Robert’s Blog

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.

Music funding

The Youth Music Catalyser Fund offers grants £30,001-£300K to organisations in England who support children and young people who face barriers to make, learn or earn in music. Read more »

Published: May 18, 2022.

The Energy Redress Scheme

The Energy Redress Scheme issues grants starting at £20K for energy related projects that benefit people and reduce carbon emissions. The funding windows are quarterly in January, April, July and October. See The Energy Redress Scheme website for more details and to register your interest. Read more »

Published: May 17, 2022.

2022 Bognor 10K fundraiser

Friend of Red Ochre, Frame Of Mind, is Charity of the Year for the 2022 Bognor 10K. This means that any funds raised are topped up by an additional 25%. If mental health is a cause close to you please consider supporting Paul who is running on their behalf.  See the Local Giving website for more details and to pledge your support. #charity #mentalhealth Read more »

Published: May 16, 2022.

Open Scool East calls for associate artists

Open School East has announced that the call for new applicants for the Associates Programme 2022/23 is now OPEN.  This year they are delighted to announce Saelia Aparicio as the lead artist working with Open School East 2022-2023. Go to  @openschooleast or Open School East to find out more and apply. Read more »

Published: May 10, 2022.

Edge Fund update

The Edge Fund has 40 grants of £1000 to award to fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to systems that cause injustice. Read more »

Published: May 9, 2022.

Help for Musicians

Help Musicians has up to £3000 and other support for independent music creators who are controlling one or more aspects of their career. This includes self-managing, self-releasing, self-producing, promotion etc. This is an open fund with no deadline. See the Help Musicians website for more information and to apply. Read more »

Published: May 4, 2022.

Stand up for Windrush

Long time friend of Red Ochre, Sam Llewellyn, is producing the Stand up for Windrush comedy night at the Hackney empire. This looks to be a fun night for a great cause. See The Hackney Empire for line up and to book. Read more »

Published: May 4, 2022.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Prospectus Published

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)  prospectus has been published, outlining how Government will assign £2.6 billion of funding to support communities throughout the UK, targeting specific areas to extend opportunities and resources to more communities. Read more »

Published: May 4, 2022.

Levelling Up Fund Round 2 – Application Guidance

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DHLUC) has now published application guidance for Round 2 of the Levelling Up Fund. This document provides support for applicants with bid writing and submission for the Fund. The application portal opens on 31 May and will close 6 July 2022. Read more »

Published: May 4, 2022.

Commonweal Housing is reopening its Call for New Ideas for 2022

Commonweal Housing is pleased to announce it is once again running a Call for New Ideas (CFNI) programme for 2022. Commonweal Housing is inviting more organisations to come forward with imaginative and original ideas for housing solutions which can address social injustices. Read more »

Published: April 19, 2022.

FotoReportage award is now open

The FotoReportage Award 2022 is now open for submissions.There’s a £2000 prize to showcase positive solutions to global issues through documentary photography to be awarded to a womxn photographer.The competition closes Friday 20 May. The award is curated by friend of Red Ochre, FotoDocuemnt. See the FotoDocument website for more details and guidance on how to apply. Read more »

Published: April 8, 2022.

Primary research on the impact of Covid on co-working spaces

Red Ochre recently completed a research study on the impact of Covid on co-working spaces with Development Solutions Moscow. We explored pre-Covid, Covid-era and the period post-Covid and the trends, challenges and opportunities for workspaces. Read more »

Published: May 6, 2021.

Medical Education in Russia

Below is a reproduction of an article on medical education in Russia from StudyInRussia. This is reproduced as part of the work we are doing with Development Solutions Moscow to share study and learning opportunties, and best practice in enterprise. Medical Educaton in Russia Basically, medical training in Russia lasts six years and, as a rule, goes on as a separate form of education – specialist programmes. The exceptions are the dentistry and pharmacy specialities lasting five years and nursing – four years. In Russia, to become a general medical practitioner, it is necessary to complete a general medicine programme Read more »

Published: March 4, 2021.

Alma Mater for IT specialists: 5 reasons to get IT education in Russia

Here is an interesting article by Forbes Education Russia on education in Russian generally, and IT education specifically. By Alexey Maleev, Forbes Education Contributor director for distance learning programs at MIPT, head of the coaching staff of the Russian national informatics team and originator of the RuCode festival Proginal publication date: 7 October 2020 Original source: Forbes Education The notion that the Russian IT industry is less developed than the Western one is now beginning to become a thing of the past. This, of course, applies not to the size of the market, but to the development of technologies, the Read more »

Published: March 1, 2021.