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Can you believe it’s nearly a year since the first national lockdown? Now is a good time to sit back and think how far you, your organisation and your community have all come in difficult circumstances.
Looking to the future, our free support programme for the Bristol Impact Fund continues, with training courses, briefings, peer learning workshops, and one-to-one support surgeries to help you prepare your application for Bristol City Council. Booking is open now, with priority given to organisations that are equalities-led, equalities-serving, in deprived areas, or working with a smaller annual income.
Our next free training courses for Bristol Impact Fund applicants include:
- Basic Bid Writing – Bristol Impact Fund 2 – Monday, 22 March, 1pm-4pm.
- Safeguarding – Bristol Impact Fund 2 – Wednesday, 31 March, 10am-12:30pm.
- Making the Case for Community-Led Projects – Bristol Impact Fund 2 –
Tuesday, 6 April, 1pm-4pm.
As for the main Voscur learning programme, which is open to everyone, here are some of the online courses and events coming up soon:
- Basic Bid Writing shows you how a funder thinks, and the research and preparation to do before sending your bid. This is a simple and accessible course for all beginners, separate from our Bristol Impact Fund session.
- Theory of Change shows you how to use this tool for your organisation to demonstrate impact, work more effectively as a team, and prove your value to other people and organisations.
- The final session of our online Youth Sector Support Fund Conference, for VCSE organisations working with young people in Bristol aged 8-19, takes place on Tuesday 30 March. Sign up for this free 2.5 hour event now, to boost your knowledge of best practice and sector updates.
At Voscur we continue to support charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in and around Bristol, so do get in touch if your group needs help.
Read on for updates on news, jobs, training and events.
This week’s news and funding opportunities
- Ahead of tonight’s fully-booked launch event for the new Bristol VCSE sector report by Black South West Network, supported by Voscur and Locality, take a look at the report and its findings. It involves insight from over 300 local organisations and city representatives, gathered over nine months.
- Bristol Remembers is an online tribute to the people and things we have lost during the past year of coronavirus. Visit the We Are Bristol website tomorrow at 6pm to see the launch of a short film. You can also get involved on social media (use the hashtags #BristolRemembers and #WeAreBristol) and by sharing your testimonial online.
- Bristol City Council’s #WeAreBristol helpline continues to support residents who urgently need medication, food, and other essentials. Call 0800 694 0184 (lines are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm).
- The School for Social Entrepreneurs will begin its next Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme on 1 October 2021. You can register your interest now.
- The second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open for applications from environmental charities, CIOs and their partners. There are two levels of funding available, starting at £50,000.
- Bristol Redistro has grants of up to £1,000 available for small local groups and organisations (including unconstituted groups) with an annual income of less than £25,000. The money is designed to reduce inequalities and tackle local issues. Applications close on Monday 29 March.
- For help and advice with your funding applications, please email email@example.com or call 07904 099136.
Upcoming Voscur online training
Thursday 1 April, 1pm-4pm
It can be hard to get funding for your group, and even small bids present a challenge if you aren’t sure of the right approach. This workshop will take you through the basics from identifying the right opportunity to receiving a grant. We will look at identifying grant funding, eligibility, writing a good bid, using evidence to support your application, and managing your fundraising.
Suitable for: People who are either new to bid writing or who have done a little and would like additional skills.
Tuesday 20 April, 9:30am-1:30pm
Theory of Change is a very useful tool for your organisation to use to define your impact, work more effectively as a team, and communicate your value externally. The course will enable you to implement a Theory of Change, setting out in simple terms an overview of your organisation’s activities so that its long-term aims, main areas of work, results and impact are immediately clear to potential funders, partners and stakeholders.
Suitable for: Staff, Trustees and volunteers with responsibility for, and knowledge of, their organisations strategic development and impact.