ACVO Opportunities

Funding

The Happiness Fund

Funding available: £5000 twice a year

Applications close: 29/02/2024

About this fund

The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health, wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities. Ultimately it creates happier people and neighbourhoods. It’s like if Holly Willoughby was in charge of SpongeBob SquarePant’s.

To apply for the fund your project must be:

  • Based in your local community.
  • Non-profit
  • Non-political
  • Focused on longevity.

Applications will not be considered for:

  • Large national charities
  • One-off events such as Christmas meals, day trips etc.
  • Paying salaries, accommodation or rent (renovations will be considered)
  • Individuals: The fund does not provide funding for individuals
  • Medical treatments or research: The fund does not provide funding for medical treatments or research.
  • Schools and Universities (an independent project set up by the school that does not access school funding may apply)
  • Personal development courses: The fund will not provide funding for personal development courses or activities.
  • Retroactive funding: The fund will not provide retroactive funding for expenses already incurred.
  • Projects outside the UK: The fund only supports projects and initiatives that take place within the United Kingdom

Guidance notes

  • The funding available is £5,000 per project.
  • All funding will be one-off and non-recurring. However, organisations can still apply to this fund for another purpose e.g., to start up a different club or activity.
  • Funding can only be deposited into a bank account in the project/group name, no personal accounts.
  • Groups/projects must be able to provide clear evidence of how the fund was used (receipts, invoices etc)
  • Organisations cannot be involved in the decision-making panel at which their application is being considered.
  • Each project lead will be expected to submit a short proforma report with photographic evidence to the panel but monitoring of the funds will be ‘light touch’.
  • These reports will provide information on how the money was spent, what impact the funding has made, feedback from the people taking part, how the project is being sustained (where successful) etc.
  • The project should provide regular updates (blogs, articles, images) which Laughology can use on its website and social media to promote the project (Laughology has final edit over content)

Looking for support with funding?

Identifying funding opportunities and writing grant applications can seem overwhelming, especially when the future sustainability of your group is dependent on gaining funding support. 

Our supportive Funding Officer, Claire Shaw, can help your organisation with every step of the funding application process, from carrying out funding searches to proofreading your application.

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The Happiness Fund

The Happiness Fund

Funding available: £5000 twice a year

Applications close: 29/02/2024

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