February 2014

Monthly Archives

Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches New Strategy

Funding2The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced its intention to launch a new funding strategy.   The new strategy – to be launched in April 2014 – reflects discussions with charities and other funders, and will reinforce the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to support charities that have the greatest impact upon improving the lives of disadvantaged people and their communities.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales will launch two new funding programmes, along with an optional support programme for successful applicants. These new programmes are:

  • “Invest”– A flexible, long term core funding programme for organisations delivering clear, targeted outcomes for disadvantaged people.
  • “Enable” – a smaller and shorter grants programme for organisations that have identified clear development needs.
  • “Enhance” – A programme working alongside the Invest or Enable programme providing an option of tailored in-kind support to strengthen and develop charities’ effectiveness.

Please view for further information


BBC Children in Need seeks New Chair and Volunteer Committee Members

post - children & young people - sittingBBC Children in Need is positively changing the lives of disadvantaged children and your people throughout the UK.  They celebrate diversity and positively encourage applications from all parts of the community to join their Central Regional Advisory Committee.

BBC Children in Need is currently recruiting for a new Chair. This is a great opportunity for a committed and enthusiastic person.  Please click link for advert and job description.   They are also recruiting for volunteer committee members.  Further details can be found here.

If you would like an informal chat about either of the roles, please contact Melinda Connelly, Regional Manager, on 0121 567 7120 or 07720 671 423. Email:melinda.connelly@bbc.co.uk


European Social Fund Community Grants Programme 2014/2015 Re-Opens

Funding4The next round of the European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants Programme 2014/2015 is now open for applications and is being delivered through the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects looking to help the long term unemployed travel closer to the job market.
Please note the following criteria:

  • If you are already in direct receipt of DWP or SFA funding, you cannot apply for an ESF Community Grant.
  • The maximum grant is £15,000. The maximum income of eligible applicant groups is £300,000 per annum.
  • Groups with more than 9 paid staff (or equivalent) are not eligible to apply.
  • Groups must be at least 12 months old and able to provide a full 12 months accounts to be eligible to apply.
  • Eligible groups must be not for profit organisation for example Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Registered Charities, Constituted groups; if you are unsure if your group is eligible, call us for a chat.

Please click here to download the application form.  Please also call the Grants Officer Kat Venton on 024 7688 3262 to discuss your plans prior to completing the application form. We will not accept applications that have not been discussed with us prior to submission.  If you have any specific questions around criteria or eligibility please contact Kat Venton on 02476 883262 or email kat@heartofenglandcf.co.uk


West Bromwich Community Recognition Awards 2014

E-BulletinShow your civic pride in your community and nominate your local hero. Sandwell Council would like to invite you to celebrate with them on this special occasion the recognition of individuals and groups who have contributed to the success of West Bromwich.

Councillor David Hosell, West Bromwich Town Lead Member, states “this will be a wonderful opportunity to recognise and say thank you to the many young people, businesses and voluntary sector organisations that contribute to the great town of  West Bromwich”.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at West Bromwich Town Hall on Friday, 28 March 2014, 6pm onwards and nominations are now open.  Please view for details of the nomination categories.  To obtain a nomination form, please email maureen_blades@sandwell.gov.uk or tara_thomas@sandwell.gov.uk, telephone 0121 569 4636.  Closing date for nominations is Friday 21 February 2014.


SCVO inviting applications for the position of Chair of the Board of Trustees

Governance - Board Meeting TableSandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the leading infrastructure membership organisation for voluntary organisations and community groups in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell.  With a membership of over 650 not-for-profit bodies, SCVO provides a wide range of support services to enable Sector organisations to increase their effectiveness and sustainability, and leads engagement and representation of the Sector with local statutory partners.

SCVO is now seeking a new Chair to provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees, enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity.

Previous experience as a trustee/director of a charity,  public body or company would be beneficial.  Most importantly we would welcome your enthusiasm for the work of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sandwell and willingness to make the time commitment needed.

This is a voluntary post requiring a time commitment equivalent to 2 – 3 days per month, based from our West Bromwich office and focused on Sandwell but with the potential for meetings within the Black Country and wider West Midlands region.

To request an application pack contact Debra Hill on 0121 525 1127 or by email at debra@scvo.info.  To discuss this position further please contact Mark Davis, Chief Executive Officer, on the same number.

Closing date Friday 7th March 2014


The Value Of The Voluntary Sector

Consulation - Local IntelligenceA research project into the value of services provided by groups in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), that help people have the best quality of life and stay healthy is being undertaken by SCVO.   The survey will look at the role of the VCS in terms of their capability and capacity to deliver services, together with the importance of funding.

SCVO would really value your input in order to help gain a wide range of responses.  The survey will only take around ten minutes to complete so please complete as much as you can of it. The deadline for responses is Monday 3 March. Following the deadline, a report of the results will be produced to help demonstrate the value of the sector and will be available on our website.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, or if you would like some more information, please do not hesitate to contact Parveen Lochan – parveen@scvo.info or Alice Meehan – alice@scvo.info, alternatively, please call  0121 525 1127.

Please view the survey here


Ring and Ride Services Faces Cuts

Services - Support ServicesRing and Ride is a door-to-door accessible minibus service for people of any age living in the West Midlands who suffer mobility impairments which makes it very difficult or impossible for them to use mainstream public transport.

Ring and Ride provides transport for people who would otherwise be housebound, and it enables them to get to the shops, to attend a doctor’s surgery, travel to a day centre, and to visit friends and relatives.

The future funding for the service is currently under threat and Ring and Ride are inviting those who use the service or who recognise its importance to join in raising these concerns.  For more details please view