Gift A Great Experience This Christmas!

Black Country Touring are launching there Gift a Great Experience This Christmas fundraising campaign. By donating, you’re also helping them to share the gift of theatre and performance with communities across the Black Country throughout 2020. Without your valuable contributions, Black Country Touring won’t be able to support as many local promoters or schools next year.

Receive 2 tickets to any BCT supported show of your choice next year, if you donate £15 or more to BCT in December. They make for a great gift!

Their diverse programme has something for everyone, from family-friendly circus and puppetry to new work from some of the very best touring companies in the country.

Want to see what you could go and see? Check out what we have coming up by clicking here.

Why Donate?

  • Every year, BCT introduce hundreds of schoolchildren to the joy of theatre via Young Promoters. They make sure they’re in the driving seat too – they select the show and promote it to their wider community learning valuable life skills.
  • BCT support passionate volunteers to bring the arts into their communities, enabling thousands of people each year to experience live professional theatre on their doorstep, in libraries, museums and community centres. 48% of their audiences travel less than 2 miles to see a show.
  • They raise in excess of £300k for their work each year, which is invested into local communities, volunteers and venues.
  • They help keep ticket prices affordable by subsidising the cost of putting on a show.

How Does It Work?

When you Donate via Charities Aid Foundation, they’ll email you the next working day with a printable gift token. The gift token will contain a reference number.

When the ticket holder wants to claim tickets, email Black Country Touring at or call us on 0121 533 7129 Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM (excluding bank holidays and 20th December – 6th Jan). Quote the reference number ready as well as the show name, venue, date and time.

For more details on this Campaign click here.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants

Groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for grants through the Neighbourhood Planning grant scheme.

The scheme provides three types of grants. Basic grant funding of up to £9,000 to undertake a neighbourhood plan; additional grant funding of up to £8,000 for those groups meeting specific criteria and grants of up to £10,000 for groups that wish to evaluate the case for bringing forward affordable housing for sale by undertaking housing needs assessments and other relevant studies.

In addition, the scheme includes professional support and advice on technical or process issues. Applications for grant for 2019-2020 can be submitted until 5pm on 31 January 2020. This means the last date for completing an Expression of Interest form for a grant application is 5pm on 30 January 2020 (applicants will still need to complete their application form by 5pm on the 31 January 2020). Expenditure through a grant must be completed on or before 31 March 2020.

For further information please view –

Grants for Families Facing Financial Hardship Whilst Caring for a Child with a Serious Illness (UK)

Families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness can apply for grants of up to £1,000 per child to fund a variety of essential items and services.

This can include (but is not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships. Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on be

half of the family and are considered at monthly meetings.

The funding is being made available through the Roald Dahl Marvellous Family Grants scheme and the next application deadline is 12pm on the 31st December 2019.

For further information please view –

PCC Victims Fund 2020 Open

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is urging organisations that help victims of crime, to apply to him for money. The Victims Fund opened on 1st December 2019 and will be taking applications through to 5 pm on 17th January 2020.

David Jamieson is encouraging organisations across the West Midlands to submit applications to his Victims Fund, which helps pay for support services for people to cope and recover from the effects of crime. If you are an organisation directly supporting the needs of victim, the PCC would like to hear from you.

This year the PPC has ring fenced £50k for organisations supporting victims of Hate Crime to come forward with applications.

Online applications only will be accepted.

Click here to apply.

The Sun to give favourite charities £1M

The Sun newspaper is celebrating its 50th birthday and donating £1 million to small, local registered charities that are nominated by individuals.

Donations will range from £2,000 – £20,000 in six categories:
Children and Young People
Health and Wellbeing
Animals and the Environment
Emergency Heroes
International Aid

The closing date for nominations is 18th December 2019.

More information

#StrongerSandwell – Call to Action!

#StrongerSandwell is a campaign all about highlighting the contribution that the local voluntary and community Sector in Sandwell is making towards building a stronger future for the Borough, especially in relation to health and wellbeing.

The image of ‘strength’ reminds us all of how we’ll achieve more if we recognise and invest in our existing strengths.  We want to keep investment in Sandwell and take an ‘asset based’ approach to services being delivered by local people for local people.

The #StrongerSandwell hastag is something that is independent of any organisation.  If you have a good news story or any other information to share when you are using social media, you are encouraged to use the #StrongerSandwell hashtag.

Further to this the Sandwell Public Health team have made a commitment to retweet/ share any posts by voluntary sector or community groups that uses the hashtag, helping to expand their reach and widely promote their work.

6 Steps to Prepare for Your Next Financial Audit

Audits can be a stressful time for any organisation. Even if your records are completely blemish-free, the experience can still be taxing. This is heightened if you’re a charitable non-profit and your future funding depends on it…

So, how can you prepare for your next financial audit and what should you expect from it?

What is a financial audit?

An external financial audit is carried out by an auditor/certified public accountant (CPA) not employed by the organisation they are auditing. The audit itself is an examination of an organisation’s financial accounts, records, transactions, accounting practices and controls.

The auditor carries out this examination to check whether the financial statements prepared by the organisation meet the ‘Generally Accepted Accounting Practices’ in the UK (UK GAAP). These accounting principles are statutory as defined by the UK Taxes Acts.

Does your non-profit need an audit?

It is not always necessary for charitable non-profits to carry out an audit. In some cases, an independent examination may be acceptable instead. However, situations where an external audit might be required are:

If your organisation’s gross income exceeds £1,000,000
If your organisation’s gross income exceeds £250,000 and its gross assets exceed £3,260,000
If the charity commission requires an audit
If your charity’s governing document requires an audit
If trustees wish to have financial statements audited
If a funder asks to see your audited financial statements
In certain cases where a non-profit is not legally required to conduct an audit, they may choose to do so anyway. One of the main reasons for this is demonstrating a commitment to financial transparency. Furthermore, funding – in many instances – is dependent on conducting audits, as are ratings by charity watchdogs.

Preparing for your financial audit and what to expect

1. Define who will have responsibility for the process

One of the first tasks is to define exactly who will carry the responsibility for the audit process. The trustees of a non-profit have responsibility for the oversight of the conduct related to any external auditor hired. They also have the power to delegate this responsibility to an audit committee if they so choose. Nonetheless, those designated responsible must be familiar with the scope of the end-to-end process and be a member of one of the accepted professional bodies in the UK.

To read the full Charity Financials article click here.

Source: Charity Financials

Understanding Extremism Training – Places available 9th December 2019

The Understanding Extremism Training will explore and discuss issues relating to the ideology of Global Jihadism and the Far Right.

The Training will equip delegates with an ideological understanding that underpins different extremist groups. In addition to this delegates will be given the opportunity to be involved in interactive discussions in understanding the drivers and influences that lead to radicalisation.

The course has been tailored specifically for Sandwell and this will be illustrated in the examples that will be presented. The importance of the Prevent Strategy and the subsequent Prevent referral pathway that will support local partners in confidence in signposting vulnerable individuals who they feel are a concern will be discussed. Delegates will be provided with a counter narrative and this will build on their knowledge base.

Target Audience

Practitioners, faith based community leaders, education establishments, partners

Sandwell Council – Housing (Sandwell Homes, Roway Lane), Direct 2 Industrial Estate, Roway Lane, Oldbury

Monday 9th December 2019 (9:30 – 16:30) – For more information and to book a place please view –

Grants of up to £1,000 from The National Lottery

The National Lottery has turned 25 and is celebrating this milestone by bringing people together and offering grants of between £100 and £1000 to people and communities with a great idea.

If you have an idea for an event or community activity or even if you want to buy something, that will bring your community together – this could be for you. Any group of two or more people with a great idea can apply. The National Lottery is particularly keen to hear from people it hasn’t worked with before and to give everyone a fair chance it will use a lottery process, randomly selecting the applicants to be assessed.

The deadline for applications is 2pm on Friday 6 December 2019. Join the celebration and apply today.

Project Development Funding for Churches

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places towards developing a church building project.

This includes Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses. The funding is being made available through the National Churches Trusts Gateway Programme.

The closing date for applications is the 9th January 2020.

The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.

For further information please view –

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