December 2022

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Grants to help disabled and disadvantaged people connect with nature

Applications are invited from charities and not-for-profit organisations in England and Wales for projects that help disabled or disadvantaged people connect with nature and the countryside.

The funding, which is made available through the CLA Charitable Trust, supports projects that improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of people who are disabled or disadvantaged by helping them to visit and participate in recreational and educational opportunities in the countryside.

Applications are particularly welcomed for projects for children and young people, disadvantaged financially, physically, mentally, or from areas of deprivation.

Funding can be used to support projects, capital works and running costs. No maximum or minimum funding amounts are given.

The closing date for applications is the 6th February 2023.

Further information

Grants of up to £5,000 available for projects that 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 rebuild their lives.

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

The grants are available for capital costs.

The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th March 2023.

Further information

Black Country Connected Digital Inequalities Programme

Black Country Connected is a Digital Inequalities Programme within the NHS Black Country ICB. The Programme offers residents in the Black Country the loan of a Geobook Laptop with an option to receive connectivity to access information such as health, care, social, well-being sites, general information and educational/college sites, social media, online shopping and connect with people/organisations via email, video call and APPs.

If you know anyone whom you think would benefit from this scheme and would like to refer into the Programme, please email Emma Sharman, Digital Inequalities Lead at

Further information.


Up to date listing of Places of Welcome in West Bromwich, Wednesbury, and Tipton

Transforming Communities Together would like to bring to your attention the updated listing of Places of Welcome in the above towns. New venues to note are:

  • Way 2 Wellbeing, Sons of Rest Building, near Brunswick Park
  • Stone Cross Library
  • Great Barr Library
  • Hope Church, Stone Cross
  • Community Transport will be hosting one in the New Year from West Bromwich Bus Station. Date to be confirmed.

Crafternoon has also changed venues to the Sons of Rest Building, near Brunswick Park.

There are now 21 Places of Welcome venues across the three towns and more across Sandwell.

One Simple Way to Boost Your Funds in 2023

What are your fundraising goals this year? A new project? Improved facilities? Core costs? Volunteer training? Whatever you need funding for, make sure fundraising platform easyfundraising is a part of your strategy. easyfundraising enables voluntary and third sector organisations to benefit from cashback donations when their supporters shop online.

easyfundraising has been helping good causes benefit from free funding from online shopping since 2007. Over £43m has been raised for good causes and charities across the UK, and your organisation can be a part of it too.

easyfundraising partners with 7,300 online retailers that will donate a percentage of what a shopper spends with them back to your organisation at no extra cost to anyone. Retailers include everyday favourites like Amazon, eBay, Boots, and Argos, department stores like John Lewis, M&S, Debenhams, and House of Fraser, supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, home improvement retailers such as B&Q, Dunelm, Wickes and Homebase, fashion brands like ASOS, Very, H&M, Boden and Clarks – and many more.

Space Youth Services have raised over £650 so far and say easyfundraising is the helping hand that allows them to fundraise easily for their essential needs: “It’s useful to be able to raise unrestricted donations. We would definitely recommend it to other charities as a simple, straightforward way of raising additional funds that requires little in the way of input and maintenance.”

Free to register and use, signing up to easyfundraising is a great way to create a continuous stream of income, which complements your existing activities to make 2023 your best fundraising year yet.

Click here to sign up.

Funding to buy books for School Libraries

UK schools and early years’ settings can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to buy books for their libraries and encourage more children to read for pleasure.

The LoveReading4Kids Funding for Schools Scheme will help schools to provide children with a range of non-curriculum books to improve their reading standards, particularly amongst children experiencing disadvantage or underrepresentation.

Any grant awarded will be made in the form of credit to be spent within six months on the LoveReading4Kids online bookstore.

Applications can be submitted at any time, with decisions taking up to three months.

More information

Family Learning Awards Now Open

The Family Learning Awards from Campaign for Learning celebrate creative, innovative, and inclusive learning.

This year there are four categories in which you can enter your family learning activity, event, or initiative. These are:

  • Family Learning in the Early Years Award,
  • Award for Family Learning to Support Financial Resilience,
  • Award for Family Learning to Support Health and Wellbeing,
  • Award for Family Learning to Support STEM.

Applications are open to any UK organisation with families, this includes: 3rd sector organisations, libraries, museums, community education, schools and tech companies. The awards are free to enter and close on 30th January 2023. To find out more click here.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity reopened on 3rd January

Funding for projects which support people from vulnerable communities to develop money-management and other financial skills reopened at 9 am on 3 January 2023. Grants of up to £7,500 are available.

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.  The next round, which has been brought forward due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, will focus on Raising the Next Generation.

Under this theme, projects should support the younger generation (under 25) to help them learn financial life skills and to grow during the difficult financial climate. Work may include:

  • School-based activities
  • Migrants
  • Lone parents
  • Victims and survivors of domestic abuse
  • Family outreach services.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply, including UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises, and credit unions, providing they have an annual turnover of less than £750,000 and reserves of less than six months’ running costs.

The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation’s core funding.

More information


CoderDojo: Programming Code Clubs for 7 – 17 year-olds

Part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, CoderDojo is a global community of programming clubs called Dojos. Dojos are free, volunteer-led, programming clubs where young people can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in a fun and social environment. They are aimed at 7 to 17-year-olds, with parents and carers always welcomed along!

Dojos take place in public, accessible spaces such as libraries, community centres, and even cinemas. All that’s needed are basic facilities, suitable insurance and health and safety measures. An internet connection and access to computers are useful to have but are not essential!

Dojos are run by their own amazing team of volunteers. It’s valuable to have a variety of skills across your team, with volunteers who can organise the sessions, set up the venue or provide support and encouragement to the young people who attend.

You don’t need to be ‘techie’ to get involved and there is a whole library of free resources and training modules to support you in getting set up.

If you would like more information on starting a Dojo in your community, then please feel free to get in touch with Steph,

Look at a Dojo in action here.

You can find more about the CoderDojo movement and foundation here.

Do you know about the weekly activities at Oldbury Library?

Do you know that there’s lots of activities and events which take place at Oldbury Library each week?  There is a craft group, wellbeing sessions, Knit and Natter, a writing group, one-to-one IT support and much more.

Children activities include play sessions, story time and Saturday morning arts and crafts.

Whether you would like to try something new, brush up IT skills, meet other people or simply enjoy a hot drink in a Warm Space, there is something for everyone at the Library.  Find out more here.

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