#VillageHalls Week – save the date!

#Village Halls Week – save the date!

#villagehallsweek will be 22 – 28th January 2019

The theme this year will be ‘Loneliness’

Village Halls and Community Buildings are hubs that create bonds in communities, and a sense of belonging – therefore combating loneliness. If you are a Trustee or volunteer that is involved with running a Community Buildings or Village Hall please get in touch with our Community Buildings Advisor, Kate Meads to with information on:

  • Any events happening that week so we can promote them onTwitter
  • Any story’s of how your village Hall is combatting loneliness?
  • Memories of special moments that happened at your village hall for example both of my children (Kate) attended a fantastic Pre-school in our local Village Hall which was a nurturing environment where they could explore learning and friendships at their own pace.

Email your story to; kate.meads@ccberks.org.uk


Energy Advice Project News


CCB are delighted to announce that Berkshire Community Foundation has awarded the CCB Family Home Energy Education and Advice Project further grant funding this week.

 Tim Parry, Chief Officer said “We are so grateful to Berkshire Community Foundation for their incredible support of this project tackling fuel poverty  in Berkshire.  Their funding, along with funding from The Sackler Trust and The Englefield Trust, will enable us to support hundreds of low-income families between now and the end of August 2019.’

Photo: Photo of Helen Dean, Project Co-ordinator at an advice session at a parent and baby group at The Curve, Slough, as part of the delivery of this project.


Book Groups from West Berkshire Council

Have you ever read a brilliant book and wanted to talk with others who have read it too?

Loved it or loathed it – why not get together with others and share your views.

Book groups are a great way to get to know people and make new friends and to discover new books that you’d never have thought to read. It doesn’t matter if you don’t manage to finish the book, just come along and hear what others have to say.

Take a look at how West Berkshire Libraries can help you:
Join one of West Berkshire Library Book Groups or set up your own and borrow a book group set of books from West Berkshire Libraries for a small annual subscription charge from our collection of 200 titles.

For more information: check out the websitewww.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups or contact your local library


Funding Update – November

With thanks to Slouch CVS, Reading Voluntary Action for providing funding information.

Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund

The Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund has been set up to develop and document models of good practice in supporting older people’s voluntary and community activity.

Successful projects will:
• Sustain lifelong contributions and help people remain involved throughout major life changes such as bereavement, caring or developing a health condition;
• Help people connect to and take part in voluntary activities and opportunities that suit their life circumstances, including informal and self-organised contributions; and/or
• Provide practical support to include older people who currently face barriers to volunteering (for example due to health, language, cultural or social factors).
Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations or social enterprises – the lead applicant must be a registered charity or community interest company.

Funding size: Up to five grants of approximately £40,000 to £60,000 each, from a total fund of up to £250,000.

Funding period: Awards will be made in March 2019 with initiatives funded for up to 12 months (until end March 2020). Grantees must be ready to start project work immediately in April 2019.
Application deadline: 10th December 2018 at 12 noon. Find out more here.
Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities programme

Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Large Grants
Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. Grants are between £10,000 and £150,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £80,000. Large grants must be used to fund a specific project.

First stage applications close on 2nd January 2019.

Find out more about the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities programme

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, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Next deadline is 15th December 2018. Full details here

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust — Local Grants and Digital Development Programme

The Local Grants and Digital Development programme is open for applications.

Under the Local Grants and Digital Development programme, they make grants of up to £20,000 for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services.

Integration projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community, who are current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities; and be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of Local Services projects should be local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families.

Find out more about the fund

Santander Discovery Grants for up to £5K

Santander Discovery Grants are open for applications all year round. The three priority areas are-

  • EXPLORER Improving people’s knowledge
    Such as Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget. 
  • TRANSFORMER Improving skills and experience
    For example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • CHANGEMAKER Innovative solutions to social challenges
    What about a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet?

Funding is available:

  • for small local projects that last for up to 12 months
  • for complete projects, they don’t make contributions or part funding
  • to cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials but they must be specific to your project

Who can apply:

  • UK registered charities
  • Community Interest Companies

How to apply:

Simply fill out the application form found in any local Santander branch and post it in the Discovery Grants post box at any branch.

What to include in your application:

Explain clearly how your project improves people’s knowledge, skills and experience or overcomes social challenges in an innovative way.

If your application is successful, they’ll let you know within 6 weeks.

What they can’t fund:

  • Multi-year funding
  • Fundraising activities
  • Unregistered charities, not-for-profit groups, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, exempt or excepted charities
  • Organisations which restrict their beneficiaries to a single religious or single ethnic group
  • Events, conferences or sponsorship
  • Shortfall funding
  • Political party activity
  • Beneficiaries outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • Start ups – organisations must have at least one full year of accounts registered on the relevant commission site

Visit the FAQ section of Santander Foundation for more information

The Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000. All applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November.

Your charity should be:

  • A registered charity or not for profit organisation.
  • Helping those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK.
  • Looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

Find out more about The Screwfix Foundation grants

BBC Children in Need Main Grants – next deadlines

Grants above £10,000 for projects that support children and young people up to and including the age of 18 years who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Projects should make a difference in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.

The first two deadlines for 2019 are 13th January and 19th May.

Find out more about the BBC Children in Need Main Grants

Strengthening local youth services: Coop Foundation invitations to tender now open

As part of our Building Connections Fund Youth strand (in partnership with Government), the Co-op Foundation is inviting tenders from organisations with the right skills and expertise to deliver two key contracts to tackle youth loneliness by strengthening local youth services.

Two invitations to tenders opened on 6th November 2018, for:

  • Up to £85,000 (including VAT) to develop and support the ‘Belong’ Learning Network.
  • Up to £150,000 (including VAT) to develop a suite of resources aimed at improving the capabilities of youth workers and youth organisations to tackle loneliness.

Both contracts will run to the end of March 2021. Organisations can tender for one or both of these.

Tender responses must be submitted by midday on Monday 3rd December 2018. Contracts will start in January 2019. Please see the Coop Foundation’s website for more information.


Nationwide Community Grants Programme

The Nationwide Building Society has set up a new granting initiative to help tackle the Housing Crisis in Central England. Information, guidelines and how to apply can be found on the Berkshire Community Foundation website.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to support charities that help vulnerable people with their housing needs.

This fund is being managed regionally Berkshire will be covered by Heart of England Community Foundation (HoECF). To discuss an application, please call them on 024 7688 3297. HoECF will be holding two phone-in Funding Surgeries where potential applicants can speak with a grants officer about their funding needs.

The two phone-in dates will be held on:

  • Wednesday 14 November from 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 28 November from 10am to 12 noon

To book a slot please e-mail: sue@heartofenglandcf.co.uk