The Department of Health has announced the launch of new £10 million fund for projects that support homeless people following their discharge from hospital with the aim to reduce readmissions.
The Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund will support voluntary organisations to work with the NHS and local authorities to create services so homeless people receive the best possible support and care after leaving hospital. Eligible organisations will provide services to homeless people, or those at risk of become homeless, spend more than 50 per cent of their income on homeless people and have approved annual accounts less than 12 months old. Funding is only available for the 2013/14 financial year and applicants are expected to explain how the project will be sustainable beyond that.
Click here to apply and to find out more; applications must be received prior to the 8th July 2013 to be taken into consideration.
The Woodland Trust is looking for applications from schools, community groups and youth groups/clubs for a share of their 4000 free tree packs. The free tree packs are available for planting on one publicly accessible site and each pack is worth £30, £105 or £420. Applicants need to find a suitable site and supply the volunteer planters and tree protection.
Applications must be received before 13th September 2013 to be taken into consideration.
Click here to find out more; pre-school, school, college and university groups interested in a small pack of 30 trees should visit the school pack page.
The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants of up to £500 to help young people up to the age of 30 or small groups of young people run a volunteering project in their local area. The fund seeks to support projects that enhance the lives of others, in particular:
•Those with drug dependency issues
•People with disabilities.
Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that 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 to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.
The following levels of funding are available:
• Main Grants of over £10,000 are available to support projects for up to three years. There is no upper limit but very few grants over £100,000 are made and most grants are for much less.
• Small Grants of up to £10,000 are available for one year.
The 2013 deadlines for Main Grants applications are 15 May 2013 and 15 September 2013.
The 2013 deadlines for Small Grants applications are 1 April 2013, 1 June 2013, 1 September 2013 and 1 December.
A new fundraising platform that promises to give to charity 100% of the money raised through the site, including Gift Aid, was launched last month.
The ‘Believe.in’ founders said it would change the way charitable giving operates online. The platform does not charge or take a percentage from donations as a fee, unlike similar sites such as JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving.
Matthias Metternich, co-founder and chief executive of Believe.in, said the site had agreed a partnership with the PayPal Giving Fund, which meant that credit card fees would not apply to donations. CLICK HERE for more information
Communities Minister Don Foster has announced a £9.5million, 2-year fund to support people in hundreds of areas across the country in creating neighbourhood plans to shape development in their area, such as the location of new housing and businesses. Groups of residents seeking to create a neighbourhood plan will be able to bid for up to £7,000 each to contribute to the costs of preparing their proposal.
CLICK HERE for more details.
The Co-operative Membership Community Fund is a grants scheme which helps local communities throughout the UK. Between £100 and £2,000 is available for positive work in the community. Applicants can apply for anything from equipment to event costs, help towards rent or fixtures, or sport or computer equipment.
The Santander Foundation has launched a £1.23 million Community Plus fund to support charities helping local disadvantaged people. UK registered charities can apply for a grant of up to £5,000. To apply, visit any Santander branch and complete a nomination form. There are no closing dates and entries will be regularly considered.
This foundation makes grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 (averaging £10,000) for capital items (including building works), organisational running costs and project revenue costs. The majority of grants awarded are one-off, although recurrent grants are sometimes available. The foundation funds registered charities working within the following main themes:
• Community development and deprivation
• Environment and sustainability
• Health and medical
All themes will have an emphasis on education in its widest sense and awareness-raising especially dealing with deprivation, breaking down barriers and minimising detrimental environmental effects. Generally, applications will be more favourably considered if there is an emphasis on education and awareness-raising.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org details of the funding required plus a full budget and accounts. The email should also include details of the charity’s history and its aims, and information to give the trustees the context of the application; and details of other funders involved would also be helpful
NB Grants will not be awarded to non-registered charities; playgroups and pre-school groups; religious organisations; pets or animal projects; gap year projects or individuals
Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available to community and voluntary groups with an annual income under £200,000 in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley that provide youth opportunities; address disadvantage and improve the natural and built environment.
You can apply online using the standard Community Foundation form above and please let us know when you send your supporting documents that you wish the application to be considered by the Dulverton Trust Fund.
To download the Dulverton Trust Fund advice notes click here