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Grants available to people, organisations and business in Hartington Upper Quarter

Great British Food Tourism grants – Defra
Defra has launched a new grant scheme to champion food tourism. The grant scheme forms part of the Defra’s Great British Food Campaign, which aims to celebrate our world class food industry and culture, drive growth and jobs in the sector and enhance Britain’s reputation as a great food nation. The overarching aims of the grant scheme are to:

  • increase the attractiveness of destinations, by enhancing its local identity and reputation by offering food-related recreational opportunities for visitors;
  • extend the tourism season, by supporting year-round tourism in the form of food and drinks based attractions such as trails, festivals, markets or other initiatives providing opportunities to attract visitors at different times of the year;
  • increase the retention of tourism expenditures in the local economy.

Grants are available between £5000 and £25,000 and applications are invited from individual organisations or applicant groups. The deadline for applications is 26 September 2016.

Celebrating Age – Arts Council England
This fund aims to support cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people and to take high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage. Grants are available between £50,000 and £100,000 for collaborative working, audience engagement, developing relationships, commissioning work and developing spaces – arts, cultural and otherwise.
Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of the Arts Council’s programmes.
Applications must be submitted by 13 October 2016.

Co-operative intelligent transport systems fund – Department for Transport
A £2 million fund to allow councils to capitalise on emerging technologies and deliver better journeys for motorists was launched on 11 August. Local authorities have been invited by the Department for Transport to apply for a share of the money to develop projects to greatly enhance journeys.
Proposals include using technology that will allow vehicles to communicate with each other and roadside sensors to provide the drivers with real-time traffic information. Councils will also be able to look at how warnings about changing weather and traffic conditions can be sent directly to vehicles, so drivers can plan ahead – helping deliver quicker, more efficient and safer journeys.
Councils across England will have until 30 September to apply for the funding.

New Stations Fund 2 – Network Rail & Department for Transport
A £20 million fund was announced on 26 August by the Department for Transport aimed at providing better journeys for rail passengers across England and Wales.
The next round of the new stations fund will provide up to 75% of the cost for construction of new stations or to reopen previously closed stations. The funding is intended to improve access to the rail network and create new travel, employment and housing opportunities.
The deadline for bidders for this second round of funding is 18 November 2016.

Life Chances Fund – Cabinet Office
The Life Chances Fund (LCF) is an £80m fund, which aims to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. This forms part of the Prime Minister’s Life Chances Strategy.
The £80m has been committed by central government to contribute to outcome payments for payments by results (PbR) contracts which involve socially minded investors – i.e. towards Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). These contracts must be locally commissioned by the public sector and aim to tackle complex social problems.
The LCF will issue themed call outs, or invitations for bids from applicants for SIBs across six themes. The first two themes will be as follows:

  • Drug and alcohol dependency – e.g. early diagnosis and treatment1
  • Children’s services – e.g. reducing time spent in residential care, preventing entry into care

Future themes will be:

  • Young people – e.g. NEET prevention, youth unemployment and youth justice
  • Early years – e.g. early intervention, school preparedness and education
  • Healthy lives – e.g. long term health conditions, public health interventions
  • Older people’s services – e.g. independent living, adult social care and social isolation

LCF will be open to applications from 4 July 2016 and will run for 9 years (up until March 2025) with all monies expected to be committed by summer 2018.
The deadline for submission of first Expressions of Interest is 30 September 2016.

Great Place Scheme – Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, & Historic England
The Great Place Scheme is designed to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of successful communities across England. Twelve areas will pilot new approaches that enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together. This is a pilot scheme. It will fund activities which can be built on in the future, and whose learning can be shared with other places. The Great Place Scheme will invest in 12 places across England, including four rural areas, to achieve the following:

  • Build on existing strengths within the local arts, culture and heritage sectors in order to maximise their positive cultural, social and economic contribution.
  • Build new partnerships to realise this contribution and lever resources into the sector to support that.
  • Develop these partnerships so that the contribution of the sector is recognised in and supported by long term plans and strategies for the area – for instance, the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan, or destination management plans.

You can apply for between £500,000 and £1,500,000 for activity to be delivered over a period of up to three years. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest form is 6 October 2016.

Access Fund for Sustainable Travel: Department for Transport
The £60 million Access Fund will support local authorities to deliver sustainable transport projects that seek to grow the economy by boosting levels of cycling and walking, and by improving access to jobs, skills, training and education.
Local transport authorities are now invited to bid for a share of this £60 million pot for 2017/18 through 2019/20.
The Access Fund will operate as a competition between English local transport authorities, excluding London.
To be considered for funding, bids should articulate a strategic narrative around how their scheme will contribute to economic growth. This should:

  • demonstrate support for boosting the numbers of people cycling and walking
  • articulate how the scheme will improve access to jobs, skills, education and training

Bids that receive the highest scores against the assessment criteria will be awarded funding.
The deadline for bids is 9 September 2016.

Community Grants – NHS England
NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £1,000 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare.
In your application you will need to tell NHS England a bit about how you have been working with patients and citizens and, and how you plan to use the grant to share and showcase your work in a creative way.
The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation and the deadline for applications is 21 September 2016.

Prince’s Countryside Fund
The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. The Fund has grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.
The Fund recognises that rural communities face a range of challenges. One way in which they help grassroots organisations overcome these is through the grant programme.
The Fund seeks applications to support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by helping the people that live and work in the countryside. The grant programme currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:

  1. Developing thriving rural communities by improving service provision in rural areas.
  2. Transforming rural livelihoods by supporting rural enterprise and farming businesses.
  3. Creating the farmers of the future by providing training opportunities for young people and unemployed people.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund will re-open for applications on 19 September 2016.

Celebrate England – Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.
You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.
£3.875m is available for projects in England.
Voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory organisations can all apply. Higher priority will be given to applications from:

  • projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures
  • projects which actively bring different generations together.

Celebrate opened for applications on 6 July 2016. Applications will be assessed and awarded on a first come, first served basis. The fund will be closed to new applications when all the money has been awarded.

National Churches Trust grants
The Trust support a wide variety of projects through a number of grant programmes. From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet – and many other projects – these grants help people to continue to serve, and to serve better, their local communities. Two of the funding programmes are:

  • Community Grants programme – offers the opportunity to apply for grants of £10,000 and above for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. The Trust is interested in a wide range of projects but all will include toilets and catering facilities.  To qualify, projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000
  • Project Viability and Project Development grant programme – offers awards of between £3,000 and £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability, and through development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other large church heritage funders.

The closing date for applications to both programmes is 12 September 2016.

Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage.  HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.  HLF programmes include:

  • Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.
  • Heritage Endowments – these grants are available to organisations in the UK who we are currently funding or have funded in the past. This is a match funding scheme – where the HLF grant matches every pound raised by grant recipients. You can apply for a Heritage Endowments grant of £250,000, £500,000 or £1million, to be matched £1:£1 by private donations you raise. Payments of the award will be made when evidence of the matched funding can be shown.
  • Grants for Places of Worship – historic places of worship are often at the heart of communities. Grants from £10,000–£250,000 can fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit.
  • Parks for People – for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million. Applications go through a two round process and must be submitted by either 28 February for a decision in June or by 31 August for a decision in December.
  • Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.
  • Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000. The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.
  • Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.  HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
  • Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.
  • Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000. Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
  • Townscape Heritage – helps communities regenerate deprived towns and cities across the UK by improving their built historic environment. Grants range from £100,000 to £2million. Townscape Heritage schemes aim to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

Coastal Communities Teams – Department for Communities & Local Government
Coastal areas in England are invited to apply to establish a Coastal Community Team. These teams will be provided with £10,000 of grant funding via the local authority, to help them develop their economic plan.
Last year, 118 Coastal Community Teams were created, and given a share of £1.18 million to help drive forward coastal areas growth. Now, the government is making an extra £200,000 available – enough for 20 more teams.
Bids can come from any seaside area which doesn’t have an existing team and if picked, alongside the cash boost of £10,000 each, they’ll be joining a network of experts who can share ideas about regenerating coastal areas.
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.

The Dream Fund – Postcode Dream Trust
Postcode Dream Trust is a grant-giving body funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery that supports charities who wish to deliver highly innovative, impactful and engaging projects across Britain and further afield.
The Dream Fund is now open for applications. Partnerships of charities can apply for up to £1 million for the project they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to do so. There will be 2 or 3 awards in total.
The deadline for applications is September 15th

Transform Fund – Lloyds Bank Foundation
Transform is part of Lloyds Bank Foundation’s national programme on domestic and sexual abuse. It is a one-off grants programme running from 1st August 2016 with funding decisions made in early 2017. Through it, the Foundation are looking to fund projects which:

  • Seek to inform and influence responses to domestic and/or sexual abuse
  • Strengthen the sectors, particularly the role of smaller specialist providers, in response to the challenges facing them in England and/or Wales.

Up to ten grants of up to £100,000 over 1-2 years are available. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.

Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund – small grants
Not-for-profit organisations that can reach those who may face barriers to getting a smart meter can apply to the Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund. The Fund has identified the following priority groups: district heating customers, lack of proficiency in English, lacking basic digital skills, learning disability, low literacy, memory impairment, no personal internet access, off-gas grid customers, prepay customers, private tenants, severe or profound deafness and social housing tenants.
Small grants of up to £10,000 are available for community organisations who will work directly with one or more of the priority groups on projects to be completed in 2016.
The deadline for small grant applications is 30 September 2016.

Education Support Fund – Ministry of Defence
The MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) is a £6 million fund available to publicly funded schools, academies and free schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of significant mobility and/or deployment of their service communities.
Schools are a critical part of supporting our service families. Children may have to change school when a service parent is posted or school may support a pupil when a parent is absent for long periods of time. This fund is available to support schools in embedding practices that can benefit the service children and their school.
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.

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 20th August for October meeting.

Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England
Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.
This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation
The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

  • A flexible package of support including:
    • an advice line
    • Events
    • Workshops
    • peer-to-peer study visits
    • business development advice.
  • Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.
  • Combined loan and grant funding up to £150,000 but not exceeding £75,000 in grant

Fabric Repairs – Churchcare
Grants are available for PCCs towards the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The grants are offered by The Wolfson Foundation and ChurchCare in partnership.
Recent grant recipients include churches as diverse as Everton St George, Kilmersdon in Somerset and Shorne in Kent.
The next closing date is 12 September 2016 for a December funding decision.

The Discovery Foundation
In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.
The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation’s previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.
Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.

Website grant programme – Transform Foundation
This programme can cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. The grant will pay for the entire upfront costs of £18,000.
The Foundation will be rolling out other grant programmes later in the year, which they are currently in the process of designing.
The Website Grant is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission (including, for example Community Interest Companies). The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £500,000 and £20 million.
Applications can currently be made on a rolling basis.

Help the Homeless grants
Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government
A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.

Big Potential – Big Lottery Fund
Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £10m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.
The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment.
Two application routes are available:

  • Breakthrough – specialist one to one support for VCSE organisations from Big Potential programme partners followed by a potential application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 for more in-depth investment readiness work.
  • Advanced – for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and need help to close possible deals with investors or need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.

Big Potential’s website can be accessed here.

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council
The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

The Arts Impact Fund – Arts Council
This fund aims to invest for artistic, social and financial return. The Arts Impact Fund will offer repayable finance to arts organisations working in England that can show how they are sustainable; have great artistic ambitions; and have a positive impact on society.
The Fund, created and funded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Nesta, supported by Arts Council England and with additional funding from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, will offer repayable finance to arts organisations working in England that can show how they are sustainable; have great artistic ambitions; and have a positive impact on society.  It will provide repayable loan finance between £150,000 up to £600,000, and funding needs can vary. For example, an applicant may want to buy or refurbish a building or purchase equipment or need to pay salaries or buy in additional services to help the organisation generate more income, perhaps for a tour or exhibition.
There will be at least five funding rounds from April 2015 to April 2017.

Growth Programme: Grants for the Rural Economy – Defra
The European Growth Programme provides funding to help projects which create jobs and boost the economy in England. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages the grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local partners.
From March 2015, the RPA has published ‘calls for applications’ under the Growth Programme. The calls for application invite applications for grants in specific LEP areas.   Calls for applications are currently open in a limited number of LEP areas, as part of an initial phase, before the programme opens fully. These calls will only include some of the grants listed below, depending on local priorities. The grants that are available will reflect the priorities of each local area and may include:

  • Business development
  • Business start-up
  • Renewable energy
  • Small scale tourism infrastructure
  • Tourism co-operation
  • Food processing

Community Buildings Grants – Locality
Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community building or community housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality
The Department for Communities and Local Government have increased (or agreed to increase) the level of funding available to all groups from £8,000 to £9,000 from 1 April 2016. This additional funding can be used by groups to fund the completion of their neighbourhood plans. DCLG hope that some groups will use this funding to obtain more information on their evidence base, but this is not mandatory.
All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.
This support can come in two forms:

  1. Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.
  2. Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).
A rolling programme of applications is underway and is expected to be operated throughout the year.

Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust
War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.
War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects.
Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

Rural Community Energy Fund
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

  • Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
  • Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids

Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund
Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.
All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,
  • Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,
  • Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,
  • Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

Reaching Communities Buildings – Big Lottery Fund
The buildings strand of Reaching Communities provides funding for land and buildings projects costing more than £100,000. It can also provide revenue funding to help to get the building running and deliver project activities (for revenue funding or funding for a land and buildings project of less than £100,000, see Reaching Communities England).
Funding is available for building grants up to 2015 and there are currently no deadlines for applications. However, the programme is regularly reviewed and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they are ready.  To ensure that this funding makes the biggest difference to those most in need, it is targeted at buildings or sites based in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ in England.

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

Self-sufficient Local Government: 100% Business Rates retention – Department for Communities & Local Government consultation
This consultation seeks views on the government’s commitment to allow local government to retain 100% of the business rates that they raise locally. Specifically this consultation seeks to identify some of the issues that should be kept in mind when designing the reforms.
The government has announced it will undertake a fair funding review of what the needs assessment formula should be following the implementation of 100% business rates retention. As a first step, alongside this consultation, the government has issued a call for evidence which sets out the key questions that will need to be addressed as part of this review.
This consultation closes on 26 September 2016.

Tailored Review of Arts Council England – Department for Culture, Media & Sport consultation
Tailored Reviews are central to the Government’s Public Body Reform Programme. Their purpose is to challenge and seek assurance of the continuing need, efficiency and good governance of public bodies. Every public body is required to undergo a Tailored Review once during the lifetime of a Parliament.
To help inform this review, DCMS would welcome feedback on the Arts Council through our online survey, which is open until 20 September 2016.

Early years funding: changes to funding for 3- and 4- year-olds – Department for Education consultation
We’re consulting on proposals to change the way we fund free childcare and early years education. The proposals include:

  • introducing a new early years national funding formula for 3- and 4-year-olds
  • changing the way local authorities fund the early years providers in their area
  • making sure that children with special educational needs or disabilities attract the extra funding they need

Early years providers offer free early education and childcare for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.
This consultation closes on 22 September 2016.

Reporting and acting on Child Abuse and Neglect – Department for Education consultation
This consultation sets out the government’s wide-ranging programme of reform to provide better outcomes for vulnerable children. It seeks views on the possible introduction of one of 2 additional statutory measures:

  • a mandatory reporting duty, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to report child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place
  • a duty to act, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to take appropriate action in relation to child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place

The consultation responds to the aims set out in the Serious Crime Act 2015 and tackling child sexual exploitation report, published in March 2015.
This consultation closes on 13 October 2016.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review call for evidence – Department for Work & Pensions consultation
The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the second independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. This is the second independent review as required by Section 89 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.
The review includes all stages of the PIP process, with a particular focus on the use of further evidence in the claim process, data sharing and the claimant experience.
This call for evidence is one of several methods used to gather information during the review. Paul Gray will use evidence from this review to inform his report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The second review will be laid before Parliament by April 2017.
This consultation closes on 16 September 2016.

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