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Ineligible funding sources

These are sources of financial support which have been suggested and, on closer inspection, are not available to us

Fund URL Investigated by Reason for ineligibility
Community Facilities Capital Projects Fund Rich Qualifying criterion number 7

"Where a building is leased as part of its application, a facility must also be able to demonstrate that it has a lease agreement in place with an unexpired term of no less than ten years."

Potential funding sources

Applied for or enquiry ongoing

Fund URL outreach/sponsorship/grants contact Fund value Investigated by Result/Status
Locality Budget Scheme Allocations

link now appears to be

Judi Billing, Derrick Ashley £2,000 (2x£1,000) Mark £2,080 awarded as of 18-Mar-15
£1,000 from Judi Billing 10-Mar-15
£1,080 from Derrick Ashley 18-Mar-15
North Herts CVS Anne Taylor TBD Mark Mark contacted Anne Taylor of NHCVS 25th Feb 2015
Wren (Landfill Communities Funding distribution) TBD Mark Some local projects have been funded through this, however, when contacted (by Mark) there was some uncertainty about whether there is a landfill site close enough
Waitrose Community Matters TBD Alex
Hertfordshire Community Foundation £5,000 Mark Applied for £5k grant (application)
Jewson - Building Better Communities £5,000-£10,000 Richard Application submitted 11-Apr-15 (application)

Application made May-17, unsuccessful (again)

Hippowaste - Grants Up For Grabs £200 (value of bag and collection) Brian Application successful, bag delivered, filled and collected in July 2017. Only allowed one bag per organisation, so we can't apply again
Liverpool Victoria LV offer financial support and employee time to organisations local to their offices. They have an office in Hitchin. Unknown Brian Application unsuccessful: 2017-10-05, no funds to offer at present time.
Aviva Community Fund Aviva Community Fund Supporting Docs £10,000-£25,000 Nick Project page. Made it to final 8, didn't win. £500 consolation prize awarded.
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (LLAOL)- Community Trust Fund £7500 Mark Application submitted 10/11/2017. Awarded £3750.

Not applied for

Other possible funding or assistance sources

Organisation URL outreach/sponsorship/grants contact Investigated by Result
Unlimited (UnLtd for Social Entreprenuers?)
Raspbery Pi Mark Mellors unlikely, only outreach programmes funded
science centres
B&Q Waste Donation Scheme
Peoples Postcode Trust
Community Foundation
Awards For All - Big Lottery Fund
Comic Relief Local Communities Programme See below
SIB (Social Investment Business) MM - note deadline is 30/9/14! See below
BIFFA There's a Biffa landfill site just outside Hitchin so we'd be eligible to apply. Their small grants scheme is for between £250 and £10000 for projects with total budget less than £15k
Hertfordshire Community Foundation (Small Grants) Up to £1000 Paul, more to do Criteria:
Hertfordshire Community Foundation (Large Grants) or Upto £5000 Paul, more to do Criteria :
Comic Relief on the Core Strength - Local Communities Grants will be between £1,000 to £10,000, for up to 12 months

This is aimed at Building Stronger Communities with three priorities

1. Connected communities 2. Productive communities 3. Empowered communities

We would have to report on the success of one of them.

Paul, more to do... This one pays for overheads and running costs ie electric, rent, stationery consumables etc


SIB (Social Investment Business) £5,000 - £15,000 Paul,more to do The fund is open to charities and social enterprises, operating in England. Any organisation can register and complete the diagnostic tool but in order to apply for a grant you must have been in contact with a designated Access Point who will approve your registration.

Local Education and STEM

Organisation URL outreach/sponsorship/grants contact Investigated by Result
DaVinci school of science and engineering
university of hertfordshire
North herts college
ESF Community Grants - East of England
SetPoint Hertfordshire

Local Technology Businesses

Organisation URL outreach/sponsorship/grants contact Investigated by Result
Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (Stevenage) (Former Astrium) Jeremy Close
Senior Aerospace Thermal Engineering
Glaxo Smith Kline

Professional and Engineering Institutions

Organisation URL outreach/sponsorship/grants contact Investigated by Result
Technology Strategy Board (UK Government)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
BCS The Chartered Institute for IT
British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering
Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management
Energy Institute
Institute of Acoustics
Institute of Cast Metals Engineers
Institute of Highway Engineers
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining
Institute of Measurement & Control
Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics & Engineering In Medicine
Institute of Water
Institution of Agricultural Engineers
Institution of Chemical Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers
Institution of Engineering Designers
Institution of Fire Engineers
Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers
Institution of Lighting Professionals
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Institution of Railway Signal Engineers
Institution of Royal Engineers
Nuclear Institute
Royal Aeronautical Society
Society of Environmental Engineers
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management
The Institution of Engineering and Technology Jonathan Leach/Richard Cowley
The Institution of Structural Engineers
The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
The Society of Operations Engineers
The Welding Institute
Association of Building Engineers
Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Chartered Quality Institute
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
International Council on Systems Engineering UK Chapter
Institute of Nanotechnology or
NAFEMS Do you mean these people?
Women's Engineering Society
Institute of the Motor Industry
Society of Professional Engineers UK
Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
Women in Science and Engineering
Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
Royal Academy of Engineering
Royal Institution


Organisation URL outreach/sponsorship/grants contact Investigated by Result
Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust
Co-Operative Society

Banks and Building Societys

Organisation URL outreach/sponsorship/grants contact Investigated by Result
Co-Operative Bank

local smallish technical orgs

K&M engineering

Belmont Engineering

Jenson consulting

Cartwheel engineering

NAB precision tooling

AKS Ward


Surrey hills Engineers

Matters Southern

Exis Innovation

Testworks group


Tangram technology

Adapt ems

Verulum engineering



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