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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 17th Oct 05, 10:56 AM
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    Great Grants Hunt
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    • 17th Oct 05, 10:56 AM
    Great Grants Hunt 17th Oct 05 at 10:56 AM
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    Thousands of pounds worth of grants go unclaimed each year and they're available for all sorts of wierd and wonderful projects - from energy savings to studying. I'd like to tap MoneySavers' collective knowledge to find the best ones.

    What else can you find a grant for and what's the best way to get it?
    Last edited by MSE Martin; 10-11-2009 at 9:33 AM.
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    • Fran
    • By Fran 17th Oct 05, 11:43 AM
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    • 17th Oct 05, 11:43 AM
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    • 17th Oct 05, 11:43 AM
    Some answers are in FAQ's under
    Free, Grants & Concessions while on Benefits.



    These are the ones listed under the above thread:-

    VAT exemption for disabled car

    Can't get a blue badge

    Free school meals

    Suggestions required Grants for heating

    Grants

    £10 christmas bonus

    Back to work grant

    Milk tokens

    School uniform assistance

    Winter fuel allowance

    Free fruit & veg?

    Free scheme to help with insulation & heating
    Last edited by Fran; 18-10-2005 at 10:28 AM.
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  • Spinner
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    • 17th Oct 05, 8:33 PM
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    • 17th Oct 05, 8:33 PM
    I haven't used any of these yet, but there are a large number listed in the Business Link Grants and Support Directory. You can search the directory by location for grants applicable to your area.
  • jos
    • #4
    • 17th Oct 05, 10:03 PM
    Grants
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    • 17th Oct 05, 10:03 PM
    Just been on direct.gov.uk and typed in grants and it threw up a whole host of grants available. Just about to apply for warmfront grant myself as rules have changed since i last looked at it. Thanks MSE.
    • wannabe
    • By wannabe 20th Oct 05, 3:11 PM
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    • #5
    • 20th Oct 05, 3:11 PM
    grants
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    • 20th Oct 05, 3:11 PM
    I am a teacher and would love to make the children/school more environmentally friendly but it is really expensive. Are there any grants available to put in hand dryers, solar panels etc
    many thanks
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 20th Oct 05, 3:28 PM
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    • 20th Oct 05, 3:28 PM
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    • 20th Oct 05, 3:28 PM
    I am a teacher and would love to make the children/school more environmentally friendly but it is really expensive. Are there any grants available to put in hand dryers, solar panels etc
    many thanks
    by wannabe
    Came across this link that offers grants up to £500 but for households for solar panels etc. You could contact them and see if they may be able to help you.

    http://www.clear-skies.org/communities/GrantsAndTechnologies.aspx

    There is this one too, for Scotland, and it looks like schools/universities etc are eligible.

    http://www.est.org.uk/schri/community/grant.cfm

    There is this link to The Guardian too which I've just come across which mentions Scotland, England and Wales, and funding for Green Energy for schools.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1596486,00.html

    There is mention of deadlines too for the grants, so if applying, apply ASAP.

    http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,5500,1596445,00.html
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 24-10-2005 at 1:03 PM.
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  • competitionscafe
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    • 20th Oct 05, 3:38 PM
    £100 grant for computer training (Scotland)
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    • 20th Oct 05, 3:38 PM
    This info is from the CAB:
    http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/n6w/scotland/whats_new_aug05_100pound_grant_for_computer_traini ng_scotland.htm

    £100 grant for computer training

    Every adult in Scotland, regardless of income, can now apply for a grant of £100 for basic computer training.

    The new grant is an extension of the Scottish Executive’s Individual Learning Account (ILA) scheme, which helps people on low incomes to learn new skills.

    For further information call the ILA helpline free on 0808 100 1090 or visit the website at www.ilascotland.org.uk
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    • austin
    • By austin 20th Oct 05, 3:57 PM
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    • 20th Oct 05, 3:57 PM
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    • 20th Oct 05, 3:57 PM
    dont know if its been posted here yet, but you can get a grant to convert your car to l.p.g (liquid petroleum gas). the government will pay up to a whopping 75% of the cost as they are keen to encourage alternative fuel usage. as for the pros and cons of converting to lpg, heres some faq's on the topic:


    http://www.internetfraudcentre.co.uk/html/lpg_faq.html
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 24-10-2005 at 1:05 PM.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 20th Oct 05, 4:50 PM
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    • 20th Oct 05, 4:50 PM
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    • 20th Oct 05, 4:50 PM
    I am a teacher and would love to make the children/school more environmentally friendly but it is really expensive. Are there any grants available to put in hand dryers, solar panels etc
    many thanks
    by wannabe
    Our local council (Bristol) has offered environmental awards to voluntary groups, so it might be worth contacting them and/or the local education authority for advice. Also if there's a 'green' advice service for the council - might come under refuse services, because recycling's so important there. I don't know if the kind of project you're describing would be covered by the awards I've seen, but I'm sure the council would have to approve anything like this done at school anyway, wouldn't it?
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    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 20th Oct 05, 5:22 PM
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    There is info on this link regarding grants to conserve listed buildings, traditional farm buildings etc.

    http://www.peakdistrict.org/pubs/histbuild/contents.htm
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    • Fran
    • By Fran 21st Oct 05, 11:22 AM
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    Fran
    dont know if its been posted here yet, but you can get a grant to convert your car to l.p.g (liquid petroleum gas). the government will pay up to a whopping 75% of the cost as they are keen to encourage alternative fuel usage. as for the pros and cons of converting to lpg, heres some faq's on the topic:


    http://www.internetfraudcentre.co.uk/html/lpg_faq.html
    by austin
    austin,

    Can you redo your link (to "internet fraud centre"?!). I did a search for grants re lpg but couldn't find any current grants, there were some that finished in August. Have you got any more info?
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    • charlieheard
    • By charlieheard 22nd Oct 05, 1:31 PM
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    Came across this link that offers grants up to £500 but for households for solar panels etc. You could contact them and see if they may be able to help you.

    http://www.clear-skies.org/communities/GrantsAndTechnologies.aspx
    by Smiley_Mum
    That's a great link - thanks for that. It also gives grants of up to £5000 for a wind generator (£1000 per KW). We're looking in to a personal generator as we're situatated in a really windy site.

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    • suz1305
    • By suz1305 23rd Oct 05, 1:18 PM
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    Anything out of ordinary?
    I'm 31, single and live on my own mortgaged house on a fair salary - but one that gets eaten up heftily by mortgage and other living expenses as I live alone. I often wonder if there are any grants available for people like me, who are on above average salaries but, because of being single, still can struggle a bit. I know about tax exemption on the first chunk of renting a room but wondered if anyone knew of anything else? Cheers, S
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 24th Oct 05, 12:19 PM
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    I've had a look and I think if you were to be insulating your home and making it more energy efficient you may be eligible for some help. You could contact your local Council to ask them about home improvement grants and grants for making your home more energy efficient. There is a website I came across re grants available for landlords but it may be only for houses that are let out, not rooms. Not sure. May be worth having a look though.

    http://www.sustain.co.uk//categories/Services/Industry-Practices/Housing/
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    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 24th Oct 05, 12:24 PM
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    If there are any budding inventors out there then there is info on this link about getting grant assistance/funding for your inventions.

    http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1074298368&r.l3=1073869074&r.l2=1073 866776&r.t=RESOURCES&r.i=1073791553&r.l1=107385879 0&r.s=e
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    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 24th Oct 05, 12:45 PM
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    There is information on this link about funding that may be available, given certain conditions, being over 60, disabled, or on certain benefits etc. Money available for improvements or adaptations to your house if you have difficulty getting around or using the bathroom etc. Info on the site re where to ask about these grants and what conditions apply etc.

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/DisabledPeople/HomeAndHousingOptions/YourHome/YourHomeArticles/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4000642&chk=sI4nRl

    http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_housing/documents/page/odpm_house_602543-01.hcsp
    Last edited by Smiley_Mum; 25-10-2005 at 10:21 PM.
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    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 24th Oct 05, 1:04 PM
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    The info on this link is not so much grant assistance but free language courses for small to medium sized businesses that trade internationally. The classes are available at centres in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Luton and Bedford. They do state a small admin fee may apply. May be worth a look if you do trade internationally though.

    http://www.lcb.org.uk/
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    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 24th Oct 05, 1:10 PM
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    Info on this link about funding for adapting your car to an alternative fuel or with help in purchasing a new car which runs on clean fuel.

    http://www.womens-institute.co.uk/publiceye/9090.shtml
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 25-10-2005 at 10:43 AM.
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  • nessquic80
    does anyone know of any grant/s that are avaible for central heatig, at the moment our house has none, we have a fire and two electric heaters upstairs you can imagine my electric bill in the winter.
    Me and my partner work full time earn 25k and have just had a baby last december, so a grant would be very much appreicated to help with the coast!
    Last edited by nessquic80; 25-10-2005 at 10:39 AM.
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 25th Oct 05, 2:11 PM
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    Energy savings trust
    Came across this one.
    There is a section that allows you to search for grants using your postcode. Covers things such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, Low energy light bulbs etc.

    www.est.org.uk

    Happy hunting

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