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Affinity Sutton Digital Communities Fund

Purpose

The London Community Foundation is delighted to be managing the Affinity Sutton Digital Communities Fund in 2016. Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for charities and community organisations working across the UK to support Affinity Sutton residents of all ages to get and stay online and to build the skills, motivation and confidence to use the internet safely as an everyday tool.

The Fund is designed to address digital exclusion, and to:

  • Support Affinity Sutton residents of all ages to get and stay online and use the internet as an everyday tool in their communities
  • Support residents to discover the full scope of how the internet can assist them in their everyday lives, and to provide them with the skills and confidence to do so
  • Support residents to access the tools that meet their individual needs and circumstances
  • Encourage residents to use the internet with confidence, and to use it safely.

 

Please note, the Fund is primarily for Affinity Sutton residents, and we would expect the majority of beneficiaries to live in Affinity Sutton properties, however projects can work to benefit the wider community too. 

Please read the full guidelines below for more details, and contact us if you have any queries.

Closing dates:

Friday 29th July 2016 by 5pm (you will hear the outcome by the end of September 2016)

Friday 2nd December 2016 by 5pm (you will hear the outcome before the end of February 2017)

Fund Guidelines

Application Form Guidelines

Application Form

Geographic area covered by the Fund:

UK wide - in areas of Affinity Sutton housing.

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Cockayne - Grants for the Arts

This fund is now closed. It will reopen for applications for 2017 in autumn 2016. Please sign up to our e-bulletin for more information.

ABOUT COCKAYNE

Cockayne is a private foundation based in San Francisco and one of the successor foundations of Columbia Foundation, a ground-breaking philanthropic foundation founded along enlightened principles in 1940 by Madeleine Haas Russell, mother of the current President of Cockayne and her brother, William Haas. True to Madeleine Haas Russell’s belief that young people can best discern the priorities of their time, in 2013 Columbia Foundation’s assets were divided between three successor family foundations designed to involve the next generations in giving. Cockayne is committed to carrying forward Columbia Foundation’s commitment to make a difference for the good with special focus on how this is achievable in the arts. 

Cockayne – Grants for the Arts is a donor-advised fund of The London Community Foundation.

Purpose To support art as a way of enriching life experience. Grants are focused on arts projects in London that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera, dance, theatre) literary, or visual arts.

Current priorities are

  1. New work or ground-breaking re-interpretations of classic repertoire that demonstrate the potential: for artistic excellence, to reach large and diverse audiences, and/or to make a significant, new contribution to the art form.
  2. Art that is experimental, risk-taking, and/or engages controversial issues.
  3. Projects that involve young artists.

Income Threshold None.

Closing date  To be confirmed 7th January 2017.

Please note: Arts projects that are primarily focused on social/political advocacy, community arts and arts-education programmes are not a funding priority of Cockayne - Grants for the Arts. We do not fund digital arts projects or films, including the the filming of productions. Please do not apply if your project falls into one of these categories.

Grant size

  • Average grants range from £1,000 to £25,000, with a few exceptional projects being considered at a higher level.
  • Applicants should not apply for more than 25% of their overall project budget and must demonstrate clearly how additional funds for the project are to be raised.
  • Capital campaigns are rarely considered and only when improvement of the home of an arts organisation is its highest priority. Capital-campaign grants tend to be considered in the same range as programme grants.
  • Multi-year grant applications are not encouraged and are considered only very occasionally.

Geographic priority

Applicants must either be based in London, or delivering the proposed work in London.

Project dates

To help your planning. Projects for the next round of the Cockayne - Grants for the Arts Fund should not start before July 2017. The Fund does not consider retrospective funding of projects.

The Fund Guidelines are for information only.

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Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund

Please note that the focus and criteria for this fund have changed from previous years.

Deutsche Bank and The London Community Foundation are delighted to announce a small grants fund for 2016. If you are a charity, voluntary or community group with an income of less than £250,000 per annum and you need funding for work focusing on increasing social inclusion and improving well being, this fund may be able to help.

The Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund has been operating since 2005 and working in partnership with The London Community Foundation. Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Citizenship mission is to enable communities and economies to prosper. The focus the Small Grants Fund is to help society’s most disadvantaged and communities on the ground.

Applications will only be accepted for projects that help society’s most disadvantaged and communities on the ground by reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing. In addition the projects may fall into any of the following areas:

  • Projects that promote social inclusion, reduce isolation and disadvantage and improve access to services;
  • Projects that advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety
  • Projects that maximize people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity

A proportion of the available funding available is reserved for Older People’s projects. The focus of these projects should be:

  • To promote social inclusion and reduce poverty amongst older people
  • To address the barriers that older people face accessing services
  • The panel is particularly interested in projects that have an intergenerational element.

 Additional Areas of Interest:

 This year, in addition to the above themes, the following factors are of particular interest to the panel:

  •  Activities that make use of IT to overcome social isolation and improve wellbeing
  • Applications with match funding or leverage potential, and good prospects for sustainability
  • Projects that are responsive to local issues
  • Previous Deutsche Bank grantees who have returned good monitoring are welcome to reapply for a Deutsche Bank Small grant but priority may be given to applicants who have not received funding from the Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund previously.

Application deadline - 5pm 15th July 2016

Fund Guidelines


Applications form guidance


Application form

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Land Securities Fund

Please note that this fund is now closed. Please sign up to our grants e-bulletin to be sure that you do not miss out on news about this or any of our other programmes.

Purpose
Focusing on helping projects which address education and employability.

Income Threshold
None

Notes
Please note that applications for the Land Securities Fund are by invitation only.

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MOPAC Victims Fund

About the Fund

This fund is now closed.

We are delighted to launch The MOPAC Victims Fund to benefit victims of crime across London. The aim of the Fund is to maximise the potential of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help ensure the continued and improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover. A portion of the fund will be ring-fenced for both hate crime victims and victims of violent crime.

The Fund is managed by The London Community Foundation on behalf of MOPAC and is open to proposals for work taking place in London only.

Fund Themes and Criteria

Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available to individual organisations providing support to victims of crime to help them cope and recover from their experience. Partnerships of three or more organisations applying together can receive up to £80,000 – please note, partnership applications will need to be submitted by one lead applicant.

Victims of crime are defined in the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime as : ‘a person who has suffered harm, including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by criminal conduct; or a close relative of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct.’

Grants are available to cover any costs relating to work which helps victims of crime to cope and recover from their experience. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Practical support
  • Emotional support
  • Advocacy support
  • Specialist support
  • Counselling
  • Restorative Justice

 Applicants must:

  • be delivering the work they are requesting funding for in London only, and be able to demonstrate that they aim to continue to deliver those services in London in the future. Organisations can be based anywhere in the UK.
  • either be currently delivering services to victims of crime, or be able to demonstrate a track record of having done so in previous years.

Grant size

For individual organisations grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available.

Partnerships of three or more organisations applying together can apply for up to £80,000 – note partnership applications will need to be submitted by one lead applicant, with supporting documents provided by partner organisation. Partnerships may be formal or informal.

Timetable for spending the grant

Successful applicants will have up to 12 months from the offer date to spend any grant awarded. All expenditure must be complete by the end of March 2017

Deadline: Friday 15th January 2016 by 5pm

To apply for a grant 

Before submitting an application please read the following documents and then follow the link to start completing the online form. 

Fund guidelines

Guidance for completing the online application form

Cashflow template

Online application form


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New Beginnings Fund

Purpose

This fund is now closed. 

The New Beginnings Fund has been created to provide funding of up to £10,000 to frontline groups working to support refugees and asylum seekers across the UK in response to the evolving refugee crisis.

In exceptional cases we will consider grants of up to £20,000 for bids including multiple local partners.

We will prioritise local groups, with turnovers of less than £250,000 who can explain the need for additional short to medium term support and how this will add capacity to their current work with local refugees and asylum seekers. Larger organisations with turnovers of up to £1million are not excluded from applying for funding however, priority will be given to smaller locally based organisations in our target areas unless there are no active local refugee / migrant organisations.

Eligibility

  • Open to any registered UK charity; Charitable Incorporated Organisations; companies limited by guarantee; not for profit registered Community Interest Companies; Constituted community and voluntary sector organisations (you must have a minimum of three unrelated committee members) with a registered bank account
  • Non-constituted groups or collectives may apply if they work in partnership with an eligible organisation. The eligible organisation must be an active partner in the delivery of the work and take responsibility for the management of the grant.
  • Grants of up to £10,000 are available for individual groups, or up to £20,000 for bids including partnerships (a lead organisation will need to make the application and meet the eligibility criteria) over a 12 month period
  • Groups with a turnover of under £250,000 will be prioritised, however larger organisations with a turnover of up to £1m are eligible to apply.
  • Groups must be able to evidence an increase in demand for services and how they plan to respond using this funding (this could be an increase in numbers of people using your services, or more enquiries from the public in how they can support you)

Activities we will not support:

  • Activities promoting party political activity
  • Major capital costs
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • Statutory services
  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible.

Grant Size

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for individual groups, or up to £20,000 for bids including partnerships. 

The fund is now closed. 

Fund Guidelines

Online Application Guidelines 

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries, please contact Tom Flynn on 0207 5825117

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Peabody Community Fund

Please note that the next deadline for applications is Friday 24th March 2017 (see 'Closing dates' section below).

The London Community Foundation is delighted to again be managing the Peabody Community Grants funding programme in 2016-17.  The Community Grants programme awards grants from £500 up to £5,000 to charities, resident and community organisations working for the benefit of people who live in the areas in which Peabody operates. In particular, we want to support Peabody residents.

Fund Criteria

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for activities which improve the quality of life of Peabody residents by supporting local activities that:

  • Are responding to identified community need
  • Bring communities together
  • Promote wellbeing

The Fund is able to support activities benefitting residents of all ages and priority will be given to:

  • Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community
  • Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident-led, they will need to demonstrate strong connections with local residents, strong partnership working in the locality, a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete, and a clear understanding of community needs
  • In 2016/17 up to 50% of the funding will be available for projects located in the following boroughs: Haringey, Hillingdon, Redbridge and Wandsworth
  • Youth led projects up to the age of 24.

Note: Activities must demonstrate that the beneficiaries will be Peabody residents. To find out where Peabody estates are near you, please refer to the Peabody website.

Applicants must:

  • be supporting Peabody residents. Applicants will be expected to have researched Peabody stock in the area (available via LCF and Peabody) and demonstrate that they have a clear strategy for engaging Peabody residents in their project
  • demonstrate that the proposal is in response to identified community need
  • have a minimum of 3 unrelated Management Committee members
  • have a governing document, i.e. a constitution or Memorandum & Articles
  • have a bank account in the name of the group, with at least 2 unrelated signatories – or provide details of another group who will be managing any grant awarded, with a copy of the partnership arrangement
  • have a record of income and expenditure or annual accounts (if a group is new with no previous income they will need to provide a recent bank statement)
  • Have an annual income of less than £100,000. However, organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 are eligible to apply if they have a proven track record of working with Peabody residents
  • have a “safeguarding policy” if working with young people under the age of 18, or if you are working with vulnerable adults (groups can contact us if they need help with this and we can also provide them with our guide on safeguarding policies). Groups will also need to have DBS checks where required
  • have the relevant insurance in place, including public liability where required, before delivering activities.

Grant size: Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available.

Guidelines and application form

Peabody Community Fund guidelines

Peabody Community Fund application form guidelines

Application form

Closing dates:                                                                                    

Friday 22nd July 2016 by 12 noon (you will hear the outcome by end of September 2016) - this deadline has now passed                                                    

Friday 24th March 2017 by 12 noon (you will hear the outcome by end of May 2017)                                                   

Notes

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the fund or your application, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at info@londoncf.org.uk 

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Red Nose Day - Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Please note that this fund is now closed. Please sign up to our grants e-bulletin to be sure that you do not miss out on news about this or any of our other programmes.

The Red Nose Day Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund is for small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing work to support local people living tough lives.

Criteria

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

Organisations can apply for funding towards work that addresses one or more of the following themes:

- Tackling educational disadvantage;

- Getting people into work;

- Fighting gangs, knife and gun crime;

- Improving mental and physical health and well-being and supporting carers;

- Addressing manifestations of poverty such as homelessness, pensioner poverty or working poor.

Who can apply? 

To be eligible your organisation must fulfil the following criteria:

- Have been active in your local community for not less than 12 months

- Have an evidenced income of less than £250,000 per annum, either in your last complete financial year, or taken as an average income for the last three financial years (or over the life of the group if it is less than 3 years old)

For full details please download a copy of the Fund Guidelines

Fund Guidelines

Application Portal

Please also read the Online Application Guidance before applying

Online Application Guidance

Cashflow Template

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Skills for Life Fund

This fund is currently closed.

The Skills for Life Fund is now open for 2016, thanks to another donation from Prudential PLC. The Fund is now in its third year and we are delighted to be able to continue to support children and young people to improve their life chances. If you are a local charity, voluntary or community group and you need funding for a project that works with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people this grant fund may be able to help.

Fund Themes

Organisations can apply for funding towards projects for children and young people aged 8-18 years, and those who are 18-25 years who are NEET (Not if Education, Employment or Training) or have a Special Educational Need (SEN). Work must focus on lifelong learning and supporting employment readiness among disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people, through addressing one or more of the following:

  1. Achieve: Increasing educational achievement through additional support outside of the classroom; Tackling barriers to achievement in education or employment for particularly vulnerable groups, and improving their communication skills in preparation for working life
  2. Empower: Helping young people to find their own pathways to education, employment, training and enterprise, improving their overall skills in preparation for working life
  3. Nurture: Helping parents and carers to support their children’s education and development, including supporting them to improve their own literacy, numeracy, communication and information technology skills in order to increase their engagement in their children’s education.

Please read the Fund Guidelines and guidance notes for completing the online application form before beginning your application.

Grant Size

The maximum grant size is £12,500 for projects of up to one year.

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Sport Relief: The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

This fund is now closed

About the Fund

Sport Relief is supporting The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund with a grant of £1million. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

Please note: Your proposals do not have to be sport related to be considered.

The fund is open across all London boroughs.

Aim of the Programme 

We believe that local people know what is needed in their community and are best placed to make any changes. Having lots of activities happening in area brings vibrancy to a local community which can make it a better place to live. We are also aware that many people are undertaking great work in their area but often struggle to get the support they need. We therefore want to support community groups undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement. 

Criteria

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

Priority will be given to:

  • Small, locally based groups or organisations working in areas of disadvantage
  • Organisations demonstrating a clear understanding of the needs of their community

Organisations can apply for funding towards work that addresses one or more of the following themes:

  • Tackling educational disadvantage
  • Getting people into work
  • Fighting gangs, knife and gun crime
  • Improving physical and mental health
  • Addressing other manifestations of poverty such as homelessness, pensioner poverty or the working poor

Priorities

The Fund will prioritise organisations demonstrating the following:

  • Disadvantage – reaching those who are excluded or disadvantaged due to low income, social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality, gender or poor health
  • Need and demand – evidence that the activities are needed in the community and in demand
  • Lived Experience – people directly affected by the issues are involved in the organisation and the planning of the project
  • Effective Practice – evidence that the methodology being used will be successful
  • Partnerships – a range of relevant partners are in place to deliver the work

Deadline for applications 

Friday 6th May 2016 at 12 noon

Fund guidelines

Online application guidelines

Online application form

Income & Expenditure Forecast Template

Please contact The Programmes Team at The London Community Foundation if you need help with your application or have any queries about the Fund at 020 7582 5117.

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The Good Neighbourhood Fund

Fund Themes and Criteria

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 per year over two years, are available to support work benefitting people aged 18 or over in the following areas:

Health and/or Wellbeing and Inclusion

Proposals must promote or encourage integration and/or inclusion through project delivery. This could include:

  • Health and wellbeing projects that bring  people of different backgrounds, faiths, gender, cultures, sexuality, ages together through the group’s work
  • Projects with a health/wellbeing focus that are actively tackling issues such as exclusion and isolation

Funding is available for projects, or core funding for organisations whose work fits with the fund themes, and funding is available to continue existing work, and/or for new work or pilots.

Income Threshold: Organisations must have an average annual income of less than £200,000

Priority will be given to:

  • Small organisations working to support a defined local community
  • Resident or user led groups
  • Organisations demonstrating a clear understanding of the needs of their community
  • Work which shows innovation for either the organisation and/or sector
  • Organisations which are able to provide volunteering/engagement opportunities for MyLotto24 staff

This fund is now closed it will reopen in 2016 - please sign up to our e-bulletin for updates

Guidance notes for completing the online application form

Application Guidelines

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The Rob Barr Charitable Fund sponsored by Russell Investments

Please note that this fund is now closed. Please sign up to our e-bulletin to be sure that you do not miss out on news about this or any of our other programmes.

Purpose
To support groups focusing on young people and education, employment and training. Please see the guidelines for further information.

Income Threshold

Less than £150,000

We say

"We've made over £40 million worth of grants to support over 5,000 projects throughout London. We're continuing our work to raise more funds for local charities and community groups working across the Capital."

They say

"I am enormously grateful to the expertise, the professionalism and the generosity of spirit of the amazing group of people at The London Community Foundation. I know that there are lots of other small charities who have benefitted as much as we have, from their work."

Pippa Hockton, Director of Street Talk