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Co-op Community Fridge Fund

Tue 20 Jul 2021

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Grants are available to non-profit organisations across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge to minimise food waste.

Fund Information

Funding body: Co-operative Group

Maximum value: £ 4,000

Minimum value: Discretionary

Application deadline: 16/08/2021

An online application form and further guidance notes can be found on the Hubbub Foundation website.

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European Social Fund Community Grants - Staffordshire

Tue 20 Jul 2021

Grants are available for third sector organisations based or working in Staffordshire and offering local skills, training and employment opportunities for individuals aged 16 and over who are unemployed or economically inactive and from the hardest to reach communities in the area.

Fund Information

Funding body: European Social Fund

Maximum value: £ 20,000

Minimum value: Discretionary

Application deadline: 17/08/2021

Maximum employees: 10

Maximum turnover: £ 1,000,000

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Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Tue 20 Jul 2021

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Grants are available to animal welfare charities for projects or activities in the UK that benefit and protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, address the conservation of wildlife or encourage a greater understanding of animals.

Fund Information

Funding body: Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Maximum value: Discretionary

Minimum value: Discretionary

Application deadline: 01/09/2021

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Charity Commission report on 2020 and forecast for 2021-22

Tue 20 Jul 2021

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The Charity Commission have published a collection of documents reporting on its work in 2020 to 2021 and setting out plans for 2021 to 2022.

These documents and links are as follows:

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Community Ownership Fund

Mon 19 Jul 2021

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years.

The first bidding round opens on 15 July 2021.

Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding.

Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets and amenities, subject to the full eligibility criteria outlined in this prospectus.

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Staffordshire Community Learning Trust Responsiveness Fund

Mon 19 Jul 2021

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Organisations can apply between July 2021 and March 2022 subject to the availability of funding.

This funding is open to organisations to deliver a needs led programme within Staffordshire.

There is £100,000 in total, available for all adult learning providers with a broad distribution of £12,500 per Staffordshire district.

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Trent & Dove's new Befriending and wellbeing service for Residents

Mon 19 Jul 2021

Meet Christine Bettson, our Befriending and Wellbeing Officer (a new role at Trent & Dove)

Chris is responsible for helping any Trent & Dove residents who are feeling lonely.

So what is Befriending? 

Befriending is when 2 people arrange a convenient time to talk over the phone and then agree what things they would like to talk about. You can choose what you want to talk about, it might be sharing how you feel, or it might be discussing the latest football results, it really doesn’t matter!

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Update to Library Services from 19th July

Mon 19 Jul 2021

From the 19th July, as England moves into step 4, you will see some changes at our 16 Staffordshire County Managed Libraries:

Biddulph, Burntwood, Burton, Cannock, Codsall, Kidsgrove, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle, Perton, Rugeley, Stafford, Stone, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, and Wombourne will revert to their full opening hours.

To keep staff, customers and volunteers safe we will encourage you to wear a mask and sanitise your hands when visiting our library buildings and mobile libraries.

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Local Connections Fund

Thu 15 Jul 2021

This is the second round of the Local Connections Fund, a £4 million investment designed to help small charities and community groups working to reduce loneliness by building community connections across England.

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Publication of a DCMS-commissioned research report on drivers in demand for volunteers

Thu 15 Jul 2021

DCMS commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to undertake a qualitative study into what drives demand for volunteers across England. The research examined two key questions:

What drives demand for volunteers, and how does this vary over a typical calendar year?

How have restrictions under COVID-19 affected these drivers?

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