B-Global recruits Think Funding

Think Funding is delighted to have been asked by Nottingham based, B-Global, to assist it with strategy development and forward planning.

B-Global is a pioneering black led business network set up to support start-ups, established and scale up businesses of African heritage and the wider BAME business community in Nottingham City to reach their full potential.

Chris Shaw from Think Funding said “We’re really excited to have been invited to support B-Global. As they look to map their next 3-5 years, we can help that process as a critical friend and advocate on their behalf with funders, both local and national.”

Businesses interested in joining B-Global can sign up here.

Think Funding will start this project in October.

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Ministry of Justice funding success

Think Funding is delighted to have client Women’s Aid Leicestershire to secure funding from the Ministry of Justice via the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, to help establish a community outreach project aimed at refugees and migrants. Working in partnership with Afro Innovation Group, the project aims to support women and men in the target cohort exposed to domestic abuse to help them reach a safe place and to improve their knowledge about the support available.

Running until the end of March 2022, the project is potentially a precursor to a bigger programme starting later that year.

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Think Funding into Niche Business Awards Semi-Final

Think Funding has been nominated for the Community Impact category in this year’s Niche Magazine Business Awards, and we’re through to the semi-final! Our nomination is based on the support and assistance we’ve provided to voluntary organisations during the past year and by helping to achieve £1m+ in grant income.

It’s fair to say we’re up against some’big guns’ on the Leicester and Leicestershire scene, so we’re really chuffed to have reached this stage.

Thanks to everyone that has supported us during the past 12 months!

 

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Funding Success for Transitions UK

Think Funding has been working with national charity, Transitions UK, to help it create a presence in Leicestershire. The establishment of the Three Towns project is focused on Coalville, Hinckley and Loughborough has already helped it to secure five figure support via two grants from the Leicetershire and Rutland Community Foundation and Leicestershire County Council.

Offering mentoring and personal development support to young people at risk of exploitation, the Three Towns Project delivers Transitions’ Aspire model and is a welcome addition to youth services in the county.

 

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Community Renewal Fund consortia reach out to Think Funding

We were delighted to assist Bangladesh Youth and Cultural Shomiti (BYCS) and the Leicester Social Economy Consortium (LSEC) with two applications to Leicester City Council’s recent Community Fund Programme. The process of consortia formation and development can be a difficult and protracted one, but this time around we were able to help both organisations to bring together more than 30 local organisations to develop and submit two applications: Positive Communities and 20/20 Vision.

Competition for funding will undoubtedly be fierce, but the very fact we have helped line up some high quality voluntary groups and pointed them all in the same direction, speaks volumes for our strategic capabilities, and, of course, the willingness of local groups to want to work together.

Watch this space.

 

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Think Funding’s Chris Shaw nominated for Niche Business Magazine Community Impact Award

Think Funding founder, Chris Shaw says “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for a Niche Magazine Business Award in the category ‘Community Impact Award’. It is really great to be recognised for the work that we do, and helps to confirm my decision to reinstate Think Funding to a full time operation in the autumn of 2019.”
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Think Funding to work with Transitions UK

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.

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Think Funding launches Annual Fundraising Survey

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:
https://lnkd.in/dp-THQm

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Business 2 Business secures place on CAEHRS framework

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.
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Think Funding’s First Year Back is a Successful One

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.

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