VOLUNTARY, COMMUNITY, FAITH AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SMALL GRANTS ROUND 2

(Closing date: 29th February 2024)

Blackpool Council, through the Shared Prosperity Fund, is providing funding to offer infrastructure support to the VCFSE in Blackpool. Blackpool CAN is a partnership of three VCFSE organisations, Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde, Citizens Advice Blackpool and Social Enterprise Solutions. One element of the project is to deliver a small grants programme to help build the capacity of VCFSE organisations in Blackpool.
Please read the guidance included within application form (use link below) and apply if you wish to do so.

 

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NEW FUNDING OPENS THIS MONTH TO HELP FOR VCSE

This is to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. The VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme provides Government funding to undertake energy assessments of buildings and full funding to implement energy efficiency improvements. Full eligibility criteria will be published in the coming weeks, but organisations must be based in England, be a voluntary, community, and social enterprise, deliver frontline services and not be suitable for blended finance or loan support through other schemes. Priority will be given to organisations for whom energy is the biggest concern and those directly supporting individuals and communities with critical needs, particularly those related to the rising cost of living. The programme is being delivered nationally by Groundwork.

 

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ANNOUNCING GRANTS OF UP TO £10,000 FROM VINCI UK FOUNDATION!

Vinci UK Foundation has opened its application process. Find out if your organisation meets the requirements to apply for a grant.

 

BLACKPOOL COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

Through the pandemic Blackpool Council and the Blackpool VCFSE sector have seen the critical value of thriving communities. People helped and supported others around them. Local government and health services developed stronger relationships with their local community, often facilitated by the VCFSE sector. Towns and cities with a thriving VCFSE sector supported by infrastructure organisations were able to put forward a better coordinated, stronger response.

In the current economic climate, small locally based VCFSE organisations need support more than ever and it has been determined that there is a need to increase the capacity of the local VCFSE sector in Blackpool to deliver support to the wider community.

With this in mind, Blackpool Council, through the Shared Prosperity Fund, has provided financial resources to help build capacity & resilience to the Blackpool VCFSE sector to:

  • attract funding
  • operate good governance
  • recruit, train and manage volunteers
  • influence public service commissioning
  • network across the VCFSE and with relevant statutory bodies and other potential collaborators
  • simply know what’s going on and disseminate knowledge at a local level.

 


PHOTOS FROM FYLDE COAST RESILIENCE ANNOUNCEMENT


Blackpool CAN aims to:

  • Deliver a small grants programme to build capacity of the sector (£85,000 of grants maximum);
  • Work with other funders and strategic partners to promote grants and encourage investment in the VCFSE sector in Blackpool;
  • Support activity to aid VCFSE organisations to submit funding applications;
  • Supporting the development of new groups through governance advice and training;
  • Develop volunteering activity, increasing volunteer numbers and good practice in volunteer management, leading and generating an expectation and culture in which volunteering can thrive;
  • Support the development of community action networks to increase community engagement, strengthening spaces and opportunities for people to come together to develop their goals and drive aspirations for their communities;
  • Provide networking, learning and peer support opportunities to develop the sector;
  • Provide regular updates/briefings to the Blackpool VCFSE sector regarding local, regional and national strategies, events and opportunities;
  • Bring together networks and connect local voluntary and community organisations with each other and with strategic and systems partners, to create, pursue and implement opportunities for joint working.

BLACKPOOL CAN PARTNERS



A new Shared Prosperity Fund initiative to support the VCFSE (Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise) sector in Blackpool.