Cost of living Crisis News Round-up – Open Programmes for Core Cost Funding (Part 1), November 2022

Here is a collection of funding announcements and resources aimed at helping charities continue their work to help others during the country’s Cost of living Crisis.

Whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information, due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the details below may have changed since the time of its issue and ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Care Grants from Albert Hunt Trust
The Albert Hunt Trust awards grants to local charities that provide hospice care, provide support for the homeless or promote health and well-being.

The Trust says funding can be used for core costs, which can include staff costs, and ongoing running costs for specific projects.

In the area of support under health and well-being, the Trust advises that this has included physical and learning disability, physical and mental health, plus social challenge, and deprivation.

The Trust also specifies they look to support organisations in this category with an annual income of below £250,000; and are also prepared to look at capital projects, such as significant equipment purchases or building works regardless of the income levels.

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which suggests this is a Continuous Rolling Programme and that enquiries to apply for the funding could be made at any time.

For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Ashley Family Foundation
Grants are available for projects that fit with the Foundation's philosophy for protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts.

The Foundation wants to use its funding to develop strong communities, social welfare, and creative arts, with a particular emphasis on supporting rural communities.

The grants are provided to support community museums, farms, gardens, schools and other charitable organisations with small-scale arts and community projects.

The Foundation says the grants are made primarily for project costs to organisations registered with the Charity Commission in the UK and to unregistered organisations providing arts.

The Foundation says applications are accepted all year round and funding awards are made three times per year following the meeting of their Board of Trustees. (The next funding round will be in November 2022.)

More information can be found at the Foundation’s website.

Ongoing Funding Opportunities from Blagrave Trust
Focusing on the 14-25 years age group, The Blagrave Trust’s main geographic area is in the South of England and surrounding regions.

The Trust advises they will provide unrestricted, long-term funding and look for a close mission match with their partners, although they don’t necessarily fund national organisations.

However, The Trust also says they fund work on a national level that supports listening and accountability practices within the youth sector, through their Listening Fund.

The Trust says they can offer funding, mainly as unrestricted grants, all year-round.

Their Listening Fund will have a second round of funding in Autumn 2022 focused on smaller, grassroots organisations.

More information can be found at The Blagrave Trust’s website.

Working to provide resources to support the charity sector achieve and succeed, The Charity Excellence Framework CIO offer a growing list of further support for Small Businesses and Enterprise, Community Groups, Charities, and similar organisations nationwide.
To find out more, visit their website.

MVA are also continuing their efforts to provide support and advice for the Charity Sector during these challenging times with their Reference Guide to Cost Cutting Measures, available in their Advice and Support pages.

Going from strength to strength, MVA’s relaunched Funding and Governance Club also offers support for charities in their fundraising efforts - and for a limited time only, you can join for FREE!

For more details, contact MVA’s Data & Business Development Team on 01634 812 850.

MVA can also offer 1-to-1 support where needed for not-for-profit groups and organisations to continue helping local communities in Medway.

They can offer guidance and support across a wide range of areas including fundraising. You can Contact MVA
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