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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 14th November 2022

What Funds newsletter

See the latest edition from BCP Council’s newsletter of funding opportunities.

Meet the Funder webinars

See our latest webinars and in-person sessions which are a chance for you to hear from a funder about the funding they have available, their priorities, how to apply and do’s and don’ts, plus ask them questions.

CAF opens £3m fund for small charities focused on social equity

The Keystone Fund will award unrestricted grants towards the core costs of running a charity, strengthening capacity, or building resilience. Around 120 charities will receive grants between £5,000 and £50,000, with an average grant of £25,000. Half of the available funds will be focused on organisations supporting refugees in the UK, and local charities across the UK are encouraged to apply for the new fund if they are addressing social injustice or working towards social equity to create a fairer society. The deadline for charities to express their interest for the first round is 23 November 2022, there will be another round in 2023.

Aviva Community Fund pledges extra £2mn to support financial wellbeing

To help tackle the financial pressures being brought on by the cost of living crisis, the Aviva Community Fund has launched an additional £2mn funding to causes supporting financial wellbeing in their communities. Nonprofit organisations can apply now and receive matched funding for public donations until 31 December 2022 with donations matched pound for pound up to £250 between 4 October and 31 December, or until the entire £2 million is allocated. The extra financial support is aimed at helping people take control of their wellbeing by giving them tools to be more financially independent.

£5m sports fund to tackle youth crime

Charities across England and Wales will be able to “bid for new money to run programmes designed to steer young people away from law-breaking and into positive activities aimed at teaching teamwork, resilience and discipline”. The bidding competition opened on Monday 7 November – it will run until Monday 5 December. Groups are encouraged to apply ASAP and they expected 200 grants of £20k will be awarded to grassroots delivery organisations.

BCP Food and Warmth Support Fund

Grants up to £7,500 to support households impacted by the rising cost of living this winter. Opens 9 November and closes 28th November.

Community and Culture Project Fund

Round 4 opened on 4 November for a sports, arts, or heritage project or event or looking to support disadvantaged communities in the Dorset Council area. This fund could provide up to 80% of your total project costs up to a maximum of £5,000. If successful, you must be able to deliver your project, activity or event within 12 months of a grant being awarded to your group. You will also need to secure a minimum of 20% of your total projects costs. Applications close 9 January.

How to host a virtual raffle

Offers tips on how to host a virtual raffle to raise money for your charity, from the regulations you need to know about to how to source prizes

Make money for free!

Fundraising website easyfundraising turns online shopping into money for your voluntary organisation, charity or community building. When anyone connected to your organisation shops online with any of over 7,000 well known retailers, every purchase they make results in a free monetary donation for your organisation. Find out more here.

Trading as a charity

Charites can trade! In this free webinar, 25 November 10:00-11am, Steve Place, CAN’s Senior Advisor, will cover the rules about trading and how best to structure it within a charity, as well as checking if your trading idea will make money. There will be opportunities for Q&A.

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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 7th November 2022

BCP Food and Warmth Support Fund

Grants up to £7,500 to support households impacted by the rising cost of living this winter. Opens 9 November and closes 28th November.

Community and Culture Project Fund

Round 4 opened on 4 November for a sports, arts, or heritage project or event or looking to support disadvantaged communities in the Dorset Council area. This fund could provide up to 80% of your total project costs up to a maximum of £5,000. If successful, you must be able to deliver your project, activity or event within 12 months of a grant being awarded to your group. You will also need to secure a minimum of 20% of your total projects costs. Applications close 9 January. Meet the Funder event on 17 November, 2022 11-12.

Movement for Good

Have a look at this scheme that aims to give out grants of £1,000.

One-off donations drop due to cost-of-living crisis

Almost one in 10 people are holding back from one-off donations, due to increasing living costs, new research suggests.

Giving Tuesday

This year is 29 November and JustGiving is the official Giving Partner in the UK. Find out more how to make use of their online portal.

Charities’ legacy income expected to reach £4bn despite cost-of-living crisis

Legacy income is expected to reach a record £4bn this year despite the challenging economic climate, according to a new report by Legacy Foresight.

Big Issue Invest offers loan programme to charities and social enterprises

Big Issue Invest is offering loans of up to £150,000 for energy saving measures, for charities and social enterprises that are struggling with the rising cost of energy. The Big Energy Saving Loans are available for social enterprises and charities in England, and range from £20,000 – £150,000.

Make money for free!

Fundraising website easyfundraising turns online shopping into money for your voluntary organisation, charity or community building. When anyone connected to your organisation shops online with any of over 7,000 well known retailers, every purchase they make results in a free monetary donation for your organisation. Find out more here.

Spin to Win again

Play Spin to Win with easyfundraising, and your voluntary organisation, charity, or CIC could win up to £50 every day between 31 October – 13 November when staff members and volunteers spin the wheel. To be involved, register your organisation with easyfundraising. You’ll get access to competitions like these and set yourself up with an effortless fundraising solution that helps pay the bills and creates a better experience for your users.

As a fundraising platform, easyfundraising lets over 7,000 brands donate to your organisation every time someone shops with them. So everyday spending transforms into money your organisation can put to good use. The best bit is that it's free; for your organisation and the online shopper. The brand covers the cost - it's their way of giving back to local groups and communities. Come join the fun; register with easyfundraising

Trading as a charity

Charites can trade! In this free webinar, 25 November 10:00-11am, Steve Place, CAN’s Senior Advisor, will cover the rules about trading and how best to structure it within a charity, as well as checking if your trading idea will make money. There will be opportunities for Q&A.

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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 31st October 2022

Trading as a charity webinar

Charites can trade! In this free webinar on Friday 25th November, Steve Place, CAN’s Senior Advisor, will cover the rules about trading and how best to structure it within a charity, as well as checking if your trading idea will make money. Book your place here.

Meet the Funder - BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need are the leading independent funder for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. They believe that every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive and be the best they can be. From October 2022, they are offering the Core (Organisational) Costs Funding Stream and the Project Costs Funding Stream.

In this free webinar, Liz Rabone (Impact Manager - South West) will present an overview of the open BBC Children in Need grant funding programmes followed by a question-and-answer style session on Monday 5th December. Book your place here.

Make money for free!

Fundraising website easyfundraising turns online shopping into money for your voluntary organisation, charity or community building. When anyone connected to your organisation shops online with any of over 7,000 well known retailers, every purchase they make results in a free monetary donation for your organisation. Find out more here.

What Funds newsletter

See the latest edition from BCP Council’s newsletter of funding opportunities.

Fix the Future Community Fund

The Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fix the Future Fund is aimed at supporting projects and initiatives which contribute to or benefit young people in the Community. The projects/initiatives should add value to the community by facilitating youth development and providing young people with opportunities. The projects/initiatives should directly benefit and involve young people under the age of 18. Applicants must demonstrate that they are looking to launch new initiatives or will deliver additionality to existing initiatives. Funding applications are being welcomed until 9 November 2022.

Crisis Grants

If you or the people you support are part of the Armed Forces community and need help to meet unexpected expenses, the Royal British Legion may be able to help you. Find out more here.

Spin to Win again

Play Spin to Win with easyfundraising, and your voluntary organisation, charity, or CIC could win up to £50 every day between 31 October – 13 November when staff members and volunteers spin the wheel. To be involved, register your organisation with easyfundraising. You’ll get access to competitions like these and set yourself up with an effortless fundraising solution that helps pay the bills and creates a better experience for your users. As a fundraising platform, easyfundraising lets over 7,000 brands donate to your organisation every time someone shops with them. So everyday spending transforms into money your organisation can put to good use. The best bit is that it's free; for your organisation and the online shopper. The brand covers the cost - it's their way of giving back to local groups and communities. Come join the fun; register with easyfundraising: 

Online giving: how charities can effectively manage data

A free podcast discusses how charities can best harness their donor data for growth and to build trust in their cause. They’ll share tools and techniques you can adopt to better harness the data your charity already collects. The session will cover key topics such as how to communicate with different demographics, the art of donor retention, and the role of third-party fundraising platforms.

How to use case studies to increase donations

Sharing stories from the people you support will help you to attract new funders and supporters.

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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 24th October 2022

Free in-person Awards for All Workshops

Kirsty Main, Dorset Funding Officer for The National Lottery Community Fund, will lead two in-person workshops focused on the Fund’s small grant programme – Awards for All. The sessions will be interactive and an opportunity to understand more about the programme, tips on applying for funding and also a chance to network with other local groups. To sign-up for your free place, please click here.

Round 4 of Dorset Council's Community & Culture Projects Fund - Free Webinar

Dorset Council's Grants Monitoring Officer, Ian Wells, will provide an overview of Round 4 of the Community and Culture Projects Fund in a free webinar on Thursday November 17th. This round will have a specific additional focus on supporting grants that address the cost-of-living challenges of vulnerable communities. To sign-up for your free place, please click here.

Make money for free!

As part of our aim to provide funding support to our members, we wanted to tell you about funding website easyfundraising. It’s something that your organisation can use to get extra money – and it’s completely free. Through the easyfundraising website, 7,000 online retailers will make a monetary donation to your voluntary organisation, good cause or charity when your volunteers, staff and community supporters shop with them.

Anything from a weekly grocery shop to a family holiday can generate a free donation. Retailers include Amazon, eBay, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Booking.com, ASDA, Trainline, Tesco, John Lewis Argos and thousands more. Simply start your shopping journey at the easyfundraising website or app and the retailer you shop with will send your organisation a donation based on how much you spend. This will not cost anything extra as the retailer pays the donation, not the shopper.

With the cost of living going up, this is an easy way for people to support you because it won’t cost them anything extra. Every 3 months you receive all the donations raised by shoppers supporting you, paid directly into your organisation’s bank account or by cheque, which you can put towards a particular project; or keep for a rainy day. It’s completely free to register and use and is open to voluntary organisations of all shape and size – you don’t need to be a charity. What’s more, the funds you raise this way class as unrestricted funds so you can use your donations as you wish. To get started, create an easyfundraising page for your organisation here

What Funds newsletter

See the latest edition from BCP Council’s newsletter of funding opportunities.

Almost two thirds feel worse off but donations weathering the storm

'Some 63% of people are feeling worse off than they were six months ago with the increase in the price of groceries, fuel and energy all having an impact, Enthuse’s latest Donor Pulse Report has found. However, it also suggests that so far donations are weathering the storm. However, another blog says it will be hard this winter!

How to talk about fundraising in a cost-of-giving crisis

The cost-of-living crisis is inescapable for most of us. But for charities it’s also leading to a cost-of-giving crisis. How can you ask for donations when people are struggling to make ends meet? 

Retail Gift Aid

HMRC has updated Chapters 3.42.11 and 3.42.12 of its Gift Aid guidance to explain how to use letter templates and to ask for them to be issued from the end of year 3. HMRC also updated its Gift Aid template letter for the end of year for both method A and method B.

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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 17th October 2022

Lloyds Bank Foundation pledges £5.5m to BAME and disability-led charities 

LBF has announced that it will make grants worth £75,000 available to small, local and specialist charities with an income of £25,000-£500,000. 

Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund 2022/23 is now open

The Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund is now open for applications from community and voluntary organisations working in and around Dorchester. In 2020, over £13,000 was awarded to local community and voluntary organisations in Dorchester. The fund is jointly administered between Dorset Council and Dorchester Town Council.

Gift Aid Awareness Day

This was on 6 October but you can still use much of the promotional and campaigning material and resources from CFG to encourage those who can to Gift Aid donations to your charity.

The best autumn fundraising ideas

Get into the cosy season with Charity Digital’s themed fundraising ideas.

How to make sure your proposal stands out

In a highly competitive environment, how do you make your proposal stand out from the crowd? Here are some top tips from DSC.

Exploring the latest fundraising regulation

The Fundraising Regulator has published its five-year strategy for fundraising regulation. Here are the changes charities can expect.

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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 10th October 2022

What Funds newsletter

See the latest edition from BCP Council’s newsletter of funding opportunities.

Dorset Community Foundation

See their latest newsletter with new funds open.

'Looking After The Money' training session

Steve Place (CAN's Senior Advisor) will lead this session, helping to ensure that you are looking after the money of your charity or group. We all know, that managing money for others can feel pressured, but Steve will help you navigate some important processes and good practice to ensure you feel comfortable in the role. To book on to this in-person session in Wareham, please click here.

The People's Projects are back!

The National Lottery Community Fund has teamed up with The National Lottery, ITV, UTV, and for the first time, the Sunday Mail in Scotland, to give community projects across the UK the chance to win up to £70,000 in National Lottery funding. Over £4 million is up for grabs in total, so if you’re a group or project making a difference to people’s lives in your community, particularly in these difficult times, make sure to apply! Shortlisted groups will take part in a national campaign, with the winners being decided by public vote. Find out more here.

Biffa Award Community Building Funding

Projects under the Community Buildings theme include those which improve buildings at the heart of their communities – such as village halls, community centres and church halls. They can include building refurbishments and internal works to kitchens, toilets, roofs, flooring, window, doors and heating systems. Applications from churches must be able to demonstrate a wider community use and benefit – such as youth groups, special interest groups, exercise groups etc. Under this theme an applicant will have to show evidence of wider community use, involvement and consultation. Full details are available here

How to get involved in Giving Tuesday 2022

Giving Tuesday is a ‘global generosity movement’. Founded in the US in 2012, it encourages people to donate their time, money, or raise awareness for a good cause. The Giving Tuesday movement holds the world record for the most money raised online for charity in 24 hours and in 2020, with donations worth £20.2 million made on Giving Tuesday (equivalent to almost £14,000 a minute). This year it will be on 29 November. Read how charities (both big and small) can get involved

The best Halloween fundraising ideas

Looking for ways to tap into Halloween and raise money for your cause? Here’s Charity Digital’s favourite Halloween fundraising ideas.

Government announces energy relief scheme for charities

Charity Finance Group has published some guidance.

HelpFilm, films and animations free of charge or low cost to the charity sector

They use private sponsorship to pay professional filmmakers and editors to make films for charity partners. They also ask charities if they are in a position to pay a small 10% donation after the completion of the film (no more than £300), which would be used to pay for another charity film. However charity partners are under no obligation to do so and if they are not in a position to do this, this does not affect their project going ahead. They do not accept donations until the charity has the completed film as they want the charity to be happy with what they have received. Their mission is to work with small charities who would not usually be able to afford to do this and who have small teams and budgets (no more than £3 million income). Find out more here.

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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 3rd October 2022

New funding option for local voluntary organisations

Fundraising website easyfundraising turns online shopping into money for your voluntary organisation, charity or community building. When anyone connected to your organisation shops online with any of over 7,000 well known retailers, every purchase they make results in a free monetary donation for your organisation. Find out more – www.easyfundraising.org.uk/can100/

Government publishes plans to discount charities’ energy bills from October

A discount will automatically be applied to charities’ energy bills from 1 October to 31 March, meaning voluntary organisations do not need to apply to access the support. See article for a summary and the full government scheme here.

Gift Aid and 1% cut in income tax

The government have said that there will be a four-year transition period for Gift Aid relief to maintain the Income Tax basic rate relief at 20% until April 2027.

Crisis funding

CEF’s Crisis Support web page has details and links to crisis support and funding available to help charities and community groups that need it. 

Charities and social enterprises offered loans to beat energy bills

Big Issue Invest is offering energy bill loans to charities and social enterprises that are struggling with rising costs. Big Energy Saving Loans are available for social enterprises and charities in England, ranging from £20,000 to £150,000, and can also be used for installing renewable energy equipment. Big Issue Invest notes that firms will need to show a clear energy saving case, and an ability to repay the loan. More here.

Asda Foundation - Cost of Living Grant

Designed to support local community groups following increases in their rent, utility bill and food costs as a result of the cost of living crisis between September 2022 and February 2023. Grants £500 - £2000. Information here.

Rosa – Voices from the Frontline Fund

Grants from £500 to £7,000 are available to support the work of grassroots women’s and girls organisations. The fund can be used for campaigning, awareness building, staff training and more. Eligible organisations will be run by, for and with women and girls, be a not-for-profit organisation, have a governing document and governing body and been active for one year. Organisations must have a UK-based bank and have an appropriate safeguarding policy in place. Deadline to apply: 3 November

How to boost peer-to-peer fundraising

Short article from Charity Digital about how to boost efforts in 2022. Word of mouth is an oft-overlooked tool in a charity’s fundraising arsenal. Research shows that nine in ten people will believe a recommendation from friends and family over any other type of advertising.

How to attract donors with fundraising events

Another article from Charity Digital about how imaginative and engaging fundraising events can be a useful way of attracting increasingly selective donors.

The best Christmas fundraising ideas

Never too late to start planning! Here are top ten fundraising ideas for Christmas so you can hit the ground running and the various ways that charities can raise funds and spirits by designing, creating, and selling fantastic Christmas cards

How to get ready to apply for digital grant funding

Funders are keen to help you with many types of digital project - from tech infrastructure to digital service design to inclusive technology. But to win this funding you need to be ready. In this new article Joe Roberson explains what to do before you decide which funder to approach. This one explains 7 things to do to increase your application's chance of success.

Approaching will-writing conversations

As part of a blog series for Remember A Charity Week, Ian Bond of Thursfields Solicitors shares how charities can approach will-writing conversations with the public.

What the cost of living crisis means for giving

Article shares findings of Cost of Giving Monitor report to help charities and communicators prepare for what is ahead.

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Edition Week Commencing: Monday 26th September 2022

What Funds

See the latest edition from BCP Council’s newsletter of funding opportunities including from the new fund from Wessex Water.

Legacy income continues to rise

Legacy income continued to grow at a rapid rate in the 12 months to June 2022, according to new Legacy Monitor figures.

BBC Children in Need to fund charities’ core costs amid cost-of-living crisis

BBC Children in Need will for the first time directly fund charities’ core costs over the next three years as part of its new strategy.

Funding for rural communities

The government has announced a £110m fund to level up rural communities.  Investment will be based on local priorities and support investment in projects such as grants for:

  • capital grants for provision of gigabit-capable digital infrastructure at hubs such as village halls, pubs and post offices for community use
  • capital grants to develop, restore or refurbish local natural, cultural and heritage assets and sites
  • creation of new footpaths and cycle paths, particularly in areas of health need, or capital grants to enable people to develop volunteering and social action projects locally