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May 31, 2017

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.)

 

 

 

May 19, 2017

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.

March 23, 2017

Low Cost Software

Since 2001, charities registered with technology trusted have saved more than £183 million by accessing donated software from companies like Microsoft, Google, Symantec, Adobe and more.

By registering with them for free they hope to upgrade a charity’s software – helping you to become more efficient, save funds and focus on what’s really important – your cause.

The only cost is a small fee per licence received, which they charge to keep the programme going but that’s usually only about 4% of the regular cost of the software.

Examples are:

  • Microsoft Office 2016 for £25*
  • Adobe Acrobat XI for £48*
  • Norton Security Deluxe for £8*
  • Office 365 and Google for Nonprofits for free

* Prices are valid as of 9th March 2017 and exclude VAT

To learn more go to www.tt-exchange.org

February 8, 2017

Comic Relief new Programme

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. 

 

February 1, 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:

TCF NIOP Information Sheet Jan 2017

January 30, 2017

The Aesop PHE Evaluation Framework
Some time ago Aesop identified the need for an evaluation framework for arts for health and wellbeing. A version for researchers was developed and published in the international journal, Arts and Health, in 2014. Thanks to a commission from Public Health England, a version for practitioners is now available. 

 The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.

 This document, the first of it kind, has been published by Public Health England and endorsed by Arts Council England. It provides guidance on appropriate ways to document the impacts of arts for health and wellbeing, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.  It is intended for health commissioners, third sector organisations, trainers, funders, practitioners, managers, arts organisations, researchers and others with an interest in the development and evaluation of arts for health and wellbeing programmes.  I encourage you to share it with peers and anyone who may benefit from it.

 

[THE FRAMEWORK CAN BE READ &  DOWNLOADED HERE]

Best wishes, Tim Joss  Founder and Chief Executive

December 23, 2016

The Trusthouse office is closed until 5th January 2017. We wish you a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

December 22, 2016

The agenda for the February 2017 meeting of the Grants Committeee is closed.

Large and Standard grant applications, including Hospice and Village Hall/Community Centre applications, received now will be considered for inclusion in the agenda of the May 2017 meeting. The agenda for the May meeting will probably close at the end of March/early April, but this entirely depends on how many applications we receive between now and then.

We stress we operate a rolling scheme and applications can be made at any time during the year. There are no deadlines for submission as such. If you miss being included on one agenda, your application will be included in the next available meeting. Please apply as and when you are ready to do so, rather than rushing an application as we find that this affects the quality of your application – and will mean you are competing with everyone else who has left it to the last minute to apply!

Small Grant applications will receive a final decision within four to six weeks of our receipt of your application.

September 16, 2016

The list for the Grants Committee meeting scheduled for early November 2016 is now closed. Applications received from today will go to the February 2017 meeting of the Grants Committee. Applications for this meeting will probably close at the end of December, but this does depend on how many applications we receive between now and then. You are therefore advised to apply as soon as you are ready to do so as you may be unlucky if you leave it to the last moment to apply!

Small Grant applications are considered year round and will receive a final decision within 4-6 weeks receipt of application.

July 1, 2016

With effect from 1st July 2016, the maximum amounts which can be applied for have changed:

Small Grants: amounts between £1,000 and £6,000 (previous maximum grant £5,000)

Standard Grants: amounts between £6,001 and £12,000 (previously between £5,000 and £9,999)

Large Grants: amounts for capital projects only between £10,000 and £45,000 (previously £40,000).