August 2016

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Reserves Forces Day

Reserves Forces DayIn support of Reserve Forces Day on Thursday, 8 September 2016, the Army Reserves Centre is planning to hold a Cadet Evening on Wednesday 7 September 2016. This will be followed by  “Meet the Army” on Thursday 8 September, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

The Army Reserves Centre is at Normandy House Carters Green West Bromwich B70 9LG.

The day will consist of visitors attending accompanying unit reps in an hourly rotation comprising of an initial briefing.

Anchor Foundation

Funding5The Anchor Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts.

Funding can be awarded for up to three years. The Foundation will consider applications for either capital or revenue funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will grants be given for building work.

The next application deadline is the 31st January 2017.
More information at:

Ironmongers’ Company

The Ironmongers' CompanyRegistered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. In particular the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills.

Projects could, for example, support:
• Special educational needs
• Address behavioural problems or promote citizenship
• Parenting or life skills.

Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London. Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities are also eligible to apply.

The next closing date for applications is the 31st December 2016.
More information at:

Postcode Dream Trust – Dream Fund 2017 Launches

Dream FundDream Fund 2017 is now open to applications from charities in Great Britain. Charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.

All applications must come from at least two organisations that have joined forces to deliver an innovative project. The lead organisation must be a registered charity. The other partners can be charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.

The funding pot for 2017 is £2.5 million. There will be two or three awards in total.

Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million are available to deliver a project in 2017-2019.

Funding is available for projects that meet one of the following themes:
• Early child development.
• Helping refugees in our community.
• Conserving our marine environment.
• Reconnecting with the natural world.
• Engaging people with arts, culture and heritage.

Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’. For more information click here.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2016 (5.30pm).

Launch of New HLF Heritage Endowments Scheme

heritage lottery fundThe Heritage Lottery Fund’s new Heritage Endowments grant scheme supports heritage organisations to build an endowment, which will provide an annual income over the long term and create a lasting source of financial support.

Grants are intended to support fundraising for an endowment which will enable organisations to increase fundraising expertise among their staff, volunteers and Trustees and develop relationships with donors. The programme aims to help heritage organisations diversify their income and become more resilient, making a lasting difference for heritage and people.

Heritage Endowments grants of £250,000, £500,000 or £1 million are available to heritage organisations currently or previously funded by HLF. Grants must be matched £1:£1 by private donations raised by the applicant organisation.

In addition to the match funding element, organisations can also apply for up to 10% of the grant to help resource campaigns. For example, an organisation applying for £250,000 in match funding could apply for an additional amount of up to £25,000 to support a campaign.

Eligible projects include the following:
• Archaeological sites.
• Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives.
• Historic buildings.
• Natural and designed landscapes and gardens.
• Places and objects linked to industrial, maritime and transport history.
• Natural heritage including habitats, species and geology.

All funded projects should make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities in the UK. For more information click here.

Applicants must initially submit a project enquiry at the HLF website before making a full application.

The deadline for project enquiry submissions is 13 October 2016.

Rowley Regis Awards For All – Reminder

Funding1SCVO in partnership with The Big Lottery’s Awards For All programme have teamed up to invite applications from local voluntary, community and not-for-profit/charitable organisations in or working in the Rowley Regis Area (i.e. Tividale, Rowley, Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill).

The intention of the Rowley Regis Awards For All fund is to increase the number of eligible applications being received to the Awards For All programme from the Rowley Regis area, which delivers activities or projects that are of benefit to this community. Applicants can apply for a maximum of £10,000 for their community activities or project.

Applications are open to any community groups or organisations based in or delivering in Rowley Regis. However, should the grant experience high levels of demand we will give priority to groups with a clear focus on delivery in Rowley Regis with the following criteria:

• Your organisation has an income of less than £15,000 per year (average over the last three years).
• Your organisation has never applied or has previously been unsuccessful in securing a grant from the Awards For All programme.
• Your activities/project will directly benefit residents living within Rowley Regis.

Stage 1 Applications must be returned to SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER or via email at by 12 noon on Monday 12th September 2016.

For more information please view the following documents:
– Guidance Notes
– Application Form (Word Format)

If you require any assistance with making your application, please contact Libby Mahoney on 0121 525 1127 or via email at

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who you think will be interested in applying to the Rowley Regis Awards For All Fund.

Creative Black Country’s Shared Learning Day – Feedback

Visual notetaker imageA big thank you to all those who came along to Creative Black Country’s Shared Learning Day in July 2016 at Sandwell, it was great to meet everyone and learn more about your organisation.

The feedback received from participants on the day was really positive. Participants said that they really enjoyed being able to share information and meeting some of the other Groundwork groups, where they were able to discuss new ideas and gain project tips which would help them moving forward with some of their arts activities.

Everyone present felt it was important to continue to create a stronger case for arts and culture for Sandwell, as many of these projects are helping to raise awareness of different cultures and are bringing communities together to participate in events as a community.

To access your copy of the presentations please see the links below:
• CBC Sharing your events and Telling Stories Presentation
 Sandwell Francoise Matarasso Presentation.

What’s next?
• Keep Creative Black Country informed about your events so that we can help you raise awareness of them and promote them with our local networks.
• We hope to see at the Flat Pack Festival where you might pick up some new project ideas for more information go to
• Remember the next round of Groundwork Groups is open as we speak. If you’re interested in becoming a Groundwork Group or want to continue on as an existing Groundwork Group please contact Creative Black Country or your Arts Coordinator and/or development worker. Further information can be found here.
• We will be setting a day for the CELEBRATION later this year which we will circulate once arrangements have been confirmed.
• It’s still not too late to apply for an Open Access Grant

For more information on Creative Black Country and upcoming events click here.

Top 5 tips for a tip-top event! – Part 3

community eventsHaving looked at the previous two weeks top tips for planning a tip-top event, how many of you were already thinking about our tips? Where you missing anything out? Well here’s another five tips to help you organise and plan your event.


• What food and drink are you going to provide? Cake always goes down well! What time of day you are having your event will affect what you provide.

• Think also about options for people with different dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free, or vegan) religious/cultural requirements (e.g. halal or kosher) or children.

• Think about people’s different access requirements e.g. mobility, visual, intellectual – is your event accessible to everyone?

• Is there a loo? Make sure all your volunteers/staff know where it is so that they can direct people to it!

• Are you going to provide name badges? They can be really helpful for getting people to approach individuals they don’t know.

• Will your guests be given anything to take away? Any mementos of the event, or leaflets about your project? You might also want to give delegate packs with lists of who attended and information about the project.

Remember SCVO is here to help, just give us a call on 0121 525 1127 to find out more.

Sandwell Health’s Other Economic Summit Conference

ShoesFor the 15th year, Sandwell Council are hosting Sandwell Health’s Other Economic Summit (SHOES) conference. This year’s topic Austerity, Poverty and Health, will encourage attendees to think globally, and act locally, to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Sandwell.

The event will be on Monday 26 September 2016 at Portway Leisure Centre, Oldbury B69 1HE.

Spaces are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Register online today for this FREE conference.

At registration you will be asked to select your workshop choices.

For further information please contact Helen O’Donnell on 07815 490 436 or Rajdeep Atwal 0121 569 5121.


Three job opportunities at Summit House Support

Summit House SupportSummit House Support has been awarded the new HIV Prevention and Support Services in the Community project for Dudley. Funded by Dudley MBC, the project will build on the work Summit House has developed over the last 20 years. 

Summit House is looking to recruit to the following posts:

Project Lead: 25 hours per week – £20,000 per annum pro rata
Sexual Health Link Worker: 37 hours per week – £17,800 per annum
Sexual Health Link Worker: 25 hours per week – £17,800 per annum pro rata

Ideal candidates will have experience of delivering targeted sexual health interventions to diverse and vulnerable populations specifically Men who have Sex with Men and the Black African communities.

Click here for further information about the posts, application form, Recruitment Equality Monitoring Form and Applicants Guidance Notes.

Applicants must submit a completed SHS application form which can be downloaded from the website, requested by e-mail at or telephone 01384 243220.  CV’s will not be accepted.

An enhanced DBS check and references are required for all posts.

The closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Monday, 5 September 2016.

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