FUNDING: UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY

A small grants programme available to projects in Birmingham East and North which includes Moseley and Kings Heath

The criteria and process for the funding pot ‘Unity In The Community’ have now been confirmed. Application forms and a facebook site should be available in the next ten days, but the timescale is limited so I want all Moseley and Kings Heath Groups to have the information now so they can start thinking about making a bid. The money is part of the Active Citizens Proceeds of Crime Act money that is distributed by West Midlands Police, however, for our area (Birmingham East and North) the money is being administered via a Participatory Budgeting Process

All bids that meet the criteria will be invited to give a 3 minute presentation to an audience from the local community, that audience will vote on all the presentations and the money will be awarded to the most popular in decreasing order until the money runs out. There will be other funders such as ‘Awards For All’ present at the event who may be able to support bids that are not succesfful.

Below is the information on the criteria and the process, please let me know if you have any questions. I’d like an idea of how many bids are likely to go in from our area, so please let me know if you are bidding, and you are welcome to attend the presentation event and vote, even if you are not bidding (the more who attend from our area the better!)

  • Total fund available is around £60,000
  • Bids to be presented at a public meeting as a presentation of 3 minutes – this timing is strict and there will be a timekeeper on stage.
  • Audience then vote on all bids.
  • Points are totalled and bids are funded from the most popular down until money runs out. Results will be announced at the event
  • The maximum amount per bid is £6000 however
  • An organisation can make up to 3 separate bids, but the combined total must not exceed £6000
  • Bids are welcomed from any sector (public, private, third etc)
  • Bidding organisations can be any size
  • Bidders must be over the age of 12 (under 16’s should be accompanied by a trusted adult)
  • Bidders can be based anywhere, but the benefits and beneficiaries of the projects should be within the Birmingham East and North policing area.
  • Bidding groups must be constituted and have a bank account OR be supported by an umbrella organisation (such as Moseley Community Development Trust) that holds these responsibilities on their behalf.

 

These are the key dates for this process:

 

Deadline for submission of bids:                                  midnight on February 14th

 

Successful bidders will be informed on:                    February 15th.

 

Presentation event                                                            Saturday 4th March, 10 – 4pm

(inc lunch at the Greek Centre, Erdington, all bidders and voters need to attend the entire event).

 

I will publish links to the application form as soon as I have them, if you have any questions contact me on helen.rehman@ashrammoseleyha.org.uk

UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY (Active Citizen Funding News)

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Following from my previous blog on this subject, here are the latest developments:

The Unity in The Community Steering Group met on Saturday 26 November and agreed some of the criteria for applications (a further meeting to complete the criteria will be arranged for after Christmas).

 The criteria agreed so far are:

  •  The maximum amount per bid is £6000
  • An organisation can make up to 3 separate bids, but the combined total must not exceed £6000
  • Bids are welcomed from any sector (public, private, third etc)
  • Bidding organisations can be any size
  • Bidders must be over the age of 12 (under 16’s should be accompanied by a trusted adult)
  • Bidders can be based anywhere, but the benefits and beneficiaries of the projects should be within the Birmingham East and North policing area.

 

The next meeting where I expect the criteria to be completed and finalised will be early in the new year.

For information, here is the previous blog post with the background to the fund:

 

We now have some of the details about how the Active Citizens Fund will be administered in our area.

The criteria and application details for this money is still being developed, but I thought it would be good to let you know now, so that you could start thinking about potential bids.

The money is part of the Active Citizens Proceeds of Crime Act money that is distributed by West Midlands Police, however, for our area (Birmingham East and North) the money is being administered via a Participatory Budgeting Process (of which more later!).

Key points:

  • Total fund available around £60,000 (less meeting expenses)
  • Bids to be presented at a public meeting as a short presentation
  • Audience then vote on all bids
  • Points are totalled and bids are funded from the most popular down until money runs out.Bids (in my opinion) will need to be a combination of ‘a good idea’ and ‘well presented / showmanship’ in order to win audience votes.

There will be measures in place to ensure no one can skew the audience in their favour.

Participatory Budgeting requires all decisions to be made by community members and I have so far been to 2 of 5 meetings about this process. At the first meeting a name was agreed for our area’s fund “Unity In The Community”. At the next meeting in a couple of weeks I expect the criteria to be agreed.

For now, if you wish to be kept informed about this fund, please let me know by email to Helen.rehman@ashrammoseleyha.org.uk or keep an eye on this blog for further information.

 

Local Innovation Funding Meeting for Moseley & Kings Heath

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On 13 December the Moseley and Kings Heath Community Partnership is holding a special meeting to discuss the Local Innovation Fund – a new fund recently launched by the council to help people across Birmingham invest in projects, groups and activities they think will help their local communities. The Local Innovation Fund (LIF) is providing £48,000 to each ward in the city for local councillors to work with people in their local area supporting new and innovative ways of doing things in their neighbourhood. 

You are therefore invited to the meeting on 13 December at 7pm at The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road B13 8JP to find out more, join in the discussion and share your thoughts and ideas with your councillors and other residents/partners.

Please let Kay Thomas know if you are intending to attend on kay.Thomas@Birmingham.gov.uk

 

 

ACTIVE CITIZENS FUNDING NEWS

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We now have some of the details about how the Active Citizens Fund will be administered in our area.

The criteria and application details for this money is still being developed, but I thought it would be good to let you know now, so that you could start thinking about potential bids.

The money is part of the Active Citizens Proceeds of Crime Act money that is distributed by West Midlands Police, however, for our area (Birmingham East and North) the money is being administered via a Participatory Budgeting Process (of which more later!).

Key points:

  • Total fund available around £60,000 (less meeting expenses)
  • Bids to be presented at a public meeting as a short presentation
  • Audience then vote on all bids
  • Points are totalled and bids are funded from the most popular down until money runs out.Bids (in my opinion) will need to be a combination of ‘a good idea’ and ‘well presented / showmanship’ in order to win audience votes.

There will be measures in place to ensure no one can skew the audience in their favour.

Participatory Budgeting requires all decisions to be made by community members and I have so far been to 2 of 5 meetings about this process. At the first meeting a name was agreed for our area’s fund “Unity In The Community”. At the next meeting in a couple of weeks I expect the criteria to be agreed , such criteria may include:

  •  An upper limit on bid size (perhaps £3k or £5k to ensure several bids can be funded)
  • Themes (diversity, neighbourliness, community safety for example)
  • Eligibility (decisions will need to be made around the need for a constitution or not, include businesses or not etc)

 

For now, if you wish to be kept informed about this fund, please let me know by email to Helen.rehman@ashrammoseleyha.org.uk or keep an eye on this blog for further information.