Local London News, Events and Funding

01 March 2019 News

Upcoming Local Events in London

Spacehive – Fund Noruze a community celebration in Barnet

There are only a few days left to donate. The four day festival of Noruze Celebration in Barnet, will bring the community together by way of of drama performances, traditional dance, exhibition, food stalls and a magnificent traditional dinner and dance evening event. Noruze was inscribed UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. Moreover, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March International Noruze Day. Therefore, it would be a great opportunity for the community to experience and learn the true meaning of Noruze.  Click here to donate.


Peace in the Middle East (7th and 8th March )

North Finchley Mosque and Finchley Progressive Synagogue will be hosting  the world renowned peace group Parent’s Circle. Join Robbi and Bassam while they talk about their work to create peace and reconciliation. They will be touring around various venues around London to book tickets and learn more please click here.   



Middlesex University Edubate event: Racism in football ‘getting under the skin’: (25 March)

Bringing together footballers, coaches and campaigners, this Edubate event will explore racism in football. Speakers include Tottenham Hotspur’s FC Coach and Talent Scout, Darren (Cass) Johnson, Haringey footballer Rakim Richards, Kick it Out’s head of Development Troy Townsend, Middlesex University’s Sports and Development Officer Taiwo Oniti and Independent Member of the FA Inclusion Advisory Board Chris Paurosco. The Boardroom, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW44BT 5pm – 9pm, Monday The event is free to attend, register online


Nisa Nashim Annual Conference (7th April)

Nisa-Nashim will be holding their annual conference the theme this year is 'Faith and Friendship: Shaping the Future Together’. Confirmed speakers include:  Naz Shah, MP and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Akeela Ahmed MBE, Chair of Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred, Jemma Levene, Deputy Director of Hope Not Hate and many other great speakers. Your ticket includes a delicious meal, with halal, kosher and vegetarian options provided. Find out more and book your tickets here.


Upcoming National Events

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Tuesday (5th March)

Is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.” Click here for more information.


UN Forests and Sustainable Cities Day (21st March)

This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. Forests and trees store carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in and around urban areas. Urban green spaces, including forests, encourage active and healthy lifestyles, improve mental health, prevent disease, and provide a place for people to socialize. Click here for more info.

National Conversation Week (18th March)


This year’s theme is all about helping people talk more about our finances. 1,000 people were surveyed in the UK and it was found that finance is one of the nation’s biggest worries There’s help for people to learn more about managing their money in the here and now, as well as highlighting what financial topics they need to be discussing throughout each life stage. Click here to find out more



International Women's Day March (8 March)

Women have come a long way, yet there's still more to be achieved. As the world heads toward International Women's Day 2019, step-by-step planning is underway to celebrate women's achievements. The International Women's Day campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?

Funding opportunities

The Swimathon Foundation Community | Grant

Grants are available between £300 and £2,500 to support innovative and sustainable projects which will help more people participate in and enjoy swimming and to make swimming more accessible. Organisations including community groups, swimming clubs, senior groups, youth groups, sports clubs, disability charities, scout groups and healthy living groups in the UK are eligible to apply.

The deadline is 3 April. Apply for fund 

BBC Children in Need & Wellcome Trust | Curiosity Fund

The £2.5 million fund aims to use the power of science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. The fund is not about formal education but projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives. Apply for either a small grant of up to £10,000 per year (for up to three years) or a large grant of up to £40,000 each year (for up to three years).

The deadline is 12 April Apply for fund

Morrison’s Foundation | Grant

The Foundation awards grants to community projects that improve people's lives. Applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change. Grants may be applied for by any charity must also have raised some funding towards the project elsewhere. Last year a total of £9,717,536 was distributed to 807 organisations.

Deadline: Rolling. Apply for fund.


Big Lottery | Reaching Communities & Partnerships

Apply for over £10,000 to support communities to take action on the issues that matter to them. Read the guidance for Reaching Communities or Partnerships, and use the box here to share details about your organisation as well as: what you want to do, why, what difference you think your idea will make, how the community is involved, the length of your project and how much funding is needed

Deadline: Rolling. Apply for fund.  

01 Feb 2019

Upcoming Local Events in North London

Barnet and Southgate College win Healthy Workplace award

Barnet and Southgate College is a proud recipient of the London Healthy Workplace Charter commitment award, recently granted by the Mayor of London. The Healthy Workplace Charter is a self-assessment framework that recognises and rewards employers for investing in workplace health and wellbeing. If your Business is interested in applying for the Award, we can help with the process. Contact Frances.Errington@barnet.gov.uk

National Park City Festival Event Briefing (January 31st at City Hall)

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Te Mayor of London is working with the National Park City Foundation to make London the world’s first National Park City in July 2019. Londoners will be invited to do their bit and make the city greener, healthier and wilder. Organisations who specialise in culture, health and fitness, mental health and community buildings, as well as the environment, wildlife and conservation will be encouraged to attend. For info on the event explaining how to apply for a grant click here.

Upcoming Local Events

Finchley Central Gardening session to be on Thursday 21st February


This session will be family friendly and open to all members of the public during half term. Energy Garden/Repowering will provide high visibility wear, gardening gloves, tools, plants and biscuits but bring your own water and Thermos! For more information contact Info@repowering.org.uk.

Fairtrade Fortnight 25th Feb -10th March

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Middlesex University is proud to hold the highest level of Fairtrade accreditation. During Fairtrade fortnight on the 25th Feb at 11am they will be holding a fair in the Quad with a focus on Female Empowerment. For more information please contact fairtrade@mdx.ac.uk.

Sadaqa Day Sunday March 24th

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Sadaqa Day meaning Charity Day, is back and now in its 5th year! It’s a day to be as creative as you like, link it with work you are already doing, get every age group involved, keep it simple, see it as a way to start new relationships or build on some you already have. Everyone is welcome for information on how to get involved please visit mysadaqaday.org for more information and to receive goodies to use on the day.

Grahame Park Neighbourhood change Thursday 28th March

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In March 2019 there will be a follow up event to share the evaluation findings and recommendations of the Grahame Park neighbourhood change. Residents and Partners involved in Grahame Park are invited to attend, network and feed in views around priorities for the recommendations going forward. It will be held at Grahame Park Old Library, The Concourse, London NW9 5XL on from 9.45am to 12noon. There will also be a light lunch served and you’ll be required to register your attendance on Eventbrite. For more info contact Paul from Community Regen.

Volunteer Support Surgery (12 February)

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Do you need support with managing or recruiting volunteers? Why not book onto one of Volunteering Barnet’s free Organisation Support Surgeries? Register here before coming along, to get a head start. The location will depend on the most convenient place to meet. This could be at your office, or somewhere accessible in Barnet.

Book a place here and Volunteering Barnet will be in touch!

Young Barnet Foundation West/South Locality Meeting (26 February 9.30 – 11.30am)

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The Young Barnet Foundation is the umbrella organisation for the local voluntary, community and faith sector for young people in Barnet. Established as part of the Young People Foundation, it has a growing membership and this meeting will be the first of four in 2019 to support partnership working in the West and South areas of the borough. Venue: NW7 Hub - Mill Hill Library Building, Hartley Avenue, Mill Hill, NW7 2HX. For more information click here.

Stop Press: If you have an event that is planned in Barnet for April – June and want it to appear in the March edition of Barnet First, please let us know here.

Upcoming National Events

World Cancer Day campaign (4th February)

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Whether you do something as large as running your own World Cancer Day campaign, or as simple as sharing our template messages amongst your networks, every action has an impact.
There are a wide variety of ways to get involved. Click here for ideas on how you can get involved.

LGBT History Month (February)


It’s time to start planning for LGBT History Month 2019. This year our theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. To get involved please click here.

Time To Talk Day (7th February)


Get talking and break the silence around mental health problems. Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. Click here for more information

Random Acts Of Kindness Week (17th Februray)

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations, nationwide, to encourage acts of kindness. It is a favorite day to many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness.

Care Day 15 February Care Day 2019


Celebrate the rights of children and young people who are in care this Care Day. It’s a day where the childhoods of these children and young people are encouraged to thrive and they are motivated to achieve their dreams so they go onto have a future that is fulfilled. It is also an opportunity to illustrate how care experienced people can feel different to others and why. For more information click here.

International Women's Day March 8th March 2019


Women have come a long way, yet there's still more to be achieved. As the world heads toward International Women's Day 2019, step-by-step planning is underway to celebrate women's achievements.The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?

Funding opportunities

National Vegetarian Week Grant

This year we have a fund to help support National Vegetarian Week community activities and events. Added to your enthusiasm, time, creativity and energy, a grant could make all the difference. All not for profit organisations in the UK can apply. Grants are between £200 and £2,000.

The deadline is 3rd March and 14th April. Apply for fund

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation building long-term resilience within Communities.

The purpose of the EPIC Grant Programme (Empowering People In Communities) is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes: Increased resilience within communities Increased self reliance Improved and stronger relations. Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000.

The deadline is 18th March Apply for fund

Field Studies Council

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council's Kids Fund

The deadline is 1st March Apply for fund

Woodward Charitable Trust (The)

The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects usually via UK charities. Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

Trustees only fund programmes that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays. Grants are between £500 and £1,000.
The deadline is 1st  March Apply for fund

Sport England

Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. The aim of the fund is to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. Priority will be given to projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports; and projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16-19 year olds. Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within ten weeks. Grants are between £300 and £10,000

Deadline: Rolling. Apply for fund

Big Lottery | Reaching Communities & Partnerships

You can apply for over £10,000 to support communities to take action on the issues that matter to them. Read the guidance for Reaching Communities or Partnerships, and use the box here to share details about your organisation as well as: what you want to do and why; what difference you think your idea will make and how the community is involved and the length of your project budget and how much funding you’ll need

The deadline is rolling. Apply for fund.

Mayor of London | European Social Fund

This fund will support a range of skills and employment programmes that support adults and young Londoners who are furthest from the labour market and those who face in-work poverty. They will be supported to gain skills, progress in education, and to find and progress in employment. Slides from an information session are here.




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