Grants for tenants of Southern Housing Group

If you live in a Southern Housing Group property, you can apply for small grants to organise activities and outings for people in your community, or work together with your neighbours to improve your gardens. Check out our new information pages about Southern Housing Group Grants for Customers and Southern Housing Group Gardening Neighbours grants for more information.

Working with the Media: Wednesday 23 January 2019

This training in run by Community Works.

Are you confident when working with the media? Understanding how to engage with print, TV and radio journalists is key to the success of your organisation. Come along to this workshop which will help you to:

  • recognise the media’s agenda,
  • understand different ways of dealing with different media and how to communicate with each,
  • develop and illustrate your key messages and avoid the common pitfalls.

The Workshop will cover:

  • a ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the media including print, TV, radio and social media
  • tips and tactics
  • what to do if it goes wrong

This session will be led by Tracey Allen from SeaPR, who has over twenty years of experience working with the media representing the third sector and has a strong understanding of how charities can work effectively with local businesses and how to get an optimum response from different media organisations.

To book; via Eventbrite

Nationwide Fund for Housing and Homelessness

Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in the local area.

Nationwide are looking for local housing projects that will strengthen the local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

The funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

The programme will support:

  • Core costs
  • Staff costs
  • Development and capacity building costs
  • Volunteer costs
  • Activity costs
  • Small-scale capital costs
  • Building works and refurbishment costs will be considered, where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.

The deadline for applications is Friday 7th December 2018.

Find out more at https://sussexgiving.org.uk/nationwide-community-grants/

Community Buildings information and networking event 15th November

The Trust for Developing Communities and the Community Buildings Network are holding an event in November to give those involved with running Community Buildings the chance to network and get support in managing their buildings. The event is free and lunch is included.

You do not need to already be a member of the Community Buildings Network to attend, but Advance registration is essential

Thursday 15th November

10.00 – 2.30 pm with lunch

Conference Room, Community Base, Brighton

  • Learn how to recruit and keep trustees, committee members and volunteers
  • Make sure your building is Dementia friendly
  • Save lots of time with our quick overview of essential policies for community buildings
  • Network with others managing community buildings and the CBN committee
  • Share your issues and get advice

Book your space here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-building-information-and-networking-event-tickets-49805218750

For more information or if you have any questions please contact training@trustdevcom.org.uk or call Cal Chester on 01273 262220.

 

New way to reach student volunteers

Sussex University Students’ Union are launching a new part of their website which will enable organisations to promote volunteer opportunities directly to students and students to search online.

At this stage they are collecting organisation & volunteer opportunity information (in the future organisations will be able to register directly on the website) for an official launch in the next couple of months. In November a new member of staff will be starting who is also managing 30 hour student volunteer placements.

In the meantime if you are interested in registering there is a google form where you can enter details about the volunteering opportunities you have available.

Brighton Energy Coop Funding – deadline 30th November

Brighton Energy Coop’s Community Fund is now open for applications

This year applications for grants  – up to £3,500 – are open for any organisation in the BN postcode area until 30th November 2018. They intend to announce the winner before Christmas, and for projects to be up and running by March 2019.

The aim of the fund is to support local generation of renewable electricity or implement energy efficiency measures.

Further Guidelines and Application Form for applying to the fund are available here: http://www.brightonenergy.org.uk/community-fund/

For additional information please contact Stefania on: stefania@brightonenergy.org.uk

Funding deadline extended for Brighton & Hove Council grants

The deadline has been extended for the final round of Brighton & Hove Council’s Communities Fund grant programme for 2018-19. The new deadline is Wednesday 31st October.

Groups can apply to either:

The Engagement Fund – for amounts up to £2,000, or

The Resilience Fund – for amounts up to £10,000

Funding needs to be spent by 31st March 2019, so this is for projects planned to take place at the start of next year.

Be Funding Ready Free Training

Brighton and Hove

Dates: Thursday 8 November, Friday 16 November and Thursday 29 November
Time: 10.00am-1.30pm
Where: BMECP (Please note Friday 16 November is in the Stanmer Room at Brighthelm)
Book: via Eventbrite
Cost: FREE

Run by Community Works with funding from Sussex Community Foundation.

The course is primarily aimed at smaller organisations with an annual income around £35,000 and who are new to making grant applications or haven’t had much luck. Thy suggest 2 people per organisation attend so you can work on a bid together. Over the course, you will prepare a funding bid that you can submit to a funder of your choice.

By the end of the course, you will:

  1. Understand how to define a project you need funding for
  2. Be able to identify appropriate funders
  3. Know what policies and reporting systems you need to have in place
  4. Understand how to frame your project and know what the funder is looking for
  5. Be able to prepare a budget
  6. Be able to devise monitoring and evaluation mechanisms

They encourage you to attend all 3 sessions if you can, but this is not a requirement (for session outlines see Eventbrite).

New fund for groups supporting young people in Brighton & Hove

Sussex Community Foundation will be offering grants from the new Brighton & Hove Legacy Fund in their next funding round (deadline 11th January).

This fund is for projects which support the personal and educational development of children and young people across Brighton & Hove.

You can apply for up to £5,000, via the usual Sussex Community Foundation application process.

 

Data Protection events in September

Community Works are holding free events to help groups get to grips with their data protection responsibilities under the new GDPR legislation. Coming up this month:

  • Getting to Grips with GDPR, Thursday 13th September, 6-8pm, Community Base. A group discussion, led by Mary Darking from Brighton University
  • GDPR and Volunteering, Thursday 27th September, 9.30-12.30, Brighthelm. A meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network, focusing on the impact of GDPR on volunteering