Funding Alert: Could your group pitch for funding at MK Soup on 26th January?


Based on the Detroit Soup model, MK Soup is a meeting place for people who would like to make the world a better place- whether through food, community action, sustainability or another idea.

MK Soup is organised by the MK Food Revolution and the MK Christian Foundation.

On the night of MK Soup you buy a £5 ticket for a bowl of soup and in return, you get to listen to four people pitch their community ideas. At the end of the night, the crowd votes for its favourite idea and the winner takes the profit of the night. Two months later, the group then hears back about what has been achieved with the money.

If you are a project manager, submit your project and they will let you know a week before the event on January 26th whether you have been selected to speak on the evening. You get 10 minutes for your pitch and can hand out flyers on the night, too.

It’s a very friendly event and even if you aren’t successful at winning the funding, a great way to network and recruit new supporters and volunteers!




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Funding alert: Help for people who are homeless

Help The Homeless’s main funding remit is the regular allocation of Small Grants (generally up to £5000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum).

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Deadline:  15th December

Contact: The Secretary, Help The Homeless, 6th Floor, 248 Tottenham Court Road,   London W1T 7QZ.


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Opportunities: Grants for Good Practice

Have you completed a community project that you are proud of and want to showcase?

Did this work include patient, service user or carer engagement with diverse communities and seldom heard groups?

Did your project improve healthcare services, or reduce health inequalities?

NHS England is awarding a number of small grants of up to £2000 to enable charities to raise their profile so that others can learn from their good practice. For example, you may want to produce and information film or a series of leaflets, or record a podcast.

In order to win a grant, you must show how your work links to NHS England’s priorities defined in the Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, for example, you may have supported women to access GP services, or perhaps your work contributes to wider improvements in mental health.

You also need to set out how you intend to showcase your work.

Applications close at midnight on the 31st of October. Successful applicants will be notified on the 27th of November.

You can apply online here.


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Meet the Funder: Children in Need

We will begin with a 20 minute presentation, followed by reflection on the experience of being funded by Children in Need, by a recipient of one of their grants. This will be followed by a general Q&A session

There will be pre-booked 1:1 sessions between 12.00 and 1.30 if you would like specific advice about an application you have in mind to make.

Please note when booking: You will need to book your ticket for the workshop and 1:1 session separately, choosing your prefered time.

Please click here to book your free place

Please be aware that there will only be one session per group as places are limited


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18 November: MK Soup – groups invited to pitch for funding

Take 5 minutes to showcase your project at the next MK Soup event and get a chance to win funding on the day!

Friday 18th November: 7pm Christian Foundation House, Wolverton.


To find out more about the event that is open to everyone or to register your project or a group to deliver a short presentation, visit: www.mkfoodrevolutionorg/mk-soup.

You can also contact the organiser directly on:

Join MK Food Revolution and MK Christian Foundation at this community-driven event: have a bowl of delicious home-made soup and help to make a real difference happen in Milton Keynes by voting for your favourite project showcased at the event.


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New project on Lakes Estate & Newton Leys: join local Steering Group!

We have recently started working with Youth Sport Trust on a new project, funded by People’s Health Trust, that is dedicated to working towards health quality and promoting healthy physical activities. The project aims to engage with residents, young people in particular, who live on Lakes Estate and Newton Leys.


If you live on Lakes Estate or in Newton Leys and would like to become part of the Local People Steering Group, please contact Stewart on: or phone him on 07908154157.

You can join the next meeting of the Steering Group which is on Tuesday 11th October at Sir Herbert Leon’s Academy at 6pm (Please come to Leisure Centre reception). Click here for directions.

Follow the project on Twitter: @LP_MiltonKeynes








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Community Fundraiser for Winter Night Shelter – 15 October

MK People’s Assembly are organising a community fundraising event in aid of Winter Night Shelter in Milton Keynes.

The event will take place on Saturday 15th October outside the Old Bus Station -at the Buszy Skate Park. It will raise funds that are so vital to help maintain the Winter Night Shelter services, particularly as the winter months are fast approaching.


There will be live music and other entertainment as well as interesting stalls with information about the various community groups and projects in Milton Keynes. More information about the event will follow us – Visit MK People’s Assembly Facebook page for updates or follow them on Twitter: @MKAssembly.

If your group or a project is interested in having a stall, please e-mail: MK Assembly at

Winter Night Shelter provides supervised overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping during the winter months. It works in partnership with several Milton Keynes churches that provide their facilities free of charge and is supported by a large team of volunteers from across the city, who come together to cook nutritious meals and provide a friendly safe environment each evening. Click here to find out more about their work. You can find them on Facebook: @wnsmk.


MK People’s Assembly is a local group representing The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, a national campaign group against cuts made up of groups and individuals from across the social and political spectrum. Follow them on Twitter: @MKAssembly.


Come and help raise funds for this important service in Milton Keynes!


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