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Funding

– At CWVA, we manage different funding pots to help distribute grants to community sector organisations.

We also signpost organisations to the funding opportunities available locally and nationally. Below is a list of funding pots that are currently open for applications.

Local School Nature Grants Programme

Closing Date: 26/04/2024

Amount: £500

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Learning Through Landscapes is providing outdoor learning training sessions and nature equipment to nurseries, schools, and early learning providers to encourage outdoor education for children. The Local School Nature Grants Scheme offers a two-hour training session and equipment worth up to £500, including woodland activity kits, gardening kits, woodworking kits, and fireboxes, to promote outdoor learning in schools.

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Thomas Wall Trust

Closing Date: 29/04/2024

Amount: Up to £5,000

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The Trust offers grants up to £5,000 for specific projects rather than general organisational costs that improves communication skills for disadvantaged adults and supports NEET people into employment. Beneficiaries must gain at least one accredited vocational qualification during delivery.

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Tesco Stronger Starts – Footie for All Fund

Closing Date: 30/04/2024

Amount: £1,000

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Tesco Stronger Starts funds grants for healthy food and activities for children across the UK. We have partnered with The Sun to power their Footie for All campaign with our Tesco Stronger Starts programme to create a Footie for All Fund. We will be providing £150k in grants to grassroots football clubs across the UK as well as raising awareness of the importance of children having opportunities to thrive through opportunities for more physical and mental wellbeing. The Footie for All grants will support grassroots clubs in providing more spaces, better equipment and new kits – anything they need to help support children in their local communities.

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Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

Closing Date: 01/05/2024

Amount: Up to £6,000

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The Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation (“the Charitable Foundation”) was established in February 2000 supporting registered charities throughout the UK and distributing donations.

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The Golsoncott Foundation

Closing Date: 04/05/2024

Amount: Up to £3,000

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Grants rarely exceed £3,000 and are given on a non-recurrent basis with some exceptions. The trustees overriding concern is to support those projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, be it in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour. Many applications are received from organisations and other charities whose focus on the arts is part of their wider social, youth, educational, faith-based, or therapeutic. Additionally, where applications concern young people, the trustees are interested in a long-lasting connection between them and the art, rather than a project offering little scope for further involvement.

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Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

Closing Date: 07/05/2024

Amount: Up to £400

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Warburtons Community Grants provides small grants up to £400 to support charitable organisations towards broader activities which improve Health, Place or Skills for families in their community.

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CWaC Sanctuary Funding

Closing Date: 10/05/2024

Amount: £5,000 - £10,000

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Funding for activities designed to support refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants living in Cheshire West and Chester. Grants for the first round will run for either a 12 month period with a maximum grant amount of £5,000, or 24 month period with a maximum grant of up to £10,000. The closing date for this first round of applications will be 17:00 on Friday 10th May 2024. Contact Shelah Semoff, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Team Manager, shelah.semoff@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk for an application form and guidance.

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Youth Grant Opportunities

Closing Date: 13/05/2024

Amount: Variable

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Cheshire West and Chester Council would like to invite Voluntary and Community organisations, charities and other groups focussed on providing opportunities for Young People in our borough to apply for a Youth Grant. Expression of interest window: From 15/04/2024 11:30 to 13/05/2024 12:00

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NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

Closing Date: 24/05/2024

Amount: £1,000 - £50,000

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Grants are available to large charitable groups and organisations in the UK for projects that further the objectives of the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, particularly those that educate young people in rural areas and the relief of poverty in rural areas.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Fund

Closing Date: 31/05/2024

Amount: Up to £1,000

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The Fund provides long-term, core funding to organisations who work at the intersection of art and social change so they can continue the work they are already doing and for programmes which are central to their mission.

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Women and Girls Match Fund 2024

Closing Date: 22/06/2024

Amount: Varies

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The Women and Girls Match Fund utilises their ‘1:1’ Model of match funding. Women and Girls charities apply to Big Give and have their application assessed. Successful charities are awarded a sum of match funding which is ring-fenced for their organisation. This match funding is unlocked by public donations given through Big Give’s online fundraising platform during the campaign.

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DWF Foundation

Closing Date: 30/06/2024

Amount: Up to £5,000

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The DWF Foundation (also referred to as the Foundation) is an independent charity, founded by DWF. It has the sole aim of providing funds, resources and mentoring support to help individuals, groups and communities to achieve their full potential.

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Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust

Closing Date: 30/06/2024

Amount: £1,000 - £3,000

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The Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust supports Sport and Recreational Facilities for young people, natural history and wildlife, charities in Cheshire. The deadlines for the rounds of applications are 30th June and 31st December in each year.

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Central Social & Recreational Trust

Closing Date: 31/07/2024

Amount: Up to £1,000

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The funding aims to enable disadvantaged children under the age of 21 to access facilities for recreational or other leisure time occupations. Grants will generally be no more than £1,000 although the Trustees will consider applications above this figure in exceptional circumstances. Funding is available for the following: Equipment for the use of all members of the club. Maintenance of properties, as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period. Applications may be submitted at any time.

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The Ford Britain Trust

Closing Date: 31/07/2024

Amount: Up to £3,000

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The Ford Britain Trust supports local communities with grants to sow the seeds of change, with a particular focus on projects that centre around education, environment, children, people with disabilities, youth activities, and projects that provide clear benefits to their communities. They will be accepting applications for small grants from 1st April to 30th June 2024 for review in July 2024. Large grants for amounts over £250 and up to a maximum of £3000. They will be accepting applications for large grants from 1st March to 31st July 2024.

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BlueSpark Foundation

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: Up to £5,000

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Grants of up to £5000 (most are under £2000) are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

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Marks Family Charitable Trust

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: Variable

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The Trust seeks to support young people, with an emphasis on education and health, refugees, and the promotion of the Arts. Their Charity Commission entry states England, but looking at their projects, they have funded UK wide and also environmental work. They support some 10-20 charitable organisations per year.

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CLA Charitable Trust

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: Up to £5,000

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Grants are available for charitable organisations in England and Wales that access the benefits of the countryside to support projects designed to improve health and wellbeing, and to provide opportunities for education about the countryside. Priority is given to projects supporting children and young people who may be disadvantaged financially, physically or mentally, or from areas of deprivation.

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Steve Morgan Foundation

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: Various amounts

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The Steve Morgan Foundation provide a range of grants for organisations that make a positive difference to those in need. Areas of support include poverty, homelessness, health and wellbeing, education and training. They also provide smaller grants to individuals requiring specialised disability equipment.

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The True Colours Trust

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: Up to £10,000

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The True Colours Trust supports disabled children and young people up to 25 years.

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Tesco Stronger Starts

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: £500 - £1,500

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The Tesco Stronger Starts scheme (in partnership with Groundwork UK) is open to all schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.

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Henry Smith Foundation: Grants to reduce social and economic disadvantage

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: £500 - £70,000

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The Allen Lane Foundation offers three open grant programs: Improving Lives supports small to medium-sized organizations in the UK, Strengthening Communities aids grassroots groups in deprived areas, and Holiday Grants provide trips for disadvantaged children aged 13 and under.

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Eric Wright Charitable Trust – Community Grants

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: £5,000 - £20,000

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Community Grants are designed to aid and bolster the growth of smaller local charitable organisations directly serving beneficiaries. Although there's no strict size requirement, these organizations typically have an income/expenditure ranging from £100,000 to £500,000 annually and have been operational for at least three years.

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Garfield Weston Foundation

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: Up to £1,000,000

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The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a wide range of charities that make a positive difference, working in different sectors in the UK. These include welfare, youth, community, environment, education, health, arts, heritage and faith.

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7 Stars Foundation

Closing Date: 31/12/2024

Amount: Up to £2,500

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The foundation makes grants to projects which support young people (16 years and under) who are challenged by abuse or addiction, who are young carers, or who are homeless/without a safe place to call home.

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