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Santander Foundation: Discovery Grants






Santander Foundation awards Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities and CICs to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future. Grants will support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges and that fall into one or more of three priorities:

  • Explorer: to improve people’s knowledge, for example, Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.
  • Transformer: improving skills and experience, for example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges, for example, a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet.

Examples of project beneficiaries may be people on restricted income or who are rurally isolated or disabled and can include people anywhere in the UK, not just in areas of high deprivation, who are excluded or who face barriers to taking part in day-to-day activities.

Funding is available for small complete local projects lasting up to 12 months and can cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials specific to the project.

There are no deadlines for applications.

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Nat West Skills and Opportunities Fund






The last ever round of NatWest’s Skills & Opportunities Fund is now open for applications. They are seeking to fund projects that will enable people in disadvantaged communities to develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.

Grants of up to £35,000 are available from an overall fund of £2million. When all applications have been received and reviewed, NatWest will publish a shortlist of projects being considered for funding in each region. Voting will then be open to the public. The outcome of the public vote will be taken into consideration by the regional judging panels.

Deadline: Noon on 21 September 2018

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New programme to develop the digital skills of charities across the UK






VODA is delighted to support the launch of Media Trust’s new digital skills training programme.

At a time when more than 45% of charities don’t have a digital strategy, despite 73% believing that strengthening their digital skills would help their organisation grow*, it is vital that charities are given the support they need to enhance their digital capabilities or risk being left behind. However, when resources and budgets are stretched, this can prove difficult for many charities.

Giving UK charities and community groups a digital voice

Communications charity Media Trust has launched a new UK-wide digital skills training programme designed to help charities and community groups access the vital digital marketing training they need, in order to strengthen their communications capabilities and get their voices heard in a rapidly evolving digital world.

Digital skills training coming to a city near you

Media Trust will deliver masterclasses in more than a dozen locations around the UK, including Newcastle upon Tyne, in response to an increasing need from charities for training outside of London. The half-day masterclasses, which will be delivered supported by Google Digital Garage, will cover a range of topics from Social Media Strategy to Building a Digital Marketing Plan.

At these events, you will have an opportunity to discuss your specific digital communications challenges with, and receive advice from, media and communications experts, learn from other charities as well as receiving digital skills training from a team of Google mentors.

Charities and community organisations can now sign up to attend free digital skills masterclasses in locations around the UK, including Newcastle on 8 November 2018 – book now to receive digital skills training.

The masterclass is aimed at charity professionals who have communications as part of their job role, or for senior leaders and trustees who are interested in developing their organisation’s digital communications.

Please note, there is a maximum of two attendees per organisation in order to allow a wide number of charities to benefit from this training.

*The Charity Digital Skills Report 2018: http://report.skillsplatform.org/charitydigitalreportdetail-2018/

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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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