December 2020

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Heart of England Community Foundations Winter Wellbeing Campaign a Festive Success!

The Heart of England Community Foundation launched the Winter Wellbeing campaign towards the end of 2020 after securing funds and opened applications for a little Festive Fun for one-off projects just in time for Christmas.

They’ve supported 52 organisations in just three weeks to spread festive cheer to a massive 16,472 beneficiaries and awarded a total of £44,555 to wonderful projects covering so much, such as Christmas lunches for the vulnerable, community light trails, virtual music concerts and ensuring deprived children get a gift this Christmas.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Source: Heart of England Community Foundation

Managing Funding Risks

It is important that Trustees and fundraisers are aware of the risks and take action to prevent them, as fundraising can be a risky business. In Fundraising UK’s post they explain the key fundraising risks and what can be done about them. 

One of the most common risks is the over reliance on a few income sources – such as too much funding from statutory sources. The answer will come as no surprise, diversification is the solution, which can take time but is usually possible and makes your organisation more sustainable. The risks of not diversifying are financial decline and even organisational closure.

Risks include:

  • Lack of a robust fundraising strategy
  • Over reliance on a few income sources
  • High staff turnover
  • Compliance issues
  • Accounting problems
  • High fundraising costs
  • Bad publicity
  • Growing competition
  • Lack of a fundraising culture and
  • Activity specific risks

To read the full article click here.

Save the Date: SCVO on 11th March 2021, 10am till 12pm will be running a FREE Introduction to Diversifying Your Income Webinar, aimed at exploring some of the potential opportunities available to charitable organisations in raising funds for their organisation. 

Source: Fundraising UK

Using QR Codes as a Tool For Charity Fundraising

Charity Digital News explore in their article how QR Code technology can be used to help a Charity fundraise as part of a ‘scan to give’ campaign. Whilst QR Codes aren’t new the pandemic has meant many organisations are having to think more creatively about how they raise much needed funds to support their activities and sustain their organisation during these challenging times.

To read the full Charity Digital News article on using QR Code Technology click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

New £4 Million Fund to Tackle Loneliness

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund have announced a new fund to reduce loneliness by helping people feel more connected.

The new £4 million Local Connections Fund which is made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund will provide grants of between £300 and £2,500 to small charities and community groups in England.

The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities. Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.

To be eligible, charities and community groups will have to have an income of £50,000 or less.

The Local Connections Fund will be split into two rounds of funding – each with its own application window. The first application window will open on the 5th January 2021 and close on 26 January 2021. The second applications window will open in the summer.

For more information click here.

£400 Million Additional Funding Announced for Cultural Organisations

The UK Government has announced an additional £400 million will be awarded to arts, culture and heritage organisations across England in the form of grants and loans from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Funding, which was held back in previous rounds, will be available for Cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of collapse. £300 million in grants and £100 million in loans will be offered to support organisations’ transition back to their usual means of operating from April 2021.

The Fund will be administered by the Arts Council England.

Further details will be released in due course, see for updates.

Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Grants

The Greggs Foundation currently supports over 127 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Schools that are interested in applying for funding to open a breakfast club at their school must be able to show that at least 40% of pupils qualify for free school meals and that the school serves a disadvantaged community.

School should able to attract adult volunteers to help run the scheme and attendance at the club must be free for all pupils.

The Foundation uses the grants to support breakfast clubs through an initial startup grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. Greggs Foundation also makes a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

Although applications can be made at any time, there is currently a waiting list for funding.

For more information on how to apply click here.

Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools

The Woodland Trust has announced that it has thousands of free tree packs available to community groups and schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres. The trees are available for planting on an area that is accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others. If applying as a school, trees should be planted on either the school grounds, land the school has arranged regular access to or in an area that is publicly accessible.

Applications for a tree pack for a community group need to:

  • State that the land is accessible to the public
  • Make sure the local community is aware of the plans to plant and is happy for the project to go ahead
  • Be applying for up to 420 trees in each application cycle or season.

There are two delivery periods per year in November and March, when the trees are dormant and perfect for planting.

Applications are currently being accepted for trees to be delivered in March 2021.

For more details on how to claim your FREE trees click here.

Tech for Good Digital Development Fund ‘Build’

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief are launching their Tech for Good digital development fund ‘Build’ the next round of funding for our joint Tech for Good programme, Build, in January 2021.

The Tech for Good programme was created in response to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. The Covid-19 crisis has increased the need for organisations to explore how digital and design approaches can be used to create more impact for the people they work with.

Over £1 million will be available to individual not-for-profit organisations or those working in partnership to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions that meet a social need or challenge linked to Comic Relief’s Social Change Strategy.

For more information on this coming round click here.

Source: paul Hamlyn Foundation

Park Pond Clean-Up Underway in Three Sandwell Parks

Sandwell Council has started major tree works near to pools at three parks – Smethwick Hall Park, Victoria Park in Tipton and Victoria Park in Smethwick.

The work includes the removal of dead and decaying tree growth and branches that go into the water. The dead wood and leaves from these branches have contributed to a reduction in water quality at these sites which can have an adverse effect on the pools’ wildlife.

Councillor Maria Crompton, deputy leader, Sandwell Council welcomes the new works and recently visited Victoria Park in Tipton to record a video. She said:

“This is part of our commitment to improve the water quality across all our sites, a dedicated team have been recruited to maintain our water.

“Work has already started Victoria Park in Tipton and in Smethwick Hall Park, in Smethwick this will be complete before Christmas.

“The team is cutting the trees back, clearing up the debris to make it all environmentally-friendly ready for the spring when the birds start nesting.

“This work has been waiting to be done for a long long time and our parks will look so much better and will hopefully provide a good habitat for wildlife to thrive.”

View Councillor Crompton’s video here:

Work is scheduled to be completed in all three parks in early January with work at Victoria Park in Tipton and Smethwick Hall Park due to be completed before Christmas.

Stark Warning from Sandwell over New Variant of Coronavirus

Sandwell’s director for public health Dr Lisa McNally today issued this stark warning: “A new variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has now spread to most areas of the country.

“It is expected to be prevalent in our area very soon.

“The problem is the speed of transmission – we can expect a dramatic rise in cases over the next few weeks which inevitably means more pressure on already strained hospital critical care units and an increase in deaths.

“Our data suggests that shops, and especially supermarkets, are likely places for infection.”

Councillor Maria Crompton, deputy leader, Sandwell Council added: “We want everyone to stay safe this Christmas so please do not take any unnecessary risks.

“COVID-19 can be a fatal illness and it is vital we all do what we can to stop the spread and in particular protect our most vulnerable residents.”

Anyone with symptoms must get tested straight away and ensure they self-isolate for the full 10 days.

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