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Competition Time! You Could Win A £500 Donation from easyfundraising

This month, your organisation could win a £500 donation from easyfundraising.

All you have to do to enter this free prize draw is visit the Father’s Day competition page on the easyfundraising website and click any of the listed retailers.

If your organisation isn’t registered with easyfundraising yet, just create your free account here first so you can enter:

The Plunkett Foundation – Helping Communities to Save Their Pubs

The Plunkett Foundation has been commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver a package of funded support to help community groups of residents take control of their local pubs, where they have closed or are at risk of being lost.

Plunkett, a UK-wide charity, has run its More Than a Pub Programme over the last three years, working with hundreds of communities to achieve community ownership or leasehold of their local pub when it was in danger of being lost.

Community ownership means pubs (where residents buy shares to collectively own the Freehold or leasehold) can put all sorts of activities and services into their buildings as well as being the local place to have a drink. There are community pubs hosting shops, post offices, health services, dementia groups, knitting circles and all sorts! Pubs combat poor mental health and isolation, and provide work experience, volunteering opportunities and employment locally to all ages.

The Plunkett Foundation would like to hear from any community groups or residents that may benefit from their support in saving a local pub. The charity want to help to put the pub in the best possible position, ahead of the forthcoming Government Community Ownership Fund to be able to make an offer for the pub Freehold or taking a Leasehold out as a community.

If you have questions about this support, please contact Diane Cameron, Project Support Officer, on 01993 630239.

National Lottery Community Fund – Emergency Grants

The National Lottery Community Fund is distributing emergency grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations in England to continue to deliver services to communities affected by Covid-19.

Funding can also be used to help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic. Applications are invited from voluntary or community organisations; registered charities; constituted groups or clubs and not-for-profit or Community Interest Companies.

Applications are ongoing; however, eligibility will change after Tuesday 17 August 2021.

For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit their website by clicking here.

Funding to Promote Covid-19 Vaccinations

If you are currently informing, promoting and supporting people to have Covid-19 vaccination have you thought of applying for funding?

To find out more, see Guidance Notes.  Alternatively, speak to either Liz Webster on 07923 259821 or Barbara Murphy on 07859 913363.

Click here for Guidance Notes


Funding for grassroots sports clubs in need

pound-850369_1280Cash 4 Clubs have teamed with Made by Sport to offer community sport clubs and organisations funds through the ‘Clubs in Crisis Fund’.

Funding will be made available for eligible grassroots sports clubs and organisations through local Community Foundations. In order to be eligible, clubs must provide clear evidence of how they use sport to help young people develop life skills, employment opportunities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour or tackle mental health issues.

For more details, click here.

Community Organisations Using easyfundraising To Raise Money Are Receiving Their Latest Donations

Community organisations using easyfundraising to raise money are receiving their latest donations this month, totalling over £900k!

If your organisation is one of them, well done! Look out for an email telling you how much you’ve raised.

If you haven’t registered with easyfundraising yet, give it a try. Your organisation will receive free donations when your supporters shop online with leading online retailers like Amazon, John Lewis, Just Eat, Argos and over 5000 more. Its free to register and use and it’s an effective way to keep funds coming in as people shop online more and more.

For more information or to register click here.


Active Black Country Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF)

Active Black Country (ABC) is a small committed partnership, operating as the strategic lead for Sport and Physical Activity across the Black Country region. Active Black Country has been successful in securing funding for Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (phase 3), and has split their element of TIF in to four sub funds.

The four sub funds are:
• Local Fund
• Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) Themed Fund
• Disabled People / People with Long Term-Health Conditions (LTHC) Themed Fund
• Mental Health Themed Fund

Organisations are advised to consider what funding they need in order to deliver their project, rather than applying for the maximum available. Active Black Country expect demand to be high and want to help as many applicants as possible.

The maximum amount of funding for a community body in any single phase of TIF is £10,000. Where a community body is being supported over more than one phase of the funding, ABC will consider a £20,000 total award cap across the full TIF programme

The application process is different to a number of other funds in the sense that it is very conversational. Where ABC are unclear on an element of an organisation’s application or where they have questions about the process, ABC can resolve these on an individual basis. Applicants looking to discuss their ideas prior to applying can arrange a conversation by emailing

For further information on the Tackling Inequalities Fund, see here.

Application Form.

EPIC Funding (Round Four) – Grant Application Window Closes 21st June 2021

SCVO is working in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help build long-term resilience within Sandwell Communities.

The purpose of the EPIC Grant Programme (Empowering People In Communities) is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes:

  • Increased resilience within communities
  • Increased self reliance
  • Improved and stronger relationships within the community
  • Residents are involved in the design and delivery of activities that make a positive change in their communities
  • Asset and strengths based – building on what exists in communities

Extensive community conversations have helped to shape the elements of this programme.  EPIC is a three year grant programme aimed at improving the wellbeing of communities, and tackling isolation and loneliness. It does this by developing stronger relationships and building on what exists within communities. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport and using people’s skills, talents and experience.

Grants up to £80,000 will be available for projects that are aimed at people (of all ages) who feel lonely or isolated, and projects that aim to improve the wellbeing of communities.

There are three tiers of funding available:

  • under £10,000
  • £10,001 to £40,000

Applications for Round 4 are currently being accepted until Monday, 21st June 2021 at 12 noon.

Application paperwork (in Word format) and guidance notes (in pdf format) are available for download as follows:

For applications under £10,000:


For applications over £10,000:


If you would like to discuss any proposals before submitting an application, or you have any general queries, please contact Liz Webster, Community Partnerships Coach, T: 07923259821 / E: or Stuart Ashmore, Operations Manager, T: 07703 823226 / E:


Holiday Activity and Food Grant Funding for Summer Provision

Apply now for Summer delivery

The Department for Education have awarded grant funding to Local Authorities to provide Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) to cover the school summer holiday period for 2021 to support children and young people aged 5-16 years (reception to year 11) including those with SEND who are eligible for benefit related Free School Meals to access healthy food and enriching activities free of charge.

This grant is open to voluntary and community sector / not for profit organisations / schools and other educational settings / private sector organisations / clubs.

Closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021 at 4pm.  Applications received after this deadline will not be processed

For further information please view the guidance notes

To apply for the funding please view the application form

Funding available: Supporting People to Recover from Drug and/or Alcohol Misuse

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has funding available to local community and voluntary organisations to enable them to support people who are aged 18 and over and who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol misuse.

Recovery from drug and/or alcohol misuse is much more than the reduced use of or abstinence from these substances. It also includes improved health and well-being, building self-esteem, creating new social networks, education, voluntary activities and employment. Local organisations can support this through the provision of innovative non-clinical projects which sit beyond the traditional remit of specialist drug and alcohol misuse services. Activities could include but are not limited to:

– Positive and meaningful activities for people in recovery such as walking groups, sports and creative arts
– The development of a visible and sustainable recovery community
– Promoting social inclusion by engaging the wider community in order to reduce stigma against people who experience drug and/or alcohol problems
– Building self-esteem and supporting people to develop new skills

Applications should seek to meet one or more of the following objectives:
1. Improving the health and well-being of people recovering from drug and/or alcohol misuse through the provision of positive activities
2. Supporting people in recovery from drug and/or alcohol misuse to develop new skills
3. Promoting community and social inclusion by reducing stigma related to drug and/or alcohol misuse
4. Supporting the development of a sustainable and local recovery community

Constituted voluntary and community groups within the borough can apply for grants of between £5000 and £10,000 to support activity for a period of up to 12 months from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th June 2021.

For further information and a copy of the funding criteria / application form please contact: or

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