Just published is our November Newsletter for VASA members. It covered a number of funding opportunities, a (free – quality) advice section and introduced our special Christmas Project. This article contains the Funding and advice sections for your perusal. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, please send an e-mail to info@vasa.org.uk titled ‘Newsletter’.

Please do contact us if you have any projects you want to develop before considering funding streams – and remember that for those projects based in Stratford who could receive a Stratford Town Trust grant – that the closing date for R1 of 2016 is Mid January



This is a new bringing together of four significant web sites where you can search for support from Trusts, Companies, the Government and Individuals. It may only be useful (affordable) by larger groups as each of the four web sites costs £299 (+ VAT) for a year’s subscription.



These are a number of funding opportunities that you could apply for –


The Hilden Charitable Fund Community activities for 16-25 year olds

The Hilden Charitable Fund provides grants to small organisations (maximum turnover £200,000) with an average value of £5,000 to support community based activities for young people aged 16 to 25.

The next application deadline is 16th December 2015.


Empty properties for young people in housing need

LandAid, the property industry charity, has opened its annual £1 million funding programme to bring empty properties across the UK into use for young people in  housing need.

UK -based charities working in areas with high indices of deprivation  can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 for work across the UK which turns empty properties into supported accommodation for young people who are either homeless or at severe risk of becoming homeless.

There is a three-stage application process with a first deadline on 16th November 2015

Heart of England – The Harry Payne Fund

Closing date for the next round is Wednesday, 11th November 2015

The Harry Payne Fund offers grants for up to £1000 and is happy to fund core costs. Please look at the Heart of England website or contact the grants team on 024 7688 3262/3265.

The fund will cover anywhere within a 25 mile radius of the centre of Birmingham so it includes Stratford, Warwick, Leamington, Nuneaton etc.


GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund

They are looking to help small, local community projects and community minded people through their GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

From November 2nd 2015 for 17 weeks, they are seeking to award 85 £300 donations to help volunteer groups and people just like you. Supporting warm-hearted people and projects

For more information: CLICK HERE

For the galaxyhotchocolate.com web site


War Memorials Trust

Application deadline: Thursday, 31st December 2015

The scheme is designed to help with projects for the repair and conservation of freestanding war memorials in England. Key information relating to the scheme can be found at:

Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund

The application form and guidance for Covenant Fund small and large grants is now available from



The next deadline is 17th December and the application portal will be re-opened on the 12th November for that deadline.

For guidance please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply

The above Funding Notices came from the Warwickshire CAVA newsletter. It’s a very good (free to subscribe) read which comes out weekly. To join CLICK HERE

Think Big with O2

Application deadline: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

The “Think Big with O2” youth programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme – Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2,500. The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as:

·    Materials & equipment
·    Cost of renting space
·    Transportation
·    Advertising, etc.

For further details, visit: http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/

Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity

Application deadline: Friday, 11th December 2015

The Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity offers grants to registered charities in the UK working to improve the quality of life for children in hospitals and hospices.
The Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the NHS.  For example, arts, play and music programmes for patients, facilities for parents such as parent accommodation, a wide range of projects in children’s hospices, capital building programmes for children’s hospitals and hospices and state of the art equipment.
To download all the necessary information including Grant Policy Guidelines, Application Guidelines and an Application form visit: https://wallaceandgromitcharity.org/

Help the Homeless – Supporting homeless charities throughout the UK

Application deadline: Tuesday, 15th December 2015

Help The Homeless’s main funding remit is the regular allocation of grants (generally up to £5,000) for projects that help homeless people rebuild their lives and re-enter society. Funding is targeted at projects focused on helping disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter.

Glasspool Charity Trust

The Glasspool Trust is one of the few national charities making grants to individuals, which has no restrictions on the type of beneficiary. The Trust’s aim is to provide timely, life-enhancing support to people in need; short-term involvement for long-term impact.
They do not accept applications from individuals directly, instead believing their grants are most effective through working with front-line advice and social care agencies that provide a package of support.


How to Tender – What Charities need to know (FREE) – Park House The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Friday 6th November –

An online guide on How to decide whether to respond to a Tender Opportunity  could also be very useful

Legacy Fundraising Training – from WCVYS – Tuesday, 10 November 2015 – 10:00am to 4:30pm – Learn Warwickshire Hub, Rugby –

South Warwickshire Funders Forum – Tuesday 17th November at Hill Close Gardens, Warwickshire – BOOK HERE

The main presentation will be on Crowd Funding (by the people who run the very successful ‘Warwick Rocks’) + I will be showing attendees the world of ‘Modern Marketing’ as a warm-up.

Content Development & Strategy Sessions – Wednesday 18th November at VASA Offices, Arden Court, Stratford – 4pm and 6.15pm

Please e-mail david.morgan@vasa.org.uk if you would like a place (FREE) – those who came back to me in September with a request for these courses will have priority until this Friday 6th November but I am sure there will be some places available.

Dates and times of a Twitter and Facebook session will follow shortly  

Help and Expertise:

These are a selection of some of the (FREE) on-line articles we’ve collected over the last month – they have appeared on our Twitter account but for those who don’t ‘tweet’ here they are –

How to give an Excellent Power Point Presentation guide – a complete step-by-step online article – it is very very good!

Landing Page Design Tips – From Marketing Profs – to help conversion rates every and any time you ask someone to do something on your web site

More Landing Page help – 9 Landing Page Mistakes that will hinder conversion

6 Winning Types of End-of-Year Stories that Not-for-Profits need to tell

4 Visual Story Telling Best Practices

7 Crucial Story Telling Tips for your Fundraising – a 20 minute video which really is a MUST WATCH

8 Quick and Easy tips to create high quality Video

And not forgetting one of the webinars of the year on Copywriting –

Truly outstanding Webinar on all aspects of writing copy

For those in charge of the ‘money’ – How to write a financial procedure