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Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2

The Smallwood Trust has just opened a new funding opportunity – The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2. It is a £1.5m fund that has been set up to support local networks of organisations working with and for women to make change to systems that cause women’s poverty in their area.

It is a place-based approach to systems change that is open to networks in and around specified areas, including Birmingham. The Smallwood Trust aims to fund approximately three place-based networks. Each network can apply for up to £500k to be spent over three years.

Expression of interest deadline: 10th December

Please visit our website for more information, including Q+A webinar dates and full guidance:

And follow us on Twitter for further updates: @SmallwoodTrust.

If you have any questions, please email

Significant Funding for Sandwell projects

Grants up to £40,000 are available for projects that are aimed at people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated and projects that aim to improve the wellbeing of communities. Applicants can apply for 2 different levels of funding; under £10,000 or £10,001 to £40,000.

In terms of eligibility;

An organisation must have a Board or Management Committee comprising of a minimum of 3 members (ideally unrelated) who give their time in a voluntary (unpaid) capacity. If this Committee is not locally based, the organisation should demonstrate its long-term commitment to Sandwell;

• are actively delivering services in Sandwell or undertaking activities for the benefit of Sandwell Communities;
• principally reinvest any financial surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives that bring a significant community benefit to Sandwell (at least 50% of any financial surpluses need to be reinvested in Sandwell for community benefit).

So whilst the group/organisation doesn’t necessarily have to reside in Sandwell it must be able to evidence the above to be eligible.

Application and assessment dates will be published separately on an ongoing basis, but you can contact SCVO to start a conversation about your project ideas at any time.

You can email: or contact Liz on 07923 259821 / or Stuart on 07703 823226 /




6 Tips to Boost Online Donations

CAF explains in their article that your charity’s website is an important tool for raising funds and they’ve put together six top tips to help you drive your online donations.

1 Make it match — Brand consistency!

Building and maintaining relationships with your supporters is the key to successful online fundraising. The value of your charity’s brand is vital in helping to maintain trust with your donors.

2 Make it super easy

  • Can your visitors easily find the information they are looking for?
  • Is the donation button or page prominent on your site?
  • How many clicks does it take for someone to be able to make a donation?

One of the key benefits of online donations is the speed and convenience for your donors. Unfortunately, too many charities make their online donation process unnecessarily complicated. This can often put off potential donors so you need to consider this carefully.

3 Make your online donation form user-friendly
With 26% of UK donations being made online according to our latest UK Giving report, it’s crucial for charities to have an user-friendly online donation form available on their websites.

To read the full article by CAF click here.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Apply Now for Christmas Delivery

The Department for Education have awarded grant funding to Local Authorities to provide Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) to cover the school Christmas holiday period for 2021 to support children and young people aged 5-16 years (reception to year 11) including those with SEND who are eligible for benefit related Free School Meals to access healthy food and enriching activities free of charge.

This grant is open to voluntary and community sector / not for profit organisations / schools and other educational settings / private sector organisations / clubs.

Closing date for applications is Friday 29 October 2021 at 4pm. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed.

For further information please view

Guidance notes link
Application form link

Grant-making Trust supports conservation and the arts

Idlewild Trust is an independent grant-making trust that supports conservation and the arts. The Trust supports charities that improve opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.

The Trust awards around £130,000 each year in grants. During 2020 the average grant has been £3,880.

Idlewild has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant-making programme is the 15th March 2022.

Further information

A Supportive Home: new grant round now open for applications

The Youth Endowment Fund and Comic Relief’s £10 million, A Supportive Home grant, is open for applications. Having a supportive home helps to keep children safe from involvement in violence.  Where children live in homes where there’s conflict or domestic abuse, alcohol or substance misuse or where other family members are involved in crime, they’re at higher risk.

The partners are looking to fund and evaluate projects focused on four areas:

1. Parenting programmes (including programmes for foster carers or people working with children in residential care), which help parents and their children to develop positive behaviours and relationships.

2. Family therapy interventions (including for children in foster care), which offer whole families structured forms of therapy.

3. Programmes to reduce parental conflict, which are specifically designed to improve relationships between parents or carers.

4. Domestic abuse interventions, which are specifically designed to prevent and reduce harm to children and adults.

Further information

Applications can be made via the website and close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 1st December 2021.


Covid-19 Vaccination Grant Funding and the Voluntary Sector

Congratulations to the many organisations that have received funding to help explain to their communities the benefits of having the Covid-19 vaccination. This has really helped make a difference to the vaccination uptake in Sandwell.

However, there is still lots to be done to make sure everyone who is eligible for a vaccine or booster knows and receives it. In addition, we need to remember good practice around infection control, which will keep us and the ones we care for, safe and well this winter.

If you want to promote this message to the people in your community including staff, volunteers and service users and you are a Sandwell based VCS organisation, then there is some funding to help you with this.

To find out more and see if you are eligible please contact Liz Webster, (mobile 07923 259821), or Barbara Murphy,  Thank you.

The Loneliness Engagement Fund

The Loneliness Engagement Fund is open to organisations that have a track record of delivering effective communications and engagement activity at a national level. Grants of between £15,000 to £50,000 to organisations that engage with those most affected by loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic. The funds will be will be from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Organisations must have a proven reach and track record of engaging with one or more of the following target groups:

• young people aged 16-24
• people with diagnosed mental health conditions
• people living alone
• people from lower income households
• people who are unemployed
• people with disabilities

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13 October.

More details

The Faith New Deal Pilot Fund – now open

The Faith New Deal Pilot Fund is a new, competitive grant programme to help support faith-based organisations to use their resources effectively within their community and to build trust between national government, local government and faith groups.

Government wants to recognise the role faith-based organisations play in the resilience of our communities and the importance of local faith groups working collaboratively to respond to societal issues.

The core aim of the Faith New Deal Pilot Fund is to test and strengthen the nature of engagement between national government, local government and faith groups – providing proof of concept of the role faith groups play in supporting communities to solve local problems.

Through effective partnership working with public service providers, such as local authorities or public health bodies, faith groups can use their skills to deliver solutions to local problems that offer communities coherent and sustainable change.

The Faith New Deal Pilot fund will provide up to £975,000 for faith groups to apply for to work in partnership with local public services and philanthropists.

Funded pilots will be innovative projects to strengthen engagement between local and national government and faith groups – testing what can be achieved when they work together. The programme will fund projects to tackle social issues, including those arising from the impact of COVID-19, to support the recovery efforts of communities.

The deadline for bids is at 11:59pm on Thursday 7 October 2021

For more information, including how to apply, visit: Faith New Deal Pilot Fund prospectus – GOV.UK (

Prevention and Promotion Fund for Better Mental Health 2021-22 – further funding launched

This opportunity seeks to invest in prevention and promotion interventions for better mental health, specifically to mitigate mental health impacts arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce widening mental health inequalities by targeting at risk and vulnerable groups.

Sandwell MBC Public Health are inviting Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to submit an Expression of Interest against three allocated strands, to receive funding which will be distributed in the form of a grant.

There is one strand; Strand D, which has a total value of £14,350

D. Mental Health literacy – direct delivery of a variety of mental health training courses based on need and demand, for example (but not limited to); mental health awareness, mental health first aid, suicide prevention.

You can download the Expression of Interest Form HERE – and please refer to the appendix for further information, including expected outputs and outcomes.

The Expression of Interest window is open from 28/09/2021 until 12pm on 19/10/2021. Successful EOI notifications are expected by 22/10/2021.

Projects will be expected to have the ability to start delivery quickly, with the mobilisation and promotion period being November to December 2021, and the delivery period starting mid January 2022 at the latest. The provisional delivery period is until May 2022.

For information and advice on how to complete this form please contact

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