Open arts funding schemes - no deadlines

Allen Lane Foundation Grants Programme

The Allen Lane Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £15,000 to small voluntary not-for-profit organisations, where the work benefits groups of people who face hostility in UK society today. The Foundation wishes to fund work which will make a lasting difference to people’s lives; is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination; and encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community. Priority groups that the Foundation seeks to support include older people, asylum-seekers and refugees, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people, gypsies and travellers, offenders and ex-offenders, people from black and minority ethnic communities and migrant workers, people experiencing mental health problems, and people experiencing violence or abuse. The Foundation makes grants for work all over the United Kingdom but not where the beneficiaries of the work all live in London. Applications can be made at any time.

Arts Impact Fund

A new Arts Impact Fund has been launched that brings together public, private and charitable investment to support arts organisations. It uses a three-way funding model called ‘co-mingling', the first of its kind to look at the social, artistic and financial return from arts-based organisations. The fund offers repayable finance to arts organisations working in England that can show how they are sustainable, have great artistic ambitions and have a positive impact on society. The advantages of this model include:

  • Working with experienced arts investors
  • Sharing risk and the opportunity to secure finance for core costs and accelerate development plans.

Organisations will be able to apply from 15 April 2015 for an unsecured loan ranging from £150,000 to £600,000 and with an interest rate of between 4 and 7%. Successful applicants will be announced every 6 months over a 2-year period with their performance and social impact measurements published.

Big Lottery Fund - Big Potential

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that its new £20 million programme to help Voluntary & Community groups and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) access social investment is open for applications. Big Potential has two possible application routes - Breakthrough and Advanced: 

Breakthrough: Eligible VCSE organisations will be able to access specialist one to one support from the Big Potential programme partners before making an application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with one of Big Potential’s approved providers.

Advanced: The Advanced route of Big Potential will be available to VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and can describe a potential deal or interest from investors and need help to close that deal. The Advanced route is also available to organisations that need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.

Eligible organisations can include registered charities, social enterprises, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, Community Interest Companies, mutuals etc.) 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Big Lottery Fund - Celebrate England Scheme

The Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate England Grant scheme has been set up in response to a YouGov poll where 60% of respondents said that they could not remember ever coming together to celebrate anything with their community. Big Lottery are offering £3.875 million in Celebrate funding to change this.

The scheme will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to enable voluntary or community organisations, schools and statutory bodies to hold one off events and activities which give their community the chance to come together to mark something important, such as the Queens 90th Birthday, commemorating a local historic event or getting to know the neighbours better.

Eligible projects will need to demonstrate that they are open to everyone in the local community.

Priority will be given to applications which show:

  • Communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures.
  • That the proposed activity is something that the local community wants and is led by people within the community.

 Applications can be submitted at any time and are open on a 'first come, first served' basis until the funding is exhausted. 

Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Programme

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is currently accepting applications to its Reaching Communities Programme. Reaching Communities provides grants of 10,000 upwards for up to 5 years for projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference. Reaching Communities can fund, salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. BIG can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs. BIG want to fund projects that respond to needs identified by communities and those that fund projects that help those most in need including those people or groups who are hard to reach. Organisations that can apply for funding include:

  • Registered charities
  • Voluntary or community groups
  • Statutory bodies, (including Town Councils and Schools)
  • Charitable or not-for-profit companies.

There is a two stage application process. Organisations successful at Stage One, will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

Applications can be made at any time.

BFI Diversity Fund

The BFI Diversity Fund is part of the commitment made by the BFI in 2012 in their Film Forever strategy. The Diversity Fund focuses on specific groups that are currently under-represented within the film industry. BFI would like to fund film projects or activities that focus on under-representation in the following areas:

  • Race
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Low socio-economic status
  • Activity outside of London

The Fund exists to help BFI meet their core aim of recognising and acknowledging the value and quality of difference. It will support people and projects that are highly likely to have an impact on the diversity of the British film industry; these can be one-off, short-term / time-limited or take place over a longer period of time.

The BFI Diversity Fund closes in March 2017. There are no deadlines for applications to this Fund.

The minimum amount an applicant can apply for is £1,000. The maximum amount for an individual is £10,000. For an organisation the maximum amount is £30,000. The total amount available for the fund is £1m.

BFI Film Distribution Fund

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced the launch of its new Film Distribution Fund. The BFI Distribution Fund invests in projects that increase access to, and awareness of, high quality British independent and specialised films. The fund does this by supporting the distribution launch of films that have the potential to reach beyond their core market; and by championing fresh approaches in distribution and marketing that will help films find new audiences, both in cinemas and across additional platforms. The Distribution Fund has an annual budget of £4 million. The fund is open to registered companies with direct experience of film distribution.

BFI Film Festival Fund

The Film Festival Fund is aimed at supporting a broad range of audience facing film festivals, from community provision to sustaining the ambition and reach of those which are of UK or international significance. The Fund aims to support greater sustainability of the sector, encouraging new ideas and initiatives around film festivals, and to incentivise film festivals work together and to engage with the film sector more widely through the UK Audience Network for Film.

Reflecting the BFI's strategic priorities for 2013-17, the Fund seeks to ensure:

  • greater audience choice and a more diverse range of film content;
  • increased and more diverse audiences for specialised and independent British film;
  • enhanced audience engagement with film culture;
  • contribution to and engagement with the work of the UK Audience Network;
  • engagement with underserved audiences;
  • alignment with the BFI's 5-19 Education Scheme and other film education initiatives;
  • alignment to the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage strategy;
  • a positive profile for UK film on the international stage;
  • greater industry networking opportunities and connections to the international marketplace;
  • optimised sponsorship potential using Lottery funds as leverage; and
  • sustainability after the Fund comes to an end in 2017.

The BFI has allocated lottery funding of £1 million per year, for the four years from 2013-2017, to the Film Festival Fund. Funding will be allocated under two strands:

  • Strand One - supporting film festivals of local/regional significance or which address a specialist theme
  • Strand Two - supporting film festivals of UK wide or international significance

As of January 2015, the Fund has become a rolling scheme and is now accepting applications on an ongoing basis.

BFI Programming Development Fund

The Programming Development Fund forms part of the BFI Audience Fund 2013-2017. The Programming Development Fund will support programming initiatives of cultural significance, high profile and wide reach, encouraging curatorial ambition, achieving economies of scale and bringing films to audiences across the UK in a fresh and original way.

The objectives of the Programming Development Fund are to:

  • Support and promote high-quality, distinctive, diverse film exhibition projects of scale and ambition.
  • Increase opportunities for more diverse audiences across the UK to engage with a wider range of specialised and independent British film, including those in areas with limited provision.
  • Enable film programmers to be more adventurous and experimental in their programming choices and to promote innovation and risk-taking in terms of content and/or delivery model.
  • Encourage greater sharing of programme content and initiatives across the UK.
  • Develop new ways to build stronger relationships between film venues and audiences.
  • Create links to other BFI strategic initiatives relating to education and learning, investment in skills and unlocking film heritage.

Properly constituted organisations are eligible to apply. These include: limited liability companies; community interest companies; charities or trusts registered with the Charities Commission; universities principally regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (If not registered with the Charity Commission); and local authorities or statutory bodies.

Applicants and/or their partners should have direct experience of film exhibition and audience development activity within the UK, such as cinemas, cinema chains or consortia, film festivals or arts organisations with experience of film curation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the clear public benefit of the proposed project, as well as wide geographic and audience reach and curatorial ambition, and present a clear and tangible opportunity to increase profile and attract audiences for specialised or independent British film.

The Fund is looking to support activity which is delivered mainly as large screen communal audience experience(s) rather than as small screen (digital device) private content consumption. However, projects which contain some activity on other platforms such as online or mobile apps are welcome, especially if they make a demonstrable contribution to audience development and show innovative approaches to achieving the Fund objectives.

The Fund operates on a rolling deadline, therefore applications can be made at any time.

Dance and Drama Awards (DADA)

The Dance and Drama Awards are scholarships funded by the Young People's Learning Agency.

The awards offer greatly reduced tuition fees and help with living and learning costs at participating private Dance and Drama training providers.  This gives all students the chance to compete for a high quality training place whatever their financial circumstances.

The Dance and Drama Awards are for individuals who want to become professional dancers, actors or stage managers.

The awards are offered to students by their provider on the basis of talent demonstrated at audition/interview.

Students will only be eligible to receive a Dance and Drama Award if they take the Trinity College London qualification at one of the accredited providers. 

These courses last between one and three years and are at National Certificate or National Diploma level.  These courses cover professional:

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Music theatre
  • Production skills
  • Classical ballet

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society.

It has granted more than £10 million to registered charities in the UK and abroad. The Foundation’s funding is divided into five categories:

  • Education
  • Civil society
  • Research
  • Human rights
  • Arts

The trustees are interested in lasting social change, and in forming long-term partnerships with the organisations the Foundation supports.

Grants in the past have ranged from several hundred pounds to grants of up to £2 million.

The grant application process is divided into two stages – a letter of enquiry and an application, and an applicant is invited to submit a full proposal only if their letter of enquiry has been accepted.  Applications can be made at any time.

Discovery Foundation

The Santander Foundation has changed its name to the Discovery Foundation. This is to reflect the importance of its new flagship community programme - the Discovery Project - within Santander UK. The Discovery Foundation will provide grants for local projects that give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create new opportunities.

The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

Funding is available to cover part time salaries, equipment or materials but is for one year and must deliver a local project, not a national initiative. Applicants need to complete a Discovery Grant nomination form which is available in all Santander branches. There are no closing dates and grants are made every month.

Edge Creative Enterprise Fund

The purpose of the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund is to nurture and assist creative businesses to grow. According to the funder, many of these companies start with a small number of employees, and a high level of entrepreneurial flair. This programme provides capital and mentoring skills to stimulate growth and innovation within these firms.

The programme has a total of £40 million available to offer as investments in individual companies. Levels of investments per successful business are unspecified and will be offered according to demonstrated need and business potential.

The Fund is targeting a minimum three times the return for its private investors over its 7-10 year lifetime.

Edge Investments is focused on delivering growth capital to emerging companies. Where appropriate, Edge also offers its investors tax efficient investment opportunities under the Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Venture Capital Trust scheme.

The Fund will back fast growing and revenue generating small and medium-sized creative companies in the UK, which have core intellectual property which can be scaled. The term 'creative industries' refers to activities that trade with creativity, knowledge and information.

There are no specified deadlines for securing support.

Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes:

  • The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place
  • A larger grants programme for grants in excess of £4,000.

Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.

Esmee Fairbairn Trust

Esmee Fairbairn aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. They do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. The Foundation like to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan. They also take the initiative where new thinking is required or where we believe there are important unexplored opportunities. Funding can be used for:

Main Funds - Within four areas of interest – the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society – Esmee Fairbairn will prioritise work that: 

  • Addresses a significant gap in provision
  • Develops or strengthens good practice
  • Challenges convention or takes a risk in order to address a difficult issue
  • Tests out new ideas or practices
  • Takes an enterprising approach to achieving its aims
  • Sets out to influence policy or change behaviour more widely.

Application Deadlines: First stage applications can be made at any time, if successful applicants will be advised by the Foundation on how to proceed with the next stage. 

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Programme

The Foyle Foundation is inviting small local charities to apply for funding through its Small Grants programme. Through its Small Grants Programme, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applicants will need to demonstrate that the grant will make a significant difference to their work. Applications can be made at any time.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation helps small, local community organisations and covers a wide range of charitable activity.

Areas funded include: education, arts, health, environment, community, youth, religion and welfare.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available. There are no formal deadlines for submitting applications.

Golsoncott Foundation

Golsoncott Foundation grants are available to voluntary sector organisations in the UK for projects that promote fine arts and music.

Grants vary according to context and are not subject to an inflexible limit, but they are unlikely to exceed £5,000 and are normally given on a non-recurrent basis.

Google Grants

The Google Grants UK programme supports organisations sharing Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Designed for registered charities, Google Grants provides free advertising on Google AdWords, to charities seeking to inform and engage their constituents online. Google Grants has given free AdWords advertising to hundreds of charitable groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. As a result of this free advertising many charities have experienced an increase in the recruitment of volunteers and sponsorship.

Japan Society Small Grants Programme

Educational establishments such as schools and colleges as well as community based organisations that wish to develop projects and events related to Japan and Japanese culture are able to apply for funding through the Japan Society's Small Grants programme. The awards support projects with an education or youth focus. Most awards are of £1,000 or less and should not, in principle, cover more than 50% of the total budget. Applications may be made at any time and applicants are informed of the decision within 4 weeks of receipt of the application.

MeWe 360º Incubator

MeWe 360º is launching a new £1million business incubator and venture fund for entrepreneurs in the arts and creative industries.

It will identify and develop creative talent from around the country and incubate associated new businesses.

Through its venture arm it will invest up to £200,000 in five promising new projects.

It is currently seeking talented artists, designers, digital media entrepreneurs and others from across the creative spectrum for development and investment.

Morrisons Foundation Charitable Grants

Charities registered in the UK can apply for grants from the newly established Morrisons Foundation. The Foundation is looking to award approximately £2 million a year for community projects that improve people's lives. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no specific grant amount that can be applied for but applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change. Applicants must also have financial information dating back to 2012 and have raised some of the funding elsewhere.

The Foundation has already given out a number of grants, including one in the region of £20,000 to a project in Scotland that works on youth employment in the fishing industry, yet to be formally launched, and £5,000 for a project run by Bolton Dementia Support.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is committed to helping organisations make a positive impact in the lives of young people so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

Not-for-profit organisations working in the youth sector and with young people are eligible to apply. However, the Fund will be restricted to organisations which have the potential to grow their impact by:

  • Replicating a programme or service,
  • Widening the reach of an idea or innovation.
  • Spreading a technology or skill.
  • Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation.

Funding is available to cover the core costs of an organisations work.

The PHF is interested in funding organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable.

Grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 are available for up to two years, with the possibility of renewal in exceptional cases. Priority will be given to organisations working in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant scheme supports non-profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Grants of up to £50k are available but the majority of grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £5k to £30k and cover between 25% and 80% of total costs. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.

The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

The Rank Foundation Pebble Grants

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants programme. To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Santander Community Plus Fund

The Santander Foundation has launched a new £1.23 million Community Plus fund to support charities helping local disadvantaged people across the UK.

UK registered charities can apply for a grant of up to £5,000.

The funding must be for a specific project that helps disadvantaged people. For example this could be for a piece of equipment or to pay for the costs of a part time sessional worker.
 
The only criteria for the Community Plus grants are:

  • The applicant must be a UK registered charity
  • The applicant must be a local charity or local project of a larger charity
  • The grant must benefit local disadvantaged people

To apply, visit any Santander branch and complete a nomination form. The completed form should be dropped into the box provided in your local branch. There are no closing dates and entries will be regularly considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the region.
 
Successful charities will be notified within 2 months of submitting their nomination.

Split Infinitive Trust

The Trust's main area of interest is in supporting live and performance arts, in general and in education.

Average grants fall between £250 and £750 and are at the trustees’ discretion. They may be awarded to individuals or to organisations for specific projects. Grants for general running costs, for projects outside the UK, and charities seeking funds for their own grant disbursement, will not be eligible for support.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at quarterly Trustee meetings.

Tesco Bags of Help Programme

Tesco offers grants through its Bags of Help Programme which is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.

Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces. Examples include:

  • Developing nature trails in a local park or nature reserve
  • Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadows on a community allotment
  • Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola
  • Supporting an artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail
  • Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents
  • Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club
  • Funding a series of summer events in a local park
  • Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks
  • Developing a community garden or orchard

A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply. This includes voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, community interest companies, friends of groups with a constitution, schools, health bodies (Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital etc), parish, town and community councils.

Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time.

The Steel Charitable Trust Grants

The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes.

Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are made to registered charities in the UK within the areas of:

  • Arts and culture
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Disadvantaged

Grants are made at regular intervals during the year and the total level of grants is approximately £1,000,000.

Applications can be made at any time as there are no application deadlines.

The Valerie White Memorial Trust

The Valerie White Memorial Trust provides grants to charitable organisations and individuals in the UK. Grants for animal welfare projects in the UK and drama students under the age of 25 years.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for up to £1,750.

  • For further information on The Valerie White Memorial Trust contact info@carley.co.uk

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that funding is available to support the work of local and national charities or not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation within the UK. Within these two main headings, the Trust are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of:

  • Community Support
  • Arts, Education and Heritage
  • Disability and Health Care.

There are three grants schemes. These are:

  • The Large Grant Scheme, with grants of between £10,000 & £45,000 to cover capital costs
  • The Standard Grant Scheme, grants of between £6,001 & £12,000 for revenue or one-off capital costs
  • The Small Grant Scheme, grants of below £6,000 to cover capital and revenue costs

In addition, the Foundation also has funding available to support capital projects at hospices throughout the UK; and for Village Halls and Community Centres.

The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, September and November. The deadlines for submitting applications are generally 2 months before the date of a meeting. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.

Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK.

The Trust particularly wants to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society, and support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities.

Grants can go towards core organisational costs, projects, buildings/ equipment and grants to help strengthen your organisation.

Tudor doesn’t have specific funding programmes, but is looking to fund the following types of organisations / projects:

  • Organisations working directly with people who are at the margins of society
  • A focus on building stronger communities by overcoming isolation and fragmentation and encouraging inclusion, connection and integration
  • Organisations which are embedded in and have developed out of their community – whether the local area or a ‘community of interest’
  • High levels of user involvement, and an emphasis on self-help where this is appropriate
  • Work which addresses complex and multi-stranded problems in unusual or imaginative ways
  • Organisations which are thoughtful in their use of resources and which foster community resilience in the face of environmental, economic or social change

You can apply at any time, and there is no minimum or maximum amount.

UK-German Connection Fund for WWI Projects

The UK-German Connection has launched a new fund designed to bring young people in the UK and Germany together on projects related to World War One. Schools and youth groups in the UK and Germany are eligible for funding and can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000. Projects can be virtual or include mobility on one or both sides but activities must be joint and bilateral [UK-German], with a high level of relevant interaction between the young people, who must actively engage in an educational learning and thinking process, including discussion, debate and reflection.

Applications can be submitted at any time but should be for activities that are at least six weeks ahead.

UK-German Connection Instant Impact Fund

The UK-German Connection's Instant Impact programme provides grants of up to £1000 for first-time visits between UK-German school and youth partnerships. To be eligible for funding at least 75% of the time during the visit must be spent taking part in interactive and educational joint activity between young people from the UK and German partner institutions. The focus should be on collaboration, joint learning, discussion and reflection and there should be a commitment to the sustainability of the link with concrete plans for follow-up and development. Grants can support costs such as travel, accommodation and project resources and will be a part-contribution to the overall costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time but should be for activities that are at least six weeks ahead.

UK-German Connection Partnership Visit Fund

The Partnership Visit Fund provides grants of up to £1,000 to support new or on-going partnerships between UK and German schools and provide financial support for teachers' visits to a partner school. Teachers of primary and secondary schools can apply and the visit should aim revive an existing school partnership or develop a new one, or allow new teachers coming on board to familiarise themselves with the partner school. The focus must be on planning future activities between pupils and an interactive project to take place within a year of the visit. Schools need to contribute at least 25% of the overall eligible costs through participants' contributions and other sources of funding.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

vInspired Cashpoint

vInspired Cashpoint is offering funding of up to £500 to young people (14 – 25 year olds) who want to set up a local project to help their community.

To be eligible for funding, the project should be of benefit to the community where the young people live, or where they spend most of their time, or a group of people that they would like to help.

The project should be a new idea or something that applicants have tried before but would like to do differently.

Grants need to be used within two months of the project start date and should create a least two more volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds (in addition to the applicant).

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Virgin Start Up

Following an 11 month pilot initiative in the North East, Entrepreneur Richard Branson has announced the launch of a new not-for-profit company, which will offer financial support, mentoring and business advice to thousands of young entrepreneurs across England. “Virgin Start Up” will provide loans of up to £25,000 to young people (aged 18 – 30) in England who want to start or expand their business. Applicants will initially have to register on the Virgin Start Up website and will then be contacted by one of the schemes partners to discuss the applicant’s plans and support required. Smaller loans of up to £1,000 are also available to test a business idea.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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