WaCoCo promotes the social and economic wellbeing of the people Waterloo by supporting the sustainability and effectiveness of local community and voluntary organisations through drawing in funding, encouraging local partnerships and networks, and increasing their voice on local issues.

Funding Opportunities

Power to Change Community Business Bright Ideas Programme

Purpose:

A package of tailored support and grants is available to organisations in England that want to develop their budding community business ideas.

This is part of the Bright Ideas programme, funded jointly by Power to Change and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  Since 1916 this programme has supported 89 nascent community businesses. In 2018, Power to Change is committing an additional £700,000 to help launch a further 40 inspiring, locally rooted and community-led businesses.

A total of £700,000 is being made available in this latest, fourth round, with grants of up to £15,000.

Successful organisations will receive:

* Business development support – up to 12 days of business development support from Locality, Plunkett Foundation, or Co-operatives UK.
* Grant funding - the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000, which can be spent on specific activities to develop the community business idea.
* Learning and peer networking – access to online resources, thematic webinars and the opportunity to visit and learn from existing community businesses.

Deadline:
31 July 2018
Grant value:
£1,000 - £15,000
How to apply:

The first step is to apply to join the Bright Ideas programme.  Email brightideas@locality.org.uk for further details about the programme and its funding criteria.

Grants from Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Purpose:

The School for Social Entrepreneurs are seeking applications for learning programmes and grants for the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Big Lottery Fund.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is looking for people who want to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community and impact-led organisations in the UK.  The School can help social entrepreneurs at all stages, from ideas through to growing and becoming large and well-established.

Deadline:
26 April 2018
Grant value:
Not stated

More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme

Purpose:

More than a Pub is a three-year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England and grow the range of services they offer to help local people.  Its value is £3.85 million and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. The programme is being delivered by the Plunkett Foundation in collaboration with Co-operative & Community Finance, Keyfund, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub and Locality.

The programme is seeking communities looking to consider taking responsibility for and ownership of their local pub, through purchase or long-term lease.

This is the first time that the community pub sector is being offered access to an end-to-end support programme including capacity building and a finance package made up of loans and grants.

Deadline:
31 March 2018
Grant value:
n/a
How to apply:

Complete online Initial Enquiry Form which can be found on the Plunkett Foundation website - www.plunkett.co.uk

Groups that need further information should call the Programme Advice Line on 01993 810730.

Wingate Foundation

Purpose:

Grants are available from this foundation (also known as the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation) for charities working in the performing arts.

Deadline:
Wed 11 April 2018 - 5pm
Grant value:
Not specified
How to apply:

Application form at www.wingatefoundation.org.uk/

Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

Purpose:

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has two types of funds: Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote and up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000.  These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. 

Deadline:
Opens on 15 March, applications to be submitted by 18 April
Grant value:
£2,000 - £65,000
How to apply:

Comic Relief - Core Strength Awards (Round 2)

Purpose:

The London Community Foundation is delivering this programme across most London boroughs, including Lambeth.

This 12-month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally-led groups to cover their day-to-day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. We know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities. 

People living in areas of disadvantage or who face social issues often get vital support from smaller local groups based within their communities. It is these locally based groups that truly understand the needs of the people they serve and make a huge difference to their lives.  

Sadly though, recent research shows that small and medium sized organisations across the UK are being hit particularly hard by the current economic climate, forcing many to either scale back or dissolve completely. We know these organisations urgently need core funding to continue their crucial work. There are still many communities in the UK that work in areas of economic and social deprivation and disadvantage and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. We want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across the UK. That is why we have developed this exciting programme to fund organisational costs only and NOT direct project delivery – we hope this goes some way to help ensure organisations continue to sustain themselves and support their local communities.

Deadline:
26 February 2018
Grant value:
£1,000 - £10,000

Rank Foundation's Pebbles Grants Programme

Purpose:

The Rank Foundation supports a number of major and small projects across the UK. In the majority of cases, these programmes are funded through its proactive, research-driven activities.  

The funders' focus is on ensuring that its grants make a difference across the UK: supporting community development, building capacity and inspiring local people to do more to help themselves.

Deadline:
n/a - applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications being accepted for consideration at Jan 2018 Trustees' meeting
Grant value:
Not stated
How to apply:

Cockayne Grants for the Arts

Purpose:

Grants are available for 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.

Deadline:
Tue 19 December 2017 - noon
Grant value:
£1,000 to £25,000

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

Purpose:

Museums and galleries in the UK can apply now for funding for 2018 to support high-quality projects which use their collections for a social purpose.

Run by the Museums Association, the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund focuses on time-limited work on collections which has clear social benefit, outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources.

Over a three year period, the Fund is awarding £3.5 million to collections projects that show the inspiring and engaging potential of collections to deliver social impact for people and communities, innovating for the sector or at least for their organisation.

The Fund is looking for high quality projects that:

Work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use, and
Through that collections work, involve, inspire and have impact on people, communities and audiences.

To be successful, projects will need to:

Engage local communities and/or those who are not typical museum attendees, and think about social impact.
Be developmental for the organisation or sector.
Think about the project's legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.

A large number of collections activities are eligible for funding, including but not limited to: co-curation, engagement, research, digitisation, loans, conservation, and exhibition costs.

There are two application rounds per year. Each round has a two-stage application process.

The deadline for first stage applications is 28 February 2018.

Deadline:
28 February 2018
Grant value:
£20,000 - £120,000
How to apply:

Follow this link to page on Museums Association website -www.museumsassociation.org/collections/18022011-esmee-fairbairn-collecti... Application pack available there for download.

Tesco Bags of Help - Community Funding Scheme

Purpose:

The money raised by the 10p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund a large number of projects that support community projects that benefit the local community.

Following a public vote, three projects in each Tesco region will now receive an award every two months, with first place receiving up to £4,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Bags of Help is now permanently open for applications, but the sooner you apply, the sooner you could be awarded funding!

Administration of the local funding is managed by Groundwork, the community charity "with a green heart".  Groundwork specialises in trying to transform communities and the local environment for the better.

Applications are invited from a wide range of voluntary or community organisations: these include registered charities, schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), social housing providers, conservation organisations and sports clubs.  This list is not exhaustive and there are many other types of organisations that may be funded.

All projects that benefit the local community are eligible to apply for funding. A massive range of community projects may get the green light – these range from improving community buildings indoor and outdoor spaces to buying new kit or equipment, training coaches or volunteers, hosting community events, capital and revenue projects.

Deadline:
no deadline - awards made every two months
Grant value:
From below £1,000 - £4,000