Funding Extra 12th February 2013

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Grundtvig In-Service Training Grants

Holiday Grants For Children

Help The Homeless

UK – German Challenge Fund / Partnership Celebrations

The Ironmongers’ Company: Grants To Support Disadvantaged Children And Young People To Fulfil Their Potential

Call For Proposals – The Thematic Networking Of Twinned Towns

Grants For Planting Trees

The Ernest Cook Trust

Weir Charitable Trust

Funding To Support Poetry And Literature

Grants Available for Restoring Historic Buildings (Scotland)

Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme – 2013 Round Open

European Cultural Foundation: Cultural Collaboration Grants

Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund

Google Grow Your Charity Online Launched

Big Lottery Fund Event: Beginner Applicants Webinar, Thurs 21st February

Big Lottery Fund Programmes Update

Awards Available For Scotland’s Finest Woods



In-Service Training

In-Service Training grants fund individuals to attend skill-based courses in a European country and provide personal development opportunities.

What can you do?

You can attend a training course in a participating country that relates to, and will enhance, your skills while providing you with a strong European perspective on a specific theme or topic.

Who can apply?

Individuals involved in adult education provision can apply. This might be formal or in-formal learning or as volunteer staff. You might be:
A teacher or trainer in adult education.
Managerial or administrative staff from an adult education provider.
A member of staff working with adults with special learning needs.

Individuals that are planning on, or returning, to work in adult education can also apply. You might be:

A former teacher in adult education.
Recently qualified in a subject that will lead to a career in adult education.
Working in another field and can clearly show your plans to work in adult education.

There are 3 deadlines for applications each year. The next deadline for applications is 30 April 2013.

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Applications can be made for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation*, are experiencing disadvantage, or who have a disability.

Our funding is for holidays or outings that provide children with an experience they would not otherwise have the opportunity to access. Trips can be to countryside or city locations, but must be outside the children’s immediate locality. We are able to fund day-trips as well as longer residential trips, but are less likely to fund trips to high cost attractions (e.g theme parks).

We will consider trips for children who live in deprived circumstances within an otherwise affluent area according to the National Indices of Deprivation, but the case for support must be clearly explained.

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities are all eligible to apply.  If the application is for a whole class or larger group of children, priority will be given to the most deprived areas of the UK.  We will, on occasion, fund the full cost for children within a group who would otherwise not be able to participate in a holiday.

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 can be considered. However, we are only able to fund a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as we expect some of the funding to be raised elsewhere. Please be aware that, if we make a grant to your organisation, we may not be able to award you the full amount you ask for.

Your organisation may apply for funding year on year for a maximum of three years. However, we cannot guarantee that each application will be successful. Each application is considered on its own merits, but demand for our grants is high and always exceeds the budget available.

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EventScotland, the national events agency, which was established in 2003 with the aim of strengthening and promoting Scotland’s events industry, has announced that the National Events Programme round 23 is open to applications. The National Events Programme complements the International Funding Programme and plays an integral role in developing domestic tourism across Scotland.  Through the programme funding is available to support events (outside of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow) that showcase Scotland and help to generate tourism.  Previous events supported through the programme include the Wigtown Book Festival which received a grant of £12,205 to create a new infrastructure for the event to increase audience capacity and grow the event; and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival which received a grant of £25,000 to target visitors from outside Scotland to help grow their audience numbers.  The National Funding Programme is a development programme therefore it does not provide long-term or core funding. It is designed to support additional elements or new activity specifically to help events grow.  The closing date for applications is the 7th June 2013



Help the Homeless, a national Charity which aims to help homeless people throughout the United Kingdom to resume a normal life, is currently accepting applications from small and medium sized charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £3,000 are available towards capital costs to support projects that assist disadvantaged individuals in their return to mainstream society, through residential or training facilities. Grants to larger charities may be considered if the project is suitable innovative and only possible for a larger organisation to develop it.  Previous projects supported include a grant of £3,000 to Spear, a charity working with homeless people in and around Richmond. As part of their services they operate a 12-bed hostel. In 2010 Help the Homeless made a grant of £3,000 to help them buy wardrobes to furnish the bedrooms in this accommodation.  The next application deadline is the 31st March 2013



Primary, secondary schools and FE colleges as well as youth groups in the UK and Germany are able to apply for funding support through the UK – German Challenge Fund. This aim of the fund to develop curricular and extra-curricular projects between UK and German schools and youth groups.  Grants provided through the UK-German Challenge Fund cover project costs, joint activities and reciprocal partner visits. The total amount of grant provided will be judged on a case-by-case basis, depending on the size, circumstances and numbers involved in the individual projects. The Challenge Fund provides grants of normally 50% towards the overall costs; in exceptional circumstances, the grant can cover up to a maximum of 75% of the total costs. Grants are available for both large and small projects and the amount can be to anything up to £5,000. The closing date for applications is the 31st May 2013


Are you celebrating the anniversary of a partnership with a school or youth group in Germany?

Would you like to mark the occasion with a celebratory event or project?

This scheme is designed to help you and your partners celebrate your link and to give you the opportunity to tell the world about your collaboration and joint activities.



The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
Are within the UK

The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs, address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.

Grants range from a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000.



The European Commission has indicated that there will be a new call for proposals under its thematic networking of Twinned Towns initiative, which is part of the new Active Citizens for Europe Programme (2007 -2013). Through theThematic Networking of Twinned Towns initiative grants are available for towns with existing town twinning links to come together in thematic networks that address issues of common concern. This Programme provides financial support for conferences and workshops that address specific themes, involving at least three towns, developed within the framework of existing town twinning agreements. These events should be the starting point for future joint initiatives between the twinned towns. The maximum grant to be awarded is €22,000 per project. A maximum of €40,000 per project can apply if at least 10 towns participate in the project. The minimum grant awarded is €2, 500. Applications are accepted from municipalities and twinning committees, local and regional governments and associations representing local authorities. The closing date for applications will be the 1st June 2013



The Tree Council, the lead tree campaigning charity working to promote the importance of trees within the changing environment, has announced that its Trees for Communities and Trees for Schools grant making programmes are now open for applications. Funds are available for schools and community groups within the UK who are able to show that children under the age of 16 will be actively engaged in tree planting projects during National Tree Week 2013 (23rd November to 1st December 2013).  The Tree Council can fund projects between £100 and £700 and successful applicants will receive up to 75% towards their planting costs. For example, if your project totals £700, The Tree Council would offer up to £525. The remaining 25% will need to be secured by your school or organisation.  The closing date for applications is the 30th April 2013



Registered charities, schools and not-for-profit wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes.  The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust’s objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place. Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year and the large grants programme (Grants over £4,000) is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes.  Grants awarded in the past have included Heathfield Community School which received £1,600 for a project that enabled a class of students to walk back in time to the ‘dawn of life’;; and St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School in Bristol which received £7,500 to buy new computers and software for the Learning Support Department. Grants are normally awarded for one year only.  The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st July 2013



Launch of £5 Million Weir Charitable Trust

EuroMillions winners Chris and Colin Weir have launched The Weir Charitable Trust, endowed with an initial £5 million.

The aim of the Weir Charitable Trust is to support individuals, groups and charities, new or established, who are based in Scotland and provide services in Scotland. The Trust anticipates supporting groups and individuals who find difficulty in sourcing funds from traditional or mainstream funders.

Proposals should fall within the following five main areas:

Recreational Facilities.
Animal Welfare.

Applications will be invited on a quarterly basis for projects and activities that improve the quality of life for people wherever they are in Scotland. The first deadline for applications is 7 March 2013, with the initial awards to be announced in early April 2013.


Chris and Colin Weir, launching the Trust, said:


“We are delighted that The Weir Charitable Trust is now open for business. Since we won the EuroMillions lottery, it has been a privilege to be in a position to provide support where we could.


“But we have been looking at finding a more structured way to share our good fortune on an ongoing basis across Scotland. It has taken some time to set up, but we are pleased that the Trust will now allow us to do that at a time when good causes in Scotland are struggling.”



The Clore Duffield Foundation has announced that round 5 of its Poetry and Literature Awards Fund is now open for applications.  Through the Fund, schools, FE colleges, community groups, libraries and other arts/cultural organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support participatory learning projects and programmes focused on literature, poetry and creative writing for under 19s. Previous projects supported include Formby High School, Lancashire, which received a grant of £4,000 to allow the school’s Year 7 classes to work with a local performance poet, with a final day culminating in a competition.  This structure would then be mirrored in seven local feeder primary schools and culminate in representatives from all the schools taking part in the ‘Formby Slam’. The project aims to give students an opportunity to experience what a subject can be like once freed from the constraints of the curriculum and timetable. The deadline for applications is the 1st May 2013



Under the Historic Scotland Historic Building Repair Grants Scheme, financial help is available to owners to meet the cost of high-quality repairs using traditional materials and specialist craftsman to conserve original features in buildings of special architectural or historic interest. In return, owners must insure and maintain the building and allow some access to visitors. Financial help is available to owners in both the private and public sectors (home owners, trusts, commercial undertakings, and local authorities) to meet the cost of high-quality repairs. Applicants must be organisations or individuals who have a legal responsibility for the repair of a historic building. You will normally need to own the building, or hold a full repairing lease, which has at least 21 years to run, or be able to demonstrate that you have an agreement to acquire the property in question. There are a number of criteria which have to be met before an award can be considered. The building must be of sufficient outstanding architectural or historic interest; the building must be at serious risk from neglect or repair.; and a need for grant for repairs to be undertaken must be demonstrated. The grants awarded range from £10,000 to £500,000. The next closing date for applications is the 31st May 2013


Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme – 2013 Round Open

The Lloyds Banking Group has launched a new round of its Social Entrepreneurs Programme which aims to support community-focused businesspeople across the UK to start or scale-up their projects.

The programme comprises the following support strands:

Start Up – For those who are in the early stage development of a project or organisation. This programme will support personal development and business skills development to help turn projects or project ideas into a reality.

Scale Up – For established organisations that are looking to take their operations to the next level. This programme will equip applicants with the tools to develop their enterprise further and maximise its social impact.



The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has announced that its Collaboration Grants Programme is open for applications.  Collaboration Grants are awarded to cultural organisations and organisations outside the cultural sector that are working together on artistic and cultural projects across different countries of wider Europe. At least one partner applicant must work in another sector.  ECF provides an average collaboration grant of €15,000. The maximum grant awarded is €30,000. The project should have a strong cultural objective and concrete outcome(s) that can be evaluated. This could involve a variety of activities: the creation of artistic work, media projects or cultural policy development, including capacity building of cultural actors. Within this grant scheme, ECF considers the collaborative creative process to be as important as the final outcome of the project.  The closing date  for applications is the 25th March 2013



Sport Scotland has announced that the next application deadline for its ‘Legacy 2014 Active Place Fund’ is the 1st July 2013.  The aim of the fund is to encourage more people to become active and take part in sport. The ‘Legacy 2014 Active Place Fund’ has been established to provide funding to ‘capital projects which create or improve places in local communities where people can go to get active’. Grants between £10,000 and £100,000 are available for a very wide range of community-led projects such as new bike or skate parks, outdoor adventure facilities, walking routes, or new projects within school estates



Google in partnership with the Media Trust and Charity Technology Trust has launched a new resource to help small charities improve their online presence and fundraising potential.

Grow Your Charity Online offers a learning hub, specialised training and lots of tools for measuring impact, attracting volunteers, gaining donations and understanding social media.

Eligible groups (must be registered charities) can also apply for Google Grants, which offer in-kind access to Adwords, the non-profit version of their advertising tool, to help you spread your message via



11am – 12 noon

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This interactive session on applying for Big Lottery Funding is at an introductory level.  Previous participants have found it convenient and user friendly and we will start with a brief user guide.  The session will provide an overview of some of our grants programmes that go up to £10,000. It is therefore not suitable if you are an experienced fundraiser or looking for funding of over £10,000.  It will be most useful for:
Groups interested in funding which are not yet formally set up
Newly set up organisations that have never applied for funding
Organisations that have applied to us before but have been unsuccessful
People new to fundraising

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Small Grants

Awards for All is still highly subscribed.  However, please note that, as budget is allocated to monthly portfolios throughout the year, there will be funding available on a monthly basis as usual.  Due to levels of demand, we have not been able to fund all projects which we might normally expect to.  Organisations which can delay making applications until after the new financial year start in April or can apply to other funders or programmes are advised to do so.

We can take a lot more applications to 2014 Communities and are particularly interested in hearing about projects focusing on physical activity, as well as sports projects.  The Communities and Families Fund is also undersubscribed and we are looking for more applications, in particular, from small grassroots organisations.

Third Sector Early Intervention Fund

This fund is now closed to applications.  Decisions will be given to applicants by the end of March.



The 2013 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are now open to applications.

The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards (SFWA) is an annual competition aiming to recognise and reward the woods and forests that are managed to the highest standards and act as a beacon for modern woodland heritage.

Cash prizes and trophies are available across a range of categories open to entries from landowners, forestry businesses, community groups and schools.

There are four award categories:

Community Woodlands Award

Community-based projects are invited to compete for this Scotland-wide award with two competitions. The Tim Stead Trophy and £2,000 of prize money are up for grabs:

Enter projects with a ‘health and wellbeing’ focus for the healthy lifestyles competition.
Enter projects with an ‘economic development and regeneration’ focus for the viable livelihoods competition.

New Native Woods Award

Projects are invited to compete for this award: the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 are there to be won.

Quality Timber Awards

Focusing on growing quality timber, woodland owners are invited to compete in three competitions with three trophies and £3,000 of prize money at stake:
Enter small woods, a single stand or compartment of trees where exemplary silviculture results in high quality timber production and compete for £1,000 and the Hunter Blair Trophy.
Enter whole estates managed as multi-purpose forests in which high quality timber production is a major objective and compete for £1,000 and the John Kennedy Trophy.
Enter new commercial woodlands and compete for £1,000 and the James Jones Trophy.

Schools Award

Schools and pre-school projects can enter this award. Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects are sought with £750 of prize money to be won.

The closing date for entries is 31 March 2013.


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