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Dec 8 Community Spaces Fund, deadline 7 Jan Nov 2nd

Big Lottery Fund Announces £75 Million Fund for Community Buildings

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it will be investing an additional £75 million specifically for rural and urban community-use buildings through its Reaching Communities Programme for England.

From early December, voluntary and community organisations and town and parish councils will be able to submit outline proposals for capital grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 towards projects with a total value of no more than £750,000.

BIG created the fund to turn existing facilities into buildings offering a wide range of activities for the benefit of a broad group of people in the community. Grants will be awarded for the renovation of any multi-purpose building currently used by communities, including memorial halls, community centres and village halls.

Once the new funding stream opens, a list of eligibility criteria will be published on BIG’s website to allow organisations to assess their chances of success before submitting a proposal and interested parties can register for more information by calling 0845 410 2030. Further information will also be provided on GRANTfinder when available.

Applications will be assessed on a monthly rolling basis, allowing organisations to submit an outline proposal without the additional pressure of meeting a deadline.


Click here for links to the relevant website/scheme guidelines and GRANTfinder report


latest from the new regime:

Francis Maude promises new fund for community groups By Mathew Little, Third Sector Online, 9 June 2010

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office Minister for the Cabinet Office says Communities First fund will help start more groups in deprived areas.

The government will set up a fund to foster the creation of community groups in deprived areas, Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, revealed today.

Maude said the fund, called Communities First, would provide start-up funding for community groups in disadvantaged parts of the country. He did not say how much the fund was worth or when it would open.

“It’s easier to set up a gang than to set up a community response to a gang problem,” he told delegates at a conference in London.

Charities would be encouraged to offer support to the community groups financed by the fund, said Maude.

The minister said that one of the government’s main aims was to increase social capital in local areas by creating small neighbourhood groups.

“We want to be super-local, seriously neighbourhood-based and almost microscopically granular,” he said.

The government would also ensure that charities and social enterprises bidding for payment-by-results contracts in welfare or the rehabilitation of prisoners would have access to working capital so they were able to compete, Maude said.

One source of this would be the proposed Big Society Bank. “We will pay up for this,” he said. “We won’t cheesepare it.”

Maude also told the conference, run by strategy and fundraising consultancy Action Planning that the government would cut red tape to make it easier to set up a charity or a social enterprise, and said the third sector would receive a “better share” of public funds.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said later that the fund would operate in the most deprieved areas of England with low social capital. The amount in the fund would be decided in the coming months. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please see information below re grants available for planting orchards.

The Forestry Commission’s Community Grant Scheme offers grants to Primary Care Trusts, local authorities, community groups and businesses, who want to improve their local treescape within London. This can include applications from groups who would like to establish orchard projects in Greater London.

Grants are awarded to projects across a wide variety of categories including those that aim to improve biodiversity, improve health and well being, engage the community, regenerate local areas, carry out tree and woodland management and a number of other areas. Grants tend to be for between £500 and £5,000.

This year’s scheme opened for applications on Monday the 12th of April 2010 with a deadline of Friday the 21st of May 2010.

Successful applicants who also fit the Capital Growth criteria for support will be given the opportunity to become one of the 2012 Capital Growth spaces and therefore receive further support up until the end of 2012.

For further information, go to to download the application form and guidance notes


Up to £500 for local green community champions. First round deadline 10 February. monthly thereafter. TTB has already won £500. See below under Local Funding.


These are not in deadline order. Deadlines should be added to the TTB Calendar. If you would like to be able to enter events on this calendar please email a request to or send us detail of the funding and the deadline. Funding will be listed in 2 sections for the moment: LOCAL and NATIONAL

All funding should be proposed to and cleared by the TTB Funding Person, so that potential conflicts are avoided and it can be agreed that it is for a project that is consonant with TTB’s principles, aims and goals. All funding should apply for a percentage of the core costs of TTB. 5% of sum applied for is normal for this. TTB is the main project of the Lambeth Climate Action Group which is a constituted organisation that can receive grants. Ask us for a copy of the constitution if necessary.

If you think the fund would be ideal for a group within TTB please let them know. see GroupPages

Please put:

â– Name of funder:
â– Purpose of funding eg organisational development, food growing
â– Amount
â– Conditions
â– Contact details inc website and form download if poss.

A new database to help Voluntary and Community Sector organisations identify funding opportunities:

The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) & The Office for the Third Sector (OTS) have launched Funding Central the new free website for comprehensive information about national, local and regional government funding, national, local or regional charitable funding, and EU funding.

Funding Central for the whole voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise, will have relevant and up to date information on all funding opportunities aimed at helping voluntary and community organisations easily identify relevant funding streams at the touch of a button.

The site goes beyond merely providing information which will continue to grow, Funding Central aims to build the capacity of organisations to successfully identify and apply for funding – whether in the form or a grant, grant in aid, contract or other financial opportunity. You can visit the website via the link below:


‘+The ‘Green-space’ funding database Enter region and type of project.

Making a BIG Difference Fund (Lambeth)

Who This fund is being made available to all Green Community Groups that are part of the Green Community Champions Program. It is easy to apply, just check out our Green Community Champions project page.

Why Lambeth Green Community Champions Programme wants to help groups by making a contribution towards room hire, refreshments and other project start-up costs. It is anticipated that small pots of funding, up to £500, will be available to each group. In return for the contribution we are asking groups to make a record of their events and activities on Project Dirt We hope that this will inspire others to ‘make a difference’ in their communities.

How to Apply Go to the funding page on Project Dirt to find more details and to get the relevant docs to download.

Tell us how your project is worthy of Lambeth’s support. Here’s how:

â– Download a copy of the Application Form (takes seconds)
â– Check out the Application and Reporting Guidelines (takes minutes)
â– Submit your application form any time. (earlier the better)
Funding decisions will be made once a month through an in house committee. If your application is not successful it will be resubmitted to the in house judging panel the following month. Applicants will receive feedback and be given an opportunity to amend their application for the following month, if necessary. Funding decisions will usually be made within six weeks of an application being received. For further information please consult the Application and Reporting Guidlines on the Project Dirt page.

Lambeth Voluntary Action Council

(LVAC) of which we are now members, has a downloadable list: FundingOpportunities

Lambeth ‘Ward Purse

â– Project to benefit residents of each ward in Lambeth. Should be agreed with and proposed by the Ward Councillors of the relevant ward.
■£12,000 per ward per year. 2008 was the first year. It is hoped it will be ongoing and increased.
â– Can only be capital funding (not revenue) and must be paid to a constituted organisation.
â– Contact your councillor see here. Lambeth officer overseeing process is Stephanie Hudson.
â– Deadline likely to be end Jan 2010 but it is recommended to start talking to your councillors as soon as possible.
Cllr Steve Bradley writes

£12,000 is available per ward, this money must be spent on up to 3 projects within each ward, with the agreement of all 3 ward councillors. The scheme will only cover the cost of capital items (broadly, the cost of putting in fixed things, or the labour in doing it) and not revenue items (i.e. not the cost of maintaining things or items that don’t last, such as plants. Though trees are ok, as they do last !).

With 21 wards in Lambeth, there is over £250,000 up for grabs across the borough.

There will be a deadline (not confirmed yet) by when projects must be nominated and approved. Last year some wards were very slow at putting forward projects, and with 3 different schemes to propose some may struggle on the creativity front again this year. There is therefore an opportunity for TTB or any other environmental organisations to suggest their own schemes for ward purse funding, and to lobby their councillors to agree to it.

In Vassall Ward last year, 2 of the 3 projects choosen had a green theme – £4,500 for food growing schemes on two estates and some repair work at Lorn Rd allotments, plus £4,000 to plant trees on two rather barren streets. Coldharbour Ward also provided funding for food growing on the Loughborough Estate, whilst one of the Streatham wards provided funding for a Food Up Front project there.

So – now is the time to get thoughts on paper for schemes you or other Transitioners would like to see in your area, and push for them to happen. There are at least 6 wards that cover bits of Brixton (Coldharbour, Ferndale, Tulse Hill, Brixton Hill, Herne Hill and Vassall), so it would be reasonable to expect a degree of success in getting something for TTB funded amongst the 18 schemes those wards must propose. To find our your ward and councillors click

Western Riverside Environmental Fund

Applications are invited from projects that work with local communities to promote environmental improvements and sustainable waste management in the four boroughs.

The next WREF deadline is Friday, 26th February 2010

The Lambeth Community Fund supporting people out of work

16/07/2009 email via LVAC from Elaine Aherne, Partnerships Manager, Customer & Community Relations, Adults’ & Community Services, 020 7926 4704 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 020 7926 4704 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Lambeth Community Fund is now open for applications. Lambeth Council pump-primed this fund with a transfer of an ancient £1.8 million trust, and donations given to the Lambeth Community Fund are invested as an endowed fund with the interest used to make charitable grants year on year. The capital sum is never touched, continues to grow and provides a lasting source of support for charities and community organisations over the years to come.

The fund is administered by Capital Community Foundation, the maximum grant award is £5,000 and preference is given to voluntary organisations with an annual income below £500,000. Funding is aimed at organisations that are supporting people who are out of work, groups working in the following areas are invited to apply:

■addressing barriers to existing training provision, through for example, provision of ESOL training, childcare/crèche facilities which run alongside training courses
â– providing personal support and confidence building opportunities, in order to increase access to further training/employment. This may include the development of workplace soft skills, including communication skills, punctuality, personal presentation, and team work

Food Funds

The Food and Growing Group is also collating information on some smaller local funds suitable for growing projects. Please explore their food funding and advice page for more details.


funding 0209 a funding bulletin from February 09. It was prepared for London Borough of Newham under the heading of Healthy Lifestyles Grants. Some may not be relevant. Please note the ones that are below.

Small grants from the Big Lottery:

Arts Council England

Grants for the arts are for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work.

■Grants to individuals normally range from £1,000 up to £30,000, and can cover activities lasting up to three years.
■Grants to organisations range from £1,000 up to £100,000, and can cover activities lasting up to three years.
This programme is open now.
Please visit or call 0845 300 6200 for further details.

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund version of the Awards for All programme will fund not-for- profit and community groups, schools and health organisations, and parish and town councils whose project will meet one of these four aims:

â– People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
â– Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems.
â– Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to enjoy.
â– Healthier and more active people and communities.
You can apply at any time, for between £300 and £10,000, for projects that are completed within 12 months.

This programme will open on 1 April 2009.
Please visit or call 0845 4 10 20 30 for further details.

NB TTB was awarded £9,250 in Jan 08 so can only claim another £750 until Jan 2010 when we can apply for another £10,000

For young people, community and heritage:

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund run two small grant schemes: Young Roots provides grants of between £3,000 and £25,000 and aims to involve 13-25 year-olds in finding out about their heritage, developing skills, building confidence and promoting community involvement. And Your Heritage provides grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 to support projects that relate to the local, regional or national heritage of the UK, and that help people to learn about, look after, and take an active part in heritage.

For both the Young Roots Scheme and the Your Heritage Programme:

â– We offer advice and help before you apply.
â– The application forms are short and simple.
â– We can offer you a mentor to help you deliver your project as part of your grant.
â– You can apply at any time.
â– You will receive a decision on your application within 10 weeks from us receiving your completed application.
This programme is open now.
Please visit or call 020 7591 6042 for more information.

Reaching Communities

Summary of the programme

Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference. Projects can be new or existing activities, or be the core work of your organisation.

We 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.

We want to encourage the following changes to communities as a result of our funding:

â– people having better chances in life, including being able to get better access to training and development to improve their life skills
â– strong communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems
â– improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy
â– healthier and more active people and communities.

£10,000 to £500,000 (!)

Are you eligible?

You can apply to Reaching Communities if you are:

â– a registered charity
â– a voluntary or community group
â– a statutory body, (including schools)
â– a charitable or not-for-profit company
■a social enterprise – a business that is chiefly run for social objectives, whose profits are reinvested in the business rather than going to shareholders and owners.
What to do next

Questions about Reaching Communities? Find out more

Reaching Communities has proven to be a popular and highly competitive programme. Sadly, we have had to turn down some very good projects. You should note the high levels of interest in this programme and consider whether your project would be better suited to another Big Lottery Fund programme.


â– Call our national helpline for advice on 0845 410 20 30.
â– Email us at
â– Call our Lottery Funding Helpline on 0845 275 00 00 or go to
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