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Job Opportunity – Grants Administrator

May 13, 2021

We are looking for a new team member - to be based at our office in York - who can support our grant making and office processes by providing accurate and effective administration. If you would like to be part of our small, friendly team supporting local communities to thrive then we would love to hear from you.   Post: Grants Administrator Job Type: Permanent Hours: 16 hours per week (this can be worked flexibly over 3 or 4 days to suit the applicant) Salary: £18,382 per annum pro rata (£10.10 per hour) Annual Leave: 25 days holiday plus 3 fixed days at Christmas (pro rata for part time employees)   Full job description and person specification   To apply – Please apply via the Two Ridings Application Form  We will also require you to complete the  Two Ridings Equality-and-diversity-monitoring-form (Apply by application form only. CV’s will not be accepted.) Send applications to recruitment@tworidingscf.org.uk by 9am Monday 7th June 2021. To find out more or to have an informal conversation about this role contact Katherine Odom kodom@tworidingscf.org.uk Two Ridings Guidance Notes for Applicants   Two Ridings Community Foundation is committed to improving the diversity of our workforce. We encourage and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds, particularly from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Refugee, LGBTQ+ communities and/or disabled people who are currently under-represented within Two Ridings. If you consider yourself to be a disabled person we can help you by offering ‘reasonable adjustments’ for interviews and tests.  Please let us know what would help you and we will try to meet your needs. Two Ridings Removing Barriers to Work   Deadline for applications: 9 am Monday 7th June 2021 Interviews to be held 16th and 17th June 2021     ...

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Job Opportunity – Grants Administrator

THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District re-opens 13 May to support local groups

May 11, 2021

Community groups and projects can apply for grants from THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District from this week supported by donations from THE LOCAL LOTTO and Harrogate-based Full Circle Funerals. As COVID19 restrictions continue to be lifted, THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District re-opens on 13 May 2021 for applications from local groups in the Harrogate district running projects or wanting to restart delivery of activities and services. Grants will be available of between £200 and £3,000.  Applications need to be received by 21st June 2021 with decisions and grants awarded in late July. This is the second round of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District in 2021 and the pot available for grants this time round has been enhanced thanks to generous support from Full Circle Funerals and their Full Circle Fund and contributions from THE LOCAL LOTTO. Sarah Jones, CEO of Full Circle Funerals which is based on Skipton Road in Harrogate, said “As funeral directors we naturally find ourselves working at the heart of the Harrogate community and we know from experience how much of an impact Covid-19 has had on individuals and the support services that would normally be available to them.“We have been very keen to do something positive to help activities and projects resume after Covid-19 and THE LOCAL FUND seemed like the perfect opportunity to offer far-reaching support where it is most needed. “We are looking forward to receiving applications for funding and working with community groups to make things happen.” Councillor Sam Gibbs, chair of Harrogate Borough Council’s voluntary and community sector liaison group and LOCAL FUND grants panel member, said: “THE LOCAL FUND provides continuous support for our local voluntary and community sector organisations and charities across the Harrogate district and the residents they support.“It has been an incredibly tough year for them. And now, more than ever, it is critical these charities can access funds for projects. To find out more about the fund and to apply please visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/tlfharrogate/ ...

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THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District re-opens 13 May to support local groups

Deciding Together York Session 1

April 29, 2021

On 28th April 2021, 25 people came together to understand how can we fund work that tackles the root cause of multiple complex needs. This was the first of six sessions that will bring together people in York, including residents, students, charity workers, Council staff and people who have lived experience of accessing services.  Over the next 6months we will design and decide how funding from Lankelly Chase (£250,000), will be allocated to address root causes of multiple complex needs. The session want brilliant – everyone was engaged, enthused and committed to working together. Upon leaving the session the group expressed feeling; energised, connected, heard, intrigued and optimistic. We had difficult conversation about services, seldom heard voices and race.  We also got practical and explored models of participatory grant making. Ali Spaul, Partnership Coordinator at Two Ridings Community Foundation; For me, this session and the work that is going on, is demonstration that collaboration and relationships alongside diversity, equity and inclusion principles; are not only practiced, they are absolutely raising the work and increasing the joy of it.   If you’re interested in hearing more – get in touch with Ali on aspaul@tworidingscf.org.uk, 07834 596576 or Twitter @SpaulAli   ...

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Deciding Together York Session 1

Hull’s Vulcan Learning Centre Bid Success

April 21, 2021

Vulcan Learning Centre successfully pitched and secured over £16,000 at a national event, back in January, by The Funding Network, an open network which links potential donors to charitable cases and social entrepreneurs through live crowdfunding. Two Ridings Community Foundation sponsored Vulcan at the event and made the first donation. The Vulcan Learning Centre were pitching for funds to upgrade their PCs and other equipment in their computer suite. Here all members of the local community, parents and children can do homework, study, job searches and CV writing. The Funding Network raises money for small non-profits driving social change and helps both individuals and businesses to combine their giving with others, to make a bigger impact. Eugenie Harvey Chief Executive of The Funding Network said “We were delighted to support the Vulcan Learning Centre at The Funding Network’s New Year Funder. Disadvantaged children and communities are being disproportionately affected by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic; Vulcan’s work could not be more vital. TFN’s network of philanthropists naturally responded with enthusiasm to their pitch for the funds needed to upgrade their Computer Suite.” Jan Garrill, CEO of Two Ridings said “We are so pleased to have been able to support the Vulcan Learning Centre through this process and are delighted with the amount they have raised. This pandemic has affected all of the community, but children, education and the ability to access up to date IT equipment and support are of upmost importance. The Vulcan Learning Centre does wonderful work and Hull is extremely fortunate to have them”. Seb Glazer, MD of the Vulcan Learning Centre said \"We feel really honoured to have been nominated by the Two Ridings Community Foundation for this fantastic opportunity courtesy of the Funding Network. The new computer suite will enable the Vulcan Centre to support growing numbers of young people who have been affected by the pandemic. We would like to thank all of the donors for their unbelievable kindness; their generosity will make a huge difference to our centre and the people who use it. Furthermore, we would also like to thank all of the staff at the Two Ridings Community Foundation and Funding Network for their help and advice. We are all truly blown away by this amazing experience!\" The Vulcan Learning Centre have finished on the revamp and will be ready by the end of lockdown for the community to be able to access the new suite. ...

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Hull’s Vulcan Learning Centre Bid Success

Delivering better futures with Made By Sport – ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund launches

April 1, 2021

We’re pleased to have teamed up with Made By Sport to offer local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for a grant which can help support young people as they start to recover from the effects of the latest lockdown.   The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on young people across the UK, and thanks to Made By Sport, we can offer this chance for sports clubs and organisations to access vital funding which can help them to continue bringing sport into young people’s lives.   Made By Sport is a charity which raises awareness of the power of sport and funding for organisations that use sport to support young people across the UK. The ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund is part of a wider campaign that believes sport is the best vehicle for creating societal change for young people across a myriad of challenges they face in the modern world.   We’ll be administering the fund on behalf of Made By Sport and awarding unrestricted of grants of £2,021 to clubs who match the criteria. The fund is looking for applications from clubs and community organisations using sport to improve young people’s lives through one or more of the following means: Developing life skills Building strong communities Improving mental health Developing employability skills Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour The fund will open for applications on Monday 12th April and full eligibility criteria will be published soon, but key to the fund is that it supports clubs and organisations intentionally using community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, not those which focus on developing and widening opportunities to participate.   ...

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Delivering better futures with Made By Sport – ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund launches

Selby Voice Resources

March 23, 2021

In March 2021 Two Ridings hosted a Selby Voice session with VCSE groups from across Selby District.  The headline takeaways were: Mental health is a collective concern at the moment, people are balancing community needs with the well-being of staff and volunteers. The pandemic has created new partnerships and collaborative ways of working…BUT we must build on existing networks, not create new. An asset mapping exercise and resulting tool would be useful for all – such as http://www.wakefieldjsna.co.uk/tools-and-resources/community-assets/ Digital access has been largely positive in terms of improving accessibility and capacity to engage in partnership.  Behaviour change has happened and digital has been well stress tested.  Digital and data poverty still a concern, plus mental health impact of online only world. Engage in a hybrid/blended way for the future. We must provide resourcing to communities as everyone is really stretched. People have been really open and sharing, there is positivity about working together.  But people are genuinely stretched so if we progress with further sessions we should complement what is in place.  And/or have resource in place to enable capacity to engage. Also attached are the images from the event, available individually and open for all to use. [caption id=\"attachment_2757\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"600\"] Selby Voice[/caption] ...

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Selby Voice Resources

Inclusive Engagement, Funding and Leadership – Tender opportunity. Deadline 12.00 noon 19 April 2021

March 12, 2021

Two Ridings Community Foundation wishes to engage suitably qualified organisation/individual/consortia to tender for three separate but aligned strands of work related to improving the understanding, reach and support to culturally diverse communities in the Two Ridings/Humber Coast and Vale (HCV) ICS area. The overall total value of the budget is £20,000 incl VAT The strands are: Strand 1 – Mapping the diversity of the Humber Coast & Vale region (York, North Yorkshire, East Riding, Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire) and understanding the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic organisations/groups operating locally Strand 2 – Understanding the barriers to accessing funding from Two Ridings Community foundation facing the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic organisations/groups operating locally. Making recommendations on removing these barriers through informing and changing Two Ridings processes Strand 3 - Facilitating and supporting increased access to HEY Confident Futures Leadership programme from leaders from culturally diverse communities in Hull and East Riding A tendering organisation may submit tenders to deliver all or some of the strands.   Due to the nature of the work tenders are particularly welcome from qualified organisations/individuals led and/or delivered by people of colour with relevant expertise in providing similar contracted services. The contractual relationship will be with Two Ridings Community Foundation, but the contractor will be required to provide a report on strand 1 to the Humber Coast and Vale NHS VCSE Strategic Leadership Group Details of tender are here Tender for Inclusive Engagement Funding and Leadership 12032021 All enquiries to tenders@tworidingscf.org.uk   ...

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Inclusive Engagement, Funding and Leadership – Tender opportunity. Deadline  12.00 noon 19 April 2021

THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District supports ten local groups keep going during lockdown

[caption id=\"attachment_2718\" align=\"alignright\" width=\"600\"] Badapple Threatre - Youth Group pre Covid19[/caption] Groups heard this week about the outcome of their recent applications to THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District. Ten local charities from across the Harrogate District were funded, with £37,850 distributed in total. All the groups were given funding for essential running costs, a particular need as many other sources of fundraising aren’t open to local charities right now due to the impact of the pandemic. Recognising that it looks like the current COVID19 restrictions will start to be lifted this spring, THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District will re-open in May for applications from local groups wanting to restart delivery of activities and services in the summer. Two groups funded in this spring round were Badapple Theatre Company, based at Green Hammerton and Masham Town Hall Community Charity. Badapple Theatre Company – a rural touring theatre company based in Green Hammerton received £2980 to help resume live performances once restrictions allow. Kate Bramley, Badapple Theatre’s Artistic Director: \"We are incredibly grateful for this vital support which contributes to our business overheads and crucially keeps our Youth Theatre services for young people open while we work to rebuild our community events network.\"  Masham Town Hall Community Charity received £3,852 to support the organisation pay for running costs for 6 months, especially those costs that still occur even whilst closed. In covering these costs, the charity will be in a strong position to re-open once the rules allow. Nick Reed, Administrator, Masham Town Hall Community Charity: “This grant is vital as it helps us to stay in touch with user groups and hirers as we prepare to reopen. The Local Fund is a wonderful resource as it understands that these costs, while not glamorous, are essential to the running of a small local charity.” Harrogate Borough Council has contributed £30,000 this year towards THE LOCAL FUND, which together with funding from the Harry Bolland Fund, THE LOCAL LOTTO and other local donors and fundraising means we will be opening THE LOCAL FUND for a second round of applications in May. Councillor Sam Gibbs, chair of Harrogate Borough Council’s voluntary and community sector liaison group and LOCAL FUND grants panel member, said: “THE LOCAL FUND provides continuous support for our local voluntary and community sector organisations and charities across the Harrogate district and the residents they support. “It has been an incredibly tough year for them. And now, more than ever, it is critical these charities receive vital funds to ensure they can exist in the future when life returns to normal. To find out more about the fund and the grants made please visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/tlfharrogate/ The LOCAL FUND record of decisions for publishing   ...

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THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District supports ten local groups keep going during lockdown

Job Opportunity – Comms & Marketing Exec with Two Ridings

March 4, 2021

Communications and Marketing Executive - NOTE APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED £23,000-25,000 pa pro-rata, based on experience Are you looking for a role that will give you an opportunity to grow and create change from within, at an exciting stage of Two Ridings Community Foundation‘s long-term growth? You will raise the profile of Two Ridings Community Foundation through the full range of marketing, media, digital technologies, and communications channels. The role will be critical to support the Foundation’s ambitious strategy and targets for growth and development. It is essential that we have effective and authentic engagement with donors, grant applicants and partners. With your help, we will devise a forward-looking and effective communication strategy for the foundation. To apply – Please apply via the TRCF Application form Mar21  (Apply by application form only. CV\'s will not be accepted.) Send applications to recruitment@tworidingscf.org.uk  by 9 am Monday 29th March 2021. To find out more or to have an informal conversation about this role contact Harriet Johnson hjohnson@tworidingscf.org.uk Full job description and person specification Communications and Marketing Executive Mar2021   We will also require you to complete the  TRCF Equality-and-diversity-monitoring-form If you consider yourself to be a disabled person we can help you by offering ‘reasonable adjustments’ for interviews and tests.  Please let us know what would help you and we will try to meet your needs. TRCF Removing Barriers to Work TRCF Guidance Notes for Applicants Timeline for applicants Deadline for applications: 9 am Monday 29th March 2021 Shortlisting: 31st March 2021  Interview to be via Zoom with a panel and a creative task. If you are unable to attend for interview on this day for religious observance reasons, please let us know and we will find an alternative interview date if you are shortlisted. PLEASE NOTE: Due to changed circumstances, the interview dates are now Wednesday 28th April (afternoon) and Thursday 29th April (morning)   ...

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Job Opportunity – Comms & Marketing Exec with Two Ridings

HRH The Earl of Wessex ‘visits’ 6 North Yorkshire Projects funded by Community Foundation

February 27, 2021

On Thursday 25th February 2021, His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex met Two Ridings CEO Jan Garrill and six projects funded by the community foundation. The visit was hosted by Mrs Jo Ropner, The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. The Earl of Wessex congratulated all the projects on their service during the Coronavirus Crisis. The following groups were represented:   Home-Start Richmondshire, Julie Teasdale, Senior Coordinator explained the work of the charity to keep children and families connected, including activity packs. The Earl was impressed by the focus on outdoor activities, including Halloween. Nigel Poulton, from The Island in York described how Two Ridings had helped fund their Hampers of Hope - sent out to over 150 vulnerable children in York. He also described their ambitious plans for the future and invited the Earl to visit. The Rev Kath Dean from the Genesis Project in Middlesbrough described how the whole community had rallied round to support people with a food and clothes bank. Sarah Kekoa from Autism Angels and I Choose Life Foundation in Harrogate,  joined the meeting from her car, midst session! She described how important having safe, outdoor space has been for families well-being during lockdown. Sohie Hall, from Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale Mind explained how the charity had partnered with Age UK and others in Scarborough to become the community hub for the town, whilst also providing one to one peer mental health support. And finally, John Venable from The Big Communitea in Selby described movingly the plight of \'Pete\' who was living surrounded by his rubbish, through no fault of his own and was on the edge of despair. Following a call to the Big Communitea, volunteers spent a week clearing his home and giving him back his life and respect.   ...

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HRH The Earl of Wessex ‘visits’ 6 North Yorkshire Projects funded by Community Foundation

Danny Kruger, author of Levelling Up Our Communities report guest at Two Ridings webinar 25th March 2021

February 22, 2021

Danny Kruger MP, author of The Levelling Up Our Communities report, is the keynote speaker at Two Ridings Community Foundation webinar “Are we on the cusp of an Emerging New World?” on 25th March. Danny’s report sets out a vision of a post Covid world where charities and government work together for common good. Joining Danny at the webinar to discuss the changing role of philanthropy and giving are Two Ridings supporters; Liz Wild from McInroy & Wood Ltd, Alex Boyle from Insite Property Solutions and Bruce Warnes from the Shears Foundation. Other panellists are Jeremy Williamson from Veterans Woodcraft and Jan Garrill CEO of Two Ridings. Danny Kruger MP said “I\'m greatly looking forward to discussing philanthropy and its role on the ‘new world’ that is opening up, with all its threats and opportunities. This is the right time for this discussion and Two Ridings Community Foundation are ideally placed to host it.\" Jan Garrill CEO of Two Ridings said “The changes we have seen in the last year show that people are recognising that philanthropy and giving are never more needed, and is also very different to traditional perceptions of philanthropy, often associated with billionaires. In 2020, thanks to people like Captain Tom and initiatives like the National Emergencies Trust, philanthropy came of age.  I look forward to the views from Danny and the local panellists about the longer-term changes.” For tickets please visit Eventbrite or contact Isabelle Clough on iclough@tworidingscf.org.uk ...

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Danny Kruger, author of Levelling Up Our Communities report guest at Two Ridings webinar 25th March 2021

Got a burning question about applying or a grant – Two Ridings drop ins in January 2021

January 8, 2021

We know it is a challenging time for people running charitable organisations right now. With lockdown 3 it might mean you are struggling to work out how to deliver the activity you had planned and had funding from us, or it might mean you need additional funds. We want to be here for you and help you. We have set up weekly drop ins (on Zoom) where you can talk through any issues with the friendly team of grants, finance and partnerships - AKA Jackie, Roxanne, Stephanie and Ali. During January they are 11am on Thursdays but in February we will mix it up a bit in case that date and time doesn\'t work for you. We are also running a special workshop for groups funded to deliver youth activity as we know that is especially challenging and needed right now. For this workshop you need to book on via Event Brite. STOP PRESS: 18th January 2021. We have added an extra Youth Session plus a session if you are considering applying to the Coroanvirus Community Fund. Full details of all sessions on the attached document. Jan 2021 Corona Virus Drop In SessionsV3 ...

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Got a burning question about applying or a grant – Two Ridings drop ins in January 2021

Let’s look ahead and plan for the future

January 4, 2021

Whilst the start of 2021 seems to be as challenging as 2020, the team at Two Ridings is determined to focus on 2021 being about a positive future for all.  We asked our friends at Sidewalk Youth Project in Scarborough to give us their thoughts and images to inspire us and we are so pleased with what they gave us. It is very apt as we are currently working on developing our long term plan for the charity. Such plans in the past have helped steer us to achieve growth in funds and heightened awareness. If you want to be involved in helping us shape our long term plan, get in touch info@tworidingscf.org.uk ...

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Let’s look ahead and plan for the future

Our long term plan…reframing, being creative and helping to give groups security?

December 17, 2020

Our long term plan...reframing, being creative, and helping to give groups security? On Tuesday 15th December, Harriet and Ali from the Two Ridings Team facilitated a focus group with a range of people, including trustees, volunteers, people who had been successful in getting a grant, and people who had been unsuccessful to hear about their view on what kind of funder we are now and what kind of funder they\'d like us to be in the future. This is part of the development of our next long term plan. The image on the left shows the discussion and the images below are available to download and use. For more information about our long term plans and ways to get involved contact Ali Spaul aspaul@tworidingscf.org.uk [gallery ids=\"2465,2464,2463,2462,2461,2460,2455,2453,2452,2451,2450,2449,2448,2447,2446,2445,2444,2443,2442\"]     ...

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Our long term plan…reframing, being creative and helping to give groups security?

Two Ridings Annual Review 2019/20 published

December 11, 2020

Today 11th December, Two Ridings Community Foundation published its 2019/20 Annual Review. In the review the community foundation celebrate another significant year of grant making. It also pays tribute to many of the groups it has helped through grants to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. To view the Annual Review either download TwoRidings-AR2020-email or view using the flipsnack version. ...

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Two Ridings Annual Review 2019/20 published

Surviving the Covid Winter Campaign – Appeal Launched

November 18, 2020

This winter, vulnerable people in North and East Yorkshire will be colder, hungrier, more isolated, and more anxious than ever before. Two Ridings Community Foundation is launching an emergency appeal to raise £100,000 for essential funding for the charities, voluntary organisations and community groups that will provide a vital lifeline to our region. Since the start of the pandemic Two Ridings Community Foundation have given grants totalling £1.8 million to hundreds of organisations across North and East Yorkshire. This money has been put to use keeping people fed, as well as keeping them safe and connected but the challenges remain as we head into winter. Local community groups and charities are part of the frontline support helping those who are isolated and struggling through these turbulent times. These organisations are gearing up for an increased demand over winter and at the same time have an eye on what will happen next year. It’s vital that these groups have the funding and support to continue the work that they do. Whether you are struggling to pay your bills and feed your family, have lost a loved one, experienced anxiety, been made redundant or struggled with ill health, Covid 19 has had a devastating impact on many of us. The situation in North & East Yorkshire is likely to get worse for thousands of people who are already barely coping. Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: “There is seemingly no precedent for these times. What I do know is now is the time to give. Whether you are able to donate £10 or £10,000 we urge you to support this campaign. Perhaps you receive a winter fuel allowance that you don’t need and would like to help someone else to stay warm? Or maybe you feel that this Christmas you wish to donate the cost of your work Christmas party. In these times, it is important that we look out for one another and stand shoulder to shoulder with people and communities.” The donations we receive have been making a huge impact to charities in our region. Sebastian Glazer from The Vulcan Centre in Hull said ‘The funding secured from the Two Ridings Community Foundation has been vital for our organisation it has helped us support vulnerable people before they reach crisis point. This has been through the provision of food parcels, mental health advocacy and jobs. The ease with which people were able to gain food parcels has removed the stigma and embarrassment from the process. Donate here ...

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Surviving the Covid Winter Campaign – Appeal Launched

YUMI creates an inclusive community in York

October 28, 2020

October is Black History Month and so the editor of our newsletter asked for a perspective on life in lockdown from Anne, from YUMI. YUMI is a volunteer-led voluntary organisation that works with people from other cultures who have come to live in York. They deliver training and activities across the city that support individuals from all cultural backgrounds to integrate and connect with members of the ‘host community’; working side by side to develop skills and confidence and creating lasting, positive social change. Two Ridings first supported YUMI with a grant back in 2007 and have over the years helped with a number of grants from funds we manage. Thanks to Anne for her story of lockdown \"2020 has been a challenging year, and that might well be the understatement of  the century. Everyone has struggled, in some form, in their own ways. I am already far removed from family - all of our relatives are back home in Canada, so being isolated didn\'t feel as hard for us as it might have for others. But it wasn\'t easy to be so  far away from family during such uncertain times. It wasn\'t easy to be disconnected from people outside of our own family unit. And as the lockdown lifted, and we slowly emerged from our isolated spaces, like animals emerging from hibernation, bleary-eyed and distrusting of our surroundings, most of us acknowledged that one thing we\'d learned was the importance of community connections. I\'ve gotten to know my neighbours so much better, for starters. Hour-long chats over garden walls that come up to the height of our eyes have made conversations awkward, but worthy. I\'ve always liked my neighbour, but now she is my community. ...

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YUMI creates an inclusive community in York

York Small Charities Fund “Keep the Lights On” for 12 York groups with £51,000 in grants

October 23, 2020

[caption id=\"attachment_2340\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"404\"] David Kerfoot, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire[/caption] This week twelve small, vital charities in York received grants of up to £5,000 each from The York Small Charities Fund. The Fund was set up to support local York charities keep going by funding essential running costs over the next six to twelve months as groups deal with the dire financial consequences of the double whammy of increased demand and decreased fundraising caused by the Coronavirus crisis and lockdown. The York Small Charities Fund was set up by partners York CVS and Two Ridings Community Foundation just two months ago to respond to the critical state of the local charitable sector. Many small charities were struggling to secure funds to ‘keep their lights on’ and pay rent, salaries and other essential running costs. The panel, including David Kerfoot, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, and five local leaders of charities in York, considered 22 applications totaling nearly £100,000 meaning some really difficult decisions had to be made on this essential funding. The twelve groups supported by the York Small Charities Fund are a microcosm of the York charitable sector, with groups providing essential support to people in crisis, whether that is through family breakdowns, mental health issues, disability, alcohol-related issues, or bereavement. All are hyper small, largely volunteer-run, facing a challenging financial future due to the drop off in fundraising and limited alternative sources of grant funding, yet without whom people would experience a significant loss of critical support, which they all provide. ...

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York Small Charities Fund “Keep the Lights On” for 12 York groups with £51,000 in grants

Further help for Dales communities devastated by flooding

September 10, 2020

Two Ridings Community Foundation announced today, 10th September 2020, the launch of a financial support for individual households in Swaledale, Wensleydale & Arkengarthdale that were flooded in July 2019 who want to improve their home’s resilience to future flooding. To apply visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/swaledaleandwensleydale/ Funding would be available for items like flood gates, flood doors, non-return valves on drains, pumps, air brick covers, drainage channels and walls and other barriers. Funding for measures will be subject to financial assessment of household income. Funding came via the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government who, in summer 2020 announced match funding of the £250,000 raised locally for communities in Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale affected by these flooding incidents. This was following presentation of the case for match funding from Two Ridings, Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, York and North Yorkshire LEP and the NFU. In July 2019 flash flooding caused major devastation across parts of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale. In response and thanks to generous donations from across the UK, Two Ridings Community Foundation opened the Swaledale & Wensleydale Recovery Fund to provide assistance to people affected by this flooding. Over £250,000 was raised, much of which was led by the local community. All of this money has been spent helping those whose homes were so badly affected to get back on their feet and to help Parish Councils to make emergency repairs to watercourses and other local infrastructure that was badly damaged. In February 2020, a number of properties were once again flooded following Storm Ciara, affecting repairs already carried out, and adding to the trauma of those involved. This round of funding will open on 14th September 2020. Application forms and guidance notes on what this might cover and how to apply are available from https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/swaledaleandwensleydale/ . The deadline for receipt of applications will be 30 November 2020. Further funding opportunities for voluntary and community groups to help the wider community prepare for any future flood events, enabling potential flooding to be managed more effectively, will be announced in September. ...

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Further help for Dales communities devastated by flooding

A further £328,000 awarded to 22 local charities by Two Ridings Community Foundation

September 4, 2020

This week 22 local charities from across North & East Yorkshire received grants of £15,000 each from Two Ridings Community Foundation to support their essential running costs over the next six months as they respond to the continuing double whammy of increased demand and decreased fundraising caused by the Coronavirus crisis and lockdown. This funding is part of the £750 million pot announced by the Chancellor for frontline charities across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak. These 22 awards, totaling £328,307 brings the amount distributed by Two Ridings in the last six months to over £1.5m. Since the end of March grants provided by Two Ridings have allowed groups to respond in the immediate lockdown period to help keep people fed, safe, well and connected, adapt services to vulnerable users so that support can still be provided even if self-isolating and now allow key local groups to sustain themselves financially whilst other sources of funding from fundraising events or activities have dried up. Recent surveys of charities, both nationally and locally in our area, indicate that the next few months will be critical for the long term survival of many charities. Over 5,400 job losses have already been announced in the charity sector since the start of the pandemic but many experts predict this is just the tip of the iceberg. One leading charity think-tank, Pro Bono Economics, predicts that another 34,100 charity sector employees may have lost their jobs by the end of the year and 58% of charities expect demand for their services to increase over the next six months. Locally a survey of charities across North Yorkshire, York and the Humber area indicated that 57% of local charities had experienced a drop in income, and 41% were concerned about their survival beyond the next few months. The small team of staff at the Community Foundation are working around the clock to ensure funds get to those organisations that can make the biggest impact to quickly support the most vulnerable residents living in North and East Yorkshire, ensuring the donations are spent effectively. Grants have been awarded to support a wide range of projects from the essential costs of services for the elderly and people with disabilities to reopening childcare nurseries, employability projects and essential day care for severely disabled young adults. Please click here to see the full list of all grants awarded NEWS RELEASE £328,000 in grants distributed this week by Two Ridings Community Foundation 8 Sep 2020 ...

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A further £328,000 awarded to 22 local charities by Two Ridings Community Foundation

Could you be part of shaping and informing our grant making strategy and decisions?

August 10, 2020

We are looking for co-opted members to sit on our Grants Committee and Coronavirus Community Fund panel: Get involved & help ensure we make the best possible decisions for local, grassroots charitable organisations across North & East Yorkshire We are seeking Grants Committee Co-opted members x 2 - we want to add two more co-opted members to the Grants Committee to add added specific insight and experience. Co-opted members have the same responsibilities as trustees on the Grants Committee but the majority of the attendees must be trustees and the chair of the committee is always a trustee. Coronavirus Community Fund Panel members x 2 – we are seeking two new panel members to join an existing panel as we move into the third phase of our grant making to support groups responding and rebuilding In both instances we are looking for people who can add lived or working experience of the issues and challenges of communities across our region. We are looking to recruit people from the BME community, people who are familiar with issues associated with severe and multiple disadvantage or people who have volunteered or run small charitable organisations. What’s the difference between the two roles? If you want to get involved in the strategic direction of Two Ridings Community Foundation’s grant making then the Grants Committee is the place to get involved. The Grants Committee reports to the Two Ridings Board of Trustees and is responsible for overseeing our grant making strategy and related oversight (but does make decisions on one or two programmes of funding). If you want to be actively involved in making decisions about a programme of grants and the allocation of funds then the Coronavirus Community Fund Panel is the one to apply to. It makes decisions about awards from this fund based on overall direction from the Grants Committee. What are we looking for? The following shows the relevant attributes and skills we are looking for from applicants. We would particularly welcome applications from people of colour because we are looking to diversify who makes decisions about our activity, including grants. With the grants committee role we are looking for more in depth experience of the issues and more strategic experience – e.g. membership of board. Experience of making strategic decisions and an awareness of associated risk management. Experience of volunteering or working for a charity or social enterprise in the Two Ridings area of North & East Yorkshire Being an expert by experience of issues in our region – we are particularly wanting to be able to recruit people from the BME community, people who are familiar with issues associated with severe and multiple disadvantage or people who have volunteered or run small charitable organisations Ability to take in detailed information, assess the relative merits of applications, and use own and others experience to inform decisions without allowing personal views or biases to get in the way of making the right decision Ability to maintain confidence of decisions made & respect outcomes Appreciative of different perspectives & sees and values people as being resourceful and bringing strengths, not problems Passionate about social justice ...

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Could you be part of shaping and informing our grant making strategy and decisions?

Phase 3 of Two Riding’s Coronavirus Community Fund Launched 3 August 2020

August 6, 2020

[caption id=\"attachment_2232\" align=\"alignright\" width=\"600\"] Trustees & Two Ridings Supporters visiting Sidewalk Youth Project in Scarborough in Feb 2020[/caption] Phase 3 of our Coronavirus Community Fund launches Monday 3rd August Current Coronavirus Community Fund funds raised = £2.48m, £1.2m awarded in 282 grants with 484 applications received  (work commenced 18th March 2020) We launch phase 3 of our Coronavirus Community Fund (CCF) on Monday 3 August 2020 and this phase is all about investing our funds into the strength and vitality of key local organisations . The aim is that our funds helps sustain them now and most importantly to help them be around in the medium to long term for their beneficiaries. Attached are the revised guidelines. We are focussing our Coronavirus Community Fund (CCF) on five priority themes which is based on our analysis of previous CCF grants, needs in the region and gaps needing to be addressed by our funds: Good health & wellbeing - Under this goal we will prioritise projects which seek to improve mental health, reduce health inequalities and reduce isolation amongst those most affected. Good jobs & economic growth - with a particular focus on young people 16-25 living in areas of significant disadvantage, high unemployment and low educational attainment and particularly in areas which have been impacted most by the crisis for example those which are traditionally reliant on tourism Zero hunger - In the immediate response phase, we have provided a large amount of funding to support the provision of food. In this phase we are keen to support organisations that can help local communities to build food security and maximize their ability to increase self sufficiency No poverty - Under this goal we will prioritise groups and projects which provide the services which can help to prevent people from sliding into poverty or help to provide a route out Reduced inequalities - our priorities under this goal will be around providing infrastructure support, digital inclusion, volunteer training, community transport and organizational development for groups that represent the most marginalised people in our communities and in particular those that have become more marginalised and isolated as a result of the lockdown. The Coronavirus Community Fund panel met last week and funded the core costs of a number of key local organisations like: Sidewalk in Scarborough to provide vital outreach work for vulnerable children & young people KingsTrust Gateway Community Care Hub in Withernsea provides clothes, toiletries, hygiene products, toys, white goods and furniture to members of the community who are in financial hardship and struggling to cope. They estimate 3500 beneficiaries, around 50% of the population and even though they know the area well they have been struck by the sheer numbers of people needing help. To provide something for the children to look forward to each week they are also making educational packs and craft packs. They do ask for a small contribution from families so that they don’t feel embarrassed to accept charity. Brunswick Organic Garden in York- working with people with learning difficulties - this is a new group for us. In normal times they would rely on  income from Personal independence Payments from their users. Tiger Trust in Hull - a partnership with St Michaels Youth Project & partners like the police to respond to needs that have become far more pressing as a result of the Covid crisis, young people that have been out of school and allowed to ‘drift’ are at much greater risk of exploitation by criminal gangs. Both partner organisations have had to furlough staff and this work will allow them to bring some staff members back into do this. The pie chart below shows where the money to date has been focussed on & the other shows where it has been distributed [caption id=\"attachment_2235\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"600\"] Two Riding\'s Coronavirus Community Fund grants data at 31 July 2020[/caption]   ...

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Phase 3 of Two Riding’s Coronavirus Community Fund Launched 3 August 2020

Lord Mayor of York launches fund to help York charities

The Lord Mayor of York is teaming up with Two Ridings Community Foundation to support fundraising for the 2020/2021 Civic year. The fund, launched on 20 July 2020 will make its first grants in early autumn. The partnership will replace the Lord Mayor’s annual fundraising committee, this year concentrating on benefitting organisations and individuals in York by making grants of up to £5,000 within two categories; children and young people and community arts. Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker, said: “I look forward to working with Two Ridings Community Foundation to ensure that awards will be made where the need is greatest, attempting to encourage educational and cultural opportunities for our young people and promote cultural activity in York. “We acknowledge there may be difficulties attracting charitable funds this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, however we recognise the importance and value of supporting York’s young people and investing in community arts, and will use this civic year to help build back a better York.” The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker and the Civic Party, will stay in position for a second term and continue as caretaker and the first resident of York for another year. The Lord Mayor\'s fundraising committee traditionally selects three local charities to support by organising events around the city during the civic year to raise money, but this year have decided to partner with Two Ridings to help more charities in York.   ...

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Lord Mayor of York launches fund to help York charities

100 days since local fund launched in response to coronavirus crisis & £903,209 given out in 235 grants so far

June 26, 2020

Published today (26th June 2020) is the Coronavirus Community Fund Report from Two Ridings Community Foundation. In this report the Foundation describes what the fund has achieved in the 100 days since its launch, and in particular the 235 grants made to help keep people safe, fed, well and connected across North & East Yorkshire. In the 100 days since the fund launch Two Ridings has made the same number of awards it would normally make in a year. The report is available here Two Ridings Coronavirus Fund Update June 2020 This fund and appeal, launched on 18th March 2020 has raised £2.1m in funds and given away £903,209 to 198 local charity organisations in North and East Yorkshire to support vulnerable residents as part of efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak. The report makes clear that this is only the start, with much more to be done to help the hundreds of local groups with essential funds to keep them going. It is asking for anyone wishing to donate to get in touch via Coronavirus Community Fund Derek Nichol (left) is seen here celebrating VE day thanks to Trinity Centre in Whitby. Trinity Centre received two grants totalling £12,000 from the fund to keep their service delivering meals and activities going for the next six months. Carolyn Watkinson, Trustee of Trinity Centre in Whitby said: “This grant will be an enormous aid towards helping us to continue supporting older and vulnerable people in Whitby. Our clients experience the debilitating effects of social isolation under normal circumstances. This grant has been invaluable in enabling us to stay in regular contact with them to provide hot meals several times per week to those who need it most. Without grants such as this, the Trinity Centre would have closed and the social connectedness so important to our clients would be have been lost to them. Instead, we have been able to adapt our way of working to support not only our regular clients but also some of the most vulnerable people from our partner charitable organisations. As one service-user said: “‘It’s such a treat. I didn’t expect anything. I thought I would be on my own at home with nothing to do and I’m busy all day with the activities.” Two Ridings is also the local distributor to local charities of funds raised nationally by the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and coincidentally they have published their report this week. ...

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100 days since local fund launched in response to coronavirus crisis & £903,209 given out in 235 grants so far

Committed to social change? Want to make a real difference to lives? Apply and be our latest member of staff

June 17, 2020

Partnership Co-ordinator, York £30,000 pa pro rata for 28 hours per week Are you committed to social change? Do you want to help make a real difference to people\'s lives through changing the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage? Could you enable a critical mass of interconnecting change makers to emerge? We are looking for a Partnership Coordinator to work with us and with a range of local community members and professionals to understand and respond to severe and multiple disadvantage in York. The Partnership Coordinator will have two main responsibilities: Implementing a process to guide decision making and resource allocation in York for an allocated pot of funding; and To support and implement an action inquiry in York focusing on children, young people and severe and multiple disadvantage. ...

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Committed to social change? Want to make a real difference to lives? Apply and be our latest member of staff

£250,000 Government match funding secured for Dales floods

We have been working since before Christmas with other agencies to make the case for match funding from the Government for the money raised in response to the Dales floods in July 20219. This followed South Yorkshire Community Foundation getting government funding for the money raised in response to the November 2019 floods. Despite a long wait, we were advised in May 2020 that our case had been heard and match funding secured. This is a great result, as it not only allows us to continue supporting communities affected by flooding, it also recognises the local fundraising efforts. Our thanks go to partners who helped us make the case: Rishi Sunak MP, Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, National farmers Union & the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.     ...

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£250,000 Government match funding secured for Dales floods

Committed to social change? Want to make a real difference to lives? Apply and be our latest member of staff

Partnership Co-ordinator, York £30,000 pa pro rata for 28 hours per week Are you committed to social change? Do you want to help make a real difference to people\'s lives through changing the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage? Could you enable a critical mass of interconnecting change makers to emerge? We are looking for a Partnership Coordinator to work with us and with a range of local community members and professionals to understand and respond to severe and multiple disadvantage in York. The Partnership Coordinator will have two main responsibilities: Implementing a process to guide decision making and resource allocation in York for an allocated pot of funding; and To support and implement an action inquiry in York focusing on children, young people and severe and multiple disadvantage.. The post and the funding pot are both supported by Lankelly Chase Foundation. Although the post is funded for an initial 12 month period we would hope to sustain the post for longer, subject to the progress made in the first year. Two Ridings Community Foundation is a locally based funder of charitable activity across York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Hull. Over the last five years we have been developing our approach so that our funds and support (our people, knowledge and partnerships) is used to best effect. This means we work closely with partners so that our assets are well used within the wider funding and systems ecology in our places. We are a small team that works well together and with others and has a good reputation in our region. This is a newly created role with an interesting range of responsibilities. As such, we don’t have a perfect idea of who will fill the role and what their background, experience or qualifications might be; but we consider that the role requires someone who has lots of empathy, strong relationship building and people skills, who can work flexibly and is open to different perspectives. This may come from working with people facing multiple disadvantage or from lived experience. Support, conditions and opportunities Two Ridings Community Foundation is part of a UK wide network of Community Foundations and is part of a global movement of community foundations. This means that there are opportunities to learn from and work with peers from across the network on areas of shared interest. In addition, Lankelly Chase work with a wide range of learning partners which the post holder will be able to engage with and learn from. Recruitment and selection process Please apply via Webrecruit. Interviews: 16th July 2020. This will be a Zoom interview with a panel plus a presentation To have an informal conversation about the role email Jan Garrill, CEO Two Ridings at jgarrill@tworidingscf.org.uk Ridings operates an equal opportunities recruitment policy, and applications are welcome from all sections of the community, particularly BAME, LGBT communities and/or people with disabilities who are under-represented within Two Ridings.     ...

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Who needs help through the coronavirus crisis?

April 29, 2020

\"It is so heartening to see the local response to the coronavirus crisis. The charitable  and community organisations in Hull & in the rest of our patch are trusted by local people and they know to come to us for funding. The coronavirus fund is getting help to them right now\" Harriet Johnson, Partnership Manager, Two Ridings Community Foundation Two Ridings uses data from a range of sources, including Local Insights, to understand where its grants are most needed. We asked Harriet, who as well as leading on the Confident Futures project in Hull & East Riding, is also chairing the weekly grant making panel for coronavirus fund grants, how needs are changing and how grants can help. She said: Over the last month we\'ve supported many food & medicine delivery projects - nearly half of the funding has supported that immediate need to feed & keep people well. Great projects like Nidderdale Plus Partnership in rural North Yorkshire, Vulcan Boxing Club in Hull and Kingfisher Trust in Bridlington. ...

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Who needs help through the coronavirus crisis?

Saving on your commute right now? Why not donate to the Coronavirus Community Fund & help local charities?

April 16, 2020

Those saving money on their commute are being asked to help support the most vulnerable by making a donation, no matter how small, donate here This appeal, led by Two Ridings Community Foundation, will support local community efforts to help keep people safe, fed, well and connected during Coronavirus lockdown; In just three weeks since the appeal launched it has raised £500,000 in new donations and given away nearly £106,000 to 59 local organisations in North and East Yorkshire to support vulnerable residents as part of efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak; but More donations are needed as each week the Foundation is receiving requests for funds from the hundreds of local charities across North and East Yorkshire Local charities helping the most vulnerable in North and East Yorkshire during this global crisis are being supported through grant-giving by Two Ridings Community Foundation. While the Foundation’s Coronavirus Community Fund total is approaching £1million, £500,000 of which is new donations raised over the past month, more is needed and the Foundation is making a plea to anyone who can to help by donating to the appeal. Every week it receives new requests for funds from local charities unable to simply furlough staff and close its doors as more and more vulnerable people need assistance with accessing food, medicines, staying safe and keeping connected. To apply visit here ...

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Saving on your commute right now? Why not donate to the Coronavirus Community Fund & help local charities?

THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES TRUST CORONAVIRUS APPEAL – Two Ridings is the local partner for North & East Yorkshire

March 18, 2020

The world is in a state of emergency. The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting both businesses and people from across the globe. Many people are suffering, not just physically due to ill health, but also economically and socially. Workers are struggling to make ends meet, small, local businesses are closing their doors, and social distancing and self-isolation means people aren’t able to visit vulnerable loved ones. The Government is doing everything it can to alleviate some of this pressure. However, at times like this, it’s the strength and desire to help from the public that can make the most difference. That’s why the National Emergencies Trust https://nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk/coronavirus/ , are today launching an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible. If you want to give locally, please do so through Two Ridings Coronavirus Community Fund local appeal. Otherwise the NET Appeal is the best way to ensure your donation reaches the most vulnerable people, where and when it’s needed. The National Emergencies Trust will distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations including local Community Foundations, to ensure it reaches those who need it most.’ We will work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and distributed securely, effectively, and fairly to those organisations and local charities who can do most to help those in need. We have built a partnership network over the past few months to provide you with the reassurance that the funds raised will only be channelled through the most trusted and reputable organisations, so you know you’re giving to those who need it the most. With your support, and help from our partners, we’ll get through the impact caused by coronavirus, together. Individuals and charities should not apply directly to the NET for funds. Local charities should contact their local Community Foundation to apply for funding. If you are a relevant group in North & East Yorkshire  apply here ...

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THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES TRUST CORONAVIRUS APPEAL – Two Ridings is the local partner for North & East Yorkshire