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Practical support bulletin: September 2023

Small charity support manager, Amy Walton, shares resources, free events, support and guidance on the big issues affecting small charities.

Support for small charities

Supporting small charities and voluntary organisations to make a bigger difference is a vital part of our work.

We’re continuing the legacy of the Small Charities Coalition (SCC) and the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) through our four pillars of support.

Other organisations offering support

Help with the cost of living

Apply for the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund

Small community organisations running critical services can apply for the government’s new Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund.

Organisations can apply for funding between £10,000 and £75,000. The deadline for applications is midday on 16 October 2023.

Watch our webinar below to get an overview of the fund, and learn more about who can apply and what the funding can cover.

Get a free utility bill audit from Utility Aid

There are many reasons you could be being overcharged for utilities. Consecutive estimates, incorrect VAT and tariffs are all common errors.

NCVO members can request a free utility bill audit from our trusted supplier Utility Aid.

Utility Aid will review your current contracts and make detailed recommendations based on your actual energy consumption.

Contact Utility Aid to request a bill audit.

Latest resources, offers and guidance

Financial management

Funding and income

Employing and managing staff

  • Our trusted supplier Roots HR CIC is offering a 10% discount on all salary benchmarking services until the end of September. Email Roots HR CIC for more information.

Digital and technology

  • NCSC’s Funded Cyber Essentials Programme is aimed at small organisations offering legal aid or supporting victims of domestic abuse. It can help you to put security controls in place and prevent common cyber attacks.
  • Good Things Foundation’s National Digital Inclusion Network offers a range of free services to help community organisations tackle digital exclusion. These include:

Training and events

Free webinars

Upcoming training courses

Browse our upcoming training courses. Smaller organisations pay less for training and NCVO members receive a 30% discount.

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