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Autism WM – Austism Conference, Shropshire

8th Shropshire Autism conference will explore areas of support for children and young people with autism. The day will provide opportunities to hear expert speakers, share ideas and chat with others who have similar experiences.

Barnabas Church Centre, Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury

Thursday 9th February 2017

 To find out more click here

 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts Based Learning Fund

The new Arts-Based Learning Fund from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has grants available to support charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts that are working with schools, further education colleges and teachers to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people. Two types of grant are available to support work at different stages of development to find out more click here

 

Sports England – New Funding Programme

Sport England’s new funding programmes come six months after the launch of its 2016 strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ which outlines what it will do to increase the number of people getting active and achieve its vision of everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, feeling able to take part in sport or activity. Between 2017 and 2012, Sport England says that it will invest £22.5 million through its range of new funding programmes.

 

NCVO – 4 months on: potential implications of Brexit for the voluntary sector

Shortly after the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, NCVO published its first Brexit briefing (pdf, 974kb), in which highlighted the potential political, financial, regulatory and social implications of Brexit for the voluntary sector.

Now four months later, NCVO take another look at the current state of affairs. The second Brexit briefing, which is the result of the work NCVO has carried out since the EU Referendum.

 

NACVA - Small is Beautiful

New research from NAVCA highlights the difficulties smaller charities have when using data to demonstrate their value and the role of local infrastructure in overcoming these difficulties. Without such support, there is a risk that highly effective services delivered by smaller organisations are overlooked by commissioners.

 

Charity Futures – Written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities

There has been a “sustained failure” from funders to invest in core costs, the Charity Futures project has told the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities. 

In its written evidence the Charity Futures project, which is part of Acevo and being led by former Acevo chief executive, Sir Stephen Bubb, said the sector faces “significant challenges” and that to date there had been a lack of investment in core costs. 

 

Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

 Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants of up to £30,000 through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants. Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status.

 

The Baring Foundation - Support for the Voluntary Sector programme has re-opened for applications.

 For 2016 the programme has a theme focusing on the use of the law and human rights by the voluntary sector. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to voluntary organisations for training, education and capacity building in using the law and human rights based approaches in order to achieve their objectives. To read more click here.

 

Talent Match – Job Opportunities

Talent Match is a Black Country wide Lottery funded project that is in the process of securing additional funding through the European Social Fund (ESF). The project is led by young people, with significant input from businesses. The project focuses on 18-24 year olds facing barriers to progression and who have been ‘NEET’ for at least 6 months and 25-29 year olds with specific barriers, supporting them to move nearer and into employment. To meet demand they are recruiting additional posts  to ensure there is sufficient coverage and support for young people across the Black Country.

 

Church Urban Fund – Common Good Fund

 The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is providing the funding for the new Common Good Fund which is being administered by the Church Urban Fund. The new grants programme is part of Near Neighbours, a charity set up to bring people together who are near neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse.

 

Comic Relief – Local communities Fund

 Comic Relief have stated that there are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation[1] and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through the ‘Local Communities’ programme.

 

Refugee and Migrant Centre, Wolverhampton - Local charity recognised with national award

 

The Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC) which supports new and emerging communities in Wolverhampton, The Black Country and Birmingham was named as one of five winners after being shortlisted from over 900 nominated, small and medium sized charities across the UK by the Guardian newspaper.  RMC received their prize from renowned British actor Sir Ian McKellen at an awards lunch on 13th December at the Guardian’s London head office. To find out more click here.