September 2020

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FREE Webinar – Virtually Meet Black Country Near Neighbours

We are pleased to invite you to our Virtually Meet Black Country Near Neighbour’s Coordinator, Shaz Akhtar. Shaz will be joining SCVO on Thursday 12th November 2020, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programme. This is your opportunity to learn more about the funds available and their funding criteria prior to submitting your application directly to the funder.

Our FREE webinar will enable you to connect with the funder, as you’ll have the opportunity, to ask questions directly and receive tailored advice from them, as you learn more about the Near Neighbours programme. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together to share knowledge and experience.

Booking onto the webinar is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 25 places available for this virtual conversation. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual webinar will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the webinar.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get information automatically on SCVO virtual events, training and other news straight to your inbox.

British Science Week 2021 Kick Start Grants Now Open

The British Science Association has announced that applications for British Science Week “Kick Start” grants have reopened for applications.

As part of the British Science Week (BSW), the British Science Association, with funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is providing grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events.

British Science Week (BSW), which is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths.

There are four types of grant:
• Kick Start Youth grant: a grant of £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised and delivered by students aged 10-19.
• Kick Start grant: a grant of £300 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week.
• Kick Start More grant: a grant of £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community. The community can comprise of families/carers, members of local community groups, local businesses and local press.

• NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: a grant of £450 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week and an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19.
To be eligible students must be from a school that fulfills one or more of the following criteria.
• Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils eligible for the pupil premium or equivalent;
• Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds;
• Be a small school based in a remote and rural location.
For any questions, please contact us at

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 9th November 2020.

For further information please view –

Lettuce turnip the beet!

A Smethwick pre-school has a great opportunity for a helper who likes the fresh air.

Two Steps in Price Street is hoping for help to maintain the garden where the youngsters spend hours having fun.

Early Years and Quality Practice Manager Zara Hill said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer and maintain our much loved garden. We are looking for a helpful helper to come and join in the fun, planting, weeding and preening.  We are kind, caring and passionate – a person of any age and ability welcome.’

If you would like to know more contact Zara on 0121 558 3475 or email

Funding Available to Redistribute Surplus Food

FareShare’s Surplus with Purpose is a £3 million Fund that provides funding of up to £50,000 to food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people most in need.

The fund is open to companies seeking to unlock new or hard to reach surplus (or ‘waste’) food, as well as those that haven’t previously worked with FareShare.
The type of foods eligible for support includes:
• Packaging / labelling errors
• Stock that’s become surplus due to forecasting errors
• Stock below MLOR (48 hours minimum life on receipt by FareShare)
• Fruit & veg past BBE
• Stock past BBE (subject to manufacturer’s extension letter)
• Quality rejections – ‘out of spec’
• Unfinished products
• Bulk ingredients for manufacturing
• Lines no longer being retailed
• Samples and NPD’s
• Foreign label stock
• Damages
• Seasonal stock
• Retailer branded food.

The funding can be used to cover the additional staff costs needed for packing and sorting edible surplus food, or in building, implementing and managing new processes. It could also cover packaging and transportation costs, or lost income from the sale of surplus to animal feed or anaerobic digestion.

Funding applications can be submitted at any time.

Please view for further information –

Funding for New Solutions to Youth Unemployment

Voluntary or community-sector organisations working with unemployed young people can apply for funding to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.

The funding which is being made available through the Youth Futures Foundation is looking to new solution to youth unemployment that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to reach more young people.

Two types of grants are available:

• Development Grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 per year for the delivery and development of new approaches over a 1-2-year period.

• Impact Grants of between £100,000 and £1.2million per year for the delivery of new innovative projects over a 1-5-year period.

Statutory organisations applying individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership or consortia can also apply.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information


New Fund Launched to Improve the Quality of Life for Serving Armed Forces Personnel

Army, Air and Naval units are encouraged to apply for funding for projects that improve the quality of life for serving personnel and their families living on or near an Armed Forces base or station in the UK or overseas.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available through the NAAFI Fund for projects or activities that help bring people together and reduce boredom or isolation amongst single serving personnel living in Single Living Accommodation, and Armed Forces families.

Funding can be used to refurbish spaces for recreation and leisure, purchase equipment or run projects of up to a year.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is administering the Fund on behalf of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).

The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 23rd November 2020.

Please view for further information –

Nature Grants for Schools

Infant, primary and secondary schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training. This year, the scheme is also open to non-mainstream schools, including pupil referral units.

Schools can choose from over 100 different products to deliver outdoor learning and play. These include:
Den Building Kits
Small Spaces Planters
Study Centres
Litter Picking Kits
Investigating Weather Kits

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grant scheme. The charity has been helping schools across Great Britain since 2017. Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the grants have so far provided £900,000 worth of equipment to 800 schools.

The programme is only open to schools. Nurseries, pre-schools and gardening groups are not eligible. Reception settings attached to a school (i.e. on the same physical site) are eligible to apply in partnership with a school, but the school must lead the application.

The closing date for applications is the 13th November 2020.

For further information see here.

Interested schools can also email for further information.


Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Projects the Help the Homeless

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people.

The grants are available for capital costs and examples of previously supported projects include:
• The Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, where people undertake education and training courses as well as receiving advice and food, received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration.
• A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.

The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th December 2020.

For further information, please view –

Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Programme

The Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Programme provides National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support charities, voluntary and community groups run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue to share those experiences and play a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.

This funding will support lived experience leadership, and make sure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.
Funding is available for up to two years and can be used to either focus on the immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis, or help communities recover, renew and become more sustainable after the impact of COVID-19, or both.

The National Lottery Community Fund expects to fund between 30 and 40 projects.
The programme will fund a wide range of items including:
• equipment,
• one-off events,
• staff and training costs,
• transport, utilities/running costs,
• volunteer expenses.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 13th October 2020.
The application form is available on the National Lottery Community Fund website –

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Commission Opportunity

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) wishes to commission provision to support local voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver learning opportunities to targeted priority groups of residents. Any organisation that receives funding from SAFL will be classed as a subcontractor. 

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning have grants available of between £10,000 to £50,000 per project for the delivery of training in security, logistics, warehousing and digital skills on our behalf.

Full details can be found by clicking here.

Applications open 28th September 2020.


  • Release of the 2020-2021 Community Learning Offer – 28th September 2020
  • Invitations to submit applications for delivery to commence from November 2020 28th September 2020 – 9th October 2020
  • Notification of results from Project Panel Review 19th October 2020
  • Contracts Awarded W/C 19th October 2020

All applications for funding will be received using the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council procurement process. If you are interested in submitting an application, please complete an application form available from the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council procurement web page by clicking here.

To access the full specification and application form, organisations will need to be registered on the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council procurement system click here.

Please note: Applications will be approved subject to sufficient funds being available. Projects can be short or long but all activity must be completed by 30th June 2021

Community Learning Specification and Guidance can be accessed by clicking here.

For an informal chat about this opportunity please call SAFL on 0121 557 0837 or email

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