Friday, 16 December 2016

We are coming to Brecon...........

We are coming to Brecon in January, with not one, not two but three events!!

Watch this space, and put Wednesday 25th January in your diaries!

Thursday, 15 December 2016


PQASSO Essentials pilot

PQASSO helps third sector organisations take a systematic look at what they do, identify areas where they are doing well and not so well, and decide exactly where improvements are needed.
PQASSO covers all aspects of an organisation's work including governance, planning, leadership and management, managing people, managing money and outcomes and impact. Once an organisation has implemented PQASSO it can apply for the PQASSO Quality Mark, the external accreditation for PQASSO, which shows that the organisation has achieved the PQASSO quality standard at a particular level.
PQASSO Essentials is intended to help smaller, third sector groups and organisations that:
  • May never have reviewed their whole group or organisation and that want to do a basic 'health check' to know which areas they need to develop and strengthen
  • Want to start to introduce and embed quality and continuous improvement in their work
  • Need a framework to support the development of their group or organisation, and 
  • Want to be more effective and efficient in how they work.
Find out more about the PQASSO Essentials pilot and register to take part.
To find out more about PQASSO and PQASSO developments in Wales please contact Heledd Kirkbride, PQASSO Engagement Officer at or 07890 637865 | 029 2043 1716.

Powys groups 'Celebrate' Success!

Christmas has come early for some and we are delighted to report that 13 Powys groups have been awarded funding through the Big Lottery Celebrate grant.  A total of £20, 561 pounds has been awarded for a fabulous variety of celebrations in local communities.

Congratulations to all on their success, let the celebrations begin!

Joseph Rowntree - Sustainable Futures Programme

The overall focus of Joseph Rowtree's Sustainable Futures Programme is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the existing and dominant consumerist and growth-based model.
The Trust is interested in funding work which:
o Is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with;
o Has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them;
o Is innovative and imaginative; and
o Where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.
Organisations and individuals should be undertaking work that can be applied nationally. This refers to projects that seek to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries - England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Funding is available for work in the following areas:
1. Better economics - the Trust will fund work that:
o Explores and promotes ways that well-being and sustainability, rather than traditional forms of economic growth, could be placed at the heart of public policy;
o Explores and promotes mechanisms that could better align business and investor behaviour with environmental sustainability and the long-term public interest;
o Researches and develops innovations and new practical models of enterprise that can be embedded within community practice;
o Challenges future investment in, or subsidies for, fossil fuels.
2. Beyond consumerism - the Trust will fund work that:
o Campaigns, initiatives and mechanisms which encourage radical, large scale shifts in behaviour and culture away from consumerism towards more sustainable ways of living;
o Exploration of initiatives and models which promote positive alternatives to consumerism for a more fulfilled life;
o Work which engages people individually and collectively in holistic and value-led approaches to transformed behaviour and lifestyle, as an alternative to consumerism.
3. New voices - the Trust will fund work that:
o Campaigns and movements that give marginalised or under-represented groups a voice on issues of environmental and economic justice;
o Initiatives that encourage organisations from outside the traditional environmental field to get involved in environmental justice;
o Networks that link and support local environmental justice groups;
o The replication of innovative local projects regionally or nationally.
No minimum or maximum amount of grant is specified by the Trust. 
Under the Sustainable Future Programme, the Trust will not fund:
o Conservation projects;
o Anti-consumerism campaigns which simply exhort people to be less consumerist, rather than encourage behaviour change resulting in sustainable living;
o Measures that are limited to mitigating against the effects of climate change rather than leading to long-term change;
o Academic research and books, except as an integral part of policy, campaigning work or leading to practical change in enterprises or community action;
o Larger, older national charities which have an established constituency of supporters and substantial levels of reserves;
o Statutory bodies;
o For-profit organisations;
o Medical research;
o Academic research, except as an integral part of policy and campaigning work that is central to the Trust's areas of interest;
o Building, buying or repairing buildings;
o Business development or job creation schemes;
o Service provision, including providing care, support or training services, such as for elderly people, children and young people, people with learning difficulties, people with physical disabilities, mental health service users, refugees or asylum seekers;
o Housing and homelessness;
o The arts, except where a project is specifically concerned with issues of interest to the Trust;
o Travel or adventure projects;
o Educational bursaries, including graduate and post-graduate studies;
o The personal support of individuals in need;
o General appeals;
o Work which the Trust believes should be funded from statutory sources, or which has been in the recent past;
o Work which has already been undertaken;
o Local or national work anywhere outside the UK.
Grants are made to a range of organisations. It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply to the Trust, however, the Trust can only support work which is legally charitable as defined in UK law.
The 2017 application deadlines are:
o Monday 27 March 2017 at midday; and
o Monday 21 August 2017 at midday.
After reading the guidelines, applicants are advised to contact the Trust office by email or telephone to discuss their application. This should be done well before the application deadline.
Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
The Garden House
Water End
York YO30 6WQ
Tel: 01904 627 810
(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Shackleton Foundation

The Shackleton Foundation aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people by supporting ambitious and inspirational leaders with innovative and scalable social ideas that may be seen as high risk but also with high potential.

Proposed projects should be long-lasting and far-reaching with the potential to provide solutions to intractable social problems faced by young people.
The term 'social entrepreneurship' refers to the development of new models or approaches to social problems with significant potential for breakthrough social impact. Grants are made to individual Leaders and not to teams or organisations. There is a preference for Leaders to be running charities, social enterprises or not-for-profit organisations.
The programme offers assistance with practical aspects of starting up a social venture. This includes up to £10,000 in seed-funding and a year of support from a dedicated mentoring team, with expert advice on maximising impact and building a sustainable business model.
The funding is usually awarded as a single grant of £10,000 to provide the funding needed to get an idea started.
The Foundation is looking for:
o Leaders with entrepreneurial ideas/inspirational projects capable of making a difference;
o Opportunities to support Leaders setting up their own social ventures with financially sustainable projects with the potential to provide solutions to the problems faced by disadvantaged young people;
o Early-stage ‘social enterprises’; and
o Leaders that they believe have the potential to make their ideas work. 
Leadership qualities sought by Trustees include:
o Innovation;
o Enterprise;
o Inspiration;
o Ambition;
o Endurance;
o Courage;
o Passion;
o Energy; and
o Dedication.
Ideas must:
o Be innovative and fresh;
o Fulfil a clear need and demand;
o Be in the first two years of development;
o Have a real social impact;
o Have well-defined outputs and goals;
o Have the potential for real growth and sustainability.
The beneficiaries of the work must be young people predominantly based in the UK.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Projects that are past the stage of being an early-stage start-up;
o Teams or organisations.
Applications may be submitted throughout the year and will be considered at quarterly meetings of the Foundation.
An application form and further information can be found on theShackleton Foundation website.
Completed application forms can be submitted either by email or by post. Applicants will receive feedback whether or not they are successful from the Trustee's administrator.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Bill Shipton
The Shackleton Foundation
52 Mount Street
London W1K 2SF
Tel: 020 7499 6171
(Source: GRIN)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Survey on Priorities for the TSPC for 2017/18

The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) Working Group has commissioned a survey to gather the views of TSPC network members on the strategic, cross-cutting priorities for influencing during the fifth Welsh Government.  Feedback will help the TSPC Working Group to choose the two most popular issues to focus on for 2017/18. 

The survey is open from 12 December 2016 – 13 January 2017.  The results will be analysed and considered by the TSPC working group in spring 2017 and progress will be reported through TSPC networks and via WCVA’s website and Network Wales magazine.

You can also read the blog about taking stock and forward planning for the Third Sector Scheme 2017/18.

Information about the Third Sector Scheme

(Source: WCVA)

Celebrate Local Charities Day on Friday 16th December with match funding, training & more!

Friday 16th December sees the launch of Local Charities Day - a dedicated day to shine a spotlight on small, local charities and help them to thrive by demonstrating the vital work that they do. 

Click here to read more about the day.

Here is a summary of some of the ways that you can get involved with the day and we'll be in touch again soon with more on each of these!

Match funding 

Join Localgiving's 'Grow Your Tenner' where they will be matching one-time donations by up to £10 and regular monthly donations by up to £10 a month for the first three months. Each local group taking part in the campaign is eligible to claim up to £2,500 of match funding! This has been contributed to by a private philanthropist and the Office for Civil Society.

On December 16th #GiveMe5 will double the value of 1,000 x £5 donations made over a 24hr period. To take part, charities simply need to be a member of Localgiving, which is entirely FREE for Small Charities Coalition Members!

To take part in these opportunities you need to have an active Localgiving membership. This normally costs £72 per year but Localgiving are generously giving away 12 months free membership to Small Charities Coalition members until then end of 2016. To sign up click here and enter code SCC2016.

For more information head on over to Localgiving's website.


You can check out the Local Charities Day training from Global Giving and webinars from the FSI, both of which are also FREE!

Social Media

You can also join in on the Twitter conversation with the #LocalCharitiesDay Thunderclap!

(Source: Small Charities Coalition)

Tesco Bags of Help Fund Moves to Monthly Vote

Tesco has announced that starting on Thursday (1 December) its customers can vote each month for their favourite community project.
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community awards programme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund community projects across Great Britain. A public vote determines which groups will get a grant of up to £5,000, £2,000 or £1,000.
The announcement is a shift from Tesco’s previous policy of awarding grants every nine months through the Bags of Help initiative. A monthly vote means that thousands more community projects in England, Scotland and Wales will benefit. Voting will now take place from the first of the month to the last Saturday of the month, with projects changing monthly.
The funding is intended for not-for-profit organisations with projects that deliver physical environmental improvement and encourage the use and long-term sustainability of outdoor spaces. Projects include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities. Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.
An in-store vote each month determines which projects are funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
In each region, the three projects that receive the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant awarded for first, second and third place. According to Groundwork, which administers the fund, more than 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme each year.
Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales as long as they are constituted and have a governing document.
Commenting on the change, Tesco’s UK CEO Matt Davies said:
“Over the last year, the money raised from our customers buying single-use carrier bags has resulted in £24 million being awarded to over 2,400 local community projects – all chosen by our customers.
"I’ve seen first-hand the diversity of brilliant projects, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in-between.
"In order for even more local projects to benefit from this money, customers will now be invited to vote for their favourite community projects every time they shop with us."
The programme is managed by Groundwork, an environmental improvement charity, in England and Wales and in partnership with greenspace Scotland in Scotland.
Applications can be made at any time and are assessed monthly.
Full details can be found on the Groundwork website
Source: Groundwork, 28/11/2016

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Rosa Women to Women Fund

The Woman to Woman Fund has been created by Rosa with funding from the Tampon Tax Fund which was set up to support women’s charities through the VAT raised on sanitary products.
Rosa has been awarded £2.2 million by HM Treasury for a programme of grants and support to small grassroots women’s groups.
The Fund welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that:
o Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women, lesbian, bisexual or transgender women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women; and
o Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.
Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available. It is expected that approximately 100 groups will receive funding. Match funding is not required.
The funding can be used to support project costs and/or core costs, including costs related to the day to day running of an organisation such as salaries, rent, costs relating to volunteers, costs relating to staff development and other general running costs.
Where there is evidence of need or an innovative new approach, the funding may be used for new projects that benefit the lives of women and girls.
The work must fit into one of Rosa’s four pillars which underpin the issues facing women and girls today, namely:
1. Economic Justice;
2. Health and wellbeing;
3. Leadership and Representation; and
4. Safety
Eligible applicants must:
o Be a women's sector organisation;
o Be a charitable organisation (although it is not necessary to be a registered charity, the group's activities must be charitable and legal);
o Be a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise;
o Have an income of less than £100,000 per year or employ less than two full-time paid members of staff;
o Have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules;
o Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members;
o Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of the organisation, with at least two unrelated signatories.
There will be three funding rounds, all during 2017:
o Round 1 is now open with a deadline of 9am on Monday 16 January 2017;
o Round 2 will open in May 2017; and
o Round 3 will open in September 2017.
There is a two-stage application process. An online application form and guidelines can be found on the Rosa website.
Contact details for the Women to Women Fund are:
Rosa Women to Women Fund
United House
4th Floor
North Road
London N7 9DP
Tel: 020 7697 3466

(Source: GRIN)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Research Assistant Opportunity

Sent on behalf of Wales Public Services 2025

Hello everyone

We are looking for a Research Assistant to help us with our work. This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding researcher. The vacancy is now open on the Cardiff University website – The vacancy reference is 5469BR.

The successful candidate will work alongside our Research Associate Dr Daria Luchinskaya and the programme director Michael Trickey. The Programme works closely with UK and Welsh think tanks such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Health Foundation, the Public Policy Institute for Wales and we are planning to add more organisations to this list in the future. The Programme’s goal is to produce independent and high quality evidence and analysis which can be trusted and informs public policy and debate in Wales about public services and public finances. The Research Assistant will have opportunities to contribute to publication in high quality journals and achieve a significant impact on policy decisions. Hosted by Cardiff Business School, Wales Public Services 2025 is a unique partnership between Cardiff University and five national bodies.

I would be grateful if you would publicise this as widely as possible. I shall also be using twitter and anything else available. Please find attached an image that may be of help. 

Many thanks for your help.

Frances Riggs
Wales Public Services 2025
Tel: 029 20870913


The Joron Charitable Trust

The Joron Charitable Trust aims to support registered charities undertaking charitable projects. In particular, the Trust wishes to support projects in the fields of:
o Education; and
o Medical research.
Other charities that can demonstrate a grant can be used effectively are also supported.
Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £230,000. Match funding is not required. The Trust makes very few grant awards each year so this is a highly competitive application process.
During the year ending 31 March 2015 the Trust awarded 9 grants and donations (2014: 7) totalling £308,477 (2014: £218,613). The average grant was approximately £10,000, excluding a single award of £230,000 last year (see below).
Previous grant awards have included:
The Wilderness Foundation - for the protection of wilderness areas by teaching people about benefits (£230,000);
The Carers Trust - to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who ill, frail, disabled or has mental health (£25,000);
Nightingale Hammerson - the provision of residential, nursing, dementia &respite care (£15,000); and
Dance Ability - Providing dance classes, recreational and public performances for those with learning difficulties to improve social and communication skills (£10,000).
Applying organisations must be a UK registered charity.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
There is no formal application procedure. Applications should be made in writing to:
Bruce Jarvis
The Joron Charitable Trust
115 Wembley Commercial Centre
East Lane
Northe Wembley
Middlesex HA9 7UR
Tel: 020 8908 4655
(Source: GRIN)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Today is Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

What will you be doing??

JustGiving trials contactless donation app

It will be interesting to see how this develops:

(Source: Civil Society)


The Stock Exchange Veterans began life as a football team in 1958. Although the only qualification for selection was to enjoy football, many talented players with a wide variety of honours have starred for the Veterans over the years, leading to the Veterans becoming a fundraising charitable trust (no. 211359) with the following aims:
“To assist, in every manner possible, persons in distress, by making grants, either directly or through other institutions”.
No minimum or maximum award levels are published by the Trust. However during 2015-16 the Trust allocated grants totalling £84,565 to 70 applicants. The average grant was therefore slightly over £1,200.
Awards suggest a preference for funding charities that benefit children and have previously included:
A list of all organisations funded during 2015/16 can be found on the charity’s website.
Applications may be made at any time. PLEASE NOTE: only UK registered charities may apply.
Applications should be made using the online request form available on the Stock Exchange Veterans website.
Contact details for the Veterans are:
Mr Michael Dedman
Stock Exchange Veterans
53 Rayleigh Road
CM13 1AJ
Tel: 01277 261453 

(The charity does not provide an email address.) 
(Source: GRIN)

Monday, 28 November 2016


The National Churches Trust is currently offering funding to help churches address small problems before they turn into large repairs.
Grants of between £1,000 and £2,500 are available. Match funding of at least 50% is required. Applicants are expected to have raised the 50% of the total project cost before applying.
The funding is for urgent and essential structural repair projects to buildings that were originally built as churches.
Applications for listed buildings of all ages will be considered. Applicants should show that their inspecting architect is aware of, and in approval of the works, and have two quotes from contractors.
Applicants are expected to achieve at least one of the following:
o Heritage in better condition; and
o Churches will be more sustainable.
The following types of project are eligible for funding:
o Addressing access issues to high level to allow volunteers or professionals to perform regular inspections or maintenance of roofs and rainwater goods;
o Introducing improvements to rainwater systems, such as introducing overflow spouts or installing wider-diameter gutters and downpipes;
o Removing inappropriate vegetation growth from buildings that threatens historic fabric or rainwater management systems;
o Replacing faulty or damaged gutter systems;
o Repairing or enhancing damaged or inadequate ground drainage;
o Investigating, repairing or installing soakaways;
o Addressing lost, damaged or slipped roof tiles;
o Addressing pest infestations;
o Renew, re-fix or repair flashings;
o Replace broken floor tiles;
• Addressing masonry/brickwork issues and repointing;
o Fitting new louvres and bird mesh in tower openings; or
o Internal repairs to ceilings and walls.
Funding is not available for the following:
o Buildings that have been converted into places of worship, such as shops, offices or houses;
o Chapels within hospitals, hospices, schools or prisons or other such institutions;
o Projects that have started before the application was submitted;
o Construction of new places of worship or separate structures;
o Works to cathedral buildings;
o Works to buildings that were not originally constructed as a place of worship;
o Works to an existing building that is separate from the existing place of worship (even if it is on the same site, a church hall, or owned by the church);
o Repairs to or scheduled maintenance of clocks, organs, wall paintings, bells, monuments, fittings and fixtures, solar panels or boilers;
o Works to boundary walls, paths, churchyards or car parks;
o Regular inspection surveys; and
o Training in maintenance skills/knowledge.
Applications will be accepted from churches, chapels and meeting houses of any age, as long as they are open for public worship. In the case of buildings that have been closed to the public, there must be plans to reopen the building for public worship and a congregation waiting to use the building.
The Trust will consider places of worship in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.PLEASE NOTE: priority will be given to North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Congregations can be of any denomination that is a member or associated member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Unitarian buildings may also be considered.  
The 2017 deadlines for application are:
o Wednesday 4 January 2017;
o Wednesday10 May 2017; and
o Wednesday 6 September 2017.
An application form and guidance notes can be downloaded from the National Churches Trust's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The National Churches Trust
7 Tufton Street
London SW1P 3QB
Tel: 020 7222 0605
(Source: GRIN)


Don’t be put off by its title, the Birmingham Bodenham Trust can be applied to by individuals and voluntary and community organisations across the UK, especially for projects that have an element of innovation.
Grant awards are intended to support organisations providing specialist equipment or care provision for people with special educational needs who are under the age of 19.
Special educational needs include, in this instance;
o Communication and learning difficulties;
o Deafness;
o Blindness;
o In a wheelchair; and
o Autism.
In particular, the Trust wishes to fund projects with the following themes:
o Education and training;
o Recreational activities; and
o The medical treatment or care.
Micro-grants are available for special facilities and equipment. The Trust’s total annual charitable expenditure is normally between £20,000 and £40,000.  
Grants can be used to help with costs related to:
o Summer schools;
o Specialist equipment;
o IT equipment;
o Toys;
o Books;
o Course fees; and
o Holidays and trips.
Applicants must complete an application form, which should be requested directly from the Trust.
Previous applicants may re-apply, however any previous funding received from the Bodenham Trust in the past five years will be considered by the Trust when making a decision.
Applications are considered at quarterly Trust meetings, and applicants will be informed of the decision in writing.
PLEASE NOTE: the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Jackie Crowley
The Birmingham Bodenham Trust
Finance (WS)
PO Box 16306
Birmingham B2 2XR
Tel: 0121 464 3928
(Source: GRIN)


The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has created a new £800,000 fund to support local areas in England and Wales that are seeking to develop a joined-up, multi agency approach to improve support for female offenders and other women with complex needs who may be at risk of offending.
£200,000 will be available in each of the financial years from 2016 to 2017 through to 2019 to 2020. The maximum grant is likely to be in the region of £70,000.
Bids can be made for funding over two or more years. Bids will also be considered for one-year funding in 2016 to 2017, to support preparatory work in areas that are at the early stages of development. All funding must be spent in the financial year that it is allocated.
Projects must start by 1 March 2017 and deliver a sustainable, embedded multi-agency service to provide effective support to female offenders throughout their offender journey, and to women at risk of offending, including serious offending.
Whole System Approach (WSA - a useful explanation can be found HERE) models should identify, address and suggest solutions to barriers to female offenders (and other women with complex needs) from engaging effectively with services, which may include a single needs assessment, sequencing access to services, data sharing between agencies, and shared budgets/outcomes.
This may be slightly out of date, but the MoJ has a guide to working with women offenders. Called 'A Distict Approach', the guide is available via this LINK.
To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
1. The applicant should demonstrate how the project will establish a sustainable multi-agency approach to support female offenders throughout their offender journey, which will enable the delivery of the key aims of the whole system approach, namely:
o Targeted support for female offenders and those at risk of offending, many of whom are vulnerable and have complex needs;
o Reductions in the reoffending rate of female offenders, including women assessed as high risk;
o Reductions in the number of women going to court;
o Reductions in the number of women going to prison on short sentences;
o Wider social benefits, including reductions in demand on services and the potential impact of chaotic lifestyles on children, through improved outcomes for identified needs amongst this cohort (e.g. domestic violence and sexual abuse; mental and other health issues; substance misuse; accommodation; finance and debt; education/training needs and employment; learning difficulties and disabilities issues); 
2. Funding should be used to help unlock further financial investment and other support to establish and embed a whole system approach for female offenders that is scale-able and sustainable; 
3. Projects should be transformative in the local area (ie, funding should be used to provide additionality rather than to support current work, unless it will test a new way of working or other new element), and should contribute to early intervention and diversion out of the criminal justice system or custody, where appropriate; 
4 Applications should set out how lessons learnt and outcomes for the women supported will be captured and shared with the Ministry of Justice and other local areas to inform understanding of what works, value for money, and good practice; 
5. Projects must engage with the Ministry of Justice’s Justice Data Lab (JDL) to measure the local WSA’s impact on proven reoffending, where the JDL team deem this feasible; and
6. Bids should set out the strength and breadth of local partnerships. They should evidence the ability of the applicant/lead delivery agency to lead development of a multi-agency approach and to gain buy-in from other partners, including the voluntary and community sector, and key statutory partners such as local authorities, health providers, the police, Police and Crime Commissioners, the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies; women’s prisons and Job Centres.
An application form and the guidance document, which provides further details of the scheme, eligibility criteria and advice for applicants, can be found on the GOV.UK website.
The completed application form must be returned by email to the Female Offender Policy Team. The forms should be completed electronically, printed and then signed manually. Scanned copies should then be returned via email in PDF format. Forms that have not been completed electronically will not be accepted. 
The application deadline is 12 noon on Monday 30 January.
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Female Offender Policy Team
The Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
London SW1H 9AJ
Tel: 020 3334 3555
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 25 November 2016

Tender for Direct Services Support Service

Powys County Council is currently tendering for the provision of the Direct Services Support Service contract for Powys for 2017-2020.

"The Service relates to the delivery of Direct Payments Support Service for adults/people in Powys over the age of 18 who are eligible or receive a direct payment. The Powys vision is to work together to meet the needs of Powys citizens. By Commissioning the delivery of a high quality Direct Payments Support Service that will improve health and well-being of the people of Powys, we can work towards meeting that vision, supporting people in the community to live fulfilled lives."

Any organisations interested in this tender should register their interest upon the etenderwales online portal at: in order to access the full tender documentation.

The deadline for submission of bids for the contract is 12 noon on 9 December 2016.

If your organisation has an interest in this tender, either independently or in partnership with others,and would like support to undertake a bid please feel to contact PAVO at: or 01597 822191.

Monday, 21 November 2016

THE SODEXO FOUNDATION STOP HUNGER CAMPAIGN - Grants for UK or Irish charities which help to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, promote healthy eating and lifestyles or support basic life skills such as cooking

Sodexo is a French food services and facilities management company that is one of the world's largest multinational corporations, with 420,000 employees that represent 130 nationalities and are present on 34,000 sites in 80 countries.
Sodexo offerings range from self-service food services that include staff restaurants, catering, executive dining, vending, and meal delivery, to integrated facilities management services.
The Sodexo Foundation is the registered charity behind the Stop Hunger campaign in the UK.
Stop Hunger in the UK & Ireland supports charities that:
o Tackle hunger and malnutrition;
o Promote healthy lifestyles; and
o Develop life skills such as cooking.
The Foundation does not consider requests for grant funding outside of these aims. However, if you are involved in or know of a charity that delivers activities against these objectives, it is encouraged to apply for a Stop Hunger grant.
Previous grant awards have ranged from £1,500 to £120,000. However, first time applicants can only apply for a maximum of £10,000.
Past awards have included:
FareShare – re-distributing surplus food, destined for landfill, to local charities and community groups across the UK;
Coram – educating vulnerable children, young people and their families about nutrition, wellbeing and exercise in Salford;
Focus Ireland - supporting homeless people in Dublin by providing a hot, nutritious meal;
Outward Bound – using the outdoors to educate disadvantaged children on the value of health and nutrition in developing their skills for education, work and life in Salford and Scotland;
Arbelour - bringing families together to learn to cook in Aberdeen.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
The 3-page application form can be downloaded from the Sodexo Foundation website (see bottom right for the link).
For further information visit the Sodexo Foundation website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Edwina Hughes
Corporate Responsibility Manager
Sodexo Ltd.
1 Southammpton Row
London !C1B 5HA
(Source: GRIN)

Friday, 18 November 2016

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(Source: Directory of Social Change)


Transform Foundation

The Transform Foundation is offering grants to charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK that need money to build a website with particular interest in applications outside of London.
The Transform Foundation is a registered charity whose money comes from philanthropists and trusts with an interest in improving the not-for-profit sector’s use of digital.
The Foundation's first grant opportunity is aimed at UK registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations with a social mission that require investment ‘to build an amazing web presence’.
The technology partner for the Website Grant programme is Raising IT who will design and build the website on the Raising IT platform.
Grants of £18,000 are available to cover strategy, design and development to build an 'amazing' website. The grants will cover 100% of the upfront costs which means that grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs.
UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK are welcome to apply. The Foundation is particularly keen to receive applications from outside London as it has already received a ‘disproportionately high number of applications from within London’ and it wishes ‘to ensure it supports a geographically diverse range of charities’.
Small to medium-sized charities and other not-for-profit organisations with a social mission (including, for example Community Interest Companies) based and working in the UK can apply.
To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate.)
  • Be able to show that their website is getting in the way of their fundraising and marketing.
  • Have the potential for a bigger income by raising more money and impact by reaching more supporters.
There is a two-stage application process.
Stage 1 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until at least the first half of 2017. Deadlines for the subsequent stages will be provided during the application process.

(Source: Powys 4 Communities)

BIG's Rural Programme - Community Grants Opens to Welsh VCSE Groups

The Community Grants scheme is accepting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations aiming to tackle rural poverty in the rural communities (populations of less than 10,000 people) in the Welsh Local Authority areas of: Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire.
Approximately £2 million is available in the first round. Grants of between £10,000 and £350,000 are available.
To be successful, Community Grants projects should meet the following outcomes:
  • Rural communities are brought together to map the strengths and opportunities within their community.
  • Rural communities are empowered to develop their own solutions to address poverty.
  • Learning is captured and shared to inform future community development in rural areas.
Projects will need to undertake the following activities:
  • Engagement and communications.
  • Community development.
  • Evaluation and knowledge sharing.
  • Working with the Big Lottery Fund.
Although the programme is mainly for revenue funding which can cover the operating costs of the project as well as a contribution to the organisation's overheads, capital costs of up to 10% of the overall project budget will be considered.
The deadline for Round 1 application is 3 April 2017 (1pm).

(Source: BIG Lottery)