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Amy Hallett

Tampon Tax Fund application form: 2019-2020 funding round

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Deadline: Sunday 20 January 2019

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.


  • the fund is open to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across the United Kingdom
  • applications should be for £1 million or more
  • the value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant’s or consortia’s collective annual income
  • applications should focus on 1 of 4 categories: homelessness and rough sleeping, violence against women and girls, music, or the general programme
  • grants may be for 1 or 2 year projects
  • all project activities must be concluded and funds must be spent by 31 March 2021
  • applicants must include a copy of their safeguarding policy, along with a statement that confirms the applicant has effective and appropriate safeguarding procedures that protect employees, beneficiaries or volunteers from harm, and that explains how any concerns and incidents are managed

Application details

  • the deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 20 January 2019
  • applicants should answer all questions on the application form
  • applications received before the closing date will be assessed after the closing date
  • applications received after the closing date will not be assessed
  • available information and guidance relating to this round of funding is contained in the documents above
  • we are not able to respond to requests for support in completing this application as this is a competitive process

HMRC publishes free online guide to help charities claim Gift Aid

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HM Revenue and Customs has published a free step-by-step online guide to help charities complete their Gift Aid donations schedule. The guide tells charities how to claim tax back on eligible donations, use the right software, complete the schedule, and fill in the form.

The Charity Tax Group (CTG) said in a blog that the guide “appears to be quite useful, building on some of the flowcharts that were produced when Charities Online was first introduced”. HMRC has also added a new section to its online guidance on getting the right software to open a schedule spreadsheet. It recommends using either Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice 3.5.

You can access the full article at the Civil Society website here.

Immingham Forging Forward – update

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5th November 2018

Dear Committee Member,

We have put in the planning application for the proposed public sculpture on Pelham Way – see artists’ impression above.  The money for the sculpture is part of the Kennedy Way development and cannot be used for any other purpose.

We have, as much as is possible, designed the sculpture to minimise potential for vandalism, and we feel that it will be an icon for the town, especially when Immingham in Bloom have put their floral arrangements in the planters.

Our consultation has given several ideas for the panels on the sculpture.  There is a small display in the Civic Centre which shows some of the ideas, and where people can say which they prefer by putting ‘spots’ on their favourites.  This display will be there for the next few weeks and then we need to design the panels accordingly, so get your voice heard by placing your spots!

An important part of the project is to involve local people, and we will be holding workshops in the near future where you can come and make your mark on the design – dates are 26,27,28 November, then 14,15,16,17 January.  We’d like to join in with existing clubs and activities and people can come and help as much as they like.  Please get in touch to book your place (morning, afternoon or evening).

But meanwhile, if you feel you support this project, you can let the NELC know by writing or emailing them and letting them know – do this as soon as possible

The Planning Application Reference is: DM/0879/18/FUL – you need to quote this in your correspondence.  Email the planning Department at planning@nelincs.gov.uk

or write to:-

North East Lincolnshire Planning,

New Oxford House,

2 George Street, Grimsby,

N E Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

We look forward to meeting you at one of the making workshops

Best wishes

Alex and Pete

Of Xceptional designs



Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

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Currently closed

Nationwide Building Society was founded to help people into homes of their own and its ambition that everyone should have a place fit to call home stands firm today. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen your local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in your local area. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional Community Board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities. And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

This fund is open to registered UK charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives.

For further information please visit the Nationwide Community website here.

Woodland Trust – Free trees for schools and communities

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The window for November 2019 is now open

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 our application form. 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.

CARE Toys for Joy Appeal

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CARE have been running a Christmas you project since 1993. Ensuring all local children receive a gift at Christmas despite their family circumstance. They are now collecting this years new toys and gifts for children aged 0-18 years.

Bring your donations to CARE by 7th December or for large donations call 01472 232310 to arrange collection.

Drop off at: 18 Hainton Avenue, Grimsby, DN32 9BB

Cascading Leadership: supporting peer-to-peer leadership development in the voluntary and community sector

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Cascading Leadership provides an invaluable free opportunity for leaders working in health and care organisations of any size in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support.

Good leadership is key to delivering high-quality services in any sector, and the voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a vital role in health and care, reaching into all sections of the community.

work with some of those leaders has highlighted some sector-specific issues, including:

  • the range and complexity of the leadership role
  • persistent funding and sustainability challenges
  • isolation and lack of confidence
  • a lack of leadership development opportunities
  • difficulties in creating meaningful engagement with the public sector and commissioners.

if you want to apply to be either a Cascading Leadership consultant or a Cascading Leadership partner. Complete the online application form and submit it by the deadline of 30 November 2018.  There is no charge for the programme, which is valued at up to £5,800

The Community Sport and Recreation Awards

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Sport and Recreation Alliance bring together the sport and recreation sector and support our members to tackle the challenges and take advantage of opportunities. They’re the voice of the sector with Government, policy makers and the media. They help get the nation active at the grassroots by providing advice, support and guidance.

The community sport and recreation awards showcase the positive impact of grassroots activities in communities.

They believe that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities together. The awards have been celebrating grassroots sport and recreation for over twenty years, and the champion grassroots work on a national scale, using examples of best practice to drive positive, societal change.

The awards provide tangible evidence of the impact of grassroots sport and recreation on communities.

This year’s categories are:

  • Community Engagement;
  • Creative Partnerships;
  • Mental Health;
  • Volunteering;
  • Youth Development

The closing date for entries will close on Sunday 18 November.

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.

Young People’s Holiday Respite Fund

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Deadline 28th February 2019

Young People’s Holiday Respite Fund, It is a Local grant fund for Young People experiencing hardship in North East Lincolnshire’s most disadvantages areas.

The Fund aims to reduce hardship by providing activities that help young people (aged 8 and 18 years) benefit from rest and relaxation whilst experiencing a short break.

Voluntary or community organisations in North East Lincolnshire or young people or their carers can apply. Groups can apply for up to £2500 and individuals up to £500.

There will be two funding rounds – closing 30th November 2018 and 28th February 2019.

For more information please visit the VANEL website here.