Funding Update January 2012

Community Sustainable Energy Programme Opens for a Final Round

After being closed for a year, the Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) has opened for one more round of capital funding.

The Big Lottery funded scheme is accepting applications for heat generating technologies and energy efficiency measures only.

Not-for-profit organisations in England can apply for capital grants of up to 50% of the project cost to a maximum grant of £50,000.

Organisations that may apply include voluntary groups, charities, schools, parish councils and faith groups meeting certain conditions.

The capital grants can be used to buy and install any combination of the following heat generating microgeneration technologies:

  • Solar thermal hot water.
  • Heat pumps.
  • Automated wood pellet stoves.
  • Wood fuelled boiler systems.

Grants are also available for energy efficiency measures (such as cavity wall and loft insulation) in combination with the heat generating microgeneration technology. Where these are not already in place, applicants will have to install them in order to qualify for a microgeneration capital grant.

An application form and guidelines can be found on the BRE website (opens in new window). BRE, an awards partner of the BIG Lottery Fund, is administering the CSEP scheme. BRE carries out research, consultancy, training and testing to help create better buildings and communities.

The deadline for applications is 29 February 2012 (5pm). The scheme ends with this closing date.

Source: BRE, 12/01/2012

Endowment Fund for Local UK Community Projects Launched

The Community First Endowment, a government scheme to set up a permanent endowment of £150 million for the UK’s community foundations, has received its first donation.

The government is counting on more donations in the months ahead as it seeks to build up the fund to £150 million. For every £1 raised from individuals and companies, the government will contribute 50p.

The goal is to have a fund of £150 million which will start to give money from 2015 to the UK’s community foundations. The community foundations, in turn, will use the money to support projects in their local communities. In order to receive funding from the Endowment Fund, the community foundations will need to raise funds at the local level.

The Community Development Foundation along with the Community Foundation Network will administer the fund.

The first contribution is from private investor Arthur Green, who currently runs the Arthur & Doreen Green Fund which provides support to local communities in Sussex.

The Community Foundation Network’s Chief Executive Stephen Hammersley said:

“Now more than ever local communities, causes and charities need support they can depend on for the longer term – the kind of support that endowed funds can provide.

“Community foundations also understand how supporting and sustaining long-term change can be rewarding to philanthropists and companies who have an interest and stake in the development of local communities. The match challenge will help more people discover how rewarding this can be and we are pleased to be part of delivering Community First.”

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd said:

“It’s time we invested in our future rather than borrowing on it. The Community First endowment will be a lasting source of money to help local community groups achieve what they want, whether that’s turning wasteland into parks, holding social events for older people or starting sports clubs for the young. This is money on the ground for the Big Society and the 5,000 community organisers we are training will encourage people to get together and use it.”

Source: Civil Society, 09/01/2010

Little Pot of Health
Small grants for community groups to improve health and wellbeing for people in Salford.

This is an opportunity for supporting small organisations making a difference in their community.
e.g. luncheon clubs, sports clubs, youth groups…

We can fund things like transport costs, rent, and equipment that help towards promoting health and wellbeing in Salford.

The application process is short and simple and the application deadline is 4.00pm on Tuesday 31st January 2012

Maximum grant award of £3000 is available, applications for small amounts will be given higher priority.

Click here for guidance notes.

Click here for an application form.

For further information or to request a copy of the guidance notes and application form, please contact us:

Tel: 0161 787 7795 Web: Email:

Contact us at Salford CVS and we will be happy to help you with your proposal or ideas and also proofread your application before you submit it. Please ensure you contact us by 12.00pm on Tuesday 24th February 2012 to access this support.


LandAid is a charity established by the UK property industry which helps disadvantaged young people access the facilities, skills and opportunities to achieve their potential.

We will only consider applications from registered charities and registered community interest companies. We do not fund salaries and other general revenue costs (except where they are specific to the project) or projects where the work has already taken place. We do not make grants to individuals.

Training, Education and Support Fund

£5,000 – £25,000
Beneficial Area: United Kingdom
Deadline: 5.00pm, 31 January 2012

What we fund: Training, education or support programmes targeted at disadvantaged young people (16-25 year olds), this can include NEETS, homeless or those from a low income background. Projects should engage young people and lead to recognised qualifications, see UCAS for guidance of accepted qualifications we will also accept OCN Level 1 and 2 or equivalent qualification by a recognised awarding body.

We do not fund: Programmes that solely deliver ESOL qualifications.

Capital Projects Fund

£5,000 – £25,000
Beneficial Area: United Kingdom
Deadline: 5.00pm, 31 January 2012

What we fund: Refurbishment, conversion, extension or new build of facilities for disadvantaged young (16-25 year olds) people. We especially look for projects that have an education or learning element. This can include hostel/foyers, community or youth centres and accommodation.

We do not fund: Salaries and other general revenue costs (except where they are specific to the project) or projects where the work has already taken place.  We do not make grants to individuals.

If you have any questions regarding these funds please email

To find out more about these grants visit

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