On 27 February we welcomed over 120 attendees to our Funding Fair, held at the Priory Street Centre. Attendees had the opportunity to speak to a range of local and national funders as well as attending workshops from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. 

If you were unable to join us on the day, don’t worry, you can still meet the funders:

Two Ridings Community Foundation 

Two Ridings Community Foundation is a hub to channel funds directly to grassroots charities. They build up endowment funds from generous donors, using the income from these to sustain projects that enhance the quality of life and have a lasting impact. They are a trusted and expert advisors on giving and philanthropy, and they ensure that donors’ funds make a difference across the North and East Yorkshire. Examples of funds currently available include: Grassroots Endowment Fund, Community First Prime Opportunities Fund, Bettys Trees for Life Fund and #iwill Fund (National).

Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRF)

The York Committee makes grants in response to applications from charities and other voluntary and not-for-profit organisations. When considering applications for grants, the York Committee gives priority to applications which fit within their main areas of interest. The purpose is to build and develop strong and empowered communities without poverty or isolation. The definition of ‘poverty’ is “when a person’s resources are well below their minimum needs, including the need to take part in society”.  JRF wants to encourage voluntary and community organisations to make solving poverty an explicit goal. They therefore welcome applications that demonstrate how they can contribute to solving poverty in York.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery. There are 3 main grant programmes: The Reaching Communities grant programme offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for projects that last up to five years. We’re looking for projects that work with their community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences. The Partnerships programme offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive. The Awards for All programme provides funding from £300 to £10,000 for one year to voluntary or community organisations.

Hillards Charitable Trust

Gay & Peter Hartley’s Hillards Trust supports local charities that improve social welfare in the 45 towns where Hillards had a supermarket.  Grants are normally made on a one-off basis up to £1,000.  The Trust makes two £10,000 grants where such grants can make a significant impact.

Wharfedale Foundation

Wharfedale Foundation provides funding to charitable projects across Yorkshire and the Humber that aim to break down barriers in society, the integration of marginalized groups within communities and a concern for the natural environment. The foundation has an interest in interfaith dialogue, social cohesion, exclusion and environmental sustainability and a focus on grass roots and youth-orientated projects.

City of York Council Ward Grants

Projects must help to achieve ward priorities and provide a service in the ward.

City of York Council Sport & Active Leisure

City of York Council offer Sport & Active Leisure small grants and Health Champion funding pots. The Sport and Active Leisure Team make funding for sports clubs accessible through their Small Grants Fund and the Hub Club Fund. Funding applications are considered from any sports club in the City of York Council area. The Community Health Champions are people who, with training and support, voluntarily offer their skills and passion and make use of their community links to transform Health and Wellbeing in their neighbourhood and can also apply for funding.

Key Fund – North of England and the Midlands

Key Fund provide finance through flexible loans and grant/loan packages to help community and social enterprises to start up, become sustainable, or grow. They invest in enterprises who have traditionally been excluded or turned down by mainstream banks and building societies, particularly those within disadvantaged areas. Key Fund offer investment opportunities, totalling to a maximum of £300,000 per social or community enterprise.

GLL Community Foundation

The GLL Community Foundation helps local projects with funding, facilities and support that encourages people to be active, to learn and to play together. Projects could include organising a sports tournament or improving a community library to creating a new sports league or revamping a children’s playground.

GLL is offering up to £5,000 worth of cash and in kind support to community projects across the UK through the GLL Community Foundation in partnership with Spacehive. GLL is the first leisure organisation to partner with Spacehive and to contribute to the local community in this way.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Fund distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. Some of the projects they fund vary from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings and recording diverse community histories. When assessing applications, they take into account the outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve. Grants start from £3,000 and can range to into millions of pounds.

York Common Good Trust

The York Common Good Trust exists simply to make grants to groups which will benefit the citizens of York. Grants are generally in the £500-£1000 region. The Trust has no particular cause, creed or project as a special interest – it exists simply to make grants to groups which will benefit the citizens of York. The Trust was formed in 1974 by William Bowes Morrell – a prominent businessman and civic figure.

The Peter Greenwood Memorial Trust (PGMT)

The PGMT offers cash grants (bursaries) to deaf and hearing-impaired students who are permanent residents of the United Kingdom and who have (a) an offer of a place or (b) secured a place or (c) are already studying on a course or activity in Secondary, Higher or Further education (or training) in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland).

PGMT may also offer bursaries to groups or organisations which provide such course or activities as detailed above.