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Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant

 

 

 

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco local community grant scheme. To be eligible to apply, projects must provide a significant benefit to communities across the centenary voting region (i.e. the North East). The project must cover the majority of the region.

The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme and projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.

Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December this year. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and grants will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project – examples are as follows:

  • Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, art gallery, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
  • Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas or woodlands.
  • Delivering activities across a whole region such as foodbanks, sporting activities, health and wellbeing activities, recycling/upcycling programmes and community festivals or events.
  • Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, mobile disability equipment and minibuses.

Projects can be a stand-alone project, a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

Deadline: End of April – there is no official deadline but applicants are advised to submit before the end of April for the July/August round.

Read more and apply here.

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Allen Lane Foundation – Social Cohesion Programme (UK)

This is a new funding programme, which will focus on funding projects that aim to proactively break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and build a more cohesive and inclusive community for all. The aims are as follows:

  • Proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area.
  • Proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community.
  • Fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.

The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations that have a focus of work being at a very local/community level; this could be a housing estate or distinct community.

Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation – but not exclusively – and the Foundation is keen to support communities in coming up with their own solutions to local issues of division. New initiatives and those that may have been tried before or are on-going are considered as long as the work has lasting benefits for those people the projects are aimed at.

In 2018, of the 153 grants awarded 112 were single grants with the remainder being for two or three years. The majority ranged from £750 to £15,000.

No deadline.

Read more and apply here.

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VODA – coming to a venue near you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

VODA and the services we offer are available across North Tyneside and although we are based in North Shields we are keen to make sure that volunteers, groups and organisations across the borough know who we are and what we do.

For that reason, we are taking our services on the road throughout 2019! Members of VODA’s team will be available at community venues on the following dates and times to speak to anyone interested in volunteering in North Tyneside, or in finding out more about VODA and the services we offer to the voluntary and community sector:

We have recently launched a new visual representation of our vision and plans – see picture above – and offering an outreach service is just one way of making sure these plans happen effectively. There is no need to book a place at any of these sessions – just pop along to talk to one of our friendly team to find out how VODA can help.

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Community Business Weekend 16-19 May

The Community Business Weekend, delivered by Power to Change, celebrates the 7000 community businesses in local hands across England. 225 community businesses opened their doors in 2018 and used Community Business Weekend to demonstrate the positive impact they have on society and tell their stories of success. Over 17,000 people visited them and found out how community business can make change happen at a local level. Some of them are now new volunteers, shareholders and customers. 97% of community businesses who took part recommended others should too!

Locally, Meadow Well Connected showcased all the great services and activities which happen in the centre. Cafe 32 at the Linskill Centre used the opportunity to celebrate ten years of providing a community cafe at Linskill and launch its new summer menu, whilst celebrating with staff, suppliers and the local community.

Hosting an open doors event is a great way for you to build your local connections and inspire people to get involved in your community business. Read here to find out more about the 2019 Community Business Weekend and to sign up to take part.

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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: February 2019

Carney Consulting Ltd is offering a free place for voluntary organisations on their Mental Health First Aid course which runs across the year. At a time when there is a need for voluntary organisations to support people with increasingly complex issues, this two day course will help participants to spot the early signs of a mental health issue to feel confident in offering help and support to people with a range of mental health issues.

There are seven courses planned for 2019. The next available course is on Tuesday 30th April & Tuesday 7th May. The number of free training places are limited, so please contact Ian Dodds now if you are interested in this opportunity.


HSBC is offering to deliver free financial well-being workshops for voluntary sector employees or beneficiaries. 1 in 3 employees say that they are distracted at work by financial concerns. Please contact Ian Dodds now if you are interested in this opportunity.


Sector Connector Workshops: As part of Sector Connector, a number of businesses volunteer to deliver free workshops on a range of topics that may be beneficial to the voluntary and community sector. As such, if there are any particular topics or business skills that you think your organisation might benefit from and that could be the subject of a future Sector Connector workshop, please get in touch with Ian Dodds.

Details of new Sector Connector workshops for 2019 have now been announced – read more and book your place here

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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.

Read more and apply here.

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Grow Wild Funding Opportunities

 

 

 

 

Grow Wild, the outreach project of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, currently one grant fund open for application for youth-led projects. They are interested in projects inspired by UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi, that help people connect to each other and nature.

Youth-led Project Fund

Rolling deadlines throughout 2019

Awards £500 to young people aged 14-25 for projects that are creative, actively engage other people in their delivery, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. Beyond that, anything is up for grabs!

Read more and apply here

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Aviva Community Fund 2018

 

 

 

 

The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications, offering community groups and organisations the chance to be awarded funding of between £1,000 and £25,000 for project or equipment costs in one of three categories:

  • environment
  • health and wellbeing
  • skills for life

Please note, shortlisted projects are put to a public vote – there are participating branches in Whitley Bay and North Shields. There are four funding levels:

  • Up to £1,000 (400 awards)
  • Up to £5,000 (78 awards)
  • Up to £10,000 (44 awards)
  • Up to £25,000 (16 awards)

Applicants will need support from their community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. Every finalist in the £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 funding levels that does not win an award will receive £500. All projects also have the chance to raise more money for their project through a crowdfunding campaign that will run in parallel with their Aviva Community Fund campaign.

Read more and apply here

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Good Neighbours volunteers visit Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

Volunteers from our Good Neighbours project recently enjoyed a visit to Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station, to learn all about the local rescue service and its fascinating history.

The volunteers, who give up their time to support people in the North Tyneside community with small household jobs, basic DIY, shopping and running errands, usually meet monthly at VODA’s offices to discuss their roles, share experiences and receive training and support. But Ian Brigstock, who coordinates the Good Neighbours project, wanted to give something back to the volunteers themselves and get them out and about in the community. “Our volunteers really deserve some recognition and reward for what they do – they support some of the borough’s most vulnerable people with day-to-day tasks and that makes such a difference. Arranging this visit was just our way of saying ‘thank you.’  We’re really grateful to Tynemouth RNLI too for what was a fascinating visit and we’re looking forward to arranging similar visits over the coming months.”

Volunteer Debbie Wood said: “I really enjoyed going down to Tynemouth RNLI with a really nice group of people. We had a talk from one of the lifeboat volunteers about the work they do and the lives they safe. We also got to see the inshore and all-weather boat and try on the life jackets – there’s a picture of me wearing one!”

The Good Neighbours project is looking for more volunteers – this is a great, flexible volunteering opportunity to help people in your local community. Training and support are provided. Read more about the project here.

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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: Village Hall

 

 

 

 

 

The Foundation is offering community centres in deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.

Grants can be used to fund new buildings (upgrading, renovating) or extending buildings (improving or creating outside space – but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.

Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional village halls are also supported. There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: £10,000 to £45,000

Application process: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

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