Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support small, grass-roots and local charities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community across the UK. The funding, which is being made available through Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme, can be used to cover projects, core costs, building projects, or essential equipment to enable ongoing service provision for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time. Grants of up to £10,000 to Support Grassroots Charities (UK)

Comic Relief has launched a cost-of-living appeal in partnership with the Evening Standard and the Independent, to raise urgent funds for people in need this winter. Money raised through the On the Breadline Cost of Living Christmas Appeal will support community organisations working to get help to people across the UK who need it most. This could include supporting foodbanks, and providing help, advice and mental health support, along with warm winter clothes, electric blankets and water bottles, energy top cards, and food vouchers. Comic Relief has donated £1 million to launch the appeal and help organisations tackle the cost-of-living crisis. Comic Relief Launches Emergency Cost of Living Appeal (UK)

12 Days of Giving is the last phase of the Benefact Group’s Movement for Good programme for 2022. For 12 days in December, they’ll be drawing 10 charities per working day to receive £1,000. The first draw takes place on December 1st and the last on the 16th so click here to nominate your favourite charity today.

Our Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) is the perfect first step on your British Sign Language BSL journey.

The Introduction to British Sign Language course is designed for individuals who want to gain a foundation in BSL and learn about the deaf community. This is ideal for anyone who is curious to learn, as well as those who have a family member, student, colleague or customer who is deaf.

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The Charity Excellence Framework was set up to advise and help charities with a huge online resource base including a completely free funding finder. It links you to 400+ other less well known free funding directories and online funder lists, enabling you to:

  • Click through to more trust and foundations than any other directory and;
  • Making finding the right grant funding quicker and easier by finding online funder lists, where someone has already done the hard work for you.
  • Latest Funding.It’s updated weekly, with the latest funding opportunities displayed using its ‘Recent Additions’ search category.
  • Small Charities.Its small charities & community groups search category makes finding grant funding much easier for small organisations.
  • Core Funding.It’s core funders search category finds grant makers that fund core costs, including many less well known and niche grant makers; there are 150+.
  • It’s the only UK directory that searches globally, so you can find funding in areas, such as the US and Europe.

This week, NCVO and the Civil Society Group wrote to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, urgently calling for the government to ensure voluntary organisations get continued support from the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS). They’ve also drafted a letter that you can download and use as a framework to write to MPs. Learn more and take action here.

What can data tell us about fundraising during the cost-of-living crisis? Six words – keep calm and carry on asking. Find out more about who’s donating what, what tools people are using to find charities, and the future of charity donations in our new article by Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research. Originally published by the Benefact Group, click here to give it a read.

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. The next closing date for applications is the The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2023. Funding of up to £5,000 Available to Tackle Problems within Families (UK)

How to make sure your proposal stands out

‘As fundraisers, we are all faced with two main constraints:  our budget and time. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed and the need to rush and churn out proposals. However, the art of proposal writing is not just in the narrative but is in the preparation, planning and research that needs to go beforehand.’ Read more here.


Five tips from a fundraising professional

‘Select your supporters and donors wisely. We are, of course, very grateful for the financial support, gifts in kind, time given to fundraising, partnerships and the like provided to our charities. And it is only right that we should recognise that a pensioner giving £5 could be as much of a sacrifice as an employed person at the peak of their career giving £10K.’ Read more here.

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