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NFU Mutual Community Giving Grant

Charities, schools, and community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund.

The fund is available in areas that are local to NFU operations in the UK. Applications are likely to be more successful if they meet one or more of the funds priorities.

These are connecting the community; providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community; relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing; and advancing education and experiences for young people.

The next closing date for applications is the 30th June 2020.

Please view for further information – https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/responsible-business/nfu-mutual-community-giving-fund/

Tesco Bags of Help – Coronavirus Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.

Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

For further information please view – https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-cv-fund/

Arts Council – Financial support for organisations outside of the National Portfolio

We are making £50 million available to organisations in the cultural sector, who are not National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) or Music Education Hubs. They can apply for a maximum of £35,000.

This fund is to support organisations to get back on their feet, or to continue making work in the future that will mean they can contribute to delivering our new strategy, Let’s Create.

For further information please view – https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/financial-support-organisations-outside-national-portfolio

Parking Charges Suspended in Sandwell Council Town Centre Car Parks

Parking charges will be suspended in Sandwell Council town centre car parks from 31 March.

Drivers are being asked to continue to park safely and appropriately, and to observe bay markings.

The suspension of parking charges applies to town centre cars parks run by Sandwell Council and does not include Sandwell Valley car parks.

All other parking conditions including charges for on-street parking bays will still apply. Parking will continue to be monitored and free parking will be in place until 30 June 2020.

The situation will be monitored and vehicles parked in contravention of the normal requirements for the safe and efficient use of car parks will still receive Penalty Charge Notices.

Details and locations of council car parks can be found at www.sandwell.gov.uk/parking

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The trustees at CAF have allocated £5 million to fund an emergency grant programme to support local frontline charities.

The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund has been set up to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. One-time grants of up to £10,000 are available to help organisations survive during the current health emergency.

Who can apply?
The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund is open to small charities and organisations with charitable activities that had an income of £1million or less last year.

What will the Fund support?
The Fund can cover core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. We want to help ensure that as many vital charitable organisations as possible can continue their work during these challenging times.

If you are interested, you can find more information and the application form here – https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund?utm_source=CAFFUND2703&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GENCAMCVD1920

Brook: Update on Services available to Children and Professionals in Sandwell

Brook have produced an update in relation to the services it is providing in light of the current situation we are facing.

To access the update please view – https://www.scvo.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Sandwell-bulletin-Q4.pdf

New £3M Fund to Boost Health in Disadvantaged Areas

The King’s Fund in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £3 million Healthy Communities Together programme to empower voluntary and community sector organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.

The programme consists of two phases. In phase 1, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding and a package of learning and development support for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans. The closing date for application for phase 1 is the 27th May 2020 with projects for phase 1 projected to start in September 2020. At the end of this phase, each location will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support.

For further information please view – https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/the-healthy-communities-together-programme#section-1

New Funding Programme Announces to Keep Children Safe From Crime and Violence

A new £6 million fund has been launched to support organisations working to prevent youth offending and make communities safer.

Comic Relief and the Youth Endowment Fund have joined forces to help keep children safe from violence by co-designing a new funding programme with help from young people affected by youth violence; and those organisations and individuals with experience of prevention.

The programme will aim to ensure that children most as risk of being drawn into crime and violence receive the support they need, and in particular will address rising knife crime.

Further details of the programme will be announced later in the year.

View further information here – https://www.comicrelief.com/news/comic-relief-and-youth-endowment-fund-join-forces/

Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives.

In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 – £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million). Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.

For further information please view – https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/improving-lives-grants-programme/improving-lives-grants-programme-overview/

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Futures Fund

Organisations, individuals and charities have until the 24th August 2020 to apply for funding to support projects that develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based model.

Through this round of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable grants are available for projects lasting up to three years. Previous projects have included grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to grants in excess of £100,000. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Sustainable Futures programme will fund campaigns, initiatives and projects that promote alternatives to consumerism and give a voice to young activists and marginalised groups on issues of economic and environmental justice.

For further information please view – https://www.jrct.org.uk/sustainable-future

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