VCSA Newsletter Week of 27th February 2023

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Newsletter for the Week of 27th February 2023


OsNosh director Ben Wilson leads a pilot session to introduce the new cookery course

OsNosh director Ben Wilson leads a pilot session to introduce the new cookery course

Cookery Classes on the Menu as Community Kitchen and Housing Group Join Forces

Tenants with a Shropshire housing organisation are being given the chance to cook up a treat at a series of free workshops with a community kitchen.

Shropshire Towns and Rural housing and OsNosh have joined forces to offer special cookery courses which will help tenants cook up tasty and cost-effective meals so that they can eat well for less.

The courses will consist of three one-hour classes with all ingredients and equipment provided, as well as recipe cards and a meal. Every household taking part will receive a free slow cooker to help them produce their own healthy and tasty meals from low-cost ingredients in a way that is energy efficient.

They launched on February 8th with the first course fully booked, but places are still available at some workshops - see the events section below for more information.              

Sessions will be held in Oswestry and surrounding villages with plans to have workshops in the South of the County later this year. All ingredients and equipment are provided, as well as recipes cards and a meal. Help with travel can be arranged and any extra support needed can be discussed.

Every household taking part in the course will also receive a free slow cooker with the aim of helping tenants produce their own healthy and tasty meals from low cost ingredients in a way that is energy efficient. 

Ayyaz Ahmed, STAR housing’s head of neighbourhoods said the organisation was delighted to have started cookery workshops in partnership with OsNosh.

“The workshops are one of our responses to the current cost of living crisis, which we know is having a detrimental impact within our communities. We hope that the workshops will have an ongoing and positive impact to our residents by providing them with the knowledge and resources to make their food go further.

“We would like to encourage all our residents of any ability to get involved with this new initiative, which we plan to continue to offer in more locations throughout 2023,” he said.

He added that STAR housing could arrange help with travel and any extra support and the scheme would be rolled out across south Shropshire later in the year.

To register for a place or find out more, visit the Star Housing website, speak to a housing officer or drop into OsNosh on Willow Street.

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Community Inspiration Awards 2023 Open for Nominations

The annual Community Inspiration Awards is organised by the Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by members of the community, staff from public sector organisations, charities, and businesses whose efforts have made a positive difference in the community and has inspired others.

This year’s Community Inspiration Awards ceremony will be taking place on Friday 8 September 2023 in Birmingham where a panel of esteemed judges will announce the finalists and winners.

Deadline for nomination is 5pm on Friday 31st March 2023

You can nominate online using this form link  or download the nomination form from the Community Foundation website and email it to them.

For further info, please email:  Tel: 0121 643 6490

Search for #communityinspirationawards to keep up to date on the awards

For a full list of award categories and other information, please visit the Community Foundation website.

Charity Governance Award

Charity Governance Awards Accepting Entries

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK, allowing large and small not-for-profit organisations to inspire and learn from one another.

These are the only charity awards designed to celebrate trustees, are free to enter (with a free awards ceremony), and do not generate profit for the sponsors or partners. Their mission is to encourage and celebrate success in charity governance.

Effective governance makes a difference. By sharing examples of inspirational trustees and brilliant boards, they want to show how good governance and doing good go hand-in-hand.

For its eighth year, the Charity Governance Awards will recognise inspirational success stories of bold trustee leadership with a new category aiming to understand how bold and ambitious trustee leadership is generating meaningful change and addressing systemic problems affecting the third sector and society at large (such as the climate emergency, cost of living crisis, poverty, racism and more.

Recurring categories focus on small charities that have improved impact during the difficult past few years as well as trustees boards that have made long-term improvements by embracing and transforming with digital. An ongoing area of focus for the awards is equity, diversity and inclusion in charity governance – never more needed as trustees and charities strive to understand and support their communities during hardship, crisis, and systemic challenges.

Boards demonstrating outstanding governance and trusteeship are urged to share their own examples of best practice. 

National and local charities, large and small, are encouraged to participate. Entry is free; the deadline has been extended to 8 March 2023.

Click here to see previous winners and shortlisted applicants. 

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Join the Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation

Healthcare leaders at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging people across the county to join the Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation. Residents are invited to have their say to help improve local health and care services, and to get involved by attending upcoming public meetings.

The Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation aims to understand local people’s views on what is affecting their health and wellbeing, and what things would make the biggest difference to improve experiences of local health and care services. The feedback gathered at these events will help NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin develop its plans for the future.

A series of public engagement sessions are happening across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin over the next few months, to which all are invited to attend. Current sessions available for registration are:

  • Tuesday 28 February 2023, Sutton Hill Hub in Telford Register here
  • Wednesday 1 March, Bishop’s Castle Methodist Church Register here
  • Thursday 2 March, Meeting Point House in Telford Town Centre Register here
  • Wednesday 8 March, Mascall Centre in Ludlow Register here
  • Wednesday 15 March, Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton Register here

Each venue will be hosting an afternoon session (2pm to 4.30pm) and an evening session (5.30pm to 8pm) to give people the chance to come along when it is most convenient to them.

Further sessions in other locations will be happening until the end of May 2023. Information about these additional events will be advertised widely and added to the NHS STW website here.

To find out more about the Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation and to get involved, please click here.

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VCSA 2023 Membership Refresh

This year, the VCSA is changing the way it handles membership.

  • Do you want to be contacted with opportunities and news that is specific to your organisation's area of work?
  • Do you want to easily find data on the sector in Shropshire that is up to date and helpful for funding or reporting?
  • Have you ever wondered who else is a VCSA member?
  • Do you wish that the annual State of the Sector survey took a little bit less time to complete?

Then these are all great reasons to renew your membership today! 

The new membership form is now available online, and can be completed by visiting the VCSA website. Each organisation only needs to fill out the form once, and additional contact names can be added whenever you want. Please note, that if you are currently a member and want to continue your VCSA membership, you will need to complete this new form.

Updating your information will also be easy. Each year, you will receive a reminder to check your membership information is up to date, and you will only need to correct any information that has changed. There will be an "update your membership" link on the website very soon, and you can do it at your leisure. It's that simple!

Not a member yet? Then join us! Any voluntary and community sector group or organisation working for the benefit of Shropshire can join free of charge. Your group or organisation can be as active as you choose.

The Assembly allows VCS groups and organisations to:

  • Meet and exchange information, ideas and good practice
  • Discuss common issues and support each other in delivering services
  • Develop shared plans
  • Work more closely with public sector bodies such as Shropshire Council and the Integrated Care System

VCSA members can benefit in many ways, at any level of involvement

  • Hear of networking and funding opportunities
  • Have the opportunity to have a say through local consultations
  • Voice issues and concerns
  • Access helpful reports, analysis and information on the sector
  • Network with other VCS groups and organisations
  • Express an interest in getting involved in local projects or bids
  • Join in at the annual event and attend other VCSA events and workshops

Interested in having your organisation's stories of success featured in our newsletter, website or social media? We want to hear from you! Contact:

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Have Your Say: Current VCSE Engagement Opportunities

Sustainable Affordable Warmth Strategy: Shropshire Council has produced a draft Sustainable Affordable Warmth Strategy.  This sets out the importance of tackling fuel poverty, improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions from domestic dwellings. The Homes and Communities team is inviting your feedback. Closing 5th March

The draft Shropshire All-Age Carer strategy 2022-2027 review: Unpaid and family carers of all ages are invited to take part in this consultation of the Shropshire All Age Carer strategy 2022-2027. An unpaid and family carer is someone who, without pay, provides support to an individual who lives in Shropshire and may be ill, frail, with disabilities, have poor mental health or drug and alcohol problems, meaning they're unable to manage without this care and support. Please share this information with unpaid and family carers known to your service and with staff members, who may also be a carer. Closing 6th March

Digital Exclusion and the Cost of Living Inquiry: This inquiry will examine how to tackle digital exclusion in the context of the cost of living crisis. The committee wants to hear your views. They welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. Closing 7th March

Cleobury Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan: Shropshire Council is seeking feedback on the draft Cleobury Mortimer Neighbourhood Development plan which has been submitted by the Cleobury Mortimer town council. Closing 10th March

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital EDS Review: RJAH are currently working through their assessment of the Equality Delivery System (EDS) to allow them to review and improve the services they provide, to ensure they are free from discrimination. Healthwatch Shropshire are supporting them with this. As part of this assessment, they are holding two focus groups which are taking in place in March, and they are looking for patients, service users and members of the public to come along to these sessions. Click on the links below to register. Closing 11th March

Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub Targeted Engagement: NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin wants to hear resident's views on a proposal to create a state-of-the-art hub to benefit the health and wellbeing of patients and the community in the South of Shrewsbury. This phase of community engagement is targeted to those who they have heard less from in previous engagement activity.  They are seeking the support of community organisations in Shropshire to help them connect with key groups within your networks and to share details of how seldom heard people can get involved in this important piece of work.  Especially: Young people (16-24); Elderly people and in particular those 80+; Males; People identifying as LGBT+; People from diverse ethnic minority groups; People with disabilities; Expectant and new parents. Closing 31st March

Rural Cost of Living Household Survey: The Rural Services Network has launched this survey in partnership with the Citizens Advice Rural Issues Group. Independent research commissioned by the RSN in summer last year shows rural areas are suffering more acutely from the cost of living crisis compared to urban areas. To lend more weight to the argument for more funding for rural areas the RSN is calling on as many rural residents as possible to complete a Rural Cost of Living Household Survey. The purpose of the survey is to understand more about rural household budgets at, what is, a very difficult time for many. Closing 31st March

National Youth Sector Census: The National Youth Sector Census is a survey of all youth sector provision across England. It aims to capture an accurate picture of youth services and out of school activities.  If you’re delivering support to young people, places where they can have fun, with the support of a youth worker and volunteers who advise, guide and create opportunities for young people then you should be included. Closing 31st March

Aging Well Strategy Telford & Wrekin: Telford & Wrekin Council are collecting views and comments on the draft Aging Well Strategy through a public consultation. They want people's feedback to make sure the needs and aspirations for people to live well for longer in Telford and Wrekin are met. Closing 6th April

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Events and Training Opportunities

STAR Cooking Workshops

STAR Cooking Workshops

STAR Housing are offering a free cookery course in partnership with the team at OsNosh to help their residents eat well for less in these times of rising food and energy prices.

The cookery workshops will be held in a number of locations every Wednesday in three-week rolling programmes, Day time sessions will be held from 10.30am to 11.30am and evening sessions from 6pm-7pm.

Sessions will be held in Oswestry and surrounding villages with plans to have workshops in the South of the County later this year. All ingredients and equipment are provided, as well as recipes cards and a meal. Help with travel can be arranged and any extra support needed can be discussed.

Every household taking part in the course will also receive a free slow cooker with the aim of helping tenants produce their own healthy and tasty meals from low cost ingredients in a way that is energy efficient. 

Places are still available at the following workshops:

  • Wednesday March 1, 8 and 15, 10.30 to 11.30am at Cedar Close Community Room, St Martins SY11 3QF
  • Wednesday March 22 and 29 and April 5, 6 -7pm at Monkmoor Court Community Room, Oswestry SY11 2XF               

Visit the STAR Housing website for more information and to register.

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Targeting Green Social Prescribing to address Health Inequalities and improve Physical and Mental Health

Date:               8th March

Time:              1-2:30pm

Register here

Please note the joining link will be emailed to you on the morning of this event by 10am. 

Navigating the Cost-of-living Crisis: Advice for Charity Finance Leaders

The cost-of-living crisis is affecting us all. Indeed, recent research carried out by the Charities Aid Foundation showed that more than half of the UK’s charities were worried they would not survive. The reality is that most of the country’s charities are small and are often ill-equipped to deal with any recession, much less one that follows two years of a pandemic.

So, join this Third Sector Insight webinar, produced in partnership with Sage Intacct, as they discuss what impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on the industry and what charity finance leaders can be doing to try to meet the challenge.

Third Sector Insight will be joined by Sage Intacct’s senior solution consultant, Grant Gevers and charity finance leaders. They'll cover some of the issues charities’ financial teams are facing including the complexity of accounting and funding streams; reporting and visibility issues and how to tackle the managing of funds and grants.

Register here.

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Mental Health Training for VCS Organisations

A full complement of mental health training to support VCS organisations is now being offered through the Shropshire in Partnership Mental Health Project based at Qube, Oswestry. 

The first course, Mental Health First Aid will be offered on Monday, 20th March 9am - 5pm Mayfair Community Centre, Church Stretton.

Interested organisations can sign up for the remaining courses via the Qube website or download the flyers below for information on individual upcoming workshops.

Managing Stress & Burnout

17th April

5th May

25th May

5th October

Resilience & Stress

22nd May

24th October

Suicide First Aid Lite

28th April

21st September

20th November

Shropshire world cafe invite

You are invited to Shropshire's World Café! 

Register Here for the Shirehall event for Shropshire: 9th March

There will also be a world café at Meeting Point House event for Telford & Wrekin: 23rd March download the flyer here.

Email Sarah Page with questions or to let them know about accommodations.

LGBT+ history festival flyer

Oswestry repair cafe flyer

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Upcoming Functional Fitness MOTs

Community Resource is continuing the programme of Functional Fitness MOT Falls Prevention events around the county.  These events are for 0ver-60s and include a one-to-one fitness test, film about reducing the risk of falling, demo of how to get up from the floor after a fall and talk on creating a Falls Plan.  There is also a short taster exercise class.  The most effective way to reduce the risk of falling is by doing regular strength and balance exercises.  Evidence has shown that these events are enjoyable and motivate participants to be more active.  Community Resource is grateful to Shropshire Council, NHS Together and SaTH for funding these events.

The next events will be in Madely (8 March), Ludlow (3 May). Little Wenlock and Lawley.  

Download the flyer for Ludlow

To find out more or to request a Functional Fitness MOT Falls Prevention event in your area, please contact Community Resource on 01743 360641 or

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Shropshire Charity Network

March Virtual Meeting

Shropshire Charity Network are holding their next virtual session on Thursday 16th March from 9.30am – 10.30am on Zoom.

The speaker at this session will be George Collins. George will give a state of the nation for charity weekly lotteries and will uncover unlikely partnerships in digital supporter acquisition. Digital has fast become a mature channel but changes every 6 months in social appetite and platform algorithms are likely to leave us behind. George will share 5 actionable takeaways to overcome the digital landscape and will touch on recent campaign examples of blended digital/traditional channel approaches that have seen predictable performance.

George is Commercial Director at CFP Lottery & Raffles and CEO of Navigator.

Book your free place here

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Meet the SIP Voluntary and Community Support Team

Shawbury Village Hall: 8th March 10am - 2pm

Wem Village Hall: 30th March 9:30am - 12:30pm

The SIP Voluntary & Community Support Team offers free advice, guidance and support to local charitable groups and organisations.

Whether you are thinking of setting up a community group, a fairly new group or organisation, or have been established for many years, they can support you with advice and guidance, training, volunteer brokerage, and grant and funding support.

Come and meet the team and learn more about what they can offer your organisation! 

Download the SIP Team informational flyer.

PhotoHigh Sheriff of Shropshire Selina Graham meets with the SIP Voluntary and Community Support Team and some community organisations at their last event in Bishop's Castle.

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Online and In-Person Falls Prevention Exercise Classes

Mondays and Wednesdays

Fit4life a specialist personal trainer for the older adult focusing on fall prevention and mobility. With 20 years of experience, Leigh has worked with and helped clients with strength, mobility, and flexibility.

Email Leigh or phone 07865 081598 for more information and to register.

You can also visit the Fit 4 Life website to find out more about their in-person and online class offerings.


March Community Connectors Meetings

Please join one of the online or in person gatherings to meet with other community services; to share and hear about local offerings, events and support.


South West:Ludlow on 7th March at 10am

South West: Bishops Castle on 8th March at 3pm Both meetings are online. Please email for a link

South East on 21st March at 10am Online meeting. Please email for a teams link

Shrewsbury on 16th March at 10am Sundorne Sports Village Please email Natalie to book your place

North Shropshire on 8th March at 10am Online meeting. Please email for a teams link

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Shropshire European Organisation: International Community Buffet

Shropshire European Organisation would like to invite you to their International Community Buffet to celebrate Women's Day on 11th March from 5.30 till 8.30 at Radbrook Community Centre.

Every year, individuals from different backgrounds and with rich cultures, meet together and celebrate their traditions and have amazing food.

This year they expect representatives from sixteen countries and are hoping to have more. It is a unique day when you can speak with people from different countries who decided to live in the local area in one room.

Please come and join them and celebrate International Women's Day. They are raising money for Lingen Davies where two of their staff signed up to become cancer champions Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children.

Please use this poster to help promote this event!

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Free Energy Saving Webinars from Marches Energy Agency

Are you looking to make your home warmer and greener?

To find out, check out these 2 FREE webinars coming up in partnership with Building Sense, sign up below:

Monday 20th March, 1pm - 2pm

Retrofitting historic buildings: Retrofitting historic buildings: Grade II and curtilage listed case studies Tickets, Mon 20 Mar 2023 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

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Job / Volunteer Opportunities

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Part-time Project Officer South Shropshire Youth Network  

General responsibilities include the maintenance and improvement of existing members network and event management

  Flexible hours, working mainly from home 14 hours (2 days a week) Salary dependent on experience

Temporary contract until 31st July 2023, potential to extend  

To apply, email for an application form and job description  

Closing date: 12noon Friday 3rd March 2023

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Volunteers Needed:

Shropshire Disability Network

Volunteering for SDN can help you in many ways by building Confidence that has often been lost through having the added difficulties in life of having a disability. Some Volunteers tell them they find it enjoyable and fulfilling but also have become part of a new family. Or they have made new friends or they did not realise SDN needed help or had a particular skill.

Volunteers come and go for a number of reasons so gaps need to be filled, so that they can continue our work plus they need to continue to meet the vision of SDN.

They know they have members with many skills and they have no doubt if you could just offer one or two hours a week or half or a day a month they can find you a rewarding opportunity to work with them and help your fellow members.

Opportunities Available:

  • Newsletter Editor
  • Secretary
  • Fundraising Lead
  • Fundraisers
  • Bloggers
  • Photographers

Please note: SDN can reimburse their volunteers with any out-of-pocket expenses which relates to their volunteering work only (i.e. travel). Additionally, they give training to all their volunteers.

Interested? Email, and a member of the team will contact you.

Do you have a job or volunteer opportunity you would like us to promote? Please send your information to and we will include it in our next newsletter!

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Grant and Funding News

Postcode Local Trust (West of England)

Opens 1 March (Very Short Application Window)

Funding for smaller charities and good causes in the west of England to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.

Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Postcode Local Trust offers grants of between £500 and £25,000 to not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £1 million in the most recent financial year. Preference will be given to organisations with an income of less than £500,000.

The amount of grant depends on the type of not-for-profit legal structure:

  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with the Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,500 in funding. These grants are intended for constituted organisations with no charity number, excepted and exempted charities and companies limited by guarantee with an asset lock
  • Applicants that are registered with the Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £25,000 in funding. These grants are intended for community interest companies with an asset lock (schedule 1 and 2 only), community benefit societies, and charities registered with the Charity Commission.

The funding is for projects across the west of England that have a clear alignment with one of the Trust's themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality
  • Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency
  • Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors.

The funding should be spent within 18 months.

In 2023, both project funding and unrestricted funding will be provided.

  • Project funding is specifically for programmes of work which are limited in scope and seek to achieve particular outcomes.
    • This may include core costs related to the delivery of the project such as utilities, salaries, venue hire, and other costs which make the activities possible
  • Unrestricted funding can be used for anything within an organisation’s charitable objects apart from what is listed in the ‘We do not fund’ list in the Trust's 2023 guidance notes which can be found on the Trust’s website).

There will be three funding rounds in 2023. For each round, this window will be open for a minimum of 24 hours, starting at 10am on the nominated date, that is, 1 March, 1 June and 4 September.

The first round opens for applications at 10am on 1 March 2023 for a minimum of 24 hours.

Apply on the Postcode Local Trust website.

Funding for Armed Forces Day Events 2023

Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually throughout the UK with events large and small. The Ministry of Defence provides funding each year to support groups and individuals to commemorate the occasion.

Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for activities taking place across the UK.

This grant is match funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, if the total cost of the event is £10,000 and £5,000 has been raised, the grant could cover up to £5,000.

The 2023 event should be held within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day, which falls in the last weekend of June 2023.

In the past, ideas for activities have included the following:

  • Picnic in the park.
  • Themed BBQ.
  • Knees up in your living room.
  • Street party.
  • Fete.

The funding can be used to pay for:

  • Road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches.
  • Decorations, flags and banners.
  • Local or national newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event.
  • Marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event.
  • Insurance.
  • PA and communications systems for events organisers.

Groups must register their event before they can access the funding criteria.

Please note the MOD has made two notable changes to the programme this year: the application deadline has been moved from the first of March to the end of March, and payment of the grant is now by credit card (not by BACs transfer).

The deadline to apply for 2023 event funding is 31 March 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the Armed Forces Day website.

UK Government’s £150m Community Ownership Fund

Third Bidding Window Now Open

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund aims to support charities and community groups across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community. It will run for four years (until 2024/25) with three bidding windows per year.

Groups can bid for up to £250,000 match funding or in exceptional cases up to £1 million for larger sporting assets at risk of loss.

The Fund will support community ownership projects where the assets make the biggest difference to the local place.

Projects need to fulfil one or a combination of the following aims:

  • Acquire a physical community asset at risk, such as land and buildings which deliver a benefit to local people.
  • Renovate, repair or refurbish the asset, only where it is a community asset at risk of closure and where this is critical to saving the asset and making it sustainable for long-term community use.
  • Set up a new community business or buy an existing business in order to save an asset of importance to the community.
  • The purchase of associated stock, collections or intellectual property, where it is associated with buying a physical asset or buying a business to save an asset.
  • Move a community asset to a new, more appropriate location within the same community. This might be because a different location offers better value to continue the asset, or because the venue is in itself an asset of community value.

There is a two-stage application process with an initial Expression of Interest stage to determine eligibility and bid readiness followed by a detailed application stage. The EOI stage is always open. However, those who apply during the current application window will be informed of the outcome of their application in summer 2023.

The deadline for expressions of interest to the third window of Round two is 24 March 2023 with the deadline for full applications on 14 April 2023. Full information and application can be found on the Community Ownership fund web page.

Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund Re-opens for Applications with

3 March Deadline

The second round of the Government's £3 million Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund has opened a two-week window for applications.

The funding aims to support the modernisation and improvement of village halls, so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and/or wellbeing and/or reduction in rural loneliness.
  • Positive impact on the local environment, contributes towards net zero.
  • Support for the local rural economy.
  • Promotion of community cohesion.

The £3 million funding pot offers grants of between £7,500 and £75,000 which will be 20% of eligible project costs. The total project cost can be more than £375,000 but the maximum grant available is £75,000. All project work must be completed by 31 March 2025.

The grants are for capital improvements only, where projects aim to either upgrade, extend or improve facilities or where capital items need to be purchased. This could include, for example, extensions, internal reconfigurations, new roof and roof refurbishment, refurbishment of toilets and kitchens, damp proofing, or new installation of communication systems. The grants cannot be used for maintenance, repair or renewal work.

To be eligible, the village hall must:

  • Be charity owned and managed by the community.
  • Be located in a local rural area with a population of less than 10,000 people.
  • Have a freehold or leasehold in place. If a leasehold interest, there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease.

The charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is administering the Fund.

There is a two-stage application process.

Stage One applications will be accepted from 20 February 2023 to 3 March 2023 (23:59). Full information and application can be found on the ACRE website.

Windrush Justice Programme Accepting Applications for 2023

The Windrush Justice Programme is managed by Action for Race Equality, with funding from six major charitable foundations.

Round two of the programme is offering around 25 grants of £22,000 across two years. The total grant must be spent by 31 December 2024.

The funding is for organisations already providing advocacy support to victims of the Windrush Scandal.

For this fund, advocacy support is taken to mean:

  • Assisting people with applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.
  • Supporting applications to the Windrush Scheme (formally the Windrush Taskforce).
  • Signposting to other organisations offering support (for example, signposting more complicated cases to solicitors providing pro bono support).

The funding can be used to pay for case workers, cover administrative costs, venue costs, awareness raising events, paying volunteer expenses and staffing costs.

Applications will be considered from registered charities, community interest companies (CIC), companies limited by guarantee, constituted voluntary organisations, and charitable incorporated organisations (CIO).

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have at least 51% of their Trustees/Governing body who are Black, Asian or mixed heritage.
  • Be already providing advocacy support to those seeking to access the Windrush Compensation Scheme
  • Have at least three unrelated individuals responsible for the governance of their organisation
  • Have a bank account in their name, requiring two independent signatories.

Please note applications will not be considered from organisations that are currently funded by any of the six funders (Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, AB Charitable Trust, GLA, Disrupt Foundation, Network for Social Change) to provide advocacy support to Windrush scandal victims.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023 (5pm). Further information and application can be found on the Action for Equality website.

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Twemlows Fund

Is your group/organisation is within 15 miles of Prees in North Shropshire, and running projects focussed on environmental improvements or community participation?

You can apply for a grant up to £1,000 to support your work. The fund is being managed by Community Resource, and applications are being accepted for the next six months.

Find out more and apply by visiting the Community Resource website or phone 01743 360641.

Don't forget to check out the VCSA's latest funding roundup, which is now available to view on our website, or you can click here to download a copy now.

Don't forget to check out our list of grants with rolling deadlines as well!

Don't see something on this list that should be here? Please contact us and let us know.


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