GroceryAid is the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (NGBF). The charity has been running for 162 years. it provides help to people in need who have worked or are working in the grocery trade. People can self-refer.  I have put a link below to their website.

Crisis grants

GroceryAid can support you with a short-term financial crisis. You can apply for a crisis grant if you experience an unexpected emergency, a change in circumstances or a sudden gap in income. their non-repayable grant can cover a variety of emergencies.

Welfare grants

If you have at least ten years’ service and feel you require support over a longer period of time, they may visit to consider how they can best help. 

To be eligible for financial help you need to:

  • Currently be working in the UK grocery industry and have been for at least two years or have worked in the industry previously for at least five years
  • Meet the financial criteria

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. They can offer support to people who are have long-term problems, such as caring for a sick relative or following early retirement due to health issues.

Each grant application is assessed on its own merit and help offered will depend on individual circumstances.

Applications can be made on-line.  Proof of employment in the grocery trade is required but if someone doesn’t have pay slips they can give permission for GroceryAid to contact HMRC for verification.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Lloyds Bank Foundation support small and medium-sized charities over the longer period of time. This is to give the charities a greater flexibility over how they use their resources.

Lloyds Bank Foundation recognise that there are many charities who would would benefit from the support provided by the foundation. In 2020 Lloyds Bank Foundation will only be able to make around 170 new grants to small charities in England and Wales, half of which will be for £100,000 over three years, and the other half for £45,000 over three years.

The new funding process considers local need, the prevalence of eligible small and medium sized charities, the nature of the region and the balance of our portfolio to date.

They will fund charities helping people whose lives are significantly affected by:

  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness and vulnerably housed
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Care leavers
  • Learning disabilities
  • Addiction or dependency on alcohol, drugs, substances and/or gambling
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents
  • Asylum seekers and refugees

To find out more, please visit the Lloyds Bank Foundation website here.

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Weston Charity Awards

Deadline Friday 10th January 2020

Awards are available to registered charities working in the Midlands, North of England, and Wales. The charity has to be working in youth, welfare and community.

A package of support will enable winners to develop, raise their profiles, become more sustainable and face the future with greater confidence.

The 20 Award Finalists will receive:

  • A fully funded year of support from Pilotlight.
  • An unrestricted cash contribution of £6,500 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings.
  • Access to a network of local charities working with Pilotlight.
  • Three ‘connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year.

To find out more, please visit the Weston Charity Awards here.

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Neighbourhood Planning Support – Locality

Deadline 30th January 2020

This fund is to support grants and/or technical support for towns and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.

The following support is available:

  • A basic grant of between £1,000 and £9,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.
  • An additional grant of £8,000 is available for groups facing more complex issues, giving a maximum total amount of £17,000.
  • Specific packages of technical support where needed.

Grant funding

If you’re working on a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order, you can apply for grant funding of up to £9,000. Further grant funding is available to groups meeting certain criteria.

Technical support

If you’re facing complex issues such as allocating sites for development, you can apply for Technical Support where a specialist advisor will support you with specific issues or assessments.

To find out more visit the Neighborhood Planning website here.

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National Churches Trust Foundation Grants

Deadline 30th January 2020 and 30th October 2020

The final opportunity to submit an application to the funder will be 30th October 2020.

The Foundation will offer grants from £500 and £5,000, the grant will not exceed 50% of project cost.

The fund is intended to go towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the start of 2020.

To find out more, please visit the National Churches Trust website here.

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The Sun Celebrate its 50th Anniversary by launching a £1 million fund for charities

The Sun has announced they would like to give grants of up to £1 million
Sun Readers Fund over the next 12 months to small local charities.

They want you to tell them about the small, local charities you support and nominate them for a donation of between £2,000 and £20,000.

The charity you choose could need the funds to buy a wheelchair for disabled youngsters or you know an old folks’ club that could do with a mini bus.

Perhaps a small organisation that supports veterans or the homeless could do with a badly-needed injection of cash to complete a vital project.

To find out more, please visit The Sun website here.

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Sport England – Toyota Parasport Fund

Deadline:  20th December 2019

Sport England have partnered with Toyota and the British Paralympic Association to create this new funding opportunity for not-for-profits
 to provide training and equipment aimed at helping disable people to become more active.

Grants range from £1,000 and £5,000.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be an activity provider registered on Parasport.
  • Have a written constitution or governing document which, where appropriate, needs to contain a clear not-for-profit statement and charitable dissolution clause.
  • Register with Sport England before they start the application process.

To find out more, please visit the Sport England website here.

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The Hilden Charitable Fund

Deadline 18th March 2020

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries.

The aim of the fund is to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions.

Grants usually are £5,000.

The Hilden Charitable Trust priorities are: homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, and community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25.

To find out more, please visit the funders website here.

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CareerTech Challenge Fund

Deadline 9th December 2019

CareerTech are offering funding for UK registered companies and charities working on innovative tech solutions which motivate people in England and support them to learn new skills and retrain.

Grants are available of between £100,000 and £250,000 for around 13-18 registered companies or charities.

Nesta’s CareerTech Challenge Fund has been established to support the development of innovative services that help people navigate the changing labour market and learn the skills they need for the future of work. Grants are being provided for innovative tech solutions that can help people adapt their career skills, retrain and/or help motivate those most vulnerable to workforce changes to learn.

To find out more, please click here.

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Pocket Parks grants

Deadline 5:00pm on 31 December 2019

This fund is to help communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces

Invitation to community-led organisations in partnership with local authorities to apply for funding to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks.

Minastry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is making available £1.35 million to create new pocket parks or renovate existing parks that have fallen into disrepair where it can be shown that physical changes could have a significant positive impact on the local community and address a specific local need. This funding will help put communities and their partners in control of the management of green spaces of value to them; and contribute resource towards improving the condition of these spaces to ensure they are in good condition.

To find out more, please click here.

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