Localgiving has opened its 2017 Magic Little Grants scheme by awarding £35,000 to 72 local charities and community groups across Great Britain.
The scheme has received over 100 applications so far. Awards have been made to a range of projects from Chair Zumba classes for over 60’s, to autism friendly trampolining sessions, to amateur football clubs needing extra equipment ahead of the new season.
The Magic Little Grants scheme distributes small grants on behalf of grant makers to local charities and community groups to support their vital work. With its simple and intuitive application process, the Magic Little Grants Scheme aims to reduce the work required for grassroots, often volunteer-led, organisations to access the small amounts of funding they need to launch or strengthen their services.
Run in association with the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the current grants of £250 and £500 are open to charitable groups in Great Britain running sports or physical activities for their local community. Applicants must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £50,000. Preference is given to projects that encourage social cohesion and help vulnerable or hard to reach groups to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.
As well as receiving a Magic Little Grant, successful organisations are also given free annual membership with Localgiving. This gives them access to Localgiving’s online fundraising platform, numerous fundraising resources and regular match fund campaigns such as ‘Grow Your Tenner’.