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New £5000 Healthy Lifestyles grant programme – deadline 1pm 11th February

Sandwell Council is inviting voluntary and community sector organisations working in Sandwell to express their interest in applying to a new fund with grants of up to £5000 available to deliver initiatives that help people move towards adopting healthier lifestyles. They’re looking for projects that engage people who are experiencing poor health or social isolation, and welcome applications that will help people to become more physically active, eat healthier and improve their health generally.

The fund is aimed at organisations looking to work with adults and young people aged 16+. Potential projects could look at diet and nutrition, physical activity, or promote healthy behaviour change for people who are overweight or living with obesity, or could be focused on improving mental and social wellbeing.

The council is also aiming to increase uptake of the weigh2go smart scales that many venues around Sandwell already use to help people manage their weight, and can provide sets of scales and support with group management free of charge as additional support for any successful project.

For more details about the grant click here.

The deadline for applications is 1pm Friday 11th February 2022. If you’d like to apply, please get in touch with your town’s Public Health Development Officer to discuss the project you’re considering and request an application form:

Oldbury: Nicky Taylor –
Rowley: Matt Hill –
Smethwick: Nasmin Hussain –
Tipton: Irandeep Mann –
Wednesbury: Mandy Williams –
West Brom: Nicole Robins –

FREE Meet the Funder: Eveson Charitable Trust

It is with great delight SCVO and Dudley CVS would like to invite registered charities to our Meet the Funder session being held in partnership with The Eveson Charitable Trust’s Claire Bowry, Chief Executive.

This free online session will take place on Thursday 3rd March 2022, 10am – 11.30am via a Zoom Conference Call.

Our Meet the Funder session will enable you to connect directly with the funder, ask any questions you may have and receive tailored advice about your project idea enabling you to build a much stronger case for any potential investment.

Who’s This Session For?
The session is specifically aimed at registered charities only who support:

• People with physical disabilities including the Blind and the Deaf,
• People with learning difficulties,
• People in need of support with their mental health,
• Children and young people up to the age of 25 who are disadvantaged or disabled,
• Older people,
• The homeless,
• Hospices and
• Hospitals.

Further eligibility requirements can be found on The Eveson Charitable Trust website by clicking here.

The session is a fantastic opportunity for registered charities to learn more about the funds available, who is eligible to apply, the assessment process and the different options available when applying to the fund prior to submitting your application.

Booking onto the session is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as spaces are limited for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

If you are having trouble booking onto the session via Eventbrite please email Libby our Small Groups Development Officer at with your details and she’ll book you onto the session.


Grants to improve and develop allotments

pound-850369_1280Grants of between £250 and £2,000 are available to registered Allotment Associations and committees across the UK for the improvement and development of facilities on registered and permitted sites.

The funding is being made available by the National Allotment Gardens Trust which aims to advance and improve the Allotments/Gardens movement through education, training, workshops and support.

Non-statutory sites may also be granted funding if a long-term lease is in place. Applications will be assessed by the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis.

The next deadline for applications is the 1st April 2022.

More information

Funding to improve online digital presence for small charities

UK charities can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to help them improve their online digital presence. The Fat Beehive Foundation awards small grants to charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year to support hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover.

Funding will help organisations to build websites and apps, digitise services, and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects which focus on

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation,
  • Human rights,
  • International development,
  • Equality and diversity,
  • Social justice / refugees / housing,
  • Education,
  • Art and culture,
  • Health and wellbeing,
  • Prisoner rehabilitation.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis at quarterly trustee meetings which are normally held in April, July, October, and January.

Find out more.


New grants scheme launched by Eveson Charitable Trust

Eveson Charitable Trust are pleased to announce the launch of their new grants scheme ‘Enhance Grants’.

Registered charities that they have supported previously can apply for up to £10,000 to fund training or consultancy advice in areas such as strategy, safeguarding and governance. New applicants are also welcome to apply.

Charities can apply while they currently hold a grant from them, but they won’t fund work that has already taken place.

Charities wanting to apply for a grant under this scheme should complete an Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

More details on the grants scheme are available here.

News from the National Churches Trust

Twenty Twenty One was a challenging year for churches, with many still struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, yet the dedication and commitment of those involved in looking after these buildings continued to shine through. 

Last year the National Churches Trust awarded or recommended 273 grants totalling £3.677 million to help keep churches open and in good repair. That includes £2 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

The National Churches Trust will be continuing their work in 2022.  To find out more about the Trust and to see what grants are available, please visit the  grant pages on their website.

Vinci Funding Opens Up

Tools, equipment, furniture and even vehicles are on offer to eligible projects as the Vinci Foundation opens its latest round of funding opportunities. Applications are invited from eligible organisations who need ‘tangible goods’ to enhance their project delivery.

Broad criteria for funding are that projects should be aiming to improve

  • Access to employment
  • Access to housing
  • Inclusive mobility
  • Building of better communities

Full details are here

When you have read the full details and would like to apply, please contact or for an introduction to a Vinci sponsor.


Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

Last week Heart of England Community Foundation launched a new fund to support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in June 2022. Applicants can apply for grants of between £750 & £10,000.

To be eligible, projects should engage with at least one of the art forms which Arts Council England supports through its funding. These are:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual arts
  • Literature
  • Combined arts – including festivals and carnivals
  • Museum and library activities.

Projects must start after 1 April 2022 and culminate in activity taking place in June 2022.

 The application deadline is Monday, 28th February 2022.

More information.


EPIC Funding Grant application window now open!

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 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.

The grant programme is 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.

All potential applicants must have an initial conversation with SCVO Community Partnerships Coach, Liz Webster, for further information please email

The deadline for applications is mid-day on Monday, 28th February 2022.

Vision 2030 Community Mental Health Grants open for applications

In line with Sandwell Council’s ‘Stronger Sandwell’ approach to improving health and wellbeing, and in order to complement existing mental health provision and targeted interventions, this grant programme focuses specifically on the area of promoting positive community mental health, with funding being available to support early help/preventative activities that are run BY local people FOR local people.

This programme provides both funding to resource activities and in-kind support (e.g. guidance, training, information, etc.) to build the capacity of the organisation and its staff around positive mental health.

If your group or organisation is interested in applying for the VS2030 Community Mental Health grant, or would like a conversation to find out more, please email SCVO Community Partnerships Coach, Liz Webster at

The closing date for applications is mid-day on Monday, 28th February 2022.

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