Sport England funding has changed tact. For those working in the sphere of grass roots sport development (County Sport Partnerships, National Governing Bodies etc), they now have a different audience to engage. A challenging one.

The audience is the type of people we need to engage in physical activity to change the tide of Western living that for some reason limits our capacity to move more. Indeed Sport England have been tasked with tackling the most inactive in society.

The call out is clear from SE. They want Cities, NGB’s and Organisations working in the field to bring forward projects and ideas –many untested, that have the potential to reach those that are most inactive.

Funding programmes set targets amongst participation in recreational sport (not just talent and skills based), but walking, running and cycling and many more outdoor activities.

SE also recognise the need to remove barriers to physical activity participation. ‘This girl can’ and campaigns to help resonate with people from all walks of life.

An interesting fund is the tackling inactivity round two due out in April.  It will support inactive people who have little income and are therefore economically disadvantaged. This group make up a third of the population in England aged 16 to 74 – 14.6 million people.



As with Active Ageing – which was the first round of the tackling inactivity fund – SE want to be innovative and test out bold ideas.

When they launch the fund, a prospectus will be published with all the information you’ll need and begin inviting applications, which will be assessed, before moving into a more formal stage two assessment.

As SE keep emphasising ‘bold’ in their approach and testing new Ideas, I suspect they will be open to working with non – traditional organisations who they haven’t worked with previously so keep up to date with SE announcements.



Fund: Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage

Value: £3 million National Lottery

Opening: mid-April 2017

Anticipated size of bids: £2m pot – up to a maximum of £500,000; £1m pot – a range from £10,000 to £100,000.

Full details and prospectus: mid-April 2017

Invitation for applications: mid-April 2017


For more funding information on funding streams across the UK Contact or follow this blog.


For Sport England specific funding contact them directly

2017 funding for sports, community and environment across UK


Andy Picken – Funding News 2017


 It’s a new year – new funding

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 to go to the website and view application criteria.


Awards for All

Gives groups grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. They fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.


Adint Charitable Trust

The Adint Charitable Trust makes grants of between £250 and £15,000 to registered charities for general charitable purposes, but has a preference for charities working in the fields of education, training, disability, sport and/or recreation.

The average grant award is around £7,000.

Previous awards indicate that charities with a regional or national remit or significance are more likely to receive funding.

The Trust does not maintain a website. Applications should be in writing to the address below and include full details of the charity for which funding is requested.

Requests are considered throughout the year at regular Trustees’ meetings. No acknowledgements are sent out to unsuccessful applicants.

Mr. Douglas Oram FIH MCIPS The Adint Charitable Trust Suite 512 517 Finchley Road London NW3 7BN E-mail:


Department of Transport – Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat

Grant Scheme

Water rescue charities around the UK have recently been awarded £913,000 byMaritime Minister.The grant supports charities running local lifeboat and rescue services, helping thosein danger on and around inland and inshore waterways, including during flooding The money can be used to buy new lifeboats and other equipment such as lifejackets and safety gear.


Macmillan Grants

These are small, mostly one-off payments to help people with costs caused by or related to their cancer.

Everyone’s practical needs are different, so grants are available for a variety of things. Whether you need extra clothing, help paying heating bills or even a relaxing break, you may be entitled to a Macmillan Grant.

How much you receive will vary depending on your circumstances and needs, but the average grant is around £400. A grant from Macmillan would not normally affect the benefits you’re entitled to. It’s an extra help, not a replacement for other forms of support.

Find out more here. Applications can be made at any time.

Tel: 0808 808 00 00 E-mail:


William and Jane Morris Fund

Grants are available for places of worship undertaking restoration projects in the UK.

Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available. They are limited to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom. Only buildings or monuments erected before 1896 are eligible. Funding is available for smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation

of decorative or non-structural features, for example stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, monuments and tombs, and wall paintings.

The annual deadlines for applications are as follows:

31st March, for consideration in May

31st August, for consideration in NovemberTel: 020 7479 7080 E-mail:

Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund

Grants are available for charities undertaking projects involving young people who are vulnerable or may become involved in crime in the UK.

The Fund aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.

The Fund has determined two priority groups to support:

 Disadvantaged young people

 Offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age

The maximum grant is usually £15,000 per annum. Grants are awarded for up to three years.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services. Local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than about £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than about £250,000.


Bright Ideas Fund – Locality

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups the support and tools to start setting up their community business. It also aims to give groups the early stage finance needed to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.

A programme of support and grants of up to £20,000 is available to develop your community business idea.

Round 1 of the Bright Ideas Fund is now closed. Round 2 opens in April 2017.

Tel: 0300 020 1864


Westhill Endowment

Westhill provides financial investment and other resources to support religious education projects and faith-motivated activities that enable people to transform their lives and the life of their communities. Grants range up to £20,000.

Not-for-profit organisations, churches and cathedrals, hospitals and hospices, andhigher and further educational institutions both in the UK and overseas are eligible toapply.

Applications can be made at any time.

Tel: 0121 472 8000 E-mail:

Woodward Charitable Trust – Children’s Summer Playschemes

Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for charities for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are madeeach year.

Preference is given to:

 Small local play-schemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities

 Schemes that involve a large number of children

 Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability

 Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race

 Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers

The next deadline is 15th April 2017.

Tel: 020 7410 0330 E-mail:

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Foundation supports good causes where the Society’s members and staff live and work, helping to demonstrate the value and support that the Society provides to local communities throughout the UK.

Registered charities are eligible to apply. The Foundation’s main areas of focus are as follows:

 Children or adults with special needs or those with physical/mental/communication

disabilities or challenges

 The seriously or terminally ill

 Vulnerable or isolated people, especially the elderly

 Animal welfare.

The maximum donation for member/staff recommended causes is £2,000. Grants ofup to £500 are available to charities that apply to the Foundation for funds directly. The Foundation places an emphasis on smaller donations for specific tangible items rather than donating to general funds or expenses.

Applications can be made at any time.

Tel: 0845 1200 100 E-mail:


For support on funding or bid writing services contact

Finding the Strongmen that appear only at Christmas!



It’s by nature an underground sport that only appears at Christmas (some 6 months after the World’s strongest man final has taken place). It often takes place in a hot and humid Country far away – that baffles me, but everyone talks about it. It’s a come and go kind of sport.

Some of the competitors stand at 6 feet 9 inches tall and most weigh over 20 stones regardless of height. These guys have to be big to shift the enormous weights that fascinate us all and that’s why they are such a draw. I am 6 feet 1 inches and 14 stones but in our meetings dwarfed in size and stature.

But as we only see the strongmen at Christmas on our TV screens have you ever wondered where they disappear to? Well unless you are a fan of the sport and know where to look for them you would assume they train in a cave for 12 months – out of sight, out of mind.

However if you know about Man Beast you will know we drag the guys out of their training caves and bring them to Cities, towns and galas across the UK so you can meet them, see their immense strength in action and get selfies being lifted up by them!

However what’s the attraction? Well I think it has something to do with the everyday objectives that are lifted and pulled. The car we may drive to work or take the kids to schools in gets lifted off the ground in a deadlift event as many times in a set amount of time. Awe inspiring stuff.

The bus we catch into town, weighing up to 20 tonnes is pulled by one strongman across 20 meters in an amazing fete of strength. How can this be possible? Leg power, body weight and upper-body strength is the key.

And this is why the sport has such a growing appeal. Powerlifting is a great sport, but bar bells and dumbbells don’t resonate with people as much as the weight of everyday objects we are used to seeing.


To see that bus being pulled, car being lifted or quad bikes being carried is superhuman. That’s the appeal of the sport. That’s why at my shows spectators want their pictures taken with their heroes.

With this appeal comes a unique opportunity for different sponsors to come on board with Man Beast. Man Beast is the only outfit in the UK that brings the athletes into retail parks, town centres and at events to showcase the sport. Fully isnured and fully equipped we offer a professional service.

Traditionally sponsors have tended to be supplement companies or gyms. But recently it has included Colleges (young person and student appeal or to promote sports courses), and more recently car dealerships.


We did a mock up media stunt for Mitsubishi and their L200 with a two times Guinness World Record Holder on an athletics track in South Yorkshire – SEE HERE.

Our most popular service are vehicle pulling stunts with the Nation’s strongest men. At the request of the MD of Blackpool Transport we took England’s strongest man and Yorkshire’s strongest man to the resort to pull their specially painted bus – SEE HERE

In West Yorkshire we pulled a new community bus through a housing estate to the amazement of onlookers opening their front door to see a 25 stone strongman pulling a bus in front of their house!

We also made it possible for Blackpool Transport’s chosen charity, the guide dog association, to have one of their partially sighted members pull the bus with her dog – SEE HERE

We are also in discussions to pull a 50 tonne steam train in Staffordshire in Autumn 2017 and setting up England’s first National strongman bus pulling competition for summer 2017. Sponsors see opportunity HERE

Man Beast are now an official member of ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ – the tourism agency for the county. We are the UK’s only strongman roadshow with regular clients such as Matlock Farm Park and Doncaster Lakeside shopping village booking us for 2017. See testimonials HERE

With the potential for such media coverage we tend to generate when we attend events or customer premises we can also help with social media to maximise opportunities.

By visiting our website ‘MANBEAST’ you can read about all we can offer. You can bolt on our social media package to a service where we can set your business up with it, or provide your communications department with the content for you to publicise internally.


Anyway back to the interesting stuff. We can lift, pull, deadlift, provide autographs, selfies, appearances, seminars, workplace challenges, dress up for themed events and much more.

We fit with the construction industry, vehicle accessory and parts suppliers (to endorse or front product campaigns), car dealerships and rental companies, recovery operations and towing companies, tyres (for grip), clothing or any products with a USP around strength, power on longevity.

Contact Andy on 07887400202 or email or see MAN BEAST






handywriterAs we approach Christmas the end of the financial year is looming. Often this means new funding rounds, or funding underspends that need to be allocated, normally before the end of March.

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 readymade 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:


FREE Tree packs are available in three sizes:

  • Small packs contain 30 saplings for creating and small copse or short hedgerow and is ideal as a starter pack or a small project
  • Medium packs contain 105 saplings for planting either in small groups of trees or as a hedge (approx. 30m)
  • Large packs contain 420 saplings to create a long hedge (approx. 120m) or if

planted as a block of trees, there is sufficient for approximately one acre of land


Trees will be young saplings about 20 – 40cm high, sourced and grown in the UK.

The trees must be planted on a publicly accessible site (exceptions made for schools

and youth clubs), and applicants must have permission to plant from the legal


The next deadline to apply is 6

th January 2017.

Tel: 01476 581 111 Contact Form



Tampon Tax fund for women ran projects – up to £25,000


All details here.


Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) –

Community Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grants


The Community Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grants scheme is aimed at community

groups that have identified a possible community building project and are assessing

the way forward.


  • The funding aims to help local groups decide whether it is feasible to take on the
  • Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available.
  • Town or parish councils, neighbourhood forums, and qualifying community groups can apply.
  • The funding (revenue) can be used for costs associated with assessing the viability of the project.
  • There are no deadlines. However, as this programme is a diminishing fund,
  • expressions of interest should be submitted as quickly as possible.


There is a two stage application process. The first stage is to fill out an Expression of

Interest form. The second stage is to fill out a full application form.

Tel: 0300 020 1864 E-mail:



Sport England has announced that it will launch its new funding programmes in December 2016.


Sport England’s new funding programmes come six months after the launch of its

2016 strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ which outlines what it will do to increase the number of people getting active and achieve its vision of everyone in England,

regardless of age, background or ability, feeling able to take part in sport or activity.

Between 2017 and 2021, Sport England says that it will invest £22.5 million through its range of new funding programmes which include:





Clothworkers Foundation – The Foundation offers two grant schemes:


Grants are available to registered charities in the UK for one-off capital projects

(buildings, fittings and vehicles) in one of the following areas:

 Alcohol and substance misuse

 Disabled people

 Disadvantaged minority communities

 Disadvantaged young people

 Domestic and sexual violence

 Elderly people

 Homelessness

 Prisoners and ex-offenders

 Visual impairment

 Main Grants Programme: no maximum project cost or grant amount. The average

grant amount is £25,000

 Small Grants Programme: grants of up to £10,000, the average amount is £7,000.

The total cost of the project must be less than £100,000


You can apply at any time.


EAGA Charitable Trust


The EAGA Charitable Trust supports action projects and research into the causes of

fuel poverty. The main focus is aiding a fuller understanding of the causes and effects of fuel poverty, including health impacts, and more effective means of addressing them.

The priority areas for 2016 are:

 Fuel poverty and health and wellbeing

 Fuel poverty policies and energy systems

 Low carbon policies, behaviours and practices

 Fuel poverty and rural communities


The Trust gives priority to funding proposals that have the potential to inform or

influence national perceptions and policies and have a wide geographic focus.

Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 and lasting between one and three years are

available to voluntary organisations.

The 2017 deadline will be published in the new year.

Tel: 01539 736477 E-mail:




Help the Homeless


Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small and medium-sized registered charities forcapital costs relating to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstreamsociety, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.


The next deadline is 15th December 2016.

Details here;


Lloyds Bank Foundation


Charities can apply for grants to support people who are 17 years or older and

experiencing mul-tiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. There are

two programmes:


 Invest – grants of up to £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the

opportunity for continuation funding

 Enable – grants of up to a total of £15,000 over two years to help organisations

deliver their mission more effectively

Applicants must be working with people who are experiencing at least one of the


 Have been abused or are at risk of abuse

 Are victims of sexual exploitation

 Are ex-offenders/those at risk of offending

 Are long term unemployed

 Are leaving care

 Are homeless

 Have learning disabilities

 Have mental health and wellbeing issues

 Have addictions

 Are isolated and vulnerable

 Have severe financial difficulty as a com-pounding disadvantage


The only exceptions are young people who are under 17 years of age and:

 Young parents or looked after children

 Disabled young people moving into inde-pendent living

The next deadlines are: 3rd January and 2nd May 2017 for Invest; bids to Enable are

now accepted on an ongoing basis.


Tel: 0370 411 1223 E-mail:



The Ofenheim Charitable Trust


Provides grants for charitable organisations active in the UK for general charitable purposes.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between

£13,600 and £2,500.

Charitable organisations operating in the UK are eligible to apply.


For further information on how to obtain this grant, please contact:

Ofenheim Charitable Trust

Baker Tilly

The Pinnacle

170 Midsummer Boulevard

Milton Keynes MK9 1BP

Tel: 01908 687800


The Spirit of Women Changemakers Small Grants


The Spirit of Women Changemakers small grants programme will fund activity in the

UK that improves the wellbeing of women and girls who are subjected to harmful

gender norms and stereotypes. They want to support organisations to empower

women and men to create lasting change in their communities and sustainably

improve gender equality. They are inviting applications to fund creative, cultural,

sporting and/or volunteering responses to at least one of their two key impact goals.


These are to:

 Improve women’s body confidence and challenging objectification in all areas of

life, including in personal relationships

 Challenge traditional gendered caring roles and the undervaluing of care

Each project must also meet each of the following requirements:

 The activity will contribute to social cohesion, bringing diverse groups together to

engage in their communities,

 All projects must also undertake to improve (and measure through agreed

indicators) participants’ wellbeing.

 All projects must also challenge perceptions of disability. This can be through the

project activity itself or through ensuring inclusion of disabled people alongside

non-disabled people in the project activity

 Activities must also have a celebratory aspect in the run up to the 2018 centenary

Applications can be made for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000. You may

allocate a proportion of the grant to cover staff costs, capital or support costs

associated with the delivery of the project. The funded activity must be for the benefit

of women in the UK and must be a new project for your organisation. They cannot fund the continuation of existing activity.


Expressions of interest are now open and you can express your interest here.

The first stage of the application will close on 23rd December 2016.


SUEZ Communities Trust Landfill Communities Fund – Smaller

Projects Fund


The Smaller Projects Fund supports community improvement projects that make

physical improvements to community facilities such as village halls, public parks and

sports facilities, and to projects that restore or repair buildings of religious worship or

buildings of architectural or historic interest.


Grants up to a maximum of £20,000 are available. Applications are only accepted

towards projects with a total cost of £20,000 or less.

Applicants are expected to show what other sources of funding have been sought and secured.


Non-profit making organisations such as voluntary organisations, charities, parish

councils, local authorities, community groups and environmental organisations can



Projects can be supported in any of 100 funding zones in England. Funding zones are around qualifying waste processing sites owned by SUEZ UK. The Trust provides a 30 postcode checker so that potential applicants can check the eligibility of the project’s location.


To be eligible for funding project sites must be owned or be leased for the next ten

years by the applicant organisation.


Smaller Projects Funding is available for projects under the following objects:

 Object D – Public Amenities: Funding is available for projects which provide,

maintain or improve an amenity that is used primarily for leisure and recreation

 Object DA – Biodiversity: Funding is available for projects which conserve

biodiversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a

natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat

 Object E – Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites: Funding is available for

projects which include maintaining, repairing or restoring a building, other structure

or a site of archaeological interest which is a place of religious worship, or a site of

historic or architectural or archaeological interest and is open to the public.

There are three funding rounds year.


The next application deadline is 23rd January 2017 (5pm).

Tel: 01454 262910 E-mail:

Tesco Bags of Help


Groups across the UK are being encouraged to apply now for a grant for local

community projects, thanks to funding from Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme.

‘Bags of Help’, a grants scheme funded by Tesco customers through the 5p carrier

charge and administered by Groundwork, provides grants of £5,000, £2,000 and

£1,000 for projects that use or provide access to outdoor spaces in communities.


Grants are available for all manner of groups including voluntary or community

organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g.

CCGs, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.


Since October 2016 the scheme has awarded £24million to communities across

England, Wales and Scotland.


For information on how to apply please click here or for further inspiration and help,

check out their Community Project Toolkit.

Tel: 07736132698 E-mail:

Tudor Trust


Grants of up to £10,000 are available to charitable organisations for work in the UK

that aims to build stronger communities and tries to meet the many different needs of

people at the margins of society.


The Trust does not have specific funding programmes, but wants to support smaller

groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on

the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and



The Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make such an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.


Grants can be used for:

 Core organisational costs

 Project grants

 Capital grants for buildings or equipment

 Grants to help strengthen the organisation


The Trust is particularly interested in supporting smaller, under-resourced

Organisation’s with an annual turnover of less than £1 million.


Tudor Trust

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to charita-ble organisations for work in the UK

that aims to build stronger communities and tries to meet the many different needs of

people at the margins of society.

The Trust does not have specific funding programmes, but wants to support smaller

groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on

the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and


The Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make such an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.


Grants can be used for:

 Core organisational costs

 Project grants

 Capital grants for buildings or equipment

 Grants to help strengthen the organisation


The Trust is particularly interested in supporting smaller, under-resourced

organisations with an annual turnover of less than £1 million.

You can apply at any time.

Tel: 020 7727 8522 E-mail:

Tudor Trust


You can apply at any time.

Tel: 020 7727 8522 E-mail:

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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:


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:




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:


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:

For support on funding or bid writing services contact



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 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

The Hedley Foundation

1-3 College Hill

London EC4R 2RA




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 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.

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 / Facebook: @superstrongman28 Twitter: @superstrongmen with your ideas and we can make it happen.




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