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Royal British Legion External Grants: Deadline 26 October

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to any eligible organisation running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community. Priority will be given to projects or services supporting the following outcome themes:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

Most grants run for up to 12 months. Continuation funding may be applied for towards the end of a live grant award.

Deadline: 26 October

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Opportunity to develop innovative STEM volunteering roles

VODA is looking to work with a number of voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in the borough of North Tyneside which support unemployed people aged 18+ who are facing a health barrier to work.

As part of our STEM Innovation Project, we are co-delivering an exciting volunteering programme with North Tyneside Council, which aims to raise awareness of and support people to experience STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Part of the wider Moving on Tyne & Wear programme, the STEM Innovation Project provides unemployed people aged 18+ who have experienced a health issue with a wide range of supportive opportunities which will all contribute towards participants entering STEM careers. Read more about the programme on the MOTW website.

Our aim is to bring together voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and STEM businesses to co-create STEM volunteering programmes, which will be beneficial to both the volunteers and the businesses involved. We also hope that this will enable VCS organisations and STEM businesses to continue working in partnership, developing new ideas and initiatives together.

Read more about the project and benefits of getting involved here.

This is a fantastic opportunity for VCS organisations who support people facing health barriers to employment to get involved in an innovative project. We are really keen to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a VCS partner – for more information contact our STEM Innovation Project Coordinator, Neil Burke on 0191 643 2628.

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Charity leaders urged to commit to diversity principles

In a recently published report, ACEVO and the Institute of Fundraising urge charities to prioritise increasing diversity in their workforces in order to prevent groupthink, generate more income, operate more creatively and attract the best talent.

The report finds that the charity sector as a whole is failing to reflect the racial diversity of the individuals, communities and geographic it serves. Fewer than one in 10 voluntary sector employees (9%) are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME), a lower proportion than both the public and private sectors (both at 11%) and a lower proportion than the UK as a whole (14%).

In order to create stronger, more resilient charities the two membership bodies are asking charity leaders, and leaders from wider civil society organisation that want to improve diversity and inclusion, to sign up to eight leadership principles.

Read more and download the report here

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LA7 ESF Community Grants

Grants of up to £15k are now available to support inactive and unemployed people to help their progression towards further learning and employment.

Gateshead Council learningSkills, on behalf of the 7 Local Authorities (LA7) from the North East LEP area, is seeking bids from third sector organisations for the provision of community projects. This is the fifth round of procurement and grants of up to £15,000 are offered to support a range of activities aimed at assisting inactive and unemployed people to move closer to the labour market.

This project is funded through the Education Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund financing organisation and procured, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

You will find below the following documents:

To assist you in your application, you are invited to attend a seminar or watch an online pre-recorded webinar (25 minutes in length). Please click on the following link to view: https://vimeo.com/279662293

Deadline for applications: 5pm on 10 September 2018.

Any queries or questions relating to the application process should be sent to LA7Round4Applications@gateshead.gov.uk all questions will be answered within 2 working days.

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