VAAC E-bulletin 3rd August 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.



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.


Home Start HAF Summer Camp 


Various dates from 7th August

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:


The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £76m Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund. The fund will support organisations across England to deliver critical frontline services. Organisations will be able to apply for funding to maintain or expand critical cost of living services from now until the end of March 2024. Grants are between £10,000 and £75,000. Deadline: 12 noon, 16th October 2023.


The Government has launched a new £25m VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme that will provide mainly capital funding to increase the energy efficiency and long-term sustainability of a range of frontline voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, allowing them to deliver more efficient services for individuals and communities. Deadline: 11.59pm, 23rd August 2023.  There will be a virtual engagement session for clarification questions at 11:30 on 8th August 2023.


The Home Office’s Community Engagement Fund is a £150,000 grant fund to support grassroots and community groups to engage communities and raise awareness of priority Home Office policy areas and the support available. Funding is for grassroots and community groups to engage communities and raise awareness of and address any misinformation about the Windrush Compensation and Windrush Schemes. Deadline: 11.59pm, 30th August 2023. Two virtual information sessions will be held on 8th August (14.00-15.30) and 10th August (11.00-12.30).


The Art Fund has launched a new round of Commission Grants to support the creation of new artworks for public collections. The grants, which range from a few thousand pounds to tens of thousands of pounds, will help museums and galleries commission artists to create new work that will enrich their collections and engage audiences. Deadline: 17th September 2023.

The Marsh Awards 2023 is back for a 9th round to recognise both face-to-face and online Community Peer Support in England.  The Marsh Charitable Trust will reward 10 outstanding community-led groups across 5 categories: overcoming barriers and small groups, creativity, sustaining ourselves, in connection, and young people. Deadline: 11.59pm, 13th August 2023.



Continuo Foundation, deadline: 5pm, 10th August 2023.

SBRI Healthcare - Autism and Learning Disabilities, deadline: 11th August 2023. 

Islamic Relief UK - Grants Programme, deadline: midnight, 13th August 2023.

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK, deadline: 12 noon, 18th August 2023.

Scott Bader Commonwealth Global Strategy Fund, deadline: 28th August 2023.

British Ecological Society - Outreach Grants, deadline: 11.59pm, 30th August 2023.

Leeds Building Society Foundation - Small Grants, deadline: 30th August 2023.

7stars Foundation - Shine Bright, deadline: 31st August 2023.

CLA Charitable Trust, deadline: 31st August 2023.

Eranda Rothschild Foundation, deadline: 31st August 2023.

Henry Smith Charity - Christian Projects, deadline: 31st August 2023.

Magdalen Hospital Trust, deadline: 31st August 2023.

William and Jane Morris Church Conservation Grants, deadline: 31st August 2023.

The Emerton-Christie Charity, deadline: 31st August 2023.


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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