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Grants and Awards

BAA Edinburgh community fund

BAA Edinburgh have a community fund for local projects. For more information please contact Kevin Lang, Head of Communications at BAA Scotland on

Free Management Support from the Cranfield Trust

The Cranfield Trust is recognised as the UK’s leading provider of free management consultancy support to charities and non profit organisations across the country. Now celebrating our twentieth anniversary, we will provide free management support on a friendly one to one basis to over 200 charities in 2009.

What type of support is available?

We can help in many ways. Perhaps your business plan needs updating or you are considering a new trading opportunity and would like some help in planning it. You may be thinking of taking a fresh look at your marketing plan or have staffing issues (e.g. reviewing salary scales, reporting structure, team building). We would be pleased to help with these and many other areas.

To ensure each assignment is appropriately skills matched, the Trust allocates a local Project Manager to every project assignment. This enables a charity to leverage the maximum benefits from the volunteer’s time and expertise.

Who is eligible for support?

The Cranfield Trust’s management consultancy projects are available to all voluntary organisations whose primary purpose is to tackle issues of poverty, disability and social exclusion. We have been developing our work in Scotland and have the capacity to take on more projects locally.

How do I find out more information?

Please visit our website for further information. For an informal discussion about a free management consultancy project please call Iain Ferguson or Jane Whitworth on 0844 800 3390, or email

Google Grants - Free Advertising for Registered Charities

The Google Grants UK beta programme supports organisations that "share Google's philosophy of community service to help the world," in areas including education and the arts. The programme provides free advertising on to UK registered charities to help them inform and engage their supporters online. Each charity participating in the programme will receive this advertising for at least three months. For more information visit

The Philip Lawrence Awards

The Philip Lawrence Awards reward outstanding achievements in good citizenship by young people aged 11 to 20. They recognise contributions to the community which bring out the best in young people, empower them to take the initiative and make a real difference to their lives and the lives of others – building confidence, promoting safety and reducing crime.

Since 1997, over 85 groups have received a Philip Lawrence Award. The outstanding results have proved that the Awards have been a huge success in promoting youth involvement in local communities, social behaviour, self-esteem and continual participation in valuable neighbourhood activities.

The inspiration for the awards is Philip Lawrence who knew that young people are capable of great acts of thoughtfulness, generosity and vision.

See for more details.

O2 Community Awards

Recently, O2, in partnership with the Conservation Foundation, launched its Your Community, a new community fund to enable people to make real improvements to where they live. Awards up to £1,000 will be available to support local environmental, urban renewal and conservation projects.

The fund is open to applications from all members of the public - both groups and individuals - and could, for instance, be used to hire tools and equipment, or to purchase plants, paint, signs and materials. Examples of projects that could receive funding include turning derelict land into a wildlife area or planinting flowers in the High Street.

Application forms can be obtained at the website.

For more information please contact Steven Bartholomew on 01753 281 148.

Nomination for Individual Honours

In the United Kingdom, honours are awarded twice a year, in June and at the New Year; about 1,500 awards each time. Most are made in the Order of the British Empire with some 15% at the highest levels (CBE and above). They are awarded for all types of service including to:

  • arts practitioners and administrators - actors, musicians, painters etc;
  • industrialists and trade unionists;
  • journalists and broadcasters;
  • the Armed Forces;

but by far the largest number of awards go to those providing services to their local communities, mainly volunteers.

Individuals may be nominated for an honour by anyone, and we encourage neighbours, work colleagues etc to put forward those they admire for their achievements. Please go to page: where you can print off the application form.

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