February 2020

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Small Theatres Improvement Grants Available

The Theatres Trust has announced that theatres across the UK can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility.

To be eligible for funding, the theatre must be run by a charity or not-for-profit group that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

To be eligible the applicant:
• must own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings;
• demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year;
• and have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

The closing date for applications is noon on the 5th October 2020

For further information please view – http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/uk-theatres-small-grants-scheme


Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant-making programme is the 10th September 2020.

The Idlewild Trust supports charities that improve opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.

The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.

For further information please view – http://www.idlewildtrust.org.uk/


Funding to Improve Health Care Within Communities

Funding of between £300,000 and £500,000 is available to support up to five teams across the UK for two to three years to improve health care through collaboration between those who use health services and those who deliver them.

The funding is available to support collaborations between providers of NHS services and voluntary or community sector organisations, such as charities or social enterprises. The funding is being made available through the Health Foundation’s Common Ambition programme.

The closing date for applications is the 20th March 2020. For further information please view – https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/news/opportunity-improve-health-care-through-collaborative-communities 


Funding for Projects that Support the Education and Development of Children and Young People

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

Of particular interests are projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

The funding provided by the BlueSpark Foundation and can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects.

Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s standard Application Form.

More information


Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme

State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have, or want to improve their libraries, can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme.

Priority will be given to primary schools and to funding library books. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks.

Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Further details


‘Completing the Picture’ in Oldbury

With a large range and number of services available for children, young people and families in Sandwell, it’s often difficult to keep on top of who’s who and what they do.

You may feel you are often left trying to find the missing pieces when looking for that little bit of extra support for the young people and families you are working with.

Sandwell Early Help Partnership is running an event at Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury B68 8EW on Friday, 3 April, 10 am to 12 noon. It is hoped the occasion will bring together organisations, services and schools from Oldbury, and provide an opportunity for members and prospective members to:

– Engage with others.
– Find out what services are available locally.
– Build new partnerships.
– Share ideas of how to best support children, young people and families.

If you work in Oldbury, and would like to ‘Complete the Picture’ about what support services are available, book your place now by clicking here or email earlyhelp@scvo.info.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Opportunities at Dorothy Parkes

The Dorothy Parkes Centre is a community centre based in Smethwick. The Centre opened in 2000 and was created out of the ‘Old Church’ parish hall by an innovative partnership between the Parish Church Council, Sandwell Area Health Authority, Harborne Parish Lands Charity, New Opportunities Fund and the Church Urban Fund.

The Centre is seeking to recruit to the following roles:

Community Navigator at Dorothy Parkes Centre
Sessional Youth Worker
Community Navigator at Sandwell Community Hubs

Please click here for full information about the vacancies, including salary, length of contract, job description, person spec and application forms.

Applications for the Community Navigator roles close at 4 pm on Wednesday, 11th March 2020.
The sessional worker post is a rolling post.


Support for Community Groups across Sandwell

Do you run a Community Group or Youth Group in Sandwell? We want to hear from you!

Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is a charitable organisation based in Sandwell which supports Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector, comprised of voluntary-run community groups, charities, not-for-profit businesses, faith communities and social enterprises.

SCVO provides the infrastructure to enable the Sector, it’s communities and its beneficiaries to have a strong voice and play a leading role in ensuring all residents have access to the support they need and have their say in shaping Sandwell’s future. SCVO also delivers development support to ensure that Sandwell has a strong, healthy and resilient Sector where new and established community activities can flourish

Are you part of a group in Sandwell that has plans to do something new or looking for support to engage with your local community? Get in touch with our Community Partnerships Coach to find out how we can support your project.

Contact Liz on 07923259821 or email liz@scvo.info


Young and You Launch New Literacy and English Support Service

Young and You are a newly formed organisation offering English Language and Literature lessons for GCSE students. Who may need extra support in preparation for their GCSE exams, revision or general support with the aim of helping participants to catch up or keep up in core areas of English.

The tutor has over 30 years’ experience as an English teacher which, enables them to adapt their teaching style to the student’s needs and boost confidence. The tutor is able to identify a student’s support needs and help them to fill in any learning gaps they may have prior to their exams.

Tuition takes place on a Saturday between 10.30am till 1pm at Jack Judge House, Halesowen Street, Oldbury, B69 2AS and costs £10 per hour to access this support.

For more information on how to access this service contact Chipo Mudere on 07713930978 or email yay.literacy@gmail.com


Grants available for Young People to celebrate UK’s Native Plants

Young people aged 14 – 25 can apply for grants of up to £500 to come up with a creative idea to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.

The funding is available for young people to undertake a wide range of activities including transforming a space in their local community; photography; music; drama; dance; film: visual arts; planting; experimenting; science and other interests. The funding is being provided by Grow Wild an organisation that brings people together to value and enjoy UK native wildflowers and fungi.

Young people will need a supporting organisation to apply on their behalf. This can be a youth, community or education-focused organisation.

The closing date for applications is 1 pm on the 30th March 2020.

More information


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