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£10,000 grants available from Heart Research UK, & other funding opportunities

Melanie May | 1 February 2022 | News

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Community groups that are helping local people look after their hearts can now apply for a £10,000 grant from national charity Heart Research UK.

One grant will be awarded to each of the 12 regions in the UK, with the first five grants of the year being funded by in-store donations from Subway® restaurants across the country.

The grants are available for new and innovative projects that promote healthy hearts and are aiming to reduce the risk of heart disease in their community.

Since 2001, Heart Research UK has awarded over 300 community grants, directly benefiting the hearts of over 70,000 individuals and countless wider community and family members across all regions of the UK.

With cardiovascular disease one of the world’s biggest killers, the aim of the Healthy Heart grants is to work preventatively within communities that may be marginalised or not have much access to health resources.

Projects should deliver health initiatives such as cooking skills, healthy eating and accessible exercise and should promote mental wellbeing and encourage people to be active. The grants are only available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports groups.

The opening and closing dates for applications will be staggered across the regions, with Wales the first to open yesterday, 31 January.

More information on regions and dates is available on the Healthy Heart grants webpage.

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Grants for community projects across Essex and Suffolk

An annual grants scheme that gives over £110,000 given to community projects across Essex and Suffolk has opened for applications.

Grants are available across two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Coast & Heaths AONB and the Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley.

The AONB grants are open to a wide range of applications that benefit the area, its communities, environment, economy, and access, and will cover topics such as wildlife conservation, access and diversity, climate change, health and wellbeing, learning, and heritage. Previous examples of projects funded include art workshops for people with mental illness, new fencing and gates for nature and wildlife reserves, rural training for young people, as well as visitor information at well-known landmarks in the area.

The AONBs are seeking applications from community projects representing the widest range of society possible and supporting equality of opportunities to access the funds.

The grants will support projects that show innovation, social inclusion, sustainability, public benefit and partnership working, and individuals as well as organisations such as schools, businesses and community groups can apply.

More information about the various grants that are available and the criteria and funding guidelines is available here.

Second round of Inverclyde Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund open for applications

The second round of the Inverclyde Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is open, offering grants of up to £10,000 for organisations with a turnover of less than £150,000.

The fund supports community-based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population (aged 16 and over).

The deadline for these round 2 applications is 7 February.

Young Barnet Foundation opens 2022 Home, School & Community funding round

£50,000 of funding is available through Space2Grow#21 – Young Barnet Foundation’s 2022 Home, School & Community funding round.

Young Barnet Foundation is seeking applications for projects/activities for children, young people and/or families that:

Grants of £2,500-£3,000 will be awarded per project.

The closing date is Wednesday 9 February.

Ireland’s Heritage Council opens Community Grant Scheme 2022 for applications

Ireland’s Heritage Council is now accepting applications from community groups and not for profit organisations around the country for its Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022.

A total of €1.5m is available for this year’s scheme.

Applications are sought for projects aimed at improving the management and maintenance of heritage collections, objects, buildings, and sites, as well as capital projects that improve access and inclusion at heritage sites, in particular for people with disabilities.

Funding is also available for projects that explore the heritage of minorities, including newly arrived immigrants, and the Traveller community. The Scheme also supports training events for traditional building skills, biodiversity, and archaeology, as well as the purchase of specialised equipment.

The closing date for applications for this round of the scheme is Wednesday, 16 February 2022 at 5pm. Applications must be made via the Heritage Council’s online grants management system. Funded projects must be completed by 19 September 2022. Full details are available here.

University of Kent Student Philanthropy Fund offers grants for community groups

Kent Community Foundation has partnered with the University of Kent to establish a pilot fund called the Kent Student Philanthropy Fund which opens for applications today, 1 February.

Undergraduates from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent have established a micro fund with Kent Community Foundation, using funding donated to the university by the philanthropist David Jamilly, to learn first-hand about charitable giving.  Students have set the fund criteria and will assess the applications and make final decisions on where the funding goes, with the support and expertise of the Kent Community Foundation grants team.

The fund will consider applications from small community groups with annual incomes no greater than £50,000, in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. The new fund will support community projects making a difference to the lives of children, young people, families, older people, and those with disabilities or additional needs including mental ill-health.

Community groups can apply for grants of £750, to be used for either one-off capital costs or service delivery costs.