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Spring 2017:

Hello and welcome to the Spring / Summer 2017 edition of our funding and development bulletin. In this edition you will find information on funding, organisational development opportunities and news relevant to the sector.

There have been so many changes recently, nationally as well as locally, since our last funding bulletin and we will be discussing some of the more important policy and political changes in the news and resources section of this bulletin. However some things in our sector always stay the same; especially the need to have a plan for how your organisation will survive and attract funding. To help you stay on top, check out the details of THCVS training, workshops on accessing Event Fund funding, and the latest Business Planning and Financial Planning training from the London Small Business Centre. We have also picked out a selection of grant funding opportunities that you might find useful and resources to help you diversify your funding strategy. 

As well as the information in this bulletin, I recommend having a look at the resources section of our website for anything that is not covered here. You will find a wide range of resources there, covering everything from setting up as an organisation, to funding links, to advice on employing and managing staff. I am keen to find out how the Development team at THCVS can support your work. If you would like to talk to us, feel free to email me or phone me on the main office number, 020 8980 8427. Contact us to find out what our offer is.

Quick links to contents:

 


 

Support from THCVS

THCVS offers free one to one advice and information to organisations in Tower Hamlets.  By helping voluntary organisations to become more sustainable and to operate safely and legally, we hope to contribute to increased quality and sustainability of voluntary sector services for local people. Our services are generalist and cover most practical aspects of running an organisation, including support with strategic planning, maximising impact, evaluation and fundraising.

As well as generalist support, our Governance, Finance and Impact Project, managed by Jacqui Cocker, is delivered through a series of courses, drop in finance advice sessions with the Community Accountancy Project and one to one advice work. 

We are currently on the look out for a small number of organisations that would benefit from 8 hours of free organisational development support. If you have definite plans for your organisation and feel you could benefit from in-depth expert support to take you to the next level, then call us to discuss. From July onwards we are also running a series of 11 'Lunch with PQASSO' sessions, based on the 11 PQASSO quality mark areas. So come and join us for lunch and maybe we can create a wave of 'quality marked' organisations by this time next year (see our training and events page for more details.)   

You can find our organisational development offer and code of practice online alongside a range of useful resources. You are very welcome to approach us directly. For more details about the free support THCVS offers, you can visit the organisational development page of our website, email us at jacqui.cocker@thcvs.org.uk, or elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk, or phone 020 8980 8427.

 


 

Join us!

THCVS is an independent membership organisation for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations in Tower Hamlets. As well as running training and events and providing support and advice we also help to represent the voluntary sector, providing spaces for local groups to have a voice, and working with key local partners.

Membership of THCVS is now free of charge and provides organisations with a range of benefits including a 25% discount on all of our training courses, mailings of The Sparrow, our members’ magazine, a listing on our website and directory database and publicity in our bulletin and magazine.  Organisational membership also gives you the right to participate in our democratic process; each organisational member gets a vote at the AGM in November, and people from member organisations (as well as individual members) have the right to stand for election to our board. 

You can join THCVS online using our membership form; all you need to do is fill in some details and upload your organisation's governing document.  

 


 

Upcoming THCVS events:

All training and events are FREE unless stated otherwise. Please check the training and events page of our website for a full and up to date list:

Fundraising Forum
Monday, 26th June 2017, 10am – 12pm, Brady Centre, E1
This will be the first meeting of the VCS Fundraising Forum. The first meeting will have a focus on crowdfunding, but will also be a chance for attendees to meet each other, discuss their work and future challenges and feed into the future work of the forum. We intend to be able to offer some individual support for members attending regularly also.

Premises Forum
Tuesday, 27th June 2017, 10am – 12pm, PDC, Bethnal Green
Come to find out about the current news regarding voluntary sector premises in Tower Hamlets. For more details and history of the issues discussed at the Premises Forum, please see our webpage here.  

VCS Leadership Forum
Thursday, 29th June 2017, 9am – 11am, PDC, Bethnal Green
This breakfast and networking session, aimed at Directors, Managers and Coordinators of organisations in the borough will be looking at the challenges of leadership in partnerships. How can we work together to respond more effectively to tenders and grant funding opportunities? How do we make the best of our networks? 

Train the Trainer
Monday, 3rd July 2017, 10am – 4pm, Prince's Trust Centre, E3
Do you need to train staff, service users or volunteers? Perhaps you dread having to impart you wisdom and expereince; or maybe it's something you love but would like to brush up on your skills? This practical and interactive training will help you on the path to being a confident and skilled trainer.  

Monitoring and Evaluation
Tuesday, 4th July 2017, 10am – 1pm, PDC, Bethnal Green
Free workshop run by Jacqui Cocker, Development Offcier at THCVS. Increase your understanding of output and outcomes in order to effectively plan, run and evaluate projects. This training will offer advice on a range of impact reporting tools and evaluation frameworks that organsiations can employ depending on their project. 

Meet the Board of Trustees
Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Account 3, Bethnal Green
THCVS are looking for four new Trustees to join our board, to ensure we have the capacity and skills to ensure the next phase of our work. We'd like to give everyone who's interested the chance to meet our board. You can bring any questions you might have, or you can just come along and chat with the current board members. 

Project Planning and Budgeting
Friday, 14th July 2017, 9:30am - 12:30pm, St Paul's Way, E3
Whether you are starting out or managing a well-established charity, project planning and budgeting are core skills that you need to master. This training led by Elvis Langley, Development Manager at THCVS will help set you on the right path. 

Lunch With PQASSO
Wednesday, 19th July 2017, THCVS, Bethnal Green (see THCVS training page for future dates in this series)
If you would like to work towards the PQASSO charity quality mark or just find out more, but don't have a lot of time, then our bite size taster sessions may be for you. Each of these free sessions explores one of the 11 PQASSO quality areas and sessions will be held monthly. Lunch included, registration essential as places are limited.

 


 

Events and Training

Business Planning for Social Enterprise
Wednesday, 28th June 2017, 10am - 3pm, 206 Whitechapel Road, E1
Having a roubst presentable business plan will give you a roadmap to success and help you focus on future growth. If you are hoping to attract external funding, having a great plan is a prerequisite. Delivered by the London Small Business Centre (LSBC) , this course is for people looking into starting a social enterpriose and voluntary organisation that want to plan for their organisation to explore new ways to be enterprising.

Financial Planning for Social Enterprise
Friday, 30th June 2017, 10am - 3pm, 206 Whitechapel Road, E1
Following on from the Business Planning for Social Enterprise, this workshop delivered by the LBSC will give you a complete understanding of how to plan and present your financial forecasts. The integrated spreadsheet can be tailored to your business to produce sales, cash flow and profit and loss forecasts and present your projections in a professional and easy to understand way. 

NEW: Tower Hamlets Crowdfunding Platform Launch Event

Monday, 3rd July 2017, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, PDC, Bethnal Green  
Join the Mayor and find out about Tower Hamlets' new crowdfunding platform 'Our Tower Hamlets' and the £120,000 of match funding available for projects that will make a difference to local people. Lunch is available at 12:30pm with the formal launch starting at 1pm. Please register to attend

Tower Hamlets Event Fund Grants Workshop

Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 11am - 12:30pm, Shadwell Centre, E1  
Free workshop on the new criteria, deadlines and application process for the LBTH Event Fund. The third round of Event Fund grants will be for events taking place in October and December 2017 and the deadline for applications is the 20th July. 

Tower Hamlets Event Fund Grants Workshop

Friday, 7th July 2017, 10:30am-12pm, Island House Community Centre, E14  
Free workshop on the new criteria, deadlines and application process for the LBTH Event Fund. The third round of Event Fund grants will be for events taking place in October and December 2017 and the deadline for applications is the 20th July. 

Arts Fundrasing and Philanthropy: 'Asking People for Money'

Any time, until July 14th, 2017 (free online course)
This online course, funded by the Arts Council provides an introduction to setting up an individual giving strategy, including cultivating relationships with donors and managing fundraising events.

 


 

News and Resources

'Our Tower Hamlets' Crowdfunding Platform Launch

The mayor will be launching Our Tower Hamlets, a crowdfunding platform in association with Spacehive on the 3rd of July (see our listing in the events and training section for details). Projects that meet LBTH criteria for the Innovation Fund will be eligible for match funding of up to 50% of the project cost and the entire £120,000 Tower Hamlets Innovation Fund pot will be used in this way.

We will be updating you with more information as it becomes available, as well as resources for online fundraising in the next funding and development bulletin. In the meantime you can book a place at the launch and even register interest for your project online with Spacehive

LBTH Community Cohesion Commissioning Survey (Mile End and Aldgate areas) 
LBTH is currently consulting on the framework in advance of commissioing a new round of community cohesion projects based in the Mile End and Aldgate areas. The council website has more details and the survey is live until the 24th July. This is a good opportunity for local organisations to get involved in influencing the shape of commissioning in this area.​

New Charity Commission Annual Return Service 

The Charity Commission will be changing the way it processes Annual Returns effective on the 31st August 2017. Charities have up to 10 months from the end of their financial year to file their Annual Return with the Charity Commission, so if you have not already submitted your return this change may apply to you.

Up to date guidance on preparing accounts and what to submit depending on your last annual turnover, is also available on the Charity Commission website. 

New Guidance on General Data Protection Regulation  

Data protection legislation will change in May next year. The Information Commissioner's office has recently published new guidance on getting ready for the data protection regulation chnages and a data protection self-assessment toolkit that you can use now to assess your readiness for the change.  

In the meantime, big charities have been criticised for breaching the rules. 

THCVS Fundraising Support: Resources For Tracking Inequality and Need 

The Equality Trust recently published it's annual Wealth Tracker, with some interesting statistics and facts for any organisation working to increase social equality, including the fact that the wealthiest 1000 people in the UK became £84 billion pounds richer in 2016. See their website for more resources and information. (Also, this is even more reason to sign up to the free 'Asking People for Money' course in our events and training section.)

If you are looking for a more local picture to give potential funders, Trust For London's London Poverty Profile has a number of useful statistics grouped by borough, population and issue. The most recent government statistics for Tower Hamlets are still the 2015 Indices of Multiple Deprivation, with a local analysis available on the LBTH website.

Politics Special!

Post-Election News 
Tracy Couch has just been announced as the new Minister for Sports and Civil Society. The announcement that these portfolios will be merged has met with criticism from NAVCA, with Neil Cleeveley, NAVCA's CEO saying 'Sport and charity are such major parts of our society they each deserve to have a dedicated minister... we should not forget how hard we fought to get our own minister' (see link above). In the meantime, before the election results New Philanthropy Central (NPC) sent an open letter to all party leaders with some key recommendations to move the charity sector forward.

You may be wondering how all the political changes will affect your organisation. If you would like a short guide on how the new government Manifesto pledges are likely to impact the Voluntary and Community Sector, the Directory of Social Change published a Manifesto Mashup guide in May. Although published before the election result, it provides an at-a-glance guide to likely forthcoming policies. (In the run up to the election a number of VCS and other organisations also published manifestos, outlining their key 'asks'. These are available here.) 

NCVO have also just published a blog post on what a hung parliament might mean for the VCS.

House of Lords Select Committee on Charities Report 

The election is not the only big chang in recent months. In March the House of Lords published its Select Committee on Charities report, 'Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society'. As well as telling us that charities play a 'fundamental role in civic life' they made a number of interesting recommendations to the government and voluntary sector, including: 

Improving Governance, through increasing Trustee skills audits and training; funders creating template trustee induction plans; encouraging business leaders and greater diversity on trustee boards; and encouraging employers to offer extra time off work for Trustees (they recommend a public consultation to make this a statutory duty for larger employers); 

Improving Transparency and Accountability, via external independent evaluation; web presence; and providing information on impact to all stakeholders.

Funding and Commissioning. The report recommends that the government provides support for development of voluntary sector consortia, and take advantage of new regulation allowing them to offer smaller contracts, so commissioning is less skewed against small charities. Also to take a more collaborative 'partnership approach' to commissioning with the voluntary sector, and move away from 'overly detailed' service specifications. 

Improving Sustainability, by reviewing the impact and use of payment by results; ensuring commissioners expect 'realistic and justifiable core costs are included in contracts'; and favouring long term contracts where possible. 

Brexit. The Office for Civil Society should undertake an audit of the potential impact on charities.

Charity Commission charges. In March the Charity Commission got the go ahead to consult on charging for its services. There were a number of criticisms of this proposal at the time. Broadly the report recommended that the government pay the Charity Commission enough that it doesn't need to start charging charities for it's services.    

Overall the recommendations should have a positive impact on charities, if carried out. However, don't rush to change your governance document, as everything is still at the recommendation stage. We will keep you updated in upcoming bulletins.

Charity Governance Code 
The House of Lords report mentions the new Charity Governance Code quite a bit. A consultation on the draft 3rd edition ended earlier this year and results are now available here. The Code outlines good governance principles and practice for charities. It was written by the Charity Commission, NCVO and a range of other stakeholders. We're including it in the resources section of this bulletin becasue it's a useful tool for inducting and training Trustees (very important for organisational success), as well as helping to assess whether the organisation is on the right track in terms of governance. The latest draft version of the code is available now, and you can expect a final version later this year. You can read more about the Code and see the older versions (including a version for small charities) on the Governance Code website.  

Inspiring Impact 
Another initiative mentioned by the House of Lords report is Inspiring Impact. they have collated a range of resources to help you measure impact, spanning from anxiety measures all the way to financial capability assessments. they also have a recent guide on shared measurement (for charities working in partnership or consortia) and a free impact self assessment tool

Charity Tax Group Resources / Small charity resources 
Lastly, you may be struggling with getting your accounts ready about now. If so and you would like some helpful resources and guidance, you could do a lot worse than the Small Charities Coalition accounts and finance resource webpage, that groups resources form a number of sources in one place. Also for up top date detailed technical help on tax questions, have a look at the Charity Tax Group's charity tax map (it's that red menu on the top of their page). 

 

YOUR SUGGESTIONS WELCOME
We welcome comments and suggestions. If you are looking for something that you can’t find here, or on our webpage, or have found a useful resource you would like to recommend, please call us on 020 8980 8427 or contact elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk.

 


 

Grants and Fundraising

The following is a list of grants and loan funding either available now or coming up soon.  Deadlines are mostly listed in order but I've highlighted a couple of important new grants at the top of the list; for more information click the name of the funder.  Please take time to read the guidance notes carefully and contact THCVS. More fund if you need help with your application or would like us to look at a draft bid - email elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk.

ESF Community Grants
The European Social Funding Community Grants (£5,000 - £20,000) have not yet been announced. We will keep you informed as soon as we hear more. In the meantime the Evelyn Oldfield Unit have been running a series of workshops to support organisations to apply and are able to offer information and guidance on the grants.  
Deadline: TBA

Power to Change: Community Business Fund
The Community Business Fund is for community businesses (companies, social enterprises and trading charities that increase public benefit). You can apply for capital and revenue funding to help toward financial sustainability. The criteria is based on local focus, accountability to local people and community impact.
Max award Amount: £50,000 - £300,000
Deadline: 5th July, 2017

Rosa Woman to Woman Fund
The Rosa Woman to Woman fund offers grants to women's sector organisations with an income of less than £100,000 per year. Funding is for proposals that address the needs of women and girls that are marginalised, including BAME, LGBT, disabled, and older women, as well as ex-offenders and survivors of domestic violence. 
Amount: £5,000 - £25,000
Deadline: 6th July, 2017

Co-op Foundation #iwill fund
The Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund is designed to help organisations create opportunities for young people to get involved in activities that benefit their communities and to combat youth loneliness. One of the areas of focus for this round is Tower Hamlets. Applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest and then have a few days to complete a full application if successful in the initial round. 
Amount: £5,000 - £20,000
Deadline: 7th July, 2017 (initial application). 14th July, 2017 (full application, if successful in round 1) 

Deutshe Bank Small Grants Fund 
The focus of this fund is to reduce social isolation and improving wellbeing for the most disadvantaged in society. A proportion of the fund is reserved for older people and they are particularly interested in projects that use IT as part of the solution and projects with match funding. Eligible organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £250,000.
Amount: Max award £5,000 (grant size can be no more than 30% of an organisation's total annual income)
Deadline: 5pm, 14th July, 2017  

Wakefield & Tetley Trust
The Wakefield and Tetley Trust is an independent charitable trust. They provide grants that support people who face significant disadvantage and have limited choices and opportunities, in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark and the City of London. 
Amount: Max award £10,000
Deadline: 2pm, 11th July, 2017 (Small ‘Fast Track’ grants available throughout the year.)

Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest Grants
Invest Grants are one of two types of grant offered by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Invest Grants fund core organisational costs for organisations. Organisations will have to demonstrate they are working toward the criteria outlined on the Lloyds Bank Foundation website (see link above), broadly within the theme of better mental health, homelessness and employment / education. Enable grants are also available on an ongoing basis to help organisations grow. Organisations that are successful for either grant are eligible for extra, non-financial support via the foundation's Enhance programme.  
Amount: £10,000 - £25,000 per year
Deadline: Application round opens 29th August - 22nd September, 2017

Church Urban Fund: Near Neighbours Grants
Funding for grassroots organisations to start projects that bring together local people of more than one faith and / or ethnicity. Funding is for work that takes place over a 6 month period or less. Projects with a very local focus are favoured and eligable organisations may not have an income of over £150,000 per year.
Amount: £250 - £5,000
Deadline: 17th November, 2017  

 

Programmes with no deadlines

Garfield Weston Foundation
Funds a wide range of charitable activities across the UK, including education arts, health, environment, community and youth projects, as well as capital grants. 
Max award £100,000

The Grocers Charity
One off grants are made to London-based charities with an annual turnover of less than £500,000. Priorities are: relief of youth poverty, older people, disabled people, medicine, heritage and arts and military.
Amount: up to £5,000 

Charles Hayward Foundation
Offers a range of grants according to organisation size focussing on social and criminal justice, heritage and conservation and older people (overseas projects also funded for larger organisations). They prefer to fund projects that dvelop and expand a 'tried and tested approach' or exisitng projects.
Amount: up to £25,000

Foyle Foundation
Offers arts funding to small organisations not funded by the Arts Council or in reciept of ongoing Council funding. Project and capital costs funded, including regeneration of buildings and venues.
Amount: usually £10,000 to £50,000 but up to £500,000 for capital costs will be considered

Naturesave Trust
The Naturesave Trust funds conservation projects that promote and implement sustainable development and 'green' issues. The Trust prefers to fund start-up costs to small projects to get them going, rather than ongoing projects.
Amount: not specified (contact for more details)

Wooden Spoon
Wooden Spoon offer grants for capital costs or projects that benefit children and young people who are 'disadvantaged, physically, mentally, or socially' including sensory room equipment and educational projects and sports focussed projects.
£5,000 plus (no formal max amount)

London Catalyst 
London Catalyst fund initiatives that tackle the casues of poverty and illl health, (including the social determinants of ill health) and raise awareness of poverty and ill health in London. They prefer to act as a catalyst for change and projects where benficiaries are 'active and informed participants'. 
Amount: £1000 - £5,000 

 

PLEASE NOTE - This list is not exhaustive.  There a number of other grants, loans and contracts currently available to organisations in Tower Hamlets so it's worth taking some time for additional research.   

You can narrow down your search on Funding Central  (which has introduced a subscription fee but is still free to use if your organisational income is less than £100,000) or use Tower Hamlets for Community (fully free) to search for funding that suits your organisation's particular needs.

A list of more funding sources available in Tower Hamlets is available on the resources section of our website, as well as fundrasing resources, including funding databases, so do check there - and feel free to let us know if you have come across a helpful funding resource that we haven't listed.

 


This Funding and Development Bulletin is compiled from a range of sources, including:  VolResource, NCVO, DSC, Sandy Adirondack's legal updates, Tower Hamlets Arts and Events team, WRC, LVSC and Funding Central

These mailings are sent out quarterly and cover a range of organisational, policy and funding news.  If you have any feedback or come across any useful resources or grants information you would like to share with other Tower Hamlets organisations please contact me at elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk.  News items with more pressing deadlines, including job ads and events information, should be sent to info@thcvs.org.uk for my colleague Ieuan Care, who compiles and sends an ebulletin approximately once every two weeks.

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Winter 2016:

Hello and welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our funding and development bulletin. My name’s Elvis Langley and I’m the new Development Manager at THCVS. I’ll be covering for Gemma for the whole of 2017 whilst she acts as Interim CEO. As this is the first bulletin I have produced for THCVS, I would like to get feedback on what is helpful and what you would like to be different. I am also keen to get to know you and find out how the Development team at THCVS can support your work. If you would like me to visit you or have anything you’d like to discuss feel free to email me or phone me on the main office number, 020 8980 8427.

Since joining THCVS, I have been impressed with the range of support and resources available for organisations. I recommend having a look at the resources section of our website for anything that is not covered here. In my previous role managing a small local charity in Tower Hamlets, I was in contact with THCVS; but I didn’t know the full extent of the services and support offered. If I had I could have saved some time, so don't make the same mistake - contact us to find out what our offer is.

Quick links to contents:

 


 

Support from THCVS

THCVS offers free one to one advice and information to organisations in Tower Hamlets.  By helping voluntary organisations to become more sustainable and to operate safely and legally we hope to contribute to increased quality and sustainability of voluntary sector services for local people. Our services are generalist and cover most practical aspects of running an organisation, including:

Our Governance Finance and Impact Project, managed by Jacqui Cocker, is delivered through a series of courses, drop in finance advice sessions and one to one advice work. 

You are very welcome to approach us directly if you have any questions or concerns about anything relating to running a voluntary organisation. For more details about the free support THCVS offers, you can visit the organisational development page of our website, email us at jacqui.cocker@thcvs.org.uk, or elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk, or phone 020 8980 8427.

You can find our organisational development offer and code of practice online alongside a range of useful resources.

 


 

Join us!

THCVS is an independent membership organisation for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations in Tower Hamlets. As well as running training and events and providing support and advice we also help to represent the voluntary sector, providing spaces for local groups to have a voice, and working with key local partners.

Membership of THCVS is now free of charge and provides organisations with a range of benefits including a 25% discount on all of our training courses, mailings of The Sparrow, our members’ magazine, a listing on our website and directory database and publicity in our bulletin and magazine.  Organisational membership also gives you the right to participate in our democratic process; each organisational member gets a vote at the AGM in November, and people from member organisations (as well as individual members) have the right to stand for election to our board. 

You can join THCVS online using our recently updated membership form; all you need to do is fill in some details and upload your organisation's governing document.  

 


 

Upcoming THCVS events:

All training and events are FREE unless stated otherwise. Please check the training and events page of our website for a full and up to date list.

Training Employment & Enterprise Forum
Thursday, 19th Jan 2017, 10am – 12pm, PDC, Bethnal Green
The next meeting of the Training Employment & Enterprise Forum. Join TEEF for a discussion on a new VCS Consortium in Tower Hamlets, and Muslim women into enterprise.

Monitoring & Evaluation
Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 10am – 1pm, Account 3, Bethnal Green
Run by Jacqui Cocker, Development Officer at THCVS. Increase your understanding of outputs and outcomes in order to effectively plan, run and evaluate projects.

Health & Wellbeing Forum
Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 10am – 12pm, The Centre (Maha Building, ground floor), Bow
The next meeting of the voluntary sector Health & Wellbeing Forum; a collaborative partnership among the third sector organisations in Tower Hamlets to improve health and wellbeing for residents in the borough.

PQASSO
Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 10am – 1pm, 83 St Paul's Way, E3
Run by Jacqui Cocker, Development Officer at THCVS. This half day workshop will look at areas of best practice required by the PQASSO quality mark, including managing money, managing resources and assessing outcomes and impact.

Financial Management & Systems
Thursday, 23rd February 2017, 10am – 1pm, PDC, Bethnal Green
Run by THCVS in partnership with Community Accountancy Project. Delivered by Jacqui Cocker and Steve Roberts. A practical course to help you improve your financial knowledge and competence.

Monitoring & Evaluation
Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 10am – 1pm, venue TBA
Run by Jacqui Cocker, Development Officer at THCVS. Learn to use a range of impact reporting tools to effectively plan, run and evaluate projects.

PQASSO
Tuesday, 28th March 2017, PDC, Bethnal Green
Run by Jacqui Cocker, Development Officer at THCVS. This half day workshop will look at areas of best practice required by the PQASSO quality mark, including managing money, managing resources and assessing outcomes and impact.

 


 

Events and Training

Co-production Training
Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 6pm - 8:30pm, location TBA
A free event open to all to learn about what co-production is, and how it could be a useful future model to bring residents, local organisations and the council together to create more effective tenders and grants to commission public services in the borough. This event will be delivered by the New Economics Foundation on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.

Co-production Training
Thursday, 26th January 2017, 2pm - 4:30pm, location TBA
A repeat session of the training on the 11th January. This event will be delivered by the New Economics Foundation on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.

CFG Small Charities Programme
January to April 2017 (click here for full list of dates)
This Charity Finance Group (CFG) programme, provides practical finance training and resources for charities with an income of £1m or less.. It covers five key themes: Budgets & Forecasting, Preparing Reports, Paying people, Banking & Accounting and Gift Aid,VAT & Tax. £20 per event (places going fast).

 


 

News and Resources

Business Rates Revaluation
The Government has confirmed that the first revaluation of business rates since 2010 will take place in 2017. Since the revaluation is based on rental values (at 1st April 2015), it is forecasted that London will be hit with higher increases.

Meanwhile NAVCA have responded with concerns that the government’s commitment to allowing Local Authorities to retain 100% of the business rates, suggesting that this might impact VCS organisations negatively. Instead they have called for a 100% charitable business rate relief, funded by central government.

Charitable organisations are automatically eligible for 80% mandatory business rate relief and can apply for a further 20% discretionary rate relief. Organisations in Tower Hamlets can apply for business rate relief here.

Speak to the Tower Hamlets Business Rates Manager
The council have been offering drop-in sessions with the Business Rates Manager to go through what the changes in business rates mean for your organisation, and offer help if all the options available to you have not been fully explored (such as registering for mandatory rate relief and applying for discretionary rate relief – see above).

There were two dates available in December, but the team are keen to ensure no charities get caught out with bills they cannot pay. Read the release by LBTH on our website. To book a session or get advice contact Robert Sparks on 020 7364 4260 or email robert.sparks@towerhamlets.gov.uk

#iwill Fund
The #iwill campaign aims to ensure that 60% of 10 to 20 year-olds across the UK are taking part in meaningful social action by 2020. The #iwill fund brings together £40m of seed funding from Government and Big Lottery Fund to create a central investment pot to fund projects that enable social action to become a part of life for young people.

Foundations increase grantmaking
Foundation grantmaking has increased according to the annual Foundation Giving Trends report. The report which tracks trends among the top 300 largest foundations, found that grantmaking by this group has risen to £2.7bn. This is the largest figure ever recorded, but in real terms (adjusting for inflation) is still a little behind pre-recession figure.

National Lottery good-cause money down by £83m in first quarter
The amount of money given to good causes by the National Lottery in the first quarter of this financial year fell by more than £83m on last year. Figures published by the Gambling Commission, which regulates the lottery, show that in April to June this year good causes received £368.3m from National Lottery ticket sales, a fall of 18.5 per cent compared with the £451.7m received in the same period last year.

Update to the code of good governance
The recent radical update to the Charity Governance Code has proposed a number of new changes. The code contains a new section on the relationship between the trustee board and staff, and suggestions that trustee boards must consider mergers with other charities or winding their charity up, if other organisations are fulfilling similar charitable purposes more effectively. See more on the updates via the Civil Society website here.

Charity Social Media Toolkit
Skills Platform have put together a Charity Social Media Toolkit that covers a wide range of useful topics from creating a social media strategy, to how to campaign and fundraise with social media. It’s full of links and resources and worth checking out.

My Community
My Community, from Locality, is designed to connect people running local projects and making plans that will help shape the future of their neighbourhoods and communities. It provides advice and support from experts in community action.

 

Impact Special!

Impact Management Programme
Asset Impact have launched an Impact Management Programme. This aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact, in order to quantify, report on, increase, ‘get paid for’ their impact – and use it to change and improve programmes and services. The programme includes free workshops, grant-funding, peer to peer support and expert advice.

‘Measuring Up!’ Impact Assessment Tool
Measuring Up! is a step-by-step self-assessment tool that allows you to review and improve your organisation’s impact practice – the way you plan, evidence, communicate and learn from the difference that your work makes.

Social Return on Investment Guide
Social Value’s Guide to Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a relatively old (2012) but trusted resource on impact assessment. The Guide to SROI provides a clear framework for anyone interested in measuring, managing and accounting for social value or social impact and can be downloaded here.

Donald Trump and User Voice
And finally…Trump reminds us of the power of voice: an interesting article on impact, that also serves as an introduction to NPC’s recent publication on involving users at every stage of the impact cycle.

 

YOUR SUGGESTIONS WELCOME
We welcome comments and suggestions. If you are looking for something that you can’t find here, or on our webpage, or have found a useful resource you would like to recommend, please call us on 020 8980 8427 or contact elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk.

 


 

Grants and Fundraising

The following is a list of grants and loan funding either available now or coming up soon.  Deadlines are mostly listed in order but I've highlighted a couple of important new grants at the top of the list; for more information click the name of the funder.  Please take time to read the guidance notes carefully and contact THCVS if you need help with your application or would like us to look at a draft bid - email elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk.

ESF Community Grants
These small/medium sized grants (£5,000 - £20,000) are European Social Funding, co-financed by Tower Hamlets Council and managed though London Councils. Independent support for this final round will be run by the Evelyn Oldfield Unit in partnership with LVSC, (see more information on their website.) The application round has not yet been opened, but is due soon. We will be announcing further news on as soon as we hear more.
Deadline: TBA

Ambition Giving Small Grants Programme  Ambition Giving will offer grants throughout the year to groups or individuals to help deliver activities to young people in their community. (Applications must be supported by a member of Ambition.)
Max award £2,000
Deadline: 20th January 2017

Fidelio Charitable Trust 
The Fidelio Charitable Trust supports the Arts in the United Kingdom. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers.
Max award £5,000
Deadline: 1st February

People's Postcode Trust
The People’s Postcode Trust distributes funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities. Funding is available for projects that address the prevention of poverty, upholding human and equal rights for vulnerable groups and help people come together to resolve conflicts. 
Amount: £5,000 - £20,000
Deadline: Expression of interest 10th February 2017. (Second stage deadline: 31st March)

Colwinston Charitable Trust
The Colwinston Charitable Trust are seeking to support charitable organisations in the UK, the dominant purposes of which are to benefit opera/music theatre, classical music, and the visual arts. 
Amount: £5,000 - £20,000
Deadline: 31st March 2017 

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust 
The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT), administered by The National Archives, provides financial assistance to help with the cost of conserving manuscripts that are historically or educationally valuable.
No information about grant size published
Deadline: 1st April 

Wakefield & Tetley Trust - London
The Wakefield and Tetley Trust is an independent charitable trust. They provide grants to support charitable and voluntary activity in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark and the City of London. 
Amount: Max award £10,000
Deadline: 21st April 2017 (Small ‘Fast Track’ grants available throughout the year.)

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
Galaxy are donating five awards of £300 per week to ‘warm hearted’ local charities, organisations and people.
Deadline: 26th February 2017 

 

Programmes with no deadlines

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, a few international initiatives.
Max award £3000

Goldsmiths' Company Charity
Grants are made to London-based or national charities, but not to local provincial charities. Application form available from the website. Priorities are: craft, education, and general charitable support.
Amount: up to £3000 (possibility for more)

Jill Franklin Charitable Trust
Grants support refugees, self-help mental health groups, churches for restoration, respite care and refugees and asylum seekers.
Amount: £500 to £1000.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Esmee Fairbairn fund across four main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change, as well as through their Food funding strand. Across all their funding they aim to ‘unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.’
Amount: £5,000 to £1.5 million pounds (average £100,000)

Sport England
Sport England is accepting applications for projects through their Small Grants Programme that fit the Sport England Youth and Community Strategy to get more young people into sport. They have also made a number of commitments to launch other funding streams this month.
£300 to £10,000

The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities.
£10,000 plus (no formal max amount)

Clothworkers' Foundation - UK 
The Clothworkers’ Foundation aims through its funding to improve the quality of life, particularly for people and communities facing disadvantage. They only fund costs toward buildings, vehicles or other equipment.
No maximum grant (average £25,000, or £7,000 for small grants programme)

 

PLEASE NOTE - This list is not exhaustive.  There a number of other grants, loans and contracts currently available to organisations in Tower Hamlets so it's worth taking some time for additional research.   

You can narrow down your search on Funding Central  (which has introduced a subscription fee but is still free to use if your organisational income is less than £100,000) or use Tower Hamlets for Community (fully free) to search for funding that suits your organisation's particular needs.

We are building a list of funding sources available in Tower Hamlets for our website so check back regularly and let us know if you find anything you'd like us to list there.

 


This Funding and Development Bulletin is compiled from a range of sources, including:  VolResource, NCVO, DSC, Sandy Adirondack's legal updates, Tower Hamlets Arts and Events team, WRC, LVSC and Funding Central

These mailings are sent out quarterly and cover a range of organisational, policy and funding news.  If you have any feedback or come across any useful resources or grants information you would like to share with other Tower Hamlets organisations please contact me at elvis.langley@thcvs.org.uk.  News items with more pressing deadlines, including job ads and events information, should be sent to info@thcvs.org.uk for my colleague Ieuan Care, who compiles and sends an ebulletin approximately once every two weeks.

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Autumn 2016:

Welcome to the autumn edition of the THCVS Funding and Development bulletin!  This mailing includes a range of events, resources and grants news for voluntary and community organisations in Tower Hamlets.  If you have any comments or suggestions for what you'd like to see included please let us know.

Quick links to contents:

Support from THCVS

THCVS provides free support, advice and information to organisations in Tower Hamlets.  Our services are generalist and cover a range of topics; you can find our organisational development offer and code of practice online alongside a range of useful resources.

Our Governance Finance and Impact Project, managed by Jacqui Cocker, is delivered through a series of courses, drop in finance advice sessions and one to one advice work.  30 people have attended monitoring & evaluation and PQASSO workshops so far and three financial management & systems workshops are planned for the coming year; we'll be sending out information about these soon.

Our MSG-funded organisational development service is aimed at two broad sets of organisations in the borough; those currently funded under the council's Mainstream Grant Programme, and those who do no not have this funding.   We've started running some free, small scale sessions on charity law in addition to our regular training courses, and Jacqui and I recently ran our first evening session of trustee training for new and established trustees; it went so well we've scheduled another for November. 

Whilst some of our organisational support can be accessed by council referral, you are also very welcome to approach us directly if you have any questions or concerns about legal issues, planning, fundraising, or anything else relating to running a voluntary organisation.  If you're interested in accessing our services or have any questions for the team, please call us on 020 8980 8427 or email us at jacqui.cocker@thcvs.org.uk or gemma.cossins@thcvs.org.uk


Join us!

THCVS is an independent membership organisation for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations in Tower Hamlets. As well as running training and events and providing support and advice we also help to represent the voluntary sector, providing spaces for local groups to have a voice, and working with key local partners.

Membership of THCVS is now free of charge and provides organisations with a range of benefits including a 25% discount on all of our training courses, mailings of The Sparrow, our members’ magazine, a listing on our website and directory database and publicity in our bulletin and magazine.  Organisational membership also gives you the right to participate in our democratic process; each organisational member gets a vote at the AGM in November, and people from member organisations (as well as individual members) have the right to stand for election to our board. 

You can join THCVS online using our recently updated membership form; all you need to do is fill in some details and upload your organisation's governing document.  


Upcoming THCVS events:

Training Employment and Enterprise Forum
Weds 12th October, 10am - 12.30pm,  Stifford Centre
The next meeting of TEEF will include speakers from Poplar HARCA and the London College of Fashion, as well as sector updates.

Business Planning
Monday 17th October, 10am - 4pm, Account3 Bethnal Green
This course, run by THCVS Development workers Jacqui Cocker and Gemma Cossins, will look at planning as a process, as a tool, and as a way of understanding and promoting your organisation. Participants will discuss and work on some of the key elements of a strategic/business plan and will come away with a range of tools and frameworks that they can use in their own planning processes.

Setting Up and Registering a Voluntary Organisation: A Quick Overview of Charity Law
Weds 21st October 12.30pm - 3pm or Thurs 10th November 10.30am - 1.30pm
This free informal session, based on the THCVS guide to organisational structures, will look at the range of legal forms available to not for profit organisations and talk you through the main steps of setting up and registering.  Sessions will take place in the meeting room at the THCVS offices so spaces are limited to 5 per workshop.

Leadership Forum
Weds 26th October 2pm - 4.30pm
This autumn's leadership forum will be all about networking; why it's important, how to do it, and how to build up a list of supportive and useful contacts as you move though your voluntary sector career.

Monitoring and Evaluation
Thurs 3rd November 10am - 1pm
This free training will cover monitoring, evaluation and impact reporting. It will offer information and advice on a range of impact reporting tools and options that organisations could employ depending on their project.  It will also cover evaluation frameworks and elements of project delivery, including inputs, outputs, targets, milestones and outcomes.

Trustee Training (early evening session)
Weds 9th November  4.30pm - 6.30pm, PDC Bethnal Green
Are you a trustee?  Would you like to meet other trustees and top up your skills?  This free seminar is open to both new and longer serving board members and will look at the roles and responsibilities of charity trustees, the principles you need to abide by and some of the pitfalls you might encounter along the way.


Events and Training

ESF Community Grants - bid writing workshop
Tues 4th October, Tower Hamlets venue TBC
ESF Community Grants  (£5,000 - £20,000) are European Social Funding co-financed by Tower Hamlets Council and managed though London Councils.  Independent support for this final round will be run by the Evelyn Oldfield Unit ; contact them on info@evelynoldfield.co.uk or 020 7697 4100 or visit http://vcsassist.org.uk/ for more information.

Equalities Training; best practice working with and for older LGBT people
Tues 4th October, 10.30am - 1pm
Run by Opening Doors London and Age UK, this session will look at the historical and legal context around working with older LGBT people.

Charity Talks from Cass Business School
Various dates starting Weds 26th October
Cass Charity talks are evening sessions, each focussing on a different issue and featuring a range of expert speakers.  Tickets are £30 for each 2 hours talk, which includes a buffet and networking session.


Resources for organisations

Implications of Brexit
It’s still hard to predict what Brexit will look like or what the implications of it will be for voluntary and community organisations and their clients, but in the months following the vote a number of useful articles and analyses have been published; check out  EU Referendum:  Implications for the Voluntary Sector and Brexit, 5 Things Charities Can Do from NCVO

Fundraising Regulation
Following the enquiry into fundraising practice and standards and the creation and launch of the new Fundraising Regulator,  The Charity Commission has published new Fundraising guidance for trustees.  The Regulator now plans to produce clear guidance on data protection after finding that the majority of small and medium charities have been failing to observe the necessary requirements.

Social Investment
Get Informed, a new campaign providing information on Social Investment for Trustees has been organised by Big Society Capital, The Charity Commission, Trustees Unlimited, Association of Chairs, Honorary Treasurer's Forum, Reach Volunteering and Cass Centre for Charity Excellence. You can find a range of tools, resources, events and access to mentoring support at their website.

Finance Resources
CFG have launched a new programme of support and information aimed specifically at small charities.  Covering budgets, reporting, paying people, risk management and Gift Aid, it looks like it could be very useful for both new and long-established organisations.  The resource lists in particular look great.

Managing People
This new 'Managing People' guide from acas is clear and accessible and links in to their wider online learning.  If you're currently in, or thinking of moving into, a leadership role you may also find this research from the Work Foundation on 'The Principles of Outstanding Leadership' useful.

New NJC Payscales
If your organisation uses the local government payscales, or is considering doing so, you can find information about the newest update on Sandy Adirondack's site.

In depth support
LawWorks provides free legal advice for voluntary organisations and can help with significant cases or small queries.  Pilotlight has been connecting the business and charitable worlds for over ten years. Their model is about coaching charity and social enterprise leaders to develop their business skills, strengthen their organisation and increase its impact and they are keen to work with more charities in Tower Hamlets.

Tools and tips for managing stress
From Mindtools and Businessballs; two excellent and interesting sites that cover a range of workplace issues and skills. 


Job Opportunity

Ocean Regeneration Trust is recruiting for a Community Development Manager, deadline 12 noon Friday 14 October 2016.  See listing online here.


Grants and Fundraising

The following is a list of grants and loan funding either available now or coming up soon.  Deadlines are mostly listed in order but I've highlighted a couple of imporatn new grants at the top of the list; for more information click the name of the funder.  Please take time to read the guidance notes carefully and contact THCVS if you need help with your application or would like us to look at a draft bid - email Gemma.Cossins@thcvs.org.uk

New:  

ESF Community Grants are back!  
These small/medium sized grants (£5,000 - £20,000) are European Social Funding co-financed by Tower Hamlets Council and managed though London Councils.  Independent support for this final round will be run by the Evelyn Oldfield Unit in partnership with LVSC.  Download their flyer here and find out more about their 4th October bid workshop on their website.

New:

Big Lottery Fund & DCMS Youth Investment Fund 
​Funding of up to £750,000 until 2020 is available to help organisation to deliver, expand and create high quality youth provision in targeted areas.  Tower Hamlets is one of the eligible areas. Applicant organisations must:

  • be a voluntary community or social enterprise organisation
  • have an annual income of between £300,000 - £2m
  • at least 75% of the organisation’s beneficiaries are young people (10-18 years or up to 25 years for those with disabilities or special educational needs)
  • organisations must have an evidenced track record in delivering front line services with and for young people
  • organisations should be able to demonstrate strong links to the community they intend to support
  • organisations should have at least three unrelated people on their governing body

Grants: £150,000 - £750,000

Deadline: 11th November 2016, 5pm

Arts Council and Baring Foundation - Celebrating Age Strategic Fund

Grants are available support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people.  Applicants should be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of their programmes. 

Grants: £50,000 - £100,000
Deadlines: 13th October

One Family Foundation
Grants:  £5000 - £25,000
Nominations close 19th October 2016

Tower Hamlets - Events Fund

Grants are available for help with the cost of public events and festivals which benefit the Tower Hamlets community.

Amount: £2500 (most awards between £500 - £1500)
Deadlines: 6th Oct, 3rd Nov, 1st Dec, 5th Jan (see list)

Active Communities from the People's Health Trust
community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year can apply for up to two years funding via an online form
£5000 - £50,000
Deadline: 12th October 2016

London Marathon Charitable Trust
Supports projects that help get people of all ages off the couch and trying out a wide range of sports and physical activities.
Small: £5,000 - £19,999, Major: £20,000 - £150,000
Deadline: 18th October 2016

Heritage Lottery 'Kick the Dust' Programme
Kick the Dust is a programme for ambitious projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11-25.
£500,000-£1m as part of a consortium
Deadline:  Noon, 2nd December

East End Community Foundation 
EECF runs a range of grants.  See their website for details about what they fund under each scheme.
Small Grants: max £800  Standard Grants: max £10,000
LDDC Millwall Park Endowment Fund: max £10,000
Comic Relief Local Communities Programme: max pot 13k
All deadlines MIDDAY 5th December 2016

Mercers Company - General Welfare 
Family welfare, youth support work, care for the elderly and reducing isolation amongst older people
If turnover under £75,000 grants £2,000 - £5,000.  Grants to larger orgs typically £12,000 - £25,000. 
Deadline:  7th December 2016 (cttee meets 1st Feb 2017)

Trust for London
Grants for projects focussed on employment, advice, social justice, violence, and small groups. 
Amount: No minimum or maximum, usually not more than £125,000
Deadline 10th October

Wakefield and Tetley Trust - Main Grants
Grants aim to support projects that will make a positive difference to the lives of people who face significant disadvantage and have limited choices and opportunities, for example because they lack skills, have difficulty in accessing resources or face discrimination.
Up to £10,000, average donation made £6,500
Deadline 11th Oct 2016, decision by end of Dec.

Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund:  Food for London
Grants are for projects that tackle food waste and/or use fresh food to address food poverty
£1,000 - £20,000
Deadline: 11th Nov 2016

The Wolfson Foundation
Funding for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment for organisations delivering care and support.
The Foundation’s funding in this area is focussed on Palliative Care and Hospices, Older People and Transitions and Independence
£15,000 - £100,000.
Two stage process with two rounds per year.  Stage 1 deadline for next round is 5th January 2017

Programmes with no deadlines

Aldgate and All Hallows Foundation
Grants to schools and voluntary organisations for work that benefits children and young people under 25.
Max £30,000

City Bridge Trust
City Bridge Trust run a range of grants programmes including: ESOL, mental health, inclusivity, community safety, older Londoners, poverty, rehabilitation of offenders and voluntary sector support.
No min or max, but grant cannot exceed 50% of an organisation's turnover/income in any one year
Deadlines:  None, meeting dates here

Fidelity UK Foundation
Grants are generally made to organisations with an annual operating budget in excess of £250,000, and are normally towards significant, transformational projects.
Min £10,000, most awards £25,000 - £100,000

Heritage Lottery Foundation Resilient Heritage Programme
This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future.
£3,000-£10,000 

London Catalyst
London Catalyst project grants target funding at initiatives that will tackle the effects of poverty and ill health. They will fund any reasonable and appropriate project cost.
£1000 - £5000
Deadline: 6 wk assessment period, committee meets June, Sept,  Dec

Near Neighbours Fund
Near Neighbours, from the Church Urban Fund, offers seed funding for local groups and organisations working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities.  The criteria are quite specific so be sure to read the guidance and speak to the local co-ordinator before applying. 
£250 - £5000
No deadlines but programme may end in Nov 2016

Pilgrim Trust
The Pilgrim Trust concentrates its funding into two areas, Preservation and Scholarship and Social Welfare. Check their funding guidelines for details and exclusions.
Average grant size is £18,000 
Deadlines:  two stage process; submit at any time, trustees meet 4 times a year

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable.
£10,000 - £60,000

Tesco Bags of Help
This scheme will fund capital projects (e.g parks, gardens and leisure spaces) that benefit the community and do not charge fees.  Each month three projects in each region will be awarded a grant based on the number of votes received: first place receives up to £5000, second place up to £2000 and third place up to £1000.
Max award £5000
Monthly awards; check with your Community Enabler

Wakefield and Tetley Fast Track Programme

Grants are for projects that make a positive difference to the lives of people who face significant disadvantage and have limited choices and opportunities.

Up to £2500
Deadline: 5 week assessment period

Wooden Spoon
Funding for projects or physical assets that benefit children and young people under 25 years of age and disadvantaged by way of physical or mental disability or social deprivation – or any combination of the three.
Up to £30,000

Tower Hamlets Sports Council Grants
Tower Hamlets Sports Council promotes participation and achievement in sport within the borough by representing the interests of local sports clubs and individuals.  The executive committee and grant panel comprising of local volunteers, councillors and borough officers, meet four times a year.
£500

Tower Hamlets Emergency Grant Funding
The Emergency Funding Scheme is open to Tower Hamlets based organisations that are experiencing an unforeseen emergency which is placing either the organisation or a LBTH funded project at risk. 
Up to £20,000

Transform Foundation
Up to £18,000 for technology and website development

Greggs Local Communities Fund
8 week turnaround
£2000 max grant

Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.


PLEASE NOTE - This list is not exhaustive.  There a number of other grants, loans and contracts currently available to organisations in Tower Hamlets so it's worth taking some time for additional research.   

You can narrow down your search on Funding Central  (which has introduced a subscription fee but is still free to use if your organisational income is less than £100,000) or use Tower Hamlets for Community (fully free) to search for funding that suits your organisation's particular needs.

We are building a list of funding sources available in Tower Hamlets for our website so check back regularly and let us know if you find anything you'd like us to list there.


Bulletin compiled from a range of sources, including:  VolResource, NCVO, DSC, Sandy Adirondack's legal updates, Tower Hamlets Arts and Events team, WRC, LVSC and Funding Central

These mailings are sent out quarterly and cover a range of organisational, policy and funding news.  If you have any feedback or come across any useful resources or grants information you would like to share with other Tower Hamlets organisations please contact me at gemma.cossins@thcvs.org.uk.  News items with more pressing deadlines, including job ads and events information, should be sent to info@thcvs.org.uk for my colleague Ieuan Care, who compiles and sends an ebulletin approximately once a week.  

If you know anyone that would like to receive our ebulletins directly please encourage them to sign up to our mailing list

 

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Summer 2016:

Summer is here and it's time for a new Funding and Development bulletin!  This mailing includes a range of events, resources and grants news for voluntary and community organisations in Tower Hamlets.  We have also been updating our website resources section recently, and have added a new Funding Sources section that I'll be adding to over the course of the year.  As ever, if you have any comments or suggestions for what you'd like to see included, either here or online, please let me know.

Quick links to contents:

News from THCVS

It’s been a busy few months for the voluntary sector and for THCVS. Following concerns about Mainstream Grant monitoring we wrote to the council, in a letter signed by many local organisations, asking for the requirements to be altered in order to make them less burdensome and time consuming; the council are setting up a working group to review the monitoring and suggest improvements. We have also been talking to the LBTH and the sector about their review of community buildings and have held a number of Premises Forums for voluntary and community organisations. If you have concerns about grants or premises please let us know - email Kirsty directly at Kirsty.Cornell@thcvs.org.uk.

Our recent survey of the shape, size and health of the local sector VCS has had 50 responses so far and will generate a report on our findings soon. There is still time to let us know your views and concerns though - complete the survey here.

Our magazine, The Sparrow, is available online and was recently posted out to all THCVS members (join here).  We're going to be dropping off some copies to community centres across the borough over the next couple of weeks; if you would like some copies (or would like to write or be featured in a future edition) please let us know.

THCVS’s Health & Wellbeing work is motoring full steam ahead.  We are about to launch a Health & Wellbeing Strategy at the H&WB Forum meeting on 19th July and will be running our flagship Health Inequalities Summit next month. We are helping to shape the refresh of the borough’s Health & Wellbeing Board strategy to include a strand on community leadership and are building better links with the big providers like Barts Health; hopefully these relationships will bear fruit in more commissioning opportunities for the VCS.  To find out more and sign up for our Health & Wellbeing Bulletin email John.Gillespie@thcvs.org.uk

Our Governance Finance and Impact Project is now into its second year.  Last year nearly 50 people attended monitoring & evaluation training, and 50 more came to workshops and surgeries on financial management & systems.  One resource, a cashflow template for voluntary organisations, developed by CAP, is now available and more will be published over the coming months.  4 workshops on monitoring and evaluation are have been timetabled for this year, along with 4 on finance and 4 on PQASSO and quality assurance.

Our trustee matching project, run in partnership with VCTH, ended well -  of 30 newly trained trustees, 26 have been matched with some of the 30 organisations that took part.  We are developing 2 new workshops on trustee roles and responsibilities for new and established board members.  Organisations seeking trustees can still utilise VCTH's database to advertise roles and identify volunteers. 

Our MSG-funded organisational development and training has been continuing well; over the last three months we have provided advice and support to nearly 40 organisations, covering issues including charity registration, staff management, premises and fundraising.  We ran courses on Health and Safety in the Workplace and Social Media for Beginners and have a range of workshops planned for the summer.

Organisationally, we have been finalising our strategy, writing our annual report, and we have had 2 staffing changes in the last few months – we sadly said goodbye to Rushena Miah, who has moved on to another voluntary sector role, but we’re really pleased to welcome Dani Anderson to the team as our new Policy and Events Officer. 

Upcoming THCVS events:

Charity Structures and Governance - FREE!
Weds 29th June 1pm - 4pm 
Hurtardo Centre, Wapping  
Very last chance to book for this short session, based on my guide to organisational structures, which will look at the range of legal forms available to not for profit organisations and talk you through the main steps of setting up and registering.

Monitoring & Evaluation - FREE!
Thurs 7th July, 1pm - 4pm & Thurs 15th Sept 10am - 1pm
Account 3, Bethnal Green

Do you know your outputs from your outcomes? Need to demonstrate the impact of your project? Then the monitoring, evaluation and impact workshop is for you!

Health Inequalities Summit - FREE!
Tues 12th July, 10am - 4pm PDC Bethnal Green
The Summit will be an opportunity to look at what works to improve health and the value of bottom up versus top down approaches to behaviour change as well as discussing what role the VCS might take to help tackle health inequalities.

Managing Staff
Fri 15th July & Thurs 11th August, venues TBC
This course, run by THCVS CEO Kirsty Cornell, will provide a practical guide to the role of a manager and give you a guide to the skills and activities you will need to be able to manage staff effectively.


Events and Training

Heritage Lottery Skills for the Future
Pre application workshop 29th June, 10am - 1pm
Skills for the Future is a grants programme for projects which provide paid work-based training placements to meet a skills shortage in the heritage sector and help diversify the workforce. Book your workshop place here.

Honorary Treasurers Forum Summer Symposium
13.30 for 14.00, 5th July 2016 
UBS Conference Centre, 1 Finsbury Avenue EC2M 2AN

The half day symposium will explore three topical subjects:  social investment, fundraising regulation and cybersecurity 

Be brave, be bold: Ambition in a time of uncertainty
Monday 11th July 2016, 4pm–6pm        
Clothworker's Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH.

This seminar for trustees will explore how boards can weigh up and mitigate risks, often in areas they are unfamiliar with. It will explore issues such as how trustees can fulfil their responsibilities without falling into the trap of excessive caution, encourage organisations to push boundaries and try out new ideas in sensible ways and take the (calculated) risks required to achieve social change

Emergency First Aid at Work
Thursday 28th July
Tower Hamlets Community Transport

Resources for organisations

Implications of Brexit
NCVO have published something looking at the likely implications of Brexit for voluntary and community organisations.  We will be compiling more Brexit related resources over the next few weeks.

Access Europe Partner Database
There are several ESF tendering rounds currently open, including DWP, SFA and London Councils programmes. Organisations seeking partners with whom to bid can check the Access Europe ESF Partnership database. If you’re looking for partners and want to promote your organisation’s services, please complete the registration form and it will be uploaded.

Pilotlight
Pilotlight has been connecting the business and charitable worlds for over ten years. Their model is about coaching charity and social enterprise leaders to develop their business skills, strengthen their organisation and increase its impact. They are keen to work with more charities in Tower Hamlets, so if you’re looking for management support and development now is a good time to contact them 

Guide to Service User Involvement and Co-Production
From Clinks, the infrastructure organisation for criminal justice organisations, this guide contains useful wisdom and practical examples that could be applicable to a wide range of projects.

Tips for avoiding fraud
From Charity Finance Group, who have also recently launched a small charities programme

How Much Money Should Your Charity Hold in Reserve?
This thought-provoking article from the Guardian looks at how to explain your reserves to potential grant funders and contains links to a range of further reading.

Beginners guide to Social investment
This guide, one of the City Bridge Trust funded Cass CCE  Tools for Success, is iaimed at any small voluntary and community organisation wishing to invest in its long-term sustainability. will help you to understand social investment and how you can use it in your funding mix. It also includes a diagnostic tool that you can use to think about social investment.

The Future of Community Work in England
Interesting report following the Third Sector Research Centre conference on the future of community work in England in the light of the closures of the Community Development Foundation and Community Matters.

NCVO research into social investment
In April NCVO published new research to help link social investors to charities and social enterprises..

The Gritty Reality of Social Investment: when is it the right time for a charity to take on loan finance?
Part of a blog series from Big Society Capital  

Digital Skills Toolkit from KnowHow NonProfit
Tools and guides to help you build a digital workforce

How to Be Conscientious
I like to think of myself as a conscientious person, but when I’m stressed or overwhelmed I know I have a tendency to let things slip or manage my time poorly.  This article on Mindtools looks at how to cultivate conscientiousness, minimise distractions and work more effectively

Employing People
Comprehensive and clear resources from the UK Government website.

LawWorks
LawWorks provides free legal advice for voluntary organisations.  They can help with significant cases or small queries.


Policy and legal news

Briefing on new Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act
This briefing from BWB lays out all the key points of the new Act and higlights things that have changed or that might require action.

Consultation on trustee disqualification power
The Directory of Social Change have said that the "biggest threat in the Act...is the new power the Charity Commission will have to disqualify trustees they deem to be ‘unfit’ and who have in their view engaged in past or continuing activities which are ‘damaging or likely to damage public trust and confidence in charities’. This highly illiberal and broad power gives the Commission power to remove any trustee for virtually any reason."  At the recent DSC and Russell Cooke Charity Law conference, panel members highlighted their concerns about this power of disqualification and the ways it might be used.  A consultation about the power is open til 22nd August.

Starting the new legislative season
This briefing from VolResource covers the recent Queen’s speech and its relevance to voluntary and community organisations.

Community Safety Survey
Tower Hamlets Community Safety Partnership would like to understand what priorities you think should be set for the partnership and the borough as a whole, as well as the most important issues for you in your local area.  The survey should take less than five minutes to complete; your answers will be completely confidential but will help to influence our future priorities as a partnership.  Complete by Friday 12 August 2016 to have a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher.   

Grants and Fundraising

The following is a list of grants and loan funding either available now or coming up soon.  Deadlines are listed in order; for more information click the name of the funder.  Please take time to read the guidance notes carefully and contact THCVS if you need help with your application or would like us to look at a draft bid - email Gemma.Cossins@thcvs.org.uk

Tower Hamlets - Events Fund

Grants are available for help with the cost of public events and festivals which benefit the Tower Hamlets community.

Amount: £2500
Deadlines: 30th June

London Community Foundation Deutsche Bank small grants
£5000
15th July 2016

Comic Relief for Diaspora Organisations
Applicants must be based in the UK with partners working in sub-Saharan Africa and UK organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £1 million or have a majority African Diaspora Board.
Max £350,000
Midday 28th July

East End Community Foundation 
EECF runs a range of grants.  See their website for details about what they fund under each scheme.
Small Grants: max £800  Standard Grants: max £10,000
LDDC Millwall Park Endowment Fund: max £10,000
Comic Relief Local Communities Programme: max pot 13k
20 Fenchurch St Fund: max £20,000
All deadlines MIDDAY 1st August

Mercers Company
Family welfare, youth support work, care for the elderly and reducing isolation amongst older people
If turnover under £75,000 grants £2,000 - £5,000.  Grants to larger orgs typically £12,000 - £25,000. 
10th August (cttee meets 10th Oct)

City Bridge Trust Stepping Stones
Three-strand programme to prepare charities to be social investment-ready. The Trust will consider grants to build capacity, pilot better outcomes, and to provide finance in the form of repayable grants.
Maximum grant expected to be £50,000 for streams 1 & 2, and up to £150,000 for stream 3.
15th August

London Marathon Charitable Trust
The Trust actively seeks to support projects that help get people of all ages off the couch and trying out a wide range of sports and physical activities.
Small: £5,000 - £19,999, Major: £20,000 - £150,000
1pm 15th July 2016. Deadlines every 3 months

London Housing Foundation
The Foundation is interested in finding new and better ways to tackle the problems of homeless people.  The top priority will be given to projects looking at migration and destitution.  The second priority will be given to projects dealing with criminal justice or health.
Amount not clear; interested in ideas
Deadline: new guidance available in June

Tesco Bags of Help
This scheme will fund capital projects (e.g parks, gardens and leisure spaces) that benefit the community and do not charge fees.
£8000 - £12,000
Deadline in June

London Legal Support Trust
Charities providing free legal advice can apply for cost associated with seeting up new surgeries, keeping the doors open, one off capital costs, and development of legal advice agencies where none currently exist.
Max £5000
29th June

Trust for London
Grants for projects focussed on employment, advice, social justice, violence, and small groups. 
Amount: No minimum or maximum, usually not more than £125,000
10th October

Wakefield and Tetley Trust - Main Grants
Grants aim to support projects that will make a positive difference to the lives of people who face significant disadvantage and have limited choices and opportunities, for example because they lack skills, have difficulty in accessing resources or face discrimination.
Up to £10,000, average donation made £6,500
11th Oct 2016

Lloyds Bank Foundation
Invest provides longer term core or delivery funding for charities which meet the programme aim and are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work.
Enable provides shorter term grants to strengthen charities which meet the programme aim, helping them to deliver their mission more effectively.  NOTE - It is NOT a small grants programme.
£10,000 - £25,000 (Invest), up to £15,000 (Enable)
Grant programme will reopen on 5th September, with a deadline of Friday 14th October

Programmes with no deadlines

Aldgate and All Hallows Foundation
Grants to schools and voluntary organisations for work that benefits children and young people under 25.
Max £30,000

City Bridge Trust
City Bridge Trust run a range of grants programmes including: ESOL, mental health, inclusivity, community safety, older Londoners, poverty, rehabilitation of offenders and voluntary sector support.
No min or max, but grant cannot exceed 50% of an organisation's turnover/income in any one year
Deadlines:  None, meeting dates here

Fidelity UK Foundation
Grants are generally made to organisations with an annual operating budget in excess of £250,000, and are normally towards significant, transformational projects.
Min £10,000, most awards £25,000 - £100,000

Heritage Lottery Foundation Start up Grants
Grants are available to help you create a new organisation to look after heritage or engage people with it. The programme can also support existing groups taking on new responsibilities for heritage.
Max £30,000NB: this programme is closing on 27th July. From 28th July, organisations will be able to apply for a grant of £3,000-£10,000 for activities currently supported through Start-up Grants through a new Resilient Heritage programme.

London Catalyst
London Catalyst project grants target funding at initiatives that will tackle the effects of poverty and ill health. They will fund any reasonable and appropriate project cost.
£1000 - £5000
Deadline: 6 wk assessment period, committee meets June, Sept,  Dec

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable.
£10,000 - £60,000

Wakefield and Tetley Fast Track Programme

Grants are for projects that make a positive difference to the lives of people who face significant disadvantage and have limited choices and opportunities.

Up to £2500
Deadline: 5 week assessment period

Wooden Spoon
Funding for projects or physical assets that benefit children and young people under 25 years of age and disadvantaged by way of physical or mental disability or social deprivation – or any combination of the three.
Up to £30,000

Tower Hamlets Sports Council Grants
Tower Hamlets Sports Council promotes participation and achievement in sport within the borough by representing the interests of local sports clubs and individuals.  The executive committee and grant panel comprising of local volunteers, councillors and borough officers, meet four times a year.
£500

Tower Hamlets Emergency Grant Funding
The Emergency Funding Scheme is open to Tower Hamlets based organisations that are experiencing an unforeseen emergency which is placing either the organisation or a LBTH funded project at risk. 
Up to £20,000

Transform Foundation
Up to £18,000 for technology and website development

Greggs Local Communities Fund
8 week turnaround
£2000 max grant

Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.

Ones to Watch

Tower Hamlets ESF Community Grants 2016-19
A proposal for a new ESF Community Grants programme was submitted to and approved at the Commissioners' meeting on 1st March 2016.  No formal announcement has yet been made about how and when the new grants scheme will be run, but organisations working in employment support may want to factor it into their fundraising strategies.  Read the full report and decision document for more information.

Community Business Fund – opens July.  Grants between £50,000-£300,000 will be awarded to community businesses across England.

Freesport
A key part of the Mayor's Sports Legacy Programme, FreeSport in Association with Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives allows sports clubs, youth groups and community organisations to apply for grants to run free sport activities for Londoners.
Up to £1500 
Reopens early September

PLEASE NOTE - This list is not exhaustive.  There a number of other grants, loans and contracts currently available to organisations in Tower Hamlets so it's worth taking some time for additional research.  You can narrow down your search on Funding Central  (which has introduced a subscription fee but is still free to use if your organisational income is less than £100,000) or use Tower Hamlets for Community (fully free) to search for funding that suits your organisation's particular needs.


Bulletin compiled from a range of sources, including:  VolResource, NCVO, DSC, Sandy Adirondack's legal updates, Tower Hamlets Arts and Events team, WRC, LVSC and Funding Central

These mailings are sent out quarterly and cover a range of organisational, policy and funding news.  If you have any feedback or come across any useful resources or grants information you would like to share with other Tower Hamlets organisations please contact me at gemma.cossins@thcvs.org.uk.  News items with more pressing deadlines, including job ads and events information, should be sent to info@thcvs.org.uk for my colleague Ieuan Care, who compiles and sends an ebulletin approximately once a week.  

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Spring 2016:

Welcome to the spring edition of the Funding and Development bulletin!  These mailings are sent out quarterly and cover a range of organisational, policy and funding news.  If you come across any useful resources or grants information you would like to share with other Tower Hamlets organisations please contact me at gemma.cossins@thcvs.org.uk.  News items with more pressing deadlines, including job ads and events information, should be sent to info@thcvs.org.uk for my colleague Ieuan Care, who compiles and sends an ebulletin approximately once a week.  

Quick links to contents:

Fundraising support  from THCVS

THCVS offers free fundraising support to organisations and also runs fundraising courses as part of our open programme and in-house offer. In the coming months we'll be setting up an informal 'fundraising support group' for fundraisers from Tower Hamlets organisations to discuss funding issues and identify potential bid partners.  If you’d like to take part in any of these initiatives please get in touch.

 


Events and Training

Role of Senior Staff in Creating Good Governance
16.45, Weds 13th April
7 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BS
This seminar is part of Russell Cooke's excellent free seminar series and will provide key tools for senior staff of charities charged with a governance role. Places are limited so booking is essential.

Charityfair 2016
Tues 24th & Weds 25th May
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road N7 6PA

NCVO Annual Conference
9.30 - 16.45, Mon 18th April 2016
The Brewery London E1

'Introducing the Voluntary Sector'
This free 8 week online course is from Open University's OpenLearn scheme.  View the full outline here.
 

Resources for organisations

Looking for a trained trustee?
This THCVS and VCTH partnership project to train up local people in trustee skills and match them to organisations is now in its final round.  If your organisation would like a new trustee from this project you only have a few days left to register; email Jacqui at THCVS - find out more here or call 020 8980 8427.

VCSE Strength Checker
This organisational health check tool from the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery can help you asses your readiness for investment.

Organisational sustainability toolkit
This toolkit from Wren and Greyhound looks like it might be very useful.

Safeguarding Resources
Safe Network, a project of NSPCC and Children England, has now closed, but its resources are now available on the NSPCC site.

In Kind Direct
In Kind Direct redistributes products from companies to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. 

Practical Guide to IT Security
From the Information Commissioners Office, this guide is aimed at small businesses but looks like it could be very useful to voluntary organisations too.

Toolkit to improve data protection compliance
This self-assessment tool, also from the ICO, is designed to help small and medium sized organisations to evaluate and improve their compliance with the Data Protection Act.

Developing Your Fundraising Strategy
These video resources from the Institute of Fundraising look great.

BT Community Web Kit
Community Web Kit is a free service that allows you to build and maintain a website for your charity or non profit community group.

LawWorks
LawWorks provides free legal advice for voluntary organisations.  Applying for help is simple:


Policy and legal news

Implications of the Budget for voluntary organisations
This breakdown from Civil Society highlights some key points from the recent Budget announcement.

10 Predictions for 2016
Nesta's list of 'the trends, social movements and technological breakthroughs we believe will impact our lives over the next year.'

Grants for Good
A partnership campaign spearheaded by DSC, Grants for Good is campaigning for the preservation of government grants to the voluntary sector.

Independence in Question; The Voluntary Sector in 2016
Independence in Question is the fifth annual assessment of the state of health of the voluntary sector, following on from the final report the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector last year.

New Charity Commision guidance on grant funding organisations that are not charities
This guidance (still in draft form though not out for official consultation) is aimed at charities that make grants to other organisations, but if your organisation is 'socially minded' but not charitable (for example if you are a CIC or company limited by guarantee) it may help you to consider how you may be percived by potential donors.

DSC briefing on new Charities Bill
DSC is concerned about the shift in power that this new Bill could bring about, stating  "in summary if enacted it would enhance the Charity Commission’s powers to issue official warnings to charities, to wind up charities and move their assets to other charities, and to disqualify trustees with certain criminal records or if the Commission believes them to be unfit to be charity trustees."  Find out more here.

Small charities have lost most in government cuts
Volresource reports that 'small and medium-sized charities have been hardest hit by cuts in public funding to the sector since 2008, with the damage most felt by vulnerable people in the local communities they serve', highlighting this report from the Lloyds Bank Foundation on small charities.

Trusteeship in Small Charities
Carrying on with the small charity theme, this report summarises the key points from NPC and Clothworkers’ Company seminar exploring the role of trustees in small charities; it's a useful and provocative document for anyone that's on a board or works with trustees.

Managing a charity’s finances: planning, managing difficulties and insolvency
This clear, helpful guide from the Charity Commission breaks down what insolvency is and gives guidance about how to manage financial difficulties.  Highly recommended reading for staff and trustees alike - even if your organisation isn't facing any immediate concerns this is very useful information to know.

How do we know if a charity is a going concern?
This article by Sally Knight explains that when a charity describes itself as a 'going concern' in its accounts it is stating that it is likely to be able to carry on for a period of time that is "at least, but is not limited to, 12 months from the date when the financial statements are authorised for issue".  Assessing this "is the responsibility of management (in the case of a charity, the charity’s trustees) to make an assessment of the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern. This is integral to the preparation of the accounts, which is a key responsibility of the trustees even if the mechanical process is delegated to staff or a third party."  Again, very useful to know and to understand.

Tackling Fraud in the Charity Sector
This downloadable conference report from the Fraud Advisory Panel is full of practical and realistic guidance.

London Fairness Commission Final Report
The London Fairness Commission recently published its final report following the first inquiry into fairness in the capital for 125 years.  It describes a ‘ticking time bomb’ i.e, that London’s future success will be undermined if current problems are not resolved, and presents recommendations key concerns including cost of living and housing.

Evidence report from the London Communities Commission
We attended the first meeting of this Commission last year; since that time they have gathered a range of interesting and useful evidence - read the report here.

National Living Wage from 1st April
From April 2016 the government will introduce a new mandatory national living wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and above, initially set at £7.20 – a rise of 50p relative to the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate.  Read the government guidance here, and have a look at this blog from Roots HR to find out on what the change might mean for organisations.  

Improving Charity Sector Fitness and Reputation
Charities don't have a great reputation at the moment.  This digest from VolResource highlight two documents, from the Clore Social Leadership programme and from nfpSynergy, that examine why this is and look at how the charitable sector can improve its practices and its reputation.

Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) State of the Women’s Sector Survey
Support services for women are under threat from an unprecedented level of public spending cuts, with many organisations losing staff, reducing services or closing altogether.  Women’s Resource Centre needs your help to gather evidence on how far the cuts have destabilised the women's voluntary and community sector. You can help by taking 15 minutes to complete the survey. As an added incentive, they have a luxury prize to give away to one lucky respondent!

Ethical Property Foundation & Charity Commission Premises Survey
EPF and the Charity Commission are running this survey in order to get a clear picture of the sector’s property issues – please complete this survey here.

 

Funding

The following is a list of grants and loan funding either available now or coming up soon.  Deadlines are listed in order; for more information click the name of the funder.  Please take time to read the guidance notes carefully as a number of the grants this time have specific exclusions and a couple also have a voting stage built into their assessment process.

Rose Foundation
For registered charities undertaking building projects (total cost less than £200,000).
Amounts: £5000 - £10,000
Deadline:  31st March

The Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust
"Grant-making strategy is based on the belief that those running smaller organisations are best placed to know what their charity needs to move forward. The Trust therefore sets no criteria for its grants but judges each application on its own merit."
Amount:  £1000 - £30,000
Deadline:  Opens 1st April, limit of 300 applications accepted - be quick!

Woodward Charitable Trust
Funding for children’s playschemes.
Amounts: £500 - £1000
Deadline:  15th April

Youth Music Fund A & B
Youth Music’s grants programme provides funding for music-making projects in England, and is focussed on ‘musical inclusion’; i.e an approach to music learning that includes everyone and all types of music.
Amounts £2000 - £30,000
Deadlines:  22nd April 2016

Freesport
A key part of the Mayor's Sports Legacy Programme, FreeSport in Association with Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives allows sports clubs, youth groups and community organisations to apply for grants to run free sport activities for Londoners.
Amount:  Up to £1500 
Deadline:  Opens 4th April, deadline TBC

Wakefield and Tetley Trust - Main Grants
Grants aim to support projects that will make a positive difference to the lives of people who face significant disadvantage and have limited choices and opportunities, for example because they lack skills, have difficulty in accessing resources or face discrimination.
Amount:  £10,000
Deadlines 12th April, 5th July & 11th Oct 2016

London Marathon Charitable Trust
The Trust actively seeks to support projects that help get people of all ages off the couch and trying out a wide range of sports and physical activities from archery to judo, from korfball to zumba.
Amount:  Small: £5,000 - £19,999, Major: £20,000 - £150,000
1pm 19th April 2016. Deadlines every 3 months

Metropolitan Public Gardens Association
Funds are available for help with a site or garden which has been neglected or where improvements are proposed.
Max amount:  Up to £1500
Deadline:  End of April

Sport Relief Dispossessed Fund
Grants are available to support work where there is clear evidence of benefit to people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.
Amount: £5000 – £20,000
Deadline:  6th May

Hospital Saturday Fund
Funding for registered health charities in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training.
Amounts: Standard up to £2000, large up to £10,000
Deadlines:  10th May

Partners for Health Programme
Grants are available for work with people with long term health conditions, mental ill health and addictions.
Amount: up to £10,000
Deadline:  26th May

Lloyds Bank Foundation
Invest provides longer term core or delivery funding for charities which meet the programme aim and are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work.
Enable provides shorter term grants to strengthen charities which meet the programme aim, helping them to deliver their mission more effectively.  NOTE - It is NOT a small grants programme.
Amount:  £10,000 - £25,000 (Invest), up to £15,000 (Enable)
Deadline:  27th May

Trust for London
Grants for projects focussed on employment, advice, social justice, violence, and small groups.  NEW GUIDLINES issued recently.
Amount: No minimum or maximum, usualy not more than £125,000
Deadline: 31st May

London Housing Foundation
The Foundation is interested in finding new and better ways to tackle the problems of homeless people.  The top priority will be given to projects looking at migration and destitution.  The second priority will be given to projects dealing with criminal justice or health.
Amount: not clear; interested in ideas
Deadline: new guidance available in June

Ford Britain Trust small grants
Amount:  £250
Deadline: 1st June

Tesco Bags of Help
This scheme will fund capital projects (e.g parks, gardens and leisure spaces) that benefit the community and do not charge fees.
Amount:  £8000 - £12,000
Opens 18th April, deadline in June

London Legal Support Trust
Charities providing free legal advice can apply for cost associated with seeting up new surgeries, keeping the doors open, one off capital costs, and development of legal advice agencies where none currently exist.
Amount:  £5000
Deadline:  29th June

Tower Hamlets - Events Fund
Grants are available for help with the cost of public events and festivals which benefit the Tower Hamlets community.
Amount: £2500
Deadlines
: 7th April, 28th April, 2nd June & 30th June 2016

Programmes with no deadlines

Aldgate and All Hallows Foundation
Grants to schools and voluntary organisations for work that benefits children and young people under 25.
Max amount:  £30,000

City Bridge Trust
City Bridge Trust run a range of grants programmes including: ESOL, mental health, inclusivity, community safety, older Londoners, poverty, rehabilitation of offenders and voluntary sector support.
Amounts: No min or max, but grant cannot exceed 50% of an organisation's turnover/income in any one year
Deadlines:  None, meeting dates here

Fidelity UK Foundation
Grants are generally made to organisations with an annual operating budget in excess of £250,000, and are normally towards significant, transformational projects.
Amount: Min £10,000, most awards £25,000 - £100,000

Heritage Lottery Foundation Start up Grants
Grants are available to help you create a new organisation to look after heritage or engage people with it. The programme can also support existing groups taking on new responsibilities for heritage.
Max amount:  £30,000

London Catalyst
London Catalyst project grants target funding at initiatives that will tackle the effects of poverty and ill health. They will fund any reasonable and appropriate project cost.
Amount: £1000 - £5000
Deadline: 6 wk assessment period, committee meets June, Sept,  Dec

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable.
£10,000 - £60,000

Wakefield and Tetley Fast Track Programme

Grants are for projects that make a positive difference to the lives of people who face significant disadvantage and have limited choices and opportunities.

Amount: £2500
Deadline: 5 week assessment period

Wooden Spoon
Funding for projects or physical assets that benefit children and young people under 25 years of age and disadvantaged by way of physical or mental disability or social deprivation – or any combination of the three.
Max amount:  £30,000

Santander Discovery Grants
Grants must directly benefit disadvantaged people in the UK and must fall under one of three themes; explorer, transformer or changemaker.  Application is done by dropping nomination into a box at a Santander branch.
Amounts: £5000

Tower Hamlets Sports Council Grants
Tower Hamlets Sports Council promotes participation and achievement in sport within the borough by representing the interests of local sports clubs and individuals.  The executive committee and grant panel comprising of local volunteers, councillors and borough officers, meet four times a year.
Amount:  £500

Tower Hamlets Emergency Grant Funding
The Emergency Funding Scheme is open to Tower Hamlets based organisations that are experiencing an unforeseen emergency which is placing either the organisation or a LBTH funded project at risk. 
Amount:  Up to £20,000

Ones to Watch

Comic Relief
Comic Relief is currently re-writing its UK grants programme and will be launching a whole new strategy in May 
 
Tower Hamlets ESF Community Grants 2016-19
A proposal for a new ESF Community Grants programme was submitted to and approved at the Commissioners' meeting on 1st March 2016.  No formal announcement has yet been made about how and when the new grants scheme will be run, but organisations working in employment support may want to factor it into their fundraising strategies.  Read the full report and decision document for more information.

Social Investment

Trust for London Capital for London

Bridges Social Impact Bond

Big Society Capital
 

PLEASE NOTE - This list is not exhaustive.  There a number of other grants, loans and contracts currently available to organisations in Tower Hamlets so it's worth taking some time for additional research.  You can narrow down your search on Funding Central or use the portal on the Tower Hamlets website.
 


Bulletin compiled from a range of sources, including:  VolResource, NCVO, DSC, Sandy Adirondack's legal updates, Tower Hamlets Arts and Events team, WRC, LVSC and Funding Central

Feedback and submissions welcome - mail me at Gemma.Cossins@thcvs.org.uk

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