Leicestershire – Wesleyan Foundation Grants

Description

Grants are available to registered charities and voluntary and community groups that promote or improve health, education or social development in Leicestershire.

Maximum value:  £2,000

Objectives of Fund

The Fund aims to support registered charities and community groups that will promote or improve health, education or social development across Leicester.

Priority will be given to the following, in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Mental health.
  • Bereavement.
  • Domestic violence, including women’s refuges.
  • Isolation/befriending/listening.
  • The vulnerable and elderly.
  • Dementia/quality of life.
  • Social prescribing to alleviate the pressure from the NHS.
  • Getting back to work including innovative travel eg cycle schemes/reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Employment, including reskilling people to actively prepare for a new job/new career etc.
  • Outdoor projects, including making changes so that services can be delivered outside.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £2,000 are available and must be spent within 12 months.

Match Funding Restrictions

Where match funding is required to deliver the full project costs, groups are required to detail where this match is from, whether it has been secured and to detail contingency plans should the funding not be secured.

Who Can Apply

The following groups can apply:

  • Registered charities.
  • Constituted community groups.
  • Companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims.
  • Community interest companies.
  • Co-operatives, including registered community benefit societies and registered industrial and provident societies.
  • Social enterprises.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual income of less than £250,000.
  • Be a group with clear charitable aims and a set of rules/constitution. (It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply).
  • Have at least three, unrelated people on the management committee/board.
  • Have its own bank account with at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Have a safeguarding policy and equal opportunities policy.
  • Provide quotes for capital items over £300.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals or sole traders.
  • Arts and media focused projects.
  • Sports clubs and societies (unless the project benefits disabled people).
  • Contact sports such as boxing.
  • Capital builds.
  • Direct replacement of statutory obligations and public funding.
  • Promotion of religious or political activities.
  • Groups with significant financial free reserves.
  • Organisations or charities which are solely to promote any particular religion.
  • Organisations who have indicated poor management of any previous grants or who present poor financial health.
  • Payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans.
  • Animal welfare, unless the project benefits people (eg disabled riding schemes).
  • Statutory work in educational institutions.
  • Pure sponsorship purposes or funding purely for costs of fundraising events.

Groups are able to reapply for funding for one year after the award of the initial grant.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants can be made for a wide range of purposes including consumables, project or activity costs. In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, grants are currently available to support projects that focus on the themes below:

  • Mental health.
  • Bereavement.
  • Domestic violence, including women’s refuges.
  • Isolation/befriending/listening.
  • The vulnerable and elderly.
  • Dementia/quality of life.
  • Social prescribing to alleviate the pressure from the NHS.
  • Getting back to work including innovative travel eg cycle schemes/reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Employment, including reskilling people to actively prepare for a new job/new career etc.
  • Outdoor projects, including making changes so that services can be delivered outside.

The Foundation is also still happy to fund projects that resonate with its values.

  • 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 wishes to champion projects that develop conscious inclusion, so will prioritise projects that bring the community together.
  • Other priorities – projects that can demonstrate an ongoing sustainability, both from a financial and an environmental perspective. In addition, projects which build in an element to help reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint.

Eligible costs include:

  • Salary, equipment or volunteer costs that are clearly budgeted and only used for the project.
  • Start-up costs for a new project or organisation.
  • To extend or develop an existing project.

No more than 10% of project costs can be assigned to core/operational costs.

Projects must adhere to government social distancing guidelines.

How To Apply

The next application deadline for small grants is 4 December 2020.

Large grants are currently closed to applications.

An online application form and guidance information are available on the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation website.

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