Comic Relief - Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls

In England, around 1 in every 20 women has experienced extensive physical and sexual violence and abuse across their life course.  These women are more likely to face other adverse circumstances in their lives: more than half have a common mental health condition; 52% have a disability that means they need help with everyday activities; 1 in 5 have experienced homelessness; 1 in 3 have an alcohol problem and are 8 times more likely to be drug dependent than women with little experience of violence and abuse.

To this end, Comic Relief are pleased to be continuing their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to open a fund of £1.2 million to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG). The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

Comic Relief want to make targeted investments in UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of VAWG.

Proposals should respond to one or more of this programme’s aims:

  • Maintain / improve support for women and girls who are experiencing or at risk of violence and abuse;
  • Expand reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex), and disabled communities;
  • Capture the lived experiences of women and girls to inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy;
  • Coordinate cross sector partnerships to build more trauma-informed, joined-up care pathways that meet the holistic needs of women and girls.

Grants between £50k to £250k are available for projects starting in January 2020 and lasting for no longer than 12 to 15 months.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 4th of September.

Full details are on the Comic Relief website

Postcode Lottery Trusts

The Postcode Lottery operates three grant giving trusts that groups can apply to for projects of 12 months in length, projects must be new or a significant expansion of an existing project. Funds of up to £20,000 are available for registered charities, with funds of £2,000 for other not-for-profit organisations. The deadline for first stage applications across all three trusts is 14th August 2019.

Postcode Local Trust provides funding for:

  • Green space improvements.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Renewable energy and flood prevention.

Full details are available on the website.

Postcode Community Trust provides funding for:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing.
  • Arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation.

Full details are available on the website.

People's Postcode Trust provides funding for:

  • Promoting human rights.
  • Combatting discrimination.
  • Poverty prevention.

Full details are available on the website.

#IWILL Fund - Youth-led advocacy to improve community spaces

The #IWILL Fund want to support organisations who understand what high quality youth social action is and have experience of equipping young people with the skills they need to deliver meaningful advocacy-based social action.

Approaches should empower young people to take the lead and advocate to improve community spaces that are important to them and where their work can be embedded into spaces in the long-term. Your proposed plans should be informed by young people themselves.

You can apply for up to £35,000 over one year to facilitate youth-led advocacy to improve the design and use of community spaces.

Grants can be used to cover any costs related to carrying out this project, included but not limited to:

  • Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project
  • Costs of advocacy activities, including appropriate incentives and rewards for young people to take part
  • Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 20th September 2019.

For more information and to apply visit the Co-op Foundation's website.


Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500 and £1000 available. Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports National Governing Body or local authority.

Applications are now open and will close on the 27th September 2019.

You can either make a written application or a video application (max 2 minutes)

For more details and to apply visit the website.

NHS England and NHS Improvement Community Grants 2019

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services?

If so, NHS England want you to tell them about it. In fact, they want to support you to tell everyone about it!

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be awarding grants of up to £2500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. Applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation. Please ensure you read the 2019 guidelines for community grant applicants pack before you apply, to check that your organisation and project is eligible. If you are eligible you will need to complete the application form by Monday, 23 September 2019 using the apply now button.

You can find out more about previous years’ projects in the community grants section of the Involvement Hub on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.

Bright Ideas Fund now open!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you. Bright Ideas provides business development support, grants of up to £15,000, and opportunities to learn from other community businesses. 

Bright Ideas is interested in community groups, associations and organisations who have a good idea for a community business but need advice and a small amount of revenue funding to develop, test and get to the stage of launching their community business. The Fund remains open to applications from aspiring community businesses working anywhere in England and in any sector

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

The deadline for applications is the 30th September.

For more information visit the website

Confirmation of Commissioning framework - Urgent

We are looking for charities or organisations to become part of our commissioning framework to deliver outreach as a supplier on our behalf on a spot purchase basis.

We are looking for charities and organisations who are OISC registered, CTC cleared and DBS checked who have experience of assisting vulnerable adult asylum seekers. 

The outreach requests could include a wide range of topics which may include asylum support or move on support.

The outreach framework has been finalised and published and can be accessed via the following link:

Please note the deadline is  21/08/2019 15:00.

For any enquiries please email Marsela Hoxha on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contract: Service to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support

Northumberland County Council is seeking tenders to establish a Contract to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support at a time of crisis.

The aim is to provide short term assistance to families requiring additional support as part of a range of early intervention and prevention services designed to prevent children becoming “looked after”. The aim is to stabilise families preventing child neglect and abuse and reducing the flow of children going into Looked After Care, thereby improving outcomes.

The service should be able to offer bespoke packages of support, delivered through a network of volunteers providing a community solution for families in crisis or in need of support. The aim is to develop strong relationships between volunteers and families, strengthening family capacity and promoting self-sufficiency through both modelling behaviours and providing support for positive parenting.

It is anticipated that up to 65 families per year will require support, based predominantly within the South East Northumberland area with development over the lifetime of the contract in support required in the north and west of the County.

The value of the contract will be capped at £75,000 per annum, including all expenses. Further details of the Contracting Authority’s requirements under the contract and other relevant information are given in the Specification at Schedule 2.

Register on the Pro-contract website for further details.

Deadline for EOI is 16/08/2019.

Contract: Home Care Flexible Purchasing System

This contract is for the provision of home care services for adults with care and support needs, whether funded under social care legislation, as NHS Continuing Health Care, or as aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

The aim of the Service is to enable Service Users receiving home and community support to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as possible and to enable them to lead a good quality of life.

The contract opportunity is split into ten Lots based on geographical regions within Northumberland. Within each Lot there operates a three tiered system, with a single ‘Preferred Provider’ in place at Tier 1 who has a right of first refusal for each referral available within that Lot. If the Tier 1 Provider does not respond to the referral within a short timescale, or cannot meet the need, then the referral will be offered to the Providers within Tier 2. Similarly if no Tier 2 Provider responds, or cannot meet the need within a short timeframe then the referral will be offered to any Providers on the third Tier.

This Flexible Purchasing System was established on 1st April 2019, however new applications are now welcome for appointment to Tier 2 and Tier 3 positions on each Lot.

Full details can be found here.