Funding round up - December 2016

To find out about the latest funding opportunities, please see summary details below and visit the links within for full details.
Grants from £500,000 to £1,000,000
Transform how heritage engages young people with an ambitious, youth-focused project. You can apply for a grant of £500,000-£1,000,000 as part of a consortium.
Young Roots funds partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people aged 11-25 shape and deliver their own projects. Young Roots projects stem directly from young people's interests and ideas, harnessing the creativity and energy and helping to work with others in the local community.
BIG Awards for All England offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities, and the lives of people within them.
Aim to: ensure audiences throughout the UK are able to gain access to a local cinema experience; increase choice of British and specialised film; grow audiences for film at a community level; establish and develop community venues. BFI Neighbourhood comprises the Pilot Fund to enable new and existing community touring cinemas to develop regular not-for-profit community cinema activity in currently under-served areas and / or to increase specialised programming in existing partner venues.
The Fund seeks to ensure: greater choice to increased and more diverse audiences across the UK for specialised and independent British film especially in under-served areas; a positive profile for UK film on the international stage; greater industry networking opportunities.
We will prioritise film festivals which demonstrate year on year increase in reach and growth, which offer a high quality cultural programme and which provide audiences with enhanced opportunities to engage with specialised and independent British film.
Strand 1: film festivals of regional/local significance or those which address a specialised theme.
Strand 2: film festivals of UK-wide or international significance.
Under this programme we fund projects which enable communities to explore and understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people.  The Heritage Lottery Fund also provides grants of more than £10,000 for First World War heritage programmes through its other grants programmes.  Find out more at
Under this programme projects are funded that make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities in the UK. Heritage includes many different things from the past that we value and want to pass on to the future generations, for example, archaeological sites; museum and archive collections; cultural traditions; historic buildings; histories of people, places, events and communities; the heritage of languages and dialects; people’s memories and experiences; natural heritage including habitats, species and geology; and places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history.
Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call us before you apply to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs. Projects should complement or fill gaps in local strategies where appropriate. Communities should be involved throughout the life of the project. This is primarily a revenue programme, but we can contribute up to £100,000 towards capital costs.
This is a small grants programme for any type of project related to heritage in the UK. Under this programme, we fund projects that make a difference to people, heritage and communities in the UK.   Projects must have not yet started and last no longer than one year.
The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations or projects which help more young people (14+) and adults develop and maintain a sporting habit for life. These grants can be used for a variety of projects such as buying equipment, training up volunteers or paying for an extra coach.
The Strategic touring programme is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. This includes: better access to high quality work for people in places in England which rely on touring for much of their arts provision; more high quality work to reach people and places with the least engagement; stronger relationships forged between those involved in artistic, audience and programme development; a wide range of high quality work
An exciting new opportunity funded by O2’s Think Big and the Big Lottery Fund and managed by the National Youth Agency, is a programme that will provide support and funding for young people aged 17-24 years to create their unique digital ideas to help the environment. Ideas include: improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, or recycling, with 50 projects receiving funding of up to £10,000 per project. The Environment Now Programme will support young people over two years, helping them develop their ideas, confidence and skills with the aim of empowering them to become sustainability leaders of the future.
The Co-op is looking for three projects per local community across the UK, of which they have identified 1,500 community areas in total. They are looking for small, locally based organisations that benefit the local community centred on Co-op food stores and funeral homes, have the greatest possible benefit to their community and can make maximum use of the amount of funding available. Preference is given to organisations with an income of less than £1 million a year. The deadline is 16 December 2016. Apply here.
UnLtd, the charity for Social Entrepreneurs, has announced that young people aged 16 – 24 can apply for funding awards. The programme will support young people to start and run social ventures, offering 100 awards between 2016 - 2019 of between £501 and £5,000. Anyone over the age of 18 who applies must be willing to crowdfund a minimum of £100. The closing date for applications is 10 December 2016. Further details can be found here.
The Yapp Charitable Trust offers grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 who are undertaking work with their priority groups, which includes children and young people aged 5 – 25. The grants are for core funding only. Applications are accepted at any time.
Grants are available for new or developed projects in England that are run by local not-for-profit groups and organisations that are working to build connections across communities (in particular working with people from faith and ethnic communities) in order to encourage people to live together well. Perhaps some intergenerational projects may be funded? Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available as seed funding. Deadline is 1 February 2017.
Grants are available of up to £500 to help young people to run a project in their local area anywhere in the UK that involves local volunteers. Applications are accepted all year round.
Grants are available to assist charities and social enterprises in England that require extra support to become ‘investment ready’. The Reach Fund, provided by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and administered by the Social Investment Business, will provide £4 million of grant funding by 2018 to help more charities and social enterprises secure the investment they need to help them grow. Applications will be accepted from organisations who have been referred by one of the Fund's Access Points.
We support work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice. We fund work carried out by individuals and grass-roots groups in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England that find it difficult to get funding elsewhere. Specifically, we fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to change society by bringing an end to the systems that cause injustice. While applicants may be working on short term reforms, we are looking for applicants that ultimately aim to end or replace these systems with a just alternative, rather than trying to improve or reform them.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.
We are dedicated to helping disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and children transform their lives. Under our ABLE banner, our priority is to make a difference through targeted grant support, helping local and regional community groups and charities across the UK and Europe to deliver projects which provide access to opportunities and improve well-being.
All over the world millions of children and young people have an extremely difficult start to life, from missing out on basic education to being exposed to violence, exploitation and abuse. In the UK, children and young people that miss school and fail to reach their potential are often coping with difficult life experiences, like caring for an adult, or living with parents who are battling substance or alcohol use.
Awards over £1 million in grants every year to charities operating in Cumbria and the very north of Lancashire. Our core purpose is to support charitable organisations who enable young people from the most deprived areas of Cumbria/North Lancs. to achieve their full potential in life. We are particularly interested in effective approaches to addressing the needs of children, young people and young adults (up to 24 years old) in the following areas...
The Charity can assist throughout Lancashire although Preston District has special priority, and it has wide powers at the discretion of the Trustees to relieve need, hardship and distress amongst the under 25's, including making grants for books, equipment or appropriate training and education where deprivation exists.

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