February 2016

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn FoundationNot-for-profit formally constituted organisations based and working in the UK can apply at any time for grants to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education, in order to have a positive effect on children’s lives and learning.

Applicants that do not already have a track record in both the arts and work on access and participation, must have a strong partnership that possesses such skills.

Applications will be considered for projects that meet the following criteria:
• Takes place on or off school premises and in or out of school hours.

• Involves any of the following: crafts, creative writing (including poetry), dance, design, film, music, opera, photography, digital arts and media, theatre and drama, the visual arts, and cross-arts practices.

• Is about learning in arts subjects or uses arts-based approaches to achieve one or more of the following:
o teaches other subjects (e.g. teaching science through drama-based techniques, or maths by using music, or history through the study of paintings);
o supports other positive whole school outcomes; and
o supports students’ life skills and readiness to learn.

The PHF is particularly interested in funding:
• Work designed to achieve significant benefit for children and young people experiencing disadvantage, while adopting an inclusive/whole school approach.

• Work for the benefit of primary-age children.

• Work taking place in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London.

There are two levels of funding:
• ‘Explore and Test’ grants of up to £60,000 for up to two years. Funding is designed to help explore and test both new approaches and ways of addressing new issues. Up to 20% of the grant may be allocated as a contribution to organisational running costs.

• ‘More and Better’ grants of up to £400,000 for up to four years. Funding is intended to help organisations, or the sector more broadly, to deliver more effective arts-based learning.

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

More information can be found here.

Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme

 TrainingCharities can sign up for a range of training opportunities through the small charities fundraising training programme. The programme, worth over £100,000, will provide expert training to small charities from February to June 2016. It will help charities with an annual income of up to £1 million to generate more income to support their vital work.

Following a competitive tender process, the Office for Civil Society (OCS) has selected the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), in partnership with the Small Charities Coalition and GlobalGiving UK to run the programme.

They will provide training opportunities for small charities, from face-to-face training, to intensive one-to-one advice sessions, skilled volunteering matches and webinars. These will cover topics including:

• developing a fundraising strategy
• fundraising from trusts and foundations
• developing corporate relationships
• crowdfunding

How to get involved
For information about fundraising training you can:
• find FSI training courses and workshops on a range of fundraising topics
• sign up for one-to-one FSI advice clinics to address a specific fundraising challenge or issue
• be matched with a skilled fundraiser, read about the Small Charities Coalition’s volunteer mentoring service and register your interest at info@smallcharities.org.uk
• sign up for GlobalGivingUK crowdfunding workshops and webinars.

Providers will also develop and share helpful fundraising training resources and toolkits to support small charities who might not be able to attend training.

Nominations for the Community Inspiration Awards 2016 Now Open

Community FoundationThe Community Inspiration Awards has been organised by Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations and members of the community, whose efforts have made a positive difference in the community and has inspired and motivated others.

This year’s Community Inspiration Awards will be held on the 28th July 2016, where a panel of judges will announce the winners.

With 16 award categories to choose from, you can nominate someone who you think deserves an award or submit a self-nomination application, with the support of an independent verifier (basically, someone who can vouch for your good work!)

Please view nomination form. The closing date for nominations is Thursday 24th March 2016.

Completed applications should be sent to info@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk or post to Community Foundation, 20 St Silas Square, Birmingham B19 1QW.  Telephone 0121 238 3282.

There are a range of sponsorship packages available which offer sponsors a variety of branding opportunities.  See website.


Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting Invitation

post - Partnership Support - discussion2Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in Sandwell?  Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday  2nd June 2016 7.30am – 9.00am at RSPB Sandwell Valley, 20 Tanhouse Avenue, Great Barr, B43 5AG.  Tea, coffee and a croissant provided!

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by e-mailing mazeline@scvo.info or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Friday 27 May 2016.

DM Thomas Foundation Fund

DM Thomas FoundationRegistered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years, that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation’s four chosen focus groups.

These are:
• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Employability and training programmes for disadvantaged young people
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grant applications for up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request. However, the Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.

The next closing date for applications is 5.30 pm on the 10th May 2016.

See here for details of how to apply and an application form.

E.ON Energy Action Fund

E.ONE.ON is providing the Energy Action Fund as part of its commitment to helping communities in England, Wales and Scotland better manage their energy consumption. The funding is intended for a range of energy related improvements and activities, from appliances and insulation to educational events. Priority will be given to projects focused on reducing energy use and renewable energy.

Registered charities and recognised not-for-profit organisations operating in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for grants of between £50 and £2,000. The level of funding will be determined by the size of the project and the impact it will have on the wider community.

To be eligible, projects must be fully completed by December 2016 and:
• Result in the creation of renewable energy and/or a reduction in the amount of energy used.
• Be directly related to energy and have a positive impact on the local community.
• Involve and/or have consent from the local community.
• Be sustainable beyond support from the E.ON Energy Action Fund.

The deadline for applications is 8 April 2016.

Further information can be found on the Energy Action Fund website.

Children’s Health Fund

Children's Health FundSustain, the alliance for better Food and Farming, has launched a new £50,000 Children’s Health Fund. The Children’s Health Fund was set up by Sustain with Jamie Oliver’s help in August 2015.

The aim is to get restaurants and cafes to volunteer to put a 10 pence sugary drinks levy on non-alcoholic soft drinks on their menu with added sugar. The money raised from the levy on sugary drinks, in over 130 restaurants in the UK, will be used in this first round of funding to promote or provide accessibility to drinking water for children in public spaces. It will provide an alternative to the consumption of drinks with added sugar.

Grants available are between £500 – £5000 for projects that promote or provide accessibility to drinking water for children.

The fund is open to applications from:

• UK registered charities
• Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
• Schools
• Hospitals
• Housing associations and corporations
• Community Groups
• Local Authorities
• Churches.

The deadline for completed applications is midday on Friday 1st April 2016.  Click here for more information.

Another funding round will open in the autumn focusing on a different theme to aid children’s health and food education.

The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

Pound NotesThe Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973 with funds from The Worshipful Company of Weavers, which is the oldest City of London Livery Company and has a history dating back before 1130 AD.

Benevolent Fund Priorities
1. Helping disadvantaged young people
The object of the fund is to support projects working with disadvantaged young people to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Benevolent Fund defines young people as being aged from 5 to 30 years.

2. Offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age
Many offenders and ex-offenders suffer from a variety of difficult and complex problems and they are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund will finance work that addresses the social and economic problems faced by this group and their families, and provide them with support, life skills training and a way back into education, training and/or employment, so that they may reintegrate and make a positive contribution to society.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than about £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than about £250,000.

Grants are usually up to £15,000 per annum but smaller applications are also welcomed.

Click here for details of the grant application guidelines and application form.  The closing date is 28 March 2016.

Funding in support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Funding 1A consortium of Funders has set up the £525,000 New Beginnings Fund in support of refugees and asylums seekers coming to the UK. The funding will support local groups working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into their local communities, through existing or new services.

The fund is particularly interested in groups who are working to get their local communities involved in volunteering and supporting their work to promote integration and welcome new arrivals.

The fund is being administrated by community foundations in seven areas across the UK that have high levels of refugees and asylum seekers: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Kent, London, Lancashire, Merseyside, Birmingham and parts of the West Midlands.

There is a total fund of £525,000 for the UK. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for individual groups. In exceptional cases, grants of up to £20,000 will be considered for bids including multiple local partners. Frontline groups working to support refugees and asylum seekers in the UK can apply.

Applications will be accepted from:

• Registered UK charities.
• Charitable Incorporated Organisations.
• Companies limited by guarantee.
• Not for profit registered Community Interest Companies.
• Constituted community and voluntary sector organisations (with at least three unrelated committee members) with a registered bank account.

The deadline for applications submitted to the Heart of England Community Foundation is 24 March 2016.
Click here fore more information.


Forthcoming Social Events at CARES

CARESDo you care for a family member, friend or neighbour? Would you like to take a break in the company of other carers and join friendly faces, drink tea, chat and take part in fun activities?  Then the forthcoming events at CARES will interest you.


Would you like to do something completely difference? Do you have an interest in performing arts and would like to have a go at singing, dancing, writing or acting? Or perhaps you would just like to work behind the scenes with costumes and scenery?

Go along to the CARES Centre at 2 Bearwood Road, Smethwick B66 4HH on Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 10.30 am to find out how you can be involved in CARES Performing Arts Group. No previous experience required – just a willingness to have fun and give it a go! You will not have to commit to anything, the meeting is just to talk about ideas and see where it leads. Give it a go – you know you want to!

To register your interest call Jill or Dawn at CARES on 0121 558 7003 or e-mail jill@cares-sandwell.org.uk.

Free and fun Card Craft Workshop. Get creative and make your own Easter, birthday or greetings card. All materials supplied. Take home a lovely hand-made card for that special person in your life. Tea/coffee and cake will also be provided.

CARES’s Family Fundraising morning. Friday 1st April 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.  There will be:
• children’s craft session
• cookery session
• cake sale
• raffle
• refreshments and Hot Cross buns
• lots of fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

To book a place contact Sheridan or Jill on 0121 558 7003 or e-mail Sheridan@cares-sandwell.org.uk

All proceeds to go to CARES

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