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Highlights from Voluntary Action Islington’s funding update for the 6th of February. Thanks to our own Dave Pendle for picking out those relevant to our network.

Young Roots – Heritage Lottery Fund

The Young Roots programme is for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000. Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.

Could this be a way for your Foyer to reach out into a new area of work? Young people running a heritage project could develop a wide range of their talents. Exploring local heritage can be a great way for young people to feel linked to their communities and social capital, it could be an opportunity for intergenerational work which lets young people create a positive image.

This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time, find out more and apply online

People’s Postcode Trust Small Grants programme

Not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charities and others in England and Scotland can now apply for between £500 and £20,000 to deliver a project of up to 1 year in length. The Small Grants Programme opened again for applications on Monday 6th January. There will be four funding rounds in 2014 and their opening and closing dates are detailed on the website. Applications are submitted through an online application form which is available to access during each funding round.

There are a number of funding criteria and all projects must meet at least one of the following: Prevention of poverty, Improvement of health, Promotion of community development, Advance participation in sport, Promotion of human rights or Promotion of environmental protection

Does your Foyer have an idea for a great project to engage young people’s talents but hasn’t got the funding to get it started? Have you done a Working Assets project and want to take it to the next level? Do you want to be one of the increasing number of Foyers experimenting with social enterprise?

The deadline for applications in the current round is 21 February 2014, find out more and apply online

Help The Homeless Grants

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of returning homeless people to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Small and medium sized registered charities (with a turnover of under £1 million per annum) can apply for grants for capital costs, generally up to £5000.

The number of young people experiencing homelessness is on the rise and Foyer have an important role to play, could your service build your capacity in this area?

Deadlines for submitting applications are quarterly with the next deadline on 15 March 2014, find out more and apply online.

Edge Foundation

The Edge Foundation Innovation and Development Fund is a new £1 million grant programme supporting technical, practical and vocational learning for young people 11 – 24 years. It will give grants of £50,000 – £100,000.

Foyers have long been centres of non traditional stage not age education for young people who can’t live at home.

The deadline is 7 March, with another round later in the year, find out more and apply online.

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

You can now apply for this year’s Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme. If you are successful, you will receive a place on a year long learning programme, along with a grant of £4,000 if you are starting a social enterprise, or £15,000 if you are hoping to scale an existing organisation.

We are running taster sessions across the country in February and March and we will be receiving applications until 3pm on April 3rd.

Could be a transformative opportunity for a young person or member of your team, could they bring a social enterprise approach to your work? Start or scale up a social enterprise partner? Have you developed your skills with Working Assets and want to take them further?

To book your place on a taster session, and to apply, please visit their website.



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