Southampton City Council August Funding Bulletin


Welcome to the August newsletter

It’s holiday season for most of us, whether that’s going abroad or enjoying a staycation, but not everyone has family or friends to holiday with. Our friends at the Big Lottery Fund are aiming to tackle this through their new Building Connections Fund, which is now open for applications. This is a fund to tackle loneliness in all its forms, including a Youth Strand (run by the Co-operative Foundation) to specifically tackle loneliness amongst young people.

The third round of the Women’s Vote Centenary Fund small grants is opening shortly. No Southampton projects have been funded so far, though there has been one in Portsmouth. This is a good opportunity to end the year with a celebration of a major moment in our democratic history.

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Building Connections Fund now open

Deadline Friday 24 August 2018, at midday

The Building Connections Fund from Big Lottery offers grants between £30,000 and £100,000 for projects that tackle loneliness. The main fund strand is now open for applications.

Visit the Big Lottery Fund website for details.

If you have a project in mind that tackles loneliness in young people, the Youth Strand, being run by the Co-op Foundation, may be more suitable. It will open in August and offer grants up to £80,000.  Visit the Co-op Foundation Blog for more information on the Youth Strand. 

While the bids must be led by a voluntary sector organisation, they can include statutory sector partners. If you are interested in collaborating with the council and/or CCG in your bid, please email us.

Women’s Vote Centenary Fund small grants

Deadline: 14 September 2018

The Women’s Vote Centenary small grant scheme offers grants between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. Community groups, charities, social enterprises and CICs, not-for-profit companies, community benefit or co-operative societies, schools, colleges and universities are all eligible to apply.

This is your last opportunity to apply to this fund to celebrate and educate about votes for women.

Visit the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant website for more information.

What makes an organisation trustworthy?

There have been some high profile cases in recent years around funding and safeguarding issues that have had an impact on how the public sees the sector. The Charity Commission recently published its latest research into the factors that the public associate with trustworthy charities. Whether you are a large, multi-national organisation or a small, local one, trust levels are a key factor in whether someone donates to or volunteers with your organisation.

Visit the Charity Commission website for the full report.

Spotlight on… Tudor Trust

Tudor makes grants to support smaller, community-led voluntary and community groups that work directly with people who are at the margins of society; organisations that support positive change in people’s lives and their communities. It is much more likely to fund organisations with less than £1 million annual income, and most grant recipients have less than £500,000 per year.

One of the crucial things Tudor looks for in applications is a strong focus on support for the most marginalised – on those individuals and communities who have limited access to resources and opportunities.

Visit the Tudor Trust website for more information.

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