Opportunities archive

£30 million fund for charity support services – registration deadline 5 August

A new £30m Big Society fund to help modernise organisations that supply critical support to front-line charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises has opened for applications. The Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme is managed by Big Fund, the non-lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund, which has pledged a further £20million for infrastructure development in the future.

Team London’s Small Grants Programme – deadline 15 August

Voluntary sector organisations are invited to submit an expression of interest for Team London small grants to increase the impact of their volunteering activity within one of the three priority areas. These are: cutting crime, improving quality of life, and increasing youth opportunities.

New Sports and Arts Fund for Young People, JAC Trust – deadline 6 September

The JAC Trust has launched a 3 year fund to support projects that engage disadvantaged young people in London in sports and arts. This fund is open to charities, not for profits, CICs and community groups which can apply for up to £20,000 per year for 3 years. Aims of programme 1. To use sports and arts to address the challenges faced by disadvantaged young people.

SAH, Arts in Health Conference: Call for Papers – deadline 16 September

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare is now accepting abstracts for presentations at its 23rd annual international conference in May 2012; Arts & Health: A Global View. Presentations will be accepted in several areas, including: Practice, Healthcare Environments, Research and Evaluation, and Experiential Workshops.

GSK IMPACT Awards – deadline 23 September

The IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

Living well with dementia – deadline 30 September

The Design Council and the Department of Health are running a competition to rethink life with dementia.  One in three of us who live to 65 will have some form of dementia before we die.

Voluntary Sector Investment Programme: Innovation Excellence and Strategic Development Fund 2012-13 – registration deadline 7 October

The Department of Health has announced that the 2012-13 Voluntary Sector Investment Programme's Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund is now open for applications.

RSPH Arts and Health Awards 2011

The winners of the Royal Society for Arts and Health Awards 2011 have now been announced. The award scheme was established in 2008 in association with Canterbury Christ Church University and its Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. The theme of this year’s awards was the contribution of arts, music and cultural organisations to community health and healthcare.

£1.9 million to support recession-hit communities through volunteering in England

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Volunteering England £1.9m over three years to help communities and people survive the economic downturn including developing new skills and identifying and implementing support needed through volunteering. Strengthening communities, volunteering and local support are the key ingredients of the funding.

The Therapeutic Use of Embodied Experiences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

A series of four intensive professional development workshop weekends offering perspectives from Dance Movement Psychotherapy. These intensive weekends aim to:    * Introduce selected aspects of the discipline of dance movement psychotherapy    * Support the development of awareness of relational and personal issues in non-verbal communication

Postgraduate Community and Participatory Arts Programme, Staffordshire University

The Postgraduate Community and Participatory Arts Programme at Staffordshire University develops involvement in this field of work, and supports practitioners to gain skills and knowledge. The module options include a range of specialisms including Community Arts In Global perspective and The Artist Professional Development programme - Developing Arts For Health.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Courses at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

QMU is currently actively recruiting for two courses (MSc and short course introduction to the subject) starting in October 2011.

Abel Charitable Trust

Grants of between £3,000 and £5,000 are intended to support organisations working with vulnerable of disadvantaged people within the South-East of England. For more information contact: Marianne Marshall Abel Charitable Trust The Old Forge 11 Church Street Boxford Sudbury Suffolk CO10 5DU  

New seminar series from Audiences London - various

Aimed at anyone working in the arts and heritage sector, a series of practical sessions which aim to help participants understand and connect with their audiences. Introduction to Project Evaluation – 29 September 2011 The Who, What, How of Audience Development – 18 October 2011 Introduction to Cultural Tourism – 9 November 2011