2016 May Issue of Funding E-Bulletin [final edition]


We are very sorry to inform you that this is our last Funding E-Bulletin.

Unfortunately, with funding cuts from Central Bedfordshire Council and from other sources 
we have to adjust the services we provide.

However, we do have access to the current funding database until March 2017 and we are 
pleased to be able to continue providing free funding searches for you until that date. 
If your organisation requires a funding search please contact me, letting me know how much 
funding you are hoping for and what it is that you need to fund. 




Funding E-Bulletin




May 2016


Voluntary and Community Action



Welcome to the May 2016 issue of the Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary and Community Action.

The Langdale Trust

The Langdale Trust offers grants to charitable organisations active in the UK.

The grant is intended to support charitable organisations working in the following areas:

·         Medical care.

·         Youth projects.

·         Social welfare schemes.

·         Poverty relief.

The funding is intended to support charitable activities and projects. Applications may be submitted with their most recent accounts at any time. The Trustees meet in or around June each year to consider applications. Successful applicants normally hear in November.

Miss Jaime Parkes, Langdale Trust, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, Second Floor, 3 Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2JB, Tel: 0121 227 3705, E-Mail: poneill@vwv.co.uk

MVM Charitable Trust

Grant for voluntary and community sector organisations undertaking projects for people in need. The scheme is intended to support organisations undertaking general charitable projects, including those supporting young people and children deprived of normal care or support, elderly people (over 65) who are physically or mentally infirm and people with a disability.


Jennifer Vernor-Miles, MVM Charitable Trust, 5 Mountfort Crescent, London, N1 1JW, Tel: 0207 700 1144, E-Mail: jennifervm@lineone.net


Peter Beckwith Charitable Trust

The Peter Beckwith Charitable Trust offers grants to charitable organisations and the scheme is intended to support general charitable purposes. Most grants are for less than £1,000 for Costs associated with eligible projects, applications must be made in writing.


The Trustees, Peter Beckwith Charitable Trust, Hill Place House, 55a High Street, Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 5BA, Tel: 020 8944 1288


Robyn Charitable Trust

Grant for charitable organisations undertaking projects for the welfare of children. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Enquiries, Robyn Charitable Trust, Harris & Trotter, 64 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8TB, Tel: 020 7467 6300

The Scotbelge Charitable Trust

Grant for charitable organisations undertaking general charitable activities to support organisations undertaking general charitable projects.

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Enquiries, Scotbelge Charitable Trust, Farries, Kirk and McVean, Dumfries Enterprise Park, Tinwald Downs Road, Heathhall, Dumfries, DG1 3SJ, Tel: 01387 252127, E-Mail: info@fkmcv.co.uk


The February Foundation

Grants are available to charitable organisations for a wide range of charitable projects. The average grant awarded is £5,000. In particular, funding is available for the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, the advancement of education, the advancement of the arts, culture, and heritage.  Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered monthly.

The February Foundation, Spring Cottage, Church Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk, IP21 5HT, E-mail: rps@thefebruaryfoundation.org  Website: http://www.thefebruaryfoundation.org/

The Wyseliot Charitable Trust

Funding is available to charitable organisations for general charitable purposes. Previous grants have been for between £2,000 and £5,000.

Jonathan Rose, The Wyseliot Charitable Trust, 17 Chelsea Square, London, SW3 6LF, E-Mail: charity@friend-james.co.uk


Variety Club – Equipment Grants

Funding is available for specialist equipment for the direct use of children up to the age of 18 years who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. In principle there is no lower or upper limit on the level of grant which may be awarded, but most grants are for between £100 and £6,000.


Julie Thomas, Variety Club, Variety House, 93 Bayham Street, London, NW1 0AG, Tel: 0207 428 8120, E-Mail: julie.thomas@variety.org.uk  Website: http://www.variety.org.uk/section.php?id=38

Variety Club - Youth Clubs Grant

Grant for youth club organisations that work with young children between the ages of 8 and 18. Grants are made between the values of £800 and £1,000, however, grants of higher and lower values are also made. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Grants, Variety Club, Variety Club House, 93 Bayham Street, London, NW1 0AG,Tel: 020 7428 8100, E-mail: grants@varietyclub.org.uk, Website: http://digbig.com/5bjjpb

Woodland Trust Tree Planting Packs

The Woodland Trust is the UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to the protection of the UK's native woodland heritage. The Trust campaigns to protect ancient woods, improve woodland biodiversity, increase native woodland cover and increase understanding and enjoyment of woods.


Woodland Trust tree planting packs are available to community groups, schools and youth groups to help them to plant more trees, hedges and copses in their local shared spaces.

Enquiries, Woodland Trust, Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL, Tel: 01476 581135, E-Mail: communitytrees@woodlandtrust.org.uk Website http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/in-your-community/

The Wixamtree Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations, including registered charities, for projects and services that benefit the people of Bedfordshire. Grants are also available for church restoration projects in Bedfordshire for project costs.

Applications must be submitted at least 21 days prior to their meeting dates, ie the deadlines for applications are: Tuesday 27 January 2015. There will be more dates for next year - watch the website.

Paul Patten, Administrator, The Wixamtree Trust, 148 The Grove, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 9JZ, Tel: 020 8777 4140, Email: wixamtree@thetrustpartnership.com Website: http://www.wixamtree.org/


Truemark Trust

The Truemark Trust Grant is available to registered charities. The scheme aims to fund small, local organisations undertaking innovative projects in the community. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £10,000 associated with eligible projects.

Mrs Clare Pegden, Truemark Trust, PO Box 2, Liss, Hampshire, GU33 6YP, Tel: 07970 540015, Email: stuart_neil2004@yahoo.com


The Steel Charitable Trust

Grants are available to registered charities, with a local preference for Luton and Bedfordshire, in the following categories: arts and culture; environment; health; education; and disadvantaged. Grants range from £1,000 to £25,000 and applications may be submitted at any time.

Enquiries, The Steel Charitable Trust, E-mail: administrator@steelcharitabletrust.org.uk
Website: http://digbig.com/5bjjpd

CHK Charities Limited

The charity annually awards grants to charitable organisations involved in a wide range of activities. Applications can be made at any time.  Applications are considered by the Trustees approximately every two months.

The Secretary and Administrator, CHK Charities Limited, 14 St George Street, London, W1S 1FE, Tel: 020 3207 7232, Website:


R G Hills Charitable Trust

The R G Hills Charitable Trust offers grants to charitable organisations. The scheme is intended to support organisations undertaking projects in a range of charitable areas, including:

·         Young people.

·         Ex-service members.

·         People with sensory disabilities.

·         Medical issues.

·         Environmental conservation.

Previous grants have ranged between £750 and £3,500 for costs associated with eligible projects. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.  Applications must be made in writing.

Mr Harvey Barrett, R G Hills Charitable Trust, Furley Page Solicitors, 39-40 St Margaret's Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TX, Tel: 01227 763939

Rachel Charitable Trust

Grant for charitable organisations undertaking social welfare activities, particularly the relief of poverty and the advancement of religion and religious education.

Grants are for costs associated with eligible projects. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. Applications must be made in writing.

Mr Robert Chalk, Rachel Charitable Trust, 5 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1PB, Tel: 020 7016 3549


The Rest-Harrow Trust

The Rest-Harrow Trust provides grants to charitable organisations, for general charitable purposes.


Previous grants have been for between £100 and £2,000. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.


Judith Susan Portrait, Rest-Harrow Trust, 21 Whitefriars Street, London, EC4Y 8JJ, E-Mail: sarah.hovil@portraitsolicitors.com


This funding bulletin is provided by the Information Service at Voluntary and Community Action. We are committed to strengthening the effectiveness of the voluntary and community sector in Bedfordshire by developing, enabling, promoting and supporting voluntary and community action. We seek to achieve this through advocacy; capacity building activities; enhancing the provision of volunteering opportunities; the exchange of information; the provision of training; advice and consultancy; and by working in partnership with others. To find out more visit our website at http://www.action-centralbeds.org.uk 


Bossard House, West Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DA , Tel: 01525 850559, Fax: 01525 376281

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Young Actors and Musicians Wanted For Local Performances

Full House Theatre are creating a new young performer's company. Actors and musicians aged 13 to 19 are invited to join, to help create a new performance for younger children.

An experienced team will direct and help create a set, and the show will tour local libraries in Bedfordshire. A Bronze Arts Award will be up for grabs.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 17th May in Houghton Regis, with the performances happening between 25th and 26th July.

The is no charge to join in, and travel for touring will be paid.

To audition email addie@fullhouse.org.uk or call 01525 630 783 for more details.

Twitter @HoughtonArt
Facebook - HoughtonRegisArtTown

Houghton Regis Central Design Unveiling Event

On Saturday, 9 April 2016
Between 1pm - 3:30pm, with presentations at 1pm and 2:15pm
Visit exhibition stands on the scheme and talk to people involved.
At Bedford Square Community Centre, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis LU5 5ES

Creative Writing Workshops for Children at Houghton Regis Library 6 & 7 April

Children aged 5 to 10 who would like to learn more about creative writing are welcome to come along to a free Explore Learning creative writing workshop at Houghton Regis Library. They will have a chance to join in with this years exciting National Young Writers` Competition. 

The theme for this year's National Young Writer of the Year is 'The Mash-up'. Children are encouraged to write no more than 500 words and tell stories that 'mash-up' two genres. This could see a spaceman transported to Roman times, an alien in the lost city of Atlantis or a Victorian gentleman in the outback!

You can find out more about the competition on the Explore Learning website. 

Judging this year's competition is author of the hugely popular 'Charlie and Lola' books, Lauren Child. It's a fantastic opportunity to encourage children to think creatively, spark their love of writing and inspire as many young authors as possible.

There are two free creative writing workshops at Houghton Regis Library run by Explore Learning, one for 5-6 year olds, and the other for 7-10 year olds:
  • Wednesday 6 April, 3:00 to 4:00pm, ages 5 to 6 
  • Thursday 7 April, 1:00 to 2:00pm, ages 7 to 10

For more information or to book a place pop in to Houghton Regis Library or call them on 0300 3008058. 

Latest Projects and Opportunities

Dear All,


Please find links to Projects and Opportunities in YOUR town coming up over the next few weeks.





Have a good weekend!!



Kind Regards



Chantel England (Mrs)

Administration Officer


Houghton Regis Town Council

Peel Street

Houghton Regis



Tel: 01582 708 540

Fax: 01582 861 102

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