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Talent Match Staffordshire will cease operations on 20th December 2019

A message from Talent Match Staffordshire December 2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Talent Match Staffordshire will cease operations on 20th December 2019.  Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to secure additional funding to sustain the project.

We would like to thank all our truly extraordinary and exceptional staff, volunteers, partner agencies, charities, Trustees and friends who supported Talent Match Staffordshire’s vision over the last 6 years.

The Chief's Blog

What a week, and whoever you voted for, I expect we are all glad that politics is somewhat off the table for Christmas.

Congratulations to all our local Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent MPS, especially those new to role, and I would give a special well done to Kate Griffiths MP for Burton, who has been a great local supporter of the voluntary sector over the last five years, regularly supporting our Volunteer Star Awards – we hope you’ll continue to be an advocate for the sector.

Allied Westminster’s ‘Wonderful Villages’ photo competition

Allied Westminster’s ‘Wonderful Villages’ photo competition to provide funds for winning village/community halls is starting on 15th December.

If your hall would like to take part, an A4 poster for noticeboard display can be downloaded from https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition.

Rules and details are available from https://www.facebook.com/AlliedWestminster.

Greggs Foundation Accepting Applications for Local Community Funding in Spring 2020

Using the money raised from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops across Great Britain, the Foundation provides grants to small not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 for projects that make a difference to local areas.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects and providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

All projects must support a community of interest, for example people who are:

Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups with environmental and community projects that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.

The Veolia Environmental Trust, originally known as the Onyx Environmental Trust, was set up in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme) and awards monies derived from landfill tax to support a wide range of environmentally focused projects throughout England.

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme - Transformational Project Grants

Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England towards the capital costs of work to restore redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres and bring them back into use.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that promotes the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by charities and not-for-private profit organisations.

Deadline for Interest Free Loans

Apply by 31 December for interest-free loans to support community spaces

Over the past two years, we’ve awarded more than £2.1 million in interest-free loans and grants to help community spaces all over the UK build their trading activities and become more financially sustainable.  

Spaces supported include a community-run lido in Cornwall, a village hall in the Hebrides and a co-operative farm in Northern Ireland.