NEWS: Funding Opportunities

Here’s our April round-up of the latest funding opportunities available for charities and voluntary organisations in the North of England.

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco has announced a national £5m grant programme to boost school’s funds for extra food and healthy activities. The new initiative has been created to help give school children across the UK a healthier, more active, stronger start in life.

The fund is open to applications from nurseries, pre-schools, and primary or high schools who can apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Grants can go towards activities that focus on providing food to pupils, such as fruit for breakfast clubs or snacks to enjoy throughout the day and for equipment for outdoor and indoor activities.

One Stop Community Partnership

Successful applicants to the One Stop Community Partnership can receive an initial grant of up to £1,000 and begin a partnership with their local One Stop store. The programme is designed to support community groups or organisations operating within two miles of a One Stop store and which are;

  • Tackling food poverty
  • Supporting the vulnerable
  • Supporting the elderly
  • Supporting low-income families
  • Running youth sports teams
  • Reducing / recycling waste
  • Improving the environment

Alongside the £1,000 grant, successful applicants also receive a long-term tailored programme of support to help them work in partnership with their One Stop Store Team.

Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have launched a £2.6m Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund, offering small and large grants to communities to support projects that make the city-region greener by improving local green spaces or creating new ones, in areas where there is the greatest need.

Projects should improve publicly accessible spaces through physical improvements to make them better places for nature and people. Projects can take place in parks, community gardens, streets, schools, housing estates, canals, streams, rivers, and existing nature reserves.

Examples of the type of projects it could support include:

  • Improving existing or creating new accessible green space for people and/or wildlife
  • Permanently greening streets
  • Creating new permanent parklets or pocket parks
  • Community gardening and food growing
  • Turning paved over areas to green areas
  • Cleaning up and restoring streams, rivers, canals, and ponds

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