New E-learning Course Helps Organisations Get Grant Ready

A new online version of the popular Idox Information Solutions training course ‘Get Grant Ready – A Beginner Course in Funding Applications’ has been launched.

The e-learning training course is ideally suited to voluntary and community sector organisations that are interested in learning how to put together successful bid applications but do not have a lot of money to spend on training.

The course is aimed at people who are just getting started in the world of funding and provides them with the tools needed to write winning funding applications. Covering everything from the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Writing an Application’ to ‘Why Applications Fail’, the programme includes many practical exercises to ensure that trainees are fully immersed in the course material.

The course offers the same content as the regular training course but can be taken at a time and place that is convenient to the group. The information is in an easy-to-use format, and trainees can proceed at their own pace.

Groups will emerge from the course with a clear understanding of how to go about applying for funding, how to find and choose appropriate funders, how to approach standard application questions and how to avoid application pitfalls.

Get Grant Ready is being offered at an introductory rate of £55 plus VAT for a single user license, or £500 for a multi-user licence that covers up to 10 people within the organisation. This training course can be deployed on the date that the organisation chooses and will be available for a three-week period.

For more information on Get Grant Ready, contact the Idox Training Department on 0844 874 0739 or email

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NHS Innovation Challenge Open to Entries

NHS England, in partnership with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, has launched a new £150,000 prize fund.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia is looking to identify innovative ways of integrating dementia care by redesigning services around the needs of patients, improving diagnosis and reducing both the number of hospital attendances and the amount of time patients spend in hospital.

All challenge submissions will need to:

Show evidence of support from, or engagement with, their new local Health and Wellbeing board.
Show compelling evidence of the positive impact the integrated service has had on the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Demonstrate excellence in innovative, integrated working practices which are inspirational and can be easily diffused across the country.
Other assessment criteria include:

Individual outcomes – improvement in clinical outcome and quality of life and patient/service user/carer experience.
Value for money – sustainable cost improvement in the delivery of care and added value to the NHS and social care.
Impact – have high and sustainable impact on the NHS and social care e.g. affecting a large number of patients and/or substantial health and care benefit.
Dissemination – easily transferable across the country and to other NHS and Social Care systems.
Timescales – achievable within a reasonable timescale.
Measurability – clear metrics and established information flows to measure gain across the whole system.
Innovative – an idea, service or product that is new to the NHS or social care, or applied in a new way.
Any teams working in England involved in the care pathway of people with dementia are eligible to apply. Organisations can be from the NHS, social care, local authorities, the third or private sectors.

There is no fixed number of winners for this challenge though it is anticipated that there will be no more than three who will share the prize fund of £150,000 between them. If none of the applications received meet the criteria and demonstrate a clear and marked improvement in the care of people with dementia, then the panel may not award the prize at all.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 4 September 2013.

For more information, visit the NHS Challenges website (opens new window).

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Screwfix’s New Charity Aims to Assist UK Charities

Trade retailer Screwfix has set up a charity to raise funding which can be given as grants to registered charities to fix, maintain and improve facilities for those in need in the UK.

The Screwfix Foundation, established earlier this year, will raise money through staff fundraising events as well as from collection boxes placed in its 280 stores. Screwfix is continuing its partnership with Pennies, the electronic charity box which enables customers to round up their payments to the nearest pound with all money donated now going direct to The Screwfix Foundation.

The money will be given both to its charity partners and to smaller local charities who can apply for funding through the Screwfix Foundation website. This year’s charity partners are Barnado’s children’s charity and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Any charity that is registered in the UK and has a project that involves fixing, maintaining or repairing buildings or facilities for people in need may apply for funding. There is, at the moment, no set limit. Grants are determined on a case by case basis, and funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The grants can be used for a range of projects whether it’s repairing a run-down building or decorating the home of a family living with illness and disability.

Regarding the Foundation’s launch, Screwfix’s Marketing Director John Mewett said:

“Over the years we have supported a number of charities on both a national and local level, operating in a range of sectors. We’re delighted to be in a position to set up The Screwfix Foundation this year. We’re raising money for building and maintenance projects that our national charity partners are involved with, as well as helping the many local projects and causes which are at the heart of the communities in which we operate through our national store network. There is an extremely strong level of staff support for charity fundraising and our customers are equally charitable, as shown by the engagement in our recent campaign for testicular and prostate cancer charity, Everyman.”

Applications can be submitted at any time and an application form can be found on The Screwfix Foundation website (opens new window).

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Small Grants Scheme for War Memorials.

The attached link gives information on how communities can apply for a grant to maintain their war memorials. small grants war memorials

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Big Society Capital looks back and ahead.

The Big Society Capital has published its first annual report.

Last year the Government set up Big Society Capital as a social investment bank with the aim of radically changing the way Britain’s social sector is funded. With £400 million from dormant bank accounts and £200 million from High Street banks, the new institution aimed to kick-start what’s called the social investment market.

So how has it done in the last year? According to its first annual report, Big Society Capital has committed £56 million to 20 social investment intermediaries over the past year. And it plans to commit another £75 to £100 million in up to 20 new investments in the next financial year. It also made a loss of £1 million during the period April to December 2012.

Looking ahead, the Big Society Capital hopes to have a number of regional social investment funds across the UK. To that end, it has announced a partnership with the Northern Rock Foundation to capitalise social investment intermediaries in the North East of England. It hopes to announce that other regional funds will follow in due course.

Big Society Capital also plans to launch a second outcomes finance fund alongside the recently launched Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund. And in the next three to four months it hopes to launch a new fund focused on unsecured credit for the social sector.

Separately, in a recent interview with, Nick O’Donohoe, chief executive of Big Society Capital, said £39 million of capital had been delivered to 15 social investment finance intermediaries, which have so far benefited 23 frontline organisations. The investments to frontline organisations ranged from charities to community projects, with the finance ranging from £10,000 to £300,000. He went on to say that Big Society Capital would be working with large grantmakers to help communities take ownership of their assets.

Nick O’Donohoe explained:

“We want to develop a one-stop-shopping place for grants, loans and advice. The problem for small community organisations is that it is very difficult to navigate the cocktail of grants, investment and advice they need to help them.”

Further information about the Big Society Capital, including its annual report, can be found on its website (opens new window).

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BIFFA Flagship Scheme Opens for 2013

BIFFA is inviting organisations that are registered, or are able to register, with ENTRUST to apply to its annual Flagship Scheme.

The scheme offers grants of between £150,000 and £500,000 to projects of regional significance that focus either on the theme of Rebuilding Biodiversity or Cultural Facilities.

Projects must be site-based, within 25 miles of a Biffa operation within the UK and 10 miles of a licenced landfill.

Biffa Award Programme Manager Gillian French said:

“The Biffa Award Flagship Scheme presents a unique opportunity for regionally significant projects to really boost their capacity and reach. We’re looking for inspired projects which aim to have a real and lasting impact on the wider communities they serve. They must be either culturally pioneering or aiming to make significant progress for biodiversity. Given the outstanding initiatives of previous years, we are excited to see what this year’s competition will bring.”

Previous winners include the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire which received nearly £500,000 over two years to enhance the cultural heritage of the arboretum with a new interpretation zone and information plaza. The arboretum houses a living exhibition of 16,000 trees and plants.

Pori Natur a Threftadaeth (PONT) received £457,889 to restore and reconnect 1063 hectares of priority habitats with particular emphasis on benefits for the Marsh Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary and Shrill Carder Bee. The project is a landscape level habitat and species restoration project which includes locally, nationally and internationally important BAP habitats and species. The project is contributing to creating a regionally connected landscape that is resilient to climate change.

Some £500,000 was awarded over a three year period to the Devon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Working Wetlands’ project. The funding helped the Trust to continue work begun in 2008 to restore and recreate culm grassland habitats that occupied the area before the agricultural developments and neglect of the 20th century caused 95% to disappear.

Organisations that are interested in applying need to fill out an Expression of Interest form. Those who are successful at this stage will be shortlisted at two other stages during the year, which will include a presentation and then final application, before the winners are unveiled at the annual Biffa Awards ceremony in 2014.

The deadline for Expression of Interest forms is 20 August 2013 (12 noon).

Full details can be found on the BIFFA website (opens new window).

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