As the People’s Postcode Trust’s mission is to try to make the world a better place, applications will now only be invited for projects that focus on the following themes:

  • Prevention of poverty.
  • Healthy living initiatives.
  • Upholding human rights.
  • Facilitating reconciliation projects which help disadvantaged or at-risk groups.

Examples of projects which may fit within the Trust’s new criteria include:

  • Training programmes to boost skills and opportunities for disadvantaged people, including volunteer training programmes aimed at providing skills to the long-term unemployed.
  • Projects that tackle the root causes of anti-social behaviour and homelessness, including projects aimed at at-risk young people or young people leaving care.
  • Projects that support at-risk families, providing and early intervention to help tackle family breakdown.
  • Programmes that improve the physical and mental health of disadvantaged groups, enabling them to live more fulfilling lives.
  • Programmes that promote human rights and empower disadvantaged groups enabling them to create a better life for themselves.
  • Provision of services around domestic violence centres or refugee advice centres.
  • Projects that bring different groups of people together in a way that promotes understanding of differences and promotes justice, including programmes that promote migrant rights and help groups integrate into new environments.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000 and can be used for:

  • Purchase of capital items and equipment.
  • Staffing/training costs of up to 50% of total amount requested.
  • Running costs of up to 20% of the total amount requested.
  • Volunteer expenses up to 25% of the total amount requested.
  • Marketing costs of up to 10% of the total amount requested.
  • Building renovations that have an ecological or wider impact on the services an organisation can provide.

The first round is due to open on 1 May 2016 with a deadline of 31 May 2016.

The second round will open on 1 September 2016 with a deadline of 30 September 2016