Make a Difference Fund, southwest – open deadline

The Southwest Foundation's Make a Difference fund is offering grants of up to £1,000 to voluntary and community groups in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cotswold, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Exeter, North Devon, East Devon, Mid-Devon, South Hams, Torbay and Plymouth, where Sovereign’s homes exist.

Funding for grassroots charities, Lady Neville Charity - deadline: 11 March

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 11 March 2016

The Lady Neville Charity provides grants that will make a clear and significant contribution to grass-roots charitable organisations working in designated priority areas. The Lady Neville Charity is pleased to welcome applications from registered charities or not-for-profit organisations in the UK whose total annual income is less than £100,000, and the total project cost is less than £10,000.

Organisations applying must be working in at least one of the following three priority areas

New ACE funding for diversity

Arts Council England has established four new funding streams designed to increase the diversity of the country’s arts workforce.

Among the schemes is one designed to support small to medium organisations looking to create new opportunities for arts practitioners.

Health inequalities report

A new report from the Office of National Statistics shows significant inequalities in health outcomes across the country. People living in some parts of the country can expect an additional 16 years of good health than people living in poorer areas.

Outcome of the spending review

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement included a standstill in arts funding and an increase of £3.8bn in health funds for 2016. However, the Department for Culture received an overall 5% cut and local authorities warned of severe challenges in funding social care and culture.

Grants for the arts applications changing

From 27 January, all new applications for Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme will be processed through a new online portal.

The change is part of ACE’s cost-cutting measures and the organisation hopes the change will result in £1m in savings each year.

Report on mental health funding

The King’s Fund has produced an analysis of the state of mental health funding which shows the pressure the system is under. Focusing on adult services, the research found that 40% of mental health trusts have experienced cuts in funding in the past two years.

Local Government call for higher public health spending

The Local Government Association has issued an urgent call for an investment of £2bn to help transform the health and care system towards preventing ill health rather than waiting to fix problems only after they occur.

Museums facing challenges

New research by Arts Council England has revealed the financial challenges facing the museums sector and recommended that museums “must be on the front foot and take responsibility for seeking to link the museum to the broader council agenda” including health and wellbeing.

Local authority spending squeeze

Councils will lose £3bn under proposed changes in planning legislation which will dramatically affect cultural provision. The Government’s proposed rules will free house-builders from the requirement to support infrastructure according to analysis by the Local Government Association.

The calculations are the result of proposals which change Section 106 payments from property developers building homes for first time buyers. These payments are often utilised to support local developments including arts and library funding.


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