Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

Funding Round-up

The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People are offering grants of up to £30,000/year for up to 2 years to charities that work for the education or health of disabled, ill, disadvantaged or life-limited young people. Approx. £200,000 is available per quarter, and the next deadline for applications is 10th May.

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Sustain has launched a £50,000 Children’s Health Fund that will provide grants of £500-£5000 for projects that promote or provide accessibility to drinking water for children, as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. The deadline for applications is 1st April. Later rounds will feature a different theme of children’s health and food education.

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UK Community Foundations has launched a £525,000 New Beginnings Fund to provide grants to offer guidance, counselling, community integration and welcoming activities to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in seven areas of the UK.

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The Hilden Charitable Fund is offering grants of £500 – £1000 to help community groups run Summer Playschemes for children aged 5- 18 for 2 – 6 weeks. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement. The deadline for applications is 20th May.

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The Paul Hamyln Foundation has launched its Arts-based Learning Fund, offering grants to charitable organisations active in the arts that work with schools and colleges, to develop and expand ways of enhancing and developing young peoples’ lives.

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The National Express Foundation is again offering grants to community groups and educational institutions in the West Midlands, East London, South Essex and Kent for projects that tackle the underlying issues for young people which lead to the July 2011 public order disturbances, such as unemployment, boredom, and lack of motivation. The deadline for applications is 18th March.

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Regional Grants

Greater ManchesterActive Citizens / Neighbourhood fund – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, build neighbourliness

MerseysidePCC Crime Prevention Fund – to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, to support victims and protect vulnerable people, neighbourhood policing

KentFidelity Fund – to strengthen charities that help young and/or disadvantaged people to achieve their potential

DoverPort of Dover Community Fund – to develop skills and employment prospects and to enrich the local community of Dover

LondonSkills for Life Fund – to support young people and improve their chances through lifelong learning and employment readiness

LondonPoverty and Inequality – to develop new and innovative ways of addressing causes of social problems