VAAC E-bulletin 14th September 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.




Wednesday 27th of September 2023 12noon - 2pm

You are cordially invited to Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester’s

Annual General Meeting & Networking Lunch


Boxgrove Village Hall, The Street, Boxgrove, PO18 0EE


To RSVP via Eventbrite please click here


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.


Dementia Support September Activities - various locations


Various dates from Friday 1st Sept

Cowdray's Maize Maze & Sunflower Picking Patch - Cowdray Estate, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AQ


August 17th to 3rd September

Dementia Awareness Day - Chichester Library


Friday September 15th from 10am to 2pm

Grow Digital Workshops - Mid Sussex, Crawley, Horsham, Adur & Worthing, Chichester and Arun.


From Tuesday Sept 19th

DBS training workshop - Legal duty to make a barring referral. Digital Event.


Thursday 21st September 10am - 12pm

Falls Prevention - Chichester Grange Care Home, Grosvenor Road, Stockbridge, Donnington, PO19 8FP


Thursday 28th September 2pm to 3.30pm

Dementia Friendly Events - Chichester Grange Care Home, Grosvenor Road, Stockbridge, Donnington, PO19 8FP


From 28th September

Monthly Markets - Boxgrove Village Hall, The St, Boxgrove, Chichester PO18 0EE


Friday September 29th

Chichester Community Choir & Friends Concert of Classical & Folk Music - Boxgrove Priory


Friday September 29th 7pm

Safe in Sussex and West Sussex Mind Joint Abseil - Peacehaven Cliffs, Lewes, East Sussex, BN10 8QG


Saturday 7th October

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


Saturday 28th October 7.30pm - 10pm

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

GU28 0PG


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

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


Saturday 9th December 10am - 12pm




Funding News:


The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund has reopened offering grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety. Deadline: 5pm, 6th October 2023.


The Government has announced a £10 million Suicide Prevention Grant Fund to support suicide prevention activities delivered in England by VCSE organisations in 2023 to 2025. Grants of up to £750,000 are available. Deadline: 11.59pm, 1st October 2023.


The Weston Loan Programme helps smaller museums to borrow works of outstanding quality and significance from national and major lending institutions.  Grants of up to £35,000 are available to cover the practical elements of strategic loans projects. The programme also funds activities to maximise the impact of the loaned items and to develop the skills of museum professionals. Applications open on 23rd October 2023 and close on 15th December 2023.


The Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme helps fund activity providers to give people with Parkinson's more opportunities to get and stay active.  Deadline: 30th November 2023.


The Art Fund and Creative Scotland have launched a new UK-wide funding programme, Going Places, to engage with new and underrepresented audiences with museum collections through collaborative touring exhibitions. Going Places will establish five networks of small to mid-sized museums. Each network will produce two touring exhibitions over five years (2025-2030), with local communities involved in shaping the themes and outreach programming.  Deadline: 24th November 2023.



Red Hill Trust, deadline: 15th September 2023.

FIFA Foundation Community Programme, deadline: 15th September 2023.

Southbourne Parish Council – Grants, deadline: 15th September 2023.

Ernest Cook Trust - The Blue Influencers Scheme, deadline: 3pm, 25th September 2023.

Hedley Foundation, deadline: 27th September 2023.

Association of Independent Museums - Collections Care Audits, Collections Care Scheme and Pilgrim Trust Remedial Conservation Scheme, deadline: 5pm, 29th September 2023.

Fidelio Charitable Trust, deadline: 12 noon, 29th September 2023.

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero  - Green Heat Network Fund, deadline: 29th September 2023.

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance — Grant Programme, deadline: 29th September 2023.

National Foundation for Youth Music—NextGen Fund, deadline: 5pm, 29th September 2023.

Adamson Trust, deadline: 30th September 2023.

Southover Manor Trust, deadline: 30th September 2023.

Aldwick Parish Council - Grants, deadline: 30th September 2023.

Patagonia International Environmental Grants, deadline: 30th September 2023.

UnLtd - Awards for Social Entrepreneurs, deadline: 30th September 2023.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, deadline: 30th September 2023.

The Glaziers Trust - Conservation Grant, deadline: 2nd October 2023.

Alzheimer's Society’s Accelerator Programme, deadline: 4th October 2023.

Heritage Crafts Association - Endangered Crafts Fund, deadline: 5pm, 6th October 2023.

Hospital Saturday Fund - Standard Grants, deadline: 6th October 2023.


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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