January 2020

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Free Food Courses at West Bromwich Food Bank

The West Bromwich Food Bank, based at the Community (Elim) Church, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX, have recently launched free food courses. The courses take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Cooking on a budget
Attendees are shown how to cook simple meals, using ingredients they have received from the food bank. Clients can take away the meal. It is hoped these demonstrations will show that tasty meals can be prepared on a budget, without lots of ingredients and also encourage people to eat more healthily!

Online study
Students who pass the online course will receive a Level 2 (catering) Food Hygiene qualification. Participants learn at their own pace. The qualification could help improve job prospects.

Please telephone 0121 580 0068 to speak to someone at West Bromwich Foodbank.

See location map


Go Play West Bromwich

Join Go Play and Creative Academies at local libraries and community centres across West Bromwich to get involved in FREE activities for children and young people aged 6 – 12 (up to 16yrs with additional needs).

Please see our latest Go Play Sandwell to find out more information on our locations and activities.


Grants to Promote and Secure Better and Safer Roads (UK)

Grants and bursaries of between £5,000 – £25,000 are available for research, education and community projects with the aim of promoting and securing better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users.

Funded activity includes courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, for example roadside parks and open spaces.

Deadlines for applications to the Rees Jeffries Road Fund are a little over two weeks before trustees’ meetings. The next appropriate meeting is the 21st April 2020.

For further information please view – https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/


Funding to Develop the Sustainability of Organisations Working with Unpaid Carers 

The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Development grants programme is noon on the 14th February 2020.

During this funding round, the Trust will provide grants to not for profit organisations such as registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises or community interest companies working with unpaid carers, The Trust would like to see applicants use these grants to enhance their resilience, so that when the grant comes to end the applicant organisation’s income will not be reduced. Grants are available from £10,000 to £80,000 over three years with a duration of 6 months to 3 years.

A maximum of £30,000 per year or £2,500 per month for smaller projects can be requested.
Applicants’ annual income for the most recent financial year should be less than £1million, although priority will be given to smaller organisations.

The Trust also holds a separate funding round for organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders. This is due to open for applications in March 2020.

For further information please view – https://www.triangletrust.org.uk/


Veolia Environmental Trust Grants 

The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Veolia Environmental Trust is the 5th March 2020 for projects that will start between the 23 June 2020 and 22 September 2020.

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards:

• Community buildings
• Parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities
• Nature reserves
• Bio diversity projects.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site (please see post code checker below); the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 10% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.

For further information please view – https://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/


Chance Day Out

The Chance Heritage Trust intend to regenerate the Chance Glassworks site, an industrial heritage asset of national and international importance. The Chance Brothers Glassworks was one of the most important industrial employers in the Midlands for more than 150 years, playing a significant role in shaping Smethwick and the wider area. While the firm supplied glass for the construction of the Crystal Palace, its work in the design, production and installation of some 2,300 lighthouse lanterns around the world was arguably the company’s most significant contribution.

Chance Heritage Trust and Smethwick Heritage Centre are holding the Chance Day Out on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 11am at Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick, B66 3AP. Activities on the day include:

  • Bring along your Chance Glass along to one of their Chance ‘experts’ for a guide valuation.
  • Share your memories and stories with others
  • They will be launching their shares offer.
  • Chance ‘experts’ will be on hand to talk about your Chance memorabilia.
  • There will be lots of opportunities to talk about your association with Chances and if you would like to record your story, you can do that too!
  • Talk to Chance Heritage Trust about your vision for the glassworks.

The Trust want to create a vibrant urban community generating employment, housing, learning, training and leisure for the benefit of the community through the creation of hundreds of jobs bringing new businesses, new homes and new visitors to the site. This will be one of the most iconic sites in the Midlands and will once again take its place in history as the home of innovation, enterprise and community.

We know there are many people in the locality who have a keen interest in the glassworks, its amazing industrial heritage, and the important role it played in supporting the local community. The event on the 29th February is the start of a new page in the glassworks history and it provides a rare opportunity for local people to play a part in saving for the nation this important piece of our history and to have an important role in shaping its future.

For more information go to www.chanceht.org


Project Aspie – Open Space Initiative meetings in February 2020

Project Aspie is an award winning organisation geared towards raising the profile of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism within the community.

Project Aspie was created and developed to improve and inspire people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism to live healthy and independent lives within the community.

Project Aspie also delivers Campaign Events and Community Projects including the Community Initiative The Open Space Initiative, which is geared towards offering Confidence, Motivation and Opportunities for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

National Lottery Community Fund kindly funds The Open Space Initiative.

The next TWO Open Space Initiative events are open for bookings:

19th February 2020 – visit – https://projectaspie.org.uk/news/project-aspie-mid-week-open-space-initiative-event-19-feb-2020 – for more information.

29th February 2020 – visit – https://projectaspie.org.uk/news/project-aspie-open-space-initiative-event-29-feb-2020 – for more information.


Fabric grant funding made easier for Churches

Changes have been announced making it easier for parishes to apply for funding to support fabric repairs.

The Church of England, working with the Wolfson Foundation and the National Churches Trust (NCT), has today announced that during 2020 administration of the Wolfson Foundation funds for fabric repairs of churches will move from the Cathedral & Church Buildings Division of the Church of England to the National Churches Trust.

The Wolfson Fabric Repairs grants programme supports fabric repairs for Grade I and II*, A and B+ listed Anglican church buildings throughout the United Kingdom. £400,000 per year is awarded to projects, including urgent roof repairs, improving rainwater goods, drainage works, and wall repairs. In 2019, awards were given to 79 parishes*.

*Excerpt from National Churches Trust.

For further information click here.


Comic Relief Community Fund

Comic Relief, working with Groundwork, aims to deliver long lasting community driven change while building the capacity of grassroots organisations, through its Community Fund. Two types of grants are available:

Capacity Building Grant (up to £500). To help develop your organisation.
Project Delivery Grant (up to £4000). To help deliver a 12 month project.

Eligible organisations must have an income of less than £250,000 and be constituted not for profit voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies). All projects must focus on delivering one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

• Children Survive and Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
• Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and the LGBTQIA+ community and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
• A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
• Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Groundwork staff are available to support applications. For example, they can help local groups develop project ideas, understand local need, undertake stakeholder consultations and advise them on the grant application process. Support is also available to help successful applicants deliver their projects and connect groups into wider networks to support the sustainability of their activities.

For further information please Michelle Brodie on 0121 530 5515 or by email on michelle.brodie@groundwork.org.uk.

To apply click here.


Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities can apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disabled or disadvantaged children (aged 13 or under).

Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. In this round, trips must be taken before the end of August 2019.

For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place. Although the deadline is the 16th November 2019, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis until all the funds have been allocated.

Applications must be made at least six weeks before the trip or holiday is due to take place.

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