Funding Update

New charitable funds that have recently been announced or with deadlines coming up include:

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Museum Collections Fund – a collaboration with the Museums Association, this fund focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. There are two deadlines this year – 31st May and 31st October 2011.  Through this fund the MA will award approximately £800,000 per year to museums, galleries and heritage organisations.  Organisations can apply for sums between £20,000 and £100,000.

EventScotland – The National Funding Programme complements the International Funding Programme and plays an integral role in developing domestic tourism across Scotland. By supporting events which take place outside the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, EventScotland is also growing Scotland’s wider events portfolio which forms the backbone of our events industry.  The deadline for the next round of funding is 3rd June for events from January 2012.

The Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship – Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) fund is an initiative that aims to encourage and support research  activities from academics, third sector organisations, consultants and  practitioners with the ambition of drawing together and generating an  entrepreneurial community of practice to facilitate knowledge exchange  and transfer.  Funds of up to £12,000 are available and the next funding deadline is 3rd June.

Voda Grassroots Funds -The Grassroots Grants programme is to make £51,180 available to North Tyneside groups.  The Government has made a one off sum of £168,648 available to grassroots community and voluntary groups in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Grants are available for constituted groups that have a turnover over of less than £30,000, have been going for over a year and have a full set of accounts. Applications for equipment and summer activities are particularly welcome, but all funding awarded must be spent by the September 2011.  The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, 27 May 2011.

Cashback for Communities – The Small Grants Scheme has been established to support local volunteer led groups, who may not previously have had access to external funding, to enhance their programmes for young people and get positive projects off the ground.  Funding of up to £2,000 is available and the next round of funding closes on 1st June 2011.

Clore Social Leadership Programme – This programme is a unique, offering fully-funded Fellowships tailored to meet the individual development needs of aspiring leaders in the social sector.  Applications to the 2012 Fellowship programme opened on 18th April 2011.

First Light’s Young Film Fund opened on 3rd May – funding is available for Pilot Grants (up to £5,000) and Studio Grants (up to £30,000) to projects that enable young people to participate in all aspects of film production.  Deadline for this round of applications is 14 June 2011.

The Wellcome Trusts Arts Awards – support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical
.  The scheme aims to: stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through
the arts; examine the social, cultural, and ethical impact of biomedical science; support formal and informal learning; encourage new ways of thinking; encourage high quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science and/or education practice.  Small grants of up to £30,000 are available while the large project programme is for applications of £30,000 or more.  There are various deadlines throughout the year with the next on 29 July.  All art forms are   covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media.  The Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and/or young people.

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