Community Grant – Restart a Heart 2024 / RCUK / Deadline 28 June

Apply for funding to raise awareness of CPR and defibrillator use in your local community.

What is available?

RCUK’s Community Grant Scheme is now open for applications.

As part of their Restart a Heart 2024 campaign, grants of up to £1,500 are available for small charities and community groups to help educate people about CPR and how to use a defib. In the UK, only 1 in 10 survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation education is vital to increasing the chances of survival from cardiac arrest in your community.

Who can apply?

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to small charities (with an annual income of less than £500,000) and community groups including community interest companies (CICs) and faith groups.

Funding priority will be given to charities and organisations working in geographical areas with low bystander CPR and high rates of cardiac arrest and/or working with communities experiencing inequalities in resuscitation.

Priority will also be given to applications which clearly demonstrate how the project is tailored to meet the language, cultural, and educational needs of participants.

How to Apply:

To find out more and apply please visit: Community Grant Scheme | Resuscitation Council UK

Deadline: 28 June 5pm.

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Advice for Health/ People’s Health Trust / Apply by 19 June

Advice for Health, a funding pot that aims to support people’s mental and physical health by accessing advice.

What is available?

The People’s Health Trust know that timely free and independent advice on matters such as housing and finance when it is most needed is critical, and getting support can reduce anxiety and longer-term stress and improve health.

The funding is aimed at grassroots organisations supporting local people who are experiencing financial and social disadvantage, marginalisation and discrimination. It is open in four regions of England and closes to applicants on Wednesday 19 June.

The funding can be used to provide wellbeing and emotional support to help people feel more able to access advice services. It can also be used to improve existing advice services so that they better meet the needs of people experiencing financial and social disadvantage, marginalisation and discrimination. This could mean developing more culturally appropriate services, or carrying out mapping work to understand who the service is not reaching and how best to change.

Who can apply?

Advice for Health is open for stage one applications in the following regions of England until Wednesday 19 June.

  • East: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk
  • East Midlands: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire
  • South East: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Isle of Wight
  • West Midlands: Birmingham, Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire.

What is the deadline for applications?

19 June 2024.

You can also attend a webinar on 6 June to find out more: Microsoft Virtual Events Powered by Teams

Health Equity grant/ Legal & General / Apply in summer 2024

Legal & General’s new £3million ‘Health Equity’ grant Fund, alongside the UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE).

What is available?

The Fund aims to support community-based initiatives across the UK which are addressing the social determinants of health.

The Fund has potential to support up to 150 projects tackling non-medical social and economic factors which have an influence on local and national public health, such as housing, education, infrastructure, or quality of work.

  • The Legal & General ‘Health Equity’ Fund is a £3 million fund offering grants of up to £75,000 to place based projects that address the social determinants of health.
  • The fund will initially launch with a trailblazer £1mn available to projects based in the North East of England ahead of a UK-wide launch in the summer of 2024.
  • Example projects that the Fund may support could range from funding for inner-city schools in areas of deprivation to community programmes which address the social determinants behind pressures on A&E services, or partnerships raising awareness of the contribution the natural environment makes to health and wellbeing.

 

Who can apply?

  • To apply you must login or register to be a member of the https://healthequitynetwork.co.uk/. This is a free membership and it will provide you with further information and updates.
  • Once you have signed up and logged in, you will be able to find information about the Fund on the new Legal & General Health Equity Fund page, which is available via the menu bar.
  • Interested parties with projects in the North East of England can submit expressions of interest from 04 June 2024 ahead of the launch of the official application process. The UK-wide launch will open in the summer of 2024.

 

How to Apply:

To find out more about the fund and the process for applying, read the full announcement here: Legal & General and UCL Institute of Health Equity launch new fund to support up to 150 communities across the UK | Legal & General (legalandgeneral.com)

Navigating Frustrations: A Young Volunteer’s Perspective

I am 27 years old and recently moved from the private sector to the charity sector. Here are a few things I have learned and some personal frustrations I’ve encountered.  

Firstly, there is a significant lack of volunteering opportunities for young people. It often feels like we are not given a fair chance, and this leaves an impression of mistrust and undervaluation of our skills. This sentiment is shared by many others in the same situation. 

My concerns began while researching opportunities to become a young trustee, as well as looking for simple volunteering opportunities within my community. It is frustrating to see that some volunteer processes are not favourable to young people. Surprisingly, there are few opportunities available, especially for those under 18. These are the very individuals the sector aims to engage, as they will be the new generation shaping future volunteer efforts and community support. 

However, I want to do more for the sector and lend a helping hand through volunteering. Unfortunately, this is challenging because many charities promote volunteer roles in a long-winded manner, often unclear about what they want. Some opportunities do not seem friendly and treat young people as if they lack experience. This is even though many of us have volunteered before, though not always long-term due to various reasons or simply because the fit wasn’t right. 

This is not an attack on organisations or the sector, but it is a daily frustration for me and many other young people who care about their communities and want to volunteer without feeling undervalued. It is particularly disheartening when reading articles where long-established individuals or organisations describe the younger generation as ‘lazy,’ ‘addicted to their phones,’ or ‘disinterested in volunteering.’ This stereotype is simply not true. 

To the sector: reach out to the community, youth groups, and schools. Pitch your volunteering opportunities and engage with young people. Ask them about their concerns and fears. Inquire why they might not volunteer and how you can help. Actively seek feedback and listen intently to young voices, as we can all learn from them. As time moves on, so should your approaches. Otherwise, many organisations may find themselves struggling. 

My message:

  1. We are here, and keen to volunteer 
  2. We are a generation that use short and snappy content across all platforms – make it clear with what message you want our generation to deliver 
  3. Time is of the essence – unfortunately, we can’t volunteer out of school or work hours, however, we want to support but how can we get your help? 

Over time, it’s natural for some organisations to struggle with adapting to change. Embracing modern technologies and understanding the evolving attitudes of new generations can be challenging. However, this is an opportunity to grow and connect with the next wave of volunteers, who bring fresh perspectives, skills, and new talents. By adapting our volunteering opportunities to meet their needs, we can attract eager individuals and create enriching experiences for everyone involved. This will create a feeling of fulfilment and increase the chance to volunteer again.  

We’ve observed a rise in young people taking initiative and leading their projects, often utilising social media to share engaging and inclusive content. This trend highlights the importance of adapting our approaches to meet their expectations and inspire them to join our efforts. By understanding and embracing these changes, we can encourage a vibrant and dynamic volunteering community. 

Ofcom/ radio stations/ 14 June 2024

Where: UK

Grants: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has made £400,000 available over the 2024-2025 financial year. This means that the panel will allocate approximately half of this to Round One applicants.

About:

The Fund supports the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations as set out in the guidance notes published below. Applicants should read these guidance notes in full before applying.

Licensees that hold a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence are eligible to apply for the Fund if the station is broadcasting on a digital radio multiplex at the date of their application.

Grants can only be made to Ofcom-licensed community radio stations in the UK, broadcasting on AM, FM, or via a C-DSP licence on a digital radio multiplex. Applications from eligible licence-holders may be submitted in Welsh. Any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application submitted in English.

We expect that the Community Radio Fund Panel will meet in late July 2024 to consider the applications. However, scheduling will depend on the volume of applications we receive.

Deadline: close at 5 pm on Friday 14 June 2024.

Website: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/information-for-industry/radio-broadcasters/community-radio-fund

Cambscf Dementia Carers Fund/ non- profit org/ multiple

Where: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Grants: Up to £3,000

About:

The Dementia Carers Fund offers grants of up to £3,000 to support charitable projects across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that provide relief, respite and support to full-time unpaid carers.

The key aims of the fund are to:

  • Give caring support to unpaid carers who need to attend appointments of their own (e.g. haircuts, doctors), and alleviate any worry about leaving their loved one.
  • Encourage unpaid carers to recharge and to stay healthy themselves, by supporting them to take self-care breaks.
  • Support volunteer befriender initiatives.

Deadline: 1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November

Website: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/funds/dementia-carers-fund/

BizGive/ local groups and communities/ 8 July 2024

Where: UK

Amount: They are providing a further £50,000. They are accepting applications for grants up to a maximum of £10,000.

About:

The Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT) invests in the transition to net zero. On top of their investments in renewable energy assets, we are looking to provide grants and volunteering support to innovative opportunities that enhance the environment and improve local communities.

They are particularly interested in supporting initiatives that promote a “just transition”, ensuring the benefits of the green economy transition are shared more widely and help those who stand to lose economically.

Application Criteria

Entities Supported

  • Any

Eligibility Checklist

  • Individuals or groups must have a constitution and a bank account in the name of the organisation.
  • Entities must not support the advancement of religious or political objectives.
  • Grants must not fund long-term core revenue costs such as wages, utilities, rents etc. These will only be considered for a maximum of two years of funding.

Applications accepted between: 08/04/2024  – 01/08/2024

Please note, that applications must have start dates after the decision date of 2nd September 2024.

Wolfson/ Capital/ Closes 1 July

Where: UK

Amount: 

The size of the grants varies across different programme areas. The usual grant ranges are:

  • Charities working with disability funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Charities working in mental health funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Charities working with older people funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Historic buildings and landscapes funding – £15,000–£100,000.
  • Hospices and palliative care organisations funding – £30,000–£125,000.
  • Libraries and archives – £15,000–£100,000.
  • Museums and galleries funding – £50,000–£500,000.
  • Performing arts organisations funding – £50,000–£150,000.
  • Public engagement with science organisations funding – £100,000–£250,000.
  • Secondary schools and sixth form colleges funding – £15,000–£50,000 (for equipment); £15,000–£100,000 (for new build and refurbishment).
  • Special needs schools and colleges funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Universities and research institutions – £250,000–£1 million.

The minimum grant available is generally £15,000 (except for universities and research institutions funding which is £100,000).

About:

The Wolfson Foundation, established in 1955, is an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. The funding is intended to support capital infrastructure in these fields.

Since 1955, the Foundation has awarded over £1 billion in grants (£2 billion in real terms) to more than 14,000 projects all over the UK.


Objectives of Fund

The main objective of the Foundation is the funding of capital infrastructure in the following areas:

  • Science and medicine.
  • Arts and humanities.
  • Heritage.
  • Education.
  • Health and disability.

Who can apply? 

See above

How to Apply:

There are two funding rounds per year, and the Foundation operates a two-stage application process.

The application window for Round 2 is now open for all of the programme areas listed above.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 1 July 2024 (23:59) with decisions in December 2024.

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