Funding Opportunities

Here are some funding opportunities that may be of use to you and your groups/centres.

Regular Funding Programmes

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Using this Guide
This guide is aimed at Headteachers, School Business Managers, Finance Managers, Bursars, Parents, Governors and anyone else who has an interest in fundraising for schools.

There are many grants available in the UK which may be relevant to your school. This guide provides details of some of the main grants and summarises the key details in an easy to review way.

Awards 4 All
– This is a lottery grants programme that funds small community based projects across the UK. Awards for All gives groups an easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

Awards for All look to fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. They will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.

Children In Need – BBC Children in Need awards grants each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. They support two programmes Main Grants and Small Grants. The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 for one year only.

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme (UK)

Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme.
The grants are available for projects that:

* Help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect
* Any kind of disability
* Behavioural or psychological difficulties’ and / or living in situations of deprivation.

The closing date for the next round of applications is the 1st December 2016.

Youth Funding – Youth Funding Ltd offer a much needed service in providing additional funding support to schools and other youth organisations. The funding is supplied by local trade within the community who will advertise and market their product or service through your school/youth group in return for the funding provision.

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust – Grants are available for charitable organisations, schools and youth groups and can be for projects that allow young people to experience outdoor recreation. The grant aims to support specific projects that encourage young people to further their existing skills and gain new experiences. Eligible expenditure includes equipment, course fees and trips.

The Canoe Foundation – The Canoe Foundation offer grants specifically relating to Young People and Disability (Equality) in line with their Application Guidelines and Criteria. The Small Grants Panel has a budget of £25,000 per annum therefore the usual grant awarded is up to £1,000. However, in exceptional circumstances the Small Grants Panel may award up to a maximum of £2,000.

Gift Your Gear – Gift Your Gear is an award-winning nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.

Lord Taverners Minibus Grant Programme (UK) – The Lords Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, provides funding towards the purchases of minibuses. Applications are accepted from schools and organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability.

Please note that the Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.

Funding to enable disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. In particular the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. 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. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London. Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities are also eligible to apply. The next deadlines for applications is 31st December 2016.

Funding to Address Learning Disabilities (UK)

Grants are available to UK schools through the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. This is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.

The type of activities currently funded include capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools; employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture; play schemes and play therapy schemes; day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs; support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes; support in the community schemes; and Snoezelen rooms. The next deadline for research funding is 1st December 2016. Application for project funding for £10,000 or less can be submitted at any time.

Funding for Expeditions (UK)

The Frederick Soddy Trust, has announced that the next application deadline for grants to support expeditions and field work is the 18th January 2017.

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available to schools or universities, or from institutions such as scout groups to support expeditions that study “the whole life of an area” with a major emphasis on current human geography. The Trust cannot support research into wild life or environments. To be eligible for support, the expedition or fieldwork team can be of any size, normally greater than two, though on occasions the Trustees have supported a team of two.

Proceeds of crime

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) allows the recovered assets of criminality to be used to fund community based activity. The fund is intended to assist in promoting equalities by targeting disadvantaged or hard to reach groups that may face inequality. It is also intended to support groups involved in community projects responding to crime locally. For further information contact your local policing unit or school police liaison officer.

Young Explorers Trust

The Young Explorers Trust (YET) is a national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people.

Applications are now open for grants.

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