The Fund is intended to support local community groups to deliver sustainable initiatives to educate and support their communities, providing long-term solutions to current problems. The majority of beneficiaries should be located in specified areas. Proposals to help those less likely to access support or those who are vulnerable are encouraged.
Projects should address at least one of the following objectives:
Alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty and promoting innovative energy-related environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon reduction.
Support community groups with crisis planning.
Encouraging interest, develop learning pathways and support in STEM subjects and related career opportunities.
Promoting use of the Priority Services Register (a free service provided by network operators and suppliers to customers in vulnerable circumstances within communities).
Support communities to lower their carbon footprint.
Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for one year or up to £20,000 for two years. Small, unincorporated and unregistered groups may apply for grants up to £5,000.
Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch works at both the national and local level and makes sure the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account by providers. Click here for their website.
On 11 May the government published the Procurement Bill. The bill aims to improve regulation of public procurement – the process central and local government go through to source and purchase goods, works or services.
Procurement is one part of a wider commissioning process that many charities engage with to deliver support to people across a range of areas from criminal justice to social care. In 2018/19, charities delivered £15.8 billion worth of public services on behalf of the government – a full quarter of the voluntary sector’s income.
The bill could have tangible implications for charities that currently deliver public services, as well as those that may wish to in the future.
Banking is a fundamental requirement for the voluntary sector, yet a growing number of charities are struggling to find banking services that meet their needs.
Over 1200 voluntary organisations responded to a survey commissioned by the Civil Society Group between March and May 2022. The results have produced a wealth of detailed information about the issues charities are facing. This Briefing is the first in a series that will cover the wide range of issues identified.
Briefing No.1 explores four key messages that connect all respondents’ experiences:
Services that charities need are increasingly unavailable
Services that are available are not suited to the way that charities operate
Charities often encounter poor customer service
Online banking is not designed for or accessible to charities
A free two-month online course for mental health organisations who want to jump start their communications strategy.
Media Trust’s Headlining Mental Health programme supports UK mental health organisations to strengthen their strategic communications so they can increase their visibility and reach, challenge stigma and get their voices heard.
The programme includes:
Three live online training workshops delivered by a specialist trainer, with templates to complete
Three live online support clinics with industry experts after every session
Peer networking which will allow you to meet people from organisations across the UK and work together
A bonus masterclass from Creative Agency Few and Far on free ways to optimise your website