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BOSF June Newsletter

BOSF Socials

You are invited to our June BOSF Socials, where you can meet and talk with other groups and find out what is happening.

The next BOSF Tea Time will be on Wednesday 9th June at 4.00pm
Join by clicking this link:

We are now starting to organise more out door socials, where we can drink tea & coffee, eat cake and meet up face to face.

For our June outdoor social, we have been invited by the Friends of Ten Acres in Stirchley, on Monday 21st June, to come along and explore their site by the River Rea, sit around the camp fire and toast marshmallows!

Meet at 11am outside River Brook Medical Centre on Cartland Road, B30 2SH
We can walk to the site, location can be seen by clicking here

If you arrive later, please ring me on 07982 401933

We look forward to seeing you there!

You Matter Communities Fund Third Round

The winners for the second round of the You Matter Communities Community Fund have been announced.

The lead contractor for Birmingham City Council at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has finalised 14 community projects that will each receive a grant of up to £1,000 to support their work within local communities.

Launched last year, the You Matter Communities initiative provides support to local communities through volunteer time, small grants, and the use of excess materials from the construction process.
The initiative is focused on supporting community organisations, in particular those facing disproportionate challenges, to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

The latest round of successful applicants takes the overall number of organisations to benefit through the Community Fund to 32, with almost £28,000 awarded. Click here to read more.
Applications for the third round of the You Matter Community Fund, will be welcome from July 2021. For more details of the scheme please visit the Birmingham City Council website by clicking here.

Funding Available for Low Carbon Projects in Birmingham

Community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for the grants of up to £10,000 to develop and deliver low carbon projects in Birmingham.
The Project 3D Funding Competition opens on 7 June, and applications can focus on a wide range of areas including behaviour change, air pollution, transport, energy and health.
To apply, organisations should be not-for-profit and legally incorporated, and the funding is aimed at community based projects which use data and have defined and measurable outcomes to help reduce Birmingham’s carbon emissions.
If any groups would be interested in applying for the fund, please take a look at the information on 3Dhub. Full criteria and an application form will be available there shortly. If anyone in the network has any questions or are not sure if their organisation or project idea meets the criteria, please get them to contact us ASAP to discuss, as we’re keen to make the process as smooth as possible.
Project 3D is proudly supported by Birmingham council’s Route to Zero (R20) Taskforce and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

Major Donor Fundraising Course

At Get Grants, we know that for many fundraisers, major donor fundraising is out of their comfort zone. But don’t let the phrase ‘major gift’ scare you off - especially as Get Grants are now delivering a Major Donor Fundraising Course.
Join us next month to learn from a major gifts expert, who will offer a comprehensive overview of the major donor fundraising process, and include practical examples for you to apply to your organisation.
This course is ideal for fundraisers of all levels and organisations of any size. Whether you would like to assess if your organisation is ready to develop a major gifts programme, or if you already have a programme in place, but would like to review some of the foundational elements, then this course is suitable for you.
Happening on Wednesday 7th & 14th July, 9:30am – 11:30am.

Click here to book and pay for your place.

Nature & Biodiversity Play a Vital Role in Protecting Our Health

Urbanisation, land use, global trade and industrialisation have led to profound and negative impacts on nature, biodiversity and ecosystems across the world. WHO Europe has published its first report on nature, biodiversity and health together with the WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health at the University of Exeter.

In providing an overview of the impacts of the natural environment on human health, the report covers such diverse topics as the health relevance of freshwater systems; air quality; coasts, seas and oceans; soil, agriculture, nutrition and food security, infectious diseases emerging from human-wildlife interaction, microbial diversity, medicine and health care and green and blue spaces. It presents the ways nature and ecosystems can support and protect health and well-being and describes how nature degradation and loss of biodiversity can threaten human health.

These findings can be summarised in three key messages.

  1. Nature provides the basic conditions for human health.
  2. The environment protects human health.
  3. Pressure on natural environments threatens human health.

Click here to read more.

Green Space Not Equally Accessable To All

Across Britain, 2.78 million people live further than a ten-minute walk from their nearest park or green space. That's the finding of the latest Green Space Index which reveals that, despite their vital role in the nation's wellbeing during lockdown, our much loved local parks are not equally accessible to all.

The Green Space Index was launched by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an event at Starbank Park in Edinburgh. The event was one of a number of projects with a positive effect on climate change that The Duke and Duchess have visited across Scotland. Urban parks and green spaces boost air quality, support habitats and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Green Space Index is Fields in Trust's annual barometer of publicly accessible local park and green space provision. First launched in 2019, this third release once again highlights the inequities in provision across Britain. Despite their value for health, wellbeing, community and environment, some parts of Britain have access to half the green space as others - Scots enjoy 38.18 sqm of provision per person whilst for residents in London the figure falls to just 19.53 sqm.

Click here to read more.

Parks Protector Pledge

Fields in Trust have produced a series of useful resources for you to call on your elected representatives to commit to champion, support and protect green spaces for good with the Parks Protector Pledge.

For more details, click here.

Funding Information

Near Neighbours Grants

Near Neighbours grants will open in July 2021.  If you are a grassroots project interested in bringing people of different backgrounds together through local partnership work and in your neighbourhood, we would love to hear from you!
To receive the criteria & guidelines when they are published, please register your interest with us now by email, with Debbie Saunders by clicking here.

Tesco Community Grants
Tesco Community Grants helps to fund thousands of local projects across the country. Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

Click here to read more.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund
The Urban Tree Challenge Fund has reopened to support the plating of 44,000 large 'standard' trees over a two year period from 2021/22 to 2022/23. This new, third round of funding is open to both block bids and individual applications. 

Applications are open until 25 July 2021. For more details, click here.

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