Innovation charity Nesta has opened applications to its new £17.6m Impact Investments fund, for projects that will improve the lives of old people, boost the learning and employability of young people, and make local communities better able to sustain themselves. The fund is looking to invest in projects that have already shown some promise; where a prototype has already been produced or some customers already secured, and there is some evidence of impact. http://bit.ly/TPxOcM
Tesco Charity Trust
The Tesco Charity Trust has announced that its large grants programme is open for applications. The Trust gives one-off donations ranging between £4,000 and £25,000 to charities working in the areas of children's welfare and education; elderly people's welfare; and adults and children with disabilities. http://bit.ly/PSzaIe
Woodward Charitable Trust
The Woodward Charitable Trust funds small registered charities. Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available from their small grant fund and grants over £5,000 from their large grants fund. You must first contact them to discuss if you are applying to the large grants fund. Projects they will fund are work with: children and young people at risk of anti-social behaviour; minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers; prisoners and ex-offenders; disability projects; homeless projects; arts outreach for the disadvantage; and environmental projects which are also educational. http://bit.ly/R2diox
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has set up the Advice Services Transition Fund to enable local not-for-profit providers of advice services in England to continue to give vital help to people and communities. Up to £65 million will be available to help partnerships of advice organisations to identify new ways of delivering and funding their services in the future. Grants of between £50,000 and £350,000 will be available to partnerships of local not-for-profit advice providers who can come together in an area and demonstrate that they have compelling plans to improve services and make them more viable. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 28 January 2013.
Wide range of organisations
The Garfield Weston Foundation has supported a wide range of organisations with grants of varying sizes. Recent funding has supported projects in the following categories: Arts, Community, Education, Welfare, Medical, Religion, Youth and Environment. There are no formal deadlines for submitting applications and organisations should allow approximately four months for a final outcome, though acknowledgement letters are sent within four weeks.
Arts and Culture
Children and Young People
Education and youth work
The Mercers' Charitable Foundation supports Education, General Welfare and Heritage and the Arts. The Education strand supports work that, for example: improves educational achievement; builds students' social capital, confidence and life skills; or enriches educational opportunity through innovative projects that use art, drama, dance, music and sport. The General Welfare strand supports youth work. Deadlines are four weeks in advance of meeting dates, which are next in January.
Health and Wellbeing
Enterprise and Learning
Awards for Enterprise
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise is for those aged between 18 and 30 and are designed to recognise "extraordinary individuals who possess the courage and conviction to take on major challenges". They are given for a new or ongoing project anywhere in the world - "one that deserves support for its capacity to improve lives, or protect the world's natural and cultural heritage". The successful Young Laureates will each receive 50,000 Swiss francs over a period of two years. Applications close on 31 May 2013.
Future Ready Fund
Small Community Groups
The Greggs Foundation operates a regional grants programme to support charitable organisations through the provision of small grants of up to £2,000. Funded projects must make a positive difference to people in need in local communities. Priority is given to projects which benefit people with caring responsibilities, people with disabilities and homeless people. http://bit.ly/XZkneR