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Digital Support Network for Arts Organisations Launched

Arts Council England has announced the launch of a specialist network for arts organisations, with training, workshops and resources across a wide range of digital competency areas.

Arts Council England has announced the launch of the Digital Culture Network – a partnership of nine tech champions based across England designed to help arts and cultural organisations make the most of digital tech.

Through the network, digital specialists will be on hand to offer arts-based organisations training, support, events and one-to-one surgeries on web design, social media, e-commerce, data analytics and digital marketing.

Arts charities can also access resources and learning materials through a new online portal.

As part of the launch, seven events across the country will be delivered in partnership with Google, which have been designed following a pilot with 130 cultural organisations learning about content strategy and data analysis. The sessions will featsure tips on making the most of Google-owned resources like Google Analytics and YouTube, as well as the chance to recieve one-to-one support from the experts.

Huge Potential for Arts Organisations

The launch of the Digital Culture Network delivers on the commitment made by the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)’s 2018 Culture Is Digital report to help the cultural sector make the most of technology. The report recommended that the Arts Council partner with technology companies to deliver training, and facilitate partnerships and collaborations between the tech sector and cultural organisations.

The report outlines the huge potential for arts and cultural organisations to create imaginative experiences, drive their business models, operate more effectively and increase access to culture for all.

Francis Runacres, Executive Director, Enterprise and Innovation at Arts Council England said: “There is huge potential for technology to transform how arts organisations operate, helping them reach new audiences, develop innovative business models and transform how they share their work. Through the Digital Culture Network we’re making sure that cultural organisations throughout England are ready to take advantage of all the opportunities new technology has to offer.”

As registered charities, arts organisations can benefit from the many discounted and donated software programmes available on the tt-exchange platform, which has helped UK charities save over £250,000 and gain access to many of the most useful tech products.

Source: Charity Digial News

A Conversation with the National Lottery Community Fund (Surgery Session)

SCVO in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund are hosting a series of monthly surgery sessions for those wishing to discuss their submitted initial outline proposal in more detail. The surgery sessions will be held on the second Monday of the month, from 10am until 1pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

The Lottery’s Grants Officer will be available for booked appointments to further discuss your initial proposal and potential next steps. Prior to booking an appointment you must have completed and emailed the National Lottery Community Fund at with your initial outline proposal (shaped around their 6 bullet points which can be found by clicking here and looking under the ‘What we need to know’ Section on their website).

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Monday 12th August 2019,
  • Monday 9th September 2019,
  • Monday 14th October 2019,
  • Monday 11th November 2019 and
  • Monday 9th December 2019.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with The National Lottery Community Fund please email Donna Adams at or call on 0121 345 7661 to avoid disappointment.

The Heritage Lottery – New Name, New Funding Framework

The Heritage Lottery – now know as ‘The National Lottery Heritage Fund’ have unveiled plans to distribute more than £1bn of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years.

Find out about our New Funding Framework

We have  a new look and a new name – The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It’s a new chapter for us, although much of the great work we do still remains the same – find out more

For further Information, please contact National Lottery Fund, 7 Holbein Place, London, SW1W 8NR or telephone 020 7591 6000 or e-mail

Funding Digest: 27th August to 9th September 2018

It’s w/c 27th August 2018 and, for regular followers of our ‘Funding Digest‘ publication, you might be wondering about the next edition.

Well, there will be a short delay in its production as the regular editor is currently enjoying a short period of Annual Leave.

But don’t despair, because you can still access funding information on a ‘live’ basis by using our FREE (yes, FREE) ‘Funding Portal‘…and this is available whenever* you need it, not just every fortnight!

Simply follow the instructions on the Portal introduction page: to get access to information that would be provided in the Digest and much, much more!

Plus…you don’t have to be a member of SCVO, or based in Sandwell, to use it – it’s FREE to anyone signing up.

Normal Digest service will be resumed from Monday, 10th September 2018.


*As this service is provided by a third party, availability is subject to their operating requirements.


Heritage Lottery Funding – Large Projects

Whether you want to rescue a historic building, breathe new life into a collection or record people’s stories, Heritage Grants can help with awards over £100,000.

Not-for-profit organisations; and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations have until the 16th August 2018 to apply for grants of up to £100,000 to support larger heritage project. This can include for example archaeological sites; collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives; cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes; historic buildings; histories of people and communities; and histories of places and events; etc.

Applications go through a two-round process. This is so you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether it’s likely to be funded. Then you can send us your detailed proposals. At the first round you can also ask for funding to develop your project.

Projects supported in the past include a grant of £730,000 to the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust Limited to transform Richmond Station in North Yorkshire into a self-sustaining heritage and leisure attraction for the local community.

For more information or an application form click here.

National Lottery’s New Approach to Funding

The Big Lottery Fund has made changes to our funding so that it’s easier to apply for National Lottery funding.

They have nearly tripled the number of staff we have across England, and they will be working more closely with communities that we support. This means you’ll have the same local point of contact throughout your application.

They’ve also moving away from standardised application forms so that we can focus on supporting the best ideas, not the people who are best at filling in forms. You can now submit your ideas online, by phone or in person.

They offer three types of funding:

National Lottery Awards for All
Our National Lottery Awards for All scheme offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Find out more about National Lottery Awards for All funding.

Reaching Communities
Reaching Communities offers grants of over £10,000 to support single organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.

Find out more about Reaching Communities funding

Our Partnerships funding provides grants of over £10,000 for groups or organisations who have great ideas to do amazing things together.

Find out more about Partnerships funding

Source: The Big Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund – Want to Hear From You on Its Future Direction and Funding

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is currently consulting on its role, vision and funding priorities for the next five years.  Using money raised by National Lottery players HLF support projects that range from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings: from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training.  This is an opportunity for everyone who cares about the UK’s extraordinary heritage to give their views on our plans for the future.

More information and a link to the independently run consultation can be found on HLF’s website at or you can access the consultation directly at

The consultation gives you the option to complete a shorter questionnaire if you prefer to give your personal views on heritage as a member of the public, or if you do not work in or for the heritage sector.  The consultation runs until Thursday 22 March 2018.

Do please share these links to other organisations who you think would be interested in responding.

Source: HLF

Rebranding of Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust

Did you know Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust has rebranded as Ibstock Enovert Trust?

This change is taking place because the company which donates the landfill tax credits distributed by the Trust, Cory Environmental Resource Management Limited, has recently rebranded itself as Enovert, following the sale of Cory Environmental’s landfill, green energy and anaerobic digestion business in January 2017. As Enovert is now independent of Cory Environmental, it needed a new identity to differentiate it and provide clarity in the marketplace.

The Trust’s new name and logo acknowledges the change in ownership and rebrand of Enovert, whilst also retaining the Ibstock name, which represents Enovert’s strategic relationship with Ibstock Brick Limited at its landfill sites in South Gloucestershire (Shortwood), Sevenoaks (Greatness) and Dudley (Himley).

The Trust’s existing funding programme will be unaffected and Ibstock Enovert Trust will continue to support community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The Trust provides funding to projects that are based within 10 miles of the landfill sites in South Gloucestershire, Sevenoaks and Dudley.

For more information about Ibstock Enovert Trust, and details of how to apply for Trust funding, please visit our new website, or email

Reaching Communities Announces Pause in Grant Making (England)

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it is pausing applications to its Reaching Communities programme at 5pm on the 15th January 2018 until the 2nd April 2018 in order to implement changes to the application process.

This is an important part of their ambition to make it easier for groups and communities to apply for National Lottery funding, and to help improve their ability to make the best funding decisions possible. This will also enable BIG to train-up new team members and embed new ways of working before reopening the offer.

Historically, Reaching Communities provides grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 for projects lasting up to 5 years. Though the programme, voluntary or community groups, social enterprises, statutory organisations such as local authorities or schools could apply for projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and that can make a real difference.

The type of projects supported in the past have included a learning bus to reach hard to reach learners in Nottingham and a project that teaches young people in Hackney, Islington and the City of London to play a range of musical instruments.

All applications received before the 15th January 2018 will be processed in the existing manner.

If your current grant is coming to an end soon and you are working on an application for continuation funding, or if you have any other questions, please contact the Big Advice team on 0345 4 10 20 30 or email

For more information, visit BIG’s website by clicking here.

Heart of England Community Foundation Funding Survey

The Heart of England Community Foundation is undertaking a consultation as part of a wide review of their grant-making. 

It is looking at everything from the size of grants they offer to the type of organisations they support.  Heart of England Community Foundation would appreciate your help to gain as much feedback as possible, helping them shape their approach over the next few years.

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