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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.  

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.