White Fuse grants: Websites for small charities - open deadline

One grant is offered each month to a charity with a turnover under £1m to cover all setup costs of a website, including content strategy, design, development and launch – up to a value of £5,000.

Note that ongoing costs are not covered by the grant.

Applications reviewed monthly.

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Arts Award access fund for young people - deadline 18 September 2017

The Access Fund provides grants of between £100-£1500 to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue. Registered arts award centres can be found here.

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January 2017 a record low for NHS

NHS Improvement figures, leaked to the BBC, suggest government targets were missed by a significant percentage, with record numbers of people waiting over 12 hours for a hospital bed in Accident and Emergency.

The figures come from a document compiled by NHS Improvement, and show that there were more than 1.4 million attendances at A&E during January.

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Transform Foundation funding for digital support - open deadline

Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence. In collaboration with Raising IT, the largest UK provider of charity websites, the £18,000 funding package will help:

Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund – deadline 20 February 2017

Applications are open for up to £5000, plus mentoring and in-kind support, to enable dance creatives to research, test and/or launch new artistic and entrepreneurial ideas.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 20 February

Successful first-round applicants will need to pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts on Friday 31 March 2017 at the Dance Enterprise Ideas Summit.

BMA and King's Fund criticise government approach to NHS spending

The BMA chair, Dr Mark Porter, has said that the government is failing to address a crisis in the NHS and social care and 'falling well short' of its commitment, while the Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, Chris Ham, has questioned government plans for mental health services, suggesting that despite the Prime Minister’s recognition of their importance, ‘promised increases in funding have not materialised in many areas’.

Potential £1.9bn shortfall in social care funding

Three leading health charities have warned of a potential £1.9 billion adult social care funding gap caused by local authority cuts and rising demand.

13% annual cuts to local authority arts spending

The results of Arts Development UK’s annual survey of local authority spending on the arts shows a projects fall of £26m (13%) in the current year as opposed to 2015/16.

The survey finds what AD:UK refers to as a “steady erosion” in arts spending and that “the landscape is changing with several authorities losing their arts service this year and a reduction in the number of smaller authorities able to take part in the survey.”

Under-provision of personal care budgets for people with dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society has called on local authorities to increase provision of personal-care budgets (which can be used for cultural and social activities) for people with dementia. Less than a third of people receiving social care support for problems with memory and cognition have a personal budget, despite the government’s aspirations for a person-centred care and support system.

Wellcome Trust unveils new funding schemes

The Wellcome Trust has unveiled a new programme of funding for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research. The new Public Engagement Fund replaces the Trust’s Society, People, Large Arts, Small Arts, Development, Co-production, Capital and International Engagement Awards.


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