The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and the Coast Care Initiative have launched a £5,000 Community Environmental Projects Fund.

This exciting new grant scheme will enable local community volunteers make a contribution to their village or parish. Funding will be available for built environment or environmental projects. It can be used towards the cost of tools or for professional support.   

Initially, £5,000 is available in the fund until April 2019, although it is hoped that the scheme will continue for further years. Grants will normally be in the range of £750 - £1,000. In general, the scheme will provide 100% funding, although this is at the discretion of the advisory panel.

Gary Campbell, Coast Care Project Co-ordinator, said: "This exciting new funding opportunity will help to give volunteers the tools to make a real difference in our area. In so many different ways volunteers play a vital role in looking after our coast. This grant fund will help to support and develop this even further”.

The grant scheme is open to those based in, or operating in, any parish within or adjacent to the AONB (which runs along the coast between Amble and Berwick).

The scheme complements the existing Sustainable Development Fund run by the AONB Partnership, which provides grants of up to £3,000 for projects that benefit the environment, communities and visitors to the AONB.

Anyone wanting further information on either of the AONB grant schemes should contact Catherine Gray, Funding and Communications Officer on tel. 01670 622644; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the AONB website. Or contact any member of the Coast Care team www.coast-care.co.uk

 

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.

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.

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.

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