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East Cambridgeshire Funding

The East Cambs Community Fund grant application window will be open between 19th August 2022 and 30th September 2022.

The aim of this grant scheme is to support the development of new or existing community services and initiatives that improve the quality of life for residents living in East Cambridgeshire.

Please find details of the grant including eligibility criteria at https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/finance/east-cambridgeshire-community-fund

If you have any questions or for more information please contact stephanie.jones@eastcambs.gov.uk or call Stephanie Jones on 01353 665555 and I will be happy to help.

easyfundraising webinar: free funding for voluntary organisations

easyfundraising provides voluntary organisations with an easy, accessible, and permanent fundraising solution.  Come along to this online session to find out how!

easyfundraising partners with 7,000 brands including John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Trainline, Booking.com, eBay and Amazon, who will donate to your organisation when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them.  It is a completely free service and is already used by 180,000 good causes around the UK.

Becky from easyfundraising will talk through how it works, how to get started as well as answering any questions you may have. It will be an informal lunchtime session – feel free to invite your colleagues too.

When: Wednesday 21st September

Time: 12.30pm-1.15pm

Suitable for:  Voluntary groups, community buildings, churches, grassroots sport clubs, schools, self-help groups, community groups, charities, CICs and social enterprises.

Registration in advance for this session here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceiurz0pG9Bet-_IVDU6IgQkOSgUGgIn

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cambridge City Council Grants: Community, Homelessness Prevention and Sustainable City Grants

Cambridge City Council has the following grant funds:

 

  • Community Grants
  • Homelessness Prevention Grants and
  • Sustainable City Grants

 

available to local voluntary and community groups to deliver projects and services that meet the funding criteria. They are pleased to announce they are now accepting applications for 23-24 funding.

 

This year as part of the Community Grants they are also piloting a new online only, simplified form for application requests for £2,000 and under.

 

The deadline for all applications is 12 noon on Monday 3rd October.

 

The application forms and guidance for each fund can be found here

or alternatively can be requested by emailing grants@cambridge.gov.uk.

Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS) are holding a webinar for organisations to find out more about the Cambridge City Council funding, application process and forms on Wednesday 14th September. Email grants@cambridge.gov.uk to book.

GSK IMPACT Awards

The 2023 GSK IMPACT Awards are open for applications. The awards provide funding and free leadership training for health and wellbeing charities.

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £120,000 and £3 million. Up to 15 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made and receive help with press and publicity.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning organisations. They also give organisations access to a free leadership programme, designed specifically for health charities, provided by The King’s Fund. After taking part in the training, organisations can then join our network of health charities which supports ongoing service and organisational development.

Apply and find out more here.

The 2023 GSK IMPACT Awards application process has moved to a two-stage process this year.

The closing date for Stage 1 applications is Thursday 1 September 2022.

Grant Funding for Community Buildings – Thrive Renewables

Applicable for community buildings within 20 miles of the Ransonmoor, March or Boardinghouse wind sites renewable energy project, in which Thrive Renewables is invested.

This is a new round of grant funding to be used for upgrades to community buildings, like village halls and community centres. These buildings may be eligible for a grant of up to £4,000 to cover carbon saving improvements such as insulation, draught-proofing, LED lighting or improved heating controls, which reduce a building’s carbon footprint.

Instructions for applicants:

Please read the guidance document here and check whether your building is within a 20-mile of a Thrive site (see map and table on webpage) and meets the other criteria.

The next step is to complete the basic energy survey to help identify the most appropriate improvements to the building. You’ll also need to get some quotes for the improvements identified, fill in the short application form (link on webpage) and send it to CSE email (details below). If you need more support to identify appropriate upgrades for your community building, get in touch.  Guidance can be provided on things like:

  • how to find an installer
  • low and zero cost energy saving improvements
  • turning your audit into a report
  • other sources of funding and finance for community buildings

The deadline for applications Midnight the 11th of September 2022 after this deadline all applications will be assessed. Awards will be made to the applications which can demonstrate that the improvements to their community building will achieve the most impact in terms of carbon savings and social value.

For more information, visit the webpage or email thrive@cse.org.uk 

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund’s 3rd round of Climate Action Funding is now open with up to £8 million available to community projects across the UK that are focusing on the link between nature and climate.

The funding is aimed at both local partnerships and UK-wide partnerships which are delivered across at least two UK countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

They’re looking to fund partnerships that are made up of a mix of organisations from different sectors. They can fund both new partnerships and partnerships that have already been set up.

Full details here.

We encourage you to attend one of the monthly information sessions to explain more about the programme’s criteria and approach.

Information sessions will be held on 26 July, 23 August and 27 September at 12-1pm.

Thomas Pocklington Trust: Funding to Support Blind and Partially Sighted People

The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is offering grants to registered charities to support projects and activities that deliver positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people across the UK.

TPT will support new and innovative projects that aim to make a positive impact in at least one of their four priority areas:

    1. Education: Enabling opportunities for blind and partially sighted children and young people in and entering education;
    2. Employment: Creating employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted people;
    3. Engagement: Facilitating the voice and encouraging self-determination of blind and partially sighted people;
    4. Collaboration and Sustainability: Promoting positive change to improve the capacity and sustainability of the sight loss sector and organisations which work with blind and partially sighted people.

Funding will also be considered for applications in the following areas:

  • Infrastructure and impact – including developing technological capabilities, restructuring reviews, Theory of Change, feasibility studies, partnership working (including resource sharing) and integrations and mergers.
  • Insights and research – including gaps in data and evidence that can improve knowledge across the sector.
  • Innovation Seed Fund – initial funding for ideas and projects which can have a transformative benefit to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

Funding can be used to cover costs such as new staff posts, professional fees, paid training, resource development, or capital items. Most grants will be around £10,000 or less, but larger amounts will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The deadline for applications is 5 February 2023, however the programme may close early depending on demand.

For more information and to apply via the TPT grants portal click here

Funding to Support Tree Planting Projects Across the UK

The International Tree Foundation (ITF) is offering grants for community groups and voluntary organisations to support community-based projects that conserve, restore, and protect indigenous trees, woodlands, and associated biodiversity, whilst supporting community engagement in tree planting, social cohesion and inclusion, and promoting the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being.

Any tree-planting activities must meet the following criteria:

  1. Plant trees in sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups.
  2. Plant indigenous tree species, this may include traditional fruit trees and ‘honorary’ natives where appropriate.
  3. Engage community members in tree-planting and enjoying the benefits of woodlands.
  4. Have clear plans for maintenance and sustainability of the trees.

Projects must also meet one or more of the following nine criteria set out by the ITF:

  1. Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees.
  2. Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands.
  3. Conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting.
  4. Create biodiversity habitats.
  5. Conserve soil and water.
  6. Demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry.
  7. Support rewilding and natural regeneration.
  8. Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change. adaptation.
  9. Support urban tree planting.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for smaller projects of up to one year. Larger grants are available for projects of between 1,000 and 10,000 trees with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50 per tree (inclusive of tree protection).

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2022.

For more information and to download the application pack see the ITF website: UK Community Tree Planting Grants — International Tree Foundation

Your Station Your Community Improvement Fund

GTR is launching a new fund, called the ‘Your Station, Your Community, Improvement Fund ’, to support local charities, our customers, and the communities on our line of route, focusing on the causes that are of key importance to us.  

 The fund supports the following key themes: mental health, education, and employability skills amongst marginalised groups, as well as diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability.   Over the next three years, GTR will be allocating up to £500,000 a year to fund projects based up to 15 miles from stations on our network.   They welcome applications from registered charities, community groups and other not-for-profit organisations such as rail user groups, community rail partnerships, business partnerships, town councils, parish councils and schools.  

  

What they are looking for:  

 They are welcoming applications for initiatives taking place within 15 miles of stations on our network, that make a positive impact in one or more of the focus areas listed below. For a route map click here

Enhancing our stations to be a welcoming environment 

  • Regenerating redundant station spaces for community hubs, providing space for activities that enrich the local community and bringing station estate back into use. Creating a welcoming ambience to our stations enhancing our customers’ experience.  

Positive Mental Health 

  • Mental health activities that encourage working with local partners to signpost people to support services or initiatives that have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. Connecting people together to take positive action to prevent suicide an issue that has a devasting and far-reaching impact on our people, customers and communities.  

Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Supporting diverse and inclusive community projects, creating opportunities for learning and the social mobility of more marginalised groups. Our ambition is to create an inclusive culture where customers and colleagues feel able to be themselves and feel they belong to their local communities. 

Employability and confidence building 

  • Promoting employability and education amongst marginalised groups by investing in skills development for now and the future, creating a talent pipeline to support the local economy.   

Environmental Sustainability 

  • Supporting environmental projects and encouraging sustainable mobility shift encourages customers to make greener choices to travel by rail and get to our stations sustainably – by bike, bus, foot or electric car. 

 

How to apply  

 There is an online application form which will go live on 28th June 2022 and will close at 23:59 on 30th July 2022. More information will be released with more details, including links to the website, online portal and application toolkit. This information will be updated on the Support Cambridgeshire website, or contact your local CVS.

To make the application process accessible to all GTR also have an editable word formatted version available that can be downloaded, completed and returned to: community@gtrailway.com.

If other alternatives are still required to complete the application form then please make contact via the email address provided, leaving your contact details, organisation details, and any special requirements you need to complete the form.

 

Read the Guide to Applying here.

You can also read the FAQs for answers to your questions about the application process 

 

Timelines  

  • Applications open: 28 June 2022  
  • Applications close: 30 July 2022  
  • Review: July – September 2022  
  • Submitted to DfT: December 2022  
  • Notification: Q1 2023  
  • Funding received: April 2023  
  • Funding spent and fully committed: 31 March 2024  

 

Contact details  

 community@gtrailway.com

 

ASDA Foundation Funding

ASDA empowering local communities fund is open and can offer £1500 to community groups. Contact your local ASDA community champion to apply.

Click HERE to find out more

The deadline is 19th August 2022.