Essex County Council: News Workshops and Events 7 September 2018

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Fundraising Fundamentals

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have launched a new guide aimed at fundraisers. It covers areas such as getting started, multichannel fundraising and knowing and retaining donors. It also includes practical hints and tips, infographics and case studies.

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New Enterprise Development Programme

Access have launched a new £40 million, five year development programme.

The initiative will provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England helping them to grow or to make a transition to new enterprise models.

2 strands are available under the development programme:

  • Enterprise grants. Grant funding will support charities and social enterprises working with the homeless or youth sector.
  • Enterprise learning. Provision of peer based learning and support to leaders of charities and social enterprises.

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Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme

Funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and administered by Mind, the programme aims to increase the availability of sustainable, mental-health peer support.

Who can apply: Registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC), Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) and Companies Limited by Guarantee.

Eligibility is specific to each funding strand, read the guidance for further information.

Two funding strands are available:

1. Women’s Peer Support Hub Grants:

  • Up to £50,000 is available to deliver five Women’s Peer Support Hubs, alongside direct or indirect peer support delivery.
  • Up to £25,000 is available to solely deliver the Women’s Peer Support Hub capacity building element.

2. Peer Support Delivery Grants:

  • Thirty large grants of £5,000-£25,000 are available for peer-support initiatives.
  • Fifty small grants of £5,000-£10,000 are available for peer-support initiatives.

Deadline: 15 October 2018

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The Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund

Following the successful first two rounds of grant funding, a new process has been designed to allocate the remaining £95 million from the Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund (LFFN).

LFFN Funding will be provided for capital projects that stimulate more commercial investment to deliver more gigabit capable connectivity and both of the programme’s delivery objectives:

  • Directly maximising the availability and benefit of gigabit capable broadband services to public sector, business and residential users.
  • Improving commercial investment conditions in local areas.

Who can apply: Any public sector body, or group of public bodies in the UK. This includes all tiers of local government and other public sector bodies.

Collaborative proposals that cover wide geographical areas are particularly welcome. For more information, read the guidance.

Maximum grant: £4.7 million

Larger multi-authority applications may be awarded higher amounts of funding.

Local bodies with an interest in bidding for the Challenge Fund are now invited to submit an informal expression of interest to the programme. Government officials will then enter into a dialogue with them to assess their project.

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