May 2018

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Building Better Lives Programme

Heart of England Community Foundation has launched its Building Better Lives programme after receiving an anonymous donation of £4 million in December last year. The programme will support a maximum of three major initiatives providing accommodation solutions for vulnerable people.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for projects which will upgrade, extend or develop existing accommodation to provide additional capacity. The approach has been taken in a move to help organisations expand and develop their services to support a range of client groups experiencing disadvantage.

Stage one of the two-stage application process is now open.  Organisations are invited to make their submissions until midday on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Organisations can bid for a minimum of £500,000 and a maximum of £1.35 million, and applicants must operate within Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire and have an annual turnover of less than £15 million.

Heart of England Community Foundation, a specialist grant-making charity launched in 1995, awards funding to projects across the West Midlands and has distributed more than £15 million locally, benefitting more than one million people.

The Building Better Lives programme will see the Foundation distribute its largest ever grants to date.

For more details about how to apply, visit

Queries can be emailed to Carole Hodson, Project Manager, at


Giving World Online – Vital resources available free of charge

The charity, Giving World Online, provides the opportunity for those in struggling circumstances to access goods donated by businesses and public sector organisations free of charge. Charities and community groups can now benefit from receiving free resources, courtesy of businesses donating their surplus stocks.

The only requirement is that charities and community groups register at, there is even an option to request certain products that would truly help the local community, completely free of charge.

Giving World receives goods from businesses all over the country, and advertises the items on the website for charities to request and pass on to their beneficiaries.

Partnership Opportunities
Giving World wants to expand their reach by creating partnerships with charities to become accessible to more people in desperate need. By working together, delivery costs can be minimised and resources pooled to ensure that people get the help they need.

Do you demonstrate expertise and have a proven track record in working with disadvantaged communities?
Do you have in-depth knowledge of local areas and already established links with other local community groups and charities?
Do you display a similar ethos and values to Giving World, sharing the vision of realising people’s potential and creating a fairer society?

If this sounds like you, then register an interest and arrange an informal discussion, by emailing Please provide your name, contact number and organisation details.

Government Announces New Tech Fund to Support Disabled People and Their Employers

Access to work is a government initiative that provides financial support to ensure that someone’s disability or health condition does not hold them back at work.

As part of this the Minister for Disabled People has announced a new Tech Fund; this fund means that medium and large employers will no longer be required to pay a mandatory contribution towards the cost of assistive technology.

The funding aims to help to break down the barriers that disabled people can face at work and help to create more inclusive workplaces. Applications are welcome from people with a paid job, who are over 16 years old with a disability or health condition and live in England Scotland or Wales.

Employers will be able to make a significant saving through the Tech Fund. Before the new rules were introduced, medium employers paid the first £500 towards technological solutions and large employers paid the first £1,000, with both paying 20% of the cost thereafter up to £10,000.

More information

Rowing Foundation Grants Programme

The Rowing Foundation has re-opened its grants programme. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote the participation in rowing of young people (those under 18 or still in full time education) and the disabled of all ages.

The Foundation gives grants of £500-£3,000 (up to 50% of the cost of the project) to help British rowing organisations, clubs and schools for rowing equipment and whose requirements may be too small or who may be otherwise ineligible for an approach to the National Lottery or other similar sources of funds.

Previous organisations supported include St Breock Primary School which received funding towards the purchase of four oars; Monmouth Comprehensive School BC towards a double scull; and Stratford upon Avon BC for ‘Project Oarsome Refurbishment’.

The next closing date for applications is the 8th October 2018.

Visit the website

Funding Available to Help Celebrate the Centenary of the End of World War One

As part of the centenary of the end of World War One, communities across the UK have the opportunity to apply for small grants to purchase up to 10 silhouette Tommies to hold their own remembrance event.

The funding is available to schools, registered charities, community organisations and places of worship, etc. As part of the award, successful applicants will need to hold a self-funded event to bring their local community together.

The funding is being made available through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

Applications are open between 1st and 30th June 2018.

See here for more information

Travel Survey: Your experiences of using public transport

The West Midlands Combined Authority is asking as many people as possible to complete a travel survey – designed to help the Authority understand how you travel and your experiences of using public transport.

All completed questionnaires will be eligible for entry into a prize draw to win one of two prizes of £100 in Amazon Vouchers and £100 in High Street Vouchers

Click here to complete the survey.

Big Lottery seeks Capital Projects Manager

Are you passionate about using your knowledge of construction to improve the places and spaces that matter to communities? If so, why not apply to become a capital projects manager with the Big Lottery Fund.

You will be supporting and mentoring funding teams on the whole life cycle of capital projects; from design, costing, procurement, project and contract management, to understanding risk and relevant statutory legislation.

Flexible location, London or Birmingham.

The closing date for applications is 5 June 2018.

To apply visit

Windrush 70 and Beyond Exhibition Launch

To mark 70 years of the Windrush, a set of stamps have been commissioned by the Kingsway Project, to commemorate the legacy for future generations. The stamps are limited and will be available from 1 – 30 June 2018.

Activity booklets will provide a brief introduction to migration and Windrush, with quizzes and brain teasers.

The free booklets will be available at the Windrush 70 Exhibition Launch on Friday, 1 June 2018, from 11 am at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham B5 5BB

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Holiday Play Scheme Funding 2018 -19 now open for Applications

Applications are invited, particularly from the towns of Rowley Regis and Wednesbury, for the 2018 – 2019 “Play is making a Difference in Sandwell” Holiday Grant Programme, to support the voluntary and community sector (not for profit).

Organisations should offer open access, inclusive, quality, free of charge play experiences to children and young people aged 5 – 14 years in Sandwell during school holiday periods, from July 2018 to March 2019.

Application form and Guidance notes can be found on the Sandwell Council website

Bright Futures

Looking for training, jobs or an apprenticeship?

Connexions Sandwell hosts Opportunity Provider, every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm in the One Stop Shop at the Council House in Oldbury.

Call Connexions on 0121 569 2955.


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