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Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Support Programme

Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference. It funds revenue projects of between £10,000 and £500,000 and/or capital projects up to £500,000+.

The Big Lottery Fund working in partnership with local support organisations is fully committed to supporting the sector to meet local need. With the support of Barking and Dagenham CVS they will be offering one to one support sessions for locally based organisations that have a proposal or a draft application form for the Reaching Communities programme. The sessions are designed to give your organisation pre-application support or allow you to test out your project ideas before completing a full stage 1 application. These sessions are limited in number and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Places for the second are almost full. If you are interested please contact Chris Todd (chris.todd@bdcvs.org.uk, tel 020 8532 7328) who will send you two brief forms that you need to complete.

Money Saving Expert

The MSE Charity addresses the UK’s massive problem of financial illiteracy by funding relevant guidance and education for individuals and groups. It gives grants up to £5,000 to constituted groups and charities with an income below £500,000 to promote financial literacy, including consumer and debt issues.
Deadlines: this round opened on the 1 January, and will close on 31 January or as soon as 40 completed bids are received so apply as soon as you can. If you miss this round, be prepared for the next, which opens on 1 May.

Creative Barking & Dagenham, People Going Places – 3rd round opens 14 Jan
The third round of Creative Barking & Dagenham’s People Going Places fund which funds arts development in the borough, opens in the new year, with a new pack and applications available from 14th January. The pack will give lots of information on the aims of the fund as well as guidance on how to apply, either using a written form or by recording a short video if you prefer.
Deadline: 23rd Feb

£1.7m funding available for 40 outstanding social enterprises
UnLtd are looking for another 40 outstanding social entrepreneurs who are committed to scaling up their social impact. The programme supports ambitious, ‘high potential’ social entrepreneurs to raise investment and rapidly grow their ventures by building a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting the entrepreneur during the journey. The average seed investment round of ventures that take part in the programme is £248,000 and the largest round so far was £550,000.
Deadline: 3 Feb

Irish Youth Foundation UK Open to Applications

The Irish Youth Foundation invites applications for grants each year from local charities, voluntary and community groups working with young Irish people in England, Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland. Both small and large grants are available for projects benefiting young Irish people and children aged between 0-30 years in England. Priority is given to helping young Irish people and their families who are disadvantaged and in need.
Grants for organisations in England, Scotland and Wales fall into two categories:
1. Small Grants up to £2,500
2. Standard Grants for over £2,500 and up to £12,000
Deadline: 30 Jan

Power to Change – new fund for social enterprises – opens in February
Power to Change is a new trust, set up with a £150 million Big Lottery endowment to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises. The fund will is expected to open early 2015. Power to Change, is inviting Community led enterprises to get involved now by registering their enterprise on the Enterprising England map. This will ensure they are kept up to speed with the initiative.