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National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £250k to £5million

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Next deadline 28th May

Suitable for not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations

Before you apply you should submit an expression of interest form and they will let you know if you are invited to apply.

Project length – development phase up to two years and delivery phase up to five years

Deadlines are:

28 May 2019 for a decision in September 2019

20 August 2019 for a decision in November 2019

19 November 2019 for decision in March 2020

They will assess your application in 12 weeks and, following assessment, it will be assigned to the next quarterly decision meeting.

You must contribute at least 5% of your project costs for grants up to £1million and at least 10% for grants of £1m or more.

Heritage Enterprise

For projects that are focusing on bringing a neglected historic building back in to a financially viable use or responding to local economic and social needs

The case for grant funding will depend on the conservation deficit. This is where the existing value of a heritage asset plus the cost of bringing it back into use is greater than the value of the asset after development.

If you are a not-for-profit organisation or a commercial organisation working in partnership with a not-for-profit organisation, you can apply under Heritage Enterprise.

If you choose to apply through Heritage Enterprise, please make sure you read the tailored guidance.

For more information go to the Heritage Fund website

National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £100k – £250k

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Next deadline 28th May

Suitable for not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations

Projects that will be considered could include:

  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • cultural traditions (for example, stories, festivals, crafts, music and dance)
  • nature (for example, habitats, species and geology)
  • natural and designed landscapes such as parks and gardens
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Deadlines are

28 May 2019 for a decision in September 2019

20 August 2019 for a decision in November 2019

19 November 2019 for decision in March 2020

They will assess your application in 12 weeks and following assessment, it will be assigned to a quarterly committee meeting.

You must contribute at least 5% of your project costs.

For more information go to the Heritage Fund website

National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £3k to £10k

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Suitable for not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage

Projects that will be considered could include:

  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • cultural traditions (for example, stories, festivals, crafts, music and dance)
  • nature (for example, habitats, species and geology)
  • natural and designed landscapes such as parks and gardens
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Project length – up to one year.

There are no deadlines so you can apply whenever you are ready.

For more information go to the Heritage Fund website

Spacehive

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Spacehive provides a single portal where people with project ideas can build support from their community, ensure their plans are viable, pitch for funding from the crowd and Spacehive partners at the same time, and share the impact they’ve created.

When you create a project on Spacehive you’re automatically matched with all of the funds that match the same criteria. So, for example, a Community Garden project will get matched to a Green Space fund in the same way a playground in Manchester will get matched to Manchester funds. Get your project matched, pitch your project to funds and attract additional support from Spacehive partners to help bring your project to life.

For more information go to Spacehive

Nineveh Charitable Trust

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The Nineveh Charitable Trust supports a broad range of UK-based projects that are of benefit to the general public and promote better understanding of the countryside.

Applications are invited from projects that meet the Trusts charitable Aims

Their Aims currently promote:

  • The health, welfare and education of the general public
  • The study and appreciation of agriculture, silviculture, ecology and land management
  • The study and appreciation of land and estate management that encourages conservation of the countryside.

Grants awarded range from £1,000 – £25,000.

The Trust preference is to pay grants to UK registered charities or Community Interest Companies but individual applicants may be considered if the outcome benefits are clearly defined.

For more information and to apply, visit the Nineveh Charitable Trust website.

The Leche Trust

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Deadline 19th April

The Leche Trust’s main grants programme supports projects in two areas: performing arts and conservation. Trustees will consider grants up to £5,000.

Applicants must be UK registered charities, public authorities or public institutions. We do not accept applications from Community Interest Companies (CICs) or individuals (except overseas PhD students – see separate guidance).

Organisations that have already received a grant will not normally be considered for a further grant until 24 months have elapsed since the date of the meeting at which the previous grant was awarded.

Performing Arts

The Trustees’ priorities for music, theatre and dance are:

  • excellence in professional performance
  • new work, and
  • development of young, professional artists aged 18 or over.

Conservation

The Trustees support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s.

Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work. Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact.

In the case of churches, Trustees will consider supporting the conservation of such features as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings.

For full details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Leche Trust website

Take It Away

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Take It Away is a Creative United programme backed by Arts Council England and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The scheme is designed to help more children and young people get involved in learning and playing music.

The scheme is offered through a network of 250+ music shops across England and Northern Ireland. It’s simple to use Take It Away to spread the cost of buying a musical instrument in one of the partner music shops. Follow the steps below.

1 – Check if you’re eligible
2 – Find a participating store
3 – Pick your instrument
4 – Complete the application form and customer survey/declaration
5 – Pay your deposit
6 – Take it away!

Find full details on eligibility and terms of loan on the Take It Away website.

Headstart Hull Summer Programme 2019

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Deadline 1st April

This year HeadStart Hull has up to £15,000 available for city-wide projects that promote the emotional health and well-being of children and young people aged 10-16 years (up to 25 years if disabled) during the summer holidays.  The maximum award per application/organisation will be £2,500.

They are encouraging bids that are based on the ideas of 10 – 16 year olds, support some of the most vulnerable young people in Hull, such as disability groups, BME groups, young carers, and other disadvantaged groups

Funding is available for activities and events that will bring together young people from across the city and help reduce social isolation – these could be sporting activities, arts and crafts, drama and music.

All activities must take place during the summer holiday, 22 July to 1 September, 2019.

For more information and an application from, contact Headstart Hull headstarthull@hullcc.gov.uk or Tel: 01482 615707

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Act for Change

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Deadline 1st April

Act for Change Fund: young people leading social action is a £3.6 million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change. The Fund provides resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing.

A joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF) in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, both foundations are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Act for Change Fund promotes the potential of young people with experience of disadvantage to devise and develop activities and programmes to shape the world around them. It aims to create a more diverse group of social, cultural and political leaders for the future.

For more information go to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

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Deadline 25th March

JRCT is a responsive grant-making trust. Trustees have agreed on the following priority areas and welcome applications for funds under each of these headings.

Peace and Security

JRCT wishes to prioritise support for charitable work on the following issues:

  1. Challenging militarism
  2. Scrutiny of counter-terrorism measures in the context of human rights and peacebuilding
  3. Building support for alternative approaches to defence and security

Power and Accountability

JRCT wishes to prioritise support for charitable work on the following issues:

  1. Strengthening corporate accountability
  2. Strengthening democratic accountability
  3. Encouraging responsible media

Rights and Justice

JRCT wishes to prioritise support for charitable work on the following issues:

  1. Protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK
  2. Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism
  3. Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights

Sustainable Future

The overall focus for this programme is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm.

JRCT wishes to prioritise support for charitable work on the following issues:

  1. Better economics
  2. Beyond consumerism
  3. New voices

Northern Ireland

JRCT aims to fund work which will contribute to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict. It has identified the following priority areas:

  1. Strengthening human rights and equality
  2. Supporting inclusive, non-sectarian and participatory politics
  3. Supporting processes of demilitarisation
  4. Dealing with the past

For full details go to the Trust’s website