DMBC ~December Funding Newsletter

3rd December 2013

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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Rethinking Parks

Leisure, Community

Nesta, Heritage Lottery, Big Lottery

Interest registered on Nesta website asap; workshops in January

Voluntary and community sector organisations and public sector organisations from across the UK may apply for grants of between £50,001 and £100,000 as well as nonfinancial support to carry out their innovative ideas to make the UK's public parks financially sustainable.

The grants programme will help park managers and those responsible for park funding and maintenance to test new options for generating income and managing their park. Grants can be used to fund new staff, external consultancy and advice, training for staff and volunteers, publicity and marketing, equipment and limited capital works.

The four themes are:

  • To support changes in park management and maintenance systems.
  • To encourage new organisational partnerships.
  • To identify more diverse sources of funding and resources.
  • To explore new uses and activities within parks.

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Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund

Entrepreneurship, Economy, Business

BIS

11th December, 2013

The Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund (SMCF) aims to demonstrate the benefits of sector-specific mentoring and to promote sustainable, self-funding models. The Fund will support additional sector-specific mentoring activity over and above current provision.

The programme has a total budget of £1 million available to deliver a range of sector mentoring initiatives. There is a maximum individual project investment level of £150,000 (including VAT).

Funding is available towards the initial set-up and implementation costs of new mentoring support that:

  • stimulates demand for mentoring by matching SMEs with mentors who understand their sector;
  • develops management and leadership capabilities that help SMEs to improve and grow;
  • adds value to existing mentoring provision and is joined up with the wider business support landscape;
  • increases the take up of specialist advice and support by SMEs including sector specific initiatives; and
  • achieves self-sufficiency after the initial set-up and implementation phase.

The Fund will target those sectors where there is latent mentoring demand tailoring the offer to meet the specific needs of SMEs with growth ambitions.

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Yorkshire & Humber

European Regional Development Fund

Business, Enterprise,

European Union

13th December, 2013

The Reserve List Projects has been extended until 13 December 2013 this is to ensure that ERDF are able to accept project proposals to strengthen the pipeline and maximise the use of ERDF resources that may potentially become available. Full details are available on the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF website, or contact this office for a prospectus.

Priorities are:

  • Priority 1 – Promoting innovation and R&D
  • Priority 2 – Supporting and stimulating successful enterprises
  • Priority 3 – Sustainable Communities
  • Priority 4 – Economic Infrastructure for a competitive economy (South Yorkshire only)

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The Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme

Research, Medicine

Marie Curie Foundation

17th January, 2013

The Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme aims to provide evidence to inform better quality of care for those with advanced and progressive illnesses which are likely to shorten their lives within the foreseeable future.

The charity has pledged to spend up to £1 million per year for three years to fund high quality research that has the potential to improve end-of-life care for those with cancer and other advanced progressive life threatening conditions.

There is no upper limit to the funding that can be requested. Costs for phase III clinical trials will be expected to be in the region of up to £450,000, however higher requests will be considered where clear justification is given. However, applicants should keep the overall funding envelope of £1 million in mind when applying to the scheme.

For 2014 the charity will be considering applications in the following research themes:

  • Pain control at home for patients in palliative care
  • Symptom control at the end of life
  • Addressing the needs of potentially excluded groups at the end of life

Applications will be accepted from scientists, clinicians or healthcare workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and some research institutions.

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Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Skills, Crafts, Specialism

QEST

22nd January, 2014

Covering a wide range of modern and traditional crafts, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £18,000.

The scholarships can be used to fund further study, training and practical experience for the improvement of craft and trade skills.

Eligible applicants are craftsmen and craftswomen of all ages who live and work permanently in the UK. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they already have a high level of skill and are firmly committed to their craft or trade.

Previous scholarship winners have included antiques restorers, calligraphers, book conservators, potters, silversmiths and upholsterers.

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Exchanging Notes

Arts, Music, Young People

Youth Music

10th February, 2014 

Exchanging Notes is a new grants module launched by Youth Music to support partnership working between schools and specialist music education providers. The aim is to enable young people at risk of low attainment, disengagement or educational exclusion to achieve the best musical, educational and wider outcomes.

It is expected that around 10 projects will be funded across England. Partnerships will be funded to develop music and education practice through an approach to teaching and learning that places an equal focus on personal and social outcomes as well as musical outcomes, capitalising on young people's passion for music with the aim of bringing about extended benefits to support their educational engagement and attainment.

Each project must be a partnership between a school (or partnership of schools) and an external music organisation/provider. The lead applicant can be a school or another organisation. Grants of up to £30,000 per year (for up to four years) are available.

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The 2014 International Poetry Competition

Arts, Competitions

Literature Wales

14th March, 2014

Offering one of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition of its kind, this initiative encourages writers to submit their own poems, giving them a chance to get their unique writing style known.

The first prize is £5,000; the second £500; the third £250 and five runners-up will receive awards of £50.

Entries are accepted from writers of any nationality and from any country, provided the work is submitted in the English language. There is no limit to the number of poems an entrant may submit, but each should be accompanied by a £7 entrance fee.

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Web Entrepreneurship

Technology, Entrepreneurship

DG Enterprise & Industry, European Union

Opens December 11th, 2013; closes April 23rd, 2014

DG Enterprise and Industry have announced a new Call for Proposals for projects to create an environment in Europe that encourages more web entrepreneurs to start a business and scale it up. The focus will be on entrepreneurs who use web and mobile technologies as main components in their innovation. The Call is divided into two areas of focus:

  • Coordination activities in the area of web entrepreneurs
  • Acceleration of web entrepreneurship in Europe

It is anticipated that €10 million will be available.

UPCOMING DEADLINES

  • Rethinking Parks, registration of interest asap
  • Regional Growth Fund, Fifth Round, 9th December
  • Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund, 11th December
  • The Job Challenge, 11th December
  • Arts Council, Small Capital Grants, 19th December
  • EMSc Fund, 31st December

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