Trustees will consider the application where the majority are under 21, but will not consider grants for individuals.
- The Trustees will consider grants for equipment for the use of all members of the club. Individual items will not be considered i.e. personal items of kit such as gum shields, shorts, vests etc.
- The Trustees will consider grants to assist in the maintenance of properties as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period
- The Trustees may attach conditions to a grant e.g. conditional on match funding
- The Trustees will only pay suppliers directly. It is therefore necessary for the clubs to obtain a written quotation/invoice from the supplier.
- Economic or social circumstances surrounding the beneficiaries of the grant
- What has the applicant done to fulfil the need from other sources?
- Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body i.e. Amateur Boxing Association of England; National Association of Clubs for Young People; Football Association etc. will be considered for a grant.
- Grants will generally be no more than £1000 although the Trustees will consider applications above this figure in exceptional circumstances.