Thursday, 26 September 2013

Free seminar

Ray Jones, Chartered Accountant and Head of Accountancy Policy at the Charity Commission, will act as presenter. 
Ray will talk through the main changes to the accounting and reporting framework for charities, and the key points of interest in the draft revised Charities SORP - which is currently out for consultation. The seminar will also include contributions from Broomfield & Alexander Limited and Whittingham Riddell LLP, who will provide an update on key current finance and accounting issues within the voluntary sector.
The seminar will take place in two locations:
  • Thursday 17 October, 9.30-12.00: Whittingham Riddell LLP, Newtown
  • Monday 21 October, 9.30-12.00: Broomfield & Alexander Limited, Cardiff Gate
By coming along to one of these free events you will have the opportunity to ask questions, receive feedback and influence the consultation on the Charities SORP. So don't delay, book your place here.
For more information please contact or call 02920 431724.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Broadband Support Scheme

The Welsh Government has confirmed the final deadline for applications to its Broadband Support Scheme is 30 September 2013.
The scheme is designed to reduce the number of rural areas of the country without broadband internet. It enables individuals and communities in Wales' remaining broadband 'not-spots' to approach service providers directly, with support of Government funding.
Support is available for up to a maximum of £1,000 for individual premises, covering up to 100% of costs.
The scheme is technology neutral and the Welsh Government does not favour any particular type of technology; however, examples of the types of broadband solutions that could be supported include:
  • a broadband satellite connection installed for the home or business;
  • a community purchasing a 'larger scale' satellite connection which is distributed around the village by a small wireless network;
  • a wireless network being delivered by a service provider across a community; and
  • a community purchasing a next generation broadband service such as Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC).
Individuals, communities, small to medium-sized businesses and third sector organisations in Wales may apply.

Monday, 16 September 2013


Edge Fund is now open for applications.
Edge Fund supports communities, campaign groups and activists struggling for social, economic and environmental justice, in particular we fund work that:
  1. Is run by and for people facing discrimination and injustice (due to their class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, or other factors) who are actively working to challenge these injustices and to create just and healthy communities; AND/ OR
  1. Aims to create systemic change – work that seeks to dismantle and replace the structures and processes that create oppression, inequality and environmental destruction.
Full details are apply and
(Source: Edge Fund)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


9th - 15th September 2013 is Remember a Charity in your Will Week.

Remember A Charity in your Will Week is an annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to take a moment to consider leaving a gift to charity when writing a Will.
Three quarters of Britons regularly give to charity in their lifetimes, yet only 6% currently include a charity when writing a Will. Nevertheless gifts in Wills are still the foundation of many of Britain’s charities, creating almost £2 billion each year, the equivalent of 19 Comic Reliefs. Without this income, many charities would simply not exist and others would have to cut crucial services.
For more information go to:
(Source: Remember a Charity In Your Will)


Registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply for grants of over £10,000. There is no set upper limit but most grants are expected to be for between £20,000 and £40,000 per annum. A small number of larger grants may be made but only where the work has either regional or national significance, is delivered by a number of partners or is clearly breaking new ground.
Funding is available for work under the following themes:
  • Better futures - improving vulnerable young people’s lives. Funding is available for organisations working with vulnerable young people, aged 11 to 24 years, to develop their social and emotional capabilities, including confidence, resilience, problem-solving and positive relationships. This includes work that creates the foundations for healthy, safer and more secure lifestyles, better employment opportunities and successful transitions from adolescence into adulthood.
  • Healthier finances - tackling financial poverty. Funding is available to support people to develop money management skills, to maximise their income, and avoid debt and costly credit wherever possible. Support is also available for the development of affordable credit and financial services.
  • Safer lives - reducing violence, abuse and exploitation. Funding is available to empower people to avoid harmful situations, provide specialist support to those in need and tackle the root causes of the problems it seeks to address.
  • Fairer society - ensuring people overcome inequality. Funding is available to support marginalised groups of people to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives as well as groups tackling some of the root causes of injustice by working together towards a fairer society.
Applications may be submitted at any time.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)


Local Schemes (where projects are capped at £2,500) This scheme will be pen from 9th September 2013 and closes 1st November 2013. The meeting to discuss local applications will take place in March 2014. (Date TBC).


Introduction to Trust Fundraising

Thursday 26 September 2013 (full day)

By the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • Understand what are grant-making trusts and foundations
  • Be aware of what trusts fund
  • Know how to research trusts
  • Appreciate the key factors in a successful application
  • Recognise how to connect with and develop relationships with trusts
  • Ensure they comply with relevant legislation and best practice

To book click here