VAAC E-bulletin 12th October 2023

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Bringing you the latest updates in Arun and Chichester Districts and across West Sussex



Welcome to the fortnightly e-bulletin from Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester which we hope you will find useful. The following information, covers both Chichester and Arun Districts and West Sussex.


If you would like to include some information about your organisation including upcoming events, please contact us by emailing Sharon Westcott


If you have a position to recruit for or some news that you would like VAAC to help promote and the deadlines fall between our e-bulletin publication dates please don't hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can help.



New Year, New Possibilities!

Come and join us at our exciting Volunteer Recruitment Fair taking place at Rustington Methodist Church on Saturday 13th January 2024 from 10.30am-1.30pm. It’s your opportunity to meet potential new recruits, discuss the roles you have available, hopefully sign up some great new volunteers and network with your fellow community groups and Charities. VAAC staff will also be on hand to offer expert advice you might not even know you need!


There are 30 spaces available, but they are booked fast! In the spirit of fairness, we will operate on a first come, first served basis - so please book your place early to avoid disappointment. Tables and chairs will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring display materials for your table and banners to showcase your organisation.


Our focus for this event is ‘New Year, New Possibilities’ - let’s work together to show all the benefits of volunteering in 2024 and explain all the new possibilities a voluntary role can open up!


If you’d like to attend, please email [email protected]. Its free!


We now have a dedicated page on our website where we will be compiling all the information, resources and guidance that comes out in relation to the Cost of Living Crisis, and the impact on Voluntary Sector organisations. We will endeavour to share important updates through this e-bulletin as well, but please do keep an eye on the webpage to ensure you keep up to date with any changes or news. 


British Land have commissioned the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School to produce a series of factsheets to help their partners access the support they need, particularly as inflation increases the cost of energy, rent, supplies and wages. These factsheets will provide a range of information and links to resources covering topics from planning and operations to strategy and governance, and economic resilience during a time of crisis. They will aim to update and reissue this resource on a monthly basis for a further three months.


Phil King Live at The Barn - Main Road, Southbourne, West Sussex, PO10 8EZ


Saturday 28th October 7.30pm - 10pm

Upcoming Events - Various locations and dates.


From 31st Oct to 16th Dec

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting: Autism in the Workplace

The Shore Community Church (formerly known as Opengate Bognor Regis Baptist Church)

73 Victoria Drive Bognor Regis PO21 2TD


Wednesday 1st Nov 10am - 11.30am


No Stone Unturned: Trustee Training. Fundraising options for your organisation. Digital Event.


Wednesday 8th November 6pm - 8pm

Grittenham Barn Christmas Market - Grittenham Barn, Tillington, Petworth

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Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 10am - 4pm


Community Groups Signposting Network Event


5th December 2023 from 9.30-12.30

No Stone Unturned: Managing your relationships with your donors and funders. Digital Event.


Saturday 9th December 10am - 12pm




Funding News:


The McCarthy Stone Foundation’s Christmas Connections Programme is all about connecting older adults over the Christmas period. Grants of up to £1,000 will be available to support organisations running activities for people over 65 in their community over the festive period. 


Big Issue Invest (BII), the investment arm of the Big Issue Group (BIG), is calling for applications to its Social Impact Debt Fund IV (Fund IV): a private debt fund, which will lend to organisations across the UK looking to grow their social impact. The fund will focus on three core sectors – health and social care, affordable housing and social infrastructure (for example co-working spaces, education & training, nurseries and arts organisations). It offers loans of £1m to £4m, typically backed by property assets and where BII will be the sole lender. 


Applications are open for the second edition of the Big Give‘s Anchor Match Fund for 2023, which will help charities to run their own match funding campaigns. The Big Give will contribute £1,000 of match funds for every £4,000 that charities raise from pledges (match funds from their own supporters), up to a maximum of £10,000 per charity. Campaigns will close on 31st December 2023.


The National Lottery Community Fund’s Million Hours Fund (phase two) offers funding of £30,000 to £100,000 for organisations to give extra support to young people in areas where they may be at risk of anti-social behaviour.  Deadline: 12 noon, 24th November 2023.

Cash4Clubs is offering unrestricted grants of £2,000 to help sustain the UK’s community sports clubs/organisations who are in need and may be threatened with closure due to the cost-of-living crisis. Applications open on 18th October 2023 and will be accepted between October and December 2023. Winners will be notified in early 2024.


Crowdfunder has launched the £500,000 Cost of Living Resilience Fund to assist social sector organisations in areas of deprivation in England who are providing services to support people struggling with the rising cost of living. The fund will close when all the funding is allocated (this is a match-funding initiative and thus not a traditional grant scheme).



CharityJob 2023 Charitable Donation, deadline: 13th October 2023.

The European Cultural Foundation - Europe Challenge 2024, deadline: 16th October 2023.

The Society Foundation, deadline: 12 noon, 16th October 2023

eBay’s Circular Fashion Innovators Fund, deadline: 20th October 2023.

Leche Trust, deadline: 12 noon, 20th October 2023.

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation, deadline: 12noon,  20th October 2023.

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, deadline: 22nd October 2023.

Electrical Safety First - Electrical Safety Fund, deadline: 22nd October 2023.

Rowing Foundation, deadline: 23th October 2023.

Veterans Foundation, deadline: 23rd October 2023.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, deadline: 27th October 2023.

Tesco Footie for All Fund, deadline: 11.59pm, 29th October 2023.

National Churches Trust - Small Grants Programme, deadline: midnight, 31st October 2023.

Edge Fund, deadline: 11.59pm, 31st October 2023.

Vision Foundation – National Resilience Fund, deadline: 11.59pm, 31st October 2023.

UK-German Connection - Flexible Funding, deadline: 31st October 2023.

War Memorials Trust, deadline: 31st October 2023.

The Edgar E Lawley Foundation, deadline: 31st October 2023.

The Government’s Children and Young People's Resettlement Fund, deadline: 11.59pm, 1st November 2023.

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation, deadline: 1st November 2023.

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charity, deadline: 5pm, 1st November 2023.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage (Grants from £10,000 to £250,000), deadline: 12 noon, 3rd November 2023.

EA Foundation, deadline: 12 noon, 6th November 2023.


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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