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Are you planning a project which could provide real benefit to our communities? Need a little financial support? Why not apply for the BwD Community Fund?
You can still apply for the next round until 12 noon on Monday 13th September.
Find out more here.
See how the Community Fund has helped Blackburn Goalball Club on their Twitter feed.
Introducing our new Lancashire wide #Upskilling project

We’re proud to be working with a number of partners to deliver fully funded staff development to SME’s across Lancashire who are making a positive difference to their communities.

Our #Upskilling project is for organisations who employ less than 250 staff, contribute positively to holistic health and well-being of communities and/or individuals therein and can meet de minimis regulations. Check us out on the Boost support directory here or get in touch with the team for a discussion about how we can help. 

To find out more, visit our website or get in touch with Callam Barnes on 07947 934750.
You're all welcome to attend our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Thursday 23rd September, for a brew, a chance to network and learn new things and enjoy some delicious cake. We're starting in the Boulevard Centre Conference Room at 11.30am and continuing at our Community Hub.

There are also a host of prizes to be won via our fundraising raffle. Purchase you tickets from the Admin Office in the Community Hub.
Want to get into volunteering? A Kitchen Assistant Volunteer is being sought at Greenfields Community Centre to help maintain a high standard of cleanliness and service to the local community. Learn more at the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership website or download the role description here.
You can find more volunteering opportunities in our latest Volunteer Bulletin
Here's what's going on this week

Care Network are recruiting, with deadlines today at 5pm for the Helpdesk Officer and Administrator position and Friday 10th September at 5pm for the Marketing and Community Engagement Lead.
The Bureau (former St. John's Centre on Victoria Street) is playing host to a We Are Blackburn Together! Social Evening, bringing together people from diverse communities across the town on Thursday 9th September from 7 to 9pm - another great event powered by the BwD Community Fund. Find out more here.
Friday 10th September will see vigils in Blackburn and Darwen to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day. Learn more in The Shuttle.
Applications are open for the second cohort of Active Lancashire's North West Thriving Communities programme. Closing date is Tuesday 14th September. Click here to find out more.
 The North West Ambulance Service's virtual AGM will take place on Tuesday 14th September. Learn more and book your place here.
Caritas are advertising for a Support Worker to work at their Maryvale facility. Closing date is Wednesday 15th September.
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Health Inequalities Commission is being launched on Monday 20th September from 4 to 5pm, featuring as chair Sir Michael Marmot.
 Lancashire Mind have a Flourishing Minds workshop coming up on Thursday 23rd September at 7pm at Bangor Street Community Centre. If you'd like to attend or refer a client, you can sign up here.
Here are BwD Learning's latest list of digital/ICT and employability courses.
The Carers Service's latest newsletter is now available.
You can also see what's on this month here.
They have also produced a "
What's on in Autumn and Winter 2021" guide which you can download here.
Healthwatch BwD are conducting a study into the long-term effects of COVID-19 and, as such, are seeking responses via a survey.
Lancashire Adult Learning have Health & Wellbeing courses for speakers of other languages coming up.
LSCft's latest Recovery College Planner can be found here.
Additionally, click here for the dates and locations at which the
HARRI resource will be available.
Furthermore, you may be interested in reading their
Initial Response Service Newsletter.
Our Lancashire have released their latest update for Pendle & the Ribble Valley. Additionally, they have also included a COVID Communications Support Pack on behalf of NHS Test and Trace.
Want to stay up-to-date with the Prince's Trust? Sign up for their newsletter.
Funding update


Lancashire Community Food Grant Scheme

£270m Green Heat Network Fund Launches in Spring 2022

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust accepting applications for November deadline

KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme Opens for Applications

Which? Invites UK Charities and Universities to Apply for Research Funding

Upcoming deadlines

Hospital Saturday Fund - closes Thursday 9th September
One-off grants to registered medically-related charities for medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs.

Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities Programme - closes Thursday 9th September
Grants for existing charitable projects to provide short-term help to enable activities and services that are important to Armed Forces communities to be able to continue.

British Ecological Society - Outreach Grants - closes Friday 10th September
Grants to organisations to support projects that promote ecological science to a wide audience.

Cruach Trust - closes Friday 10th September
Grants to support gardeners, retired gardeners and the preservation of gardens. Additionally, funding can support a wide range of activities.

Feminist Review Trust - closes Friday 10th September
Grants for projects that transform the lives of women.

Music for All - Community Project Funding - closes Friday 10th September
Grants to community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.

Philip Henman Trust - closes Friday 10th September
A small number of grants for charities concerned with long-term overseas development, especially projects committed to education, skills development, the development of basic infrastructure and technology.

The Finnis Scott Foundation - closes Friday 10th September
Grants for charities working in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history.

NHS Blood and Transplant - Community Investment Scheme - closes Sunday 12th September
Grants for community and faith organisations for projects that positively engage BBAME communities in living kidney donation as well as projects focused on addressing health literacy and other capability barriers across the general population.

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children - closes Monday 13th September
Grants for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation.

Idlewild Trust - closes Tuesday 14th September
Grants to registered charities for arts and conservation projects.

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - closes Wednesday 15th September
Grants for capital projects to small and medium-sized charities working to assist homeless people to rebuild their lives and return to the community.

Justice Together - Influencing Grants - closes Wednesday 15th September
Grants to organisations conducting charitable work that is focused on changing systems or structures in the immigration sector.

Ulverscroft Foundation - closes Wednesday 15th September
Funding for projects that benefit visually impaired people.

Walkers and Comic Relief: Smiles Fund - closes Wednesday 15th September
Grants to not-for-profit organisations using participation in the arts and comedy to promote positive mental wellbeing.
The Council's funding portal, Community Foundation for Lancashire's funding page (guidelines can be found here) and the Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner's website provide exceptional resources for those seeking funding.
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