Autumn Adult Education Courses Booking Open in Wokingham Borough


Wokingham Borough Council has released details of adult education courses available to book this Autumn. The adult education service offers a range of courses, including digital and computer skills, supporting your child’s learning and English skills. The service is also running a series of courses to support wellbeing, delivered on its behalf by Activate Learning: Bracknell & Wokingham College. These include Sing for Wellbeing, Six Steps to Better Mental Health and Mindfulness Seasonal Nature Walk.

This year here at CCB we will be delivering courses to help support those that work or volunteer in village halls and community buildings. Our courses focus on Safeguarding, Quality Standards and how to become Carbon neutral. If you’d like to stay up-to-date with what’s being delivered please sign up to receive our monthly e-bulletin by clicking here:

Courses vary in length and teaching is mixed between in person and online. Courses are free to those claiming income support or job seeking benefits and concessionary rates are available to those claiming Working Tax Credits or people referred by a Wokingham support service. For other learners, the courses may have a fee. To find out more, please visit Wokingham Borough’s website or contact us by email adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk or phone 07767 380 722 / 07785 314 603


Funding Opportunities for Community Groups in Berkshire


Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Grants are available for England’s cultural organisations, across all sectors, that were previously solvent but now find themselves financially at-risk because of the impacts of coronavirus restrictions.

Tweed Family Charitable Trust
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups working to inspire socially disadvantaged young people to achieve their full potential in England and Wales.


Magic Little Grants Fund 2021
Deadline: 31 October 2021
Small one-off grants are available to small local charities and community groups for community projects in Great Britain that address themes set out by the funders.

Ocado Foundation Grants Programme
Deadline: 31 December 2021
Grants programme for UK charities and community groups, with BizGive offering grants of up to £1,000 to successful applicants, with in-kind goods also available on request and applications for digital volunteering also accepted.

Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for community organisations to help cover the revenue costs of project-specific activities that will support the development of community led housing proposals across England (excluding London) up to March 2022.

RHS Flourish Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations across the UK that are helping people acquire horticultural skills, with particular focus on promoting diversity and inclusion in horticulture.

Nationwide Building Society Mutual Respect Grant Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to grassroot football clubs in the UK whose activities have increased mutual respect on or off the pitch, to support costs including replacing equipment or completing repair work.

Football Foundation – Return to Disability Football Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to enable football clubs and organisations in England to restart or deliver new disability football activities following the period of COVID-19 restrictions.

McCarthy Stone Foundation – Small Grants Programme
Deadline: N/A
Support available to charities for community projects that focus on the health and wellbeing of older people, intergenerational projects and regeneration of the local community.

National Heritage Memorial Fund
Deadline: N/A
Funding for charities, not-for-profit organisations and public bodies to help with the cost of acquiring historic land, buildings, works of fine and decorative art and other objects of interest which are important to national heritage.

Visit Britain – Domestic Support Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for UK not-for-profit organisations, including associations and charities, to hold business events and to showcase that the UK has adapted to new ways of meeting in a COVID-19 secure environment.

Princess Royal Respite Fund for Carers
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for unpaid carers for respite breaks and associated replacement care across the UK.

Let’s Get Active Fund
Deadline: N/A
A fund to improve access to physical activities in West Berkshire is now open to applications as part of the district’s recovery from COVID-19.
West Berkshire Council have partnered with Greenham Trust to offer the Let’s Get Active Fund (LGAF). The £33,660.00 LGAF pot is available to community groups, organisations, social enterprises, charities, profit-with-purpose businesses and schools in West Berkshire.  

Poundland Foundation
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for local charities and organisations across the UK working to make a difference in their communities.

Moto in the Community Trust
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for community organisations and schools operating within a 15-mile radius of a Moto site for projects and activities that deliver benefits to local communities.  

Pets at Home Foundation – Pets Through People Grants
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for charities who provide temporary or ongoing assistance to ensure pets can remain with their owners, and/or change the lives of adults and children through the provision of animal-based activities.

Victoria Wood Foundation
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for arts projects and initiatives in the UK.

Newly Opened: KFC Foundation – Community Grants

The KFC Foundation provides grants to support grass roots organisations in the heart of our restaurant’s communities. Organisations focused on empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, by providing mentoring and helping to unlock talent and build life skills to improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.

We want to fund work that helps young people to create firm foundations, by addressing their needs through early intervention.

This grant programme is for registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000. We will make grants of up to £2,000.

The KFC Foundation welcomes funding applications from organisations which:

  • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
  • Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
  • Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
  • Are local to a KFC restaurant? (Find Your Local KFC)
  • Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received

The KFC Foundation Community Grants | Now Accepting Applications

Next Deadline: Rolling

Newly Opened: Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013. We have a clear purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.

We raise funds throughout the year to support causes that will change people’s lives. We work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000. All applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in March, June, September and December. 

Before applying for funding from The Screwfix Foundation, your organisation MUST:

  • Be a registered Charity or Not for Profit organisation
  • Help those in need. This could be by reason of financial hardship, sickness, distress or other disadvantages in the UK
  • Is looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

Screwfix Foundation | Help | Screwfix Website

Next Deadline: December

The Smiles Fund

Comic Relief are working with Walkers on The Smiles Fund. They are seeking proposals from organisations who share their belief that the arts and comedy can help start conversation and support positive outcomes for people’s mental wellbeing.  Please read our general eligibility criteria, our guidance on how much to apply for and take the eligibility quiz to check that this fund is right for your organisation. Click here to find out more about the initiative and to apply.

Schroder Charity Trust: Independent Grant-Makers
The Schroder Charity Trust makes grants of up to £5,000 towards core and project costs to charities registered in the UK for work under the following categories:
• Arts, Culture and Heritage
• Education, Training and Employment
• Environment and Conservation
• Health and Wellbeing
• Strengthening Communities
They are particularly interested in applications which can demonstrate the following:
• Building strong communities and engaging with intended beneficiaries
• Committed to replicable and sustainable work, rather than one off events
• Manage and run the use of helplines and information support services
• Value for money • Maximising the use of volunteers
• Support marginalised/vulnerable younger people • Support of older people
There are no set deadlines for applications. There are 2 rounds of grants made each year. It can take up to 9 months to receive a decision about your application; please bear this timescale in mind when applying for funding as we are unable to fund projects which have already started or been completed. Click here for more info.

BCF Vital For Berkshire Fund open

Berkshire Community Foundation have launched a new round of Vital for Berkshire funding this Autumn 2021 – open for applications from today

The funding priorities will focus broadly on charities and community groups tackling needs amongst children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those continuing to be impacted by COVID19.

Deadline for applications is 18 October 2021

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Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013. We have a clear purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.
We raise funds throughout the year to support causes that will change people’s lives. We work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000. All applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in March, June, September and December.
Before applying for funding from The Screwfix Foundation, your organisation must:
~ Be a registered Charity or Not for Profit organisation
~ Help those in need. This could be by reason of
financial hardship, sickness, distress or other
disadvantages in the UK
~ Is looking for funding to support projects that relate
to the repair, maintenance, improvement or
construction of homes and other community buildings.

GSK Impact Awards
Funding (£4k – £50 x 20), training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £120,000 and £3 million. Deadline 5.00pm on Monday 20 September 2021

GSK Grow Programme 
Open to registered charities that are at least a year old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200. Up to five runner-up charities will receive £1,000. Deadline 5.00pm on Monday 20 September 2021



With thanks to West Berkshire Volunteer Centre, Slough CVS and Wokingham & Bracknell InVOLve for information contained in this post.


Community Practitioners Network (CPN) Launches

The Community Practitioners Network (CPN) brings together community practitioners from across the UK.

An informal space where people come together to listen, reflect, and share their experience and receive both peer mentoring and practice support from the Community Organisers team.

The CPN offers a real diversity of community practice rooted in the principles and practice of community organising.

What to expect from the Community Practitioners Network:
Webinars and mentoring spaces
Shared resources
Guest speakers
Interest-based networks of peer support
Development of new ideas and thinking
A space to test and evaluate practice
Reflective practice
Access to 100s of years of community practice experience and advice
A community, built on trust and respect

The CPN is established through a flexible monthly subscription of £10 (excluding vat). Find out more by clicking here.


Encouraging a Greener, Cleaner Berkshire

We would like to highlight a few things that are happening nationally which we hope communities in Berkshire will get involved with and help support.

PLANT A TREE FOR JUBILEE
A unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 inviting people across the UK to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” – running from
October 2021 – December 2022
Encouragement for everyone to be involved – individuals, community groups, schools, councils, businesses. Free saplings available from autumn 2021 from The Woodland Trust.

THE GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK
18 – 26 September 2021
A national week of celebrating action on climate change.

There are a huge range of ways for you to get involved and show up for your world. You can join the event in any way that celebrates the brilliant and unique work that you are doing in your community. For further details please click here.

THE GREENING CAMPAIGN
If we each make small changes to be greener and cleaner, those changes will again add up to make a healthy, richer happier future. We owe it to ourselves, our future children and our planet.
Would you like your Parish to be involved in this campaign?

For more details visit The Greening Campaign – Home (greening-campaign.org)


OPPORTUNITY FOR CREATIVE YOUNG PEOPLE IN BERKSHIRE

Are you 18-27 in the Berkshire/Oxfordshire area, and interested in gaining mentorship from a creative industry professional?

Apply now to Creative Mentor Network’s new programme in partnership with Soho Farmhouse.

Find out further information here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7AEtXtwa9z8KH5wBUg-eHVIKJoNZPulQkRsBLAZchS3FT8Q/viewform

Deadline for applications has now been extended to Thursday 23rd September with interviews taking place on the 7th/8th October.