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.

Unemployed and 18 – 29? Generation UK can help you back into Employment

Generation UK is a charity that offers free training courses and qualifications to young people, aged 18 to 29, who currently live in Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley or Walsall. The next five week programme will launch on 22 February, 2021.

• Learners should be available for five weeks, 9 am – 5 pm
• Remote delivery
• laptops and Wi-Fi access can be provided for free
• Learners can still receive benefits during programme
• Expert instructors

For further information about the programmes, click here.  Please direct questions to

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

Tools for Social Media Scheduling

Charity Digital News have taken a look at some of the top tools for scheduling on social media and how they can help. The timing of your post is everything, as different audiences are more likely to read posts and view videos at different times of the day.

For example, commuters are more likely to consume social media on their daily journeys to work. Homeworkers may be more eager to read posts in the middle of the day. Meanwhile, parents of young children barely have any time to look at Twitter and Facebook and other social media, especially in the early evening, when meals, baths, and bedtime take priority.

It is therefore important that you time your posts with this in mind if you want to attract diverse audiences which is key to successful marketing campaigns or information sharing. And different social media platform audiences may require tailored content, from the professional users of LinkedIn to the more visually-focussed and younger users of TikTok and Instagram.

To help with this there are a range of social media scheduling tools, which plan when content is published to ensure they reach target audiences. In their article they take a look at a handful of the best scheduling tools for the different needs and sizes of charities. To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

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.


A Guide to Digitally Storing Documents

Charity Digital news explains that there are many reasons to store paper documents at your charity’s offices or an external storage facility and  help you to review some of the best methods for digitally storing documents and provide some tips for streamlining the process.

There are many reasons why you need to keep documents for instance HMRC requires you to keep legal and financial documentation, such as invoices, contracts, and bank statements, for six years. If you offer a service that requires you to keep medical records, best practice is to retain them for ten years after the last patient interaction. You may also have documents that relate to donors, service users, volunteers, or research grant recipients that need to be stored safely.

The reasons to go paperless are compelling: costs are lower, security is greater, and any action to reduce the environmental impact of our organisations has become a moral imperative.

To read the article in full click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

How to Build an Impactful and Effective Digital Strategy

Charity Digital News discuss their five simple steps to creating an effective and impactful digital content strategy from scratch.

Content is a form of storytelling and needs to be aligned with your organisation’s goals. It can come in various forms, on various platforms, across various types of media.

The article takes you over their top tips to building an impactful and effective digital strategy with tips including:

  • Setting goals and allocating resources – Setting goals starts with defining what you hope to achieve.
  • Specific – Ensure your goals are specific by asking questions.
  • Measurable – Your specific goals should be measurable.
  • Achievable – How realistic are your goals?
  • Relevant – Keeping things relevant is important, particularly because you need to stay motivated.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Kaleidoscope’s Complimentary Wellbeing Taster Workshops

In order to support businesses and their employees during this difficult time in lockdown, Kaleidoscope are currently offering on-line Complimentary Wellbeing Taster Workshops.

The workshops consists of Mental Health and Wellbeing Training, including Mental Health First Aid; Mental Health for Managers; Menopause Awareness and Mindfulness, along with a wide range of other options which can be tailored to suit your needs and requirements. The Trainers are happy to discuss your options in more detail and are now able to book spaces up to December 2021.

The following on-line workshops are being offered in January:

• Staying well while working from home. Tuesday 26th January, 10 am -12 pm
• Mindfulness – An Introduction. Tuesday 26th January, 6 pm – 8 pm
• Staying well during a lockdown. Thursday 28th January, 1 pm – 3 pm
• Supporting family and friends with mental ill health during a lockdown. Thursday 28th January, 6 pm – 8 pm.

If you would like to know more about the training packages, please email or call 0121 565 5605.


How to Run a Charity Webinar

Charity Digital News explains how Charities can run their own webinars to continue to provide vital service delivery online to their beneficiaries. They share what they’ve learnt from our 18-month old webinar programme.

With increasingly more charities moving to deliver their much-needed services online and are finding virtual ways to communicate with donors, the webinar can be a trusty tool in any charity’s arsenal.

The article takes you over the following points:

  •  An audience – As with any content, your audience is key to success.
  • A topic – If your webinars are for donors, then ask them what they’d like to hear about.
  • A time – Ask your audience what their time preferences are.
  • A place – Nope, not a physical building but your delivery mechanism.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Tips For Successful Fundraising

Directory of Social Change talk you through their five tips to writing applications that gain the attention of Grant-making Trusts & Foundations and other grant funders.

Getting the attention of funder has never been so important as now as many charitable organisations are looking to survive and thrive during the pandemic.

There tips include:

  • Research – A vital part of the process.
  • Make it personal – Write in their tone, share how you fulfil their objectives and reflect back some of their language.
  • Don’t waffle – People involved in shortlisting and final decision-making have to read a lot of applications/ proposals. So make it concise and punchy!
  • Change your shoes! – So often fundraisers approach the process from this position: an organisation wanting money. Change it round! Wear the funders’ shoes and think like them.
  • Submission deadlines – Some funders only start to look at applications after the closing date but others start the sifting process as they come in.

To read the full article click here.

Source: DSC

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