Funding opportunity – Active Communities now open!

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. Continue reading Funding opportunity – Active Communities now open!

Free food for charities!

FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good-quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 2000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom. They are currently matching up the three Aldi stores in Reading with groups that could benefit. Continue reading Free food for charities!

Big Lottery Fund updates guidance for Awards for All

The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies in order to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. Continue reading Big Lottery Fund updates guidance for Awards for All

Narrowing the Gap II – save the dates

Reading Borough Council is inviting voluntary and community groups to two sessions to help shape a new commissioning framework for local services. This framework will set out funding opportunities from June 2018 when the current ‘Narrowing the Gap’ funding arrangements come to an end. The two half-day consultation events will be at the council’s offices on Plaza West on the 17 August and 26 September. Continue reading Narrowing the Gap II – save the dates

Reading-on-Thames Festival launches

Reading UK CIC is delighted to announce that the inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival will take place between 9 and 17 September 2017. This new arts and cultural festival for Reading was born out of the ideas, enthusiasm and momentum from Reading’s Year of Culture in 2016. It aims to put Reading’s waterways back at the heart of the town as the backdrop and inspiration for an inspiring eight-day arts programme from national and local cultural groups. Continue reading Reading-on-Thames Festival launches

Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!

Exciting news! Reading is now officially a City of Sanctuary and we are proud to extend the welcome of our town to people who come here seeking safety. We want those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries to feel safe and secure here. We are committed to taking practical steps to welcome and integrate all people into our communities, our activities and our culture. Continue reading Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!

Community centre to be named in honour of local postman

Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre (ARYCC) is to be renamed The Weller Centre in honour of a local postman who died earlier this year. Local households voted for the new name of the centre, which is currently undergoing a major renovation, in honour of Caversham resident Martin Weller who was a familiar face in the Amersham Road area. Continue reading Community centre to be named in honour of local postman

Big Lottery and Groundworks 1-2-1 Funding Advice Sessions in July

Following on from the recent Funding Fair, RVA is hosting further 1-2-1 appointments with the Big Lottery and Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help) for Reading based voluntary and community groups. Please book your slot in advance through the links in the main article. Due to popularity, spaces are limited to 1 appointment per organisation – your organisation must be based in Reading to qualify for an appointment. Continue reading Big Lottery and Groundworks 1-2-1 Funding Advice Sessions in July