The SparkFund

The SparkFund is an innovation support and grants programme that will help organisations to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes.

It is targeted to small to medium sized business in the Humber, York, North Yorkshire region with aspirations to move forward.

The Sparkfund can match with up to £50k of support.

There is a new explainer video on the SparkFund website which sets out,  in simple terms, how it works and the kind of projects they can support and some really great case studies which start to illustrate the kind of impact we are having

They also have new LinkedIn and Facebook pages: and

Below are some case studies – there is a charity study which is a great example for the VCSE sector of how the grant can be used.

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#GrowMySME Programme – ICT for Growth New Start-up Grant

The ICT for Growth Scheme is launching a new element to the project.

The #GrowMySME Programme delivers products for the Humber Business Growth Hub and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020 Programme to enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow.

#GrowMySME Programme offers specialist one-to-one advice and support, varied workshops and masterclass sessions delivered by experts in their field, and grant schemes to help you unlock key business growth activities.

£1,000 grants available for projects totalling £2,000 – £2,500 (for larger projects the general ICT for Growth Grants may be more appropriate).

If you have any queries please contact Phil Hall – Business Investment Programme Manager at

Tel: 01482 613188


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Home Office – Serious and Organised Crime – Funding available for projects, interventions and innovation – Grimsby & Immingham

Deadline 6th October 2019

Following the Governments launch of the Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) Strategy in November 2018 – the Home Office identified Grimsby, alongside 7 other areas across the country, to invest in partnership working.  The work should enhance pre-existing work in this area to divert children, young people and vulnerable adults away from SOC. 

The project is broken down into two key areas:

  • Prevention and Early Intervention – stopping people entering into organised criminality.
  • Community Resilience – Building the highest levels of defence and resilience in vulnerable people, communities, businesses and systems.

Including delivering real messages and education about the dangers of SOC in a manner that is clear and impactive.

They are happy for you to flex between the above headings in your application and do not constrain on innovation if your project meets the criteria and needs of the project.

Below are the three tiers of intervention:

Primary interventions: aimed at young people who aren’t necessarily involved in SOC but assessed as vulnerable. Interventions are intended to discourage young people from committing serious offences e.g. mass participation interventions and awareness raising at school.
Secondary Interventions: aimed at, at risk young people with emerging indicators of being drawn into SOC.
Tertiary Interventions: aimed at the hardest to reach and most challenging young and vulnerable people. Interventions are intended to facilitate desistance from SOC activity.
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Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) Capacity Development Grants

Deadline 28th November 2019

Six grants are available to expert not-for-profit organisations and networks with the ability to build the capacity of small UK-based charities working in international development.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund’s Capacity Development Grants is a one-off funding call provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) through its UK Aid Direct fund. The fund is being managed by MannionDaniels.

Grants of up to £100,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to deliver capacity building support in at least one of the following (other capacity development areas may also be considered):

  • Bidding for funding (fundraising).
  • Value for money.
  • Financial management (including sustainable funding models).
  • Human resource management.
  • Downstream/local partner management and capacity building.
  • Safeguarding.
  • Beneficiary Feedback Mechanisms.
  • Communications and public engagement.
  • Donor reporting.
  • Managing risk.

For further information, please visit the SCCF website here.

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Yorkshire Netball Grant Application Promotion

Are you a member of England Netball?

Have you been inspired by the Netball World Cup. The Regional Management Board has and Yorkshire Netball have been finalising a Grants Application for its members to bid for funding to support netball within Yorkshire Netball Region

You can apply for help with funding towards Equipment, CPD , formal netball qualifications safeguarding or first aid, or other projects.

To visit the yorkshire Netball website, click here.

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Charity Sports Challenge 2019

Deadline 22nd September 2019

This year Active Humber are teaming up with Viking FM and supporting Cash for Kids, Charity Sports Challenge. Over the coming four weeks junior sports clubs can enter, raise money for their club and have the chance to win £5,000.

They’re looking for junior grassroots sports clubs based in East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire who are in desperate need of funding to take part with a chance to WIN a cash grant.

Each participating group will be encouraged to raise as much money as possible to fund new equipment, new kit, facilities, updating facilities and recruiting new members. With the backing of Active Humber, Cash for Kids will then match fund the club which raises the most by up to £5,000. Each club will keep every penny that they raise, plus there are four special awards where another £250 can be won for each category.

To qualify for the Sports Challenge, sports groups must demonstrate their aim to help children up to and including the age of 18 years who are ill, disabled or disadvantaged. Favourable consideration will be given to those projects which directly benefit a large number of children and/or positively increase the quality of their lives.

For further information, please visit the Active Humber website here.

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Power to Change: Community Business Fund

Round 8 of the Community Business Fund is due to open for applications on Wednesday 11th September and they would like to see applications from Grimsby.

Click here for the Community Business Fund Round 8 guidelines for applicants

Power to Change have advised the following key changes to be aware of for Round 8:

  1. We have £3million available to spend for Round 8 and are expecting to progress around 27 applications, of which about 17 will receive funding.
  2. Through Round 8 we expect to invest approximately £1million to applications from the areas listed on pg. 11 of the application guidance. This means that for Round 8 we are expecting to fund 5 applications from these areas that are of particular interest to us. For organisations not based in these areas, we are expecting to award approximately £2million in total to about 12 organisations in Round 8.
  3. Luton is no longer in the list of areas we are particularly interested in included on pg. 11 of the application guidance.
  4. If an application of strategic importance to Power to Change (e.g. located in one of the places listed on pg. 11 of the application guidance) shows potential but has specific issues to be addressed before it could progress to assessment, we may offer development support. If this support is successfully completed, the application could progress to assessment without the need to submit a new application. However, this does not guarantee the application would then be successful. (see pg. 16 of the guidance)
  5. We have clarified that if an applicant currently has no trading history, we will require robust evidence to demonstrate that trading income forecasts are realistic and based on viable market research.
  6. We’ve specifically changed our wording to refer to the funding we offer through this programme as ‘investments’ rather than ‘grants’. This is because, although all the offers made will be non-repayable, we consider the funding we put into community businesses as an investment into the people, places and ideas applicants share with us.

If you would like to find out more, sign up to the webinar here which is taking place at 2pm on Thursday 12 September:

The fund will open on 11 September 2019 and community businesses will have until midday on 9 October 2019 to apply.

Centre4 is 1 of only 6 catalyst organisations working with Power to Change through the Empowering Places project. Centre4 has kindly offered to provide insight about their experiences and some support if required.  It may strengthen your organisations application if you are engaging with the local Empowering Places team.  If your organisation is thinking of applying for the Community Business Fund then you are welcome to get in touch with Paul Gutherson, Programme Coordinator, contact details t: 01472236688 m: 07543254581

Website link –

If you would like support with your application the please do get in touch. 

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Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund

Deadline 14th September 2019

The purpose of this Fund is to respond to human need and seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. The object of this Fund is to build fair, just, sharing communities for people living in Lincolnshire and to make life more comfortable, ease distress and isolation for those most in need.

Grant awards will range between £5,000 and £25,000 with a panel of seven independent trustees sitting four times per year to consider applications.

Applications for grants are invited from any local group in greater Lincolnshire involved in social justice work. Projects eligible for funding include those based around social cohesion, isolation, poverty, the elderly and children and young people.

If you have any queries about the application process, or would like to meet to discuss your application in more detail, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825.

Visit Lincolnshire Community Foundation website for more information.

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European Social Fund: Humber Work Experience Pilot

Deadline 2nd October 2019

Call to run a project to build capacity within SME’s – working with employers and learning providers to pilot work experience opportunities in the Humber LEP area.

Through this Call ESF are seeking a programme of activity – to provide employers with practical and coherent routes to engage with education and training institutions to help create work ready young people adding value to their business in the future.

The project will establish a robust pilot work experience programme across the Humber Region. Focus will be to engage with employers in curriculum design and delivery, providing meaningful interactions with young people – i.e. tasters, work experience, mentors, meet the employer sessions etc.

ESF are seeking one programme which must deliver across the whole of the Humber. Collaborative bids are encouraged.

Approximately £500,000 of ESF is available.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website here.

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Love Where You Live Fund

The Love Where You Live Fund is intended to encourage people to promote the concept of being good neighbours. 

It is to build capacity within local communities and help to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

A small pot of funding is available to help local communities to identify areas of need, provide support, training, arrange activities and events.

The application process has been made really easy and simple. 

  1. Contact Fiona Wright, Relationships Manager at NEL VCSE Alliance for a discussion about what you’d like to use the fund for.
  • You’ll get sent a small application form, that Fiona will even come out and complete with you if you’d like her to.
  • The application goes to a panel of local community volunteers monthly and decisions are pretty quick.
  • Fiona will then come out and discuss your project in more detail, agreeing how the funding will be monitored and on completion of the final paperwork the funds will be released to you.

NEL VCSE Alliance will support you as much as they can throughout the whole process.

Interested?  Here are the contact details:


Tel: 07701 360336

Or call into the offices at Unit 4b, The Courtyard, Freeman Street Market.

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