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New Creative People and Places 2019

In January 2019, a new round of Creative People and Places funding opens. We will be allocating £24 million for this new programme of funding between 2019-2023 to places identified as the 'least engaged' in arts and culture across England, according to the Active Lives survey November 2015 to May 2017.

Areas eligible in this new round include Staffordshire Moorlands, Newcastle under Lyme, East Staffordshire, Cannock and Tamworth.

Details of previous/current projects

Support Staffordshire makes formal complaint to Big Lottery and warns sector to watch out for silly funding criteria

Support Staffordshire, like many voluntary organisations gets turned down for funding, but we rarely get told we failed on eligibility criteria. Yet when its application for the recent Big Lottery, Building Connections Fund was rejected, it was on precisely these grounds. The funder told Support Staffordshire it had failed to satisfy the criteria of providing a budget that showed its intention to spend 20% of the grant by the end of March 2019.

#iwill Fund

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action.

What is youth social action?

‘Young people taking practical action in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community as well as to the young person themselves.’ Young Foundation

THE RIGHT START: Income Generation and Funding

Who should attend:

This session is aimed at both those new to the world of funding and those who simply need a refresher.


As the voluntary sector continues to face the hardship of funding cuts it is becoming increasingly necessary for community groups and organisations to generate and manage income from multiple sources. This introductory session will provide guidance to identify ways to maximise opportunities to generate additional income for organisations.

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Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme - Final Round of Small Grants Closes 16 October 2018

Third and FINAL round of funding available through the Small Grants Fund – Closes to applications 16 October 2018

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme (WVCGS) is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

Small Grants Fund

Macmillan Coffee Morning in Leek

On Friday 28th September, to coincide with Macmillan’s ‘world’s biggest coffee morning’, Borderland Voices participant Marlene Hogg organised a coffee morning/bring and buy in aid of the national cancer charity.  In the attractive surroundings of Borderland Voices’ base in Bank House, Leek, friends, trustees and other participants gathered to share a coffee, chat and enjoy Marlene’s delicious, freshly-made scones with jam, cream and strawberries.