Government outlines plans to help cut energy bills for charities

Find out about the new Government Energy Bill Relief Scheme, which will see discounts on wholesale gas and electricity prices for organisations, including charities.

The Government has announced details of their support for households, businesses and public sector organisations facing rising energy bills this winter. Through a new Energy Bill Relief Scheme, the Government will provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers (including the voluntary sector) whose current gas and electricity prices have been significantly inflated in light of global energy prices. Click here for more information.

September 2022 Finance Network Meeting – One week to go!

There’s one more week to book your place at the next Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 21st September from 11:00 to 12:30. This meeting will focus on the topic “Maximising Property Potential and Protecting Property Assets”.

A quick reminder that the next Finance Network Meeting will take place in a week’s time on Wednesday 21st September 2022 from 11:00 to 12:30. Nick Sladden, Partner, Head of Charities at RSM and William Ray, Partner in the operational Real Estate Department of Gerald Eve will present on the topic ‘Maximising property potential and protecting property assets.’ Find out full details below, including how to book your place.

As you know, property, be it owned or leased, is a key part of a Brand Partner’s organisation. Be that for service delivery, administrative, trading or investment purposes, having a property strategy and determining how to optimise your property holdings should be an important consideration and subject to review on an annual basis.

Against a backdrop of rising inflation, increasing costs and higher interest rates – plus Brand Partners working and delivering services in different ways post pandemic – it is also essential to regularly reflect upon how your property strategy can positively impact on your charity and its current and future beneficiaries.

In broad outline, the presentation will cover the following areas:

  • Property strategy and how it relates to reserves management
  • Tax considerations
  • Accounting options including valuations
  • Overview of regulatory requirements and recent changes
  • The importance of good estate / property management

The session is open to all relevant management, staff and trustees in Local Age UKs and Cymru Partners involved in making strategic decisions, managing and safeguarding the organisation’s property assets. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues from across the network to reaffirm and update their knowledge and to raise questions on this important topic from the specialists at RSM and Gerald Eve to obtain further insight and guidance.

Book your place!

Please note the new booking process directly through Microsoft Forms. To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please register using this link.

Also please note the following – you will receive a simple ‘thank you’ for responding once you have submitted your registration form. The Teams meeting link and joining instructions will be sent to you directly by the Financial Governance Team nearer the time of the meeting in the usual way.

So please fill in the form above, book out the time in your diary and watch out for the email – thank you.

September 2022 Finance Network Meeting – “Maximising Property Potential and Protecting Property Assets”

A reminder that the next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st September from 11:00 to 12:30 and will focus on the topic “Maximising Property Potential and Protecting Property Assets”.

A quick reminder that the next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st September 2022 from 11:00 to 12:30. Nick Sladden, Partner, Head of Charities at RSM and William Ray, Partner in the operational Real Estate Department of Gerald Eve will present on the topic ‘Maximising property potential and protecting property assets.’ Find out full details below, including how to book your place.

As you know, property, be it owned or leased, is a key part of a Brand Partner’s organisation. Be that for service delivery, administrative, trading or investment purposes, having a property strategy and determining how to optimise your property holdings should be an important consideration and subject to review on an annual basis.

Against a backdrop of rising inflation, increasing costs and higher interest rates – plus Brand Partners working and delivering services in different ways post pandemic – it is also essential to regularly reflect upon how your property strategy can positively impact on your charity and its current and future beneficiaries.

In broad outline, the presentation will cover the following areas:

  • Property strategy and how it relates to reserves management
  • Tax considerations
  • Accounting options including valuations
  • Overview of regulatory requirements and recent changes
  • The importance of good estate / property management

The session is open to all relevant management, staff and trustees in Local Age UKs and Cymru Partners involved in making strategic decisions, managing and safeguarding the organisation’s property assets. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues from across the network to reaffirm and update their knowledge and to raise questions on this important topic from the specialists at RSM and Gerald Eve to obtain further insight and guidance.

Book your place!

Please note the new booking process directly through Microsoft Forms. To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please register using this link.

Also please note the following – you will receive a simple ‘thank you’ for responding once you have submitted your registration form. The Teams meeting link and joining instructions will be sent to you directly by the Financial Governance Team nearer the time of the meeting in the usual way.

So please fill in the form above, book out the time in your diary and watch out for the email – thank you.

Funding Bulletin #25 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | August 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the August funding bulletin. As it is August, there is not so much new funding news. Santander Foundation has launched a new grants fund to help people with digital and financial skills, and there is a reminder of ongoing opportunities highlighted in previous editions of the bulletin.

If you know of a colleague at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

You can view or download the Bulletin below:

September 2022 Finance Network Meeting – “Maximising Property Potential and Protecting Property Assets”

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st September from 11:00 to 12:30 and will focus on the topic “Maximising Property Potential and Protecting Property Assets”.

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st September 2022 from 11:00 to 12:30. Nick Sladden, Partner, Head of Charities at RSM and William Ray, Partner in the operational Real Estate Department of Gerald Eve will present on the topic ‘Maximising property potential and protecting property assets.’ Find out full details below, including how to book your place.

As you know, property, be it owned or leased, is a key part of a Brand Partner’s organisation. Be that for service delivery, administrative, trading or investment purposes, having a property strategy and determining how to optimise your property holdings should be an important consideration and subject to review on an annual basis.

Against a backdrop of rising inflation, increasing costs and higher interest rates – plus Brand Partners working and delivering services in different ways post pandemic – it is also essential to regularly reflect upon how your property strategy can positively impact on your charity and its current and future beneficiaries.

In broad outline, the presentation will cover the following areas:

  • Property strategy and how it relates to reserves management
  • Tax considerations
  • Accounting options including valuations
  • Overview of regulatory requirements and recent changes
  • The importance of good estate / property management

The session is open to all relevant management, staff and trustees in Local Age UKs and Cymru Partners involved in making strategic decisions, managing and safeguarding the organisation’s property assets. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues from across the network to reaffirm and update their knowledge and to raise questions on this important topic from the specialists at RSM and Gerald Eve to obtain further insight and guidance.

Book your place!

Please note the new booking process directly through Microsoft Forms. To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please register using this link.

Also please note the following – you will receive a simple ‘thank you’ for responding once you have submitted your registration form. The Teams meeting Link and Joining Instructions will be sent to you directly by the Financial Governance Team nearer the time of the meeting in the usual way.

So please fill in the form above, book out the time in your diary and watch out for the email – thank you.

Funding Bulletin #24 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | July 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the July funding bulletin! This edition includes details of the 2023 GSK IMPACT awards offering core funding and free training for charities, and a reminder of the ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

If you know of a colleague at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

You can view or download the Bulletin below:

Reminder: July 2022 Finance Network Meeting – ‘Charity Reserves’

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th July from 11:00 to 12:30 and will focus on the topic ‘Charity Reserves’.

This is a quick reminder that the next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th July from 11:00 to 12:30. Katie Cooper (Associate Director in the Business Restructuring team) and Lucy Rowley (Senior Manager in the Not for Profit Audit team) from BDO LLP will take an in-depth look at ‘Charity Reserves.’ Find out full details below, including how to book your place.

All Brand Partners need to develop a policy on reserves which establishes a level of reserves that is right for the charity and clearly explains to its stakeholders why holding these reserves is necessary.

A reserves policy provides assurance that the finances of the charity are actively managed, its activities are sustainable and is an essential cornerstone of financial management and governance.

The presentation will focus on the following areas:

  • The importance of free reserves and how to calculate them;
  • Understanding charitable funds and managing restrictions;
  • Developing a tailored reserves policy (including examples);
  • Completing a going concern assessment; and
  • Proactive monitoring of reserves and red flags to watch out for.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues from across the network to reaffirm and update their knowledge, develop their thinking and to raise questions on this important topic with the team at BDO.

Book your place!

To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please simply send an email to John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk  with your name and role title, the name of the Brand Partner you are representing and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent.

We would be grateful if you could confirm in your email whether you will be attending on the day or just requesting access to the meeting recording and supporting slides – thank you.

The session is open to all relevant management, staff and trustees in Local Age UKs and Cymru Partners. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending.

July 2022 Finance Network Meeting – ‘Charity Reserves’

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th July from 11:00 to 12:30 and will focus on the topic ‘Charity Reserves’.

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th July from 11:00 to 12:30. Katie Cooper (Associate Director in the Business Restructuring team) and Lucy Rowley (Senior Manager in the Not for Profit Audit team) from BDO LLP will take an in-depth look at ‘Charity Reserves.’ Find out full details below, including how to book your place.

All Brand Partners need to develop a policy on reserves which establishes a level of reserves that is right for the charity and clearly explains to its stakeholders why holding these reserves is necessary.

A reserves policy provides assurance that the finances of the charity are actively managed, its activities are sustainable and is an essential cornerstone of financial management and governance.

The presentation will focus on the following areas:

  • The importance of free reserves and how to calculate them;
  • Understanding charitable funds and managing restrictions;
  • Developing a tailored reserves policy (including examples);
  • Completing a going concern assessment; and
  • Proactive monitoring of reserves and red flags to watch out for.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues from across the network to reaffirm and update their knowledge, develop their thinking and to raise questions on this important topic with the team at BDO.

Book your place!

To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please simply send an email to John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk  with your name and role title, the name of the Brand Partner you are representing and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent.

We would be grateful if you could confirm in your email whether you will be attending on the day or just requesting access to the meeting recording and supporting slides – thank you.

The session is open to all relevant management, staff and trustees in Local Age UKs and Cymru Partners. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending.

A reminder of the Together Fund grants available for physical activity projects

A summary of the funding available from Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis as part of the Together Fund (formerly the Tackling Inequalities Fund).

Over the past year, we’ve posted in Signpost about funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF). This funding has been available to local partners across England to encourage older people to get active as they recover from the worst of the pandemic. The TIF programme has since transformed into the Together Fund grants programme. Below is a summary of the funding available from Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis as part of this new fund.

During 2021, as one of Sport England’s National Partners, Age UK’s TIF programme made 41 grant awards of up to £6,000 to 38 local Age UKs for physical activity projects ranging from Tai Chi sessions to walking groups, with around 3,500 older people benefitting overall. Many other local Age UKs have also delivered physical activity projects funded through other Sport England National Partners such as their local Active Partnership and Versus Arthritis since the launch of TIF in summer 2020. It has been a tremendous effort and achievement by all those delivering these projects.

The Together Fund

The TIF programme has since transformed into the Together Fund grants programme with a further major investment from Sport England.

The Together Fund’s purpose, however, remains unchanged in aiming to provide a range of physical activity opportunities for local communities, based on local need, and specifically targeting people with long-term health conditions, those living with disabilities, from culturally diverse communities, and from lower socio-economic groups.  

Age UK will not be awarding grants through the Together Fund (TF), but all local Age UKs will instead be able to access Together Fund grants of up to £10,000 for new physical activity projects through other TF National Partners, in particular Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis. Find out full details below.

Active Partnerships

All local Age UKs can approach their local Active Partnership about Together Fund grant support, and those with an existing relationship with their local Active Partnership are especially encouraged to do so. To discuss your project idea with your local Active Partnership, please contact them here.

Versus Arthritis Grants Available

The Versus Arthritis Together Fund grants programme is open for applications for new activities in England that specifically support people living with long-term health conditions to get active. The fund is providing grants between £1,000 and £5,000 (although grants of more than £5,000 may be available) and is open for applications until 31 July 2022.

Versus Arthritis also has a new grants fund, Let’s Move Together Fund which is open to local organisations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and aims to support people with arthritis and other long-term health conditions to get active. 

Further details of the Versus Arthritis Together Fund and Let’s Move Together Fund are available here and by contacting physicalactivityVA@versusarthritis.org.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions more generally, please do not hesitate to contact us at TIF@ageuk.org.uk.

Funding Bulletin #23 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | June 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the June funding bulletin! This edition includes a reminder of the new funding round for Age UK’s Warm Homes programme, together with ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

If you know of a colleague at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

You can view or download the Bulletin below: