People’s Postcode Trust

Grants available for: Projects that focus on he prevention of poverty and/or upholding of human rights for vulnerable groups and promotion of equal rights, and/or helping people come together for the benefit of their area to resolve conflicts
Size of grants available: up to £2,000 for organisations that are not registered charities; up to £20,000 for registered charities.
Next deadline: 18th August 2017

Aims of Fund

People’s Postcode Trust fund projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.

PPT aims to help people find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its long-term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to improve their life chances. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity, geography, gender, age or disability. PPT aims to fund projects that give people a voice to help them uphold their rights and find their own place within society.

How much and what can you apply for

Registered charities can apply for up to £20,000. Other not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to £2,000.

The types of project they are looking for include:

  • Training programmes to boost skills and opportunities for disadvantaged groups with formal accreditation at the end of the programme;
  • Homelessness support;
  • Prevention of anti-social behaviour in young people;
  • Support for at-risk families (parenting support);
  • Promotion of human rights for LGBT groups, the disabled or elderly;
  • Services around domestic violence;
  • Creative solutions to help refugees integrate into their community

Projects likely to get funding will demonstrate:

  • Innovative and tangible impacts;
  • Sustainability: the project will continue to benefit beneficiaries beyond its 12 months;
  • Creative acknowledgement of PPT’s support;
  • Short but clear descriptions of activities and outcomes.

Examples of projects which are unlikely to be eligible via PPT:

  • Youth clubs that exist for socialisation and don’t offer qualification;
  • Projects that simply boost the confidence of participants;
  • Food banks that don’t also link to skillsbased outcomes;
  • Advice services for debt relief or jobposting for young people or the longterm unemployed;
  • ESOL courses not linked to other, skillbased enterprises; and,
  • General on-going running costs of an organisation.

Assessment criteria include:

  • The project has to have a clear charitable purpose and show visible results within 12 months of receipt of grant payment.
  • The organisation MUST be a fully constituted body with an organisation bank account.
  • All funding must be spent within 12 months of the date received and applicants must be able to provide receipts for items over £50, equaling the total amount awarded.
  • The project MUST demonstrate a sustainable impact beyond its’ original duration.
  • By “sustainable” they mean that any work should have a longer-term impact for the organisation or community. For example, capital items can be used for many years to come and volunteer projects will provide benefits beyond a year.
  • All registered charities, with an income above £25,000, should have a financial reserves strategy in place.

A full list of exclusions, and guidance on the pricing of items in your application, is included in the guidance notes.

How to apply

Complete a short Expression of Interest form. You may then be invited to submit a full application.

Deadlines for application

Expressions of interest must be received between 1st August and 18th August 2017.

Contact details

For queries:
Trust Helpdesk on 0131 555 7287 or email info@postcodetrust.org.uk
For further guidance notes and the application form:
http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/small-grants/how-to-apply.htm

Date & initials

20/2/17 RR