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Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts Based Learning Fund

Paul HamlynThe new Arts-Based Learning Fund from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has grants available to support charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts that are working with schools, further education colleges and teachers to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people.

Two types of grant are available to support work at different stages of development:
◦The Arts-based Learning ‘explore and test’ grants provide funding for up to two years to help test or evaluate new approaches
•The Arts-based Learning ‘more and better’ grants provide longer, larger grants to help increase the impact and effectiveness of work which has already shown promise or positive impact.Applications can be submitted at any time.
•More information at: http://www.phf.org.uk/funds/arts-based-learning-fund/
•The Foundation welcome a range of applications and are particularly interested in funding work for the benefit of primary-age children (this could include, for example, projects involving a secondary and local primary schools) and work taking place in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London.

Applications can be submitted at any time.
More information at: http://www.phf.org.uk/funds/arts-based-learning-fund/

Community Pub Business Support Programme

the-community-pub-business-support-programmeCommunities looking to take responsibility for and ownership of their local pub, through purchase or long-term lease can now apply for financial support through the Community Pub Business Support Programme.

A total of £3.62 million is available over the next two years and the support package includes business development support, advice and loan and grant funding. The financial support includes:
• Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations
• Combined loan and grant funding up to £150,000 but not exceeding £75,000 in grant contribution.
Although the programme is aimed primarily at communities considering taking responsibility for and ownership of their local pub, in some cases existing community-owned or managed pub-based businesses may be considered, if they are looking to diversify for community benefit and can demonstrate a clear economic case.
To apply, communities need to fill out an initial enquiry form or call the programme advice line for more information on 01993 810730.

More information: https://www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub

Lord Taverners Minibuses Grant Programme

Lords TavernersThe Lords Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has announced that it will re-open its Minibuses grants programme on the 1st December 2016.

Applications will be accepted from schools/ organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability. Please note that the Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems. Last year the Lords Taverners, delivered 32 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord’s Taverners minibuses are based on the current Ford Transit model, with a diesel engine. The average cost to the charity of an accessible minibus is £52,500.

The closing date for applications will be the 28th February 2017.
More information at: http://www.lordstaverners.org/minibuses

Sport England Announces New Funding Programmes

sport-englandSport England’s new funding programmes come six months after the launch of its 2016 strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ which outlines what it will do to increase the number of people getting active and achieve its vision of everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, feeling able to take part in sport or activity.

Between 2017 and 2021, Sport England says that it will invest £22.5 million through its range of new funding programmes which include:
• Volunteering – In December 2016, Sport England is announcing the full details of a £3 million volunteering fund to diversify the range of people who volunteer. The fund will open in early 2017, and it is expected the first awards will be made in spring.
• Local delivery – In December 2016, Sport England is inviting expressions of interest to become one of 10 places that will receive funding from Sport England to develop and implement local strategies for physical activity and sport. A number of working sessions will be held in January and February 2017 to help interested partners develop their ideas, with the first three or four pilots identified by March.
• Tackling inactivity – In December 2016, Sport England is publishing an investment guide on inactivity. It is also opening the first phase of the Inactivity Fund, which will provide up to £10 million for projects that help older adults (55+) to get active. Expressions of interest will be due by 13 February 2017, with the first set of awards planned for June 2017.
• Facilities – In December 2016, Sport England is launching the first phase of the new Community Asset Fund which will have £7.5 million available. It will also publish the wider facilities investment guide in January 2017.
• Supporting sport’s core market (major events) – In December, Sports England is launching a £2 million fund to help engage a much broader range of people in and around major sporting events.

Full details of the funding programmes will be provided as the information becomes available on the Sport England website at:


ConcertinaThe registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2017.

The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.

More information at: http://www.concertinamusic.org.uk/Grants.php

Architectural Heritage Fund

ArchitecturalThe Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Project Development Grant scheme (up to £25,000) is the 15th February 2017.

Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. Applicants will be expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work, must have established that the end use of the building is likely to be viable and have decided to take the project forward.
Applications for grants of less than £5,000 (Project Viability Grants) can be made at any time. Project Viability Grants (PVG) are to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition, and produce a Viability Report to a standard template. Successful completion of this will be used to judge whether applicants can then apply for the AHF’s Project Development Grant funding, and can be used to secure further funding elsewhere.

Deadline: 15th February 2017
More information at: http://www.ahfund.org.uk/grants.php

FREE Training Available in Birmingham for Local Charities Day 2016

trainingYou may have seen our recent webpost (https://www.scvo.info/almost-1000-training-places-available-as-part-of-local-charities-day/) that highlighted the face-to-face fundraising training programme that is being offered by the government and Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI).

Well, the reason for a second webpost is to highlight the fact that there’s a FREE event in Birmingham on Wednesday 7th December at which 3 x 1 hour workshops will be delivered covering Fundraising Strategy, Fundraising from Corporates and Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations.

To find out more and book your FREE place visit: http://www.thefsi.org/training/local-charities-day/lctp-training/birmingham/

But don’t delay…I’m guessing that places will go like hot cakes!

Home Secretary Amber Rudd visits refuge in Sandwell

black-country-womens-aidHome Secretary Amber Rudd visited Black Country Women’s Aid refuge in Sandwell on 28th October to hear about the experiences of women who have fled domestic abuse and so-called ‘honour-based’ violence.

The Home Secretary had a guided tour of the refuge led by Executive Director Sara Ward, meeting women and children living there, and hearing from staff about Black Country Women’s Aid’s work supporting victims of abuse across the region.

They were also joined by Sandwell Council’s Domestic Abuse Manager, Maryrose Lappin, who spoke about the strong  partnership work between the Council and Black Country Women’s Aid which helps to support victims of abuse and keep them safe.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

“I was inspired to hear firsthand about the fantastic work Black Country Women’s Aid are doing to support the victims of these appalling crimes.

“This Government has created a new offence that captures coercive and controlling behaviour and rolled out new ways of protecting the victims of domestic violence through Clare’s Law and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

“We have also taken a range of action to provide support and protection for survivors and potential victims of so-called ‘honour-based violence’, including significantly strengthening the law in relation to the specific offences of FGM and forced marriage.

“Progress is being made and we are seeing more victims coming forward, but more must be done. We will continue to work with partners, including Women’s Aid, to ensure victims are identified and supported.”

Black Country Women’s Aid Executive Director Sara Ward said:

“We were very pleased that our growing national reputation led the Home Secretary to visit us especially in this exciting year when we are changing our name from Sandwell Women’s Aid to Black Country Women’s Aid. She was very interested in hearing about the women’s experiences and finding out about our work across Sandwell and the Black Country.

“We have worked hard, alongside local authority partners, to develop high-quality services which offer victims the right support at the right time, enabling them to recover and rebuild their lives. We feel there is some really good work happening in Sandwell, with more services available for victims of abuse than ever before.

“We were glad to have the opportunity to discuss this with the Home Secretary, as well as some of the challenges of safeguarding services for victims.”

Black Country Women’s Aid is the new name of Sandwell Women’s Aid, which was first established 30 years ago in Sandwell, as local women set up a refuge to give safe shelter to women and children fleeing domestic abuse.

Over the years, the charity has grown and now offers a huge range of services which support over 9000 people every year across Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. This includes support for women, children and men who have experienced domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Domestic abuse is a serious crime, which is not just about physical violence, but can include coercive control, psychological manipulation, sexual abuse, financial abuse, harassment and stalking. If you feel scared of your partner or someone at home because of things that they say and do, you can call Black Country Women’s Aid for confidential advice and support on 0121 552 6448.

Charities and Fraud – The Experience from Sandwell

fraudOur most recent Readers’ Poll sought to establish the sector’s experience of fraud (in its broadest sense) and asked the question, “Has your organisation been the subject of fraudulent activity?”

Responses were as follows:
NO – not aware of any fraudulent activity – 46%
YES – but we have not suffered any financial loss – 36%
YES – and we have suffered a financial loss as a result – 18%

…which is all very positive (apart from the 18% who have suffered a financial loss), BUT it shouldn’t lull anyone into a false sense of security.

With cyber criminals, particularly, becoming ever-more sophisticated in their approaches there is a whole range of online resources available to help your organisation increase its resilience to fraudulent activity – why not start with ActionFraud, the national fraud & cyber crime reporting centre: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or the newly launched (during Charity Fraud Awareness Week in October) website Charities Against Fraud: http://www.charitiesagainstfraud.org.uk

However, it’s not just online that organisations need to be aware. Indeed, the Charity Commission has revealed that more than a third of the fraud incidents reported in 2015/16 by charities were committed by staff, trustees or volunteers. The analysis of the incidents found that the common factors in many cases were weak governance and poor financial controls, often coupled with excessive trust placed in key individuals within the charity.

Michelle Russell, the Charity Commission’s Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement said charities could protect themselves from internal and external fraud through the robust and consistent application of financial controls, and the implementation of commission good practice advice and that they should not be afraid to report incidents to the Commission.

“Knowing the challenges charities face allows us to warn others where necessary and help put in place better safeguards to protect charity funds,” she said.

“Being a victim is nothing to be ashamed of; but burying your head in the sand will only increase your vulnerability to fraud.”

But it’s not all ‘doom and gloom’ – with increased vigilance and a structured approach to internal controls it is possible to mitigate against much of what we’ve talked about above.

With that in mind we’ll leave you with some ‘Top Tips’ to help reduce your vulnerability to fraud:
1. Develop a strong counter fraud culture where staff are encouraged to play their part in the fight against fraud.
2. Have in place, and robustly apply, internal financial controls.
3. Encourage staff to voice concerns.
4. Have a fraud response plan so that everyone knows what to do and when – stay calm but act quickly when incidents do occur.
5. Ensure you report incidents to Action Fraud and to the Commission, via the dedicated reporting facility: mailto:RSI@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk.

And, of course, don’t forget to have a chat with us here at SCVO about how we might help you if you feel you need to review/revise your internal controls, are considering implementing a fraud plan etc. Email us at mailto:support@scvo.info or call 0121 525 1127

Quaker Housing Trust

quakerThe Quaker Housing Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 20th January 2017.

The Quaker Housing Trust provides grants and interest free loans to housing projects that cater for people with a wide range of needs, including homes for:
• People with mental & physical health problems
• People with learning difficulties
• People who would otherwise be homeless
• Women escaping domestic violence; etc.

Funding is available for:
• Buying, building, converting, renovating or refurbishing property
• Expanding an existing housing project
• Making a housing project ‘greener’
• Smaller practical things which turn a house into a home.

To be eligible for funding, applicants need to have legal charitable status and be a small organisation (with an annual turnover of not more than £5 million and without access to sufficient income, reserves, nor other fundraising, to pay for the work).

Deadline: 20th January 2017
More information at: http://www.qht.org.uk/

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