Funding Round Up

Fundingfor Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK)

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next applications deadline for its grants making programme is the 31st August 2017. Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding. The Foundation’s grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000-£6,000 for larger-scale projects. Grants are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges. In the past the Foundation has made grants towards visits the between the UK and Japan between by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools. Organisations that have successfully applied to the Foundation include Hessle High School and Sixth Form College which received a grant of £3,000 to visit to Japan to create curriculum on Japan in Key Stage 3 Geography lessons; and Truro College which received a grant of £2,000 for a football exchange programme with Tokai Daigo High School in Japan.

Women Make Music Grant Scheme (UK)

Women songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is available to support the creation, performance and promotion of new music; to enable the UK’s most talented female music creators to realise their potential; and to inspire audiences. The funding is available for the creation of new music in any genre, including, Classical; Jazz; Experimental; Urban; Electronica; and Pop; etc. Please note that PRS no longer funds organisations through Women Make Music. The closing date for applications is the 2nd October 2017.

Funding to Regenerate Historic Buildings (UK)

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Project Development Grant scheme (up to £25,000) is the 16th August 2017. Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. The AHF also makes Project Viability Grants (PVG) of up to £5,000 to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition. Applications to the Project Viability grants as well as Project Development grants of up to £5,000 can be submitted at any time.

Funding Available to Bring Fibre Broadband to Remote Communities with a School (UK)

As part of its commitment to make fibre broadband available throughout the UK, BT has made available a £2 million grants scheme for communities with a school. The Community Fibre Partnerships programme is aimed at the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Through the programme communities can apply for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure, if that new infrastructure could also serve their local school. To access the grant scheme, communities need to register their interest in having a community fibre partnership. The scheme will provide 50% towards the cost of installing fibre broadband. The community will need to raise the additional 50%. In order to achieve this BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website “Spacehive”, where communities can post their fibre broadband project to raise donations towards the costs involved. Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK)

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next applications deadline for its grants making programme is the 31st August 2017. Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding. The Foundation’s grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000-£6,000 for larger-scale projects. Grants are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges. In the past the Foundation has made grants towards visits the between the UK and Japan between by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools. Organisations that have successfully applied to the Foundation include Hessle High School and Sixth Form College which received a grant of £3,000 to visit to Japan to create curriculum on Japan in Key Stage 3 Geography lessons; and Truro College which received a grant of £2,000 for a football exchange programme with Tokai Daigo High School in Japan.

Women Make Music Grant Scheme (UK)

Women songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is available to support the creation, performance and promotion of new music; to enable the UK’s most talented female music creators to realise their potential; and to inspire audiences. The funding is available for the creation of new music in any genre, including, Classical; Jazz; Experimental; Urban; Electronica; and Pop; etc. Please note that PRS no longer funds organisations through Women Make Music. The closing date for applications is the 2nd October 2017.

Funding for Projects that Support Women and Girls (UK / International)

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women. For 2017 and 2018 priority will be given to projects that promote lesbian and transgender rights; tackle violence against women and girls and support disabled women and girls. The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects. Projects previously supported include a grant of £5,000 to support the setting up of an Eastern European Women’s Support Group and volunteering programme, in the Southend and Castle Point Boroughs of Essex and a grant of £6,000 to support Syrian women, girls aged 12+ and other Arabic speaking clients in Edinburgh. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2017.

Funding for Research Ideas to Improve Health Care Quality (UK)

The Health Foundation has announced that it is seeking original research ideas to improve health care quality in the UK. The Foundation will fund “research that advances the development and use of data from national clinic audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK”. Any UK based organisation that can demonstrate the skills and experience to carry out the research can lead an application; multidisciplinary and multisite teams with one or more co- principal investigator(s) are welcomed. Small-scale awards of up to £100,000 are available for innovative for research projects lasting up to 18 months. Large-scale awards of between £300,000 and £400,000 are available for more substantive studies lasting up to 36 months. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon Tuesday 25th July 2017.

Scurrah Wainright Charity (UK)

The next closing date for grant application to the Scurrah Wainright Charity is the 14th September 2017. Within the UK, the Charity supports a wide range of charitable projects in the with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequity. The charity favours causes that are outside the mainstream, and unlikely to be funded by other charities. Typically, grants are between £1,000 and £5,000. Previous organisations supported include the Boaz Trust a Christian organisation serving destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester which received a grant of £2,000; and the Grandparents Association in Leeds which received a grant of £4,800. Organisations applying, do not have to be a charity, but its work must satisfy the Charity Commission’s definition of charitable purposes and public benefit.

Grants for Places of Worship (England)

The Heritage Lottery (HLF) Fund has grants of £10,000-£250,000 available for Grade I and Grade II listed places of worship in England to fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit. As part of the repair project, HLF can also fund improvements to facilities and work that helps more people get involved with these buildings. Applications go through a two-round process so applicants can apply at an early project stage and get an idea of whether they’re likely to receive a grant. The next closing date for applications is the 14th August 2017.