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Grants Information on line. A list of web sites which can provide a range of sources of funding for the charitable and non-profit sector.
In addition the following are some examples of specific funders' websites which will give information on their individual criteria and guidelines.
This list is not exhaustive.

Community Fund: www.community-fund.org.uk
The Tudor Trust: www.tudortrust.org.uk
Nationwide Foundation: www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk
Henry Smith Charity: www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation: www.phf.org.uk
Church Urban Fund: www.cuf.org.uk
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation: www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk
Comic Relief: www.comicrelief.com
Lloyds TSB Foundation: www.lloydstsbfoundation.org.uk

Refugee Community Development Fund.

This Fund makes grants available to organisations working in the UK with refugees and refugee communities, including those providing services to asylum seekers. Applications are particularly welcome from smaller grassroots organisations, emerging groups and those for whom refugees are a new target group. Projects must be for the benefit of those with full refugee status, or those who have been given Protection on Humanitarian Grounds or Discretionary Leave in the UK. www.governmentfunding.org.uk/VCSLaunch.aspx?SCHEME_ID=63


Futurebuilders,the 125m grroundbreaking government investment fund backed by the Home Office, to improve public service delivery through long term investment in the voluntary and community sector is officially open for applications. The first funding will run until 31 Oct. 2004. The Futurebuilders Investment Plan and Strategic Plan are also now available on the Key Documents page of the website. For more info go to: www.futurebuilders-england.org.uk

WCVA has recently launched a new free membership group that will provide regular information on funding opportunities available to voluntary organisations in Wales. The memership is designed specifically for local voluntaryorganisations in Wales wishing to receive regular summaries of funding opportunities through e-mail, though any organisation or individual can subscribe. Information can be found at www.wcva.org.uk

Local community groups and environmental organisations are urged to apply for funding from the United Utilities Landcare programme, managed by Groundwork North West. Visit www.groundwork.org.uk for details.

Earthwatch - Environmental Awards for Educators offering fully funded places on Earthwatch field research projects for anyone involved in conservation education or teaching - and community action - grants of up to 250. For further information visit: www.earthwatch.org/europe/corporate/community.html

Minorities missed. Charities are missing out on fundraising opportunities because they are not effectively targeting ethnic minority communities. For further information see www.lda.gov.uk/mediaoffice/pressreleases/content/15_810.asp

UnLtd's Millennium Awards. Support for individuals who have the ideas and commitment to develop projects that will benefit their community. Awards include a package of support that includes encouragement and access for training, as well as two grants: Level 1 - 500-5,000, Level 2 - 5,000-15,000. For application form phone 0845 850 1122, email: paul.carbury@unltd.org.uk , web: www.unltd.org.uk

Consulation Fund - young people's partiipation in decision-making will benefit from 500,000 of grants to enable young people to give their views on government policies and services. Visit www.carnegie-youth.org.uk and www.cypu.gov.uk

Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships. Entries are being invited from applicants of all ages in all walks of life. These fellowships offer British citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to study projects related to their interests, trade or profession. Details on www.wcmt.org.uk

Paul Hamlyn Foundation has issued new guidance notes and priorities for grants from January 2003. Contact Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Tel. 020 7227 3500, email: information@phf.org.uk - www.phf.org.uk

Comic Relief has launched its new grants programme to distribute the 59m raised so far by Red Nose Day in March 2003. Send a stamped (57p) self-addressed A4 envelope to UK Grants Team, Comic Relief, 5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP, or visit www.comicrelief.com

CAF Venturesome Social Investment

Subject: RSA Awards site
Attn: Environmental Grants Managers & Co-ordinators

RSA launches a new online grants resource at www.EnvironmentAwards.net/envawards
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) has launched www.EnvironmentAwards.net as a one-stop-shop for communities and businesses. The powerful on-line resource offers access to a searchable database of environmental grants available to develop local projects - matched by a diversity of environmental awards on offer to celebrate innovation and achievement. To support local action on waste across the regions the RSA website is actively promoting public awareness and access to grants for waste minimisation, recycling and sustainable resource management projects to support current national priorities. This initiative is being sponsored by BIFFA And DEFRA to help address the current WASTE CRISIS and to contribute towards government targets of recycling and composting 30% of household waste by 2010.

Young Roots. The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a major national grant scheme created to encourage young people (13-20) to celebrate their heritage. Grants of between 5,000 and 25,000 are available for projects which need to be delivered by a partnership. The programme is managed with The National Youth Agency, who will work with the Wales Youth Agency and equivalents in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. Further details are available at www.hlf.org.uk or www.youthinformation.com or contact the Wales Development Officer, Louise Murphy on 029 2023 4166.

New Assembly Grants. The Welsh Assembly have announced a new funding programme, open to voluntary and community groups. Any organisation applying for building refurbishment costs must either be owners or have secure tenancy. Projects must be located in or directly benefit a socially disadvantaged area.
Community facilities: can fund community facilities linked to the area regeneration - applications should be between 20,000 and 100,000.
Community activities: can fund proposals that support the involvement of local people in community activity that will contribute to the regenerationof the area.
Details from: Shyam Vining, shyam.vining@wales.gsi.gov.uk , tel. 029 2080 1041

New Opportunities Fund - Your Lottery - Your Community. Information can be found on www.nof.org.uk

Neighbourhood Renewal Community Empowerment Fund set up to help local people get involved in the Government's programme of neighbourhood renewal. Guidance summary booklet dtlr@twoten.press.net (grants available for England only).

Green Flag Award Scheme - aims to be the national standard for public parks and green spaces. Plans to raise standards in green spaces and parks making them freely available to all across the UK (available only in England and Wales). www.civictrust.org.uk/gfpa/gfpa.shtml (download BEN conf. report on Green Flag Award).

Green Pennant Award - The Scheme is going from strength to strength. In 2002, the first year of the award, 12 groups entered, of which 11 achieved Green Pennant status. This year out of 19 applicants, 18 were successful.
"Putting your green space up for assessment may sound like an additional burden but there are many benefits of receiving an award. The site and your organisation will receive excellent publicity on a national and regional scale, increased funding opportunities and visitor numbers and the knowledge that your site is contributing to a renewed sense of pride in your area. The Award not only give your site valuable recognition, it is also a great way to say thank you and well done to your volunteers and supporters".
Enter your green space for this award uniquely aimed at recognising the high standards of green spaces managed by local, voluntary and community groups in England and Wales. Entries are judged by independent experts so you will also get the benefit of their advice.
Details from: The Civic Trust Northern Office, 6th floor Gostins Building, 32-36 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 4LN; or tel. 0151 709 1969, or email: northernoffice@civictrust.org.uk

Green Heritage Sites - English Heritage is sponsoring a new Green Flag Award for Green Heritage Sites to promote the value of and best practice in the care and upkeep of parks and green spaces that are of local or national historic interest. This award aims to set standards for management and to promote the value of parks and green spaces as social places as well as places for walking, play, informal sports and for contact with the natural world. The Green Flag Award has now become the benchmark against which the quality of public parks and green spaces can be measured, and recognises the diversity and value of green space to the local community. For more information please visit www.civictrust.org.uk

The Social Risk Fund is a new small grants scheme, administered by WCVA, that aims to support projects that take chances and do something innovative to regenerate local communities across Wales. For details contact Aaron Walters at WCVA in Colwyn Bay: 01492 539800, email: awalters@wcva.org.uk


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