VAAC E-bulletin 6th July 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.





VAAC are working in partnership with Chichester District Council to identify which mobility support services are most urgently required in the city centre.


If you have mobility issues, you care for an older or disabled person or you know someone who does then please complete our quick survey. It'll take up no more than 5mins of your time and it's a great opportunity to make our voices heard!


The research phase of this project is almost over and the more information we can collate the better!


Cost of Living Crisis

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.


Tea & Coffee Club

Jubilee Hall, Chalcraft Lane, Bersted,
Bognor Regis PO21 5TU


From 15th May to July 17th


Fete in the Park

Petwork Park


Saturday 8th July 12pm - 5pm, music to 8pm

Charity Football Tournament - Arun Sports Arena, Ford Airfield, BN18 0HY


Sunday 9th July

Annual Open Day - Main Road, Southbourne West Sussex, PO10 8EZ


Sunday 9th July 2023 11am – 4pm

Adur Charity Chat - Co Op Community Space, Ham Road, Shoreham, BN43 6PA


Tuesday 11th of July 9.30am

Watersmead Community Allotment
Community Groups Open Morning - The Body Shop, Watersmead Business Park,Littlehampton, BN17 6LS


Friday 14th July 10am – 12pm

Angmering Flower & Produce Show

Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Bramley Green, BN16 4FU


Saturday 15th of July 2pm - 4pm

Coffee Connections at Ferring Country Centre, Rife Way, Ferring, BN12 5JZ

Our drop-in networking session for anyone working with volunteers. No need to book, just come along for a cuppa and a chat with your peers, a chance to ask each other and us advice or questions and to share ideas.


Tuesday 18th July 10am to 12pm 

Free Summer Play Scheme


From 24th July for 5 weeks

Charity Supercar Track Day

Goodwood Motor Circuit, PO18 0PH


Saturday 29th July, 9am to 5pm

Summer Fun Day - Swanfield Park Community Centre, Swanfield Drive, Chichester, PO19 6GH


Monday 14th August 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Outdoor Screening Top Gun - Madehurst Cricket Club, Madehurst Nr Arundel BN18 0NN


Saturday 2nd Sept from 6.30pm

No Stone Unturned: Ask Lucy anything about fundraising. Digital Event.


Wednesday 13th September 10am - 12pm

DBS training workshop - Eligibility for DBS checks. Digital Event.


Thursday 14th September 10am - 12pm

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


Thursday 21st September 10am - 12pm

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


Wednesday 8th November 6pm - 8pm

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


Saturday 9th December 10am - 12pm




Funding News:


- VAAC Funding Focus July 2023


- The second round of the Big Give’s Anchor Match Fund 2023 will run from 1st July until 31st December 2023.


- The Government has launched the  “Million hours fund”. This is a fund designed specifically for youth services that help to tackle ASB and is for projects being run in specific wards only ( called hot spot wards, based on the youth population, and then selecting those with the highest reported number of antisocial behaviour incidents). Here is a list of the eligible Sussex wards.


- Expressions of Interest are being invited from local community organisations for funding for an automated external defibrillator (AED) for their area.  The £1 million fund which is not yet open for applications is expected to provide around 1,000 new defibrillators in community spaces across England.


- The Domestic Abuse Evaluation Accelerator Fund is funded by the Evaluation Task Force, a joint Cabinet Office-HM Treasury unit providing specialist support. Grants of up to £500,000 are available for organisations for programmes taking place in England which seek to reduce or prevent domestic abuse, according to specific intervention areas as determined by the funder. Deadline: 12 noon, 8th August 2023. An information webinar will be held on Monday 10 July 2023 (15:00 to 16:30) in which more information about the funding call, application process and potential evaluation design will be shared. Registration is required.


- With co-investment from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International, the pilot Four Nations International Fund is designed to support those working in the arts and creative industries in the four nations across the UK and together with counterparts in Europe and beyond.  The funding is intended to support in-person, digital or hybrid activity including exchanges, residencies, partnership development, co-creation and networking, with priority given to applications experimenting with innovative models of international collaboration.


- Community gardens have until 1st August 2023 to submit their entry into the Cultivation Streets 2023 competition. Winners and runners-up will win prizes of between £250 and £1,000.


- The 2024 GSK IMPACT Awards and the new GSK Health Inequalities programme to support small charities are now open for applications. The GSK IMPACT Awards are for charities with a total annual income of between £150,000 and £3 million. They are funded by GSK and provide core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and well-being. Up to 15 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500.  Deadline: 5pm, 1st September 2023. The new GSK Health Inequalities Programme supports small charities with a total annual income of between £20,000 and £150,000.  Up to 15 charities will receive up to £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus access to free training and development valued at £2,700. Deadline: 5pm, 14th August 2023.



The Connaught Trust, deadline: 14th July 2023.

Forestry Commission - Seed Sourcing Grant, deadline: 11.55pm, 17th July 2023.

The DPO Centre – Charity and Community Fund, deadline: 18th July 2023.

National Lottery Heritage Fund - Species Survival Fund, deadline: 12 noon, 24th July 2023.

A B Charitable Trust, deadline: 28th July 2023.

Ashley Family Foundation, deadline: 28th July 2023.

Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards - Larger Grants, deadline: midnight, 28th July 2023.

Anchor Foundation, deadline: 31st July 2023.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund - General Grants, deadline: 1st August 2023.

Marc Fitch Fund, deadline: 1st August 2023.

The Ironmongers’ Company - STEM Projects, deadline: 1st August 2023.

Seven Friends Foundation, deadline: 1st August 2023.

Veterans' Foundation, deadline: 7th August 2023.


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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