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Fundraising Regulator Looks at Widening Levy or Moving It to Statutory Basis

The Fundraising Regulator has said it has to make changes to its fundraising levy after it failed to raise enough money in the first round – including making contributing to the levy a statutory requirement.

According to a document seen by Civil Society News, the Fundraising Regulator has ruled out continuing on with the fundraising levy as it is, and are considering making a number of changes to the basis of the levy moving forward.

In a statement released this morning, Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, confirmed that the regulator is considering moving to a statutory basis for the levy.

He said: “We are currently reviewing the levy system to examine whether any changes could usefully be made in year 2.  The levy calculations were based on information provided to the Charity Commission by charities and all too often this has proved to be inaccurate.  The review is also considering whether there might be advantages in moving to a statutory levy in year 3.”

However, a source familiar with the situation said it was highly unlikely the Fundraising Regulator would be able to change much about the levy before the second round of invoices are sent out to charities in August 2017.

The document lays out three options for securing funding in future, which essentially involve either charging charities based on a different set of criteria – moving away from using a Costs of Generating Voluntary Income basis to one based on the amount of voluntary income raised in a year – or widening the scope of the levy to capture more charities.

Civil Society News understands that the regulator also considered charging charities contributing to the existing levy structure more, but decided against that option due to a wariness of angering the charities that are already paying.  The document also discusses the possibility of the third round of levy invoices moving “onto a statutory basis”.

Read the FULL article and statement from the Fundraising Regulator click here.

From: Civil Society News

Princes Trust Enterprise Programme

Young people aged 18 – 30 living in the UK, who are unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week can apply for support mentoring and funding to test new business ideas through the Princes Trust’s Enterprise programme.

As a first stage, ‘Will it Work’ grants of up to £250 are available to test business viability. Subsequently, low-interest loans of up to £7,500 can help to turn ideas into reality.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation

Hospices and palliative care services in England and Wales, that receive less than 60% of their funding from the NHS are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children.

Individual grants are calculated on the basis of the services provided and the number of beds operated by the hospice. Grants are not given towards building costs or to hospices that are not yet operational.

Large Grant
Over £5,000 can be awarded to charities for a specific purpose only.

Reasons to apply for a Large Grant can include funding salary costs, specific project costs and refurbishment costs. New build or large scale capital development projects cannot be considered.

Funding may be granted for up to three years, where there is evidence of an on-going need for funding.

The team will then review your submission at a fortnightly Grants Panel Meeting and get back to you via email to confirm if you have been selected to make a formal application for a Large Grant.

Please note that only one enquiry form can be submitted by a charity, for a single project. If the enquiry application is unsuccessful, subsequent enquiry forms may then be completed.

Small Grant
Between £500 and £5,000 can be awarded to charities for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity.

The next deadline for applications is 31st July 2017.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Grants Scheme

The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 4 August 2017. The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care.

The grants available include:

• Start-up funds of up to £500 to support new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer.

• Development funds of up to £3,000 to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer.

• User involvement grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.

• Individual development grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.

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Big Give Christmas Challenge

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now open and will be accepting applications from UK registered charities until the 7 July 2017.

The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, helping charities raise funds for their cause. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled when the campaign goes live on the 28 November 2017.

Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for more than 2,800 charity projects. Charities must have an annual income of at least £25,000, select a project for their Christmas challenge campaign and set a realistic target for their campaign which does not exceed 10% of their previous year’s income. Charities will need to be prepared to secure pledges from key supporters, and to market the campaign to online donors.

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The Blakemore Foundation

The Blakemore Foundation, which was set up by A F Blakemore & Son Ltd to support local good causes across the company’s trading area, is marking its centenary with 10 community grants worth £1,917 each.

The aim of the programme is to support the local community and help grow a sustainable business for the next 100 years. Good causes that are located within A F Blakemore’s trading area (please refer to more information for map) can apply for funding for anything that will help them to be sustainable for the long term such as funding towards a new building, specialist equipment, refurbishments or learning programmes.

The closing date for applications is the 28 July 2017.

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Social Investment Business Reach Fund

Charities and Social Enterprises who require support to become ‘investment ready’ can now apply to the £4 million Social Investment Business Reach Fund.

The programme provides grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to charities and social enterprises operating in England to help them raise social investment. To apply for a grant through the Reach Fund applicants will first need to be working with an ‘Access Point’, these are the approved social investors who will be able to refer organisations to the fund.

For details of ‘Access Points’ please take a look at the Access Point Directory on the Reach Fund website.

There is a rolling deadline, applications can be submitted at any time.

SCVO’s Funding Network Event – 18th July 2017

SCVO’s latest ‘Funding Network’ event will be held at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 9SJ on Tuesday, 18th July 2017 between 10 am and 12 noon.

We know that access to funding support is at the forefront of many VCS organisations’ needs so we’re keen to explore ways in which groups can access such support and information through peer-to-peer learning and networking, together with targeted support information from SCVO and key funders.

‘Funding Network’ events are a great place for organisations to meet and share ideas and good practice, focus on resources (such as SCVO’s ‘Funding Portal’), how to find funders, how to evidence need, how to develop trading / social enterprise ideas and other relevant information. There’s also the opportunity to hear from external guests, who make a short presentation about their organisation’s role in the broader spectrum of funding opportunities.

Click here to find out more about the proposed agenda and to book your FREE place.

Lord’s Taverners – Sensory Packages/Grants

The Lord’s Taverners have announced that the next closing date for applications to its Sensory packages and sensory small grants programme is the 30 June 2017. Children with sensory impairments and autism have found that regular access to a sensory room or sensory equipment can have significant improvements on a child’s emotional health.

Through the programme, grants of up to £5,000 are available for schools that cater for young people under the age of 19 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability to purchase portable sensory equipment.

All equipment needs to be purchased through Experia Innovations and the school is required to pay a self-help contribution of around 25% of the total cost of the package.

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Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding

The England Illegal Money Lending Team has funding of up to £5,000 available for charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending.

The funding can be used on projects that contribute to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks; prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message; promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities; and encourages reporting of loan sharks.

Applicants will need to complete Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund application form A 2017 and return it electronically to or post hard copy to Catherine Wohlers, IMLT, PO Box 12971, B33 0TD.

The closing date for applications is the 30 June 2017.

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