14 May, 2019

 

The Community Benefit Programme, from Thrive Renewables and the Centre for Sustainable Energy, is open to funding applications of up to £4,000 from community buildings in parts of BS11, to help improve energy efficiency. Grants could be used to install LED lighting, add insulation or draught-proofing measures, improve heating controls, use renewable energy sources, or pay for expert advice on the best ways to save energy in your building. 

The funds can also be combined with other grants or funding sources to put towards more expensive energy-saving projects. 

 

The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Cabinet Office has written a guide for voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations considering selling to central and local government or becoming part of the supply chain for delivering public services.

Community Clean Up fund Bristol City Council
13 May, 2019

 

Bristol City Council has launched an £80,000 fund for communities to clean up their high streets and local areas. Funding can be spent on equipment for litter picking and cleaning, training on how to remove graffiti, and to finance local events which will get people involved in cleaning up their community. There is a list of shopping areas eligible for the fund; these include Bedminster, Fishponds and Gloucester Road.

Fundraising reports launched
9 May, 2019

 

Two major charity reports have given a clearer picture of the current state of fundraising.

29 April, 2019

 

The Bristol Older People's Funding Alliance is offering increased funds in 2019 for organisations that support older people in the city. Grants of up to £15,000 are available.

The Alliance consists of The Anchor Society, Bristol Ageing Better, The Dolphin Society, The Grateful Society, John James Bristol Foundation, Quartet Community Foundation, The Society of Merchant Venturers and the St Monica Trust. 

Grants can be used to:

Prayers in mosque place of worship grant
24 April, 2019

 

The Home Office's Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme will open for the latest round of applications in July. This will provide grants to places of worship for increased security measures and protection against hate crimes - for example, installing lights, CCTV and alarms.

A £1.6 million investment into the scheme was announced in light of the horrific terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since the scheme began in 2016, 134 religious sites have received grants, totalling £1.5 million. 

11 April, 2019

 

Grants are available from the Inspire Fund for projects that engage the public in dementia awareness, research and challenging misconceptions about dementia. Three tiers of funding are on offer: bronze (up to £5,000), silver (up to £15,000) and gold (up to £30,000). Silver and gold tiered grants require more evidence from organisations. 

Projects can be imaginative and varied, such as:

Allen Lane Foundation grants logo
9 April, 2019

 

Allen Lane Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently. The Social Cohesion programme will look to support grassroots organisations at a very local level where there are issues which identify marginalised groups of people (especially those from within the Foundation’s priorities, but not exclusively) who are excluded. Project applications should seek to propose ways to make communities more inclusive for the betterment of all.

A business plan that people want to buy into

Is your business plan inward-looking or outward-focused? Does it explain what you do internally so it's clear to the team, or the impact you create in the community so it's clear to investors and funders? (Or both?)

Is it ambitious but not unrealistic? Is it practical but not pedestrian?

This session will focus on what an investable business plan really looks like.

(Further details to follow.)

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:30

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