Aviva Community Fund Opens for UK Entries

The Aviva Community Fund offers grant funding to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local communities.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations or groups working for the good of their community, which have been in existence for at least six months and have an income of £1 million or less.

To be eligible, projects must make a positive difference to people’s lives and address at least one of the following categories, which are new for 2017:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Skills for life
  • Inclusivity
  • Community support

The Community Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible.

Projects can be entered under four levels of funding:

  • Up to £1,000
  • Up to £5,000
  • Up to £10,000
  • Up to £25,000

Groups have an increased chance of winning if an insurance broker or financial adviser submits their entry and supports them, as there is an additional set of awards especially for projects submitted by brokers and financial advisers.

The public will be able to vote for their favourite projects from 24 October to 21 November 2017.

The deadline for entries is 10 October 2017 (12noon).

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Thriving not just surviving: Young Men and Mental Health.

Comic Relief have launched a £1.75 million fund to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men with mental health problems.comic-relief-640x286

They are seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work. They are especially interested in funding organisations that test out different approaches to engagement and support to establish what works.

They encourage applicants to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs, interests and priorities are met as well as challenging the barriers they face in accessing mental health provision.

There will be approximately 20 grants of around £100,000-£150,000 available across the UK.

Deadline for applications 13th October

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My Co-op Community Dividend Fund Open for Applications – grants up to £5000 for community projects

Since 2007, the Co-op’s Community Dividend Fund has donated over £1 million to local communities. The fund is administered by the Central England Co-operative which serves communities by putting 1% of its trading profit back into the community. The fund has now re-opened for communities across England.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to members of the Central England Co-operative located in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Yorkshire or Worcestershire.

Projects should address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Contributions towards the fund-raising efforts of a school, college, community organisation or group, residential or day-care facility or hospital project.
  • Contributions towards a voluntary, self-help or not-for profit organisation other than those listed above.
  • Donations to a local charity or cause, or the local branch of a national charity, that will benefit the local community, for example the provision of equipment, enhancement of the physical environment, training or education programme.
  • Contributions to environmental and social projects that will enhance the local community or raise awareness of environmental issues amongst local residents.

The fund is expected to be highly competitive although all applications will receive full consideration.

The deadline for applications is 28 July 2017.

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New funding opportunity for small groups: Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2017 (UK)

Community groups in the UK have until 31st July 2017 to apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme.  There are 164 pots of £500 to be given away in 2017.  To be in with a chance of receiving an award, groups must show a real commitment to their local community and demonstrate how they will make a difference and enhance lives in the neighbourhood.  Preference will be given to volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members.  The judges are looking for projects with ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact’.  The application process includes a public vote.

Please note that this scheme is not open to registered charities.  To give you some ideas, click the link for a list of last year’s award winners. Read more at: http://www.bfunded.org.uk/community-news/news/skipton-building-society-grassroots-giving-2017/