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Community projects to benefit from seized criminal profits

The Commissioner has ring-fenced income derived from criminal acts in 2016-17 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and offers charitable groups and community organisations the opportunity of applying for a cash grant to fund capital projects. Organisations can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 from the NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings).

The Commissioner is keen to fund organisations that can deliver innovative projects that leave a lasting legacy for their communities and  also plans to fund at least one project in each policing area to achieve geographical coverage. 

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Ernest Cook Trust

Schools and not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £12,000 for projects that encourage young people's interest in the countryside, literacy, numeracy and science.  All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications. 

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Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust (UK/International)

Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, re-homing and rehabilitation to animals can apply.  The maximum funding available is £35,000 and to be eligible you should be a UK registered charity, have independently examined up to date annual accounts, and have an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care. 

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Essential Life Skills Grant Fund

This funding will support a range of extra-curricular activities aimed at children and young people aged 5-18 years.  Funded activities will develop non-cognitive abilities, collectively named 'essential life skills' these include but are not limited to:

  • resilience, perseverance and persistance
  • hard work, self-control, discipline, good time keeping
  • self-confidence, leaderships and team working
  • honesty, integrity and engaged citizenship
  • attitude, respect and empathy
  • curiosity and problem solving

Grants are for up to £24,999 on a single application.  The large grant worth up to £1 million is also now live and available to apply to. 

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The Theatres Trust Theatre Improvement Scheme Awards

Grants of up to £20,000.  The Trust works in association with the Wolfson Foundation and each year funds projects with a specific theme - in 2018 the theme is Improving Accessibility.  Grants will be awarded to projects which make theatres more accessible through changes to the building or its systems. 

Early stage pre-application conversations are encouraged.  Application forms should be downloaded from the website and emailed to

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Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available to registered charities in the UK for projects that contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability.  Grants can be up to three years. 

The Foundation's priority is to address systemic threats by seeking to change policy and attitudes at a national or European level.  The Foundation also supports organisations or projects that are not UK registered charities if they can indicate a UK registered charity that is able to receive funds on their behalf. 

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