Category Archives: National News

Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Grants

Grants are available to voluntary organisations in England and Wales to fund community-based, peer-support initiatives that are targeted at women experiencing multiple disadvantages and with, or at risk of developing, mental-health problems. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport … Continue reading

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Prince’s Countryside Fund – Rural Four

Rural Four – Catalyst, Collaborate, Create and Champion The Prince’s Countryside Fund makes up to 10 grants available each year to not-for-profit organisations for rural community projects in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver and reinvigorate community assets and services … Continue reading

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Pioneer and Prosper Fund

Social Investment Business (SIB) has launched a 2 two-year pilot programme supporting charities and social enterprises in England tackling social problems among disadvantaged communities to increase their social impact, raise investment, grow their business and become more financially resilient. The … Continue reading

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Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize 2018

The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize is due to close on the 7th September. The Prize is for best practice in charity governance.  If you’ve improved the effectiveness of your governance and delivered greater public benefit as a charity in line … Continue reading

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National Rough Sleeping Strategy

VCSA members may have seen news of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy in the national media over the summer months. Announced by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, the Government’s £100 million rough sleeping strategy will focus on preventing people from becoming … Continue reading

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Homeless Link Social Investment Fund

Launched in May 2017the Homeless Link Social Investment Fund has, over three years, £4.5m to invest in charities and social enterprises working to reduce homelessness across England. The aim is to test and learn where social investment can be most … Continue reading

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Reminder – Civil Society Strategy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched the first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years, which aims to build stronger communities by bringing businesses, charities and the public sector together, and put communities and charities at … Continue reading

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Social Value Survey

The Public Services (Social Value) Act was implemented in January 2013 and requires all public organisations to consider social value in the procurement of services above a certain threshold. The National Social Value Task Force is conducting a nationwide survey … Continue reading

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VAT and VCS Temporary Workers

The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers must pay VAT on the wages of temporary staff, which estimates suggest could cost the sector up to £20 million. Unlike most commercial companies, charities can’t reclaim VAT on agency fees because their services … Continue reading

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Funding and Policy News

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Applications are now open for Churchill Fellowships, an opportunity to research new ideas and best practice overseas. Churchill Fellows are funded to research new ideas overseas for 4-8 weeks, in topics and countries of their own … Continue reading

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