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Virtual Meet The Funder: Severn Trent

Severn 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 Severn Trent Community Fund, which is a commitment from 2020 to give away more than £10 million 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 www.stwater.co.uk/communityfundstories.

Places on the webinar are limited to 25 people so booking is essential and your place can be reserved by emailing Sue at sue.heyes@severntrent.co.uk. 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 www.scvo.info.


UK Shared Prosperity Fund — £220m extra funding for ‘piloting and testing new approaches’

The Government has announced a £7.5 million funding package to help tackle loneliness over the winter period.

Funding will help provide immediate and targeted relief to those most at risk of loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

• Support will target sectors that bring people and communities together including the arts, libraries, charities and radio
• Grants will be administered via Arts Council England, the Government’s Loneliness Fund and two radio funds
• Move follows £4 million Local Connections Fund that will deliver over a thousand small grants to local community projects across the country.

To read more about this announcement click here.

 


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.

 


Black Country ESF Community Grants Programme 2019 – 2021

The ESF Community Grants Programme is jointly funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and provides a Fund of £1,500,000 for small grants to be distributed in the Black Country region between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2023.  There two rounds coming up in 2021. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available.

The aim of the Programme is to engage with local communities to deliver a range of skills and employment support activities to enable people from the hardest to reach communities, who may be experiencing multiple disadvantages, to make progress towards and enter the jobs market. The administration of the Programme is managed by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council (WMBC) who has been selected by the ESFA to act as the Grant Co-ordinating Body

Application Guidance and Application Form.

Please direct enquiries to Ruth Burgess, External Funding & Community Grants Manager, on 01922 654351 or email ruth.burgess@walsall.gov.uk.


£400 Million Additional Funding Announced for Cultural Organisations

The UK Government has announced an additional £400 million will be awarded to arts, culture and heritage organisations across England in the form of grants and loans from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Funding, which was held back in previous rounds, will be available for Cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of collapse. £300 million in grants and £100 million in loans will be offered to support organisations’ transition back to their usual means of operating from April 2021.

The Fund will be administered by the Arts Council England.

Further details will be released in due course, see www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/culture-recovery-fund-more-support-arts-and-culture for updates.


Tech for Good Digital Development Fund ‘Build’

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief are launching their Tech for Good digital development fund ‘Build’ the next round of funding for our joint Tech for Good programme, Build, in January 2021.

The Tech for Good programme was created in response to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. The Covid-19 crisis has increased the need for organisations to explore how digital and design approaches can be used to create more impact for the people they work with.

Over £1 million will be available to individual not-for-profit organisations or those working in partnership to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions that meet a social need or challenge linked to Comic Relief’s Social Change Strategy.

For more information on this coming round click here.

Source: paul Hamlyn Foundation


Advanced Notice – New Local Connections Fund Launching January

The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million each.

This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

The fund opens to applications on the 5th January 2021, to find out more go to The National Lottery’s website by clicking here.


UK Charity and EU Transition

On 21st January 2021 new rules come into place for UK Charities receiving money from the EU, EU volunteers or employing individuals from the EU. Don’t get caught out by these changes plan ahead!

In the Charity Commissions latest Newsletter issue 65 they provide links to useful resources aimed at explaining the transitions and the impacts this could have on your charity. For more information on the transition or to access these links click here.

Source: Charity Commission


Creative Commissions for Disabled Artists Launched with BBC Arts

The Arts Council England is partnering with artists, BBC and other organisations, to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act. By supporting ten new works as part of the BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative.

They are inviting specific professional artists to apply and produce works with support from UK Disability Arts Alliance.

The application process opens on Monday 9 November until 12pm (midday) Tuesday 12 January 2021 click here to find out more and apply.

Click here to read the full Arts Council article.

Source: Arts Council England


Heritage Lottery – Government’s £40million Green Recovery Challenge Fund Opens for Applications

Grants from £50,000 to £5m are now available to kick-start the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “I am delighted that we are distributing the Green Recovery Challenge Fund on behalf of Defra. We are committed to supporting the nature and environment sector quickly and effectively through this fund.”

Who is it for

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open to environmental charities and partnerships that include at least one environmental charity, with projects in England that are ready to start.

All projects must contribute to at least one of the following themes:

  • nature conservation and restoration
  • nature based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatland
  • connecting people with nature
  • Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs, providing opportunities and benefits for all ages, including young people. Projects from both rural, urban and inshore marine areas are welcomed.

How to apply

Applications for grants up to £250,000 must be submitted by midday on 2 October 2020. For applications over £250,000, there is a two-step process, with initial expressions of interest required by midday on 24 September 2020.

Up to 100% of project costs will be available.

Please read the full criteria and application guidance before submitting your application.

Applications under £250k

When you are ready to apply, complete and submit your application via their Application Portal.
If you do not already have a logon you will need to register.

Applications over £250k: Expressions of Interest

For applications for a grant above £250,000 a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form is mandatory. Guidance on the questions to be answered and a copy of the form is available.

An assessment panel involving all the Fund partners will use the information you provide to decide whether or not to invite you to submit a full grant application. If you are not invited to apply we will explain our reason.

We will aim to respond to all EOIs within ten working days of the deadline. You will then have three weeks to submit a full application.

Click here to submit your Expression of Interest.

A greener future

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund, part of a wider HM Government green economic recovery jobs and skills package, will enable environmental charities and their partners to restore nature and tackle climate change.

The fund will help create up to 3,000 jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers. In additional, it will safeguard up to 2,000 existing jobs in areas such as protecting species, finding nature-based solutions to tackling climate change, conservation rangers and connecting people with nature. It will also support suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing the Green Recovery Challenge Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency, on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). It has been made possible by bringing forward funding announced at Budget 2020 including £10m from the Nature Recovery Fund and £30m of Nature for Climate Funding.

For more information click here.

Source: Heritage Fund


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