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New £5000 Healthy Lifestyles grant programme – deadline 1pm 11th February

Sandwell Council is inviting voluntary and community sector organisations working in Sandwell to express their interest in applying to a new fund with grants of up to £5000 available to deliver initiatives that help people move towards adopting healthier lifestyles. They’re looking for projects that engage people who are experiencing poor health or social isolation, and welcome applications that will help people to become more physically active, eat healthier and improve their health generally.

The fund is aimed at organisations looking to work with adults and young people aged 16+. Potential projects could look at diet and nutrition, physical activity, or promote healthy behaviour change for people who are overweight or living with obesity, or could be focused on improving mental and social wellbeing.

The council is also aiming to increase uptake of the weigh2go smart scales that many venues around Sandwell already use to help people manage their weight, and can provide sets of scales and support with group management free of charge as additional support for any successful project.

For more details about the grant click here.

The deadline for applications is 1pm Friday 11th February 2022. If you’d like to apply, please get in touch with your town’s Public Health Development Officer to discuss the project you’re considering and request an application form:

Oldbury: Nicky Taylor –
Rowley: Matt Hill –
Smethwick: Nasmin Hussain –
Tipton: Irandeep Mann –
Wednesbury: Mandy Williams –
West Brom: Nicole Robins –

FREE Meet the Funder: Eveson Charitable Trust

It is with great delight SCVO and Dudley CVS would like to invite registered charities to our Meet the Funder session being held in partnership with The Eveson Charitable Trust’s Claire Bowry, Chief Executive.

This free online session will take place on Thursday 3rd March 2022, 10am – 11.30am via a Zoom Conference Call.

Our Meet the Funder session will enable you to connect directly with the funder, ask any questions you may have and receive tailored advice about your project idea enabling you to build a much stronger case for any potential investment.

Who’s This Session For?
The session is specifically aimed at registered charities only who support:

• People with physical disabilities including the Blind and the Deaf,
• People with learning difficulties,
• People in need of support with their mental health,
• Children and young people up to the age of 25 who are disadvantaged or disabled,
• Older people,
• The homeless,
• Hospices and
• Hospitals.

Further eligibility requirements can be found on The Eveson Charitable Trust website by clicking here.

The session is a fantastic opportunity for registered charities to learn more about the funds available, who is eligible to apply, the assessment process and the different options available when applying to the fund prior to submitting your application.

Booking onto the session is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as spaces are limited for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

If you are having trouble booking onto the session via Eventbrite please email Libby our Small Groups Development Officer at with your details and she’ll book you onto the session.

New grants scheme launched by Eveson Charitable Trust

Eveson Charitable Trust are pleased to announce the launch of their new grants scheme ‘Enhance Grants’.

Registered charities that they have supported previously can apply for up to £10,000 to fund training or consultancy advice in areas such as strategy, safeguarding and governance. New applicants are also welcome to apply.

Charities can apply while they currently hold a grant from them, but they won’t fund work that has already taken place.

Charities wanting to apply for a grant under this scheme should complete an Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

More details on the grants scheme are available here.

WMCA Community Green Grants

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has funding available to help redress the regional inequalities in access to green space.

They are hosting a FREE webinar on Thursday 27th January 2022, 1:30-2:30pm via Microsoft Teams to discuss the different levels of funding available, how you can apply for funding and the process.

The funding is open to any eligible group or organisation based in the West Midlands but priority will be given to areas with green deprivation.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Nature playgroups that give children and families with no regular access to green space an opportunity to experience hands on activities.
  • Activities run at community gardens/open spaces/parks, eg. tree planting, gardening, urban greening, growing fruit and vegetables.
  • Development of new community green spaces that increase local access.
  • Projects that significantly improve the biodiversity of the area and promote behavioural change on accessing green spaces.
  • Those that increase or improve green/blue (canal, rivers etc.) spaces close to where people live.

We will also be joined by the team at George Park and Heart of England Community Foundation.

If you have any questions you’d like answered in the webinar please email by 4pm on 25 January 2022.

The session will be on Microsoft Teams and a link will be sent nearer to the event to book your place click here.

NCVO Reports Most Charities Experienced Increased Demand for Services

NCVO Reports Most Charities Experienced Increased Demand for Services in the last month with over half (57%) of charities experienced an increase in demand for their services.

The penultimate instalment of the Covid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer, compiled by NCVO, Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University, studied the relationship between infrastructure bodies and charity infrastructure during the pandemic.

To read the full Civil Society News article click here.

What Makes Faith-based Charities a Distincitve Part of The Charity Sector?

Nick Moore, Civil Society News, looks at the strengths, and drawbacks, that define faith-based charities and their place within the wider charity sector. 

Writing about the faith-based charity sector is fraught with difficulties, not least how to define them. Nick’s intention in his article is to consider what some of the things are that make faith-based charities distinctive and how these challenge leaders and influence their behaviours, and hopefully to provide some useful insights for those in non-faith charities.

To read the full Civil Society News article click here.


Charity Commission Plans to Start Registration Process for Churches

The Charity Commission is working with the Church of England on plans to register 35,000 church charities over the next decade.

Church charities currently have “excepted” status, which means that although they are regulated by the Commission they do not appear on the register. Plans to bring churches onto the Register of Charities have been delayed a number of times, but the Commission’s business plan for 2021-22, published earlier this year, sets out plans to begin the process.

The plan said: “We will also begin preparations for an expanded Register, working with the Church of England to pilot and manage the receipt of applications from cathedrals applying for charitable status and then up to 35,000 excepted church charities over the next decade.”

To read the full Charity Civil Society article click here.

Top Ten Charity Fundraising Websites

Are you planning on running a marathon for charity? Raising cash for a good cause? Drumming up funds for a community project?

Collecting in cash or chasing sponsors can be an admin headache who do you use what percentage fee do they charge, etc. looking into this can chip away at valuable time that you could be spending training or cake baking.

The Good Web Guide has made things a little easier for you by explaining their best fundraising platforms in their article – click here to read. They have identified their best fundraising platforms for different causes to streamline your sponsorship – whether you’re on a one-woman mission, or there is a team of you rising to the charity challenge, here are the sites that will help you reach your target.

You can also take a look at LocalGiving a membership network and online fundraising platform dedicated to supporting local charities and community groups in the UK. Localgiving supports local charitable organisations to diversify their income through online fundraising.

Find out more about LocalGiving by clicking here.

One Simple Way to Boost Your Funds in 2022

What are your fundraising goals this year? An exciting new project, improved facilities, more equipment and supplies, better support for your users? Whatever you need funding for, make sure free to use fundraising platform easyfundraising is a part of your strategy. easyfundraising enables your voluntary organisation, charity or CIC to benefit from cashback donations when your community of supporters shop online with leading retailers.

Free to register and use, signing up to easyfundraising is a great way to create a continuous stream of income, which complements your existing activities to make 2022 your best fundraising year yet

So, what shops can we earn free funding from?

There are over 6,000 online retailers involved, including everyday favourites like Amazon, Sainsbury’s, Boots, and Holland and Barrett, department stores like John Lewis, M&S, Debenhams, and House of Fraser, home improvement retailers such as B&Q, Dunelm, Wickes, Homebase, Argos, and fashion brands like ASOS, Very, H&M, Boden and Clarks. Your organisation can even get free funding from the likes of TUI, Thomas Cook, Direct Line,, Compare the Market, NOW, SKY, Virgin Media, and many, many more.

How much have other good causes and charities earned?

Since 2007, easyfundraising has helped good causes, and charities raise nearly £40M. Last year alone, they raised nearly £4M, which good causes and organisations like yours have put towards exciting projects, saved for a rainy day, updated their facilities, or used to improve the support for its users.

What do other organisations say about easyfundraising?

Watch this short video to hear therapeutic community garden and charity Martineau Gardens’ thoughts on easyfundraising and how they engage their supporters to help them raise as much as possible.

How can easyfundraising keep your organisation’s fundraising focused this year?

  • It’s free and easy to use: Not just for your organisation, but also for your supporters.
  • Fundraise from everyday habits: Now, more than ever, your organisation’s community is shopping online, and all they need to do to earn your organisation free funding is to go through the easyfundraising website or app before they shop online as usual.
  • A continuous stream of income: No matter what is going on with the world, your organisation can fundraise all through the year.
  • Complements existing activities: Your organisation can continue your existing fundraising activities, while easyfundraising helps you earn extra money in the background.
  • Your organisation is never alone: easyfundraising has a wealth of content and materials to educate, engage and motivate your organisation’s community. From social media posts, WhatsApp messages, posters, flyers, toolkits, and images, your organisation will have it all at their fingertips.

We’re ready to get started – what now?

Register your organisation with easyfundraising – it only takes a couple of minutes. Then, book your free 15-minute support call with one of the easyfundraising team who will give you a demo of the site, answer any questions, and will share advice on how to raise as much as possible, this year.

Meet the Funder: Comic Relief and Tesco Community Grants

We are very pleased to announce and invite you to attend the Groundwork West Midlands Meet the Funder session explaining how to access Comic Relief and Tesco Community grants.

This virtual opportunity will enable you to hear first-hand from Groundwork representatives what makes a good application, who is eligible to apply, what you can apply for and the application process once your application has been received.

The session will take place on Thursday 24th March 2022, 10am till 11.30am via a Zoom Conference Call. An email invitation 24 hours prior to the session with joining details will be send out by SCVO.

The session is aimed at community organisations in Sandwell and Dudley who may be considering applying to the funds however, representatives from other parts of the West Midlands are welcome to attend.

All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. If you experience any difficulty in booking your place please email Libby SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer at and we’ll book you on manually.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get information automatically on SCVO workshops and training news straight to your inbox.

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