March's Funding News

March's Funding News

Leeds Building Society Foundation: Remaining 2019 deadlines are 13th May, 5th August and 7th October for meetings 12th June, 4th September and 6th November

Size of grant available: £250-£1,000 for capital costs only

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support local projects relieving suffering, hardship or poverty affecting disabled/homeless people or those with serious health issues

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Telephone 0113 225 7518



Boost Charitable Trust: Apply any time

Size of grant available: Up to £500

Aims and outcomes of funder: The aim of this funding programme is to “build on over-looked sporting talent” helping disabled/disadvantaged people overcome their challenges through the power of sport

Additional information: Around 40% of grants have been awarded to disability projects for a variety of sports including swimming, badminton, tennis and judo

Contact details: Liz Turtle (Administrator), telephone 020 7078 1966



Architectural Heritage Fund: Heritage Impact Fund, apply any time

Funding available: Social investment loans £25,000-£500,000 for up to 3 years (headline interest rate 6%) plus support, advice and mentoring

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support the acquisition, reuse or redevelopment of historic/architecturally important buildings in order to develop sustainable heritage in vibrant local economies building upon/scaling up an existing enterprise delivering enhanced local economic/community impact

Additional information: Only incorporated charities, social enterprises and community businesses can apply

Contact details: Investment Team, telephone 020 7925 0199



Edward Gostling Foundation: Apply any time, trustees meet 6 times a year

Size of grant available: Large grants above £5,000/small grants below £5,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with people in need living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness to enhance their quality of life

Additional information: Only small/medium sized registered charities that have a significant impact across one or more of the four life themes can apply

Contact details: Telephone 01753 753900



Woodroffe Benton Foundation: Apply any time, trustees meet quarterly in January, April, July and October. Applications required 6 weeks prior to meetings

Size of grant available: £500-£2,500

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work that relieves hardship, need or distress and the provision/maintenance of care/accommodation for sick and elderly people

Additional information: Only registered charities with annual income below £1M can apply

Contact details: Mrs. Joanna Noles (Secretary)



National Express Foundation: Apply by 18th April 2019

Size of grant available: £500,000 fund offering grants £2,500, £5,000, £10,000 or £20,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects promoting cross community cohesion and understanding for disadvantaged young people aged 15-24 in deprived areas through positive and developmental activities

Additional information: Dudley borough is one of the seven named areas in the West Midlands

Contact details: James Donnan (General Manager), telephone 0121 460 8423



Heart of England Community Foundation: Positive Futures Fund, apply by 3rd May 2019

Size of grant available: £2,000-£5,000 to be spent within 12 months

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support disadvantaged young people prioritising innovative projects that inspire them/keep them out of the criminal justice system whilst at the same time creating positive impact in local communities and encouraging sustainability

Additional information: Only organisations in Birmingham and the Black Country with annual income below £250,000 can apply

Contact details: Telephone 024 7688 3297



Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity provide grants to reduce social and economic disadvantage aiming to bring about lasting change to people’s lives helping them benefit from and contribute to society. There are 4 grant programmes available as follows:

• Christian Projects promoting the Christian faith by meeting spiritual needs of older people and those with learning disabilities or cognitive impairments. They are also interested in work that reaches out to the “unchurched” particularly young people and families. Grants are above £10,000 per annum for up to 3 years (most grants are for 1-2 years). Only organisations with turnover up to £1M per annum can apply and applications can be made at any time (trustees meet 3 times a year). E-mail for more information.

• Improving Lives supporting disadvantaged people in the greatest need through 6 priorities:

1. Help people at critical times to rebuild their lives following a crisis, trauma or abuse.

2. Give people opportunities to make positive choices.

3. Provide accommodation/housing support.

4. Support people to move towards employment.

5. Financial inclusion helping people address their financial problems.

6. Develop improved family relationships and support networks.

Grants £20,000-£60,000 per annum for 1-3 years are available to organisations with annual turnover £50,000-£2M. Apply at any time, trustees meet quarterly.

• Strengthening Communities in disadvantaged areas that are economically marginalised/affected by poverty engaging residents in activities that improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing giving them access to services leading to stronger communities. Grants £20,000-£60,000 per annum for 1-3 years are available to organisations with annual turnover £20,000-£500,000 based and working within the 10% most deprived areas in England. Apply at any time, trustees meet quarterly.

• Grants for recreational trips/short holidays £500-£2,500 (max 66% of total cost) for disabled/disadvantaged children aged under 13 with priority given to organisations located in the bottom 20% most deprived areas as defined in the National Indices of Deprivation. Remaining 2019 application rounds are:

1. 1st March–30th April (trips 1st May–30th June)

2. 1st May–2nd July (trips 1st July–31st August)

3. 3rd July–16th November (trips 1st September-31st December)

For more information contact:

Tel: 020 7264 4970



Waitrose & Partners Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters programme has been running for over 10 years providing small grants to local good causes. Each branch of Waitrose has £1,000 available monthly to be shared between three local good causes chosen by customers. At the end of shopping customers receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support. Decisions are then made monthly as to which 3 local good causes are supported.

In Dudley borough the only Waitrose branch is at Ryemarket in Stourbridge (DY8 1HJ). Applications are made by visiting the store, completing a nomination form and handing it in at the Welcome Desk. If successful the branch Community Matters Champion will be in touch. All applications are held for 6 months.

For more information contact:

Tel: 01384 378209


Wesleyan Foundation

The Wesleyan Foundation two grant programmes are run by the Heart of England Community Foundation. There are 3 priorities for funding as follows:

1. promote health/wellbeing;

2. education;

3. social activities that provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable/supportive communities.

Large grants up to £10,000 are available for organisations with annual income below £500,000 and small grants up to £2,000 are available for organisations with annual income below £250,000. Applications can be made at any time.

For more information contact:

Tel: 024 7688 3297



National Lottery Heritage Fund

The recently re-launched National Lottery Heritage Fund supports work, projects and activities that connect people/communities to national, regional and local heritage through one open programme (National Lottery Grants for Heritage) providing funding £3,000-£5M across 4 levels as follows:

1. £3,000-£10,000 up to 1 year.

2. £10,000-£100,000 up to 5 years.

Applications for these amounts can be made at any time and, prior to applying, organisations can submit a project enquiry form for advice to help develop a project idea. Following submission decisions are made within 8 weeks.

3. £100,000-£250,000 up to 5 years

4. £250,000-£5M up to 5 years through 2 phases i.e. development (up to two years) and delivery (up to five years).

Applications for these amounts can be processed at any time and assessments are made within 12 weeks after which the application will be assigned to a quarterly committee meeting. Remaining 2019 deadlines are 28th May, 20th August and 19th November for decisions in September/November 2019 and March 2020.

All applications must be made online and, to complete a project enquiry form/expression of interest and apply for a grant, the applicant organisation need to create an account on the application portal at

For more information contact:

Tel: 0121 616 6870



National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

John Goodman, Funding Officer at the Lottery with responsibility for Dudley borough, is available to meet voluntary and community sector organisations at our office on Wednesdays weekly. He will discuss projects with potential applicants and advise whether the Lottery may be interested in supporting these projects through one of their grant programmes.

If you would like to meet John his contact details are as follows so appointments at Albion Street can be arranged direct with him:

Telephone number (office): 0121 345 7617

Mobile number: 07837 248200


Website addresses for various funding programmes:

Reaching Communities –

Partnerships –

Awards for All -

DCVS address - 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 3EE

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