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E-Bulletin January 2017

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Comic Relief - Levelling the Field: Open Initiatives Funding Programme - Girls and Women and Sports4Change combined fund.

This is a £1 million initiative funded by Comic Relief and the Treasury to support projects in the UK. Applications are welcome for a minimum of £30,000 and a maximum of £250,000, over a period of between 12 and 36 months.

Comic Relief is encouraging a variety of different types of projects. This could be a pilot for an innovative piece of work or the continued development of a proven piece of work. Funding is available for project delivery, research, or for a campaign.


Rosa – Women to Women Fund

Rosa the UK Fund for women and girls, has launched a new £2.2 million Women to Women Fund. Supported using funds from the Tampon Tax, local women’s organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making.

Rosa plans to support at least 100 local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK and the grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year. Rosa especially wants to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas. Grants can pay for core work, as well as mobilising volunteers, leadership development, communications and advocacy. Grants will be awarded over 3 rounds until March 2018.  To read more click here.

SCVO – Fourth Funding Network event 

SCVO is pleased to announce its fourth ‘Funding Network’ event, which will be held at Hawthorns House on the morning of Wednesday, 8th February 2017 between 10 am and 12 noon.

Access to funding support is at the forefront of many VCS organisations’ needs so we’re keen to explore ways in which groups can access such support and information through peer-to-peer learning and networking, together with targeted support information from SCVO and key funders.


NCVO - 'How Charities Work'

NCVO plans to launch a website to explain to the public how charities operate and what they do, in an effort to change negative perceptions about charities. It is looking for feedback about its test website Submite your views on content and navigation.


Covi - Young people and Brexit

With the likelihood that Article 50 will be triggered at some point this year, Covi has launched a new project encouraging young people to get involved with Brexit. Brexit Watch will bring together young people across the country to ensure their voices and views are represented. Find out ore about getting involved or nominating someone under 35.


 Policy Network – Young Migrants and UK Migration

Over the last 12 months, the Migration Observatory has produced a series of briefings looking at data and information on young migrants in the UK – defined as people under the age of 30. A short report from the Observatory Young people and migration in the UK

examines some of the key points from the research and reflects on their significance for those interested in migration and young people.


BRAP – Have your say on Diversity

BRAP is inviting people to participate in an event with a difference in February. ‘Too scared to ask’ will give people the chance to be honest about how they feel about the diversity agenda. BRAP believe that many people feel they have little choice but to agree with positive claims about diversity, but that many individuals will have unanswered concerns and questions. The event will give people an open space for all views to be heard and considered.

The event is on Wednesday 15th February 5.30pm – 7.30pm @ Impact Hub, Birmingham B5 5NR


Charity Bank – Property Management Webinar

The webinar is designed for trustees and seniors managers of charities and social enterprises that own or rent premises. Guest presenter Gordon Ludlow from leading UK property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation will share tips on best practice in property management. The Foundation was launched in 2004 to support voluntary organisations with expert property advice, and is the sole referral partner to the Charity Commission for land and property advice.

Thursday 2nd February 12 – 12.45pm


Aquarius SHANTI Service

A midlands charity is seeking to tackle the taboo issue of alcohol misuse in the Sikh community. Aquarius, part of Recovery Focus, is working to tackle growing alcohol misuse in the Punjabi Sikh community after research from the University of Bedfordshire found people with alcohol issues are ‘slipping through the net’ of services. The charity has launched a new project called ‘SHANTI’ to raise awareness and support communities. ‘SHANTI’, which means ‘being at peace’ in Punjabi, is running for three years thanks to lottery funding and will provide support and advice for individuals and families in the Sikh community as well as helping to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol misuse. To find out more click here.


The Heart of England Community Foundation

The Heart of England Community Foundation has launched the Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund (West Midlands). It aims to help people living in Birmingham and the Black Country who face some form of disadvantage or social exclusion. Grants of up to £1,500 can be made for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: Promote health and wellbeing; Tackle disadvantage; Support local solutions to meet local needs; Promote community cohesion; Develop sustainable and supportive communities. Smaller groups, with income less than £50,000, who have not received grants in the past can apply. To find out more click here.

Fircroft College, Birmingham - Current Vacancies

Want to join the Fircroft team? We are currently recruiting for the following position:

For more detailed information on these roles including how to apply, please click on the links above. If you have any queries please contact


Barrow Cadbury Trust - Vacancy

Programme Manager - Access Social Investment Fund

 The Barrow Cadbury Trust has been chosen to run the Access Social Investment Fund. The Fund will strengthen social investment infrastructure across existing social investment organisations and more traditional infrastruture bodies. The Trust is currently recruiting a Programme Manager to manage the Fund. A call for expressions of interest will go out later in the year.


Emconet – Emerging Communities Network, Sandwell

Emerging Communities Network (Emconet) is  based at the Brasshouse Community Centre in Smethwick. The charity helps migrants from the EU and other countries with specified needs in the process of integration in the UK, for whom English is a second language. Enconet have staff who speak Latvian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. To find out more click here.

Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together Opens for 2017 Funding

The Home Office has opened round 2 of its four-year programme of grants and in-kind support for charities and other organisations in England and Wales who are working to challenge extremism in their communities.

The four-year Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme was established last September by the Home Office to help deliver a key strand of the Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy. The programme aims to promote and strengthen positive mainstream voices across Britain. The Building a Stronger Britain Together Programme is available in England and Wales only. It offers both grant funding and in-kind support to civil society and community organisations that are working to create more resilient communities, to stand up to extremism in all its forms and to offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age, and gender.


Heart of England Community Foundation – Youth Action Fund.

Youth Led - Projects where young people are taking practical action in the service of others; creating a positive social change in their local community.

Grants are available for projects/activities between £1,000- £5,000.  The applying organisation will need to have an annual income in the last financial year of less than £500,000, but priority may be given to smaller organisations.

The fund is an investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport to the #iwill fund with Heart of England Community Foundation acting as match funders and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.