Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 06.08.2021



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 06.08.2021


ERVAS Services Update

Events & Training
We have a number of virtual events and webinars taking place (you can click the date or time to book a place):

You can also find full details of events and training on our dedicated websites:

New AAT Essentials Courses

We are pleased to share that our new AAT Essentials courses are now live on our skills portal website.

The 3 new courses cover:

They can also be found on the training website here:

These qualifications are aimed at anyone working in, a role that involves dealing with costs, estimates and budgets, a role managing cash flow or looking to work in, a non-financial managerial role that requires an understanding of finance. The courses are ideal for anyone who has no previous financial training or accounting experience but requires this for their role or career, and for anyone who wants to increase their accountancy knowledge for personal reasons.

In addition to the above, we have also added the following courses to our platform:

If you have any questions about our training offer, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01482 871 077 (option 3) or email

Launch of the Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2021

The Fund is open for applications until Friday, 15th October 2021.

The decision-making panel, made up of representatives from the area of benefit, will then meet in November 2021

RES, the British independent renewable energy company that developed the nine turbine wind farm,  has established a Community Fund  to provide £36,000 per year (index linked) to support local community projects during the lifetime of the wind farm.

Applications from charitable and community organisations are now invited for the 2021 fund, which is the seventh year of the funds.

Completed applications to the Fund must demonstrate that their activities will benefit the communities living and working within 5km of Roos Post Office. This area includes the parishes of Burton Pidsea, Rimswell, Halsham and Roos.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) and will be available on the ERVAS website here:

You can also obtain an application form from ,  or telephone 01482 871077 or write to: Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, ERVAS, Morley’s Cottage, Morley’s Yard, Walkergate, Beverley, HU17 9BY.

Share your fundraising story – win £1000 for your organisation
Calling all budding film directors! Funding website easyfundraising want voluntary organisations in the area to make a short video about their fundraising story – the best, most creative one will receive a £1,000 donation. To get involved, register your organisation with easyfundraising first.

It’s free and you can do that here:
Then visit this page to find out more:

Lottery Summer Superdraw
The lottery summer superdraw has arrived and this year you could win up to an amazing £5,000 as well as 40 runner up prizes of £25. Every entry you buy not only gives you a chance of winning big, but also provides us with much needed funds to help towards the running of our activities. We couldn’t provide the services to those in need if it wasn’t for people like you and the lottery allows us to offer you something back in return. Let us know what you would do if you won the £5,000!

You can purchase tickets through the following link:


Digital Inclusion:- Are we all included? Report Launch 

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE) and Humber and Wolds Rural Action (HWRA) were appointed by the VCSEP as Digital Inclusion Subject Liaison Leads, We worked together throughout April, May and June 2021 across the North to build a picture of digital activity in the region.

We are pleased to share that our report is now live and ready to view.

Read the report

Voluntary Sector Updates

Arts Council England – Youth Advisory Board

The 3 northern Youth Work Units have been asked to support the development of a youth board for Arts Council England –
See press release  We’re recruiting for our Youth Advisory Board | Arts Council England

We are really excited to be recruiting to the new Arts Council England – Youth Advisory Board for the North.

We want to involve a diverse group of young people, representing different backgrounds and life experiences across the North of England.

We are looking for Young People who:

  • Live in the North of England
  • Are age 16-25 on 1st August 2021
  • Have a passion for having their voices and views heard
  • Have the time to commit to this role and monthly meetings from September 2021 – August 2022, first online and then (hopefully) some in person

Young People don’t have to have an interest or background in Arts or Creativity, but we do need Young People with opinions and who aren’t shy about saying what they think.

Young People will have:

  • A chance to engage in national and local cultural experiences
  • Opportunity to have their voices heard
  • Develop and enhance their skills
  • A chance to connect with Arts Council and cultural sector staff through mentoring opportunities
  • Opportunity to influence Arts Council England’s policies and programmes
  • Input on projects that interest them
  • Add to their CV and gain valuable work experience
  • Tech and Support to access the online sessions
  • Meet like-minded young people and most importantly, have fun!

To apply please read the info pack and then complete the online form  by 16th August

About the Project
Youth Focus North West, Youth Focus North East, Yorkshire & Humber CIO are working together with Arts Council England to create the new Youth Advisory Board.

Who are Arts Council England:
We are Arts Council England, the national development agency for creativity and culture.  We give money to people and organisations to support creativity and make culture happen.

  • Culture means things like painting, music, dance, theatre, museums, libraries.
  • Creativity is what happens when we make culture. Creative practitioners are people who make culture, like musicians, dancers, or people who look after museums and libraries.

We want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences.

Any questions please contact

Humberside Police Youth IAG 

We are pleased to announce a new opportunity for young adults aged 16 – 24 to get involved with Humberside Police and support their communities. In order to better understand how we can work with our communities we are inviting young adults to join our Youth Independent Advisory Group (Youth IAG). The attached document provides information about what the Youth IAG along with the details below on who we are looking for to help us with this project.

Who can be part of the Youth IAG?
Youth IAG members are members of the public who have an interest in how policing works and how this impacts on their community. Members are not expected to be a spokesperson for any particular group of people but should bring their own personal experiences and perspectives to the Youth IAG. In order to help us better understand our communities IAG’s should have members reflecting the diversity of the local people that Humberside Police serve which may include the following areas (but not limited to): –

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Geography
  • Isolated communities
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic status

The Youth IAG helps give young people a voice and the chance to inform and shape how we support those who live in the Humberside Area. We are keen to make sure the Youth IAG is representative of all our communities so welcome young people from all backgrounds and who share the aims of the Youth IAG which are to: –

  • Create and encourage an open discussion with our diverse communities
  • Provide young adults with the opportunity to help shape how we support everyone in the Humberside Area
  • Get young people involved in developing our policies and procedures and make them suitable for all
  • Improve how we work with young adults across the force
  • Give young people the skills to help them work with us to create resilient communities
  • Provide young adults with the chance to speak freely and act as a “critical friend” and help us improve and grow alongside our communities

Please can you forward this email along with the attached document onto the other partners, organisations or young people you may work with to help us recruit young adults into this opportunity.

If you would like further information please contact your local Community Cohesion Officer or

Humber Modern Slavery Partnership Summer Newsletter 2021

The Humber Modern Slavery Partnership Summer Newsletter is available to read now.

View it now

Rachel Harper, Unseen’s helpline manager, is hosting two 45 minute sessions, to explain about the work undertaken by Unseen (Unseen are a UK wide Anti-Slavery charity providing direct support services to survivor) and the resources they provide. They’ll be an emphasis on the Modern Slavery Helpline, and the practicalities of what happens if someone calls, which in turn we hope will offer you a better understanding of what you can do if you have concerns about something relation to modern slavery within your community.

The helpline is a tool for professionals, charities, businesses and the general public.

The sessions are open to all, are free and will take place virtually on:

  • August 9th 1:30pm – 2:15pm
  • August 19th 1:30pm – 2:15pm

Please follow the link to register and feel free to share widely.

Invitation: Hempsons’ Free Trustee Training Webinars September 2021

We are delighted to announce that our annual trustee training will be held this year online. We will be joined by haysmacintyre, charity accountants, who have supported our trustee training for a number of years.

We will be sharing experiences of some of the lessons that charities have learnt through the pandemic in relation to governance. These include an acceleration in decision-making and implementation. Organisational speed of response has been enabled by streamlined, focused delegation and greater Board entrustment of staff and volunteers.  Other efficiencies can include proportionate reporting to the Board on the core areas they need to measure.

The programme has been split into three separate sessions, which can be attended as a full programme, or individually, the sessions are interlinked and build on each other.

It has been designed for charity trustees and Chief Executives, and is suitable for those new in post as well as the more experienced who are wanting a refresher.

Our aim is to give practical tips to help improve your governance and those who attend will be sent an update on recent legal developments for the charity sector.

The programme will cover:


The sessions will be presented by Ian Hempseed, Head of Charities and Social Enterprise; Helen Hirst, Associate Charities and Social Enterprise both of Hempsons and Richard Weaver, Head of Charities and Not for Profit at haysmacintyre (specialist charity accountants).

If you have any questions regarding these webinars, please contact Heather Bellis in our events team.
To register for the of these webinars, please click here click here or on the links on the right hand panel.

Click here to book for the webinars

Session One:

Thursday, 23 September 2021
Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Click here to book
Session One

Session Two:

Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Click here to book Session Two

Session Three:

Tuesday, 5 October 2021
Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Click here to book Session Three

The sessions are comprised of presentation and questions/answers, if you have any questions you would like to submit prior to the webinars then please email them to us: Trustee Training Webinar Questions.

Once you have registered, we will send you details of how to join the events.

Hull and East Yorkshire Peer Networks – Free Taster Session

Are you an SME based in Hull & East Yorkshire? Find out more about our regional Peer Networks programme at a free one-hour taster session running on Wednesday 11th & 18th August 2021 at 9.30am and 4pm.

Peer Networks is a nationwide scheme established to support, educate and connect SME leaders through free peer-to-peer online networking. Meeting in small groups once a fortnight for twelve weeks, these practical and high-impact sessions will enable you to develop your business skills, put forward your ideas and problems, and benefit from collaborative solutions and support.

Our taster sessions offer the opportunity to experience a shortened version of a typical event. Over the course of an hour, you’ll have the chance to meet one of our expert hosts, connect with other SMEs, and discover some of the benefits of this unique networking programme for yourself. Read more here.

Smile Volunteer Awards – Nominations Open

The 2021 Awards are now open for nominations!

We want to bring all the truly fantastic volunteering together under one roof (or via one live steam!) and then tell the world how great our region’s volunteers are!

The event will take place virtually via live stream, on 6th October at 6pm and will be able to watch and cheer on the nominees via Facebook and YouTube. There will be 10 awards plus a special Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.

We are delighted to be joined once again by Headline Event Partner, Making a Difference Locally and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

You can enter online, via paper entry form or via a video submission. We’d love to see you all talking so proudly about your volunteers, or about your own volunteering.

Nominations are now being accepted and we want to hear from you – who are the special volunteers deserving recognition?

Find out more and nominate your star volunteers

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Is your charity on the path to recovery?
Pro Bono Economics has published their latest charity tracker survey which aims to uncover how your charity is feeling about lockdown lifting and how things have changed for your beneficiaries. Do the findings resonate with you?

To complete this survey please click here.


‘Perfection was never achievable’
In their recent peer support sessions, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has heard from 23 charity leaders. Here, two of those leaders share reflections about what it is like to lead through this period of prolonged upheaval.

Click here to read their blogs.


How to measure the health of the charity sector

Tom Collinge, the Policy Manager in NPC’s Think Tank and External Affairs team, has written a blog looking at the health of the voluntary sector as we take the big step out of lockdown and back to ‘normality’. Interesting insight – and again, does this fit with what you’re experiencing?

Click here to read his blog.


Business Rates: What should charities be concerned about?

Charity Finance Group has put together a helpful guide on what charities should be concerned with regarding business rates, specifically around Material Change in Circumstance appeals and a consultation on more frequent revaluations Fundamental Review of Business Rates. Click here for details.


Looking after employee health, safety, and wellbeing on returning to the workplace

Are you thinking about when, if or how to re-open your office? Take a look at this new guide from Zurich Insurance’s Local Community Advice Service. It covers risk assessment and safe working procedures as well as looking at how to manage a hybrid (or agile) approach or a permanent move to home working. It includes a 16-point checklist of health and safety considerations to help you check you have everything covered.



Join our #AreTheySafe campaign by downloading the pack here. The pack (designed by Basingstoke Voluntary Action and Community Action Suffolk) includes:

  • A2 posters
  • A5 flyers
  • Social media cards for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Email footers
  • Social marketing plan template

The aim of the campaign is to remove the stigma of reporting safeguarding concerns so we can create a greater understanding of safeguarding, and encourage people witnessing potential abuse and neglect to speak up and help those in abusive or neglectful situations receive the support they need.  Full details are available on our website.

And click here to see Basingstoke VA’s video on how to use the campaign materials.

Civil Society and Youth Update

£150 Community Ownership Fund launched
The government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

The £150 million funding over four years will support community groups take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of being lost. Voluntary and community groups can bid for match funding to acquire important assets and run them for the benefit of the local community.

The Fund will run until 2024/25 and there will be at least 8 bidding rounds in total. 

Find out more and apply here.

Research report on the drivers in demand for volunteers 
DCMS commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to undertake a qualitative study into what drives demand for volunteers across England. The research examined two key questions:

  • What drives demand for volunteers, and how does this vary over a typical calendar year?
  • How have restrictions under COVID-19 affected these drivers?

The research focussed on formal volunteering, where individuals had given unpaid help to a group, club or organisation. The study consisted of interviews with voluntary sector stakeholders and focus groups with volunteers from different sectors. The aim was to gather evidence to better understand trends in volunteering, to support both ongoing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and DCMS’ future volunteering policy.

Read the full report.

Research report on volunteer passports
DCMS commissioned Research Works Ltd. to undertake research into volunteer passports. The aim of the research was:

  • To understand the progress that has been made to date in developing volunteer passport initiatives, both in the UK and internationally, and;
  • To identify the perceived demand, opportunities and challenges for volunteer passport initiatives from volunteers and the voluntary sector.

The research included a review of relevant literature and qualitative research with volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations, digital platform providers and voluntary sector stakeholders, who either had experience in developing passports or were interested in exploring their potential.

Read the full report.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates


April 2021 – June 2021


Welcome to the Friends Against Scams (FAS) Newsletter. Continue reading below for updates on the work of the Friends Against Scams team.

In this issue:
– Friends Against Scams Stats
– 750,000 Friends!
– New Organisation & SCAMbassador
– Scams Awareness Fortnight
– Practitioner Training
– Scam Alert – Latest scams to warn others

If there is anything you’d like to see in the next newsletter or if you have any feedback, please email the team at



This quarter, Friends Against Scams surpassed the milestone of 750,000 Friends!
The team are three quarters of the way to reaching their one million Friends target and continuing to spread the scams awareness message. Thank you to all who have completed the Friends Against Scams awareness session, and a huge thank you to many of our SCAMchampions and FAS organisations for training groups, staff, volunteers and consumers within their area.
Scams Awareness Fortnight
The Citizens Advice annual Scams Awareness campaign aims to create a network of confident, alert consumers who know what to do when they spot a scam. This year’s campaign took place from the 14 – 27 June.

Protecting people against scams is more important than ever. Many people are facing issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – from employment and debt, to housing and health – meaning more people are in vulnerable situations. Criminals are taking advantage of this, so it’s vital people have the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves. Find out more about the campaign and Citizens Advice here.

In light of Scams Awareness fortnight, the Friends Against Scams team produced a Scams Awareness poem around telephone scams and what to do if you receive one. Please click on the image below to watch, or follow this link.

NTS Scam Alert

I was the victim of a doorstep scam that pulled at my heartstrings – and you could be too
It started with a simple knock at the door. A polite young man apologising for disturbing me. A chat about the rehab programme he’s on for young offenders and is trying to get his life back in order and just needs a little bit of help.
Maybe it was the heat, maybe I was just in a good mood, or maybe I’m just naïve. But fast forward half an hour and a normal Wednesday turned into the day I became a victim of a doorstep scam. more

Rogue traders charge resident £250 to remove garden bush in Kingswinford
People have been urged to be on their guard against rogue traders after a pair of gardeners targeted a home in Kingswinford. Two men in a white van offered to cut down a bush in the front garden before charging the owners £250 for 15 minutes work. And one of the men then followed the resident into their house as they went to look for the money to pay, council chiefs said. more

Despicable new ‘missing pet’ scam targeting Scots
A scam is circulating in Scotland with criminals contacting people who have missing pets. Criminals, claiming to be calling from a vet, are advising victims that their missing animal has been found and needs immediate treatment with payment required upfront. more

DVLA issue scam warning to UK drivers over hoax messages
People on social media have complained about the fake messages, which claim that the user has cancelled or not paid the tax on their vehicle. The messages come through texts or via email but can also come through phone calls or on misleading websites. more

Alton Towers and Center Parcs fake Facebook giveaways
Which? has found social media ads for fake Facebook competitions collecting thousands of interactions from users. The fake ‘Alton Towers Breaks’ and ‘Center Parcs Resorts’ pages claim to offer the chance to win getaways worth more than £2,000. more

How fake Bitcoin emails are spoofing Selfridges’ domain
Which? are seeing an increasing number of fake emails successfully spoofing official email domains. Watch out for this fake Bitcoin email arriving from ‘Selfridges’. more

‘We lost our life savings in a cryptocurrency scam’
Joseph had run his own business for years and had built up a tidy sum in savings for retirement. In a bid to top-up those savings he was drawn into investing online – a move into cryptocurrency trading that left him at the mercy of suspected criminals and drained his life savings. more

Virtual dating boom leads to surging UK ‘romance fraud’
Romance fraud, in which criminals cheat victims out of money by feigning romantic interest, soared during the pandemic as people spent more time online. Which? found these scams were up by 40% in the year to April 2021, with over 7,500 incidents reported.

East Lancashire rogue trader jailed for conning victims
A rogue trader has been jailed for conning a string of people across the county.
John Hargadon took money for work he never finished and lied to trick East Lancashire residents into having work done that wasn’t needed.

Woman loses nearly £113k in dating site romance scam
A woman says she is facing bankruptcy after losing just under £113,000 to a criminal she met on a dating site.
Rachel Elwell, from the West Midlands, said the man, who claimed he lived nearby, told her he had gone abroad for an engineering contract in Ukraine.

British Gas scam sees hundreds receive fake refund emails ‘designed to steal’ bank details
Worryingly, Action Fraud has received 537 reports within 48 hours relating to fake emails purporting to be from British Gas. The emails claim the recipient is due a refund, as a result of overpayment.

Rental fraud: how to spot a fake listing and what to do if your deposit is stolen
Rental fraud occurs when someone is tricked into paying a deposit to rent a property that either doesn’t exist, has already been rented out or has been offered to multiple people.

Rogue traders can now be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers
Trading Standards Wales and the charity Crimestoppers have joined forces to provide a service that enables members of the public to anonymously provide valuable information to help keep communities safe and healthy.

Which? Scam Alert

The need-to-knows when buying and selling online
Scams taking place on online retail websites are more common than we think, unfortunately. We’ve received multiple reports of a crafty scheme on Shpock, where ‘buyers’ attempt to trick sellers into handing over their bank details and transferring money directly.

Here are some examples of how this has been attempted as well as advice on staying safe when buying and selling online.

Five red flags that a loved one is being scammed
Scammers use every trick in the book to sound convincing and make their scams seem plausible. If one gets lucky – targeting the right person, in the right way, at the right time – anyone could fall victim to a scam. But these fraudsters regularly seek out older people because they’re more likely to live alone, have savings or valuables and are more likely to talk to them.

Help your loved one stay one step ahead of the scammers. Here’s a short video about the red flags to look out for that may suggest your friend or relative is being scammed.

Is your bank doing enough to support scam victims?
Despite the majority of current account providers being signed up to a voluntary code that requires them to provide support to victims of bank transfer scams, 32% of fraud or attempted fraud victims we surveyed told us they weren’t offered advice or resources on staying safe by their banks.

We explain what you should do after suffering fraud or attempted fraud – and what you should expect from your bank.

Vehicle tax phishing
Vehicle tax phishing emails are a tried and tested method for scammers, and fraudsters continue to use fake vehicle tax emails as a means to obtain sensitive information.

But with a large number of motorists that are seen as potential victims, the problem persists. We’ve had several new examples reported to us. Here are some of them, complete with threats of debt collection agencies and cancelled direct debits.

Health Updates

Your Birthing Choices
Help us share maternity and neonatal services for the future

Across the Humber, the NHS and local partners are looking at ways to improve healthcare in our region and we want your input to help us make the best changes for you and your family.

We want to understand what is important to you when choosing where to give birth so we can develop maternity and neonatal services for the future with you in mind.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey to help us understand what is most important to you as we work to plan for the future.

You can find out more about why we need to make changes and keep up to date on our work and future involvement opportunities by clicking here to sign up to our newsletter.
or by visiting our website: Humber Acute Services Programme:

For more information on how your local maternity services can support you, please visit the Humber, Coast and Vale Local Maternity System’s website:

Community Safety Updates

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families In The East Riding of Yorkshire Thresholds, Referrals & Consent Briefing

To introduce you to the updated Threshold of Intervention and Need Guidance and how to use it to help inform your decision making.

To inform you how to make requests for service to the new Early Help Locality Hubs (formerly Children’s Centres, Prevention & Education Team and Youth and Family Support) and the Child Safeguarding Hub (Children’s Social Care) when additional or intensive support is needed for children, young people and their families or you have a safeguarding concern.

To help you understand when consent is needed to discuss a child’s situation or make a request for service.
To Book a place chose a session below and apply by emailing your details to the ERSCP as detailed below.

Sessions: All will be delivered via Teams on the dates below.

Day Date Time
Thursday 19 August 09:30 – 10:30
Tuesday 14 September 15:45 – 16:45
Monday 11 October 15:45 – 16:45
Wednesday 17 November 15:45 – 16:45
Tuesday 14 December 15:45 – 16:45

How to apply:
Please email with the following information and a link to your chosen date will be forwarded to you.

Full Name Team Job Title Email Chosen Date

Funding News

Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grant
This small grant fund is open to all communities within the East Riding. The fund, created from the Reimagining Market and Coastal Towns budget uplift, is intended to enable Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and others to hold events & festivals, organise COVID recovery community activity and extend access to services, all intended to encourage residents back onto high streets and to utilise arts, cultural and community facilities.

Applicants will be able to access grants from £500 – £5000. The total grant fund is currently £250,000 made up of £200,000 from the budget uplift and an additional £50,000 from the public health team. This additional budget is particularly aimed at supporting vulnerable residents to participate in planned activities, particularly those who have been shielding and might need additional support to get involved. Grants will be available until March 2023, or until the full funding is spent, whichever is sooner.

For more information visit

To apply for Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grants please visit the Flexigrant website

For further information and advice on your application please contact the Local Growth Team via email

Launch of VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund
The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is now live with a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021.

Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.

Grants are available between £75,000 – £300,000 with the closing deadline of noon on 27th August.  Further information can be found here NHS England » Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22: Information pack. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through our online portal.

A meet the funder webinar is scheduled for 11th August from 10-11am.  Please click here to register your attendance.

Humber Learning Consortium are pleased to announce the launch of the 6th round of our ESF Community Grants 5 project.

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) program which is distributing small grants in the Humber, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available. For further details go to – contact details

Deadline for application receipt is Friday 13th August 2021 16:00.

All applications must be completed electronically. We will not accept any applications by post or email. To access the electronic application form please go to our website
When completing the Electronic application form – the form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version from our website to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form.
*There are several changes to this program so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available. This new program includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can. To book onto one of the below workshops please complete the form through our website.

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund Announces 2021 Deadlines
Funding for community events, charities, schools, and community group activities that are local to NFU Mutual’s business operations across the UK.

The Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 for projects that fit their main areas of interest:

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience.
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community.
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people.

The grants are to be used for specific project costs, for example purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.
There are normally four application rounds in a year.

The 2021 deadlines for applications are 30 September and 30 November 2021.

Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2021 
Smaller charities and community groups across Great Britain can apply for a one-off £500 grant from 1 March until 31 October 2021.

Six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Localgiving will be working together to award more than £1 million in small grants to some 2,000 charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales over the next six months.

Unlike previous years when projects had to deliver sports or physical activities, this year (2021) the funding aims to support organisations carrying out projects that address the following themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Organisations that receive a grant will also be awarded a year of free membership (funded by the player’s of the People’s Postcode Lottery). This means that the grant recipient will not have to pay the £80 + VAT membership fee, although they will still be required to set up a direct debit upon registration.
Also new for 2021, charitable organisations that are schools or connected to schools may apply. This is in addition to registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs, SCIOs) social enterprises, and other not-for-profit community organisations.

Applications will be accepted from 1 March 2021 to 31 October 2021.

Find out more

Tesco Community Grants

Did you know Tesco Community Grants is always open for applications from charities and community organisations to bid for up to £1,500? Projects are voted on by Tesco customers in stores across the UK, with projects changing every three months.


We’re currently looking for applications from charities and community groups who deliver projects that help to tackle food insecurity in their communities. This might include, for example, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and food banks. If you fit the bill or know a local group who does, then please visit the Tesco Community Grants website for further details!



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