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Arts Council England Surgery Sessions

We are pleased to invite you to the Arts Council England surgery sessions, on how to apply for Arts Council grants. Attendees will be given valuable insight and advice into the application process for Arts Council grants. It’s also an opportunity to network with groups and organisations who are looking to deliver creative activity in Sandwell.

The two sessions will contain a presentation on applying for Project Grants from Arts Council England and there’s the opportunity to book a one to one session with the Arts Council representative where you will be able to discuss project ideas, receive advice into funding bids and much more.

Surgery details are below where you can click onto the appropriate link to book your place.

Surgery Session 1: Thursday 26th September 2019, 9.30am till 12.30pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Click here to book onto the session.

Surgery Session 2: Thursday 26th September 2019, 1.30pm till 4pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Click here to book onto the session.

These sessions are free for Sandwell voluntary and community sector groups and groups whose main beneficiaries live in Sandwell (subject to attendance).

There is a maximum of 25 places available for each surgery session. Please book two tickets only per organisation. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking on the above links for either of the sessions.

Victims Fund Application Process Events

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are putting on three events to support community agencies with the 2018 Victims Fund Application process.

Organisations across the West Midlands are being invited to submit applications to the Victims Fund. Opening on the 3rd April 2018 and will be taking applications from agencies through to the 1st June 2018. This competitive fund, commissioned by the OPCC seeks to improve outcomes for victims of crime across the West Midlands.

Organisations will be able to apply for up to £20,000 to deliver activities which directly support victims to cope and recover from their experience.  We particularly welcome applications from the following sectors, identified as priorities in the Police and Crime Plan:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Hate crime
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage and honour based violence
  • Modern slavery
  • Support services for children and young people
  • Fatal road traffic collisions
  • Child sexual exploitation

The three events for organisations wishing to improve their understanding on the application process are taking place on:

  • 19th March 2018 at Sandwell SCVO 10am-12pm 1st Floor. Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.
  • 20th March 2018 at Voluntary Action Coventry 2pm-4pm.   29 Warwick Rd, Coventry CV1 2ES.
  • 21st March 2018 at Lloyd House 2pm – 4pm Lloyd House.  Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham B4 6N

If you would like to come along to one of these events please book a place by emailing Harjeet Chakira on

Please note places are available on a first come first served basis.

Funding Flash! Rowley Regis Award For All Workshop

BLF LogoAre you a community group looking for money to undertake community activities or a community project which addresses a local need within Rowley Regis? Would your group benefit from a grant of £10,000? Do you want some advice completing your application?

Then did you know SCVO in partnership with The Big Lottery’s Awards For All programme have teamed up to invite applications from local voluntary, community and not-for-profit/charitable organisations in or working in the Rowley Regis Area (i.e. Tividale, Rowley, Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill).

Interested?! Then why not come along to the Rowley Regis Awards For All Workshop being held on:

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 9.30am – 12.00pm at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, B64 5JG.

At the workshop you’ll have the opportunity to meet a member of the Awards For All Team and listen to their thoughts on what makes a good application. You’ll also have the chance to go through the application form where you can access support in completing your groups application.

For more information on the Grant or to book your place at the workshop please contact Libby Mahoney at SCVO on 0121 525 1127. Alternatively you can download the Guidance notes and Application Form here.

Completed Application Forms must be submitted to SCVO, 1st Floor, Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER  by 12 noon on Friday 28th October 2016.

Big Lottery Fund 1-2-1 Sessions Wednesday’s at the YMCA

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Are you thinking of applying to The Big Lottery Fund for an Awards for All grant? Unsure if your project idea is fundable? Or just need a bit of additional support with your application?

Then why not take advantage of the Big Lottery Fund’s 1-2-1 sessions commencing on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at the YMCA, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG. This is your opportunity to discuss your application, project or idea with the Big Lottery Funds very own Funding Officer Giselle Browne.

Over the next three months Giselle will be available on a Wednesday to discuss your application, providing practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your application with the Lottery. If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity please contact Giselle by email at to arrange your session(s) time slot quoting SCVO in the subject bar.

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve their communities. If you are interested in finding out more about this funding opportunity please go to The Big Lottery Funds websites at to check your eligibility to apply, guidance notes and application forms.

SCVO Meet the Funder 2015 in partnership with CTWM (Charitable Trusts West Midlands)

EventsFollowing on from last year’s hugely successful event, SCVO and Charitable Trusts West Midlands have joined forces in one unique event to bring you this year’s conference where, as well as ‘Meet the Funder’, we will be celebrating CTWM’s 40th Anniversary of supporting funders who support local groups in the West Midlands.

Over 300 participants attended ‘Meet the Funder’ last year, ranging from local community groups and larger voluntary organisations to all types of funders and infrastructure support agencies.

This year’s conference and funding fair will be an opportunity to share and learn from each other’s experience and perspective of grant giving and develop good practice in grant making, explore matters of shared concern, and forge productive relationships that contribute to the wider benefits and overall sustainability of the region’s voluntary and community sector. Delegates can hear about CTWM’s journey over the last 40 years, look at some of the key policy issues impacting on the sector, and consider some of the key trends and their longer term impact on improving the quality of life for people in the West Midlands.

We only have 200 places this year, so it really is ‘first come first served’, and when we reach 200 people there will be no more places released…so early booking is strongly recommended!!

This year we will also be running practical workshops for groups who may be considering applying to the Lottery, Children in Need, HLF, Arts Council, Esmée Fairbairn & others; going through their respective application forms in detail to give groups the best opportunity to make successful applications.

This year we have also invited a number of guest speakers from organisations such as NCVO, Big Society Capital & Esmée Fairbairn to share their thoughts and views on how trusts, foundations and other organisations in the voluntary sector are responding to the changing landscape of funding to the third sector and what this means for society, including for those most vulnerable.

To book up, please follow the link to Eventbrite. Prices are the same as last year, so this event still offers great value for money.