September Funding Round-up

Here’s a round-up of some of the recent funding that has become available or with deadlines coming up in the next few months:

People’s Postcode Dream Fund: Applications for 2012 are now open! This funding exists to give organisations the chance to  deliver a project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. In order to make the most of resources available, all applications must come from a collaboration of one or more organisations.  Registered charities and community organisations in Scotland can apply for up to £100,000 to deliver a new and innovative 12-month project that meets one of the following funding criteria: Helping Communities Lead an Active Life; Helping to Involve Volunteers; Helping to Tackle Climate Change. The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Friday 2nd December 2011.

SITA Trust – Enhancing Communities Programme: Up to £60,000 is available to projects that will make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings / structures. Not-for-profit organisations including not for profit organisations, community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities can apply. Check their website for eligibility (you need to be based within a certain range of a SITA site). The next funding deadline is 28th November 2011.

Heritage Lottery Grants are available providing more than £50,000 for projects that relate to the national, regional or local heritage of the UK. To receive a grant your project must: help people to learn about their own and other people’s heritage; and do either or both of the following: conserve the UK’s diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy; help more people, and a wider range of people, to take an active part in and make decisions about heritage. The next funding round closes on 17th October 2011.

Young Film Fund UK: First Light Moves – which provides grants to projects that enable young people to participate in all aspects of film production – has announced that its Young Film Fund has re-opened for applications. Funding is available to organisations such as; schools; youth services; community and voluntary groups that work with young people aged between 5 and 18. Two types of funds are available: Studio Awards – up to £30,000 for between two and four films of up to 10 minutes; and Pilot Awards – up to £5,000 for one short film of up to five minutes in duration. Application deadline is 22nd November 2011.

TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award: these will be given to outstanding individuals working within a group, charity or organisation (as long as it isn’t a commercial enterprise) to use digital technology to solve a social problem or improve peoples’ lives. The winners will receive £5,000 in prize money for their project plus free broadband for 12 months. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 11th September 2011.

The Architectural Heritage Fund: Funding is available to voluntary organisations building preservation trusts to regenerate historic buildings to create community and education facilities, workspace and homes. The project must also involve a change of ownership and/or a change of use. Previously funded projects include turning run down historic buildings into community theatres, resource centres, community learning centres, workspaces and meeting places, etc. The next closing date for applications is the 26th October 2011.

UK mammals grants: Applications are welcomed from voluntary conservation organisations, scientific researchers, individuals and consortia for financial support for work that relates to the conservation of mammals in the British Isles and Eire. Acceptable fields of work for funding include scientific research, practical habitat management work, reintroduction and monitoring programmes and educational projects. Priority will be given to work likely to further the aims of Biodiversity Action Plans and similar initiatives. Individual awards are unlikely to be more than £30,000 or less than £250. To date, the average amount granted per project has been about £9,000. Applications are considered by an advisory group in December and funding decisions are confirmed by the trustees in January. The next deadline for applications is 1st November 2011.

Community Radio Fund: The second round for funding applications in 2011/12 will open on 19 October and close at 5pm on 16 November 2011. The Community Radio Fund Panel will meet to consider applications on 30 January 2012. The Community Radio Fund has been established to help fund the core costs of running a community radio station.

Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge Fund: 2012 marks Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and this Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust, is a new campaign to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy. From sports pitches to woodlands, children’s play areas to gardens and bicycle trails to parks, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will protect a diverse range of outdoor spaces ensuring that there is something to appeal to everyone. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will give communities an opportunity to vote for an outdoor space in their area to become part of the scheme and be permanently protected as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee. Grants of up to £5,000 are  available and the next deadlines are 28th October and 21st November 2011.

First Light 90 Second Comedy Shorts Grant: First Light has recently become a YouTube partner and to celebrate, is launching a ‘90 Second Comedy Shorts’ round. People all over the world are watching billions of videos every day on YouTube, which is increasingly becoming an important outlet and means of online interaction for young people.  This popular genre of filmmaking can enable your films to be seen by more people and it could also help us inspire even more young people from across the UK to share and create their own First Light films. Organisations can apply for up to £20,000 to make between 3-6 comedy shorts up to 90 Seconds each in duration. 50 applications will be accepted for 90 Second Comedy Shorts grants. Application deadline is 12th October 2011.

Bank of Scotland Foundation Small Grants Programme: the Foundation accepts applications up to and including £20,000 from charities registered in Scotland to help with: developing and improving local communities; financial literacy and financial inclusion. The next deadline for applications is 14th October 2011.

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