Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation's Environmental Grants scheme aims to improve people’s lives in Great Britain.

The Gregg's Foundation's Environmental Grants programme is now inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 for projects in England, Wales or Scotland that deliver a real benefit to the environment.
Projects must address one or more of the following:
• Improving the local environment.
• Insuring involvement of local communities.
• Delivering a sustainable and measurable difference.
• Supporting people in need.
The funding can be used to cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities.
Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less as well as schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply. Organisations that are based near Greggs shops will be given priority.

The next deadline for applications is 9 March 2018.

To register click here 

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.

The foundation want to support community centres and village halls which are at the heart of small, deprived communities. They expect that you will be providing a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to your area.

They interpret ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so you might be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

They will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the costs of the project before you start an application to us. They will expect you to have local fundraising initiatives under way to show that your community supports what you do and feels a sense of ownership in the building. Interests include innovative schemes for bringing back disused buildings into full community use, such as community shops combined with space for community activities; community hubs which bring different groups together to share space and offer easy access to a range of services. At the same time, they are also interested in traditional village halls which provide the standard activities which keep a community together.

The postcode of your building must clearly show that, in urban areas, you are in the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation or, in rural areas, you are in the most deprived 50% of the Indices. Because of the number of applications we receive for community centres, we concentrate on projects which meet these criteria. However, it is understood that there can be major differences in deprivation in relatively small areas, so if the building’s postcode does not fall into one of these categories, but the majority of the users of the building are resident in such areas, it is understood applications if you can provide alternative postcodes for these areas (for example, postcodes of local schools, GPs surgeries, post offices, libraries.)

For full information please click here

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has published the 2018 deadlines for not-for profit organisations seeking a Project Development Grant.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that offers grants to help it deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities.

AHF offers grants of up to £25,000 to registered charities and social enterprises in the UK that need financial assistance to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. Funding is available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revitalising an historic building.

Applicants must explain how a particular piece of work or activity will enable this. Examples of eligible costs include:

• The employment of a project co-ordinator.

• Fees for consultants to help progress the organisation's plans.

• Property valuation by a RICS registered valuer

. • Fundraising consultants. • Business planning consultants.

• Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders.

• Costs of community engagement work.

• Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses or for advice on governance.

• VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed.

• Organisation’s overheads/administration costs.

• Costs associated with converting an existing charity or social enterprise into a Community Benefit Society.

Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work. The 2018 deadlines for applications requesting more than £5,000 are 16 February, 11 May, 24 August, and 2 November 2018.

For further informaiton please click here


Charities in the UK that are seeking funding for their work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and younger can start the application process for funding in 2018.

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

• Any kind of disability.

• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.

• Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months.

Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

For further information please click here 

Museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions are invited to enter the Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence for the chance to win one of eleven awards.

The annual Museums and Heritage Awards are now open for entries to a total of eleven categories, covering all major aspects of the museums, galleries and heritage attractions sector in the UK.

The Awards are also open to operators and suppliers unless otherwise stated.

Projects can be considered for a maximum of three categories from the following list:

• The International Award

• Marketing Campaign

• Temporary/Touring Exhibition

• Restoration/Conservation

• Project on a Limited Budget

• Innovation

• Educational Initiative

• Permanent Exhibition

• Fundraising Initiative

• Volunteers of the Year Award

• Best Shop (turnover of under £500,000) / Best Shop (turnover of above £500,000)

The entry fee for the Awards is £95 for all categories except Project on a Limited Budget for which the entry fee is £55 and Volunteers of the Year Award for which all entries are free. The fee applies for each individual category entered into. Submissions should relate to the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 May 2018.

The deadline for entries is 1 February 2018.

For further information on how to apply please email Meghan McEwen at VAO 

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