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Project Development News October 2015
 
Hello from LCCT
 

 

October has been a busy month for LCCT's Learning and Development team, as well as our Autumn Assembly we've been involved in running trainings in Facilitating Small Groups, Volunteer Management, and Conflict Transformation (sorry if you missed them, but let us know if you are interested and we'll tell you if the courses run again). November is looking quieter with some time to catch up on developing the LCCT Project Development Timebank, set up some further trainings and events for the New Year, and time for some one-on-one meetings with some of the projects we help support.

 

Getting back into the swing of being in the office, here's our October Project Development email with news on funding opportunities, learning, and networking events that might be of use to you and your projects/ organisations.

 

As ever, if you have any information you'd like to see included in future editions of this mailing, please do send it through, and if there is anything we can do to help support you and your projects just get in touch.

 

With peace and blessings

 

LCCT's Learning and Development Team

 
 
Funding & finance information
 
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The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
 
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation are a medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.   Within the two main areas of urban deprivation and rural communities, they are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; and Disability & Health Care.
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Esh Charitable Trust
 
Grants of upto £1000 are available to not-for-profit organisations, including neighbourhood groups and registered charities, for community projects in Yorkshire and Humber.   Projects should focus on one or more of the following areas -   Improve quality of life for local residents. Support disadvantaged or vulnerable communities. Increase prospects of becoming employed. Promote equality by engaging minority and hard to reach groups.  
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Ibrahim Foundation
 
The Ibrahim Foundation makes grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK. They do not have a specific focus as they believe those on the front lines in the community best understand the particular needs and where grants will bear the greatest fruits. They look for situations where small amounts of funds will make significant impact. However, they are particularly interested in Community Building, Strengthening Nonprofits, Environment, Supporting Families.   The grants range from £500 - £10,000. Extraordinary projects may receive grants up to £50,000.  
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Westhill Endowment
 
The objectives of the Westhill Endowment are the promotion of education in the manner which reflects the principles of the Christian religion and the tradition of the historic free churches and the promotion of dialogue and educational interchange between the Christian Church and persons of other living faiths. To achieve these objectives Westhill supports community-transforming projects with advice and grants. Projects that receive funding have in common a committment to values shared by Christianity and other major faiths, and a determination to encourage the exchange of ideas and actions across religious and cultural boundaries.   Westhill offers grants of between £1000 and £20,000 for agreed projects, Larger sums for projects running over two years are considered but matching funding is sometimes advised.  
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Learning, training & development
 
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What is Asset-Based Community Development?
 
Voluntary Action Leeds are offering a  free workshop to the Third Sector (in partnership with Leeds City Council) around Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).   ABCD focuses primarily on maximising existing strengths within a community rather than bolstering community deficiencies. The proposition is that solutions to community problems and challenges already exist within a community\'s assets.   The session is taking place on Wednesday 18 November 2:00pm to 4:00pm at VAL\'s offices (Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW)
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Applying for Small Grants
 
20th November 2015, 9.45am to 12.30pm. Led by Voluntary Action Leeds this training session is aimed at groups looking for small grants of up to around £10,000 to help run and expand their activities and services.   The training will help you identify how best to approach a range of funders e.g local council pots, national lottery pots such as Awards for All, charitable trust funding and one-off funds, by looking at what makes a successful application form or letter and know how they will be assessed.
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Networking & city engagement
 
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Engaging with Poverty in the Early Church and Today
 
A 2 day conference bringin together churches, charitable projects, mission agencies and academics to explore how Christians engage with poverty today and in the early church.   Date: 9am Friday 4th – 5.30pm Saturday 5th December 2015 Location: Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary\'s University, Twickenham, London Cost: £75 (£50 for students, people on benefits, senior citizens) This conference is a collaborative project of St Mary\'s University, Twickenham, Tearfund and Caritas (Diocese of Westminster).
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Living Wage week
 
Next week (1st to 7th November) is national Living Wage Week. As an accredited Living Wage Employer and member of Leeds Citizens, LCCT would like to highlight this campaign and movement to all those who receive this Project Development email.   Christians have taken a central role in initiating the 21st Century Living Wage movement together with other faith and civic institutions and Citizens UK. The PDF document below has been produced with Churches in mind for this year\'s Living Wage week, but much of it will also be relevant to Christian projects too.   The guide has been produced by Citizens UK and the Centre for Theology and Community and includes suggestions for action (including becoming a Living Wage employer), some notes for sermons and much more besides.   Living Wage and Churches
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Newsletters from other Capacity and Support organisations (October 2015)
 
As well as picking out interesting pieces of information and resources to share in individual articles, in the different sections of this website and collated email, we also try to gather together the various newsletters from other capacity building, development and support projects and organisations that might be of use to LCCT connected projects and people. Click on the logos below to access the latest newsletter from each organisation...
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