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Big Lottery Fund Power to Change Scheme

The Big Lottery Fund has announced the Power to Change scheme, a new £150million fund, which aims to help community enterprises, including charities, to provide sustainable solutions to social and economic issues.

The fund will be delivered through an independent grant-making trust, which will aim to work with and complement similar organisations in the marketplace without duplicating what they have to offer. BIG will begin recruiting for directors of the trust by January 2014 and community enterprises will be able to apply for grants from next autumn, following the establishment of a Power to Change Trust.

To qualify for funding, organisations should be locally-based and inclusive of all of its community. They must also have a sustainable business plan and aim to become viable without grants or public money.

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Up to £2 million launched for Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund
This new funding stream through the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, has up to £2m to help grow ambitious social action programmes to support Englandís most vulnerable young people. It will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office.
Organisations can apply for a development, evidence or scale-up grant from 8 November until 6 December 2013. Successful organisations will have a strong track record of reaching and creating positive impact for the most vulnerable young people as well as be able to demonstrate strong evidence of need. The grants will fund work with young offenders, young people in care or leaving care, and other groups of disengaged and vulnerable young people.
Find out more on the Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Grant Fund including criteria and how to apply.

Children in Need 

provides grants to organisations working with children and young people to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to their lives. Two types of grant are available. The next deadline for small grants under £10,000 is Sunday 1 December. For larger amounts, which can be spread over three years, the next deadline is Wednesday 15 January. There will be further application rounds next year.


The Arts Councilís Small Capital Grants 

is capital funding of £100,000 - £499,999 to improve existing facilities that engage people in arts activities in England and/or for artists and others who work in the arts. Organisations need to be in receipt of Arts Council National portfolio funding 2013/14 to be eligible. For further information visi


Help The Homeless 

provides grants of up to £5,000 for capital costs to registered charities with a turnover of under £1million per annum. They fund projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance. The next deadline is Tuesday 31 December. For further information visit


The CEMEX Community Fund 

is a landfill tax credit scheme that provides grants of £1,000 to £15,000 to projects that improve or enhance the social, built or natural environment, public space, facility or building for leisure or entertainment, or improve or enhance buildings or structures of religious, historical or architectural interest. As with all landfill schemes, projects need to be within a certain distance of an operational site. The next deadline is February 2014. For further information visi

Together in Service 

is a new programme supported by the Government to celebrate the practical contribution that faith communities make to society through social action, and to support faith groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level. Grants of £2,000 to £5,000 are available. Match funding of half the amount is needed, which can include volunteer time. There is no set deadline. For further information visit


Rethinking Parks 

is a joint scheme helps organisations and partnerships to develop, test and scale new approaches to help local parks thrive. Anyone with an idea can apply for their stake of the £1million pot with grants are expected to be around £100,000. To help people develop their ideas the programme is holding workshops around the country and online in January 2014. The best ideas will be chosen to receive funding in early summer. For further information visit


The True Colours Trust 

is committed to supporting a large number of excellent local organisations and projects that support disabled children and their families on a daily basis. The Trust has a small grants programme which provides grants of up to £10,000, usually for one-off purposes, to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families. For further information visit


Heart Research UK 

has announced that its Healthy Hearts Grants Programme will re-open in January 2014. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message. For further information visit

The Mick George Community Fund

The Mick George Community Fund is an exciting grant programme funded by donations from Mick George Ltd. Its purpose is to support groups with eligible projects falling within 5 miles of Mick Georges landfill site near Rushton.
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The Tesco Charity Trust 

offers grants of between £4,000 and £25,000 to charities working around their stores, and in the countries sourced from. Priorities are children's education and welfare, those with disabilities and the elderly. The deadline for the next round is Thursday 9 January. For further information visit



The Global Poverty Action Fund 

is a Government fund supporting projects overseas focused on poverty reduction and pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals through changes to poor people's lives. Projects will be selected on the basis of clear impact on poverty, clarity of outputs and outcomes, and consideration of value for money and gender. There are two strands to the fund, with deadlines on Monday 20 and Monday 27 January. For further information visit www.gov.uk/global-poverty-action-fund-gpaf.


Grow Wild 

A site might be an unloved, neglected and rundown area that you'd like to reclaim for the local community. Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available to local VCS organisations, groups of young people or creative groups to turn it into an inspiring place. The closing date for applications is Monday 6 January. For further information visit www.growwilduk.com/get-funding/what-is-a-community-site.


Peopleís Postcode Trust Ė Small Grants Programme 
4 July 2014 - 19 August 2014. For applications from Scotland, Wales, East and West Midlands. 

Through the Trust funding has been available for projects that provide assistance in one or more of the Trust's following fields of operation:

  • Prevention of poverty; reduction of distress and suffering.
  • Promote, maintain, improve and advance health.
  • Advancement of citizenship or community development.
  • Advancement of public participation in sport.
  • Advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation.
  • Advancement of environmental protection or improvement.

Registered charities, SCIOs, constituted voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, community interest companies (CIC), not-for-profit organisations and sports clubs are eligible to apply. Grants normally range from £500 to £10,000 for organisations in Scotland and England and up to £5,000 for those in Wales.

The Co-operative Community Fund Scheme 

provided by the Midcounties Co-operative and administered by different Community Foundations. Funding is intended for not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations that can show that their project will build their capacity and bring benefit to the local community. Grants of up to £2,000 per group are available.


Their four key social goals are:

  • Supporting Communities.
  • Defending the Environment.
  • Developing Young People.
  • Developing Co-ops.
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