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Coventry University Community Grant opens for applications

Coventry 4 Good and Coventry University are collaborating on a pilot grant scheme that opens Tuesday 5th May 2015. The Coventry University Community Grant is a new fund that focuses on supporting the following activities:

a) Activities that promote a sense of wellbeing within communities and that enhance existing relationships and/or create new opportunities to respond to needs in a collaborative way.

b) Activities that are based near to Coventry University in areas with a high student population.
c) Activities that promote and encourage volunteer involvement.
d) Activities that are able to demonstrate a significant and measurable impact.
e) Activities that tackle social inequalities.
The Fund aims to support voluntary and community organisations to develop projects and activities that encourage and improve social relations, involve volunteers and take place in areas near to Coventry University where there is a high student population. The Fund offers the opportunity for organisations to test out new and innovative ideas whilst being supported by Coventry University staff and/or students.
For further information and to download an application form please visit


Armed Forces Day Grants available for 2015

Grants are available to help fund Armed Forces Day events in the UK this summer.  

Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals can apply for a maximum of £10,000 towards the costs of their event (providing it is to cover no more than 50% of the project costs).       

The events must occur a week either side of the National Armed Forces DaySaturday 27 June 2015

Events they cover include 1940's tea parties, parades, big band concerts, civil war military re-enactments and live and static demonstrations to name just a few.

Applications for funding are now open, and will close on Friday 27 March 2015. Event organisers should in the first instance contact the Ceremonial Events Co-ordination Team by email at or by telephone: 0207 807 0970


Coventry City Council Launch the 2014-15 Community Grant Fund

Coventry City Council is pleased to inform you of the launch of the 2014-15 Community Grant Fund. The funding pot is £100,000. Funding will be allocated via 2 funding rounds. Deadlines for applications to the 2 rounds are:

Round 1: Deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 30 June 2014
Round 2: Deadline for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 31 December 2014

Applicants: Please ensure that you read the Grant Funding Criteria carefully before completing your application as incomplete forms will not be considered.

However, for anyone who prefers to complete a paper copy, there will be paper copies available from Council House reception.

This funding is intended to help Voluntary and Community groups throughout Coventry develop their capacity and promote positive sustainable change in neighbourhoods. Projects will be expected to enhance the local environment and/or improve the general health and well-being of citizens of Coventry. This grant fund complements and supports the Council’s objective of encouraging residents to “do more for themselves” and increase self-sufficiency. This will help further the development of actively engaged, sustainable, resilient communities within Coventry.

A lot of interest in this fund is expected and applicants should understand that, while careful consideration will be given to each application, it may not be possible to fund all applicants, even if applications come within the criteria set out above.

If you require further information about the Community Grant Fund, please contact the Community Development Team on 024 7683 1195. 


Comic Relief

The Comic Relief Local Communities programme aims to support projects where there is clear evidence of a sustained beneficial impact or improving people's lives that are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

Priority will be given to small, volunteer led groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Projects should meet one or more of the following criteria:

1. Increase local services;
2. Build the skills of local people;
3. Increase community cohesion;
4. Respond to local economic needs.

Grants are available from £1,000 to £7,500; to apply for a Comic Relief grant; you must use follow the Comic Relief application process, a link for which is available on our website, visit, and go to the Grants page - online applications.

Call Kat on 024 7688 3262, before you begin completing the form, to discuss your projects suitability.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Local Post Offices to deliver new funding for communities across England

Communities across England are being asked to suggest projects that would benefit their local areas as part of a competition for local post offices.

The competition which launched earlier this month is open to sub-postmasters in English post office branches, but not Crown post offices, working in consultation with their local communities.

The £200,000 Community Enterprise Fund, from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Post Office, offers 20 grants of up to £10,000 each to be used to start up not-for-profit projects that provide a service, activity or support that will benefit their local community.

These could include:

• Classes in key skills such as reading, languages or the Internet.
• Mentoring and advice service for local small businesses, or display space for local producers.
• Partnership with a local charity to provide a meeting space, notice board and other forms of support.
• A hub or meeting space for community groups involved in local issues, such as neighbourhood planning.

Anyone who wants to propose an idea can fill in the short application form which can be found on the Post Office website. They should take the form to the local post office and discuss the idea with their local branch manager or sub-postmaster no later than Friday 18 October 2013.

Full details can be found on the Post Office website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

SITA seeks projects which “Enrich Nature”

The Enriching Nature Programme, which has been running since 2005, provides funding for year-long biodiversity conservation projects that focus on a single species or habitat present on the list of priority species and habitats in England and Wales. Not-for-profit organisations including charities, voluntary conservation organisations and parish councils, may apply for large grants of between £25,001 and £75,000 or small grants of up to £25,000 for a biodiversity project that is located within 10 miles of any landfill site in England or Wales. The landfill site can be operated by any company.

The programme supports the recovery of species and habitats identified as a priority by both national and regional biodiversity action plans. Projects must focus on carrying out physical improvements to benefit species or habitats at identified sites.

Expressions of Interest are due by 6 December 2013. The form can be downloaded from the SITA Trust website and should be submitted by email to the Trust.

Full details can be found on the SITA Trust website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Community Covenant Grant Scheme

The Armed Forces Community Covenant (AFCC) is supported by the AFCC Grant Scheme which provides funding for projects that bring the military and civil communities together.

Although coordinated through the Army’s Regional Forces structure under Support Command, Covenant work including the grant scheme is an MOD tri-service initiative. Northern Ireland does not presently participate in signing local Covenants, however it still has access to grant scheme funding where appropriate.

Please note the next local funding deadlines for submissions are 22nd August and 28th November, 2013. Further bidding rounds will be held and the details and deadlines in relation to these will be posted on the website as soon as possible.

More information can be found on:

Warwickshire Community Covenant

Armed Forces Community Covenant

Community Covenant Grant Scheme

Current work of the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Community Covenant Partnership has focussed on communication/engagement and the administration of the MOD funding scheme. However in the longer term we will be looking at how we can bring the 'covenant to life' through addressing some of the more fundamental issues that face the armed forces community and their families.  


Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

On 15th May 2013, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is launching First World War: then and now, a £6million small grants programme to help communities mark the Centenary of the First World War.

HLF is making at least £1million available per year for six years until 2019. It will provide grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.  For more information click  here.



BBC Children in Need reopens for Applications

The new BBC Children in Need funding programme has reopened to applications following a review of their funding priorities. 

If you can't wait then visit: for details.



Heart of England Community Foundation

*** Newsflash ***

Heart of England Community Foundation manages a range of grants programmes for the voluntary and community sector.

The Heart of England Fund offers grants of up to £2000 for a range of projects that demonstrate clear long term community benefit.

Comic Relief offers grants of up to £5000; projects must meeting one of the following criteria:

1.       Increase local services    

2.       Build the skills of local people;

3.       Increase community cohesion;

4.       Respond to local economic needs.

ESF Community Grants offers grants up to £12,000 to tackle long term employment amongst those people hardest to reach.

There are a number of smaller grant pots which we endeavour to match projects against their specific criteria.

We also have a number of smaller grant pots which we endeavour to match projects against their specific criteria.

For further details please call the Grants Team on 024 7688 4435, who will be happy to help.

Common Sources of Funding

 Arts Council

 Awards for All: lottery grants scheme for local communities

 BBC Children in Need: welfare of disadvantaged children

 Big Lottery Fund: distributes half the good causes money from the National Lottery

 Heart of England Community Foundation: funding for community groups and charities

 Heritage Lottery Fund

 Help the Aged: welfare for older people

 Lloyds TSB Foundation

 Norton Foundation: Young people under 25 yrs old

 Sheldon Trust: general grants to individuals, holiday projects, special needs groups, community projects

 Sport England

 William A Cadbury Charitable Trust: local welfare & disability charities, quaker churches, penal reform, overseas

Funding available for local sports groups

CSW Sport, based at the University of Warwick can help provide information on funding schemes which are available to local sports groups across the area.  For more information visit:




SITA Small Grants Scheme

Support projects that make physical improvements to community facilities, sports projects and historic buildings within a 10-mile radius of Packington Landfill site (this includes most of Coventry). Applications up to £10,000:

For more details



PSA Peugeot Citroen Endowment Fund for small community projects

PSA Peugeot Citroen have created an endowment fund which will provide grants for small community projects, with particular emphasis on projects that target road safety, the environment, urban mobility and social exclusion.

Local charities and voluntary and community groups can apply for the grants. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £20,000 if the fund is over subscribed. Grants can be made for a wide range of purposes. Examples include training programmes, volunteering opportunities, making areas cleaner, safer, greener, trips and general community activity. An application form may be downloaded from the Foundation’s web site: (located under forms and reports) or alternatively telephone 024 7688 4386.



New Trust provides funding for small local charities

Soroptimist International of Rugby Charitable Trust, which was founded in 2007, is poised to commence grantmaking in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. The SI of Rugby Charitable Trust grant-making will focus primarily upon small local charities in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire and, to a lesser extent, small national charities which fall into the following categories:

Minor grants (maximum £1,000) may be considered throughout the year. 

For information on how to apply for a grant from this trust please visit the website:



Children's Fund 2008 - 2011

The Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership are inviting project proposals from organisations, to address the priorities identified in the Coventry Children and Young People's Plan 2006-2010. Click here for contact details and workshops.




FoneAid is a fundraising opportunity for groups of any size. Anybody can take part in FoneAid and donate the money that they earn to any cause that they want to.

FoneAid gives £3 for every mobile phone you collect, whatever its age and condition. They also supply all the free materials to launch and run a campaign, and collect the phones free of charge.

For more information click  here or call 01625 667 867. You can also call this number to register.



The Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation funds work which reduces isolation, stigma and discrimination, and encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.

The funding is to benefit asylum-seekers and refugees; gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gender; offenders and ex-offenders; older people; black and minority ethnic communities and migrant workers; people experiencing mental health problems and people experiencing violence or abuse.

Grants are relatively small (£500 up to £15,000) and suitable for start-up, core or project costs (eg volunteer expenses) or strengthening the organisation (eg trustee or staff training). Grants can be repeated for more than one year for a maximum of three years. The Foundation will not fund larger organisations.

No closing dates. For more info phone 01904 613223 or click  here.

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