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Lloyds Bank Foundation Enable Grant

Through Enable grants they fund opportunities for your charity to develop, or trial new approaches to service delivery, so you can become more effective in your work. You may want to improve your charity’s capability in areas such as business development and planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications; an Enable grant could put your charity in a stronger position to deliver services and attract more volunteers, funding and support. They can provide up to a total of £15,000 across one or two years.

No deadline

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VONNE Hear from a Peer event

Are you a social enterprise, charity or community organisation interesting in hearing a bit more about developing sources of earned income and how social investment can support and grow your earned income potential?

Would you like to hear from VCSE sector organisations who have ‘been there, done that’ and want to share their experiences and learning with others?

If so, come along to this informal event where three organisations will share their enterprise development and social investment journeys with you.  There will also be the opportunity to quiz and question them on the good, the bad, the challenges and the opportunities created for their organisations.

In this space, there are no daft questions, no social investors or enterprise support organisations promoting their products and services to you, just voices from the sector telling their stories and sharing their experiences.

Who is it for?

Social enterprises, charities, community businesses and local groups who are interested in finding out more about earning their own income and social investment.

Read more and book here

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Helping your charity track its digital progress

People’s expectations of how easy it is to interact with organisations digitally are increasing all the time, and this applies to charities as much as any other organisations. We expect websites to work flawlessly, to be able to find the information we need, and to complete transactions online with no hiccups.

That means it’s essential for charities to make sure we’re doing what we can to meet those expectations. But we know that, for charities of all sizes, it can be hard to get to grips with how you’re doing digitally, and to work out what you need to prioritise in order to make the biggest difference with your next steps.

NCVO has developed a digital maturity matrix to help charities assess their current strengths and weaknesses, and to give an indication as to what to do next.

It’s a simple and free way of assessing your current strengths and weaknesses, and helping you see what you need to do next.

The matrix helps you judge how you’re doing in eight different areas:

  • Leadership and strategy
  • Expertise and capacity
  • Technology
  • Service design
  • Content
  • Communications and campaigns
  • Data and insight
  • Security and data protection

It makes an excellent tool for boards or senior managers to track progress.

You can access this free tool here.

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10 tips to help your project reduce loneliness

NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) has published a resource for grant holders of the Building Connections fund which can be used widely for projects that are tackling loneliness.10 tips to help your project reduce loneliness focuses on how services are delivered, rather than what they deliver. It is designed to help organisations plan and implement projects to work more effectively to reduce loneliness and focuses on opportunities to incorporate best practice.

These tips focus on how services are delivered, rather than what they deliver. The aim is to help you plan and implement projects so that they work more effectively to reduce loneliness.

These tips focus on opportunities to incorporate best practice. The diversity of types of loneliness, types of interventions, target beneficiaries and locations are such that there will never be a one-size-fits-all approach to fighting loneliness.Drawing out promising factors, mechanisms and approaches that make existing interventions more likely to be effective. As some tips emphasise, approaches should be personalised and localised to tackle loneliness.

Find out more and access full the resource here.

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The John D Fund at the Community Foundation

The John D Fund at the Community Foundation supports creative activities for young people aged 8 to 19 years. Grant requests of between £750 to £2,500 are considered from registered charities and voluntary community projects based in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland. Focus is to encourage young people to enjoy their free time and which could inspire them to take up a creative hobby.

To apply for funding, your charity or constituted community group must meet the following criteria:

  • Recognised voluntary community group or charity within the Tyne & Wear or Northumberland area.
  • Fun, creative artistic projects that encourage children and young people, aged 8 to 19 years, to enjoy their free time and may be inspired to take up a creative hobby.
  • Out of school projects only and NOT IN ANYWAY linked to accreditations or exams.
  • Project must be at a stage where it can start within 3 months of receiving the grant.
  • The funding must be used for a specific project – not just a donation to a larger project cost. i.e. full project budget should be between £750 and no more than £2,500.

Deadline: 21 June, 12pm

Read more and apply here.

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Community Foundation report reveals why people are going hungry in North East England

The Community Foundation has released its latest Vital Signs report focusing on why families are going hungry in North East England, and what local people and businesses can do to make a difference through giving and philanthropy.

With rising costs of living, the report reveals that low family income is a major issue for the region with the number of food parcels distributed by Trussell Trust foodbanks in the North East on the rise.

Mark Pierce, Director of Community knowledge and Funding at the Community Foundation says:

“The North East is particularly vulnerable to a rise in food poverty as we have a relatively weak regional economy which is characterised by a predominance of low-paid employment.
“People in food poverty are unable to afford to eat properly. At the Community Foundation we support a range of local projects which are making a difference, including foodbanks, breakfast clubs and schemes that redistribute unsold food.

“Philanthropy cannot solve food poverty, but our Vital Signs report will enable donors from all walks of life to support more of these community groups who help those in need.”

Read more and download the report here.


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Climate change for charity leaders outside the environmental sector – ACEVO blog

Jake Hayman, CEO of Ten Years’ Time, urges civil society leaders to respond to the climate crisis and shares actionable ideas to join the fight against climate change in a blog for the ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations).

Whether or not your charity has a box ticked in its memorandum and articles saying that you have a specific focus on the prevention of climate change, the current global emergency is relevant for every charity, just as it is relevant to every individual, every leader and every employer.

If you are an ACEVO member then you are the CEO or senior leader of an organisation in one of the most trusted sectors we have. That comes with a duty to be aware of things beyond our direct line of sight. When every scientist you can find says that we need to act, that is a call for you to lead and your organisation to act.

It’s time for every charity to respond to the urgency. Here’s a seven-step guide to how you can do that:

  1. Declare a climate emergency: call a joint staff-trustee meeting to discuss climate change, share a briefing on the science and discuss what it could mean for your work and the communities you serve. Consult your communities if you need to. If you are prepared to act then tell your world. Use your website and other communications channels to declare that you recognise that there is a climate emergency, and that you are looking at how best you can respond and that we all need to act.
  2. Find and use your climate voice: use 20% of your communications space to raise awareness about different organisations directly working to prevent climate collapse and encourage engagement with them. Whether it’s one in five tweets highlighting climate change work or a fifth of every newsletter you send linking to campaigns and petitions, find your climate voice. Start with the Climate Coalition for content. And if you want to progress to more grassroots climate justice organisations, Friends of the EarthGreenpeaceClient Earth, the UK Student Climate Network or Extinction Rebellion are among the groups that need your voice the most.
  3. Pay your climate emergency tax: the climate movement receives less than 1% of UK philanthropy and it is totally and utterly starved for moneyIf you can, put 1% of your income aside as a ‘voluntary tax’ to help fight climate change. You can either give it to a pooled fund or pick a partner (such as one of those above). I know many of our organisations and causes are starved for money as well, but this is an investment in your mission not outside of it.
  4. Follow the BBC guide: this helpful guide says that you should go renewable with your energy, go vegan in your office (start veggie if you need to) and at your events and look up the OneHome website for more ideas on how to decarbonise your world.
  5. Pay your air tax: put aside just as much as you spend on every flight to support afforestation programmes. If that motivates you to take fewer flights, great news.
  6. Use your money: whether you have £100m in the bank or just a small staff pension pot, that money will be doing one of two things – either supporting a carbon-intensive economy that will harm those people you exist to serve or financing an alternative. Call your pension fund providers and/or wealth managers, and ask them to align your money with a just transition to a low-carbon economy. If they don’t know what you are talking about, fire them and find some that do.
  7. Push your funders: ask for a carbon contribution of 1% on all new applications you put into funders to show them your commitment and encourage them to be partners in this.

Read the full blog here.

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Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme (UK)

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities (turnover less than £150k) – especially those working at grass roots and local community level – in any field, across a wide range of activities.

One-year grants of £1,000 to £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project funding are available for charities that can show such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. Demonstrating ongoing sustainability is also important, particularly if the charity has recently lost local authority or other regular funding.

Applications will be received at all times but it may take up to four months to obtain a decision from Trustees. If applying for funding towards a capital project charities should apply towards the end of their fundraising campaign, when the majority of funding has been raised and they have an estimated start date for the works. Please note that the Foundation does not fund feasibility studies.

No deadline.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation – Small Grants for core expenses

The Masonic Charitable Foundation now offers small charities multi-year funding of £500 to £15,000 across 1 to 3 years, for running costs and other core funding expenses.

Areas of interest to the Foundation:

  • Early Years – for charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 25 years.
  • Later Life – for charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years.

The total amount of the grant requested must not exceed 15% of the total income of the charity. Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis; applications received towards the end of the application window may be deferred until a later funding round if the current one is over-subscribed.

To note: the Foundation also offers core grants to hospices, but this programme is currently closed (due to re-open in May 2019).

Registered charities (income less than £500k). Read more and apply here.

Next deadlines: 31 May & 27 September

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Edward Gostling Foundation

Funding to Enhance the Quality of Life for People in Need

Larger grants now available for charities whose work enhances the quality of life for people in need, particularly those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. The Edward Gostling Foundation provides funding to support its goal of ensuring that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.

UK charities that have been registered for at least three years can apply for a grant as long as their application address at least one of the four themes of the Foundation:

  • Health and wellbeing: to maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
  • Independent living at home: to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.
  • Respite: either for the person living with a disability (or long-term illnesses) or the carer to access sports and leisure activities or simply enjoy fun, friendship and the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
  • Transition: to provide fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

The Foundation now offers two levels of funding:

  • Fast Track Small Grants of less than £5,000.
  • Large Grants of more than £5,000.

You may apply for a grant at any time.  Trustees meet six times a year but procedures exist to give approvals between meetings.

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