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Meet the Creative Black Country Team in Dudley

The Creative Black Country team is really excited to get stuck in to a new year, new decade and new area for its Creative People and Places network. The team would love to have a coffee and chat to find out what you're excited about.

Creative Black Country team members will be heading to DY1 on Stafford Street to talk about its work in Dudley and hear more about what you’re up to, what you'd like to see and how you can connect. They will be joined by partners from Dudley CVS.

If you are working in creative ways to engage people, have an idea for a project that needs support, want to connect and meet with like-minded creatives then join us all for an informal get together.

Date and time: 23rd January, 3-6pm.
Venue: DY1 Coffee Shop, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1SW

There's no need to RSVP but if you'd like any further info please email info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk.

Please note that there is free 2 hour parking across the street on Stafford Street Car Park (you must get a ticket from the machine).
23 Jan 2020 at 3:00pm
until 23 Jan 2020 at 6:00pm
Stafford Street

Funding opportunities for December 2019

Inman Charity

Ashworth Charitable Trust

Field Family Charitable Trust

Screwfix Foundation

Foyle Foundation

Nineveh Charitable Trust

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

Grantham Yorke Trust

Social Investment Business

Westhill Endowment

BBC Children in Need

Childs Charitable Trust

Postcode Community Trust

Sobell Foundation

How Social Media can enhance fundraising in 2020 and beyond?

MacRobert Trust

Black Country ESF Community Grants 2019-2021

National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

To view these opportunities, visit Dudley CVS's funding page https://bit.ly/38HuDTt

A year of Dudley CVS staff stories!

As we approach the end of the year, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of the work our colleagues have been involved in over the past 12 months. Here's to a great year of great things happening across Dudley borough, and to much more for 2020!


  • Discover U - Helena visited a Stourbridge-based charity to discover what makes it so special for the people it supports
  • Making Magic Happen! - Eileen celebrated Operation Santa 2018 and thanked everyone who got involved



  • “JUST GO FOR IT” funding success Dudley Voices for Choice - Martin, Funding Officer at Dudley CVS told us more about his support, the application stages and the success achieved at the end of a long but rewarding process
  • Grace Community Church - An asset-transfer success. Dudley CVS Communications Officer Helena visited this community church to see the transformation of this once-neglected venue and the church's plans to build a vibrant community venue in Pensnett
  • Self-care: What's it all about then? - Rob, Participatory Research Officer at Healthwatch Dudley, talked us through Healthwatch Dudley research into self-care and how it might be supported



  • Dementia is not a natural part of ageing - Keeley from our Integrated Plus team visited the Alzheimer's Society's Working Age Dementia Cafe and shared how it brings together younger people who have been diagnosed with any form of dementia. The group is also open to new members
  • Healthwatch Dudley welcomes over 100 new Information Champions - Melissa from our Healthwatch Dudley team shared how over the last five years, hundreds of people from local organisations and community groups, have joined Healthwatch Dudley to network with other people in information giving roles. Find out how you can be part of the network and receive free training which will help you to signpost people to services and activities that keep people well


  • Over £11 million over 11 years! - Becky and Martin totted up the value of successful funding applications they've supported over the last 11 years. It came to a whopping £11,764,436! Learn more about the 261 groups, 113 grants programmes and the 614 successful applications (so far!) they've supported


  • Reflections on Good Finance Live - Social investment is a relatively untapped source of finance for not-for-profit organisations. Becky went to Good Finance Live to find out more about it, meet a range of social investors that could support your cause and hear from other groups that had received social investment to help them grow
  • Airtime: A friendly space to meet other people living with COPD and related conditions- Helena recently visited this group as they celebrated what they've achieved since becoming an independently run group. Find out how Airtime brings people together and improves their health and wellbeing

Explore these stories and more at www.dudleycvsblog.com

Thank you to everyone who has followed our stories and worked with us in 2019. Here's to more in 2020!

Black Country community groups receive funding from European Social Fund Community Grants Programme to help local people back into work

Small Black Country third sector organisations have successfully applied for funding from the Community Grant Programme. The programme- worth £990,000 – is jointly funded by the ESFA and ESF and offers grants of up to £20,000 for each organisation.

The current Community Grants has been open since June 2019 and has funded 21 projects across the Black Country area with more in the pipeline. Funded projects run six month programmes that focus on helping local people progress towards and enter the jobs market.

Dudley Charity Top Church Training received a grant of just under £20,000 to run the Choices Project. Choices is a Women’s only project which aims to empower women and provides a holistic package to support the participant’s wellbeing.

The Choices project offers a range of activities from Craft sessions to Yoga, Coffee mornings to Cooking classes. Each of these sessions take place every week and are ran in groups to help to decrease isolation and low levels of confidence.

The majority of participants are long term unemployed, the Choices project is supporting local women to feel more “work ready” by building up their skills and confidence:

"We are delighted to have been successful with our ESF Community Grants application.

The funding has enabled us to expand our activities and practical support service to help more women in our local community who are feeling lonely and isolated.

We have been able to provide a safe environment for women to come to, to meet new people and to make new friends. By coming to our groups we are hearing how this is improving their mental health, their confidence and self-esteem and for two others, has motivated them to find employment." Karen Fielder (Head of Operations, Top Church Training)

The Community fund is open until July 2021 and is currently accepting new applications. The next round deadline is 2 March 2020. Third sector and not for profit groups that help improve the skills and job prospects of local residents are welcome to apply. To be eligible organisations need to have an annual income below £300,000 and demonstrate an innovative approach to helping people who are out of work or disadvantaged learn new skills and move closer to the workforce.

Applications can be made to Walsall Council who successfully tendered to act as the local Grant Co-ordinating Body on behalf of the ESFA for the second time running.

Application materials, eligibility criteria and guidance are available by contacting Walsall Council External Funding Team communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk

The Community Grants team are available to offer support to organisations interested in making an application. If you would like to discuss a project in more detail please contact Community Grant Manager Ruth Burgess communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk

Successful applicants will also be able to access bespoke training and capacity building support to enable them to deliver the part EU funded project.

The Echo Newsletter for November/December 2019

The Echo Newsletter for November/December is now available. It features:

- Joan Freeman - a lifetime of giving

- Dudley CVS AGM and Awards

- Jill Fielder – a Mum in a million!

- Operation Santa 2019

- Airtime, a weekly group for members of the community with COPD

Download your copy: http://bit.ly/2OXa1ia

Funding opportunities for November 2019

Albert Hunt Trust

Friends Provident Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust

National Garden Scheme

Sport England

Steel Charitable Trust

Bromley Trust

A Smile for a Child

Football Foundation

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG):

B&Q in the Community

Black Country ESF Community Grants

National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

To view these opportunities, visit Dudley CVS's funding page https://bit.ly/2RalOv3

YMCA Open Door Project

Any room at the Inn?

There are hundreds of young people across the Black Country who every year experience family breakdown and also find themselves with nowhere to stay. Here within the Black Country there are some amazing and truly remarkable people who are opening up their homes to help young people who would otherwise be roofless.

Having recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary, YMCA Open Door provides ‘Host placements’ for young people who have experienced family breakdown. There are over 80 YMCA Hosts who use their spare room to provide a homely environment for young people aged between 16-18 on either ‘emergency Nightstop’ or longer term ‘Supported Lodgings’. YMCA is seeking to recruit more Hosts to provide safe places for young people. Do you have a spare room and a caring heart? Please consider if you could provide a homely environment for a young person who has nowhere to go. All Hosts receive over £100pw, full training from the YMCA and support from a dedicated project worker.

To find out more visit www.ymcabc.org.uk/hosts

Celebrate the National Lottery's 25th birthday and apply to win up to £1,00 to bring your community together - deadline 6 December

The National Lottery Community Fund is marking The National Lottery’s 25th birthday by bringing people together and offering people and communities with great ideas the chance to receive a grant between £100 and £1,000.

If you have an idea for an event or community activity or even if you want to buy something, that will bring your community together – The National Lottery Community Fund would love to hear from you.

How The National Lottery Community Fund will choose who to fund?

#CelebrateNationalLottery25 is about people and communities joining in with its birthday celebrations.

The National Lottery Community Fund is expecting a lot of people to apply so to give everyone a fair chance they will use a lottery process, randomly selecting the applicants to be assessed.

Everyone who submits an application will be entered into the lottery draw, which will take place after the deadline closes at 2pm on Friday 6 December 2019. The National Lottery Community Fund will make sure that applications meet its eligibility criteria and genuinely benefit the community.

Successful entrants will be informed by 31 January 2020.

For inspiration, information and how to apply, visit: https://www.celebratenationallottery25.com/

Job opportunities with Creative Black Country: Deadline 2 December

Creative Black Country (CBC) on behalf of Black Country Together is looking to appoint to the following roles:

  • Project Administrator
  • Fundraising Manager

This is an exciting time of development for Creative Black Country as it expands its programme beyond Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton into the borough of Dudley following a four-year funding award from Arts Council England. The successful applicant will be part of small, dynamic, talented and well networked team delivering high impact projects to a region of 1.1 million people.

CBC is led by a Core Consortium of Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, One Walsall and Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (working as Black Country Together CIC) Multistory, Black Country Touring and Black Country Living Museum (which are all Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations). This consortium brings together the community and voluntary sector and the expertise of professional arts producers with a long-standing commitment to the Black Country’s creative and cultural ecology and a depth and breadth of knowledge of leading contemporary arts practice.

Project Administrator - key principles of the role:

The postholder will provide administrative support to the Directors and CBC team, specifically in Dudley, for the development and delivery of a programme of work with and for communities across the Black Country. The role will include creation of online content to increase CBC’s profile.


NJC spinal points 12-17 (£21,589-£23,836 per annum) pro rata at 3 days a week and depending on experience; 6% employer contribution pension

For an informal conversation, contact Jenny Smith (Creative Director – Maternity Cover) 07967 187 822 or Sajida Carr (Director of Operations and Development) 07793 244 031.


Closing date: 2nd December 2019 at 12 noon.

Interviews : 17th December 2019

Download the application pack from www.scvo.info/project-administrator-vacancy-at-creative-black-country-copy/

Fundraising Manager - key principles of the role:

To work with Creative Black Country to develop and increase its fundraising activities, identify further opportunities to grow its work for 2020 and beyond, and to raise the profile of the work that CBC delivers.


NJC spinal points 20-31 (£32,029- £33,799 per annum) pro rata at 3 days a week and depending on experience; 6% employer contribution pension

For an informal conversation, contact Jenny Smith (Creative Director – Maternity Cover) 07967 187 822 or Sajida Carr (Director of Operations and Development) 07793 244 031.


Closing date: 2nd December 2019 at 12 noon.

Interviews : 16th December 2019

Download the application pack from: www.scvo.info/fundraising-manager-vacancy-at-creative-black-country/

Could your charity be an award winner? - Weston Charity Awards

A major charitable foundation is urging small charities in Dudley borough not to miss out on the chance to benefit from a year of leadership coaching from a team of business mentors along with £6500 funding. The Weston Charity Awards celebrate and support great frontline charities working in the fields of community, welfare and youth. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight, who facilitate the coaching programme, charities with incomes under £5 million can apply from 2nd December 2019 until 10th January 2020. Charities can get one step ahead by familiarising themselves with the relatively quick application form at www.westoncharityawards.org.

Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston Foundation said:

“The resilience of small charity leaders is remarkable and should be celebrated.Smaller charities tell us they struggle to find the time and money to invest in long-term strategy but they also fear the risks of failing to do so. If you run a small charity please consider applying for a package of leadership support and funding through the Weston Charity Awards to help you to help more people long into the future.”