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Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations, etc for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500 and can receive support for sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/coaching courses.

Groups can apply for Wheelchairs; Court hire; Coaching fees and equipment packages which will include Rackets / Balls / Mini net / Coaching aids such as: cones and throw down marker lines.

In the case of wheelchairs, a deposit will be required; for individuals, the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to raise a deposit of £250.

The next closing date for applications is the 13th December 2017

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DM Thomas Foundation

The next application deadline to the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is the 6th February 2018.

The Foundation supports registered charities that work to improve the lives of disabled and sick children and young people by awarding grants for equipment, training, and support. Through the Foundation’s Central Grants scheme, awards of a few hundred pounds and up to £30,000 can be made, although most grants will be under £10,000.

Examples of grants awarded in 2016 include:
• £30,000 to Disability Challengers for a sensory room.
• £21,033 to Drove Road Residential Centre for a new playground.
• £2,932 to Ichthyosis Support Group ISG for residential activity camps for children affected by the condition.

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Spotlight on Black Country Women’s Aid

1. Tell us what you do.
Black Country Women’s Aid  [BCWA ] was formed 30 years ago by a group of local ladies from West Bromwich who opened a small refuge to help women and children escape from violence and sexual abuse.

Today our charity has 6 refuges providing a safe place to stay, helping to re build and save lives.

Last year we supported over 8,000 women and children to overcome trauma and plan for their future. Our Refuge is more than just a bed, we help families to feel safe, re locate and get back on their feet through specialist support.

Our Domestic Abuse Team support victims in the community and at court.

We provide practical advocacy and specialist counselling to help victims of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.

Our Young People’s Team support children and young people who have suffered domestic abuse, rape and sexual exploitation

We also offer safe refuge and community support to people trafficked to the UK for forced labour and prostitution through our Modern day Slavery Team.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
Making sure that whenever a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse presents across our borough needing help they can always reach us for support.

3. What is your experience of support received from SCVO
We have received great support with sign posts to funding, other partners, networking and advice.

4. What is the most valuable lession you learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
To Listen.

5. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our plans are to raise our profile across The Black Country Area in order to raise funds for our vital work.

The statistics in the Black Country area are shocking for Domestic Violence and sexual abuse. We need local businesses and the community to help by making donations of food, toiletries, clothes, toys and money so we can educate our next generation and look after the people in our care.

Our challenge is to let everyone know how we are helping vulnerable people and children and gain local support. We also need volunteers to help us spread the message.

6. How can SCVO help you to support your organisation in the future?
SCVO has helped BCWA with many things we look forward to receiving your weekly updates and advice on new opportunities and information on other members so we can work in collaboration.

To find out more information on Black Country Women’s Aid please call 0121 553 0090 or visit their website by clicking here.

Tividale Park Group Seeks New Volunteers

Are you a Tividale Resident?

The Friends of Tividale Park Group support plans to improve the facilities in the park, organise and develop a range of community activities and events, to bring people of all ages together to have fun and enjoy the park.

The Friends of Tividale Park Group are seeking community minded individuals to join them on their committee (on a voluntary basis). Don’t worry no prior experience is necessary, as access to training and support will be provided and you can give as little or as much time as you can spare (as a guide you need to be prepared to spare approximately 1-2 hours every week for attendance at meetings and on an occasional basis a few hours in between meetings as required).

The friends of Tividale Park are a residents’ community group who work to improve the park in various ways, including fundraising for new equipment, volunteering, and supporting events. So why not get involved and help them to make Tividale Park a real hive of community activity.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills with like-minded individuals, support the development of the facilities and community activities taking place within the park.

If you would like to become a friend or for more information, please email

They would love to hear from anyone who is interested in making a positive difference within their community or would just like to find out more about what is involved.

The Friends of Tividale Park want to bring Tividale Park back into the heart of their community making it a community facility that everyone can be proud of!

Their next meeting being held at:

Gurdwara, Dudley Road West Tividale, Oldbury, B69 2PJ is on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 6.30pm.

Why not take a look at their website at www.friendsof

The GDPR…Some New Resources to Assist Your Journey

As we move ever-closer to May 2018 and the implementation of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new resources are regularly appearing that are designed to assist organisations in their preparation for ‘G-day’.

The most recent of these is the recording of a Webinar, delivered by NCVO on 18th October 2017 – you can watch it on YouTube here.

In fact, YouTube is an excellent repository of GDPR information and guidance – some short, some long, but all pretty informative…just search for GDPR and you’ll see what I mean!

As well as YouTube, the following organisations also provide some very useful support information:

Information Commissioner’s Office: – website information
ICO Blog:

And don’t forget, you can always ask us here at SCVO…although the information we provide is not intended as legal advice/counsel and is not represented as such.

Drop us a line to mailto:support@scvo.infoor ring 0121 525 1127.

Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

The funding is available to cover running costs, salaries and projects of charitable organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. The funding is available to charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises in the UK with a turnover of £50,00 – £2mllion (in exceptional circumstances up to £5million).

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.

The Henry Smith Charities runs a number of other grant schemes including:
• Grants for small community based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK
• Small grants for small organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in eight English counties
• Grants towards recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under who are disabled or disadvantaged
• Grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith, helping to grow faith communities and churches.

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Big Lottery and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

A new funding programme supporting communities to take action on issues which matter locally has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The Placed Based Social Action programme will support established partnerships to put social action at the heart of plans to make a positive difference in their local area. The £4.5 million of National Lottery and government funding aims to increase the capacity of communities, civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses to work together to address priorities which matter to people locally.

The programme will support Big Lottery Fund’s commitment to supporting communities to flourish by delivering the change they want to see locally. It will support DCMS’ commitment to enable and build demand for social action to become routine in communities, and in public service design and delivery.

Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It involves people giving their time and other resources for the common good. This can be in a range of forms, from volunteering and community owned services to simple neighbourly acts. You can see more examples in the Social Action Typology below and by going to the GOV.UK Enabling social action website.

Phase one of the programme is open to expressions of interest until 28 November 2017. During the first phase, successful partnerships will have one year to work with a support contractor to design their local action plan. In winter 2018, these partnerships will be eligible for a funding award of up to £240,000 to put these plans into action. Partnerships that want to develop and expand their plan for a further three years will be eligible for a further funding award of up to £255,000 in early 2021.


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BBC Children in Need

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 16th January 2018.

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing:
• Disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Any kind of disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties
• And/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

Examples of projects that recently received funding include:
St Joseph’s School and Community Steering Group, which received a grant of £61,480 to provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity.

Stepping Stones Pre-School Portslade, which received a grant of £ £9,397 to provide additional 1-1 support to children who display emotional/behavioural/communication difficulties to develop coping strategies, social communication skills and help them to overcome anxiety and Cumbria Law Centre which received a grant of £88,263 to provide a full-time worker for a young people’s drop-in centre, offering specialist social welfare advice to young people and vulnerable parents.

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Life Changes Trust

The Life Changes Trust has announced the launch of the Creative and Active Lives Fund.

The fund aims to grow opportunities across a broad range of creative and active pursuits so care experienced young people can engage with their peers and increase their skills, wellbeing and social connections. It also aims to build the confidence and skills amongst staff, families and carers in relation to creative and active pursuits.

Examples of the types of activities that can be supported include:

  • Jewellery Making
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Painting
  • Visual Arts.

Projects must focus on care experienced young people between 14 and 26 years old who have at least three months experience of any of the following:

  • Supervision order/looked after at home
  • Foster care
  • Residential care
  • Secure care
  • Looked after through Kinship care.

Not for profit organisations, schools, colleges, universities and residential houses are able to apply and proposals are also welcome from projects that give care experienced young people the opportunity to join activities within a mixed group.
The closing date for applications is the 1st December 2017.

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A B Charitable Trust

The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) has announced that the next deadline for applications in the 1st December 2017.

ABCT awards grants to UK-registered charities that seek to promote and defend human dignity and human rights. The Trust is particularly focussed on charities supporting unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society, for example:
• Prisoners and penal reform
• Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
• Human rights, particularly access to justice.

The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.

Apply online following the guidelines supplied on the website.

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