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Introduction to Fundraising Workshop

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation?

If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ workshop on Tuesday, 17th April 2018 at SCVO’s Offices located at Landchard House, 1st Floor, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

This two-hour workshop is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The workshop aims to provide:

• basic principles of fundraising.
• a better understanding of basic funding do’s and don’ts within the application process.
• practical experience of answering a typical funding application question, together with hints and tips on how to respond to this question.
• information on the funding resources available

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.
For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

Tickets are limited, so to reserve your place, please visit our Eventbrite page

Ragdoll Foundation

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.

The Ragdoll Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.
The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Ministry of Defence

Individuals and local groups that would like to hold an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day – Saturday 30th June 2018 – can apply for funding from the Ministry of Defence.

The event can be anywhere in the UK and the funding can be used for celebrations such as (but not limited to):

A picnic in the park

Themed BBQ

Knees up in your living room

Street party or fête.

Applicants should try to hold their event on or in the weeks around Armed Forces Day. The amount of funding the MoD will provide must cover 50% or less of the total costs of running the event.

Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website and apply before Monday 30 April 2018.

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Unused Loyalty Rewards Unlocked for Charity

New social enterprise, For Good Causes, has launched, enabling people to convert their unused loyalty rewards into cash for their favourite charities.

For Good Causes aims to work with as many of the UK’s 200+ loyalty programmes as possible starting with Quidco, the UK’s largest cashback service. For Good Causes seeks to raise £100m in the next five years through developing new ways for people to give to the charities that they love.

Quidco’s 7 million members now have the option to donate their earned cashback to a charity of their choice through For Good Causes. Since starting in 2005, Quidco members have earned over £400 million in cashback, with the average Quidco member earning £305 a year.

For Good Causes also launches its digital charity gift card. This new ‘gift of giving’ is the first time that a gift card can be given to the charity of the recipient’s choice. It’s available from launch partner Giftcloud and the For Good Causes website.

Through distribution partner, Charities Trust, any UK registered charity can receive funds from For Good Causes. For Good Causes welcomes charity partners to work closely with them to maximise the funding opportunities and currently have 15 partners including Walking with the Wounded, Alzheimer’s Research UK & Prostate Cancer Research UK.  Charities are urged to get in touch and take part.

The Thinking

Founder and CEO, Crispin Rogers, explains the idea behind For Good Causes: “There is so much cash sitting unspent in the form of cashback, points or miles in over 300 million loyalty memberships. That’s a lot of people who could opt to donate their unused rewards to their chosen charity without even having to dip into their pockets.

“We’re working with the loyalty and charity sectors to create a brand new currency for giving.  People love the idea.  66% of people we spoke to said they would give their unused loyalty rewards to charity, with millennials being the most likely to do so (77%). 54% would also buy a charity gift card for donation to their favourite charity.  It’s incredible to think that in a £6.5bn gift card industry, this is the first time that people can do this.”

Says Quidco’s Managing Director, Andy Oldham: “We’re thrilled to be launch partners with For Good Causes.  It’s a unique initiative in the UK and gives our members the choice to do some good with their rewards and help a charity close to their hearts. It adds a progressive social change value to our offer, which we know is increasingly important to consumers. We’ve already transformed the way people can shop and we can now be part of the movement to transform the way they can donate to charity. It’s a win-win all round.”

To read the fill Charity Digital News article click here.

Feminist Review Trust

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women. Priority is given to projects that:

Promote lesbian and transgender rights
Tackle violence against women and girls
Support disabled women and girls.

The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects.

The deadline for applications is 30th April 2018.

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Ernest Cook Trust

Schools and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes:
The small grants programme (under £4,000)
The large grants programme (grants between £4,000 and £12,000).

The small grants programme deals mainly with requests for support from state schools and small charitable organisations and trustees meet every two months to consider applications. Applications to the small grants programme can be submitted at any time.

Applications to the large programme must be submitted by the 31 July 2018 to be considered at the Trustees Autumn meeting. At the Autumn meeting, projects covering environment and countryside, and literacy and STEM subjects are considered.

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Government Equalities Office

The Government Equalities Office is currently seeking applications through the £1.5 million Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. The aim of the fund is to support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has two types of funds:
• Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.

• Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Round 2 will be open around April 2018, for projects between £2,000 and £65,000.

The small grants programme will re-open for applications on the 15th March 2018.

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Nationwide Building Society Community Grants Fund

The Heart of England Community Foundation has a new fund that is open to applications.

The Nationwide Building Society Community Grants fund is supporting charities delivering local housing projects with grants of up to £25,000 with single organisations and up to £50,000 for multiple organisations.

Full details can be found on the Heart of England Community Foundation’s website.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 13 April 2018.

Adult Skills Programme 2017-2018

Sandwell Council wishes to invite applications for funding for the Adult Skills Programme, from Monday, 12 March. The Adult Skills Programme must meet the needs of the diverse population of the area and tackle some of the challenges in Sandwell such as increasing employability, up-skilling and employment support, targeted at communities in greatest need.

Wider adult learning opportunities have a vital role to play in promoting inclusion, improving health outcomes, and in engaging and building capacity in local communities, and supporting and building stronger families

The contract and timescale for delivery will cover learners enrolling and undertaking learning from 1st August 2017 to 30th June 2018. Delivery of provision must be completed by 30th June 2018.

Applications for funding can be made under the following criteria:

1. Main Grant funding – the funding of adult education courses that meet the requirements as detailed in Annex A of this document.

2. My Community – Be inspired Grant – the funding of organisations who wish to move towards the development of adult learning provision within their organisation as detailed in Annex B of this document or support the development of volunteers within their organisation.

See Adult Skills Programme Specification and Guidance, Be Inspired Application and Main Grant Application.

Youth Hostel Associations – Challenging Lives Support Programme

The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) has announced that the Challenging Lives Support Programme will open for applications on the 1st March 2018.

The Youth Hostel Associations breaks programmes aim to reach young people and families with the most challenging lives and provide them with life changing experiences. They create unique opportunities for people from all backgrounds to experience amazing places, share extraordinary journeys and take a different path through life.

The Challenging Lives programme aims to reach those children and young people who are or have recently experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness. Support is also available to those living with a disability or life threatening medical conditions or who take on a caring role.

Organisations such as schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organisations who work with young people who face these challenges, can apply for a 2-night break package at one of the YHA’s iconic destinations.

Further information

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