Northamptonshire Community Foundation is delighted to launch its first funding programme focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) to help build locally a sustainable and safe future for Northamptonshire communities on behalf of the Constance Travis Endowment Fund. The fund will focus on global goals one to five which aim to address and tackle: poverty; hunger; health and wellbeing; quality education and gender equality.
This is a rolling programme meaning you can apply at any time and the maximum funding award is £3000. The priorities of the programme will be based on our series of global goals community conversations and your project must deliver on one or more of the following goal priorities:
UN SDG 1: No Poverty
Supporting low income communities: we welcome projects providing activities, support and services to local residents experiencing financial hardship.
UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger
Supporting the most vulnerable at risk of food insecurity: we welcome projects that cover a broad range of issues tackling hunger including food insecurity, access to nutritious food and food waste; projects that support the most vulnerable for example citizens who have no recourse to public funds and projects that promote diversity, equity and inclusion such as projects providing culturally appropriate foods.
UN SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
Preventative Investment: we welcome projects that support pro-active wellbeing management to help prevent people reaching crisis, including working with young people and children and utilising outdoor spaces otherwise known as the ‘Natural Health Service’.
Specialist counselling services: we welcome projects that provide specialist counselling services where there are gaps in provision that cover clients’ needs (e.g. brain injury, learning difficulties and disability) across Northamptonshire including rural areas.
Addressing health inequalities: we welcome projects tackling health inequalities focusing on protected characteristics, vulnerable groups within our communities, residents on a low income or living in a deprived area including access to health and wellbeing support for rural communities.
UN SDG 4: Quality Education
Developing digital skills for all: we welcome projects that support digital inclusion and tackle digital exclusion and digital poverty to maximise everyone’s access to education and lifelong learning.
Additional learning opportunities such as Summer Schools: we welcome projects that provide added value learning opportunity outside of school to support inclusive learning and support especially for children and young people whose learning has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Intergenerational learning opportunities: we welcome projects that support intergenerational learning opportunities in order to nurture connection and community across all ages, to help promote positive attitudes towards ageing and older people and younger people, to provide role models and mentorship and grow community learning environments that build a sense of belonging and understanding across generations.
Incorporation of wellbeing, resilience and confidence building within education: we welcome projects that promote wellbeing in learning settings and recognise the importance of building emotional and mental wellbeing, personal resilience and confidence to support education and lifelong learning.
UN SDG 5: Gender Equality
Increased access to education and employment opportunities: we welcome projects that provide increased access to education and employment opportunities for under-represented genders in Northamptonshire.
Investment to tackle domestic violence and abuse: we welcome projects that provide help, guidance and support to tackling domestic violence and abuse including preventative projects for women, children and their families, protection services including family refuges and rebuilding programmes for survivors.
Education for young people on gender equality: we welcome projects that support the education of children and young people within community settings about gender equality and to help challenge negative stereotypes and reduce discrimination of marginalised genders within local communities and to highlight the benefits of a gender equal world.
Is my group eligible?
• Your group must be a small, locally managed, voluntary, community or self-help group. Please note that as a general exclusion we do not fund social enterprises with persons with significant control (PSC)
• You must be based in Northamptonshire
• You must have people volunteering to help with your activity, who are not part of your management committee
• You must have a set of written rules or constitution that your group adheres to, that contains a dissolution clause. We can help advise you on how to do this especially if you are a new group
You must have safeguarding policies in place if working directly with children and young people or vulnerable people. We have resources on our website to help with this. You must have an equalities policy in place. This will be needed as a condition of funding. If you do not have such a policy, visit our Help for Groups section.
The programme will not fund the following:
• Capital projects, e.g. renovation or building work
• Profit making organisations or businesses
• Activities of a political nature
• Activities which exclusively support or promote religion or religious behaviour
Upcoming closing dates:?
- THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 2022.
Go to grant deadlines for all upcoming closing dates.
Please wait for at least 15 minutes & check your junk mail for the email containing the link.
Please read the guidance notes and download the reference form and supporting documents checklist at the bottom of the page before applying.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation can provide advice and guidance during the application process aswell as viewing draft applications prior to submission. Call the grants team on 01604 230033 for more information.