Saturday, 10 December 2016

Woman to Woman

OK - just to keep you on your toes - two pots of funding at the top today and two at the bottom - and news and views squashed somewhere in between.

Woman to Woman Fund (UK)
Rosa the UK Fund for women and girls has launched a new £2.2 million "Women to Women" Fund. Supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax, local women's organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making; etc. Rosa plans to support at least 100 local grassroots women's organisations across the UK and the grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year. Rosa especially wants to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas. Grants can pay for core work, as well as mobilising volunteers, leadership development, communications and advocacy. Grants will be awarded over 3 rounds until March 2018. Round 2 of the Woman to Woman fund will open in May 2017 and round 3 will open in September 2017. The deadline for applications for this funding round is 9am on the 16th January 2016 and successful applicants will be informed by end March. Read more HERE.

The Spirit of Women Changemakers Small Grants Programme (UK)
The Fawcett Society, which is one of the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women's rights has launched the Spirit of Women Changemakers Small Grants Programme. The Spirit of Women Changemakers small grants programme has been launched to mark and celebrate the centenary of the iconic moment in 1918 when women first won the right to vote. Changemakers will fund projects that creatively challenge the damaging gender norms and stereotypes which continue to limit women's freedom to express themselves and live as the lives they choose. The programme will offer grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to organisations to deliver new projects which offer creative, cultural, sporting or volunteering responses to the following challenges:
  • Improving women's body confidence and challenging objectification in all areas of life, including in personal relationships; and
  • Challenging traditional gendered caring roles and the undervaluing of care.
The Fawcett Society welcome applications from a range of organisations including, but not exclusively, registered charities and community interest companies. The deadline for expressions of interest is 22nd December 2016. Read more HERE. 

N. W. Arts and Health Festive (not) Hoedown
Great that some people are getting together next week for an Arts & Health Northern extravaganza! Well - a bag of Hula Hoops and some Vimto! Come on - keep the arts and health flame alive. Want to come - you have until cock-crow on Tuesday morn to register HERE.

A Slow Reveal of Some Important Dementia Research...
Dementia and Imagination will be sharing a mixture of research and some arts interventions at Wellcome on January 31st. For the first unveiling of it’s mixed-methods research findings, many of those involved in this project will be trouping off to the capital to share some important findings. How I’d love to post a teaser here - but alas - I must hold back. But the event is free, and will book up soon, so register interest in attending by clicking HERE. You can read a BMJ Open team article HERE. The paper - Dementia and Imagination: a mixed-methods protocol for arts and science research - describes our research collaboration which we hope, address’s current evidence limitations around the benefits of visual art activities in dementia care. The research questions ask: Can art improve quality of life and well-being? If it does make a difference, how does it do this—and why? Does it have wider social and community benefits?

Well-heeled knicker manufacturer Joe CorrĂ©, son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and Dame Vivienne Westwood has burnt $7 million worth of punk artefacts (yeah, right - prove it) in a protest of what he describes as the increased commercialisation of the punk. What a £50million plonker - couldn’t he have auctioned it off and given it all to the likes of Electric Umbrella? Maybe have a go at actually supporting people who might be just a tad marginalised in society. But, he may have a bit of a point… “…the Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard,” CorrĂ© said in a press release. “Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a f     g museum piece or a tribute act.” Hey Ho. Perhaps Electric Umbrella are the real thing eh Joe? Just a shame that learning disabled musicians don’t have your cash to burn.

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Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence (UK)
The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence. In collaboration with Raising IT, the largest UK provider of charity websites, the £18,000 funding package will help:
  • To equip charities with the technology to transform their organisation
  • A digital engagement focused strategy to future-proof the charity
  • A professionally designed website to inspire supporters
  • Measurement built in to help the charity track results and maximise impact.
The grants will cover 100 per cent of the upfront costs which means that grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs. To be eligible, applicants must have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate). The first step is to submit an online application. Charities will hear back in one week whether they've been selected for stage 2. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until at least the first half of 2017. Read more by clicking HERE.

Music grants for older people (England & Wales)

The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2017. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. Read more by clicking on The Slits below. You couldn't script it, could you?


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