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EPIC Funding (Round Four) – Grant Application Window Closes 21st June 2021

SCVO is working in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help build long-term resilience within Sandwell Communities.

The purpose of the EPIC Grant Programme (Empowering People In Communities) is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes:

  • Increased resilience within communities
  • Increased self reliance
  • Improved and stronger relationships within the community
  • Residents are involved in the design and delivery of activities that make a positive change in their communities
  • Asset and strengths based – building on what exists in communities

Extensive community conversations have helped to shape the elements of this programme.  EPIC is a three year grant programme aimed at improving the wellbeing of communities, and tackling isolation and loneliness. It does this by developing stronger relationships and building on what exists within communities. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport and using people’s skills, talents and experience.

Grants up to £80,000 will be 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.

There are three tiers of funding available:

  • under £10,000
  • £10,001 to £40,000

Applications for Round 4 are currently being accepted until Monday, 21st June 2021 at 12 noon.

Application paperwork (in Word format) and guidance notes (in pdf format) are available for download as follows:

For applications under £10,000:

 

For applications over £10,000:

 

If you would like to discuss any proposals before submitting an application, or you have any general queries, please contact Liz Webster, Community Partnerships Coach, T: 07923259821 / E: Liz@scvo.info or Stuart Ashmore, Operations Manager, T: 07703 823226 / E: Stuart@scvo.info

 


Tackling the Digital Divide – A Conversation

SCVO and Dudley CVS are jointly hosting an informal conversation around the ‘digital divide’ that exists within our communities. The conversation is being held on Friday 25th June 21, 10am till 12pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

The session seeks to bring together individuals and organisations from across Sandwell and Dudley boroughs to have an open and honest conversation about different digital concerns that have arisen primarily as a consequence of COVID-19. This session hopes to build upon the previous session held in March – click here to read the report.

Participants will be encouraged to ask questions, share their experiences and digital information, problem solve and connect with digital providers offering support and guidance.

The session is particularly aimed at anyone in Sandwell or Dudley boroughs who:

  • Is interested in sharing their experience or general feedback on digital challenges and concerns from their own or organisations observations;
  • Is interested in learning more about what other organisations are doing to tackle digital concerns and challenges;
  • would like to problem solve with others around digital exclusion and/or
  • have experience of delivering digital or virtual activities within their community.

This virtual session will be held on Zoom and will need to be downloaded onto your chosen device prior to the session. Please register your place via Eventbrite by clicking here to ensure that you are sent joining instructions prior to the session.

 


Meet the Funder: The Tudor Trust

It is with great delight, we can announce that The Tudor Trust will be our June Meet the Funder guest speaker. This is a great opportunity to find out more about their funds, who is eligible to apply and what their criteria for submitting an application is. Attendees will be able to discuss with the representative from The Tudor Trust any questions you may have prior to making your application during the online session.

The virtual Meet the Funder session will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 17th June 2021, 1.30pm. To register your FREE attendance at the session please visit Eventbrite by clicking here.

This is a unique opportunity for organisations to find out first-hand about their grants programme, enabling your organisation to develop a stronger case for funding based on the conversation held as part of our Meet the Funder Session.

All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar an email by SCVO with joining instructions will be sent nearer the time of the session – be sure to pencil the date into your diary!


FREE Virtual Meet the Funder: BBC Children in Need

We are pleased to invite you to our June Meet the Funder session with BBC Children in Need’s Grants Officer Christine Jobes. Christine will be joining SCVO on Thursday 24th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programme. This is your opportunity to learn more about the funds available and their funding criteria prior to submitting your application directly to them.

Our FREE session will enable you to connect with the funder, as you’ll have the opportunity, to ask questions directly and receive tailored advice from them, as you learn more about the BBC Children in Need programme. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together to share knowledge and experience.

Booking onto the webinar is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

Subscribe for free to SCVO’s e-bulletin by going to our website at www.scvo.info to receive our weekly e-bulletin filled with e-updates, training, funding, jobs and so much more. By subscribing to our e-bulletin you risk never missing a Sandwell opportunity again as you get this information automatically into your inbox.


Introduction to Business Plans Free Webinar

Business planning has never been more important than now, for organisations wishing to navigate around the challenges of the pandemic. A well written business plan will support clear goal setting and provide a road map moving forward ensuring continuity of service at a time when it matters the most.

SCVO’s informative and free webinar will provide a basic understanding of how to develop a business plan that will work for you! Taking place on Thursday 20th May 2021, 10am – 12pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

The aims of the webinar are:

• To define what a business plan is.
• To explain the purpose of having a business plan and the different uses.
• To provide a better understanding of what should be included in a business plan.
• Resources, hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual webinar. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

Why not go to our website at www.scvo.info to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get e-updates automatically on SCVO webinars and training opportunities straight to your inbox. We’ll be announcing further funding and training webinars via our e-bulletin in coming months such as Introduction to Business Planning Webinar so be sure to subscribe or you risk missing out!


Meet the Funder: Enovert Community Trust

SCVO are pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity to speak to Angela Haymonds from Enovert Community Trust, about their latest funding opportunities, how to apply, eligibility criteria and the assessment process for each of these funds. An opportunity to discuss any questions you may have prior to making your application will be made available during the online session.

The virtual Meet the Funder session will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 27th May 2021, 10am – 11am. To register your FREE attendance at the session please visit Eventbrite by clicking here.

This is a unique opportunity for organisations across Sandwell to find out more about this grants programme, enabling your organisation to develop a stronger case for funding based on what you learn about the fund at our Meet the Funder Session.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the session.

Save the Date!
Our next Meet the Funder session will be with Christine Jobes from BBC Children in Need taking place on 24th June 2021, 2-3.30pm via a Zoom Conference Call to ensure you don’t miss out make sure you subscribe for free to our weekly e-bulletin at www.scvo.info.


Coffee Time Conversation – 6th May 2021

Coffee Time Conversations’ seeks to bring like-minded individuals from across Sandwell together, to chat about different concerns that have arisen primarily as a consequence of COVID-19. The aim of these conversations is to share experiences, good practice and help others to problem solve around a concern they may have currently.

Our next session is being held on Thursday 6th May 2021, 10am till 11.30am via a Microsoft Teams call. The topic for this ‘Coffee Time Conversation’ will be ‘funding and the challenges facing organisations as they reopen their doors.’

Future conversations will be steered by participants during the session which gives you the chance to talk with others working in similar areas and decide upon the topics that are most important to you as a collective.

You are welcome to register for any/all of these conversations, which will be hosted as a Microsoft Teams Call. Please use this Eventbrite link to register your attendance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you all in May.


Introduction to the Voluntary Sector in Sandwell

Did you know there are over 1,000 voluntary and community (VCS) groups operating in Sandwell?

Are you in a new role and would value an overview of the vast range of services available to help and support Sandwell residents? Or are you new to the area or part of a newly formed community group and would like to find out more about other groups and organisations delivering activities locally?

This session is informal and open to anyone who feels they have a limited knowledge of the VCS in Sandwell or would like to improve their knowledge and also find out about SCVO’s support offer.  

To book your place please view – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-the-voluntary-sector-4th-may-2021-tickets-145843946169

This is the fourth session we have held and feedback has been extremely positive “I’ve increased my knowledge about the services out there and how SCVO can help to support me to find out more”.

The session will cover:-

Information about the range of VCS organisations in Sandwell

What is Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)?

How can SCVO support your organisation grow and thrive into the future?

How you can keep up to date with local developments and help to shape and influence local decisions.

The session is taking place on 4th May 2021 through Teams from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Once you have secured your place through Eventbrite, a separate e-mail with joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the date of the briefing.

If you need any further information please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO leona@scvo.info


Creativity in Promoting Covid-19 Vaccination Uptake in Sandwell.

Sandwell has certainly got talent in promoting the message about Covid-19 vaccination.

A number of locally-based organisations have already gained funding to let their communities and the wider population know the facts about vaccination.

Methods of communicating include phone calls, leaflet drops, Facebook Live (such as virtual coffee mornings, community TV and radio), music sessions via YouTube and competitions for children to raise awareness.

Information is being translated into a wide range of community languages including Polish, Urdu, Somali, Mirpuri, as well as one-to-one support for the Deaf Community with British Sign Language.

The community is reaching out to everyone including rough sleepers, Roma people, asylum seekers, parents of children with additional needs and older adults, amongst others. Mosques, churches and other faith groups are promoting the message, too, as well as lots of community groups throughout the Borough.

If you want to know how to get involved and have a good idea to get the vaccine message across then details are on the SCVO website at: SCVO | Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations


Trustee Chat: An invitation to talk trustees and their role with Dudley CVS and SCVO

Dudley CVS and SCVO (Sandwell) are jointly hosting an informal session for people to learn more about charity trustees and their role, share their experiences and get support.

The agenda will be open, allowing participants to ask questions, share their experiences and get support with anything to do with being a charity trustee, whatever their current level of experience is. Staff from Dudley CVS and SCVO will be on hand to share their knowledge and offer encouragement and guidance to help run your charity.

The session is particularly aimed at anyone in Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who:

  • Is interested in learning more about being a charity trustee before they become one
  • Is a new trustee
  • Has experience of being a charity trustee that they’d like to share or would like to improve their knowledge
  • Would like to find out about organisations in their areas that might be looking for charity trustees
  • Represent a charity that has trustee vacancies

This virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register your place to ensure that you are sent joining instructions by clicking here.

When: 12 May 2021 at 10:00am until 12 May 2021 at 12:00pm
Where: Virtual meeting taking place on a Zoom Conference Call


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