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March 2018

Civil Society Strategy from DCMS
Take part to help shape the future of Government policy.

Voluntary and community sector strategic partnership group launched with Buckinghamshire County Council
A new strategic working partnership has been formed with senior leads across the voluntary & community sector (VCS) in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council.

Changemaker fund from Santander
An innovative fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

February 2018

Funding for off-grid rural communities
Rural communities throughout the UK could be eligible for funding from the Calor Rural Community Fund.

Postcode Community Trust - 2018 Grants Programme
Charities and other not-for-profit organisations with projects in Great Britain that improve health and wellbeing have until the end of February to submit their initial application.

Small Charity Big Impact Awards Launched
Applications are now open for the FSI annual small Charity Big Impact Awards.

Become a CIB member to keep in touch
Community Impact Bucks is delighted to announce the launch of a new membership scheme as part of our plan to work more closely with our local charities and community groups, be able to better support you and enable you to regularly meet with other organisations to learn from each other, share your experiences and best practice.

Community car schemes going from strength to strength
Community car schemes can be a vital link for some older and vulnerable people to get to their appointments. At CIB, we've helped set up some really successful examples.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in #VillageHallsWeek in January! It was the first one of its kind, and what a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hive of activity in our community buildings and their vital role in bringing our communities together.

January 2018

Presidents Club - advice from NCVO
NCVO have issued advice for charities following the Presidents Club scandal.

The Clare Foundation - 2018 seminar series
The Clare Foundation have announced their 2018 seminar series.

Your training needs: help us to help you
We are inviting charities and community groups in Buckinghamshire to complete our annual training needs survey so we can develop our training programme designed around your needs.

Government Minister to launch #VillageHallsWeek in Buckinghamshire
Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Rural Affairs Minister will launch the first ever #VillageHallsWeek in his home county of Buckinghamshire on Monday 22 January 2018.

Cllr Mimi Harker OBE calls for more support for local charities
Mimi Harker OBE has used her first 100 days as chairman of Community Impact Bucks (CIB) to highlight the huge challenges facing local charities and community groups.

Update on £150 training vouchers from Adviza
Adviza and Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) are working in partnership with European Social Funding to offer £150 of training vouchers for small organisations in Bucks, including charities and community groups.

Free of charge leadership coaching with Henley Business School
Community Impact Bucks (CIB) has announced an exciting new partnership with Henley Business School to offer free of charge coaching to leaders and senior managers of charities and community groups across Buckinghamshire.

Grants of £30k - £150k for capital projects
In celebration of their 60th anniversary, The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support Capital projects to provide new or improved facilities for local communities across the UK.

A time to reflect...
Throughout 2017 we have been privileged to work with over 500 outstanding, inspirational groups who are really making a difference; from groups set up at a kitchen table that change so many people’s lives to villages getting together to develop vital services to support elderly, lonely or vulnerable members of their community.

Be part of the first ever Village Halls Week #VillageHallsWeek
Calling all Village Halls! Promote your invaluable work and the importance of your village hall to the community, through the first every Village Halls Week starting 22 January 2018.

Chiltern District Council Community Awards 2018
Nominations are now open for Chiltern District Council's Community Awards 2018 - the chance to recognise the volunteers and community champions who do so much to enrich life in the district.

December 2017

FSI support on #LocalCharitiesDay 15 Dec
The Foundation of Social Improvement (FSI) help small and local charities and provide the support they need to thrive. On Local Charities Day this 15th December they will be celebrating by running the following free support programme:

Drop in volunteering hours could affect local charities
Despite the number of volunteers staying the same, the number of hours being given to volunteering has dropped says a new report from Community Impact Bucks.

Helping us to help you
Earlier this year we asked you what support you needed from us so that we can deliver services relevant to your needs. Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey.

November 2017

Looking Positively at Rural Change
Speaking at the packed annual Bucks Rural Affairs Group conference on 24 November, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP spoke passionately about the impact of international, national and local change to rural life, reviewing impacts ranging from Brexit and farm funding reform to the increased use of IT in our lives.

Local funding sources
From local lotteries to supermarket schemes, there are a huge number of opportunities to raise money in your own community. We've pulled together information on the key schemes to make it easy for you to identify the best one for you.

Local Charities Day 15 December 2017
Taking place on 15 December, this is a chance to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the work of small local charities and community groups.

Institute of Fundraising training 15 December
A vital training session from the Institute of Fundraising, Chilterns for anyone looking to attract high value funders and major donors.

Support for growth - help for social enterprises & trading arms
Bucks based social enterprises or charity trading arms may be eligible for the Growth Programme, which is focused on helping small businesses established for over a year to grow.

New job club for Wycombe - starts Monday 13 November
The Oasis Partnership has partnered with Red Kite Housing to develop a local employment, training, education and volunteering Hub in High Wycombe.

October 2017

Could your governance win you a national award?
At Community Impact Bucks we are so proud of all the fantastic achievements of Buckinghamshire charities and community groups that we wanted to ensure that you knew about these wonderful national awards.

Big Lottery Fund offers £4.5m funding to support local social action
Under the Place Based Social Action programme, organisations can apply for an initial £5,000, which could become as much as £500,000.

Benefits of joining the FSI
The FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) provides high quality and low cost or free training and advice to small charities. If your organisation is a charity, CIC or community organisation with a turnover under £1.5m then membership is FREE.

£150 training vouchers from Adviza
Adviza and Bucks Business First (BBF) are working in partnership to offer £150 of training vouchers for small organisations in Bucks.

Trustee Recruitment: We’re here to help you
Trustees' Week is running from 13-17 November 2017 and is your chance to focus your attention on recruiting, training or promoting your trustees.

Find out about our community projects team
Primarily focused on meeting the needs of the vulnerable and socially isolated, the Community Projects Team supports the development and delivery of services where an unmet need has been established. They provide bespoke support to help develop community and volunteer projects throughout Buckinghamshire.

Meet the Local Ambassadors
Meet Carol Heap and Marlene Baker, our local CIB volunteer ambassadors who are promoting CIB services to charities and community groups in their local areas.

What do you think of our website?
Does our website give you want you need? Do you find it infuriating or helpful? Please let us know so we can make our new website the best it can be!

And the winner is.....
Youth Concern have been announced as the winners of the 2017 CIB photo competition.

Handy Helpers in Aylesbury Tesco Bags of Help scheme
Shopping at a Tesco in Aylesbury this month? Drop your token in our box and help fund our Handy Helpers project.

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