Beware of the Bull Funding Newsletter

Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 brings you joy and prosperity - and if you want to boost your chances of that, check out some of the funding opportunities below...

Happy New Year!
We hope that 2017 brings you joy and prosperity - and if you want to boost your chances of that, check out some of the funding opportunities below...

Last Chance! Awards For All Training
Beware of the Bull has a 100% success rate with grant applications to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. During 2015 we applied for 9 grants, all of which were successful, netting a total of £88,620 for charities and voluntary groups.
We share our way to success with Awards for All bids in a half-day training course - next taking place on Thursday 26th January, from 9.30am - 12.30am at the Priory Street Centre in York. To find out more, and book your place on this popular course for only £47, visit our website.


The Ernest Cook Trust
This charitable trust makes grants to charitable organisations and schools for projects that encourage children and young people to learn about the countryside & environment, the arts or science, or that aim to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.
There are two levels of grants - the Trust describes them as follows:
"The small grants programme [under £4,000] supports... projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order... to take place. The programme is a rolling one, with meetings at two-monthly intervals throughout the year... due to high demand you are advised to submit an application at least six months ahead of your project start date.
The large grants programme [over £4,000] is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes: these sometimes require support for the salary of an education officer; in such cases the ECT would always expect to be a part-funder... over the years education projects linked to theatres, art galleries and orchestras have been supported, as have those covering a wide range of environmental and countryside projects."
There are no application forms - applications should be made in writing. For more information on the application process, visit the Ernest Cook Trust website.


Lloyds Bank Foundation - Change to Timetable
The Lloyds Bank Foundation's Invest funding stream was due to open this month, with a deadline of 17th February. In December the Foundation announced its decision to change the 2017 grant rounds, so that the next window for applications to the Invest funding stream will be 22nd May - 16th June 2017.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation makes grants to charities working with adults who are disadvantaged for a variety of reasons. Grants from the Invest funding stream can be used towards core costs and can be extended up to a maximum of 6 years' funding. To be eligible, charities must have an annual income of between £25,000 - £1 million.
For more information on their funding streams and the timetable change, visit the Lloyds Foundation website.


The Inman Charity
This charity makes grants to registered charities working in any of the following fields:
  • Medical research
  • Care of older people
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • Deaf and blind individuals
  • Care of people with physical and mental disabilities
  • Armed forces
The average grant size is around £4,000. The next deadline for applications is the end of February - applications received by this date will be considered at the April meeting. Applications should be made in writing - details of what to include in your application, and where to send it, can be found on the charity's website.

Seeking Performing Arts Funding?
The Backstage Trust makes grants towards performing arts - mostly to theatres. The Trust is interested in supporting organisations artistically, but also recognises that structural business support is often needed, so they are happy to make grants to enable theatres to access support and expertise in fundraising, HR, legal matters, etc.
The Trust makes fairly large grants, with most being between £300,000 - £10,000. The Trust says the following about its grantmaking strategy: "Backstage is a small fund, and in general Trustees will hope to be considering proposals for support from organisations with a relevant, realistic and clearly expressed set of aims. Trustees will wish to examine the potential viability and clear ideas showing that the organisation has the capacity to use charitable funding in the most effective way. Trustees will want to see evidence of fundraising plans, and to know that Backstage could act as a catalyst to encourage other grant-giving bodies, but not be regarded as sole benefactor."
Applications should be made in writing to the Trust's registered office at:

North House 
27 Great Peter Street 
London 
SW1P 3LN


New Year, New...?
Once again, Nesta has produced a list of 10 predictions for the coming year. In recent years, the innovation foundation Nesta has accurately forecasted the growth of crowdfunding, the popularity of mobile payments and the advent of 3D printing. On the list this year is vegetarian steak, the 'Splinternet' and the rise of digital health technology. Check it out for yourself and see what you think!


Charles Hayward Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants in a variety of areas. The Foundation has two levels of grantmaking, which both have slightly differing grant priorities:
  • Main Grants - focusing on social and criminal justice, heritage and conservation (for charities with an income of over £350,000), and overseas aid (for charities with an income of between £150,000 - £5 million)
  • Small Grants - focusing on social and criminal justice, heritage and conservation and older people (for charities with an income of less than £350,000)
The Foundation prefers to fund projects that develop, expand and replicate a tried and tested approach, but they are also interested in supporting creative solutions to problems "which seem to be entrenched and elude resolution".
For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit the Charles Hayward Foundation website.

Essentials of Grant Fundraising
Beware of the Bull will once again be running our acclaimed comprehensive grants fundraising course this Spring. The next round of the training will take place on Friday afternoons (1.30pm - 4.30pm) in March (3rd, 10th & 17th) at the Priory Street Centre in York.
Suitable for everyone from beginners to those wanting to brush up on their skills or get a final polish on their work, this training course is just what you need to write a winning funding bid. The total cost of the course is £220. For more information, or to book your place, visit our website (scroll half way down the page).


The Dulverton Trust
This charitable trust supports activities in the following areas:
  • Youth opportunities
  • General welfare
  • Conservation
  • Preservation
  • Peace and humanitarian support
  • Africa
To be eligible for support, charities must:
  • As a minimum operate at city or county level
  • Have an annual income greater than £200,000 and less than £10 million, though the Trustees give preference to charities with an annual income below £5 million. Newly established charities (usually founded within the last eighteen months) and preservation charities are exempt from the minimum income rule.
  • Meet one of the priority areas
Most grants are for one year only and are for amounts between £10,000 - £30,000. There are no deadlines - Trustees meet 3 times a year (in February, June and October), although the Trust states that the selection process can take 3-6 months, so they advise applying well in advance of when the grant is needed. Applications should be made online via the Trust's website.

Please Vote For Us!
We are proud to announce that Beware of the Bull has been nominated in the 'Charitable Business of the Year' category of the Yorkshire Choice Awards. York is represented by an impressive field of nominees in the Awards - including our CEO, Melody, who is nominated in two categories (Local Fundraiser of the Year and the Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Contribution), and Vale Radio's Chris Marsden, who has been nominated for Yorkshire Media Personality.
The Awards are decided by public vote - so we would really appreciate you taking the time to vote for us. Voting online is quick and easy - go here to vote.


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