April 2014

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Community Grants Programme Birmingham and Black Country

Heart of England1Grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects looking to help the long term unemployed travel closer to the job market. This is an initiative set up between European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency and is being delivered by the Heart of England Community Foundation. 

Organisations that have received funding through previous rounds of this funding are encouraged to apply again during this round.  For more information visit the Heart of England Website.  There is no deadline but organisations are advised to enquire and submit applications as soon as possible.

There are also a series of workshops for groups interested in applying for funding through ESF Community Grants Programme to attend and find out more about ESF:

  • Wolverhampton – 8th May at 10am at The Workspace Wolverhampton
  • Birmingham – 12th May at 10am at BVSC
  • West Bromwich – 14th May at 10am at SCVO
  • Dudley – 14th May at 2pm at Dudley CVS
  • Walsall – 16th May at 10am at The Ryecroft Centre

Should you wish to book a place at one of the following workshops or for any more information, please contact Ryan Boyce on 02476 883264 or ryan@heartofenglandcf.co.uk

NHS England’s Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country – 5 year Primary Care Strategy

Healthandwellbeing2NHS England’s Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country (BSBC) Area Team (AT) have, in collaboration with stakeholders, developed a five year Primary Care Strategy to achieve its vision: “Delivering better care and improved outcomes for our patients and our population at all times”.

The are now inviting you to participate in an engagement process which has been designed to ensure their key partners are involved in the co-production of this.  Please view the following links to access the Strategy, together with a summary version and a letter providing more information on the engagement process and a set of questions.

They would value your feedback and comments on the strategy.  Please note that the engagement process is from Tuesday 29 April 2014 – Tuesday 27 May 2014.  Please e-mail your completed feedback form to: hardeep.kaur3@nhs.net or complete and return it in the post to Hardeep Kaur, NHS England, St Chad’s Court, 213 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9RG.

New £2m fund to help older people stay healthy next winter

post - Health & Social Care - SupportThis new funding will help community and volunteer-led projects provide extra support to older people next winter.  The fund will support volunteer-led projects to play a vital role in helping older people stay healthy and recover quicker from illness.  These projects can in turn help avoid unnecessary pressure on A & E services or delayed discharges from hospital.

The fund is now open for applications with a closing date of 13 June 2014.  For more information on how to apply please view

Events are being held to provide more information about the Fund during May.  For more information and booking details please view

Sportivate Funding Update

Sportivate Inspired LogoSportivate is a £56 million Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love. The programme gives 14-25 year-olds who are not particularly sporty access to six-to-eight weeks’ of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports.

There’s a wide range of activities on offer including judo, golf, tennis, wakeboarding, athletics, and parkour / free running.

During the six-to-eight weeks, those taking part can work towards an event or personal challenge and when the free or low-cost coaching has finished they will be supported to continue playing sport.  Sportivate launched in June 2011 as a four-year programme aimed at 14-25 year-olds but, due to its success, additional funding of £10m per year has been invested allowing the programme to run until March 2017.

From September 2013, Sportivate is extending its age group so that 11-13 year-olds can also take part.  Sportivate is inclusive and targets a variety of young people including those who have a disability and people from black and minority ethnic groups.To find out how you can get involved in Sportivate click here

If your looking for funding to develop sports activities or facilities please view


Postcode Health Map Launched

Health MapA postcode health map that can show how your neighbourhood ranks for killer and chronic diseases has been unveiled.

In a world first, health experts have created an “atlas” which shows patterns for 14 diseases including lung and breast cancer, heart disease and low birth weight in England and Wales.

It also maps environmental hazards such as air pollution, sunshine and pesticide levels.  People can tap in their postcode on the website  and discover rates of certain illnesses in their area, as well as how they fare for potentially dangerous environmental factors. However, the map’s creators and health experts warned that people should not use it to decide where to live. It only shows the health risk for an area based on the average for England and Wales and does not show the risk on an individual basis for people living in that area. The map was produced by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit, which is based at Imperial College London.

Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund Gets £20 Million

Sport EnglandSport England announced earlier this month that there is an additional £20 million of National Lottery money for its £110 million Inspired Facilities fund which will run until 2017.

It has also made the application process easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities fund is now an open programme which means groups can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than having to rush to get them in by a specific deadline. Applications are considered twice a year, and there are cut-off dates for each meeting.

Inspired Facilities provides grants to sports clubs, schools, parish councils and local authorities to help repair and upgrade sporting venues that are unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain. The funding can also be used to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.
Community and voluntary organisations can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £75,000, with other organisations such as councils and schools able to apply for grants of up to £150,000.

Groups can apply for the funding as long as they can show:

  • How their project will keep and, ideally, attract more people to sport.
  • Their local community wants and needs the project.
  • How the project will cover its running costs and remain open for sporting use for years to come.

The deadline for Round 6 applications is 6 June 2014. Applications will be considered in September 2014.  Further information can be found on the Sport England website

Big Potential Opens for Applications

Funding2The Big Lottery Fund has announced that its new £10 million programme to help Voluntary and Community groups and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) access social investment is open for applications.

The “Big Potential Fund” which will be managed by the Social Investment Bureau will provide grants of £25,000 – £75,000 to help VCSEs carry out investment readiness work with a small group of approved providers. Big Potential will be targeting not for profit organisations that are both at an early stage of their investment readiness journey and those that are further along that journey, who are seeking to raise up to £500,000 in external investment.

Eligible organisations can include registered charities, social enterprises, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, Community Interest Companies, mutuals etc.).  Before charities apply to the fund they will be able to access support from Charity Bank, Social Enterprise UK or Locality before submitting an application. They will then be expected to approach an approved provider, and the charity and provider will make a joint bid to the fund. The fund has not appointed any approved providers yet, but organisations can now apply to become one. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.   Please view for further information.

BIG Announces New £150 Million “Power to Change” Initiative

Funding4The Big Lottery Fund has announced that it will launch a new £150 million fund to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises.

The fund aims to respond to the many economic challenges facing local communities. Challenges that have led to empty shop premises and the closures of pubs, libraries, community centres and sports facilities. The fund wants to support communities to come together using creative approaches that involve local people and resources to improve their local neighbourhoods, villages and town centres. These could take many different forms from small-scale enterprise to large-scale asset management and ownership. Solutions could include, transferring resources into the ownership of local residents, and using former commercial spaces to incubate social enterprises and cultural activities. The fund will be delivered by an independent Trust and launched in the Autumn 2014.  For further information please view

Community Events – Sandwell Community Offer

CommunityFollowing on from the recent invitation for grant applications for the Sandwell Community Offer, Sandwell Council is holding a series of information and networking events around this exciting project.

There is one event being held in each of the six pilot scheme locations for the Community Offer.  The events are aimed at voluntary and community groups that currently operate within that scheme area. The objectives of the events are:-

  • to raise awareness about the Community Offer and how all organisations operating in the locality can play a part;
  • to enable discussion about the Community Offer with key Council representatives; and
  • to provide an opportunity to explore collaborative working opportunities with other voluntary and community sector groups.

Please view for further details of the each of the events being held.  To register your attendance at one of the events please e-mail: BCF_Admin@sandwell.gov.uk

Valuing the Voluntary Sector

ValueDuring January – March,  SCVO worked with two students from the University of Birmingham, Parveen and Alice who were undertaking research into the value of preventative services within the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sandwell.

As part of this research, a questionnaire was sent out to over 800 organisations with an excellent and positive response from over 100.  SCVO would like to thank everyone who contributed and to the creation of a report which we hope will prove a useful tool for the Voluntary Sector and its statutory partners.

The report encourages organisations to think about their own wider social value within the community and also showcases some of the great work the Voluntary and Community Sector is providing to increase the help, happiness and quality of life for  residents of Sandwell.

The report also  highlights a number of tools which are available to help organisations demonstrate their social value and concludes that being able to measure and articulate an organisation’s social value effectively can be hugely beneficial, demonstrating your wider social impact and greater benefit to the community can help, build reputation, relationships and also help attract resources to support service delivery.

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