April 2018 | Newsletter

We know some of the opportunities in this newsletter just seem too good to be true – but thanks to the long weekend, we’ve left it until April 3rd, so you know we’re not ‘April Fool’ing you!

 

Last Chance Early Bird Deal!
We’re running our Essentials of Grant Fundraising training course in York again this year, starting in June. The course takes place over three half-day sessions:

  • Foundation in Fundraising: learning the basic elements that must go in any funding bid, recognising funders’ buzzwords and what they mean, and unpacking funding options you need to be aware of
  • Core Knowledge: learning how to find the most appropriate funding for your project, understanding ‘need’ and how to evidence it, how to write, measure and explain outcomes, and know how to avoid common mistakes
  • Advanced Skills: learning to persuasively evidence your unique selling point, how to ensure your core costs are covered, and how to create your own funding strategy

Suitable for everyone from beginners to those wanting to brush up on their skills or get a final polish on their work, this training course is just what you need to write a winning funding bid.

The full price of this course is £220, but until 23rd April you can book your place for the amazing early bird price of just £120! For more information, and to book your place, visit our website.

 

Looking For Core Funding?
The only scheduled round of Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest fund for this year will be opening later this month. Designed to provide multi-year core funding, the Invest funding stream makes grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the potential for continuation funding up to a total of six years.

To be eligible, your work must be supporting people facing multiple disadvantage, at a specified point of transition in their lives – these include offenders being released from prison, looked after young people leaving care, and people suffering abuse at the point they decide to remove themselves from the abusive situation. A full list of eligible transition points is available on the Lloyds Bank Foundation website, and will be part of the eligibility questionnaire when applications open. You must also be a charity or CIO, with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million, and your service users must be aged 17 or over.

Applications for this round will open on Monday 9th April, with a deadline of 18th May. Applications that go through to Stage 2 will receive an assessment visit July-August this year, and will be notified of the final decision in the week commencing 5th November. For more information, and to apply, visit the Lloyds Bank Foundation website.

 

Starting or Scaling Up a Social Enterprise?
Applications are now open for the 2018-19 round of social enterprise support from the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Lloyds Bank. The programmes are jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, so if you’re successful, there’s no cost to you. There are three support programmes available:

  • Start Up: for projects that are in the planning stages but ready to start, or have been running for less than 2 years with an income of less than £15,000 per year
  • Trade Up: for social enterprises that have been set up for at least one year, and have an income of over £15,000
  • Scale Up: for established social enterprises that are looking to scale up the reach and/or impact of their project

All three programmes are open for applications now. Each programme offers a free learning programme, tailored mentoring and a community of social enterprises at a similar stage. This is coupled with grant support: £1,000 for Start Up, £4,000 for Trade Up and £7,000 for Scale Up. If successful, you will need to commit to attending 12-14 days of learning over the year (October 2018 – October 2019).

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 26th April. For more information on each of the programmes, ad to apply, visit the SSE website (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

 

Women’s Vote Centenary Fund
The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. The Scheme will make 2 types of grant:

  • Small Grants: grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. Approximately 150 of these grants will be made during the year
  • Large Grants: grants of between £2,000 and £65,000, to fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. Approximately 30 of these grants will be made during the year

The Small Grants scheme is currently open for applications, with a closing date of Friday 18th May. Projects funded by the current round of Small Grants funding must commence by 31st August. The next round of Large Grants funding will open in April.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Women’s Vote Centenary Fund website.

 

Is Gift Aid Working For You?
New research from HMRC has highlighted that a significant number of eligible donations are still not adding Gift Aid, with a smaller percentage of donations adding it when ineligible. The research found:

  • 25% of the value of donations did not have Gift Aid added to them where the donor was eligible, contributing up to £560m to the value of unclaimed Gift Aid.
  • 8% of the value of donations had Gift Aid incorrectly added to them by ineligible donors, generating a Gift Aid tax gap of up to £180m.

As a follow-up to the research, it has been suggested that there should be a sector wide Gift Aid awareness day on 4 October 2018. A more detailed analysis, and links to the research itself, can be found on the Charity Tax Group website.

 

New Comic Relief Funding Pots Launched
Comic Relief has recently launched some new funding opportunities, including the ‘Safe, Settled, Secure’ funding stream. The initiative will make grants to projects that ‘are using sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, helping them to gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives’.

Grants will be made for amounts between £100,000 and £500,000 over a period of 2-4 years (i.e. minimum grant £25,000 per year for 4 years). Projects across the UK are eligible, as well as India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya.

Projects are expected to meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment
  • Children and young people increase life skills
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice

Safe, Settled, Secure is open for applications until 14th June. For more information on this fund and/or the other open funding opportunities from Comic Relief, visit their website.

 

Working With Disadvantaged Children?
Children in Need’s Small Grants programme makes grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. To be eligible, your project must work with children (aged 18 and under) who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects must be able to start within 12 months of the grant being awarded.  Applications should be made through the Children in Need online application form – the next deadline for applications is 13th May. For more information, and to apply, visit the Children in Need website.

 

Cyber Security Advice for Small Charities
Following on from their general advice for charities around cyber security, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recently published guidance for small charities. The guide outlines easy and low-cost steps to protect from cyberattacks, and includes expert advice that is particularly useful for small organisations on backing-up data, using strong passwords, protecting against malware, keeping devices safe and avoiding phishing attacks. You can download the full guide for free from the NCSC website.

 

UK Giving Report 2018
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has recently published its annual report on the state of charitable giving in the UK. Highlights from the report include:

  • The total amount of charitable giving in 2017 rose to £10.3 billion, despite the fact that the number of people giving actually fell
  • Despite innovation in charitable giving over the years, cash remains the main way in which people give, although the level has decreased slightly in 2017
  • Women remain more likely than men to participate in charitable and social activity, with the gap widening rather than narrowing between the two groups

More detailed analysis, including an infographic, is available on the Charities Aid Foundation website.

 

Small Grants for Vegetarian Activities
Funding is available to support events promoting vegetarian diets during National Vegetarian Week (14th – 20th May). The deadline for large grants has passed, but you can still apply for a small grant of up to £200.

The funding is for events and activities that:

  • Take place during National Vegetarian Week or the two weeks before
  • Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively
  • Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food
  • Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan (events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink)

Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Communal meals
  • Recipe exchanges
  • Tasting sessions

The deadline for small grant applications is 22nd April. For more information, and to apply, visit the National Vegetarian Week website.

 

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