January 2018 | Newsletter

Happy New Year! We can’t wait to get 2018 started – check out some of the opportunities below and see what you’ve got to look forward to this year.


Discounted Training – Last Chance!
The early bird ticket offer for our training finishes at the end of this month – so if you want to take advantage of either of our upcoming training courses at super low prices, book now! We have the following courses coming up:

  • Grantseeker’s Guide to Evaluation: a workshop covering everything you need to know to make your evaluation process simple and painless, including how to ask the right questions, measure the right outcomes and ensure you know what success looks like for you.
  • Write A Successful Awards for All Bid: a workshop explaining the new guidance and application form for the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme, leading you through the essential elements in preparing a strong bid.

You can book your place on either of these workshops by visiting our website.


Charity Awards 2018 – Your Chance to Win
The Charity Awards is a national scheme that aims to celebrate the achievements and characteristics of charities of all sizes. They assess entrants on 6 ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’:

  • Outcomes and effectiveness
  • Value for money
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Replicability and scalability
  • Best practice

All UK registered charities are eligible to enter – although they recommend that newer charities should make sure they have a clear track record of the Hallmarks of Excellence before they apply. Partnership projects are also eligible to apply.

The application deadline is Friday 23rd February. You can download an application form for your charity from the Charity Awards website.


Important News: Reaching Communities England
The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme is changing. Although details of the changes have not yet been made public, it’s likely that they will be rolling out an application process that’s similar to the one they have been piloting in Yorkshire and the Humber over the past year – a more informal, conversation-based process than their existing application form.In order to get the new process underway, Big Lottery Fund has decided to stop accepting applications to Reaching Communities in England between Monday 15th January and Monday 2nd April. If this will affect your charity, visit the Reaching Communities website and find out how to contact their team.


Ashworth Charitable Trust
This charitable trust supports humanitarian charities in the UK and overseas (must be a UK registered charity). Projects they have funded in the past include:

  • Charities supporting those members of society who may be considered as isolated, vulnerable, at risk or disadvantaged
  • Charities helping to support carers
  • Holidays for disadvantaged children
  • Youth clubs, especially in disadvantaged areas
  • Women’s refuges
  • Charities supplying micro-loans, or other business enterprises in the Developing World

A fuller list is available on the trust’s website. Their vision statement outlines their priorities of the importance of education, the need to support marginalised people, and the capacity of people and human nature. The Trust prefers to help fund humanitarian projects and activities that share their vision and that have any of these characteristics:

  • The project or activity has been initiated by people living at the grassroots who are empowered to find the solutions to their own problems;
  • The project has a relatively simple, clear set of objectives and actions that further the vision of the Trust;
  • The project develops the capacity of individuals, their communities or their institutions helping them to help themselves;
  • The project enhances the learning of individuals, their communities or their institutions;
  • The project’s beneficiaries participate in the management and running of the project or activity; and
  • The project’s beneficiaries have suffered, or are suffering, from injustice, poverty or personal circumstances that are difficult for the individual to overcome without assistance.

Grants are generally for up to £3,000 (although occasionally up to £5,000) and are usually towards specific projects rather than core costs. The Trust prioritises smaller charities where its grant will make a bigger difference.

Applications should be made online, and you will need details of a referee for your charity as well as a project description. The next deadline for applications is 28th February. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.


Pre-Register For The M&S Energy Community Fund
The M&S Energy Community Fund makes grants to enable charities and community groups to install renewable technology and energy efficiency measures. The amount of funding available varies from year to year as it’s based on the number of customers M&S Energy has – but in 2017 it was £300,000.If your project is planning energy efficiency measures (for example, installing LED lighting), you could be eligible to apply. Applications aren’t open yet but you can pre-register here.


Charles Hayward Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants to UK registered charities, for projects that fall into the following priority areas:

  • Main grant programme – social and criminal justice and heritage and conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and overseas aid (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5 million)
  • Small grant programme – social and criminal justice and older people (for charities with an income of less than £350,000)

The Main Grants programme is a two-stage process, with applications first assessed by the grants committee and then by the Trustees. This can take up to 6 months. Applications to the Small Grants programme are assessed by the grants committee only, which meets every two or three months.

Each priority category has different guidelines about the size of grant they will give – details of these can be found in the category guidelines pages on the Charles Hayward Foundation website. There are no deadlines for applications. For more information, visit their website.


Is Your Charity GDPR-Ready?
New data protection legislation (General Data Protection Regulation aka GDPR) is coming into force on 25th May this year. If your organisation handles personal data of any kind, you’ll need to make sure you’re up to speed with the new rules. Key changes included in the new regulations include:

  • The time limit for responding to subject access requests has decreased from 40 days to one month
  • In the case of severe data breaches, it will now be compulsory to report them to both the person whose data is involved, and the Information Commissioner’s Office
  • There should now be no charge for subject access requests, except in unusual circumstances

The ICO has announced a free webinar for those who want to know more about GDPR, taking place at 2pm on 11th January – sign up here. More information, including a checklist of everything you need to do, is available on the ICO website.


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
This charitable foundation makes grants to UK registered charities that support children with disabilities and/or illnesses. Specifically, they prioritise projects working with:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

Grants are generally for up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years (although most grants are for lower amounts). Applications should be made on an application form which can be downloaded from the DM Thomas Foundation website. The next deadline for applications is 6th February.


New Heritage Action Zones
Historic England has recently announced their new Heritage Action Zones for 2018.  Heritage Action Zones, which first came into being earlier this year, supports local authorities to unlock untapped potential in places that are rich in history and historic fabric to help them thrive, and improve quality of life for communities and businesses.Activity in each Heritage Action Zone is based on local need and ranges from bringing back into use neglected listed buildings as housing, retail or community spaces; improving conservation areas to kick start regeneration and developing historic sites as visitor attractions.

The new eight Heritage Action Zones are:

  •     Bishop Auckland, North East
  •     Stockton and Darlington Railway, North East
  •     Dewsbury Living Market Town, Yorkshire
  •     Rochdale Town Centre, North West
  •     Greater Grimsby, East Midlands
  •     Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic, West Midlands
  •     North Lowestoft Heritage Quarter, East of England
  •     Walworth, London

Historic England carries out work in partnership with the local authorities and other partners in Heritage Action Zones, including supporting community engagement. They also offer funding opportunities for heritage-related projects across England – you don’t have to be based in a Heritage Action Zone to be eligible. See their website for more details.


New Guidance On Safeguarding
The Charity Commission has updated its safeguarding strategy. They now recommend that safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk. The strategy explains that trustees should ensure their charity provides a safe environment for staff, volunteers, and anyone who comes into contact with it. Additionally, the new strategy explains what trustees’ charity law duties mean in the context of safeguarding – so you can ensure you’re following the law. You can download the updated safeguarding strategy here.