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

Community Grants Drop-In Monday 10th September, 2-5pm

Want to make a difference in your community?
Got an idea but not sure where to start?
Already running a community group and need a helping hand?

Join us and East Brighton Trust’s other partners for free advice and support.

Community Grants Drop-In
Monday 10th September, 2-5pm
Whitehawk Library, Whitehawk Rd, BN2 5FL

You’ll be able to :

*Apply for a £500 small grant from East Brighton Trust
*Find out about other local funding sources
*Get advice and support to make your group or project a success
*Find out about local community spaces & resources for hire
*Talk to and be inspired by other local initiatives
PLUS!
Buffet and refreshments will be provided

https://www.facebook.com/events/1968626130095758/

Free GDPR discussion group for community groups and organisations

Community Works are holding a series of discussion groups about data protection for community groups. Places for Brighton & Hove groups are now available at the two sessions in Worthing, coming up this month.

Details:
Thursday 12 July or Friday 20 July
Worthing Town Hall, 6-8pm

To book a place:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-to-grips-with-gdpr-worthing-tickets-46519973493

About the workshops:

Many organisations still have questions about GDPR, whether they are at the beginning of the GDPR process or a bit further along. If this applies to you, book your place now on our free Getting to Grips with GDPR discussion group. Each session is limited to 8 people and offers a safe and informal space for organisations to share common issues, questions and challenges around GDPR. They will be facilitated by Dr Mary Darking, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Innovation.

Feedback from the first session:

“I have a better understanding for the two charities I work with, and for me personally”
“I really like this style of learning”
“I don’t feel so stressed and anxious about GDPR”

The sessions are most appropriate for individuals who will be taking a lead on GDPR within their organisation, whether as a trustee, staff member or volunteer. They will provide the opportunity to reflect and will offer guidance and advice either on what action to take or where to look for more support. Each session will be led by the questions of the people who attend. Confidentiality will be respected at all times.

The above dates are prioritised for member organisations in Adur and Worthing, but owing to demand we are now also making them available to members in Brighton and Hove.

Please note that bookings are limited to one per organisation across the entire workshop series (5 sessions).