The Building Recovery in Communities (BRiC) Fund managed by Red Rose Recovery, is a community asset fund providing grants across the 12 district authorities of Lancashire to social enterprises, organisations and community projects supporting individuals and their families in recovery from substance misuse.
Awards of up to £4999 are available to help a wide range of projects which have been inspired by the recovery community, we’re interested in ideas which embrace the Five Ways to Well-being: Connect, Be Active, Learn, Take Notice & Give Back.
Approval is subject to approval by the Gate I & Gate II panels. Support is available in preparing an application, but an important feature is that the applicant has ownership of the project and it promotes recovery!
You can apply online or download the application form and guidance notes at the bottom of the page.
Application closing date – 28th April 2023
Gate 1 process – 3th May & 10th 2023
Gate 2 process – 17th & 24th May 2023
Application closing date – 28th July 2023
Gate 1 process – 2nd & 9th August 2023
Gate 2 process – 16th and 23rd August 2023
Application closing date – 27th October 2023
Gate 1 process – 1st & 8th November 2023
Gate 2 process – 22nd & 29th November 2023
Application closing date – 31st January 2024
Gate 1 process – 7th & 14th February 2024
Gate 2 process – 21st & 28th February 2024
Please contact our office for more details on 01772 821440.
Stepping Stones provides funding of up to £1000 to support local projects which benefit the recovery and wider community.
The introduction of the funding was in response to feedback from members who felt being able to access smaller grants with a simplified process compared to the main BRiC programme, would really help projects which otherwise might not be able to get funding and provide access to a diverse range of peer led activities for the community.
Please contact a member of your local RRR team for further information.
You can apply online or download the application form at the bottom of the page.
Please bear in mind that funding is subject to approval and fund availability.
some of the Projects Funded by BRiC & Stepping Stones
The JJ Effect CIC
The Woodland Project
The Woodland Project was achieved through a stepping stones application. This funding has enabled several men in recovery, to get out in nature, learn new skills and create a safe space to talk about the issues they are facing.
Run in partnership with Woodies Woodland Craft and Training , the guys have produced some amazing wood pieces including a bench to be used at Red Rose Recovery’s allotment, meaning that there work can be showcased and enjoyed by many other service users in the future.
Active Seconds (Active Lancashire)
“In 2020 Active Lancashire applied for £5k of BRIC funding to support their new venture of a charity retail shop/hub. The income generated from the retail side was to support outreach workers across Lancashire to work with people in recovery from substance misuse, mental health issues, ex-offenders etc but the BRIC fund enabled the shop, Active Seconds, to create a volunteer pathway with accredited training for our participants. An all singing, all dancing Epson till was made affordable through the fund which has enabled volunteers to be trained up on a till that is used in many other retail/hospitality businesses. We have been able to fund mentors and we have employed our first person who came through the volunteer pathway to us through the United Together Project and Probation. He was mentored/trained and is now employed for just one day a week working on the online side of the shop.
The bonus at Christmas that brought great happiness to the children at such a hard frustrating time was the appearance of Father Christmas for 3 days in the Hub. This was only achievable because the funding we received allowed us to establish the Hub giving us the safe space to make children and parents happy.”
OK F.C. (Old Knackers Football Club)
“We here at Old Knackers FC are grateful for the support of the BRiC fund and the support of Red Rose Recovery. We were established in December 2019 to play football matches for charity but we quickly realised that we are so much more than a group of men wanting to kick a football around for a good cause. Most of us are over 35 years old and some of us are carrying a little weight. We contacted RRR to help support us with the costs of hiring a pitch to train on. The successful application for funding allowed us to meet up once a week and train without having to pass the cost onto the boys. As 2020 has been a tough year due to covid and football has been very much stop and start the camaraderie we developed during these training sessions has really helped keep the spirits and mental health of the boys strong. We have developed other ways of getting together within social distancing rules (such as kicking a football around the guild wheel in relay and pairing the boys up to do 1:1 training). We are looking forward to resuming the training so we can develop even stronger bonds of friendship.”
Find out more about OK F.C. at: www.OKFC.info or on Twitter: @FCknackers
“Since receiving funding from the Bric Fund (last Autumn) we have been able to put this towards supporting our local community with home cooked microwavable meals and bags of shopping to supplement some households who are struggling to feed themselves. Those we are helping include the elderly, infirm, those shielding from Covid-19, some who are ill with the virus, families who have found themselves in a state of poverty and some members of our homeless and addiction recovery communities.
We have also been able to provide bags of food to be given out on the streets of Preston by Emma Daggers of Red Rose Recovery.
We deliver approximately 600-700 meals and 160 bags of shopping every month.
The future payments we receive as part of this funding package will enable us to keep supporting people throughout the coming months. We are aware of the intense hardship and poverty that existed in Preston and our local community before the pandemic – which has now exacerbated the situation considerably.
Our volunteers are a friendly face each week to those who are lonely and we have forged good relationships with many of our clients and we hope to find further funding in the future to continue supporting those who need it.”
Tony Bartley made a successful application for funding to set up his fine art social enterprise and arts workshops. A self-taught artist Tony creates pieces in a variety of styles and mediums. He works from a studio in Worden Park, Leyland where much of his work is showcased and has provided workshops in various locations across central Lancashire including Preston prison and the Discover centres in Preston and Leyland. Please take a look at his website for more information and contact details. www.bartleyart.com
Open Cinema North Lancashire is a highly successful social inclusion project providing a welcoming space for anyone who feels excluded from society and wants to socialise and acts as a social hub for recovery to flourish in Lancashire. OC is led and run by a team of volunteers who organise a weekly film club, a monthly reading group, a Summer “Family Friendly” Film Festival and other simple activities most of us take for granted, like meeting friends in a café, a day trip to Blackpool or going for a walk. OC provides vulnerable people with something to do and the ability to form positive relationships. Attracting people from across Lancashire over the last 18 months we have organised more than 160 health and wellbeing events incorporating film into all the activities and helped 4125 individuals to reduce their social isolation, make new friends and have fun (Sept 15 2015 – March 31, 2017).
Skem, I Love You
We used our Bric funding to run “Skem, I Love You” Lockdown Soap Opera, a community wellbeing collaborative video project. The projects ambition was to provide a positive experience for households on lockdown; a community experience involving linking with other families and building new support networks. We also wanted it to be an opportunity for people to learn new skills and increase their
self-confidence. All participants felt an improved sense of wellbeing, an improved sense of pride about their town and now have a more positive approach to their mental health. As a wellbeing project, our soap opera was a resounding success. There have been some notable individual participant successes to celebrate as well, such as Mary-Anne who has been inspired to set up her own YouTube channel sharing her food preparation videos. Maybe the project’s greatest achievement is giving our 14 year old writer Ryan the opportunity to write for professional actors who performed and filmed his monologues. We’re honoured to have been part of his and everyone else’s lockdown journey. The project has turned out to be a comprehensive account of Skelmersdale’s lockdown experience, a shared experience we can all relate to.
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Apply for BRiC Funding
Apply for BRIC funding online through the website.
Apply for Stepping Stones Funding
Download the Stepping Stones application form.