The West of England AHSN I’m delighted to invite organisations from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to submit proposals for funding between £500 and £10,000 to strengthen links with public contributors and encourage innovation using hyvr – the online social media platform for healthcare.

hyvr has been developed by the West of England AHSN as a platform where users can discuss innovations and health related issues with like-minded people in groups called ‘hives’. On going dialogue on hyvr between the public and other collaborators will seek to accelerate the development of new and relevant healthcare initiatives including products, gadgets and new ways of working, as well as a forum for any health or care topic discussion.

Successful proposals will achieve four objectives:

Applications are invited until 5pm on 21st February 2019. If you have any enquiries please contact to Jo Bangoura on

Full details including application guidance and schedule are available to download here

Grants up to £4,000 for the development of group music-making in the UK, especially involving young people in projects incorporating composition and creative ideas (application deadline 28 September 2018)

The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation provides small grants for the development of group music making in the United Kingdom, especially projects involving young people in projects incorporating composition and creative ideas. Funding is available for new and established projects.

Projects taking place in or out of school, college or university, or in community settings in the UK will be considered.

The Foundation likes to see composition as central to projects put forward for support. The Foundation will therefore also consider applications from organisations for group projects working with young composers. These could be projects and schemes offering innovative ways for young composers to develop their talents and experience through engaging with group musical activity.

The Foundation is especially interested in:

Grants of between £500 and £4,000 are available. The average grant is £2,000. Approximately 25% of all applicants are successful in securing a grant.

During the year ending 31 August 2017 the Foundation made just 10 awards totalling £22, 000.

In general, the Foundation is unlikely to fund a large scale project in which its contribution may be considered insignificant.

Funding is not available for:

The Foundation has one application round annually. The 2018 deadline for applications is Friday 28 September for projects starting from December 2018.

Applications should be sent in both electronic and paper format and include:

Title – organisation applying, project title and sum requested

Musical aspirations, aims, content and intended outcomes

Numbers and ages of participants with names of schools or other organisations which will benefit/participate in the project and a plan for recruitment if not working with pre-existing groups

The artistic leadership of the project – named and with experience detailed

Project plan including the start date, time frame, number of sessions and where it will take place

The management of the project and plans for evaluation.

Further information is available on the Michael Tippett Music Foundation website

Grants for registered charities carrying out educational, welfare and cultural projects (applications may be made at any time)

The Coral Samuel Charitable Trust provides grants to registered charities throughout the UK for projects that promote:

Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £25,000.

During the year ending 5 April 2017 the Trust’s charitable expenditure was £296,985

There is no requirement for match funding.

Past awards have included:

A full list of awards made during the year can usually be found towards the end of the Trust’s annual accounts. While the 2017 accounts have not yet been posted on the Charity Commission site, this LINK takes you to the accounts for 2016 (see pages 10-11 for a list of funded organisations).

Funding is not available for individuals.

PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.

Applications may be made in writing at any time to:

Coral Samuel Charitable Trust

Smith & Williamson

25 Moorgate



Tel: 020 71314376

(The Trust does not advertise an email address.)

Charities, community groups and good causes are being offered support with events to help them raise funds.

Two restaurants in Swindon (Bengal Square in Peatmoor and Mantra in Old Town) are offering Swindon and Wiltshire charities, community groups and good causes support with fundraising by hosting a charity night at one of the two restaurants.

This is at no cost the the charity or group and the charity/group gets to keep all the profits from the event.

If this is of interest to you please contact 01793-887799 or email

Swindon Sports Forum small grants closes on Friday 8th September. Up to £1,200 is available for sports clubs to fund up to 75% of a project designed either to increase participation or club development.

Clubs must operate within the Swindon Borough and must be at least Level 1 accredited through SBC, WASP, Sport England or their sport’s National Governing Body. They need to have a constitution, bank account, proof of insurance (public liability), Child Protection Policy & known by your National Governing Body.

Funding can only be for projects which only start after 23rd November 2017.

Previous successful grant winners must complete an End of Grant Report detailing spend and how it has helped before applying for another grant – this can be either through a Word doc form which Grants Officer Neil Bromley can provide.

New initiatives will be favourably considered by the Grants Panel

Applications close on Friday 8th September

Clubs that have received funding in the past year include wheelchair basketball, sword fencing, hockey, cricket, lawn bowls, croquet, angling and American football to name a few.

Wiltshire Community Foundation is delighted to announce new funding for the community from Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park. The solar park started to generate power in July last year and has now released its first funds to benefit the community in the surrounding area.

A £55k funding pot is available for the first grants round in October and applications are now open for community groups to apply for small grants funding of up to £2k for community organisations, working to improve the lives of people living in the parish areas of Wroughton, Chiseldon, Clyffe Pypard, Broad Town, Broad Hinton, Ogbourne St George, Ogbourne St Andrew, Aldbourne and Baydon.

In addition applications are also open for two grants of up to £20k for any community organisation for projects that have a focus on science, technology, engineering, maths, environment, health, play. Examples might be the use of renewable energy, ecology or habitat conservation. Projects can be for the creation of a physical asset or for the encouragement of learning i.e. for delivering a specific benefit to the area or providing education about a particular issue. Grants can be for capital or revenue costs. The project must deliver benefit to communities within a 10km radius of Wroughton Solar Park.

To find out more about the criteria and apply visit the Wiltshire Community Foundation website at or call the grants team on 01380 729284 for more information.

UK and Republic of Ireland’s premier award for amateur cultural groups, the Epic Awards opens for nominations.

Are you part of a creative group that is doing something exciting and interesting? Have you embarked on a particularly ambitious project, interesting collaboration or made a difference to the lives of others in your community? From creative writing to making music and from amateur theatre to yarn-bombing, over 65,000 amateur arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland are making a huge difference in their local areas. There is growing recognition in the media and in public policy of the importance of everyday participation in creativity. The Epic Awards shines a spotlight on the incredible achievements of these groups each year.

You can nominate your group or a group in your local area for an award by filling in the form on and put them forward for special recognition and a range of prizes from financial support to advice, partnership and performance opportunities. Winning groups are those that demonstrate the four Epic qualities – Engagement, Partnership, Innovation and Creativity – in projects that involve people taking part for the love of it. The awards are now open or nominations so have a go today.

South West Foundation is re-opening its Small Grant Programme on November 1st 2016. The Small Grant Programme is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and provides grants up to £1,000.

The focus is small charitable Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations with an annual income of less than £25,000. The main focus of the fund is on rural areas, market towns and small seaside towns but they do look to fund groups that are underrepresented in our current grant programmes in other areas.

To download a copy of the funding criteria please click here

The foundation are being asked to assist in larger seaside towns. In the more urban areas they can only consider applications from groups supporting people most in need in communities that are underrepresented in their grant programme. This includes BME groups.

If you are unsure whether you should apply or not you can contact them through their website where you will also find further details about their funding programmes.

A Swindon care at home provider has decided to give away its first ever community grant – a sum of money that could benefit one local group in the town, working with older people.

The initiative comes from Bluebird Care Swindon, which has been working hard to support other organisations in the community.

The company is making available £250 to a community group or initiative that works with older people within Swindon and the local area. The group that can best demonstrate a need for additional support will be allocated the funds. The company is particularly interested in groups working in the field of dementia and mental health for older people.

Ben Curtis, Director, said,

“As well as providing care and companionship services to people living in their own homes, Bluebird Care is passionate about supporting community projects and initiatives.

“So many neighbourhoods thrive because of volunteers who work tirelessly to run community groups, host events and provide services that benefit others. Much of this work involves supporting older people who, without regular coffee mornings, day-trips or lunch clubs, would be left isolated at home.”

Bluebird Care Swindon offers a realistic alternative to residential care by allowing people to stay in their own homes with care and support. The carers’ work can involve one or more short visits a day in order to help with the everyday tasks of life. However, the service doesn’t stop there because longer duration visits are also available, including overnight help and live-in care.

Ben added:

“The Bluebird Care Community Grant will also come with support and advice. We want to work with a local project that gives older people an opportunity to try something new and that will add benefit to their lives.

“Examples of the type of projects we are looking for could include gardening, leisure, recreational, help with day trips or musical activities.”

This new grants scheme was due to be launched on Monday 14th November and will remain open for applications until Friday 16th December. For more details or to request an application form, please email or telephone Michael Auton on 07862 253514. Copies of the application form can also be picked up from the Bluebird Care office in Suite E6, Gemini House, Groundwell Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN25 5AZ.

For more details about Bluebird Care Swindon visit

Contact: Michael Auton on 07862 253514 or email

The Transform Foundation has recently launched a new grant programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits, to fund the design and build of a new website for them. The grant covers 100% of the upfront costs – your organisation will only need to fund ongoing costs.

The grant will include a range of cutting edge tools for engaging with supporters and service users as well as the costs of the strategy, design and training required to get the website up and running.

The grant programme is mostly focused on non-profits with between £0.5m – £20m annual income, although organisations outside of this range are welcome to apply. The grant programme is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission (including, for example Community Interest Companies).

Stage 1 applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and deadlines for the subsequent stages will be communicated during the application process.

The grant process should take no more than a month from application to start. It’s divided into two stages:

Stage 1
Fill out a simple 15-question application in less than 10 minutes. There’s no commitment if you decide to pull out of the process. The Foundation will review your application over a week, and get in touch to let you know the outcome.

Stage 2
You’ll have an in-depth, one-hour meeting (in person or online) with the Foundation’s partners for this grant, Raising IT, to look at technical and cultural fit for high impact. After this meeting, they will send an impact summary report to the Foundation, as a Stage 2 application.

Final Outcome
You’ll hear about whether you are successful usually within 14 days of the Stage 2 application.

You can apply for the grant here, or discover more information about it on the Transform Foundation website.