Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is changing its grants programmes
We are excited to announce that with effect from 1st July, Trusthouse will replace its currents grants programmes with two new programmes:
Full details of the new programmes are given in the attached Guidelines.
We remain focussed on supporting local organisations in the most deprived rural and urban communities.
We invite applications from organisations whose work falls under the general heading of Community Support and Arts Education Heritage.
Why we have changed the programmes
These new programmes are being introduced after a review of our grants strategy by the Trustees and consultation with grants recipients. Lady Balfour of Burleigh, Chair of the Grants Committee says, “The Trustees have carefully considered the current needs of the charitable and voluntary sector. The difficulties of many organisations in gaining critical funding for core costs have driven our decision to provide multi-year grants to increase sustainability. Alongside this, we have noted the increasing costs of building works and we hope that our decision to offer larger grants for larger programmes of works will address this sector need. Our annual grants budget remains between £2.5m and £3m, so we will be making fewer grants but we look forward to working over a longer period with our grants recipients to increase our knowledge and understanding of how we can best assist the third sector.”
How to apply
Both programmes will open for on-line applications on 1st June 2018. We will be closed to applications until that time.
Applications can be made at any time during the year, so please don’t all apply at once!
Major Grants will be decided at Grants Committee meetings, which usually take place in February, May, July and November. We will inform you within 6 weeks of receiving your application if your request will be included on the agenda of the next available meeting. There are no deadlines for submission to a particular meeting, but we generally recommend sending in applications at least 6 weeks in advance to enable us to process your application and make assessment visits if you pass the initial review. If we don’t have sufficient space on the agenda list for your application, or enough time to complete the assessment, it will automatically roll on to the next Grants Committee meeting.
Small Grants applications are considered outside the Grants Committee meetings, and will generally receive a final decision 4-6 weeks after we receive your application, depending on if we need additional information from you.
Who can apply
If you received a grant from us within the past 12 months and have yet to spend out your grant and make your final report to us, you will not be eligible to apply until you do so.
All other applicants, whenever you made your last application to us or received a grant, are eligible to apply.
We cannot guarantee that an application from you would be eligible under the new criteria, as we do not necessarily have up-to-date information on our database about your organisation, work and location. Please check the Guidelines carefully!
We have been made aware of a £1 million fund that Natwest have available this year, it’s called the ‘Skills and Opportunities Fund’ and is for ‘not-for-profit organisations who have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise.’
More information is here,
With effect from 29th January, all new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants will be made through our on-line application forms.
For Small, Standard and Large grant applications, go to the Applications page, complete the eligibility filter and you will automatically be taken to the relevant on-line form, which has additional space and can be saved and revised as often as you like before final submission.
For Village Hall/Community Centre grant applications (which includes churches, sports centres or other types of centre offering a full range of community activities), go to the Grants page and click on the Community Centres and Village Halls heading. The link to the application is at the end of the page: please read the preceding information carefully to see if your project is eligible.
Hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading. PLEASE NOTE we will cease to accept unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31st March 2018.
Our Guidelines currently still show the instructions for paper-based applications: we will be updating these in the next month or so, to coincide with information on the launch of a new grants policy and criteria which will come into effect from 1st July 2018. Most of our current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria. The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April.
In celebration of their 60th anniversary The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support Capital projects to provide new or improved facilities for local communities across the UK. The Fund will close for applications on 30th June 2018 but they wish to give charities plenty of notice so they have the chance to develop their plans. Charities will find all information on the anniversary website where there is a specific section on the fund – https://anniversary.garfieldweston.org
They are keen to receive applications from across the UK:
|Power to Change have a funding programme aimed at keeping pubs open by bringing them into community ownership and extending the range of community services they provide.
The programme offers community groups in England a comprehensive package of support, advice, loan and grant funding to set up community-owned pubs, with social, economic and environmental benefits to their communities. They are particularly encouraging applicants from community groups who want to set up or save a pub in an urban area, and from the North East, South West and Midlands. Find out more by registering for the FAQs webinar below.
Read about the More than a Pub Programme here:
The Neighbourhood Statistics page, given as the source of your postcode ranking on the Index of Multiple Deprivation, was closed on 12th May 2017. Please now use the following website: http://dclgapps.communities.gov.uk/imd/idmap.html. (Paste and copy the address into your Internet searcher – this is NOT a direct link.)
We are pleased to announce that with effect from 1st July 2017, the maximum amount which applicants can request for Large Grants, Hospices, Village Halls & Community Centres will be increased to £50,000 (from £45,000).
These grants are only for one-off capital projects where the total cost of the project is under £1M (apart from hospices where there is no maximum total cost limit). Applicants must have secured at least 50% before making an application to Trusthouse.
PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION FORMS STILL STATE THE MAXIMUM GRANT IS £45,000 – bear with us while we arrange for these to be updated!
If you have recently made an application to us for any of these schemes, we will factor in the increased grant amount when considering your application.
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In partnership with England Rugby, Comic Relief is launching its first funding initiative through the Try for Change fund on 6th February 2017.
In 2016, Comic Relief and England Rugby joined forces to launch the Try for Change Fund. The fund will use rugby union and the rugby union community to deliver social change in England and across the world. Bringing together rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship it will work to tackle a number of social challenges around education attainment, social inclusion, unemployment, mental and physical wellbeing, personal development and community cohesion. Sport can play an important role in improving the lives of millions of people across the world, bringing people together to play, learn, improve their health and benefit from shared experiences. Try for Change works to promote, support and grow rugby as a tool for social good. It aims to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, as well as deliver long-term benefits to the wider community.
The first initiative launched under the Try for Change Fund is a small grants programme aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups, and local community rugby clubs in England. Organisations can apply for between £2,500 and £10,000, for up to 12 months. We will be prioritising applications which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, for example young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), local refugees, or young offenders.
For more details and to apply for funding from the Try for Change Fund, please check the Comic Relief grants page from 6th February 2017.
Grants for Projects in Northern Ireland supporting Older People
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is running a one-off grants programme with a budget of £110,000 in 2017 giving grants of £1,000 to £12,000 to projects supporting older people, which are located in areas of socio-economic deprivation in Northern Ireland.
We have a preference for work which helps people with dementia, but are open to any older people’s project which will improve the quality of life and wellbeing of older people, including addressing issues of loneliness and isolation.
Please click on the link below for more details: