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  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
    14 December 2018

    The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging. The Fund supports organisations which work with young people experiencing disadvantage in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths and potential – we ...

  • Ministry of Housing Windrush Day Grants -Open until 21 January 2019
    14 December 2018

    What is the funding for: Grants are available for charities & community groups to celebrate, commemorate &/or educate about the history of the Empire Windrush & the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social & cultural life. The Ministry Of Housing are looking for innovative approaches, founded on active community engagement. They will fund projects & events that support the high-level objectives of the Windrush Day Grant, which are to celebrate, commemorate, educate, & must ...

  • Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund – Opens 18 January 2019
    14 December 2018

    The Young Roots programme is designed for organisations that want to involve & work with young people between the ages of 11 & 25 to encourage them to develop their own views about the culturally varied Heritage of the UK. How much can you apply for? Between £10,000 to £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. Who can apply? Registered Charities & trusts, community, voluntary & youth groups, community / Parish councils, Community Interest Companies, ...

  • Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund – Open for Applications
    14 December 2018

    What activities can they fund? They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. We do not fund running costs or ...

  • Comic Relief Children Survive & Thrive – Opens January 2019
    14 December 2018

    Comic Relief has announed the launch of a new funding initiative to develop child centred approaches that address the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school. Who should apply: Organisations that directly support families with young children. Organisations that have demonstrable experience in one of more ...

  • Slides from the Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop
    13 December 2018

    We had a great turn out at the Cultural Commissioning Ready workshop today. If you weren’t able to attend, you can take a look at the slides here: Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop Presentation The fund will open in January 2019 and a full specification will be available then (date to be confirmed) In the meantime, if you have ...

  • Local Charities Day – Friday 14 December 2018
    12 December 2018

    Friday 14 December is Local Charities Day Local Charities Day, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is all about showcasing the amazing work of charities and volunteers and showing how you make a real difference to your local communities. You can find out more here and here. A large part of this day will be taking place on social ...

  • Second year of Reading, Place of Culture funding – opens in January
    12 December 2018

    Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the second year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Funding is available to organisations to deliver participatory arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes by, with and for Reading residents, particularly those less likely ...

  • Polling Station Review – open until 2 January 2019
    5 December 2018

    Residents are being asked for their views as part of the Reading Borough Council’s review of polling districts and polling stations in Reading. Every local authority must review its polling districts and polling places every five years, with a public consultation forming part of that review. It is important to note that the review does not ...

  • Subsidised Management Training from January 2019
    5 December 2018

    Alan Hester Associates is offering Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited training for managers of voluntary and community organisations in Berkshire. The training is subsidised by the European Social Fund (ESF), meaning that training, materials and support are free. Your organisation pays only a one-off ILM registration fee of £129 (normally £1,200). The course gives you ...

  • One more day to take part in Maternity Care Survey – closes 6 December 2018
    5 December 2018

    Local Healthwatches have joined together (Buckinghamshire, Wokingham Borough, Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and Reading) to get mothers’ feedback on what was important to them while they were pregnant. The NHS will use their views to make maternity care better. The NHS have asked Healthwatch to run this survey, following the National Maternity Review. The review said that ...

  • Free webinars from The Foundation for Social Improvement – to celebrate Local Charities Day
    5 December 2018

    Did you know that next Friday – 14 December 2018 – is Local Charities Day? Each year, Local Charities Day shines a spotlight on the incredible work local charities do to build healthy and happy communities in our country. To support our fantastic local charity members and celebrate Local Charities Day, the FSI will be running 15 free 30 ...

  • EU Settlement Scheme – grant scheme open until 1 February 2019
    5 December 2018

    The Home Office has announced the launch of up to £9 million of grant funding, available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to help vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens needing additional support when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The Home Office states that: Ensuring that vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their families are ...

  • Funding: Support for Children Leaving Care
    5 December 2018

    Brighter Futures For Children is improving support and accommodation for young people leaving care. Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is a new independent organisation that is providing children’s services on behalf of Reading Borough Council. The main aim of BFfC is to protect and enhance the lives of Reading’s children. We help families find long term solutions ...

  • Free Employment Law Seminar with Blandy & Blandy
    5 December 2018

    Employment Law Events 2019 Minimising Business Risks Are you a business or HR decision maker? Please join our leading Employment Law team at two free events in 2019, focusing on minimising risk within your business. Please join us at our 2019 Employment Law Seminar to keep-up-to date with recent and emerging changes in Employment Law, to minimise risks to your ...

  • RISC awarded RVA Safe + Sound
    5 December 2018

    Congratulations to RISC who were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound governance mark. We spoke to some of the team – trustee, Colin Date, HR Administrator, Jane Amin, and Sharon Fitton, a Collective member of staff – about the charity’s work and the process of applying for Safe + Sound. Tell us a little about RISC Colin: I ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop 13 December 2018 – funding streams released
    4 December 2018

    Reading, Place of Culture invites voluntary sector organisations, cultural and arts groups to attend to attend a ‘Cultural Commissioning Ready’ workshop on Thursday 13 December, 11am – 1pm in the RVA Training Room, Third Floor, Reading Central Library. What is ‘Cultural Commissioning’? The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme, launched in 2018, aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for ...

  • Upcoming masterclasses from Thames Valley Business Growth Hub
    28 November 2018

    Masterclass: Finance and Funding for Growth – 29 November 2018 This free half-day masterclass will provide you with information on a range of finance options for your business, from start-up loans and grants to equity investment, debt funding and crowdfunding. You’ll also learn how to put together a financial plan for your business, so you are ready to ...

  • Child exploitation – new screening tool from Local Safeguarding Children Boards
    28 November 2018

    Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Berkshire have come together to tackle the criminal exploitation of children. Children as young as 10, and sometimes even younger, are being put in danger by people who are taking advantage of how vulnerable they are. What is the simple screening tool? This tool is for anyone who comes in to contact ...

  • Police and Property Fund Act – open until 17 December 2018
    28 November 2018

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the ...

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