VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST GRANTS 

The Veolia Environmental Trust has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 24th February 2017.

Constituted, not-for-profit groups within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site, can apply for grants for projects that support the natural, social and built environment. The type of activities that can be supported include:

Community buildings and rooms: such as community centres and village halls, etc.
Public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths
Play and recreation areas such as skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms.
The grants available range from a minimum of £5,000 to a maximum grant of £50,000 and applicants must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.
http://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/
DEADLINE 24 FEBRUARY 2017

ANTONYM POETRY CONTEST
Write a poem with the following format. A four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize
http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103663
DEADLINE 26 FEBRUARY 2017

GALAXY HOT CHOCOLATE FUND
We are looking to help small, local community projects and groups through our GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

From November 7th 2016 until February 26th 2017, we are seeking to award a total of seventy, £300 donations to help community groups and people across UK and Ireland.

Five donations will be awarded each week, four by our panel of judges and one through the People’s Choice award to the organisation with the most weekly votes.
http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/
DEADLINE 26 FEBRUARY 2017

INTERSECTION COMMISSION
Intersection is a commission opportunity created by Fabrica, centre for contemporary art in Brighton & Hove, and Project Art Works, Hastings. They wish to co-commission an artwork for Fabrica’s space that will resonate with neurodiverse audiences. The work will be presented as an exhibition, at Fabrica during July and August 2017. The Artist Commission Fee to develop the concept, make and install the work (includes research and development period to work with people with complex needs supported and facilitated by Project Art Works) is £3,500. There is also a production budget as follows: Artist materials £2000; Budget for other fees and materials for installing the work: up to £15,000.
http://fabrica.org.uk/info-for-artists/artist-call/
DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

ARTIST COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY – CALL FOR PROPOSALS, 
FABRICA & PROJECT ART WORKS
office@fabrica.org.uk
Intersection is a commission opportunity created by Fabrica, centre for contemporary art in Brighton & Hove, and Project Art Works, Hastings, the UK’s leading visual artist-led organisations working with people who have complex needs and the people, systems and services that support them.

We wish to co-commission an artwork for Fabrica’s space that will resonate with neurodiverse audiences. We anticipate this will be an immersive, sensually stimulating art installation that will invite audiences to interact with it and each other, non-verbally.

Through this commission we wish to consider two questions or themes:

How architecture or constructed environments affect behaviour.
The nature of consciousness and communication: How the world might appear to someone who is unable to cognitively assimilate knowledge? How communication occurs between people who do, and who do not use spoken language? And in what ways that connection can occur?
The work will be presented as an exhibition, at Fabrica during July and August 2017. The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of debates, events and hands-on activities that will be suitable for people with very different mental capacities.

We believe this commission to be an innovative and challenging proposition – for the selected artist, for us as the co-commissioners and for the audiences who will encounter it. We wish to commission one artist (or a pre-existing artist group), with a strong track record. We are inviting artists to apply who are living and working in the UK, EU and/or Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Turkey, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine.
http://fabrica.org.uk/info-for-artists/artist-call/
DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

192. POETS & PLAYERS POETRY COMPETITION 2017 
1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100. The judge, Michael Symmons Roberts will read all entries. Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines. Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems
Contact: For rules and details of postal and online entry seehttps://poetsandplayers.co/competition/competition-2017/
DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

THE NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST – COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAMME 
The Community Grants Programme is for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects, which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees) to qualify. For example, St Michael’s church in the centre of West Bromwich received a grant of £10,000 towards the cost of a new kitchen extension, the provision of accessible toilet facilities, storage provision, general refurbishment and re-modelling of the lobby and entrance, in order to make it more accessible and usable for the local community. Community applicants can also be considered for a National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network. There are additional £2,000 micro-grants available to successful applicants to set up a Cinnamon Network Recognised Project that meets the needs of local people.

The micro-grants allow churches to set up social action projects such as CAP Money Courses, Make Lunch and Parish Nursing. Successful churches will also be able to access the support and training provided by Cinnamon Network’s regional Advisers and Trainers.
http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-g…/community-grants
DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST REPAIR GRANTS 
The programme offers grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 to places of worship of any denomination and age towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects, which have an estimated cost of at least £100,000. Applications will be considered from both listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK and the trust is particularly interested in applications from North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Applicants will need to have already raised 50% of the total project cost and projects must be led by a qualified professional who must have conservation accreditation if repairs are for a listed building.
http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-gran…/repair-grants
DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

CHURCH OF ENGLAND CHURCH CARE 
Church Care supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCC’s with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building. Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as:
Roof repairs
Masonry repairs
Rainwater disposal
Drainage.
http://www.churchcare.co.uk/…/fun…/our-grants/fabric-repairs
DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

MARK TANNER SCULPTURE AWARD
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award offers a combination of financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an emerging sculptor. The financial award to assist in the production of a new body of work is £8,000, made in 3 payments over the course of the year, at the end of which there will be a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery.
http://www.standpointlondon.co.uk/mtsa/application-info.php
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

CREEKSIDE OPEN
The Creekside Open 2017 is a visual arts open competition run by the Art in Perpetuity Trust. Work for two exhibitions will be independently selected from one anonymous submission. Both exhibitions will be shown at the A.P.T Gallery in London in May and June 2017. There is a submission fee of £21.
http://www.creeksideopen.org/
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

APEXART FRANCHISE EXHIBITION PROGRAM
Apexart’s Franchise Exhibition Program is an open call for group exhibitions to be presented anywhere in the world outside of New York City as part of apexart’s program. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level, background, or location, are invited to submit their ideas online in a 500-word text-only proposal. apexart provides an exhibition budget of up to $6,000 for travel, shipping, artist honorariums, installation expenses, and the opening reception, as well as an honorarium of $2,000 for organizing the exhibition and writing an accompanying essay. The organizer can apply for up to $2,000 in additional funds for venue rental and staffing. Proposals must be for an original group exhibition, presented for the first time, consisting of works by at least 3 artists.
http://apexart.org/franchise.php
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

CROFTERS’ MEMORIAL COMMISSION
Atlas Arts, working in partnership with Staffin Community Trust (Urras An Taobh Sear), invites applications from artists interested in researching and developing a contemporary memorial to acknowledge the crofters’ troubles in Staffin, Isle of Skye, in the 1880s. The proposals will form a series of temporary pilot commissions that contribute to an awareness and understanding in the local community of the potential positive impacts and benefits that a commissioned public artwork/contemporary memorial can have. This is an opportunity for artists – local, national and international, to develop ideas for a context-specific artwork. It is anticipated that three artists will be invited to take forward their ideas to a development stage. The three shortlisted candidates will each be offered a fee of £500 to cover costs of developing a detailed proposal. A fixed fee for each artist will then be offered, to further develop their ideas.
https://atlasarts.org.uk/…/open-call-for-artists-crofters-…/
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

PROPOSALS FOR PARTICIPATORY ARTS PROJECT, FALMOUTH AND 
EXETER PLUS
Contact Claire English claire.english@fxplus.ac.uk
Brief:
Falmouth and Exeter Universities would like to invite artists to make a proposal for a participatory arts project on the Penryn Campus. The work would be a sculptural structure or installation. This structure/installation can be created before or after the Garden Fete day, but must give the opportunity for members of the community to participate in its construction, in some way, during the day. The structure/installation will be a lasting memory of collaboration between members of the community and artist. With the theme of sustainability for the Garden Fete, proposals which are sensitive to the site will be welcomed and prioritised.

An area for the siting of the installation has been designated by the grounds team; below Tremough House and Lawns, in grassed and wooded areas to the right of the Elm Drive towards AMATA.

Claire English will be selecting the artists project with members of University Staff and working as a liaison and to support the chosen project.

Budget:
£700 fee
£700 materials
This can be flexible in terms of time versus materials.

Please submit:
1. A short proposal of no more than 500 words outlining, as best as possible :
concept
methods of engagement and meaningful participation
documentation and the legacy of the work
materials
timings
budget

2. Please illustrate your proposal with a small selection of images to give the look and feel of the project or some simple drawings.

3. A selected CV, one A4 sheet only.
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

SEA FOUNDATION RESIDENCY
SEA Foundation invites visual artists, art critics and curators to apply for a residency in 2017 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Candidates can apply for one term. Either April – June or September – November 2017. The residency lasts up to 3 months depending on project proposal. SEA Foundation provides a studio and private living quarters, a stipend of 200 euro per week and a production budget 1500 euro depending on project costs. There is an application fee of 30 euro.
http://www.seafoundation.eu/call-applications-artist-resid…/
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

EDITH-RUSS-HAUS GRANTS FOR MEDIA ART
The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany will award three Grants for Media Art 2017 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony (€10,000 each). The Foundation of Lower Saxony grant at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art supports a wide spectrum of media art, from video art and net-based projects to audio works and audio-visual installations. Each of the three grants will be awarded for the production of a new project in the area of media art. The grant is valid for duration of six months (July–December 2017). It cannot be prolonged and residency is compulsory; grant recipients can expect to stay in Oldenburg at least one month.
http://www.edith-russ-haus.de/en/grants/grants/current.html
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

HERBERT SPENCER POETRY COMPETITION 
The Society of civil & public service writers is holding the Herbert Spencer poetry competition for SCPSW members only. Prizes £50 & £25. Poems not more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Those eligible to join the SCPSW include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force, or any Public Service. Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email membership@scpsw.co.uk 
Entry Fee: £2.00 per poem.
www.scpsw.co.uk
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION 
For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Prizes: £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation). First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online) Judge: Mandy Pannett author of All the Invisibles Results: will be announced on 15-April-2017 
Entry Fee: £4/1 poem, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10
Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry athttp://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm
Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:
Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

YORKMIX POETRY COMPETITION 
Poems must not be longer than 40 lines of text, and must fit on a single A4 page. Poems must be submitted via the official form on the online entry page. Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The first prize is £500, with a runner-up award of £125, and a third prize of £75. The York Prize (£50) will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode. Poems will be judged by Anthony Dunn: “I’ve no bias at all as to rhyme or form, but both can be trip-hazards. Whatever their subject, subtext and substance, I want the submissions to be infectious – with the sheer delight of words and sounds and white space combining to become poems.” 
Entry Fee: £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems. You can enter up to ten poems on one entry form.

For competition rules see https://www.yorkmix.com/…/rules-york-literature-festival-yo…
/ Online entry form: https://www.yorkmix.com/…/enter-york-literature-festival-y…/
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

DIANA WOODS MEMORIAL AWARD IN CREATIVE NONFICTION
Neutral twice-yearly contest awards $250 and publication in Lunch Ticket, the literary journal of the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, for an unpublished creative nonfiction essay, 5,000 words maximum. Enter via online form.
https://winningwriters.com/templates/contest_detail…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

GABO PRIZE FOR LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION OR MULTI-LINGUAL 
TEXTS
Neutral free contest gives $200 and publication in Lunch Ticket for English translations of poetry or literary prose. Send poetry (maximum 10 pages total) or one story/essay (maximum 5,000 words). Please include a translator's statement as well as the original work along with your translation. See sponsor's terms and conditions regarding rights and permissions for the translated works. Enter online. Lunch Ticket is the literary journal of the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles; the prize is named for Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
https://winningwriters.com/templates/contest_detail…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

INNOVATIONS IN READING PRIZE 
Recommended free contest sponsored by the National Book Foundation awards $10,000 prize to an individual, institution, or collaborative partnership that uses innovative approaches to successfully inspire a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. Open to US citizens and American institutions only. Submit a completed nomination form; several short narratives that describe the work, its impact, and how the prize money would be used; and two reference letters. Enter online.
https://winningwriters.com/templates/contest_detail…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

POETRY MATTERS LITERARY PRIZES 
Neutral free contest for unpublished poems gives prizes up to $75 in each of four age categories: middle school students, high school students, adults (ages 20-60), and seniors (61+). Winning poems will be published in Poetry Diversified Anthology and on Poetry Matters website; video and audio of winner reading will also be posted via YouTube and via SoundCloud. Submit up to 3 poems, maximum 30 lines each, via sponsor's online submissions portal.
https://winningwriters.com/templates/contest_detail…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

REFLEX FICTION CONTEST 
Neutral free quarterly contest awards prizes up to 100 pounds for previously unpublished flash fiction stories, between exactly 180-360 words (excluding titles), by writers aged 16+. Longlisted and winning pieces will be published online. Submit one flash fiction piece per quarter using sponsor's online entry form.
https://winningwriters.com/templates/contest_detail…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

RESTLESS BOOKS PRIZE FOR NEW IMMIGRANT WRITING 
Recommended free contest gives $10,000 advance and publication in print and e-book editions for a manuscript of literary prose, 45,000 words minimum for fiction and 25,000 words minimum for nonfiction, by a first-generation US immigrant who has not previously published a book in that particular genre with a US publisher. "First-generation" can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the US, or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere. Prize alternates annually between fiction (odd-numbered years) and nonfiction (even-numbered years). Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a collection of short stories; nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction. Candidates are asked to submit a CV and a one-page cover letter as the first pages of their manuscript. The cover letter should address the candidate's background as a writer, experience as an immigrant, and inspiration for the submitted work. Submit online.
https://winningwriters.com/templates/contest_detail…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

WORKING CLASS WRITERS GRANT 
Individual Poems
Poetry Manuscript
Fellowship
Memoir
Novel Excerpt
Prose Manuscript
Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Fellowship 
Recommended free contest awards $750 for published or unpublished writing samples (poetry, drama, fiction, or nonfiction) by working-class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers. Submit a sample of up to 10 pages of poetry or drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction. Along with your writing sample, send a 750-word personal statement that addresses both your relevant financial background and what you hope to accomplish with the help of this grant as well as a 1-page bibliography of any previously published work. If sending a segment of a novel or novella, include 1-page synopsis. See website for other submission requirements. Enter by email. Sponsored by Speculative Literature Foundation.
https://winningwriters.com/templates/contest_detail…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

GLIMMER TRAIN’S SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS
Occurring three times a year, this is the spring instalment of Glimmer Train’s contest. It’s only open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000, and entries are capped at 12,000 words. The winner receives $2500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories, along with 10 copies of that issue.
http://www.glimmertrain.org/…/short_story_award_for_new_wri…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

VISIBLE WHITE PHOTO PRIZE 2017
A catalogue will be published which includes presentation of the finalist single photos and projects, images and texts by finalist photographers, as well as critical introductions by curator Laura Serani.

Visible White Photo Prize is collaboration between Celeste Network and Fondazione Studio Marangoni.

Conflicts, whether economic, political or religious, conflicts for power, land, water, oil, are evermore widespread and frequent, and are setting entire populations adrift with consequences and repercussions that are now evident in the ‘rich and stable’ countries of the world.
http://www.celesteprize.com/InConflict2017/
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

PHODAR BIENNIAL PHOTO COMPETETION 2017
The “Phodar” Biennial is a massive photographer’s project, which takes place in Bulgaria. It features a global photo contest judged by an international jury, accompanying exhibitions of Bulgarian and foreign authors and a theoretical seminar.

The “Phodar” foundation is registered in the town of Pleven in 1999 and organises The First international photo studio “Art-document-photo” transformed later in “Phodar” Biennial, which involves 187 authors from seven different countries. In 2017 the PHODAR Foundation celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the international photography Biennial PHODAR, which is a reason for assessment and reflection. During the past editions the festival has acquired its own unique face/appearance and a clear value system oriented towards genuine vision and thorough problem research. The topics of the recent editions of the competition reflect issues, which are in the focus of modern society.
http://www.fodar.dir.bg/
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

RHS PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2017
RHS wants to inspire young and old alike to get outdoors with a camera and record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be. Amateur and professional photographers can enter the updated competition, which runs from 26 May 2016 to 28 February 2017.

Photographers of all ages can enter the Social Media category: any image submitted via RHS Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts, using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp. The image can be related to anything horticultural or gardening, and a monthly winner will be selected by our social media followers. Each monthly winner will then be fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.

The competition opens on 26 May 2016 and closes on 28 February 2017. All categories are free to enter. There are nine categories in total: eight will give a first, second or third place, plus highly commended, if judges deem necessary. One (Portfolio) is an RHS judged medal category – applicants must go through a selection process – see below.

Please note there is a limit of five entries per application, except for the Social Media category, in which applicants may enter up to five images per month during the duration of the competition; and Portfolio, which requires six images.
Categories:
Celebrating RHS Gardens
Welcoming Garden Wildlife
Pure Plants
Abstract and Details
Greening Grey Britain
Social Media
Young Photographer (age 11-17)
Children’s Photographer (under 11)
Portfolio
https://www.rhs.org.uk/promotions/rhs-photo-competition
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2017
The goal of this photography competition is to promote talents in the black and white photography community as well as cultivate interest in alternative photographic printing methods. The grand prize is a 16×20″ carbon transfer print, shipped to the winner’s door. Carbon prints are one of the rarest photographic prints in the world, and are known for their luxurious texture, rich blacks, and permanence.
http://thewetprint.com/en/contest-2017/
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

FC BARCELONA PHOTO AWARDS
The FC Barcelona Photo Awards aim to identify the work that reflects in a conscious way the positive intrinsic values to sport. It is established with the aim of giving recognition to these values, seen through the lens of contemporary photographers.

Highlighting these positive values, common in sport and culture, the photography award of FC Barcelona seeks to grow a global photographic platform, which communicates the importance and the contribution of the said universal values to the current society, as well as giving its support to the photography industry, generating a creating a favourable environment for the development of high-level projects.

FC Barcelona will organize an exhibition with the winning entries of both categories, as well as the finalists of the Photo Award category.

It will also make utmost efforts to publicize globally the winners, carrying out various activities to promote the awards in different cities in Europe, USA and Asia.
https://photoawards.fcbarcelona.com/?lang=en
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

LORD TAVERNERS MINIBUSES GRANT PROGRAMME 
Next round opens 1 December 2016. Please note that the Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems. Last year the Lords Taverners, delivered 32 specially adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord's Taverners minibuses are based on the current Ford Transit model, with a diesel engine. The average cost to the charity of an accessible minibus is £52,500. Next round opens 1 May 2016
http://www.lordstaverners.org/minibuses
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

LIFE CHANCES FUND
The Life Chances Fund (LCF) is an £80 million top-up fund, whose objective is to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. This forms part of the Prime Minister’s life chances approach.

The £80 million has been committed by central government to provide contributions to outcome payments for payment-by-results contracts, which involve socially minded investors - ie towards Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). These contracts must be locally commissioned and aim to tackle complex social problems.

Objectives
The Life Chances Fund will aim for contributions of around 20% of total outcomes payments, with local commissioners paying for the majority of the outcomes payments. However the level of contribution from the LCF will be refined to reflect the balance in savings that are generated for the wider public sector. Where the rate of savings to central government are relatively low and/or the immediate savings to the local commissioner are very high, levels of contribution will be refined to reflect this.

Based on existing central top-up funds, which have targeted a similar contribution, the LCF could leverage a further £320 million in outcomes payments from local commissioners, creating a total pot of £400 million for outcomes contracts.

The overall objective of the £80 million LCF is to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. It will do this by:

increasing the number and scale of SIBs in England making it easier and quicker to set up a SIB generating public sector efficiencies by delivering better outcomes and using this to understand how cashable savings are
increasing social innovation and building a clear evidence base of what works
increasing the amount of capital available to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector providers to enable them to compete for public sector contracts providing better evidence of the effectiveness of the SIB mechanism and the savings that are being accrued growing the scale of the social investment market
Application process
There is a 2-stage application process for the Life Chances Fund.

When a thematic call out is issued, proposals for SIBs in the relevant policy areas can be submitted for consideration. Applicants are required to submit their proposals via an expression of interest (EOI) and, if successful, a full application.

Send application forms to lifechancesfund@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
Expression of interest
The initial stage of the process will ensure that applicants are clear on what it is they are applying for and how realistic a proposal they are making.

It will ensure applicants meet the fundamental criteria for applying to LCF.

A decision will be taken on each EOI form within 4 weeks (depending upon the volume of applications).

Full application
Proposals approved through the EOI submission will be required to complete a full application (FA) with more detailed information regarding the proposal.

Successful applicants will receive an in-principle agreement to fund outcomes and can then enter into commissioning service provision and launch.

From the point of call out, it is expected that it will take a maximum of 9 months for the application process to be completed, and a maximum of a further 3 months for a funding decision to be made. All money should therefore be committed by summer 2018.
Deadlines: 30 September 2016, 28 February 2017, 31 July 2017
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/life-chances-fund
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

PATAGONIA GRANTS TO PROTECT BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS
Small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect biodiversity and the environment, can apply for grants of up to €12,000 to run projects that protect local habitats. Applicants must be able to produce measurable project results, and Patagonia are particularly keen to support efforts that force the government to abide by laws. Creative methods to engage communities to take action, including film, photography and books will only be supported if they are tightly linked to a direct-action campaign on the issue, with specific goals that go beyond education and awareness.
http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=2942
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

EU AUDIOVISUAL INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION PROJECT GRANTS
The EU has issued a new call for proposals under the Media sub-programme for projects that increase the capacity of audiovisual operators to develop European audiovisual works; and to facilitate European and international co-production, including with television broadcasters.

Funding can be used for:
Production of feature films, animations and documentaries of a minimum length of 60 minutes intended primarily for cinema release
Implementation of concrete distribution strategy aiming at the better circulation of the supported works.

The film should be distributed in at least 3 territories, including at least one in a country participating in the Media sub-programme and one not. Up to €400,000 funding per project, for 80% of costs, is available for projects that start on 01/09/2017 and end on 31/12/2019.
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/…/international-coproduction-fund…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

EU INTEGRATION OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS FUND
The EU has launched a new call for proposals to fund projects that focus on integration of third-country nationals.

Projects must address at least one of the following priorities:
Promoting active participation in society overall
Pre-departure and post-arrival support for the integration of persons in need of international protection who are being relocated within the EU or resettled from a third country.

Eligible activities include:
Sharing asylum best practices and laws
Setting-up transnational cooperation networks and pilot projects
Studies and research on possible new forms of Union cooperation in the field of asylum, immigration and integration
Development and application of common statistical tools, methods and indicators for measuring policy developments.
The funding available for the call is €17.6m. 
http://ec.europa.eu/…/op…/amif/calls/amif-2016-ag-inte.html…
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

EU KNOWLEDGE ALLIANCES FUND
The European Commission has issued a new call for proposals to bring higher education institutions and business together to work on common issues.

The aim is to help strengthen Europe’s capacity to innovate and to support the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems. Knowledge Alliances focus on one or more of the following:

Developing new, innovative, and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning
Stimulating entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial skills of higher education and company staff
Exchanging knowledge and working together on new solutions.
Funding of €700,000 to €1m is available to organisations to develop a project that contributes to one of the focus areas above. Organisations interested in participating must do so as part of a consortium, including: a minimum of six independent organisations from at least three Programme Countries of which least two must be higher education institutions (HEIs), and of which at least two must be enterprises/businesses (consultancies and intermediaries are eligible on the understanding that they demonstrate pertinent experience and commitment in the relevant field).
http://ec.europa.eu/…/innovation-goo…/knowledge-alliances_en
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

PARKS FOR PEOPLE FUND
Through the programme, Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades).

To be considered for funding, applicants need to show that the community values the park as part of their heritage; the parks meet local social, economic and environmental needs; and that the park management actively involves local people.
http://www.hlf.org.uk/loo…/our-grant-programmes/parks-people
DEADLINE 28 FEBRUARY 2017

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