The People’s Postcode Small Grants Programme is Open

The People’s Postcode Trust’s Small Grants Programme is currently accepting expressions of interest to the first of two funding rounds in 2017.

In 2017, the Trust’s Small Grants Programme is inviting applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights (conflict resolution) for some of society’s most vulnerable groups in England, Scotland and Wales. Projects must have a clear charitable purpose and last no longer than 12 months.

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales.

The Trust wants to help organisations find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its long-term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity, geography, gender and lack of educational and skills development.

Examples of projects which may fit within the Trust’s criteria are:
• Training programmes to boost skills and opportunities for disadvantaged groups
• Homelessness support
• Prevention of anti-social behaviour in young people
• Support for at-risk families (parenting support)
• Improvements to physical and mental health
• Promotion of human rights
• Services around domestic violence
• Integrating refugees

Projects likely to get funding will need to show the following:
• Innovative and tangible impacts
• Sustainability: the project will continue to benefit beneficiaries beyond its 12 months
• Creative acknowledgement of PPT’s support
• Short but clear descriptions of activities and outcomes

Funding is available for pilot projects as long as applicants can demonstrate how they intend to continue the project beyond the period of funding. Funding is not made for general requests for running costs towards existing projects. However, if the existing project is to be expanded in a new way or into a new area then the project could be eligible.

There will be two grant rounds in 2017, with a two stage application process. Those who are successful at the initial expression of interest stage will be invited to complete a full application form.

The deadline for Round 1 Expressions of interest is 10 February 2017
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