Esmée Foundation’s Merger Fund
A fund for not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are in the early phases of thinking about a merger has been launched by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Funding is intended for organisations that are uncertain about what the decision might involve or those who need reassurance that a proposed merger makes sense. The focus of the merging organisations must come under the Foundation's areas of interest: the arts; education and learning; the environment; and social change.
The total value of the Merger Fund is £100,000 and the Foundation anticipates making between 10 and 15 grants from this amount.
There is no closing date for the Fund. However, applicants should be aware that the Foundation is assessing applications as they are submitted and this means that once all the funds have been allocated no new applications will be considered. Further details from: esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what-we-fund/merger-fund/
Theatres Protection Fund
There is a small Grants Scheme, which aims to target theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work with local communities. www.theatrestrust.org.uk/grants
Money Advice Trust
The Money Advice Trust has opened its Innovation Grants Programme for 2012 to charitable organisations across the UK. Charitable organisations that provide free, independent, effective advice to people on how to deal with debt and how to manage their money in a wiser way may apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000. www.moneyadvicetrust.org/section.asp