April 2019

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Early Intervention Youth Fund – Grant Funding Available

An exciting opportunity has arisen for providers to bid for grant funding of £26,000 as part of the Sandwell EIYF provision of the wider West Midlands project. The funding is administered by Sandwell Council on behalf of the West Midlands PCC.

Providers would be expected to deliver targeted interventions to provide support to at least 15 young people over until end of March 2020 who have been assessed as Tier 2, and are displaying risk factors associated with violent crime, in particular those at risk of exclusion from school.

Successful providers must be in a position to start working with 5 young people from the cohort immediately.

Tier-2 working with YP that are identified as being at risk due to them being siblings or friends of known gang nominals /YOS families

The aims would be:

  • Equip young people with life skills
  • Divert them from crime
  • Develop resilience and coping skills
  • Raise aspirations

Support would be take the form of:

  • One to one mentoring and group sessions
  • Working with schools to ensure that the young people are receiving the necessary support
  • Working with parents to equip and support them with the necessary parenting skills to sustain the work done with young people
  • Introducing young people to positive role models

For an informal discussion, please contact Denise Hooper or Rebecca Low on 0121 569 3352 or 0121 569 6374

You can download the application form HERE. (Word format)

 Please email completed application forms Community_SafetyTeam@sandwell.gov.uk  by 10th May 2019

Talent Match Black Country Tender Opportunity

Talent Match Black Country invites applications to tender to conduct the project’s social return on investment evaluation. The successful organisation will be working alongside young adults.

To download a copy of the Specification, Invitation to Tender and sample Service Level Agreement and Appendices click here.

Are you a Sandwell-based Charity, Community Group or TRA and Need a Website…but can’t afford one?

So, you are a Sandwell third sector organisation, you are the lifeblood of community work in Sandwell and you just want to concentrate on the excellent work you do without having to worry about raising funds for marketing materials such as websites or stressing through having to bodge one out yourself.

We hear you!

It is actually really important to have a professional website if you are third sector as it’s the first thing people will look at from a distance; everyone from potential volunteers to funders (we knew that one would resonate).

That’s why, as part of the iSandwell Digital Festival, we have enlisted the help of digital experts Data Brew to design you a brand new website and offer you professional advice, all in 15-minute sessions across the whole of Sandwell.

Wait?!?!?! 15 minutes, how is that possible?

After you have picked where is best for you and signed up via this form: http://bit.ly/WalkOutWithAWebsite

…you will receive an email with a time-slot and a form to fill out requesting information such as your logo and text for certain sections of your website. This will then go to Data Brew, who will put it together, so when you attend your session you will be talked through you brand new website along with how to get the best out of it and get the word out there.

Even if you have a website but you think it just doesn’t cut the mustard, we are happy help.

We will even pay for your hosting and if you need a logo, we can help you with that as well.

This is a great opportunity to get something that will usually cost thousands of pounds so make sure you book your slot, spaces are extremely limited.

So what are you waiting for, sign up before it is too late!! BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!!

Available sessions are as follows:

Thursday, 16th May 2019:

  • Oldbury Library: 10am – 11.30am
  • Blackheath Library: 12 noon to 3.00pm
  • Glebefields Library: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Friday, 17th May 2019:

  • Smethwick Library: 10am – 12 noon
  • Tipton Library: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • West Bromwich Library: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Celebrating Community-focused Digital in Sandwell

Do you have a great digital project that you want everyone to know about?

May 13th – 18th will see a celebration of ‘all things digital’ in Sandwell via the iSandwell Digital Festival. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about using digital for social good in the region and meet other people who are interested in using tech.

During the week of May 13th – 18th, Sandwell Council and partners will be holding a series of events, which will range from art, community journalism, digital ‘making’ to helping social entrepreneurs and community groups to set up their own websites.

How can you get involved?

You can come along to one of the featured events that will run from Monday to Saturday, write a blog on how you are using digital or even run your own event, which we will help you promote over the week.

To learn more about the festival or get information on how to get involved, email: hello@isandwell.org.uk or telephone: 0121 569 3556


The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs is the 29th July 2019.

ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building.

The criteria for consideration include the following:
• The church must only be listed either Grade I or Grade II*
• The church should not have benefited from a Wolfson Foundation grant in the previous five years
• 50% of the required funding needs to have been secured as ‘cash in the bank’ or pledges at point of application.

Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as:
• Roof repairs
• Masonry repairs
• Rainwater disposal and drainage.

For further information or advice, please click here to contact John Webster, Conservation Grants Administrator, T: 020 7898 1872. The address for correspondence sent by post is Cathedral & Church Buildings Division, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ.
More information at: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/funding-and-grants/our-grants/fabric-repairs

Active Citizens Fund now open for applications.

The Active Citizens Fund is now in its fourth year.  This initiative combines three previous streams of funding (Proceeds of Crime Act – POCA, Community Initiative Fund – CIF and Police Property Act – PPA).

The main aim of this funding is to contribute to crime reduction and/or community safety across the West Midlands, whilst at the same time enabling West Midlands Police to be better placed to engage with the public and encourage ‘active citizenship’.   This means that local groups and communities in the West Midlands will actively establish and lead projects that will make a positive difference to them whilst helping to reduce crime and making the West Midlands a safer place to live and work.

Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) have an annual budget to help fund community projects that reflect the priorities of West Midlands Police and its partners.

Please note that all bids for 2019/20 need to show how they will make active citizens grow and reduce youth crime and/or knife crime.

Successful bids will have to be signed off by both the Chief Superintendent from each Neighbourhood Policing Unit and the Chief Executive from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

To see the application criteria, process and download an application form visit: www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/key-issues/active-citizens-fund/

HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust

Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust. The Trust makes grants of between £250 and £1,000 (sometimes up to £5,000) to general, environmental and wildlife charities, so long as they are registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales or they are exempt or excepted charities (within the meaning of the Charities Act 2011).

The Trust also make grants to charities which focus on the conservation of wildlife and the environment which are typically in the £1,000 to £2,000 range.

Supported charities will be small in size or be applying for support for a modest project, such that the grant will have a meaningful impact. There are no deadlines, grants may be made towards revenue, capital or project expenditure and email, postal or online applications are accepted.

More information at: https://hdhwills.org/grants/

Quaker Housing Trust

The Quaker Housing Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 14th June 2019.

The Quaker Housing Trust provides grants and interest free loans to housing projects that cater for people with a wide range of needs, including:
• mental & physical health problems
• learning difficulties
• would otherwise be homeless
• escaping domestic violence
• single parents
• young families
• moving out of institutional care
• addiction problems
• refugees, asylum seekers, migrants
• survivors of trafficking.

To be eligible for funding, applicants need to have legal charitable status and be a small organisation (with an annual turnover of not more than £1 million and without access to sufficient income, reserves, nor other fundraising, to pay for the work).

More information at: http://www.qht.org.uk/

Pink Ribbon Foundation

The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced that it is currently accepting applications to its grant making programme.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK charities:
• To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
• To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.

Higher grants may be awarded if the trustees feel there is a special reason to do so.
Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant.

Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.
The closing date for applications is the 31st May 2019.

More information at: http://www.pinkribbonfoundation.org.uk/who-we-help/#apply-for-a-grant

Dying Matters Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Dying Matters, aims to bring conversations and talk about the subject of death and bereavement into the national agenda.

On Tuesday, 14th May, 10.30 am to 11.30 am, Oldbury Library aims to increase awareness of  dying, death and bereavement  to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Go along and gain advice and information from a variety of organisations.  Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

Death happens to everyone. It is a normal part of nature’s order. Being aware of it, but not dwelling on it, is a key aspect of living a happy, full and productive life.

Oldbury Library
Jack Judge House
Halesowen Street
B69 2AJ

Telephone: 0121 569 4955

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