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Funding & Support for Community Businesses

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Deadline 2nd December

The SSE in partnership with Power to Change opens the application window for their CBTU program.  (Community Business Trade Up)

Community Businesses can apply for a £10k grant, free learning programme to help build back and adapt post Covid, and access to a supportive, like-minded network.

The programme aimed at helping community leaders and activists diversity their income from trading, digitise and adapt to develop a stronger and more resilient organisation is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs in Yorkshire & Humber, in association with Power to Change.

Read more and apply here

Nunburnholme Trust

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Financial aid is only given to groups and societies helping people in Hull and its immediate neighbourhood. Priority is given to small, specific projects which would not otherwise receive funding. Amounts granted are rarely more than £500 and sometimes considerably less.

Unfortunately the Trust does not have a website – for more information and an application form email nunburnholme_tr@yahoo.co.uk

Bettys and Taylors Family Fund

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Deadline 9th November

The Bettys and Taylors family heritage is very much rooted in food and hospitality. The legacy of their founder and his early experiences in life are central to where Bettys and Taylors are now. Frederick had a very difficult start to his life. Despite this, he was able to gain skills and experience which changed his life and his fortune.  With food key to their business, they want to support food-based projects in Yorkshire.

The fund aims to support groups working to improve the lives of local children and young people through food, and is open to applicants across the whole of Yorkshire

Grants of between £500 and £4000 are available.

For more information go to the Two Ridings Community Foundation (TRCF)

New Covid emergency fund for Disabled People’s Organisations

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The National Emergencies Trust has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the covid-19 needs of disabled people. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. Disability Sheffield has been chosen as the regional partner for South Yorkshire and the Humber.

They are looking to fund Covid related work in the following broad three areas:

  • Independent living: covering any Covid related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives.
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation.
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues.

Find out more about the fund here.

ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021

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Deadline 25th September

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021 and are pleased to announce the launch of the 4th round of funding available.

ESF Community Grants  are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available. For further details go to www.hlc-vol.org – contact details community-grants@hlc-vol.org

Deadline for application receipt is Friday 25th September 2020 – 2.00pm.

All applications must be completed electronically. They will not accept any applications by post or email.

To access the electronic application form please go to the HLC website

When completing the Electronic application form – the form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version from HLC’s website to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form.

*There are several changes to this programme so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available. This new programme includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can. To book onto one of the below workshops please complete the form through the HLC website. (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

Please note that due to the current situation all Application Development workshops will be delivered via Zoom and therefore places are limited to 1 per organisation, with a maximum of 10 places. You will receive a link to the workshop once you have successfully booked a place.

Places are limited – so please book early:

  • Wednesday 26th August 1:00pm – 3.00pm (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday 2nd September 2:00pm – 4:00pm (via Zoom)

Hull City Council Grants to Arts now open

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The Grants to Arts Scheme is now open.  All applicants will need to demonstrate that they are working within Covid-19 restrictions and adhering to government advice.

You may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £5000 for activity that:

  • is within the Hull city boundary and open to the general public
  • serves an identified interest group
  • increases the range of art opportunities available to local communities
  • supports and celebrates cultural diversity
  • develops local artistic talent
  • promotes innovation and excellence

Before you start to apply online you need –

  • details of any financial support you are currently receiving or we (the council) have given you previously
  • information about financial support you are receiving from other sources
  • a detailed budget showing projected income and expenditure
  • references and supporting statements

They recommend that you prepare a statement giving information about your proposed project in advance, which you can cut and paste into the Council’s online form.

Details of the grants scheme and the online form can be found on the Hull City Council website. (opens in a new tab)

East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund

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Deadline 30th August

East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund has been launched. Grants of up to £5,000 are being made available to private and public landowners, town and parish councils as well as other community groups in a bid to increase the number of native trees across the East Riding.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund is looking to support projects that will include creating new areas of native woodland, planting new clusters of native trees and hedgerows or establishing new groups of individual native standard trees.

For more information, go to the Council website (opens in a new tab)

Safer Hull Partnership Crime reduction funding

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Deadine 31st July

The Safer Hull Partnership is offering grants of up to £10,000 for projects that reduce crime or support victims of crime.

The Hull Crime Reduction Fund is open to applications from not-for-profit groups across the city

The fund is administered by the Safer Hull Partnership with funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Previously funding projects have included targeted crime prevention to vulnerable members of the community, youth engagement across the city, support and mentor-ship for those with criminal convictions to get into employment, and funding to support Neighbourhood Watch.

For more information go to the City Council website (opens in a new tab)

Tackling Inequalities Fund-COVID-19 Funding Support 

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Now closed

Sport England have identified from their physical activity attitudes and behaviours survey during COVID-19 the widening gaps in the activity levels across the key priority audiences. This clearly shows that some of the target audiences are suffering more from the impact of the disease than is the case with the wider population. These groups are people from Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions. 

Sport England want to deepen and further widen the reach of their funding to the under-represented audiences listed above. Sport England are doing that through the introduction of a funding programme called the ‘Tackling inequalities through awards to sector partners’ to help reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and tackle the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity. 

Active Humber has received £80,000 from Sport England Tackling Inequalities fund to distribute between June and October 2020. (nb. The grant application process is planned to be minimal / funding will range from £50 to max £10,000)  

What is the intended impact of this fund? 

  • To minimise the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring that the physical activity participation inequality gap does not widen during this period in targeted communities. 
  • Enable community groups working with target audiences to continue to exist and retain the resources and capability to recover at the appropriate time. 
  • Provide funding for community groups working with Sport England target audiences to remain connected with their participants and keeping them active in the COVID-19 lockdown and early recovery stages. 
  • Strengthen relationships between system partners and community bodies working with under-represented groups. 

Types of activity that might be funded could include: 

  • Hardship through funding support. 
  • Funding for community groups to find new ways of keeping their target audience active in this period. 
  • Offering advice and training support 
  • Increasing resilience, capacity, and capability of delivery bodies 

Email Active Humber at info@activehumber.co.uk for more details about this fund. 

East Riding Stronger Together Fund

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Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) in the East Riding are working together to respond to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The East Riding VCSE Network has established a new fund and consultancy support to help voluntary sector organisations during this crisis.

This grant and support package aims to provide support and funding to enable the voluntary sector to thrive, now and into the future. It has been designed to reflect the essential needs of the voluntary and community organisations, with the opportunity to receive consultancy support from the East Riding VCSE Network.

Purpose of Fund: 

Providing support and funding to enable the voluntary sector to thrive now and into the future.

A grant programme designed to reflect essential needs of a voluntary or community organisation, with the opportunity to receive consultancy support from the East Riding VCSE Network.

Funding Value: 

Supported by local grant makers, businesses and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, this Covid-19 fund has an allocation of £150,000 to support essential costs and overcome challenges during Covid-19.

In addition, each applicant will have the opportunity to request consultancy support to prepare for a stronger future.

Applicants can request between £500 and £5,000. They anticipate the need to be flexible and offer successful groups additional funding if identified during the requested consultancy support.

Applying organisations must be registered on Beecan with an appropriate not-for profit governing structure focused on the needs of the East Riding community. This process will be supported HEY Smile Foundation and alternative arrangements could be implemented if required. You can then complete the online application form available on Beecan

You can find an information pack as an online pdf here

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