Funding: Funding England

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Practical Support

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Whilst we know that one of the most common barriers to addressing the challenges in the coalfields is resources, we wanted to use our Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) to be able to provide practical support to coalfield organisations free of charge.

By doing this, we’re working towards our CCIP objectives of building the capacity of coalfield organisations to help them become more sustainable, developing a membership of connected coalfield organisations across England, who can share good practice and respond to local needs, and creating joint-working and income generation opportunities.

Our offer includes range of different support, such as:

• Critical Friend – face to face meetings with Development Managers, telephone and email support from the team (98% satisfaction rating from members of which 86% were very satisfied)
• Local Area Profiling – detailed reports of local statistics (over two reports/year)
• Funding Support – review of funding applications (to any funder)
• Funding Search – bespoke searches using GrantFinder
• Organisational Diagnostic Tool – analysis of organisational need
• Networking & information sharing with over 260 member organisations
• Online resource library of around 600 useful reports and information
• Signposting to partner organisations

To find out more about our practical support offer and how to get involved, please view our eligibility criteria below.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Funding Support

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We know that one of the most common barriers to addressing the challenges in the coalfields are resources, which is why we put together the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP).

CCIP delivers grants from a £500,000 funding pot to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to help them deliver projects in the top 30% most deprived coalfield areas.

The projects we help fund cover three different themes – skills, employment and health & wellbeing – all of which can have an enormous impact on the lives of everyday people struggling in ex-mining towns and villages.

Our awardees have worked on all different kinds of things – we’ve helped fund employability training, IT skills workshops, language classes, after-school sports clubs, refugee and asylum seeker support, to more interesting ideas like therapeutic gardening sessions.

Unfortunately, we cannot help fund capital costs, but we are able to fund core costs up to 50% of the total amount requested. This can include operational costs, as well as administration and management.

We decide how the fund will be distributed at four decision making committees held quarterly between the 1 April 2019 to 31st March 2020 (£125,000 per committee):

October 2019 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 17th June 2019 and closes at 5pm on 30th August 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th September 2019 at 5pm.

January 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 16th September 2019 and closes on at 5pm on 29th November 2019. The deadline for applications is 13th December 2019 at 5pm.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is always met with high demand. Last year the number of successful awards was just 22% of the total applications received.

Our eligibility survey can be found at the bottom of the eligibility guidance notes below. To ensure your best chance of success please make sure to read through all of this information before you apply.

For information about each of the eligible wards, please simply click on the links below:

We also offer a bespoke practical support service for organisations in coalfield areas, click here to find out more.