Grant Opportunities in April

London Marathon Charitable Trust Active Spaces Fund

The LMCT Active Spaces Fund is for projects that will improve or activate spaces, places and facilities in London that help the least active children and young people and marginalised groups and communities to lead active and healthy lives. Grants of up to £50,000 can be applied for, with grants over £20,000 subject to a timescale for applications. Grants of up to £20,000 can be submitted at any time with the outcome communicated within eight weeks. Grants of over £50,00 might be considered but you will need to contact LMCT before applying. It is anticipated that most applications will be for at least £5,000 and the fund is aimed at building or renovating facilities, play spaces, community spaces and or for purchasing new or replacement equipment. The FAQ’s can be accessed here.

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants is open to community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK. Projects that are supported include equipment for uniformed youth groups (including camping equipment & badges), as well as equipment to support children and young people’s health.

Youth Hostel Association Residential Breaks Programme

Funding is available which can be used to support a residential trip with the Youth Hostel Association for a group of young people experiencing disadvantage. All groups must be able to provide pastoral staff to accompany the young people or families. This ensures that groups get the support they need as they prepare for and then take their break. All groups must organise and fund their own transport for their residential trip.

Youth Music Trailblazer Fund

Grants of £2,000 to £30,000 are available to organisations in England for projects that support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn and earn in music. The funding is made available through the Youth Music Trailblazer fund which supports organisations who want to trial work for the first time, test a new way of working, or disrupt the status quo – or all three.

To be eligible for support applications must meet one of the following themes: 

  • Early years
  • Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent young people
  • Youth justice system
  • Young people facing barriers
  • Young adults
  • Organisations and the workforce.

A Trailblazer project could be:

  • A new community organisation testing out different ways of supporting nurseries to embed music-making into their day-to-day activities. 
  • A Music Education Hub that wants to disrupt the status quo of their local music scene by setting up a Youth Board that has budget & power to make decisions about how the hub is run.
  • An established youth centre trialling a programme of music activities for the first time.

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