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The Gateway Programme

The Gateway Programme supports congregations and local communities to look after and build a sustainable future for their church buildings.

Preference is given to projects from Churches that can demonstrate strong community engagement and sound plans for economic viability. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate support beyond the congregation, and into the future.

Gateway Grant Programme grants can be used for project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for up to 50% of the project costs are available.
Applications are excepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. The Trust particularly encourages applications from priority areas i.e. North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The first deadline to apply for a Gateway Grant is the 12th September 2019.
More information at: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/gatewaygrants

Co-operative Bank

Organisations such as Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies, Co-operatives and Credit Unions; etc. that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until the 30th September 2019 to apply for funding of up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund.

Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £750,000 to 866 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Theatre company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager to help develop and stage a new production.
  • Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.

More information at: https://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/business/community

Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund’s Summer Play Scheme is now open for applications. The Fund supports community groups and voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000 that run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 18 in disadvantaged communities.

Supported schemes should be:
• For children aged 5 to 18 years
• Locally based and lasting between two and six weeks
• Have strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects which show that they are inclusive of children from refugee families and have BME involvement. Schemes supported will have a budget of under £12,000.

The average grant awarded in 2018 was £1,071. A total of 21 schemes were supported representing £22,500 in total.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday June 4th 2019
More information at: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/

Be part of the legacy conversation for Sandwell Aquatics Centre

In April this year Sandwell Council received planning permission to build a new state-of-the-art leisure centre in Smethwick.  The Sandwell Aquatics Centre will host the diving and swimming events for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

This is great news and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring unprecedented tourism and visitors to Sandwell.

Over the next few months, Sandwell Council will be running events which will give you an opportunity to share your views on the lasting impact of the Commonwealth Games and the Sandwell Aquatics Centre and how they will benefit the community for years to come.

Your contribution at these events will be collated to create a legacy plan, enabling a greater understanding of how we can generate the greatest benefits for our communities once the Sandwell Aquatics Centre is built. The legacy plan will ensure we are making the most of the opportunities the new leisure centre will provide.

If you would like to be involved in an opportunity to help shape the benefits and outcomes of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Sandwell Aquatics Centre, please contact abigail_kellas@sandwell.gov.uk

Young Carers Promotion Officer


Sandwell Young Carers is a registered charity providing services to children and young people, aged 5-18 years, living in Sandwell, whose lives are affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member.

If you would like to make a real difference to the lives of the young carers of Sandwell then please take a look at the vacancy below to see if you have the expertise, knowledge and skills to join us.

We are looking to recruit:-

The following post is part of the Positive Activities contract with SMBC and is a fixed term contract until
31st March 2020.

Young Carers Promotion Officer – £19,077 (37 hours per week)
The post holder will be required to undertake development work with schools, colleges and other educational settings. This post will also include working with GP’s, Primary Care Teams and other health and social care settings, all to help them identify and offer support to young carers within Sandwell.

The above position requires the post holder to be flexible, sensitive, child-centred, trustworthy and reliable, have experience of working with both children and young people and able to work to the organisation’s policies and procedures.

If you would like to apply for the above vacancy OR have any queries please write to the address above or email; ellen.hardwick@sandwellyc.org.uk for an application pack, stating the vacancy you are applying for. You are required to complete an application for each post that you are applying for. As a registered charity we are unable to respond to telephone calls or meet the cost of postage. Anyone requesting a hard copy of the pack must provide a self-addressed envelope (C4 envelope with large 1st class postage stamp).

Closing date for all applications is 10am on Monday 3rd June 2019.

Les Mills Fund for Children

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.

Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:
• Living in Poverty
• Physical & Mental Health Problems
• Health & Wellbeing
• Living With Disability

The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 1st June 2019.
More information at: https://lesmillsfundforchildren.org.uk/apply/

Raold Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Marvellous Family Grants are awarded to families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness.

Grants of up to £1,000 per child can fund a variety of essential items and services including (but not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships.

Marvellous Family grants are open to any family residing in the UK with a child who has a serious illness that could be life-limiting as described by the following criteria:
• Group 1 – Life threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail (e.g. epilepsy, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidneys.)
• Group 2 – Conditions where premature death is inevitable (e.g. cystic fibrosis.)
• Group 3 – Progressive conditions without curative treatment options (e.g. Batten disease, mucopolysaccaridoses, muscular dystrophy.)
• Group 4 – Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death (e.g. sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as brain or spinal cord insult.)
• Group 5 – Syndromes without a name (SWAN) causing severe, chronic disability or illness.

Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on behalf the family and are considered at monthly meetings.

The application deadline for the next meeting is 5pm on the 31st May 2019 followed by the 28th June 2019.
More information at: http://www.roalddahl.com/charity/family-grants?platform=hootsuitevv

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a new funding programme to tackle misconceptions around dementia and promote the importance of dementia research.

Grants are available to organisations and people with ideas, passion and ability to realise innovative public engagement projects – from those within or outside the research community, those with a track record in dementia engagement and those looking to apply their skills to this important issue for the first time. This could include utilising digital technology,storytelling, art-science collaborations, performances, workshops or other events. Projects must be completed and funding awarded within 1 year of the award being made.
The grants are being made available through three funding tiers:
• Bronze up to £5,000
• Silver up to £15,000
• Gold up to £30,000

The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 31st May 2019.
During the application process, applicants are invited to contact the Engagement team for informal advice prior to submitting an application. Please email engage@alzheimersresearchuk.org with questions or to arrange a discussion over the phone.

More information at: https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/grants/inspire-fund-public-engagement-grant/

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The next round of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Rights and Justice programme is now open and will close on the 2nd September 2019.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is interested in funding work which is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with; that has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them; and is innovative and imaginative and where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.

JCRT makes grants to a range of organisations including registered, excepted or exempt charities based in the UK for work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The Funding priorities for the Rights and Justice theme are:
• Protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK
• Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism
• Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights.

JRCT focuses on work at both a national and European level, although work at a European level is limited and must have direct relevance to communities living in the UK.

Whilst the focus is to support national advocacy and campaigning, JRCT is open to applications which aim to effect structural change at local and regional levels of policy-making, provided the applicant can demonstrate the wider significance of the work.

Across the policy, JRCT places an emphasis on supporting those who have direct experience of racism and oppression.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for a grant for unrestricted or core support, although support for specific programme or project funding is also available.

More information at: https://www.jrct.org.uk/rights-and-justice

WHSmith Trust

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust.

The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates and also to promote literacy and a love of reading.

There are two application rounds each year.
The deadline for the current funding round is the 30th September 2019. Applications can be submitted via an online applications form on their website.

The Trust also makes donations to hundreds of schools across the UK and funds large scale literacy projects through its long-standing partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
More information at: https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/community-grants-application/

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