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Real Opportunites Final Report

REAL OPPORTUNITIES

There is a clear need to meet the specific needs of people with learning disabilities and/or autism as they develop skills and move into employment. The programmes which are most successful in supporting this group attribute their success to tailored individualised support. The Real Opportunities programme was a 15 month pre-employment support programme for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. The programme delivered training and courses on a number of topics, volunteering and work placement opportunities, as well as training and advice for employers. This report reviews the programme’s performance through qualitative and quantitative data, including data gathered by delivery partners and focus groups and semi-structured discussions with programme participants and programme staff. 

 


Facebook announces launch of its nonprofit fundraising tools

Facebook has announced the launch of its nonprofit fundraising tools in the UK and 15 other countries across Europe.
The social media giant says that when people mobilise around the causes they care about, it builds a safe and supportive community. Its charitable giving tools, which are already available in the US, have made it easy for people to raise millions of dollars for charities to support those in need directly on Facebook.
“Since we launched these tools in the US, we have seen our community raise millions of dollars for charities, for causes such as disaster relief, the environment and education,” a statement by the company said. “In fact, just two weeks ago, the Facebook community came together to raise over USD $10 million to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey in the United States.”
Beginning in late September, Facebook will start testing fundraising tools in five countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain. In early October it’ll expand the test to Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Finland and Luxembourg.
Charitable organisations based in one of these 16 countries are invited to sign up to be one of the first nonprofits to use Facebook’s charitable giving tools to achieve their fundraising objectives through these tools:
Collect donations on Facebook with the donate button. The donate button is a quick and easy way to raise money. Individuals and nonprofit Pages can attach the donate button to Page headers and posts, including video, photo or text.
Empower supporters with Facebook Fundraisers. Millions of people are connected to nonprofit pages on Facebook. Many are eager to give money to causes they care about. With nonprofit fundraisers, people can raise funds and awareness for their favourite nonprofits in a forum they know and frequent. Fundraisers allow people to set up a dedicated Page to tell others about their preferred nonprofit and its mission and encourage them to rally around a targeted fundraising goal. People can reach their friends where they are – on Facebook – and build momentum for their cause with quick donations and easy sharing. Supporters with a birthday listed on Facebook can even create a birthday fundraiser through a simple prompt.
Engage supporters with Facebook Live. Collecting donations during a Live broadcast has become a powerful tool for fundraising. Ariana Grande’s benefit concert to honor victims of the Manchester terror attack used donate buttons in Facebook Live to raise more than USD $450,000. Individuals and verified Facebook Pages can add the donate button directly to Live broadcasts to raise money for a nonprofit on their iOS device. Android users who have created a nonprofit fundraiser can attach their fundraiser to their Live broadcasts. Anybody watching the Live broadcast can donate as they watch, or after the video ends and is posted on their Page.
Facebook added that it will be working with beta partners to start including: Movember UK, Oxfam UK, UNICEF UK, Aktion Deutschland Hilft (Germany), Caritas (Spain), Save the Children Spain, UNICEF France, and UNICEF Germany.
Nonprofits that have signed up directly for Facebook’s fundraising tools pay a 5% fee on each donation. 3.5% covers costs of nonprofit vetting, language translation, fraud prevention, operational costs and payment support and 1.5% covers payment processing. Facebook’s goal is to create a platform for good that’s sustainable over the long-term, and not to make a profit from our charitable giving tools.

Charities can sign-up and learn more at https://donations.fb.com/


Drug and Alcohol Relief Fund £2,500-£10,000
Source London Community Foundation
 
Fund Themes

Applications must address at least one of the following Themes:

  1. The prevention of alcohol problems, substance misuse and related diseases – in particular but not exclusively, through support with finances, employment, relationships, health and housing.
  2. The provision of support services for people with substance misuse problems and their families – such as therapy, information, advice and guidance (IAG) and if necessary, treatment.
  3. Social inclusion – helping people with drug and alcohol problems to feel part of their community and preventing people from becoming socially excluded. This can include support for individuals, families and communities affected by drug or alcohol addiction.

Grant size £2,500-£10,000 for projects of up to one year

Income threshold Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Deadline for applications 5pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

For more information: https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/LondonCF/DARF


Core Strength –up to £5000 core fundng for orgs with income under £100,000

Comic Relief Core Strength Local Communities Fund 

Comic Relief's Core Strength Local Communities Fund is responding to the growing needs of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to support groups' core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focused on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. 

Organisations can apply for funding under one of the following themes: 

  • Connected Communities: seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities
  • Productive  Communities:  investing  in  local  residents to  help  them  solve  the  issues  they  are facing using local people and resources
  • Empowered Communities: working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities 

GUIDELINES 

The next application deadline is 12 noon on Monday 2nd October 2017. An application form is available via the funding guidelines. 

 

Criteria

The grant shall be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.

 

Who can apply?

You must be a locally led and based organisation - based within the area you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation. We accept applications from the voluntary and community sector including:

  • constituted voluntary and community groups
  • charities
  • social enterprises
  • co-operatives
  • community interest companies

Your organisation will need to have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months.

Your annual income must be £100,000 or under for your last full financial year. You will need to provide your accounts to prove this.

To be considered for funding you will need to:

  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area
  • Have limited access to other sources of income
  • Clearly define the need you are addressing
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefit of your activities to local people
  • Illustrate how you aim to deliver social outcomes
  • Provide clear evidence that your services provided are inclusive to all

 

Themes and outcomes

The Core Strength - Local Communities fund sits under the Comic Relief programme of Building Stronger Communities. The work and main focus of your organisation should fit one of the Comic Relief priorities. This means the majority of your work fits under one of the following priorities:

1. Connected communities
We are looking for organisations who work to improve inclusion and cohesion in their neighbourhoods. You should be working to help people find common interests, overcome fear and misconceptions and connect people together. We believe a community where you know your neighbours and help each other is a stronger, happier and healthier community.

2. Productive communities
We want to help create flourishing communities, where people feel they are personally thriving, whilst sharing a sense of purpose and prosperity – rather than just ‘making ends meet’. We are looking for organisations who help this happen – it could be through those who provide employment and work support or enterprises / community owned assets whose purpose is to help local residents out of poverty for example.

3. Empowered communities
We want communities to be heard and to be able to make the changes they need to thrive. Your organisation will focus on building the confidence of local people to tackle the issues they face and empower them to make changes as they need. This is about supporting community led solutions to improve their own lives.

If your organisation fits one of the above priorities then we would encourage you to consider what would help you over the next 12 months to run your organisation. It could be as simple as paying rent for 12 months or it could be funding additional hours of staff time to focus on creating and implementing a business or fundraising plan that would have an impact on the whole organisation. We are not being prescriptive – this is your opportunity to get non-project funding and invest in you as an organisation.

Each organisation will be able to choose one outcome to report against, from the following:

  • Connected communities: seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities
  • Productive communities: investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources
  • Empowered communities: working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities

Your organisation may be working under one or more of these outcomes, in which case you should choose the one where the majority of your work is focused on.

 

Priorities

It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme. Having priorities helps us to make difficult decisions when there are so many applications. Priority will be given to:

  • Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding
  • Those in areas of high deprivation
  • Those in geographically underfunded areas
  • Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation
  • Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need
  • Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful

 

Applying

This programme is being managed by UK Community Foundations and each area has a local Community Foundation who will administer and manage these grants. Find out more information on where your local Community Foundation is and how to apply.

Please note, each local Community Foundation will have different deadlines throughout the year.

If you have any questions on applying, contact your local Community Foundation.

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up to £3000 for projects working in E9, E20, E15

Inspiring Communities Fund

East End Community Foundation is distributing funding on behalf of Get Living London to support the local communities around East Village, E20. Grants are available to local community groups and organisations supporting residents in E20, E15 and/or E9 postcodes, which covers much of Stratford and Hackney Wick. 

Organisations may apply for up to £3,000 and grants will be awarded under the themes of: 

  • Communities and People
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Arts and Culture (particularly focused on children and young people) 

GUIDELINES

The next application deadline is 12 noon on Monday 2nd October 2017. If you would like to apply please contact the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 to discuss your proposal.

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