August 2017 | Newsletter

As the old saying goes, ‘If the first week of August be warm, the winter will be white and long.’ With the weather forecasts we’ve seen for this week, we’re not sure what that means for this winter – but you can make sure your charity is prepared either way by taking up some of the great opportunities we’ve rounded up for you this month. From fab new training, to new funding rounds, we’ve got it all!


Awards for All – New Guidance
The Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme has just revised its application form and guidance in both England and Scotland.

There are several significant changes – but the one that will make a difference to most organisations is that Awards for All applications can now include costs for salaried staff. Another big change is to the outcomes that they expect your project to achieve – you now have to demonstrate that your project will achieve at least one of the following:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

The application form has been streamlined, meaning your application should be quicker and easier than ever – nearly all the information they require will now be added into one question. The turnaround time for Awards for All applications is also quicker, with the promise of a decision 10 weeks from your submission date (although remember it will take another 2 weeks to arrange payment – so factor that in if you’re on a tight schedule).

To download the new guidance and application form, visit the Awards for All webpage for England or Scotland.


Get A Head Start
Beware of the Bull has updated its acclaimed ‘Write A Successful Awards for All Bid’ training in line with the new form and guidelines. This workshop explains the new guidance, and takes you through the application form step by step, ensuring you have everything you need to prepare a strong Awards for All bid. Whether you’ve applied before, and are looking for guidance on the new process, or have never considered Awards for All for your organisation before, our experts will help you on the way to success.

The course will take place in York on Friday 6th October, 9:30am – 12:30pm. We’re also running a fantastic early bird offer – book before the end of August and you can get your place on this half-day course for just £60 (usual price £95). For more information about the course, and to book your place, visit our website.


Make Your Voice Heard
The independent Civil Society Futures review has published four questions for public consultation:

  • What purpose does civil society fulfil now? What purpose will civil society need to fulfil in the future? What do you think they should/should not be doing?
  • What is driving or inhibiting change in civil society? How will different forms of civil society respond to social, political, economic, environmental and technological change over the future?
  • What new forms of civil society do you see emerging now and why? Given the right circumstances, what might their impact be in the future?
  • How and in what ways can civil society enable human flourishing now and in the future? In what ways is civil society important for a healthy democracy?

You can fill in a short form to give your views through their website (see ‘Call for Contributions’) – or if you’re feeling inspired to enable other people’s voices to be heard, why not organise a conversation event? You can register your event with Civil Society Futures and they will send you everything you need, as well as promoting your event.

The consultation runs until 5th September. For more information, or to take part, visit the Civil Society Futures website.


The MSE Charity
This charitable trust makes grants to support projects that improve financial literacy and personal money skills. The next round of funding is open 1st – 29th September and the theme for this round is “Life Changing Transitions”. Projects for this round should focus on the following themes: bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, resettlement.

To be eligible, your group should have an annual income of under £500,000 and less than 6 months’ free reserves. The MSE Charity prefers to fund groups that have a constitution. Most grants are for under £5,000, and the charity doesn’t fund capital costs (e.g. laptops and other equipment).

Applications should be made on the online form, accompanied by a four-page project proposal. The MSE Charity will only accept the first 40 applications, after which the application window will close – so it’s best to get your application in as soon as possible after the application window opens (1st September). More information on how to apply can be found on the MSE Charity website.


Kelly Family Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants to organisations that work to encourage family welfare and cohesion. The Trust prioritises applications from charities “whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members” – essentially, work that will reinforce to families the benefits to them of working together. The Trust also states that they welcome applications from sports- and health-based charities that fulfil these aims.

Most grants are in the region of £1,000 – £5,000, although the Trust will consider applications of up to £10,000. The majority of grants are given to organisations with an annual income of £500,000 or less. The Trust will not consider applications from organisations with an income of over £1 million. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • the financial situation and sustainability of the charity
  • the size of the charity
  • the reach of the charity
  • the number of people being helped
  • the number of salaried staff as compared to the number of volunteers
  • whether other charities are offering the same service

Applications should be made on the Trust’s application form. The next deadline for applications is 1st September. For more information, and to download the application form, visit the Trust’s website.


New Comic Relief Funding
Comic Relief has recently launched a new funding initiative for projects working with older people. The new Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities initiative is providing £1.5 million of funding for projects which engage older people (aged 65 and over) from ‘harder to reach’ groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to their communities.

Registered and un-registered community based organisations and partnerships across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man can apply for grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 to support projects, initiatives and activities which primarily focus on benefiting older people, specifically those older people who do not usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face barriers to participation. Comic Relief is also interested in supporting activities which will have a wider benefit for the community in which they are taking place.

To be eligible for funding, projects should:
– Meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections.
  • Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment.

– Provide creative, fresh approaches to engage beneficiaries in social action activities which bring people together and help to improve their lives and solve problems that are important to their communities. This may include activities around campaigning and fundraising as well as volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the older person themselves. For the activities to have positive benefits for the older people involved, they should:

  • Provide meaningful roles with opportunities for social interaction and leadership.
  • Ensure that older people are recognised and valued for their contribution.

– Make older people feel valued and enable them to be creative and productive. To do this, activities might focus wholly on older people, or use a broader community or intergenerational approach. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they really understand the needs of their community, the role that older people can play in catalysing social change and make the case that they can deliver.

Comic Relief expects to award grants to between 15 and 25 projects. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 29th August. For more information see the Comic Relief website.


Heritage Lottery Fund Workshops
The Heritage Lottery Fund is running funding workshops for groups in Yorkshire who would like to apply for a small grant from the HLF. The workshops are designed to support you to make an application to their small grants scheme – which makes grants of £3,000 – £100,000.

The workshops will take place at the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Leeds office on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 23rd August, 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 26th September, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm

To book your place on any of the workshops, just get in touch with the HLF Yorkshire team – either by email ( or phone (0113 3888030). For more information on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s work and funding streams, visit their website.


Changes To Fundraising Code – What You Need To Do
The Fundraising Regulator recently published the finalised changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice, introducing six changes that charities and their fundraisers need to be aware of. These changes include a requirement that fundraisers end a fundraising ask if they have any reason to believe the person they are speaking to could be considered vulnerable, and that telephone fundraisers adhere to the street fundraising rule that they must end a conversation immediately if requested to by the prospective donor.

Third Sector has written up a comprehensive article that will bring you up to speed on the new regulations and the deadline dates for implementing them – you can read it here.


Aviva Community Fund
The Aviva Community Fund opens for applications for the 2017 round on 12th September. This funding competition will fund over 800 projects across the UK, with prizes ranging from £25,000 to under £1,000. There are 6 categories under which grants can be awarded:

  • Health, disability and well-being
  • Supporting the younger generation
  • Supporting the older generation
  • Sport in the community
  • Environment
  • Community support

The Aviva funding pot is different to other funders in that public engagement and support for your project is critical – the finalists are determined by the number of public votes they have received. So if you’re looking for a way to increase engagement with your charity’s supporters, this could be it! To make sure you don’t miss the boat, you can register for updates on the Aviva Community Fund website.


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