Think Funding is delighted to announce that it has been asked to support the work of Transitions UK, a Herts based charity that works with young people aged 16-25. Transitons UK is keen to bring its high quality support programme to Leicestershire. Think Funding will help it develop a strategy to achieve that objective and to seek out funding to deliver it.
Think Funding is pleased to launch an annual fundraising survey aimed at Third Sector organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This first survey is designed to ascertain the impact of Covid-19 on the ability of Third Sector organisations in those three areas to raise income, and to understand if they think there will be a longer term impact.
We are also seeking information about how Covid-19 has affected service delivery, and your administrative and governance arrangements.
If you are a Third Sector organisation and would like to complete the survey, please follow this link:
Leicester employability solutions provider, Business 2 Business (UK) Ltd, has secured a place across all five regions on the UK Government’s new Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS), thanks to the help of Think Funding. Business 2 Business achieved a place in all the five lots it applied for at Tier 2, representing the most successful organisation who bid at this level.
Think Funding helped Business 2 Business with a review of multiple LEP strategies and devised a methodology for consultation with local providers in each of the Lot areas.
The CAEHRS framework will replace the existing UAEHRS framework which is due to expire in January 2021.
CAEHRS providers will be required to deliver a range of different types of services and support, including:
- Support for individuals to select, train for, progress toward, obtain and retain employment and self-employment.
- Identifying and addressing barriers to employment for a broad range of individuals with differing needs (e.g. Disabilities and Health conditions, Youth and NEET, Long Term Unemployed, Disadvantaged; Ex-offenders and those exiting prison, Self-employment and those interested, and progression in work for UC Claimants).
- Assistance for individuals starting a new role, workplace adaptations, further training and short or long term in-work support.
It is 12 months since Chris Shaw stepped out of his role at the University of Leicester to return Think Funding to a full time operation. And the first year back has been a successful one with £925,000 raised, some £327,000 of which has come from Covid-19 sources to enable community groups to meet the needs of vulnerable clients.
The second year has also started well, with £260,000 raised during September and October.
Please get in touch if you would like our support.
You can download a full copy of our first year’s Annual Report here.
Think Funding has been working around the clock to support small charities during Covid-19 to help them access funding to either develop new services or simply survive. We are thrilled to announce we’ve just hit the quarter of a million pounds mark in money raised. Much of the funding will go towards helping our clients provide services for those who are are vulnerable, including the homeless, those who are unemployed and elderly and young people.
Another good news story in recent weeks is that the Pakistan Youth and Community Centre (PYCA) has signed up Think Funding to aid its fundraising efforts.
Based in Highfields, Leicester, PYCA offers accredited and non-accredited learning to those seeking employment or wanting to upgrade their skills. PYCA also recently delivered a highly successful Community Champions programme as part of the Leicester Ageing Together initiative.
Think Funding is delighted to have been signed up by The Big Difference Company (TBDC) to help with its fundraising efforts. You may not know, but TBDC runs the Leicester Comedy Festival, so we’ll be polishing our one liners to include in a few funding applications!
As well as bid writing, we will also be helping staff develop a more strategic approach to fundraising, including how to improve bid writing skills.
Think Funding is delighted to announce it has helped a further two clients to secure grants from Covid-19 support programmes. Funding obtained from the National Lottery Community Fund and BBC Children in Need has pushed the total raised to £121,000 since lock-down started.
The two grants will help clients offer a wider range of support services for their service users, some remotely in the first instance, and then transitioning to work in a community setting once social distancing rules are loosened.
As of 1st June, Think Funding has secured £72,000 for clients from various Covid-19 support grants, including the National Emergencies Trust (NET), National Lottery Community Fund and BBC Children in Need.
Think Funding owner, Chris Shaw, says: “We’re delighted to have helped several clients shore up their finances, or develop new services for their users, in these most difficult of times. We know charities are really under financial pressure right now, so any penny we can help them secure is a bonus.”
Funding obtained so far will help vulnerable adults, homeless individuals and young people.
Think Funding has several more bids in the pipeline and will be hoping for more success.