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  • The UK Youth Fund: Thriving Minds – deadline 20 March 2022
    2 March 2022

    UK Youth and Julia and Hans Rausing are working in partnership to offer funding to youth organisations seeking to be better equipped to respond to and support young people’s mental health in their communities. Who can apply? To be eligible to apply your organisation must: Be based and operate in the UK, and have been operational for at ...

  • Thames Water x Backyard Nature Microgrants – deadline 8 March 2022
    1 March 2022

    Thames Water has launched a new community fund to support grassroots action in partnership with nature campaign This fund particularly is aimed at those supporting families in areas of high deprivation to reduce the barriers around spending time outside in nature. There is £12k funding available for community projects in areas serviced by Thames Water. What are ...

  • Reminder: Reading Covid Support Fund – deadline 5pm on 4 March 2022
    28 February 2022

    Reading Borough Council has allocated £220k for grants to the voluntary and community sector for the year 2021/22 from the ‘Reading Covid Support Fund’. The funding is available to support the infrastructure and/or additional capacity needed by voluntary and community organisations to expand existing services, deliver services in a different way or to develop new ...

  • Could your organisation support Reading residents disproportionately affected by health inequalities? Funding announcement from RBC soon
    23 February 2022

    Update on 9 March 2022:  Reading Health Champions and Vaccine Fund – deadline 1 April 2022 Could your organisation support Reading residents disproportionately affected by health inequalities? Reading Borough Council will shortly be allocating 50k for grants to the voluntary and community sector to be used by July 2022, from funding received from the Department for Levelling ...

  • Your Place Our Place urban room – programme for March 2022 announced
    23 February 2022

    What is Your Place Our Place? Your Place Our Place is one of the first pilots of the Community Consultation for Quality of Life (CCQOL) project. It involves community consultation through activities at an Urban Room and a digital mapping tool. What is an urban room? Urban rooms are spaces in towns and cities which offer local communities ...

  • Masonic Charitable Foundation: Children and Young People grants
    23 February 2022

    The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for freemasons, their families and the wider community. This programme is open to national and local charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the challenges they face. The grants support disadvantaged and vulnerable children aged 0-18 and ...

  • Masonic Charitable Foundation: Later life inclusion grants
    23 February 2022

    The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for freemasons, their families and the wider community. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to local and national charities that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life. The grants support socially isolated and ...

  • Help to review the SEND Local Offer
    18 February 2022

    The Family Information Service and SEND Local Offer need your help! They are looking for parent carers who can spare a little time to help review the SEND Local Offer. Reading Families Forum, parent carers, Family Information Service/SEND Local Offer, and other services supporting SEND meet up online every 2 months to review and look at sections ...

  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – new resources
    18 February 2022

    The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have launched a number of new resources Growing together toolkit and podcast discussing racism and mental health in schools To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, their schools team have created a Growing together toolkit which celebrates diversity in all its forms and they have also launched a new podcast ...

  • University of Reading Internship Scheme open for applications
    18 February 2022

    Are you a non-profit organisation looking to hire a high-quality student intern? Then the Reading Internship Scheme (RIS) might be for you! The University of Reading’s flagship RIS programme connects you to our undergraduate students through 4–8 fully-funded internships. It is an opportunity aimed at providing value both for you as an employer and for our ...

  • Time to Flex: embracing flexible working – report by ACEVO and NCVO
    16 February 2022

    Flexible working practices are fundamental to the future of work within charities, helping us deliver more for the people and communities we support, says a new report from ACEVO, NCVO and Starfish Search. Time to Flex draws on conversations with colleagues across the voluntary sector and explores the various benefits and barriers to embracing flexible working. ...

  • Review of the Accessible Information Standard – respond by 28 February 2022
    16 February 2022

    2022 Review of the Accessible Information Standard A review of the Accessible Information Standard (AIS) is running until March 2022. NECS are working with NHS England and Improvement to carry out the review. The AIS Review will undertake a detailed examination of the Standard building on the findings from previous reviews and working with a wide ...

  • Community Gardens Award – deadline 28 February 2022
    16 February 2022

    In 2011 the National Garden Scheme set up an award scheme in memory of Elspeth Thompson, the much-loved garden writer and journalist who died in 2010. National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award provides funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) ...

  • Windrush Day Grant Scheme – deadline 18 March 2022
    16 February 2022

    The Windrush Day Grant Scheme is led by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). National Windrush Day and this scheme forms a part of the government’s commitment to level up opportunity across diverse communities, help build greater trust in public services, improve outcomes for everyone and forge a greater sense of belonging. The ...

  • Employment law: changes to statutory rates of pay from 1 April 2022
    15 February 2022

    If your charity employs individuals, please consider and prepare for changes to statutory rates of pay that will come into effect from 1 April 2022: Increase in National Minimum Wage – summary from ACAS Increase in other statutory entitlements, such as Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption pay – rates and thresholds from HMRC for 2022/2023 Increase ...

  • Employment law: upcoming changes to right to work checks
    15 February 2022

    The Government has announced changes to employer right to work checks, which will come into effect from 6 April 2022. In particular there is a move to online evidence for employees who are relying on a Biometric Residence Card (BRC), Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or a Frontier Worker Permit (FWP). If your charity employs individuals, please ...

  • The Tudor Trust – deadline 31 March 2022
    15 February 2022

    The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust, which fund a wide range of organisations working to support positive change in people’s lives and in their communities around the UK. The primary focus is core funding, as they want to fund in a way which contributes to the health and strength of organisations. Who can ...

  • PCC Community Fund – deadline 4 March 2022
    9 February 2022

    The Community Fund supports voluntary and community groups assisting both the PCC and Thames Valley Police in helping to prevent crime and keep communities safe. Money for the scheme comes from the Community Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, and is created from the proceeds from the sale of ...

  • Holiday Activity and Food Programme – open for submissions from providers until 5pm, 18 February 2022
    9 February 2022

    Now that the Christmas holidays and the 2021 HAF provision have concluded, Brighter Futures for Children are looking towards their Easter and 2022 offer. We have £75k in the HAF budget to fund holiday activities over the Easter holiday. We are working on our plans for the Easter break and are inviting organisations to submit ...

  • Social Enterprise Support Fund – Round 2 deadline 24 March 2022
    9 February 2022

    The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides essential financial support to help social enterprises in England to rebuild and grow their income from trading, following the impact of Covid-19. It is established in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and five social enterprise support agencies. Who is eligible to apply? To be eligible for this fund, the ...

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