- Government launches £2 million grant fund for organisations tackling loneliness
- New funding comes one year since publication of landmark Loneliness Strategy
- Builds on existing £11.5 million Building Connections Fund and support for community space and tech projects
A new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness across the country, Minister for Civil Society Baroness Barran has announced this week.
The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups.
The investment will help small organisations promote themselves more widely, help fund the use of suitable venues and accessible transport, and bring established groups together to best serve local people at risk of loneliness.
More details about the fund, eligibility and how to apply will be announced soon.
Grants for grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000
Up to £500 Capacity Building Grant or up to £4000 Project Delivery Grant
For work delivering on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:
- Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
- Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and the LBTQI+ community and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
- A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
- Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.
Projects need to be within 10 miles of the landfill site at Normanton (WF6 2JA )
Use the location checker to find out if you are eligible…
Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities.
This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums.
The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 11th December 2019.
Launch of the West Yorkshire Victims Strategy and PCC’s Annual Third Sector Conference.
Monday 11 November 2019, 1pm to 5pm & 5.30pm to 8.30pm
You are invited to attend the launch the West Yorkshire Victims’ Strategy. The event will also be the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Third Sector conference, recognising the pivotal role that voluntary, community, and faith organisations play in supporting victims, survivors and communities harmed by crime.
will take place on Monday 11 November at a venue in central Leeds – a
short walk from the train station – with the first session starting at
1pm and ending at 5pm and the second session, starting at 5:30pm and
ending at 8.30pm.
Keynote speakers will include:
- Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime
- Vera Baird, Victims Commissioner for England and Wales and
formerly Northumbria PCC.
- John Robins QPM, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
- The third sector and victims themselves will also speak at the
event and contribute to the discussions.
You will be able to opt into a choice of group sessions to brief you on the wide range of statutory and voluntary sector services available to support victims and survivors and there will be an opportunity for organisations supporting victims and survivors to publicise their services in a “market place” style event. The programme for the afternoon session will be mirrored by the evening session. The ‘market place’ will remain into the evening and those who can attend both sessions will have a greater opportunity to network and benefit from the group information sessions.
The PCC is especially concerned that victims, survivors, other service users and the many individuals who support them as volunteers have the opportunity to attend, and this is why the event will be repeated in the evening. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and a light buffet will be available for those attending both sessions.
To register your interest for one or both sessions either an attendee or an organisation wishing to include a stall in the market place please email – email@example.com. You can also call on 01924 294021 or 01924 294023 by Friday 25 October 2019.
Showcase your work or find out about opportunities and funding for community activities
- 4th September at Proper Job Theatre Company, Huddersfield – find out more
Community Learning Works is now in it’s 3rd year (funded initially by Kirklees Council with further funding from National Lottery), and we’re organising a couple of celebration events to showcase some of the successful projects, and promote some of the great local opportunities for volunteering and learning.
If you’d like your group to be involved to showcase your work, promote your activities and have a stand, let us know:
Alternatively, you can come along to find out more about the project and opportunities for your group to be involved.
Accelerator Programme designed to support the growth of social enterprises (including charities).
“Social enterprise is said to offer possibilities for social engagement and economic inclusion to different social groups, providing novel solutions to a range of societal problems that the state and private sector have been unable to solve.”
In partnership with Global Enterprise Links (GEL), Kirklees Council have launched a three month programme to support and develop social enterprises, community groups and third sector organisations.
The project will include a flexible, blended, practical approach designed to help participants take their organisations forward.
The programme will include:
- Access to Finance
- Digital Transformation: Data Visualization
- Developing Leadership: Culture
- Management Capability: Teams, workforce development
- Coaching and Mentoring : Business mentors
- Marketing, Customer Experiences, Social Media Marketing
For further information please contact Sharon@yaba.uk.com / 07807 474885
Start date September 2019
Please note: Entries will only accepted from social enterprises or charities. A social enterprise is any organisation, including charities, that is trading or wants to trade and earn profit for community benefit. It is defined by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber as:
- having a clear social or environmental mission which is set out in its governing documents,
- an independent business which earns income through trading,
- controlled or owned in the interests of the social mission,
- either reinvesting or giving away its profits or surpluses to further its social purpose,
- and transparent about how it operates and the impact it has.