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Allchurches Trust

Grants  of £1,000 to £15,000 are available for projects (with a total cost of up to £1m – larger grants may be available) working to promote the Christian faith or any other charitable purpose; grants normally support projects that have a Christian foundation or links and reflect these areas of focus:

  • Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken
  • Helping people, especially those in particular need, to flourish
  • Growing churches – spiritually and numerically.

While the trust’s roots are Christian, many of the projects it funds support people of all faiths and none. It particularly likes to support organisations working in some of the most deprived areas, right at the grass-roots, unafraid to tackle difficult social issues and working in partnership with other charities and churches to produce something greater than the sum of its parts.

Grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs. Most grants go towards making improvements to buildings, although the trust will occasionally look at pump priming new, strategic initiatives that are likely to have a major impact on people and communities, such as by funding new posts to build capacity or extend project reach.

No deadline.

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Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants (UK)

The Foundation provides financial support of up to £5,000 to UK charities that relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by, breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.

Applications should relate to a specific project, although the Foundation accept that successful grant recipients may allow 15 per cent of the total amount of grant funding awarded as a contribution towards core costs. It has also assisted with core costs at times where it was vital to the continuity of an organisation.

In most instances, the Foundation will consider funding delivery for projects that are already up and running. These can also be pilot programmes that are being rolled out to reach a new or much wider audience or projects that take a new approach in tackling a specific challenge.

Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant. Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grant requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.

Deadline: 29 May

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Wooden Spoon Society – Capital Grants

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports projects that enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged – physically, mentally or socially. Each year the charity supports around 70 projects.

If a project is a physical, tangible asset of a permanent nature, it must have a minimum predicted life span of five years (preferably 10), be non-transferable and of a permanent nature. Special consideration may be given to funding life-enhancing/medical equipment if it can be shown that the useable life of such equipment is likely to be at least five years. While there is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level, it is unlikely projects of a physical nature under £5,000 in value will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify under the “projected life span” criteria.  If a project is educational or disability sports-focused, there must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people.

No min/max. Schools / non-profit. No deadline.

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Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust – General Grants

The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust makes grants to support people with a learning disability after they reach normal school leaving age, to learn skills to help them live more independent lives. Grants are available to small UK registered charities working to support people with a learning disability to learn skills to help them live more independent lives after they leave formal education.

Deadline: 31 March

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VODA’s AGM and Awards Presentation 2019

Our Annual General Meeting and awards presentation took place on Wednesday 23 October at the Linskill Centre in North Shields.

As well as a presentation of VODA’s latest annual report and accounts, the event featured keynote speaker Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health at North Tyneside Council, who discussed Population Health in North Tyneside and the role of the voluntary sector.

We also announced the winners of VODA’s North Tyneside VCS awards. Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association was the winner of Organisation of the Year. Volunteer of the Year was Rizwan Ali, from Walking With in North Tyneside, Young Volunteer of the Year went to Bobbi-Lou Taylor from Tyne Met College and the Trustee of the Year was Anna McConville from Pathways 4 All, as well as a special commendations for Young Volunteer Abi Jackson from Creative Minds and to the Tynemouth Scouts. Read more about the award winners here.

In addition, three local businesses –  Carney Consultancy, Bell Group and Accenture – were presented with their Community Friendly Business Awards by Ian Dodds, who coordinates VODA’s Sector Connector project. Read more about the Community Friendly Business Award winners here


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Chair Talk: new VODA facilitated free Chairs’ network

The role of Chair or Vice Chair can often seem challenging, leadership can be feel isolating. Do you sometimes think it would be good to talk to other chairs that also face similar demands? Would you like the chance to discuss issues and opportunities, share good practice and participate in peer to peer learning with other North Tyneside organisational Chairs and Vice Chairs?

Collaborate in seeking solutions to hot topics such as:

  • Effective trustees and governance
  • Board diversity
  • Trustee Recruitment
  • Training
  • Staff management

Louise Sneiders, Chair at YMCA North Tyneside says: “As a new Chair I’m getting to grips with my role and would love to connect with and learn from others in a similar position. It can feel like an overwhelming responsibility at times, so meeting others, even for a chat over a cuppa would help.”

As part of our Trustee support network VODA is offering to facilitate a free Chairs’ network providing the venue and resources to get things started.

For further information or to register your interest contact Keith Hardy, Core Services Manager at keith.hardy@voda.org.uk or call 0191 643 2636.

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Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Positive Pathways

One-off grants of up to £70,000 are available to Armed Forces charities for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the UK. The fund aims to give veterans more choice and control over their own personal recovery journeys, enabling them to take part in activities that are personally meaningful, while receiving good support with their mental health and wellbeing needs.

The programme offers fixed one-year grants of £35,000 or two-year grants of £70,000 to organisations primarily supporting past and present members of the Armed Forces and their families. Funding can be used towards the costs of activity-based projects that will have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of veterans. The Trust will prioritise applications from small and local (rather than national) organisations and those whose projects are led or partly led by veterans.

Successful applicants under the Positive Pathways Programme will be supported by larger organisations that have already been awarded grants under the Fund’s Strategic Pathways Programme to help connect their work with wider networks that support veterans’ mental health.

Deadline: 6 September 2019 for the first round*
*Applications are assessed on a rolling basis but applications submitted by 6 September 2019 will receive a decision by the end of November 2019.

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Charity Digital Skills Report 2019

The new Charity Digital Skills report 2019 is now available. The report reveals the temperature of the charity sector and, more specifically, how it’s using digital.

The report – produced by the Skills Platform in partnership with Zoe Amar Digital – is the definitive survey of the digital skills landscape across the third sector.
The aim of the report is to develop a shared understanding of how digital can help charities to achieve their missions.
Headline findings from the report are that more than half of charities (52%) don’t have a digital strategy – an increase from the last two years; and that more than two thirds of charities (67%) want to use digital to increase their impact.
You can find a summary of the Charity Digital Skills Report here, where you can also download a copy of the full report
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NCSC launches cyber security toolkit for charity boards

The National Cyber Security Centre’s latest roundtable event highlighted its new toolkit for boards – a manual for charities to develop their cyber security strategies and create the right dialogue with their trustee boards.

The vast majority of organisations in the UK rely on digital technology to function.

Good cyber security protects that ability to function, and ensures organisations can exploit the opportunities that technology brings. Cyber security is therefore central to an organisation’s health and resilience, and this places it firmly within the responsibility of the Board.

New regulations (such as GDPR) as well as high profile media coverage on the impact of cyber incidents, have raised the expectations of partners, shareholders, customers and the wider public. Quite simply, organisations – and board members especially – have to get to grips with cyber security.

Why have the NCSC produced a Board Toolkit?
Boards are pivotal in improving the cyber security of their organisations. The Board Toolkit been created to encourage essential discussions about cyber security to take place between the Board and their technical experts.

Read more and access the toolkit 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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