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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.

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New Community Initiative Fund by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

New £200,000 Community Initiatives Fund launched by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to community and voluntary organisations to help overcome social effects of Coronavirus isolation

The new Community Initiatives Fund which comes into effect on Wednesday 1st July 2020, will be funded from money which has been allocated from items seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Each year, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner invites local community groups to bid for a grant from the existing Active Citizens Fund which is money which must go into community projects and cannot be spent on recruiting Police officers. The Community Initiatives Fund temporarily replaces the Active Citizens Fund.

Following a surge in voluntary and community activity to help vulnerable people during the COVID 19 crisis, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, has made £200,000 available over the next six months, to support active citizenship within local communities.

Sandwell will have £15,000 to spend on projects which tackle vulnerability, fear of crime and work with the WMP response to COVID


• Digital formats contacts with the public supporting vulnerable via media social media etc, IT equipment, youth online media , networking communities
• Social isolation and mental health
• Elderly vulnerable supporting them, food, tackling elder abuse , communication
• Families food poverty, support for children and families especially as the schools could be closed over summer, demand on Police, Mash, Foodbank etc
• Domestic Violence this is a key matter across force we should consider this for some bids, families isolating together with a DV perpetrator,
• Consideration for messaging support to BME/Eastern European groups around support on reporting Domestic Violence plus advice on Social Distancing
• Encouraging Communities to sign up to WM NowThere is a maximum bid of £5k

This is the link to the detail on the OPCC website which includes process map and also the documents for organisations to complete

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.

Further information

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.

Further information


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.

Further information

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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Two Sandwell charities receive COVID-19 cash grants

Two charitable organisations in Smethwick have received funding to help support local projects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money comes from VINCI, an international organisation that builds, equips and manages facilities such as factories, offices, schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, airports, telecommunications and energy networks. It is founded on the principle that sustainable economic success is linked to an ambitious social commitment.

The VINCI UK Foundation is one of 13 foundations and endowment funds across Europe that form the VINCI network. The umbrella organisation made €10m available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, €400K of which was allocated to projects in the UK.

In April 2020, VINCI UK urged charities to get in touch to apply for funding to:
• Help medical staff with transport, accommodation and food
• Help schools continue to educate through equipment and learning materials
• Provide community welfare, such as shelter, food, cleaning and caring.

In Sandwell, VINCI worked with Sandwell Council to identify local projects that would have the most impact, allocating a total of £5,000.

Dorothy Parkes Community Centre, based on Church Road in Smethwick, received nearly £3,000 to pay for workers to maintain its community allotment and classroom, where local people come to develop their skills and employability.

Dorothy Parkes, Chief Executive Officer, Robert Bruce, said: “This funding will help us in paying essential staff who are not furloughed, which helps as we aren’t receiving any trading income.”

Another Smethwick organisation to benefit from the fund was St Albans Community Association on St Albans Road. It received £2,000 which will cover key worker salaries and enable the association to provide 200 meals a week to those in need of support.

Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Wasim Ali, said: “It’s wonderful that these two very deserving organisations are able to benefit from the VINCI funding and continue to support our local community in meaningful ways at this difficult time.”

Active Black Country Tackling Inequalities Funding

Sport England have provided Active Black Country with ‘Tackling Inequalities funding’ to invest across the region and work with those networks, community organisations and clubs within the most deprived areas.

They want to ensure that they support those in greatest need to continue to deliver a vital service and/or increase their reach into communities and residents who are most of risk.

Applications are now open! We encourage all potential applicants to get in touch with us to discuss your ideas.

For more information or to access the application form go to

Active Black Country are providing dedicated one to one support for clubs and organisations to discuss options – please contact to book a time and slot for one of the officers to get in contact.

Funding for Community Based Food Initiatives

Not for profit groups and settings such as local community groups, nurseries, schools, care homes, community health and social care settings, housing associations, and charities can apply for grants of up to £150 to use good food to connect and bring together people of all ages and from different backgrounds.

The funding is being made available through Food for Life Get Together initiative and the aim is to get more people eating healthily, strengthen communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.

The funding is available in specific areas of the UK. These are:
• Birmingham, Stoke on Trent, Walsall (applications from groups working on the Birmingham/Sandwell border may be considered – contact the Regional Coordinator, Rachel Wooldridge)
• Leicester City, Leicestershire, Nottingham City
• Hull, Calderdale, Kirklees, Sheffield
• Rochdale, Salford, Wigan
• Betsi Cadwaladr, Aneuran Bevan, Cardiff and Vale
• Belfast, Fermanagh and Omagh District, Newry, Mourne and Down District
• Glasgow, Inverclyde, Edinburgh

There will be three funding rounds during 2020 and the closing date for round 1 applications is the 10th July 2020.

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Funding to Support Education in Disadvantaged Areas

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants for educational projects totalling about £600,000 in any one year. The majority (85% of grants) are made to charities and educational bodies (with charitable status). Schools, Colleges and Universities wishing to apply need to have either charitable status or “exempt charity” status.

The Society currently has three priority areas for which it particularly welcomes applications:
Conflict or natural disaster: Projects designed to address the need for re-establishing and renewing education where the provision of education has suffered from conflict or natural disaster.
Girls education: Projects which focus on enhancing the opportunities and reducing barriers for girls to access education

Looked after children: Looked after children have significantly poorer educational outcomes than children not in care. BFSS welcomes projects which pilot approaches to improving the educational attainment of looked after children so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment.

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