Looming funding deadlines get your application in….


As at end of November 2016

To conduct a funding search use the £30 online facility I provide to tailor your results. You can do this here:

Below is a round – up of not for profit funding streams available. Follow the URL links , or use the contact email / phone number to go to the website and view application criteria.

Barring Foundation – strengthening the voluntary sector

 Funding is available through the following two funding streams:

Training, Education and Capacity Building – Seed funding grants of up to £30,000 over

a six month – two year period to support organisations to understand how their

objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights based approaches.

Priority will be given to projects that provide:

 Capacity building for organisations

 Capacity building for collaborations and partnerships

 Training and education

Applied Projects – Grants of up to £150,000 are available for projects that last for

approximately three years.



Casey Trust

Grants are available to registered charities for projects in the UK that support children

and their welfare. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £12,500. Most

grants are for £2,500 or less. The Trust is increasingly looking at start-up projects or

new initiatives within an existing project.

You can apply at any time.

Tel: 0207 435 9601


Community Radio Fund

The Community Radio Fund is managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. To be eligible for funding, radio stations must be not-for profit, run by local people for local people about local issues.

Funding is available for community radio licensees broadcasting under a community radio licence in the UK to cover costs including:

 Fundraising to support the station

 Management

 Administration

 Financial management and reporting

 Community outreach

 Volunteer organisation and support

There are two funding rounds per year with approximately £200,000 available for each round. There is no set level of funding. As a guideline, however, the average grant in the first funding round was £16,780, with grants ranging from £3,000 to £33,897.


Elephant Trust

Grants of up to £2,000 (larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered) are available to artists, small organisations and galleries to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.

The next deadline is 16th January 2017.

Tel: 020 7922 1160 E-mail: ruth@elephanttrust.org.uk


Family Fund Trust for Families with Severely Disabled Children

Grants are available to help families in the UK who care for severely disabled young people up to the age of 17. To meet the Family Fund definition of severe disability, children and young people must have additional complex needs, or have a serious or life-threatening illness.

There must be evidence that the child’s additional needs impact on the family’s choices and their opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. The Fund gives awards for a wide range of activities, services and products, to enable families to enjoy everyday life.

You can apply at any time.

Tel: 01904 621115



The Leche Trust

The Leche Trust awards grants in the following areas:

 Historic buildings of the Georgian period or earlier

 Church furnishings of the Georgian period or earlier

 Conservation of historic collections in museums and other institutions

 Professional performance in theatre, music and dance

The trustees meet three times a year to review applications, normally in February, June and October. The deadlines for receipt of applications are: 20th December for February meeting, 20th April for June meeting and 20th August for October meeting.

Tel: 020 3233 0023 E-mail: info@lechetrust.org




National Gardens Scheme – Elspeth Thompson Bursary

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) offers a bursary in memory of Elspeth Thompson who died in 2010. Administered by the Royal Horticultural Society, it is intended to support community gardening projects aimed at bringing the community together by the sharing and acquiring of horticultural knowledge and skills, and by inspiring a love of gardening across all age groups.

Applications for funding are considered in February each year, with the closing date for completed forms set for 31st December of the preceding year. No fixed amount is set but it is envisaged that the maximum amount awarded would not normally exceed£5,000.

Tel: 01483 479719 E-mail: ngsbursary@rhs.org.uk


Power to Change Community Business Fund

The third window for applications for the Power to Change Community Business Fund has opened.

The fund will award grants between £50,000- £300,000 to existing community businesses in England to become more sustainable and have a greater social impact. Projects and organisations must be incorporated, based in England and share the following four key features:

 Locally rooted – they are rooted in a particular geographical place and respond to

its needs, for example high levels of urban deprivation or rural isolation

 Accountable to local community – they are accountable to local people. This can be

demonstrated in many ways but the organisation must have evidence of regular

community influence on the business

 Trading for benefit of local community – they are businesses and their income

comes from activities like renting out space in their buildings, trading as cafes or

selling the produce they grow

Broad community impact – they benefit the community as a whole and can clearly evidence the positive social impact on the broader community. Projects must share one or more of the following seven impact goals:

 Reduce social isolation

 Improve health and wellbeing

 Increase employability

 Create better access to basic services

 Improve local environment

 Enable greater community cohesion

 Foster greater community pride and empowerment.

The grants can be used for the following:

 Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value,

refurbishment costs

 Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs.

Power to Change will fund up to 75% of revenue costs, up to 75% of the building related capital costs and 100% of other capital costs. The deadline for Round 3 applications is 16th December 2016 (12pm).Tel: 0300 1240444 E-mail: cbf@be-group.co.uk

For support on funding or bid writing services contact andy@handywriter.co.uk/




The funding landscape


Like the weather the funding arena changes and it changes often. Charities and ‘not for profits’ are constantly told to aim for full cost recovery and sustainability. But in their core market how realistic is this without been at least reliant on some funding.

In my view the work of the VCS (Voluntary, Community Sector) contributes hugely to the UK in terms of community engagement and indeed addressing Society’s problems.

The small community groups operating in the most disengaged areas in the UK, miss out on funds and resources because they rely on been told about it through the relevant Council for voluntary services or workers operating on the ground.

Yes the funding world is fragmented and over – subscribed. As a bid writer the truth be told some of it is a little luck and the rest is making sure funding applications are supported by credible data to prove a need for the project and bespoke approach.

There are also a plethora of funders operating under the radar, missing out on the big funding newsletters, trusts and legacy funds with a range of thematic areas they fund. For a sample see some hand-picked funds I have rounded up here;

Nuffield Foundation

We have seven programmes that fund research and innovation in areas of social policy and education. These are all open to applications.

The programmes are: Children and Families, Early Years Education and Childcare, Economic Advantage and Disadvantage, Education, Finances of Ageing, Law in Society, and Open Door.



Clore Duffield Foundation

Applications are reviewed and rejected on an ongoing basis, although all successful grants can only be awarded at meetings of the Trustees. These are held twice a year, usually in June and December. Grants range from £10,000 to in excess of £1m, although larger grants are made infrequently. The majority of expenditure is for capital projects – only a small number of grants are made each year for programme funding.




The Rayne Foundation

Makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues.

As an independent funder, an important part of our role is to support work which is untried and which may have uncertain outcomes but which has clear objectives. We favour work which could change the way that we tackle issues in society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.

The overall theme underpinning our work is bridge building that connects people and communities. We are interested in the arts, health and wellbeing, education – in its widest sense, and social issues. We also have a number of areas of special interest.



Charles Brotherton Trust

THE Charity was established in 1940 by Charles Brotherton, Chairman of the chemical maunfacturers BROTHERTON & CO.

He wished to provide benefit to the residents of the towns in which the Company had manufacturing plants. The Charity is principally directed to encourage young people to improve their own lives by taking advantage of educational opportunities and organised recreational activities. The Charity is also empowered to help improve the standard of living of the elderly and disabled people and relieve the suffering caused by illness.

The geographical areas to which support is given is restricted to:-

Bebington and the Wirral, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Wakefield and York



Green Giving

We are looking for green projects across the United Kingdom that we can fund and help support environmentally friendly projects like yours. We are offering grants of up to £1000 for green projects and organisations. So get inspired and let us know about your green project idea!


Prior to grants being considered by the trustees, we meet with key representatives of the organisation, often over an extended period of time, to ensure that the organisation and proposed project or programme meet certain criteria:


The WOHL Legacy Fund

The project falls within the established priorities of Wohl philanthropy

The organisation is a registered UK charity or recognised not-for-profit outside the UK in welfare, Medical science, education and employment.

The programme will make a key difference in its field, creating or building on a robust model of activity

The project is tightly aligned with the vision and mission of the organisation

There is proof of visionary leadership that can deliver the project

There is clear proof of strong financial stewardship and of a sustainable organisation or a plan towards sustainability and, where appropriate, a robust business plan

There is clear proof of strong organisational governance, clear objectives and transparent operations



The Sainsbury family charitable trust

Literacy – to help improve the effectiveness of literacy teaching in primary and secondary education for children with learning difficulties, including Dyslexia, and for ex-offenders or those at risk of offending.

Social and cultural change towards more sustainable lifestyles – creative approaches that visualise a sustainable future in positive ways, innovative enterprise and economic models that support sustainable lifestyles and the role of the media in communicating about sustainability.

Environment projects overseas, especially community-based agriculture initiatives, which aim to help people help themselves in an environmentally sustainable way


For tailored funding searches to fit your project use my online form to submit a search for me to use to filter funding sources for your project.



Andy Picken –November 2016 Funding round up.





As we approach Christmas the end of the financial year is looming. Often this means new funding rounds, or funding under-spends that need to be allocated, normally before the end of March (2017).

This is a familiar story for those in the voluntary and community sector or public sector. It is quite frustrating to receive a funding call, usually with two days’ notice given to complete a complicated application form and inevitable governance paperwork.

The best strategy is to forward plan and to have some ready-made projects on the shelf ready to pick out. That way you just need to flesh it out and tailor it to the fund criteria. Remember you are selling a project to a funder so show your passion.

To conduct a funding search use the £30 online facility I provide to tailor your results. You can do this here:


Church urban fund

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations

Working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities.

Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging community interaction and social action.

Our grants include the following criteria. Projects should:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.

 Grants Criteria and Guidance

  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to

make their communities a better place to live.

  • Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.



Grants of between £300 and £5000 are available for activities which benefit the local community.



Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) FUNDING

Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) is an environmental body which supports community and environmental projects. CETB awards grants under the terms of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), providing funding to a broad range of projects that have as big an impact on the community as possible. Roughly £50,000 maximum award.




The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. Wide funding remit without strict themes as the trust believes communities identify their own issues and propose solutions for funding. Large grants available.




Apply for a grant of £10,000-£50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.




Boost sport charity

Small awards £500. Apply by letter – Applications should be emailed to lucy.till@boostct.org or sent to:

Boost Charitable Trust

5 St Bride Street




Hedley Foundation grants

Funds small charities working with young people in the areas of Recreation, Sport, Training, Health and Welfare.

Grant rarely exceed £5,000 – apply by letter Mrs Pauline Barker

Download and post application form here http://www.hedleyfoundation.org.uk/applications.htm

The Hedley Foundation

1-3 College Hill

London EC4R 2RA

email: pbarker@hedleyfoundation.org.uk



We support organisations that help disadvantaged people to have an improved quality of life. This includes organisations that are charitable in nature as well as registered charities.


Most of our funds that are open to apply to are designated in areas around our main office locations in Gloucestershire, Fareham and Farnborough in Hampshire, London and Wiltshire.  There are smaller budgets for Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff,  Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds.


We also consider applications for overseas projects provided that there is a UK partner organisation to administer the grant.

We do have limited funds and this means we have to lay down strict criteria for giving.

Therefore our focus is on giving money to organisations that  help to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people.

What do we mean by disadvantaged?

By disadvantaged people, we mean supporting organisations that help to alleviate the impact, on individuals, of being disadvantaged. For example:

Physical disability/learning difficulties

Economically disadvantaged

Health impaired

Life limited

Mental health


Carers/young carers

Vulnerable (young)

NEETS – young people not in education, employment or training.




For support on funding or bid writing services, including full lists of funders contact andy@handywriter.co.uk for prices.


Ten thoughts on reframing transport policy  as a health investment

Great read Greg. I visited a the National bus expo conference recently. After a discussion with seat manufaturers they were struggling to design seats for bus dirvers in an already tight cockpit area for up to 30 stone bus drivers. This is a great indicator of sednetary jobs and its effects something I know some bus operators are trying to address. https://andrewjamespicken.com/2016/11/06/driven-to-inactivity/

Sheffield DPH

Air quality is a problem. We don’t walk enough, we don’t cycle enough, many argue we drive too much esp for short journeys.

I’m often asked my view of the solution to “the air quality problem”.

My stock answer is – “drive less, walk and cycle more, get the bus, plant trees, the end”.

I accept these things are harder to achieve than say. We are increasingly overwhelmed with pressing health priorities. Pressing health priorities will not be solved by investment in health services, other sectors make far greater impact. Transport is one of these. From my (admittedly limited) worldview, transport is dominated by the road + car is king mindset and engineering solutions. Maybe Im wrong, but…..

We all want more cycling and walking. We all want better air quality. However “a few schemes to encourage more cycling” won’t lead to much large scale change.

Changing the rules by…

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Brand Strength – Marketing Muscle



World strongmen – supplying strength to business


Strongmen – something of an unknown quantity. In sporting terms it slips under the radar of the more commercialised sports offerings, but is equally, as if not more fascinating.

Ask most people about World’s strongest man and they will tell you they love to watch it at Christmas. However this is screened 6 months after the competition has took place, usually on channel 5. What sport does that?

As many of my networks on Linkedin are aware, around my consultancy work on health and wellbeing projects I manage, organise and run strongman shows, roadshows and publicity stunts with these awesome guys.


One of my athletes, who I personally sponsor to support his career, is England’s current strongest man. At only 22 years of age he is the youngest ever competitor to win the title after battling it out in London earlier this year. Dedication and hard training.

After starting these shows from scratch and learning about my audiences I have had an insight into the opportunities the sport can bring. Quite simply what these athletes can do is quite simply breath taking.

My target audiences may be a surprise. Rather than burley men turning out to watch our events, and you do get some, the number one fans are women and children. When we give access to the crowd to have ‘selfies’ with National strongmen it simply goes down a storm.

That’s why our clients have commissioned us to operate strength roadshows in shopping centres, leisure parks and retail centres bringing the athletes to customers – which has worked very well.

Our traditional sponsors of such shows and events, for example supplement companies have been replaced by car dealerships, or fast food outlets keen to see their brand associated with strength and increasing footfall with strongmen.

If you think about it deadlifting 500kg is an amazing feat of strength (the current world record), but weights on a bar don’t tell the full story or look half as impressive as every-day objects being lifted, pulled or carried.

For instance the very idea of lifting a car, something we drive to work in and on school runs on a daily basis, is quite clearly insane to most of us. In the World of strongmen it’s pretty standard.

Pulling a truck, or bus weighing up to 20 tonnes in weight across a 20 metre distance in the quickest time is another crowd favourite and achievable by most athletes. The trick is getting it moving and I tend to use the ‘bigger’ men for these re 25 stone in weight and over 6 feet 5 inches tall.


When you have a background of marketing and then work with in a sport you get the insight to get to know the sport and cherry pick the best elements that sell and can work for business. Super strongman has done this.

Standing inside an adapted car and then picking it up and carrying it across a distance is another mightily impressive show. However in stark contrast a simple tug of war with crowd participation is equally as entertaining and the crowd love it. Often they get involved.

The crux of this article is the sport of strongman is growing. It’s different, un accessible to most but through my operating brand super strongman available to come out as an event, or as part of an event, strength demo. In fact you name it we can do it.

We have been asked to dress as Romans for a City festival (24 stone 6 feet 9 inches tall men look good as gladiators), Santa’s and theming our events and equipment around a Halloween, Easter or Xmas theme.

We have pulled several tractors with a Guinness World record holder for farm parks, buses for community transport schemes and business anniversary events.  We have even pulled two brand new Mitsubishis for a dealership on an athletics track for a media event and show

We even do themed shows for shopping centres and retail parks re Father’s day strength demo with UK’s strongest junior, England’s strongest man and Yorkshire’s strongest man – LAKESIDE STRONGEST MAN/

The most interesting thing about the sport is the way we can tailor the strength of these guys to tie in with some many marketing messages businesses want to convey.

We can even be part of staff health days and ran ‘lighter’ strongman taster sessions for staff with a Guinness World Record holder instructor. It causes quite a stir. Or a strongman tug of war at a workplace between departments.

For example brand alignment around strength, power (steel industry), reliability, grip (tyres), emission free (bus pulls for example using a strongman). We also do bus pulls with passengers on board which always looks impressive.


Our next idea is to run a National bus (preferably) or truck pulling league in 3 areas of England (South, Midlands and North) with the top 3 from each area across 3 weight categories progressing to the final.

The alternative option to this is to run a day of bus pulling in a chosen town / City to partner with, a bus or coach operator to supply a vehicle and we will secure the biggest strongman names in England to participate. Jump on board and sponsor us.

To do this as a first for England we would need a sponsor to resource the event and then we will project manage it supplying the sponsor with the marketing objectives they require.

Aside from this I offer the only strength show on the road, fully MC’d, all equipment and protective floor matting provided and full public liability and event insurance.

Contact me at superstrongman28@gmail.com / Facebook: @superstrongman28 Twitter: @superstrongmen with your ideas and we can make it happen.




Driven to Inactivity

We hear it all the time. Health, a lack of physical activity and the potential cost to the NHS. How do we become more physically active as a nation and do Employers have a responsibility?

For example, Sit Down – a supplier of stand up desks, and with arguably a vested interest in this area has gone a step further and introduced walking breaks into employment contracts. walking contracts

Is the sit down culture of our workforce directly attributed to obesity and all of the nasty associated conditions and diseases it causes? Well what better example than the bus industry, which I had the pleasure of learning about at the NEC Birmingham Euro bus Expo recently.

Whilst my visit was to make bus operators and manufacturers aware of my strongman services to business, particularly pulling buses with England’s strongest men for marketing purposes the conversation took a remarkable twist.

Speaking to a bus driver seat manufacturer I became aware of the challenge for designers to manufacture seats capable of sitting comfortably up to 30 stone in weight bus drivers.

As I run health and wellbeing services for business I quickly changed hats and delved further. The gentlemen from Be Ge seating informed me that due to limited space in a bus cabin designing seats to accommodate larger drivers was a particular challenge.

He also went on to address industry concerns around overweight drivers and the potential for unfit drivers to become ill at the wheel whilst responsible for a bus full of passengers. This isn’t saying all bus drivers are unfit of course, but just an observation of a pattern developing in the bus industry.

After reflecting on my conversations I thought the job gave a classic example of how inactivity at work has a profound impact on our health. Many of us are in jobs where we are free to move about, but still choose not to take the ‘active’ break. Instead we sit at a desk working and then stay sat down for breaks. Pretty much like a bus driver.

Bus drivers arguably don’t have a choice, although I am sure there are operators out there who have introduced working practices to address this. If there are please email me at andy@handywriter.co.uk and share your thoughts with me, I would love to hear about best practice in the industry.

Back to the point. So the overwhelming evidence suggests that our workplace environment and job role has a direct impact on our health. We all should know that by now. A bus driver may typify this assumption perfectly.

The solution is a difficult one. For the bus industry maybe a seat that is designed with some sort of resistance band integrated? May be an adaptation of the below. More of a gimmick than anything but may be a start.

Or an employee health and wellbeing strategy to make bus drivers aware of the importance to move more and healthy eating advice that is specific to job roles.

For instance a US study in 2013 concluded that bus drivers had a 1 in 3 chance of becoming obese. US Study fat bus drivers

In another twist first bus in Bristol in 2010 challenged 11 drivers to lose over 300 kg in body fat as part of a company sponsored health and wellbeing programme. So some operators are becoming proactive in addressing the issue.

So the conclusion is we must as a Nation provide opportunities to move more across all sectors. It cannot be the sole responsibility of the NHS, employers offer an ideal position to help address their employees health.

I am not labelling the bus industry bad in terms of a job, but rather as an example of where a job may make it hard to be active in a working day which directly results in weight gain. We don’t need an expensive study or research project to tell us that, the evidence is right there.

The benefits to business don’t just come in the form of potential ROI, A health and wellbeing strategy could contribute to retain and recruit the best staff – becoming an employer of choice.

Pro active businesses such as First bus in Bristol can become part of a National drive to change the culture of a Nation.

Follow my journey with a team of dedicated professionals as I try and get a City, namely Sheffield, the most physically active City in the UK by 2020 by reintegrating movement back into our lives.

For more information follow on twitter @handywriter4u or for health and wellbeing consultancy services email andy@handywriter.co.uk / 07887400202

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