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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Windrush Day Grants – open until 21 January 2019
    14 December 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is offering grants for charities and community groups to celebrate, commemorate and/or educate about the history of the Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life. They are looking for innovative approaches, founded on active community engagement. They will fund projects and events that support the high-level objectives of the Windrush Day Grant, which are to celebrate, commemorate, ...

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

    The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme is designed for organisations that want to involve and work with young people aged 11 to 25, to encourage them to develop their own views about the culturally varied Heritage of the UK. Funding of £10,000 to £50,000 is available for projects lasting up to two years. Who can apply? Registered charities and trusts, community, voluntary and youth groups, community/Parish ...

  • Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019
    14 December 2018

    The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is now open for applications from not-for-profit organisations with annual turnovers below £300,000. They are more likely to award grants – of up to £2,000 – to organisations who have a Greggs shop in their area. They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can ...

  • Comic Relief Children Survive and Thrive – opens January 2019
    14 December 2018

    Comic Relief has announced 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 of ...

  • 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
    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Free fundraising tool for small charities and groups
    14 September 2018

    The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have developed ‘Fundraising Fundamentals‘, a free fundraising tool to help small charities and groups to develop a fundraising strategy. It includes four sections: Getting started Including where you are now and where you would like to get too, and a very simple SWOT analysis to help you; Know your donors This covers knowing who to ...

  • Who can act as a Trustee or Senior Manager? New Disqualification Rules
    29 January 2018

    The law relating to who can act as a charity trustee or a senior manager of a charity will change from 1 August 2018. This factsheet gives a brief overview on what to expect and the next steps for charities to take.

  • Accounting Records and Reporting to the Charities Commission
    30 January 2017

    Unsure whether you need to prepare accounts, what form this should take and whether you have to file them with the Charities Commission? What about Annual Returns and Trustee’s Reports? This simplfied factsheet is an introduction to reporting and provides a checklist for all organisations including community associations, CIOs and charitable companies.

  • AGM guide
    16 January 2017

    Are you unsure about how to hold an AGM? This short guide takes you through the process step by step.

  • How to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Assocation)
    5 December 2016

    A guide for existing unincorporated associations who want to change to an incorporated structure of a CIO. What are the benefits, what do you need to plan for and how do you go about changing your structure?

  • “In Kind Direct” provides donated goods to local groups
    18 June 2015

    In Kind Direct is a national charity that helps organisations get the things they need to support communities. They do this by taking donations of goods from manufacturers and retailers and redistributing them to charities and not for profit organisations. From cleaning products to keep your premises sparkling, to packs of essential toiletries for people in crisis. As organisations only have ...

  • How to get funding and support from businesses
    24 March 2015

    Grants from companies can often involve a less rigorous application process and lighter-touch monitoring than funding through charitable trusts, but it doesn’t always mean it’s easier to access. As many of them promote their grants heavily through local branches, lots of people know about them and give it a go.

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