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The MSE Charity

The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017.  The Charity provides grants to constituted community based groups for projects to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues. Under the programme, grants of up to £5,000 (in exceptional circumstances £10,000) are available.

Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000. Each funding round is based on a teaching financial life skills within the context of different themes.

The themes for the next funding round will be:
Relationship breakdown

The closing date for applications will be the 29th September 2017, however, each grant round is limited to the first 40 applications, so please apply early.

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Hilden Charitable Fund

The next closing date for applications to the Hilden Charitable Fund is the 15th September 2017.  Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage and by supporting causes which are less popular.

In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address:

• Homelessness
• Supports asylum seekers and refugees
• Supports community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people
• Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

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Interfaith Youth Trust

The Interfaith Youth Trust has announced that it is making grants of up to £500 available for events organised by and for young people focussed around Inter Faith Week 2017.

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Priority will be given to projects which:
• Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project and projects.
• Promotes positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces.
• Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.

The closing date for applications is the 15th September 2017.

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Landaid: The Property Industry Charity

From the 14 August 2017 organisations can apply for grants for building work for the refurbishment or the creation of bed spaces for young people who are homeless, or at severe risk of homelessness.

Funding of up to £75,000 will be available for full or part funding for the following types of building work:

• Refurbishment, conversion and extension of existing buildings – of empty properties and not-previously-empty properties
• New building – using traditional methods built on site or using precision construction built off site in factories.

Applicants must either own or be able to secure a minimum 8-year lease on the property or site and have a strong track record in supporting vulnerable young people.

For refurbishment projects grants of up to £15,000 per bed space will be considered.

The closing date for applications will be 5 pm on the 15th September 2017.

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Wessex Youth Trust

The next deadline for applications to the Wessex Youth Trust is the 1st November 2017. The Trust awards grants to registered charities (including schools and PTAs) that help, support and advance the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 21 years.

Applications from self-help organisations and charities requiring seed corn funding or pump priming for the development of more extensive fund-raising initiatives are preferred, as are specific project funding requests rather than contributions to broader appeals.

Click here to see examples of the types of projects funded by the Wessex Trust.

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Want Your Charity to Raise More Money? Start Treating Donors as Individuals

What do donors want from charities?
Buried deep in the Charity Commission’s 2016 report (pdf) is a clue. People are almost twice as likely to trust smaller charities as they are big charities. What are small charities doing that big charities could learn from?
At Chuffed, where thousands of small charities and nonprofits crowdfund online, we’ve interviewed donors who’ve given to more than 20 campaigns, to understand what keeps them coming back time and again. This is what they said they want.

1. A Direct Connection With Projects
Donors want to follow what happens with the projects they support. They aren’t after stylised impact stories; they want direct updates from the people they’ve given money to. As one stated, “If you donate to a big charity, you donate and it’s done. With crowdfunding, I get interaction, feedback, updates…”
When Darren Hougham went to Dunkirk to build a school in the refugee camp, for example, he filmed short videos on his phone. Back in the UK, he would use the videos in a short update for his donors, and each time he posted a new burst of donations would come through that ultimately raised £15,000.

2. Personalised Messages
When big charity fundraisers are recruiting wealthy donors, their approach is all about personalisation. They only contact donors they know are interested in their issue and the message is entirely customised to them.

When it comes to ordinary donors though, big charities use a “spray-and-pray” approach, broadcasting the same message in the same way to as many people as they can. If I’m passionate about animals, I still get targeted by dementia, international affairs and medical research charities.

Small charities have a way of personalising things for even their smallest donors – by getting their fans to spread the message for them.

When Rob Caslick created an urban rooftop garden on top of his local church, he recruited a dozen “foot soldiers” – people with a particular passion for his project – who could help him spread the word. They helped design the campaign, got an early release of the campaign video and were given email templates to send out. When the campaign launched, these people were the first to donate and they also sent out hundreds of messages to friends encouraging them to donate. The result: Rob raised his $15,000 target in 50 hours.

To read the full Guardian Voluntary Sector Network article click here.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust was set up in 1982, by Mrs Jean Beryl Lilian Sainsbury, and is a registered charity (No. 326358). Since then, the Trust has given over £8.6 million to animal welfare charities.

The Trust has seven Trustees including two practising veterinary surgeons, one of whom is a partner in a mixed small animal, farm animal and equine practice and the other specialises in birds and wildlife.

The objectives of the Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes encompass one or more of the following:

• to benefit or protect animals
• to relieve animals from suffering
• to conserve wild life
• to encourage the understanding of animals

The Trust invites applications for funding, which are then reviewed against specific criteria, as set by the Trustees in accordance with the objectives of the Trust. The deadline for applications is 1 September 2017.

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The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is not in any way connected to the Sainsbury family or retail group.


Arts Council – Celebrating Age Funding

Supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.

Grant Range:
£50,000 – £100,000

Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of our programmes. More information can be found in the Guidance for Applicants.

Key dates:
Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 12pm (midday) on Thursday 31 August 2017.
The Arts Council will inform you by 19 September 2017 whether or not you have been invited to make an application.

The online application form will open on Grantium at 12pm (midday) on Thursday 21 September 2017.
Applications must be submitted by 12pm (midday) on Thursday 16 November 2017.
The Arts Council  aim to notify applicants of our decision no later than 21 March 2018.

For further information, please click here.

Fidelio Charitable Trust

Fidelio welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts particularly for Music, including opera, lieder, composition and dance. Fidelio looks to provide support for individuals or groups of exceptional ability, to enable them for example:

To receive special tuition or coaching (e.g. in the case of musicians to attend Master Classes)
To participate in external competitions
To be supported for a specially arranged performance
To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art

Applications need to be supported by institutions, colleges, arts festivals and other arts organisations in the United Kingdom, or by persons with recognised relevant expertise. Applications from individuals or groups seeking funding for themselves without such support will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications is for 1 October 2017.

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Charities Could Lose a Third Of Staff If They Don’t Get A Grip On Digital Skills

The government has signalled its intention for the UK to lead on technology: its digital strategy, published earlier this month, commits to training millions of people. Yet little has been done to map the current state of digital skills in charities.

Earlier this year we surveyed the sector for our charity digital skills report on how charities are using technology and the challenges they face. Almost 500 charity professionals from a range of organisations across the UK responded. The results are worrying.

Our report shows that the sector is struggling as skills gaps and a lack of funding seriously impede progress. Charities told us they fear missing out on fundraising opportunities if their organisations do not get to grips with digital, and could lose touch with their supporters. A significant number of staff are considering leaving if progress isn’t made.

Main Findings

A lack of digital strategy is hampering charities’ progress: 50% of charities don’t have one. Yet 80% of respondents to our survey want their leadership team to provide a clear vision of digital and what it could help them achieve, while 66% want a good digital strategy – so this is not due to a lack of willing.

Without a digital strategy in place, time and money can be wasted on digital activities that become an end goal in themselves. A good strategy involves thinking more comprehensively about how digital can help achieve your charity’s goals and how to get there.

The reason why some charities don’t have a strategy seems to be partly because they don’t see digital as a priority. Of the charities surveyed 50% told us that they are facing other challenges, all of which are seen as more important. Dave Evans, product marketing manager at Skills Platform, says “digital appears to be pushed down the priority list. One respondent told us that boards and senior managers dismiss it as just being about social media or websites. Digital skills should really be seen as business skills.”

66% of charities are worried that they remain unprepared for the shift towards digital fundraising.

View the full report of the Charity Digital survey results click here.

To read the full Guardian Voluntary Sector Network article click here.

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