FRIDAY 03 MAY 10am - 1pm

This introductory workshop is designed to show that evaluation and monitoring isn’t boring! Through a range of presentations, case studies and creative tasks, Marge will introduce the basics of monitoring and evaluation so that participants leave feeling invigorated about, and confident in getting started with this area of work. 

What’s in it for me? 

By the end of the workshop, you will: 

  •  Understand the difference between monitoring, evaluation and research (demystifying the jargon that often surrounds this topic) 
  •  Understand why monitoring and evaluation is important (and how you can benefit) 
  • Have learned how to create a robust monitoring and evaluation framework 
  • Have learned something new about quantitative and qualitative methodologies (it’s not all about surveys and focus groups) 

Who’s it for? 

Those who have limited knowledge or experience of monitoring and evaluation. Or for those wanting a fresh approach to the subject – especially creative qualitative methods. 

Please email hello@kolekto.co.uk if you would like to take up places on the training morning. Places are limited.

To be eligible to apply, projects must provide a significant benefit to communities across their voting region. These regions are very large geographic areas and cover multiple counties, unitary authorities or boroughs. There are 23 regions in England, 3 regions in Wales, 5 regions in Scotland and 1 region for Northern Ireland. Community charity Groundwork is administering the scheme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland; greenspace scotland support projects in Scotland.

There will be two rounds of voting. This is a rolling grant so groups that apply for the first round will automatically be considered for the second:

  • The July/August 2019 voting period is for projects with a health and wellbeing theme. Priority will be given to projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
  • The November/December voting round will be open to all community groups supporting projects across their regions.

Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000. (Northern Ireland has a different level of funding.)

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project.

This could range from:

  • Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
  • Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.

Delivering activities or charitable services across a whole region such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, 

  • recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.
  • Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.

Projects can be a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. They will need to be completed within 12 months of receiving the grant.

Further information here

The aim of the fund is to support the work of organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in physical activity to help improve their physical health.

There is a total funding pot of £550,000 for 2019 (the largest yet) with grants of up to £500 for groups with an income of less than £250,000.

The funding can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. For example, this could include facilities hire, kit and equipment, coaching qualifications, other volunteer expenses etc.

Although applications can be made at any time and are reviewed on a monthly basis, groups could wait up to two months to receive an update on the status of their application.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 30 November 2019.

Further information here.

The Green Alley Award is a start-up competition focused on the green economy, dealing specifically with the challenges of the throwaway society, the scarcity of resources and the recovery of raw materials. It is targeted at ‘green’ entrepreneurs from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of improving waste and recycling industries.

The theme of the awards is around connecting green ideas. Green Alley is looking for ideas, new services, products and technologies that can turn waste into a resource. In return, it offers strategic support, networking opportunities and financing to boost business across Europe.

Finalists are invited to a one-day event with workshops and live pitches in Berlin where they will meet circular economy experts and benefit from networking and learning opportunities. The Green Alley Award winner receives up to €25,000 in cash.

By taking part in the contest entrepreneurs will profit from a network of green economy experts and valuable new business contacts.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups operating in the green economy from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of looking at waste can apply.

Further information here.

The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.

Short breaks activities can take many different forms – including breaks away (i.e. overnight stays, residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter sessions (i.e. regular activities). Activities must be designed to enable carers to have a life outside or alongside their caring role, and to support their health and wellbeing. Short breaks should also benefit the cared-for person and others (e.g. family members) and help sustain the caring relationship.

Short break activities can be for the carers, for the people they care for, or for both the carers and the cared-for people to enjoy together. To be eligible for Creative Breaks funding, projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both the carers and the people they care for, by providing a break from their normal routine.

A total of £0.6 million is available. Grants are for one year (October 2019 – September 2020).

Further information here.

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