SVSN Bits n Bobs No by gabyion


									SVSN Bits n Bobs No. 1 May 06
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1. Voluntary sector IT survey 2006
2. MCTIa newsletter
3. Job Vacancy at South Somerset CVS
4. Tudor Trust Announces New Funding Guidelines (UK)
5. Co-op Group Community Dividend Fund (England & Wales)
6. National Sports Foundation Match Funding Scheme
7. Announcement Of Funding To Help The Financially Excluded
8. Improving charity tax compliance
9. Regular updates to voluntary sector news
10.    Winning 'additionality' on Lottery changes
11.    Full costs not recovered
12.    The Trustee Conference 2006 - getting governance right
13.    Funding bricks – online funding information
14.    Community Fundraising Manager.
15. Delays in the announcement of Section 64 grants for
16.    New Funding Available!
17.    Looking for Lottery Funding?
18.    Tudor Trust set to widen its applications criteria
19.    Free email service to donate 45% of profits to charities
20. New lottery aims to raise up to £150 million a year for
  nominated charities
21.    Raised ceiling for Awards for All
22.    £165 million to Big Lottery for Well-being

1. Voluntary sector IT survey 2006
Completing this questionnaire should only take a few minutes and the survey
results will be published in the May edition of Charity Finance. The
information you provide will be reported on an aggregated, non-attributable
basis, so you need not have any concerns about confidentiality.
As well as identifying the key strengths and weaknesses in charity IT, the
survey contains the usual benchmarking questions around IT use and this
year also focuses on security and IT governance.
This years survey is sponsored by Servicetec and brought to you in
association with CFDG and CITRA
Your assistance in this research is greatly valued and we would like to thank
you in advance for your participation. There are three free hampers to be
won - drawn from the people who contribute to the survey!
To contribute to the survey visit

2. MCTIa newsletter
Includes an overview of a Consultation event on the Rural Development
Programme for England 2007-2013
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3. Job Vacancy at South Somerset CVS
South Somerset Council for Voluntary Service
Chief Officer
We are looking for a Chief Officer with vision and a creative approach to
challenges to help South Somerset CVS to continue with its core functions
and further develop the expansion of our social enterprises and partnership
working throughout our area of South Somerset.
The successful candidate will have excellent entrepreneurial, management
and communication skills and be able to successfully manage budgets and
lead a large and diverse team of staff.
The candidate will be based in Yeovil but will need to be prepared to travel
and to attend evening and weekend meetings.
This part-time post of 30 hours can be worked flexibly. The salary is
£32487pa pro rata.
Contact Chairman, Nigel Engert, 01963 32991 for more information and an
informal chat. Tel: 01935 475914 for an Application Pack or visit the on line
Recruitment site
Closing date: 19 May 2006 at 5pm     Interview date:    7 June 2006

4. Tudor Trust Announces New Funding Guidelines (UK)
The Tudor Trust, which is one of the largest independent Grant-making
Trust’s in the UK, has announced new grant making guidelines for 2006 – 07.
The Trust aims to support organisations (primarily with a turnover of less
than £1 million) that assist those individuals with social, emotional and
financial needs at the margins of society.
During this financial year the fund will continue to support projects that
address the areas of youth, older people, community, relationships, housing,
mental health, substance misuse, learning, financial security and criminal
justice but will also consider funding in areas not previously supported by the
Trust. There is a two stage application process and applicants are asked to
initially submit a first-stage proposal. There is no application deadline for
submitting first-stage proposals.

5. Co-op Group Community Dividend Fund (England & Wales)
The Community Dividend Fund uses the “odd pence” donated from Co-
operative Group Dividend cardholders to fund projects that benefit local
communities. Community and voluntary groups as well as charities are able
to apply for funding of between £100 and £5,000 to support projects that
benefit the local community. To be eligible, the project must benefit a local
community in which at least one Co-operative group business trades. The
type of activities supported must fulfil a perceived need in the local
community by addressing community issues such as combating crime and
anti-social behaviour, promoting education and improving health. Activities
must also target
disadvantaged groups or areas and be in line with co-operative values and
principals. Applications can be made at any time.
6. National Sports Foundation Match Funding Scheme

The National Sports Foundation (NSF) has just opened for business and will
match donations from commercial bodies and individuals.
The Government has invested £34.5 million in the scheme in an attempt to
attract new investment to three priority areas:
* 2012 Kids - Getting more children and young people playing sport
* Women Into Sport - involving more women in playing sport
* Fit for Sport - investment in clubs, coaches and volunteers in local
The key difference between NSF and Sportsmatch appears to be that:

- Facilities can be funded through NCF;
- There is no upper limit on the level of funding as long as the project
benefits community sport
- Investors do not have to be businesses; private benefactors can also
For detailed information about Sportsmatch go to
Applications for National Sports Foundation match funding can be made on-
line. Full details and guidance notes are available from

7. Announcement Of Funding To Help The Financially Excluded
Des Browne, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has revealed that funds are
to be made available to support a new Financial Inclusion Taskforce
campaign, which will address the barriers to accessing both mainstream
banking products and sources of affordable credit. The money, which will be
taken from the Financial Inclusion Fund, will be used to raise awareness of
the problem of financial exclusion amongst intermediary organisations such
as charities and housing associations. The funding will provide these
organisations with the tools and training both to assist their clients to open
bank accounts and to enable them to access affordable borrowing
alternatives. The campaign will raise awareness of the benefits of financial
inclusion amongst excluded people themselves, directing them to sources of
information and advice.
Brian Pomeroy, chairman of the Financial Inclusion Taskforce, said: "As the
number of un-banked people decreases, those who remain are ever more
challenging to reach. The Taskforce believes it is important to engage
intermediaries who are in regular contact with, and trusted by, financially
excluded people in order to stimulate demand for banking services and give
them the support and assistance they need to help them access financial

8. Improving charity tax compliance
The Charities unit of HM Revenue and Customs is going to look at "better
ways of conducting compliance enquiries" over the next 6 months, to help
improve efficiency and reduce the costs of compliance for charities and their
subsidiary companies.

9. Regular updates to voluntary sector news

10.   Winning 'additionality' on Lottery changes
The government has agreed to table an amendment to the National Lottery
Bill, currently going through Parliament, that will mean that Lottery
distributors will have to report on how their funding to the voluntary sector is
free from political interference and distinct from government expenditure.

11.   Full costs not recovered
A report from a quick survey of members of the Charity Finance Directors’
Group on the challenges charities face in contracting with government to
provide public services is on eGov Monitor, at The headline figure is only 85%,
or less, of costs were recovered by over half of those responding. Third
Sector article at .

12.   The Trustee Conference 2006 - getting governance right
22nd June, London. For trustees and senior staff in charities who want to
develop their governance to the highest standards, providing an opportunity
to gather information and updates, and to network. Experienced staff and
trustees will share their experience and case studies across a range of topics.
Keynote speaker is Baroness Sally Greengross and the Charity Commission's
chief executive will provide an update on current issues. £180 first delegate,
£160 second delegate. To book, contact Julie Brown, Russell-Cooke
Solicitors, phone 020 8394 6308, email:

13.   Funding bricks – online funding information
Funding Bricks is a FREE weekly e-bulletin containing up-to-the-minute
funding information. Bricks are compiled by Mid Devon District Council and
are loosely based on Matt Weston's Business Bricks

14.   Community Fundraising Manager.
£28,000 per annum - negotiable for the right person. Own car essential.
Working from home.
Ability Sports Association is a registered charity, which provides
professionally coached sport and active recreation for disabled and
disadvantaged children and adults in the West of England
Closing Date: 26TH May 2006 Contact:Caroline Williams, Admin Officer,
Tel: 01179 200090 Email:
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15. Delays in the announcement of Section 64 grants for
Article about topic
We are keen to receive feedback from organisations that have been directly
affected by these problems with Section 64, including specific examples if
possible. We have set up a forum on the bulletin
board for this purpose. To access the forum go to:
(please note that you will need to log in to post comments).

16. New Funding Available - Race equality and community
CDF is administering a new grants scheme for local communities, on behalf
of the Home Office, to increase race equality and community cohesion within
their own communities.
This £1 million fund is aimed at a local level and CDF believes local
communities are in an excellent position to work with others to improve their
own situations.
The grants scheme, Connecting Communities Plus, Community Grants,
welcomes applications from small, locally run and managed voluntary and
community organisations, often run by volunteers, who want to improve
opportunities for people locally and to improve relations between people of
different ethnic and/or faith backgrounds.
The fund is available for groups/organisations in England
Further details and the paperwork can be downloaded at:
Alternatively, if you would like to talk to us about this fund please ring 01223
400343 or email us at
Closing date for applications is 5th July 2006.

17.Looking for Lottery Funding?

A new single front door into Lottery funding has been launched with the
website: People across the UK will be
able to access information on all current opportunities for funding through
the Lottery good cause virtual doorway

18.    Tudor Trust set to widen its applications criteria
The trust, which gave away around £17.5m to about 500 organisations last
year has widened its guidelines for awarding grants to charitable bodies after
trustees realised that previous applicants had been "shoehorning" their
projects to fit the trust's themes and programmes. This year, it has shifted
away from strict funding priorities in favour of more general guidelines for
applicants. Read the story at

19.    Free email service to donate 45% of profits to charities is a new free email service which aims to raise funds for participating
charities by donating 45% of the profits it makes from banner advert sales on its
website. Find out more at

20. New lottery aims to raise up to £150 million a year for
  nominated charities
Third Sector magazine reports that the decision by new lottery, monday, to only
support mainstream charities with voluntary income over £500,000 has been greeted
with dismay by smaller charities. The new lottery, to be run by Chariot UK, will
provide nominated charities with 30p from every £1 spent on tickets. 70 charities,
including Barnados, the RNID, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Shelter,
are on the first-round list to benefit.

21.    £165 million to Big Lottery for Well-being
The Big Lottery Fund is pumping £165 million of Lottery money into helping
communities build healthier lifestyles through its new Well-being programme.
The programme focuses on three strands: mental health, healthy eating, and
physical activity. See:

22.    Raised ceiling for Awards for All
Awards for All, the small Lottery grants scheme for local communities, has
raised the ceiling for funding awards to £10,000, with a new lower threshold
of £300. See the press release at
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