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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.

Funding and Support for New Community Businesses (England)

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, which supports community groups in England wanting to set up new community businesses will re-open for applications on the 1st November 2017.

Grants of up to £15,000, tailored business support as well as learning events will be available to give community groups the support and tools required to start setting up their community business; provide them with the early stage finance to carry out consultations with local people and the opportunity for feasibility studies and to develop a community business idea, that the community wants and needs.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

This is the last funding round of the Bright Ideas Fund and it is expected that 15 – 20 business ideas will be funded. The closing date for applications will be the 1st December 2017.

For more information on this opportunity click here.

New media engagement: Guidance from the Commission on the Donor Experience

The Commission on the Donor Experience has published a highly detailed report that includes 526 recommendations to improve the relationship between charities and donors.

The report is the result of an 18-month project involving numerous stakeholders from across the third sector, as well as the general public.

“Our research shows that profound change is needed and that charities need to give supporters genuine choices,” said Sir Martyn Lewis, chair of the commission, on the report’s launch. “It is time we stopped thinking about what not to do, and started thinking about what to do better, ensuring that donors feel really great about their giving. “That is why the commission is making this call to action to charities and asking them to think seriously about the promise they can make to donors.”

Digital focus
One of the many areas looked at in the report is how charities can use new media to grow engagement and loyalty with donors – with some excellent guidance put forward.

The relevant chapter in the report argues that fundraising and engagement via digital and mobile communications channels offer numerous ways for charities to speak to supporters and prospective supporters about the great work your charity does. Through rich and interactive content you can tell stories directly to the people that matter, who sustain your organisation and beneficiaries.

There are a number of low-cost, practical steps you can take detailed in this paper to drastically improve your supporter’s experience of your organisation online. The possibilities of fundraising through online engagement change rapidly so you should constantly review and improve your objectives, goals and infrastructure in this area. Learn from your supporters, peers and the world around you.

Here’s a snapshot of the guidance published, which is intended to provide highly practical steps you can take within your organisation to improve your supporters online experience and to increase your reach to prospective audiences:

To read the Charity Digital News full article click here

Big Lottery Fund Updates Guidance for Awards for All (England)

The Big Lottery Fund offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies in order to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

To be eligible for funding projects must now meet at least one of the following three priorities:
• Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.
• Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
• Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Communities should be involved in the design, development and delivery of projects. Examples of eligible costs include:
• Training costs.
• Volunteer expenses.
• Staff costs.
• Small capital projects.
• Transport.
• One-off events.
• Equipment.
• Utilities/running costs.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must have:
• Two unconnected people on the board or committee.
• A UK bank account in the name of their organisation.
• Annual accounts (unless the organisation is less than 15 months old).

Priority may be given to applications from smaller organisations. The Big Lottery Fund will consider the income of the applicant organisation when making their funding decision.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Further information can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website by clicking here.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Funding to Restore Neglected Historic Buildings

The next deadline for the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise programme is the 31st August 2017.

The Heritage Enterprise programme supports enterprising heritage organisations in rescuing neglected historic buildings and restoring them to viable productive use. The cost of repairing a neglected historic building is often so high that restoration simply isn’t commercially viable. Heritage Enterprise makes such schemes possible by funding some of the repair costs with grants.

Grants of between £100,000 and £5million will be awarded to meet conservation deficits i.e. where the existing value of the historic asset plus the cost of bringing it back into use is greater than the end value of the asset following development completion. Not for profit organisations, or partnerships led by such organisations can apply via a two stage process with Start-up grants also available for pre-application viability appraisals.

HLF says, “Historic buildings can attract thriving businesses and boost economic growth. And yet many lie vacant and derelict because of the high costs involved in rescuing them.

Heritage Enterprise can help communities repair derelict historic places, giving them productive new uses. By funding the repair costs and making these buildings commercially viable, we hope to breathe new life into vacant sites. Not-for-profit organisations work with private partners to generate economic growth, and create jobs and opportunities in those places that need it the most.”

For more information on this grant click here.

Fundraising Regulator Looks at Widening Levy or Moving It to Statutory Basis

The Fundraising Regulator has said it has to make changes to its fundraising levy after it failed to raise enough money in the first round – including making contributing to the levy a statutory requirement.

According to a document seen by Civil Society News, the Fundraising Regulator has ruled out continuing on with the fundraising levy as it is, and are considering making a number of changes to the basis of the levy moving forward.

In a statement released this morning, Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, confirmed that the regulator is considering moving to a statutory basis for the levy.

He said: “We are currently reviewing the levy system to examine whether any changes could usefully be made in year 2.  The levy calculations were based on information provided to the Charity Commission by charities and all too often this has proved to be inaccurate.  The review is also considering whether there might be advantages in moving to a statutory levy in year 3.”

However, a source familiar with the situation said it was highly unlikely the Fundraising Regulator would be able to change much about the levy before the second round of invoices are sent out to charities in August 2017.

The document lays out three options for securing funding in future, which essentially involve either charging charities based on a different set of criteria – moving away from using a Costs of Generating Voluntary Income basis to one based on the amount of voluntary income raised in a year – or widening the scope of the levy to capture more charities.

Civil Society News understands that the regulator also considered charging charities contributing to the existing levy structure more, but decided against that option due to a wariness of angering the charities that are already paying.  The document also discusses the possibility of the third round of levy invoices moving “onto a statutory basis”.

Read the FULL article and statement from the Fundraising Regulator click here.

From: Civil Society News

Changes to Heritage Lottery Fund Grants for Churches

From September 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship programme will close to new applications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In its place, funding for repairs to places of worship will be available through HLF’s existing Our Heritage (up to £100,000) and Heritage Grants (up to £5million) programmes.  These grants will be available to both listed and unlisted places of worship.

Under the new arrangements, 100% of works and activities could be funded with no requirement for partnership funding, through the Our Heritage Programme. For larger schemes, more money will be available for individual places of worship. The Grants for Places of Worship awards were limited to £250,000 per application. Under Heritage Grants, applicants can apply for up to £5m per application.

Full details of the changes, together with details of HLF grants available for churches, can be found on the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance website. Alternatively, go directly to the Heritage Lottery Funds Website by clicking here to find out more.

Source: National Churches Trust

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