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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 /




Creative Connection Commissions are now open!

Have you got an idea for a project in the Black Country during 2022? Then Creative Black Country would love to hear from you.

The Creative Black Country Creative Connections programme supports activities that increase opportunities for people to experience great creative and cultural experiences in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, by bringing individuals together to share new experiences around the arts

They are not prescriptive about how this is done, it could be a digital or analogue solution, or a combination of both. What is important to us is that local people are involved in the design and delivery of the project, and that it reaches people who may not normally have this kind of creative opportunity.

You can apply for up to £2,000, to help you to test out a new creative idea with your local community or deliver a full project. If you want to apply for this commission please read the following information carefully, it explains the next steps in how to submit a proposal for support.

The submission deadline is midday Monday, 6th December 2021.

Your project will need to take place between February 2022 and complete by September 2022.

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.


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

Aviva giving a boost to climate change projects

The Aviva Community Fund supports small UK causes to make a big difference in their communities. The organisation has partnered with Crowdfunder to drive fundraising and help to get ideas off the ground.

Every year £250,000 of funding is distributed by Aviva, supported further by donations from the public.

To celebrate COP26,  the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties,  which is being held in Glasgow in November, Aviva have created the Aviva Climate Fund, to boost the final round of the Community Fund in 2021, with an extra £150,000 for projects leaving the way on climate action.

Click here to find out more


Win a £100 Donation

Fundraising website easyfundraising puts the easy back into fundraising by enabling your voluntary organisation, non-profit, charity, or CIC to earn donations when your volunteers and supporters are shopping online.

easyfundraising works with over 5,900 retailers who will donate to your organisation, to say ‘thank you’ when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them. We’re all shopping online anyway, so why not make it work in your favour? Plus, if you register before 31 October, your organisation will go into a draw to win a £100 donation. Register by clicking here.

The Asda Foundation – Bringing Communities Back Together Grants

The Asda Foundation has launched phase 2 of its Bringing Communities Back Together grant scheme. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to grassroots community group towards a celebration event.

All grant applications are managed through Asda Superstores. Please visit their website and use the store locator tool to get in touch with your stores Community Champion.

In phase 2, Asda will continue to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as they resume their activities again. Asda Foundation is looking to support grass roots community groups in need which support, help, and encourage inclusiveness for all. Asda Foundation is looking to fund the core needs to improve lives and ensure all communities thrives.

In addition, there is new element ‘Essential Support’ which is aimed at helping groups who are supporting the immediate needs of people in their local area from October to December, including Christmas. With this new element included, this is one of their broadest grants, empowering communities to apply for what is important to their community, enabling us to help and support more groups in the most relevant way possible.

For more information or to apply click here.

Grants of £500 to encourage more people to Try BMX

To celebrate the easing of lock down restrictions and the success of Team GB BMX at the Olympics, Access Sport is offering BMX bike clubs grants of £500 to run open days that enable thousands of beginners to try out BMX across the UK.

Funding will give clubs the opportunity to try to remove barriers to inclusion by opening their tracks up to the public or promoting the club to a new audience, particularly in deprived areas.

Access Sport are also offering grants of £500 to inspire more girls to get involved. This funding would go towards:

Women and girls’ inclusion training
The delivery of girls only sessions or female friendly sessions
Training for female coaches, volunteers and young leaders.

Further information

Community Ownership Fund

The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help communities across the UK take ownership of local facilities, community assets and amenities such as:

sporting and leisure facilities
cinemas and theatres
music venues
post office buildings

The move is part of the Government’s strategy to build back better from the pandemic and to foster a sense of community.  The first bidding round closed on 13th August 2021, but another seven bidding rounds are expected to take place over the next four years. There will be further bidding rounds in December 2021 and May 2022.

Matched capital grants of up to £250,000 will be available for most projects. In exceptional cases, up to £1 million matched capital grants will be available to help establish a community-owned sports club or help buy a sports club or sporting facilities at risk of being lost.

The Community Ownership Fund will provide up to 50% of total capital costs, matching other funds and resources raised by the applicant. Applicants will need to demonstrate they have raised other funds to cover the total capital costs of their project.

Revenue grants of up to £50,000 (up to 20% of projects costs) are also available and these do not need to be matched.

More information

For any other questions you may have on the Community Ownership Fund, please contact the team at

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