Launch of VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is now live with a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021.

Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.

Grants are available between £75,000 - £300,000 with the closing deadline of noon on 27th August.  Further information can be found here NHS England » Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22: Information pack. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through our online portal.

A meet the funder webinar is scheduled for 11th August from 10-11am.  Please click here to register your attendance.

RHS Flourish Fund

RHS want to inspire everyone to grow, and the RHS Flourish Fund is part of their pledge to attract and support a wider range of people to connect with horticulture. A commitment of £150,000, consisting of grants up to £15,000, the Fund aims to support organisations across the UK that are helping people acquire horticultural skills.

If your organisation, including those in the voluntary, community or social enterprise sector, has horticulture at its heart and offers quality horticultural training, then the Flourish Fund could be a fantastic opportunity for you.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday, 13 August 2021.

To apply visit the website.

Mutual Respect Grant fund

Nationwide Building Society are donating £50,000 to the Mutual Respect Grants fund to help grassroot football teams across the UK continue to build mutual respect on and off the pitch.

If you and your club are passionate about building mutual respect within grassroots football, then why not see if you qualify to apply for one of the grants.

50 clubs will be chosen to receive a grant of £1000 each. The clubs will be chosen from all valid entries by a panel of judges from Nationwide Building Society plus an independent judge against the following criteria:

  • What the club has done to increase mutual respect on or off the pitch
  • How they achieved it
  • The impact the club had.

The deadline is 11:59pm on the 15th August.

For more information and to apply visit the Nationwide website.

Lotteries and free prize draws

Does our charity need a license to run a raffle online?  Can we do a sweepstake in our office to raise funds for a local sports charity?  How do I know if a draw to win a house is legitimate?  These are some of the questions the Fundraising Regulator has received through their enquiries service from both fundraisers and the public about lottery-based, free draw and prize competition fundraising.

So now, the Regulator’s policy and standards officer Gavin Doyle has published this blog ‘Leaving nothing to chance: what you need to know about lottery, free draw and prize competition fundraising’, which addresses all of these questions. 

The link to Northumberland County Council's Gambling License page is here.

New Zoom app lets UK charities fundraise within the platform 

The video meeting platform Zoom has added a donation function to its platform for all registered UK charities.

The Pledge app is free to add and means any Zoom user can fundraise for more than 2.2 million charities operating in over 150 countries around the world. This includes every registered charity operating in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Find out more from Civil Society News.

North of Tyne Crowdfund - 'Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty'

The North of Tyne Combined Authority are happy to announce the third round of Crowdfund North of Tyne: “Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty”. 

NTCA want to provide a springboard for locally led greening and food security in the North of Tyne. This is a £200,000 fund, from the NTCA Mayor’s Capacity Fund. 

As part of the Combined Authority’s dedication to a Net Zero transition and  Mayor Driscoll’s manifesto commitment to work with communities to tackle the climate emergency and food poverty, we want to fund projects that will make a positive impact for local people and the local area.

This can be anything from a community garden, to supporting the reduction of food waste – the possibilities are endless. Click here to tell SpaceHive about your idea