New Funding Opportunities:


The PIMCO Foundation Europe is currently seeking proposals for its 2016 Grant Programme. This year’s programme will provide funding of up to £10,000 for charities which align with one of the Foundation’s giving themes:

Food insecurity: Organisations focused on providing children and families with access to healthy, nutritious meals.

Homelessness: Proven programmes that equip individuals and families at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness with access to long-term, sustainable housing.

Youth Unemployment: Work-readiness organisations that are focused on driving social mobility and developing young people’s (ages 16 to 24) employability skills. Consideration will be given to charities focused on preparing individuals for employment, and  developing skills that contribute to economic well-being.

How to apply to the PIMCO Foundation Europe Grant Programme

All application materials must be submitted via the online application portal, which will be open starting 1 February and ending 31 March 2016. Notifications of awards will be made by June for a 2017 programme year.

CLICK HERE for full details


The E-ON Energy Action Fund

The Energy Action Fund forms part of their commitment to helping communities better manage their energy consumption.

Local community centres that need to improve their energy efficiency and schools or charities looking to add a spark to the area through energy education, can all apply for funding.

Applications for the E.ON Energy Action Fund can be submitted for a range of energy related improvements and activities, from appliances and insulation to educational events. Priority will be given to projects focused on reducing energy use and renewable energy.

Successful projects will receive anything from £50 up to £2,000 from E.ON to power their plans for a more efficient future.
How to apply

The E.ON Energy Action Fund is currently open for applications until Friday 8th April 2016.



Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. If you support any individuals directly this wonderful new web site could be an invaluable portal for finding them help

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The Paul Hamyln Foundation (Funding for Arts groups only – but please do fword to any contacts you have in this area)

They want to use their funding to support organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. It will not be enough to simply increase numbers – emphasis is on addressing inequalities of opportunity. They want to help organisations to build stronger evidence about what works so that they can improve practice and achieve greater impact.

They will consider applications for:

New ways of working, or work with new audiences and participants – together with a strong commitment to learning about these approaches and sharing your learning
Work that involves any of the following: crafts, dance, design, digital arts and media, film, literature (including creative writing and poetry), music, opera, photography, theatre, the visual arts, and cross-arts practices
Work that is focused on improving access to the arts as a social good in itself, promoting enjoyment, increased attendance and participation by people facing disadvantage and inequality of access
Work that uses access to and participation in the arts to help achieve other social benefits (e.g. skills development, employability, educational achievement, social development, community cohesion, well-being, etc.)
Work that includes an element of training for artists working in a participatory setting
Work that supports organisations to embed digital solutions in widening access and participation in the arts

For full details CLICK HERE



This is an article from the National Lottery giving some very valuable advice on how to complete both their application forms and others – do take a look



Why should you consider repayable finance? Simply because it is one of the ways of moving forwards and achieving your charity’s goals. If you need to purchase a property or you are moving into a new market to build a sustainable income stream, a loan could open the door. It’s suitable for financing ongoing projects – and could allow you to do far more than fundraising alone ever could.

CAF has produced this comprehensive guide to lending called Financing the Future. This is in response to research,which found that 61%* of charities planning to borrow money in the next five years wanted guidance.

Our free guide sets out how charities and organisations just like yours could benefit from accessing repayable finance.

  • Find out how lending could help you to reach your future goals more quickly.
  • Learn how to produce the best business plan to make your case.
  • Discover what potential lenders look for.


CLICK HERE  for more info




Baron Davenport’s CharityApplication deadline: Tuesday, 15th March 2016

The Baron Davenport’s Charity was established on 16 July 1930 with the aim of assisting those in need, and who are located within 60 miles of Birmingham Town Hall. The Charity awards grants in the following categories:

•    Almshouses, hospices and residential homes for older people
•    Organisations for the benefit of children and young people
•    Organisations supporting older people
•    Individual widows, spinsters, divorced ladies, single mothers and fatherless children
Funding is not available for applicants who have received a grant within the previous 12 months. For further details CLICK HERE


Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales Application deadline: Friday, 18th March 2016

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its grants programmes will re-open for enquires on the Monday, 4th January 2016. The Foundations operates two funding programmes. These are:
“Invest” which is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Grants are up to £25,000 per year for between 2 and 6 years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for up to six years in total
“Enable” which is a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help the organisations deliver their mission more effectively.

CLICK HERE for full details


Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW) Sport Satellite Clubs 2016-17

Funding is available to help establish and deliver new Satellite Clubs in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. The scheme is flexible and organisations can apply for funds to meet a range of costs such as equipment, coaching qualifications and facility hire.

Organisations can apply for a maximum of £1,500 per satellite club for one year. In exceptional circumstances CSW Sport may allocate additional funding where there is a strong evidence of need.
A successful applicant will receive 70% of the funds at the start of the project. The remaining 30% of funds will be released following submission of an annual report. Payments will be made via BACS when CSW Sport has received an invoice.
For more information on Satellite Clubs please contact Emma O’Dowd on 024 7657 4197, email:

CSWSport Free Funding Finder Tool


Santander Foundation – Central Fund

Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time  in  Santander Branch

The Santander Foundation funds local, regional and national charities for their work within the UK. The Foundation aims to directly help disadvantaged people. Applications can be made to one of the Fund’s programmes; Learn and Grow or Money Skills. For more information visit the Foundations website.

The Sheldon Trust

The main purpose of the Sheldon Trust is to relieve poverty and distress in society, especially in deprived areas, by providing grants to registered charities working with disadvantaged people

The Sheldon Trust’s defined geographical area of giving for categories 1 and 2 is the West Midlands with particular emphasis on the following areas: Birmingham City, Coventry City, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton and the County of Warwickshire.

CLICK HERE for details


Small charities fundraising training programme

Charities can sign up for a range of training opportunities through the Government small charities fundraising training programme.

The programme, worth over £100,000, will provide expert training to small charities from February to June 2016. It will help charities with an annual income of up to £1 million to generate more income to support their vital work.

They will provide training opportunities for small charities, from face-to-face training, to intensive one-to-one advice sessions, skilled volunteering matches and webinars. These will cover topics including:

developing a fundraising strategy
fundraising from trusts and foundations
developing corporate relationships

The Transform Foundation

A new fund to help charities to provide investment in digital – a better (the best) – web site a charity can have for its overall web presence

For full details of this NEW fund CLICK HERE

PLEASE NOTE: For weekly funding notices why not subscribe to the Warwickshire CAVA newsletter. It’s a very good (free to subscribe) WEEKLY newsletter which covers events, funding, job opportunities and volunteering positions. If your group operates in other Districts, you’ll be able to see all these opportunities for the whole of the County. To join CLICK HERE