Funding Roundup

Here is a selection of the funding items that have come across our inboxes recently:

Tesco to Re-Launch its Local Community Scheme (England, Scotland & Wales)

The Tesco Local Community Grant Scheme will re-open for applications on the 18th April 2016. During the last funding round, grants of up to £12,000 were available to communities in England, Scotland and Wales. The scheme which is being funded through the 5p carrier bag charge will provide funding to local communities to improve local green spaces. This can include creating pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens; etc. The scheme will award six grants per year in each of the 428 Tesco regions. Tesco customers will vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project. Grants will then be awarded as follows: 1st place in Tesco customer vote: £12,000 grant; 2nd place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant; 3rd place in Tesco customer vote: £8,000 grant. The deadline has not yet been announced but is likely to be sometime in June 2016.

Pitch Improvement Programme Launches across England

The FA has launched an £8 million commitment to improve football pitches across the country between now and 2019. The FA Facilities and Investment Team has partnered with the Institute of Groundmanship (IOG) to develop a Grass Pitch Maintenance service that can be utilised by grass roots football clubs with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.

The Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) will provide support services to grassroots clubs, club volunteers and groundsmen in England, as well as offering a range of measures to help develop the skills and knowledge of the volunteers and groundsmen.

Grassroots football clubs in England who own their own site and/or are responsible for maintenance of the grass pitches are eligible to apply for support. No minimum or maximum amounts of funding support have been specified. However, clubs will be required to pay a small fee to set up the initial IOG meeting, assessment and report but clubs that hold the FA Charter Standard Club award may be eligible for a discount on this fee from their local County FA.

The PIP is being administered by local County FAs throughout the country.

Applicants should contact the relevant local office to enquire about the Expression of Interest procedure.

Launch of £1 million Support Programme for UK’s Co-operative Businesses – ‘The Hive’

Launched by Co-operatives UK, the Hive is a £1 million business support programme designed to enable growth among the UK’s £37 billion co-operative economy. The initiative will help people who intend to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises, using various online resources, training and advice.

Between 2016 and 2019 the Hive, the first co-operative development programme of its kind in the UK, aims to support the development of the existing 7,000 independent co-operative businesses across the UK as well as help new co-operatives starting up.

The Hive acts as a cross-sectoral programme of support. Regardless of sector, the Hive is able to support organisations with:

  • online advice to guide them through starting up, growth and conversions; and
  • direct support, via one-to-one advice, group advice, peer mentoring and skills training.

The Hive offers comprehensive online business advice and guidance, alongside one-to-one support, peer mentoring and group training sessions, covering issues such as registration, membership development, and co-operative finance.

The initiative’s online co-operative community is expected to unite member-owned businesses across the country, creating networking and business development opportunities.

Grants to Provide Recreational and Leisure Opportunities for Young People (UK)

The Central Social and Recreational Trust has grants of up to £1,000 available for projects that help to improve the conditions of children and young people under the age of 21. The funding is available to to sports clubs and organisations to provide better facilities for recreational or other leisure time occupations. The funding can be used to purchase equipment for the use of all members of the club and for maintenance of properties, as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period. The economic and social circumstances of the young people will have an influence on the grant decision and only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body, i.e. Amateur Boxing Association of England; National Association of Clubs for Young People; Football Association etc., will be considered for a grant. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until 30th June 2016.

Funding to Projects that Promote Social Justice, Nonviolence and Environmental Sustainability (UK)

The next closing date for applications to the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation is the 15th September 2016. Funding is available registered charities in the UK for projects that contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability. The Foundation also supports organisations or projects that are not UK registered charities if they can indicate a UK registered charity that is able to receive funds on their behalf. Grants are usually made between the values of £5,000 and £15,000 and are provided for between one and three years. Priority will be given to small, pioneering organisations. Previous projects supported include Conflicts Forum which received a grant of £24,000 over three years to promote understanding between the Western and Muslim worlds by challenging attitudes, values and ideologies that promote conflict; and Airport Watch which received a grant of £15,000 over two years to educate UK policy-makers about the dangerously unsustainable growth and levels of air freight to the environment and communities, and the influences and interests that lie behind them.