Grow your tenner – 2017

Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner, will kick off on Tuesday 17th October at 10am and run until the match funding runs out (or midday on Thursday 16th November – whichever comes first).

rsz_screen_shot_2016-09-22_at_210448This is the sixth consecutive year of Grow Your Tenner – the campaign that turns your tenners into twenties.

  • Since 2012 Grow Your Tenner has raised over £6 million for local charities and community groups across the UK over the last five years.
  • Grow Your Tenner 2016 raised over £1 million for more than 1,300 Localgiving members.

This year they have placed a special emphasis on monthly giving – our aim being to help local groups attract long term supporters. Regular donations are hugely important for small, local charities, helping them to stabilise their finances and plan for the future.
During Grow Your Tenner 2017 donors will be able to support their favourite Localgiving charity or community group in two ways:

  • Make a one-time donation and it will be matched up to £10.
  • Set up a monthly donation and after your first six donations, the following six donations will be matched up to £10.

Courtesy of Slough CVS e-bulletin

Funding – Children’s Health Fund

chf_logo_480_60The Children’s Health Fund is inviting organisations that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes to apply for funding between £1,000 and £5,000. We expect funding applications at the higher end of our scale (£5,000) will be for projects looking to expand their work.

Deadline for submitting your online application is 5pm Friday 6th October 2017.
The Board will meet in November to decide which applications will receive funding. Awards will be announced in December.

Further information here:


Funding – Connected Communities Innovation Fund

The Connected Communities Innovation Fund will be supporting great innovations that enable a wider group of volunteers to give their time and skills, and will work with selected projects to develop their plans to consider how they will mobilise volunteers including:

• People aged 50+ – we want to back social action innovations that mobilise the time and talents of people aged 50+ in new ways, especially those who may not have previously volunteered.

• People who want to give less intensively – we want to back social action initiatives that offer a variety of opportunities from high commitment to smaller commitment, sharing time and resources in new ways, and enabling a variety of people to give their time and talents.• People who want to connect online – we want to back social action initiatives that make the most of technology to connect with and engage volunteers, and that perhaps even allow them to give their time online.There are two sizes of funding awards available, depending on the maturity of the idea. Both awards are available for innovations in all four priority areas.

• Early stage ideas:  We will provide grants of £50-75k, and significant non-financial support, over 12 – 18 months for innovative social action approaches. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the high potential for impact on public service outcomes in the thematic areas; the innovation must also offer something different and needed in the field. However, you might still need to do some testing or prototyping to evidence impact, or you may need to work on your scaling plans.

• Growing great ideas: We will provide grants of £100-250k, and significant non-financial support, over 2 years for innovations ready to sustainably grow their existing social action project or programme to reach and benefit many more people in new locations.

Further information here:

Courtesy of Slough CVS e-bulletin

New Funding Available – Mental Health

mental-health-fund-website-headerBerkshire Community Foundation invites local community groups to apply for funding for projects addressing the effects of mental health issues within Berkshire.  The 2017 Year of Mental Health is a community led and organised initiative which aims to help reduce stigma about mental health and raise vital funds to improve local opportunities. Berkshire Community Foundation has partnered with Brighter Berkshire to raise £200,000 to fund local projects / voluntary organisations supporting those with mental health issues.

The 2017 Year of Mental Health funding round will be open to applications from 22 September to 30 October 2017, for minor projects (up to £10,000) and major projects (up to £20,000).  The two stage process will lead to a shortlist of six projects being selected, to present at a ‘Pitch to the Panel’ event in March 2018.

In the first instance, applicants are being asked to submit an online Expression of Interest form along with their organisation’s latest Accounts, Constitution and Policies by 30 October 2017. Expressions of Interest will be considered by a BCF Panel, with those organisations/projects which meet with the criteria most strongly being invited to fill in an online application form to be completed by 1 December 2017.

Shortlisted groups will be notified in January 2018 about presenting their project to a BCF panel on 7 March 2018.  Applications not shortlisted for the ‘Pitch to the Panel’ event may be considered under alternative funding streams.

More information along with the Expression of Interest form can be found on our website.