14 November 2014
Merlin Housing Community Investment Budget Fund
A funding opportunity, open to registered charities, voluntary or community groups that operates on a not for profit basis. The projects or activities that require funding should be undertaken in locations where there are Merlin properties.
Projects we will consider funding should promote or deliver activities, which directly benefit local communities. These may be in the areas of:
• Rural communities
• Areas of deprivation (with a focus on employment support, financial management, skills and training)
• Children and Young People
• Older people
• Digital inclusion
Donations from the Community Investment Budget are typically between £500 to £5,000, though there may be opportunities to provide further funding depending on the scale of project and the benefits it provides.
Previous donations include:
• £1,500 to provide a Job club that helps people to write CVs and make online job applications.
• £1,500 to deliver homework clubs at a local primary school
• £4,000 match-funding for employability learning with The Prince’s Trust and Young Gloucestershire.
Complete an application form, which is available on request from the Community Investment Team at Merlin Housing.
Closing date for this round is 19th December 2014 and contact details are below.
Community Investment Officer
Merlin Housing Society
Main line : 0300 123 2222
Direct line: 01454 821 369
The programme funding the production of neighbourhood plans has proven extremely popular and funds for the £7000 grants have been spent. Further money has now been allocated by the Government to cover expenditure from November 2014-March 2015, until the next budget starts in April.
Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
Every week Galaxy will be donating five cash awards of £300 to local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland who have registered on their website (and signed up to some marketing). Four will be selected by Galaxy, and one voted on by visitors to the website.
Children in Need deadlines
As Pudsey adjusts his eye patch, and Terry Wogan gets roused from his slumber, here’s a reminder of the grants Children in Need give – small and large grants are given to groups working with children and young people (aged 18 years and younger) who are experiencing disadvantage. The next deadline for small grant applications (up to £10,000) is 1 December 2014, and for main grant applications 15 January 2015.
Education Endowment Fund
This gives significant grants (above £50,000) for projects that improve the educational attainment of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. Their focus is on supporting projects that are likely to show a measurable impact. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 1 April 2015.
Parental Engagement Fund
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Sutton Trust have launched a £1 million Parental Engagement Fund to support organisations to develop methods of working with parents to bridge the development gap between children from the poorest backgrounds and the others, in the early and primary school years. Funding for the projects will range from £50,000-£200,000 over two to three years. Deadline is Friday 5 December.
Free 0300 numbers for charities
Dial2Donate is offering free 0300 numbers to all UK registered charities, providing a way for charities to fall in line with Ofcom guidelines.