How proud am I that the first solo flight into space by a pie was launched from Wigan! Here's a video and you can read the full and important news story HERE. You'll be pleased to know that the pie landed safely in Low Bentham yesterday. Bill Kenyon of Ultimate Purveyors from St Helens, who were commissioned to make the pie, said: "This is the first step to enable mankind to consume pies with more elegance and comfort. Neither the sky, nor the pie, should be the limit." Move over NASA.
Foyle Foundation Small Grants Programme
The Foyle Foundation is inviting small local charities (with a turnover of less than £100,000 per year) to apply for funding through its Small Grants programme. Through its Small Grants Programme, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applicants will need to demonstrate that the grant will make a significant difference to their work. Applications can be made at any time. Read more HERE.
The Weavers' Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st March 2017. Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Read more HERE.
The Government has launched a new funding round of its Tampon Tax Fund. The Fund which was announced in the Autumn Statement 2015 and distributes the VAT collected on women's sanitary products to charitable organisations within the UK. A total of £15 million is available for projects that address violence against women or work with disadvantaged women and girls. Priority will be given to projects that provide services that are not currently widely available. The closing date for applications is the 27th January 2017. For a copy of the Tampon Tax Fund criteria and guidance, and application form, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Read more by clicking on the tampon.