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New funding streams for local community groups

Posted on 16th January, 2018 by Lincoln Against Poverty

Garfield Weston Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary with One-Off Charitable Fund

Registered charities, places of worship and state schools in the UK can apply for the Garfield Weston Foundation’s new one-off capital fund to benefit communities.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools.

The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs. Groups in need of revenue funding should apply to the Foundation’s main grants programme. Funding is available for:

  • New community facilities.
  • Improvement of community facilities.
  • Items that require a sizeable investment e.g. purchase of minibus.
  • Improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use.
  • New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use e.g. new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
  • Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
  • New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field.
  • Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people e.g. minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out.
  • Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.

Total project costs must be above £30,000.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.

The Link is: https://garfieldweston.org/

Wren’s Community Action Fund Opens for 2018 Applications

Wren’s Community Action Fund has re-opened to applications for projects taking place in areas of England and Wales close to Waste Recycling Group landfill sites.

Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that can demonstrate how they fall into Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund. Object D shows commitment to the protection of the environment, and the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. WREN’s definition of an amenity is something that a community will have access to and be able to use for leisure or recreation purposes.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Replacement doors and windows for village halls and community centres.
  • Provision of children’s play equipment in open public spaces.
  • Construction of footpaths and cycleways in public parks.
  • The provision of all-weather play surfaces for MUGA multi use games areas.
  • The provision of skate parks.
  • Dipping platform and all weather paths at local nature reserves.

Although match funding is not a specified requirement, the Waste Recycling Group (as a condition of providing WREN with the Landfill Tax Credits) require project applicants to secure the help of eligible ‘Third Parties’ who will reimburse them with an amount equal to 10.75% of any grant committed. Third Party funders cannot, however, gain any unique benefit from the project put forward for funding.

Applications will be accepted from the following types of organisations:

  • Registered charities which operate a community facility.
  • Churches or Parochial Church Councils.
  • Parish or Town Councils or Management Committees or User Associations acting on behalf of Parish or Town Councils.
  • Local Authorities.
  • CASC Registered Sports Clubs.

Other organisations may still be able to apply for funding if they apply as a secondary applicant with a Parish Council, Local Authority or charity which has an involvement in their project site.

The first deadline for applications is 14 March 2018 (5pm). The fund will continue quarterly after this.

The Link is: http://www.wren.org.uk/apply/wren-grant-scheme