Apply for HRUK Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000 are available across the UK for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

To give you an idea about the type of projects we have recently funded, have a look at our current Healthy Heart projects and our highlights, but remember we're always on the lookout for innovative, new projects that promote heart health.

When to apply

There are two rounds each year.

 Applications for the spring round can be submitted during January and February with a closing date of 28 February.

 Applications for the autumn round can be submitted during July and August with a closing date of 31 August.

 Applications will not be accepted outside of these dates.

(Source artsinwiltshire blog)

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Could you be a Trustee for Wfcap?

Wfcap have decided that we need to strengthen our core team and so are looking for a number of individuals, with appropriate skills and experience, to join us in the next phase of our work.  Would you be interested in becoming a trustee?  Could recommend anyone else to become part of our team? 

For the last nine years Wfcap have supported a network of Community Area Partnerships (CAPs) that operate across Wiltshire & Swindon.  The CAPs grew from a Community Planning initiative that aimed to empower local people to be the key players in influencing local decision making and local spend.  Over the years these volunteer-led groups have built on this core role, becoming the connector and coordinator within their communities; identifying local needs, brokering relationships between stakeholders, kick-starting ideas and enterprises to address the priority issues and facilitating these projects in those crucial early stages of development. 

Unfortunately WfCAP and the CAPs have all been affected by recent cuts from the Local Authority, meaning that the CAPs are now seeking other revenue monies to continue the, increasingly important work, they deliver in their communities.  WfCAP has, after a period of review and consultation with the CAPs, agreed a number of financial savings allowing a twelve month respite period in which to look to secure that necessary replacement funding, for itself and the groups we support. 

Despite the inevitable difficulties this cut has caused, WfCAP is enthusiastic about its future prospects and its increased independence, so is taking a proactive way forward.  

The CAPs are now sourcing other revenue monies to continue the, increasingly important work, they deliver in their communities and Wfcap must do the same.  During 2014 over 400 CAP members volunteered over 22,000 hours to deliver over 140 projects.  The results were as diverse as Wildflower Verges, Polish/English Interpreters, Men's Health Awareness Events, Food Banks and Coach-Friendly Towns.  

Wfcap is the lynchpin that helps to keep the CAPs across a large and diverse geographical area to stay connected, informed, empowered, resilient and responsive to the needs of their communities. To do this we need a robust board of trustees.  Being a trustee of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation is not onerous.  The board meets approximately 4 times a year to review finance and work targets.  Wfcap currently has one part time employee who works with the CAPs. We are, however, given our current funding situation looking for someone who has fundraising skills that can support our sustainability, and that role would involve more of a time commitment. 

There is more information about WfCAP and the CAPs on our website at We also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Linked in. We would be more than happy to discuss this further or speak with you to answer any queries if needed.  You will find a Trustees handbook on our website under the resources section.  Please email with an expression of interest if you feel you can support our work as a trustee. 

Thank you.


Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Grant

Up to £3,000 available for one year for projects which seek to bring communities together to tackle local issues improving trust and understanding, and welcomes projects which offer a new or innovative approach.  Applications should focus on one or more of the following areas - anti-social behaviour, crime in local neighbourhoods, drug and alcohol related crime, reducing re-offending, violence against women and girls, youth crime or raising awareness and combating cyber-crime against older people.

Closing date for expression of interest is 31 July 2015

Source - the arts in Wiltshire blog

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HLF Announces Further £4m Funding for First World War Fund

Ahead of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that further funding will be made available in 2015/16 to communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War.

The £6 million 'First World War: Then and Now' grant scheme, which opened in 2013 and runs until 2019, will benefit from an additional £4 million funding. The scheme has already made it possible for thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK to get involved in activities marking the Centenary, including researching and recording local heritage, conserving and finding out more about war memorials and using digital technology to share the fascinating stories that have been uncovered. 

HLF is offering further funding to ensure that even more people get the opportunity to discover more about the War which affected millions of people around the world and changed the world we live in. It is hoped that the additional money will enable stories surrounding the Battle of the Somme to be uncovered and explored.

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply as long as they have a constitution and a bank account. Applicants could include charities, trusts, clubs, interest groups, community and voluntary groups, community and parish councils, faith groups, history groups, schools, colleges, social enterprises, residents' associations and youth groups.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available for community projects that explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict. Projects should make a difference to people and be completed in less than two years.

Speaking as the additional funding was announced, Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said:

"The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal, so much so we've decided to make extra money available. This will mean in particular that more young people can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation, Europe and the world. Next year marks the centenary of the Battle of Somme and if groups want support for projects in 2016, they need to start thinking about applying now".

The Heritage Lottery Fund points out that there is a short application form which is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.

Applications can be made at any time.  Visit our Wfcap resources section for guidance on completing HLF applications.

Source Funding Central 22 July.

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Bridge House Community Trust One off Grant for the old West Wilts Area

Bridge House Community Trust (BHCT) has sold Bridge House and will be dissolving the charity once it has disbursed its funds from the sale of the house. In order to meet its charitable aims it wishes to disburse all remaining assets for the benefit of the Trowbridge and West Wiltshire community by means of grant awards to organisations and community groups.

The charitable aims of BHCT are - 'For the benefit of communities within West Wiltshire and in particular the advancement of education, the protection of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness in any way which may be deemed by law to be charitable'. The grant criteria will match the charitable aims of BHCT.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for groups who are working towards these aims.  The fund is open to all groups based in, or working in Trowbridge or the West Wiltshire area.

Overall aim of the BHCT One-Off Grant Fund:

·         To provide start-up funding for new groups or projects which meet the criteria and where the need is clearly demonstrated.

·         To support more established groups or organisations, which meet the criteria, to enhance existing services or activities, to develop their services or activities, or to reach a wider audience.

·         To support existing organisations, who provide a valued service to people in need in the defined community

Applications must clearly evidence the value, benefit and need for their service or activities in the Trowbridge and West Wiltshire Community.

More information: BHCT Grant Application Information

Please email Basil Wild at for an application pack, which contains more detailed information about the grant criteria as well as the application process.

Source: Develop newsletter
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Philip Bates Trust Arts Grant

Philip Bates Trust Arts Grant
Max. Value: £ 500
Deadline: 30 Jun 2015
Grant for individuals and voluntary and community organisations undertaking projects that encourage and develop artistic interests in young people in the UK.
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Santander Foundation UK Grant

UK registered charities can apply for a grant of up to £5,000. The funding must be for a specific project that helps disadvantaged people. For example this could be for a piece of equipment or to pay for the costs of a part time seasonal worker.

The only criteria for the Community Plus grants are:

·         must be a UK registered charity

·         must be a local charity or local project of a larger charity

·         the grant must benefit local disadvantaged people

To apply, just visit any Santander branch and complete a nomination form. The completed form should be dropped into the box provided in your local branch.

There are no closing dates and entries will be regularly considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the region. Successful charities will be notified within 2 months of submitting their nomination. 
Read more here.

Source artsinwiltshire blog
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Big Lottery blog on completing your application

Read the guidance notes
Once you have identified the programme you want to apply to, it's essential to read all the relevant guidance provided. Don't let your enthusiasm or haste lead you to begin the form without reading the criteria carefully. This will give your project the best chance of being funded.

Demonstrate why the project is needed
Showing why a project is wanted is useful, as we need to know there is a demand for what you are planning. But we also want to know why a project is needed, what issues the project will help address and how you know this.

The best applications provide a range of evidence as to why the project is needed. This can include things like statistics, feedback from people who will use the project and proof your project fills a gap that current services can't meet.

Be clear about what you are going to do
Although it's helpful to summarise what your group does at the start of your application, most of the form should describe what you will actually spend this specific grant on, why you want to do this, and what impact this will have. You need to provide this information in as clear and concise a manner as possible.

Avoid jargon or buzzwords
The clearer your application is, the easier it is for us to understand it and make a fully informed decision. Why tell us you are 'fostering real-time engagement using publicly accessible nodes' when we'd be happy just knowing you are running open days at your community centre? Clarity is key.

Make sure you answer all the questions
It may seem obvious but we still receive lots of applications that are incomplete. If your application has information missing it can't be assessed. It takes us longer to process these applications, as we have to get in touch to request the missing information before we can begin. Check you've filled in all relevant questions or fields before you send it in. Why not get someone else to check your form before you submit?

For more guidance on applying to the Big Lottery Fund, visit our website.

Source Big Lottery

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Get involved with the Floating Cinema in Wiltshire

The Floating Cinema   is a converted canal boat with cinema auditorium inside. We have ability to provide screenings on board and bank side, workshops, talks and events as we travel along the canal. This summer we are travelling from Brentford to Bristol and back via the canal network and are local for local volunteer ambassadors to join us along the route. 

About the Project
The Floating Cinema is a mobile multifunctional arts space, bringing an innovative programme of film screenings, participatory events, workshops and talks to unexpected locations. Launched in 2011, the Floating Cinema has gained a reputation as a cultural highlight, bringing the innovative and the unexpected to a multitude of locations.

'Super eclectic and thoughtful' - Time Out

This summer we will be launching our maiden voyage outside of London, taking the Floating Cinema on a tour along the Kennet and Avon canal, stopping at locations in Berkshire and Wiltshire before taking up residency in Bristol for a week in July. Throughout this time we will present a programme of outdoor screenings, events, and workshops which celebrate the local area. The Floating Cinema will then journey back to London, showcasing a newly commissioned film by artist duo Somewhere and a new sound installation by artist-in-residence Yann Seznec.
We are looking to recruit Volunteer Tour Ambassadors who will help with the smooth running of our outdoor screenings, on-board events, workshops and talks.
We welcome Volunteer Tour Ambassador applications from anyone over the age of 16 years. No experience is necessary and training is provided.

Find the applications and more info on our resources page 

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Think Big with O2

Telecoms provider O2 has announced that its "Think Big with O2" youth programme has re-opened for applications. The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme --Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500.

The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as materials & equipment, cost of renting space, transportation, advertising, etc.

For example, 'Let's Entertain you' received funding - the project aims to organise a series of events that families and young people in Oldham can attend. These include working in partnership with a local theatre to put on a series of film shows that are fun and family events, and that offer good value for money.

The closing date for applications is the 10th June 2015.

Shared courtesy of Meril Morgan via the Arts in Wiltshire Blog
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Statement of Community Involvement consultation

Statement of Community Involvement will be available for you to view and comment  [for planning] between the following dates:

Start date: 20/04/15 09:00

End date: 02/06/15 17:00

Please select the following link to view this event:


Document link  -


In it I found this on page 9. 


Community area partnerships

2.21 Community area partnerships have developed in Wiltshire over a number of years, with membership including town and parish councils, representatives of business, the voluntary sector, local people and community leaders. Community area partnerships are independent of the council and work with the area boards to develop community-led action plans based on the information contained in Wiltshire's 18 community area, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSA) and these plans form part of the evidence base for the Wiltshire Local Plan. Community area partnerships through the area boards will be consulted in the development of planning policy as appropriate, but are not involved in the scrutiny of planning applications.

 I leave you to review, discuss and comment within your CAP before June 2nd.

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LEADER Funds to 2020

Plain Action and Vale Action Local Action groups have had notification of their allocations of funding for the new LEADER programme starting after the General Election in June 2015 and running until 2020. Plain Action will receive £1.380m and Vale Action £1.372m. At the start of the programme there will be a call for applicants looking for funding in the following priorities:

  • Support for increasing farm productivity.
  • Support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification.
  • Support for rural tourism.
  • Provision of rural services.
  • Support for cultural and heritage activity.
  • Support for increasing forestry productivity.

If you are a rural micro or small business or organisation that is looking for capital funding to help you start up or expand a business that will increase the number of jobs or local economy in your area then we will want to hear from you after the General Election.

For more information see:

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Asda Foundation Grants

Asda Foundation is currently accepting applications to its grant making programmes. Local groups can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects that benefit the wider community. Funding can be used for both capital (buildings, vehicles and equipment, etc) and revenue / running costs. Please note that projects seeking funding for running costs only are not eligible.

Applications need to be submitted via local Asda stores and the closing date for the current funding round is the 20th May 2015.

Read more at online

Source Arts in Wiltshire

Big Lottery Fund Offers Webinars for its Awards for All Programme

The Awards for All programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help pay for project costs for social and environmental projects that benefit local communities and make a difference in the lives of those most in need. The programme is open to applications from voluntary and community groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations, and statutory bodies, including schools and town councils in England.

The webinar provides an introduction to this small grants programme, as well as guidance on eligibility, programme criteria, examples of how best to evidence need for the project and top tips on achieving successful outcomes.

Webinars run every week and last approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Questions can be asked throughout the presentation through a live chat panel.

To join an Awards for All webinar, please email or telephone 0345 410 20 30 to book a place.

Further details can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website

Source - Funding Central

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Ernest Cook Trust Grants

As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, the Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.

Each year the ECT Trustees give around £1.8 million to support hundreds of educational projects throughout the UK. Click here to download a list showing a selection of recent grant recipients.

A large grants programme for awards of over £4,000 and a small grants programme for awards of under £4,000 operate throughout the year.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st July 2015.

Grants in the past have been awarded to: Stowmarket High School received to regenerate a neglected school garden into an outside learning environment; Broad Hinton Primary School in Swindon which received a grant of £2,000 to help buy 18 iPads for Key Stage 2 pupils to enhance literacy lessons and cross-curricular work and St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School in Bristol which received £7,500 to buy new computers and software for the Learning Support Department. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.

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Idlewild Trust Grants 2015

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 23rd September 2015.

The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom.

The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.   Recent grants awarded include:

·         A grant of £2,500 to the Cotswold Canals Trust towards the reconstruction of Bowbridge Lock.

·         A grants of £3,000 to the Scottish Opera's Emerging Artists Programme to help nurtures exceptionally talented young opera singers into professional performing arts careers.

Taken from Arts in Wiltshire Blog

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Aviva's 2015 Community Fund is open to April 24th

Aviva's 2015 Community Fund is now open for applications. Community organisations can apply for funding of £1,000 to £25,000 for projects in one of the four categories:

·         Health, disability and well-being

·         Supporting the younger generation

·         Supporting the older generation

·         Or community support.

Applicants will need support from the community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. The fund is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK. If the applicant is under the age of 18 and wishes to submit an entry to the Awards, they must provide the consent of an appropriate adult associated with the project they are entering.   The funding levels that can be applied for are:

·         Up to £1,000; up to £5,000

·         Up to £10,000

·         Up to £25,000.

Submission of entries ends at 11.59pm on the 24th April 2015.

Read more online

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HUSTINGS on The Environment

On the panel:

Conservatives - Claire Perry MP / Greens - Emma Dawney / Labour - Chris Watts  / UKIP - Cllr David Pollitt / Liberal Democrats - tbc

Chair - ffinlo Costain

Green issues are no longer fringe issues. For our way of life to survive we must decouple economic growth from CO2 production, create a shared vision of sustainably, and act urgently to address environmental challenges that daily threaten our planet home.

Climate change has forced green issues to the centre stage in recent years. What role should the UK play in developing international policy?  How can we deliver growth in a low carbon economy? Can we guarantee food security? Will our local and national infrastructure be able to cope with more extreme weather events? Is fracking part of the solution, or part of the problem? How will climate change affect the role of our military at home and abroad?

At the same time our biodiversity is under threat as never before - how can we reverse the dramatic decline in species? Agriculture is intensifying - is this compatible with high animal welfare standards? Can our housing needs ever be fulfilled while preserving England's landscapes? How can we guarantee that our village centres will thrive ten years from now?

We expect that these and many more issues will be covered. We do hope you can join us.

- ffinlo Costain (Chair - Green Hustings)

THURSDAY 23rd APRIL - HUSTINGS on The Environment (Devizes Constituency) 7:30pm @ Bouverie Hall, Pewsey

Conservatives - Claire Perry MP / Greens - Emma Dawney / Labour - Chris Watts / Liberal Democrats - tbc / UKIP - Cllr David Pollitt

Chair - ffinlo Costain

New European Funding for Swindon and Wiltshire - free workshops

New European funding for Swindon and Wiltshire 

Working with the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Lottery has joined forces with the European Union to launch a new funding scheme for social inclusion and employability. 

Are you a Wiltshire and/or Swindon based organisation helping people back into training, work or volunteering? Do you support socially excluded groups? Can your organisation help people most disadvantaged in the work place or furthest from the job market? 

Voluntary, community and social enterprise groups now have a great opportunity to bid for up to £4 million. But this will not be made available in small grants, possibly even in just one single grant. So this is also an opportunity for groups to work together to developing and deliver a new initiative for our area.    

If you want to know more, perhaps to join a bidding consortium or even to be a lead organisation, information will be available at a series of meetings in the next few weeks. 

The first three information meetings are in Swindon, Salisbury and Devizes.

.         Thurs April 23rd, 10:00-13:00, Swindon Advice and Support Centre (Sanford Street, Swindon, SN1 1QH).

.         Mon April 27th, 10:00-13:00, Sarum College (19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE).

.         Tues April 28th, 10:-13:00, Devizes Town Hall (St John's Street, Devizes, SN10 1BN). 

These information meetings will:

.         explain how Wiltshire and Swindon's new £4million EU/BIG Lottery Fund programme will work. 

We will also consider:

.         how our collective expertise, knowledge, skills and specialist services could help local people most disadvantaged in the work place and furthest from the job market, and

.         what it might mean to be part of - or to lead - a consortium bidding and delivering initiatives, the opportunities, risks and responsibilities involved. 

Attendance is free, but we ask you to book as places will be limited. To book please click on Swindon, Salisbury or Devizes. 

Please note parking is not provided at the venues. If you are travelling by car please allow time to find somewhere to park. 

After these meetings, additional workshops are being organised (e.g. May 15th in Swindon and May 18th in Devizes) to develop the detail of any bid (or bids), and how a consortium would be developed, and managed. 

This is a developing news story, so keep up to date by checking, or contact

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Scottish Southern Energy Resilient Communities Fund

Following the storms of December 2013 which caused severe disruption across the UK network, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) has established the fund to support communities to prepare for future emergency weather events. The fund is in addition to £1million that SSEPD donated to four national charities, Red Cross, Age UK, MacMillan Cancer Support and National Energy Action.

They're offering grants from £500 up to £20,000 to support community resilience projects in our network areas.

The fund will support projects that:

Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event 

Enhance community facilities and services that may be used or instigated in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event

Improve communication during an emergency situation, to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services

The fund is open to constituted community groups, not-for-profi t organisations and registered charities working in the Southern Electric Power Distribution area in central southern England. If you are unsure who your distribution network operator is, please visit:

How much funding is available?

£1 million will be distributed over two years from March 2015. Grants between £500 and £20,000 are available.

Application Deadline April 17th 2015. Decision made by May 21st 2015.  Other deadlines are - September 25th 2015; April 2016 and September 2016.  

More information can be found at

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Persimmon Homes Community Champions - rolling grant program

Persimmon Homes Community Champions fund has up to £750,000 funding over the next 12 months to fund local community initiatives.

The charity match programme will give donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves. Up to £52,000 a month is available from Persimmon's 24 businesses.

To apply complete the online form with information on why your group or charity deserves the donation, along with details of much you've already raised and how donation you want.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Read more online

Taken from Arts in Wiltshire blog.

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Community Economic Development Programme Launches

Community Economic Development Programme Launches

The Community Economic Development (CED) programme is a new Government initiative designed for local community groups and organisations that want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities.

The programme is aimed at communities in areas of high deprivation in England that want to work for economic change. This could be in the areas of food, housing, finance, energy, etc.

The CED programme will help 50 deprived communities to develop their own community economic development plans. Each bespoke plan will identify practical opportunities to develop the local economy and boost engagement so the community are actively shaping the economic future of the local area.

The programme provides six days of specialist support, advice and a grant of £5,000 to help residents, local business and public sector organisations work together to develop the best ideas to strengthen the local economy.

The 2015/16 programme extends and builds on the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG's) funded programme of work around the Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and Our Place. It is part of the Communities in Control funding programme and is being delivered by Locality.

Any existing organisation based in England can apply to be part of the CED programme, whether it is a community group, local business, parish council or any other local body.

Applicants will need to demonstrate (or be on the road to demonstrating) a commitment to partnership working across the local community, working with other organisations and community stakeholders.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated organisation, or be able to name an incorporated organisation willing to hold the funds and act as the accountable body on behalf of the applicant.
  • Be based and working in England.
  • Confirm they cannot access financial support from any other source to develop a Community Economic Development Plan.
  • Be able to show that the area in which they are active is characterised by high deprivation, or that there are pockets of high deprivation based on information taken from the national Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015 (12noon).

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Funding Central from Locality, 01/04/2015

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Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) opens

COMA Support Programme Opens for Application

The Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) Programme is accepting applications from individual community groups (or consortia) parish councils or local public bodies that want to be lead applicants for a partnership area application.

This programme will provide direct support for up to 50 partnerships between local public bodies and community groups in England to develop multiple asset transfer or single, ground breaking asset projects. Pre-feasibility grants will be available to organisations in the 50 Partnership Areas receiving the direct support.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched the one-year Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) programme for 2015-16, which builds and extends on funding for the Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and Our Place programme. COMA is part the Communities in Control funding programme. Locality is delivering COMA in partnership with a number of other organisations.

The COMA programme is designed to help strengthen partnership working between community organisations and local public sector bodies in order to increase opportunities for communities in England to take on the management and/or ownership of multiple assets and ground-breaking single assets that are important to the community, specifically those in public ownership.

The Government views community assets such as community centres, parks or facilities for children, and privately owned facilities such as pubs and shops as valuable for the wellbeing of communities or neighbourhoods. Since 2012, DCLG has funded community groups with proposals to acquire and run local land and buildings, where the proposal will have community benefits.

Applications to be accepted onto the COMA Programme will be accepted on a rolling basis until 50 places have been filled. It is expected that the programme will be at full capacity by 1 June 2015.

Applications for Pre-feasibility grants will be accepted starting in June 2015 from organisations within the selected 50 Partnership Areas in England to develop the capability to take over asset ownership.

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Locality, 01/04/2015

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Locality Launches Our Place Programme

Locality Launches Our Place Programme

Incorporated bodies, parish and town councils, and local authorities in England that want to scope and complete an operational plan can apply now for a package of support and grants.

Our Place helps eligible organisations work with local people to identify the issues that matter most to them and to develop partnerships and plans by March 2016. The plan must detail how a local service that has been prioritised by the community will be transformed.

The main goal for areas on the programme is an operational plan signed off by all relevant local partners and ready to be implemented from 1 April 2016.

An operational plan should set out how the local priorities will be tackled by identifying:

  • Which local services will be redesigned and how.
  • Who will deliver the new way of working.
  • How it will be managed.
  • Business cases and cost benefit analyses.
  • Clear and credible implementation routes.

There is a £3 million budget for 2015-16 to support at least 100 local areas (at least 20 of which will be parish and town councils)

The programme provides:

  • Grants of £8,000 to help complete an operational plan to be submitted to Locality on 23 February 2016 and signed off by DCLG by 31 March 2016.
  • Access to 4.5 days of dedicated support from a Relationship Manager who will act as a mentor and coach, offering support and guidance.

In addition, midway through the funding period, areas will have the opportunity to apply for an additional three days and £4,000 if they are identified as breaking new ground. ('Breaking new ground' refers to proposal being innovative, highlighting longer term efficiency gains or potentially being adopted by other neighbourhoods.)

Applications will be accepted from incorporated bodies with charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes; local authorities, parish and town councils; and public service providers.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based and working in England.
  • Have a turnover of more than £50,000 a year if a voluntary and community sector organisation.
  • Not have previously received Our Place funding.
  • Have identified a specific geographical (a small localised neighbourhood such as a ward, parish or a lower super output area) to focus the proposal.
  • Have a track record of community engagement work.
  • Have a track record of working in partnership with other organisations within the locality.
  • The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015.

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015.

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Locality, 01/04/2015

Related schemes

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People's Postcode Small Grants £500 to £20,000 opens April 1st

Since 2009, People's Postcode Trust has awarded over £9 million to more than 1400 projects across Great Britain, with over £6.5 million of this going to the Small Grants Programme. They have supported innovative and engaging projects of up to one year in length that bring a positive impact to local communities.

The Small Grants Programme is returning again in 2015, however due to increasing and unprecedented demand for funding we have taken the step of restricting the geographical regions that we accept applications from.

There will be two funding rounds in 2015 and the online application form will be available to access between the opening and closing dates detailed below:






1st Apr

30th Apr

South of England, Scotland and Wales


1st Oct

30th Oct

London and Greater London, Scotland and Wales

NOTE: Please be aware that projects seeking funding in other regions of England (specifically the NORTH OF ENGLAND and the MIDLANDS) may wish to refer to Postcode Community Trust, who from 2015 will have their own separate Community Grants scheme. Details can be obtained at

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Salisbury City Council's Community Development Grant Fund

Grants available for Local Community Groups Salisbury!

Salisbury City Council's Community Development Grant Fund is now open for applications that will benefit local people.

The fund invites local community groups to apply with grants available up to a maximum of £3,000. The Community Development Grant Fund which has a total of £27,000 is awarded in three phases over the next financial year.

In order to be considered for funding, applicants should demonstrate that their project will improve the quality of life for the residents of Salisbury and represent value for money.

Closing dates for this year's applications are: 1 April, 1 August and 1 December 2015.

To find about more about the Community Development Grant Fund please contact Annie Scadden on 01722 342860, email or go to download the application form.

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Voluntary Arts Week

From 15 to 24 May 2015, Voluntary Arts Week will celebrate creative activity across the UK and Republic of Ireland - and all cultural groups are invited to join in. Whether you're part of a choir, knitting group, drama company or amateur orchestra - anyone who gets creative purely for the love of it can take part in Voluntary Arts Week and benefit from some extra publicity. The idea behind the week is to showcase current activity and encourage newcomers to join in. There are lots of ways to get involved. More details on this are online  at 

Your Voluntary Arts Week event doesn't have to be costly and shouldn't see your group out of pocket. That said, we understand that opening up your activity to new people can come with additional costs, so Voluntary Arts has set up some small funding pots that are now welcoming applications from groups based in South West England (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Isle of Wight)

Each fund varies and awards range from £50 to £250. This money can be used to cover costs relating to furthering engagement with your Voluntary Arts Week event.

Guidelines and information on each fund are online at
Deadline for groups based in Wiltshire is 23 March 2015

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Funding for rural community enterprise

New year, new you! Funding and support available for new and diversifying enterprises

Plunkett has funding and support available for new and diversifying rural community enterprises. If you would like to expand your current service provision by adding a shop, café, library, bakery or bar, or set-up a co-operative from scratch then contact us to find out how we can assist.

The grant funding is part of an Esmée Fairbairn Foundation support package which includes 2 days with a community enterprise adviser. The £2,000 feasibility funding is specifically for rural communities aiming to raise at least £10,000 in community shares and looking to provide an enterprise that will socially benefit the community. Contact us today to find out more on 01993 810730,

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Nominet Trust Social Tech Seed re-opens this Spring

Applications open on 17 March 2015

Social Tech Seed supports projects that are demonstrating how technology can help tackle social issues in sectors including education, employability and healthcare. The fund will offer up to £50,000 in grant funding, as well as business support, to nurture, develop and test early-stage ventures using digital for social impact.

Interested in applying? Speak to them about your project

Before investing time applying, why not register for one of their upcoming pre-application events to discover how well your venture fits the bill? It's a great opportunity to find out more about our Social Tech Seed programme and what they will be looking for in an application, as well as a chance for you to ask us questions. Take a look at our 'dates for the diary' to sign up.

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Canal and Rivers Trust Living Waterway Awards Now Open until March 13th

The Canal and River Trust has announced that the 2015 Living Waterway Awards are now open for entries. Led by an independent panel of experts drawn from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, the Living Waterways Awards celebrate the work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals and rivers, making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time. From inspirational story-telling to dedicated volunteer-led schemes; innovative design and construction projects to pioneering environmental initiatives, there are seven award categories up for grabs. These are:
. Art and Interpretation
. Community and Volunteering
. Contribution to the Built Environment
. Education and Learning
. Natural Environment
. Recreation and Tourism
. Restoration
. Historic Environment.
The closing date for entries is the 13th March 2015. Read more online.

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Consultation on specialist dementia hospital care

Healthwatch Wiltshire (HWW) is independently facilitating the consultation on specialist dementia hospital care.  The consultation runs until 10 March 2015.  The consultation process will include public meetings, a questionnaire, 1:1 interviews, and discussions at other meetings.  HWW is very keen to engage with stakeholder groups on this subject and perhaps there is an opportunity to do this before 10 March?  Perhaps you have a meeting arranged for another purpose and it would be possible for HWW to come and talk about the consultation and find out your thoughts.  Also, if you have service users who are not able to attend meetings and don't use the internet but would like to have their say then we are offering 1:1 interviews.  

More information about the consultation can be found here:   

If you would like us to come to one of your meetings to talk about the consultation please don't hesitate to contact me and this can be arranged.


Julie Brown

Volunteer and Engagement Officer

Healthwatch Wiltshire


Please note I am in the office three days a week - usually Wednesday/Thursday/Friday



Tel: 01225 434218


Kingsbury House

Kingsbury Square



SN12 6HL


Healthwatch Wiltshire CIC is a community interest company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 08464602. The registered office is at Kingsbury House, Kingsbury Square, Melksham SN12 6HL.

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DH's Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund Opens

The Department of Health has launched its Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund for 2015-16.

Charities and other not-for-profit and incorporated organisations that work to improve the health and social care of people across England can now apply to this highly competitive fund.

Funding from one to three years (there is no set value for the grants) is available to voluntary sector organisations in England to support proposals in the health and care field with a clear focus on supporting and driving forward new ideas, disseminating and replicating excellence and/or the undertaking of strategic developments in voluntary sector capacity and/or capability in health and care.

The fund is open to registered charities, Community Interest Companies, Social Enterprises, Co-operatives, Industrial and Provident Societies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and registered with Companies House.

Proposals must:

Have, or plan to have, a national impact which means that proposals should be able to make a difference to the health and well-being of people across England. (Proposals with a purely local effect will not be considered.)
Have equality and tackling health inequalities as their core activities.
This year's proposals should show how the project contributes to one of the new cross-cutting funding themes, which are:

Improving health and care outcomes.
Life course, prevention and loneliness.
Public, patient and citizen voice; and family advocacy.
Technology and information.
The closing dates for the 2015/6 Application Round are:

13 March 2015 (noon) for registration of first time users and completion of the eligibility form.
27 March 2015 (noon) for submitting an online application form.
Full details of the 2015/16 programme can be found on the GOV.UK website

Source: DH, 20/01/2015
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Seed Swap Melksham

A repeat of the popular regular event, the Melksham Community Area Partnership Seed Swap takes place on 7th March at Well House Manor in Melksham
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Healthy Heart Grant £5 to £10K

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000 are available across the UK for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

To give you an idea about the type of projects we have recently funded, have a look at our current Healthy Heart projects and our highlights, but remember we're always on the lookout for innovative, new projects that promote heart health.

When to apply

There are two rounds each year.
Applications for the May round can be submitted during January and February with a closing date of 28 February.
Applications for the November round can be submitted during July and August with a closing date of 31 August.
Applications will not be accepted outside of these dates.

How to apply

Depending on the size of the project you would like to run, you can apply for a HHG of up to £5,000 or £10,000.  

To apply, please download and read the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions and relevant Application Form.

If you have any further questions about the HHG, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.
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Proms Band Concert in the Garrison Theatre Tidworth

Once again TCAP is promoting the Proms Band Concert in the Garrison Theatre Tidworth on Wednesday 18th February 2015 Although admission is free seats will be allocated so tickets will be required. Tickets are available from Tony Pickernell on 07765 382678

If you know of any organizations ie. Senior Citizen - W.I. Clubs etc please pass on information all are welcome to attend. 
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Community Music Project in Chippenham

Wiltshire Council, Chippenham Town Council, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, Chippenham and Villages Area Partnership and Chippenham Partnership of Schools are supporting a community music project for the Chippenham area being run by with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's (BSO) education and community department.

In addition to a young people's songwriting project and a primary school music project, local amateur musicians can take part in a day of music making on Sunday 8 February 2015 from 10am to 5pm at the Neeld Hall, Chippenham.

If you've ever wanted to perform in a professional orchestra or play a musical instrument in the past but not had the opportunity for many years, then this is the time to dust off your instrument and revive your talent!

The programme is "Sibelius Symphony No.2", with conductor Kevin Smith. Following professional coaching throughout the day and rehearsal, you will present a concert at the end of the afternoon to which your family and friends are invited.

The day is open to all ages and abilities, although Grade V and above is advised. Priority will be given to residents in the Chippenham Community Area.

The cost is £30 for adults and £15 for under 18s.

For more information contact Linda Higson on 01202 644707 or

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Wiltshire CLT Visit to Osney Lock Hydro scheme Feb 7th

Visit to Osney Lock Hydro project in Oxford on Saturday, 7 February 201511 am to 1 pm. Booking closes on Wednesday, 4 February.To book contact Rose Seagrief: or phone 01380 850 916

Venue: meeting first at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Rd, Oxford OX2 0BT, for a talk followed by a visit to the Osney Lock Hydro site, a 5-minute walk away. 

Purpose of the visit:  To hear how a small group of Osney Island residents set about realising their vision of  channelling water power from Osney Lock weir on the River Thames in Oxford to generate clean electricity.  Their journey has involved developing key partnerships, getting planning permission, raising twice as much money in a matter of days as they originally intended through a community share issue, and overcoming all manner of trials and tribulations to get the scheme to where it is today - poised to generate power. 

Osney Lock Hydro is predicted to generate more than 159,000 kWh of clean electricity annually. That's equivalent to the electricity used by 50 homes - saving 83 tonnes of CO2 each year. 

The impact of the hydro scheme will reach far beyond that of providing green electricity. During its 40 year life span the scheme is expected to generate over £2 million for community benefit. The money will be used to fund projects that help reduce energy use, support biodiversity and contribute to a more sustainable future. .

Transport:  free transport will be provided from the following pick up points:

·         Westbury Station car park - leaving 9.00 am, returning around 2.30 pm

·         Devizes Market cross - leaving 9.25 am, returning around 3.00 pm

·         Pewsey - Bouverie Hall car park - leaving 9.50 am, returning around 3.30 pm 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

To book contact Rose Seagrief:

email:     phone: 01380 850 916

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Greensquare Community Investment Funds

The main aim of the fund is to support activities that would be accessible to and potentially benefit GreenSquare residents. GreenSquare would give priority to projects/activities that support people living on low income, support people getting back to work and gaining new skills, digital inclusion work, projects that prevent anti-social behaviour and improve community cohesion.

The next deadline for applications is Monday 2 February.

Information is available on our website or contact Jayne Castell on 01249 465465,

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Health: Lifestyle Management Event

This is the latest in a series of very popular health-themed public meetings held at the Spa Medical Centre in Melksham, this time aimed at getting us all back into shape as we start to emerge from hibernation. It's taking place on Tuesday 20th January at 7.30pm and all are welcome, although please bear in mind places are limited so I can only recommend arriving early to be sure of a seat. Refreshments (free) will be available.
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Car Parking Strategy

Wiltshire Council is currently consulting on its new Car Parking Strategy. We are keen to hear the views of residents, stakeholders and other interested parties to help us shape the new Strategy. The Council has made no decisions at this stage and would like to see how far you agree or disagree with the presented options, or alternatively suggest your own. Consultation documents and questionnaires can be viewed and completed via the consultation portal If you are interested in more than one area please click on those areas as well and complete the survey.

The consultation runs until the 16th of January 2015 and we hope to get as many views as possible.

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Wiltshire Resilient Advice Project

The Wiltshire Resilient Advice project are currently carrying out a mapping exercise in to advice services for Money Advice, Welfare Benefits, Employment and Housing across Wiltshire. The purpose is to inform all organisations of advice and information areas covered, identify gaps and to improve sign posting and referrals.

Please complete the online survey by clicking on the following link - here

This will take about 10 minutes.

The closing date is Friday 16th January.

Launch of Wiltshire Loves Arts

Wiltshire Loves Arts is a listings page created as a part of the Visit Wiltshire website.  This is a free listing service for all arts and cultural organisations to promote your events across the county and to everyone visiting Wiltshire.

If you would like your event to be featured on the Wiltshire Loves Arts website, all you need to do is complete a web form and submit it along with an image or photo for each event.

Once submitted, your content will be reviewed and published to the website when complete.  You will receive an email confirming this.  Please remember to complete a form for every new event you want to promote throughout the year.

Salisbury Festival and Wiltshire's other main arts organisations are supporting the development of Wiltshire Loves Arts for the benefit of all cultural organisations.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact:

Shared from Arts in Wiltshire
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Sport England Get Healthy Get Active - Second Round opens

Alongside Public Health England we want to drive a step change in the public's health. Tackling inactivity is a key part of making this step change to reduce the burden of preventable death, disease and disability, and support people and their communities to achieve their potential.

Aligned to our aspiration of getting more people participating in sport once a week Get Healthy, Get Active is focused on those who are Inactive as this is where we can make a significant contribution to reducing health inequalities and produce the greatest potential health benefit. 

The Get Healthy, Get Active fund aims to:

  • get more inactive people playing sport once a week for at least 30 minutes;
  • achieve a better understanding of sports contribution to improving public health and the prevention, treatment and management of long term conditions;
  • enable sport and physical activity to be regularly commissioned to meet a wider range of agendas but particularly focusing on reducing health and social care costs;
  • achieve a reduction in health inequalities
The online application portal for submitting a project for Get Healthy Get Active Funding opened on Thursday 4 December. Please click here to apply for the programme.

For more visit the website
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A consultation on the future location of specialist dementia hospital care

Why do we need a specialist dementia hospital care?

When someone has moderate to severe dementia there may be times when they cannot be supported at home. When this happens they may need assessment, treatment and care that is best delivered by healthcare staff who have special training and knowledge. This type of care is usually given in a specialist dementia hospital or unit. 

Stays at this type of hospital are usually quite short about 84 days.  The idea is to help people get well enough so that they can return home or to a care home.

In Wiltshire fewerr than 120 people need this special hospital service each year.

What happens at the moment?

At the moment specialist dementia care are temporarily provided at Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury. Beds are and will continue to be available at The Victoria Centre in Swindon and St. Martin's Hospital, Bath.   In the past, there were also specialist beds at Charter House in Trowbridge . In February 2013, Charter House in Trowbridge was closed and all specialist dementia beds moved to Salisbury. 

What is the consultation all about?

The service at Amblescroft in Salisbury is only temporary.  NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to find a permanent place for these services. This is so that people with dementia can receive all the care and assessment they need from specialist health professionals quickly and in one place.

There are three possible locations:

1. Charter House, Trowbridge.

2. Avebury Ward at Green Lane Hospital, Devizes

3. Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury      

Please Note: Whatever option is chosen, beds will still be available in Swindon and Bath

For further information and to complete the survey click here.

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British Science Week (March 2015) Community Grant

This new grant scheme offers £500 for community groups whose targeted audience/participants include those not traditionally engaged with science. These might be people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME); with low socio-economic status (SES); not in education employment or training (NEET); or who live in a remote and rural location.

The deadline for BSW 2015 Community Grant applications has been extended to 9am on 9 December 2014.

To apply:

Please read the application guidelines carefully, which contain our selection criteria and details about what we can and cannot fund

Community Grant guidelines

Community Grant flyer

Register your BSW event and complete the relevant information to apply for the grant (be sure to have your financial information ready - see grant guidelines above). Don't worry if you don't yet have all the details for your event - just register with as much information as you have!

If you have any questions, please contact the British Science Association:


A celebration of the best of British science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events across the UK.

This may suit any community based astronomy groups wishing to hold an engagement event and/or promote Dark Skies.

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Grow Wild Community Project Funding

Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, then apply before2 December 2014 for your chance to join our lively network. 

What's what?

  • They're looking to fund at least 60 groups in 2015 across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There's lots of support available from their team during the three-month application window in autumn 2014.
  • The groups that are awarded funding will be notified in February 2015 ready to start their project in March and finish by October 2015. Each group shares their journey online through a dedicated profile page plus social and press media. Grow Wild helps at every stage to publicise groups and their projects.
  • What's more, funded groups join the 75 groups that Grow Wild funded in 2014 and those that we'll fund in 2016. Alongside their funded flagship sites in each UK country and 100 youth-led projects, Grow Wild is building a network of people that bring colour and wildlife to their community's shared spaces. 

Find out what Grow Wild is looking to fund where you live and request our 2015 application form.  But take a look at project application guidance and other resources available on the Grow Wild Website.

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Healthy Hearts Grants

Heart Research UK has announced that its Health Hearts Grants Programme will re-open for applications in January 2015. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

The closing date for applications will be the 28th February 2015. Read more online 

Taken from Arts Wiltshire Blog

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Start up grants for Heritage Projects

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships can apply for start-up grants of £3,000 to £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The funds can be used to create a new organisation to look after or engage people with heritage, or for existing groups to take on new responsibilities for heritage. Start-up grants can support the early stages of planning an organisation's activities.

For organisations not yet formally constituted, the grants can help to adopt the right governance structure. For organisations further along in their development, a Start-up grant can also help explore options for managing and sustaining their heritage project in the future, or carrying out early scoping work to inform a future application for project funding.

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be assessed within eight weeks. Read more online 

Taken from Arts Wiltshire blog

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Wiltshire Online Community Grants

What activities could be considered?

Example activities include:

1. Running a regular computer support group showing people how to:

  • Get started with computers
  • Search the web
  • Shop online
  • Use Skype, email and social media
  • Use a digital camera

2. Providing support to people who need to access:

  • Universal Credit
  • Council online services
  • Government online services
  • Online job vacancies and applications

3.  Running drop in sessions for small businesses and the self-employed to improve their use