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Funding Opportunities

Government Funding Available

For Learning and Development Costs for Senior Managers of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

The government set up the Leadership and Management Advisory Service (LMAS) to help eligible employers identify and fund development opportunities for their senior leaders.



Funding is available up to the value of £1000 excluding VAT and is dependent on meeting all eligibility criteria. No unmatched grant funding is available.



  • Organisations in scope for the service are either private sector businesses or social enterprises which employ 2- 250 full-time employees
  • Beneficiaries must be the owner/MD/CEO of a business or social enterprise if it employs 50 people or less
  • If the business or social enterprise employs more than 50 people, a beneficiary who reports directly to the owner/MD/CEO can be considered
  • Eligible organisations must also be able to demonstrate growth or growth potential


Eligible Funded Learning and Development Areas Include:

  • Leadership and management style and skills
  • Communication and presentation skills, assertiveness, confidence building and conflict resolution
  • Business planning
  • People processes including recruitment and selection, team building, roles and responsibilities, performance and people management
  • Leading and managing employee performance: for example, coaching skills, motivation, monitoring and reviewing performance, staff development, giving feedback


For more information about this funding in the East of England, East Midlands and West Midlands, visit;

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Tel: 0845 894 8969


Free Volunteer Advertising with The Guardian

As part of their commitment to voluntary sector recruitment, Guardian Jobs are currently offering free advertising for your organisation's volunteering roles on guardianjobs.co.uk – these job pages attract 47,000 unique visitors per year so wide coverage.

Free Advertising for Paid Jobs

Voluntary Sector Jobs are currently offering to advertise paid positions free of charge. All you need do is register by visiting the home page www.voluntarysectorjobs.co.uk and clicking on ‘register’ in the login box and then follow the steps. Voluntary Sector Jobs will also to upload your jobs if you prefer  - just register then email the advert(s).


Community Organisers

Locality’ has been chosen to deliver and train up to 5,000 Community Organisers. Locality is a new nationwide network of community led organisations, formed through the merger of the Development Trusts Association (DTA) and bassac.


Community Organisers will be trained and committed individuals who will work closely with communities to identify local leaders, projects and opportunities, and empower the local community to improve their local area. Up to 500 senior Community Organisers will be trained and given bursaries of £20,000 for their first year, along with a further 4,500 part-time and voluntary organisers who will support them. Locality has ten areas ‘ready to go’ including Birmingham. Further information will be available shortly.


Near Neighbours Programme

The Government recently awarded the Church Urban Fund £5 million to promote interaction in communities through a new three- year project called Near Neighbours ; this aims to bring people together in diverse communities, helping them build relationships and collaborate to improve the local community they live in.


Organisations (of any faith) will be able to bid for funding for grants of up to £5,000 for individual local interaction projects.  A wide range of community, education, environmental, arts, and sports activities will be eligible, as long as they encourage involvement by local people from different faiths or none. Near Neighbours will start operating later in 2011 in locations in the M62 “mill towns” corridor in Yorkshire and Lancashire; Leicester; East London; and Birmingham (north and east).

A copy of the Church Urban Fund press release can be found at www.cuf.org.uk/near-neighbours/press-release and further information can be found online at www.cuf.org.uk/near-neighbours. WMFF will be posting latest information when available.
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