Lots of funding opportunities available!
There are a number of different funding opportunities available for local charities and good causes at the moment, with varying deadlines and funding amounts available:
Gosport Community Fund
The Gosport Community Fund raises funds from the Gosport Community Lottery, which was launched in July 2018. For each £1 tickets players purchase, 20p is held in the Community Fund by Gosport Voluntary Action. The fund will be open for applications twice a year with the first round opening on 25 February and closing on the 30 April.
Organisations meeting the terms and conditions can apply for grants of up to £1,500 and individuals can apply for grants of up to £250. Projects must be for the benefit of the Gosport Community and meet at least one of the lottery funding priorities, which are:
– Bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
– Improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
– Enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address poverty, deprivation and isolation
As the fund is new, there is a free funding workshop on the 26 February. Book your place and find out more at https://www.gva.org.uk/gosport-community-fund-free-workshop/
Postcode Lottery Fund
Until the 20th February, local charities and community groups in Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head can apply for grants between £500 and £20 000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Three trusts involved each have a different funding focus:
• People’s Postcode Trust – supports projects which focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights and combatting discrimination. http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/
• Postcode Community Trust – supports projects focussed on improving health and well-being through grassroots sports, reducing isolation, arts and physical recreation. http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/
• Postcode Local Trust – supports projects that support green space improvements, increasing access to outdoor spaces, renewable energy and flood prevention. http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/
Masonic Charitable Foundation – Small Grants
Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. The Foundation brings together the work of four national Charities which had been operating separately under various names since the early 18th Century.
Current target areas are:
• Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
• Reducing isolation in later life
• Medical research into degenerative disease
• Care services in the hospice sector
The target areas are reviewed regularly to ensure their grants are making the greatest possible impact. Further information is available on their website.
Application Process: Online application process. Firstly complete the eligibility questions. If your charity meets the eligibility criteria you will be invited to complete an online application form.
Deadline: Small grants are considered 3 times per year, usually in January, May, and September.
Contact: Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
Telephone: 020 3146 3337
The Southern Co-operative Local Partnerships Fund
Local charities may benefit from fundraising partnerships when they are looking to secure large sums of money and/or are looking to raise the profile of their cause. Charities and good causes will be invited to apply to their local store/funeral branch for support each year. Our colleagues at each store/funeral branch then vote for the cause they wish to support as a team and one which is close to the heart of their local community. Consequently, customers and colleagues will be able to see directly how funds they have raised are being spent and benefiting their local community.
The MSE Charity
The MSE Charity is funded by Money Saving Expert, it gives grants to UK not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. Their next grant round, Raising the Next Generation opens on Monday 4th February.