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Groundwork: One Stop – Community Partnership

The One Stop Community Partnership programme is provided by Groundwork and One Stop Stores Ltd.  The programme is designed to create a partnership of support to community groups, operating within two miles of a One Stop store, who are working to:

  • Tackle food poverty
  • Support the vulnerable
  • Support the elderly
  • Support low-income families
  • Running Youth Sports Teams.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to successful applicants to begin a partnership with their local One Stop store.Applications are invited from:

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Health bodies
  • Parish/Town councils
  • Social enterprise.
  • Community Interest Companies (running for a minimum of two years)
  • Community councils
  • Local authorities
  • Housing organisations.

Applications from organisations such as women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, charities supporting the elderly or children are typically welcome. However, this list is not exhaustive and other organisational types will be funded.

The tailored support from the store teams will help community causes to increase or improve their service by assisting in areas such as but not limited to volunteering support, fundraising and awareness-raising.

Applications can be made at any time.

Before starting an application, applicants should first use the Store Locator, available on the Groundwork website, to check the distance to the local One Stop store and whether funding is currently available there.

Guidance notes are available on the Groundwork website.  Contact Groundwork for further information.

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COSARAF Charitable Foundation Hardship Fund

COSARAF is a charitable foundation established in 2007 that aims to support individuals and families who are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, or rent arrears.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available in one year, but only in exceptional circumstances will individuals receive a grant of more than £500.

Other sources of funding must have been exhausted and organisations can only apply once in a single year.

Applications will only be accepted from recognised third party social organisation, such as charities, housing associations, schools and social services who are acting on behalf of a family or individual in need.

Priority will be given to:

  • The most financially excluded people.
  • Families over individuals.
  • Those with caring responsibilities.
  • Items that will make the most difference to the individual/family’s long-term future.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are taking advantage of all support offered by local services, including the referring social organisation.

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What the Cost of Living Crisis Means for Giving

The cost of living crisis will affect everyone; research already indicates that the nation sees the crisis on the same level as the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of its impact on our lives.

A round table of leading charity CEO’s, convened by the GOOD agency, revealed that the main concern at the moment is lack of insight. The sector knows that the crisis is going to affect fundraising, but does not yet have any detail on how it will do so, and what the impact will be. In this article Pete Esuola- Grant, strategy director of the GOOD agency, discusses the potential impact of the cost of living crisis on the sector.

Top Five Tips for Grants Fundraising

Funding requests have always outnumbered the available grants given out, as charitable need has always exceeded philanthropic supply, so it has always been a “competitive time” out there. Lately things seem to be beyond challenging.

In such an extra-pressurised, extra-competitive situation, what can we do to give ourselves the best chance of winning those hard than ever to secure grants. Follow the link to see fundraising specialist Neela Jane Stansfield’s top tips for grant fundraising.


Kellogg’s awarding grants to School Breakfast Clubs

pound-850369_1280Kellogg’s, in partnership with Forever Manchester, is awarding grants of up to £1,000 to school Breakfast Clubs, to help them provide breakfast to those children who need it most. Kellogg’s started to support school breakfast clubs across Britain in 1998 and since then has provided £4 million of investment to schools.

Eligible breakfast clubs must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.  A limited number of grants are available with priority being given to schools that either:

  • Have 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding (for England) and eligible for free school meals (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales); or
  • Are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Applicants should check their postcode on the Kellogg Breakfast Club Grants – Indices of Deprivation Information page

Schools can apply for an award at any time and will hear within one month if they have been successful. However, please note the fund may close at short notice if oversubscribed. Only one grant per school in each academic year is available.

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The Comic Relief Community Fund

Groundworks are pleased to be managing this new fund on behalf of Comic Relief in England. It will provide grants of up to £10,000, supporting project delivery and organisational capacity building, helping organisations flourish.

The funding is split as follows:

  • Up to £1,000 for capacity building
  • Up to £9,000 for project delivery

Groundworks will fund applications from grass roots, community led organisations that can demonstrate how people with lived experience of the issues being tackled are involved in the organisation and the project.

Applications must sit within one of the four key themes:

A Safe Place to Be: Supporting people to rebuild their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.

Children Survive & Thrive:  Supporting children up to the age of 11 to grow, play and learn.

Gender Justice: Championing those who identify as women and girls, including initiatives tackling domestic violence, abuse or exploitation.

Mental Health Matters: Supporting good mental health in communities and tackling stigma and discrimination.

Round 2 of the Comic Relief programme will open on 31st October 2022 and will remain open until 30th November 2022.

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Free Introduction to Fundraising Online Session

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey or career?
Need some guidance, hints and tips on how to go about raising money for your organisation?

SCVO would like to invite you to our ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ online session being held on Thursday 24th November 2022 at 10am via a Zoom Conference Call. This session is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The session aims to provide you with:

  • An introduction to the basic principles of fundraising,
  • A better understanding on how to construct your responses within a funding application including some funding do’s and don’ts,
  • Hints and tips and
  • The most common reasons why some applications fail.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this online session. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Please note, an email invitation to join the online session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to its commencement.

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.

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

Rosa launches Voices from the Frontline fund

Rosa has launched Voices from the Frontline fund, which offers one-year grants of up to £7,000 to support campaigning and influencing work that enables women and girls to use their voice to achieve change. 

With the rising cost of living and global pandemic worsening inequalities and threatening to push back women’s and girl’s rights, we need collective action now more than ever.

There is a critical need for funding for women’s and girls’ organisations to deliver activism and campaigning, particularly at the grassroots, and to raise awareness of the issues women and girls face.

The deadline for applications is 4 pm on Thursday, 3rd November 2022.

Find out more about the fund, and eligibility criteria.


Screwfix Foundation re-opened for applications

The Screwfix Foundation has re-opened for applications from charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage throughout the UK.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next closing date for applications is the 10th November 2022.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund re-opens for applications

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced that the Teacher Development Fund (TDF) has re-opened for applications.

Through the TDF, primary schools working in partnership with other primary schools as well as arts / cultural organisations can apply for grants of up to £150,000 to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum.

Lead applicants may Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profits companies active in the arts, primary schools and academies operating in the state sector.

Applications should focus on:

  • Primary schools
  • Supporting children and young people experiencing systemic inequity and disadvantage
  • Approaches which involve learning through the arts
  • Projects which take an anti-racist and intersectional approach across all areas of work
  • Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning
  • Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners
  • The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
  • Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.
  • Projects that build on emerging approaches to blended CPDL and include one of more elements of online delivery.

The Fund has one deadline per year. The deadline is Tuesday 22 November at 12 noon. The Teacher Development Fund has a two-stage application process.

Each year the Foundation expect to make around six grants.

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