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CABWI Lifelong Learning and Development Fund

05 October 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for grassroots charitable organisations in the UK providing support that enables people to enter the labour market or gain additional skills to further develop their career.

Fund Information

Funding body:
CABWI Awarding Body
Maximum value:
£ 30,000
Application deadline:
15/10/2021

Background

The CABWI Lifelong Learning and Development Fund is being provided by CABWI, the awarding body for the water and utilities industries, and is managed by Jay Charity Consultancy Services.

Objectives of Fund

The fund supports small charitable organisations with projects that promote lifelong learning and development that enables people to enter the labour market or gain additional skills to further develop their career.

The fund aims:

  • To work directly with young people (aged 14-24) who are either NEET (not in employment, education or training) or at risk of becoming NEET to improve their access to employment and the labour market.
  • To reach and work with individuals with complex barriers to employment, enabling them to move closer to or into employment, including (but not restricted to) ex-service personnel and ex-offenders.
  • To increase the life skills of people so that they may further develop their careers, with a particular focus on the water, utilities and construction industries.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £30,000 a year are available for up to two or three years. Organisations may only apply for a maximum of 15% of their previous year's turnover.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from the following not-for-profit organisations in the UK:

  • Registered charities.
  • Companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims.
  • Community interest companies (CICs).
  • Co-operatives (registered community benefit societies and industrial and provident societies).
  • Social enterprises.

Organisations must have an income level equal to or less than £1 million, as shown in their most recent annual accounts. Priority will be given to smaller organisations.

To be eligible organisations must have:

  • A management committee/board of trustees/board of directors with at least three unrelated people as members. Companies must have three directors registered with Companies House.
  • A written constitution/set of rules that sets out the purpose of the organisation and how it is managed.
  • A copy of their most recent annual accounts or financial records that show the organisation's balance of funds, income and expenditure.
  • A bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated signatories.

Social enterprises and community interest companies must also have:

  • Been registered with an appropriate regulatory body for 12 months prior to the date of the grant application.
  • A safeguarding policy if your organisation works directly with children or vulnerable adults.
  • The salaries and benefits of any paid directors approved by most non-executive directors and be reasonable and proportionate to the work they do and the financial position of the organisation.
  • Have an 'asset lock clause' to ensure that funds or assets can only be transferred to a named organisation or cause with charitable objects aligned to the applicant.

The funders would normally expect SEs and CICs to have become self-sustaining within four years from incorporation but will consider applications from those which have been established for a longer period than this, providing the application is for capacity building or a new initiative that will develop services for the ultimate benefit of the user group.

If a CIC is limited by shares rather than by guarantee it may be eligible providing it meets other criteria, which will include open share distribution from the wider community.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for:

  • Statutory organisations such as local authorities, NHS organisations and schools.
  • Individuals or sole traders.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Arts projects with no community or charitable element.
  • Direct replacement of statutory funding.
  • Political groups or activities promoting political beliefs.
  • Religious groups seeking to influence people's religious choices.
  • Sports projects with no community or charitable element.
  • Retrospective grants.
  • Commercial or profit-making organisations or projects.
  • Contribution to endowment funds, payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans.
  • Overseas travel or expeditions.
  • Funding for projects taking place overseas.
  • Contributions to major capital or 'bricks and mortar' projects.
  • Sponsored or fundraising events or groups raising funds to distribute to other causes.
  • Schools, churches, parish councils or PTAs.
  • Contingency or unspecified expenditure.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is for activities that fall within the fund's themes:

  • To work directly with young people (aged 14-24) who are either NEET (not in employment, education or training) or at risk of becoming NEET to improve their access to employment and the labour market.
  • To reach and work with individuals with complex barriers to employment, enabling them to move closer to or into employment, including (but not restricted to) ex-service personnel and ex-offenders.
  • To increase the life skills of people so that they may further develop their careers, with a particular focus on the water, utilities and construction industries.

Funding priorities are:

  • Supporting individuals with complex barriers to employment gain relevant qualifications to enter the water, utilities and construction industries workforce. (NB Relevant CABWI qualifications could be provided free of charge.)
  • Supporting ex-service personnel and ex-offenders.
  • Projects that have clear and well-established connections to employers who can offer meaningful work experience and/or employment.

Grants can be used for core and/or project costs.

For requests for both project and core costs, the funders would expect to offer grants with a 50/50 mix. The funders will consider a full-cost recovery model for requests for only project costs.

Location

UK

How To Apply

The deadline for stage 1 applications is 15 October 2021 (6pm).

There is a two-stage application process. Applicants who are successful at stage one will be invited to progress to stage two.

Guidance documents and an online application form are available on the Jay Charity Consultancy Services website.


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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Andrew Jermey-Boys
    Jay Charity Consultancy Services
    1 Twyford Gardens
    Worthing
    West Sussex
    BN13 2NR
    Tel: 07799410346
    Email: [email protected]
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