Government supports charities to go digital

Government announces £1 million funding to support programmes helping charities to improve their digital skills.

  • £1 million to expand training programmes for charities to improve digital skills
  • Fund follows a commitment in the Civil Society Strategy to support charities to build their digital confidence
  • Training to enable charities to develop an understanding of how technology can make it easier for them to achieve their goals

Charities across England will have the opportunity to improve their digital skills through a new £1 million digital training fund for the sector, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced today.

The Digital Leadership Fund will give industry leaders’ free access to training or heavily subsidised courses to boost their digital skills and develop a wider understanding of how technology can help them fulfil their mission.

Training available for charity bosses will include learning how to maximise online fundraising tools, build a social media presence or modernise their operational delivery by embedding updated IT systems.

Training may also include learning how to harness emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to achieve their charitable objectives.

For more information, and to download the guidance and application go to the Government website

Centre for Ageing Better opens £250,000 fund for charities

The Centre for Ageing Better will award a total of £250,000 funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to five ‘demonstrator’ projects that pilot, develop and share new approaches to age-friendly and inclusive volunteering.

Charities are invited to bid for funding to develop and document models of good practice which sustain lifelong contribution, keep people connected to voluntary opportunities and activities, or provide practical support for older people who are currently excluded.

The fund is launched off the back of a review of community contributions in later life, conducted by the Centre for Ageing Better in partnership with the Office for Civil Society in DCMS, published last month.

The review called on charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector to do more to support the contributions of people in later life. It found that many older people face barriers to taking part or staying involved, which can worsen as people age and their circumstances change, leading to many being locked out of participating in activities that matter to them.

The review recommended stronger action to enable people to take part and stay involved as they grow older and experience major life events such as ill health, bereavement or caring for loved ones. It also found that charities need to do more to widen participation from groups who are less likely to volunteer, including those who are less financially secure, in poorer health or from a BAME background.

The funding will support up to five pilot projects to develop and document new approaches to addressing these challenges. Charities which are experienced in incorporating flexible working practices for volunteers, supporting community led action or tackling barriers that prevent people from taking part are encouraged to apply, with the funding being awarded in March 2019.

The Centre for Ageing Better will work with charities awarded the funding to document and evaluate their projects so that others can learn from and replicate successful approaches.

The deadline is midday on 10 December, with the funding being awarded in March 2019 and spent over the following 12 months.

Grantees must be ready to start project work immediately in April 2019.

For more information go to the Centre for Ageing Better

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

Nationwide Building Society was founded to help people into homes of their own and its ambition that everyone should have a place fit to call home stands firm today. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen your local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

This fund is open to registered UK charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives.

Partnership and consortia are encouraged to apply. There will be a lead partner that submits the bid and will manage the funds if successful. Lead partners must be an eligible entity but can partner with: statutory organisations, housing associations, companies limited by guarantee with charitable objectives, community interest companies, constituted community or voluntary sector groups. Partnerships should be established before applying.

As a building society, Nationwide takes all necessary steps to prevent financial crime. To do this, they will instruct their third-party payments provider to run due diligence checks on successful organisations before any payments can be made.

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Hate Crime Community Projects Fund

The Home Office has reopened The Hate Crime Community Projects Fund. It is now in its third year and has supported 16 projects in the first two years, giving out £560,000 to those projects.

Do you know of any organisations who might wish to apply into this fund or who might be interested in working in partnership with West Yorkshire Police to develop and deliver a project that supports the needs of our community and is in line with the Policing Vision and the Police and Crime Plan objective?

This year, the aims of the fund continue to be to fund work with affected communities to fund the development of projects that:

  • Prevent hate crime
  • Respond to hate crime in our communities
  • Increase the reporting of hate crime
  • Improve support for the victims of hate crime
  • Build understanding of hate crime

The Home Office is seeking to fund projects up to £75,000. Project are expected to start in April 2019 and to finish delivery by March 2020, with all invoices submitted by 31 March 2020.

The Home Office are looking for motivated and creative community groups to develop projects that help to prevent hate crime and issues associated with it. Project development must involve stakeholders who are affected by, are past or potential perpetrators of hate crime, or those who support victims/perpetrators of hate crime. They are particularly interested in projects targeting specific points of hate crime incidents, such as public transport, online or the night-time economy. However, this will not affect the assessment of applications and does not preclude any other types of projects from applying.

The following organisations are eligible to apply: (please see point six which would allow to engage in delivery as a partner)

  • any registered English or Welsh charities
  • any charitable incorporated organisation in England or Wales
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • not for profit registered community interest companies
  • constituted community and voluntary community sector groups
  • 3rd sector/public sector partnerships (providing the lead organisation bidding for funding is not a public sector or local government body)
  • groups who have applied to this scheme previously whether they have been successful or unsuccessful in securing funding.

Application form and guidance for applicants.

Contact Harriet for any questions regarding a partnership:

British Science Week small grants

The mission of the community grants scheme is to expand the audiences that engage with science and self-identify as having an interest in science by empowering and supporting community groups to run their own science activities during British Science Week (8th-17th March 2019).

Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity including:

  • People who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic
  • People with low socio economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • Young people facing adversity, including those not in education, employment or training
  • People with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities
  • People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • Girls and women

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Music for All

Music for All believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music. They are able to provide grants to support music making projects that offer experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The charity donates musical instruments and music tuition to both the young and the old.

Music for All also make grants to community music groups and educational organisations.

There are three funding deadlines throughout the year: 1st February, 1st July and 1st November in any year.

More information and to apply:

Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund

The Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund is being managed by Community Foundation for Calderdale on behalf of Yorkshire Wind Power Ltd (YWPL), a joint venture between Energy Power Resources Ltd (EPRL) and E.ON Climate and Renewables (E.ON).

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for general charitable purposes to group operating or delivering within a 5km radius of the Wind Farm.

Assessments will take place w/c 29th October 2018

Applicants informed of decisions w/c 3rd December 2018. Projects must not start before the decisions are received, as we can not fund retrospectively.

Grants will support community, voluntary sector and not-for-profit groups in work, that is of benefit to the community in the fund area. Groups outside the area may apply but the work must be with beneficiaries within the 5km fund area.

Please click below to be taken to the online application process:

Aviva Community Fund

Funding competition that offers grants to not-for-profit groups in the UK for projects that make a real difference in their local community and address the categories set by Aviva each year. Maximum value: £25,000.

Objectives of Fund

The Community Fund operates like a competition with the most-voted for projects receiving funding or going forward to a judging panel depending on the amount of funding requested. All applicants are encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible. The most-voted for projects asking for up to £1,000 will secure their funding. The projects with the most votes asking for up to £5,000 or more will go through to the Finals for judging.

Who Can Apply?

Voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, and faith organisations are eligible to apply. Financial advisors and insurance brokers are also eligible to apply on behalf of local projects, which will help increase the group’s chance of winning.

Eligible groups must:

  • Have been in existence for at least six months.
  • Be a not-for-profit organisation or group for community good.
  • Be able to meet the due diligence requirements.
  • Have an income of £1 million or less.
  • Have projects well underway before 31 December 2019.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to support causes in communities across the UK within the following categories:

  • Skills for life – projects that aim to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly financial literary and digital ones. Living in an increasingly complex world, many people can begin to feel isolated and left behind if they do not have the opportunity to develop skills to make their lives easier or more fulfilling. Community projects in this category can help people of all ages and backgrounds – from school children to groups for older people.
  • Health and wellbeing – projects related to helping people take control of their physical and mental health. Projects within this category should aim to make people feel better on a number of levels, improving physical, mental and emotional health and boosting social interaction. It is open to people of all ages and situations. This includes those caring for others and those that need care.
  • Environment – community projects trying to improve their natural surroundings and make a positive change to the local area. That could be anything from improving sustainability to regenerating community areas to creating more natural habitats for wildlife. Projects should be trying to make sure the next generation has a better environment to enjoy.

How to Apply

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New £1.3m Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Grants Programme

With funding from the Government, the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support grants programme is administered by Mind, the mental health charity, in partnership with Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Work will be supported for a maximum of one year, and the funders expect to make between 80 and 90 awards ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 through the following two funding strands:

  • Women’s peer support hubs to support five women’s organisations in creating ‘hubs’, four in England and one in Wales, to improve the capacity of individuals and community-based organisations to lead effective peer-support activity delivered for and by women.
  • Peer support delivery initiatives based in the community, which will be facilitated by applying organisations and led by and for women with experience of multiple disadvantage.

Applications are invited from registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC), Charitable Incorporate Organisations (CIO), or companies limited by guarantee in England or Wales and with a track record of engaging with women who have experience of multiple disadvantage. Applicants for ‘hubs’ grants should be women’s organisations with specialist expertise of women with, or at risk of developing, mental-health problems and experiencing multiple disadvantage.

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Digital Inclusion Fund

The Digital Inclusion Fund aims to support initiatives designing, researching or delivering digital inclusion programmes with a focus on older and/or disabled people, in a new, creative and innovative way. It aims to improve essential digital skills and demonstrate how digital inclusion can improve the lives and well being, of older and/or disabled people.

The initiatives supported may also have scope to scale up and deliver a wider impact. Funding could be used to test and learn from the new approaches to tackling digital exclusion.

More information: