July 2018 | Newsletter

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet – but we’ve just got our year-end figures confirmed and we’re so proud we had to share them with you!

If you’d like to get some expert fundraising & bidwriting support from us, just get in touch – you can find details of our daily rate, our services and how to get in touch on our website.
NOT a Registered Charity?
If you’re looking for a small amount funding for a community group that’s not a registered charity, this could be the fund for you. Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving campaign gives community groups a chance to win £500.

Applications will be shortlisted by judges, who will be looking for:
applications from organisations or groups that show a real commitment to their local community, particularly supporting vulnerable people
volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the goodwill and generosity of members
applications which will make a lasting difference to the neighbourhood they’re working in
a clear idea of what you’ll spend the money on

After the shortlisting stage, the applications that have gone through will be uploaded to the website, for a public vote – so you’ll want to advertise this to all your supporters!

The deadline for applications is 31st July. For more information, and to apply, visit the Grassroots Giving website.

Quick And Easy – £10k For Your Charity!
Making A Difference Locally, the charitable arm of Nisa supermarkets, has recently launched a competition for small charities to win big money towards their marketing costs.

To be eligible, your charity must have an annual income of £100,000 or under. Applications are via a quick and easy online form – you’ll need to know what your charity would want to spend the £10,000 on if you win. The deadline for applications is this Friday (6th July) so you’ll have to be quick! For more information, and to apply, visit the Nisa Locally website.

The Hedley Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants to registered charities which work with young people in the following fields:
recreation, sport, training, health and welfare, support and outdoor education of young people between the ages of 11 and 25;
young people who are at risk of offending;
young people who have disabilities or a terminal illness;
young carers.

Grants are generally for amounts up to £5,000 and are for local or regional charities – the Foundation does not support national charities. More information about areas the charity is particularly keen to fund can be found on their website, along with the dates of upcoming trustee meetings – the next 2 are 18th July and 12th September. For more information, and to download the application form, visit the Hedley Foundation website.

DM Thomas Foundation
The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People makes grants to UK registered charities working in the areas of education or health, with one or more of their three priority groups:
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)

Funding can be for up to two years, with a maximum grant limit of £30,000 per year – although most grants are much smaller. Applications are via an application form available on the Foundation’s website, and must be submitted both electronically AND in hard copy, to be received by 5.30pm on the deadline date. The next deadline for applications is 24th July. For more information, and to access the application form, visit the DM Thomas Foundation website.

Make Music
If your charity works with children and young people, delivering musical activities or projects, you could be eligible for Youth Music funding. There are two levels of funding available:
Fund A: for grants of £2,000 – £30,000
Fund B: for grants of £30,001 – £150,000

The project must benefit children and young people in England only – other UK countries are not considered under this scheme.

Youth Music has 5 priority areas – your project should fit into at least one of them:
Early Years: children aged 0-5 who face barriers to accessing music-making due to their circumstances or where they live
Special Educational Needs/Disabilities: children and young people who have moderate to profound/multiple learning difficulties, have sensory impairments, or have disabilities
NEET: young people (aged 16-24) who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or are at risk of becoming NEET
Youth Justice: children and young people who are, have been, or are at risk of being in contact with the youth justice system
Coldspots: children and young people who face barriers to accessing music-making opportunities as a direct result of where or who they are

The next round of their Fund A scheme will be opening soon, with a deadline date of 24th August. For more information, and to apply, visit the Youth Musicwebsite.

Getting Paid a Living Wage
In November 2017 the Living Wage Foundation – in partnership with a group of twelve major funders, NCVO and Cardiff Business School – published the Low Pay in the Charity Sector report. The report found that over a quarter (26%) of charity workers are paid below the real Living Wage – a higher percentage than the average across all sectors in the UK workforce (22%). This can be a real issue if you’re applying for grants – larger funders in particular are increasingly asking if applicant charities pay the Living Wage to their staff.

In response to this, the Living Wage Foundation has now launched an action plan aimed at tackling the problem of low pay in the charity sector. It identifies the sector barriers to paying the real living wage as the “race to the bottom” created by Government cuts and intense competition for funding, a lack of awareness of the real living wage in the sector, combined with a public perception that charity work should be voluntary or low paid. The Foundation has come up with some achievable action points to enable you to bring quality of life in our sector up – check it out on the Living Wage Foundation website.

Trustee Regulations Changing – Will You Be Affected?
From 1st August this year, the regulations around automatic disqualifications for trustees are changing. More reasons for disqualification will be added (including being in contempt of court, being named under particular anti-terrorism legislation or being on the sex offenders register), and the rules will also apply to some charity senior manager positions (chief executives and finance directors – and those in equivalent roles).

To make sure your charity isn’t affected, have a read through the new guidance – you can access it here.

The Alchemy Foundation
This charitable foundation funds a wide range of project areas. Their annual report states that the foundation’s work focuses on:
The Alchemist Scheme (funding the costs of fundraisers assigned to other charities to assist with their fundraising efforts)
Water projects in the developing world
Disability (particularly mobility, access, helplines and communications)
Social welfare (inner city community projects, disaffected youth, family mediation, homelessness)
Personal reform
Penal reform (work with prisoners, especially young prisoners, and their families)
Medical research and aid (especially in areas of blindness and disfigurement)Individual enterprise (by helping Raleigh International, Project Trust and similar organisations to give opportunities to young people according to need) 
Respite for carers

If your charity’s work fits into any of these areas, you could be eligible for a grant from the Alchemy Foundation. Grants to organisations average around £550. Applying is very quick and easy – just write up a project proposal and cover letter and send to the Foundation’s registered office at:

Trevereux Manor 
Limpsfield Chart 
Oxted 
Surrey 
RH8 0TL

£20 Million to Help End Loneliness
The government’s new Building Connections Fund (in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation) will have £11 million to give to projects that will help bring people together, with a special focus on projects that will use digital technologies. In addition to this new fund, the People’s Postcode Lottery has committed £5 million of players’ money to top up existing grants it has given to charities that combat loneliness, and the Health Lottery will give out £4 million to charities that work to improve social links in disadvantaged areas across England.

The fund is due to officially launch this month – details of the application process and the grant amounts available to apply for will be announced then. The fund is expected to be open for applications July – December 2018. Check back with us next month when we’ll have the lowdown on when and how to apply.

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