Thursday 26 November 2020
AM Session: 10:00am – 12:30pm
PM Session: 1.30pm – 4.00pm
The Funding Fair will give you the opportunity to:
- Float your ideas past potential funders
- Learn about current funding programmes
- Find out how VAL can help you to succeed in your future bids
This event is open to VCSE organisations based in Leicestershire only. We will be holding a Funding Fair for city-based groups early in 2021.
Only 2 people per VCSE organisation will be allowed to book on.
You have the choice of booking onto either the morning or afternoon session, please do not book onto both. (Details of how to book onto a session are below)
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Arts Council England
AM Speaker: Declan Westwood, Relationship Manager
PM Speaker: Heather Hollins, Relationship Manager
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants is our open-access funding programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. It is always open, and has a quick turnaround, so we can respond to peoples’ good ideas. We also aim to broadly reflect the diversity of contemporary England through the grants we make.
National Lottery Project Grants supports a broad range of creative and cultural projects that benefit people living in England. It can support individuals and organisations with grants from £1,000 upwards. Projects can range from directly creating and delivering creative and cultural activity to projects which have a longer term positive impact, such as organisational development, research and development and sector support and development. www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants
Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP)
(Round 9 will open for applications w/c 21 December)
Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) supports the development of independent cultural and creative practitioners. This programme will give individuals the opportunity to apply for £2,000 to £10,000, to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own cultural and creative development, and take them to the next stage in their practice. For applicants with personal access costs, you can also include these on top of the £10,000 maximum. We would like to see applications for development activities from practitioners working in any of our supported disciplines. To be eligible for this programme your application must identify a clear development opportunity.
- Charity Bank: A bank for the social sector
Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation
Speaker: Louise Cotton, Grants Officer
The Community Foundation works to encourage local philanthropy. We set up and manage grant giving charitable funds for families, individuals and companies. We also manage local and national grant programmes such as National emergency Trust, Department for Media Culture and Sport (DCMS) Tampon Tax, #iWill; Wesleyan Foundation; St Matthews Big Local. We have various grant programmes that open at various times of the year. These include matching family and corporate funds to causes they are interested in supporting, and giving grants on behalf of larger national agencies. So keep an eye on our website page ‘Apply for Funds’. If you would like to be on our funding circulation list please email email@example.com to receive emails when new grant programmes are open for applications.
Funds we will be promoting are:
Mercia Park Community Fund – up to £5k
Who for: Charitable groups delivering in North West Leicestershire
Help strengthen local communities (particularly their quality of life and life chances) within proximity of the Mercia Park Development at Junction 11 M42.
Improve the natural environment within proximity of the Mercia Park Development at Junction 11 M42.
Wesleyan Foundation Funds – Small up to £2k / Large up to £10k
Who for: Charitable groups with an income less than £250k
- Education – projects that address positive social mobility, disadvantage and raising aspirations. Initiatives that develop individuals’ skills and employability are also of high importance.
- Health – projects that address mental and physical wellbeing and create opportunities for inclusion.
- Social – Wesleyan wish to champion projects that develop conscious inclusion so will prioritise projects that bring the community together.
Making Local Life better – Up to £3k
Who for: For all charitable groups working within Leicestershire and Rutland
Fund Criteria: A broad fund that will accept application for a variety of projects.
St Matthews Big Local – Up to £1,000 are available
Who For: Available to individuals and not for profit groups working with beneficiaries from the St Matthews Estate, Leicester.
Fund Criteria: For projects that; focus on making St. Matthew’s ‘cleaner and greener’, increase feelings of safety and security, celebrate diversity, talent and creativity, and increase community cohesion.
Coronavirus Support Fund
This may still be open if we receive more private donor and NET Funding!
Leicestershire County Council Grant Schemes
Noel Singh (Funding Manager) and Andy Hayes (Grants & Funding Officer) will be on hand to provide advice and guidance about grants programmes administered by Leicestershire County Council, including the SHIRE Community Grants programme. Andy and Noel will also be able to provide more general advice about fundraising and income generation.
Leicestershire Funding Toolkit – Idox
Speaker: Matthew Godfrey – Account Manager Idox Funding and Information Services
We have been supporting Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) and its communities for a number of years. We are Europe’s leading and most advanced funding database, helping local communities and the voluntary sector identify external funding opportunities across the UK and Europe. Millions of pounds of funding continue to be identified and secured through the ongoing use of our funding and information services.
The Leicestershire Funding Toolkit provides you with free access to our online database of funding opportunities.
The National Lottery Community Fund
Speaker: Oliver Savage, Funding Officer – Midlands Hub
The National Lottery Community Fund’s general funding programmes will soon re-open.
This is an opportunity to discuss your project ideas with a Funding Officer, find out more about the priorities for funding, the application process and the themes that application will need to address.
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner - The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Prevention Fund
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Prevention Fund
Speaker: Michael Macleod, Projects and Grants Officer
The Police and Crime Commissioner has decided to put aside a pot of money from his Commissioning budget to fund a grants programme. The purpose of this fund is to support the achievement of the objectives within the Police and Crime Plan.
Emergency funding to support Covid-19 response – Covid-19 is bringing unprecedented and challenging times to Leicestershire’s communities. Voluntary and community organisations are working around-the-clock to support vulnerable people and protect the welfare and wellbeing of those who have nowhere else to turn. Their services are needed now more than ever.
They are particularly interested in supporting projects which not only mobilise resources and react positively to the challenges posed by Covid-19 but which can also show a demonstrable link and positive impact on my priorities too.
Find out more here
View guidance notes here
Severn Trent Community Fund
Speaker: Sue Heyes, Community Fund Officer
Our customers, and the communities we live and work in, are at the heart of everything we do. And that’s why, from 2020, we’re going to be giving away more than £10million over the next five years to support new projects by local charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region – helping to make a real and tangible difference in our communities.
Our customers have helped us to create and shape our new community fund. We’ve spoken to lots of you to better understand your community needs, and as a result, have chosen to design our fund around improving community wellbeing.
By this we mean:
- People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
- Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use
- Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water
We seek to fund projects that link to these key elements of community wellbeing – with favourability shown to projects that ideally lie within a ‘sweet spot’ that incorporates all three. If you’re applying for over £75,000, please note that a combination of all three of these themes is necessary to be eligible.
And of course, being a water company, naturally we’d love to see applications for projects that have a connection to water too (although not essential)! This might mean creating sustainable drainage, installing grey water recycling or creating water efficient green spaces.
Grants available from £2,000 to £200,000 – full details at www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/severn-trent-community-fund/
Spacehive - Crowdfund Leicester - City Mayor's Community Engagement Fund
Speaker: Frank Kibble – Partnership Manager at Spacehive (crowdfunding platform)
The Mayor can help fund activities, initiatives and projects that can make a real difference to the quality of life for some of our communities in Leicester, particularly underserved communities that are usually considered “hard to reach” or “difficult to engage”. The projects should help eliminate discrimination, victimisation and harassment, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between communities and groups. Groups must run a crowdfunding campaign on the Spacehive crowdfunding platform,can receive up to £10,000 towards their campaign with pledges depending on the support of the community, the target of the project and how closely the project supports the above aims of the fund.
Sport England Return to Play funds
Speaker: Alpa Patel, Sport England – Investment Advisor
Coronavirus has hit the sport and physical activity sector hard and we know things have been tough, so we’ve modified our funding streams to help people safely return to play and are targeting the places they’ll have the biggest impact.
Please note that the Return to Play funding programmes are now open. For more details about each fund, please head to the Sport England website where eligibility rules and guidance on how to apply for the funds can be found.
Return to Play – Small Grants
This £10 million fund focuses on awards of up to £10,000 that support clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic.
Return to Play: Community Asset Fund
Capital awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 will help clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces, so that sport and physical activity can happen during the pandemic.
Return to Play: Active Together
A £2.5 million fund, with up to £10,000 in match funding, as part of a support package to help clubs and organisations set up and run crowdfunding campaigns related to Covid-19, such as a loss of income due to the pandemic. For more information about crowdfunding options, please click here.
VAL - Sector Support
Our Sector Support team offers free, confidential advice and support on all aspects of setting up
and running your organisation.
We provide high quality training to broaden your skills and knowledge you need to manage your charity, social enterprise or community group.
We can help you, with preparing reading and writing funding and tender applications.
Visit us online at:valonline.org.uk/sector-support/
VAL - Volunteering
Volunteers are an integral part of the success of local voluntary and community sector organisations.
If you would like to find out how to involve the volunteers your organisation needs to thrive, our volunteering team is here to support you.
Our volunteering team can: post volunteering opportunities on your behalf so you can find the volunteers you need and help you develop relevant volunteering policies & advise on all aspects of managing volunteers.
Book your place
You can book onto our 2020 Funding Fair via Eventbrite. Places are limited, so book yours today.Book now