Work we've funded

61 grants found

  • £500 – £4927500
  • / – 2017/18

4 Steps CIC

Tinker Lab

Jonathan Hartley has a background in teaching, entertainment and using technology in performance. He is committed to sharing his digital and technical skills to create a programme that blends technology with play, supporting intergenerational groups to learn and share their skills with one another. With the support of 4 Steps CIC, Jonathan will create a ‘Tinker Lab’ designed to inspire, engage and develop the technological skills of the local community in Burnage.

Advantages of Age

Advantages of Age Business Academy

Advantages of Age seeks to research, develop, test and pilot a training programme aimed at men and women, ages 50 and up, who have been made redundant from employment and are seeking to fulfil their potential through new career opportunities. Their mission is to empower mature entrepreneurs to create a business suited to their skills and experience with the potential to succeed in today’s tough economy. The Academy will host monthly sessions with industry experts, provide opportunities for peer-to-peer support and will offer a web portal containing additional assets and links.

AJP Dreams

Getting the Right Support for Flamboyant Dreaming

AJP Dreams’ tagline is “If I can, you can, we can!” Alexander Warren is a young man who has overcome obstacles to become a conference speaker, businessman and entrepreneur: using his experiences to inspire and motivate others to improve care and support for people with learning disabilities. Alexander plans to work with Edinburgh Development Group, an academic from Edinburgh University and drama experts to research, develop, test and pilot an empathy training programme for support workers, which will help them to listen to and empathise with their clients’ dreams, no matter how flamboyant. This grant will pay Alexander, his support team and these experts for 18 months to create a training product that can be delivered more widely and become commercially sustainable.

Amahra Spence

Art Hotel: Feasibility Study

Amahra Spence’s background in youth work, creative industries, project management and corporate event management has helped shape her vision to develop an Artist Hotel in Birmingham. As a social enterprise designed and managed by artists, the hotel would feature an arts programme and project space and provide training for young people; an alternative income stream for emerging artists and young people, and a unique experience of Birmingham. Amahra has already made links to other Artist Hotels and with local organisations, including Birmingham City Council, to support the development of a feasibility study and project proposal.

Amy Martin

The Children's Hub

  • Grant amount: £12,700 over 12 months
  • Fund: Ideas and Pioneers Fund
  • Date awarded: 2016/2017
  • Location: West Midlands

Amy has over ten years’ experience of working with children and young people as producers, leaders and artists across a variety of art forms. Amy wants to explore the feasibility of a Birmingham ‘Children’s Hub’ – a multifaceted space that would combine an arts programme, social enterprise and community venue focused on celebrating, supporting and championing childhood in Birmingham. At this stage, Amy will gather evidence and grow stakeholder engagement to assess the need, viability and vision for the hub.

Amy Win - Cook Inspire Change CIC

Cook Inspire Change Online Food Education Programmes

Amy Win founded Cook Inspire Change to provide education, employability and enterprise programmes to young people who face challenging circumstances in the Greater Manchester area. Amy will produce e-learning tools based on two programmes that she will develop and deliver: ‘Ready Set Sell’ and the ‘Food Enterprise Programme’. Ready Set Sell will prepare young people who are not in employment or those with previous criminal convictions or substance dependency for entry-level jobs in the food industry.

Bidean Co-design

Co-design for Mental Health

Created by Erika Renedo Illaregi, Bidean Co-design will test and evaluate workshops in which mental health service users co-design products that help with their symptoms, e.g. tablecloths that facilitate conversation during meals for those with communication difficulties. She will also develop partnerships with mental health organisations with whom she could collaborate in future to replicate and scale-up the idea. Erika plans to exhibit the designs to the public as a way of tackling stigma associated with mental health and empowering her participants.

Bristol Braille Technology

Support to develop a prototype of Canute, an affordable display to increase access to Braille

  • Grant amount: £30,000 over 5 months
  • Fund: Ideas and Pioneers Fund
  • Date awarded: 2015/2016
  • Location: Multi-region, South West, West Midlands

Ed Rogers founded Bristol Braille Technology CIC in 2011 with the goal of helping to reverse the decline in blind literacy. Braille is very important for a blind person’s literacy, education, employment and independence. There is a huge difference between listening to an audio book and reflecting on a written text at one’s own pace. The Canute project has been on-going since 2012, making digital Braille radically more affordable. It will be the world’s first full page Braille ebook reader, which will also allow access to musical notation and mathematical formulae.

Chris Taylor

Middlesbrough Urban Eco Village

Chris Taylor’s vision is to regenerate a community experiencing disadvantage while pushing the boundaries of sustainable living. He wants to fully scope the concept of an eco-village in a neighbourhood of Middlesbrough that will include community renewable energy, tenants helping to design and build their own homes, an urban farm for residents to grow their own food and a learning and development space where young people from around the country can learn skills for social change.

Christopher Hartworth

Learning Banks

This idea springs from Christopher Hartworth’s personal experience of living with a chronic neurological condition, supported by his professional background in research and development. Christopher wants to create a shared resource where people living with a chronic condition can find solutions to everyday problems through an online peer to peer resource. With PHF funding team of service users will be engaged to create a prototype using one specific condition, multiple sclerosis, and explore the conditions necessary to create and launch a full operational Learning Bank.