Funding Opportunities

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants

Funding of up to £10,000 a year for three years available to organisations working with young people.

Children in Need is offering small grants of up to £10,000 a year for three years for third sector organisations working with children and young people.

The scheme is designed to reach organisations that have not previously considered applying for Children in Need funding.

Any not-for-profit organisation working with children and young people under the age of 18 can apply, with some exclusions such as projects carrying out medical research or promoting religion.

The total amount of funding available for the small grants programme would depend on the quality of applications, but funding for the small and large grants programmes together would exceed £38m in 2010.

Funding will be allocated at local level through seven regional UK bases in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For more information please visit the website: if you have any questions please contact , email or contact their Helpdesk Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm on 020 8576 7788 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              020 8576 7788      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRASSROOTS GRANTS: The Birmingham Community Foundation is urging small community and volunteer led groups across Birmingham to apply for funding of between £750 and £5,000. The BCF has £750,000 to distribute to groups who have a turnover less than £30,000 a year and can demonstrate that their project can bring benefit to the local community. Examples of what can be funded include the purchase of equipment, the costs of putting on a local event or workshop, contribution to rent costs, the cost of attending a conference or event, training for volunteers, additional activities to expand an existing funded project and activities that meet an identified need in the local community.

For more:

This powerpoint presentation gives brief information about the Birmingham Foundation. This organisation provides information and advice for 3rd sector organisations on possible sources of funding. To view the powerpoint click:- Birmingham FoundationTo access the Birmingham Foundation website click:-

Birmingham Community Foundation are keen to receive applications from voluntary/community organisations that are able to demonstrate that their project will build their capacity and bring benefit to the local community and in doing so meet at least one of the criteria listed below:

> Encourage community responsibility
> Develop community capacity
> Are unable to access other forms of funding
> Does not duplicate other work being done within the area

Who can apply?> A not-for-profit, third sector voluntary or community group, active in their local community for not less than 12 months.
> Have evidence of income less than £30,000 per annum, taken as an average turnover for the last three financial years (or over the life of the group if it is less than three years old), and net of any grants received through the Grassroots Grants programme
> Be volunteer led (i.e. with largely volunteer based input)
> Be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community
> Have a governing document that has as a minimum: the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures.

Examples of what can be funded are:

> The purchase of equipment,
> The costs of putting on a local event or workshop
> Staff costs to enable the employment of individuals, contribution to rent costs (related to activities/service delivery)
> The cost of attending a conference or event, training for volunteers
> Additional activities to expand an existing funded project
> Activities that meet an identified need in the local community, funding to support an organisation to achieve a quality or other standard, relevant to their activities.

These are just examples and we expect that Grassroots Grants will be led by the needs of local groups and organisations, and local people.

Birmingham Community Foundation are currently unable to provide funding for:

> Projects operating outside the Birmingham, Dudley and Walsall areas
> Donations towards general appeals or for applications from large national charities
> Individuals, for whatever purpose
> Organisations and individuals in the promotion of political or purely religious ideology – although some Faith group activities can be supported

When Birmingham Community Foundation receive your application they will:

> Send you an acknowledgement of receipt
> Review your application to see if it meets the criteria of any of our administered funds
> Contact you if we require further information
> Notify you of the outcome of your application within 2-4 weeks of a FULLY completed Application Form.

For further information regarding Grassroots Grants for Birmingham, Dudley and Walsall please go to or contact:

The Compact: Useful Guidance

Approaching a new financial year? Use your Compact!

With the end of the current financial year fast approaching voluntary and community organisations will be keeping a close eye on funding arrangements that they have with public bodies for 2010/11 and beyond.

This time of year is always crucial for organisations – finding out what grant money is available, entering into contract negotiations, and planning the future work of the organisation can be a stressful and tense time.

Please find attached a useful two page document which provides three scenarios that organisations have already experienced and come to us with, identifying the relevant Compact principles and suggest some action that you can take should they arise. Click:-



Big Society BankCabinet Office releases plans for select committee on sector and Big Society Bank. Plans for a new parliamentary select committee covering the voluntary sector and a timetable for the establishment of a Big Society Bank have been unveiled by the Cabinet Office.

The department yesterday published its structural reform plan, which lays out a number of goals for supporting third sector organisations, including inviting Parliament to create a select committee for civil society, which is expected to be in place by November, subject to parliamentary approval.

It also says the planned Big Society Bank, which will provide capital for third sector organisations using money from dormant bank accounts, will start giving out funds by April.
The plan promises that a fund to help set up new community groups, announced by Cabinet secretary Francis Maude last week, will be available by the end of the year.

Other promises include a taskforce to investigate and reduce regulatory burdens on charities – mentioned in Parliament last week –  and an examination of incentives to encourage social investment.

The date for an annual day to celebrate the work of the voluntary sector will also be announced by September, the plan says.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bert Gedin on December 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Dear Peter & Jean,
    Thanks so much for your messages, and also for the photos. I’ll be
    reading and viewing a bit closer, in the next few days, to see if I can
    learn some more.
    So far, without knowing very much about these developments, as yet, I would be happy to remain on your list for postings re.
    any ‘info’ on events etc. But, as you may already know, I am not
    directly committed to any Church or other formal religion. Whilst I
    respect other’s religious views, I remain on, what you might call, a
    religious ‘journey’. Would that be acceptable?
    Greetings, Bert


    • Posted by bhamcf on December 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you, Bert, for your interest. We are pleased that you found it useful. Yes it is perfectly acceptable for you to participate.

      Blessings Peter and Jean


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