There are a number of grants that are currently open via external organisations and trusts that may well suit voluntary and community groups that work and operate within the Royal Borough.

The Community Engagement Team would advise voluntary and community groups to always keep their ear to the ground for information about new grants that could fit in with an organisation’s aims and objectives. A good way of doing this is looking at grant database grantfinder.co.uk, looking at the funding section of the Social Council’s website or signing up to the Council’s own external funding e-bulletin by emailing Lucy.Ashdown@rbkc.gov.uk

Some of the funding streams currently available include:

Westway Trust Community Grants

Westway Trust are making a total £100,000 in grants available to fund projects by local organisations supporting the community. Grants of up to £2,500 will be on offer for projects which celebrate North Kensington’s culture and heritage; make the most of the local talent; improve health and well-being in the local community; or improve economic opportunity.

Deadline: Monday 14 September 2015

Email: grants@westway.org                      Website: www.westway.org/grants

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

The Ministry of Defence’s new Armed Forces Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities, namely:

  • Community integration;
  • The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community; and
  • Former Service personnel in the criminal justice system.

There are two funding routes, which are small grants (applications up to a maximum of £20,000) and large grants (applications of between £20,001 and £500,000).

Deadline for EOI: 17 September and 17 December

Website: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/armedforces

First World War: Then and Now

Communities that are looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War, particularly that relating to the Battle of the Somme, are encouraged to apply for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF’s) First World War – Then and Now grants scheme ahead of the 2016 Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply as long as they have a constitution and a bank account. Applicants could include charities, trusts, clubs, interest groups, community and voluntary groups, community and parish councils, faith groups, history groups, schools, colleges, social enterprises, residents’ associations and youth groups.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available for community projects that explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict. Projects should make a difference to people and be completed in less than two years.

Website: http://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/first-world-war-then-and-now

Rosa’s Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Small Grants

Grants of between £500 are £5,000 are available for projects that deliver training, mentoring, research, networking, as well as advice and support services to tackle FGM. The grants will help funded organisations to:

  • become more confident, more knowledgeable and more skilled in tackling FGM within their communities;
  • improve their skills in engaging with, and lobbying, statutory bodies to encourage appropriate responses to FGM;
  • contribute to a unified movement across the UK bringing together a range of organisations engaged in tackling FGM.

Deadline: Monday 14 September 2015, 17.00

Email: fgmsmallgrants@rosauk.org         Website: www.rosauk.org

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