August 2020

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Free Trees for Schools and Communities

The Woodland trust want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So they’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.

Successful tree pack applicants will receive their trees in March 2021. All their subsidised or free products have defined eligibility criteria; should you not meet those, or they consider the product to be otherwise unsuitable, they will offer the most appropriate product available.

For more information or to apply for a pack click here.

Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment Grants

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 £500 (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.

For more information or to apply click here.

Funding to Support Older People Hardest Hit by the Coronavirus (UK)

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available to registered charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus.

Independent Age’s £760,000 Grant Fund will give priority to organisations working with:
• Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations, such as having no network of family, friends or community to call on; have a disability or long-term health condition; be caring for a dependent adult with learning disabilities or dementia or be facing other circumstances that make it harder to manage at this challenging time.

• Older people who are very isolated and most at risk of missing out on the help available from government or charities that serve a very wide client group.

Funding should be used to continue to keep these vital services running, providing advice, support, opportunities, and practical help.
Organisations must have an annual income of less than £1 million, with at least one paid member of staff, and should request enough funds to see them through the next six months of delivery.

The closing date for applications in this round is 9am on the 11th September 2020.

For more information please view

Highways Improvement Works Begin for Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Sandwell Council will shortly be starting highways improvement work surrounding the Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick. These much-needed works are the start of a phased approach to the improvement of the highways infrastructure in the area and will have a focus on sustainable forms of travel.

The initial works, which will be completed by March 2021, are detailed are below:
• Holly Lane / Manor Road Junction Improvements: The mini roundabout at the junction of Holly Lane and Manor Road will be upgraded to a signalised junction that will improve road safety, create safe pedestrian crossing points and provide cycle advanced stop lines for improved cycle safety.

• Londonderry Lane / Manor Road Junction Improvements: The mini roundabout at the junction of Manor Road and Londonderry Lane will be upgraded to a signalised junction that will improve road safety, create safe pedestrian crossing points and provide cycle advanced stop lines for improved cycle safety.

• Pedestrian crossing facilities at Holly Lane and St Pauls Road: A new signalised junction at Holly Lane and St Pauls Road to incorporate full pedestrian crossing facilities. This will also help with concerns raised previously by Councillors and residents around speed and pedestrian facilities on St Pauls Road. In addition to this, the crossing would have additional benefits of improving pedestrian routes and encourage a modal shift for Holly Lodge High School pupils.

• Bristnall Hall Road Crossing: Install double Zebra crossing with central refuge, widen footway and resurface carriageway as necessary.
• Dog Kennal Lane Crossing: Install double Zebra crossing and resurface carriageway as necessary.

The completion of these highways works will not only improve safe, sustainable travel in the area but will also support access to the new world-class Sandwell Aquatics Centre that is being delivered in the area.

NET Announces Plans for Distribution of £12m to Pandemic’s Most Impacted Groups

NET Announces Plans for Distribution of £12m to Pandemic’s Most Impacted Groups The National Emergencies Trust has announced plans to distribute a further £12m from its Coronavirus Appeal, this time to a range of charity partnerships offering targeted support to some of the groups most at risk from the pandemic’s impact in the UK.

Since March, the NET’s Coronavirus Appeal has raised £87.25 million. It has distributed £64 million of this through Community Foundations UK-wide, including £250k for BAME charities and infrastructure. The funds have supported more than 8,000 grassroots groups in meeting urgent needs from food access to bereavement counselling.

It has now announced its first charity partners, each one of which will provide support to a disproportionately impacted group NET’s own gap analysis has highlighted as having potentially been underserved through the pandemic so far.

read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Fundraising UK

Could You Help ROSA Support Women and Girls in the UK?

Rosa is looking for four Trustees who share our passion for making the UK a fairer, safer place for women and girls. We are committed to being representative of our society and bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences to shape what we do and how we work.

They’re keen to hear from those who might not have previous trustee experience, or who aren’t sure their experience fits the role in a ‘traditional’ way. Most important to them is who you as a person – your values, thoughts, and knowledge of the people and issues we care about.

Having a board of trustees that reflects the communities they serve is incredibly important to them – so they’re keen to reach people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. You might have experience in communications, research and knowledge management, fundraising, employment law or HR.

See link for the full role description.

To apply, please send a cover letter and a CV to Angela Todd Drake,, by Friday 28th August2020. The cover letter should include your interest in the role and a brief description of the skills and experience you can bring to our Board.

If you have any queries or want to discuss the role further, please email ROSA directly with your contact details and they will get back to you.

DHSC invites charities to join Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The Department of Health and Social Care has invited charities to apply to join the Voluntary,  Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Members of the alliance receive grant funding on an annual basis of up to £80,000 for their core work. 

The Health and Wellbeing Alliance is part of the Health and Wellbeing Programme to promote health equalities and reduce health inequalities.

The closing date for applications is midday on 6 November 2020.

For more information click here.

Source: Gov.UK

Sandwell Council Offers Back to School Advice and Support

With children due back to school in a few weeks, Sandwell Council has a set up a dedicated website for parents and young people.

The website has a number of questions and answers as well as links to organisations who can help and support families with the return to school. The website can be found at

Schools are working hard and planning for the return of all pupils for the autumn term and are making sure they ready to welcome children back in September.

The website will continue to be updated as government advice is received.
Sandwell families can visit for full details

The Foundation for Social Improvement Birmingham Online Training – 7th October

Booking for The FSI’s next online regional training event is now open for small charities in Birmingham and Midlands area. This event supported by the 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust will be delivered online, offering 60 delegate training places over 1 day so that small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self-sustaining.

You can access a choice of 3 full day interactive webinars covering the popular topics: Developing Your Earned Income, Supporting and Managing Volunteers, Major Donor Fundraising. Spaces normally fills up fast, so book your heavily subsidised place today!


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Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response

Sterling notes and coinsEmergency funding of up to £60k available to nonprofits in England that are committed to proactively sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks.

Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response is a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and Centre for The Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST), with support from the Catalyst network Thanks to National Lottery players, The National Lottery Community Fund has committed nearly £5 million to the partnership.

This fund is aimed at organisations whose work has been affected by COVID-19 and who need emergency funding to continue to deliver essential services. It will support them to develop the digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable.

This funding is a combination of direct grants and payment for support from digital agencies.

Funding overview:
Funding size: £5,000 to £60,000
Application open: 19th August 2020, 9am
Application deadline:
7th September 2020, 5pm (Discovery Programme)
20th September 2020, 5pm (Development Programme)

The Discovery Programme
This programme is an excellent learning and development opportunity for nonprofits looking to progress their digital ambitions.

Four weeks of funding and support, as part of a cohort of 8-10 organisations with a similar level of digital maturity, to understand and research the problem you are trying to address.

You will work with a digital partner to identify the needs and behaviours of your community, and how digital, data and design can best support them.

You will receive a £5,000 grant to cover the cost of one member of your team full time, or a number of people who, between them, are working on the programme for 20 days. This is to ensure you get the most out of the programme, and are able to complete all the key activities. It should also allow a couple of additional days’ time at the end of the programme to help put into practice some of the next steps identified in Week Four.

During this programme you will capture your learning in a report or, if appropriate, develop a brief for further digital/design/data support.

If you find you’re able to solve your problem using existing digital tools or resources, you’ll learn how to use and embed these into your organisation.

The Development Programme
Organisations that can show they have already been through a Discovery process will be eligible to move directly to Development.

10 weeks of funding and support to build on the learnings from discovery and develop a solution to your validated problem area.

The programme runs for 10 weeks: 1 week to get ready, 8 weeks working time, 1 week to wrap up.

You are invited to apply for up to £60,000, which will be a mix of grant funding and support from a digital agency/expert.

For more information or to apply click here.

Source: Catalyst

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