NESTA Cultural Impact Development Fund

The Fund provides small-scale repayable finance to socially driven arts and cultural organisations working with the people and communities in greatest need.

Objectives of the fund are to:

  • Enable enterprising, ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes and financial resilience
  • Increase the capability of arts and cultural organisations to achieve, monitor, evaluate, and articulate their intended social impact.

Arts and culture organisations based in England are eligible to apply, including:

  • Arts and cultural venues
  • Museums, libraries and archives
  • Non-venue based organisations (e.g. touring organisations, production companies, festivals, etc.)
  • Sector support organisations (e.g. development agencies, workspace providers, cultural education organisations)

Click here for the NESTA website.

Voice4Change England COVID-19 Partnership Fund

Opens 25th November 2020

Funding is available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver coronavirus/COVID-19 related services in England.

The grants programme has three sections:

  1. Delivering COVID 19 services. Groups can apply for help with current costs, if their funding has been affected by the pandemic.
  2. Delivering mental health and well-being services, particularly to those who have been further impacted by COVID 19
  3. Delivering sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities and help with the impact of COVID 19 including well-being initiatives

The grants can be used to cover the following costs:

  • Running costs for organisations, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport (providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries).
  • Small capital costs, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the Fund, and is linked to keeping older people or those in vulnerable circumstances connected to the outside world.

Click here for the Voice4Change website.

National Lottery Community Fund – The New Infrastructure Programme

Deadline 1st December 2020

The fund is for established infrastructure organisations, the Design Lab will support organisational redesign and renewal. For emerging infrastructure organisations, it’ll help strengthen efforts and build additional capacity.

The fund is open to those infrastructure organisation that offers at least one of the following:

  • supports voluntary and community sector organisations, networks, groups and/or communities  
  • develops the work and capacity of civil society organisations and groups  
  • convenes and advocates on behalf of the sector and the communities you serve  
  • connects local organisations to assets and wealth.   

The funding can cover:

  • staff costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses

Click here for the NLCF website.

Grimsby Creates: Festival Director – ‘Grimsby Festival of the Sea 2021’

Deadline 7th December 2020

North East Lincolnshire Council (the Authority) on behalf of Grimsby Creates, the Cultural Development Fund programme for Grimsby, wishes to commission a Festival Director to lead the development and delivery of the inaugural ‘Grimsby Festival of the Sea 2021’.

A maximum budget of £10,000 excluding VAT, is being offered for the role of Festival Director, financed by the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). 

click here for the tender.

North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Online Learning is Moving to a New Platform from Monday 23 November 2020

Sent on behalf of Emma Wragg, Learning and Development Advisor (Safeguarding), Children’s Services, NELC:

North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Online Learning is Moving to a New Platform from Monday 23 November 2020

Our safeguarding children e-learning training, in collaboration with Virtual College, is moving over to a new platform called Enable on Monday 23 November 2020.  This new platform will provide a more modern and visual appeal and an improved user experience.

If you have accessed any courses on the current system, available through the SaferNEL website with Virtual College, you will need to ensure that any certificates have been downloaded or printed by this date, as records will not be transferred over to the new system and you will be required to register on the new system from 23 November onwards.

There will be no break in availability of this online learning.  Please continue to access the online safeguarding training on the SaferNEL training page here, from 23 November.

Courses are currently free to access, providing they are completed within 21 days, otherwise we will charge a £50 non-completion charge per person per course.

When self-registering, you will be asked to select a group, similar to previously.  Please select the group that is most appropriate, ie ‘Academies/Schools and Other Learning Providers’

We have chosen courses from an extensive catalogue but have only been able to purchase 500 licences, so please consider this when choosing courses and check that they are appropriate for you to access.  Virtual College have reviewed and consolidated some courses so the titles may now be different, as well as applying levels to some courses now.

* Please note that the course levels listed below, ie Safeguarding Children Level 3, have been produced according to intercollegiate competence levels and do not align to our current SCP training levels.   This course most closely aligns to our SCP Level 1 training

The following courses will be available for you to access, as appropriate to your role:

Previous Course TitleNew Title on New System
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – CoreSafeguarding Children Level 3* (aligns to our SCP Level 1 Introduction to Safeguarding Children Training)  
Safeguarding Everyone – Protecting Children, Young People and Adults at Risk  Safeguarding Everyone Level 3*
An Introduction to FGM, Forced Marriage, Spirit Possession and Honour Based Violence  FGM and Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief
Awareness of Domestic Violence and AbuseAwareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse  
Awareness of Forced MarriagesAwareness of Forced Marriages  
Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern SlaveryModern Slavery and Trafficking  
Separate courses: Parental Mental Health Domestic Abuse Hidden Harm  Now combined into one course: Toxic Trio
Working with Children with DisabilitiesWorking with Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities  
Safer Recruitment  Safer Recruitment
Child Sexual ExploitationChild Sexual Exploitation  
n/a – new course  Gang Related Issues and County Lines
n/a – new courseSupporting Teenagers and Young People  

For details of the content of all courses listed above and further courses for you to purchase separately, please see the Virtual College website.

If you have any queries, please contact Emma Wragg, Learning and Development Advisor, Safeguarding or Tel: 01472 325531.

Kind regards


The Charity Governance Awards

Deadline is 25th January 2020

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK

The Charity Governance Awards are open to any charity registered in the UK; entries are free and can be submit online, and accepted between November and January each year.

The winner of each category will receive a £5,000 unrestricted grant as a prize. Runners-up will receive cash prizes for the first time (£1,000 each), and all shortlisted charities will be offered a paid one-year membership to the Association of Chairs for their board as well as a complimentary place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for a new trustee.

Click here for more information.

Sector Challenge Programme

Deadline 27th November 2020

Grants of up to £10,000 for organisations working in early years; financial wellbeing; mental health and wellbeing; and sexual abuse and domestic violence.

This grant provides an opportunity to :

  • Advance your skills and knowledge
  • Learn from experts and take part in a design process where you explore various approaches to potential digital solutions
  • Share experiences and ideas with your peers
  • Be part of designing an approach or solution which has a meaningful impact on the sector you work in, and the communities you support

Click here for the website.