Happy New Year! I hope you had an
enjoyable break and you’re now back in
the swing of things, ready for an
As you might already know, from April
2012, our funding model will be changing
and we will no longer be awarding Online
basics grant funding. This is due to a
significant reduction in UK online
centres’ central funding for 2012/13.
The Online basics grants have been a
great success, and have helped hundreds
of thousands of new people to get online
for the first time, however we have to
ensure that the grants we are able to
provide go to the hardest to reach
groups and communities by prioritisnig
deprived communities and hard-to-reach
groups. Therefore two new funding
opportunities will be available from
small number of Funded Specialist
Centres will be focusing on supporting
the unemployed (including NEETs) and
disabled people (including those with
learning difficulties and health
undertake local community development
using digital technology, to develop the
skills, knowledge and capacity of local
people and organisations. This will
replace the current CCB programme.
Our next funding round will open at the
end of March, so do keep an eye out for
further information on this. If you have
any questions, or if you’re looking for
more information, do take a look at the
UK online centres website
You will still be able to claim funding
for Online basics completions until the
end of March. Please remember to make
your final Online basics claim by 6
April 2012. To ensure Online basics
funding lasts until March, we have
imposed an upper limit of 100 on the
number of completions centres can claim
for each month. Completions over this
maximum will not be funded.
Director of Strategy
UK online centres
Social Action Fund
The Social Action Fund is a grant fund of over
£20 million managed by The Social Investment
Business on behalf of the Office for Civil Society.
The fund aims to inspire organisations to create
new social action opportunities; encouraging people
to give what they have, be it time, money, assets,
knowledge or specific skills.
Successful applications will encourage people to
come together in their locality to support each
other and focus on the different life stages of
volunteering. Civil Society Organisations, Public
sector bodies and business with a social mission can
The minimum amount organisations can apply for is
£100,000 and there is no maximum. The second
application window opened Monday 9 January 2012.
All applications will have to be received
by noon on Friday 3 February 2012.
Find out more on our website
LSIS has a variety of small funding
opportunities aimed at Skills Funding Agency (SFA)
Emerging Governance Models
these are grants from learning and skills
provider organisations to document case studies
of emerging governance structures and thinking
in response to New Challenges, New Chances.
Grants of up to £3,000 each are available to
providers within the learning and skills sector,
and the deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 18
Funding for Peer Review and
Development groups - This fund provides
an opportunity for PRD groups to access funding
to build capacity to establish, develop and
sustain effective partnership working to respond
to the needs of 18-24 year olds who are not in
education, employment or training (NEET), and to
support them to progress to employment,
including apprenticeships. Funding of up to
£5000 is available and the deadline is midnight
on 24 January 2012.
Regional Innovation in teaching and
learning fund - This is an LSIS
funded-project to promote innovative continuing
professional development (CPD) in teaching and
learning. Each project will be funded up to the
value of £5,000, and the deadline is midnight on
13 February 2012.
Find out more about all of these opportunities
on our website.
The Fair Share Trust is a £50 million trust
providing sustained funding in Fair Share Areas
until 2013. The Community Foundation Network (CFN)
is the sole UK trustee and has appointed
delivery agents in each of the Fair Share areas.
Selected neighbourhoods in each area are
receiving targeted support from these agents,
and local people will decide where the funding
The Fair Share Trust programme aims to:
- Build Capacity and Sustainability – by
involving local communities in
decision-making about lottery funding.
- Build Social Capital – by building links
within and between communities to promote
trust and participation.
- Improve liveability - by improving the
living environment for communities.
To find out more visit the
Fair Share Trust website.
All applications need to be made to a local
foundation. If you meet the broad criteria
outlined, contact your
local community foundation for more
information about its grant programme
Find out more on our website