Government publishes Giving White Paper

The Government has published the Giving White Paper as a means of improving levels of philanthropy by working with charities and businesses to support new ways for people to donate money.

Film Culture Fund – deadline 28 November

The Film Culture Fund is designed to help audiences throughout the English regions access a diverse range of film content, to enrich audiences’ experience through education opportunities, and to integrate regional screen heritage resources into wider film provision.

Projects should address one or more of the following priorities:

• Programming – projects supported by Creative England should extend choice through locally relevant film programming engaging existing and new audiences.

Big Lottery Fund announces £50 million fund for the voluntary sector

£50 million to support hundreds of voluntary and community sector (VCS) projects and services has been announced by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

The full impact on the VCS of cutbacks is still to come according to the National Council for Community and Voluntary Organisations, which estimates that voluntary and community groups will face a reduction in public funding of over £900 million by 2016, losing a total of £2.8 billion in that period.

Big Lottery launches £10m scheme for older people in England – deadline 28 October

The Silver Dreams Fund is the first programme from a new £110 million investment in older people between 2012 and 2015.

£100m Catalyst Fund

Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced further details of the £100 million Catalyst scheme to boost private giving to the cultural sector and build long-term resilience, sustainability and innovation.

Full guidance for applicants has now been published with the first part of the scheme now open for heritage applications.

Eight projects selected to receive Digital R&D funding

Eight projects that will harness digital technologies for the benefit of the arts and cultural sector have been selected to receive funding from the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture, run by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and NESTA.

Following the launch of the £500,000 fund in early June, 495 projects applied for a total of £28.5 million worth of funding. 18 projects were shortlisted and interviewed before eight were selected to receive funding. The successful organisations are:

Youth Music Launching New Funding Model

Youth Music is making major changes to the way it funds music provision. In order to streamline the application process and maximise the impact of its work on children and young people, the new Youth Music Programme, which launches on 3 November 2011, will consist of three key elements:

A modular structure:

Youth Music's funding will be structured around modules. Each module will focus on an issue or group of children and young people that have been identified as in need of support. Applicants will be eligible to apply for funding for multiple modules.

Big Squeeze survey results published

London Voluntary Service Council  has launched its third Big Squeeze report, which shows that over half (51%) of voluntary and community (VCS) organisations responding to its survey closed services last year due to the impact of the public spending cuts and the economic climate.

New £500,000 Digital R&D fund for Arts and Culture

Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) have announced a new £500,000 Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture.

Andrew Lloyd Webber £32m arts fund

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announced that it will use the money generated from last year’s sale of the composer’s Picasso portrait - Angel Fernandez de Soto - to help fund a wide range of culture, heritage and art projects.

The foundation has announced a £250,000 donation to UK charity Nordoff Robbins, which specialises in providing music therapy sessions to people suffering from autism, dementia, depression, stroke or terminal illness. It will use the money to help maintain its music therapy unit at the BRIT school in Croydon and to fund their work at the unit.


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