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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.

Read more and apply here

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Inspiring Impact: new website offers free tools to help charities increase their impact

Thanks to National Lottery funding, the Inspiring Impact programme has launched a new website which will offer a suite of free how-to guides and self-assessment tools for small and medium charities to help them understand and increase their impact. It will hold resources from across the sector, with everything from research reports and diagnostic tools, to outcomes frameworks and surveys.

These tools and resources have been codesigned with 200 charities and social enterprises, so that the support available is responsive and relevant to organisations trying to improve their work with limited resources. This includes the Data Diagnostic, a 5-minute questionnaire that provides tailored recommendations about what data to collect, which has already been used by over 600 people to review their data collection methods.

The website is particularly aimed at small or medium charities who don’t have dedicated impact management staff and the content aims to help individuals to identify the practical steps people can take to improve their practice.

Access the website and resources here.

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Innovation from all angles: new Charity Comms report

Why do we need to be innovative? How can innovation help charities? And what is innovation anyway?

This report from Charity Comms focuses on charity communications, but in reality innovation applies to all areas of an organisation. It’s about thinking and behaving differently to achieve something new and better.

Innovation is most effective when embedded into the working culture; it needs to be considered across every aspect of an organisation. Innovation is also about how people (including supporters, service users and beneficiaries) interact with the brand, the operations and each other.

From developing a strong organisational culture to conducting a one-to-one meeting, there is always scope for innovation to bring benefits. And because innovation doesn’t immediately need capital investment or sweeping changes to work, there’s no excuse not to try.

Innovation can happen today. Right now. Just go to your Twitter feed and ask your followers if they’d like to join an audience panel you’re setting up to test new campaign ideas. There you go, you’ve just been innovative.

Innovation can change your organisational strategy. Add an item to your next trustee meeting to talk about including your failures within your next impact report, as StreetLeague and CLIC Sargent have done.

There are billions of resources for anyone to use, all sitting there, free of charge, waiting for someone with a new idea and an innovative character to pick them up and run with them. For a sector as passionate, vital and lean as the charity sector, what could be a better tool for success?

The report includes innovation links, tools, templates and resources and can be read at the Charity Comms website.

Also, Zoe Amar interviews Adeela Warley, CEO of Charity Comms about why charities need to innovate.

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The best data resources for UK charities

Charity Digital News highlights some of the best resources for charities to start applying the power of data to their impact, fundraising and everyday operations…

There’s a huge amount of buzz in the non-profit sector right now around how the intelligent use of data can help charities.

Charities have always collected and used data as part of what they do, but it’s only now that the tools and computing resources are becoming available for them to really engage with larger sets of data in a meaningful way.

There is now a general awareness emerging that charities of all sizes can and should be alert to the data they can use to understand their service users’ needs, improve operational effectiveness, understand and showcase their impact and better present information to the public.

Charity Digital News has catalogued some of the best data resources for charities, looking at the partners and educational hubs that charities can use to get a step up into the world of data, and some of the best sources of open data to start exploring once they get a grasp on the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’.

Read the full article here.

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Charities urged to take action to prevent cyber attacks

New statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have shown an overall reduction in the percentage of businesses experiencing cyber attacks. However, of those that do experience attacks, the typical median number of breaches has risen from 4 in 2018 to 6 in 2019. Therefore, businesses and charities suffering cyber attacks and breaches appear to be experiencing more attacks than in previous years.

  • Percentage of businesses experiencing cyber breaches or attacks drops from 43% to 32%.
  • New laws to strengthen data protection have had a positive impact on cyber security.
  • Businesses and charities urged to train more people to help manage cyber risks.

Charities are increasingly reliant on IT and technology and are falling victim to a range of malicious cyber activity. As the Charity Sector Threat Assessment illustrates, losing access to this technology, having funds stolen or suffering a data breach through a cyber attack can be devastating, both financially and reputationally.

The most common breaches or attacks were phishing emails, followed by instances of others impersonating their organisation online, viruses or other malware including ransomware.

Charity leaders are encouraged to use the free small charity guide from the National Cyber Security Centre to learn how to improve cyber security within your charity – quickly, easily and at low cost.

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New Trustee Recruitment Guide Launched




Charity trustees are some of the most important people in a charity. They have the potential to enable a charity to thrive or bring its operations grinding to a halt, and a charity’s service users are dependent on its trustees to make good decisions and lead well. Charities need a wide range of skills from their trustees, to understand and address the many challenges charities can face and navigate the changing context in which they operate. They need trustee boards that can challenge one another and the status quo, that bring different experiences, knowledge and ideas, but that are able to work constructively and enthusiastically as a team. That is why board diversity is so important – because diversity brings together the rich mix of qualities that make a healthy and effective board.

Getting on Board has launched new free guidance for charities looking to recruit diverse, robust and effective trustee boards. Getting on Board is a charity that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering. They collated the learnings from their Trustee Recruitment Pathways programme into a comprehensive eight step guide to recruiting trustees.

Read the full guidance here.


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£1.2m Fund Announced for Charity Safeguarding Training

Civil Society Minister Mims Davies has announced that that Government and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £1.2 million to develop new training to improve charities’ knowledge of safeguarding requirements.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations will bring together a partnership of organisations to develop the high-quality training..

The Minister said it is vital that all charity employees and volunteers are able to spot warning signs of unacceptable behaviour, bullying and harassment and know how to handle and report concerns.

The training is part of a package of measures that comes 6 months after the launch of the Civil Society Strategy. You can read more about this story here.

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Volunteer Recruitment Fair June 2019

If you want to do something special this summer, why help your local community by volunteering?
In order to let people know about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available in North Tyneside, we are holding a New Year Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday8 June 2019, from 10am to 3pm at The Beacon Centre in North Shields.
There will be stalls and information from a range of voluntary and community organisations who all involve volunteers in their work, as well as members of VODA’s friendly staff team on hand to answer any queries you have and tell you about our own volunteering projects.
There is no need to book – simply call in to the Beacon Centre between 10am and 3pm!
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Volunteers’ Week Resources from NCVO

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.

Volunteerssweek.org has a range of resources available for organisations wishing to get involved, from running an event to using social media. Organisations are also encouraged to share their stories on social medai using #VolunteersWeek.


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