Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

The Weavers' Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 30 November 2016.

Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society.

The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.

Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000.

Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Rank Foundation

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation - Small Appeals programme.

To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

We are currently accepting applications for our November 2016 trustees’ meeting.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Grants for small-scale projects in rural Hampshire

Two schemes to specifically help rural areas are being run by Hampshire County Council: the Rural Retailers and Community Enterprises Grant, and the Community Challenge Fund.

There are grants of up to £20,000 available under the Rural Retailers and Community Enterprises Grant Scheme. The scheme has been set up to provide financial support to help rural retailers grow, increase their productivity and provide new services, as well as encourage the development of both new and existing community enterprises which have a retail element.

Groups can also apply for grants of up to £5,000 under the Community Challenge Fund.

Communities interested in the grants should contact Jennie Pell ( ) or Emily Preston ( ) on 01962 846571.

Other Hampshire County Council grant schemes of interest to rural communities include: the Small Grants Scheme Countryside Access; the Community Buildings Fund and the Community Transport Grant and the Valuing Hampshire Communities Grant.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Power to Change awards grants to grow and develop community businesses

The second window for applications to our £10 million Community Business Fund is now open until 31 August.

We will also have an application window open in October. If you are a community business that needs funding for a business development project which will make your organisation more sustainable, then you should consider an application.


Thursday, 1 September 2016


The One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants programme is the latest incarnation of funds raised from the 5p bag charge in England, Wales and Scotland. The scheme is intended to help with the direct costs of projects that benefit local communities within two miles of a One Stop store in England, Scotland or Wales (note: Northern Ireland isn't included in this scheme).

One Stop Shop has a store locator on its website, which can be found HERE. The maximum grant available is £1,000. There is no match funding requirement and the scheme does offer a marginal contribution towards administration and management costs. The funding can be spent as follows:

  • 90% of the grant must be spent on direct delivery, by which is meant physical works and labour costs;
  • 10% of the grant can be spent on indirect costs, including management, administration, evaluation, promotion, fundraising, and training.
 Projects need to meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Improving the lives of young people; 
  • Improving the lives of the elderly; 
  • Promoting physical activity;
  • Improving health or well being; 
  • Increasing community safety; and/or 
  • Protecting or improving the local environment. 
Non-profit making organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply as long as they are constituted and have a governing document. Applications will be accepted from most types of not-for-profit organisations including Community Interest Companies (CICs), Parish and Town Councils, Community Councils, Social Housing providers, schools, health bodies, hospices and local authorities.

Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months. Applicants will generally know the outcome of their application within 16 weeks of applying.

For further detail or to apply, visit the Groundwork – Carriers for Causes web page.

Contact details for Carriers for Causes are:
Carriers for Causes Groundwork UK Lockside 5 Scotland Street Birmingham B1 2RR Tel: 0121 237 5791 Email: