Community Education Fund – West Berkshire Council

The Community Education Fund is now open for funding applications to support education based projects in the 2019/20 academic year. The fund focuses on developing opportunities for adults (19+) and families in West Berkshire with specific emphasis on:
• Re-connecting with learning
• Gaining new skills and qualifications
• Improving health and wellbeing
• Developing employment opportunities
• Supporting families to develop their children’s learning and development.
• Developing local communities


To apply please download the CEF33 bid form and guidance notes on the Council website and send the completed form to aclteam@westberks.gov.uk by 5pm, Monday, 10th June 2019.
For further information please contact a member of the Community Learning team on email aclteam@westberks.gov.uk or telephone 01635 519060.


Thames Water Priority Service


Thames Water offers a Priority Service to customers who find themselves in vulnerable circumstances. By registering for this service Thames Water aim to provide free support in the unlikely event you have no water, by prioritising the most vulnerable first.

Thames Water will tailor their communication to meet your needs, giving you peace of mind at a time when you need it most. The Carers’ Hub is working with Thames Water to encourage our members to register by filling in the form and sending it back free of charge.

For more information visit: www.thameswater.co.uk/priorityservices or call the Extra care Team on 0800 0093652 option 3. You can also email ecs@thameswater.co.uk. Financial support is also available to you, for more information search ‘help paying your bill’ on the Thames Water website.


CCB delighted to take part in Berkshire Community Foundation’s 2019 Showcase event celebrating the work of local groups

Last week (Thursday 16th May) CCB were invited to attend Berkshire Community Foundation’s (BCF) Celebrating Impact: Showcase Event held at Ascot Racecourse.

The Celebrating Impact: Showcase Event took place at Ascot Racecourse, in their stunning On5 Suite. It was hosted by Ady Williams, BBC Radio Berkshire Sports Presenter, on Thursday 16th May at 6.30pm.

Over 80 guests, including Helen Dean and Tim Parry from CCB, were welcomed and treated to a range of delicious canapes. Once seated, guests were welcomed by Ady and Chris Dodson OBE DL, Chair of Trustees at BCF, and shown a video of the highlights BCF have had over the year.

Six groups were selected for the awards, those in particular who have made an impression in the community helping individuals that are in need or disadvantaged. CCB received a grant from Surviving Winter which allowed Project Co-ordinator Helen Dean to help individuals to reduce their energy bills, when they are struggling.

The six groups; Aik Saath, Building for the Future, Mustard Tree, Parents and Children Together, Connecting Communities in Berkshire and Mock Trials were then individually presented with certificates.

Helen said: “I was thrilled that our Family Home Energy Education & Advice project was recognised in this way. It has been a wonderful evening and lovely to hear from the wide range of groups that BCF support. CCB are so grateful to BCF for this recognition and their continued backing.”

To view the video that BCF kindly made about our Family Home Energy Education & Advice Project and its impact please click above.

Links to the other groups that were recognised this way can be found below:

Mock Trials

Mustard Tree

PACT

Aik Saath

Building for the Future


BRAND NEW TRAINING TOPIC! Planning for Change with Community Organising

Friday 21st June, 10am – 4pm, Woolhampton Village Hall. FREE

This FREE training is aimed at anyone that is passionate about their local area and planning for its future. It introduces the basics of community organising and how to organise the community to enact a Neighbourhood Plan and enable positive built development which meets the needs of the community.

We run a course with Community Organisers Ltd in May and during sum up at the end of the day words used to describe the learning experience included: “Fabulous, enlightening, thought provoking, engaging, humanising, educational, insightful, non-judgmental, confidence building.”

Participants will develop their understanding of how, through community organising, we can reach out and build consensus for change around a positive vision for the future of the community. We will analyse where power lies in the planning and development of housing and infrastructure, and start to learn how to use a Neighbourhood Plan to mobilise the community, build power and take action to get the development the community needs. Places MUST be booked: https://ccberks.wufoo.com/forms/planning-for-change-through-community-organising/

During the course you will explore:

  • What community organising is
  • The importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues
  • The power in your community and why it matters when applied to neighbourhood planning
  • How to motivate people to engage with change and neighbourhood plans
  • How to take your next steps in your neighbourhood plan

Funding Update May

Information courtesy of RVA, Slouch CVS, Wokingham Involve & Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

ESFA Community Training Grants

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) are funding Groundwork London and Groundwork South to award Community Training Grants. The focus of these grants will be to fund projects which support individuals who are either unemployed or economically inactive.

Successful applicants are expected to be able to help move individuals either into employment, or establish a route towards employment, by helping individuals through education and training opportunities, advice, guidance and information.

The funding area includes the following Local Authorities: West Berkshire, Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.

Find out more about ESFA Community Training Grants 

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Enable

Enable grants are awarded to registered charities with income between £25,000 and £1 million, who support people aged 17+ who are facing one or more of our specified complex social problems.

They can provide up to a total of £15,000 across one or two years for identified development needs.
You may want to improve your charity’s capability in areas such as business development and planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications; an Enable grant could put your charity in a stronger position to deliver services and attract more volunteers, funding and support.

The deadline is 31st August 2019.

Find out more

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Grant for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage projects.  Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that is valued with the wish to pass it on to future generations. As a guide, this could include:

  • oral history
  • cultural traditions
  • nature
  • natural and designed landscapes
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Funding is available for non-profits, or partnerships led by them, for between £3,000 and £5 million.

Find out more here:
https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/check-what-we-fund

More than a Pub Programme (Early Alert)
This aims to increase the number of community-owned pubs open and trading and also to grow the range of services they offer to help the wider community.  Applications will open in summer 2019. Visit powertochange
.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-
pubs-support-programme/
for more details.

Funding for Charities to Develop an Effective Web Presence 
The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities and not for profit organisations operating for the public good to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams. The Website Grant Programme provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training.

See  www.transformfoundation.org.uk/
website- grants
for more information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme

Grants of £500 – £3,000 are available to not for profits or statutory agencies including schools, museums or libraries for projects that:

  • raise public awareness of, and engagement with, contemporary physics.
  • inspire and enthuse public audiences, especially those not previously interested in physics.
  • reach adult and family audiences beyond the classroom.
  • develop the science communication skills of individuals, particularly physicists.

The next round of the grant scheme will close at 5pm on Friday 31st  May. 
Find out more

Bupa UK Foundation – Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

Grants up to £20,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing and address the Foundation’s theme for that year. In 2019 it is community focused projects that aim to support and improve people’s mental health in mid-life.

The Foundation automatically gives an uplift of 15% of the level of funding awarded as a contribution to core costs. Bravo! The deadline is 31st May 2019. Full details here

Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding 2019-2020

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available up to £5000, for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders.  

Illegal Money Lenders, more commonly known as Loan Sharks, lend money without having the correct permissions from the Financial Conduct Authority. They often give cash loans out without any paper work and want double the amount back or charge extortionate interest rates. When you struggle to make repayments they may use violence, threats and intimidation, to ensure you keep paying them.

Deadline: 30th June 2018 Find out more Application form

Elephant Trust
Grants are available to artists, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. Read more here.

Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity
Grants are available to registered charities for projects that enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
Read more

Grants for the Conservation of Wildlife & the Environment
Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust. The Trust makes grants of between £250 and £1,000 (sometimes up to £5,000).
hdhwills.org/grants/. Apply any time

BUPA Foundation Mental Health Awards
BUPA grants of up to £20,000 to support and improve mental health for people in mid-life. More information and application form at bupaukfoundation.org/page/apply-for-funding/. Deadline 31 May 2019.

Grants to Support Canoeing & Inland Waterway Conservation
Canoe Foundation support to all “to enjoy and benefit from the experience of paddling on our water in a sustainable manner”. Grant making of £2,000-£20,000 will facilitate improvements to suitable landing and launching points and by promoting the conservation of inland waterways for the benefit of all sectors of the community. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis Next deadline for applications: 31st August 2019. canoefoundation.org.uk/online-funding

Food Waste Prevention – small scale grant

WRAP is managing a programme of grants to provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food. The aim is to address current barriers to food redistribution and to develop new solutions for reducing food waste from surplus food. The grant is open to small and medium sized businesses who can supply surplus food from food businesses either directly to those in need, or to other organisations who offer this service.

This small-scale grant will fund projects between £20,000 and £170,000.

Closing date for applications – 11th July 2019 (single stage process)

Find out more about the Food Waste Prevention – small scale grant

Help the Homeless

The organisation gives grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only – those with a turnover of under £1m per annum.

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society
Next deadline is 15th June 2019.

Find out more about the Help the Homeless fund

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Grants of £500 – £5,000 are available for UK registered charities. It can cover core costs or projects; they have following areas of interest:
• the advancement of the arts
• health and medical welfare
• environmental protection or improvement, such as the flowers that bloom in the spring.
The next deadline for applications is 18th June 2019.

Find out more about the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Finnis Scott

The Finnis Scott Foundation was established under the Will of Lady Montagu Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in 2006.

The Trustees can make grants for any charitable purpose, but their present policy is to focus grant-making in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history. Deadline is 7th June 2019.
The Finnis Scott Foundation makes grants of £500 – £10,000.

Find out more about the Finnis Scott Foundation

High Streets Heritage Action Zones
A £44 million fund which will allow Historic England to work with not-for-profit organisations to find new ways to champion and revive historic high streets across England. To find out more please click here.

WRAP Resource Action Fund
Grants are available for businesses and not-for-profit organisations in England to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing and better managing waste, in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter. For more info please click here.

Co-op Local Community Fund
Grants are available for small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man. For more info please click here: https://www.coop.co.uk/local-causes

Carers’ Music Fund

Applications are now open for music projects to support women and girls with caring responsibilities.
They are looking to fund about six projects in England for £100,000 – £200,000 for outstanding music-based projects across the UK that will enhance the lives of girls and women with caring responsibilities. And be delivered in 15 months.

All grantees can then apply for up to an additional 20% to fund activities for the people they care for.

Full details here. Closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 4th July 2019

Find out more about the Carers’ Music Fund