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Go Think Big 

18 Apr 18

Go Think Big is offering young people aged 15 – 24 years the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £500 to help them to deliver a social action project.


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Transport Consultation Event – Potential (dis)benefits of drones 

16 Apr 18

The Transport Innovation Team at Transport for West Midlands is working on a project to explore the potential future applications of drones in the region.


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Generation Q Programme 

16 Apr 18

The Health Foundation, which is an independent health and health care charity, has announced that the Q Initiative has re-opened for applications.


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Can you help Sandwell Advocacy? 

16 Apr 18

At the beginning of May, Sandwell Advocacy will start the ‘Big Build’, sprucing up their offices.


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Help the Homeless 

16 Apr 18

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1million), whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.


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Biffa Awards 

16 Apr 18

Biffa Awards, which are part of the Landfills Communities Fund, has announced that grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to not for profit for community buildings and re-building biodiversity projects.


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Government Equalities Office 

16 Apr 18

The Government Equalities Office has announced that round 2 of the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is now open for applications until the 18th May 2018.


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Make Your Charity Comms and Marketing Brilliant: 7 Top Tips 

16 Apr 18

Are you wondering where to start with a communications strategy for your charity? Not sure the best approach to take with social media, e-newsletters and your website? Want to use storytelling to maximum effect? Thinking of making a film, but don’t…


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Great Charity Writing and Content: 8 Top Tips 

16 Apr 18

B elow are eight top tips on great charity writing.


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Drumming Together in West Bromwich pilot extended 

16 Apr 18

Beat It Percussion’s final session of its 12 week Pilot Project, Drumming Together in West Bromwich, ended on 12 April.


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Generalist Self-Help Caseworker wanted 

13 Apr 18

The Nishkam Civic Association has secured funding from Big Lottery Fund and are proud present the opportunity to be a vital member of the project team delivering real support and impact to communities.


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Anchor Foundation 

9 Apr 18

The Anchor Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts.


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AB Charitable Trust 

9 Apr 18

The next closing date for applications for funding through the A B Charitable Trust is the 18th May 2018.


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Veolia Environmental Trust 

9 Apr 18

The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Veolia Environmental Trust is the 31st May 2018.


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Development of Greets Green Learning Hub 

9 Apr 18

In partnership with Sandwell Early Years, Veolia Environmental Trust and Enovert Community Trust, the Confederation of Bangladeshi Organisations (CBO) Ltd is developing a new modular building, called the ‘Learning Hub’, which will house the new …


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Focus on Consumers, Charities Urged 

9 Apr 18

Charities need to focus less on the cause and more on the consumer, according to a group of experts brought together by The Drum Network.


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Fewer People Giving More, Study Shows 

9 Apr 18

Donations to charity rose from £9.7 billion to £10.3 billion during 2017, but fewer people gave, according to the largest study of giving conducted in the UK.


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CBC New Desi Pub Catalogue 

6 Apr 18

The new Desi Pub Catalogue has arrived and we’re offering a small number for a price of £5.


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Mayor’s Community Weekend: Big Lottery Funding available 

5 Apr 18

What it’s all about?  On the weekend of 30 June and 1 July 2018, the West Midlands Mayor’s office is encouraging communities to come together and celebrate our region’s diversity as part of the Mayor’s Community Weekend .


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Volunteers wanted to ‘Get Sandwell Talking’ 

3 Apr 18

The Yemeni Community Association is starting a ‘ Let’s Talk English ’ Club to run initially on Mondays 10 am to 12 noon and are looking for volunteers to support this initiative.


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Expressions of Interest invited for local Community Safety projects 

3 Apr 18

Sandwell Voluntary and Community Sector organisations wishing to support community safety initiatives are being invited to express an interest in West Midland Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) funding to develop proposals which address local needs.


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Consultation on Sandwell Reducing Reoffending Strategy 

3 Apr 18

Local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Sandwell are being invited to share their views on a draft document that will form the basis for a ‘Black Country Reducing Reoffending Strategy 2018-2021’.


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Rosa – Voices from the Front-Line 

3 Apr 18

Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, has awarded grants totalling £36,450 to 20 projects across the UK through the second round of the Voices from the Front-Line programme.


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Nationwide Building Society 

3 Apr 18

Charities and not for profit organisations in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the central region of England can apply for grants of up to £50,000 plus expert advice to support local housing projects.


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PRS Foundation 

3 Apr 18

PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations supports high quality new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups (for example orchestras, choirs, jazz bands or folk …


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Get Involved in Celebrate Sandwell 2018 

3 Apr 18

Sandwell people and organisations are invited to take part in a special event in June to celebrate and promote local community groups.


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‘Alphabet 12’ from Project Aspie 

28 Mar 18

On the 28 th April 2018 Project Aspie (in conjunction with BMAG museum) presents a Relaxed Session of Third Series of ‘Alphabet 12’ which will cover various group discussions including the up and coming planned ‘Alphabet Quad’ Activity …


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Spotlight on Sandwell Advocacy 

26 Mar 18

1) Tell us what you do We are an independent charity offering advocacy, established in 1993, to ensure people are listened to and have a voice, that peoples rights are taken into account and that prejudice and discrimination are challenged.


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New Charity Checklist Part 2 

26 Mar 18

Following on from Charity Checklist Part 1 below is the final instalment designed to help you to establish your charity and some of the things you’ll need to consider.


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FSI Spotlight on Governance and Compliance 

26 Mar 18

FSI released their full Essential Trustee Series last November to support trustees to meet their responsibilities.


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National Churches Trust 

26 Mar 18

The National Churches Trust has announced that the next closing date for its new Maintenance Grant Scheme is the 23rd May 2018.


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Have your say…on anti-social behaviour 

22 Mar 18

Sandwell Council (SMBC) is considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (also known as a PSPO) for West Bromwich town centre and would like to hear your views on this.


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Walsall Voluntary Sector Funding & Support Fair is back for 2018! 

22 Mar 18

One Walsall are delighted to announce the annual Voluntary Sector Funding Support Fair will return on 18 April, 12pm – 5pm at Manor Farm Community Association, King George Crescent, Walsall, WS4 1EU.


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Free ERDF Workshop on Bid Writing 

22 Mar 18

The Black Country Technical Assistance Team will be holding a free ERDF workshop for Bid Writing on Friday 6th April 2018, 9:45am – 3pm at Himley Hall, Dudley, DY3 4DF.


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Apply to be a Co-op local cause 

19 Mar 18

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference.


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Rethink Mental Illness 

19 Mar 18

Rethink has a network of more than 100 support groups across the country, which many people find to be an important factor in their recovery.


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Interested in shaping local maternity services? 

19 Mar 18

As part of the its commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services across the Black Country, the CCG will be holding two ‘Whose Shoes’ events.


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Webinar: The Cyber Essentials Checklist 

19 Mar 18

Implementing Cyber Essentials: A Checklist for Charities.


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Introduction to Fundraising Workshop 

13 Mar 18

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation? If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ workshop on Tuesday, 17th April …


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Thank you for your input! 

12 Mar 18

SCVO would like to thank you, if you have been involved in any way in promoting and responding to the Victim of Crimes Survey.


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Spotlight on Aspire4U CIC 

12 Mar 18

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New Guide Aims to Help Charities Navigate Through Change 

12 Mar 18

A new guide has been published to help charities navigate their way through a time of unprecedented change, from new regulation and fundraising models to cyber-crime and digital innovation.


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Charitable company conversion to charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) 

12 Mar 18

Five years after the new charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) structure became available for unincorporated charities in England and Wales, it is finally!!! also available for charitable companies.


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Ragdoll Foundation 

12 Mar 18

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.


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Free Online Resource for Charities, Social Enterprises and Community Organisations 

12 Mar 18

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research has launched a free online resource on its website.


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Development Officer (New to Walsall) 

8 Mar 18

Print One Walsall is seeking an enthusiastic, committed and experienced individual to increase the reach of their community development and voluntary sector capacity building support within the borough’s new communities, particularly those of …


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Concert in benefit of Black Country Women’s Aid 

7 Mar 18

Halesowen Orchestra, supported by The Rotary Club of Halesowen and Rowley Regis, will be performing in a concert in benefit of Black Country Women’s Aid, 7.30 pm on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at the Cornbow Hall, Halesowen.


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Stakeholder Consultation: proposed changes to 3 GP Practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

5 Mar 18

Sandwell and Birmingham CCG is currently reviewing the contracts at the three GP practices, below, as they are due to end on 31 March 2019.


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Disabled Access Day at Black Country Living Museum 

5 Mar 18

Black Country Living Museum will be hosting its second Disabled Access Day 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday, 10th March.


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Youth Hostel Associations – Challenging Lives Support Programme 

5 Mar 18

The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) has announced that the Challenging Lives Support Programme will open for applications on the 1st March 2018.







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