Grants and Funding - June

Each month I try to provide a list of grants and funding opportunities which may help local people launch or improve their projects.  Here's this month's list:


Urban Tree Challenge
A scheme administered by the Forestry Commission is open to individuals, groups and local authorities. Grants fund the planting of trees and their first three years of care.  Grants are part of a match funding project.…

The audio Content Fund 
Used to produce distinctive public service radio programming that is more difficult to support on a commercial basis.  Includes documentaries, comedy drama and light entertainment. Funds up up to £100,000 are available


Drive For Charity - M6Toll
Funds of up to £1500 to give away every month to charities, schools, sports clubs and voluntary organisations which help enhance the lives of local people.  Schemes also available to offer schools and colleges free use of the M6 toll road for their minibus.

Coalfields Community Investment Programme from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Funding projects which deliver to deprived coalfield communities which will make a positive difference for skills, employment or health.  Total fund value £500,000. Areas where coalmines have been previously are prioritised, so projects in Glascote are certainly wanted.  Amington, Belgrave, Castle, Mercian, Stonydelph and Wilnecote should also apply.


Support for low carbon automotive technology
Organisations can apply for a share of £25 million to support low carbon propulsion technology in the automotive sector.  The funding is available through Innovate UK And the Advanced Propulsion Centre


Dept of Health funding for Rough Sleeping Projects
Public Health England is looking for bids for a share of up to £1.9 million to be awarded to projects involving partnerships between local authorities and CCGs which improve access to health services for people who are sleeping rough.


Funding to reduce Food Waste
Organisations and charities redistributing surplus foods can now apply for grants to improve how they handle and distribute by investing in infrastructure such as warehouses, weighing equipment, storage solutions, fridges and freezers, balers, conveyors, loading equipment, labelling and vehicles.  Lage and small grants available


Funding for music for youth – Youth Music England
Schools and non profits can apply for grants to fund developmental music making projects for young people in challenging circumstances.  Three separate funds available depending on the length of the work and amounts required


Funding for Community Centres and Village Halls
Trusthouse Charitable Fund is offering capital grants for new buildings, upgrades and extensions. It also covers outdoor spaces but not car parks.  Particular interest in bringing disused building back into use.


Funding for parental engagement in maths - Nesta & Tata
The Solving Together Fund has the aim of supporting high potential early stage interventions using digital technology to improve parental engagement in maths for secondary students.  Open to organisations who work with UK schools be it charity or private enterprise


Rescue Boat Grant Fund
Insure and inland rescue boat grant scheme has paid for 82 new boats and thousands of equipment for rescue operations.  Applications are invited each year to bid for grants.


Funding to support leisure activities for disabled people – Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
Aimed at projects encouraging provision of leisure activities for the disabled.  Various grants available but only recognised bodies and charitable groups may apply.


Foyle School Library Programme
State funded schools and dedicated schools who do not have or want to improve their library can apply to the programme.  Priority given to primary schools and to funding library books.  Secondary schools can apply but will not be given priority.  The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software and seating/desks