January News for Organisations
Funding, events and more
A new dashboard for organisations on Volunteer Connect is coming soon. We'll be providing more information and guidance on this upon its forthcoming launch. Don't forget to upload your volunteering openings to Volunteer Connect, this increases your chances of finding the right person for the role.
Grants and Funding
The newly established Morrison’s Foundation is looking to award approximately £2 million a year for community projects that improve people's lives in the UK. Applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will benefit and how it will bring about positive change. Applicants must also have financial information dating back three years and have raised some of the funding elsewhere. The deadline is rolling, so there is plenty of time to apply.
Greggs Foundation | Local Community Projects Fund
Grants of up to £2,000 are available for sustainable and innovative approaches to supporting and improving the resilience of communities such as sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. Priority will be given to organisations that have Greggs shops or premises nearby. The deadline is the 28 February, so begin your application soon.
The Hedley Foundation
The Hedley Foundation invites registered charities in the UK to apply for up to £5,000 to support mainly young people with their education, creation, support, training, health and welfare. The Foundation also supports disabled people and the terminally ill with provision of specialist equipment and support for carers. The deadline is rolling, apply here.
Woodward Charitable Trust | Small Grant
The trust funds charitable organisations with an income of less than £300,000. Most grants of £500- £5,000 made are for one-off projects although some grants fund salaries and running costs. Priority is given to projects make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate. You can find application forms here.
Come and meet us on our stall at the Hounslow Council Funders Fair.
This annual event brings together the voluntary and community groups in Hounslow with key funders to the sector and provides a forum to review the health of the sector in Hounslow and bring everyone up to date on new funding opportunities.
There will also be opportunities for VCSE organisations to network with each other, with local infrastructure organisations that provide support to the sector and with some of the most important funders in the country to get their expert advice on how to apply for funding for their organisation.
The event will take place on Tuesday 26 February 2019 between 9am and 2pm at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, TW3 4DN.
Free Organisation Support Surgeries
Do you need support with managing or recruiting volunteers? Why not book onto one of our free Organisation Support Surgeries? We can help you:
- Achieve Best Practice and complete the London Volunteer Management Charter Healthcheck
- Get access to a wealth of resources, templates and guides
- Learn how to recruit volunteers
- Find out about the networks and support available in Barnet
- Get support developing your volunteer strategy
- Address any specific challenges you are facing when involving volunteers
We understand that your time is precious, so we can help you assess where your volunteer programme is and provide you with templates, best practice guidance, and helpful tips! All consultations will be complemented by follow-up support and advice via phone and email. The next support surgery is on Thursday 14 February 2019. Register and we can arrange the session.
Location: Brent Civic Centre. If you can’t attend on the selected date, please get in touch to discuss with us an alternative date or location. Book a place and we will be in touch!
Do your volunteers feel valued?
We know how important volunteers are to Hounslow community organisations, so let's show them the recognition they deserve.
ValueYou is a charity which provides free discount cards to volunteers. Over 600 independent businesses are taking part in the scheme, offering a discount of up to 20% to cardholders and a gift card upon registering.
If someone has volunteered 100 hours in the past 12 months, they can register for the ValueYou card online.
We can help you recognise the contribution of volunteers by providing certificates for:
- a particular number of hours voluntary service e.g. 25, 50 or 100
- completing a project / supporting an event / attending a training course
- leaving an organisation to be recognised for their contribution
- a general certificate for a volunteer you particularly want to recognise
We will create and send you the certificates for presentation to the volunteer. To request certificates please contact us.