VCSA Newsletter Week of 10th April 2023

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Newsletter for the Week of 10th April 2023


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LGA Public Health Annual Report and 

Cost of Living Case Studies Published

The LGA’s eleventh annual public health report 2023: ‘Supporting communities in difficult times’ was published in March and focuses on how councils have responded to the rising cost of living.

The report also includes eight interview-style case studies that demonstrate the strong role that public health has in responding to the cost of living challenges facing communities.

Takeaways from the report are mixed, but the report's authors have high praise for the VCSE sector. Among the report's key messages:

"The voluntary, community and faith sector and their volunteers sprang into action again to help with the rising cost of living. Organisations providing venues are also struggling with higher costs and many councils are providing grants to support their work. The sector is increasingly recognised as a foundational partner in delivery and strategic planning. Strengthening arrangements with the sector was a priority for all areas."

Read the full report here.

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West Midlands NCVO Member Assembly

Members of the VCSA Board recently attended the NCVO West Midlands Member Assembly on 27th March and are keen to share their learning with other VCSA members.

The event contained an update on current NCVO research as well as best practice examples of how to build an inclusive volunteer offer.

Full event slides can be downloaded here.

The NCVO also updated the attendees on their preliminary findings from the 2022 Time Well Spent Survey. They highlight how inequalities impact attitudes and actions around volunteering, and pose potential solutions for tackling these challenges. 

Download the Time Well Spent slides here.

The full Time Well Spent report is due to be published in the next few months.

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‘Thriving Children’ Grant Funding Awarded to Town and Parish Councils Working with Community Partners

Wem Town Council, Cleobury Mortimer Town Council and Bishop’s Castle Town Council have recently been awarded grant funding from Shropshire Council to support activity for children and families, and applications have just re-opened for further bids. 

The remaining pot of ‘thriving children’ grant funding is £110,000, and town councils and parish councils can work with local activity providers to bid for up to £25,000 for additional activity in their communities, to support the health and wellbeing of the children, young people and families. 

The project is the result of a collaboration between Shropshire Council and the NHS, with financial input from the Integrated Care Board personalised care funding and public health. In the wake of the pandemic, this funding has been secured with the understanding that Covid-19, and our national response, has left its mark on young people and their communities. 

Shropshire Council first opened applications earlier this year, calling on town and parish councils to apply for support with projects that enrich the opportunities for young people in their community and they received a diverse range of applications. 

Bishop’s Castle Town Council’s successful bid will support workshops in music and cooking for children between the ages of 8 and 11 years, as well as a youth café for 11 to 16 year olds in partnership with a popular open mic music session that is already held in the town, South Shropshire Youth Forum and Hereford Diocese.  A youth forum allowing young people in Bishop’s Castle to voice their experiences directly to the Town Council is also planned.  

Cleobury Mortimer Town Council are partnering with South Shropshire Youth Forum and will also offer an active education programme with St Mary’s Youth Project, focusing on climbing for pupils in upper key stage two and their families.  The projects aim to promote the importance of keeping healthy and leading active lifestyles. 

Wem Town Council have planned a project to help young people to understand their own emotional health and wellbeing with access to a qualified youth worker, touching on subjects such as stress, sleep issues and bullying. 

Town councils and parish councils have until Tuesday 2 May 2023 to submit their bids for the remaining money in the ‘thriving children’ grant fund.

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VCSA Joins SIP Voluntary and Community Support Team for a Visit to Wem Town Hall

The VCSA's Sarah Hampson joined members of the Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) Voluntary and Community Support Team to speak with community groups and volunteers at Wem Town Hall last week.

It was a good opportunity for both to spread the word about free support for VCS organisations in North Shropshire.

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, this team can support you with the following:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Training
  • Grants and funding promotion
  • Volunteer brokerage

To get in touch with the SIP Team, email them at

The VCSA attended the event to help promote their current State of the Sector Survey, as well as the benefits of  VCSA Membership.

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Don't Miss Out!

Take Part in the VCSA State of the Sector Survey 2023

Take part in the biggest survey of charities, voluntary and community organisations in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin!

This annual survey by the VCSA provides an up-to-date picture of the local VCSE sector and build up a valuable evidence base of information.

By taking part in the survey, you will be helping to inform funders, partners and other key stakeholders of the current state and needs of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Shropshire.

Survey questions are categorised into four themes; information on organisations, partnership working, challenges/achievements over the past 12 months and looking ahead to the next 12 months. The survey can be completed in less than 20 minutes.

Complete the survey and ensure that your voice is heard! Thank you for helping to present a powerful and robust message for the sector in the county by completing the survey and encouraging other VCSE contacts to do so.

Take the survey now - and then share it!

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

Healthwatch Shropshire: Healthwatch Shropshire wants to know about people’s experience of making complaints about their NHS or social care services, not only if people achieved the outcome they sought through the complaint but also their experience of making the complaint, did they feel supported, did they have the information they needed, how they were treated and if they felt listened to. Closing date TBD

Shropshire Council Customer Services Consultation: Shropshire Council is consulting on proposed changes to its Customer Service Centre (CSC) opening times. The Customer Service Centre handles some complex issues for Shropshire’s residents in relation to Adult Social Care, concerns for children, risk of homelessness or financial crisis affecting families. These types of contact from people will always need a skilled adviser and will not be affected by the proposed changes. However many other calls are for the more “generalist” side of Shropshire Council’s CSC and are for relatively simple requests that can be made another way, particularly using online requests.  It is the opening hours for these services that form the proposal for change. Closing 23rd April

Please help encourage clients and service users to participate. Here are ways to give feedback:

  • Online survey
  • If you can’t go online, copies of the consultation are available at the following Shropshire Council libraries;  Bayston Hill, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Gobowen, Library at the Lantern, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Much Wenlock, Oswestry, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury, Wem and Whitchurch 
  • At Shropshire Council’s Shropshire Local sites in Ludlow and Shrewsbury 
  • If you would like the survey in an alternative format, please email to request a copy or call 0345 678 9077 and explain any support you need to allow you to respond.

Please also help spread the word about this consultation! Here are some social media assets for you to use:

Veterans' Health Priority Setting Partnership Survey: Veterans, their friends and family and the healthcare professionals who work with them are sought to answer a short survey. This is being done as part of a Priority Setting Partnership led by veterans, family members, charities and healthcare professionals and supported by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs. The partnership want to hear about areas of veterans’ physical and mental health and wellbeing that need further investigation.  This survey will be a crucial influence in deciding what research should be funded in the future to shape healthcare. Closing 30th April

Children in the Early Years (aged 0-4) Stakeholder Survey: Shropshire Council invites you to participate in the first stakeholder engagement survey for Shropshire’s Children, Young People and Families Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which will focus on Children in the Early Years (aged 0-4). Please share widely across all service areas supporting children and families in Shropshire. Closing 1st May

Housing Floating Support (Sustain) Proposed Changes: Shropshire Council currently contract with a number of support providers to deliver housing-related floating support across the county. These support providers are known collectively as the Sustain Consortium, or ‘Sustain’. The council are reviewing these contracts and will be putting new contracts in place from October 2023. The council propose to change the way that potential service users are referred to floating support and how floating support is allocated. It's important to the council that they hear from service users and stakeholders to help set out requirements for floating support from October. Closing 1st May

Prepayment Meter Experiences Survey: Ofgem and Citizens Advice are launching a national evidence-call to ask energy customers to share their experiences of moving to a prepayment meter (PPM). The eight-week partnership is a key part of Ofgem’s comprehensive market review of prepayment meters and remote switching, to ensure suppliers are meeting their legal obligations in protecting customers. It is calling for the experiences of customers who either have had PPMs installed to recover unpaid bills or those actively choose to use pay-as-you-go to manage their budgets. Closing 4th May

Shrewsbury Public Spaces Protection Order: In accordance with the provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Shropshire Council is seeking your views and comments on an extension and possible amendment to the ‘Shrewsbury Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (No. 1) 2017’ (‘the Shrewsbury PSPO’). The proposal is to enable the Order to continue for a further three years.  The current Order will expire on the 31st July unless extended by Shropshire Council. Prohibitions covered by the current order include: (a) urinating/defecating; (b) leaving personal belongings; (c) a wider enabling provision to require a person to stop drinking alcohol and/or hand over alcohol if causing anti-social behaviour; and (d) a wider enabling provision to require a person to leave an area and not to return for 48 hours if causing anti-social behaviour.

Proposed amendments are designed to extend the persons able to enforce the PSPO and a wider range of prohibitions to cover other forms of anti-social behaviour. Please find below a link to the details and attached document which also includes details of the current Order and associated data.

Shropshire Council would welcome any comments you wish to make particularly in response to the questions posed within the consultation covering the proposed extension period, impact of the existing PSPO, and need for amendments. Closing 14th May

Please respond in writing, including the nature of your interest (i.e. VCS group/ organisation, resident etc.) via post or email.

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Events and Training Opportunities

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April Events at Fordhall Organic Farm

Fordhall Organic Farm is England's first community owned farm just outside of Market Drayton, Shropshire, and is owned by over 8,000 shareholders around the world.

Habitat hunting (12th April, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, £5 per child, £3 per adult), river dipping (13th April 10am-12pm, £5 per child, £3 per adult), and a (completely free!) Wander Through Words compile the triple threat of experiences visitors can get involved with over Easter holidays. Families will be able to take advantage of access to the farm’s collection of pond dipping equipment, bug hunting paraphernalia, and ID guides for the full duration of their booked slots. Habitat Hunt and River Dipping must be pre-booked to attend. Contact the office on 01630 638 696 for more information.

Later in the month, Fordhall Organic Farm are ready to hold another of their very own appreciations of the Dawn Chorus, following sell out attendance in 2022. Expert ornithologist Gerry Thomas will
be returning to the farm on Saturday 29th April, at the bleary-eyed hour of 4:30am, to lead
an informative and engaging wander around the farm fields, as the sun rises and the birds
begin their performance. The Dawn Chorus Walk is £20pp and must be pre-booked to attend. Contact the office on 01630 638 696 for more information.

Don’t forget - the Farm Trails and play area remain free to access all year Sunday to Thursday and picnics are welcomed, so if the event dates don’t suit you can come have your own totally FREE adventure in and around the farms meadows, woodland and ponds!

Check out their website for more information!

Image: River dipping at Fordhall Farm

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Active Hope Workshop

Wednesday 19 April (6:45-9pm) 

Friends of the Earth are organising this workshop is an introduction to Active Hope, a resilience and wellbeing practice designed to help us find and offer our best response to the crises unfolding in our world. It shares tools that can help us face the mess we’re in, as well as finding our role in the collective transition to a life-sustaining society. Join them to discover more about these tools and how you can use them in your campaigning. Who is this for?

  • Local Action groups
  • Community groups campaigning for a safer climate
  • Individuals with an interest in climate campaigning

Sign up via this Eventbrite Link

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How Can Trustees Respond to the Climate Crisis

April 20th 1-2pm

FREE online event: register here

Join NPC as they explore approaches to facing the challenges ahead in the charity sector.

Guest speakers:

The event in held in partnership with The Clothworkers’ Company will explore how trustees can embed environmental issues into their decision making and how charities might evolve their strategies and programmes in light of the climate and nature crises.

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Mental Health Forum Relaunch and Networking

Friday, April 21st 9:30-11:30am, Shirehall, Shrewsbury

Register here

All VCS organisations who have mental health and wellbeing as their focus are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting, even if you are not yet a member of the forum or the VCSA. Come and network and see what it’s all about!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the networking event in January. We hope to continue the conversation and relaunch the mental health forum.

Time: Arrive and chat from 9:15 . Event runs from 9:30-11:30am

Agenda will cover:

1. Introductions and updates

2. Background of MH Forum and review of ToR

3. Election of officers and meeting dates

4. Discussion and networking


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Dementia Support Information Day

Thursday 18th May, 10am - 3pm

Shrewsbury Town Football Club

This is an event for people affected by dementia across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.  There will be a multitude of organisations in one location, so you can find everything you need to know about dementia in one place.

Find out more here.

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King’s Award for Voluntary Service Briefing Sessions

The King's Award for Voluntary Service celebrates the outstanding work of local volunteer groups across the UK. Groups do not have to be a registered charity and any voluntary

organisation with three or more volunteers can be nominated. The award is the equivalent to an MBE and the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK, giving Royal recognition to the work they do.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire has been delighted to see so many voluntary groups in the county being awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and would like to support even more organisations across Shropshire win this award which following the Accession of King Charles III, has now become The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

To help and encourage voluntary organisations understand the award and the nomination process the Shropshire Lieutenancy will be holding three briefing sessions:

Thursday 11th May 2023 at 4pm – 5pm

Shrewsbury Room, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Tuesday 16th May 2023 at 10.30am – 11.30am

The Baptist Church, Water Lane, Newport, TF10 7LD

Tuesday 13th June 2023 at 7pm - 8pm

Via Zoom

They recommend attendance in person at one of the workshops (Newport or Shrewsbury) as this provides an opportunity for members of the Shropshire KAVS panel to look in more detail at the individual volunteer group’s eligibility; the zoom session is added to assist employed trustees who are unable to attend during the working day.

What the recipients say:

Joe Lockley, Director of Bright Star Boxing Academy said,

“Winning this award is absolutely amazing for all of the staff and volunteers at Bright Star, it’s great to see the impact we’re having is recognised nationally. ”

For further information and/or to book a place please email:

Information can also be found on the KAVS website.

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'Putting Your People First' Interactive Sessions on Mental Health in the Workplace

Friday 28th April 2023

09:00 – 12:00

Hadley Park House Hotel, Hadley Park East, Telford, TF1 6QJ         

The event includes refreshments and a light lunch, courtesy of Hadley Park 

Tickets:                 £20 per person attending

West Mercia Search and Rescue are supporting a Mental Health in the workplace initiative “Putting Your People First”; aimed at managers and individuals who are looking for techniques to help identify people within the workplace who may need extra support.

How is mental health in the workplace affecting your organisation or business?

According to the Mental Health Foundation: 

  • Mental health issues in the workplace impact employee engagement, productivity and reputation.
  • Currently 15% of people experience mental health problems in the workplace and 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
  • Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8million annually.

If you are interested in “Putting Your People First” and gaining a different perspective on mental health then join an event that will introduce you to some of the latest thinking and techniques, and reveal some tools and new ideas.

The environment will be fun and informative, whilst helping you understand more about how your mind impacts your daily life and how you can support others to make real change quickly.

Not just a talk – the session will be interactive.

Tickets and more information can be found on the Eventbrite site.  

They are looking for business sponsorship to help promote this amazing event. Let people know about your business or organisation, bring a stand and become an official sponsor for just £150, but donations are welcome as well as raffle prizes. If you would like to be an event sponsor then please get in touch by completing the online form.    

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British Red Cross: Barriers and Enablers to Volunteering

24th April 10-12pm ZOOM


The aim of the online workshop is to offer a creative, ideas and knowledge sharing space where the barriers and enablers to volunteering can be considered with people who have lived experience of poverty.

The workshop invites people with lived experience of poverty and living on a low income to join them for a conversation to discuss the barriers and enablers to volunteering whilst living on a low income. British Red Cross, as a charity are actively seeking to ensure that their volunteering is inclusive, welcoming and offers flexible opportunities to suit potential volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Part of ensuring that they can offer inclusive volunteering opportunities is asking for feedback.

The workshop will be a two hour online conversation that feeds into wider research being completed by the charity into barriers and enablers to volunteering. There is also an in-person workshop Event being held in Crewe, England on 28th April 2023 which people are invited to attend.

Thank you Vouchers will be offered - £35 Love2Shop - in recognition of people's participation in the event.

Please share this opportunity with your beneficiaries.

Registration link.

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Job / Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers Needed at Events in 2023 to Promote Home Retrofitting for Net Zero Carbon

The Marches Energy Agency (MEA) has purchased an electric van for its Future Ready Homes programme which will be available to support a series of Retrofit Roadshows, mostly at week ends. Locations will be throughout South Shropshire and the van will be fitted out to include:

  • samples of insulation, heat pumps and other retrofit materials
  • the latest information on grants and help for struggling households
  • a continuous PowerPoint slideshow
  • handouts on all aspects of retrofitting, including historic buildings, and links to the best websites.

MEA need volunteers to help at some of these events:

  • to drive the van
  • staff the event
  • talk to the public

Training will be provided. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Nick Read by email.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Shropshire Disability Network

Shropshire Disability Network is currently seeking for a Volunteer Secretary to assist the charity with its secretarial support.

They are asking for any applicants to send in their CV and a Covering Letter explaining why they believe they would be the ideal candidate for the role. All CV's and Covering Letters should be sent to

Download the Job Description and Person Specification.

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Shropshire Wildlife Trust Seeking Trustees

Shropshire Wildlife Trust are looking for new trustees to join them in autumn 2023.  In particular they would like to see more trustees aged 18-30, and more from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, to help ensure that they address the needs of the population as a whole.

You do not need years of management experience or specialist knowledge of conservation, just an enquiring mind and a genuine interest in our vision and goals.  They will arrange a comprehensive induction programme for new trustees, and training and mentoring as required.  Trustees are not paid but expenses are covered.

To apply, please email telling them why you want to be a SWT Trustee, how you fit the role requirements and what skills and experience you can bring.  Or if you prefer you can send them a two minute film about yourself, your interests and life experience, and why you think you might make a good trustee.


For 2023 the closing date for expressions of interest is 24 April 2023.

Find more information, including a role description on the Shropshire Wildlife Trust website.

CS Youth Drop In Volunteers Needed

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

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Call for UK Shared Prosperity Funding Now Open

A new window for applications for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund opened this week. It will be for activity that delivers between July 2023 and March 2025.

This will focuses on 2 priorities: Supporting local businesses, and Community and Place

Under the Supporting Local Business priority, the council is seeking applications for projects from intermediary organisations to deliver support to businesses, for example through business support initiatives or grant programmes, i.e. one to many. It is not a call that will support individual grant requests from businesses for their own benefit.

Under the Community and Place priority, the council is once again seeking applications from intermediary organisations to deliver support, services, amenities or facilities to local communities. This could include community and place initiatives or grant programmes i.e. one to many.

Projects under this priority must deliver a positive impact on their community and the call will support applications that can clearly demonstrate this.

All projects under both calls must start within six months of 1st July 2023 and all outputs and outcomes must be delivered by 31st March 2025.

The minimum bid thresholds are £100,000 and £60,000 for activity relating to Supporting Local Business and Community & Place respectively.

Organisations have until Friday 12 May 2023 at 5pm to apply.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to refer to further details on how to apply, particularly the eligibility criteria. All the necessary documentation is available on the Invest in Shropshire website. 

Cllr Dean Carroll, portfolio holder for Growth, Regeneration and Housing said:

“We are extremely excited to be able to offer Shropshire’s UKSPF funds through this open call for proposals and we are looking forward to being able support a range of projects and programmes that will have a true positive impact to all communities within the county”.

Further opportunities for applying for UKSPF funds will be announced in due course, including details on how the People and Skills elements of the funds will be delivered.

If you have any queries or wish to speak with a member of the team in more detail, please email

Masonic Charitable Foundation Reopens for Applications

Following a pause in application assessment, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is once again open and providing grants under the following programmes:

  • Children and Young People
  • Later Life Inclusion

The funds are open to registered charities with beneficiaries in England and Wales with at least one year of independently examined or audited accounts.

There are two levels of grant funding available:

  • Small, unrestricted grants of £1,000 to £15,000 for charities with an income below £500,000.
  • Large project grants of £10,000 to £60,000 for charities with an income exceeding £500,000.

All grants can be over one, two or three years.

The Children and Young People stream is intended to support disadvantaged young people to overcome the challenges they face through education, individual interventions and encouraging healthy behaviours.

The Later Life stream is intended to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people through digital inclusion, provision of clubs and activities and befriending support.

Charities can only apply for one of the two programmes at a time.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit the Masonic Charitable Foundation website.

Art Fund Opens Reimagine Grants 2023

The Reimagine programme is provided and administered by Art Fund.

The grants programme is designed to inspire creativity and increase stability in the sector. It supports organisations to develop or refresh their work in response to their current situation with emphasis on encouraging curiosity, openness and reflection through the programme.

In 2023, the key aim of the Reimagine programme is to help organisations reimagine their support for the workforce.

The funding is for projects that are:

  • Creative or innovative
  • Context-specific
  • Impactful
  • Engaging.

Applications will be accepted from formally constituted, not-for-profit organisations based in the UK.

Eligible organisations include:

  • Public museums or galleries.
  • Heritage sites.
  • Historic houses or buildings.
  • Arts-focused archives.
  • Libraries.
  • Agencies.
  • Festivals.
  • Professional networks.
  • Registered charities.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Universities.

Applications can be made as a single institution, in a partnership, or with a collective.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available.

It is expected that projects will generally be completed within two years, though three years will be considered if necessary.

The deadline for applications is 26 May 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the Art Fund website.

Artemis Charitable Foundation Accepting Applications for 2023 Funding Round

The Artemis Charitable Foundation is offering unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 for registered charities across the United Kingdom to support projects and activities in the following key areas:

  • Health.
  • Education.
  • Poverty.
  • Environment.

One-off awards are typically made to small-and-medium-sized charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £1 million that have been operating for a minimum of three years.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2023 (noon). For more information and to apply, visit the Artemis Charitable Foundation website

New Round of Large Grants for Church Repairs

National Churches Trust is now accepting applications for the next round of its Large Grants programme, for projects which align with the main outcomes of its new strategy:

  • Preserving heritage.
  • Promoting sustainability.
  • Inspiring support.

Places of worship of any Christian denomination and age can apply. Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK.

Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 are available, though those above £40,000 are extremely limited.

The funding is for urgent and essential structural repair projects (costed at more than £80,000) to buildings that were originally built as churches, or the installation of kitchen and toilets (costed at more than £30,000).

Applications from the Trust’s priority areas are encouraged: North-East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, though this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.

The deadline for first-stage applications is midnight on 4 July 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the National Churches Trust website.

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Soft Market Testing: 

Provision of Information, Advice & Support Services (IASS) for Children and Young People (CYP) with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Shropshire Council would like to take the opportunity to undertake Soft Market Testing in relation to innovative, efficient and cost-effective approaches to the provision of Information Advice and Support Services (IASS) for Children and Young People (CYP) with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)

Please note that the purpose of this process is for the council to discuss with the market and affirm their current understanding of what the market has to offer to assist the Council to deliver the service from 1st September 2023.

This process is intended as soft market testing only and is an exercise designed to test commercial market capabilities of meeting a set of requirements which would include enough interested suppliers to maintain competitive pressures.

The full soft market testing information pack can be downloaded here, which includes the questionnaire for completion. You can also find the full information about this soft market testing on the Shropshire Council website.

Completed questionnaires (see Appendix 1 of the downloadable form) should be returned to Yvonne Oliver – Children & Young People Commissioning Lead: by 5.00pm on Tuesday 11th  April 2023.

If Suppliers have any questions about this soft market test, such questions should be submitted to the Council through an email to The Children & Young People Commissioning Lead at

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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