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Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards Postponed

As the lockdown starts to ease there is still so much uncertainty around public gatherings.  We are continually monitoring the situation and we hope to be in a position to make a decision in July.  

In the meantime, NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN until further notice so please continue to nominate individuals, groups, organisations or businesses.  You can find out more by visiting the awards information on our website.

We will provide updates as soon as we are able to.

Five-year business recovery plan sees immediate investment in enterprise centres

A five-year business recovery strategy to support the county economy in getting back on its feet following the Covid-19 crisis includes an £870,000 investment in two enterprise centres.

This is on top of the £860,000 already committed by the county council to support the local economy to recover.

Like the whole of the UK, Staffordshire’s economy will suffer a negative impact as a result of Covid-19 – however the strategy looks to build on the county’s established strengths and seek new opportunities arising from the crisis.

Plans set out for life after Covid-19 in Staffordshire

The impact of Covid-19 on Staffordshire and how the county will recover and shape a brighter future have been set out by the county council.

The council’s plans aim to help reboot the economy, support people back to work and education and help families rebuild their lives, while recognising too the legacy the coronavirus will leave on many areas for months to come.

As part of rebuilding the county, the council plans to detail its new priorities including the key areas of: 

•    Health and care

•    Families and communities

An introduction to LinkedIn for the charity sector

The charity sector is currently experiencing some of its greatest challenges in modern memory. However, adversity can also be the catalyst for change and a chance to do things differently.

Most of us know how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we generally use it in our personal life, but the one platform that contains the greatest number of high net individuals is on LinkedIn. 

The Chief's Blog - June 2020

Over the past 3 months we have faced unprecedented challenges as a voluntary sector. We might sum this up coldly as having seen, and indeed met, a massive surge in demand for our support, at the same time as having lost existing income from fundraising, trading and occasionally contracts or grants. At the same time we have of course faced the perhaps even greater challenge that the nation has largely shared, being cut off from family and friends, experiencing additional stress and anxiety and worrying about what the future holds.

The Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants

No closing date specified


Up to £1000 funding is available for charities and churches for projects that benefit UK residents in UK communities.

The funding can be used for either:

Capital costs – funding for fixed, one-time expenses incurred on the purchase of land, buildings, construction, and equipment.

Short break – funding is targeted towards respite breaks for children or adults, and short-term activities or programmes.

https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/

Rosa - Covid 19 Response fund (small grants)

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The COVID-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is provided and administered by Rosa, a grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations to help to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women.

The Fund aims to provide quick and straightforward grants to specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations across the UK to help them meet short-term funding needs and respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Rosa plans to also provide longer term grant funding of larger amounts at a later point.

Asda Foundation grants

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The ASDA Foundation's grants programmes aim to support grassroots charitable organisations working at the heart of its stores' communities. Registered charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for support with initiatives that will make a real long-term difference, benefiting the wider community.

In response to coronavirus/COVID-19, the Foundation has developed two new grant streams: