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Changes to our Reaching Communities funding programme

The government has this morning published a major overhaul of the anti-lobbying clause, the implementation of which was paused in April.

The effect of this is to significantly avoid the damage that the clause would have done to charities’ advocacy role.

Since the beginning of the year and continuing after the pause we have been in an ongoing dialogue with the government on this topic. These exchanges have at times been robust. But today’s announcement shows the government has listened and acted to address the clear problems we raised.

This is the last three months for the Communities Can Programme, which will end in December 2016

So, if you are a small organisation with an income of under 10k and need support -you may qualify for a voucher to get FREE help or specialist advice.

You will need to act quickly and apply as soon as possible, so if you need support with any of the following:

A free guide on how to assess whether a charity is operating effectively has been published by think tank New Philanthropy Capital.

The guide, called What Makes a Good Charity? is a reboot of the NPC’s Little Blue Book, its original guide to assessing charity effectiveness, which was first published in 2010 and has been downloaded 15,000 times since.

The guide includes a 17-point plan to assess whether or not a charity is well run:


A campaign to help boards understand the risks and opportunities of social investment, was launched yesterday by a group of sector bodies, with free guides to help trustees get started.

A new Charity Social Media Toolkit has been launched today.

The new toolkit has been launched with contributions and case studies from NCVO, Breast Cancer Care and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

It aims to “provide a grounding not just in fundamentals and tactics but also to share inspirational case studies from across the not for profit sector - without mentioning the Ice Bucket Challenge...”

The Inspiring Impact programme, a free digital impact measurement service managed by New Philanthropy Capital, has launched two new versions of its ‘Measuring Up!’ tool.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published Charities and litigation: a guide for trustees (CC38).