DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. Eligible groups include community garden projects, registered charities, schools and colleges, youth groups, Scouts and Guides, hospices, preschool groups and registered child minders. B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, re-usable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups. Charities, community groups, colleges or schools interested should get in touch with B&Q. B&Q will add the organisation’s details to their database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area. Click here
Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced a £7.4 million COVID recovery fund for small and medium-sized charities that support people with complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse. Around 140 charities will be given a two-year grant of up to £50,000 as well as a development partner. To ensure funding is distributed equally, at least a quarter of the funding will be given to charities that are led by, or that benefit people from BAME communities. Applications open on 3 August at 10 am and close on 11 September at 5 pm. For more information, the grants team is holding a webinar on 11 August at 2 pm. Find out more here.