Robert’s Blog

A practical introduction to social impact measurement

For help and insights, join Robert for the final Benefact Group webinar of the year ‘A practical introduction to social impact measurement’ on 14 November 2023. The session will run 10:30 – 12:00. Register now. Read more »

Published: October 25, 2023.

Plunkett Foundation Funding

The Plunkett Foundation have funding to offer free business support, advice, and in some cases grants for groups investigating the idea of running a community-owned business from a church or chapel. Sign up for the webinar next month (12th September) to learn more. Read more »

Published: August 31, 2023.

Funding update

Growth Impact Fund Big Issue Invest, UnLtd and Shift partnered to create a £25M fund designed to address the structural barriers that diverse social enterprises face, focusing on diverse-led social enterprises tackling inequality in the UK. We are particularly interested in organisations based outside of London or disabled-led. If you think you know of an organisation who may be interested please forward this email on and ask them to make an application. Find out about the Growth Impact Fund apply here or register your interest by contacting us by email. Big Energy Saving Loans We’re offering loan finance between £20,000 to Read more »

Published: August 22, 2023.

Free(ish) money from HMRC

HMRC has an open grant funding window open to support voluntary and community groups. Turnover must be over £60K pa. Many organisational forms are eligible including charity, social enterprise, mutuals etc. The window closes late August (21st August). Find out more at the UK Governement website. Read more »

Published: July 31, 2023.

Trust for London: Latest London poverty statistics

Trust for London has released some shocking research on poverty in London. As one of the most cosmopolitan and richest cities in the world these statistics are a sobering reminder of the inequalities in the distribution of wealth. See the report What is Poverty? for more details. Read more »

Published: June 29, 2023.

June Funding Update

Hubbub has launched a £200,000 fund to support innovative ideas to tackle food waste. See Eat It Up Fund for more details. Landsec community grants are now available. See the website and scroll down to community grants for more details. These are funds are unrestricted. Awards for All grants to be increased from £10K to £20K Autumn 2023. See the national lottery website for more details Read more »

Published: June 28, 2023.

April Funding update

Community Fridge and assoicated services fundingEnvironmental charity Hubbub is broadening the impact of the Community Fridge Network, through food hub funding which will help local residents to learn new food and growing skills and connect with their neighbours. Starbucks has now committed £350,000 of funding, which will be made available to a further 50 community fridges across the UK. The funding is available to community fridges that are already open and running. Grant £7000.See Hubbus’s website for more details.Deadline 31 May. Lloyds Bank Foundation funding for racial equity Open to registered charities and CICs, which are led by the communities Read more »

Published: April 12, 2023.

Funding update

The UK Youth Fund in partnership with Pears Foundation opens fund The new £5-million fund aims to support youth organisations across the country with the Cost Of Living crisis. Read more »

Published: March 27, 2023.

Funding alerts

Know Your Neighbourhood Fund UK Government and partners confirm £29m Know Your Neighbourhood Fund to boost volunteering and help people connect with others. Click here for more details. Cambridge Social Innovation Prize Social Innovators: Do you want a £10,000 cash award for personal and professional development? Check out the Social Innovation Prize. The deadline is noon on 6th April. Click here for more details. Read more »

Published: March 24, 2023.

Quick funding update March 2023

Magic Little Grants 2023 is open until 31st October Micro grants of £500 are available for small or new community organisationsSee this link for more details. Impact on Urban Health IUH fund unincorporated and registered community interest groups within Lambeth and Southwark areas in London. More information can be found at their website. Sustainability funding for companies Amazon has announced sustainability funding for small organisations. The funding is a £10K grant, advertising and AWS credits. See Amazon for further details. Read more »

Published: March 6, 2023.

Funding update

Here are couple of bits of funding news I’ve seen recently may be of interest to you. Phase 2 of the DCMS Youth Investment Fund is now open for applications. The Fund is designed to support the development of new or existing youth facilities and activities in priority areas, delivered by 2025. Read more »

Published: August 12, 2022.

The importance of professional relationships in times of uncertainty

Apparently your friends account for as much as 90 per cent of your success or failure in life. Aside from that key take away (at least for me) this is an intersting quick read on thevalue of investing time in your relationships with other people in your work life.   #relationships #success #business See People Management for more details. Read more »

Published: August 12, 2022.

Business Boost Award closes 17th August

£25K can help change someone’s life for the better. The business boost grant has been launched to do just that. Read more »

Published: July 19, 2022.

Businesses still struggling with aftermath of Covid

A recent study from Simply Business showed the impact Covid-19 continues to have on UK SMEs, alongside the wider effects of the current economic climate. The key findings showed: Read more »

Published: July 19, 2022.

The Pitch 2022

Get your business in front of investors and access prizes worth £10K. The Pitch winner gets a £5,000 grant and a money-can’t-buy mentoring package, while the winner of the side hustle competition – new for 2022 – will get £5,000 towards equipment for their business. Read more »

Published: May 25, 2022.