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FREE Funding for Your Organisation!

SCVO is now working with fundraising website easyfundraising to provide voluntary organisations in the region with a source of free funding. While traditional face to face fundraising is on hold, we think this offers a good online alternative and it’s free too.

As part of our aim to provide funding support to voluntary groups and charities in these difficult times, SCVO are now working in collaboration with fundraising website easyfundraising to help your organisation generate additional income. Click here for frequently asked questions.

How easyfundraising can help your organisation

easyfundraising turns the everyday online shopping of your staff, members, volunteers and supporters into funds for your organisation. When they use the easyfundraising website or app to shop with leading retailers, the retailer sends your organisation a free donation at no additional cost.

It’s free to register and use. With many more people shopping online these days and traditional face to face fundraising methods on hold, this is an easy way for your volunteers and supporters to raise money for your organisation safely from home through their normal online shopping.

There are over 4300 retailers involved including Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Trainline,, Currys, Aviva, M&S, Viking, Waitrose and Direct Line. It means that no matter what your supporters are buying online, they can earn free donations. They can even raise money for you when they buy their Friday night takeaway from Just Eat.

easyfundraising has enabled good causes to raise £34m to date, including £4m in 2020 alone. Your organisation does not need to be a registered charity to use easyfundraising and it is open to voluntary organisations of all shape and size.

Getting started

All you need to do is create an easyfundraising page for your organisation. It’s free and quick to set up and requires very little ongoing management.

Once you’ve set it up, you’ll get support from easyfundraising to help you get the message out to your supporters, and you can also book a free advice call with one of the Fundraising Coaches.

What do other organisations think?

“Having such a simple and effective way of fundraising has been a big boost to our Centennial project; to place a defibrillator in each of Stoke’s six towns.” Bill, Stoke on Trent Lions.

“I cannot help but recommend it to all charitable organisations. It is such an easy way to raise funds. We have raised over £800. Register and start benefitting.” Derek, Treasurer, RPSB, Macclesfield Local Group.

“We would highly recommend it. It’s fantastic that supporters can help make a significant difference to people’s lives simply by doing online shopping.” Just Caring Midlands

About easyfundraising

A member of the Institute of Fundraising, easyfundraising has helped UK good causes raise over £34m to date. Founded in 2007 by Walsall based businessman Ian Woodroffe, easyfundraising is still proudly Midlands based, with offices in Lichfield.

Click here to get started!

Save the date!

SCVO in partnership with easyfundraising will be running a Virtual Meet the Funder Webinar on Tuesday 13th April 2021, 10am-11.30am via a Zoom Conference Call. Sign up to our e-bulletin at to ensure you don’t miss out when the booking goes live.

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund invites sports clubs, local authorities, schools, and community organisations to apply for grants. Funding of between £10,001 and £50,000 is available to help clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play.

Capital funding can help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play.

Please note, priority will be given to:
• Projects located in areas of high deprivation
• Organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus
• Organisations that don’t have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

More details

Easyfundraising Webinars

easyfundraising is a free to use fundraising platform which enables good causes to benefit from free donations from leading retailers.

During the pandemic we’ve seen a large increase in the number of good causes using our platform because it’s a way that people can support their chosen cause safely from home, by shopping online with their favourite retailers. We’ve enabled good causes to raise over £34m to date, including £4m in 2020 alone. We are members of the Institute of Fundraising and we are currently helping 170,000 causes with funding.

The webinar will explain how easyfundraising works, how to get started and how to make the most of it. It’s free to attend of course, and it will be running twice, on 1st February and also on 9th February.

Free funding webinar: is a free, safe and pandemic proof funding option for your organisation in 2021.  Join the free webinar to find out how it works, see a live demo, get advice on how to make the most of it and ask the easyfundraising team questions. Plus, there’s the chance to win a £50 donation for your organisation.

Register here:
Monday 1st February 2021, 7.30pm:
Tuesday 9th February 2021, 2pm:

Fundraising with Instagram Stories

Since Instagram’s launch in 2010, the app has become a daily staple for its users, Charity Digital News explain how using Instagram stories can raise funds. They are also offer some advice to help you get started on your journey in their article.

It is worth remembering that more than one billion people use Instagram every month and this could be a powerful tool to help your organisation attract new donations. Many charities have realised its potential and are increasingly using the platform for free and effective marketing.

For the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

UK Shared Prosperity Fund — £220m extra funding for ‘piloting and testing new approaches’

The Government has announced a £7.5 million funding package to help tackle loneliness over the winter period.

Funding will help provide immediate and targeted relief to those most at risk of loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

• Support will target sectors that bring people and communities together including the arts, libraries, charities and radio
• Grants will be administered via Arts Council England, the Government’s Loneliness Fund and two radio funds
• Move follows £4 million Local Connections Fund that will deliver over a thousand small grants to local community projects across the country.

To read more about this announcement click here.


FREE Virtual Funding Fair

Yorkshire Community Matters are running a FREE virtual funding fair this coming March. Their free two day event brings together  national funders such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, Children in Need, Tudor Trust, Allen Lane Foundation and many more.

The funding fair will be held on Wednesday 24th March and Thursday 25th March is a day of national funders!

So how does it work?

Each funder has been allocated a 30 minute session using Zoom to explain what funding they have and also how the application process works. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Please note, you will need to book separately for each session you wish to attend via Eventbrite.

For more details and to book your FREE session click here.

Be sure to subscribe to our e-bulletin at so you don’t miss out on future events and funding opportunities being developed by SCVO.

OPPC Victims Fund 2021 Now Open

The OPPC Victims Fund 2021 is now open and will be taking applications until 5 pm on the 16th February 2021. The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner would like to urge organisations across the West Midlands that support victims of hate crime, to apply to the Victims Funds. Financial assistance is available to pay for services for people to cope and recover from the effects of crime. In 2020, the number of hate crimes recorded had risen by 39% in the West Midlands.

Application forms are available on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website. Only on-line applications will be accepted.  Individual groups can apply or organisations can join together to form a consortium.

The specification has been informed by feedback from partners who attended the West Midlands Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) Hate Crime Symposium (in June 2020) and through ongoing work as part of the OPCC Hate Crime Working Group.

The competitive fund has over the past seven years supported victims and survivors of all priority areas.
In line with the increasing need for support services for hate crime, the 2021/22 fund will only accept applications for hate crime support services.

Please direct queries regarding the application to Tara Muchemenyi at

Completed applications should emailed to Tara or to

New Creative Connections Commissions invited for 2021

Last year, Creative Black Country (CBC) created a new strand of commissioned work to share creativity during lockdown and social distancing.

The commissioned projects were so successful, CBC are bringing Creative Connections back for 2021 and offering small commissions of £500 – £2000, for projects that develop creative activity with and for local communities in the Black Country.

Creative Black Country are looking for creative, socially distanced/lockdown activities which bring fun, joy and creativity to local people in the Black Country, and keep them connected.

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

The deadline for submissions is mid-day (12 noon) on Monday, 25 January  2021.


Cameron Grant Memorial Trust Funding

Individuals; Charities; Social Enterprises/CIC; Schools; Colleges; Universities; Pre-registration start-ups; Voluntary Groups; Community Groups and other not-for-profit entities are invited to apply. The applicants and the project must be UK based.

We cannot accept applications from companies that are aimed at generating profits for
private distribution.

Applications for a grant of between £100 & £2,500 will be considered. The grant can be used
to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or
otherwise experiment in any way that supports the treatment mental health. The emphasis
will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to
reach out and effect change. Ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:

• Destigmatising Mental Health
• Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care
• Improving Mental Well Being

Note the grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. They will
not be made to fund ongoing operational expenses or salaries.

The innovation can involve technology though it doesn’t have to.

The need for mental health support has never been greater and will be driven higher by this

Applications will be accepted from 11th January 2021.

This programme is centred on the idea of innovation – trying things that are new, progressive
and explore new ways of doing things. Innovation, by its very nature does not always succeed.
We are always open to discussing a change of focus throughout any project as learnings arise,
and we encourage open and positive dialogue on things that have not been as successful as
hoped so we can benefit from the project’s learning overall.

In the first instance, send an email with a brief outline of your idea and the amount you will
be requesting to

We will review you request and get back to you within two weeks with an initial assessment.
If this is positive, we will invite you to complete a formal application online via a Google Form.
This should take between 20 & 30 minutes to complete.

Please contact us at the above email address if you have any questions.

Windrush Community Fund opens for applications

Community group, charities and grass root organisations can apply for funding to raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme, the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.

A total of £500,000 is available; and eligible organisations can apply for grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 for activities including:

  • holding events;
  • producing and distributing marketing materials;
  • accessing and using communication channels;
  • and securing support from partners.

The funding is being made available through the Home Office and managed by Voice4Change England.

There is a two-phase application process.
Phase 1: applications are open until the 12th February 2021.
Phase 2: applications will open on the 1st April 2021 and close on the 30th June 2021.

Organisations successful in phase 1 will not be able to apply for funding in phase 2.

More information.

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