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Bridging the Gap - Coalfields Regeneration Grants

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Welcome to the seventh newsletter from the West Midlands Coalfields Regeneration Trust team. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is an independent grant-making body. We are a registered charity and limited by guarantee, governed by a board of Trustees.

Our mission is:

“Working closely with partners, the Trust is a key agency promoting and achieving social and economic regeneration in the coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales”

We run two grant programmes:

Bridging the Gap Main Grants These funding programmes both run for three years from April 2008 to March 2011. We also run a number of strategic programmes in the West Midlands - Sports Legacy, Debt Management, Jobs Pool, Family Employment Imitative and Capacity Building and Training.

Bridging the Gap - Get Your Application Submitted

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is fast approaching the end of its Bridging the Gap funding programme. It is important that groups do not miss out on this opportunity to apply for grants.

The final deadline for the submission of applications will be late September / early October. The chances of an application being successful at the moment is high, though obviously we can never guarantee approval, that is down to our Trustees ultimately.

We can support all sorts of voluntary and community sector groups including sports clubs, scouts and guides, residents and community associations, church hall committees, PCCs, lunch clubs, community centres, arts groups, miners welfare and social clubs, allotment associations, play groups, homework clubs, dance groups, keep fit groups, youth groups, social enterprises and more.

Applicant organisations must have an annual unrestricted income of less than £100,000. Bridging the Gap grant can cover the total costs of a project or be a contribution towards a larger scheme. Groups may apply for grants of up to £5,000.

The Bridging the Gap programme is great for groups who could do with some equipment, wish to make improvements to their facilities, wish to carry out activities, or aim to hold an event. If you have an idea for a project please contact us and we can advise on eligibility and offer support with your application.

If you have already had BtG funding you can apply again if 12 months has passed since the last offer of grant and your project has been satisfactorily completed. Your application would need to be for something different to what we have already supported.

Round 4 Funding Programme

Since April 2008, when round 4 of our funding programmes started, we have awarded £5,831,970 towards 168 projects in the West Midlands. £5,188,158 has been awarded to 56 Main Grants programme projects and £643,812 has been awarded to 112 Bridging the Gap projects.

Main Grants Program

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has recently awarded Main Grants programme funding in the West Midlands to

  •  Dyslexia Association of Staffordshire Ltd - community literacy skills project. 
  •  LGBT Network – a meeting and advice place focussing on supporting people through the recession.

Bridging the Gap Funding Programme Grants Award

 The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has recently awarded Bridging the Gap grants in the West Midlands to: 

  •  Polish Day Care Centre – employment of a cook. 
  •  Hem Heath Junior Cricket Club – equipment and qualifications. 
  • Wulstan Reyelles (dancing group) – room hire and purchase of minibus. 
  • Stockingford St Paul’s PCC – sessional development worker for unemployed drop in centre. 
  • DIAL Nuneaton and Bedworth – advisor salary for outreach project. 
  • Heath Hayes Football Club – new mower.
  • The Crafty Buddies – craft tuition, equipment and tools. 
  • Biddulph Youth Theatre Experience – new footlights. 

If you would like a list of all the Main Grant and Bridging the Gap projects that we have supported to date in round 4 please contact us.

Free training courses for groups - Level 2 capacity building programme

You may recall back in December we asked if there were any groups that would find it beneficial for members of their management committee or volunteers to undertake some training. We had a good response to this and as a result over 20 people have gone on to undertake level 2 training on a range of courses including managing volunteers, food safety and catering and health and safety. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust would like to support the further development of skills and capacity in voluntary and community sector organisations. If you are an organisation that we have funded in the past (or one who was eligible but your application was unsuccessful) and you would find training for some of your committee members and volunteers useful then please contact us at the regional office.

The types of courses on offer include:

  • Managing Volunteers 
  • Food Safety in Catering 
  • Health and Safety 
  • ASDAN Certificate in Community Volunteering 
  • Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning 
  • Child Protection 
  • Community Development The Trust will cover the course costs.

North Staffordshire Funding Fair

A Funding Fair is to be held on Wednesday 6th October, 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. There will be around 25 funders attending. It is a free event and open to all in North Staffordshire.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Training Sessions

The City Council holds free training sessions for organisations and groups in the Stoke area on:

  • Grantnet (to help you search for funds for your project). 
  • Project Planning and making applications for funding. 
  • Project Monitoring, evaluation and budgeting. 

For further information contact: Email: Telephone: 01782 233119

The Regional Office Team

Programme Manager – Suzanne Clarke

Support Worker – Noelle Hillman

To contact us:

Tel: 01782 563112 Mobile: 07977512985

Fax: 01782 296541 E-mail: E-mail:

Address: Lymedale Business Centre, Hooters Hall Road, Lymedale Business Park,Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 9QF



terry turbo's picture

I find this strange as when I

I find this strange as when I applied to them early last year I was turned down because Tunstall was not in their area ?
Will have to do a it of digging.

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