This feature includes dates for your diaries for grant funds that are closing soon and for two events you can attend, notably the Stratford District Volunteer Forum


Grant closing dates:



The Stratford Town Trust Annual Grants

As in previous years The Town Trust has three (3) grant rounds and the first for next year closes on January 15th 2016 at 5pm – for full details CLICK HERE  

The Stratford Town Trust Queen’s 90th Birthday Party Grant

The Stratford Town Trust have a special £10 000 grant fund for Town community groups who want to hold a special party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th – with up to £400 per group towards to costs.

For full details CLICK HERE



The WCC Transformation Fund

This fund was announced in mid November and there has been one round of funding applications which has closed – full details are HERE and the second round closing date is 1st February 2016.

It is a substantial amount of funding split across the five districts in Warwickshire and if you want any advice or support to put forward an application don’t hesitate to contact VASA.  


The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its grants programmes will re-open for enquires on the Monday, 4th January 2016. The Foundations operates two funding programmes. These are:
“Invest” which is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Grants are up to £25,000 per year for between 2 and 6 years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for up to six years in total
“Enable” which is a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help the organisations deliver their mission more effectively.

Application deadline: Friday, 18th March 2016

CLICK HERE for full details


BBC Children in Need’s Main Grants programme


The BBC Children in Need’s Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

The fund projects that make differences in children’s lives and help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.


Deadline is 13th January 2016.


Main grants programme –


Stratford District Voluntary Sector Forum

25th Feb 2016 09:30 – 12:30 St. Andrew’s Parish Centre


We have three speakers –

Jill Young, Director, Stratford Samaritans

Jackie Elshaw, My Guide Ambassador, Guide Dogs for the Blind
Emily Medcraft, Front of House Manager, Compton Verney


For full details of the morning CLICK HERE

To go directly to book FREE tickets CLICK HERE


The FSI Fundraising Course: Community & Events Fundraising

Warwickshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 from 10:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

Central Park, Rugby, United Kingdom

Community and Events fundraising can be a great way to involve lots of different people in your charity’s fundraising and engage your local community as a whole. It can raise awareness for your cause in a fun way, reaching new audiences and a wider potential new supporter base. However it needs to be planned and managed well to ensure that the potential for this area of fundraising is maximised. This course will help you to develop your community and events fundraising programme.

To book a ticket CLICK HERE

The event does cost £25 to attend



We do need Volunteer Drivers across the whole of the District.

This is a service for which demand is ever growing – helping people without cars or practical access to other transport to get to medical appointments. We have offices in Alcester, Shipston, Southam and Stratford such is the local need across all aprts of our District. 

For more info CLICK HERE

If you have Bid Writing skills, you could volunteer to help one of several groups who don’t have this skill base. Please call 01789 298102 if this is a ‘forte’.

A significant grant fund has just been awarded across the whole of the District, to help people who aren’t ‘connected’ become much more able to use computers and smartphones. If you could be a ‘Digital Champion’ we’d love to hear from you – there will be opportunities in Stratford and in Bearley immediately available – for full details CLICK HERE