Learning through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants

Deadline 12th November 2021

The aim of this fund is to promote outdoor learning among young children by providing schools and early years providers with outdoor resources and training. Successful applicants will include children in their decision making, whilst incorporating local communities.

The following are eligible to apply:

  • Nurseries and other early years providers.
  • Pre-schools.
  • Primary schools.
  • Secondary schools.

Successful applicants will receive an assortment of nature equipment up to the value of £500 along with a two-hour training session.

Eligible equipment include:

  • Bird boxes.
  • Bee hotels.
  • Gardening equipment.
  • Pollinator kits.
  • Wildlife watching kits.
  • Outdoor wear for adults and children.

Click here for the funders website.

Louise Sparks: A Digital Future- The Status of UK Fundraising 2021

From Civil Society News:

Digitally mature organisations are the most successful. We’ve seen this coming for a while, and we’ve heard the phrase ‘digital transformation’ spoken across the social good community for a number of years. And now in our latest research at Blackbaud Europe we have found a clear link between the success of a non-profit and the level of digital maturity that organisation has.

The Status of UK Fundraising Benchmark Report 2021, released at the beginning of October, is a must-read body of research based on the responses of over 1000 non-profit professionals to questions on the topic of charitable income, supporters, fundraising in the pandemic, and digital transformation. This is the fourth year we have published the report, and the findings this year are more interesting and insightful than ever following what has been a challenging time, to say the least.

Click here for the full article.

‘Civil society is a critical part of DCMS and wider government work,’ says new minister

From Civil Society News:

Charities and social enterprises have a “huge and central role to play” in levelling up, the new minister said earlier this week.

For his first appearance since being appointed as minister for civil society, Nigel Huddleston sent a video message to NPC’s conference, which is taking place this week.

He said: “Charities, social enterprises and volunteers play a vital role in modern Britain.

“From large national organisations, to locally-run community projects, they tackle some of the greatest challenges that we face, and help people and communities most in need.”

Click here for the full article.

Workplace Physical Activity Consultation

The ukactive Research Institute, in partnership with Sport England, are conducting a consultation to understand more about the opportunities people have to be physically active during the working day, with a particular focus on small to medium sized enterprises across the UK.

The survey is about understanding what employers are currently doing to support employee physical activity, what works, what does not work, and what further support is needed to help employees move more while at work. This consultation also aims to understand how the fitness and leisure sector, for example gyms, leisure centres and personal trainers, are currently supporting organisations to be active, and to gather further insight so they can provide the best support possible.  

As a thank you for taking part ukactive would like to offer you, as an individual, the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 amazon vouchers. You have the option of entering your email address for this at the end of the survey. 

Click here for the survey.

£30 million package to refurbish 4,500 public tennis courts in deprived parts of UK announced

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: Package to capitalise on huge boost for British tennis, following unprecedented success for Emma Raducanu, Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett at this year’s US Open Tennis Championships.

  • £22 million committed by the Government, with additional £8.4 million provided by the Lawn Tennis Association
  • Funding to support Government’s commitment to levelling up sports provision across the nation, and Chief Medical Officer’s guidance on physical activity for children and adults

The Government and Lawn Tennis Association have announced a £30 million package to refurbish more than 4,500 public tennis courts in the most deprived parts of the UK, and support a new generation of players to get into the sport.

Click here for the full press release.

Tackling Inequalities Fund – Active Humber

A further £20 million of National Lottery funding is being made available to help tackle inequalities in physical activity levels as the nation continues its recovery from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This money will continue to support community organisations working with our priority audiences, so the organisations have a future to plan for.

The support is designed to enable further recovery and growth up until March 2023 and our director for equality, diversity and inclusion Viveen Taylor, is pleased to see our support for priority audiences maintained.

Click here for Sport England update.

Are you a voluntary, community, charitable or social enterprise organisation providing a service in North East Lincolnshire?

Do you work with or provide a service to one or more of the following groups?

  • People with a disability
  • People with Long Term Health Conditions
  • BAME communities
  • People living in areas of high deprivation

Active Humber have been awarded funding to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and tackling the widening inequalities in sport and physical activity. Some examples of projects we have funded so far include:

  • A disability charity that supports individuals aged 16+ with Autism to access online exercise sessions aimed at the group’s specific needs and fitness levels
  • A Home from Hospital service to support their service users who don’t have access to the internet or the technology to access the internet, to purchase equipment which will allow volunteers to support them to access online physical activity sessions.
  •  A visually impaired group have been supported to provide physical activity opportunities (that used to take place in open spaces) to move sessions to an enclosed facility, which will provide them with a safer environment for their members to undertake exercise.
  • A women’s aid charity to support alternative opportunities for women to be physically active during these times, as they can no longer attend the swimming sessions and yoga classes that were previously provided.

There is no application process. Anyone interested should contact Active Humber by emailing nmassingham@activehumber.co.uk or ringing Nicola on 07860 954 342 for a chat about a project proposal.

Register of merged charities

The Charity Commission: A register of charities that have notified the Charity Commission they have merged with or transferred their assets to another charity.

Tell the Charity Commission about a merger if you want to make sure any future legacies can be transferred to your new, merged charity without it having to approve the transfer. Registering a merger is compulsory where a vesting declaration is used. In other cases, it’s voluntary.

If your charity receives or expects significant legacy income, consider registering the merger so that legacies and gifts can be transferred to it. You should take legal advice before deciding to register the merger because some wills say the money must go to someone else if the original charity ceases to exist.

Click here for the transparency data.

Protect your charity from fraud and cyber crime

The Charity Commission have published the following information about fraud and cyber crime, how to spot it and what you can do to protect against it.

If your charity has been the victim of fraud, it’s important to report it to the relevant authorities. Reporting can help you access essential advice to get your charity back on track, but will also build a clearer picture of the scale of fraud affecting the wider sector.

click here for the full guidance.

Counselling Services for Birth Families and Adoptive Families

Deadline 20th October 2021

The service provides assistance and support to birth families to enable them to manage the implications of adoption and have appropriate levels of involvement in the adoption process. The service should be accessible to all who need support throughout the adoption process and should engage effectively with hard to reach and vulnerable groups.

Click here for further information.

Arnold Clark Community Fund

Deadline 31st December 2021

The fund aims to help UK charities and local community groups continue their important work which may be at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants are awarded by a weekly draw during the winter campaign. Applications that are unsuccessful will be kept in the draw for the following week.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have people and communities in the UK as their primary focus of investment
  • Be incorporated in the UK.

Click here for the Arnold Clark Community Fund website.