Mobilisers Bring in £9 for Every £1 MK Council Fund Us!

We recently asked Bruce Fenning, an expert on Social Return On Investment (SROI), to have a look at the difference our Community Mobiliser service makes in Milton Keynes. There’s lots of interesting he came back with, including that the return on the Council’s investment over is over £9 for each pound they spent. Over five years, the financial impact adds up to over £10 million! To read the full report, click here to download it.

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Funding for New Communities in MK

Grants of up to £5000 are available to new and existing voluntary and community groups wishing to support the residents living in some on MK’s newest areas. The money can be used to support a wide range of activities including: start up costs, equipment, venue hire, insurance and DBS checks, sessional worker fees and more.

Contact MK Community Foundation to apply, or Community Action: MK’s Growth Officer for more information.

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Learning Disability Services Planning Ahead – Consultation

Milton Keynes Council is looking at learning disability services in MK. The team will look at what is happening in services and what is needed for people now and in the future. There are four public events if you would like to come and find out more and feedback your thoughts.

  • Thursday 30 July, 2-4pm Rooms 2 and 3 Civic Offices, Milton Keynes Council, MK9 3EJ
  • Monday 7 September, 2-4pm Bletchley Leisure Centre, Princess Way, MK2 2HQ
  • Tuesday 29 September, 6-8pm Lovat Hall, Silver Street, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0EJ
  • Wednesday 7 October, 7pm Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee, Civic Offices, Milton Keynes Council, MK9 3EJ

Visit the Council’s website for information. The consultation closes on 25th October 2015.

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Job Advert: Humanitarian Grants Compliance Officer at World Vision

Salary: £30,161 plus good range of benefits

Terms: Permanent

Closing Date: 10 August 2015

Interviews: Week beginning 31 August 2015

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, South East

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity, operating in close to 100 countries. At World Vision, their aim is simple – to keep every child free from fear. World Vision are also proud to be voted one of the Top 100 ‘Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2015’.

Operating as a Grants Compliance Officer within World Vision Humanitarian and Resilience team, you will take a lead role in all aspects of humanitarian grant contract management and compliance. This includes ensuring standards are understood and adhered to by colleagues within World Vision UK as well as those in National Offices (particularly in emergencies and fragile states).

Using your expertise in financial processes and reporting, grant applications, donor and complex contractual requirements, audits, financial and risk management will be a crucial deliverable for the Humanitarian Grants Compliance Officer.

It will be essential to build strategic and supportive relationships with key stakeholders to achieve the optimum standards of financial management and accountability.

 Role essentials:

  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage complex grants in multiple locations from a broad range of donors.
  • Analytical skills along with the ability to communicate complex donor regulations to stakeholders will be vital.
  • You will also be expected to promote a culture of excellence to ensure WVUK’s core values and principles are implemented in their grants
  • Experience of working in a humanitarian context will be an advantage
  • Willingness to work flexibly in response to emergencies and travel internationally to emergencies and fragile states is an essential part of the role

In addition to the salary offered, you’ll enjoy benefits including pension, subsidised gym membership, generous holiday entitlement and free parking.

This is a fantastic opportunity to utilise your skills where they really matter. If you have the qualities required to succeed in this great position, please apply by following the instructions to view the Job Description, complete a short application form and upload your CV. State in your cover letter why you think you are able to meet the key criteria listed in the Job Description.

Please note that if response for this role is higher than anticipated, World Vision reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

World Vision are an equal opportunities employer

As a child focused organisation, World Vision UK is committed to the safeguarding of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible.

No agencies please

To apply: click here

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Beanhill Rainbows are looking for a new Volunteer Leader

Volunteer Leader needed for Rainbows Unit in Beanhill.

Rainbows is the Girlguiding section for girls aged 5 to 7. The unit has been running successfully since 2014 and meet every Monday 16:30-17:30 during school term, at Moorlands Community & Children’s Centre on Beanhill. Rainbows is about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things by doing and having fun.

The unit is looking for new Volunteers to join the team in September at the start of the autumn term. No previous experience is required as full training is provided. Basic computer skills are essential and good communication, organisational and creative skills are a bonus.

By volunteering for the group, you will not only gain valuable experience of community work, you will also get a chance to obtain a Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, which will enable you to develop skills on the job and through formal and informal training sessions.

Volunteer leaders run all aspects of the unit, devising and preparing activities and games. Organising and overseeing meetings and adventures. Effectively communicating with members, parents and the leadership team, updating the units Facebook Page, Fundraising and generally ensuring the unit runs smoothly.

Being a Rainbow leader is tremendously rewarding and you make an enormous difference to the lives of the girls and the surrounding community.

“a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities”.

You can find out more about Rainbows and Girlguiding UK here.

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If this sounds like a great role for you and you would like to be part of this much-needed and rewarding local initiative, get in touch today!

For more details, contact Kay Wales at: or register to volunteer directly on the website here.                     

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Funding Roundup

Our MK

Our MK is bringing together communities, data and enterprise to transform Milton Keynes. We want your innovative ideas for transport, energy, water, health and environment in our city, and to support you to develop these ideas into citizen-led projects.

Our MK is powered by MK:Smart, working to bring MK to the forefront of innovation, technology and data. Our MK now has funding available for your projects that could help MK achieve this. Could you use up to £5k to get your project off the ground?

The deadline for the first round of this competition funding is 16th August, and support to develop your project will be given at a series of workshops before this date. For further information about how you can apply, visit

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

The Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health.

Amount: £ 30,000

Deadline: 28th July


Anchor Foundation

Grants are available to UK-registered Christian charities for projects that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 31st July


Freemasons’ Grand Charity

The charity makes grants to Masonic and non-Masonic charities in England and Wales. Grants are broadly aimed at charitable work in the following fields: Youth Opportunities; Vulnerable People; Medical Research; and Hospices.

Amount: £ 50,000

Deadline: 31st July


Golsoncott Foundation

Grants are available to voluntary sector organisations in the UK for projects that promote fine arts and music.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 31st July


Ironmongers’ Company

Grant for projects in the UK that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 years to fulfil their potential.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 31st July


Radcliffe Trust

Funding is available for registered charities working in music, and heritage and crafts.

Deadline: Heritage and Crafts Scheme 31st July

               Music Scheme 31st August


Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving

Financial awards are available for local community groups in the UK who are passionate about making life better for others and who need a bit of help in getting their projects off the ground.

Amount: £ 500

Deadline: 31st July



Marc Fitch Fund

Grant for individuals and organisations in the UK for research and publications whose primary focus is on regional and local history within the British Isles.

Deadline: 1st  August


Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund Grant

Grants for organisations undertaking projects involving young people who are vulnerable or may become involved in crime in the UK.

Amount: £ 15,000

Deadline: 3rd August


Starbucks Youth Action Grants

Funding to empower young people in England, Scotland and Wales to make a difference in their communities and to enable them to bring their ideas to life.

Deadline:  3rd August


Wellcome Trust – Engaging Science Programme

Funding for projects in the field of biomedical science which aim to make a significant impact on public engagement with science and its related issues. Funding is provided through the People/Society Award, Arts Award, Broadcast Development Award, International Engagement Award, Science Media Studentships, Engagement Fellowships and Capital Funding schemes.

Deadline: 7th August


Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys – Stepping Stones Grants

Grants are available to charities registered in England and/or Wales working to significantly improve life outcomes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Amount: £ 20,000

Deadine: 14th August


Help Through Crisis Fund

Grants are available for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in England for projects that provide immediate support to individuals currently living in crisis or at risk of crisis as a result of hardship.

Amount: up to £ 500,000

Deadline: 26th August


Renewable energy awards

The M&S Energy Community Fund is an awards scheme for not for profit organisations that want to use renewable energy to provide community benefits.They have available national awards of £40,000 and £20,000, and a regional award of £12,500.There is also a minimum funding of £15,000 which will be split between the most inspiring and innovative projects.To take part, complete the online application form. Projects will be subject to popular vote, so it will help if your beneficiaries are cute. Click here for details.

Deadline: 29th July

Guardian Charity Awards

The Guardian Charity Awards seek to recognise and encourage UK charities that make an outstanding and valuable contribution to social welfare in the community.

Deadline: 5th August

What corporate sponsors look for in a charity partnership

This article from the Guardian is worth a read if you are interested in making connections with businesses to support your work.

Sunday Soup

The Soup Grant is a grassroots model for funding small to medium sized creative projects through community meals. The basic formula is that a group of people come together to share a meal and that meal is sold for an affordable price. All the income from that meal is given as a grant to support a creative project. Grant applications are accepted up until the meal, everyone who purchases the meal gets one vote to determine who receives the grant. The grants are completely unrestricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the customers.

Growing Together

Growing Together, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is a new partnership of community and environmental sector organisations created to support local community growing groups to generate their own income. Support will be given through advice and training, with particular priorities being: crowdfunding; community shares; e-commerce;  generating income through trading: procurement; business planning; financial governance; finding and securing land.The Growing Together website is due to be launched this summer; to keep informed of the developments visit the temporary webpage , there is also a Facebook page.

What is the National Funding Scheme (NFS)?

The National Funding Scheme is a registered charity set up to enable any organisation with a charitable purpose to fundraise using digital technology. The NFS has developed a national tool of mobile giving – DONATE – which any organisation can adopt, they are not a crowdfunding platform but a risk free alternative where donations are donations and not just pledges. They pass on donor data subject to opt-in so you can build long-term relationships with donors. If you’re a charity or an organisation with a charitable purpose, you can join the DONATE by registering here today.

Evidence on benefits of physical activity

If you are wanting to show a funder that your project involving children running about will benefit their health, the evidence is in a new study published by the Government.

Training and events

Click here to download Fit4Fundings learning prospectus

Have we helped your group get funding in the past year? We regularly provide reviews and feedback on funding application and help with getting ‘fit for funding’ to charities and community groups in Milton Keynes. If your group has received funding partly as a result of our help, we’d love to hear from you so we can celebrate your success!

Please email us or call 01908 661623.

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