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Funding for Charities Supporting the Over 60’s and BAME Communities

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to UK charities that focus on the often complex issues that have arisen from the Covid 19 pandemic for people aged 60 and over.

The funding is being made available through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust. The Trust will also be prioritising charities that work in BAME communities, in light of Black Lives Matter and the growing awareness that these communities are being disproportionately affected by the Covid 19 crisis.

The funding is available to UK registered charities that have an operating income and expenditure of between £100,000 and £1 million.

The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2020.

Apply here

Vouchers to provide Free Meals over the School Summer Holiday Period

The UK Government has launched the Covid Summer Food Fund to support children over the summer holiday period who usually receive benefits-related free school meals.

Through the Fund, schools can support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the standard six-week holiday period, or £105 if the school’s summer holiday lasts seven full weeks.

Vouchers must be ordered by schools through the Edenred portal at least one week before the end of term. Parents will be issued with an eGift card within seven days which can be used to buy food at a range of supermarkets.

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Longer-Term Project Funding for Charities

Charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland can now apply for funding from phase two of Ecclesiastical’s £1 million Movement for Good awards to help with longer-term project funding.

Ten charities will each receive a £50,000 grant for innovative, larger, longer-term projects which support the advancement of education and skills, citizenship or community development, and arts, culture or heritage. Funding can be used over one year or spread over three years for projects or innovative initiatives with clear outcomes and benefits, and can cover costs such as project-related salaries and capital costs.

Applications will be assessed on their impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.

The deadline for applications is the 24th July 2020.

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New Scheme proving successful in recruiting BAME carers across the Black Country

National charity, Camphill Village Trust, is leading the way in recruiting BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) carers to its innovative Shared Lives scheme on behalf of Dudley Council, which offers adults who need support, the chance to live with an ordinary family.

Having only been operational since September 2018, the scheme has drawn on the strengths of the diverse communities throughout the region and recruited nineteen new households already, including seven from the BAME population. There are also many other households registering genuine interest in wanting to become Shared Lives carers given its recent raise in profile across the UK by all local authorities.

Although figures for the local scheme are relatively small in comparison, their upward trajectory is a reflection of wider national statistics according to Skills for Care (2019), where the BAME population represents 21% of the adult social care workforce in England.

Shared Lives is a unique model of personalised support and accommodation, with a very strong track record of transforming lives, going back many years. Shared Lives is extremely flexible, and the person is carefully matched to live or stay on either a live-in, short-break or day support basis.

Married couple, Caroline and Gary Reid from Sandwell, who were approved as Shared Lives carers by the Camphill Village Trust scheme just over a year ago, have after several introductory visits now been matched with Meg, who has a learning disability and was previously living in residential care after her mother passed away some time ago. ‘The scheme was very clear from the start that we wouldn’t necessarily receive BAME referrals, which was never a concern anyway.’

The assessment process can take between three to six months before being approved by an independent panel. By being part of a registered scheme, Shared Lives carers are paid according to the level of support they provide, up to £570 per week, and because of their self-employed status, also qualify for tax relief.

Candy and Derrick Foster from Tipton and who were previously foster carers before recently moving over to be approved with Shared Lives added, ‘Shared Lives provides a great opportunity for individuals with the right values and commitment, to develop a social care career, in what is such a rewarding role. It really does challenge the assumptions of what people who require extra support can achieve whilst living within the comfort of an ordinary home, but with extra-ordinary carers.’

To find out more information about becoming a Shared Lives carer with the Camphill Village Trust scheme, please call on 01384 441505 or go to

Places of Worship Security Funding Boost

The Home Office has launched a new funding round through the Places of Worship (POW): Protective Security Funding scheme. The scheme provides protective security measures to places of worship that have been subject to, or are vulnerable to a hate crime attack.

Grants can cover security equipment but not the cost of recruiting security personnel and may include: CCTV; perimeter fencing; access control gates; window locks; intruder alarm; external lighting; and security doors and the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.

Places of worship include (but not limited to)

• Churches
• Gurdwaras
• Mosques
• Temples
• Associated faith community centres. This is defined as a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place.

The Jewish community are not eligible for funding from this scheme as a separate commitment was made to fund security measures at community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

Places of worship can submit bids for projects costing up to £56,000 for protective security measures and will be required to contribute at least 20 percent of the total cost of the project.

Places of worship, including mosques, will also benefit from a new £5 million fund over 3 years to provide protective security training to build on some of the positive work already happening in communities.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 pm on the 9th August 2020.

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Funding for Research and Projects that address severe Learning Disabilities

Schools, voluntary organisations and charities can apply for grants to help both children and adults suffering severe learning difficulties. The grants can be used to purchase capital equipment, support capital works as well as covering project and core costs such as staff costs, general running and office costs.

Previous grants have been used to support capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools; employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture; play schemes and play therapy schemes; day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs; support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes; support in the community schemes; and Snoezelen (multi-sensory) rooms.

The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st August 2020.

Applications for £10,000 and below can be submitted at any time.

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Ideal for All Service Recognition

Local Charity Ideal for All are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted in the prestigious national ERSA Employability Awards 2020 as one of only four Disability and Health providers.

Ideal for All (IFA), which is run by and for disabled people, recently celebrated National Employability Day 2020 by showcasing their integrated health, wellbeing and specialist employment support across social media, in collaboration with Future Excel, the Business Development and Employability Specialist.

A great end to the day’s events, Ideal for All were announced as just one of four shortlisted organisations for the ERSA Disability and Health provider of the year sponsored by ICONI software.

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector. The award recognises an employment services provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in supporting job seekers with disabilities and health conditions to achieve sustained employment. CEO Khatija Patel said, “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for such an acclaimed national award for our specialist support, delivered in partnership with Disabled people. It means so much to all of us to be recognised for the difference we make against such strong competition. A huge well done to all of those shortlisted this year, please join us in celebrating our combined achievements.”

The winners of the Awards 2020 will be announced Wednesday 22 July, 5 pm-7 pm via online video conference compered by Lucy Clayton, entrepreneur and author of  ‘How to Go to Work’. More information about ERSA’s Employability Awards 2020 can be found here.

Ileys Community Association seeks Part-Time Office Administrator

Ileys Community Association, a registered charity based in Smethwick, is seeking to appoint an experienced part time Office Administrator to provide support and co-ordination of the organisation’s administrative systems and procedures.

The post is for 17.5 hours per week, on a salary of £8,190.00 p.a. (£9 per hour).  The post is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to November 2022. Continuation beyond this date will be dependent upon securing further funding.

Ileys was formed in 2008 by members of the local Somali Community to provide much needed support to their community. Today it provides a wide range of support services to people from over 17 different nationalities across  the Smethwick and surrounding area, from its base at Victoria Park Skills Centre.

See job description.

Please email for an application form.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 10th July 2020.

Wesleyan Large Grant Fund

Heart of England have relaunched the Wesleyan Large Grant Fund.  The aim of the Fund is to support projects addressing the needs of the community in the West Midlands and Warwickshire during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Grants will be considered from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups that focus on supporting communities by issues caused that are intrinsically linked with the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants can be awarded for applications demonstrating how the project will provide services and improve outcomes in one or more of the following areas:

• Mental Health
• Bereavement support
• PSE (Personal Social Education) • Domestic Violence Support (including women’s refuges)
• Isolation / Befriending / Listening Services
• Vulnerable and Elderly
• Dementia / Quality of Life
• Social prescribing – alleviating the pressure from the NHS
• Getting back to work – innovative travel (cycle schemes) / reducing carbon footprint
• Outdoor projects – making changes so that services can be delivered outside
• Employment – reskilling people (not so much those that support with CV writing) but those that actively prepare people for a new job / new career, interview prep etc.

Grants are available between £2,000 and £10,000 and must be spent within a year.

There is a rolling deadline for this grant.

Apply here

Grants of up to £5,000 available for Projects that Help the Homeless

Homeless charities can apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have an annual turnover of under £1 million and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months.

Previously funded projects include the Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, which received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration; and a grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.

The closing date for applications is the 15th September 2020.

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