Free training in Bristol with FSI October 7th and 8th

The FSI is bringing free training to Bristol so that all small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self sustaining.

Training sessions cover a wide range of fundraising techniques and back office skills delivered by experienced and knowledgeable trainers.   Each course has a market value of £325 per delegate place, course places are donated to small charities by the sponsors, donors, funders and Trustees of the FSI.

  • Venue Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY
  • Date 7-8 October 2015 (book one day or both)
  • Time 9.30am-4.30pm (registration from 9.15am)
  • Cost The training provided and all delegate materials are free of charge to FSI Small Charity Members and Associate Members.  However we require a £50 deposit to secure your booking, £40 is refunded to you on attendance and £10 is retained as a booking fee.
  • Multiple bookings  As demand for our training events is so high, we limit each charity to four places over the two days, and people from the same charity may not attend the same course as each other except for the half day workshops for CEOs and Trustees.  Don't worry, we'll provide you with a workbook and electronic copies of the materials so you can share the learning with your colleagues!

Please visit the FSI website to view a full description and apply for your place.

Are you a Member of the FSI?  If not you need to join prior to booking.

You must be a member of the FSI to book - membership is free to charities with a turnover less than £1.5m and we have an Associate Membership category for charities with a turnover £1.5m - £5m. View further information about membership eligibility here: 

Over two days, the event will offer full-day and half-day workshops in nine different topics.  Your charity can access up to four places at the event:

  • Trustee Role: Strategy Development
  • Trustee Role: Risk Management
  • Fundraising from Trusts & Fundraising
  • Community and Events Fundraising
  • Supporting and Managing Volunteers
  • Develop Your Fundraising Strategy
  • Developing Your Corporate Relationships
  • Developing Your Case for Support
  • Demonstrating Your Impact

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Comic Relief UK Grant - Deadline Oct 1st 2015


The external environment for the voluntary sector in the UK continues to change. Internationally, the Sustainable Development Goals will be ratified in September 2015. We are therefore taking this opportunity to look at evolving our grants strategy. A revised strategy will be launched here in early 2016.

You can still apply to the UK Main Fund until midday 1 October 2015. Funding for small UK grants up to £10,000 remains available through the UK Community Foundation network

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Money Saving Expert (MSE) Fund Closes Sept 30th

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Max. Value: £ 5,000

Opens Sept 1st  Deadline: 30 Sep 2015

Grants are awarded to organisations in the United Kingdom for projects that tackle financial and consumer illiteracy.

Grants are available for constituted groups/charities looking to develop projects.

"All grants are given at the discretion of the Trustees". 


Applications can be partially completed and resumed at a later point but you must copy your unique resume URL out before exiting.

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Ministry of Defence Invites Applications to New £10m Covenant Fund

The Ministry of Defence has launched a new annual £10 million Covenant Fund to support the UK's armed forces community through the Armed Forces Covenant.

Replacing and consolidating all previous Covenant related funding schemes, the new Fund will provide £10 million each year in perpetuity, starting from 2015/16.

The Covenant is a pledge made between the civilian community and the armed forces. It aims to develop a better understanding between the civilian and armed forces community, which includes Service personnel and their families, and to tackle any disadvantages arising from service.

The Covenant Fund offers both small and large grants to support the following three priorities which have been set for 2015-16:

  • Community integration.
  • The coordination and delivery of support to the armed forces community.
  • Former service personnel in the criminal justice system.

There are two application routes:

  • Small grants of up to £20,000 are available to statutory bodies, registered charities, armed forces units with an UIN and Community Interest Companies. There will be two funding rounds in 2015. Round 1 is currently accepting applications with a deadline of 17 September 2015 (12 noon).
  • Large grants of between £20,001 and £500,000 are available to statutory bodies, registered charities and registered community interest companies. The large grants programme has a two stage application process. The first stage requires an Expression of Interest form which can be submitted at any time until the deadline of 24 September 2015 (12noon).

The funding is for one-off projects, which have lasting impact, and clear exit or sustainability strategies.

Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website

Source: Ministry of Defence,Funding Central 14/08/2015

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Transition Marlborough's AGM and Film How to Change the World

Satellite Film Screening of HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD and live discussion, is on Wednesday 9th September, starting at 8pm in the Town Hall at Marlborough. Find out more here... We will also provide you with the latest information on what will be discussed at COP 21. Read about United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon's aspirations for this crucial summit, including the six most important principles that must be agreed by all world leaders, here...

Transition Marlborough's AGM will take place immediately before this screening, so please come along at 7pm if you would like to hear about what we have been doing for the past 12 months.
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Melksham Food and River Festival September 5th and 6th

Melksham Community Area Partnership is just one of over 50 companies and organisations who will be having a stall this year at the Melksham Food and River Festival which takes place on Sunday 6th September in the King George V Playing Fields, with the "Littlefest" kicking the event off the day before in the adjacent Littlebrook (shopping) Centre in Melksham. 

Please come long and join in the fun! Saturday and Sunday Sept 5th and 6th

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Bupa Foundation - Mid-Life Mental Health funding programme

Bupa UK, which launched its Foundation earlier in the year, has announced its first funding round. A total of £1 million will be available in grants during 2015 and the theme of the first funding programme is Mid-Life Mental Health. In particular, the Foundation is looking for applications that focus on the priority areas of prevention, early intervention and integration between physical and mental health. The Bupa UK Foundation expects to make around 20 grants split across the following levels:

·         Larger grants - over £50,000 for projects that have a broad reach and the potential to deliver a sustained impact

·         Medium grants - up to £50,000 for distinct one-off projects, which might include pilots of new models of care or initiatives designed to benefit clearly defined groups

·         Small grants - up to £10,000 for smaller projects delivered at local level to directly benefit a specific group.

The funding is available to not-for profit organisations, for profit organisations and individuals. However, projects need to be for the public benefit.

The closing date for applications is the 4th September 2015.

Read more online

Source artsinwiltshire blog

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Apply for HRUK Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000 are available across the UK for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

To give you an idea about the type of projects we have recently funded, have a look at our current Healthy Heart projects and our highlights, but remember we're always on the lookout for innovative, new projects that promote heart health.

When to apply

There are two rounds each year.

 Applications for the spring round can be submitted during January and February with a closing date of 28 February.

 Applications for the autumn round can be submitted during July and August with a closing date of 31 August.

 Applications will not be accepted outside of these dates.

(Source artsinwiltshire blog)

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Greensquare Community Fund - deadline Aug 24th

The next deadline for funding applications to GreenSquare's Community Fund is Monday 24th August 2015. Any local group or organisation can apply - this includes small community groups such as a lunch club, residents' group or parent and toddler group. All applicants must have a bank account for their group and grants are only awarded in areas in which GreenSquare customers live. Covers Swindon Malmesbury, Calne and the surrounding Villages, Corsham, Trowbridge, Melksahm and Bradford on Avon as well as Chippenham and the surrounding villages.
For more information contact the Community Involvement Team at GreenSquare on 01249 465465 or email or visit their website:
Source artsinwiltshire blog
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RURAL communities are set to benefit from a landmark ruling in favour of smaller rural housing developments.

It comes after two local authorities successfully challenged a government decision to exempt developers from providing affordable housing on developments with fewer than 10 homes.

Justice David Holgate quashed a number of measures following a High Court challenge by West Berkshire Council and Reading Borough Council on Friday (31 July).

Mr Justice Holgate made his decision regarding a joint Judicial Review in relation to a ministerial written statement which itself was made by housing minister Brandon Lewis on 28 November 2014.

In short, Mr Justice Holgate found in favour of the councils on four of the five grounds and has ordered that the relevant part of the National Planning Policy Guidance relating to the Ministerial Statement and all subsequent changes be quashed.

Therefore there are no longer any affordable housing thresholds and no vacant building credit.

The Rural Services Network (RSN), which gave a witness statement on behalf of its members into the legal proceedings, said it was delighted by Justice Holgate's ruling.

RSN chief executive Graham Biggs MBE said: "This is a landmark judgment which favours small rural housing developments, and thereby rural communities, the length and breadth of England."

The RSN had argued that the government's exemption policy could "decimate the provision of rural affordable housing because most sites in villages are small".

Mr Biggs said: "These planning requirements are the mechanism which delivers most of the new affordable homes in our villages. Without them, families will be priced out of the countryside.

"There is scant evidence that such planning agreements undermine development site viability and, where local authorities conclude it would, they can already reduce the burden.

"This judgment endorses our concerns."

In contesting the government's decision, Mr Biggs said the RSN was concerned not just about the processes through which the government's decision was reached but, more fundamentally about the impact of the decision itself.

Mr Biggs said: "We hope that the government will reflect on these issues and not appeal the judgment."

Developers already had the ability to negotiate the number of affordable homes that go on a site, if they could show it would bring into question its financial viability, said Mr Biggs.

Such local negotiations, with decisions taken by the local planning authority, were the right approach, rather than having a blanket rule imposed by central government.

Alan Law, West Berkshire's executive member for planning, said: "The decision to legally challenge the government on this issue was not taken lightly.

"The judgement handed down today confirms that the council were fully justified in challenging this policy change in order to deliver much needed affordable housing and safeguard funding for critical infrastructure such as education.

"This was a concern for the council and by joining with Reading it was demonstrated that this issue was a cross party concern."

Source RSN Online - image Western Daily Press

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Government opens consultation process for new sports strategy

The Government has today opened a consultation on its new cross-departmental strategy for sport.

At the same time, the Sport and Recreation Alliance is publishing details of its extensive programme of opportunities for Alliance members to help form the sector's response.

The consultation will be open for just over eight weeks and will close on 2 October 2015. As part of the process, which will see the first new sports strategy since 2002, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be collecting feedback for the consultation via online submissions and respondents will be asked a series of 70 questions around ten core themes.

View the themes included in the consultation

In response to today's announcement, Emma Boggis, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance said,

"We're very pleased that the new Government has seized an opportunity early in this parliament to make progress on a new strategy for the sector."

She says the Alliance will be arguing strongly for a root and branch review of the government's objectives, how sport can contribute to them and the best ways of supporting the sector to do so.

"It is important that the strategy is genuinely cross-government to reflect the wide ranging impact that sport and recreation can have. Our Ministers' To Do List was aimed at a number of Government departments precisely for this reason."

The Alliance CEO also believes that, given the huge footprint of the sector, the strategy needs to take in the wider delivery landscape, including the roles and responsibilities of local authorities, particularly in the promotion of physical and mental health and in educational settings.

The consultation already refers to two areas of the Alliance's work, in the shape of the outdoor strategy and the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation but the broad activity of Alliance members should be more widely appreciated, she argues.

"Governing bodies and the clubs they support are a prized part of the fabric of almost every community up and down the country and this strategy must recognise the contribution they make to all kinds of areas of our life, from improving our health to building our communities," she said.

The Alliance will be preparing its own response to the consultation and will be feeding back its thoughts and key messages to members at the end of August. It is also inviting its members to engage in one of a host of Alliance-led opportunities to inform the sector's response to the consultation.

"We will be doing everything we can to actively engage with our members on the strategy and to gather as many views as possible. It's vital that sport and recreation organisations have their say on this and we see a clear role for the Alliance as their representative body to help shape specific proposals based on evidence of what the sector knows works. At the Alliance we will be very active over the consultation period to make sure that everyone's voice is heard."

Alliance members will be consulted through a variety of means, including through established working groups and a re-arranged round of autumn divisional meetings where DCMS officials will be in attendance. Social media and online polling will also play a role in collecting information.

To find out more about the Alliance's sports strategy consultation and where you can take part click here.

Download the consultation paper here.

source Sport Alliance Aug 4 2015

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Reaching Communities Fund - Big Lottery

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is currently accepting applications to its Reaching Communities Programme. Reaching Communities provides grants of 10,000 upwards for up to 5 years for projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference.

Reaching Communities can fund, salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. BIG can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

BIG want to fund projects that respond to needs identified by communities and those that fund projects that help those most in need including those people or groups who are hard to reach. Organisations that can apply for funding include:

·         Registered charities

·         Voluntary or community groups

·         Statutory bodies, (including Town Councils and Schools)

·         Charitable or not-for-profit companies.

There is a two stage application process. Organisations successful at Stage One, will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.

The type of projects supported in the past have included:

·         A learning bus to reach hard to reach learners in Nottingham.

·         A project that teaches young people in Hackney, Islington and the City of London to play a range of musical instruments.

Applications can be made at any time. Read more online

Source - artsinwiltshire blog
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Could you be a Trustee for Wfcap?

Wfcap have decided that we need to strengthen our core team and so are looking for a number of individuals, with appropriate skills and experience, to join us in the next phase of our work.  Would you be interested in becoming a trustee?  Could recommend anyone else to become part of our team? 

For the last nine years Wfcap have supported a network of Community Area Partnerships (CAPs) that operate across Wiltshire & Swindon.  The CAPs grew from a Community Planning initiative that aimed to empower local people to be the key players in influencing local decision making and local spend.  Over the years these volunteer-led groups have built on this core role, becoming the connector and coordinator within their communities; identifying local needs, brokering relationships between stakeholders, kick-starting ideas and enterprises to address the priority issues and facilitating these projects in those crucial early stages of development. 

Unfortunately WfCAP and the CAPs have all been affected by recent cuts from the Local Authority, meaning that the CAPs are now seeking other revenue monies to continue the, increasingly important work, they deliver in their communities.  WfCAP has, after a period of review and consultation with the CAPs, agreed a number of financial savings allowing a twelve month respite period in which to look to secure that necessary replacement funding, for itself and the groups we support. 

Despite the inevitable difficulties this cut has caused, WfCAP is enthusiastic about its future prospects and its increased independence, so is taking a proactive way forward.  

The CAPs are now sourcing other revenue monies to continue the, increasingly important work, they deliver in their communities and Wfcap must do the same.  During 2014 over 400 CAP members volunteered over 22,000 hours to deliver over 140 projects.  The results were as diverse as Wildflower Verges, Polish/English Interpreters, Men's Health Awareness Events, Food Banks and Coach-Friendly Towns.  

Wfcap is the lynchpin that helps to keep the CAPs across a large and diverse geographical area to stay connected, informed, empowered, resilient and responsive to the needs of their communities. To do this we need a robust board of trustees.  Being a trustee of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation is not onerous.  The board meets approximately 4 times a year to review finance and work targets.  Wfcap currently has one part time employee who works with the CAPs. We are, however, given our current funding situation looking for someone who has fundraising skills that can support our sustainability, and that role would involve more of a time commitment. 

There is more information about WfCAP and the CAPs on our website at We also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Linked in. We would be more than happy to discuss this further or speak with you to answer any queries if needed.  You will find a Trustees handbook on our website under the resources section.  Please email with an expression of interest if you feel you can support our work as a trustee. 

Thank you.


Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Grant

Up to £3,000 available for one year for projects which seek to bring communities together to tackle local issues improving trust and understanding, and welcomes projects which offer a new or innovative approach.  Applications should focus on one or more of the following areas - anti-social behaviour, crime in local neighbourhoods, drug and alcohol related crime, reducing re-offending, violence against women and girls, youth crime or raising awareness and combating cyber-crime against older people.

Closing date for expression of interest is 31 July 2015

Source - the arts in Wiltshire blog

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Community First launch a fundraising guide

Community First are pleased to launch their Fundraising Guide - which has been produced by their staff with support from Nationwide. Whilst the guide focuses on their 50/50 campaign asking groups to organise a fundraising activity, to keep 50% of the funds for their own organisation or group, and donate 50% to Community First, the guide does include a range of fundraising ideas that might be of interest.

More information and download a copy here

source artsinwiltshire blog
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HLF Announces Further £4m Funding for First World War Fund

Ahead of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that further funding will be made available in 2015/16 to communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War.

The £6 million 'First World War: Then and Now' grant scheme, which opened in 2013 and runs until 2019, will benefit from an additional £4 million funding. The scheme has already made it possible for thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK to get involved in activities marking the Centenary, including researching and recording local heritage, conserving and finding out more about war memorials and using digital technology to share the fascinating stories that have been uncovered. 

HLF is offering further funding to ensure that even more people get the opportunity to discover more about the War which affected millions of people around the world and changed the world we live in. It is hoped that the additional money will enable stories surrounding the Battle of the Somme to be uncovered and explored.

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply as long as they have a constitution and a bank account. Applicants could include charities, trusts, clubs, interest groups, community and voluntary groups, community and parish councils, faith groups, history groups, schools, colleges, social enterprises, residents' associations and youth groups.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available for community projects that explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict. Projects should make a difference to people and be completed in less than two years.

Speaking as the additional funding was announced, Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said:

"The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal, so much so we've decided to make extra money available. This will mean in particular that more young people can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation, Europe and the world. Next year marks the centenary of the Battle of Somme and if groups want support for projects in 2016, they need to start thinking about applying now".

The Heritage Lottery Fund points out that there is a short application form which is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.

Applications can be made at any time.  Visit our Wfcap resources section for guidance on completing HLF applications.

Source Funding Central 22 July.

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Bridge House Community Trust One off Grant for the old West Wilts Area

Bridge House Community Trust (BHCT) has sold Bridge House and will be dissolving the charity once it has disbursed its funds from the sale of the house. In order to meet its charitable aims it wishes to disburse all remaining assets for the benefit of the Trowbridge and West Wiltshire community by means of grant awards to organisations and community groups.

The charitable aims of BHCT are - 'For the benefit of communities within West Wiltshire and in particular the advancement of education, the protection of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness in any way which may be deemed by law to be charitable'. The grant criteria will match the charitable aims of BHCT.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for groups who are working towards these aims.  The fund is open to all groups based in, or working in Trowbridge or the West Wiltshire area.

Overall aim of the BHCT One-Off Grant Fund:

·         To provide start-up funding for new groups or projects which meet the criteria and where the need is clearly demonstrated.

·         To support more established groups or organisations, which meet the criteria, to enhance existing services or activities, to develop their services or activities, or to reach a wider audience.

·         To support existing organisations, who provide a valued service to people in need in the defined community

Applications must clearly evidence the value, benefit and need for their service or activities in the Trowbridge and West Wiltshire Community.

More information: BHCT Grant Application Information

Please email Basil Wild at for an application pack, which contains more detailed information about the grant criteria as well as the application process.

Source: Develop newsletter
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Philip Bates Trust Arts Grant

Philip Bates Trust Arts Grant
Max. Value: £ 500
Deadline: 30 Jun 2015
Grant for individuals and voluntary and community organisations undertaking projects that encourage and develop artistic interests in young people in the UK.
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Santander Foundation UK Grant

UK registered charities can apply for a grant of up to £5,000. The funding must be for a specific project that helps disadvantaged people. For example this could be for a piece of equipment or to pay for the costs of a part time seasonal worker.

The only criteria for the Community Plus grants are:

·         must be a UK registered charity

·         must be a local charity or local project of a larger charity

·         the grant must benefit local disadvantaged people

To apply, just visit any Santander branch and complete a nomination form. The completed form should be dropped into the box provided in your local branch.

There are no closing dates and entries will be regularly considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the region. Successful charities will be notified within 2 months of submitting their nomination. 
Read more here.

Source artsinwiltshire blog
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Big Lottery blog on completing your application

Read the guidance notes
Once you have identified the programme you want to apply to, it's essential to read all the relevant guidance provided. Don't let your enthusiasm or haste lead you to begin the form without reading the criteria carefully. This will give your project the best chance of being funded.

Demonstrate why the project is needed
Showing why a project is wanted is useful, as we need to know there is a demand for what you are planning. But we also want to know why a project is needed, what issues the project will help address and how you know this.

The best applications provide a range of evidence as to why the project is needed. This can include things like statistics, feedback from people who will use the project and proof your project fills a gap that current services can't meet.

Be clear about what you are going to do
Although it's helpful to summarise what your group does at the start of your application, most of the form should describe what you will actually spend this specific grant on, why you want to do this, and what impact this will have. You need to provide this information in as clear and concise a manner as possible.

Avoid jargon or buzzwords
The clearer your application is, the easier it is for us to understand it and make a fully informed decision. Why tell us you are 'fostering real-time engagement using publicly accessible nodes' when we'd be happy just knowing you are running open days at your community centre? Clarity is key.

Make sure you answer all the questions
It may seem obvious but we still receive lots of applications that are incomplete. If your application has information missing it can't be assessed. It takes us longer to process these applications, as we have to get in touch to request the missing information before we can begin. Check you've filled in all relevant questions or fields before you send it in. Why not get someone else to check your form before you submit?

For more guidance on applying to the Big Lottery Fund, visit our website.

Source Big Lottery

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Get involved with the Floating Cinema in Wiltshire

The Floating Cinema   is a converted canal boat with cinema auditorium inside. We have ability to provide screenings on board and bank side, workshops, talks and events as we travel along the canal. This summer we are travelling from Brentford to Bristol and back via the canal network and are local for local volunteer ambassadors to join us along the route. 

About the Project
The Floating Cinema is a mobile multifunctional arts space, bringing an innovative programme of film screenings, participatory events, workshops and talks to unexpected locations. Launched in 2011, the Floating Cinema has gained a reputation as a cultural highlight, bringing the innovative and the unexpected to a multitude of locations.

'Super eclectic and thoughtful' - Time Out

This summer we will be launching our maiden voyage outside of London, taking the Floating Cinema on a tour along the Kennet and Avon canal, stopping at locations in Berkshire and Wiltshire before taking up residency in Bristol for a week in July. Throughout this time we will present a programme of outdoor screenings, events, and workshops which celebrate the local area. The Floating Cinema will then journey back to London, showcasing a newly commissioned film by artist duo Somewhere and a new sound installation by artist-in-residence Yann Seznec.
We are looking to recruit Volunteer Tour Ambassadors who will help with the smooth running of our outdoor screenings, on-board events, workshops and talks.
We welcome Volunteer Tour Ambassador applications from anyone over the age of 16 years. No experience is necessary and training is provided.

Find the applications and more info on our resources page 

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Think Big with O2

Telecoms provider O2 has announced that its "Think Big with O2" youth programme has re-opened for applications. The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme --Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500.

The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as materials & equipment, cost of renting space, transportation, advertising, etc.

For example, 'Let's Entertain you' received funding - the project aims to organise a series of events that families and young people in Oldham can attend. These include working in partnership with a local theatre to put on a series of film shows that are fun and family events, and that offer good value for money.

The closing date for applications is the 10th June 2015.

Shared courtesy of Meril Morgan via the Arts in Wiltshire Blog
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Statement of Community Involvement consultation

Statement of Community Involvement will be available for you to view and comment  [for planning] between the following dates:

Start date: 20/04/15 09:00

End date: 02/06/15 17:00

Please select the following link to view this event:


Document link  -


In it I found this on page 9. 


Community area partnerships

2.21 Community area partnerships have developed in Wiltshire over a number of years, with membership including town and parish councils, representatives of business, the voluntary sector, local people and community leaders. Community area partnerships are independent of the council and work with the area boards to develop community-led action plans based on the information contained in Wiltshire's 18 community area, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSA) and these plans form part of the evidence base for the Wiltshire Local Plan. Community area partnerships through the area boards will be consulted in the development of planning policy as appropriate, but are not involved in the scrutiny of planning applications.

 I leave you to review, discuss and comment within your CAP before June 2nd.

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LEADER Funds to 2020

Plain Action and Vale Action Local Action groups have had notification of their allocations of funding for the new LEADER programme starting after the General Election in June 2015 and running until 2020. Plain Action will receive £1.380m and Vale Action £1.372m. At the start of the programme there will be a call for applicants looking for funding in the following priorities:

  • Support for increasing farm productivity.
  • Support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification.
  • Support for rural tourism.
  • Provision of rural services.
  • Support for cultural and heritage activity.
  • Support for increasing forestry productivity.

If you are a rural micro or small business or organisation that is looking for capital funding to help you start up or expand a business that will increase the number of jobs or local economy in your area then we will want to hear from you after the General Election.

For more information see:

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Asda Foundation Grants

Asda Foundation is currently accepting applications to its grant making programmes. Local groups can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects that benefit the wider community. Funding can be used for both capital (buildings, vehicles and equipment, etc) and revenue / running costs. Please note that projects seeking funding for running costs only are not eligible.

Applications need to be submitted via local Asda stores and the closing date for the current funding round is the 20th May 2015.

Read more at online

Source Arts in Wiltshire

Big Lottery Fund Offers Webinars for its Awards for All Programme

The Awards for All programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help pay for project costs for social and environmental projects that benefit local communities and make a difference in the lives of those most in need. The programme is open to applications from voluntary and community groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations, and statutory bodies, including schools and town councils in England.

The webinar provides an introduction to this small grants programme, as well as guidance on eligibility, programme criteria, examples of how best to evidence need for the project and top tips on achieving successful outcomes.

Webinars run every week and last approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Questions can be asked throughout the presentation through a live chat panel.

To join an Awards for All webinar, please email or telephone 0345 410 20 30 to book a place.

Further details can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website

Source - Funding Central

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Ernest Cook Trust Grants

As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, the Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.

Each year the ECT Trustees give around £1.8 million to support hundreds of educational projects throughout the UK. Click here to download a list showing a selection of recent grant recipients.

A large grants programme for awards of over £4,000 and a small grants programme for awards of under £4,000 operate throughout the year.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st July 2015.

Grants in the past have been awarded to: Stowmarket High School received to regenerate a neglected school garden into an outside learning environment; Broad Hinton Primary School in Swindon which received a grant of £2,000 to help buy 18 iPads for Key Stage 2 pupils to enhance literacy lessons and cross-curricular work and St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School in Bristol which received £7,500 to buy new computers and software for the Learning Support Department. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.

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Idlewild Trust Grants 2015

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 23rd September 2015.

The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom.

The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.   Recent grants awarded include:

·         A grant of £2,500 to the Cotswold Canals Trust towards the reconstruction of Bowbridge Lock.

·         A grants of £3,000 to the Scottish Opera's Emerging Artists Programme to help nurtures exceptionally talented young opera singers into professional performing arts careers.

Taken from Arts in Wiltshire Blog

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Aviva's 2015 Community Fund is open to April 24th

Aviva's 2015 Community Fund is now open for applications. Community organisations can apply for funding of £1,000 to £25,000 for projects in one of the four categories:

·         Health, disability and well-being

·         Supporting the younger generation

·         Supporting the older generation

·         Or community support.

Applicants will need support from the community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. The fund is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK. If the applicant is under the age of 18 and wishes to submit an entry to the Awards, they must provide the consent of an appropriate adult associated with the project they are entering.   The funding levels that can be applied for are:

·         Up to £1,000; up to £5,000

·         Up to £10,000

·         Up to £25,000.

Submission of entries ends at 11.59pm on the 24th April 2015.

Read more online

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HUSTINGS on The Environment

On the panel:

Conservatives - Claire Perry MP / Greens - Emma Dawney / Labour - Chris Watts  / UKIP - Cllr David Pollitt / Liberal Democrats - tbc

Chair - ffinlo Costain

Green issues are no longer fringe issues. For our way of life to survive we must decouple economic growth from CO2 production, create a shared vision of sustainably, and act urgently to address environmental challenges that daily threaten our planet home.

Climate change has forced green issues to the centre stage in recent years. What role should the UK play in developing international policy?  How can we deliver growth in a low carbon economy? Can we guarantee food security? Will our local and national infrastructure be able to cope with more extreme weather events? Is fracking part of the solution, or part of the problem? How will climate change affect the role of our military at home and abroad?

At the same time our biodiversity is under threat as never before - how can we reverse the dramatic decline in species? Agriculture is intensifying - is this compatible with high animal welfare standards? Can our housing needs ever be fulfilled while preserving England's landscapes? How can we guarantee that our village centres will thrive ten years from now?

We expect that these and many more issues will be covered. We do hope you can join us.

- ffinlo Costain (Chair - Green Hustings)

THURSDAY 23rd APRIL - HUSTINGS on The Environment (Devizes Constituency) 7:30pm @ Bouverie Hall, Pewsey

Conservatives - Claire Perry MP / Greens - Emma Dawney / Labour - Chris Watts / Liberal Democrats - tbc / UKIP - Cllr David Pollitt

Chair - ffinlo Costain

New European Funding for Swindon and Wiltshire - free workshops

New European funding for Swindon and Wiltshire 

Working with the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Lottery has joined forces with the European Union to launch a new funding scheme for social inclusion and employability. 

Are you a Wiltshire and/or Swindon based organisation helping people back into training, work or volunteering? Do you support socially excluded groups? Can your organisation help people most disadvantaged in the work place or furthest from the job market? 

Voluntary, community and social enterprise groups now have a great opportunity to bid for up to £4 million. But this will not be made available in small grants, possibly even in just one single grant. So this is also an opportunity for groups to work together to developing and deliver a new initiative for our area.    

If you want to know more, perhaps to join a bidding consortium or even to be a lead organisation, information will be available at a series of meetings in the next few weeks. 

The first three information meetings are in Swindon, Salisbury and Devizes.

.         Thurs April 23rd, 10:00-13:00, Swindon Advice and Support Centre (Sanford Street, Swindon, SN1 1QH).

.         Mon April 27th, 10:00-13:00, Sarum College (19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE).

.         Tues April 28th, 10:-13:00, Devizes Town Hall (St John's Street, Devizes, SN10 1BN). 

These information meetings will:

.         explain how Wiltshire and Swindon's new £4million EU/BIG Lottery Fund programme will work. 

We will also consider:

.         how our collective expertise, knowledge, skills and specialist services could help local people most disadvantaged in the work place and furthest from the job market, and

.         what it might mean to be part of - or to lead - a consortium bidding and delivering initiatives, the opportunities, risks and responsibilities involved. 

Attendance is free, but we ask you to book as places will be limited. To book please click on Swindon, Salisbury or Devizes. 

Please note parking is not provided at the venues. If you are travelling by car please allow time to find somewhere to park. 

After these meetings, additional workshops are being organised (e.g. May 15th in Swindon and May 18th in Devizes) to develop the detail of any bid (or bids), and how a consortium would be developed, and managed. 

This is a developing news story, so keep up to date by checking, or contact

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Scottish Southern Energy Resilient Communities Fund

Following the storms of December 2013 which caused severe disruption across the UK network, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) has established the fund to support communities to prepare for future emergency weather events. The fund is in addition to £1million that SSEPD donated to four national charities, Red Cross, Age UK, MacMillan Cancer Support and National Energy Action.

They're offering grants from £500 up to £20,000 to support community resilience projects in our network areas.

The fund will support projects that:

Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event 

Enhance community facilities and services that may be used or instigated in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event

Improve communication during an emergency situation, to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services

The fund is open to constituted community groups, not-for-profi t organisations and registered charities working in the Southern Electric Power Distribution area in central southern England. If you are unsure who your distribution network operator is, please visit:

How much funding is available?

£1 million will be distributed over two years from March 2015. Grants between £500 and £20,000 are available.

Application Deadline April 17th 2015. Decision made by May 21st 2015.  Other deadlines are - September 25th 2015; April 2016 and September 2016.  

More information can be found at

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Persimmon Homes Community Champions - rolling grant program

Persimmon Homes Community Champions fund has up to £750,000 funding over the next 12 months to fund local community initiatives.

The charity match programme will give donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves. Up to £52,000 a month is available from Persimmon's 24 businesses.

To apply complete the online form with information on why your group or charity deserves the donation, along with details of much you've already raised and how donation you want.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Read more online

Taken from Arts in Wiltshire blog.

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Community Economic Development Programme Launches

Community Economic Development Programme Launches

The Community Economic Development (CED) programme is a new Government initiative designed for local community groups and organisations that want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities.

The programme is aimed at communities in areas of high deprivation in England that want to work for economic change. This could be in the areas of food, housing, finance, energy, etc.

The CED programme will help 50 deprived communities to develop their own community economic development plans. Each bespoke plan will identify practical opportunities to develop the local economy and boost engagement so the community are actively shaping the economic future of the local area.

The programme provides six days of specialist support, advice and a grant of £5,000 to help residents, local business and public sector organisations work together to develop the best ideas to strengthen the local economy.

The 2015/16 programme extends and builds on the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG's) funded programme of work around the Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and Our Place. It is part of the Communities in Control funding programme and is being delivered by Locality.

Any existing organisation based in England can apply to be part of the CED programme, whether it is a community group, local business, parish council or any other local body.

Applicants will need to demonstrate (or be on the road to demonstrating) a commitment to partnership working across the local community, working with other organisations and community stakeholders.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated organisation, or be able to name an incorporated organisation willing to hold the funds and act as the accountable body on behalf of the applicant.
  • Be based and working in England.
  • Confirm they cannot access financial support from any other source to develop a Community Economic Development Plan.
  • Be able to show that the area in which they are active is characterised by high deprivation, or that there are pockets of high deprivation based on information taken from the national Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015 (12noon).

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Funding Central from Locality, 01/04/2015

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Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) opens

COMA Support Programme Opens for Application

The Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) Programme is accepting applications from individual community groups (or consortia) parish councils or local public bodies that want to be lead applicants for a partnership area application.

This programme will provide direct support for up to 50 partnerships between local public bodies and community groups in England to develop multiple asset transfer or single, ground breaking asset projects. Pre-feasibility grants will be available to organisations in the 50 Partnership Areas receiving the direct support.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched the one-year Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) programme for 2015-16, which builds and extends on funding for the Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and Our Place programme. COMA is part the Communities in Control funding programme. Locality is delivering COMA in partnership with a number of other organisations.

The COMA programme is designed to help strengthen partnership working between community organisations and local public sector bodies in order to increase opportunities for communities in England to take on the management and/or ownership of multiple assets and ground-breaking single assets that are important to the community, specifically those in public ownership.

The Government views community assets such as community centres, parks or facilities for children, and privately owned facilities such as pubs and shops as valuable for the wellbeing of communities or neighbourhoods. Since 2012, DCLG has funded community groups with proposals to acquire and run local land and buildings, where the proposal will have community benefits.

Applications to be accepted onto the COMA Programme will be accepted on a rolling basis until 50 places have been filled. It is expected that the programme will be at full capacity by 1 June 2015.

Applications for Pre-feasibility grants will be accepted starting in June 2015 from organisations within the selected 50 Partnership Areas in England to develop the capability to take over asset ownership.

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Locality, 01/04/2015

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Locality Launches Our Place Programme

Locality Launches Our Place Programme

Incorporated bodies, parish and town councils, and local authorities in England that want to scope and complete an operational plan can apply now for a package of support and grants.

Our Place helps eligible organisations work with local people to identify the issues that matter most to them and to develop partnerships and plans by March 2016. The plan must detail how a local service that has been prioritised by the community will be transformed.

The main goal for areas on the programme is an operational plan signed off by all relevant local partners and ready to be implemented from 1 April 2016.

An operational plan should set out how the local priorities will be tackled by identifying:

  • Which local services will be redesigned and how.
  • Who will deliver the new way of working.
  • How it will be managed.
  • Business cases and cost benefit analyses.
  • Clear and credible implementation routes.

There is a £3 million budget for 2015-16 to support at least 100 local areas (at least 20 of which will be parish and town councils)

The programme provides:

  • Grants of £8,000 to help complete an operational plan to be submitted to Locality on 23 February 2016 and signed off by DCLG by 31 March 2016.
  • Access to 4.5 days of dedicated support from a Relationship Manager who will act as a mentor and coach, offering support and guidance.

In addition, midway through the funding period, areas will have the opportunity to apply for an additional three days and £4,000 if they are identified as breaking new ground. ('Breaking new ground' refers to proposal being innovative, highlighting longer term efficiency gains or potentially being adopted by other neighbourhoods.)

Applications will be accepted from incorporated bodies with charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes; local authorities, parish and town councils; and public service providers.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based and working in England.
  • Have a turnover of more than £50,000 a year if a voluntary and community sector organisation.
  • Not have previously received Our Place funding.
  • Have identified a specific geographical (a small localised neighbourhood such as a ward, parish or a lower super output area) to focus the proposal.
  • Have a track record of community engagement work.
  • Have a track record of working in partnership with other organisations within the locality.
  • The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015.

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015.

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Locality, 01/04/2015

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