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Comic Relief Iwill Youth Social Action Fund

Comic Relief has announced that £2.4 million of funding has been made available through the #iwill Youth Social Action Fund.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, in communities across the UK by 2020. The programme will fund projects to seek out young people and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.

Projects will need to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community and demonstrate how they will engage those people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action. The fund will offer grants of up to £150,000 over up to three years (with a maximum of £50,000 per year).

The closing date for applications is midday on the 12 May 2017.

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Life Changes Trust

Young people aged 21-26 who have at least three months of care experience have until the 12 May 2017 to apply for funds from the Aspirational Awards from the Life Changes Trust.

The fund aims to empower care experienced young people to think big about their future and transform their lives with a significant grant to help them reach their best potential. The funding is flexible and designed to meet the specific needs of individuals but priority will be given to applications that show how the funding will:

• Have a long-term, positive impact
• Achieve aspirations in life
• Be used to support something which the individual has already made steps towards achieving.

There is no specific grant amount and applications will be assessed based on what each individual is applying for.

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Music for Alice Fund

Music for Alice, which was established in memory of Alice Macgill, a talented young musician who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 10 May 2017.

Through the new programme, grants of up to £1,000 are available to help groups and organisations purchase musical instruments or equipment. Awards can be made to any group, organisation or charity based in the United Kingdom that has a formerly constituted character and can demonstrate that securing funding will enable them to improve lives through music.

Music for Alice is targeting two distinct groups. These are the “Music for Youth” award which is aimed at applicants focussed on using music to improve lives for 0-19 year olds; and the “Music for Health” award which is aimed at applicants focussed on using music for health or rehabilitation benefits.

Previous projects supported include Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, who give music therapy sessions to children in hospitals, and Beat it Percussion, who deliver drumming workshops at retirement homes and nursing homes, adult day care services and Special and mainstream Schools.

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National Churches Trust Project Development Grants

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support churches of any Christian denomination to become more sustainable.

Priority in this round will be given to applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Buildings must have been built as churches originally and 50% of the funds needed must be in place.

The funding can be used to:
• Diagnose issues affecting the church
• Test the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability
• Develop guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders.

The grants are likely to assist with the cost of staff time, such as a project manager or a professional adviser, and/or to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1 requirement.

The next deadline for applications has been extended to 10 May 2017.

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Small, Local Charities Set to Feel the Benefit of Skills Training

The Foundation for Social Improvement has been awarded a grant totalling £199,580 to run a two year training programme, helping small, local charities and community groups develop their fundraising skills – including digital skills.

The programme run by the FSI in partnership with LocalGiving, the Small Charities Coalition and Charity Finance Group, will provide over 5,000 fundraising training opportunities. It will include face-to-face events across the country, webinars and online learning resources, one-to-one advice and consultancy appointments, fundraising campaign planning support, and intensive mentoring matches. Training will be subsidised, helping organisations to take part who may not normally have the resources to attend.

The training will be for small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1m, which have a local focus within England.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said: “Small, local charities and community groups provide essential support for local people and are the backbone of our communities helping to build a fairer society that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

“I want to help them be more resilient and sustainable, and this training programme will give them valuable skills so they can continue their vital work helping to support people up and down the country.”

Details of the training events will be added to the FSI’s website as they become available, with online resources for those who might not be able to attend the training.

Source: Charity Digital News


Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Round Two

People on a low income or no income at all, are less likely to take part in sport and physical activity than those earning more. Sport England Active Lives figures show 32% of people in semi-routine and routine occupations, such as shop assistants and waitresses, are inactive. That compares to 17% of people in managerial and professional occupations.

Sport England is launching Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage, the second round of its Inactivity Fund. It will support inactive people who have little income and are therefore economically disadvantaged. This group make up a third of the population in England aged 16 to 74 – 14.6 million people.

Sport England knows sport and physical activity can be extremely powerful in supporting positive social change for communities and individuals – and they want potential partners to tell them how they will do this.

That could mean using sport to improve someone’s mental wellbeing, help drive down crime rates in an area, or reduce social isolation in rural communities.

They want to work with community organisations who have a proven reach into the communities and with the individuals they are targeting. This means Sport England is expecting applications from a wide range of organisations, including non-sports organisations that they have worked with before.

Launching in mid-April, Round Two of their Inactivity Fund is split into two.
A £2 million pot of funding will support larger projects – up to a maximum of £500,000.

This will be for people who have little disposable income. They live very ordered lives but find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or they feel being active is just not for them.

A second £1m pot is for projects between £10,000 and £100,000. This fund will focus on people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, living more chaotic lives with additional challenges. For example, they may have an offending background, be dealing with alcohol or drug misuse, or facing mental health issues.

• Full details and prospectus: mid-April 2017
• Invitation for applications: mid-April 2017

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Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Special schools as well as coaches, clubs, disability groups, associations and individuals can apply for grants from the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.

Funding of up to £1,500 is available for groups and clubs and up to £500 for individuals. Individuals can receive support for a sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/Coaching courses. Groups can apply for wheelchairs, court hire, coaching fees and equipment packages which will include, rackets, balls, mini net, and coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines.

In the case of wheelchairs a deposit will be required; for individuals the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to provide a deposit of £250 per chair.

The closing date for applications in this round is the 30th June 2017.

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Roll-Out Of New Pound Coin Provides Digital Opportunity For Charities

A number of charities have rolled out social media focused fundraising campaigns designed to capitalise on the introduction of the new £1 coin (released on 28 March 2017).

Numerous charities have turned to the #PoundforPound hashtag to encourage donations of the new, or old for that matter, coins.

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF), in a blog post on its website, points out that fundraising campaigns like this have been successful before – just last year, the #firstfiver and #fivergiver campaigns reportedly raised £12.5m.

“The launch of the new £1 coin is likely to provide similar opportunities for charities to invite their supporters to give generously to the causes they care about,” the blog added.

“It’s estimated that over one third of the £1.3bn worth of coins stored in piggy banks or jam jars around the UK, are the current £1 style. Government research suggests that that 5% of the public would consider donating their old £1 coins to a charity when they cash them in.”

The IoF has been working with the Royal Mint and others to encourage people to donate their old pound coins when they receive a new one, raising awareness using the hashtag #PoundforPound.

As well as the initial launch of the new coin, there is also scope for charities to think about how they might organise their fundraising activities and campaigns during the transition period over the summer as people become more aware that the old £1 will be taken out of circulation in October 2017.

Macmillan, St Margaret’s Hospice, Action for Children and Thames Hospice are just some of the charities that have turned to social media today to use the new coin’s roll-out to their benefit.

Charities are also being reminded of the need to update collection boxes, money counting machines and other tech to ensure compliance with the new coin.

Source: Charity Digital News


Details of Christmas Challenge 2017 Announced

The Big Give is celebrating its 10th anniversary and to mark the occasion, the Christmas Challenge is set to be on an even bigger scale this year with more match funding available than in previous years.

The Big Give will be running the new and improved model of the Challenge. Extensive charity facing consultation resulted in significant changes being trialled during last year’s campaign. Feedback showed these changes to be incredibly well received and the Big Give will be rolling out these changes for the Christmas Challenge 2017 and beyond.

What has the Big Give improved?
Match funds are ring-fenced for successful charities so that they are not competing with each other for funds. The campaign will also run continuously over seven days meaning that the message is much simpler  for the generous donors who are supporting the participating charities. The 2017 campaign will launch on #GivingTuesday again this year allowing charities to join the national movement of giving and the enhanced PR buzz that was achieved through this partnership.

The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match-funding campaign which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their causes, having raised over £78m since it launched in 2008.

Donations to participating charities are generously matched by Big Give ‘Champions’ (Trusts, Foundations, Philanthropists and Corporates who support the initiative) and charities’ major donors. This year The Coles-Medlock Foundation and The Hospital Saturday Fund join the Champions for the first time. They will provide funding alongside The Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust and many others who will be confirmed in the coming months.
“We are really pleased to have received such positive feedback following last year’s trial changes”, said Alex Day, Director of the Big Give.

“Overall, 93% of charities who took part in 2016 preferred the new model. They found that the campaign was simpler  to communicate, that donor satisfaction was higher and that they gained more new supporters. As a result, we’re happy to share that we will be continuing to run the campaign using this model and look forward to welcoming lots of charities to the campaign later this year.”

How to get involved?
Charities wishing to participate should register their interest now to ensure they receive important information on the application deadlines.

Source: Charity Digital News


UFI Charitable Trust

The UFI Charitable Trust (UFI), aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce. Its stage 1 application from will be live from 24 April to 25 May (17:00)

The Voctech Impact call will be aimed at raising UK workforce skills levels through digital solutions for vocational learning. The fund will offer grants of £150,000 plus, for projects up to 18 months long, that deliver significant amounts of learning during the project period.

The emphasis of the project must be on new learning tools which use genuinely innovative methods to raise the skills levels for a significant number of learners. It will be an open call, although there are areas where UFI are particularly keen to see projects, including automated and machine learning, analytic tools and hyper-local projects linking employers and learners.

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