Funding News: 8th March 2012

Story posted 12 March, 2012 15:14 by Zel Rodgers

Funding this week: 8th March 2012


Focus: Match funding to encourage grassroots community sport.

Grant Range: Awards of between £1,000 and £100,000 can be made to match funding from no more than five sponsors, with each sponsor contributing a minimum of £1,000. Sport England funding for the project must be spent by 31 March 2013

Who can apply: Clubs and other bone fide organisations.

Deadline:  Open for applications from April 2012


 Buy Better Together Challenge

Focus: Through this scheme, participants will highlight new models of community buying, stimulate enterprise and promote shared learning. Entrants are asked to address one or more of the below challenges:

Challenge One: Project aimed at creating a platform, tool or vehicle to help individuals to come together and form a community buying group.

Challenge Two: Project aimed at enabling existing or new community groups to develop their purchasing power by working collectively on behalf of individual consumers.

Challenge Three: Project aimed at businesses to empower their employees or consumers to group for community buying.

Grant Range: Both BIS and Co-operatives UK have contributed £30,000 to the challenge, meaning there is a total funding pot of £60,000 available. This year there is a £15,000 prize available for the overall winner to go towards making their project a reality. The funding can be used to support training, mentoring and seed funding for stand out projects.

Who can apply: Groups and organisations within the public, voluntary or business sectors in the UK all qualify for the Challenge.

Deadline: 15 May 2012



 Time for Change has launched but I am investigating it in a little more detail, because although it says all organisations in England may apply, it looks like activities must be delivered in Birmingham.  Will let you know.


John Moores Foundation

JMF have launched a updated guidance in the form of a leaflet about their funding programme.

 Comic Relief

Just to let you know that the current Comic Relief programme is now closed due to the volume of applications.  It will open up again in June for applications. From Joan Ford, Philanthropy Services Manager, Community Foundations for Merseyside and Lancashire


A message from Jeff Scales at Locality: Homes and Communities Agencies Community Grants Programme

If you are considering bidding to the Homes and Communities Agencies Community Grants Programme (part of the HCAs Empty Properties Fund ) you may be interested in meeting other community based bidders. Compiling a viable bid presents considerable challenges - creating effective partnerships with local authorities, assurances over project costs, financial modelling, selection of properties etc.  

Locality in partnership with Lairdside Communities Together would like to host an open discussion for intended bidders, the purpose is to discuss/question and learn from others experience of the process.  Lairdside Communities Together, a Wirral Based Neighbourhood Development Trust, will provide a venue for the meeting which is to take place on Monday 26th March, 11am to 1pm, Royal Standard House, 334 New Chester Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral, CH42 7JZ. Directions can be obtained at .  This is a free event and lunch is provided.  Refreshments will be served at 10.30am and we aim for a 10.45am start  Please note we are limiting attendance to 1 delegate per organisation. Places are limited to community organisations actively developing bids and will be offered on a first come first provided basis. You should also be aware that we are not in a position to offer specific advice about bidding as part of this event. If you are interested in please send the contact details of the delegate attending and details of any specific dietary requirements to Jeff Scales, Development Manager t: 01254889925 m: 07912 269668  e:

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