E-Bulletin October 2016
Restore Training Sessions
Restore regularly put on training sessions for those interested in refugee issues or befriending. To find out about the latest training to be held on Thursday 22nd and 29th September and 6th October, 7.30pm - 9.30pm click here.
African and Caribbean Contributions to World Wars 1&2
We will remember them: For information of two talks at the Church of God of Prophecy, Aberdeen Street, 7.30 – 9.00pm, Fridays 14 October & 11 November. To find out more click here.
Free Employability Workshop
Jericho Foundation is offering a FREE 1 DAY employability training workshop on TUESDAY 18TH OCTOBER ideal for churches, community organisations, charities and voluntary groups that already run existing community outreach projects i.e. foodbanks, money advice projects, soup kitchens, coffee mornings or general drop-in advice projects.
Social toolkit launched to assist charities
Charities can now master social media with certainty following the launch of the Skills Platform Charity Social Media Toolkit.
The new online toolkit has been developed specifically for charities and the third sector to help empower them to use social media most effectively for their organisation. It includes tips on how best practice. The guide also details how charities can set the foundations to help avoid distractions and get results.
Early Help Innovation Fund – Further Round Announced
SCVO is pleased to announce that a further round of funding is now available via the Sandwell Early Help Innovation Fund (SEHIF). The purpose of the Fund is to enable local voluntary groups and not-for-profit /charitable organisations to deliver preventative, community-based interventions for children and families in Sandwell.
The Aviva Community Fund - offers grant funding to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local communities.
Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations or groups working for the good of their community and which have been in existence for at least six months.
To be eligible, projects must make a positive difference to people’s lives and address at least one of the following categories:
- Health, disability and wellbeing.
- Supporting the younger generation.
- Supporting the older generation.
- Sport in the community (new in 2016).
- Environment in association with the Mirror (new in 2016).
- Community support.
To find out more click here.
Heritage Lottery Fund – Kick The Dust Programme
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will be running a series of information workshops across the UK, providing more detail about its new ‘Kick the Dust’ programme as well as our other funding for projects involving young people. ‘Kick the Dust’ is a £10million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people. The HLF define young people as those aged 11-25. You will be able to apply for a grant from £500,000 to £1m as part of a consortium, which should include heritage and youth organisations.
New Start, NEF and CLES - Creating good city economies in the UK
New Start, NEF and CLES have spent the last year visiting ten UK cities to map and activate alternative approaches to local economic development. They have launched their findings and are challenging cities to commit to 'good' local economics. To download the report click here.
Help wanted to kick-start the Birmingham Pound
The Birmingham Pound is a Sterling-based local currency to be spent with and between local businesses. It will increase local spending in Birmingham and enable the city's prosperity to be better shared and to facilitate a celebration of identity and diversity. The Birmingham Pound is looking for new members for its steering group to take an active role in financial planning, fundraising, project management, and governance. Find out more click here.
Young adult courts - The journey so far
Max Rutherford, Criminal Justice Programme Manager at the Trust, has written a blog about The Journey towards young adult courts and what the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) campaign is doing to make this happen. The blog, originally posted on the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) website, was the first blog for the CYCJ Associate scheme which Max Rutherford is a new member of.
Charitable Trusts West Midlands (CTWM)– Understanding the Changes in Fundraising Regulations 20th October
The examples of poor fundraising practice exposed last year shocked the charity fundraising community. It sparked several inquiries and reviews of charity fundraising, most notably the Review of Fundraising Self-regulation conducted by Sir Stuart Etherington (CE, NCVO) and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) Review. CTWM has organized a seminar, where Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research Institute of Fundraising will speak about what the changes in the Code of Fundraising Practice means for charities, Trustees and those that fund charities and the role of the new fundraising regulator and more. To find out more and book click here.
Launch of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Stronger Communities Fund
The fund is for one-off grants of up to £2,000 to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, strengthen relationships with the police and empower /engage residents. The Stronger Communities Fund replaces the previous OPCC Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). To be successful, projects need to fulfill at least one of the following criteria : improving community safety; responding to a community need; promoting partnership working; building stronger communities; engaging or empowering young people; supporting victims of crime.
Department of Transport launches Community Minibus Fund
The Department for Transport has launched a second round of the Community Minibus Fund which is being administered by the Community Transport Association. The £25 million fund has already provided funding for 350 minibuses to community transport operators across England and the second round will ensure more organisations will benefit from a new vehicle.
The total value of the second round of the Community Minibus Fund is £2 million and is open to educational organisations and community groups, including community transport operators, across England only.
Please note that organisations that received an award from the first round of the Community Minibus Fund will not be eligible for the second round.
Building a Stronger Britain Together
The Building a Stronger Britain programme is part of the counter-extremism strategy which encourages partnership between the government and groups and communities who want to see extremism defeated. This programme aims to help to create more resilient communities, to support civil society and community organisations who stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age, and gender. Not-for profit organisations and charities can apply for in-kind support (such as social media training, technical assistance to help a group improve their website, or capacity building work to help a group protect more vulnerable individuals) and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy.
Grants are offered in two ranges:
• £1,000 – £14,999
• £15,000 – £50,000.
The deadline for grants and combined in-kind/grant applications is 5pm on the 14th October 2016.
The deadline for in-kind support applications is 5pm on the 9th December 2016.
Home Office – Preventing Hate Crimes
The Home Office is inviting community groups and consortia of community groups to apply for funding for projects that prevent hate crime.
A total of £300,000 is available and the Home Office expects to fund between 6 – 8 projects. The Home Office is looking to fund innovative programmes that help to prevent hate crime and issues associated with it. Specifically, the aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of innovative projects that:
• Prevent hate crime
• Respond to hate crime in our communities
• Increase the reporting of hate crime
• Improve support for the victims of hate crime
• Build understanding of hate crime.
The programme development must involve stakeholders who are affected by, or are past or potential perpetrators of hate crime.
The closing date for applications is 8pm on the 14th October 2016
To find out more click here.
Comic Relief Tech for Good Programme is open
Comic Relief created Tech for Good Programme working together with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation has developed the Tech for Good programme to support projects that use software and digital technology as a part of a solution to addressing any of the Comic Relief’s UK Main Fund themes of Empowering Women and Girls, Investing in Children and Young People, Building Stronger Communities, Improving Health and Wellbeing.
This programme aims to support not-for-profit organisations using software and digital technology to create social change by delivering new ideas or more effective services. Applicants must already have some technical expertise and capacity to enact social change using digital technologies. To find out more click here.
Nominet Trust – Social Tech Seed Investment Programme Open
The Nominet Trust which provides funding and support to technology with a social benefit, has announced that its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme re-open for applications on the 22nd September 2016.
Social Tech Seed is an investment programme that offers early-stage investment typically of between £15,000 and £50,000 to social entrepreneurs and charitable organisations who are looking to develop new ideas to use digital technology for social benefits. This programme provides funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas. Applicants may also be able to apply to a discretionary fund of up to £5,000 should they need access to specific expertise to support their early-stage development. To find out more click here.