Welcome to the July Newsletter
Summer is here, along with holidays and light evenings. It’s a time of year when writing funding applications can often be furthest from our minds, but as you will see from this month’s bulletin there are still many funders with deadlines in July and August.
For example, if you’re looking for community grants, the Ford Britain Trust large grants close on 31 July. In August there are deadlines for the Trusts that receive income from the People’s Postcode Lottery, including People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Community Trust and Postcode Local Trust (all up to £20k, but with different criteria). You can also dare to dream with the Postcode Dream Trust Dream Fund offering grants up to £1 million for projects run by 2 or more charities together. All four funds close on 15 August.
Visit our website to download the full bulletin
Bright Ideas Fund
Application deadline 31 July 2018
The Bright Ideas Fund from Power to Change and Locality helps community organisations start up community businesses. If accepted onto the programme your group will receive one-to-one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant of up to £15,000 for development and start up costs. This can include feasibility studies, legal fees, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement and business planning.
To find out more and read the full guidance, visit the Power to Change website.
£20 million to tackle loneliness
Recently central government announced £20 million worth of funding for supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving to benefit communities.
This includes the People’s Postcode Lottery spending £5 million topping up existing grants it has given to projects that combat loneliness and the Health Lottery will give out £4 million to charities that work to improve social links in disadvantaged areas.
The big news though is a new £11 million ‘Building Connections Fund’ to be run by the Big Lottery Fund (funded by Big Lottery, the Co-op Foundation and the government) for projects that can help bring communities together.
“This will help make the most of local spaces, opening them up for community use, as well as help businesses and local services combat isolation. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier. It will support groups to understand the impact of their work and share best practice about how to prevent loneliness.”
The new fund will be launched in July and run until December 2019. Keep an eye on the Big Lottery Fund website for more information and we’ll also update you in the next newsletter.
Help develop new training for voluntary organisations
Over the summer we’ll be working on a project looking at how we can better support local voluntary organisations to bid for contracts from Southampton City Council. We’d like to get your thoughts about any training you think your organisation might need, such as about how our tender process works, how to register on our supply portal and what we expect in a pricing schedule, and also a jargon buster so that you can understand what those three things are!
We’re looking for volunteers from organisations that are considering bidding for contracts (or have previously considered it but been put off by the process). We’d like you to answer a few short questions about what you would like to know about Southampton City Council bidding and contracts processes before you bid. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved please email us.