Google Launch Learning Hub for UK Charities

Google has launched a free initiative that intends to help 30,000 small and medium-sized charities enhance their fundraising capabilities by improving their digital abilities.

‘Grow Your Charity Online’ is a new learning hub for UK charities that offers tools and advice on how to use the internet to promote causes, raise donations and operate more efficiently.

Provided by Media Trust and the Charity Technology Trust, the initiative will offer an online learning hub, training, free workshops and live events.

The hub was launched this month and is aimed at charities with annual turnovers of £1 million or less.

Richard Craig, chief executive of the CTT, said: "Due to a lack of resources, very few of the charities we work with are able to take full advantage of what the internet has to offer to help them achieve their missions.

"Without the time or money to invest in it, charities might miss out on the advantages that web analytics, online communications, promotional offers or even a YouTube page can offer them."

Organisations can sign up through the website, and will be taught how to use the internet to increase their reach, develop their fundraising and improve their engagement with volunteers.

Charities will be able to apply for free access to online services such as advertising and business apps, which commercial companies currently pay for.

Google’s UK employees will commit a percentage of their work time to the project this year by offering their internet expertise at workshops throughout the UK and online.

Matt Brittin, vice-president of Google’s northern and central European operations, said: "The web is essential for charities to access new tools to share stories, help people and raise money.

"Britain’s charities need sustainable, practical methods with which to help themselves grow and really make a difference, and Grow Your Charity Online aims to help these organisations succeed."

Further information is available from the Grow Your Charity Online website (opens in a new window).

Source: 12/02/13


The South West Coast Path Association is offering other charities the chance to raise funds for their own causes in their Great South West Walk next spring with “Golden Bond” places.

Walking The South West Coast Path is popular with many each year, as a way to raise sponsorship, with the logistics and administrative tasks repeated by a range of charities - who are reinventing the wheel each time, detracting time and funds from their causes.

By securing bonds in the Great South West Walk this work is done for them by the SWCPA, so charities can focus their time on attracting walkers to raise funds.

Chairman of the Great South West Walk, Ken Carter explains:

“Throughout the year we see various charities benefitting from walks around the South West Coast Path and the organisation involved is considerable. With our Great South West Walk everything is in place for the charities - from posters and registration forms to the website and entry system.  We will also deal with issues such as transport and insurance for walkers – leaving charities to just focus on the task of engaging supporters for their own cause.”

Ken continued: “The £60 from each Golden Bond will help cover our costs, as well as raise some funds towards our own target of £250,000 for the Coast Path itself.  Many take for granted that the path will always be there as a vital fundraising tool, when in fact funding for its maintenance has shrunk in recent years.  The £250,000 that we are raising is for improvement projects to the path, over and above general maintenance, to ensure it is accessible and of a surface safe to walk on all year round.”

Golden Bonds must be purchased by February 1st 2013, and each charity’s walkers must be registered with the SWCPA by February 18th.

Charities are welcome to get involved with just one or several legs of the walk with the cost of a bond for one leg being £60 and then £10 per leg thereafter to enable charities to build different sizes of challenges appropriate for their supporters.

For more information, or discuss the Golden Bond places, please contact the SWCPA on

The Great South West Walk, which celebrates the SWCPA’s 40th anniversary, takes place next April/May and will consist of a series of sponsored walks which have been broken down into 56 legs. 

Done in relay, the legs will cover the entire 630 mile path around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (as well as the Exmoor coast through Somerset). 

Meeting with a birthday party at Land’s End on 7th May 2013, the South coast series starts at Poole on 3rd April, with the North coast series starting at Minehead on 16th April. 

Each leg will be guided by local experts, rangers and path wardens, who are all assisting the SWCPA with this event.

If you would like to take part directly, without going through one of the charities, please register your interest by 4th March at  You can also follow the event on Twitter @LoveSWCoastPath 

New Funding Tool for Charities


The Charity Commission has launched a new tool to help charities find umbrella and infrastructure groups offering bespoke advice and support.

As part of its wider partnership programme, the Charity Commission for England and Wales has developed its website to allow charities to access information about the support provided by over 40 umbrella and infrastructure bodies.

The Commission hopes the new website pages will help charities identify the ‘best fit’ umbrella body for their needs, and will encourage more charities to make use of the support available within the sector.

Continue reading here.


Potential Funding for Community Green Spaces

This document sets out the potential funding available to community and voluntary organisations for community green space initiatives. The aim is to identify the different grant schemes open to local groups, green spaces, allotment organisations or trusts, and also where to go to get help when looking for funding.

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DAAT Peer Support Funding Details

Funding is available from the Devon DAAT to develop to peer-based approaches to support recovery support from substance misuse in Devon.

A pilot approach is being undertaken in accordance with the NHS Devon Contestability Framework 2010 in order to understand:

  • Demand/Volume for the service
  • Patient Experience
  • Impact on other services

The pilot will run for 9 months from October 2012, and will:

  • Recruit recovery champions from local recovery communities to act as peer mentors
  • Identify and appoint local strategic, therapeutic and community recovery champions
  • Provide a training and support package for peers including the development of "recovery coaches"
  • Develop approaches to family recovery in Exeter in response to the Targeted Families in the City
  • Develop links between substance misuse treatment champions and contacts within recovery communities
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of peer support groups and ensure that this is fed into the Reform recovery directory
  • Assertively engage people through any lapse to improve retention and successful completions
  • Build recovery captial by supporting people to engage in meaningful occupations
  • Support the development of a locally-agreed narrative of recovery
  • Contribute to the understanding and body of knowledge on "recovery" by producing robust evaluation

Process and Timescales:

Advertised through the Devon Reform - - 10th August

Submissions returned - by 29th August - now extended to 7th September however any questions must reach Kristian Tomblin pre the 30th of August. 

Panel presentation and discussion - 11th September

Recommendations made to JCG - 12th September

Project commences following JCG reccomendation - October 2012

Details of who to contact, the requirements and other information are contained within the documents entitled proposal details/proposal requirements in the Resource section of the website (under "About").

 -information obtained from Devon Reform

News from funding Central

Following its strategic review last year, the Charity Commission is encouraging charities in England and Wales to strengthen their governance arrangements. To this end, the Charity Commission and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) are working together on this review project.

In order to participate, charities must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered with the Charity Commission in the last two years.
  • Have their primary area of activity as England and Wales.
  • Have trustees who are fully committed to participating in the project.

The charities participating in the project will undergo a four-stage governance review:

  • Trustees and the senior manager of the charity will be asked to complete an anonymous governance questionnaire.
  • An experienced professional, the reviewer, will undertake a desk-top review of some of their key governance documents.
  • The reviewer will observe a trustee meeting to gain an insight into boardroom governance and decision-making within the charity.
  • The reviewer will meet with key members of the charity (trustees and staff, where appropriate) to discuss the organisation’s governance and gain a deeper insight into the how the charity is thriving since registration.
  • A report from the reviewer will be presented to the trustees for discussion, highlighting governance strengths and weakness, and suggestions for improvement.

Charities will need to submit an Expression of Interest, and the selection will be on a “first come, first served” basis. The project is likely to include 25 charity reviews and should be completed in November 2012.

Visit the ICSA website for more information about the review and how to apply.

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South West Foundation - Small Grants Programme


South West Foundation, in partnership with the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, has announced the second round of the small grants programme for charitable community groups offering services to people most in need in the South West Region. This programme is for grants up £1,000 and gives priority to small organisations with an annual income of less than £15,000 per annum who are working in rural areas or coastal and market towns. For more information please contact South West Foundation on 01275 333666 (please note the Foundation prefers to talk to applicants before they apply).


 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Innovation Fund


The purpose of the UK Branch is to help enrich and connect the experiences of people in the UK and Ireland and secure lasting and


beneficial change. They have a special interest in supporting those who are


most disadvantaged and place a particular emphasis on cultural understanding, fulfilling potential and the environment. The funds available are modest in scale and competition is likely to be strong. As a guide, it is expected that grants will average between £10,000 and £25,000.


Grants for War Memorials - England


The Grants for War Memorials scheme provides grants for the repair


and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England to help


organisations and individuals responsible for their upkeep. They are


designed to support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high


standard, and to prevent their decay. English Heritage (EH) and the Wolfson


Foundation, in association with the War Memorials Trust, provide grants.


 Veolia Trust


The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental


projects across the UK. These could include projects aiming to install or


Enhance play areas and skate parks; restore footpaths and green spaces,


protect natural habitats, improve community halls and restore churches.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is a medium-sized grant maker, awarding around 300 grants totalling circa £2 million each year. They support projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation especially in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care. They also have a small budget for UK charities which are working on projects in developing countries.


Heritage Lottery Fund - Your Heritage


The Your Heritage programme offers grants between £3000 and £50,000


for projects that relate to the local, regional or national heritage of the UK (except the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). They welcome applications that help people to learn about, look after and celebrate heritage in a fun and enjoyable way. To receive a grant your project must help people to learn about their own and other people’s heritage. Your project must also do either or both of the following: conserve the UK’s diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy. help more people, and a wider range of people, to take an active part in and make decisions about heritage.


Heritage Lottery Fund - Young Roots


Young Roots is a grant programme designed to engage young people


Aged 13-25 with their heritage. Young Roots projects stem directly from the


interest and ideas of young people, who are supported by youth and heritage


organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with their


local communities. The programme budget is £3000 to £25,000.


BIG Lottery Fund - Reaching Communities


Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities


most in need. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of your organisation. You should note the high levels of interest in this programme and consider whether your project would be better suited to another Big Lottery Fund programme.      


Al Fayed Charitable Trust


Supports children suffering from life-threatening illnesses or living in poverty. Mainly hospice support. The Foundation is committed to helping make a difference. As well as financial support, causes receive toys, chocolate and hampers, primary schools throughout the UK are sent reading books, and Mr Al Fayed and Harrods staff give time to help distribute food, blankets, gifts and other comforts for the homeless at Christmas. Grants range from £1,000 to £850,000.

Yapp Charitable Trust


Grants for registered charities with an annual expenditure of less than £40,000 to sustain their existing work with: elderly people, children and young people aged 5 - 25, people with disabilities or mental health problems, people trying to overcome social life-limiting problems, education and learning.   


Clore Duffield Foundation


The Foundation is a grant-making organisation which concentrates its


support on education, the arts, museum and gallery education, cultural


leadership training, health and social care and enhancing Jewish life,


whilst placing a particular emphasis on supporting children, young people


and society's more vulnerable individuals. Grants range from below 5,000 to


in excess of £1m.


Clothworkers' Foundation 


The Clothworkers Foundation aims through its funding to improve the


quality of life, particularly for people and communities facing disadvantage.


Foyle Foundation - Small Grants


The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in


the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level,


in any field, across a wide range of activities. Grants range from £1,000 to £10,000.

Garfield Weston Foundation


The Garfield Weston Foundation helps organisations and is prepared to consider applications covering a wide range of charitable activity. Areas funded include: education, arts, health, general, environment, community, youth, religion and welfare. The Foundation only considers applications from UK registered charities (unless you have exempt status as a church, educational establishment, hospital or housing corporation).      

Gibbs Trust 


Funds innovative undertakings by Methodist churches and


organisations, other Christian causes, especially of an ecumenical nature,


and a wider category within the fields of the creative arts, education,


social and international concerns as well as a few international initiatives.


Grants range from £1,000 to £3,000.        


Grocers' Charity


The Grocers Company has time-honoured associations with a number of schools and colleges at which the Charity funds internal scholarships and bursaries. Financial support from the Charity is also available to UK-registered charities, with the selection of recipients being regularly reviewed in line with a policy to support specific areas of need.


The relief of poverty (including youth poverty) and help for the disabled


usually take priority, with medicine, the arts, heritage, the Church and the


elderly also designated.         


Jill Franklin Charitable Trust


The trust supports refugees, self-help mental health groups, churches


for restoration, respite holidays prisoners education with small grants ranging from £500 to £1000.


Mark Leonard Trust


Environmental education in the UK, particularly projects finding practical ways of involving children and young adults; Youth work that supports the rehabilitation of young people involved in anti-social or criminal activities, and helps remove the barriers to social inclusion.         

Rank Foundation Ltd - small grants


The Rank Foundation supports promotion of Christian principles


through film and other media; the encouragement and development of


leadership amongst young people; the support of disadvantaged young people;


and the support of those who are frail or lonely due to age or disability.


Grants up to £7,500.  


Rayne Foundation - Rayne Grants


Arts, Education, Health & Medicine, and Social Welfare & Development. Within these four broad sectors, the Foundation encourages applications that apply to their evolving list of areas of special interest, which are on the web-site.          


Westhill Endowment 


The objectives of the Westhill Endowment are the promotion of education in the manner which reflects the principles of the Christian religion and the tradition of the historic free churches and the promotion of dialogue and educational interchange between the Christian Church and persons of other living faiths. To achieve these objectives Westhill supports community-transforming projects with advice and grants of £1000 to £20,000.

Foyle Foundation - Arts and Education


The Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts and projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and which have a long-term strategic impact.           


John Ellerman Foundation


Grants are made to charities, mostly in the United Kingdom which work nationally, not locally. The Foundation makes grants in the following five categories: Health and disability, Social Welfare, Arts, Conservation, and Overseas.


Henry Smith's Charity


The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity. They make grants totalling approximately 25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.       


ASDA Foundation


The ASDA Foundation is ASDA's charitable trust which was set up in


1988 to support local good causes chosen by their colleagues, and is funded by profits from the midweek national lottery.


Feed the Minds


For those with partner NGOs in the developing world. Feed the Minds is an ecumenical Christian organisation, first established in 1964, that supports education in the worlds poorest regions.           


Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Education


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has advised that some of the guidelines


for the 'Supplementary education' theme under its Education and Learning


Programme Open Grants Scheme has been updated.       


Football Foundation - Build the Game Scheme


The Build the Game scheme provides grants for small facility projects. They aim to assess applications to this scheme within 12 weeks. The scheme has flexible criteria and there are many eligible items, so long as it is the right project for the right applicant. All projects must demonstrate they can support the growth and retention of grassroots football.       


The Art Fund


The Art Fund exists to secure great art for museums and galleries all across the UK for everyone to enjoy. They do this by helping to buy, save and show works of art of all ages and all kinds by giving grants, placing gifts of art, fundraising and campaigning.      

Co-operative Community Fund


Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups. To be successful, a group must: Carry out positive work in the community and a project must: address a community issue, provide a


good long-term benefit to the community, support co-operative values and principles ideally be innovative in its approach.         


Football Foundation - Facilities Grant Scheme


The Football Foundation has announced that it’s Facilities Grant


Scheme is now open for applications for projects that improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities. Organisations that are eligible to apply for funding include football clubs, schools, multi-sports, local authorities, registered charity organisations & not for profit organisations. Grants of up to 500,000 are available to support projects that; sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability and help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.  




Warburtons supports charities and the community in three ways: with financial support, product donations and the personal involvement of individual people - both Warburton family members and employees. Our main focus is on grass roots activities that have a positive effect on the aspirations, education, skills and employability of young people, as well as projects that are centred on family life, promoting healthier lifestyles and contributing to improvements in the local community.  


The Archer Trust 


The Trust prefers to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation. They favour charities which make good use of volunteers.     


Wooden Spoon Charity 


Projects supported by Wooden Spoon vary greatly in size and nature but all fulfil Spoon's mission statement: "To enhance the quality and prospect of life for children and young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially." Grants are generally in the range £10K - £100K and representing 25% - 100% of the total project cost. 


Barchester Healthcare Foundation


The Barchester Healthcare Foundation is a registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales. They hope that their grants will help people lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential. The foundation favour applications that encourage a person’s mobility, independence and improved quality of life. Their grants range from £100 up to £5,000.      


St Modwen Environmental Trust


The St. Modwen Environmental Trust has been established to provide support to the communities in which the company operates by offering grants to groups seeking to improve their local environment.       


Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust Grant


The Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust Grant is provided and administered by the Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust and is available for TSOs in the UK. The scheme is intended to support organisations undertaking charitable projects. In particular, the scheme wishes to support projects with the following themes: Heritage, Education, Health care, Sports facilities.  Grants typically range from £1,000 to £10,000. Contact: The Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust, 7 Swan Walk, London SW3 4JJ.        


Woodroffe Benton Foundation


The Foundation gives preference to: Financial assistance to those in need as a result of disaster or by reason of social and economic circumstances; the provision of care for the sick and elderly; the promotion of education; conservation and improvement of the environment. Further details available from the Foundation's Secretary, Woodroffe Benton Foundation, 16 Fernleigh Court, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6NA, tel 020 8421 4120,


Natural England's Path for Communities


Paths for Communities is a funding scheme set up to develop and enhance the network of Public Rights of Way (PROW) in England in order to deliver benefits to rural areas. Local community partnerships are eligible to bid to Natural England for funds.

Grants with June deadlines                         


Moto in the Community Trust


The Moto in the Community Trust looks to support a wide variety of local charity and community projects within 25 miles of a Moto site.


Deadline: 15 June 2012


The ISBE Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE)


Fund provides financial support to new research activities from academics, third sector organisations, consultants and practitioners. Deadline: 15 June 2012


British and Foreign School Society 


Religious education and spiritual development, and all projects, both in the UK and abroad which provide support for children's education and teacher training. Deadline: 18 June 2012                   


Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation


The Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation is looking for long-term opportunities to collaborate with not-for-profit organisations. Deadline: 25 June 2012.           


Hedley Foundation 


The Hedley Foundation assists and encourages development and change. Most grants are capital or one-off, but the Trustees sometimes agree to help fund the introduction of new and innovative projects with a series of up to 3 annual grants. Few grants exceed 5,000 and most of them go to charities where they can make an impact. Deadline: 27 June 2012.

SITA - Enriching Nature Programme


SITA Trust has committed new funds to the Enriching Nature Programme that will enable it to run for three years from 2010 - 2012. The Trust has committed 8m in new funds to this programme. In 2010 a total of 2.7m has been allocated. That’s 300,000 for each of England’s 9 biodiversity regions. Applicants may request up to 120,000 for an individual project. Deadline: 29 June 2012


Comic Relief - Managing Money Better 


Comic Relief has decided to open a grants programme in 2012 to help older people cope with the challenges of this particularly harsh financial climate and the resultant exclusion and hardship it is causing. This programme will be aimed at supporting older people (65+) to build their knowledge and skills to manage their money more effectively, ensure access to good, independent financial advice, guard against financial scams and abuse and cope better with cold homes. Grants for more than £10K only. Deadline: 29 June 2012.

Strategic Touring Programme - Arts Council


The 45 million Strategic touring programme was launched in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. Projects for more than £10k only. Deadline: 29 June 2012


Church and Community Fund


The Church and Community Fund (CCF) have announced its new overarching aim, set of objectives and three new strategic funding themes. Deadline: 30 June 2012.   

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme


The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000 to local projects that support children and their education and welfare, elderly people and adults and children with disabilities. The Tesco Charity Trust Trustees also consider grant applications at their tri-annual meetings. These grants range between £4,000 and £25,000 and are to support local, national or international projects in areas where they operate.


Deadline: 30 June 2012


English Heritage - Repair grants for places of worship


This scheme is jointly funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund and gives grants for urgent repairs to listed buildings which are in regular use as public places of worship. Deadline: 30 June 2012.                   


Help the Homeless


Help The Hominess’s main funding remit is the regular allocation of Small Grants (generally up to 3000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized charities only. Grants to larger charities will only be considered if the project is suitably innovative and it is only possible for a large organisation to develop it. Deadline: 30 June 2012


D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust 


The majority of grants are made on a one-off basis although long-term grants are also agreed from time to time for a maximum of three years, particularly in respect of educational establishments mainly in the arts sector, and to help newly created charities to become established. Deadline: 30 June 2012.


ContactMrs Jane Thorne, Secretary, 1 Savoy Hill London WC2R 0BP Tel:020 7420 2600                    


McDonald's Kickstart Grants - Community Football


Apply for anything, which will help to support, grow or develop your football players and the community. You can apply for one-off grants of between 500 to 2500 including VAT for a single project. Deadline: 30 June 2012.



Grants with July deadlines


PRS for Music Foundation


PRS for Music Foundation is looking to support music creators, performers and promoters who are involved in creatively adventurous or pioneering musical activity. It does this by offering a wide range of funding schemes for new music activity. Deadline: 2 July 2012                

The Explore Fund - North Face


The Explore Fund will support organisations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front & backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal & environmental health. Financial Support will be given up to €2,500 to organisations that comply with the guidelines. Deadline: 2 July 2012.


Coming Up - Film makers


Coming Up is a talent scheme that provides emerging film-makers with the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast. Films must be bold and original with surprising ideas and strong voices and should demonstrate ambition, wit, urgency and fearless entertainment.Deadline: 2 July 2012.


Sport England - Places People Play - Protecting Playing Fields Scheme


Sport England has launched the Places People Play programme to create a legacy of participation for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, investing 10 million of National Lottery funding in community sports projects over three years from 2011-2014. The Protecting Playing Fields (PFF) scheme will fund capital projects to establish, develop and improve playing fields for community and sporting use. Grants of 20,000 to 50,000 are available and match funding is required for all applications. Deadline: 9 July 2012.      





South West Foundation


New Small Grants programme - now open

The Foundation, in partnership with the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, makes avaiable small grants of to £1,000 for small Community Organisations operating in rural areas, market and coastal towns with the aim of encouraging and enabling people to take part in their communities. We like to talk to you first before sending you a form.

Please do ring us on 01275 333666 for more information 

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Developing a new investment in older people. Big Lottery Fund

The big lottery fund are using their network of stakeholders to help them recruit. They have two reasons for doing this:

Big Lottery Fund:-

Firstly, there are already a lot of existing networks of older people and it makes sense to use them.

Secondly, we want to ensure a strong connection between the core group of older people that we recruit and other older people in other organisations throughout the sector. Using older people from existing networks will allow us to bridge to a wider pool of older people, ideas, knowledge, expertise and experience already available.

How many older people will BIG recruit?

We want to recruit up to 15 people aged over 50.

What are the eligibility criteria?

We want people who: 

  • are aged over 50
  • champion older people as assets
  • actively involved in their local community or projects that focus on older people
  • aware of older people’s key needs and issues
  • have experience of older people living in isolation
  • creative and innovative thinkers
  • willing to participate in and travel to meetings
  • able to commit their time to the duration of the process, including be able to attend five daytime meetings between May and July
  • Attend an induction and selection day in London on Friday 11th May
  • What will they do?

    There will are a number of areas of work that older people can get involved in:

    Design - older people will work with us to shape the focus of our next investment. The group will meet a number of times from May to July, to act as a sound boarding to test ideas and themes. Their recommendations will go to a Big Lottery Fund decision-making committee in July for approval.   

    Roll out – help design a communications strategy to launch the fund and ensure that the programme reaches those older people who need it the most.

    Learning – enable us to learn about the impact of the investment. The learning will be shared widely for the benefit of other older people and those working with them.

To find out more about this cause, and how to sign up, please use these links:

Application Form

Booking Form

Questions and Answers(General Information)




The Hilden Chartiable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund has allocated its annual small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.

Trustees look to fund projects for children aged 5 to 18 years, lasting 2-6 weeks, with strong volunteer support.

They will not support schemes with a budget above £10,000, or where the organisation has an income above £120,000.

The application form can be downloaded from the website.

Deadline: 18 May 2012
Contact: The Hilden Charitable Fund
Telephone: 0207 603 1525



Fund-raising courses  in Torbay - you decide which ones 

Robin Causley, Community Funding Advisor based at CVA Torbay would like to know what kind of fund-raising training courses local groups would like to have made available  to them  - so please let him know your area of interest. They would be held late March to early April, costing  around £50 per day.  Would you like "Top Tips for Tendering", "Cracking the Corporate offers" or others?  Read more about them here.  Now express your interest to Robin here.  Good luck!



New fund to help not-for-profit free advice services

A  new £16.8 million central government fund to help not-for-profit free advice services in England will be delivered by the Big Fund, Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, announced today (Monday 21 November).

The fund will provide immediate support to debt, welfare benefits, employment and housing advice services. In addition, the Cabinet Office will conduct a review to ensure that people continue to have access to good quality free advice services in their communities.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said:

This is a serious commitment to help free advice services carry on delivering much needed help to people struggling with debt, welfare benefits, employment and housing problems in these difficult economic times. The Cabinet Office will also be carrying out a review of free advice services to ensure that we do all we can to help the sector.

Nat Sloane, BIG England Chair said:

In delivering the Advice Services Fund programme on behalf of the Cabinet Office, BIG will work to ensure that this important funding reaches these organisations as quickly as possible. These grants will make a real difference in enabling advice services to continue to provide good quality support and guidance to people in their communities.

The new Advice Services Fund will open for applications by the end of November and will be managed by BIG Fund. It will be for not-for-profit advice providers in England. Applicants must:

  • provide advice in at least one of the following priority areas: debt, welfare benefits, employment and housing; and
  • be able to evidence public funding cuts of at least 10% for the specified advice service areas from central and local government sources in 2011/12.

Priority will be given to organisations with higher levels of reductions in funds. How applicants plan to use their grants, their plans for the future (including ways to improve efficiency) and how the quality of their advice services help meet local needs, will also be taken into account. The Advice Services Fund will provide grants of £40,000 to £70,000 to be spent on service delivery.

The Government review will conclude early next year. It will look at the funding environment for these services, likely levels of demand, and how government can play a positive role.

  1. Full details of the eligibility criteria will be available on the BIG Fund website when the fund opens for applications by the end of November.
  2. Across the UK a total of £20 million has been released for advice service funding. £16.8 million will be spent in England, the remaining £3.2 million in devolved administrations.
  3. The £107 million Transition Fund gave support to over 1,000 charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises most vulnerable to public spending cuts.




Peoplefundit is a new online service that provides a platform for people with ideas to raise money.
Peoplefnudit  have said 'We believe is suited to grass-root projects that are driven by passionate people.  In the last two weeks since we launched we have already managed to help raise over £44,000 and now we’re looking for new projects to promote in one or more of our categories: energy, food, health, community, environment and recreation.
If you know of any local projects that might benefit from funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 then please point them towards the website or pass them my contact information.  All you need to start up is a project aim, a 3 minute video and an idea of what rewards you can give in return for pledges.  The rewards can be anything from postcards and t-shirts to membership and exclusive access.
It’s quick and easy to back a project once it’s set up and you can do so from £1.  Why not have a look at some of our current projects: to get some ideas. is brought to you by the media production company set up around Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and River Cottage. We’ve learnt from our other projects (like Fish Fight, River Cottage, Landshare and energyshare) that when you connect people, something really big can happen. We’re working in partnership with Forum for the Future, the organisation set up by Jonathon Porritt (former-chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and Friends of the Earth), to work globally with business and government to create a sustainable future.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments.  Contact JAKE LEA-WILSON, / t: +44 (0) 20 7490 3580  / m: +44 (0) 7970 658 682 

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef, campaigner, Presenter and Director at KEO films, says:
“The success of our Fish Fight, Landshare, and energyshare campaigns have shown that solutions often come from grass roots collective action, and have the power to effect more remarkable change than we really ever imagined. builds on that momentum, and gives people the means to take their ideas forward. That, in a nutshell, is why, I’m excited about



What is TOFFY?

TOFFY is the Torbay Opportunities Fund for Youth managed by a panel of young people from Torbay.

TOFFY funding MUST be spent on “Things To Do, Places To Go” that young people have suggested.  You can ask for money for special activities, trips, staff wages or small bits of equipment.  Whatever you ask for your total amount must be no more than £5,000.

Applications are judged on the following points – this is called the TOFFY criteria:

  • Does the idea come from the young people?
  • Do the projects/activities make a difference to lots of young people? (although small groups will get funding if they fit the other criteria)
  • Are the projects/activities for young people who cannot do the activities without help from TOFFY?  There are lots of different reasons why some young people can’t take part in things, either they don’t have a lot of money or they have a disability, or don’t live with their family.
  • Is it on a Friday or Saturday night? (young people have said they want more things to do on Friday and Saturday nights).
  • Is it a new group or a new activity?

For more information see the TOFFY application form available here 


Community Grant Programme for the South West

South West Foundation in Partnership with the Learning Curve and the Skills Funding Agency, will shortly be opening a new grant programme for the South West. The Community Grants programme, funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, is aimed at supporting charitable voluntary and community organisations, to deliver projects that will help and support people furthest removed from the labour market to pick up the skills and confidence that will enable them to move toward employment. Read more here about an information seminar in Torquay



The Big Lottery South-West Awards For All Programme has announced the latest recipients of its grants.

Over £322,00 has been awarded to 42 organisations across the region,but only one award has been made in Torbay; with Sherwell Valley school being awarded £10,000 to develop play facilities.  

Why does Torbay appear to be missing out? The message from the Big Lottery is that there’s never been a better time to apply-the AFA programme having had an injection of £40 million more funding.

Quite simply if your service or project fits the criteria your voluntary organisation or community group has a great chance of success if you apply now.

AFA offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities-the criteria is very wide.

If your group is in need of some funds to start or develop a project and you haven’t had a recent award from the programme,get an application in as soon as possible.

The turn-around is very quick at between 6-8 weeks so you income could receive a major boost this autumn.

For further information visit the Big Lottery website at

Or contact the BIG Advice line on 0845 410 2030.

Advice and support with applications also available from Robin Causley, Community Funding Adviser at CVA Torbay Tel: 01803 212638. Email: 




AWARDS: for small charities

The annual Guardian Charity Awards seek to recognise and encourage small and medium-sized charities that are improving social wellbeing in its broadest sense by delivering practical solutions to present-day problems. Eligible charities must have been registered in the United Kingdom for more than two years and have an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million. Winners each receive £6,000, one year free NCVO membership and a tailored package of support from the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) that includes mentoring, expert advice and training, and a media package from the Media Trust. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2011 at: Guardian



Two new funding programmes which may be of interest to you - follow the links to further information

Leadership and Management Development Grant

Kick Start



The Transition Fund has been launched today. - News from NAVCA

This £100m fund was announced in the spending review and seeks to help small and medium-sized charities in England most vulnerable to short-term reductions in public spending. It is being administered by the Big Fund (the non-lottery funding arm of the Big Lottery Fund). For more details on the fund visit the Big Fund's Transition Fund pages 

The fund will be available to charities, social enterprises and community interest companies that find themselves in difficulties as a result of the public spending cuts, and can make a good case for transitional support to help them develop a new business model. Organisations need to be spending at least 50 per cent of their total income delivering specified frontline public services. 

To qualify for funding any organisation will have received at least 60% of its income from 'taxpayer funded' sources and have an income between £50,000 and £10 million. "Our understanding is that taxpayer-funded means funds raised by taxation. It excludes income from the Big Lottery Fund, although we are awaiting clarification on this" said Kevin Curley of NAVCA. 

Organisations will need to have evidence, or reasonably believe that, between April 2011 and March 2012, they will experience a reduction of at least 30 per cent or £25,000, whichever is greater, of the taxpayer-funded income that they receive for the delivery of the services.  Organisations can only apply if their free reserves could pay for their expenditure for no more than six months.  You can find the full details of eligibility criteria on the Big Fund's Transition Fund pages.

It is essential that this fund is promoted widely to eligible local organisations. This will not only demonstrate the effect of cuts on local services but ensure that there is funding available to enable the most vulnerable organisations to adapt to the new financial circumstances. There will be a series of regional events. For details visit the news and events part of the Transition Fund pages.  



New Grants Scheme Announced By Children In Need
Small grants of up to £10,000 are available to TSOs supporting children and young people.


The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK.  We do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better.  We take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.  Our primary interests are in the cultural life of the UK, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.



Apply to Esmée Fairbairn Fundation paper free!
You can now apply online for a grant from Esmée - saving you time, paper and energy.  It’s easy to make an online application, you can save and go back to your application as many times as you wish, and print it before submitting it.  You will be able to view your online application history and, once you’ve submitted it, you will automatically be sent an email copy of your completed application.

Please visit our website for more information and to make an online application.


Faiths in Action
Grants of up to £6000 available to support inter faith activity within local communities. Follow this link to further information.

If Faithnet can be of assistance in helping you apply please do contact us. or Tel  0117 - 3042298.  Funding available for Third Sector organisations


Funding to improve small community and voluntary groups
Groups of individuals as well as small community and voluntary groups within the UK that want to improve their communities can apply for funding through the Wakeham Trust.

The Trust is particularly interested in supporting:

  • Neighbourhood projects.
  • Community arts projects.
  • Projects involving community service by young people.
  • Projects set up by those who are socially excluded.

The Trust also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though they never support individuals. The

Trust normally give grants to projects where an initial £75 to £750 can make a real difference to getting the project up and running.

To be eligible, applicants need to be registered charities or have access to a registered charity that will be willing to accept funds on their behalf.

Applications can be made at any time either in writing by post or online, see



South West Foundation/Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Please follow this link to a flyer giving basic information about our Small Grant Fund, run in partnership with Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. 
This is a useful source of small grant funding for small groups.  We can provide a decision quickly and simply, can fund groups that fall outside the Grassroots Grants criteria (particularly new groups and higher income groups that can make a good case for receiving a Small Grant) and the monitoring requirements are  simple and straightforward.  


Funding Central
Funding Central website lists 4,000 opportunities