It was great to see my portrait of cabinet maker Gary Mowle being featured at the Freshwater Coffee House on the Isle of Wight today. Gary was one of my portraits in my recent West Wight People and Place exhibition held at the Dimbola Museum and Galleries earlier this year. 

The exhibition illustrated local people and their connection to heritage and local community. Gary was one of 16 other portraits of West Wight people. 

Gary Mowle, an image from West Wight People and Place

Stefan Powell the owner (pictured right above) of the Freshwater Coffee House has featured the photograph of Gary as the first in a line of portraits, in the coming months, to illustrate the diversity of people living in this corner of the Island.

 

Photographing the Greensand Country

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership

It was particularly pleasing to secure a photography commission from the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership as previously, some years back, I had played a part in helping to devise the Audience Development Plan for the project.

My current role is to help build up a library of photographs that feature the distinctive qualities of the Greensand Country. The two days recently spent in the area were to focus on taking photographs of the first Greensand Country Festival (26th May – 3rd June 2018) with the photos helping to monitor progress and for use in future Festival guides and publicity.

In all I attended 6 Festival events ranging from a ramblers walk, a very well attended Walk4health walk through the lovely and recently restored Ampthill Great Park (again HLF Funded) a Forest School activity through to a singing event on Woburn Sands Station!

I thoroughly enjoyed the two days which was really helped by people happily allowing me to take their photographs.  While taking the photos I must have spoken to several dozen people and it is surprising how few have heard of the HLF funded Landscape Partnership schemes.

These Landscape Partnerships have helped restore many local landscapes up and around the country and one that has engaged many thousands of people in the process. Just one of life’s hidden gems, I guess.

Background: Greensand Country is an island of distinctive, beautiful and loved countryside in the heart of Bedfordshire. The area contains all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland and more historic parkland per hectare than anywhere else in the country. It is a landscape rich in wildlife and cultural heritage, with its own special qualities and sense of place.

More info: http://greensandcountry.com/

Photographs. Taken by Pete Johnstone, published courtesy of Greensand Country ©. All images have parental permissions where required.

 

 

Wild Flower funding (UK)

Grow Wild Community Project Funding 2018

The innovative wild flower project from Kew has another funding round.

Grants are available to groups and projects working on activities to connect and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi.

Grants of £2000 or £4000 are available

Grow Wild will fund 50 groups in 2018 across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Voluntary and charitable groups can apply – must be constituted and not – for -profit.

Deadline: 15th January 2018

More information: https://www.growwilduk.com/project-funding

Grow Wild is funded by the Big  Lottery Fund

 

Photo: Wild Flower meadow, Isle of Wight ©Pete Johnstone.

Environment Now (UK)

The Environment Now (UK)

It is good to see an environment programme that is aimed at young people and one which has a reasonable amount of money to back it up.

  • Are you passionate about the environment and making a positive impact?
  • Can you see digital technology making a better future?
  • Have you got the entrepreneurial drive to make a difference?

If your answer is yes and aged between 17 – 24, you could be awarded up to £10,000, but you had better be quick as the closing date is coming up fast!

Deadline: 14th November.

Details: http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/the-environment-now

Connected Communities Fund: grants for volunteering projects

Nesta, the Innovation charity is looking to invest in volunteering and is offering a limited number of grants in their  4 theme areas of Community connections and thriving places, Community resilience and emergencies, Digital social action and Improving our environment.

The Connected Communities Innovation Fund is a partnership between Nesta and the Office for Civil Society at DCMS, providing up to £4 million in grants, alongside significant non-financial support, to the best innovations that mobilise the time and talents of people across the ‘lifecourse’, to support people and places to thrive, alongside public services.

More information: From Nesta website

Deadline: 30th October 2017

 

Crowdfunding News

If your community group is thinking of setting up a community business, such as a shop, woodland, community centre or village hall and you want to undertake a community share issue to make it happen, then consider the Power to Change fund.

The fund can potentially offer up to £6000 to help pay for building surveys, administration and legal fees. However, to access the funding, you will need to raise the match funding through crowdfunding.

More information from the Crowdfunder platform here.

Nesta, the innovation foundation, who have been keen on crowdfunding for some years now are launching their Matched Funding for Heritage and the Arts report in London the 12th October.

Matched crowdfunding by public institutions, corporate organisations, Charitable Foundations and a few local authorities is becoming increasingly common, so the findings of this report will be valuable in identifying best practice as to how the pilot project raised their funds from the crowd.

Further details to be found here.

The Litter Innovation Fund (England)

The Litter Innovation Fund

Grants from the Litter Innovation Fund of up to £10,000 are available for local authorities, NP’s, charities and not for profit organisations for projects that can demonstrate innovative and creative solutions to reducing litter in local areas in England.

It is good to see environmental grant funding coming out of the Government. Also pleasing to see the grant criteria being set quite broadly and that funding can  go towards a variety of activities including, staffing, education and awareness, innovative messaging to target audiences, signage and campaigning.

Fly tipping

The Litter Innovation Fund is looking to stop fly tipping like this as seen on the Isle of Wight

At least 10% match funding is required from charities and public funded organisations

However, slightly disappointing to see that all projects have to be completed within a six month time scale of the grant being awarded as often it takes time to get these projects up and running, but it appears that more funding rounds will be coming up in the future.

Two stage grant application

  • Expression of Interest – closes 26 September
  • Assessment period – 27 September – 13 October
  • Invite submission of full applications – w/c 16 October
  • Application round closes – 17 November

Total pot of money available is £450,000, 10% of which will be aimed at reducing litter entering the marine environment.

The Litter Innovation Fund is a new programme with funding coming from Defra and DCLG and is being administered by WRAP.

Details:  http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/litter-innovation-fund

Deadline: 26th September 2017

Environment Now Fund for young people

A new fund is available for young people aged 17 to 24 who have an idea and passion to use digital technology to make a positive difference to the environment.

Great to see this collaboration between the corporate and charitable sector in funding projects for young people and the environment – sadly there appears to be less and less environment grant funding around these days so this is a welcome contribution from O2, the National Youth Agency and the Big Lottery Fund.

Up to £10,000 available

Details: http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/the-environment-now

 

New sources of grant funding available

As we move into February grants and funding for community and environmental organisations is beginning to pick up and it is good to see some new funding coming on stream. In this months blog I have picked out several grants which will hopefully be of interest to you. If they are of help and you are successful in getting funding I would love to hear about it.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants programme (UK)

Grants up to £10,000 are available for not for profit organisations per year for up to 3 years through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. Funding is available for children and young people aged 18 and under who are experiencing disadvantage, any kind of disability, behavioural difficulties and /or living in poverty or deprivation.

Further details here

Deadline: 1st March 2017

Suez Communities Trust (Formerly the Sita Trust) (England and Scotland)

Landfill Communities Fund funding from this excellently run scheme for community facilities and wildlife projects. Grants of up to £20,000 are available through its Smaller Project Fund and up to £50,000 through the Primary Fund. As it is Landfill Community Funding, to be eligible, your project has to be near a SUEZ Recycling and Recovery waste processing site.

Further details here

Deadline: 24th April 2017

Try for Change Funding

In partnership with England rugby, Comic Relief is launching its first initiative through the Try for Change Fund on the 6th February 2017.

The Try for Change Fund is a small grants programme aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups and local community rugby clubs in England. Organisations can apply for between £2,500 and £10,000 for up to 12 months.

Further details here

Grow Wild – grants for young people (UK)

Young people aged between 12 and 25 can apply for grants of up to £500 for projects that raise the awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.

The funding is being made available through Grow Wild, the biggest ever wild flower campaign, bringing people together to transform local spaces with native wild flowers and plants. Other funding is also available.

Further details: here

Deadline 27th February 2017

Coastal Communities (UK)

Some positive funding news from the Government! The Government has announced that the Coastal Communities Fund, a UK-wide programme designed to support the economic development of coastal communities is to be extended by four years and that a further 28 teams are to be set up.

Each team – made up of local volunteers, councils and local businesses will receive an initial £10,000 each to develop a blueprint for economic growth and be offered support from a network geared towards regenerating seaside areas.

Further details: here

Deadline date unclear.

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Through the BES Outreach programme, individuals, and not for profit organisations can apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience. The funding is available for projects that increase understanding of, and engagement with ecology.

Maximum award is £2,000

Further details: here

Deadline: 22nd March 2017

Grow the Game

The Football Foundation’s Grow the game Fund grant scheme will reopen on the 1st February 2017.

The aim of the fund is to increase participation in football by bth players and volunteers. Organisations are able to receive £1,500 per new team created over two to three years with financial support being reduced in the second and third year of the project.

Deadline: 29th March 2017

Further details: here

Other grants available.

On the sport side – worth investigating some interesting new grants from Sport England. On the community side the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme is going from strength to strength and has just announced £18. 5 million for community projects in England. I also expect we will soon hear who has been successful in the Great Place Scheme. This new pilot scheme is funded by the HLF, Arts Council and Historic England  with the aim of putting arts, culture and heritage in the heart of communities – this is the sort of grants scheme I really like – a good amount of money and one that works across traditional sector boundaries.

Crowdfunding

It is pleasing to see more and more organisations are trying their hand at crowdfunding to raise much needed cash for community and environmental projects. This is good news but many of the groups fail to use the tried and tested techniques that help them maximise their chance of reaching their target. The Crowdfunding Nature project we did last year was pulled together by an evaluation video – Tips for Success in running a crowdfunding campaign. It can be seen here.

PJ.elements can help with scoping funds for community and environmental projects – if you would like to see how we can help please contact me via the contact page.

All the best

Pete

Feature Picture: My January travels around the Isle of Wight.

 

 

New crowdfunding initiatives and support for community pubs

Funding update.

Crowdfunding is a tried and tested way of raising money via the internet for a project or cause that requires financial support. Originally crowdfunding was a way that entrepreneurs could raise funding to get a new business venture off the ground, but as crowdfunding is becoming more popular, community and environmental groups are using it as a practical way of raising funds for social projects that benefit people and/or the local environment such as play areas and nature reserves.

As crowdfunding becomes more widely known bigger companies and financial institutions are now taking an interest and I highlight three new initiatives below, one from a supermarket giant and two from high street banks. If you are thinking of raising funds for a project via crowdfunding and one of the initiatives below meets your criteria then it is well worth considering putting your project through that crowdfunding platform, however, there is of course no certainty of receiving any funding from these companies so if you do apply and get support then treat it as a bonus.

My other funding news item this month is around support for communities wanting to take on running a local pub. Having recently moved to the Isle of Wight I have seen the sad closure of several village pubs. Pub closure has a real impact on the local communities, particularly if there is no other pub in the vicinity. So, this support offered by the Plunkett Foundation with funding from the Government and a new charity supporting community business is to be welcomed.

Tesco Backit

Small food and drinks businesses have the chance to show off their products and campaign for funding through Backit – a Tesco and Seedrs run crowdfunding platform.

Tesco will review the campaigns and will provide advice and mentoring from industry experts. There is a £2000 minimum target with no maximum. The costs to the business are 1.4% (=20p) payment processing from Stripe the payment provider.

The offer is open to all UK businesses and might be useful for small Isle of Wight businesses who are developing their local produce ideas. Details and further information can be found here.

Life skills on Spacehive

Barclays is using Spacehive and crowdfunding to encourage young people running crowdfunding campaigns that develop their skills. If you are 16 – 24, they could pledge up to half of your funding target up to a total of £500. The idea of the fund is to develop skills such as marketing, creating videos, pitching to businesses as well as improving your local area.

Crowdfunder

And mentioned in a previous blog, Santander through their Changemaker Fund is putting up to £200,000 to support social enterprises, community groups and small charities in the UK that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

More than a Pub

The Community Pub Business Support programme is a unique two-year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. The programme has a value of 33.62 million and is jointly funded by Department of Communities Local Government and Power to Change.

The programme is being led by the Plunkett Foundation and is well worth investigating if your community has lost or about to lose your pub.

As always please let me know how you get on if you do apply for any of these funds.

Photo Credit: Pete’s November travels on the Isle of Wight.

© Pete Johnstone.