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Tesco Bags of Help Grants now permanently open for Applications

Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications and the criteria are now wider.

The main changes to the programme from 1st Dec 2016 are:

  • The programme will be ‘Always On’ and 3 x projects will be available for customers to vote upon each month.
  • The outcome of the programme is to support and promote community participation in the development and use of outdoor space which can now include revenue activities on the space as well as capital works.
  • There are no restrictions regarding match funding.
  • Applicants will be asked to apply for a minimum of £2,000 up to a maximum £5,000 and the winning project from the public vote will receive the full amount they have applied for (maximum £5,000).   The project that is placed 2nd will receive a maximum of £2,000 and the third will receive a maximum of £1,000

Jane Halladay from Groundwork North East & West Yorkshire is the contact for groups in Kirklees – contact her on 0113 238 0601 / 07827 878208 / email: jane.halladay@groundwork.org.uk

Projects can include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.  Projects that would typically receive funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing nature trail in a local park or nature reserve
  • Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadow on a community allotment
  • Providing forest school sessions in a primary school for 12 months
  • Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola
  • Supporting artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail.
  • Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents
  • Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club
  • Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills
  • Funding a series of summer events in a local park
  • Funding a programme of beach clean up events
  • Repainting swings and play equipment in a park
  • Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks.
  • Helping to set up Britain in Bloom local group, purchasing plants, planters, forks, spades and compost.
  • Developing a community garden or orchard
  • Supporting local football club with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12’s

Following a public vote, three projects in each of the Tesco store cluster regions will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

Apply by following the link below and the online eligibility checker and full application form etc. are then accessed via the ‘Community Groups’ tab:

On the Groundwork UK website you can find out more about the scheme

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Where to find available grants

There are a number of websites and newsletters which regularly post information on the availability and criteria for grants.  These include:

  1. Kirklees4Community is a FREE online funding portal developed exclusively for local community and voluntary groups from the Kirklees Area. Access the online funding search tool 24/7 on the website.
  2. Look at what is available from theOne Community Small Grants
  3. The Lottery– grants are available from various lottery bodies, this is the main Lottery funding finder.
  4. For some organisations there might be the possibility of funding from theEuropean Social Fund.  Generally they provide grants for big cross authority projects and require the organisations to have a very high level of governance and be able to prove that they have the processes in place to deal with grants of this type.
  5. Organisations working with young people under the age of 18 who are experiencing disadvantage might be able to apply toChildren in Need.
  6. Similarly, you might be eligible for grants fromComic Relief – they fund five types of projects in the UK, you can find their criteria on their website.
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Writing a Funding Application

There are lots of resources which will help you write a funding application.  Here are a few of the best:

  1. The Resource Centre article on Writing a Funding Application.
  2. Advice from KnowHow Nonprofit – NB their second point “Give the funder what they want” is the most fundamental tip.  Many applications fail to answer the questions asked and fail to tailor their project to what the funding is supposed to be for.  Your project needs to fit the criteria and if it doesn’t then there is rarely any point in applying.
  3. This is a great article from Third Sector on the top 10 funding application errors.
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Newsletter from Volunteering Kirklees

Sign up for a regular summary of news from around Kirklees for community organisations, including local funding opportunities, events and training as well as national news, tips and reports.

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One Community Small Grants

OneCommunitySmall Grants Programmes next open April 2017

Voluntary and community groups operating in Kirklees can apply.  Some funds apply to specific areas.  More information available in April 2017

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