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Virtual Meet The Funder: Seven Trent

Seven Trent in partnership with SCVO are running a virtual Meet the Funder webinar with their Community Fund Officer, Sue Heyes, who will be taking you through their Community Fund criteria, eligibility and how to apply.

This webinar is for all Severn Trent customers whether water or/and waste and will be held on Thursday 18th February 2021, 10am till 11.30am via Lifesize video conferencing app. Please note, if you haven’t used the app before it will need to be installed on your chosen device prior to the webinar for you to be able to participate.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to find out more about the Seven Trent Community Fund, which is a commitment from 2020 to give away more than £10million over five years to support new projects by local charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region – helping to make a real and tangible difference in our communities. Take a look at the projects that have been funded so far at

Places on the webinar are limited to 25 people so booking is essential and your place can be reserved by emailing Sue at Once you have booked your place Sue will send you all the details you need to access the webinar.

Please note your project needs to benefit Severn Trent customers to be eligible so if you are unsure you can check out who your water and waste supplier are by clicking here and entering the postcode of where your project us based (you can be a water or waste customer – or both).

Be sure to subscribe to our e-bulletin for future events and e-updates via our homepage at

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund invites sports clubs, local authorities, schools, and community organisations to apply for grants. Funding of between £10,001 and £50,000 is available to help clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play.

Capital funding can help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play.

Please note, priority will be given to:
• Projects located in areas of high deprivation
• Organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus
• Organisations that don’t have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

More details

What Fundraising Software to Use in 2021

Charity Digital News take a look at what software community organisations should consider using in 2021 to boost their websites fundraising, make the most of digital campaigns, and attract small donations.

Did you know that 80% of donations where made digitally according to the Global Trends in Giving Survey, with predictions that this will rise in 2021.

There are vast differences in digital fundraising literacy and capability across the sector. When you are building your digital fundraising toolkit for 2021, you may be looking at essential tools to establish a programme or software that will support innovation as you continue to grow your income.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

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

Windrush Community Fund opens for applications

Community group, charities and grass root organisations can apply for funding to raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme, the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.

A total of £500,000 is available; and eligible organisations can apply for grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 for activities including:

  • holding events;
  • producing and distributing marketing materials;
  • accessing and using communication channels;
  • and securing support from partners.

The funding is being made available through the Home Office and managed by Voice4Change England.

There is a two-phase application process.
Phase 1: applications are open until the 12th February 2021.
Phase 2: applications will open on the 1st April 2021 and close on the 30th June 2021.

Organisations successful in phase 1 will not be able to apply for funding in phase 2.

More information.

Funding for not-for-profit organisations to develop Digital Services

The next round of funding for the joint Tech Good programme, Build, opens this January. The Funders, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief, have made funds available to organisations who wish to use technology to explore different approaches to deliver better services during the Covid-19 crisis.

Over £1 million will be made available to individual not-for-profit organisations or those working in partnership, to define test and develop digital solutions to create more impact for the people they work with. Applications that seek to adapt or re-purpose existing technology are also eligible for funding.

The programme aims to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development, and will support a range of digital interventions.

The Funders are also interested in applications from partnerships between multiple not-for-profit organisations of different sizes and backgrounds that aim to work together to address or improve a service delivery problem in their areas of work.

Further information.


Funding for projects that work with Disabled Children and their Families

Charities and projects with a charitable purpose that work with disabled children and young people and their families, and children and young people with life-limiting conditions, can apply to the True Colours Trust Small Grants Programme.

Grants of up to £10,000 are usually available for hydrotherapy pools; multi-sensory rooms; mini buses; young carers projects; sibling projects; bereavement support; specialised play equipment / access to play and leisure; and family support / parent-led peer support, etc.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information and how to apply, click here.


Grants available for projects that help the homeless

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium-sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million). The aim of such organisations should be trying to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Typically, the organisation operates small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people. The grants are available for capital costs.

The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th March 2021.

For further information, click here.

Heart of England Community Foundations Winter Wellbeing Campaign a Festive Success!

The Heart of England Community Foundation launched the Winter Wellbeing campaign towards the end of 2020 after securing funds and opened applications for a little Festive Fun for one-off projects just in time for Christmas.

They’ve supported 52 organisations in just three weeks to spread festive cheer to a massive 16,472 beneficiaries and awarded a total of £44,555 to wonderful projects covering so much, such as Christmas lunches for the vulnerable, community light trails, virtual music concerts and ensuring deprived children get a gift this Christmas.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Source: Heart of England Community Foundation

New £4 Million Fund to Tackle Loneliness

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund have announced a new fund to reduce loneliness by helping people feel more connected.

The new £4 million Local Connections Fund which is made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund will provide grants of between £300 and £2,500 to small charities and community groups in England.

The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities. Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.

To be eligible, charities and community groups will have to have an income of £50,000 or less.

The Local Connections Fund will be split into two rounds of funding – each with its own application window. The first application window will open on the 5th January 2021 and close on 26 January 2021. The second applications window will open in the summer.

For more information click here.

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