The J A Clark Charitable Trust was set up in 1971 by John Anthony Clark as a family charitable trust.

The objective of the JAC Trust is to use the Trust’s income to provide financial and other support to organisations and projects that help to make change for those in real need in the UK and the wider world.

The Trust gives grants to charities and other non-profit making organisations.  To maximise the impact of our grant-making we focus our funding on organisations that are effective, share our ambitions and whose projects are most aligned with our interests and passions.

 

2017-2022 Strategic Period

The Trustees have identified two areas they wish to support during the current strategic period:

a) Women’s Empowerment in Africa and Asia, 

b) Disadvantaged Youths in deprived areas of the UK, specifically East London and the North East.

From time to time the Trustees will review the Trust’s funding policy and areas of focus. The most recent changes were made in March 2017. More information is available on the Trust's website.

The Virgin Money Foundation is match funding £850,000 from Big Lottery Fund to create a £1.7million, three year #iwill Take Action Fund.

Funding is available under three themes:

  • Our Physical Environment: We want to foster a sense of community pride and empower young people to make the communities they live in a better place.
  • Our Health: We want to encourage young people to tackle health issues that affect their community using sport and peer networks to raise awareness and to campaign.
  • Our Culture: We want the voice of young people to be heard. We want young people to use art and media as a tool to raise awareness of the issues that matter to them and their communities.

They are looking for projects working with young people aged 10 to 20 or up to 25 for disabled people. To be able to apply you must provide evidence that young people have been involved in the planning of your project and how that will continue for the duration of the grant. Activities must include volunteering, campaigning or fundraising. Applications will be assessed on how well they reflect the #iwill 6 principles of great social action. There is further information on the 6 principles here: http://www.iwill.org.uk/about-us/principles/

In addition, each applicant will be expected to tell us how they intend to work with at least one of the following groups:

  • Young people living in the top 5% deprived areas of the North East
  • BAME youth
  • Young parents
  • Young offenders
  • Young homeless people.

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000 for up to two years activity.

The main grants programme is open now and will close to applications in December 2018.

More information is available on the Virgin Money Foundation website.

Suez Communities Trust have launched a new and improved online application process.

From now on, applications can be made at any time via a two-stage online application form.  There are no longer any application deadlines.

The stage one application form can be completed quickly and captures brief information which will help to establish if a project is likely to be eligible for funding.  When a stage one application form is received it will be review and responded to within five working days.  If your project appears to meet the funding criteria we will invite you to stage two.

Stage two is a full application form which requires more detail about the project, along with supporting documents.  When they receive a stage two application it will be reviewed and a funding decision made within 5 to 16 weeks.

 

The funding criteria has not changed as a result of the new two-stage application process.

 

For more details visit the Suez Communities Trust website.

Community grants usually range between £5,000 and £25,000 and are awarded towards projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. National Churches Trust are interested in a wide range of projects but all will include toilets or catering facilities. To qualify, projects should have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees).

 

Places of worship of any denomination and age can apply. Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK. For 2018 NCT continue to encourage applications from their priority areas - North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches, but other churches may still apply.

 

The application process begins with an eligibility quiz. Please answer these questions accurately. If you are eligible you will be able to continue to the application form.

 

The next deadline is 30 October 2017 for a decision in March 2018.

Subsequent deadlines will be: 5 March 2018 for a decision in July 2018, 2 July 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

 

Full details and guidance is available on the National Churches Trust website.

 

National Churches Trust Micro-Grants in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network

Launched in 2016, applicants with necessary facilities soon to be in place can also be considered for National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network. These are additional £2,000 micro-grants available to successful applicants to set up a new Cinnamon Network Recognised Project that meets the needs of local people.

The North East Fund offers grants of up to £50,000 to organisations to help make a long term difference to local communities. To find out more about current funded organisations click here.

The Foundation want to hear from community organisations working to promote long-term change in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the North East. We all know that local knowledge is vital to the success of any new idea and they are looking for applications from voluntary organisations working within their local community to:

  • Support vulnerable people into quality housing

  • Get young people into long term jobs

  • Create opportunities through social enterprise.

The foundation are receiving and assessing applications now!

The fund will close when all funds have been committed. As the closing date will therefore be determined by the number and quality of applications received, organisations are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they are ready. They will be considered in date order. For more information or to apply to the North East Fund visit the website.

As well as continuing to fund the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, grants will are now available for general community projects.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.

These are just some examples of projects that are now eligible as the green light will be given to many other schemes that meet the programme’s aims and objectives to fund projects which will benefit the local community.

To ensure that the programme is really local the number of projects funded every two months has been increased and there are new funding amounts – with £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 up for grabs. You do not have to be near a Tesco's shop to apply. More information is available on the Groundwork website

Big Lottery Fund have revised and simplified their application form and guidance for the Reaching Communities programme to better reflect their Strategic Framework 2015 - 2021.

A key component of the new framework is their vision of 'People in the lead' and this runs through both the application form and guidance.

 

Big Lottery Fund's description of this in the guidance for Reaching Communities is:

People in the Lead 

We believe that the best way to improve communities is through harnessing and supporting the ideas, skills and energy of the people who live in them. Our ‘People in the Lead’ approach focusses on ensuring people are able to drive change in their community right from the start, and remain in the driving seat from design through to delivery. By doing this, our funding can help ensure that people and places are better prepared to make the most of their potential, and overcome the range of challenges they may face in the future.

 

Funding Priorities

Reaching Communities has new funding priorities, these are:

The most important thing is that you tell us what your ideas are for making positive change in your communities.We particularly want to hear about ideas that support:

  • Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
  • Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
  • Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage

Full details and the new stage one application form is available on the Big Lottery website. You are strongly encouraged to contact BIG Lottery on 0345 4 10 20 30 before starting an application.

 

Reaching Communities Buildings This stream of Reaching Communities funding will close at 5pm on 31/1/17. We anticipate that a revised buildings programme will launch in the near future.

To mark 300 years of the United Grand Lodge of England many celebratory events will be held across the country ranging from Thanksgiving Services, gala dinners to Teddy Bear Picnics and community events. 2017 will see a full year of donations by regional Provincial Grand Lodges throughout England & Wales to charities which operate in the local community.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland, which stretches from Berwick upon Tweed, Haltwhistle in the west, Seahouses and Whitley bay in the east to Newcastle in the south is delighted to be part of these celebrations. We will be giving away thousands of pounds to local charities throughout 2017, in the hope this financial boost will help community projects throughout the region, increasing the hugely positive effect they have to peoples lives within the community.

If you are a local charity and would like to apply to be considered for a Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland donation, then please complete the form on the Northumberland Masons website

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