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Amy Hallett

Tampon Tax Fund

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Charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run projects and services directly benefiting women and girls facing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment.

The programme seeks to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks.

Within this context applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence – supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace. For example, projects might provide 1:1 support, training, mentoring, reduce isolation or build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improving health and well-being – teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer. For example, projects could provide services related to mindfulness such as yoga, art and exercise.
  • Building social networks – connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support. For example, projects could offer social and skills groups with specialist support.

For more information, and to apply, go to the Two Ridings Community Foundation

Woodland Trust – Free trees for schools and communities

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Currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in MARCH 2021. 

Woodland Trust are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. They want to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree.

They have two delivery periods per year, November and March, when the trees are dormant and perfect for planting.

You can choose your pack(s) from the list below and fill out the application form on line.

If  your application is unsuccessful, you can buy packs in their shop all year round.

  • Hedge
  • Copse
  • Wild Harvest
  • Year Round Colour
  • Working Wood
  • Wildwood
  • Wildlife
  • Urban Trees

For more information please visit the Woodland Trust website here.

NAVCA – Collaboration in Practice

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Collaboration sits at the very core of local social action and the NAVCA membership. Across England NAVCA members are bring people and organisations together to help support communities for good. “Collaboration in Practice” is about the good things that can happen when we work together, and highlights just some of the amazing work happening within the NAVCA membership every single day.

NAVCA believes that by working together great things are possible. So they’re  committed to working with partners for the benefit of people, communities and the whole civil society.

To read the Collaboration in Practice click here.

Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme: Energy Saving Trust

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Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills. Projects should be of benefit to people in England, Scotland and Wales.

Energy Saving Trust has developed an open application process for charities seeking funding from the Energy Redress Scheme. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts and could cover a range of locations across England, Scotland and Wales. They will be administering the scheme until 2021.

Interested charities should complete a simple online information form to check whether they are eligible to apply. Those organisations that meet the initial criteria will be notified and their details will be held by the Energy Saving Trust. When funds become available, eligible organisations will be invited to apply through our online system.

You can fill in the form here (opens in a new tab)

Make Digital Marketing work for your English business

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Build your presence online and create professional quality videos with the free online courses tailored to businesses in England.

For a limited time Digital Skills England are able to offer fully funded training to businesses throughout England. Employees can gain a nationally recognised qualification in Digital Marketing and get to grips with Smartphone Videography.


Transform your business and upskill your employees with our free online course that covers all things digital.

Your team will discover the industry secrets of getting found online, social media marketing, and how to boost your digital presence.

Our state-of-the-art online course couldn’t be easier to navigate and has a proven record of getting results


We are offering organisations who sign up three or more of their team to our Digital Marketing course the chance to take our brand new course in Smartphone Videography.

Statistics have proven that video is a must for businesses!

If you’re not using video, your competitors surely will and your business will lose out

To find out more please visit the Digital Skills England website here.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

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Deadline 31st March

The NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund (CGF) was set up in 2005 to support community initiatives and charitable events, as well as to help boost staff fundraising initiatives.

Donations are limited to a maximum of £1,000. Ideally they like to fund something specific so they can measure the difference their donation has made – whether it’s purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.

They are most likely to approve funding request which meet one or more of their four areas of interest:

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of the communities
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people

For more information please visit the website here

Lincolnshire Churches Trust

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Lincolnshire Churches Trust exists to help congregations with the essential task of keeping their building wind, watertight and safe for use. This means that the cost of re-roofing, replacing gutters, repairing windows and defective stonework, may all be eligible for grant aid. We are also prepared to assist, in certain circumstances, with the funding towards the provision of new facilities such as toilets and serveries.

Any Christian church within the historic boundary of Lincolnshire. Current rules require the building to be at least 100 years old.

By telephoning, emailing, writing to the secretary, or downloading the application from the website.

For more information please visit the Lincolnshire Churches Trust website here.

Neighbourly calls for charities to join its food surplus scheme

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PRESS RELEASE, 19 September 2018

Giving platform Neighbourly has today put out a call inviting charities, food projects, schools and community groups to join its free food surplus redistribution scheme. Neighbourly is the redistribution partner to retailers and manufacturers including Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Danone.

Through the Neighbourly platform, the equivalent of more than 7 million meals has been distributed to over 1,500 charities and community projects in local communities across the UK and Ireland.

Now Neighbourly is extending the scheme to more communities whose residents and families are suffering from food poverty and insecurity. The latest research from WRAP shows that food redistribution from commercial sources (retailers, manufacturers and hospitality and food services businesses) has increased by 50% in just two years but that there is potential for increased redistribution. One of the things that is needed for this to happen is for more charities to be aware that this resource is available to them and join up to benefit from the scheme.

Neighbourly’s own research – from surveying its food surplus recipients – shows just how important receiving surplus is to them. On average, charities reported that they save an estimated average of £161 a month through these food donations and 90% find the Neighbourly food surplus schemes beneficial or extremely beneficial.

Food surplus available for daily collection includes fruit and veg, bakery products and ambient food (food which can be safely stored at room temperature in a sealed container). It is also possible for charities to collect chilled items from some stores – dairy, meat, fish, chilled drinks and packaged ready meals, as long as they can meet certain criteria for safe collection, transportation and storage of chilled goods.

For the the full article please visit the Neighbourly website here.

Grow Wild Community Projects 2019

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Grow Wild connects people to nature and each other by funding creative and innovative ideas, focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi. They support community groups and organisations to bring imaginative, and engaging projects to life. They help to improve the environment and people’s wellbeing by encouraging them to be active, take notice of what’s around them, learn new things, and give back to their community.

Grow Wild will fund all sorts of things from creative events, art work to establishing wild flower areas. If your project and organisation are eligible, in 2019 Grow Wild is looking to fund projects that promote and highlight of the aims and objectives within their project delivery. These are:

  1. focus on UK native wild flowers, plants and/or fungi, through planting or as inspiration, and will help people understand the importance of these native species for the environment and our lives.
  2. work with one or more of Grow Wild’s target audiences:
    • Young people aged 12-25
    • Communities living in urban areas
    • Communities experiencing some disadvantage or reduced access to services
    • Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities
  3. have the potential to reach at least 300 people
  4. enable people to connect with, learn something new and give to help each other and nature.
  5. have an idea that is introducing something new, e.g. a new, unlikely location, new group of people or creative way to engage your audience.

For more information please visit the Grow Wild website here.

Children in Need: Emergency Essentials

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BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing.

The programme is now being delivered by Family Fund Business services on Children in Needs behalf. It is a referrer only programme and applications can only be made by registered referrers, able to reach families who need the programme most. You can find out more, and how to register as a referral agency on their website here.

Who can they help?

  • Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.

They can deliver or fund critical items such as:

  • Electric cookers
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen equipment and small appliances
  • Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing

If you are looking for a grant for any amount up to £10,000 for one year please see their Small Grants programme here.

If you are looking for a grant for more than £10,000 please see the Main Grants programme here.

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