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E-Bulletin August 2016

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Civil Society Finance - Blended Finance is transforming social investment

The concept of blended finance is all the rage in the world of social investment, says Seb Elsworth (Civil Society Finance) but what is it and why does it matter to charities and social enterprises?  Blended finance is helping to make social investment more relevant to charities and social enterprises by connecting the varying objectives of investors with the current needs of social organisations. It’s helping to make sure that supply of social investment matches demand from charities and social enterprises. To read more click here.

 

 NACVA - response to Government consultation on new policy directions for Big Lottery

The response points to the crucial role of local infrastructure in making sure the Big Lottery Fund receives quality applications from a representative spread of organisations, particularly in those communities most in need of investment. The Lottery does not pay for this help and in effect they are free-riding and threathening the sustainability of local infrastructure. To read more click here.

 

Birmingham City Council - Small Grants Fund for VCS Organisations

The City Council has launched a small Grants Fund for voluntary and community sector organisations to apply to.  This is being administered across four panels in the city with approximately £120K currently available in grants of up to £3K-£5K per application. To read more click here.  To apply will depend on where your work and services are being delivered. South Birmingham, North Birmingham, East Birmingham, West Birmingham.

 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Counting the cost of UK Poverty

This report estimates the tangible cost of poverty to the UK, focusing specifically on the impact on public spending. The report shows that poverty costs public services approximately £69 billion with £21.8 billion being spent on acute health care, £7.1 billion on primary care, £1.6 billion on public health and £4.6 billion on adult social care.  


Policy Exchange - Delivering Differently: How to deliver change

This report argues for a bottom up and localised approach to solving longstanding challenges in welfare, health, criminal justice and education. It suggests that redistributing the Civil Service across the country would push the devolution agenda, bring decision makers closer to people and provide local communities with the additional capabilities that might need to manage new financial and administrative powers.  

 

Institute for Government - Local public service reform: supporting learning to integrate services and improve outcomes

This paper aims to provide clarity on what would help people involved in integrating public services locally to share experiences and learn from one another to improve outcomes on the ground. An accompanying set of eight case studies provides more detail about the methods and impact of different approaches designed to support learning around local public service reform more generally.

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy

This report represents the biggest ever review into race equality in Great Britain, providing analysis on whether our society lives up to its promise to be fair to all its citizens. It looks across every area of people's lives including education, employment, housing, pay and living standards, health criminal justice, and participation. It examines where progress is being made and where there is room for improvement.


Inside Government - Expanding the UK Social Investment Market

This Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to gain insight into the latest government policy on social investment and hear key organisations, including the Cabinet Office and the Social Investment Business, explore innovative solutions for supporting employers and growing the social investment market. In addition participants will benefit from hearing best practice from organisations at the forefront of utilising social investment funding to maximise and measure their social impact. The March 2016 report Social Investment: A Force For Social Change 2016 Strategy demonstrates the government’s commitment to expanding the social investment market. The next event To find out more about the next event on October 12th click here.

 

CLINKS - Women's Networking Forum

The first women's networking forum organised by Clinks in partnership with Women's Breakout, Women's Resource Centre and Agenda brought together 14 voluntary sector organisations working with women in the Criminal Justice System. The issues raised are fed back to the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group, which has the aim of building a stronger and effective partnership between the voluntary sector, the Ministry of Justice, and the National Offender Management Service to reduce re-offending. To read the notes click here.

 

Inter Faith Youth Trust - Interfaith activities for young people

Grants of between £200 - £500 for proposals for interfaith activities by children and young people. Projects should take pace during Inter Faith Week ( 13th- 20th November 2016). The funding is available for activities providing learing for children and young people form different faiths about different faiths, through social action;co-operation and understanding between faiths; and increasing understanding between people of faith and of no faith. Deadline for applications is 9th September.


Heritage Lottery Fund/Arts Council England - Great Place Scheme

Grants of between £500,000 and £1.5 millio are available from the Great Place Scheme, a £15 million pilot programme set up by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. Applications must come from partnerships led by a not for profilt organisation and match funding of at least 10% is required. The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 6th October.

 

New Philanthropy Capital - Improving Governance, improving Impact

The Charity Commision should require all charities to report on their impact through the Statement of Recommended Practice, and amend guidance on paying trustees, a paper from New Philanthropy Capital has said. The Paper, It starts from the top: Improving governance, improving impact, argues that "regulatory reform is needed to help trustee boards which are 'coasting' rather than focussing on having the greatest social impact".

 

Change Consortium - Volunteers Matters Conference

Charities and other non profits are heavily dependent upon volunteers. However, the relationship between volunteer and organisation is not as straightforward as it may appear and care needs to be taken in order for the arrangement to be mutually beneficial without risk of falling foul of the law. To find out mre about the conference on the to be held on the 22nd September 2016 click here.

 

Church Urban Fund - Near Neighbours

Near Neighbours Grant fund has reopened offering small grants of between £250 and £5000 as seed funding for local groups and organisations working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities. To read more click here.