May 2016

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Architectural Heritage Fund

ArchitecturalThe Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, has announced that the next deadline for applications for a Project Development Grant (PDG) in excess of £5,000 is the 17th August 2016.

Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils are welcome to apply for funding of up to £25,000 to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. Applicants will be expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work, must have established that the end use of the building is likely to be viable and have decided to take the project forward.

The AHF also provides loan facilities to eligible charities and other not-for-profit organisations, either for the acquisition of a building, or to provide working capital throughout a restoration project. Loans usually require some form of security, either a first legal charge or a repayment guarantee from a local authority.

Deadline: 17th August 2016
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Scurrah Wainright Charity

ScurrahThe next closing date for grant application to the Scurrah Wainright Charity is the 14th September 2016.

The Charity supports a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequity. The charity operates three funding programmes.

These are:
• Projects in Yorkshire
• Projects in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa
• Projects which meet the broad objectives of the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust, to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices.

The charity favours causes that are outside the mainstream, and unlikely to be funded by other charities. Typically, grants are between £1,000 and £5,000.

Organisations applying do not have to be a charity, but its work must satisfy the Charity Commission’s definition of charitable purposes and public benefit.

Deadline: 14th September 2016
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BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in NeedThe next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 15th September 2016.

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:
• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Any kind of disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties
• And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

Deadline: 15th September 2016
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Fidelio Trust

FidelioThe Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st October 2016.

The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

Funding is available towards:
• Tuition or coaching costs
• 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.

Deadline: 1st October 2016
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Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Shared Ground Grants

Paul HamlynPaul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has announced that it has awarded grants under its Shared Ground Fund.

The Shared Ground Fund provides organisations with support to test new approaches and explore ways of addressing new challenges in the area of migration.

The projects funded include the Islington Law Centre which received a grant of £150,000 over three years for a project that reunites refugee families with their relatives trapped in European camps; and the Refugee and Migrant Centre, which received a grant of £170,000 over three years to expand its free advice service to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in Birmingham.

Applications to the Shared Ground Fund can be made at any time and offers two kinds of grants to support organisations at different stages of development:
• The Shared Ground ‘explore and test’ grants to help explore and test both new approaches and ways of addressing new issues (awards will be for a maximum of £60,000, usually for up to two years)
• Shared Ground ‘more and better’ grants -larger grants to help develop and embed more established activities (awards will be for between £100,000 and £400,000 for up to four years).

Deadline: Rolling
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Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECCDECC has launched the 2016/17 Big Energy Saving Network, a £1.7 million programme jointly funded by DECC and National Energy Action (NEA) to support eligible third sector organisations and community groups, deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers.

This programme of training, support and grant funding is for legally constituted third sector organisations and community groups to deliver an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs through assisted action on tariffs, switching and the take up of energy efficiency offers.

The programme has two objectives, which are:
• To provide assisted action for the maximum number of vulnerable consumers possible with the funding available, helping them save money on their energy costs through attendance at BESN Champion and/or Volunteer led outreach sessions.
• To deliver a training programme to frontline workers who come into regular contact with vulnerable consumers, in order that they can give direct help and advice to clients to help them save money on their energy costs where practical.
Each grant award is for a total of £5,000 per ‘Champion’, which is made up of an initial £4,000 grant to be followed by a further payment of up to £1,000 if the agreed objectives of the grant are met in full.
The funding can be used for staff costs, venue hire, publicity, printing, IT, translation costs, travel and other associated expenses to run events and/or make home visits.

The outreach programme will run through autumn/winter 2016/17, with outreach activity concluding on 24 March 2017.

The deadline for print applications is 8 July 2016. The deadline for applications submitted by email is 10 July 2016 (midnight).
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Launching a Crowdfunding Campaign? Ask Yourself These Five Questions First

crowdfundingCrowdfunding has become a buzzword in the charity and non-profit sector, as more and more organisations think about diversifying their income streams and hitting their fundraising targets in this way.

But crowdfunding is more than just filling out a profile on a fundraising platform – it requires a great deal of thought and a robust digital communication strategy. After seeing several organisations try – and fail – at crowdfunding, we at Social Misfits Media spoke to experts in the field to see what successful campaigns have in common (pdf).

They identified five questions that organisations need to ask themselves before embarking on a crowdfunding campaign.

1. Is your project clearly defined?
Successful crowdfunding campaigns set out what they want to achieve. Donors like to see where their investment is going and are drawn to tangible projects with stories they resonate with, so having a target is fundamental.

Crowdfunding isn’t a way to reach your annual fundraising target, for example, but rather to make a specific, discrete project a reality. Hollaback!’s HeartMob platform is a great example of this. When Hollaback!, an organisation that started out as a grassroots initiative to end street harassment, began to see an alarming trend in the growth of online harassment, it felt the need for a platform where people could report their harassment and get access to support.

According to a Pew study, 40% of internet users have been harassed online – so when the charity decided to raise funds to develop HeartMob, it asked supporters to donate.

As it was an issue that affected so many individuals, Hollaback! was confident in the mass-appeal aspect of the campaign. The charity was able to negotiate and unlock an extra $10,000 through matched funding from the Knight Foundation when it reached 1,000 supporters. In this case, the ask – and the project – were both clearly defined, so the donors knew what they were investing in.
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From: The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network

VCSE Review Publishes Final Report

ReviewThe VCSE Review has published its final report looking at the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes and how it can be best supported. The review was launched in November 2014 by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England. The final report has been backed by Alistair Burt MP, minister of state for community and social care, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England.

The report makes recommendations for government, health and care system partners, funders, regulatory bodies and the voluntary sector. It urges local hospitals, clinical commissioning groups and councils to do more to involve charities and voluntary organisations in the design and delivery of health and care services of all kinds. The report does not focus on funding for charities; its aim is to help support the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and communities. It says that the voluntary and statutory sectors need each other to create the local and national health systems we all need to achieve wellbeing.

Among the 28 recommendations, two (recommendations 24 and 25) are directly focused on local voluntary sector infrastructure.
Government, local infrastructure and independent funders should consider the recommendations set out in Change for Good and subsequent work from the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure.

NHS commissioners and local authorities should consider providing funding and guidance for suitable infrastructure to better connect personal budget and personal health budget holders with a range of providers, including small and start-up organisations, and facilitate the development of a more diverse range of services accessible by and co-designed with local communities.

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Facebook Looking to Make ‘donate’ button available to UK charities this year

facebookFacebook is looking to roll-out its ‘donate’ button feature to all charity pages at some point this year, a fundraising conference was told last week.

John Carr, partner manager at Facebook Europe, who was speaking at the IoF’s Technology Conference in London on 20th May 2016, said that Facebook pages with a ‘donate’ button are currently only available to US charities on a trial basis.

He said that 770,000 Facebook users helped raise over $15m to aid with the Nepal Earthquake through the trial, and that Facebook is now working to roll the technology out globally to all charities and NGOs.

“The aim in this is to be able to roll this out globally. It’s still very much in a testing phase at the moment but we do hope to be able to bring this to you all very soon. The opportunity in this would be all within the Facebook platform – all the 1.6 billion users who are there – would have the opportunity to click donate on the platform and remove so many barriers.”

Carr did admit that there are still some bugs in the system and that Facebook is looking to essentially cut itself out of the process as the middle man and allow the money generated through the donate button to go straight to the charity.
While he did not mention an actual date, Carr said the Facebook hoped this would come to fruition sometime this year.

He also said that Facebook has now launched a website that is specifically targeted at charities called ‘Facebook for nonprofits’. Carr said that this website has tools and tips for charities to “help your cause and build your community” on Facebook.

“Using the tool on the website, Facebook hopes that your charities will be able to raise awareness of your cause, show your progress and highlight your impact”.

Barnardo’s Invites You to a Free Information Event at Birmingham Council House Chamber

BarnardosFind out more about Barnardo’s heritage and current work with vulnerable children and young people in Birmingham and throughout the UK.

The event will include talks from Shefalie Hollis, a lady fostered by Barnardo’sas a child, as well as colleagues from Barnardo’s Children’s Services in Birmingham and Sue Howard from our local legal partners Quality Solicitors Davisons.

Come and find out how you can support Barnardo’s. Staff will be on hand to talk with you about how your time and skills could help Barnardo’s fundraise in your local community and how leaving a gift in your Will can help our work continue into the future.

Tuesday 7 June 2016 10.30am (for 11am start) including a complimentary buffet lunch or 5.30pm (for 6pm start) including a canapé reception.  Both events include a free guided tour of the building.

Birmingham Council House Chambers
Victoria Square
B1 1BB

Free to attend
Spaces are limited, so please get in touch to reserve your seat/s now
Contact Dylan Carroll on T: 0121 550 5271 or E:

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