Future You

Published date: 
Thursday, 17th March 2022
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‘Future You’ is a free mentoring programme, delivered on behalf of Greater Manchester Combined Authority via funded by the European Social Fund. The programme is for 18-24 year olds who are classed as NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training). The young people are given a dedicated mentor who works with them 1:1 once a week for up to nine months, with a view to eventually progressing them into a job, apprenticeship, course, traineeship etc.

New £3m Fund Launched to Empower Children and Young People in the UK

Aims/priorities: Working in partnership with the #iwill Fund and the Hunter Foundation, BBC Children in Need is delivering its new Social Action Fund to promote youth empowerment across the UK, as part of its wider Sharing Power programme.

Not-for-profit organisations which are registered with an appropriate governing body can apply for grants of up to £50,000 over 18 months; while unregistered organisations can apply for up to £15,000 over 18 months, or £10,000 over one year.

ASDA Foundation Launches Funding for Children and Young People Across UK

Aims/priorities: The ASDA Foundation is offering grants of between £500 and £1,500 for not-for-profit community groups throughout the United Kingdom to support activities for children under 18 years old to improve their lives and the community.

Through the U18 Better Starts Grants scheme, a total of £500,000 has been made available to give children the best start in life by tackling poverty, enabling inclusion, and enhancing wellbeing.

Funding will support projects that fall within one or more of the following themes:

Magic Little Grants Fund Returns for 2022

Aims/priorities: LocalGiving has launched its annual Magic Little Grants scheme for the fifth year in a row with more money than last year. With support from the six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery, it is expected that 2,650 charitable organisations will receive a grant of £500 each.

To be eligible, organisations must have an annual income under £250,000 or be in their first year of operation and operate within England, Scotland or Wales.

This year's funding aims to support projects that address the following themes:

Helping children understand the war/address worries

Published date: 
Thursday, 17th March 2022
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From speaking to groups of young people, they are clearly finding it all the harder to accept reassurances/support being offered with this coming straight after the pandemic which turned out to be something much more than first envisaged.

The information has come from various sources. Educational Psychology Teams (thanks Cathy O’Connor)  Youth services (thanks Seline Wakerley) and Wirral Council.

Social Enterprise Support- Free online sessions from GMCVO

Published date: 
Thursday, 17th March 2022
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Does your social enterprise, community business or charity work to support individuals, communities or businesses in Greater Manchester?

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) social enterprise team are inviting you to a weekly drop-in session for social enterprises, community businesses and trading charities to discuss your questions and support needs. Our team will be on-hand to offer advice and guidance for all things social enterprise; including setting-up, funding, social impact and social investment.

UK Government Announces ‘Homes for Ukrainian’ Refugees Scheme with ‘Thank You’ Payment to Sponsors

Aims/priorities: A small monthly payment will be available for UK host families who volunteer to house Ukrainians fleeing their homeland due to the Russian invasion.The UK Government has launched the ‘Home for Ukraine’ scheme which allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses across the UK to offer a room or home rent-free to Ukrainians escaping the war in their home country. The refugees do not need to have any ties to the UK to be eligible for accommodation.

Safer Beginnings Onwards Grants

Aims/priorities: Funding is intended to improve maternal safety and outcomes of women and girls by supporting the development of services which address issues such as obstetric violence, female genital mutilation/cutting, domestic violence, coercion, financial abuse and pregnancy informed by previous sexual or physical trauma

Who can apply? Charities, Community Interest Companies, not-for-profit groups and grassroots movements may apply, providing they can demonstrate:

Football Foundation - Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund

Aims/priorities: The Maintenance Fund provides six-year tapered grants to help football clubs enhance or sustain the quality of their grass pitches.

Who can apply? All applicants must have the required security of tenure and have received a PitchPower Pitch Assessment Report. To be eligible for this fund the applicant must own the freehold, have an uninterruptible lease of 10 years, have a licence for 10 years or have the written consent of the landowner.

Eligible organisations include:

Canoe Foundation

Aims/priorities: The funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.