Coalfields Regeneration Trust Offers £1m More to England

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has recently relaunched its Coalfields Community Grants Programme for England with £1 million and revised guidelines and application form.

With £1 million in new funding, the Trust has also increased the maximum level of grant from £5,000 to £10,000 to support community organisations and social enterprises with social and economic regeneration projects in coalfield communities in England.

Eligible wards are located in the North East, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire. A list of eligible coalfield wards can be found on the Trust’s website.

The Trust welcomes applications from new or existing groups that are contributing to the regeneration of coalfield communities. Voluntary and community organisations and groups, including unregistered organisations with formal rules, registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, industrial and provident societies, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects should make a significant difference to their community. The Trust is particularly interested in projects that:

  • Support community involvement projects that bring people and communities together and improve social interaction, particularly projects that engage the hardest to reach or vulnerable groups.
  • Tackle poverty projects that work with the most vulnerable people in coalfield communities to alleviate the effects of poverty.
  • Create jobs and help people into work projects that create new sustainable jobs within the community, or support people into work, including addressing barriers to work such as childcare or transport.
  • Develop skills and training opportunities projects that develop skills for people or help them gain new qualifications.
  • Improve health and wellbeing projects that improve the quality of life for people living in coalfield communities with health problems, or projects that prevent negative impacts on health and wellbeing.
  • Support social enterprise development projects that support the growth and development of social enterprises.
  • Support financial inclusion projects that develop the skills of people to manage their finances and provide support to those with problem debts.

Projects can apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000. Match funding is required for total project costs above £10,000.

Applications should be made on the new application form as the old one will no longer be considered.

Full details can be found on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust website

Source: Coalfields Regeneration Trust, 14/05/2014

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