Welcome to our latest funding and governance bulletin. In this issue we look at some reactions to the recent budget and campaigns underway plus updates on Gift Aid. We focus on latest news from the Lottery distributors including a new Heritage Lottery small grant scheme and small grants available from Sport England. Comic Relief grant programmes are also open and deadlines to apply are in June.
Locally the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust has just been launched. Our updated Hull CVS Guide to Local Grants factsheet gives details of other small grants available to groups in Hull.
Finally we have a number of free funding training courses coming up in May, further details are on our website www.hullcvs.org.uk
Peel2Save Hull is making a difference helping local charities and clubs raise money whilst supporting local businesses. The campaign for the Children's Heart Fund at the Hull Royal Infirmary is its latest project.
If you would like more information on how you can get involved, or raise money for your own cause, or become an affiliate join the Peel2Save facebook pages, www.facebook.com/hullcommunity or visit http://peel2save.co.uk/
|Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust Launched
Reaching Communities Fund
Congratulations to St Michaels Youth Project who received a Reaching Communities Grant for the 'Fair Way' project which will provide social and personal development opportunities for young people that promote self-confidence, team work and communication skills. The project will include a volunteer programme to refurbish a local 9-hole golf course.
Find out who else is sharing £3.8 million in the region.
|Awards For All
BIG have also announced recent recipients of Awards for All Grants in the region. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities and make a difference to the lives of those most in need.
Seven groups in Hull have just received a grant.
The Heritage Lottery Fund
To find out about what HLF's increased budgets are for 2012-2013 and what programmes are open in this fund go to their website. Following their recent consultation a number of other proposed changes will be announced in May 2012.
|Heritage Lottery Fund Launches £1m Small Grants Programme -
All Our Stories
The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a new £1m small grants programme to support charities, community groups and heritage organisations running local history projects.
The All Our Stories initiative will give grants worth between £3,000 and £10,000 to groups that explore local history. Activities could include researching local landmarks and using archives to discover the origin of street and place names.
The deadline for applications is 31 July, and groups will be told whether they have been successful by October. Organisations can apply for the funding on the Heritage Lottery Fund's website.
Small Grant Scheme
The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. It is open to any bona fide not-for-profit club or association, statutory body or educational establishment.
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for revenue and small capital projects. The total project costs must not exceed £50,000.
Application Form: apply via a single-stage online form. The whole process, from receipt of application to decision, will take no longer than six weeks.
|Comic Relief - UK Grant Programme
Comic Relief can give grants for running costs and capital costs under the following programmes.
- Mental health
- Sport for change
- Older People's Programme 'Managing Money Better'
- Refugee and asylum seeking women
- Young People aged 11-25 years:
- Young people and mental health
- Sexually exploited and trafficked young people
- Domestic and sexual abuse: young people
- Young people and alcohol
Grants of between £25,000 and £40,000 are available for between one and three years. Under the Sport for Change Programme, grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available. Under the Older People's Programme 'Managing Money Better' grants of over £10,000 are available.
The 2012 deadline for Sport for Change and Older People's Programme 'Managing Money Better' is 8 June 2012 (12pm).
The 2012 deadline for the other UK Programmes: Young people and mental health, Sexually exploited and trafficked young people, Domestic and sexual abuse, Young people and alcohol, Mental health, Refugee and asylum-seeking women is 29 June 2012 (12pm).
The North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS)
The North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) has launched a new £20,000 grants programme for community groups in the North of England.
Voluntary and community groups and organisations may apply for grants of between £100 and £2,000 to support gardening projects and activities in the community.
There will be two rounds of funding in 2012. The closing date for the first round of funding is 31 July 2012.
An application form and further information can be found on the Harrogate Flower Show website
B&Q Waste Donation Scheme
B&Q operates a waste donation scheme through all stores. This scheme allows donation of waste materials, for example slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper and end of range materials, to community groups, charities and schools.
The waste donation scheme is co-ordinated in store either by the environmental champion, duty or Warehouse manager who will keep a Waste Donation Form on file for interested groups.
Before any materials are donated, the form must be signed by a representative of the group. Please note that it is company policy that health and safety is taken into consideration, therefore electrical, petrol and gas items are not available for donation. Any waste or surplus stock donated must not be re-sold.
Give it back George
As you may know the Chancellor in the recent Budget proposed changes to tax relief on large donations to charities. As well as the obvious damage to large charities, it will also hurt smaller local charities as many large gifts are used to create trusts and foundations which go on to make multiple small grants.
Hull CVS are supporting the campaign started by NCVO called Give it back George. You can sign up to show your support the campaign on the campaign website and there is also a twitter campaign #giveitbackgeorge.
Government's own philanthropy figurehead urges PM to scrap cap on tax-effective giving
Dame Stephanie Shirley, the government's founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, has written an open letter to David Cameron urging him to drop the proposed cap on tax-effective giving. The letter, which has been widely covered in newspapers, including the front page lead in the Daily Mail, describes the plan as "vague and ill-considered" and declares that it will "undermine the government's hopes of creating a Big Society".
Church petition against VAT on alterations surpasses 10,000 signatures
A petition which aims to save the Church of England £20m per year by reinstating zero-rated VAT on alterations to listed buildings used as places of worship has raised more than 10,000 signatures.
The government e-petition, used to lobby government to debate issues in Parliament, was opened on 30 March and has so far attracted over 10,000 signatures. Started by the Church of England itself, it calls for the government to create an exemption for places of worship from the recent VAT changes announced in the Budget.
The e-petition will close on 30 June. If it receives over 100,000 signatures it will be eligible for debate in Parliament.
Government consults on gift aid small donations scheme
HMRC has published its consultation on the proposed gift aid small donations scheme, which will allow charities to claim gift aid on £5,000 worth of small donations each year without needing to submit a gift aid declaration signed by the donor.
The measure was announced in last year's Budget, when the Chancellor said it would apply to donations of up to £10. This year's Budget confirmed that the move was still in the pipeline and doubled the limit for each individual donation to £20. It is intended to take effect from 6 April 2013.
The consultation document has been a long time coming because, according to charity tax sources, the logistics of the proposal have proved quite complex. The document, published by HMRC yesterday, runs to 32 pages.
The document also confirms a condition first mooted last year, that the benefit will only be available to charities and amateur sports clubs that have a three-year track record of successfully claiming gift aid.
Charities can respond to the consultation up until 25 May.
JustGiving has processed £1bn of donations
Hot off the heels of Virgin Money Giving's announcement that it had reached £100m in donations yesterday, competing online sponsorship platform JustGiving has announced it has facilitated £1bn of charitable donations in the past ten years.
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