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Shropshire Council Community Arts Grants- Important update
The Community Arts Grants Scheme has been devolved to the Local Joint Committees. All Arts Grant applications should be submitted to the relevant Local Joint Committee. Application forms can be downloaded from the Shropshire Council website or obtained from the Shropshire Council Community Action Officers. www.shropshire.gov.uk/communityworking.nsf
£500,000 on offer to Shropshire's rural areas
Shropshire’s rural communities can now bid for a share of a £500,000 fund that aims to boost the county’s rural areas. The ‘rural challenge capital fund’, is part of Shropshire Council’s market towns revitalisation programme (MTRP), which has already made £2.5m available to the county’s six larger market towns, and £500,000 available to the 11 smallest market towns.
Those rural areas that aren’t eligible for the existing £3m of funding can now bid for between £7,500 and £40,000. The eleven designated smaller towns already eligible for the £500,000 MTRP funding can also submit an application, but only if they can demonstrate written support from a majority of their surrounding Shropshire councilors and parish councils, and clearly identify the benefits to the rural area.
Applicants will need to demonstrate the economic impact of the project and that it is sustainable. The Rural Challenge Capital Grant element of the project will need to be spent by September 2012.
Guidance notes detailing the key objectives and advice on applying for funding, plus an application form, can be found on the Shropshire Council website at
The deadline for submitting applications will be noon on 30th June 2011. Any groups interested in applying are encouraged to first contact their local community action officer, whose details can be obtained by calling 01743 253077.
Equality and Diversity Awards – New round now open
Shropshire Equalities Forum is making awards of up to £1000 to groups or small organisations to support projects that benefit target groups
The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are made to registered charities in the UK within the areas of:
The Steel Charitable Trust (UK)
arts and culture
Grants are made at regular intervals during the year and the total level of grants is approximately £1,000,000, 30% of these grants will be made to organisations in the Luton and Bedfordshire area. Applications can be made at any time as there are no application deadlines. For more information visit: www.steelcharitabletrust.org.uk/grant_policy.htm
British Council – Grants for Artists
Innovation Networks grants of £10,000
To support collaborative and innovative work in West Midlands SMEs. Contact Suzi Archer, Project Officer, on 024 7623 6326
Arts Awards (UK)
The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards. The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts including dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. Applications are invited for projects of up to £30,000 through their small & medium-sized grant programme, and for projects above £30,000 through their large grant programme. The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.
The application deadline for small & medium sized projects this year was the 28th April 2011. The deadline for large projectswas the 25th March 2011. For more information for next year visit www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Public-engagement/Funding-schemes/Arts-Awards/index.htm
CLA CHARITABLE TRUST
GROUNDWORK – CHANGING PLACES, CHANGING LIVES COMMUNITY SPACES
Website link is http://www.community-spaces.org.uk
Advice Line 0845 3 671 671
Nationwide Foundation Small Grants Programme (UK)
Applications to the Small Grants Programme can be made at any time. For more information visit: http://www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk/grants.asp#a2
HBOS Foundation - Community Action Programme (UK)
For more information visit: http://www.hbosfoundation.org/index-community.html
The Garfield Weston Foundation (UK)
For more information visit: http://www.garfieldweston.org/
Philip Lawrence Awards (UK) http://www.philiplawrenceawards.net/home
Young Roots (UK)
Applications can be made at any time. Applications can be made at any time. For more information visit: http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Pages/youngroots.aspx
To apply visit your local ASDA branch and speak with a member of staff. For further information, visit: http://your.asda.com/asda-foundation.
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust makes awards up to £15,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages, to help them further their careers. Since 1991 the Trust has awarded £1.4 million to over
area: England and Wales (but not Greater London)
Lankelly Chase Foundation wishes to support community anchors that want to evidence their social value, so to be eligible for a bursary, your organisation must be:
Visit www.visiblecommunities.org.uk for more information.
Big Challenge (UK)
UnLtd, the charity that supports social enterprises, has announced that the Big Challenge competition is now open for entries.
Funding for Youth Led Community Projects (England)
Small community and voluntary organisations that work with young people
Access to Volunteering Pilot Fund (England)
For further information, visit: http://www.accesstovolunteering.org/
Regional Roll Out of the 'Get Digital' Programme (England)
For further information, visit: http://getdigital.digitalunite.com/take-part-in-get-digital/
Young Film Fund (UK)
The Fidelio Trust (UK)
Funding for Community, Heritage and Environmental Projects (UK)
For further information, visit: http://www.wren.org.uk/
£2 Million Flexibility and Innovation Fund Invites Bids (England)
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)
Young Persons Volunteering Fund (England, Scotland and Wales)
Shropshire Business Enterprise Fund
Guidance Notes – Start Up and Booster grants
Further information and Application Forms are available by contacting the Business
Support Officers on 01743 252531 and 01743 252259 or email
Children in Need Small Grants Scheme (UK)
BBC Children in Need http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants/general_grants.shtml
Big Changes to Mini Mediabox (England)
Mediabox which is a fund that offers disadvantaged 13-19 year olds (up to 25 if they have a disability) the opportunity to create their own media projects has announced significant changes to its ‘Mini Mediabox’ grant scheme. The aim is to increase the range of organisations that are able to access funding for youth-led media projects. The changes include; increasing the annual turnover threshold from £100,000 to £150,000; accepting applications from umbrella groups; opening the scheme up to schools and colleges; and making the application process easier and faster for first time applicants. ‘Mini Mediabox’, which is the smallest grant scheme on offer through Mediabox provides grants ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 and is designed to give organisations that have a limited track record of delivering media projects the chance to extend their experience. Mini Mediabox which will run until 2011 has a rolling application deadline; however, some cut off points for assessment will be announced periodically. For more information, visit: http://www.media-box.co.uk/news/36
Old Possum's Practical Trust (UK)
Old Possum's Practical Trust aims to increase the knowledge and appreciation of any matters of historic, artistic, architectural, aesthetic, literary, musical or theatrical interest, by supporting organisations with grants of between £500 and £5,000. Priority will be given to projects that involve children or young people, disabled or disadvantaged people, communities, and which enhance the lives of others, rather than the well-being of the applicants themselves. Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information, visit: http://www.old-possums-practical-trust.org.uk/page.cfm?pageid=300#
The Be Cause Awards (UK)
UnLtd, the charity which supports social entrepreneurs has announced that it has launched a new award scheme in partnership with Bebo, a social networking website. The “Be Cause Awards” is a new scheme to inspire people to make a difference in their community. Using the Be Cause toolkit, applicants can put together a robust plan for a social action or social enterprise project and then enter it for a monthly Be Cause Award. If your idea meets Be Cause criteria applicants can be in the running for a £1,000 award to help get a project off the ground. Applicants can nominate their project for an award, or if other in the Bebo community can enter it if they think it's a good idea. Every month a panel of experts from UnLtd and Bebo will select five projects from all those nominated that have the potential to make a positive impact on society. The whole Bebo community will then be asked to vote for the best project over a two-week period. The project which receives the most votes will be awarded the £1,000 award, as well as receiving ongoing support and advice from UnLtd in order to maximise the potential of the project. Every year a Judges Choice Award of £5,000 will be given to the project with the best ongoing potential. In addition, everyone who takes part in the Be Cause Awards will be eligible for further support and funding from UnLtd if the projects show enough promise to be expanded and developed. Applications can be made at any time. For more information, visit: http://www.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=3963962534
The Links Foundation (England, Scotland and Wales)
The Links Foundation, which was formed by ‘Working Links’, an organisation that delivers services to tackle social exclusion and poverty by helping disadvantaged individuals and communities, provides grants to disadvantaged communities. Since its launch in 2003 it has distributed over £3 million in grants to over 40 projects. The type of activities that the Foundation seeks to support include projects that advance people’s education; reduce significant disadvantage; assist those in conditions of poverty, need or distress ; and provide for recreational or other leisure time occupation. The Foundation can fund new or existing projects and can help meet costs such as salary, rent and stationery as well as capital costs. The average grant per project is about £20,000. Previously funded activities include arts, crafts and drama facilities for residents on a deprived estate; funding apart-time caseworker to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people; and supporting people with disabilities to become self-employed. The Board meets every four months.
The closing date for applications is four weeks before the Board meeting. For more information, visit: http://www.linksfoundation.org/Default.aspx
DFID Launches Fund to Support Work of Community Groups (UK)
The Department for International Development has announced the launch of its new £7 million Development Innovation Fund (DIF). This fund which is open to any small community based organisation such Scout troops, Church groups, groups from the Women’s Institute and Rotary Clubs, etc will provide grants to support their work that targets poverty in the developing world, including development awareness work in the UK. Grants of up to £60,000 are available for one off projects lasting for up to 1 year. Applications must show that the intended activities will improve the lives of poor people in the developing world and also how the intended work will be used to help raise awareness of development issues in the UK.
Applications can be submitted at any time and will be evaluated within one of three funding rounds that the DFID are planning to hold over the next 16 months. For more information, visit: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Working-with-DFID/Funding-Schemes/Funding-for-not-for-profit-organisations/Development-Innovation-Fund-DIF/
Concertina Charitable Trust
area: England and Wales
Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and wellbeing. Concertina is keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, it has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. For more information, visit: www.concertinamusic.org.uk
UK Film Council funding to support digital innovation in film distribution
The Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity
deadline: mid March and mid September
The Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity aims to provide grants that will make a clear and significant contribution to grassroots charitable organisations working in designated priority areas. Grants of up to £1,000 are available. The priority areas are disability, local heritage, local community and performing and visual arts. For more information, visit: www.skinnershall.co.uk/charities/lady-nevillecharity.htm
Are you an SME or know of an SME who could benefit from the next round of applications for Innovation Vouchers?
Innovation Vouchers (previously known as Index Vouchers)
Shropshire Partnership External Funding Newsletter
- Shropshire Partnership's emerging external funding strategy
- Shropshire Council's Business Enterprise Fund (January round)
- Shropshire Council Disability Access Grants
- Children and the Arts
- National Churches Trust (capital programme for churches)
- Friends Provident Foundation (financial inclusion programme)
- National Lottery Awards
- E.on Sustainability Fund (community energy projects)
- Sports Match England (Sport England)
Please email Gary Spence at email@example.com for more information.
Don’t miss out on funding opportunities – even when you’re out and about! (ARTFUNDS2U) area: UK only
Do you spend a lot of time away from your computer/email but still want to keep in touch with funding opportunities? ARTFUNDS2U is a brand new service to let you know about the latest funds available to arts and crafts groups, even when you are away from your email and internet.
To sign up, just text ARTFUNDS2U to 63336 now.
Future jobs fund
Funds to cover wage costs for newly created posts in creative and media organisations
GECKO is a member of 3SC, a consortium national lead for the Department of Work and Pension's Future Jobs Fund, aiming to develop additional jobs for workless young people, in roles that are rewarding for the individual and also have a positive community impact.
This allows us to create 900 jobs in organisations in the Midlands and South West. We are already working with arts venues and organisations, printing and design companies and radio stations across the Midlands and south west creating jobs in: technical support roles, sales and customer service, administration and research.
These jobs are aimed at young people aged 18 to 24, who have been unemployed and in receipt of Job seekers allowance for between 26 and 50 weeks.
This fund allows us to reimburse the costs of wages (at minimum wage for 25 hours per week) plus NI, for a period of 6 months for each job created.
If you want to employ the young person for more than 25hrs each week or offer more than minimum wage then you can do, but this additional cost will not be covered by the fund and will have to be met by your organisation.
The roles have to be additional to your organisation i.e. not replacing an existing employee or contractor, and you will also need to provide evidence of benefit to the community.
For further information please view our website at www.geckoprogrammes.co.uk
If this is of interest to you, please complete the contact form on the website, give me a call
Project Co-ordinator Future Jobs
T: 01902 837402
M: 07910 878595
Nationwide Foundation Small Grants Programme (UK)
Through the small grants programme, the Nationwide Foundation makes grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities with incomes of under £500,000, which fit the Nationwide Foundation’s funding guidelines. Under its small Grants programme the Foundation currently makes grants in the following areas. These are:
Money Matters which aims to tackle financial exclusion affecting disadvantaged groups across the UK. In particular the Foundation seeks to support survivors of domestic abuse to build their financial capability in order to help them live independently and achieve improved quality of life; and older people who face financial exclusion in order to help them achieve improved quality of life.
Home Matters which aims to address housing issues and homelessness among vulnerable groups in the UK. In particular support survivors of domestic abuse to live independently and achieve improved quality of life; and to support older people with their housing needs.
Applications to the Small Grants Programme can be made at any time. For more information, visit: http://www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk/grants.asp#a2
Children In Need launches new grants programme
Children In Need is making funding of up to £10,000 a year for three years available to organisations working with young people. It is the first time the organisation has run a UK-wide small grants programme, and follows a pilot in Scotland.
The scheme is designed to reach organisations that have not previously considered applying for Children in Need funding. Visit the BBC Children in Need Small grants web page for more information.
External Funding Update 56
1. Shropshire Partnership External Funding Strategy
Shropshire Partnership is developing a new External Funding Strategy (2010–2013)
which will underpin delivery of the priorities and actions in the Community Strategy and
Local Development Framework.
A Task and Finish group has been set up to develop the strategy, chaired by West
Mercia Police and involving representatives from a variety of partners covering a broad
range of agenda’s.
If you have any queries please contact
Fiona Fortune on 01743 252979 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL DISABILITY ACCESS GRANTS
This countywide grant scheme provides grants of up to £500 for access improvements in
community and business premises. Eligible applicants include public, commercial (Small
to medium enterprises only) and third sector organisations, when adaptation is for the
benefit of general public use and access. It cannot support projects relating to new build,
housing (both social and private), or anything that is not accessible by the public.
Typical access improvements would be widening of car park spaces, installation of
ramps and signage.
There is still an allocation remaining for 09/10 and the scheme is open for
applications on a first-come-first-served basis. Request the full guidance and
application form from email@example.com.
Don’t miss out on funding opportunities – even when you’re out and about! (ARTFUNDS2U)
area: UK only
Do you spend a lot of time away from your computer/email but still want to keep in touch with funding opportunities? ARTFUNDS2U is a brand new service to let you know about the latest funds available to arts and crafts groups, even when you are away from your email and internet. These mobile phone text messages will ensure you remain one step ahead, and in the best possible position to take advantage of upcoming opportunities.
ARTFUNDS2U gives you information on the latest funding schemes across the UK as they become available, along with notifications of upcoming funding deadlines and a links to find out how to apply.
There is a one-off charge of 98p to subscribe to the text service, and the every time we send you details of a funding opportunity you will be charged 25p per text up to a maximum of £3.50 per month (you can end your subscription at any time by texting STOP ARTFUNDS2U to 85558 - this will cost the price of a standard text message).
All profits will go towards helping Voluntary Arts provide information services to voluntary arts and crafts groups across the UK. Voluntary Arts is a charity registered in Scotland (SC 020345).
To sign up, just text ARTFUNDS2U to 63336 now.
GRANTS FOR THE ARTS
The Arts Council is to implement a set of changes to its main grants programme on 1st
March 2010. This will include the introduction of an online application form and a
simplification of the application process for proposals of £10,000 and below.
In preparation of the implementation, the Arts Council will not accept
applications between 18 January and 26 February 2010, although applications
already in the system will be appraised as normal.
Funding For Arts Organisations Producing and Presenting Arts Made By Older People (UK)
The Baring Foundation has announced that its Arts Programme is now open for applications. This year, the theme of the Baring Foundation’s Arts Programme is to support arts organisations in the UK already producing and presenting arts made by older people. In particular, the Baring Foundation wants to support arts organisations which specialise in or have a very strong record of practice in enabling older people to:
• Participate in a creative capacity, not simply as observers or audience members
• Participate in arts activities which seek to foster intergenerational understanding and co-operation
• Have a genuine voice in relation to the choices offered by arts organisations and other agencies.
To be eligible for funding applicants need to be a constituted not for profit organisation with an annual income of at least £50,000 and have already undertaken high quality work led by or involving older people. The level of funding available will depend on the annual income of the applicant. Please see the Baring Foundation for details.
The closing date for applications is the 11th December 2009. For more information, visit: http://www.baringfoundation.org.uk/program.htm
The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust Announces Wind Down (UK)
The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, one of the largest grant making trusts in the UK has announced that it is winding down the Trust over a period of between five and ten years. This means that the Trust will be increasing the level of annual spend and will be looking for opportunities to award a number of more substantial grants that will have an enduring impact. Since 1986 the Trust has awarded nearly £38 million to over 3,000 charities across the United Kingdom. The Trust aims to support projects which help to relieve poverty, support disadvantaged people, and effect long-term change where help is not readily available from the public or private purse. The Trust also provides funding for the arts, and towards the conservation of the natural and built environment. The Trust makes grants through two funding streams:
• Main grants can be between £10,000 and £250,000 over a period of 1 to 3 years.
• Small grants of up to £5,000 are also available for smaller charities.
Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information, visit: http://www.jpgettytrust.org.uk/funding.html UK Film Council's Short Film Completion Fund (UK)
Shropshire and Telford Destination Management Partnership (DMP) Network Development Fund
This fund supports Shropshire and Telford’s tourism associations and other not-for-profit tourism groups and networks to undertake activity that will:
Increase awareness and membership of their bodies
Share best practice
Improve collaborative / joint working
The aim of the fund is to grow the Shropshire tourism product, increase business interaction and improve business competitiveness.
Grants of up to £500 are available for specific activities and projects, although larger grants are awarded for joint working activity in some circumstances.
What does it fund?
The types of activities supported by the fund might include:
Special events (e.g. network days and celebration events)
Best practice visits (e.g. to other groups / attractions)
Other collaborative activities (e.g. shared stand at regional event)
Production of promotional material (to raise awareness of group)
An example of eligible activity would be a seminar for tourism businesses within a market town. Another would be a familiarisation visit for accommodation businesses to places associated with the major 2009 anniversaries such as Darwin, William Penny-Brookes in Much Wenlock, Housman and Coalbrookdale.
Who can apply?
All formally constituted groups with bank accounts, such as tourism associations and attraction / accommodation networks, are eligible to apply for funding. Groups that do not fall clearly within the above category should discuss their eligibility with Gary Spence (Tel 01743 252271), before applying for funding.
Applications from individuals or single organisations are not invited unless the applicant can demonstrate that they are acting on behalf of a group.
An organisation can only receive one grant from the fund per financial year.
How can I apply?
If you believe that your project is eligible for funding, please discuss your project with Tim King (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), who is co-ordinating Destination Management Partnership networking activities, before submitting an application.
He will advise you on whether your project fits the overall aim of the fund and recommend whether you should proceed with an application.
Find Funding database and search tool
Here’s a great resource for anyone looking for funding for arts organisations, projects or creative industries. The Find Funding tool on Creative Choices¢ª has a live feed of available grants, loans, awards, tax relief and venture capital funds.
The site requires a quick registration and then you can start finding funding for projects or training, or to support creative businesses.
Creative Choices¢ª is hosted by Creative & Cultural Skills in partnership with the Cultural Leadership Programme and Skillset. To register and start searching please visit http://www.creative-choices.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.00100100e&zzz=1
New entry level jobs in the creative industries
Following the Government’s promise in last month’s Budget announcement to guarantee jobs and work placements for young people unemployed for over a year, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Purnell, has introduced the Future Jobs Fund. The Fund will be run in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government and is worth over £1 billion.
Businesses and local councils will be able to bid for a share of this fund, which aims to create 100,000 new jobs for young people, of which between 5,000 and 10,000 have been guaranteed for the creative industries.
Speaking at the launch of Lifting People, Lifting Places, Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, recognised the prominence of Britain’s creative industries but said that “getting in to these sectors can be hard, especially for young people and those coming from disadvantaged groups and deprived communities. The Budget announcement of a £1 billion jobs fund provides a real chance to help put this right.”
We welcome this new initiative from the government, especially for its recognition of the importance of the creative industries and will be interested in seeing how the government will make this promise a reality. We would also like to see further consultation with the arts sector in order that the scheme is most effective in creating jobs that mutually benefit the creative industries and young people.
For the press release from the DCMS click here
For the Lifting People Lifting Places document from DCMS click here
For the press release from the DWP click here
For more information from the DWP and to make bids, click here
The Links Foundation
Area: England, Scotland and Wales
The Links Foundation, which was formed by ‘Working Links’, an organisation that delivers services to tackle social exclusion and poverty by helping disadvantaged individuals and communities, provides grants to disadvantaged communities. Since its launch in 2003 it has distributed over £3 million in grants to over 40 projects. The type of activities that the Foundation seeks to support include projects that:
• advance people’s education;
• reduce significant disadvantage;
• assist those in conditions of poverty, need or distress; and
• provide for recreational or other leisure time occupation.
The Foundation can fund new or existing projects and can help meet costs such as salary, rent and stationery as well as capital costs. The average grant per project is about £20,000. Previously funded activities include arts, crafts and drama facilities for residents on a deprived estate; funding part-time caseworker to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people; and supporting people with disabilities to become self-employed. The Board meets every four months.
The closing date for applications is four weeks before the Board meeting. For more information visit www.eco-schools.org.uk.
Heinz Charitable Trust
Heinz Charitable Trust promotes community health and wellbeing and offers funding to registered charities in the UK. The Trust operates five key programme areas:
Nutrition: supporting improvements in the medical aspects of nutrition and health.
Youth and Education: strengthening learning systems and supporting programmes that supplement the formal education process.
Local Community: supporting and enhancing local communities in which H J Heinz has significant operations.
Quality of Life: improving quality of life through arts, cultural and environmental programmes.
Volunteering: supporting charitable work of Heinz employees through recognised charitable organisations.
For more information on how to apply visit: www.heinz.co.uk/content/our_company/heinz_charitable_trust/application_form.aspx
The Baring Foundation grants for arts and older people
The Baring Foundation has announced that after using its Arts programme to fund arts organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers for the last six years, the programme will in 2010 focus on supporting arts organisations working with older people. A total of £3 million will be made available through the Arts programme through 5 funding rounds. The Arts programme 2010 will open for application at the end of September 2009 and the first grants will be made in June 2010. The Foundation will publish a mapping report in September 2009 looking at current practice in this field. If you work for an arts organisation that works in this area the Foundation is interested from you. Please email David Cutler on: email@example.com. For more information visit http://www.baringfoundation.org.uk/program.htm
The Charles Hayward Foundation
The Charles Hayward Foundation predominantly funds capital costs and occasionally, project funding may be offered for start-up or development activities where these are not part of the on-going revenue requirement of the organisation. Projects that are preventative or provide early intervention and whose area of impact is at the community and neighbourhood level are preferred.
The Foundation has the following current categories: heritage and conservation; criminal justice; hospices; older people; overseas; small grant schemes of up to £5,000.
Grants are only made to registered charities. For more information, visit www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk.
Future Jobs Fund Opens for Applications (UK)
The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) has announced that the Future Jobs Fund is now open for applications. The £1Billion Future Jobs Fund is one of the measures announced by the Chancellor in his budget and will aim to create 150,000 new jobs between October 2009 and April 2011. The jobs created through the Future Jobs Fund will be paid at least at National Minimum Wage and will be targeted primarily at 18-24 year olds, but some funding will also be available for other disadvantaged groups and unemployment hotspots. Applications can come from anyone, but the DWP has a strong preference for partnership bids and encourage all bidders to demonstrate that key partners within the area have been involved in developing the proposals.
The total maximum contribution available through the Future Jobs Fund is £6,500 per job created for 18 -24 year olds approaching 12 months of unemployment, or people in areas of high unemployment.
The DWP expect the majority of bids to the Fund to be led by local authorities, sub-regional, city region and local partnerships, or by national or local public sector and third sector bodies. Bids will need to be in line with existing locally agreed work and skills strategies and show that they do not replicate or replace existing jobs. Other large organisations such as social enterprises and voluntary sector bodies will be able to bid as long as their proposals meet the criteria set out during the bidding process. Any bids from national organisations should indicate the geographical areas in which they are seeking to create jobs.
Applications can be submitted at any time. All bids submitted by 30 June 2009 will be considered for the first allocations of funding to enable the first jobs to begin in October or earlier. DWP will aim to notify bidders within 5 weeks of submitting a bid whether or not their bid was successful. For more information visit http://www.dwp.gov.uk/campaigns/futurejobsfund/
The Nationwide Foundation's Small Grants Programme (UK)
The Nationwide Foundation, a registered charity set up and funded by the Nationwide Building Society, offers grants of up to £5,000 through its Small Grants Programme to charities with incomes of under £500,000. The Foundation is seeking projects that aim to support, survivors of domestic abuse to build their financial capability in order to:
help them live independently and achieve improved quality of life
older people who face financial exclusion in order to help them achieve improved quality of life
survivors of domestic abuse to live independently and achieve improved quality of life
older people with their housing needs.
Applications can be made at any time. For more information visit http://www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk/smallgrants.asp