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The Big Lottery Fund has announced that it is pausing applications for grants from the Reaching Communities programme until 2 April 2018, while they make changes to their application process.

Applications submitted before 15 January will still be processed. Read more here.

Up to £330 million from dormant bank and building society accounts will be used to help the homeless, disadvantaged young people, local charities and other good causes in the UK over the next four years. 

The Poppy Appeal allows The Royal British Legion to provided lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. We spend around £1.3 million pounds per week on providing a range of support such as, local accommodation for ex-armed forces, award winning care homes and Poppy Breaks.

In 2016 the Poppy Appeal in Sunderland raised over £100,000. However, due to the decrease in the number of volunteers this year it dropped to just over £70,000.


NEA the national energy efficiency and fuel poverty charity is offering a limited number of FREE 3-hour basic energy awareness training sessions.  Courses are for frontline practitioners who work directly with households in or at risk of fuel poverty who are struggling to manage their energy use and/or keep their homes warm.

Courses are available to those working in both statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

Charities are being warned to watch out for a fake grant scheme which has conned people and organisations out of more than £250,000 in one year.

Grant Makers Must Learn New Tricks
NPC and Lloyds Bank Foundation have produced these reports looking at whether charitable foundations are doing enough to support the voluntary and community sector.

Both reports are available from the NPC website.

NCVO Evidence Review

The Local Sustainability Fund, funded by the Office for Civil Society (OCS) and delivered by the Big Lottery Fund (BLF), was created to help tackle the issue of organisational sustainability, affecting small and medium sized organisations in particular.

The OCS and BLF commissioned NCVO to undertake an evidence review of the support available to organisations.

The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community. The Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth through a year-long programme. Our Award holders finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future.

20 winners will be selected this year and will receive a fantastic package of benefits:

Spectrum Sunderland is a consortium for the voluntary sector in the city established in 2014, its goal is to safeguard and grow high quality voluntary sector service provision across Sunderland, through working with commissioners to co-design services, creating a single point of contracting, and by tendering competitively for public service contracts.