Funding available to BID members

Please find below details of the latest funding available, which may be of interest / applicable to some of our BID members.  Thanks to Mariyam Emam from BwD Council for sharing this.

Blackburn with Darwen Community Fund

We are delighted to tell you that the Blackburn with Darwen Community Fund is once again open to applicants. You can download the application form here.

The Blackburn with Darwen Community Fund is a small grants fund is being run by Community CVS on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, the Brian Mercer Trust and the Eric Wright Charitable Trust. It forms part of the Community Pledge, which focuses on getting communities to volunteer and develop solutions that make a difference within their local neighbourhoods. Deadlines: Round 1 – Monday 28th February @ 12 noon

New £1 Million Pilot Fund to Support Grassroots Social Movements 

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is launching a new £1 million pilot fund to support grassroots social movements whose work is vital to systemic change in society.  The fund is aiming to provide grant funding, infrastructure and access to resources and networks to support the sustainability of movement work.

The Trust hopes to launch an initial funding round in 2022 and then evaluate the process, with work carried out to develop policy, test out new movement led decision-making processes and participation, and adapt the application process in preparation for a further two rounds in 2023.

Find out more here

Funding to Support Education in Disadvantaged Areas 

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational projects with children and young people under the age of 25 in marginalised communities within the UK and internationally.  The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants totalling about £900,000 in any one year.  For UK projects the focus is on projects to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of Young Carers and Children Looked After. Grants of between 30,000 and £100,000 are available (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects).    For UK projects, the funding is available to UK registered charities with an annual income of between £5,000 and £2.5 million, and at least three years of continuous accounts. UK based and state-funded schools, academies, colleges and other educational establishments regardless of their income size are also eligible providing they can demonstrate a network effect beyond one individual school.  Organisations must have UK charitable status. The society does not fund non-UK based organisations, Community Interest Companies (CICs) or individuals. Grants of between £50,000 and £60,000 are available for projects lasting up to 3 years (maximum £30,000 per year).  There is a two stage application process and the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 13th July 2022.

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Project Grants to Support Grassroots Live Music Venues & Promoters 

Grassroots music venues and promoters in England can apply for a share of £1.5 million in funding to present live music programming.  Organisations whose main function is to host and/or promote live music events of all types and genres, in particular those working with new, developing talent in small to mid-size venues, can apply for grants of up to £40,000 for projects lasting up to three years. Funding can also be used for activities that put them in a better position to deliver their work in the long term, such as purchasing essential equipment, carrying out building work, developing new routes into off-stage roles, or business planning.  The funding is made available through the Arts Council England’s Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Live Music.

The deadline for applications is the 31st March 2022.

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Funding to Create, Expand & Improve Local Youth Facilities & Services in Deprived Areas 

Charities, local authorities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations will shortly be able to apply for a share of £10 million in funding to expand the reach, number and range of youth services and facilities currently on offer to young people in ‘left behind’ areas of England.  The funding is being made available through Phase 1 of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Youth Investment Fund and will be administered by the BBC’s Children in Need.  Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available for small-scale capital projects that can be delivered within the 2021/22 financial year, which drive positive outcomes for children and young people, including improved health and wellbeing, and skills for work/employability and life.  Schools can apply where they provide activities outside of school hours and additional to the curriculum.  The Fund will open to applications on the 31st January 2022 and close on the 25th February 2022, or sooner if all funding is allocated.

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Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects 

The Leche Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 29th April 2022.  The Leche Trust is a grant making charity that provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation.

The priorities for Performing Arts are:

  • Excellence in professional performance;
  • The production and performance of new work;
  • The development of young, professional artists aged 18 or over.

Through the Conservation funding stream, the Trust will support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s. Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work.  Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact. In the case of churches, Trustees will consider supporting the conservation of such features as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings.

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Grants of up to £25,000 Available to Raise Awareness About Toxic Relationships 

The “Your Best Friend” Project is making £300,000 in funding available for projects which raise awareness and increase understanding about toxic relationships amongst girls, young women and non-binary people aged 13-24.

Charities, community groups, schools, colleges and universities, community-based social and health services, religious groups, and youth clubs, groups and societies across England and Wales can apply for funding for projects and activities such as poster campaigns, writing and performing a play or song, running an event, or setting up, or adapting a peer support group in a youth club or school.

The Your Best Friend Fund will award 30-40 small grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Applications for small grants can be made at any time.

6-8 large grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 will also be awarded. The deadline for applications for large grants is the 18th February 2022.

Find out more here

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