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Charities May Have Missed Father’s Day Opportunities

UK charities are missing out on much-needed donations from ethical or alternative gift programmes, by not digitally promoting around key calendar events, according to research conducted by digital media specialist equimedia.

In particular, the research has highlighted that Father’s Day could be used to raise significant awareness amongst donors currently seeking gift inspiration for their Dads.

Despite a 19% increase over two years in the number of Britons purchasing ethical gifts from the charities and Father’s Day fast approaching, equimedia’s keyword analysis of online charity campaigns has shown no significant uplift from charitable organisations promoting their alternative gift services.

Google search trends
equimedia analysed Google search trends around peak annual gifting occasions, which showed significant volume uplifts from searches among people seeking inspiration and ideas for unusual gifts for their loved ones. At the same time, analysis of paid search activity on Google showed charities were not running digital campaigns to capitalise on these occasions to promote their ethical gift programmes.

equimedia investigated a number of paid search alternative gifting keywords, as well as consumer search trends throughout the year for peak gifting occasions such as Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. It showed that impending Father’s Day represents a massive opportunity for charities to promote their alternative gift programmes, as well over 33,000 searches are being currently conducted looking for Father’s Day gifts alone – equal to the number of searches for online inspiration for Valentine’s Day. This is only beaten annually by over 60,000 searches for Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Over 19,000 additional searches for ‘Father’s Day presents’ and ‘Father’s Day ideas’ are currently taking place, further adding to the current opportunity for charities to be reaching out and helping these inspiration-seeking gift-givers with unusual gift options for their Dads.

To read the full Charity Digital News click here.

Source: Chairty Digital 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.

The Sandwell Community Learning Offer 2017-2018

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is a direct contract holder with the Skills Funding Agency for the provision of Community Learning. SAFL work in collaboration and partnership with other learning and training providers delivering learning opportunities and supporting adult learners annually in Sandwell.

In delivering a balanced offer for 2017-2018, SAFL seeks to sub-contract some of their provision to partners who can help them widen participation by delivering teaching and learning to those who engage for personal development and well-being, or to develop stronger communities and families.

New and/or current local learning providers, including voluntary non-profit and community sector groups and private organisations who are interested in becoming an Approved Sub-Contractor for 2017-2018 should visit SAFL’s website for the funding offer and how to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Davison at Tipton college on 0121 557 0837.  The closing date for applications is the 14 July 2017.

Sandwell Adult & Family Learning also wishes to create a learning network of local training providers to share relevant information on funding and delivery. The aim is to improve provision and access of adult learning opportunities across Sandwell and other areas within the combined authority. The plan is to meet on a termly basis.

Any organisation that is interested in joining this learning network to share information and to set out our shared aims in relation to lifelong learning, training and skills should contact Linda Matthews at Hateley Heath Further Education and Training Centre. Telephone 0121 556 7426.


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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