VAAC E-bulletin 17th 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

Volya Choir invites you to unforgettable Independence Day celebration - St. Paul's church on Churchside, PO19 3FT, Chichester. 


Saturday 26th of August from 12noon

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


Saturday 2nd Sept from 6.30pm

Taster Day - 58-60 Longford Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1AG


Thursday 7th September from 10am to 2pm

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

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


August 17th to 3rd September

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

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

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:


Cash for Kids is looking for grassroots community sports groups from across the South to take part in their unique fundraising competition. The challenge is aimed at supporting children and young people who find it difficult to get into sports, either through disadvantage or disability, so entries will be judged on how the group can make a difference to children in their community. Groups will have from 16th September to 16th October to fundraise as much as possible. Deadline: midnight, 11th September 2023.


Community organisations can now apply for grants of £500 to £5,000 per new project from the Community Play Fund, which was introduced by ChangeX and the LEGO Foundation to support the development of playful experiences for children in communities across the UK.


The Leathersellers Company is seeking applications from small charities that are providing vital services for vulnerable people in deprived communities across the UK. The Small Grants Programme will award grants of up to £5,000 to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000. 


In partnership with the National Autistic Society, Thea and Peter Boshier have established a new grant scheme, The Boshier Grant Scheme.  Grants of up to £25,000 will be awarded to registered charities throughout the UK, that share the National Autistic Society’s vision to create a society that works for autistic people. Deadline: 5pm, 15th September 2023.


The Community Justice Fund’s new £30 million, five-year Improving Lives Through Advice funding programmes are for registered charities that provide access to specialist welfare legal advice to the most marginalised communities in England, including people with disabilities, women fleeing abuse and families facing eviction. Core costs grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 per annum will be given to organisations. Deadline: 4pm, 15th September 2023.


The Hyde Charitable Trust has launched a new open-access Evolve Fund grants programme. The Fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to organisations operating locally for the provision of services and activities that will respond to challenges and opportunities in selected Hyde’s communities. They offer restricted funding and are keen to support your organisation’s delivery costs and a proportionate share of your organisation’s core costs.  Organisations need to be working in the following areas: Chichester District (Tangmere, Whyke), Midhurst, and Selsey. Deadline: 5pm, 28th August 2023 for Round 1 (may close early).


Active Sussex’s Children and Young People Fund is now open for pre-application. They are looking for partners with project ideas that meet the targeted needs of tackling inequalities of high quality and appropriate activity provision to C&YP in Sussex. Please contact Andy Wright for more information [email protected].




The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund - Small Grants Programme, deadline: 5.30pm, 18th August 2023.

Energy Redress Scheme - Main Fund and Small Project Fund, deadline: 5pm, 22nd August 2023.

Scops Arts Trust, deadline: 5pm, 22nd August 2023.

Ellis Campbell Foundation – Youth Power and Leadership Grants, deadline: 30th August 2023.

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

Henry Moore Foundation, deadline: 11pm, 1st September 2023.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust, deadline: 1st September 2023.

Kelly Family Charitable Trust, deadline: 1st September 2023.

Green Hall Foundation, deadline: Opens 9am on 1st September 2023 and closes when 150 applications have been received.

Royal Society of Chemistry - Outreach Fund, deadline: 4th September 2023.

Idlewild Trust, deadline: 12 noon, 5th September 2023.

Grocers' Charity - Memorial Grants, deadline: 8th September 2023.

Hospital Saturday Fund - Large Grants, deadline: 8th September 2023.

Learning through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants, deadline: 8th September 2023.


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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