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Princes Trust Youth Opportunities Fund Grant

Community Grants are available to help young people work with their community to overcome youth violence and crime in Birmingham, Black Country and Coventry.

Grants are available from between £500 – £4,000.  Projects should be led by young people in partnership with community organisations.  The application process is simple.

Grants are administered by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police.  Grants can be be used to fund new projects or to enhance projects that are already running.

Who Can Apply?

  • Young People aged 11 – 25
  • Based in Birmingham, Black Country or Coventry
  • Young people must be supported by a sponsoring organisation such as faith groups, schools, colleges, youth clubs, sports clubs and interest clubs or special interest clubs.

How to apply?

Deadlines for applications from the Black Country are:-

Friday 10th January 2020
Monday 10th February 2020

Monday 2nd March 2020

The Wolfson Foundation – Funding for Places

Our main grants programme provides support for places. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. We fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability and arts & humanities.

Who can apply?
We have a rigorous process for giving grants to outstanding places. Before you apply for funding please ensure you review the types of places we fund and their specific funding criteria.

Please view for further information – https://www.wolfson.org.uk/funding/funding-for-places/

Funding to Help Fuel Poor Households Heat Their Homes

The Warm Homes Fund has re-opened for applications. The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million grant scheme funded by the National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS).

The fund aims to help make households warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. The Fund provides capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

This funding round is open to private sector bids and is split in to three categories: Urban homes and communities; Rural homes and communities; and specific energy efficient/health related solutions (including Park Homes). The closing date for applications is the 24th January 2020.

For further information please view – https://www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk/warm-homes-fund/bid-timetable/

Ford Britain Trust Small Grants Programme

Grants of up to £250 are now available to charities, Schools/PTA’s and other non-profit organisations for work that has clear benefits to the local community/environment.

Funding is focused on education, the environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to Ford locations in the UK.

The Small Grants programme has been made available through the Ford Britain Trust, there are three application rounds a year and the next closing date is the 28th February 2020.

The Trust also provides grants through its large grants programme (grants of up to £3,000). The large grants programme is also currently accepting applications and will close on the 31st January 2020.

For further information please view – https://www.ford.co.uk/experience-ford/about-ford/ford-britain-trust

Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Social Welfare Projects

Registered charities based in the UK and working in the areas of medical research; care of the elderly; general welfare; hospices; the deaf and blind; care of the physically & mentally disabled; and the Armed Forces can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

The funding is made available through the Iman Charity and the closing date for applications is the end of February 2020.

For further information please view – http://www.inmancharity.org/

Neighbourhood Planning Grants

Groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for grants through the Neighbourhood Planning grant scheme.

The scheme provides three types of grants. Basic grant funding of up to £9,000 to undertake a neighbourhood plan; additional grant funding of up to £8,000 for those groups meeting specific criteria and grants of up to £10,000 for groups that wish to evaluate the case for bringing forward affordable housing for sale by undertaking housing needs assessments and other relevant studies.

In addition, the scheme includes professional support and advice on technical or process issues. Applications for grant for 2019-2020 can be submitted until 5pm on 31 January 2020. This means the last date for completing an Expression of Interest form for a grant application is 5pm on 30 January 2020 (applicants will still need to complete their application form by 5pm on the 31 January 2020). Expenditure through a grant must be completed on or before 31 March 2020.

For further information please view – https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/about/grant-funding/

Grants for Families Facing Financial Hardship Whilst Caring for a Child with a Serious Illness (UK)

Families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness can apply for grants of up to £1,000 per child to fund a variety of essential items and services.

This can include (but is 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. Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on be

half of the family and are considered at monthly meetings.

The funding is being made available through the Roald Dahl Marvellous Family Grants scheme and the next application deadline is 12pm on the 31st December 2019.

For further information please view – https://www.roalddahl.com/charity/family-grants?platform=hootsuite

#StrongerSandwell – Call to Action!

#StrongerSandwell is a campaign all about highlighting the contribution that the local voluntary and community Sector in Sandwell is making towards building a stronger future for the Borough, especially in relation to health and wellbeing.

The image of ‘strength’ reminds us all of how we’ll achieve more if we recognise and invest in our existing strengths.  We want to keep investment in Sandwell and take an ‘asset based’ approach to services being delivered by local people for local people.

The #StrongerSandwell hastag is something that is independent of any organisation.  If you have a good news story or any other information to share when you are using social media, you are encouraged to use the #StrongerSandwell hashtag.

Further to this the Sandwell Public Health team have made a commitment to retweet/ share any posts by voluntary sector or community groups that uses the hashtag, helping to expand their reach and widely promote their work.

Understanding Extremism Training – Places available 9th December 2019

The Understanding Extremism Training will explore and discuss issues relating to the ideology of Global Jihadism and the Far Right.

The Training will equip delegates with an ideological understanding that underpins different extremist groups. In addition to this delegates will be given the opportunity to be involved in interactive discussions in understanding the drivers and influences that lead to radicalisation.

The course has been tailored specifically for Sandwell and this will be illustrated in the examples that will be presented. The importance of the Prevent Strategy and the subsequent Prevent referral pathway that will support local partners in confidence in signposting vulnerable individuals who they feel are a concern will be discussed. Delegates will be provided with a counter narrative and this will build on their knowledge base.

Target Audience

Practitioners, faith based community leaders, education establishments, partners

Sandwell Council – Housing (Sandwell Homes, Roway Lane), Direct 2 Industrial Estate, Roway Lane, Oldbury

Monday 9th December 2019 (9:30 – 16:30) – For more information and to book a place please view – https://training.sandwelllscb.org.uk/event-detail/%3D%3DAN5YTN/Understanding-Extremism

Grants of up to £1,000 from The National Lottery

The National Lottery has turned 25 and is celebrating this milestone by bringing people together and offering grants of between £100 and £1000 to people and communities with a great idea.

If you have an idea for an event or community activity or even if you want to buy something, that will bring your community together – this could be for you. Any group of two or more people with a great idea can apply. The National Lottery is particularly keen to hear from people it hasn’t worked with before and to give everyone a fair chance it will use a lottery process, randomly selecting the applicants to be assessed.

The deadline for applications is 2pm on Friday 6 December 2019. Join the celebration and apply today.

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