26 May, 2017


Telecoms provider O2 "Think Big with O2" youth programme is currently open for applications. The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to use digital technology to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. Projects need to be completed within six months.

26 May, 2017


A new website, designed to help charities and social enterprises to engage with social investment opportunities, has been launched. Good Finance promises to help organisations understand what social investment is, and decide whether it is the right choice for them.

There is a search engine which links organisations to investors and advisers, according to their requirements, and organisations can get tips and guidance on measuring their social impact.

24 May, 2017


Charities and social enterprises working to reduce homelessness could receive unsecured loans of between £25,000 and £150,000 from a new Social Investment Fund (SIF).

Homeless Link - a national membership organisation - will launch this fund, which is exclusively for the homelessness sector, at an event on Monday, 19 June

12 May, 2017
Earlier this week, the NCVO published its 2017 edition of the UK Civil Society Almanac, covering the period of 2014/2015. The Almanac brings together data from charities’ accounts, administrative data and surveys to provide a comprehensive overview of the structure and economy of the UK voluntary sector, and is full of information on a range of topics including finance, workforce and volunteering.
9 May, 2017

Round 2 is now open

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools to start setting up your community business. It will also give your group the early stage finance that you need need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.

2 May, 2017

This grant programme is open for applications all year.

Opening Date:
Applications can be made at any time, but are awarded quarterly by the panel.
Maximum grant awarded:
Up to £1,500

What can you apply for?
You can apply to the Somerset Crimebeat Trust for projects that:

5 April, 2017

Grants of up to £1,000 are available through the South West Foundation's Small Grant Programme to help people most in need in our communities.

This funding, made possible by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is available to small charitable voluntary and community sector organisations with an annual income of less than £25,000, who are working with people most in need in their community. 

Most major funders report that bids fail for simple, basic reasons. The project was ineligible, a question wasn’t answered, the budget didn’t add up, a document wasn’t provided, the bid arrived after the deadline. Most of these problems can be overcome if you plan ahead, and the checklist will help you to do this.

This briefing session is for Bristol community organisations and small businesses. It will include an update on the implementation of Bristol City Council’s Social Value Policy in its first year and what the policy has delivered to date. Participants will find out more about how the council asks bidders to offer social value in tenders and provide the opportunity to discuss their approaches to social value.

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 -
10:00 to 12:00


Are you a charity, social enterprise or organisation that would like to know more about social investment, meet social investors and hear from other organisations that have used social investment to sustain or grow their organisation?

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 -
10:00 to 13:00


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