Hear straight from the funder's mouth what they want from an application

On 30 September 2021, we held our first North Yorkshire Funding Summit. Below are recordings from funders who ran seminars at the event. Hear from the funder’s mouth what make a successful applications, do’s and don’ts and what projects they support.

Not all of these funds will be open at any one time so please remember to check application deadlines.

Applying for a capital grant from the Bernard Sunley Foundation

Renata McDonnell, Grants Officer 020 3036 0090.

Hear from Renata at Bernard Sunley Foundation about their grants for capital projects – what they fund and don’t fund, how they fund and how to apply and have your questions answered. This seminar is for registered, exempt or excepted charities (with an income of less than £10 million) seeking funding for capital projects such as freehold purchases, building work and brand new vehicles.

Watch the recording alongside the PowerPoint slides.

Meet the Funder: Garfield Weston Foundation

Flora Craig, Head of Grants, and Harriet Brooks, Grants Manager.

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating £99 million last year. Both its Major Grants and Regular Grants Programmes are open. If you are a UK registered charity or a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), or have exempt charity status, you can apply for funding at any time and will receive a decision within four months. They make unrestricted grants for core and project costs and support organisations across Arts, Education, Youth, Health, Museums & Heritage, Community, Environment, Faith and Welfare particularly to those in need in regions of economic disadvantage.

Flora and Harriet present their top tips for making an application and afterwards take part in a Q&A session.

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Making a difference grants programme with Hambleton District Council

Lisa Wilson, Service Manager (Communities) 01609 767149.

Hambleton District Council’s Making a Difference grants are available for non-profit organisations that are constituted with a bank account who are based and work in the Hambleton district. Projects must be trying to tackle a local issue and meet at least one of the Council’s priorities. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available, although the average grant is between £2.5k and £5k and the total amount requested must not exceed 75% of the total cost of the project. The workshop will also highlight common mistakes that are made when groups apply.

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Henry Smith Charity Strengthening Communities fund

Mary Mosinghi, Grants Manager 020 7264 4970.

The Henry Smith Charity’s Strengthening Communities grant supports grassroots, community-led organisations physically based in or supporting communities in the most deprived areas of the UK. Mary explains who is eligible to apply, what projects are supported and how to submit a successful application. She also answers questions about the grant.

Watch the recording alongside the PowerPoint slides; you may also want to download their Strengthening Communities funding flyer which includes information about their application criteria.

Heritage Fund with Helen Peacock

Hear from Helen as she shares insight on how to apply for the wide range of grants that help connect people and communities to local heritage in North Yorkshire. Your project could be for anything from restoring habitats, community archaeology, historic buildings to archive collections.

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Thinking differently with Key Fund

Adrian Bean, Lead Investment Manager 07515 063133.

Sometimes we need to think differently and creatively to grow our ideas. Exploring different funding sources as part of your funding strategy is encouraged to help diversify your income sources.
Social Investment is a funding source that many do not know about, or may be unsure whether it is for them. Adrian Bean from Key Fund demystifies Social Investment including:

  • Social investment: what is it and how does it work?
  • Support for third sector and cultural organisations, including loan and grant packages, start-up and business support.
  • Reach Fund grants: pre-investment support and grants.
  • Good Finance – a one stop shop of information.

If you are a charity, cultural organisation or social enterprise with a great idea but need the capital and support to make it happen, this is the seminar for you.

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Prevention Matters – find funding for your grassroots community project

Marie-Ann Jackson, Head of Stronger Communities, North Yorkshire County Council  01609 532925.

Find out how voluntary and community groups delivering grassroots projects can apply for funding as part of a national strategy to help reduce suicides and improve mental well-being.

Marie-Ann outlines a range of grant opportunities being launched in autumn 2021 aimed at any not-for-profit organisation wishing to develop projects to help people stay connected, active and involved. If you have an idea for a project and want to find out how you can apply, this is for you. Want to help but stuck for ideas? The session also gives examples of successful projects.

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Sirius Minerals Foundation with Leah Swain (01723 470108)

Sirius Minerals Foundation supports local community projects across Redcar and Cleveland Borough, Scarborough Borough and the North York Moors National Park. The Foundation does not support projects outside this area of benefit. The Foundation funds projects that align to its 5 objectives – education, skills and hardship, environment, health or facilities. Funding is generally only through open grant rounds.

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National Lottery Community Fund

Paul Varney, Funding Manager 07791 746275
Jenny Whitemore, Funding Officer Districts: Hambleton and Harrogate 07791 746896
Ellen Cross, Funding Officer Districts: Craven, Selby, York 07790 945827
Annette Greenwood, Funding Officer Districts: Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough 07791 746070

The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) supports ideas and projects that matter to people and communities. Come and listen to Funding Officers as they explain how TNLCF use funding and relationships to help create stronger communities. This seminar explores what you need to consider when applying for funding, such as what is the best fund for you; what types of projects are funded; who can apply, what makes a good application; how much money TNLCF can offer and for how long; costs that can and can’t be funded; where help is available and who applications can be accepted from.

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What makes a great application to Two Ridings Community Foundation (and probably many other funders too)?

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive 07554 425431.

Hear from Jan at Two Ridings Community Foundation about how to apply for the grants from the Foundation – what makes a good application, dos and don’ts, along with having your questions answered. This session is particularly useful for people who haven’t made many grant applications or who have but they haven’t been successful. Two Ridings has over 40 funds it manages on behalf of a variety of donors, but the basic principles covered in the session will cover most grant application scenarios.

Watch the recording. alongside the PowerPoint slides.