£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.

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The Charity Governance Awards

Deadline is 26h January 2022

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 national and local charities, large and small, are encouraged to participate. Entry is free.

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.

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Warm Home Discount Scheme

From Department for Work and Pensions:

The Warm Home Discount Scheme will open for 21/22 on 18/10/21. This is not an automatic entitlement – customers have to apply for the discount, which could be up to £140 off electricity costs.  Eligibility is as follows:


There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:

If you’re on a low income

You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you do not get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:

This is known as being in the ‘broader group’.

To get the discount you’ll need to stay with your supplier until it’s paid.

How to apply

Your electricity supplier decides who can get the discount.

The number of discounts suppliers can give is limited. Check with your supplier as early as possible to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.

Check with them even if you were eligible for a discount last year.

Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.

Warm Home Discount Scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There is a list of suppliers on the Gov.UK website, but the timing of the scheme is crucial – first come first served and with the imminent removal of the £20 uplift.

Reflecting on PHF’s UK grant-making in 2020/21

This review is a chance to share what Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) have learnt through their UK grant-making in the context of the challenges of Covid-19, and to tell some of the inspiring stories of the organisations and individuals they have supported.

they have received 1,231 applications requesting a total of £67 million and made 1,219 final decisions of which 63% were approvals.

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Programme to help young people with autism now open for bids

Written and sent on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council:

Schools in our area are being invited to bid to become part of a pilot programme set to improve support for youngsters with autism.

The programme is part of a pilot in partnership with NHS England called ‘Autism in Schools’ and will include up to ten local schools.

The aim is to provide an uplift in support across the academic year, creating a more autism-friendly ethos and changing the approach to autism across the entire school system with coordinated funding, specialist practitioners and awareness raising.

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PayPal launches crowdfunding function

From Civil Society News:

PayPal launched the Generosity Network in the UK this week, meaning users can raise money for charities and other causes. 

The network launched in the US last November and can be used by customers to create fundraising campaigns for themselves or others in need.

Each personal campaign can raise up to £20,000 over a 30-day period. Money donated is then deposited directly into the customer’s account with PayPal, allowing customers to easily distribute the funds to the intended cause. 

A new function, Generosity Network for Charity, allows people to raise an unlimited amount for a charity. The money raised is transferred to PayPal Giving Fund UK, a registered charity, which then grants the funds to the charity. 

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The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) – Grimsby: a place-based approach

The Knowledge and Learning team from the NLCF have brought people together across the UK to learn more about their place and how their funding approach has affected their communities. Working with the funding teams in each area, they sent out invitations to previous, current, and potential grant holders, community groups, individuals and strategic organisations. They then brought them together through a series of 3 workshops to discuss their place. 

Attached is:

You can also access a short video of the attendees sharing their thoughts Grimsby Workshop Video 

The National Lottery Community Fund send thanks to those who gave up their time to talk with them – “We would again like to say a huge thank you for your contributions over the last few months…..It’s been such a pleasure to work with you and we really feel like we’ve learnt so much about Grimsby and the exciting future you are all building there together”.

New £50 million partnership aimed to boost National Lottery funding to Black and Minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups

From National Lottery Community Fund:

The National Lottery Community Fund and The Ubele Initiative, on behalf of The Phoenix Way Partners, have today jointly announced a new £50 million partnership aimed to boost funding and support to Black and Minoritised Community charities and grassroots groups over the next five years.

‘The Phoenix Way’ will create a series of national and regional panels, made of leaders and decision-makers from Black and Minoritised Community-led charities and grassroots groups from across England.

The Phoenix Way National Steering Group will work with The National Lottery Community Fund to identify national and regional priorities and award funding to Black and Minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups that are best placed to support their communities to thrive.

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Caia Park community research: The role of gatekeepers in community-led initiatives

From People Health Trust:

Local people know their communities best. They know what issues they face, what their community does well, and the best way they can create change. As the impact of community-led initiatives has been brought to the forefront during the pandemic, our funded partner has been exploring how certain obstacles to delivery can be overcome.

Our funded partner the Local Conversation in Caia Park, Wrexham has conducted research working with Leeds Beckett University which explores how gatekeepers and community-led initiatives can work together to deliver change.

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